Five Easter brunch picks

Easter is one of the most popular days of the year for brunch. As such, we decided to help you select your dining destination by sharing five of our top picks in Washington, DC.

Beef Tartalettes are on the Easter brunch menu at Besca. (Photo by Rey Lopez)


Chef Ryan Ratino, named Rising Culinary Star of 2017 by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, and his team at Bresca invite you to celebrate Easter Sunday with a creative family-style five-course brunch between 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Guests have a choice of entrée either a whole roasted chicken with brioche stuffing, wild spring vegetables, späetzle and cabbage; or a saddle of Virginia lamb with foie gras stuffing, a cassuoulet of lamb sausage and fava beans, and wild spring vegetables. Priced at $50 (chicken)/$59 (lamb) per adult and $35 per child (12 and under), tax and gratuity not included.

The Jefferson is inviting guests to enjoy Easter brunch under the 1923 skylight of The Greenhouse. (Photo courtesy of The Jefferson)

The Greenhouse at The Jefferson

For an elevated Easter Brunch, The Greenhouse at The Jefferson hotel is offering a four-course meal paired with a dynamic wine list beneath the restaurant’s historic 1923 skylight. Available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the prix fixe brunch menu includes Chesapeake Soft Shell Crab with Kohlrabi Kimchi, Lobster and Hen Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise and grilled asparagus tips and Seared Filet of Black Bass with urchin, mussel and clams. Guests can also order from a list of sparkling, white or red wines to pair with their Easter fare. Priced at $115 per adult and $55 per child (12 and under), tax and gratuity not included.


Chef Geoff is offering some of his favorite dishes for Easter brunch. (Photo courtesy of Chef Geoff’s)

Chef Geoff’s

Chef Geoff’s in Washington, DC is offering an extensive à la carte Easter brunch menu starting at 10 a.m. The chef’s recommended favorites are the sweet Dijon glazed ham with an apricot orange sauce, mashed sweet potatoes with pecan streusel, and grilled asparagus for $21.95; sweet cream stuffed French toast with caramel apples and real maple syrup for $14.95; avocado toast with sunny side up eggs and turkey bacon for $13.95; and Parisian eggs Benedict with garlic spinach, smoked ham, and truffle hollandaise for $16.95. There will also be the option of bottomless mimosa made with your choice of orange, pineapple, grapefruit, peach or pear nectar for $15.95.

The beautiful dining room at 701 Restaurant is a perfect setting for Easter brunch. (Photo by Greg Powers)

701 Restaurant

The landmark 701 Restaurant is offering a three-course, prix fixe brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Standout dishes include roasted lamb chops with mint agrodolce, Yukon gold, Brussels sprouts and pistachio; house-made ricotta ravioli with thyme brown butter and pecorino, as well as confit duck with buttermilk biscuit, red eye gravy and mascarpone creamed spinach. For the perfect ending, guests can select from featured desserts such as lemon poppy seed cake with whipped cream and strawberry jam. Guests will also enjoy live jazz music throughout the day. Priced at $50 per adult and $22.50 for children (10 and under), tax and gratuity not included.

The Easter brunch menu at Taberna del Albardero includes a very tasty paella. (Photo by Barnette Holston, Jr.)

Taberna del Alabardero

Taberna del Alabardero, DC’s classic Spanish restaurant, is inaugurating its brunch service this Easter Sunday from 10:30 a.m until 2:30 p.m. The menu includes a full a la carte selection with tapas, appetizers, paellas and entrees along with a dessert selection that are all part of the “Brunch Like a Spaniard” menu. Additionally, guests can select a three-course offering at $50 per person, that includes one appetizer, one entrée and a dessert; or a Spanish Brunch, at $60 per person, that allows two tapas, one appetizer, one Spanish style paella or entrée and one dessert. With both, one complimentary Cava mimosa, Bloody Mary or sangria is included.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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