Top Picks for Easter Weekend Celebrations

  Plenty of ideas for fun this weekend in the DMV with family and friends

Plenty of ideas for fun this weekend in the DMV with family and friends

Happy Spring to all! Whether you want to have a great Easter meal at home, or go out for a weekend celebration, restaurants and food purveyors have you covered. Make sure and get a reservation now or place an order, it will be a busy weekend.

Special Orders & Events

District Doughnut has the perfect thing to wow your family, Easter Egg Doughnut Cakes. They are topped with a vanilla glaze and come in with pink, blue, or green glazes. Available by preorder (pickup and delivery) today through Saturday, March 31st. $22.  They are also featuring their Cherry Blossom doughnut through the end of April. Cream cheese glaze, cherry pie filling, and a pie crust crumble, also available for pre-order online. 

 District Doughnut's Easter Egg Doughnut cake, available for pre-order.

District Doughnut's Easter Egg Doughnut cake, available for pre-order.

Ham lovers, be so happy. Sloppy Mama's BBQ is doing a special glazed Easter ham. This special-order ham for Easter is available for pick up and delivery on Saturday, March 31st. The hams will feature a glaze made with One Eight Distilling Whiskey and smoked by Sloppy Mama’s pit master Joe Neuman. $65, average weight is 8 lbs. To order, email booking@sloppymamas.comby March 30th.

 Whiskey glazed and smoked ham from Sloppy Mama's BBQ. Peeps are not included.

Whiskey glazed and smoked ham from Sloppy Mama's BBQ. Peeps are not included.

With Easter and Passover arriving this weekend, what about sending someone you love in the DMV a bouquet made from locally grown flowers? Little Acre Farms has got you covered. Order here and as soon as possible to ensure delivery for this weekend.

 Little Acre Flowers is DC’s only 100% locally-sourcing florist

Little Acre Flowers is DC’s only 100% locally-sourcing florist

DBGB's egg-stra special Easter Egg Decorating Class may be the perfect thing to do with your children and friends. This Saturday, March 31st from 11am-1pm, DGBG's Executive Pastry Chef Kelsey Burack will lead a class for children and cover dying eggs, decorating Easter-themed cupcakes, sugar cookies and cake pops. Class participants will get to take their treats home to share on Easter Sunday morning. But it gets better:  And while the kids are busy decorating, we have some sweet treats and libations for the parents! Adults can enjoy a continental breakfast buffet, bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s, included in the ticket price. Tickets are $65 for 1 child + 1 parent here. Also Easter Brunch and Dinner will be served off an a la carte menu, featuring steak and eggs and a fluffernutter waffle! Reservations here. 

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Buttercream Bakeshop has several Easter holiday creations available for pre-order. From Easter Bunny cakes, to amazingly intricate Spring Flower Cakes, to macaroons, the bakers at Buttercream have been busy. A special addition to the spring holiday line up, Devils Food Cake Easter eggs are stuffed with Cherry Buttercream and covered in White Chocolate, then finished with tiny icing flowers. Shop online here for all their holiday confections. 

 Devils Food Cake Eggs filled with creme, covered in white chocolate and finished with icing flowers. $18 at Buttercream Bakeshop. 

Devils Food Cake Eggs filled with creme, covered in white chocolate and finished with icing flowers. $18 at Buttercream Bakeshop. 

Brunch Specials

With everything from family-style to luxe, you have your choice of great options and chef's who are pulling out all the stops to create a memorable spring meal. 

Roofer's Union will feature lamb porchetta, stuffed with Chef Jenn Flynn's house-made lamb sausage along with grilled broccolini and roasted potatoes. Yum. But there is more, like waffles with strawberries and vanilla bean and trotter tots made with pork trotters will also be available. Brunch is a la carte and runs from 11am-2:30pm on Easter Sunday; reservations at www.roofersuniondc.com or over the phone at 202-232-7663.

Osteria Morini DC has an Italian, family-style Easter planned at their waterfront restaurant with dishes such as Cacio E Pepe salad with young romaine lettuce, housemade caesar, fried capers, and focaccia croutons, Agnello of slow-roasted lamb shoulder served with celery root, fresh fava beans, and bright radish, and Salmerino Alpino with wood-grilled Artic char, spring asparagus, and airy zabaglione. Guests will leave with Pastry Chef Tova Hillman’s homemade shortbread Easter egg cookies. Osteria Morini’s family-style  Easter menu will be served on Sunday, April 1 for $57 per person and $25 for children 12 and under. 

On Easter Sunday, Bresca will have an all-day family style menu starting at 11 am. Chef Ryan Ratino has created a seasonal menu with starting with Radishes & Whipped Butter, Burrata Salad and Beef Tartelette for the table. Guests will have a choice of entrée: 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. It all finishes with a dessert of Strawberries & Cream Pavlova. The five-course brunch is priced at $50 with the selection of the Whole Roasted Chicken, and $59 for the Virginia Lamb. Price for children between 6-12 years of age is $35. All prices are per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations here.

Equinox will feature a Vegan Easter Plant-based Buffet. Just a few items that will be featured using fresh, regionally-sourced spring ingredients are: French Onion Soup with Oak Barrel Stout & Sourdough Croutons, Arugula and Citrus Salad with Candied Pecans, Crispy Cauliflower Tempura, Sesame Glazed Japanese Eggplant with Soba Noodles, Stuffed Whole Grain French Toast with Northern Neck Blackberry Jam, Fruit Salad with Pomegranate, Pineapple, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, and a Tofu Scramble Station. A bread station and a selection of desserts included. $35 per person, $15 for children under 12. Reservations here. 

Ambar's DC location and Ambar Clarendon, DC's first Balkan restaurants, will offer a fixed price brunch of unlimited small plates and cocktails on Easter Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Priced at $39 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat selection of mezze, soups, salads, sandwiches, egg dishes, pastry & crepes and sweets along with five distinctive brunch cocktails.  Bottomless Brunch must be ordered by the entire table. Reservations here.

All Set Restaurant & Bar in Silver Spring will feature a brunch buffet with two seating times at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 1st. Executive Chef Edward Reavis' team will have pancakes, scrambled eggs, salmon cakes, home fries, pork sausage, chicken apple sausage, smoked salmon and more to include a full raw bar, Old Bay wings and dessert. $45 per person (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity) and $20 for children 12 and under. $20 for bottomless mimosas.

Feeling quaint? Why not stroll Old Town and have lunch at Alexandria's Bastille? A 3-course brunch is $49, excluding beverages, taxes and gratuities. Some of the menu items will be Carrot-Ginger Bisque,  Escargots Gratinés, Golden and Chioggia Beets, Salade d’Asperges, Chicken & Waffle, Eggs Benedict, Moules Marinières, Shrimp and Grits, Roasted Leg of Lamb, Grilled Hanger steak, Valrhona Chocolate Truffle Bread Pudding and Buttermilk Pie with Crème Chantilly.

Feeling luxe? Blue Duck Tavern at the Park Hyatt will feature a 3 course, prix fixe menu from 11:30 to 3:30 pm on Sunday starring American classics to include lobster mac n' cheese, prime rib and more. All of the Fabio Trabocchi restaurants are featuring special menus for Easter. Dressing up? Why not try Del Mar's 4-course prix fixe Easter brunch or Fiola Mare's 4-course prix fixe Easter brunch, both are $95. More casual and looking for an evening outing? Casa Luca has a special Easter edition of their Nonna Palmina Night menu. 4-courses for $42 per person, including Caesar Salad, Gnocchi Primavera, Spring Lamb and Vanilla Gelato with Macerated Harry’s Berries Strawberries.