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9 Best Easter Brunches in Boston

By Scott Kearnan  |  March 24, 2016
Credit: Karlis Dambrans

Hunting for Easter brunch plans like elusive eggs? We've pulled together some top picks from the various prix fixe and other special menus offered around town. Now just hop over to the phone to make your Sunday reservations. 

Bar BouludJoyeuses Pâques! For a classic French-inflected Easter, head to star chef Daniel Boulud's Boston restaurant (pictured above), where you'll find a three-course prix fixe that includes options like salmon tartare with crème fraîche, pain perdu (brioche French toast  with vanilla crème brûlée and Grand Marnier oranges) and gateau basque, a traditional basque custard cake with brandied cherries and vanilla anglaise (776 Boylston St.; 617-535-8800).

Bastille KitchenThis Fort Point behemoth is also French, but arming its Easter Brunch menu (10:30 AM-4 PM) with some less traditional ideas. Think bacon-pecan caramel French toast, Quiche Lorraine stuffed with New England-raised bacon and gruyere, a duck confit omelet with truffle marrow butter, and even home made "Peeps," chef-driven spins on the marshmallow birdies. And if you have kids in tow, bring them to the subterranean cocktail lounge, Chalet, for an egg hunt and photos with the Easter Bunny (49 Melcher St. 617-556-8000).

Beat BrasserieEaster is an excuse to break out those spring-like pastels, but at this bohemian-chic Harvard Square eatery, the only color you'll need to remember is "blue." Besides a la carte brunch items (9:30 AM-3:30 PM) like Easter lemon and lamb soup, spiced carrot soup with tahini, roast lamb shoulder and a triple-cheese quiche, Beat Brasserie will also serve up live jazz and blues music for those who choose to come during dinner hours instead. The tunes start at 5 PM (13 Brattle St., Cambridge; 617-499-0001).

Brass UnionIf your holiday is going to do down like an Easter version of "Friendsgiving" ("Feaster"?), this Union Square hangout might be a hot pick. Its brunch buffet (11 AM-3 PM; $35 each) will be complemented by a la carte cocktails like the Salty Buro, made with tequila, ancho chili peppers and house made grapefruit soda. And after you've feasted, you'll be in a game-filled haunt where you can wrap up the afternoon over Pictionary, Pac-Man and more (70 Union Sq., Somerville; 617-623-9211).

Brasserie JOThis Back Bay brasserie is offering a full experience for just $46 per person. Besides the buffet service, which encompasses everything from omelet and carving stations to mimosa and Bloody Mary bars, JO will be jumping with live jazz trios throughout, an appearance by the Easter bunny (11 AM-2 PM) for photo ops, and egg hunts (12 PM and 1:30 PM) to help the little hares hop out some energy (120 Huntington Ave.; 617-425-3240).

CoppersmithIn case you haven't heard, this South Boston hot spot recently brought over chef Jason Heard (ex East Coast Grille) to command its kitchen. That heat seekers' BBQ and seafood paradise was known for its elaborate DIY Bloody Mary bar, which will be resurrected here on Easter. That's in addition to a la carte menu specials (11 AM-3 PM) like chef's deviled eggs. A spicy Easter Sunday never hurt anybody (40 W 3rd St.., South Boston; 617-658-3452).

Liquid Art House. Now that new chef Doug Rodrigues (formerly Clio) is in the kitchen, it's about time you revisited this high-minded, hoity toity restaurant-slash-art gallery. Easter brunch (11 AM-4 PM) is as good a time as any: for the comparatively cost-effective $60, you'll get access to an all-you-can-eat buffet-style array of eats and one complimentary mimosa or Japanese peach bellini. Plus you can check out the latest exhibition, which features the work of artist Timmy Sneaks, whose colorful, graffiti-like paintings feature fantastic re-imaginings of pop culture figures from Mickey Mouse to Jason Voorhees and from Super Mario to Notorious B.I.G (100 Arlington St.; 617-457-8130).

Menton. If you don't feel like hopping out of bed for brunch, here's your must-pick dinner service spot. Barbara Lynch's ultra high-end Fort Point gem is serving a four-course prix fixe ($95), with plates like peekytoe crab and leg of lamb, from 4 PM-8:30 PM. And here's a nice tip: no reservations are needed for seating in its annexed Gold Bar, where the menu will be served until 10 PM (354 Congress St.; 617-737-0099).

Rialto. Last week star chef Jody Adams opened her foray into fast-casual, the Fenway-side Greek joint Saloniki. But it's her refined Italian standby Rialto that you'll want to visit for an Easter prix fixe (11 AM-1:45 PM) of three courses ($65) that include family-style antipasti, mains like whole trout with mint pesto and desserts like coconut cake with rhubarb and raspberry jam. Buona Pasqua, indeed (1 Bennett St., Cambridge; 617-661-5050).