Easter is the time for sunrise services, Easter egg hunts and biting the ears off chocolate bunnies. It is also one of the most popular days for brunch. Here are some great options (presented in alphabetical order) in the Washington, D.C. area for celebrating Easter Sunday, March 27.
Along Old Town Alexandria, Virginia's waterfront, Blackwall Hitch will offer its popular Sunday brunch buffet with the addition of a number of Easter entrees including hand carved leg of lamb with green peppercorn sauce, broiled mahi mahi with roast spring vegetables and Chesapeake lemon butter sauce, grilled chicken with sundried tomato pesto and vegetable penne with cheddar bechamel sauce and shaved Parmesan cheese. The buffet will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and priced at $34 for adults and $17 for children. As every Sunday, live jazz music will fill the restaurant. For additional information and reservations, call (703) 739-6090 or visit www.theblackwallhitch.com.
Chef Brad Deboy at the award-winning Blue Duck Tavern, located in D.C.'s Foggy Bottom neighborhood on the corner of 24th and M Streets, is introducing new seasonal, American classics to the restaurant’s three-course, fixed-price Easter menu. The starters will include seasonal salads, meats, breads and cheeses, on display throughout the open kitchen. Among the entrée will be brioche french toast with rhubarb jam, crystallized orange and house crème fraîche, and chicken and waffles with pepper relish and honey butter. Brunch will conclude with a selection of seasonal desserts. Additionally, children between six and 12 years of age will receive a semi-sweet chocolate bunny as a complimentary take-home. Blue Duck Taveren's Easter brunch will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and priced at $110 for adults, and $55 for children For additional information and reservations, call (202) 419-6755 or visit www.blueducktavern.com.
Burtons Grill, located within the Hilltop Village Center at Telegraph Road and Beulah Street in Alexandria, Virginia, will offer five Easter specials in addition to its regular a la carte brunch menu. Guests can take pleasure in chef Dylyn Coolidge’s beet-dyed deviled eggs with sweet pea & mint filling and crispy ham chiffonade; smoked salmon, chevre and apple caprese salad with arugula and dill pesto; gluten-free lemon & poppy seed pancakes with strawberry compote; asparagus, brie & cherry frittata with sunflower sprouts; and the red velveteen mini-waffles with a Nutella-cream cheese sauce. The special dishes are priced from $10 to $16. For additional information and reservations, call (703) 922-1730 or visit www.burtonsgrill.com.
Et Voila!, the classic Belgian French bistro located in the heart of D.C.'s Palisades neighborhood, will showcase festive holiday specials (priced from $10.50 to $35.95) in addition to the regular brunch menu. Guests at Et Voila! will want to order show-stopping dishes off chef and owner Claudio Pirollo’s menu including the vegetable tian with poached eggs and Iberico Ham de Bellota, and the rack of lamb with Napoleon tomato confit and potato olivette. For the perfect ending, guests can enjoy the adorable Arthur the Rabbit, pate a choux with chocolate Chantilly, hazelnut cream and pear jelly. Featured brunch cocktails will also be available for $9. For additional information and reservations call (202) 237-2300 or visit www.etvoiladc.com.
Located in downtown D.C. on the corner of 14th and F streets, The Hamilton is serving its full brunch menu with Easter specials created by chef Anthony Lombardo. The Easter bunny will also be making an appearance at The Hamilton, as well as all of Clyde’s Restaurant Group’s establishments, to give out candy, hugs, and provide photo opportunities for young diners. Easter brunch will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the dining room. The Hamilton will also be offering its popular Gospel Brunch on Easter Sunday. Three performances will be shown throughout the day at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Gospel Brunch includes music by The Gospel Persuaders along with an all-you-can-eat buffet filled with breakfast classics and Southern dishes as well as one mimosa or bloody Mary, priced at $45 per person. Standout dishes include southern-style catfish, fried chicken, house-smoked salmon, and french toast. For additional information and reservations, call (202) 787-1000 or visit www.thehamiltondc.com.
At ici Urban Bistro at Sofitel Washington, D.C. is celebrating Easter with a three-course brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests will choose from dishes like french toast with cinnamon apple and crème anglaise, crab cake benedict with hollandaise, rockfish bouillabaisse with mussels, crab claws and shrimp, or emmer fusilli with peas, asparagus and green onions. For dessert, guests can treat themselves to carrot cake with white chocolate vanilla bean cremeux. The price for brunch is $50 per person or for $60 guests get their choice of a mimosa, bloody Mary or glass of sparkling wine. For additional information and reservations, call (202) 730-8700 or visit www.iciurbanbistro.com.
The culinary team at Chevy Chase, Maryland's La Ferme Restaurant is planning a classic Easter Sunday celebration, in the finest French tradition with all the delicious flavors spring brings. The restaurant's elegant and intimate farmhouse setting complete with a large wood burning fireplace and live piano music is a great setting for a memorable Easter holiday feast. Its three-course brunch menu, priced at $59, will offer such first course favorites as jumbo lump crabmeat and avocado salad with sweet corn, scallions with a spicy remoulade sauce or boat cheese ravioli with sun dried tomato cream sauce and arugula & fennel salad. The main courses will include the traditional roasted leg of spring lamb with rosemary jus and mashed potatoes, trout almandine or sautéed veal scaloppini served with calvados and mushroom cream sauce "Normande" style. The chocolate Easter tradition will be presented in profiterolles au chocolat or bittersweet chocolate and Marzipan Charlotte served with espresso crème anglaise. There will also be the option of La Coupe Maison, raspberry sorbet served in a cookie shell with fresh berries, raspberry coulis and Sabayon. The special Easter menu will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information and reservations, call (301) 986-5255 or visit www.lafermerestaurant.com.
Lupo Verde, located in D.C.'s bustling 14th Street corridor, is gearing up to celebrate Pasqua, Italian Easter. Fans of the restaurant can stop by for brunch starting a 10:30 a.m. to enjoy three festive Italian specials, which will be available in addition to the restaurant’s regular a la carte brunch menu. The specials prepared by chef Domenico Apollaro will include torta pasqualina (Easter pie) with eggs, spinach, cheese, onions, raisins and herbs, served on top of a roasted marinara sauce ($14), and agnello scottadito, marinated lamb chops, served with roasted potatoes, fried artichokes, parsley cream and an Amalfi lemon dressing ($30). For a sweet ending, diners can indulge in colomba pasquale, or“Easter cake,” with custard and berries ($14). For additional information and reservations, call (202) 827-4752 or visit www.lupoverdedc.com.
Near D.C.'s beautiful Tidal Basin, the Mandarin Oriental's Muze will serve a lavish buffet-style Easter brunch with multiple live cooking stations spread throughout the restaurant. The extensive brunch stations will tantalize with aromas of exotic spices while guests indulge in delicious breakfast favorites such as steamed black cod with grilled bok choy, signature sushi rolls and sashimi, a “mix your own wasabi Caesar salad” station, a harissa spiced lamb leg carving station, a six foot pork belly banh mi, a chocolate fountain, the option of free-flowing Veuve Clicquot and Dom Perignon, and much more. Its Easter brunch will be served from 12 noon to 3 p.m. and cost $78 for adults and $35 for children. The Veuve Clicquot add-on is $100 and the Dom Perignon add-$300. Families also will be able to take part in a festive Easter egg hunt with the Easter bunny. The eggs will be hidden throughout the hotel’s stunning garden and the Easter bunny will accompany the children while collecting eggs filled with treats. The Easter Egg hunt will take place at 10 a.m., 12 noon and 2 p.m. For additional information and reservations, call (202) 787 6148 or visit www.mandarinoriental.com.
For those guests looking for an elegant dining experience, look no further than The Oval Room, located in downtown D.C. just steps from the White House. Its prix fixe Easter menu, specially crafted by chef John Melfi, features three courses, which will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $60 per person, or $85 per person with wine pairings. Guests can select from dishes such as English pea velouté with olive oil croutons, pineapple mint and lemon crème fraîche; house-made pappardelle with rabbit ragout, peas, chanterelles and marjoram; and roasted leg of lamb with piquillo pepper romesco, charred eggplant, peas, olives and mint. For dessert, guests can indulge in frozen local strawberry soufflé with rhubarb, basil and cracked black pepper; angel food cake with whipped lemon ricotta and grapefruit condiment; and the chocolate mousse with hazelnut brittle and coffee ice cream. For additional information and reservations, call (202) 463-8700 or visit www.ovalroom.com.
In Arlington, Virginia, newcomer Palette 22, located at in the heart of The Village at Shirlington, will offer an a la carte brunch this Easter, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can anticipate the unique combination of food, art and fun, focusing on modern street food small plate dishes with an international flair that highlights culinary traditions and key ingredients. Dishes created by chef Graham Duncan will include fried eggplant flatbread with roasted garlic, mozzarella, tomatoes and olives; bacon & eggs flatbread with pork belly, caramelized onions and smoked cheddar; congee: Chinese rice porridge with fried shallots, poached egg, bacon and scallions; tamales with carnitas, chipotle salsa or sweet corn and rajas and crema; and garden frittata with seasonal vegetables and parmesan-egg custard, along with an assortment of other specials. The brunch menu items range in price from $5 to $9. For the perfect pairing, diners can relax and sip on craft cocktails as well as Palette 22's signature Spanish red or white sangria, "design your own" bloody Marys or mimosas with a juice of your choice including mango nectar, peach nectar, orange, cranberry and pineapple. For additional information and reservations, call (703) 746-9007 or visit www.palette22.com.
A tradition for more than a decade, The Sheraton Reston Hotel's Syrah will be offering a special Easter brunch. As in years past, the event is ideal for the whole family. Kids can enjoy a petting zoo set up specifically for the day, partake in an Easter egg hung and even meet the Easter bunny. The brunch menu, available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will consist of traditional Easter favorites such as honey-baked bone-in country ham, roasted prime rib of beef and leg of lamb. The brunch is priced at $51 for adults, $47 for seniors and $25 for children. For additional information and reservations call, (703) 332-3800 or visit www.sheratonreston.com.
Located across Lafayette Square from the White House, the historic Hay-Adams's Top of the Hay will offer an Easter holiday buffet with seatings available between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and priced at $120 per person, and $60 per child aged 12 years and younger. It will feature an appetizer buffet showcasing a variety of new festive, seasonal specials prepared by chef Jaime Montes de Oca. Then one can choose from a variety of starters and salads, as well as seasonal and local specials such as chilled white asparagus and truffle oil soup with edamame peas; baby romaine lobster salad with boiled egg, pickled red onion and basil vinaigrette; and carved black angus beef tenderloin with Yukon gold and sweet mashed potatoes and perigourdine sauce. For a sweet finish, guests can enjoy a dessert buffet with confections prepared by pastry chef Josh Short. Standouts include the white rabbit carrot cake, lemon bundt cake with blueberries and brown butter layer cake with dulce de leche, and many more. Guest can also enjoy either a glass of Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, a classic bloody mary or a strawberry orange mimosa. For additional information and reservations, call (202) 638-6600 or visit www.hayadams.com.
The Hamilton Hotel D.C.’s signature restaurant 14K invites guests to make their own history this Easter by visiting the historic D.C. hotel to enjoy a celebratory brunch buffet between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., priced at $49.99 per person and $22.99 per child. Buffet highlights will include an assortment of season salads, charcuterie and artisan cheese board, lobster bisque, lemon smoked salmon, roasted chicken breast with creamed goat cheese-mushroom sauce and brown sugared ham with spicy mustard. Guest will also have the option of a bloody Mary bar, priced at $9 each, or an endless champagne bar priced at $15. For additional information and reservations, call (202) or visit www.hamiltonhoteldc.com.
The landmark 701 Restaurant, located in D.C.'s Penn Quarter neighborhood, will be offering a $55 per person three-course brunch menu for Easter. Available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and prepared by chef Benjamin Lambert, standout dishes will include beet salad with maple labne, green apple, pecans and pomegranate vinaigrette; burrata with oyster-salsa verde and focaccia; doppio raviolo with braised rabbit, butternut squash fondue and truffle; and leg of lamb with fregula, almond, cranberry and green harissa. For the perfect ending, guests can select from featured desserts such as chocolate molten cake with salted peanut butter ganache and vanilla ice cream and carrot cake bread pudding with praline ice cream and raisin brown butter. For additional information and reservations, call (202) 393-0701 or visit www.701restaurant.com.
The historic 1789 Restaurant, located in D.C. Georgetown neighborhood, will be dishing up an Easter a la carte brunch. The first-course menu will include bucatini carbonara with pancetta, shallots and Parmigiano-Reggiano; spring pea salad with spring peas, pea shoots, smoked yogurt and almonds; and the duck strudel à l’orange with duck confit, orange marmalade, spiced walnuts and bitter greens among others. The main course features include quiche with goat cheese, bacon, asparagus and a mixed spring greens salad; 35-day dry-aged beef with new potato hash, onion confit and sunny-side up eggs; and shrimp & grits with white grits, fried green tomatoes and roasted Gulf shrimp. Dessert lovers can indulge in tasty dishes such as the hummingbird cake with brûléed banana, vanilla pudding, compressed pineapple, dark rum-toffee sauce and banana ice cream, and key lime soufflé cake with toasted coconut puff, honey graham crackers, key lime custard, white chocolate and coconut sherbet. Young guests will also delight in the fact that the Easter bunny will be making a guest appearance delivering candy. For additional information and reservations, call (202) 965-1789 or visit www.1789restaurant.com.