Many Washington, DC area restaurants offer a Mothers Day brunch with all the trimmings. Here are some recommendations for great places to enjoy a nice meal with the whole family. Most places get pretty busy, so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation. Details will be updated each year, but please confirm specifics with the restaurant when making a reservation.
701 Restaurant - 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC. (202) 393-0701. Mothers Day Brunch with live jazz and outdoor seating overlooking the Navy Memorial fountains. Three-course menu includes dishes such as Ricotta Ravioli, Scottish Salmon, Roasted Chicken, Strip Steak, Rockfish, Goat Cheese, Tomato, Spinach, Vanilla French Toast. $50 per person. Valet parking is $8 per car.
1789 Restaurant - 1226 36th St NW Washington, DC (202) 965-1789. A la carte menu. First and second courses are included in the entrée price, ranging from $28-40, dessert is $9. Menu includes items such as Challah French Toast, Roast Halibut and Rack of Lamb.
2941 Restaurant - 2941 Fairview Park Drive Falls Church, VA (703) 270-1500. Savory spring-inspired menu highlights include: Salmon Tartare with Lemon Pepper Gelee, Herb Crackers and Sweet Shishito Peppers; Spring Bouquet with Radish, Asparagus, Avocado, Cherry Tomato, and White Balsamic Vinaigrette; Duck Ravioli with Tomato Compote, Parmesan Cheese, Ramps, and Fiddlehead Ferns; Squash Blossom Tempura with Grilled Baby Zucchini, Marinated Red Onion, Tomato Compote, Ramps and Fiddlehead Ferns; and a Pan Seared Halibut with Sweet Barley Mushroom Risotto, Cherry Tomato, and Yuzu Scallion Vinaigrette, to name a few Three-course prix fixe menu $65 per person, vegetarian menu $48 per person, children’s menu $25.
Anglers Inn - 10801 MacArthur Blvd. Potomac, MD. (301) 365-2425. Three-course menu. Choose from first courses including House-Smoked Salmon with gribiche, micro arugula, and capers, or the Hudson Valley Foie Gras Torchon with poached black berries, candied pecans, and brioche. Entrée options include Caramelized New England Scallops with spring pea coulis, morels, asparagus, fiddlehead ferns, baby spinach, and bacon sherry vinaigrette; Braised Colorado Lamb Shoulder with pee wee potatoes, spring bean fricassee, roasted onions, baby artichokes, kalamata olives, green garlic, braised fennel, and baby zucchini, or Classic Eggs Benedict with American caviar, country potato hash paired with a sparkling mimosa. Dessert options include the Classic Crème Brûlée; Mixed Berries with sorbet, or Milk Chocolate Bomb with caramel ice cream. $75 per person.
Ardeo+Bardeo - 3311 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC (202) 244-6750. Mother’s Day three-course pre fixe menu. Highlights include Chilled Asparagus and Leek Soup with goat cheese mousse and pine nut praline; Spinach and Gnocchi Salad with braised fennel and truffle vinaigrette; French Toast with macerated cherries, maple syrup and crème anglaise; Tomato Braised House Meatballs with smoked mozzarella, parmesan crostini and egg 63, as well as Country Fried Steak with sausage gravy and over easy eggs. Dessert options include Chocolate Pistachio Tart, Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Pecan Pie. $39 per person, or $49 for bottomless Champagne or mimosas.
Art and Soul - Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW Washington, DC. (202) 393-7777. The menu is comprised of seasonally inspired dishes using locally sourced ingredients including dishes such as lamb, maple ham, omelets, fried chicken & waffles and more.
Bastille - 1201 N. Royal St. Alexandria, VA (703) 519-3776. Mothers Day Brunch three course prix-fixe. Entrees are an array of classic breakfast and main dish items including Eggs Benedict & Scottish smoked salmon, Crabcake & Egg Benedict, Steak & eggs, Housemade biscuits, Surf & Turf: Petit Grass-fed Angus Filet-Mignon & Crab cake, Pommes Macaire and spring vegetables, Atlantic Sea scallops, Moules a la crème Fraiche, Steamed Mussels , Half Amish chicken, Confit a la Sarladaise, Steak-frites, Risotto of organic Carnarolli rice with asparagus, goat cheese and arugula. $59 per person.
Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca - 1100 New York Ave. NW Washington, DC. (202) 216-9550. A three-course Italian brunch with a variety of options. Enjoy a family style antipasti tasting for the table. Standouts include Aranchini, rice fritters stuffed with peas, prosciutto and mozzarella and Frittata with spring garlic and leeks. Next, guests can select their entrée from options such as L’Agnello, slow roasted lamb shoulder with faro, fava beans and Pecorino Zabaglione; Moleche, crispy Chesapeake soft shell crabs with fennel, radish, parsley and lemon garlic, as well as Carnaroli Risotto with morel mushrooms, basil and parmigiano. $45 per person. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. a regular a la carte menu will be available.
Blue Duck Tavern - 1201 24th Street, NW Washington DC. (202) 419 6755. The three-course, menu begins with a choice of starters, including seasonal salads, meats, breads and cheeses, on display throughout the open kitchen. Guests will have a choice of an entrée and sides from the featured menu. Highlights include Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef with horseradish sauce and natural jus; Braised Veal Cheeks with fava beans, sugar snap peas and morel mushroom gravy; Duck Confit Hash with fried egg, green peas, chanterelles and romaine heart, as well as Wood Oven Roasted Scallops with garden ratatouille and lemon vinaigrette. Seasonal dessert standouts include Buttermilk Panna Cotta with passion fruit tapioca; Flourless Chocolate Fondant with bittersweet glaze; Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée, and Lemon Meringue Tarts. $95 for adults and $45 for children ages 6-12.
Bombay Club - 815 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC. (202) 659-3727. Mother’s Day brunch buffet featuring a special menu and live piano music. Appetizers and desserts will be served to order, and entrées will be available on the buffet. Appetizer standouts include Crispy Arugula-Spinach Chat with date-tamarind chutney; Bhalla Papdi Chat, lentil dumplings with crispy puri, yogurt and spices, and the Bombay Sev Puri, crisp puri, potatoes, mango, sprouts, onion and chutney. Entrée highlights include Chicken Tikka Lababdar with onion, tomato and fenugreek; Lamb Kalia with onion, yogurt, cashew and saffron, Shrimp Kadai with tomato, garlic and garam masala, Aloo Bhaji with potato, black pepper and tamarind, as well as Mixed Vegetable Roganjosh with onion, tomato, cinnamon and cardamom. $35 per person or with unlimited Champagne for $45 per person.
Central - 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (202) 626-0015. A special Brunch menu will include Granola Berry Greek Yogurt Parfait; Boudin Blanc with mashed potato and bordelaise sauce; Smoked Salmon plate with traditional garnishes; Michel’s Pancakes with blueberries, banana, and macadamia; Crème Brulee French Toast; Eggs Benedict with roasted fingerling potatoes; baked Eggs “Basquaise”, and sides of Virginia smoked bacon and pork or chicken sausages. For regular fans, Central’s popular Monday-Friday Lunch menu will be served in its entirety. Look for Michel’s Faux Gras; Gougeres (cheese puffs); the infamous Fried Chicken and Burgers; as well as Loup de Mer; and Hanger Steak au Poivre, to name a few.
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar - 801 9th Street, Suite A, NW, Washington DC. (202) 408-1600. Menu highlights include dishes such as Empanada de Huevo: melted leeks, crispy bacon and poached egg empanada with watercress salad and Bloody Mary vinaigrette; Albondigas Camagüey: chino glazed beef, pork, and pine nut meatballs served with warm hot and sour Kennett Square mushrooms; Tortilla de Huevos a la Cubana: fluffy two egg omelet filled with sour orange marinated pork loin, Genoa salami, ham, provolone and Swiss cheese, and more.
Darna Restaurant - 946 N. Jackson St., Arlington, VA. Buy your own entree and the Lebanese-inspired eatery will pick up the tab for mom’s on Mothers Day. Specialties range from the house charcoal grill or hard-to-find fare like Mansaf, lamb marinated in a creamy yogurt sauce.
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