Quick Hits Boston: Where to Celebrate Easter 2017

Still undecided where to celebrate the Easter holiday? Some of Boston’s best brunches can be indulged in the city’s hautest hotels. Here’s a look at a few of the best Easter offerings this weekend.

Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar will be hosting a Greek family feast complete with lamb and Executive Chef Brendan Pelley’s mother’s recipe for 100-layer spinach pie. He shared with us what he loves most about hosting Easter dinner. “Easter for me can’t be complete without a whole roasted lamb (and occasionally a goat too just for good measure). Slowly turning on a spit over charcoal while brushing with lemony olive oil is the way to go. The rest of the family will bring a potluck of side dishes for starters and we’ll serve the lamb with potatoes roasted in lamb fat and lemon. It’s literally one of the best things you can eat!”

Doretta Taverna & Raw BarPhoto Credit: Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar

Over at the Ritz-Carlton, Artisan Bistro is hosting a holiday Easter all-you-can-eat brunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast specialties include mini muffins, croissants, danishes, sliced fruits, yogurt parfaits, omelets made to order, pecan smoked bacon and chicken apple sausage, not to mention croissant French toast. For lunch, look for kale Caesar salad, artisanal charcuterie, a prime rib carving station, white truffle mashed potatoes, brick chicken breast and herb marinated salmon. Be sure to save some room for a sampling of citrus panna cotta, German chocolate cake or white coffee creme brulee. Reservations are recommended.

Artisan BistroPhoto Credit: Ritz-Carlton Boston

The Seaport Hotel is hosting Easter in luxe style at Aura Restaurant. Their lavish buffet available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will feature everything from French toast, eggs Benedict and leg of lamb to smoked salmon, ricotta blintzes, baked salmon and rigatoni Bolognese. Entertainment will be provided by The Lance Houston Jazz Quartet and little ones can enjoy a chocolate fountain (complete with fruit, marshmallows and pretzels) along with a visit from the Easter bunny.

AuraPhoto Credit: Aura

The Taj Boston Hotel is also hosting a celebratory Easter brunch in its elegant ballroom. From omelet and waffle stations, spring soups and salads to a raw bar display, cheese and charcuterie, the Back Bay hotel will also be offering mint glazed leg of lamb, lemon sole, pan seared gnocchi and an assortment of Indian kebabs. Easter brunch will be served in the Grand Ballroom with seatings at 10:30 a.m. 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.  In addition to the buffet brunch, The Café will offer its a la carte brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and the hotel’s signature Afternoon Tea will also be available on Easter Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

Taj BostonPhoto Credit: Taj Boston

In the Financial District, The Langham, Boston is celebrating Easter with a specialty version of its weekly Sunday City Brunch. The ultra lavish jazz brunch, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will feature stations including Belgian waffles, omelets, seafood and sushi, a carving station, made-to-order pasta, and, of course, their decadent dessert offerings. Kids will also enjoy face painting, pictures with the Easter Bunny while having some fun with a balloon artist.