Best Easter Brunches in the U.S.

A look at some of the best spots for brunch in The Daily Meal's 12 featured cities

Easter is known as the moveable feast, so what better way to take a dining out approach than to look at great spots for Easter brunch across the country? Listed below are Easter meals that can be had in The Daily Meal's 12 featured cities at restaurants that made our list of 101 Best Restaurants in America. In cities where brunch wasn't being served in those restaurants, we've noted other interesting spots to consider.

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Boston

L'Espalier • Lunch options include the à la carte menu, a six-course tasting ($60), and chef's tasting ($100). For a special meal later in the day you can do Saturday or Sunday Tea (2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Eastern Standard  Not on the list of The Daily Meal's 101 Best Restaurants, but with accolades like being included in Boston Magazine's 50 Best Restaurants in 2010, brunch is more than a safe bet. Raw bar includes oysters and Alaskan king crab leg. Mains include the smoked brisket and brioche French toast. As for sandwiches, there's roast beef, the burger, and even a Cuban.

 

Chicago

Publican • Among other treats, brunch (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) includes waffles with cherry conserve, baked Monte Cristo, smoked sablefish, shrimp with dirty rice, buttermilk biscuits, and pecan sticky buns.

Frontera Grill • Chef Rick Bayless' spot isn't open on Easter Sunday, but if you're not a stickler for those kinds of details you could catch brunch there on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

Las Vegas

Lotus of Siam, Guy Savoy, and the Vegas branch of L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon aren't open for brunch, but you could have memorable meals at them on Sunday evening. Other brunch options:

Bouchon • From 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. you can stop in for brunch at Chef Thomas Keller's Vegas Bouchon outpost. Pastries, sourdough waffles, corned beef hash, croque monsieur, ham steak and eggs, sterling white sturgeon caviar, terrine de foie gras de canard, and much more.

Tableau • Chef David Spero does modern American cuisine in Steve Wynn's Encore. The brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday, served from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m, includes among other options, a Dungeness crab club, elk sausage and eggs, and their signature 'milk and cookies soufflé." (Photo: Flickr/Kaloozer)

 

Los Angeles

You can snag an early Easter lunch on Saturday at Spago and Lucques, but both are closed Sunday. A few L.A. Easter brunch options:

Bouchon • Expect fare similar to that noted in Vegas above along with bread pudding-style Bouchon French toast, salmon baguette, truite Grenobloise, and steak frites (11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

Bottega Louie • Plenty of brunch options at what The Los Angeles Times called a "palatial restaurant/gourmet market/patisserie" in downtown L.A. And hey, Midtown Lunch's Zach Brooks has gone on the record saying you can find lunch there for under $10.

 

Miami

Michael's Genuine • Duck rillette, duck confit hash, crispy pig ear salad, breakfast pizza, and much more are on the offer for brunch at Michael's Genuine on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Joe's Stone Crab • The restaurant is closed on Sunday for lunch, but you could swing in on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New Orleans

Commander's Palace • The Jazz Brunch on Saturday and Sunday features live New Orleans jazz by the Joe Simon's Jazz Trio. Gumbo YaYa, eggs couchon de lait, and a Creole bread pudding soufflé washed down with bloody mary finished tableside with ice block vodka ($39).

Galatoire's Restaurant • The menu has changed little in a century, and is full of things like turtle soup au sherry, crabmeat au gratin, eggs Sardou (with creamed spinach, artichoke bottoms, and Hollandaise), and Louisiana seafood eggplant cake. Open Sunday from 12 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

New York City

Daniel, which is #4 on The Daily Meal's list of 101 Best Restaurants in America, may not be open for brunch, but you can get brunch at Bar Boulud, Café Boulud, db Bistro Moderne, and DBGB if you want that Boulud touch on Easter Sunday.

Marea • Sunday brunch (11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) at one of the most original and consistently wonderful upscale Manhattan restaurant newcomers in recent memory includes options like pancetta and burrata scramble, eggs arrabbiata, pizza, and sandwiches that include meatball sliders and the 'Torpedo,' essentially Michael White's Italian cold cut sandwich.

 

Philadelphia

Vetri (#54) isn't open for brunch on Sunday, and neither is Osteria (#64). But Chef Marc Vetri's third endeavor Amis, featuring Roman comfort food does do brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A Philly brunch alterinative:

Crêperie Beau Monde • Crêpes with sausage, smoked salmon or trout, blueberries, bacon, mushrooms, poached eggs, or chicken fricassee — plenty of brunch options to choose on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

San Francisco

Bouchon Yountville • Shellfish platters, foie gras terrine, salt cod beignets, steak frites, steamed mussels, profiteroles, and other bistro basics are on the menu at this authentic-looking French bistro reimagined in the Napa Valley. Open for lunch both Saturday and Sunday. For another Thomas Keller option, there's Sunday brunch at Ad Hoc. (Photo: Flickr/kla4067)

Slanted Door • If you don't mind mixing brunch with tourists, Slanted Door  is open for brunch on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. They do a modern interpretation of classic Vietnamese street food in the Ferry Building,

Zuni Café • San Francisco Mediterranean cooking at its best from chef Judy Rodgers, with Chez Panisse alumnus Gilbert Pilgram now in charge of the dining room. Sunday brunch is from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Washington DC

Citronelle, Rasika, Restaurant Eve, CityZen, none of these spots on the list of 101 Best Restaurants serve brunch. Minibar, José Andrés' six-seat restaurant, is also closed Sunday. It's obviously not the same type of experience at Café Atlantico, but on Sunday they do a Nuevo Latino Dim Sum Brunch. Just remember, the last seating for the full chef’s dim sum tasting menu is 1:30 p.m. Two other Easter brunch options:

Coeur de Lion • Among the choices on their three-course Easter Brunch menu are roasted corn bisque, eggs benedict with crab cake and pommes Lyonnaise, and blueberry crême brulée ($45 per person).

Bastille • Noted as one of Washintgon's top 100 restaurants a few years ago, Bastille will be doing a special three-course prix fixe Easter brunch including options ranging from a trio of rillettes and biscuit with sausage and gravy to apple Tatin.

 

Austin

Fonda San Miguel • The brunch menu features clay pots filled with meat dishes cooked in moles and pipians, salads, fruits, and a dessert table with arroz con leche, capirotada, and flan almendrado.

Lambert's Downtown Barbecue • Barbecue for brunch! Cheddar and poblano grits. prime rib, coffee and sugar rubbed brisket, smoked brisket hash — just some items on Lambert's brunch menu.

 

Seattle

Neither Canlis nor Herbfarm do brunch, but you're in Seattle, and that means that some of the best brunch spots are going to be dim sum. Here's a selection that was featured in The Seattle Times:

Jade Garden • Renowned for the crush of people, but consistently noted as the go-to spot.

Sun Ya Seafood Restaurant • Duck, pork, and soy chicken, honey walnut prawns, shrimp-stuffed eggplant, fresh bao, and much more.

Imperial Garden Seafood Restaurant • In her Times dim sum article, Nancy Leson complimented Imperial for a swift wait, expansive dim-sum, lobster dumplings, salt and pepper prawns, and short-ribs with sesame.

Chiang's Gourmet • Steamed dumplings, housemade pan-fried Shanghai-style noodles, and spareribs prepared several ways, are just a few highlights at this dim sum spot.

Top Gun Seafood Restaurant • Some of the recommended dishes here include: shrimp-filled dumplings, pan-fried turnip cake, soft-fried tofu, mango pudding, glazed bao, chicken-and-egg-laced congee, and lotus leaf-wrapped sticky rice.

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