By Patricia Lee Hall, Fairfax Family Fun
Easter is a holiday that celebrates faith, hope, and renewal. Perhaps at no other time in modern history has the world needed more faith and hope for renewal than now. As Virginians (much like many other people in other states) get ready for yet another week of staying at home because of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, the current situation can at times seem hopeless. But putting a positive spin on things, all you need to celebrate is home and family, anyway. To make the most of these unusual circumstances, why not splurge and let someone else do the cooking? Many restaurants are offering Easter meals to go so you’ll be ready for the holiday on Sunday, April 12, 2020.
These options will make it easy to spend the day having fun or sleeping in instead of having to prepare a big brunch, lunch, or dinner. If you prefer to keep it simple, of course you always can prepare a basic breakfast and supplement with goodies from a bakery, donut shop, or bagel shop (we like John’s Bagel Bakery in Centreville).But just because other family members and friends can’t join in this year doesn’t mean you need to forgo your traditional nice meal if you prefer something bigger.
By ordering from one of these restaurants, you also are helping a local enterprise (in all likelihood a small business), which means you are supporting local jobs and helping other families put food on their own tables. Below are some of the restaurants and eateries in Northern Virginia running specials for Easter. We have separated our list by Fairfax County and Loudoun County.
Our round-up has a variety of places including elegant establishments, casual restaurants, offering all sorts of cuisines, including Easter meals with traditional foods plus Italian, seafood, and other selections. (Know of any more we should include? Drop us a line!). Check the websites (all linked below) for menus, ordering deadlines (most are at least two or three days before Easter), delivery restrictions, and other details. Bon appetit and happy Easter!
Easter meal offers
(UPDATE: Order by Friday night, April 10) Kalypso’s Sports Tavern (Reston) gives you lots of variety with the flexibility of a-la-cart ordering. Its special Easter menu includes Greek favorites for starters, entrees, and desserts. Main meal choices include four variations on lamb, plus salmon, mac-and-cheese, and Chilean sea bass. You can add a bottle of wine to your order.
(UPDATE: Order by Friday night, April 10) McCormick & Schmick’s (Reston) has Easter dinners to go with salmon, filet mignon, and crab cakes plus salads, sides, bread, and cheesecake. Each dinner is $95 and serves four.
Carraba’s Italian Grill (Centreville, Reston, and Dale City) offers family bundles of made-from-scrtatch food at a good value. For $49.99, order pan-sautéed chicken breast tossed with lemon butter sauce, parsley, and capers, or wood-grilled mahi with artichokes and sundries tomatoes. Both are served with sides of penne pomodoro and sautéed broccoli, salad and bread, and two Sogno di Cioccolata for dessert. The meal serves four. Other packages with lasagna, spaghetti, chicken piccata, chicken marsala, salmon, and penne Alfredo also are available.
Eggspectation (Chantilly) offers two great values for Easter: a ham dinner ($40) or lamb lollipops ($46). Both packages feed up to four people and come with deviled eggs, potatoes, and a vegetable.
Ciao Osteria (Centreville) presents a four-course meal for two ($95) with various choices for entrees, salads, sides, and desserts. You also can buy a whole rack of lamb (uncooked) for you to prepare at home.
The Capital Grille (Tysons) is making its exclusive Whole Rack of Bone-In Filet available to go for Easter. To pre-order, reserve your curbside pick-up starting Friday, April 10, between noon and 8 pm, and state if you’d like your dinner prepared to reheat or ready to serve. The Easter brunch package also includes salad, vegetables, and dessert, for $95 for two people or $185 for four to six. Their menu is available as well.
Amphora Catering (Vienna) has three distinct menus (Southern, English, and Greek) for Easter, each with different sides. Prices start at #20.95 per person with a minimum order of eight delivered free (and including a free sponsored meal to a healthcare hero) or four for pick-up orders.
Piero’s Corner (Herndon) hosts a virtual Easter brunch with traditional Easter meals, including roasted leg of lamb, roast beef, and rack of lamb crown. Pick from one of two menus, which include appetizers such as bruschetta or lobster bisque, plus sides and a dessert. Package prices are $119-139 and each menu feeds at least five people.
Paradiso Italian Restaurant (Springfield) has an Easter Basket Take-n-Bake dinner with three options. Choose from roasted leg of lamb, seared leg of lamb, or prime rib, all of which come with three sides, a salad, a dessert, and a bottle of wine. Packages are $200-250 and serve four to six.
2941 Restaurant (Falls Church) is offering three options for Easter (chicken, leg of lamb, or filet mignon), each of which comes with soup, salad, vegetables, potatoes, and dessert. Each meal ($99 to $170) serves two to four.
Honeybaked Ham (Fairfax, Falls Church, and other locations) serves its famous ham along with other entrees plus numerous sides and desserts. Prices vary by item and serving size.
Boston Market (Fairfax, Alexandria, and other locations) is selling heat-and serve Easter meals of ham, turkey breast, or a combination of both. Sides vary by meal and could include mashed potatoes and gravy, creamed spinach, corn, mac-and-cheese, cranberry walnut relish, and cornbread. Packages serve 4-6 people or 8-12 and come with apple pie (two pies for the larger meals). Prices are $84.99 to $119.99.
Bonefish Grill (Centreville, Fairfax, Alexandria, and other locations) has Easter dinner family bundles all weekend long for just $50 serving up to five people. The dinner features wood-grilled mahi and jumbo shrimp served with salad, potatoes, vegetables, bread, and cheesecake.
Great American Restaurants (multiple locations), a group that includes Artie’s, Sweetwater Tavern, Carlyle, Jackson’s, Mike’s, Coastal Flats, and Patsy’s, has a prime rib Easter dinner for curbside pick-up Friday, Saturday, and Easter Sunday. Prices and menus vary by restaurant.
Eddie V’s (Tysons) offers a four-course Easter dinner for two ($110) or four to six persons ($185). The meals come with shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad, herb-roasted tenderloin, truffle mac-n-cheese, grilled asparagus, au gratin potatoes, and mini bananas foster cream cake. Extra sides and wine also are available.
(UPDATE: SOLD OUT) Trummer’s (Clifton) has an Easter curbside menu with an appetizer, a main course of ham or leg of lamb, three sides, and dessert (carrot cake or chocolate bourbon pecan pie). Each dinner is $82 and serves two people. Best of all, Trummer’s has one of the most generous deadlines, letting you place your Easter order as late as 7 pm on Saturday, April 11, for a Sunday pick-up.
(UPDATE: SOLD OUT) Tratoria Villagio (Clifton) presents an Easter feast with great variety. Choose one entree (ham, prime rib, chicken, or lamb), plus one of four salads, three sides, one dessert, and one bottle of wine. Add-ons include carrot soup, crudité or charcuterie platters, shrimp cocktail, and additional sides or extra desserts. Prices are a la carte, vary by selection and serve groups from 4 to 12 persons, providing flexible options.
(UPDATE: SOLD OUT) Cooper’s Hawk (Reston) offers a family-style Easter meal that serves 8-10 persons (or 4-6 with leftovers) for $199.99. You get starters, a choice of two entrees (smoked ham, chicken piccata, soy ginger salmon, or red wine braised short ribs), vegetables, and dessert, plus a bottle of wine.
Eggspectation (Leesburg) offers two great values for Easter: a ham dinner ($40) or lamb lollipops ($46). Both packages feed up to four people and come with deviled eggs, potatoes, and a vegetable.
Lansdowne Resort (Leesburg) offers three Easter packages. Each package ($200-$275) serves 8-10 people so it’s good for larger families (or to have leftovers!). Orders are for pick-up only and each package includes an entree, multiple sides, vegetables, salads, breads, and desserts. Choices include lamb, ham, and rib roast for the main entree.
Ford’s Fish Shack (Ashburn) is offering two packages, one with crab cakes as the main meal and the other with sliced tenderloin. Servings are for four persons ($95) or eight ($180) with five sides, dessert, and optional add-ons.
Stone Tower Winery (Leesburg) presents an Easter Weekend Experience that includes an Easter feast for two, an Easter At-home Tasting Kit, and two bottles of wine. Each package ($199) comes with Garlic-Rosemary Marinated Lamb Steaks, Herb-Marinated Pork Tenderloin, Four-Cheese Potato Gratin with Rosemary Parmesan Cream,Spring Vegetables with Tarragon Butter, Bibb Lettuce Salad, Parker House Rolls, and carrot cake. You can order as late as Friday, April 10, at 6 pm.
DC Prime Steaks (Ashburn) will provide you with a full meal of seared sous vide prime rib or grilled sous vide salmon plus salad, vegetables, potatoes, bread, cheesecake, and a bottle of wine. The salmon package is $85 and the prime rib $159, and each meal feeds four to six people.
Market Table Bistro (Lovettsville) is selling an Easter meal to go with deviled eggs, a salad, smoked bone-in pork roast or herb-crusted beef tenderloin, potatoes, asparagus, rolls, and carrot cake. The package is $100 and serves four persons. Add-ons (food and drink) are available.
Petite Loulou (Purcelville), a French creperie and wine bar, presents Easter brunches to go. All Easter brunches include thick-cut bacon, lemon bars, petite croissants, and Greek yogurt parfait plus your choice of crepes, croissant sandwiches, or petite quiche. Each package serves four and is only $50. Add-ons such as mimosas are available.
Cooper’s Hawk (Ashburn) offers a family-style Easter meal that serves 8-10 persons (or 4-6 with leftovers) for $199.99. You get starters, a choice of two entrees (smoked ham, chicken piccata, soy ginger salmon, or red wine braised short ribs), vegetables, and dessert, plus a bottle of wine.
Hunter’s Head Tavern (Upperville), an English pub, offers a great deal on a to-go Easter meal: a lunch for four that includes brown sugar-bourbon glazed ham or lemon-thyme roasted chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus or green beans, pub greens, bread, and chocolate cake or sticky toffee pudding. The package is just $100.