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Rabbit or Rack of Lamb? Eater's Guide to Easter Dining

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As tempting as it is to make a meal out of Peeps and Cadberry Creme Eggs, Washington-area chefs are preparing special menus for March 31 to lure diners away from their Easter baskets. Here are a ton of different dining options for Easter brunch and more, featuring dishes that embrace spring — with plenty of lamb, rabbit, seasonal veggies, and carrot cake.
—Adele Chapin


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Firefly

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1310 New Hampshire Ave
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 861-1310
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From Tuesday, March 26 through Monday, April 1, Firefly’s Chef de Cuisine Todd Wiss is cooking up a four-course prix fixe “Rabbit Tasting Menu.” That means rabbit terrine as an amuse bouche, a first course of rabbit confit in a frisée and spring onion salad, crispy rabbit leg with spring carrots and peas as a main course, and carrot sorbet and housemade rabbit marshmallows for dessert.

2. The Grille At Morrison House

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116 S Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 838-8000
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Brunch on Easter day at The Grille at Morrison House will run $50 per person and $30 for children ages 12 and under. Dishes on the menu include strawberry rhubarb beignets, escargot, Path Valley Farms spring lamb forager pie, pan-seared Scottish salmon, chocolate cheesecake, and root beer semifreddo with Tahitian vanilla bean cotton candy.

3. BRABO Restaurant by Robert Wiedmaier

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1600 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 894-3440
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In Old Town, head to Brabo for an Easter brunch buffet. Priced at $60 per person, expect dishes like honey-glazed ham, eggs benedict, rockfish and grilled asparagus, and roasted prime rib. Bloody marys and a mimosa bar will be on hand, for an additional price.

4. Addie's

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11120 Rockville Pke
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 881-0081
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Easter Day is the official opening of Addie’s patio, and the Rockville restaurant will also set up a tent at the front of the restaurant for Easter brunch. Expect entrees like mushroom quiche, shrimp and grits, eggs Pontchartrain, and fried chicken and waffles.

5. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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1612 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009-4307
(202) 319-1612
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Brunch is as usual on Easter Day at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, but no need to wait in line, since 14th Street restaurant will accept reservations for the holiday.

6. Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel

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1200 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 448-2300
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The four-course Easter Sunday brunch at the luxe Greenhouse at The Jefferson, DC includes dishes like silver dollar pancakes, crabcake eggs benedict, housemade fettucine, and sugar-dusted doughnut holes for $80 per person and $40 for children ages 12 and under.

7. Ceiba

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701 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 393-3983
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Headed to the Easter Egg Roll at the White House on April 1? Stop by Ceiba for Chef Matthew Britt’s version of egg salad: Molette de Huevos, a Mexican open-faced sandwich with egg salad on a toasted baguette, paired with house made purple potato chips.

8. 2941 Restaurant

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2941 Fairview Park Dr
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 270-1500
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From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Easter Day at 2941 Restaurant, a special Easter three-course prix fixe menu will be available for $65 per person, or $48 per person for the three-course vegetarian prix fixe menu. Meat eaters can try rabbit “porchetta style,” with fennel raviolini, baby artichoke and saffron broth. Sweets include carrot cake with walnut parfait and the 2941 Easter Basket chocolate cake with pistachio mousse and strawberry sherbet.

9. Society Fair

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277 S Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-3247
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Pick up Society Fair’s $80 Easter Breakfast Bag for a to-go feast, with sparkling wine, white wine, quiche, scones and more. Also available is Chef Cathal Armstrong’s $75 Irish Easter Basket, filled with Irish foodstuffs like Bewley's Dublin Morning tea, Hogan's Irish Scone Mix Folláin Raspberry Jam, Jacob's Afternoon Tea Biscuits, and John Kelly Chocolates. All Easter Breakfast orders must be in by March 27th and picked up on Saturday, March 30.

10. Virtue Feed & Grain

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106 S Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 970-3669
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Virtue Feed and Grain will serve brunch on Easter Sunday, featuring a la carte brunch specials like smoked salmon eggs benedict and cocktails like the “Church Tea.” For dinner, Chef Ryan Wheeler’s Easter dinner for two is priced at $55 for a spring rack of lamb paired with potato gratin and green peas.

11. Art and Soul

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415 New Jersey Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-7777
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The newly renovated Art and Soul will roll out a brunch buffet stocked with Southern favorites like maple ham and fried chicken with waffles for Easter Sunday. The brunch buffet starts at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m., and is priced at $55 per person and $25 for children. The restaurant will also serve a $45 three-course Easter dinner menu that includes gallontine of rabbit and a roasted leg of Shenandoah lamb.

12. Graffiato

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707 6th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 289-3600
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Graffiato’s four-course, $40 Easter menu will include items like flatbread with pepperoni sauce, brussel sprouts, meatballs with polenta, and olive oil cake.

13. Lincoln

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1110 Vermont Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 386-9200
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Lincoln is celebrating Easter with a $45 per person, three-course menu that features lamb chop with warm farro salad, Maine lobster parfait, and Meyer lemon panna cotta or a chocolate peanut butter bar for dessert.

14. Tabard Inn

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1739 N St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-8528
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The Tabard Inn’s brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. is reservation only on Easter Sunday, with a la carte menu items ranging from toasted macademia nut waffles to grilled quail over shrimp and oyster mushroom grits.

15. Zaytinya

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701 9th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 638-0800
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Zaytina is hosting a five-week festival of Easter festivities, kicking off on March 31 and concluding on Greek Orthodox Easter on May 5. Find special Greek Lent and Easter-inspired menu offerings by Head Chef Michael Costa on Zaytina’s menu throughout the festival. And to open and close the festival on March 31 and May 5, Zaytina will offer a prix fixe brunch menu featuring spit roasted lamb shoulder, priced at $35 per person. Zaytina will also host a Greek outdoor market, or agorá, on the restaurant’s patio on Sunday, April 21 starting at 11 a.m. and Monday, April 22 starting at 6 p.m. The market will host live Greek music and vendors with Greek artisanal goods for sale. The Pepe truck will also be on hand to serve “Zaytina lamb sandwiches” during the outdoor markets, and will offer the lamb sandwich on its menu throughout Zaytina’s Easter festival.

16. Bombay Club

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815 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 659-3727
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Go for Bombay Club’s Champagne buffet brunch on Easter Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., priced at $35 with bottomless Champagne and dishes like lamb palak with spinach and shrimp pepper masala.

17. Blue Duck Tavern

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1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 419-6755
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Blue Duck Tavern’s Easter brunch menu features dishes like roasted lamb rack with rosemary jus, spring duck confit hash, and sour cream cheesecake with brandied cherries for dessert. The three-course, fixed-price menu is available from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and runs $95 per person and $45 for children between six and 12.

18. Fluffy Thoughts

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1320 Old Chain Bridge Rd
McLean, VA 22101
(703) 942-5538
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Fluffy Thoughts Cakes is pulling out the stops for Easter: choose between a cake shaped like an Easter basket, a flower pot-shaped chocolate cake with Oreo crumbs, and carrot cake cupcakes topped with edible bunnies.

19. Old Angler's Inn

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10801 MacArthur Blvd.
Potomac, MD 20854
(301) 365-2425
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The rustic Old Angler’s Inn along the C&O Canal is a destination for Easter, with a three-course, prix fixe menu priced at $65 per person that includes dishes like Hudson Valley foie gras torchon with poached raspberries, Berkshire pork loin, and herb roasted rack of lamb. The Easter brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

20. 1789

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1226 36th St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 965-1789
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Bring the kids to 1789 in Georgetown this Easter Sunday, where a fuzzy Easter bunny will make an appearance during brunch to hand out candy. For the grownups, brunch includes roasted leg of locally-sourced lamb, marinated in garlic and mint and served with potato gratin. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., and an a la carte Easter dinner menu will be served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

21. Tel'Veh Cafe and Wine Bar

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401 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 241-9696
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Tel’Veh Cafe & Wine Bar on Massachusetts Avenue is offering an Easter brunch, either a la cart or prix fixe for the entire table at $29.95 a person. Mediteranean-influenced offerings include htipiti, a roasted feta spread with chili flakes, and cacik, a yogurt dish with cucumber and garlic, as well as traditional brunch entrees like omelettes and crepes

22. Central Michel Richard

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1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 626-0015
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Central's Easter Brunch menu includes dishes such as rack of lamb and eggplant gazpacho.

23. Jardenea

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2430 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, George Washington University-Development and Alumni Relations
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 955-6400
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For $58 per person, Jardenea will offer a brunch buffet featuring dishes like create-your-own omelets.

1. Firefly

1310 New Hampshire Ave, Washington, DC 20004
From Tuesday, March 26 through Monday, April 1, Firefly’s Chef de Cuisine Todd Wiss is cooking up a four-course prix fixe “Rabbit Tasting Menu.” That means rabbit terrine as an amuse bouche, a first course of rabbit confit in a frisée and spring onion salad, crispy rabbit leg with spring carrots and peas as a main course, and carrot sorbet and housemade rabbit marshmallows for dessert.
1310 New Hampshire Ave
Washington, DC 20004

2. The Grille At Morrison House

116 S Alfred St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Brunch on Easter day at The Grille at Morrison House will run $50 per person and $30 for children ages 12 and under. Dishes on the menu include strawberry rhubarb beignets, escargot, Path Valley Farms spring lamb forager pie, pan-seared Scottish salmon, chocolate cheesecake, and root beer semifreddo with Tahitian vanilla bean cotton candy.
116 S Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314

3. BRABO Restaurant by Robert Wiedmaier

1600 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
In Old Town, head to Brabo for an Easter brunch buffet. Priced at $60 per person, expect dishes like honey-glazed ham, eggs benedict, rockfish and grilled asparagus, and roasted prime rib. Bloody marys and a mimosa bar will be on hand, for an additional price.
1600 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

4. Addie's

11120 Rockville Pke, Rockville, MD 20852
Easter Day is the official opening of Addie’s patio, and the Rockville restaurant will also set up a tent at the front of the restaurant for Easter brunch. Expect entrees like mushroom quiche, shrimp and grits, eggs Pontchartrain, and fried chicken and waffles.
11120 Rockville Pke
Rockville, MD 20852

5. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

1612 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009-4307
Brunch is as usual on Easter Day at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, but no need to wait in line, since 14th Street restaurant will accept reservations for the holiday.
1612 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009-4307

6. Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel

1200 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
The four-course Easter Sunday brunch at the luxe Greenhouse at The Jefferson, DC includes dishes like silver dollar pancakes, crabcake eggs benedict, housemade fettucine, and sugar-dusted doughnut holes for $80 per person and $40 for children ages 12 and under.
1200 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

7. Ceiba

701 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Headed to the Easter Egg Roll at the White House on April 1? Stop by Ceiba for Chef Matthew Britt’s version of egg salad: Molette de Huevos, a Mexican open-faced sandwich with egg salad on a toasted baguette, paired with house made purple potato chips.
701 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

8. 2941 Restaurant

2941 Fairview Park Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042
From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Easter Day at 2941 Restaurant, a special Easter three-course prix fixe menu will be available for $65 per person, or $48 per person for the three-course vegetarian prix fixe menu. Meat eaters can try rabbit “porchetta style,” with fennel raviolini, baby artichoke and saffron broth. Sweets include carrot cake with walnut parfait and the 2941 Easter Basket chocolate cake with pistachio mousse and strawberry sherbet.
2941 Fairview Park Dr
Falls Church, VA 22042

9. Society Fair

277 S Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Pick up Society Fair’s $80 Easter Breakfast Bag for a to-go feast, with sparkling wine, white wine, quiche, scones and more. Also available is Chef Cathal Armstrong’s $75 Irish Easter Basket, filled with Irish foodstuffs like Bewley's Dublin Morning tea, Hogan's Irish Scone Mix Folláin Raspberry Jam, Jacob's Afternoon Tea Biscuits, and John Kelly Chocolates. All Easter Breakfast orders must be in by March 27th and picked up on Saturday, March 30.
277 S Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

10. Virtue Feed & Grain

106 S Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Virtue Feed and Grain will serve brunch on Easter Sunday, featuring a la carte brunch specials like smoked salmon eggs benedict and cocktails like the “Church Tea.” For dinner, Chef Ryan Wheeler’s Easter dinner for two is priced at $55 for a spring rack of lamb paired with potato gratin and green peas.
106 S Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

11. Art and Soul

415 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
The newly renovated Art and Soul will roll out a brunch buffet stocked with Southern favorites like maple ham and fried chicken with waffles for Easter Sunday. The brunch buffet starts at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m., and is priced at $55 per person and $25 for children. The restaurant will also serve a $45 three-course Easter dinner menu that includes gallontine of rabbit and a roasted leg of Shenandoah lamb.
415 New Jersey Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001

12. Graffiato

707 6th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Graffiato’s four-course, $40 Easter menu will include items like flatbread with pepperoni sauce, brussel sprouts, meatballs with polenta, and olive oil cake.
707 6th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

13. Lincoln

1110 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20005
Lincoln is celebrating Easter with a $45 per person, three-course menu that features lamb chop with warm farro salad, Maine lobster parfait, and Meyer lemon panna cotta or a chocolate peanut butter bar for dessert.
1110 Vermont Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005

14. Tabard Inn

1739 N St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
The Tabard Inn’s brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. is reservation only on Easter Sunday, with a la carte menu items ranging from toasted macademia nut waffles to grilled quail over shrimp and oyster mushroom grits.
1739 N St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

15. Zaytinya

701 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Zaytina is hosting a five-week festival of Easter festivities, kicking off on March 31 and concluding on Greek Orthodox Easter on May 5. Find special Greek Lent and Easter-inspired menu offerings by Head Chef Michael Costa on Zaytina’s menu throughout the festival. And to open and close the festival on March 31 and May 5, Zaytina will offer a prix fixe brunch menu featuring spit roasted lamb shoulder, priced at $35 per person. Zaytina will also host a Greek outdoor market, or agorá, on the restaurant’s patio on Sunday, April 21 starting at 11 a.m. and Monday, April 22 starting at 6 p.m. The market will host live Greek music and vendors with Greek artisanal goods for sale. The Pepe truck will also be on hand to serve “Zaytina lamb sandwiches” during the outdoor markets, and will offer the lamb sandwich on its menu throughout Zaytina’s Easter festival.
701 9th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

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16. Bombay Club

815 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006
Go for Bombay Club’s Champagne buffet brunch on Easter Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., priced at $35 with bottomless Champagne and dishes like lamb palak with spinach and shrimp pepper masala.
815 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006

17. Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20037
Blue Duck Tavern’s Easter brunch menu features dishes like roasted lamb rack with rosemary jus, spring duck confit hash, and sour cream cheesecake with brandied cherries for dessert. The three-course, fixed-price menu is available from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and runs $95 per person and $45 for children between six and 12.
1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037

18. Fluffy Thoughts

1320 Old Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22101
Fluffy Thoughts Cakes is pulling out the stops for Easter: choose between a cake shaped like an Easter basket, a flower pot-shaped chocolate cake with Oreo crumbs, and carrot cake cupcakes topped with edible bunnies.
1320 Old Chain Bridge Rd
McLean, VA 22101

19. Old Angler's Inn

10801 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, MD 20854
The rustic Old Angler’s Inn along the C&O Canal is a destination for Easter, with a three-course, prix fixe menu priced at $65 per person that includes dishes like Hudson Valley foie gras torchon with poached raspberries, Berkshire pork loin, and herb roasted rack of lamb. The Easter brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
10801 MacArthur Blvd.
Potomac, MD 20854

20. 1789

1226 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Bring the kids to 1789 in Georgetown this Easter Sunday, where a fuzzy Easter bunny will make an appearance during brunch to hand out candy. For the grownups, brunch includes roasted leg of locally-sourced lamb, marinated in garlic and mint and served with potato gratin. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., and an a la carte Easter dinner menu will be served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
1226 36th St NW
Washington, DC 20007

21. Tel'Veh Cafe and Wine Bar

401 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Tel’Veh Cafe & Wine Bar on Massachusetts Avenue is offering an Easter brunch, either a la cart or prix fixe for the entire table at $29.95 a person. Mediteranean-influenced offerings include htipiti, a roasted feta spread with chili flakes, and cacik, a yogurt dish with cucumber and garlic, as well as traditional brunch entrees like omelettes and crepes
401 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

22. Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004
Central's Easter Brunch menu includes dishes such as rack of lamb and eggplant gazpacho.
1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004

23. Jardenea

2430 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, George Washington University-Development and Alumni Relations, Washington, DC 20037
For $58 per person, Jardenea will offer a brunch buffet featuring dishes like create-your-own omelets.
2430 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, George Washington University-Development and Alumni Relations
Washington, DC 20037

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