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Easter Dining Guide
1226 36th St., NW; 202-965-1789; 1789restaurant.com
Easter brunch at this Georgetown institution include a guest appearance by the Easter Bunny, who will visit each table with candy for children. The three-course meal comprises a selection of canapés followed by a choice of appetizer (including Vidalia-onion soup, house-cured Arctic char, and chicken-liver pâté) and entrée. The prices, based on the main-course selection, range from $24 (eggs Benedict) to $38 (rack of lamb with fava-bean purée, charred onions, and mint).
Brunch is served from 10 to 2.
2941 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church; 703-270-1500; 2941.com
This soaring dining room, which started serving Sunday brunch this month, will celebrate Easter with a four- or six-course tasting menu for adults and a four-course tasting menu for children. The four-course adult menu ($85) offers Maine Peekytoe-crab salad, veal raviolini, roasted lamb loin, dessert, and mignardises. The six-course menu ($125) offers Dungeness-crab salad; penne pasta; grilled Hawaiian walu with littleneck clams; squab salad with a poached quail egg; parsley-crusted lamb chops; and a chocolate tasting. The children’s menu ($25) includes a zucchini-flower crab cake, penne, a choice of chicken or steak, and dessert.
Brunch is served from 11 to 8.
1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria; 703-519-3776; bastillerestaurant.com
Chef/owners Christophe Poteaux and Michelle Garbee are putting a French spin on a traditional Easter brunch at their modern Old Town bistro. A three-course menu ($28) includes a goat-cheese cromesqui with baby arugula and dried cherries; a Parisian bistro steak with pommes frites; and a strawberry-rhubarb buckle cake with chantilly cream. A children’s menu ($16 for kids under 12) includes soup or salad, macaroni and cheese, and a choice of dessert.
Brunch is served from 11:30 to 2:30.
2250-B Crystal Dr., Arlington; 703-412-5076; bebotrattoria.com
Roberto Donna’s hearty Italian fare is on the menu at this Easter dinner. The three-course set menu ($35) includes a first course of sautéed asparagus in brown butter with a soft-poached egg and Fontina cheese; ricotta-and-spinach raviolini with butter, sage, and prosciutto; and roasted basil-crusted lamb loin with rosemary sauce. Dessert is priced à la carte.
Dinner is served from 4 to 9.
Black’s Bar & Kitchen
7750 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 301-652-5525; blacksbarandkitchen.com
The brunch buffet ($49 for adults, $20 for children 12 and under) at this sleek suburban dining room includes a raw bar with oysters and Old Bay-spiced shrimp; a carving station with roast beef and leg of lamb; crab cakes; fried chicken; a selection of breakfast entrées; and a children’s table with chicken nuggets, hamburgers, and more.
Brunch is served from 10:30 to 3.
Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th St., NW (Park Hyatt Washington); 202-419-6755; blueducktavern.com
This glassy West End spot is offering an Easter brunch with three seatings. The three-course menu ($80 for adults, $40 for children under 12) includes such choices as a lump-crabmeat omelet; rockfish with snap-pea sauce; braised leg of lamb with morel sauce; and braised short ribs with horseradish sauce.
Brunch seatings are at 11, 1, and 3.
901 Slaters La., Alexandria; 703-600-2899; buzzonslaters.com
Not hungry for a brunch buffet or tasting menu? In the spirit of the holiday, stick with the sweets. Pastry chef Josh Short’s Easter offerings include iced Easter-egg sugar cookies ($1.95), lemon and coconut cupcakes ($2 each), lemon-chiffon cake layered with lemon curd and decorated with pastel-colored buttercream ($32 for an eight-inch cake), and coconut cake ($32 for an eight-inch cake).
Open 6 AM to midnight.
1330 Maryland Ave., SW;202-787-6868; cafemozu.com
The Mandarin Oriental hotel’s more casual restaurant, which looks onto the Tidal Basin, is holding an Asian-accented brunch ($80 per person). Kicking things off are a selection of tapas, such as lemongrass-cured salmon, ahi-tuna tataki, duck-leg summer rolls, tamarind-glazed flank steak, Dungeness-crab claws, and miniature Kobe burgers. Diners then choose a main course, including beef tenderloin with oxtail sauce; roasted lamb; and edamame risotto. Desserts range from a pistachio-strawberry gâteau to a rosemary-apricot tart; there’s also a selection of chocolate bunnies and eggs to honor the day.
Brunch is served from noon to 3.
Cafe Promenade at the Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-347-2233; cafepromenade.com
The upscale Mediterranean-inspired cafe is celebrating Easter at both brunch and dinner. A Champagne brunch buffet ($79 for adults, $39 for children under 12) includes a seafood bar with oysters on the half shell and bay-scallop ceviche; a salad display; and a carving station with Asian-style ahi tuna, baked honey-glazed ham with pineapple chutney, and pistachio-crusted rack of lamb. Chocolate fondue and assorted cakes and pastries will make up the dessert table.
Brunch is served from 11 to 3.
The four-course dinner ($65 per person) starts with a choice of New England clam chowder or portobello-mushroom soup with smoked duck. Next, choose among Caesar salad with shredded Parmesan, warm duck salad with red beets, and a lobster-and-crab napoleon with seaweed salad. Entrées include Colorado rack of lamb with pesto ratatouille; roasted salmon en croûte with fennel-saffron beurre blanc; and free-range chicken breast stuffed with wild mushrooms. Finish with chocolate “salami” with Frangelico and strawberries or a blackberry crème brûlée.
Dinner is served from 5 to 9 PM.
3435 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-686-2966; dino-dc.com
This Italian wine bar is offering a special à la carte brunch menu. Choices include fruit-bread French toast topped with bacon and fresh berries ($10); Texas toast piled with wild mushrooms, prosciutto, and truffle oil ($12); crab/rock-shrimp/salmon cakes ($15); and grilled garlic sausage with saffron aïoli and home fries ($10).
Brunch is served from 11:30 to 3.
From April 19 through 27, Dino will offer a Passover Seder menu. The dinner includes a six-course meal ($55 for adults, $25 for children) with a Seder plate for the table, seven-fruit haroset, Caribbean gefilte fish, and matzo-ball soup. Diners can then choose among rockfish in sweet-and-sour sauce, pomegranate-glazed chicken, and red-wine-braised brisket with spaghetti squash, roasted eggplant, and raisin kugel. Baklava made from matzo follows the meal. The seder is BYOH: bring your own Haggadah.
Lafayette Room at the Hay-Adams Hotel
16th and H sts., NW; 202-638-6600; hayadams.com
This historic hotel’s dining room is putting on a Champagne brunch ($85 for adults, $40 for children). Appetizers include roasted-red-pepper soup with smoked chicken and cilantro and warm white and green asparagus polonaise with lemon-tarragon sauce. Entrées include poached eggs with crab cakes; veal scaloppine with porcini-mushroom gnocchi; red wine braised lamb shank; and seared Angus strip-loin steak.
Brunch is served from 11 to 3.
The Grille at Morrison House
116 S. Alfred St., Alexandria; 703-838-8000; morrisonhouse.com
At the cozy restaurant in this historic hotel, recently taken over by Kimpton, chef Dennis Marron has added a few Easter specials to his regular three-course Sunday brunch menu ($42 per person, including Champagne). They include king- and smoked-salmon tartare; crab cakes with toasted brioche; crispy duck-confit hash with red-wine-poached quail eggs and a potato pancake; and a braised lamb crepinette with sunny-side-up eggs. For dessert, options include profiteroles, a three-sorbet terrine, and a maple-chestnut flan.
Brunch is served from 11 to 3.
1015 L St., NW; 202-898-1200; morrisonclark.com
Chef Janis McLean is putting on a three-course brunch ($55 per adult with Champagne, $48 without, and $20 for children under 12). Entrée highlights include grilled wild salmon, brioche French toast, and Chesapeake eggs Benedict.
Brunch is served from 11:30 to 3.
Mrs. K’s Toll House
9201 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring; 301-589-3500; mrsks.com
Eggs are hidden in Mrs K’s gardens during a day filled with Easter festivities and dinner. Guests can show up a half hour prior to one of three seating times and join an egg hunt ($10 per family) with goodie-filled eggs and a grand-prize Easter basket (customers are asked to bring their own basket). A four-course tasting menu ($60 for adults, $25 for children 12 and under) includes smoked salmon with crème fraîche and vine-ripened tomatoes; buffalo mozzarella with balsamic vinaigrette; poached-pear, bleu-cheese, and mesclun salad; herb-roasted lamb with wild-mushroom sauce; spice-crusted pork loin with cranberry-port sauce; and tiger shrimp, scallops, and crab in Champagne-cream sauce over linguine. Finish the meal with a berry tart, chocolate truffle cake, or lemon shortcake.
Brunch seatings are at 11, 1:15, and 3:30.
Oceanaire Seafood Room
1201 F St., NW; 202-347-2277; theoceanaire.com
This downtown-DC seafood restaurant will serve brunch (entrées from $25 to $35) in addition to its regular dinner service. In addition to regular menu items, chef Rob Klink will dish out sourdough French toast with bacon; broccoli-and-cheese quiche with field-green salad; a smoked fish platter with toast points and horseradish cream; a crab-and-avocado frittata; and filet mignon with two scrambled eggs.
Reservations available from noon to 9.
Old Angler’s Inn
10801 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac; 301-365-2425; oldanglersinn.com
This quaint country-style inn celebrates the holiday with a three-course menu ($55 for adults, $25 for children under 12) that ranges from the traditional (eggs Benedict) to the fusiony (blackened ahi tuna with pineapple-papaya salsa and polenta). Appetizers include oysters with Champagne mignonette; shrimp cocktail; Caesar salad; and chicken spring rolls. Desserts include a chocolate terrine and crème brûlée.
Easter menu served from noon to 8.
Roof Terrace Restaurant
2700 F St., NW; 202-416-8555; roofterracerestaurant.com
This Kennedy Center dining spot with skyline views hosts a kid-friendly holiday brunch in place of its usual Sunday buffet. Children ages 12 and under are invited to meet and have a picture taken with the Easter bunny and to sit at the kiddie table, where they can munch on a spread ($20) that includes macaroni and cheese, French fries, chicken fingers, and pigs-in-a-blanket. For the adults ($39.95), there’s challah French toast, a carving station, a raw bar, and gourmet salads.
Brunch seatings are at 10, 12:15, and 2:30.
Seasons at the Four Seasons Hotel
2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-342-0810; fourseasons.com
This sunny dining room will be offer an expansive holiday buffet ($98 for adults, $49 for children under 12), with omelet and carving stations as well as tables for seafood (oysters, ceviche, mussels), Asian dishes, salads, and cheese.
Brunch is served from 10:30 to 2:30. An Easter bunny will preside over egg hunts at 11:30 and 1.
3101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-351-1004; settebello.com
Travel the length of Italy with a mix of northern- and southern-style dishes on Manuel Molina’s brunch buffet ($49 for adults, $24.50 for children under 12). There will be custom-made omelets; antipasti; a pasta table with mini eggplant parmigiana and spinach-and-ricotta ravioli; main courses such as herb-crusted leg of lamb and roasted salmon with caper-lime sauce; and a dessert spread.
Brunch is served from 11 to 3:30.
1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-628-9100; washington.intercontinental.com
At this historic hotel, you can choose between two brunch buffet options:
The Willard Room features a Champagne brunch ($78 for adults, $39 for children under 12) which includes a carving station with roast Colorado lamb; seafood options such as mussels and cherrystone clams; and freshly made omelets, crepes, and waffles. A “farmers market” table includes artisanal cheeses and locally sourced cured meats.
Brunch is served from 11 to 2.
The Willard Grand Ballroom offers a more festive, family-friendly buffet ($70 for adults, $38 for children under 12) with a piano player, a children’s cookie-decorating station, and a visit from the Easter bunny. Brunch stations will offer Belgian waffles, seafood, tossed pastas, and omelets. A carving station includes thyme-and-garlic-brined chicken with artichokes and black-trumpet mushrooms. On the dessert table, you’ll find carrot cake with cream-cheese frosting and beignets with vanilla-bean crème anglaise.
Brunch seatings are at 11, 11:30, 1, and 1:30.
For our guide to local bottomless brunches (with bottomless Champagne, mimosas, and more) click here.