Update, 12/28/14: This Cleveland Park location has closed. Dino’s is now located in Shaw.
After eyeing Dino’s very appealing brunch deal for months it finally arrived at the top of my ever growing brunch to-do list. Dino offers a $27 two-course brunch deal that includes bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys, with the option to switch between them. My guy and I were excited to have a hearty two-course italian brunch, so we hopped over to Cleveland Park, appetites ready.
Picking our first course was the most difficult part. Traditional Italian starters were featured, but had no real breakfast options, and because we don’t usually get appetizers for brunch it was hard to decide what would satisfy a craving we never had. Ultimately we both chose lighter options with tomatoes, the bruschetta and caprese. This ended up being an awesome decision.
The tomatoes were colorful reds and golds, packed with flavor, and extremely delicious. More importantly, it was a great start to the meal. We weren’t stuffed and had room for the second course.
As for cocktails, we began with the Bloody Mary which was filled with more spice and herb than garnish. It was refreshing, but I think the large grainy bits scared my boyfriend, and it didn’t exactly pack a punch in either alcohol or spiciness. We moved on to mimosas next which were delicious but also not translucent enough for my liking.
For our main, I chose their eggs benedict which comes topped with prosciutto. It arrived swimming in a healthy helping of some delicious white sauce, which gave it the impression that it was less delicious then it was. The sauce was great (even if it was a bit too generous), and the prosciutto delicious.
He chose his usual, an omelet, with the house sausage and tomatoes that opened into this delicious red sauce, which he slopped up too fast for us to catch a picture of. He was quite happy with his decision and reported that the sausage was everything he hoped for.
The Bottom Line:
Dino’s brunch is a really good deal with the two courses per person, and the dishes are well done. As for the booze, it leaves something to be desired. Go expecting a good meal and the drinks as a fair compliment but don’t expect to walk away with much of a buzz. At $27 this bottomless drink deal is still one of the best in the city.