Spring has arrived in Washington, and Easter is hot on its heels, coming up on Sunday, April 20. With tons of restaurants hosting celebratory brunches, it can be difficult to decide where to go. We checked in with the top 25 eateries on our 100 Very Best list, which are serving everything from festive multi-course brunches to regular delicious meals. Note that not all 25 are open for Sunday afternoon.
Barlett Pear Inn
28 S. Harrison St., Easton; 410-770-3300
Take the family on an Eastern Shore day trip for brunch at this charming Easton inn.
Details: Brunch 10:30 to 2:30
Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th St., NW; 202-419-6755
Head to this New American spot for buffet-style appetizers and desserts, plus a choice of entrées and sides including jumbo lump crabcakes and local asparagus from the main menu.
Details: Brunch 10:30 to 3:30; $95 for adults, $42 for children 6 to 12, free for kids 5 and under
815 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-659-3727
Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj’s elegant Indian eatery near the White House features a buffet menu with classic dishes you can sample alongside optional bottomless Champagne.
Details: Brunch 11:30 to 2:30; $28 per person, $40 with bottomless Champagne
1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-626-0015
Michel Richard’s French bistro hosts an “eggceptional” brunch, with a special menu alongside the traditional lunch offerings.
Details: Brunch noon to 2:30; à la carte
Inn at Little Washington
309 Middle St., Washington; 540-675-3800
Chef Patrick O’Connell offers a surprise (and rare) special for Easter dining: the ten-course dinner tasting menu for a discounted $138 (typically $218). If you were looking for an excuse to head out to Washington, Virginia, this is a great one.
Details: 4 to close
633 D St., NW, 202-637-1222; 1190 New Hampshire Ave., NW, 202-466-2500
Chef Vikram Sunderam prepares a special three-course menu for the holiday at both the Penn Quarter and West End locations.
Details: Brunch 11:30 to 2:30; $35 per person
701 Ninth St., NW; 202-638-0800
You’ll find one of the biggest Easter celebrations in DC at this Penn Quarter spot, which hosts a Greek Easter festival April 20 through May 3. Holiday brunch includes traditional dishes such as honey fritters and lamb soup. Look for an outdoor market on the final day.
Details: Dishes are priced from $7.50 to $10 each
BRUNCH AS USUAL
1520 14th St., NW; 202-319-1404
Brunch is often one of the calmest times at this popular 14th Street spot, ideal for splitting traditional tapas as well as brunch specialties like foie gras scrambled eggs with truffle butter.
Details: 11 to 2
Jaleo Penn Quarter
480 Seventh St., NW; 202-628-7949
José Andrés puts on the big Easter celebration at sister eatery Zaytinya, but you’ll still find the regular brunch menu here with plenty of Spanish specialties.
Details: 11:30 to 3
1813 Columbia Rd., NW; 202-234-6732
Expect a boisterous brunch at this Adams Morgan neighborhood spot, with dishes such as smoked salmon Benedict and suckling pig hash.
Details: 10:30 to 2:30.
3529 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-537-9250
Spring dishes abound, such as house-made testa with a poached egg and a market vegetable sandwich. And there’s always that burger.
Details: 11 to 2:30
2010 Clipper Park Rd., Baltimore; 410-464-8000
Sunday brunch brings an array of dishes, from sourdough waffles to breakfast-sausage-studded flatbreads.
Details: 10 to 2