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Whether you are spending time with friends or family, for dinner or brunch, the following are solid options across the city.
Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro
In historic Beacon Hill, enjoy a prix fixe Easter Brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Easter Sunday at the Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro. Indulge in braised ham hock soup, pork pate, or arugula salad to start; roasted pork loin, braised lamb shoulder, yellow foot chanterelle risotto, or brioche French toast; and finish off your experience with selections from their daily dessert cart. The menu is $39 per person and reservations are recommended.
Over in Harvard Square, the team at Beat Hotel has a bunny-shaped surprise up their sleeves. On Easter Sunday, stop by between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for a la carte brunch – think spiced carrot soup, bibb lettuce salad, and baked spiral ham. Kids can enjoy their very own special menu with grilled cheese and chocolate chip pancakes just in time to go and play with the Easter Bunny himself. From 5 to 10 p.m., the Easter dinner menu kicks in with Buffalo cauliflower, grilled lamb chops, and of course, their famous earth bowls. Live jazz from various featured artists will be pumping the restaurant with cool and smooth atmosphere from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Bread and Salt at The Tasting Room at Sip
Do something exciting and different on Easter Sunday this year - stop by the opening of Sip's new Tasting Room where Josh Lewin and Katrina Jazayeri will be orchestrating a brunch pop-up.
Their Bread and Salt Hospitality group has just finished its stint at Wink & Nod and is already onto other great projects. Expect offerings in 3-, 5-, and 9-course menus. Book through Reserve and experience the first of what will be many such pop up concepts in this new and dynamic space.
Bistro Du Midi
As usual, chef Robert Sisca and his team at Bistro du Midi put on a tasty show for this holiday. What better way to start off your day than with a delectable Easter brunch overlooking the Boston Common? Begin with Belgian endive salad, smoked potato and leek soup, in-house pâté and other charcuterie selections, or tuna tartare. For mains, choose from citrus tea-cured salmon benedict with country toast and hollandaise, aged cheddar quiche, parmesan gnocchi or grilled rack of spring (finally!) lamb with crispy lamb belly and goat cheese truffles (supplement 15$). To round off your meal, order the vanilla mousseline with goat's milk caramel and espresso ice cream or apricot clafoutis. Pair each course with the help of sommelier expert Todd Lipman and you will find yourself in the best of hands from start to finish. The meal is $55 per person with beverages, tax, and gratuity not included.
Craigie on Main
Chef Tony Maws and his team at Craigie on Maine will be serving a special Easter Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. On this Sunday, head to this famous restaurant for a three-course prix fixe. Starting with a basket of homemade pastries, dive into a fresh mango smoothie or bowl of crispy quinoa, granola, and yogurt. Second course options include a smoked fish bagel plate with sturgeon rillettes and sea trout, slow roasted leg of lamb, fried eggs, more smoked fish and matzo ball soup (a nod to our friends celebrating Passover!), or house-made Emmer wheat spaghetti with rabbit sausage. After this delectable feast, finish off with crispy fruit blitz or a chocolate pot de crème. The prix fixe menu is $50 per person, with tax and gratuity not included; children 12 and under get their meal for half off.
From MRA restauranteur of the year, Chris Coombs, his Back Bay French restaurant has a superb dinner waiting prepared for you and your family this Easter. Start off with a light dish like heirloom beets and goat cheese salad; or go straight to the hearty French cuisine with 9-hour French onion soup; “frisée aux lardons” with smoked duck confit, crispy six minute farm egg, and bacon mushroom vinaigrette. Move on to Colorado Lamb loin with braised lamb ravioli, prime Spinalis steak, or go the seafood route with potato crusted halibut or butter poached Scituate lobster. For dessert, choose their Meyer lemon bavarois or perhaps something more traditional, like their caramelized carrot cake. Either way, you will enjoy it all for 75$ per person. Opt for any of their wonderful selection of wines as well and it'll be an Easter to remember.
On Marina Park Drive, executive chef Salvatore Firicano offers both an à la carte menu as well as an Italian three course-meal at Strega Waterfront. Begin with prosciutto bocconcini with roasted red peppers, oysters Rockefeller, or wild mushroom ravioli. Continue on with honey-glazed ham with mashed sweet potatoes and Tuscan vegetables, or braised lamb shank with creamy polenta, and finish off with tiramisu, cannoli, or crème brûlée. It is an Italian feast for the finest, served from 12 to 9 p.m., for 49$ per person, with beverages, tax, and gratuity not included.
Over in Arlington, chef Paul Turano will serve an Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tryst. For $28 per person, get to your happy place with a kale and Brussel sprouts or spinach and apple salad, corned beef hash, potato and cabbage pierogis, eggs benedict, or brown sugar French toast. An à la carte kids menu is also available and reservations are required.