This year Easter falls on Sunday, April 1 and it seems every local restaurant is attempting to capitalize on the holiday meal. Eater has sifted through the various specials to uncover the most appealing deals, from budget friendliest to especially boozy.
Here are 11 options for holiday diners.
For a taste of spring:
1906 14th Street NW
Chef turned restaurateur Ryan Ratino has a family-style menu planned at his new restaurant along the 14th Street corridor. Featured offerings include: radishes and whipped butter topped with black truffle and parmesan cheese; whole roasted chicken with brioche stuffing and späetzle; plus pavlova with strawberries and cream. The five-course meal is priced at $50 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity); it’s $35 for children age six to 12.
For all the one percenters out there:
950 Eye Street NW
The chain steakhouse in City Center DC is serving a la carte offerings this Easter including filet Benedict and lobster Benedict ($46 each), as well as a prime rib “specials” on 16-ounce steaks ($45), and 20 ounce servings ($55).
To eat like a celebrity:
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
750 15th Street NW
Entertainer George Clooney was just spotted dining at this glitzy downtown destination. Featured holiday items, available from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., include: blueberry pancakes with maple syrup; marinated skirt steak and eggs with hashed brown potatoes; and crab cake Benedict. There’s also half-priced brunch cocktails. Its regular menu will also be available, so indulging in stone crab claws is always an option.
For an inaugural brunch:
Rare Steakhouse and Tavern
1595 Eye Street NW
The Midwest steakhouse’s debut Easter service in D.C. includes a three-course menu ($50 per person; $25 for children under 12) featuring broccoli-local cheese soup; ham and cheese curds (which got Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema’s stamp of approval); and lemon soufflé pancakes. Carnivores craving something extra are welcome to tack on a 36-ounce tomahawk steak or 24-ounce Kansas City strip steak. Brunch is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For hotel dining done right:
1731 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Restaurateur Michael Schlow’s restaurant inside the Carlyle Hotel will serve a two-course prix fixe brunch ($45 per person) complete with a pastry basket plus coffee or tea. Featured offerings include: smoked salmon with everything bagel chips; duck confit hash with fried duck egg and caramelized onions; and a gourmet brownie sundae. There’s also half-off bottles of sparkling wines, along with specialty cocktails such as the Mule on My Mind (vodka, creme de peche, velvet falernum, and lime). Brunch is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To keep the kids occupied all weekend:
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner
1700 Tysons Boulevard, McLean, Va.
The luxury hotel is hosting chocolate egg decorating classes ($75 per person, tax and tip included) at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. Participants will receive aprons, hats, chocolate egg molds to decorate, and a children’s buffet. Adults can join in Sunday, April 1 during a brunch ($116 per person; $42 for children age 4 to 12) featuring buffet service, live jazz, a petting zoo, portrait station, and dedicated play area for children.
For an adventurous meal:
2446 18th Street NW
Executive chef Jenn Flynn is adding lamb porchetta stuffed with lamb sausage and fresh herbs into the brunch mix for Easter. More traditional offerings at the casual Adams Morgan eatery include waffles with macerated strawberries and vanilla bean. Bottomless mimosas ($15 per person) are also available.
For a twist on honey-baked ham:
Sloppy Mama’s BBQ
1942 11th Street NW
Sloppy Mama’s pitmaster Joe Neuman is preparing smoked hams glazed in whiskey made by local producer One Eight Distilling. To place a special order ($65 per eight-pound ham), email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 30.
For a boozy holiday:
Upper West Side Cafe
2233 M Street NW
The resident restaurant at high-end sports club Squash on Fire is offering $12 bottomless mimosas for all (no strings attached). Featured menu offerings include avocado toast, poached eggs, French toast, pastries, and smoothies.
For a brunch that just won’t end:
8226 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md.
The Silver Spring eatery, known for its dry-aged rib-eye, is extending its regularly scheduled “carnivore’s brunch” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 1. The all you can eat deal ($45 per person; $25 for children under 12) features charcuterie, grilled meats, doughnuts, and cocktails.
For a budget-friendly group outing:
2001 International Drive McLean, Va.
This regional chain is offering all-you-can-eat breakfast items plus family-friendly activities (egg hunt, face painting) for $20 per person and $15 per child. Featured offerings include: cinnamon French toast; scrambled eggs; applewood-smoked bacon; and banana bread muffins. The catch: it starts early — scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. But coffee is included.