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Celebrate Passover with a Seder at These D.C. Restaurants

Go traditional, contemporary, or even Italian

Dino's Grotto
Dino's Grotto
R. Lopez

Passover begins late this year. It starts on April 22, which leaves plenty of time for making reservations. Several restaurants are offering menus for the occasion, including more contemporary, traditional, and even Italian interpretations. Here are options for those ready to decide on a destination.

Dino's Grotto

1914 9th St. NW

Starting April 22 through April 29, this Italian restaurant in Shaw is taking inspiration from Pitigliano, Livorno, and the southern Tuscan tradition for this year’s Passover menu ($59 per person or $19 for kids). Expect duck schmaltz matzo ball soup and "three fish" gefilte fish. Beginning Sunday April 24, Passover dishes will also be available a la carte.

Equinox

818 Connecticut Ave. NW

This downtown restaurant is doing a Sephardic twist on the traditional Seder with the addition of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. Some of the dishes include crispy falafel with mint yogurt, sardines with capers and raisins, and saffron spiced lamb saddle with dates. Prices are $55 per person or $80 with the optional Israeli wine pairing. It's happening one night only on April 22 at 7:15 p.m.

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

750 15th St. NW

Partake in a three-course Passover menu ($45.95) of traditional dishes starting April 22 and April 23, during dinner service. There's gefilte fish with beet horseradish, chopped liver, matzoh ball soup, and entrees like roasted chicken, braised brisket, and halibut en papillote. Everything comes with a side of potato pancakes. Reservations are recommend— call (202) 489-0140.

Met Bethesda

7101 Democracy Blvd., Unit 3200, Bethesda, Md.

This restaurant inside the Westfield Montgomery Mall is doing three specials in honor of Passover. Try the "kicked-up’ matzo ball soup with avocado and chilies or the glazed corned beef brisket with heirloom carrots & potatoes, mustard maple glaze, and a matzo meal popover. For dessert, order the chocolate kugel pudding with warm whiskey sauce. It's happening during dinner service starting Friday, April 22 through Friday, April 29.

Mon Ami Gabi

7239 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, Md.

On April 22 and April 23, they're serving a traditional Passover menu, featuring a Seder plate with matzo, as well as matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, braised beef brisket, and flourless chocolate cake. The family-style dinner is $39.95 per person ($17.95 for children under 12) and will be available 5:30 p.m.- 9 p.m. Call (301) 654-1234 for reservations/

Teddy & the Bully Bar

1200 19th St. NW

On April 22 and April 23 from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m., this restaurant is hosting a four-course Passover Seder for $52 per person and $21 for kids under 12. Diners can choose from dishes like gefilte fish pave, herring and matzoh pancakes, matzoh ball soup, chicken liver, Shiraz braised brisket, and carrot steak and roasted chicken. Reservations are required— call (202) 872-8700.

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