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Still Hunting for Easter Plans? Here Are a Dozen or So D.C. Picks

Last-minute dining ideas for every price point and taste bud

Bresca’s Easter brunch and dinner includes burrata with spring greens, green tomato, and citrus marmalade.
Bresca/official photo
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Easter Sunday is just two days away (Sunday, April 21), and for those who may have dropped the egg-shaped ball and forgotten to reserve or lock down an eating idea for the day, here’s a go-to guide of holiday options still up for grabs:

For an all-day Michelin meal:

Chef Ryan Ratino and his team at Michelin-starred Bresca will serve a three-course meal for both lunch and dinner (11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.). Think Rohan duck (duck terrine, pistachio, foie gras, mostarda, grilled bread, salad of green plum, duck fat vin, and pickled ramps) or veal striploin, with a white chocolate bar for dessert. The three-course deal is $60 per person and $30 for kids six to 12 (all exclusive of tax and gratuity). Reservations: Call 202-518-7926 or book on OpenTable. 1906 14th Street NW

For the hotel baller:

A flurry of high-end hotel restaurants are each pushing buffets around $100 per adult:

The historic Watergate Hotels Kingbird, which recently unveiled a French-Mediterranean menu under new executive chef Sébastien Giannini’s watch, will offer a hearty spread of Shenandoah lamb, short rib confit, fresh oysters, crab cakes and legs, Belgian waffles, and a dessert station for Easter Sunday, along with an edible setup from Maryland chocolatiers SPAGnVOLA. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $95 for adults and $39 for kids 12 and under (beverages not included). 2650 Virginia Avenue NW

A buffet brunch at The Ritz-Carlton’s Westend Bistro calls for poached shrimp, oysters, Alaskan crab claws and legs, tequila ceviches, roasted Tomahawk ribeye, and seared rockfish with morels, asparagus, peas and sherry cream. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $110 for adults and $45 for kids four to 12, with bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys for $25 more. 1190 22nd Street NW

The menu at Mandarin Orientals Muze includes an omelet station, herb-roasted Cornish game hen, roasted leg of lamb, cheese and charcuterie, oysters, and grilled cod, as well as a special chicken tenders-filled section for kids. 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., with egg hunts in its waterfront garden every two hours. $95 per adult and $45 per kid. 1330 Maryland Avenue SW

The Fairmont is going heavy on seafood this year, serving jumbo prawns, crab claws, black mussels and oysters on the half shell, along with a carving station of honey and clove glazed bone-in ham, herb roasted whole chicken, grilled beef steak with cilantro chimichurri dressing, and egg and pastry bars. A desserts display features peach parfait, strawberry rhubarb cake, and carrot cake. $95 per person, $40 for children 5 to 12 years old and free for children under 5. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Feel like going French? Head to sister hotel Sofitel for a la carte dishes from Opaline.) 2401 M Street NW

For a la carte eats:

Downtown’s Ocean Prime is rolling out its greatest hits for the holiday brunch, including a blood orange mimosa ($9); crab and eggs with english muffin, crab cakes, poached eggs, hollandaise, fresh fruit, mixed greens, and balsamic vinaigrette ($19); and French Toast with mixed fresh berries, lemon curd, candied bacon, and warm maple syrup ($15). Reserve a spot with a call — (202) 393-0313 — or click here. 1341 G Street NW

Ocean Prime’s lobster toast with sunny side egg, avocado, sweet peas, preserved Lemon ($23).
Ocean Prime/official photo

For a family-friendly Easter pregame:

Urbanspace at Tysons Galleria, aka the upscale mall’s growing food hall replacement to Isabella Eatery, will host its first big event the day before Easter (Saturday, April 20). There will be a crafty sock bunnies station and an egg hunt from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the rotunda. Each vendor (Sen Khao, Donburi, Andy’s Pizza, Stomping Ground, and Ice Cream Jubilee) will be selling food and drinks. 2001 International Drive, McLean, Virginia

For a Greek feast in Chinatown:

A four-course meze brunch at Zaytinya by José Andrés includes options like spring pea tzatziki and roasted lamb shoulder with warm hearty greens and poached eggs ($39 per person). Do it like the Greek do and come back a week later to celebrate Orthodox Easter under a similar deal. 701 9th Street NW

For an adult Easter egg hunt:

Downtown’s Eaton Hotel is going against the grain for its first Easter in D.C. with an El Silencio-fueled DJ party atop its rooftop bar, Wild Days. The “Easter Party Mashup” (2 p.m. to 8 p.m.) encourages guests to stumble around the plant-filled space searching for free vouchers and treats. Before those shenanigans start, chef Tim Ma’s lobby-level restaurant, American Son, will serve a lineup of brunch favorites, fresh pastry baskets, and desserts ($40 for adults and $15 for kids). Reserve here. 1201 K Street NW

For laid-back Northeast bites:

Neighborhood eatery Brookland’s Finest will take reservations (which they don’t normally do) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., slinging special dishes like lamb chop eggs benedict by chef and co-owner Shannan Troncoso. Classics like blueberry and ricotta waffles will also be in the mix. 3126 12th Street NE

Fried green tomato benedict with pecorino romano cheese and a mixed green salad at Brookland’s Finest.
Scott Suchman/Brookland’s Finest

For an all-day Indian party:

From 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Penn Quarter’s new 4,700-square-foot stunner Punjab Grill is throwing an all-day feast featuring festive specials. The inaugural stateside location of the luxury Indian brand plans to also serve its full menu, which includes chutney flights, paneer cheesecake, and lamb garnished in real 24-carat gold leaf. 427 11th Street NW

For a waterfront Italian feast:

Officina, Nicholas Stefanelli’s three-story culinary playground, is celebrating its first Easter brunch on the Wharf with an Italian three-course spread (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The family-style setup stars ricotta cavatelli with ramp pesto, mushroom and pecorino, and roasted spring lamb with potato and artichoke. Italian desserts like a Sicilian ricotta-based sponge cake and a Neapolitan tart will also be available for purchase at Officina’s to-go market downstairs. Reserve via Resy or by calling (202) 747-5222. 1120 Maine Avenue SW