Spring has sprung and Easter is on the horizon—which can only mean that a decadent Easter brunch is part of your weekend plans. This year, the holiday falls on Sunday, April 1, a day that already plays host to the best brunches in Austin. The city's top hotels and best restaurants are offering Easter spreads that'll leave you stuffed for the rest of the day, but we've narrowed them down to a handful of our favorites. Just be sure to make reservations when planning on enjoying Easter brunch—you can bet everyone has their eye on those eggs Benny, too.
Easter brunch in Austin
If experiencing “old-school” Austin while copping a seriously superb meal is your goal, then Jeffrey’s is your destination. The west side spot always excels at brunch, but their Easter variation is particularly top-notch. You'll find their famous seafood tower on the bar, along with a carving station, an expansive buffet, made-to-order egg dishes and pancakes, and a dessert wonderland. Brunch is $100 per person and reservations can be made by calling 512-477-5584.
The Fairmont only recently opened, but their five restaurants and bars are already getting in the swing of things. Take Revue, one of the hotel's dining options. They're offering a brunch menu with influences from around the world, like the Asian Kitchen (ground lamb mapo dufo), Italian Kitchen (gnocchi sugo) and the Garrison (oak smoked prime rib). Top it off with a Bloody Mary (build your own!), an Aperol Spritz, or Cristal and Dom by the glass and call it a success.
In this quaint Victorian house where Southern comfort food reigns, executive chef Joshua Thomas is using farm-fresh ingredients to craft a mid-day meal to remember. Diners will be able to indulge in a prime rib carving station, roasted lamb rack, cinnamon pecan brioche French toast and more, with seatings available at 11am and 1:30pm (an Easter egg hunt will take place in between). Brunch is $85 for adults and $40 for kids ages 6 to 12, and reservations can be made at 512-444-1888.
BackYARD at Waller Creek channels everyone's favorite backyard party, a spot where BBQ, games, live music and cocktails converge. For Easter, they're offering a family-friendly brunch special for $30 ($15 for children ages 12 and under), which includes sweet and savory dishes from backYARD's food truck, a buffet for the kids, games, cookie decorating, a Bloody Mary bar and, yes, an appearance by the Easter Bunny.
Clarksville favorite Josephine House is offering a three-course, prix-fixe brunch for $55 per person. The meal starts off strong with a pastry basket and burrata and jam, and continues with an option of drool-worthy dishes like lemon ricotta pancakes, steak and eggs, and buttermilk biscuits with country ham. Don't forget about dessert—a chocolate layer cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting already has us in a food coma. Reservations can be made by calling 512-477-5584.
Located inside the Hilton, Cannon + Belle is offering an Easter brunch for both hotel guests and locals alike. From 11am to 3pm, diners can feast on a buffet that boats an omelette station, seafood tower, pancake bar and dessert table, along with made-to-order entrées and a slew of new Bloody Marys (the Wake Up Mary is a "carrot and coffee blend" that has us especially intrigued). Brunch is $46 per adult and $18 for children ages 6 to 12.
Enjoy an Italian brunch during Easter at Olive & June, where a three-course meal includes antipasti, primi and secondi. Italian pastries, tortellini, braised lamb and seared salmon will have you rolling out satisfied. Brunch is $39 per guest—oh and did we mention the cocktails? Raise a glass of bellini, kir royale or Bloody Mary in between bites.
Juniper is reveling in the holiday all day long, with an Easter brunch available from 11am to 9pm (yes, that's pm). Start with pastries like a bombolini with milk jam, mascarpone, and lemon ash; or a kolache with strawberry, ricotta and pistachio. Now that you've got those sweets out of the way, it's time for the savory stuff: pappardelle with oxtail ragu; brunch gnocchi with egg, mushroom and broccoli; smoked fish and toast with mascarpone, boiled egg and capers. You can also order the Box & Bubbles special, which includes pastries and a bottle of bottle of Cleto Chiarli Brut Modena Blanc.
Looking for Easter brunch in a more casual setting (and without a $100 price tag)? Forthright is offering a counter-service brunch on Friday from 8am to 3pm with their usual hits (quinoa brulée, wild mushroom toast, pork belly hash), plus a special Easter buffet on Sunday. For $32 per person, you can dine on chicken and waffles, chia pudding, avocado toast and more, with the addition of drip coffee and orange juice or a mimosa.
Arguably Austin's most stunning outdoor restaurant, Eden East is a beautiful spot to spend the day on Easter. For $85 per person, diners can enjoy a family-style pig roast with biscuits, gravy, a garden salad and spring vegetables (don't forget to BYOB). Reservations are required and can be made here.