Holidays at The Willard
Enjoy a buffet brunch sure to please you and your guests with specialty curated food by Executive Chef Luca De Marchis.
We look forward to sharing a wonderful holiday experience with you.
Great selection of food and drink. Staff was attentive and plates were endless. great setting for a special Christmas Buffet. I would recommend that they offer cappuccino alongside the coffee.
Pretty standard buffet fare, oddly served in a cramped, crowded corridor. Some dishes were on point (eg. the lobster tails) while others were totally off (eg. the overcooked duck). Waiters well serviced the tables around us, while all but ignoring us for the entire afternoon. Plates were extremely slow to be cleared. And we only received one top up of the cheap cava on offer and no after dinner coffee. We later read that this hotel has had some issues with homophobia, so maybe that explains the snub.
We won’t be coming back. It was overcrowded and the service was awful. The bread was hard as a rock. We asked for espresso and never got it. When seated, who we guessed was our waitress, asked for our ticket and asked how old my daughter was. When I said seven she informed me that she would be half price. Very tacky. The Willard is clearly resting on their long history instead of creating a good Christmas experience.
For how much we paid, we definitely expected more. We definitely were surprised when our name was yelled into the corridor announcing that our table was ready. Felt like we were at the sizzler.
Appreciated the diversity of foods available and the service was great!
Christmas Brunch was outstanding! There was an amazing variety of foods and we were all impressed with the seafood offered. Clams, large steamed shrimp, crab legs, lobster tails, etc. The variety of meats was also impressive with lamb and veal chops, pork, roast tenderloin and ham -- it was all delicious! There were more desserts than I've ever seen at a buffet. The hotel was decorated beautifully and the staff could not have been more helpful. The Gingerbread recreation of National Airport was very impressive!
My family thoroughly enjoyed our day there!
The Christmas buffet was better than the Willard Easter and Thanksgiving buffets combined.
The incredible combination of boar, pheasant and duck took us back to early memory dinners with grandparents in the country.
The prime rib was the finest I have ever had for taste, tenderness and rare to perfection. Congratulations to the Chef
Food and decorations were wonderful; however, the poor service was almost unbearable.
This was our first time at the Willard for Christmas brunch and likely our last. The food was good, but it was so crowded that it wasn't very enjoyable. It started in front of the hotel. There were more than a dozen cars sitting in two lanes that were backed up around the corner. Once inside, we were greeted by throngs of people standing in a couple of vaguely defined but obviously long lines. We had to wait in line to check in and then to receive a glass of champagne. The champagne line snaked around the foyer with about 40 people waiting. It was loud and impossible to stand anywhere without being in the way. Once we were seated, the waiter offered us more champagne but directed us to one of the tables on the buffet for coffee and tea. The buffet was in a long hallway flanked by large ballrooms that were being used as dining rooms. The buffet had a pancake bar, omelettes, a carving station, charcuterie, a seafood station, a dessert table and a table with coffee and tea. The food was great, but it is impossible to overstate how crowded it was. It was similar to a sold out stadium-long lines for concessions, close quarters and a pulsing throng of people all trying to get to their seats. I was constantly bumping into people and couldn't move without at least brushing up against other people. I spilled my tea a couple of times just trying to navigate back to my table. This is a small thing, but the tea cups were tiny and the only way to get tea or coffee was to go back out into the hall and push through all of the people and refill the cup. It was a jumble of unpleasant experiences that I might expect at say, Founding Farmers whose brunch is $30 but it was entirely unacceptable for a meal that cost $125 a person. At that price point, good food is not enough. I expect that every aspect of the meal and experience will be exceptional. The Willard had good food, but it was entirely overshadowed by the myriad of little inconveniences and the swarming mass of people.
24% service fee added is excessive
Other then that it was fantastic. However the fee along with taxes adds up to make it a average value
The Willard Hotel has an outstanding brunch on Christmas. I highly recommend it. There is a variety food to eat and all of it is cooked to perfection!! The decor is beautiful and the staff is very friendly. I look forward to attending next year. Well done Willard!
We were at the Willard for Christmas Eve and the Christmas Day Brunch. The food was wonderful. The service was great! The hotel was beautiful!!
Christmas Brunch with the family! Amazing meal, even more amazing service!
Overall very disappointing Thanksgiving brunch. Most of the food was cold, barely any vegetarian options. The only vegetable we saw was green beans and tiny little pre-made salads. Had to constantly ask for refills of champagne. Didn't get seated until 2:45 and all the food was finished at 4. We felt rushed. To add a 24% service charge onto a buffet is also excessive, considering there was barely any service provided to us.
Thanksgiving brunch - outstanding food and selection and an amazing atmosphere.
Incredible spread! Did run out of turkey and had to wait for more but overall amazing choices! Not the place if you’re looking to budget.
This was our third year at the Willard and they have really gone down hill, we will not be going back
Another amazing Thanksgiving (5 years in a row) and God willing my family will be there next year again.
A fabulous holiday experience!! Well worth the money.
There was a large variety on the buffet but would have preferred more traditional thanksgiving options. Brussell sprouts, pies, etc.
My sister and I had been dying to go to The Willard for a holiday brunch for years and finally were able to secure reservations for Thanksgiving. It is gorgeous. And the staff is amazing; kind and attentive. The buffet display was out of this world. We indulged in everything we wanted— pancakes and French toast, turkey and prime rib, risotto and mashed potatoes, shrimp, lobster, and oysters, and even dessert! But none of it was outstanding. The French toast had good flavor, but was cold. “35 different pancakes,” the reality was 35 different toppings (sprinkles, nuts, fruit, etc). Shrimp was over cooked and chewy. Oysters (at least the one I had) was rubbery and foul. My sister was given scraps of prime rib. Mimosas turned to orange juice as the servers refilled us (maybe 3 refills). The turkey and traditional stuffing were tasty. The dessert was delicious, but after seeing an unaccompanied child sneeze and cough on the dessert as well as touch multiple items then put them back, I certainly wouldn’t return— I love children, but not their germs. For $341, we expected so much more ($125 + fees). We can cross it off our bucket lists, but don’t need to repeat. Round Robin Bar will be our go-to going forward.
We attend the holiday brunches at Thanksgiving and Christmas each year at the Willard and are never disappointed, in fact the Willard constantly exceeds our expectations. The food is high quality, fresh, and always of great variety; the service is top notch in every way. Combine the food and service with such a beautiful, historic setting - the holiday brunch at the Willard can not be beat (in the past we have tried other prominent DC hotels, but everyone in the family agrees the Willard is far above any other)