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10 Best Bets for Easter Brunch in Boston

By Scott Kearnan
April 7, 2014

Bambara. Holidays are not the time to practice restraint. So hop over to this Cambridge spot, pictured, for a big Easter brunch buffet ($55 per person, $20 for kids) that includes a raw bar with oysters and shrimp cocktail, build-your-own omelet and carving stations (the latter with a Dijon-glazed ham and pineapple), a pasta bar and a spread of candies and desserts. (25 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge; 617-868-4444)

The Beehive. For you: food from chef Marc Orfaly and a full day of live jazz performances by a foursome of local bands. For the kids: an Easter egg hunt with the floppy-eared bunny of the hour. From 9:30 AM-3:30 PM, The Beehive will offer a three-course prix fixe ($42.95 per person, $14.95 for kids) that includes smoked-salmon deviled eggs, blackened crackling ham with a citrus, rum and raisin sauce and roast leg of lamb with mint pesto. Sleeping in? After 4 PM there's an à la carte assortment of Easter specials. (541 Tremont St.; 617-423-0069)

Bistro du Midi. Celebrate Pâques (that's Easter in French) with the Back Bay bistro's three-course prix fixe menu ($50 per person), including tuna tartare with pear, pine nuts and avocado foam; heirloom beet gnocchi; and pan-roasted hake with seared prawn and lobster consommé. Magnifique! (272 Boylston St.; 617-426-7878)

Boston Chops. Easter at a swanky steakhouse? Yes, please. Chef Chris Coombs' South End restaurant is offering a three-course prix fixe brunch ($49 per person) that starts with a fruit plate and basket of fresh croissants, scones and sticky buns. (What, no Peeps?) Entree options include a lobster Benedict with hollandaise, and the meal wraps up with chocolate pistachio cake and strawberry sorbet. How sweet it is. (1375 Washington St.; 617-227-5011)

Craigie on Main. Want to spend Easter with star chef Tony Maws? It'll only cost you $50 to partake in a three-course brunch, with choices like slow-roasted lamb leg with fried eggs and provolone fondue, white corn grits with crab ragout and the "Fancy Pants Bagel Plate" of smoke sturgeon rillettes, caviar and smoked sea trout. (853 Main St., Cambridge; 617-497-5511)

Menton. Expect to find a three-course prix fixe ($55 per person) befitting the fine-dining flagship of the Barbara Lynch empire. The Fort Point destination will offer veal carpaccio with wild mushrooms, prawn ravioli with braised octopus and leg of lamb with saffron ricotta, among other indulgent dishes. (354 Congress St.; 617-737-0099)

No. 9 Park. For a slightly less expensive but still Lynch-level Easter lunch, head to No. 9 Park from 11:30 AM-2:30 PM for a three-course prix fixe at $42 per person, which includes kampachi crudo with Easter-egg radish and ricotta gnudi with fiddlehead ferns. Need more? There's also a five-course tasting menu option for $65, with optional wine pairing ($40 additional). (9 Park St.; 617-742-9991)

Rialto. Spend Easter with star chef Jody Adams at her Harvard Square legend, where the three-course holiday brunch ($65 per person, $25 for kids) starts with a breakfast antipasti of Parma prosciutto, olive-artichoke relish and burrata, smoked char and more. Then it's onto an entree, with choices like egg-in-a-hole, pan-roasted halibut and peeky-toe crab tagliatelle. And dessert choices include one fabulous-sounding limoncello baba with pineapple and vanilla ice cream. (1 Bennett St., Cambridge; 617-661-5050)

Top of the Hub. When it comes to "special-occasion" restaurants, Top of the Hub is generally top of mind. (Dining amid panoramic views on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Tower has a way of making an impact.) The landmark will offer a four-course Easter brunch from 11 AM-2 PM, followed by a four-course Easter dinner from 3-9 PM. So whether you're an early riser or a late diner, craving a Maine lobster omelet or bone-in beef short ribs, they have you covered top to tummy. (800 Boylston St.; 617-536-1775)

Via Matta. This Michael Schlow Italian isn't typically open on Sundays, but the star chef is making an exception for Easter. And he's making an exceptional menu too - one that includes à la carte holiday specials like honey-brined pork loin, salmon crudo with mascarpone and strawberry balsamico and fedelini with tiny clams, served from 1-9 PM. (79 Park Plaza; 617-422-0008)

Places Mentioned

Bistro du Midi

French • Park Square

Food26 Decor25 Service25 Cost$53
 
 
 
Rialto Restaurant

Italian • Cambridge

Food25 Decor24 Service24 Cost$58
 
 
 
The Beehive

South End

Food21 Decor24 Service21 Cost$34
 
 
 
Craigie On Main

French • Cambridge

Food28 Decor24 Service26 Cost$72
 
 
 
Via Matta

Italian • Park Square

Food26 Decor25 Service25 Cost$55
 
 
 
Top of the Hub

American • Back Bay

Food22 Decor27 Service24 Cost$50
 
 
 
Menton

French • Seaport District

Food28 Decor27 Service29 Cost$141
 
 
 
No.9 Park

Beacon Hill

Food28 Decor26 Service27 Cost$79
 
 
 
Bambara Cambridge

American • Cambridge

Food20 Decor21 Service21 Cost$35
 
 
 
Boston Chops

Steakhouse • South End

Food- Decor- Service- CostE
 
 
 
 
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