Whether you’re looking for a post-church celebration or just enjoying a Sunday afternoon of spring weather, there are plenty of D.C. restaurants serving up brunch this Easter. Your options in D.C. range from upscale spots for brunch with relatives to casual spots to kick back with the girls. So put on your Easter best and get to brunch!
Brunch Worthy of a Top Chef
Head to one of Mike Isabella’s restaurants Graffiato, Kapnos, or Kapnos Taverna, depending on whether you’re in the mood for Italian or Greek fare. Trust us, there is no wrong choice. Cooking brunch at home? Kapnos, our pick for best waffles of 2014, and Kapnos Taverna are offering an Easter spread to-go for all you kitchen-challenged Bitches. Read our review of brunch at Graffiato here and of Kapnos here.
Brunch for the Beer Lovers
Brunch goers can sample brews from around the country that make up the draft list at City Tap House. Be sure to pair it with their upscale pub food on the brunch menu. To sweeten the deal, they are offering a complimentary dessert to all Easter diners. We hear you may even catch that elusive Easter Bunny at their brunch. Check out our review of City Tap House here.
Brunch like the French
Francophiles can get their fill at the Easter brunch at steak-frites spot Bearnaise or the French-American brasserie DBGB Kitchen and Bar. At Bearnaise, you can get classic French dishes and bottomless mimosas, while DBGB is offering their a la carte menu or a prix-fixe option for $32. Read our review of Bearnaise here and DBGB here.
Brunch that Beat Bobby Flay
At Del Campo’s brunch, guests can get a taste of the very steak and eggs that topped the local celebrity on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay. The downtown South American dining room is also serving special lamb dishes for Easter, along with their usual brunch favorites. Read our recent interview with Chef Victor Albisu here.
History buffs will love dining at Lincoln, named after the 16th president himself. The Easter brunch menu features dishes like ricotta doughnuts and Maryland crab Benedict along with family-style sides and desserts for $55. Check out our review of Lincoln here.
Relative brunch newcomer Pinea, located in the swanky W Hotel, is extending brunch hours this Easter for all your brunching needs. The restaurant is offering its usual brunch menu along with an Easter special of filet of sole. End brunch with a gorgeous view at the scenic P.O.V. lounge and terrace, also located in the W.
All Day Brunch
Late-risers, fear not. Poste, located in Penn Quarter’s art-deco chic Hotel Monaco, is offering their Easter menu from 11-8. The $68 three-course menu allows guests to choose from delectable dishes like tuna tartare, roasted rack of lamb, scallops, and even an Easter Sundae! We love a good food pun. Read our review of Poste here.
Brunch with a Latin Flair
Snag a table for Easter Brunch at Rural Society, the Argentinian eatery from Jose Garces, to see why their omelet gained our top pick for 2015. For Easter, Rural Society is offering a $25 prix-fixe brunch menu featuring a braised lamb Benedict special. See what we thought of brunch at Rural Society here.
Brunch a Day Early
Charming Italian restaurant and cheese shop Lupo Verde is staying true to its roots by celebrating the Italian holiday “Pasquetta” or Little Easter on Saturday. For $25, you can get an array of wood-fire grilled dishes such as a slow roasted pork and porchetta panini, domestic lamb, and homemade pasta. Check out our review of Lupo Verde here.
If a non-traditional brunch is what you’re after, Daikaya has you covered. The sleek Japanese restaurant in Penn Quarter is celebrating the egg this Easter with egg-centric small plates. A new specialty cocktail, Sol Invictus, will also be available, boasting Japanese whiskey, green chartreuse, egg yolk, benedictine, and bitters. Don’t forget to come back to try the ramen shop downstairs for a bowl of the city’s best soup. Read our review of Daikaya’s brunch here.
If your brunches are formal affairs, head to Easter brunch at upscale Blue Duck Tavern. The $95 three-course prize fixe menu allows guest to choose a starter, entrée, and dessert with options like duck confit hash, Belgian waffles, and roasted rabbit sausage. Just remember to keep your pinky in the air while sipping your cocktail. Read our review of Blue Duck Tavern here.
Shaw seafood destination Eat The Rich is offering a 3-course Easter brunch for $45. Besides the delectable fare, a variety of brunch drink specials will be available. Because brunch without booze is just breakfast, right? After brunch, make a day of it by embarking on a restaurant crawl of Derek’s Browns adjacent restaurants (affectionately known as the “DB3). See what we thought of Eat the Rich here and read our interview with owner Derek Brown here.
Brunch with a Side of “Opa!”
Greek favorite Zaytinya from D.C. chef/legend Jose Andres is celebrating Easter (April 5th) and Greek Easter (April 12th) with a $35 prix-fixe menu featuring its new spring dishes and cocktails. We recently attended a preview of their new spring menu and sampled spring pea tzatziki, egg and lemon soup with lamb, and spit-roasted lamb shoulder hash. Trust us, you are going to want to go to this brunch. Read our review of Zaytinya here.
Authentic Italian Brunch
Casa Luca, the more casual sister restaurant of Fiola and Fiola Mare is offering brunch on Easter Sunday starting at 11:30. The recently launched brunch features a $32 3-course brunch with bottomless cocktails. We Bitches recently tried out their brunch and thought it was a standout thanks to their savory steak and eggs, outstanding kale Caeser salad (you read that right), seafood- packed frutti di mare. Do yourself a favor and spring for the heavenly bread basket. We promise you won’t regret it. See what we thought of brunch at Casa Luca here.