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Where to Find Easter Sunday Specials Around D.C.

Festive brunches and dinners include plenty of options for takeout and outdoor seating

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A typical Easter celebration calls for an early morning egg hunt, followed by mass, then a big family brunch. The spring holiday (Sunday, April 4) still looks a little different during Year 2 of the pandemic — but that doesn’t mean brunch is canceled. On the holiest day on the Christian liturgical calendar, many restaurants cater to customers with limited indoor and outdoor dining (an option off the table during the dine-in ban last year), plus takeout and delivery.

As establishments continue to adapt to shifting public health restrictions, Easter staples like lamb, ham, and egg-shaped chocolates remain. Here are 20 options for an Easter feast:

D.C. allows indoor dining at 25 percent capacity, and alcohol consumption is allowed until 10 p.m. (midnight starting March 22). Many restaurants offer outdoor seating, but this should not be taken as endorsement for dining out, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Sfoglina Van Ness

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The all-day menu at Sfoglina Van Ness includes Easter specials such as cavatelli with pancetta and a grilled lamb porterhouse with white bean puree, oven-roasted tomatoes, and French beans. Hours on Sunday, April 4, are 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., with seating available indoors and on the patio.

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Colada Shop

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Chef Mario Monte and the team at Colada Shop offer an Easter morning package priced at $60 for two. The deal includes a bottle of Cava with carrot reduction for DIY sparkling cocktails at home and a meal kit with bunny-shaped pastelitos, empanadas, croquetas, and breakfast sandwiches.

Compass Rose

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For a global Easter feast, the takeout menu at Compass Rose offers brunch dishes like khachapuri and scallion street pancakes. Meanwhile, the restaurant’s streetside patio is themed around a Trans Siberian train car with a Russian Zakuski menu.

Ivy City Smokehouse

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The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse compiles an Easter party platters sure to please seafood lovers, complete with five smoked fishes like Great Lakes whitefish salad, peppercorn hot smoked salmon and smoked North Carolina rainbow trout with chive, cream cheese, tomato, red onion, cucumber, caper, and horseradish sauce. A small portion ($50) comes with four bagels, and the large ($80) comes with eight. Reserve here. — Tierney Plumb

Ivy City Smokehouse’s festive seafood spread.
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Gravitas

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This Easter, Gravitas rolls out luxurious brunch and dinner menus, both available indoors or in heated outdoor spaces on the atrium patio and rooftop deck. And for those celebrating at home, Gravitas is offering a take-home package for two ($110), featuring Italian ribolitta soup and roasted eye of lamb.

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Hank's Oyster Bar (Multiple locations)

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Jamie Leeds’s local seafood chain preps and packages takeout Easter meals that scream spring. A vegetable-heavy salad and Parker House rolls accompany mains like seared black cod with grilled leeks, baby tomatoes, and dill. Sides include roasted rainbow carrots with candied pecans or sugar snap peas with mint. The company’s beloved key lime pie is for dessert. Place orders by Tuesday, March 30, for pickup on Saturday, April 3. The spread feeds two to three ($110) and comes with simple plating and reheating instructions. Dine-in Easter specials are available all day, too. — T.P.

Nina May

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Nina May recently debuted a new and expanded patio just in time for Easter brunch. For those who prefer to stay home in pajamas, a Feast meal kit for two is a great way to go ($100). The breakfast in bed menu includes smoked salmon deviled eggs, classic eggs Benedict, a local cheese and charcuterie board, and a crown roast of lamb with rosemary. Order online.

Stellina Pizzeria

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Italian pastries are an ideal way to celebrate Easter. Stellina is baking columba, a dove-shaped, yeasted sweet bread made to mark the coming of spring. The bread is available in classic almond-glaze, apricot, and dark chocolate flavors. For chocolate lovers, there’s also hand-decorated eggs in milk, extra dark, and white chocolate bites, plus assorted chocolate mini-eggs filled with cream. Pre-order online.

Columba sweet bread from Stellina.
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Teddy & The Bully Bar

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The American restaurant downtown has something for everyone on Easter Sunday, with a multi-course menu that includes sticky buns for the table, tuna tartare, entree options like a petite filet paired with a crab cake or chicken and waffles. An “endless” carving station contains prime rib, sausage, and sugar-glazed salmon. There’s an ice cream sundae bar, too. Click or call to make a reservation inside or across its patio (10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) for $65 per person and $24 for kids 12-and-under. — T.P.

Teddy & The Bully Bar serves a sea of sweets on Easter.
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Brasserie Liberté

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Georgetown’s elegant, airy brasserie commemorates the holiday with mimosa kits, beef Bourguignon skillets, and lox Benedict for brunch (8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.), followed by seared and butterflied whole branzino and coq au vin for dinner. Reserve via OpenTable, with the most coveted Easter Sunday seat being its “fabergé egg” booth in the back. Restaurateur Hakan Ilhan’s sister spots Al Dente and Ottoman Taverna also offer prix fixe and bottomless brunches, respectively, for under $40. — T.P.

Brasserie’s upscale spin on steak and eggs (marinated hanger steak, piperade, salsa brava, poached egg, petite salad, and home fries).
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Unconventional Diner

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In honor of Women’s History Month in April, two of Unconventional Diner’s leading female chefs collaborate on an Easter menu. Sous chef Leena Ali draws from her Middle Eastern heritage with pulled lamb shawarma and grilled leg of lamb kabob. For dessert, award-winning pastry chef Ana Deshaies makes an indulgent chocolate cake incorporating Valrhona Illanka chocolate from Peru. Pre-order through Friday, April 2 for pickup on Sunday. — T.P.

Unconventional Diner pastry chef Ana Deshaies’s Easter chocolate cake.
Unconventional Diner pastry chef Ana Deshaies’s Easter chocolate cake.
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RPM Italian

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RPM Italian’s doors open at noon sharp for a special three-course Easter menu for $65 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Selections include burrata and spring pea crostini, Roman-style artichokes, and braised lamb shank. Advanced reservations can be made on Tock.

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Blend 111

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Vienna’s Blend 111 offers an Easter brunch deal for $55 per person. The three-course menu can be enjoyed on the patio on Easter Sunday. Dishes include white asparagus, jamón serrano, and Chesapeake Bay rockfish toasted with coconut rice and chimichurri.

Equinox Restaurant

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Equinox’s famed vegan brunch can be enjoyed on Easter Sunday. An eight-course tasting menu comes with a mini basket of Easter sweets.

Opaline Bar and Brasserie

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Sofitel Hotel’s patio offers a green setting for Opaline Bar & Brasserie’s Easter brunch, which starts early at 11 a.m. Guests can enjoy the French menu and sip cocktails alfresco or reserve a guest room in the hotel. Suites accommodate up to six guests, for 2.5 hours at no additional cost. Call for reservations.

Diners can sip cocktails on the patio or in a hotel suite on Easter.
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Taco Bamba

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Every weekend, chefs Victor Albisu, Faiz Ally, and Greg Lucero send out upscale, heat-and-eat dinner kits from Taco Bamba Vienna dubbed “Tres for Two.” Easter weekend plans include artichoke and black truffle soup, braised duck Shepherd’s pie, and baked carrot cake doughnuts, plus a variety of empanadas. Order online by March 26 for pickup April 1 to 4, with delivery in select areas of Northern Virginia and Rockville. — T.P.

Bistro Cacao

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This old school French bistro has an expansive patio where customers can tuck into a roasted rack of lamb. Pickup or delivery orders and dine-in reservations are all available online.

La Vie has an unlimited Mediterranean Easter Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests can indulge in favorites like shakshuka, duck Carbonara, and salmon souvlaki. The restaurant is open for limited indoor, plus outdoor seating. Brunch is priced at $45 per person and $18 for kids 7 to 12. Kids under 6 are free. Reservations are available on Opentable.

For one of the most coveted brunch reservations in town this Easter, Albi’s abundant Levantine menu includes a leg of lamb, barbecue kebabs, and sumac honey-glazed ham with carrot tahini and grilled turnip. Reservations are available on Resy.

Chef Michael Rafidi plates a dish at Albi
Chef Michael Rafidi at Albi.
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Shilling Canning Company

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Chef Reid Shilling’s Navy Yard restaurant plans a three-course Easter Sunday brunch and (takeout-only) dinner. Early in the day, the restaurant will serve deviled eggs, lobster omelets,  four-piece servings of fried chicken, and hot cross buns. Starting at $55 per person, with seasonal mimosas and cherry blossom-themed cocktails for extra. Dinner ($65 per person) features prime rib with horseradish cream, york pudding, wood oven-roasted local vegetables and potatoes, spring greens, and carrot cake. Available for pickup from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; pre-orders are requested. — T.P.

Brunch at Shilling Canning Company.
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Sfoglina Van Ness

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The all-day menu at Sfoglina Van Ness includes Easter specials such as cavatelli with pancetta and a grilled lamb porterhouse with white bean puree, oven-roasted tomatoes, and French beans. Hours on Sunday, April 4, are 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., with seating available indoors and on the patio.

Sfoglina Photo: Sfoglina

Colada Shop

Chef Mario Monte and the team at Colada Shop offer an Easter morning package priced at $60 for two. The deal includes a bottle of Cava with carrot reduction for DIY sparkling cocktails at home and a meal kit with bunny-shaped pastelitos, empanadas, croquetas, and breakfast sandwiches.

Compass Rose

For a global Easter feast, the takeout menu at Compass Rose offers brunch dishes like khachapuri and scallion street pancakes. Meanwhile, the restaurant’s streetside patio is themed around a Trans Siberian train car with a Russian Zakuski menu.

Ivy City Smokehouse

Ivy City Smokehouse’s festive seafood spread.
Ivy City Smokehouse/official photo

The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse compiles an Easter party platters sure to please seafood lovers, complete with five smoked fishes like Great Lakes whitefish salad, peppercorn hot smoked salmon and smoked North Carolina rainbow trout with chive, cream cheese, tomato, red onion, cucumber, caper, and horseradish sauce. A small portion ($50) comes with four bagels, and the large ($80) comes with eight. Reserve here. — Tierney Plumb

Ivy City Smokehouse’s festive seafood spread.
Ivy City Smokehouse/official photo

Gravitas

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This Easter, Gravitas rolls out luxurious brunch and dinner menus, both available indoors or in heated outdoor spaces on the atrium patio and rooftop deck. And for those celebrating at home, Gravitas is offering a take-home package for two ($110), featuring Italian ribolitta soup and roasted eye of lamb.

Leading DC/Gravitas

Hank's Oyster Bar (Multiple locations)

Jamie Leeds’s local seafood chain preps and packages takeout Easter meals that scream spring. A vegetable-heavy salad and Parker House rolls accompany mains like seared black cod with grilled leeks, baby tomatoes, and dill. Sides include roasted rainbow carrots with candied pecans or sugar snap peas with mint. The company’s beloved key lime pie is for dessert. Place orders by Tuesday, March 30, for pickup on Saturday, April 3. The spread feeds two to three ($110) and comes with simple plating and reheating instructions. Dine-in Easter specials are available all day, too. — T.P.

Nina May

Nina May recently debuted a new and expanded patio just in time for Easter brunch. For those who prefer to stay home in pajamas, a Feast meal kit for two is a great way to go ($100). The breakfast in bed menu includes smoked salmon deviled eggs, classic eggs Benedict, a local cheese and charcuterie board, and a crown roast of lamb with rosemary. Order online.

Stellina Pizzeria

Columba sweet bread from Stellina.
Stellina/official photo

Italian pastries are an ideal way to celebrate Easter. Stellina is baking columba, a dove-shaped, yeasted sweet bread made to mark the coming of spring. The bread is available in classic almond-glaze, apricot, and dark chocolate flavors. For chocolate lovers, there’s also hand-decorated eggs in milk, extra dark, and white chocolate bites, plus assorted chocolate mini-eggs filled with cream. Pre-order online.

Columba sweet bread from Stellina.
Stellina/official photo

Teddy & The Bully Bar

Teddy & The Bully Bar serves a sea of sweets on Easter.
Teddy & The Bully Bar/official photo

The American restaurant downtown has something for everyone on Easter Sunday, with a multi-course menu that includes sticky buns for the table, tuna tartare, entree options like a petite filet paired with a crab cake or chicken and waffles. An “endless” carving station contains prime rib, sausage, and sugar-glazed salmon. There’s an ice cream sundae bar, too. Click or call to make a reservation inside or across its patio (10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) for $65 per person and $24 for kids 12-and-under. — T.P.

Teddy & The Bully Bar serves a sea of sweets on Easter.
Teddy & The Bully Bar/official photo

Brasserie Liberté

Brasserie’s upscale spin on steak and eggs (marinated hanger steak, piperade, salsa brava, poached egg, petite salad, and home fries).
Brasserie Liberté/official photo

Georgetown’s elegant, airy brasserie commemorates the holiday with mimosa kits, beef Bourguignon skillets, and lox Benedict for brunch (8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.), followed by seared and butterflied whole branzino and coq au vin for dinner. Reserve via OpenTable, with the most coveted Easter Sunday seat being its “fabergé egg” booth in the back. Restaurateur Hakan Ilhan’s sister spots Al Dente and Ottoman Taverna also offer prix fixe and bottomless brunches, respectively, for under $40. — T.P.

Brasserie’s upscale spin on steak and eggs (marinated hanger steak, piperade, salsa brava, poached egg, petite salad, and home fries).
Brasserie Liberté/official photo

Unconventional Diner

Unconventional Diner pastry chef Ana Deshaies’s Easter chocolate cake.
Unconventional Diner pastry chef Ana Deshaies’s Easter chocolate cake.
Unconventional Diner/official photo

In honor of Women’s History Month in April, two of Unconventional Diner’s leading female chefs collaborate on an Easter menu. Sous chef Leena Ali draws from her Middle Eastern heritage with pulled lamb shawarma and grilled leg of lamb kabob. For dessert, award-winning pastry chef Ana Deshaies makes an indulgent chocolate cake incorporating Valrhona Illanka chocolate from Peru. Pre-order through Friday, April 2 for pickup on Sunday. — T.P.

Unconventional Diner pastry chef Ana Deshaies’s Easter chocolate cake.
Unconventional Diner pastry chef Ana Deshaies’s Easter chocolate cake.
Unconventional Diner/official photo

RPM Italian

RPM Italian PRM Italian/official photo

RPM Italian’s doors open at noon sharp for a special three-course Easter menu for $65 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Selections include burrata and spring pea crostini, Roman-style artichokes, and braised lamb shank. Advanced reservations can be made on Tock.

RPM Italian PRM Italian/official photo

Blend 111

Vienna’s Blend 111 offers an Easter brunch deal for $55 per person. The three-course menu can be enjoyed on the patio on Easter Sunday. Dishes include white asparagus, jamón serrano, and Chesapeake Bay rockfish toasted with coconut rice and chimichurri.

Equinox Restaurant

Equinox’s famed vegan brunch can be enjoyed on Easter Sunday. An eight-course tasting menu comes with a mini basket of Easter sweets.

Opaline Bar and Brasserie

Diners can sip cocktails on the patio or in a hotel suite on Easter.
Opaline/official photo

Sofitel Hotel’s patio offers a green setting for Opaline Bar & Brasserie’s Easter brunch, which starts early at 11 a.m. Guests can enjoy the French menu and sip cocktails alfresco or reserve a guest room in the hotel. Suites accommodate up to six guests, for 2.5 hours at no additional cost. Call for reservations.

Diners can sip cocktails on the patio or in a hotel suite on Easter.
Opaline/official photo

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Taco Bamba

Every weekend, chefs Victor Albisu, Faiz Ally, and Greg Lucero send out upscale, heat-and-eat dinner kits from Taco Bamba Vienna dubbed “Tres for Two.” Easter weekend plans include artichoke and black truffle soup, braised duck Shepherd’s pie, and baked carrot cake doughnuts, plus a variety of empanadas. Order online by March 26 for pickup April 1 to 4, with delivery in select areas of Northern Virginia and Rockville. — T.P.

Bistro Cacao

This old school French bistro has an expansive patio where customers can tuck into a roasted rack of lamb. Pickup or delivery orders and dine-in reservations are all available online.

La Vie

La Vie has an unlimited Mediterranean Easter Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests can indulge in favorites like shakshuka, duck Carbonara, and salmon souvlaki. The restaurant is open for limited indoor, plus outdoor seating. Brunch is priced at $45 per person and $18 for kids 7 to 12. Kids under 6 are free. Reservations are available on Opentable.

Albi

Chef Michael Rafidi plates a dish at Albi
Chef Michael Rafidi at Albi.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

For one of the most coveted brunch reservations in town this Easter, Albi’s abundant Levantine menu includes a leg of lamb, barbecue kebabs, and sumac honey-glazed ham with carrot tahini and grilled turnip. Reservations are available on Resy.

Chef Michael Rafidi plates a dish at Albi
Chef Michael Rafidi at Albi.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Shilling Canning Company

Brunch at Shilling Canning Company.
Shilling Canning Company/official photo

Chef Reid Shilling’s Navy Yard restaurant plans a three-course Easter Sunday brunch and (takeout-only) dinner. Early in the day, the restaurant will serve deviled eggs, lobster omelets,  four-piece servings of fried chicken, and hot cross buns. Starting at $55 per person, with seasonal mimosas and cherry blossom-themed cocktails for extra. Dinner ($65 per person) features prime rib with horseradish cream, york pudding, wood oven-roasted local vegetables and potatoes, spring greens, and carrot cake. Available for pickup from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; pre-orders are requested. — T.P.