Boston has a major brunch culture. Every weekend, most restaurants offer up their take on the oh-so-natural combination of breakfast and lunch. With such diversity and choice, you can usually find a great spot without too much trouble. However, on Easter Sunday, March 31, arguably one of the city’s most popular days for brunch, you might want to plan ahead. Lucky for you, here is a list of a few places offering Easter brunch specials, and with a few weeks to go, now is the perfect time to make a reservation at your favorite.
The Beehive — South End
Reserve a spot at The Beehive to join in some (or all) of their daylong Easter festivities. Beginning with a special, prix fixe Easter Jazz brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., they go on to serve Easter dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.… and for those of you who are booked all day, stop by later on for à la carte food and cocktails with a side of live jazz performances until midnight.
Lumière — Newton
For those who prefer à la carte options, Lumière in Newton is a great idea. Chef Michael Leviton will be serving a few Easter favorites with a flourish: think crispy poached Baffoni Farm egg with Lumière bacon and buttermilk-lard biscuit, or strawberry rhubarb tart with ginger ice cream and candied orange. All ingredients are sourced locally and in season.
Island Creek Oyster Bar — Kenmore
If you are more inclined toward food of the sea, make your reservation at Island Creek Oyster bar, where chef Jeremy Sewall showcases some of New England’s best seafood. On Easter Sunday, their fabulous brunch will see additions like the smoked salmon eggs Benedict (homemade brioche, house-smoked Faroe Island Salmon, poached egg, and Steelhead Roe hollandaise).
Beacon Hill Bistro — Charles Street, Beacon Hill
Arrange for your Easter morning to kick off along one of Boston’s most quintessential streets at Beacon Hill Bistro. Chef Joshua Lewin always brings a beautiful feast to the table, and this year he has prepared a prix fixe special that will be served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For $39 a person, you can enjoy a three-course brunch featuring locally raised meats (Rohan duck rillettes), a whole slew of delicious egg dishes (poached eggs over salmon and toasted brioche with chive hollandaise), or something sweet like brioche French toast with native strawberries, mint, and Chantilly cream. Oh, and don’t forget about the selection of house-made desserts as well.
L’Espalier — Back Bay
Really indulge this Easter weekend with the special brunch offerings at L’Espalier. Chef Frank McClelland has prepared a delectable three-course menu for adults and a separate menu for children. Go the extra mile and order caviar, oysters, and a cocktail before your meal, which might include Scottish smoked salmon or Maine lobster bisque, East Coast halibut, or roasted rabbit loin. Of course, more traditional brunch items like French toast with homemade maple syrup from the chef’s very own apple farm will also be available.
Dante — Cambridge
Chef Dante de Magistris brings some Italian fare to the table on Easter Sunday with dishes inspired by his Nonna. Expect Pizza Chiena (an Italian-style quiche) and tufoli pasta with spring lamb ragù. Dante’s brunch favorites like Italian eggs Benedict, spaghetti carbonara, and roasted trout will also be offered. Easter brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
75 on Liberty Wharf — Seaport
Celebrating their first Easter since their grand opening earlier this year, 75 on Liberty Wharf (sister to 75 Chestnut in Beacon Hill) will be offering a cornucopia of breakfast and lunch items à la carte from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Make a reservation here for raspberry-stuffed French toast, steak and eggs, or a traditional breakfast plate. You may also just want to stop by for a go at their Bloody Mary bar with a whole list of add-ins, accoutrements, and house-infused vodkas. Add a stroll around the Seaport area after this and you will have a wonderful day planned!
Rosa Mexicano — Seaport
Another option along the waterfront is offered at Rosa Mexicano, Boston’s first outpost of this wonderful Mexican restaurant. After their "Flavors of Mexico" kicked off with their Desayuno, aka Mexican breakfast, with great success a month ago, they are holding another authentic Mexican brunch on Easter Sunday. Expect house-made horchata, watermelon juice, huevos fritos y carnitas (fried eggs with carnitas hash), Desyanuo tamal (creamy breakfast tamale) and a delectable torrejas de miel rellenas (stuffed French toast). Prices are à la carte and brunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take a look at their full Easter brunch menu here.
TW Food — Huron Village, Cambridge
If you have yet to experience Tim Wiechmann’s food, perhaps this Easter brunch is the time. Not only will you be selecting your three-course prix fixe menu from a list of items including house-made pierogi verde, spring lamb, and their special Easter omelette (wild mushrooms, sautéed ramps, feta cheese, and crispy leeks), but you will also be treated to live jazz by none other than chef Wiechmann himself! Make your reservation today because this space is small and intimate. The full brunch menu can be found here.
The Gallows — South End
The Easter brunch tradition at The Gallows is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Their already phenomenal French toast recipe will be dressed up and dressed down as they prepare a host of different varieties. Think, apricot and golden raisin French toast, with local honey, mascarpone, and pistachios, or French toast with duck leg confit, blueberry vinaigrette, and fall greens, both of which have been created by chef Seth Morrison and team at The Gallows in the past. The menu is decided only a few days in advance, so be prepared to be surprised.