The first of the big brunches kicks off this weekend with Easter brunch Sunday, March 31.
Here are some restaurants offering brunches for Easter Sunday. Call or go online for reservations, or confirmation and details of menus, times and prices. Note that many other restaurants are offering specials this day; we didn’t list ala carte brunches. Also note that prices don’t include taxes or tips, and while some include soft drinks, most do not include alcohol unless stated.
The Riverside Hotel on Las Olas has changed out its staid old Grill Room and replaced it with Wild Sea – a wowing seafood restaurant. But for Easter brunch, they’re serving in the Himmarshee ballroom a buffet that stars a carving station featuring slow-roasted prime rib and root-beer-cinnamon glazed ham. Other salads, entrees, sides and desserts are included. $39.95 for adults; $15 kids 12 and younger. Call (954) 377-0943; www.riversidehotel.com
The Blue Moon Fish Co. in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is spreading a buffet that includes a salad bar with a number of choices, raw bar (stone crabs, shrimps, oysters), a Tuscan trattoria (pastas), a carving station (ham, lamb, prime rib, brisket), chef’s station (mahi, salmon, crabcakes – to name some) and desserts. $49.95 for adults, $24.95 for kids 6-12. Call (954) 267-9888. www.bluemoonfishco.com
Also in Broward, try Le Bistro in Lighthouse Point, where chef Andy Trousdale offers a 3-course menu with dishes like a goat cheese tart, leek and potato soup, a citrus sorbet, rack of lamb, turkey roulade and crispy skin Scottish salmon, along with choices of dessert. $35 (includes Champagne cocktail). Call (954) 946-9240; www.lebistrorestaurant.com
PALM BEACH COUNTY:
The Addison in Boca Raton is open for Easter brunch, with chef Patrick Duffy offering a variety of stations, including an omelet station; challah French toast prepared to order; a fresh fruit bar; a raw bar; baby lamb chops carved to order, and hand-rolled sushi. A balloon artist entertains along with a five-piece band in the courtyard under the banyan tree. $64.95; kids under 12 are half-price, and under 3, free. Seating 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (561) 372-0568; www.theaddison.com/calendar.
PRIME steakhouse in Delray Beach is directly on Atlantic Avenue – sit outside to watch the Easter traffic or dine in. A full buffet of breakfast and brunch items includes an omelet station, French toast, ham or sausages, waffles, fresh fruit, along with a sushi display, prime rib carving station, swordfish, seafood paella, pasta choices, a chocolate fountain and more. $39l95 adults; $15 for children. Serving 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Call (561) 865-5845; www.primedelray.com
Vegan specials are available at Snappers restaurant in Boynton Beach for Easter, along with a traditional menu of honeybaked ham, or Greek style lamb shanks with potatoes and carrots. Tip: Check out Chef John’s wine list if you haven’t been here. Prices vary for the menus. Call (561) 375-8600; www.snappers.com.
Kids will love Easter brunch at the Pampas Grille in West Palm Beach’s CityPlace. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Easter Bunny shows up on Saturday, March 30 for an egg hunt and other activities; brunch is served both Saturday and Easter Sunday. Brunch includes eggs Benedict, stuffed French toast, smoked bacon, O’Brien potatoes, and unlimited choices from the sides bar, along with meats served rodizio-style. $29 (includes a mimosa or bloody mary for adults.); kids under 10 dine free when adults buy a brunch. Served 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (561) 444-2147; www.pampasusa.com.
At John Spoto’s Water Bar in the PGA Commons, an Easter buffet served al fresco (but inside seating is provided) will include a variety of breakfast items along with an omelet station, leg of lamb, ham, peel-and-eat shrimp, mussels, crab legs, pot roast with vegetables and salmon Florentine. $29.95 adults; $12.95 kids 10 and under. Call (561) 776-5778; www.waterbargrill.com.
For a splurge, try one of the big hotels on the islands:
The Ritz-Carlton has the Easter bunny hopping around through brunch and photos with him are complimentary. An Easter egg hunt is on the lawn at 1 p.m. while brunch seatings are spread throughout the day. Look for a huge spread that includes pastry shop breads, seafoods hot and cold, carving stations, a dessert bar and more. $95 adults; $45 kids 2-12. Seatings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – call for availability. Call 561-533-6000; www.ritzcarlton.com/en/properties/palmbeach/
The Restaurant at the Four Seasons Palm Beach. The list is lengthy for their huge Easter Brunch buffet, starting with a bloody mary bar, a chilled seafood station with oysters, house smoked salmon, tuna tartare; a sushi station, soups, salads, a shellfish offering of lobster tail, king crab, crab cakes; risotto, roast chicken, seared salmon; a carving board with lamb, bone-in ribeye, ham, and a variety of toppings, and a large dessert bar that includes homemade ice cream, toffee monkey bread, lemon meringue pie, a passionfruit creme brulee and more. – to name but a few items on the list. $110 for adults. For children’s prices, seating times, call 561-582-2800. www.fourseasons.com/palmbeach.
At Cafe Boulud in the Brazilian Court, Palm Beach, chef Jim Leiken spreads a number of dishes, including house-made ham, and herb and mustard-crusted roast leg of spring lamb. The pastry chef, Arnaud Chavigny whipped up carrot cream cheese mousse, raspberry chocolate sacher, Key lime pie and more. Two Easter egg hunts take place Sunday; at noon for kids 5 and younger, and at 12:30, for kids 6 to 12. Brunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $75 adults; $36 kids 10 and under. Call (561) 655-6060; www.cafeboulud.com.
Top of the Point is from The Breakers, which set the standard as the macdaddy of brunches. But the Circle Dining Room and ballroom brunches at the main hotel sell out a month in advance. (Reminder for next year.) But at the hide-away Top of the Point, in Phillips Point, West Palm Beach, diners get a spectacular view and a buffet from the hotel chefs with a variety of hot and cold foods and displays. Reservations a must. $85 adults, 11-3 p.m. Call (561) 655-6611; www.thebreakers.com