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The Most Delicious Easter Brunches in DC This Year

Blue Duck Tavern
Blue Duck Tavern
Blue Duck Tavern

As temperatures in Washington quickly enter the acceptable zone for patio weather, Easter Sunday is the perfect time to really dig into your brunching habit for the season. Whether you’re coming from church or just meeting friends for a glorious meal, Easter brunches mean business. From extensive buffet options to elaborate pre-fixe meals, you can definitely find what you’re looking for if you’re coming to the table hungry. Read on to learn about some of the best Easter brunch offerings in DC this year.

Blue Duck Tavern
Blue Duck Tavern
Blue Duck Tavern

Blue Duck Tavern

Foggy BottomUpscale prix-fixe menu with seasonal twists on classics
Executive Chef Adam Howard is adding new seasonal, American classics to the DC mainstay’s Easter menu. The three-course, prix fixe menu includes starters like bone marrow with a short rib marmalade along with an array of cheese, charcuterie, and a seafood tower. Other highlights include farmhouse baked eggs and dry aged lamb and more. Adults eat for $135 per person, and children between 6 and 12 for $55, while children under the age of 5 eat for free.  Brunch starts at 11:30am to 3:30pm. For reservations or more information, please call 202-419-6755 or visit blueducktavern.com.

Dyllan's Raw Bar
Dyllan’s Raw Bar
Dyllan’s Raw Bar

Dyllan’s Raw Bar

GeorgetownFestive preparations and a visit from the Easter Bunny
Located along the historic C&O Canal, Dyllan’s Raw Bar will be offering a seasonal a la carte Easter brunch menu with specials prepared by Chef de Cuisine Darren Hendry from 9:30am-4pm. Look forward to fun bites like marinated grilled lamb lollipops and milk chocolate Easter egg creme brulee. Traditional brunch favorites with seafood-forward twists include a shellfish omelet and a smoked salmon plate — including drink specials such as the Hell Hath No Fury with habanero house-made bloody mix and salmon candy. For more information call (202) 470-6606 or visit their website.

Teddy & The Bully Bar

Dupont CircleMulti-course American cuisine with endless sundaes
Teddy’s Easter brunch menu features a first and main course, with stations that you can access at any point during your meal, including endless carving, omelet and sundae stations. Start off light with some yogurt and berries or a spring beet salad and then move onto a more decadent main, such as the NY steak and egg in a hole or the chicken and waffles. All children 12 and under also will receive a complimentary Easter basket. Brunch will be served from 10am-5pm, with adults eating for $60 per person (not including beverages) and kids 12 and under for $22. You can make a reservation on their website.

The Hay Adams
The Hay Adams
The Hay Adams

The Top of the Hay at Hay-Adams Hotel

DowntownClassic elegance and a decadent buffet
The historic Hay-Adams is located just across Lafayette Square from the White House, offering guests amazing views of the city. Their Easter brunch from 11am-3pm includes a glass of champagne upon arrival and a classic Easter buffet curated by Executive Chef Nicolas Legret. Seasonal and local dishes include highlights such as Rock Creek beef tenderloin with truffle red wine sauce and a wild mushroom stuffed pork loin. Save room for dessert — there’s quite the spread, with specials like citrus madeleines, pistachio financiers and coconut passion fruit trifles. During brunch, pianist Tom Vogt will be performing and taking requests. Kids 12 and under eat for $60 while adult tickets are priced at $130 per person. Make a reservations by calling (202) 638-6600 or visiting their website.

DBGB DC
DBGB DC
DBGB DC

DBGB DC

City CenterModern French-American specials for both lunch and dinner
Head over to DGBG from renowned Chef Daniel Boulud for their locally-sourced seafood and poultry, house-made sausages, and seasonal vegetables, or try out some of their Easter specials. Highlights include dishes like a roasted leg of lamb or a sorghum glazed ham. Special dessert options like their rhubarb tart with rhubarb compote, lemon, and mascarpone ice cream. Easter specials will be available for lunch from 11am-4pm and dinner from 5pm-10pm. You can make reservations on their website.

Iron Gate Restaurant
Iron Gate Restaurant
Iron Gate Restaurant

Iron Gate

Logan CircleItalian-inspired celebration with a three-course meal
Known for its charming, intimate space as well as ample patio and garden seating, Chef Anthony Chittum is diverting from Iron Gate’s usual mezze-inspired menu to craft special family-style brunch and dinner menus that explore the Italian culinary traditions surrounding Easter Sunday. Check out their three-course, shareable brunch featuring standouts like a rock shrimp arancini with spring peas and pistachio pesto, a slow roasted leg of lamb with mint salsa verde, and lemon-ricotta fritters with macerated strawberries and cream. The experience will set you back only $40 per person and starts at 11am. Learn more about their dinner menu and make reservations by calling (202) 524-5202 or visiting their website.

Fiola Mare DC
Fiola Mare DC
Fiola Mare DC

Fiola Mare

GeorgetownA three-course brunch perfect for families
This top-rated Georgetown seafood spot will be hosting a three-course menu that includes your choice of an appetizer, entree, and dessert, along with a warm pastries and bread basket. If you have picky eaters in your family Fiola Mare may be a great option considering they have a separate children’s menu for $45 per person with items like a burrata salad with prosciutto and grilled beef tenderloin. For the adults, indulge in a duck egg ravioli alla carbonara or a lobster omelette with asparagus tips and wild mushrooms. Learn about their a la carte dinner menu and make reservations on their website.

The Hamilton 

Metro CenterPopular Gospel Brunch with an Easter Bunny appearance
The Hamilton will be putting on three time slots of their popular Gospel Brunch with an Easter twist at 10am, 12:30pm, and 3pm for $45 per ticket. Your ticket includes access to an all-you-can-eat buffet with breakfast classics and Southern dishes, as well as a complimentary mimosa or bloody Mary. The Easter Bunny will also be making an appearance in the upper dining room to give out candy and provide photo opportunities for the kids. You can make a reservation on their website.

Radiator
Radiator
Radiator

Radiator

Logan CircleAn all-you-can-eat buffet with an avocado toast bar
Radiator is pulling out all the stops with an all-you-can-eat Easter Sunday buffet from Executive Chef, Jonathan Dearden. Load your plate up with items from the pastry display like freshly baked donuts, or grab a few oysters from the raw bar. There will also be an avocado toast bar with black bean sofrito, cotija cheese, jalapeños, and salsa fresca. A ribeye carving station and made-to-order egg and omelet station will be available too. The buffet costs a reasonable $42 for adults and $20 for children under 12. Adults receive a complimentary welcome mimosa and can opt in for bottomless drinks for an extra $10. Reservations can be made by calling (202) 742-3150 or visiting their website.

Brookland's Finest
Brookland’s Finest
Brookland’s Finest

Brookland’s Finest

BrooklandA relaxed bistro with Easter specials
While Brookland’s Finest isn’t doing an over the top Easter buffet or prix fixe, it would be a great choice for a more laid-back holiday affair. Dine on specials from chef and co-owner Shannan Troncoso like a lamb chop eggs Benedict or brunch favorites like blueberry and ricotta waffles with bourbon maple syrup. You can make reservations, which are normally not offered, on their website.
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Austa Somvichian Clausen hails from Los Angeles and now lives and works in Washington, DC, where she graduated from American University. A few of her passions include eating food and writing about it, telling people what kind of Asian she is, and following around Samoyeds that she sees on the street. Fun fact: She is a dual citizen of the US and Iceland.

Washington DC

15 Totally Free Things to Do in DC

A full itinerary, completely free of charge.

Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery
Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery
Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery

Washington DC is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, and for those of us who call the District home, it’s easy to see why. With dozens of world-class museums, murals that transform streets into galleries, and sites brimming with history, DC offers a full agenda-completely free of charge. Whether you want to try a new farmer’s market, explore a new hike, or polish off your roller skating or canoeing skills, here are some of our favourite free things to do in the District.

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Flickr/gawnesco
Flickr/gawnesco

Hike, bike, or stroll along the C&O Canal

The historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal is one of the most accessible nature escapes from the District. Thanks to a multi-year restoration project, the first mile of the canal is an idyllic walk that’s easy to access in Georgetown. Stick to a short stroll there, or grab a bike or lace up your hiking shoes for a longer adventure along the 184.5-mile canal.

Jump on the pickleball craze

Pickleball is working its way up the ladder past kickball and softball as one of America’s favourite games. Jump on the craze and practice your paddling at one of the District’s pickleball courts in Takoma Park, the Palisades, and more. Plus, Washington DC Pickleball invites guests to drop in to beginner sessions to try their hand at the sport before signing up for a $30 annual membership.

Flickr/mcfeelion
Flickr/mcfeelion
Flickr/mcfeelion

Bike the Mount Vernon Trail

DC is incredibly bike-friendly, and luckily that applies to the land immediately outside of the city as well. Start in the city and bike along the Mount Vernon Trail, a scenic route that hugs the water and cuts through the woods. It’s about a 10-mile trip from DC to Mount Vernon, but you can cut the trip slightly short and end at the Old Town Alexandria waterfront-just make sure to factor in time for ice cream before pedalling home.

Explore a sculpture park

While not located in the District proper, Glenstone, an expansive sculpture park in Maryland, is worth the 45-minute drive. Tickets to the park are free (just be sure to reserve several weeks in advance), and the 300-acre space offers stunning art, architecture, and open land. In addition to its indoor gallery spaces, you can spend hours walking on paths that wind through sculptures, meadows, and forests.

Flickr/Geoff Livingston
Flickr/Geoff Livingston
Flickr/Geoff Livingston

See the monuments at night

When the sun goes down-and the summer humidity somewhat dissipates-head to the National Mall for the rare chance to see the monuments without busloads of tourists. Moonlight will give you a different perspective as you traverse the marble steps of the Lincoln Memorial or gaze up at the Washington Monument set aglow with lights.

Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery
Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery
Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery

Museum hop the day away

One of DC’s greatest strengths is its world-class Smithsonian museums that are open to the public free of charge. There is no shortage of options, from the intimate Renwick Gallery, to the sprawling National Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonians offer something for everyone. Pro tip: Some of the museums are open late in the evenings, making for an ideal date night.

muralsdc
muralsdc
muralsdc

Explore the city’s murals

Washington is home to hundreds of murals that are becoming as much a part of the city’s landscape as the monuments on the National Mall. Take a self-guided tour of these colourful creations no matter which neighbourhood you happen to be in. MuralsDC, the organization behind 150 of the District’s public artworks, is a great resource for mapping out a route to explore the city’s street art.

Hotel Washington
Hotel Washington
Hotel Washington

Take in a birds-eye view of the city

Washington looks pretty stunning from up high, and there are few spots within the city that make for phenomenal vantage points. Rooftop bars and restaurants offer epic views for the price of a drink or two, but there’s no more iconic sight than seeing the city from the top of the Washington Monument, which is completely free. Book a ticket ahead of time and ride an elevator all the way to the top of the monument and step out on the 500-foot observation deck.

Flickr/Nicolas Raymond
Flickr/Nicolas Raymond
Flickr/Nicolas Raymond

Wander through a garden

DC is home to some of the most beautiful urban gardens in the country, and many of them are open to the public for free. There is nothing like an afternoon spent strolling through, or picnicking, at the expansive 446-acre United States Arboretum or wandering through the Botanic Garden on the edge of the Mall. For something a bit smaller, explore the grounds at Tudor Place or Dumbarton Oaks (free in the winter), both of which are in Georgetown.

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Flickr/ehpien
Flickr/ehpien

Hike the Billy Goat Trail

You can catch one of the District’s most popular hiking trails, the Billy Goat Trail, from the C&O canal. The full trail is 4.7 miles and ranges from easy to strenuous, so hike a section in and back or make the full loop for the variety.

Pay your respect at Arlington National Cemetery

Just across the Potomac from DC, Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 veterans. The cemetery is an expanse of 639 hallowed acres and the ANC Explorer allows visitors to locate graves, notable sites, and take self-guided walking tours to spots including the tomb of the Unknown Soldier as well as the final resting place of President John F. Kennedy.

Lace up your roller skates

When was the last time you went roller skating? Chances are it’s been too long. So get back into this nostalgic activity at the Anacostia Park roller skating pavilion. You can rent skates for free, just show proof of a government-issued ID, and the skating pavilion is open from 9 to 5 every day.

Help clean up the Anacostia River

We all know there’s a lot of work to be done to keep our waterways clean. Do your part, and have some fun, by participating in the city’s Green Boat initiative. On select weekends, DCers can join a two-hour guided paddle along the Anacostia River to collect trash and monitor the river’s progress.

Eastern Market
Eastern Market
Eastern Market

Stroll your local farmer’s market

DC’s close proximity to the farms of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and beyond mean that the city’s farmers’ markets always have something to offer. Check out the year-round markets like Eastern Market in Capitol Hill and the Sunday market in Dupont Circle or head to seasonal markets like the pop-up in front of the White House that draws vendors like Cucina al Volo and Call Your Mother Deli.

The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress

Play tourist all around the city

It’s easy to forget that all those traditionally touristy activities can be fun for locals too. If you haven’t been on a tour of the White House, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, or the Capitol, this is your sign. All are free with advanced reservations. Plus, tucked in the northern quadrant of NW, the Washington National Cathedral is free and open to all. Tour the cathedral’s impressive architecture, 215 stained glass windows, 112 Gothically-inspired gargoyles, and enormous pipe organ. See if you can spot the sculpture of Darth Vader.

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Madeline Weinfield is a Thrillist contributor.

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