Let’s face it: Not everyone has time to whip up a full Seder dinner for their ten
closest relatives. Thankfully, a number of Washington restaurants and markets put
together menus for the holiday, offering everything from a traditional multi-course
meal to Manischewitz sangria at the bar.
In keeping with the new-wave deli theme (cocktails! House-made everything!), the Dupont
restaurant offers a modern Seder menu.
Grab friends, a date, or your bubba for house-made matzo soup with bone marrow, bitter-herb-crusted
halibut, braised lamb, and an assortment of interesting beverage pairings (never started
Seder with sherry? Now you can).
Details: Monday, March 25, through Sunday, March 31; $40 per person, with a $20 pairing option.
It’s BYO Haggadah at this Cleveland Park Italian eatery, but owner
Dean Gold has you covered the rest of the way. You’ll find a full five-course Seder menu with classics like matzo-ball soup and house-made gefilte fish in honor of Gold’s
mother. There’s even a Seder plate available by request on the first two nights.
Details: Monday, March 25, through Monday, April 1; reservations accepted starting at 5 PM
for those attending sunset services. $59 per person; $25 for children. An optional wine pairing costs $29.
Ellen Gray just came out with their first cookbook,
The New Jewish Table. If you’re not up for cooking the recipes yourself, leave it to the experts, who’ll
whip up a five-course menu with dishes
such as roasted beet salad with capers and pistachios, and “Todd’s modern-day brisket.”
Details: Monday, March 25, through Tuesday, April 2; $45 per person, or $60 with an optional
boutique Israeli wine pairing.
Celebrate Passover on P Street with a four-course menu at this casual eatery. Expect familiar suspects like
charoset, matzo-ball soup, and brisket.
Details: Monday, March 25, through Saturday, March 30; $32 per person.
The pickle bar isn’t the only Passover draw at this old-school family favorite. You’ll
find a three-course dinner menu with traditional items such as chopped chicken liver and brisket with gravy. Homebodies,
look for a full takeout menu for large and small orders.
Details: Sunday, March 24, through Wednesday, March the 27; $16 for the three-course menu.
Takeout items are priced à la carte.
hola to Elohim over a Mexican Seder dinner at either the Penn Quarter or Chevy Chase location. There are plenty of choices on
the four-course menu, including tropical
charoset, matzo-ball pozole soup, barbecue brisket wrapped in banana leaves, and of course,
a tequila-based Passover cocktail.
Details: Monday, March 25, through Saturday, March 30; $42 per person.
The Seder meals are sold out at this community gathering place, but you can still
find a place at the table for Passover Shabbat dinner on Friday. A full kosher meal is $8 if you buy tickets in advance, or $10 at the door.
Details: Friday, March 29, at 7 PM; $8 tickets are available online.
In the market for a no-fuss, slightly untraditional holiday? Head up to this Jewish-Irish
pub on H Street, which is serving red and white Manischewitz sangria (kosher, of course),
alongside a lamb-burger-themed post-Seder plate with roasted garlic and bitter herbs.
Keep things kosher with a bunless patty or a version served atop latkes.
Details: The specials are served on Monday, March 25, and Tuesday, March 26; items are priced
Want to host a Passover dinner but haven’t scheduled the cooking time? Wagshal’s has
a whole roster of prepared items like smoked salmon latkes, matzo-stuffed chicken, and glazed brisket, and will even
put together a Seder plate with all the traditional features.
Details: Orders must be placed by noon on Friday for pickup on Sunday and noon Saturday for
pickup on Monday. Orders should be placed 48 hours in advance otherwise.