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Market Lunch

Certificate of Excellence
Capitol Hill
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306 Seventh Street SE, Washington DC, DC 20003
+1 202-547-8444
07:30 - 14:30
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 15:00
Tue - Fri 07:30 - 14:30
Sat 08:00 - 15:00
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Budapest, Hungary
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My older son and I decided to have early lunch here, but my younger son wanted to eat the rotisserie chicken from the other end of the aisle of the market. After waiting some time in the queue and for the manager/owner(?) to finish chatting with the customers before us, we placed our orders, and the manager/owner asked me what... More 

Thank ETonPlanetEarth
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3,179 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3,834 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a "DC must" so I'm told. The pancakes they're known for are good, but they're really just pancakes. The process is that you go behind the long table to the right, order at the cash register (cash only), then wait to the left until they call your number (on your receipt).

Thank QuickWhitTravel
Washington, DC
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been going to the Market Lunch for breakfast on Saturdays for 20 years. The food is amazing, inexpensive (except for certain awesome seafood, which varies with market), consistent, and made fresh. There are seasonal twists leveraging in-season ingredients - e.g., my son always gets the french toast (made with thick bread - yummm); in the summer it comes... More 

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Jackson, Miss.
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443 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 340 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

I visited Market Lunch for a short stack of blueberry buckwheat pancakes. Delicious! You stand in line to order, and then you're seated at a long indoor counter (or at one of the few outdoor tables) to eat. I sat at the long counter aside a group of tourists from Scotland. We talked all about DC and New York City... More 

Thank bradshawgirl
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We had heard about the Saturday blueberry pancakes and they were outstanding. This little place is in Eastern Market and you just show up and stand in line to order your breakfast. Get the maple syrup with the pancakes. My hubby had scrambled eggs, grits, and scrapple. We were both surprised to see scrapple on the menu. It was good.... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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313 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

We get the full stack of blueberry buckwheat pancakes with real maple syrup whenever we come to market. Delicious but pricey. Hectic

Thank RonFG
Indialantic, Florida
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340 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Had breakfast here while visiting the Eastern Market. We ordered the full stack (3 pancakes) of the blueberry buckwheat pancakes with real maple syrup (short stack is 2 pancakes). I was unsure of the buckwheat batter, but it was incredibly light and fluffy- Great! Would definitely get those again and again! My husband ordered eggs, bacon, and spicy grits. The... More 

Thank RBD930
San Francisco, California
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

I never eat crab cakes anywhere but MD/DC and this lunch counter version is delicious and a great value. I had the crab cake sandwich both times I was there but they have soft shell crab and fish sandwiches and platters.

Thank autumntiger_23
Orlando, Florida
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43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

We waited in line for about 20 mins at Market Lunch, located in the Eastern Market, to order our food. Don't worry, you need that much time to decide what you are going to order. Known for their Blueberry Buckwheat pancakes and the Brick Sandwich (only available on weekends and know as a hangover cure). Even though breakfast is the... More 

Thank Melissa P
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Love my egg, cheese, bacon, potato brick breakfasts. Every opportunity I take. Mm mm. Great DC experience for visiting guests. Historic Eastern Market. Great menu, something for everyone.

Thank CucitoRiveraDC

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
07:30 - 14:30
07:30 - 14:30
07:30 - 14:30
07:30 - 14:30
08:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 306 Seventh Street SE, Washington DC, DC 20003
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Capitol Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Capitol Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 202-547-8444

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?