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Easter is on Sunday, April 17, this year, and Boston’s best restaurants and hotels are ready to host you and yours. Whether your spring celebration calls for brunch or dinner — with or without an egg hunt or a photo op with the Easter Bunny — or even a feast at home, there’s surely a holiday dining option to fit your fancy.
And it’s time to hop to it: Easter and Boston Marathon weekend are one and the same this year, so it’s sure to be a bustling one. All listed restaurants accept (and encourage) reservations.
The restaurant at the Theatre District’s Ritz-Carlton, located across the street from Boston Common, is celebrating Easter with brunch from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The fixed-price offerings are $95 for adults and $45 for children (plus taxes and gratuity). They include breakfast and lunch options such as specialty eggs, Belgian waffles, pancakes, parfaits, salads, antipasti, pastries, raw seafood selections, sweet and savory crepes, and more.
For its first-ever Easter Sunday in the Back Bay, The Banks Fish House and chef Robert Sisca are hosting two opportunities to join them for the holiday. The Banks’ brunch service runs from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. with festive plates like a Santa Barbara uni Benedict, fried whole belly clams and waffles, lemon pancakes, a lobster roll, and more. From 4 to 8 p.m., the a la carte dinner menu will offer Easter specials including tuna crudo with pickled ramps, saffron pappardelle pasta, and prime rib surf and turf.
Bistro du Midi, located near the Common, is serving up a three-course, $75 fixed-price brunch menu between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Easter Sunday. The French restaurant inspired by New England’s coast is preparing dishes like duck confit-foie gras waffles, Spanish octopus au poivre, moules frites, croque madame, vanilla bean crème brûlée, and more. The regular dinner menu will be available from 4 until 8 p.m.
In the refined Atlantic Room at the Boston Harbor Hotel (Boston’s only AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star property), Easter Sunday will be celebrated with a Grand Brunch including a fixed-price menu, a live jazz ensemble, and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. On the dining side, chef David Daniels is planning dishes like roast Hudson Valley duck, lobster risotto, American caviar panini, and more. Grand Brunch is priced at $165 per person, $65 for children 12 and under, and free for children under 3, with tax and gratuity included. Reservations are available between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
South Boston’s rustic, refined Italian restaurant has Easter Sunday specials from brunch on through dinner. Start the day with a Black Forest ham Benedict and rosemary home fries or lamb steak and spring vegetable hash with sunny side-up eggs, or join Capo for dinner to sup on pappardelle with braised lamb ragu, pistachio pesto risotto, shaved asparagus and black truffle salad, and more Easter specials. The downstairs Supper Club at Capo is also hosting two “Sinatra Sunday” shows on Easter, with Rich DiMare and the Ron Poster Trio. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for the brunch show and 5:30 p.m. for the dinner show.
If you’re looking for the Easter Bunny, head to Catalyst: The Cambridge restaurant is welcoming the magical mammal and hosting an egg hunt as part of its Easter brunch. The Bunny will be on hand between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., with hunts at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Brunch runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., featuring modern and traditional spring fare as part of a fixed-price brunch buffet ($65, or $32.50 for children between 3 and 10 years old). Among the dining options are Benedicts and French toast, shrimp and crab cocktail, salads, slow-roasted rosemary leg of lamb, spring pea ravioli, and more.
Here’s an option for Easter brunch at home: The Liberty Hotel’s signature restaurant CLINK. is preparing a take-home package ($399) featuring fully cooked, family-style dishes for four-plus people, including freshly baked ciabatta rolls with Vermont butter and flaky sea salt; spring parsnip potage with rye croutons; organic baby arugula salad; a platter of spring melons and sliced fruit with agave-laced Greek yogurt and honey-nut granola; brown sugar-glazed Virginia ham with golden raisin jus; creamy sweet potatoes, charred Brussels sprouts, tarragon-roasted East Coast salmon with charred lemon, caper, and parsley aioli; and assorted French macarons. Pre-orders are accepted through April 15 for pickup on Easter Sunday between noon and 4 p.m. Additionally, brunch at the hotel restaurant runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Along with its regular menu served all day, locations of Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse will have featured Easter brunch dishes available from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. At the Park Square restaurant, you’ll find cinnamon French toast with berry compote and chantilly cream, Davio’s pork sausage with scrambled eggs and brunch potatoes, an over-easy egg pizza with Niman bacon and shishito peppers, and more. In the Seaport, there will be a white pizza with bacon and eggs, brioche French toast with berry compote and Vermont maple syrup, avocado toast with shaved radishes, and other brunch specials.
The steakhouse chain with locations in the Back Bay and the Seaport is offering a three-course Easter menu for $96 per person, featuring spring salad, an eight-ounce filet or salmon paired with Del Frisco’s signature crab cake, and strawberry cheesecake for dessert. Additionally, folks looking to celebrate at home can order a honey-glazed ham to-go from any Del Frisco’s location.
Financial District hotel The Langham last year debuted a glamorous Italian restaurant called GRANA, which is getting ready to host its first Easter brunch. The fine-dining menu will be served family-style across three courses, with options such as lemon ricotta pancakes with blackberry compote and candied pecans, carrot cavatelli with braised lamb, spring peas and pecorino, and fresh desserts. It’s $90 per person with reservations available between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Make a day of it with The Langham’s Easter egg hunt happening between noon and 2 p.m. in the adjacent Norman B. Leventhal Park, and take photos with the Easter Bunny.
Boston’s beloved Back Bay steakhouse is planning an elevated Easter Sunday with a la carte brunch specials available from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Expect a pastrami Benedict, brioche French toast, prime meatloaf, two-pound steamed lobsters, and more. The regular dinner menu runs from 5 until 8 p.m.
Whether for brunch or dinner, Harvard Square’s Harvest (and its fireplace-appointed patio) has options. From 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., a three-course fixed-price menu will offer the likes of a spring vegetable tart, Easter ham and cheese Benedict, carved prime rib, coconut cheesecake, and more. From 5 to 8 p.m., choose among dishes such as swordfish pastrami, herb-crusted rack of lamb, Atlantic salmon pan roast, rhubarb rose sorbet, and more. Both menus are $68 per person.
Every day is a good day to have brunch at Lincoln Tavern in Southie, so why would Easter be any different? Among the Easter Sunday brunch specials will be M&M pancakes with white chocolate anglaise, and pancetta and pea tendril eggs Benedict with smoked tomato hollandaise. Brunch begins at 9 a.m. Stick around for dinner (3 until 10 p.m.) and you’ll find on the menu roast lamb with heirloom baby carrots, garlic mashed potatoes, and chimichurri; patatas bravas with espelette aioli; and Funfetti strawberry shortcake.
Make this Easter especially memorable with a tasting menu at Menton. Chef Barbara Lynch’s Relais & Chateaux property in Fort Point is offering four- and eight-course chef’s tasting menus on Eastern Sunday, as well as optional wine pairings. Four courses are available from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., while the eight-course option is on from 4 to 8 p.m. Among the dishes will be green garlic velouté with littlenecks and lobster; a coddled egg with spring peas, ham, and morels; lamb rack with fermented garlic sfumato; and more. Additionally, Menton is offering a la carte takeaway options for hosting Easter at home. Pre-order the likes of mustard and herb-crusted rack of lamb, applewood-smoked Berkshire ham, charcuterie, soups, salads, sides, and more by Wednesday, April 13, for pick-up at Menton on Friday, April 15, or Saturday, April 16.
Perhaps your Easter Sunday plans include a walk on Boston Common. That will be a convenient diversion from a special Easter lunch at chef Barbara Lynch’s flagship bistro No. 9 Park. The menu is on between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Contemporary steakhouse chain Ocean Prime has a waterfront patio at its Boston location, and a special Easter brunch menu in the works. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., you can celebrate with family and friends over dishes like warm cinnamon bread with cream cheese icing, lobster toast with avocado-pea puree and a sunny side-up egg, prime New York strip steak and eggs with crispy potatoes and a citrus-truffle vinaigrette, and more Easter brunch specials. The regular dinner menu begins at 4 p.m.
The Back Bay Mediterranean restaurant by James Beard award-winning chef Jody Adams and restaurateur Eric Papachristos has a few Easter specials in the works, which will continue on Marathon Monday: Head to Porto between noon and 3 p.m. either day for quiche or eggs Benedict. Festive specials for lunch and dinner include crab fritters with tarragon-lime yogurt, a lobster roll with lemon and fine herbs, and more. Important to note: Porto has a fully covered, heated patio that’s welcoming even on the chilliest of days.
Inman Square restaurant Puritan & Co. is bringing back Sunday brunch beginning on Easter. On opening day, brunch runs from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. with a three-course, fixed-price menu ($65). Easter brunch features hot cross buns for the table by acclaimed pastry chef Brian Mercury, plus a choice of dishes by chef Will Gilson, such as pastrami-smoked salmon toast with avocado and arugula; grilled sirloin steak and eggs; an asparagus and mushroom scramble; and more. Dessert options include yogurt panna cotta with strawberries and lemon curd, streusel coffee cake, and espresso caramel cheesecake.
Take a chance on Easter brunch at the Encore Boston Harbor casino: The swanky Rare Steakhouse is planning an elaborate Easter buffet for $80 per person. The feast includes artisan pastries, fruit and juices, a shellfish station, cheese and charcuterie, salads and vegetables, a Dijon-crusted prime rib carving station, brunch options like lemon and ricotta pancakes and jumbo lump crab cake Benedict, and more. Easter brunch runs from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
South End bacaro SRV recently reopened its glorious back patio (weather-permitting), and chef Michael Lombardi is also planning Easter brunch from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The three-course menu is $50 per person, and includes a choice of antipasti such as primavera salad with green goddess dressing and ricotta salata, or carne cruda with anchovy, artichoke and kohlrabi; secondi like crab and eggs Benedict with brown butter hollandaise, or brioche French toast with vin santo caramel; and dolci including tiramisu, white peach sorbetto, and more.
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