Eat & Drink Restaurants Travel Washington DC

Alba Osteria

April 11, 2016

Let me set the scene. It’s a cold and rainy Sunday morning in Washington D.C. and Grace and I have just woken up after a late night of wine and March Madness basketball. A little tired after our long day of exploring Georgetown and eating way too much at Momofuku, we were pretty bummed when we looked out the window and saw that it was raining cats and dogs (we’d hoped against all odds for sun).

But did we let the weather get us down? Nope! Instead we celebrated my last day in D.C. in the most stereotypical 20-something year old way–bottomless brunch at Alba Osteria.

We popped out of bed, geared up for the rain, and Uber’d our way into the heart of the city in search for good food (and even better drinks!). We were one of the first tables to show up and so we made ourselves comfortable and warming up as more people began trickling in.

We started out the meal with beer mimosas and bellinis (I’ll let you guess which one I ordered) because one should never be too sober at bottomless brunch, which the table next to us took to heart and proceeded to get hilariously rowdy, making us laugh with their tales from the night before.


I ordered the ricotta pancakes, which I really need to figure out how to make for myself, and Grace went with the savory option of Nonna’s Eggs and Meatballs. While we both enjoyed our meals, we agreed that the drinks were definitely the highlight of the meal, although their Bloody Mary was maybe the spiciest that I’d ever tried before!


We laughed and drank away the morning, taking advantage of the little time that we still had to spend with one another before I had to catch the train back up to Connecticut. Which is never a problem for the two of us since we’re both so chatty!

We begrudgingly, and slightly tipsily, made our way over to Union Station, all the while admiring how beautiful Washington D.C. is even while the rain was pouring around us. I can’t wait to go back down for another visit this summer, although hopefully the weather’s a little nicer next time!


Have y’all been to Washington D.C. before? Let me know about your favorite restaurants so I can check them out the next that I’m in the city!


Alba Osteria
425 I Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001


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  • Never been to washington but seems nice.
    Great dine out there.

    Have a great day!

    • I love visiting my friend and going into the city! Washington DC is so much fun!

  • Seems like you’ve had a blast in DC!;) Have an amazing week Courtney!



    • Thank you! And we had such an amazing time in DC!

  • reneejessome

    Sounds like a lot of fun! 🙂 I’ve never gone drinking in the morning before but I think that’s something i’ll have to do someday!

    Renee | Lose The Road

    • I don’t usually do bottomless drinks for brunch (maybe 3 times in the past year) because I’m such a lightweight, but champagne just seems so fancy in the morning with pancakes!

  • Looks like you turned that rainy day around pretty quickly! What a great place to hang out. Love your pics!

    • Bottomless brunch was definitely the best way to stay out of the rain!

  • Biana Perez

    Bottomless brunch is the best!! Love that you didn’t let the weather stop you from having a great time! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • We spent way to much time drinking mimosas and bellinis but it was a way better than spending the morning out in the rain haha!

  • Such a fun post! I love getting out and exploring new cities. Looks like you had a blast! xx

    Audrey Adair-Keene |

    • I’m the exact same way! Traveling is definitely a favorite hobby of mine!

  • so many gorgeous snaps!

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    Amazing photos! looks like alot of fun darling. Have a wonderful day!
    Much love, Len

  • Violette

    I never been there but I would love to!

    • I love taking the train down to DC on the weekends when I’m visiting friends!

  • Nina

    These pancakes look so yummy. I may visit Washington this summer. Never been there yet. Sounds like you really enjoyed your weekend despite the rain. xx

    • I absolutely love DC so I’m sure that you’ll have an amazing time!! DC is such a fun city and there’s so much to do. The next time that I visit I really want to take out a paddle boat!

  • I’m so happy you had a great Sunday spent with your best friend! The food looks and sounds delicious; ricotta pancakes?! Yum! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!



    • I’m such a huge fan of ricotta pancakes that I order them whenever I see them on the menu! And we had such an amazing weekend just hanging out together!

  • Rachel

    Sounds so fun! Believe it or not, I have never been to Alba Osteria…and we live just outside DC! There are so many great places to go in Northern Virginia where we live, we hardly ever make it to DC. Next time we head into the city, we will definitely have to give it a try, the ricotta pancakes look amazing!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

    • I randomly found Alba Osteria when I was googling the best brunch spots in DC and we had so much fun that morning! I absolutely love NOVA and I use any excuse to visit my friends who live in the area!

  • How fun! Eating my way through new places on trips is my favorite!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Mine too! I sometimes even revolve my trips around places that I want to eat!

  • Those pancakes look amazing! I have to check this place out the next time I’m in DC. Martin’s Tavern is my favorite spot to grab a quick lunch at in Georgetown. After lunch, finish the afternoon off with some gelato from Dolcezza located just up the street. You can’t go wrong with any of their flavors, but the Valrhona chocolate is delicious!

    • I really need to explore Georgetown more the next time that I’m in DC! I’ll definitely keep your recommendations in mind, thanks!!

  • You can’t beat a good bottomless brunch! I haven’t been to Washington but would love to visit

    • DC is such a fun city to visit, especially for me because I love museums and good food!

  • Wow, this looks amazinggg!

    Enclothed Cognition/Bloglovin

  • I want that pancakes)))
    Yukova Blog

    • I absolutely love ricotta pancakes!!

  • Bottomless brunches are the best! Officially craving pancakes and mimosas now <3
    Green Fashionista

    • I definitely would not say no to both pancakes and mimosas right now!

  • love this! xxx

    Daniel x

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  • Despite the weather, sounds like you had a great day.

    • The weather was a bit of a downer but at least we had mimosas and bellinis to keep us warm!

  • wow, great pictures!

    Happy Monday Doll! Kisses,


  • Whitney

    What a great way to turn around a dreary day! And the food looks so good!


    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

    • Drinking champagne while hiding from the rain was definitely the best way to spend the morning!

  • C A M I

    I bet you had lots of fun girl! Loving the pictures and it looks like a very nice place, have a nice day!

    My Vogue Style |

    • We had so much fun, not only at brunch but throughout the entire weekend!

  • Lauren Scorzafava

    Sounds like so much fun!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

    • We had such a fun time at brunch!

  • haha this sounds like the best day! Brunch and drinks. I have to say, those pancakes look incredible. I’ve been on a huge pancake phase recently, and these have really caught my eye…

    • I love making pancakes on the weekend on lazy days! So yummy!

  • WhatWouldVWear

    Never been to D.C. but it’s definitely on my agenda! Sounds like you had a rad time! So fun!!

    Happy Monday, love!

    xoxo, Vanessa

    • I absolutely love visiting DC! I don’t go all that often but I always have an amazing time when I go, no matter the weather!

  • Angharad

    Never done bottomless brunch before, it looks like you had a great time! I love the American hospitality. Angharad x

    • I’ve done a few bottomless brunches in the past year and I always have so much fun!

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    Great shots! Those pancakes look Amazing!!

    Adi xx

    • My pancakes were so yummy! I love ricotta pancakes!

  • Those pancakes look amazing!! Sounds like a fun morning 🙂


    • I’m a huge fan of ricotta pancakes and so I order them whenever I see them on a menu!

  • How fun! Oh, pancakes, yummm!
    Red Reticule

    • It really was! Especially the drinks!

  • Looks so fun!!! And so yummy! Such a fun morning!

    • We had such a fun morning at brunch together!

  • Looks wonderful! Gemma x

    • Our morning was definitely wonderful! The drinks made us both so giggly and chatty haha

  • It looks like such a fun trip! Bottomless brunches are always a great way to handle less than ideal weather!

    • That’s exactly how I feel! I hate getting wet so I’ll take any excuse to not spend time outside haha

  • Raina Elegado

    I’ve never been but it’s always been on my travel bucket list! Looks like a fun trip! 🙂

    xo Raina

    • I absolutely love visiting DC! It’s such a fun and young city!

  • Aw bummer that it was pouring for your last day, but it looks like you obvi had tons of fun anyway with that bottomless brunch! We did go to DC for a friend’s wedding last year and it was raining then too! We saw the capital building, white house and checked out some of the museums – how cool that they’re all free!

    Chow Down USA

    • I love how the museums are free!! And your friend’s wedding must have been so gorgeous, I love DC!

  • DippyWrites

    I’ve never been to Washington DC before but I hope I’ll be able to visit soon!

    • It’s such a fun city and I hope that you get the chance to explore DC someday soon!

  • Your food-ventures are always the best – I love a spicy bloody mary, so this one sounds amazing!


    • That Bloody Mary was seriously the spiciest I’ve ever had and I’ve had quite a few Bloody Mary’s! Loved it!

  • I definitely wouldn’t mind if someone brought pancakes and bellinis to my cubicle right now!!

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