Easter at Boston’s Best Restaurants

Easter is on its way – and your favorite chefs are planning their menus for special, celebratory brunches, lunches and dinners – see what they’ve come up with at spots like 33 Restaurant & Lounge, 606 Congress, Beacon Hill Bistro, The Beehive, Bokx 109 American Prime, Cafe Fleuri, Cape Sea Grille, Casablanca, Chez Henri, Chiara, Craigie on Main, dante, The Fireplace, Hamersley’s, Harvest, Heather, L’Espalier, Meritage, Miel, OM Restaurant | Lounge, Pesce Blue, Prezza, Rialto, Rocca, Sandrine’s, Sel de la Terre Long Wharf, Sensing, Sherborn Inn, Spiced Pear, Top of the Hub, Turner Fisheries and UpStairs on the Square.

33 Restaurant & Lounge
Enjoy Easter Sunday on Stanhope Street where recently-returned chef Joshua Botsford will be putting out a lavish all-you-can-eat buffet at 33 Restaurant & Lounge. Book a table between 10:00am and 3:00pm. The buffet, with well-stocked omelet and carving station, is full of seasonal holiday specialties. Brunch costs $49.95 per adult and $14.95 per young ‘un. Call 33 at 617.572.3311 to make reservations.

606 Congress
Enjoy Easter alongside the harbor at 606 Congress. Chef Toby T. Hill starts the day with a breakfast buffet of freshly baked breads, seasonal fruits, cereals, artisanal meats and cheeses, smoked salmon, oatmeal, omelets and waffles to order, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and breakfast potatoes. At noon he throws in a few lunch-y specials like cucumber salad with tomato, white beans and red onion; and slow roasted leg of lamb with fennel, olives and oven-dried tomatoes. Save room for desserts – petit fours, macaroons, warm white chocolate bread pudding and fresh baked cookies. Brunch, available until 3:00pm, costs $39 for adults, $19 for children from 5-12 and is free for children 4 and under. Make reservations by calling 617.476.5606.
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Beacon Hill Bistro
Enjoy Easter Sunday on the flat of scenic Beacon Hill, just steps from the Public Garden. Chef Jason Bond welcomes diners to the Beacon Hill Bistro from 10:00am until 3:00pm for a three-course prix fixe brunch. Brunch costs $38 per person and includes offerings like roasted spring parsnip and celeriac soup with celery leaf pesto; seven hour leg of lamb with slow cooked San Marzano tomatoes and mint vinaigrette. Call 617.723.7575 to make reservations or for more information.
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The Beehive
Liven up your Easter celebration with great food, a little live music and an Easter egg hunt for kids of all ages at The Beehive‘s all day long easter celebration. From 10:00am until 3:00pm, chef Rebecca Newell will be serving her regular brunch menu while Eleanor Bianchini entertains diners with her brand of sultry jazz. Starting at 4:30pm, there’ll be a special midday perfmormance from The Bruce Ferarra Trio, followed by latin jazz and salsa from Cinco Son. There’ll also be a special children’s menu so sprouting hipsters won’t go hungry. Call The Beehive at 617.423.0069 for reservations and more information.

BOKX 109 American Prime
This Easter, chef Evan Percoco will be serving a delectable brunch in the ‘burbs at BOKX 109 American Prime. Book a table anytime between 11:00am and 3:00pm and you can pile your plate with items from any of three buffet stations – the Ice Bokx, filled with cheeses and cured meats; the Bokx Breakfast with an omelet station and a build your own parfait and French toast; and Hot Bokx Buffet with dishes like cocoa-crusted Meyers strip and Kurabuta pork loin. Brunch costs $45 for adults and $15 for children under the age of ten. Little ones also get an Easter basket to take home with them. Call 617.454.3399 to join the festivities.

Café Fleuri
Chef Mark Sapienza welcomes Easter diners to Café Fleuri for their award-winning Sunday brunch buffet. Diners can enjoy traditional breakfast items as well as items from full-to-bursting seafood, carving and dessert stations. The kids will be mesmerized by a magician and balloon artist while the adults can relax to the sounds of jazz music. Available from 10:30-4:00pm, brunch costs $84 per adult, $40 per child ages 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and under. The price includes one mimosa or one non-alcoholic beverage per person. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended. Call Café Fleuri at 617.956.8751 to book your table.

Cape Sea Grille
Celebrate Easter and the approach of another summer season at the Cape Sea Grille. After a long winter hiatus, chef-owner Douglas Ramler will have his Harwich Port restaurant up and running for the holiday. Hibernation hasn’t dulled his kitchen skills in the least – Ramler will be putting up an a la carte menu boasting dishes like asparagus bisque with crème fraîche and smoked salmon; and pan-seared whole lobster with pancetta, potatoes, grilled asparagus and calvados-saffron reduction. Reservations are available (and strongly recommended) between the hours of 11:00am and 3:00pm. Call 508.432.4745 to book a table.
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With an assortment of seasonal specials, chef Camillo Diaz entices Easter diners to join him at Casablanca in Harvard Square. Lured by a la carte courses like grilled marinated lamb loin with mint couscous, and seared duck breast with ricotta dumplings guests are snapping up tables left and right. Reserve yours (between the hours of 11:00am and 3:00pm) before they’re all gone by calling Casablanca at 617.876.0999.

Chez Henri
Easter gets a French-Cuban twist courtesy of Paul O’ Connell. The Chez Henri chef-owner welcomes guests to his Cambridge eatery for a three-course prix fixe featuring courses like warm asparagus and leek tartlet with a goat cheese and dandelion salad; and lobster and cod chowder with Montrachet wine and farmstead cream, chili lime butter and a bacon-herb biscuit. The menu costs $45 per person and is available starting at 4:30pm. Call Chez henri at 617.354.8980 for reservations.
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Easter is Sunday, April 12th and Chiara’s chef-owner Steven LaCount has created an outstanding a la carte menu featuring a nice blend of the traditional classics while still showing off his creative, seasonal side dishes. They’re taking reservations from 12:00-4:00pm. They’ve even got a children’s menu in case the little ones haven’t filled up on chocolate eggs and assorted holiday sweets. Call 781.461.8118 soon to save a table.
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Craigie on Main
Spend Easter Sunday at Craigie on Main this year. Chef Tony Maws will be preparing both a decadent and unique brunch with both a la carte and prix fixe options, and offering his stellar regular menu for those who would prefer to head out for dinner. He has extended the brunch hours from 11:00am to 3:00pm and dinner will be served from 6:00 to 10:00pm. Call 617.497.5511now to reserve a table at either meal.

Taking his culinary cues from his Nonna, chef Dante de Magistris will be preparing an elegant Easter menu for guests at dante. The three-course prix fixe, which costs $50 per person, features recipes and Easter traditions handed down to him through the generations. Book a table to reserve your spot for a spring-y, riverside celebration. Call 617.497.4200.
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The Fireplace
Chef Jim Solomon’s hosts an elaborate Easter buffet on Sunday, April 12th. The offerings include a mix of sweets and savories to satify any and all holiday diners – cheesy scrambled eggs; house-made granola with sweet vanilla yogurt; Boston baked beans and challah French toast with sautéed apples and cinnamon. Priced at $35 per person ($15 for children), brunch is available from 10:00am-4:00pm. Call The Fireplace at 617.975.1900 for reservations.
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Hop over to the South End this Easter to tuck into celebratory specials at Hamersley’s Bistro. Chef-owner Gordon Hamersley will be serving both his regular brunch and dinner menus (from 11:00am-2:00pm and 5:30-9:30pm, respectively) so you can find something that suits your schedule as well as your culinary agenda. There’s something for everyone, including the little ones so bring the whole family in for your Easter celebration. Call 423.2700 to reserve a table.

Chef Mary Dumont welcomes Easter Sunday diners to Harvest with and elaborate brunch menu. The three-course prix fixe, priced at $55 per person ($70 with a half glass wine pairing and $80 with a full glass wine pairing), highlights all sorts of culinary signs of spring in courses like onion and watercress soup with smoked cod tartine; and housemade English pea ravioli with sugar snap peas, baby carrots, Meyer lemon and parma prosciutto. There are plenty of brunch-y items if that’s more your mood – challah French toast, poached farm eggs benedict and Maine lobster frittatas. To reserve a table, call Harvest 868.2255.
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Take a pre-season jaunt to the Cape for Easter Sunday. Heather in Mashpee will be serving their particular brand of new American fare from 11:00am until 4:00pm, though there’s a new chef behind the line – chef Don Delinks is running the show these days. Call 508.539.539.0025 to see what he’s putting on the menu and to make reservations.

Chef-owner Frank McClelland and his right hand chef James Hackney welcome Easter Sunday diners for a special prix fixe lunch menu on April 12th. Make reservations anytime between 11:30am and 4:00pm to enjoy an indulgent menu full of Frenchified favorites for $75 per person ($35 for children 12 and under). If you can’t make it in until the evening, it’s back to business as usual during dinner with the regular a la carte menu available from 5:00pm-10:30pm. Call L’Espalier at 617.262.3023 for reservations.

Gather friends and family around the table for a delicious Easter breakfast buffet at Meritage. Available from 7:00am until noon, chef Daniel Bruce’s menu has something to please every palate. For more information or to make a reservation, call 617.439.3995.

Give your Easter celebration a hint of honey at Miel at the InterContinental Boston. The elaborate buffet, put together by chef Josean Rosado, features a raw bar salad as well as salad, crepe, hot, carving and dessert stations. Gather friends and family together over plates of roasted leg of lamb with honey mustard glaze or grilled Arctic char with grapefruit emulsion. Brunch costs $57 per adult and $25 per child aged 12 and under. There are two seatings – at 11:00am and 1:00pm – so call 617.217.5151 to reserve your table.
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OM Restaurant | Lounge
Easter goes multi-cultural at OM Restaurant | Lounge. Chef Youssef Boujana’s three-course prix fixe menu incorporates Japanese, Chinese and South American elements with dishes like the OM special sushi roll; and OM’s tofu with General OM’s sauce, yu choy, black rice and green onion. Reserve a table so you can plan your own eclectic menu. The meal is priced at $30 per person ($55 with wine pairings) and reservations are available at 617.576.2800.
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Pesce Blue
Celebrate Easter in Portsmouth at Pesce Blue where chef James Walter will be serving a delectable brunch from 10:00am until 6:00pm. Among his Easter-specific specials: artichokes alla Romania; roasted rack of spring lamb and traditional roasted ham. To reserve your table, call Pesce Blue at 603.430.7766.


Chef-owner Anthony Caturano will be serving a special a la carte menu at Prezza this Easter. Reserve a table at the North End favorite for classic dishes like crab cakes with poached eggs and hollandaise; Fresh toast with chestnut-infused maple syrup, scrambled eggs and bacon; or, for the more dinner-minded, lamb chops with roasted pepper salad, roasted potatoes and mustard sauce. Call 617.227.1577 to ask them to hold a table for you and yours anytime between 12:00 and 5:00pm.

Chef-owner Jody Adams gives Easter brunch an Italian twist at Rialto, with a three-course menu that’s full of spring specialties and Easter classics. Available from 11:00am until 2:00pm, the $55 menu includes options like roasted asparagus with local burrata, lemon and basil; grilled lamb leg and chops with potato cake, artichokes and favas; and brioche French toast with pistachios, strawberries and rhubarb. A children’s menu is available for $25. Prices don’t include tax, gratuity or beverages. Call 617.551.6060 for reservations.
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Easter revelers can head to Rocca for Sunday Brunch. Chef Tom Fosnot and company will be dishing all sorts of seasonal deliciousness from 11:30am-2:30pm. The a la carte menu includes offerings like roasted artichokes with spring onions and romesco; roast leg of lamb with asparagus, favas, olive tapenade and Parmigiano-potato puree; and Rocca’s signature smashed almond bark with dark chocolate dipping sauce. There’s even a children’s menu with Ligurian specialties like mozzarella and tomato pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, and chicken fingers with French fries. To book a table, call 617.451.5151.
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Easter dinner goes Alsatian at Sandrine’s where chef Raymond Ost gives his guests plenty of options. Ost offers an a la carte menu as well as a three-course prix fixe for $46. Make reservations between 12:00 and 6:00pm to enjoy selections like moules frites (mussels steamed in Riesling wine, garlic, shallots and onions with pommes frites), bone in pork chop Cordon Bleu with mesclun greens tossed in a Dijon vinaigrette; and chocolate kougelhopf (warm dense chocolate cake, caramel coulis, vanilla ice cream and chocolate ganache). Call Sandrine’s at 617.497.5300 to make reservations or for more information.
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Sel de la Terre Long Wharf
Sel de la Terre Long Wharf invites guests to enjoy Easter along the waterfront this year at their original location. From 10:00am until 5:00pm, chef de cuisine BJ Salazar is serving a specially designed menu of Geoff Gardner-approved, Provencal-inspired brunch treats – seared Georges Bank scallops with spring dug parsnip puree, frisée and baby tomatoes; and French toast with wild berry compote, maple syrup and honey butter. Book your table by calling Sel de la Terre at 617.720.1300.
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Open from 10:30am until 2;30pm on Easter Sunday, Sensing at the Fairmont Battery Wharf will be serving an a la carte brunch menu. Chef de cuisine Gerard Barbin, with Guy Martin’s blessing, will be plating holiday specials like fennel sugar cured shrimp omelet; and French crepes (a tiny nod to his homeland). For reservations, call Sensing at 617.994.9000.

Sherborn Inn
The folks at the Sherborn Inn are making it easy to dine with them this Easter with both brunch and dinner offerings. Chef Robert Fathman will be dishing up an array of tasty brunch dishes from 10:00am to 12:30pm; or, if you’d prefer dinner, he will also be preparing a three-course holiday prix fixe filled with the flavors of spring. The brunch buffet is $42 for adults and $16 for children under 12, while dinner is priced at $45 per person. For reservations call 508.655.9521.
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Spiced Pear
Down in Newport at Spiced Pear at the Cliffwalk at the Chanler Hotel, Chef Kyle Ketchum will be serving a three-course brunch menu for diners who’d like to observe the holiday while taking in some spectacular views of the Atlantic. Book a table any time between 11:30am and 2:30pm to be sure you’re one of the lucky few. Just call 401.847.2244.

Top of the Hub
This Easter, enjoy some gorgeous views as well as a great meal at Top of the Hub. Chef Mark Porcaro is offering both brunch and dinner, so book a table (based on your gastronomic leanings) and take the elevator fifty two floors up to eat overlooking the whole city. Brunch is available from 11:00am to 3:00pm and dinner, all four courses of it, is available from 3:00pm to 9:00pm. Both menus are priced at $67 for adults and $29 for children age 12 and under (not including tax and gratuity).  Call 617.536.1775 to reserve your spot – don’t be alarmed if they ask you for a credit card to hold the reservation (it’s standard procedure when tables are at a premium).

Turner Fisheries
Chefs Chris Masco and Armand Toutaint go all out for Easter brunch at Turner Fisheries. From 11:00am until 3:00pm, diners at this Copley Square stalwart can build their own omelets or pile their plates with crab eggs benedict, cinnamon raisin French toast, smoked salmon, fresh fruit and freshly made pastries. Brunch is $59 per person ($19 for children ages 4-12 and free for children under four) not including tax or gratuity. For reservations, call 617.424.7425.
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UpStairs on the Square
Spend Easter Sunday at UpStairs on the Square where proprietresses, Mary Catherine Deibel and Deborah Hughes, will be serving two spring menus in their two dining rooms. Make reservations anytime from 10:00am until 3:00pm in the Monday Club Bar and enjoy an Easter brunch from chefs Susan Regis and Steven Brand. Brunch in the Monday Club costs $50 for adults and $25 for children. Upstairs in the Soiree Dining Room, Brand and Regis will be collaborating on a prix fixe available from 5:30-8:00pm for $65 per person. Call UpStairs on the Square at 617.864.1933 to book your table – and don’t forget to ask about discounted parking rates at nearby garages.
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