There’s not much else to think about this week besides the impending break, chaotic travel nightmare, requisite family time, and epic gorge-fest. So instead of highlighting all the cheesy holiday festivities happening in D.C. this week (and there are a lot of them), we thought we’d wrap up the best Christmas brunches about town. Because, after all, your family will need somewhere to dine on Christmas, right? (Surely you won’t be slaving away in the kitchen when there’s such amazing brunches to be had!) Here’s where to go.
Blue Duck Tavern
On Christmas Day, this cozy, contemporary hotel restaurant is offering a three-course, buffet-style holiday brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It’ll almost be like eating at home with the family: Starters are set throughout the open kitchen, then you get a choice of entrée and side dishes, followed by desserts in the pastry pantry. $90 per person; $42.50 for children between 6 to 12 years of age; under six are complimentary (exclusive of beverages, tax and gratuity). Make reservations here.
The hosts of the infamous Sunday Harvest Brunch will outdo themselves on Christmas Day with a champagne brunch in the Colonnade. The epic buffet will include seasonal greens and specialty salads, charcuterie and smoked salmon, sustainable Atlantic seafood, local artisan creamery cheeses, breakfast items and more. Not to mention the selection of Christmas entrees: Virginia lamb rack with white bean and bacon cassoulet, Atlantic sea salt-brined tom turkey, maple-glazed Christmas ham, and other selections. Unlimited sparkling wine, mimosas, coffee, tea, and juices are included in the $89 per person ($45 for children under 12) price tag. Call (202) 457-5020 to make reservations.
Impress your family and go classic Washingtonian with Christmas brunch at The Willard. Completely decked out for the holidays, the grand hotel is offering a super exclusive Christmas Day brunch in The Willard Room and The Crystal Room. They don’t divulge the menu, but we’re sure it’s spectacular. Seatings are available at 11 a.m., 11:30, 1:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. $75 per adult and $35 for children ages five through 12. Free for kids under 12. Make a reservation by calling (202) 637-7350.
We haven’t brunched here yet, but the photos make it look super cute and inviting (and pink!). Plus, the Morrison-Clark Historic Hotel and Restaurant has garnered accolades from Conde Nast Traveler and Gourmet magazines, so we’re willing to give it a shot. Try it for Christmas when, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., the 75-seat restaurant is offering a three-course meal with a fab menu to choose from. For starters, there are adventurous options, including a pheasant sausage scotch egg served on a frisée nest. For your main course, you could go with the red wine braised oxtail, the baked salt cod, the grilled range steak or the lamb cassoulet. Christmas brunch is $70 for adults, $25 for children under 12. Make reservations here.
The Four Seasons
Seasons in the Four Seasons is a fabulous brunch regardless of the holiday. But for Christmas, the buffet menu will be truly special, with stations for every imaginable meat (grilled rack of lamb? Yes, please!), made-to-order omelets, breakfast, amazing seafood (snapper ceviche con leche de tigre … omg), market salads, and sides that run the gamut from foie gras stuffing to truffle potato gratin. Plus, there’s a cheese station and a “Ski Lodge Chili Shack” where you can get any kind of chili from Chinese duck chili to classic five-alarm beef chili—and all the garnishes to go on top. I’m not even going to get into the desserts. It looks sick. Make reservations here.