Easter brunch is a longstanding tradition in many families, and for those who enjoy a truly decadent spread, there's nothing like letting someone else do the cooking. From San Diego to Baltimore, from Honolulu to Vegas, these 10 hotel restaurants are serving Easter brunches that would make any bunny hoppy. (Too far? We didn't think so.)
-- Alex Creange, Oyster.com
The Palace Hotel, San Francisco's oldest hotel, is indeed palatial. It's home to the Garden Court which, with its enormous atrium with 50-foot vaulted ceilings, neoclassical marble columns, and giant crystal chandeliers, is in turn home to the hotel's famous Sunday brunch. Like every other Sunday seating, Easter Brunch is an extravagant affair. Its diverse menu is multiple pages long and features everything from classic breakfast favorites to dim sum and sushi. To top it all off, there's a "salad garden," a carrot bar, a risotto station, and even a dedicated kid's corner.
Built by Ulysses S. Grant's son in 1910, The US Grant--a Luxury Collection Hotel is one of the most celebrated and respected hotels in San Diego. While not quite as historic as the hotel itself, Easter brunch is a cherished tradition at The US Grant. This year's menu highlights include breakfast flatbreads, freshly made doughnuts, and unlimited champagne. There will also be live entertainment, and a special visit from the Easter Bunny.
The hip and stylish Sofitel Chicago Water Tower is home to Cafe des Architectes, a French-inspired dining concept that focuses on fresh, local ingredients. This year's Easter menu features brunch staples like quiche, pancakes, and eggs benedict, but also gives a nod to the Easter holiday with a roasted leg of lamb entree and a chocolate egg dessert. Even the wine list has "Easter-inspired wines."
One of Oahu's best hotels, the luxurious Halekulani does a lot of things right. But, Sunday brunch at Orchids is something it has perfected. Orchids, known throughout Oahu for its legendary brunch, is a casual ocean-front dining room with incredible views. Easter brunch is no exception, and guests can enjoy traditional Hawaiian breakfast items, housemade pastries, personalized omelets, and of course, the Halekulani's famed coconut cake with raspberry coulis.
The Surrey, one of the Upper East Side's most elegant and intimate hotels, is home to three-Michelin-star chef Daniel Boulud's iconic restaurant, Café Boulud. Inspired by classic French recipes, seasonal ingredients, and worldly flavors, Café Boulud's Easter Brunch menu features a plentiful array of delicious options like crab cakes benedict, zucchini risotto, and a breakfast sandwich that will put every other breakfast sandwich you've ever eaten to shame (think oven-roasted ham, melted cheese, and a sunny side up egg topped with mornay sauce and stuffed inside a warm, flaky croissant...yeah, we know).
At the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, Chef Michael Mina's Wit & Wisdom hosts a lively brunch each Sunday, and the Easter holiday is no exception. Brunch features live music, multiple carving stations, a raw bar, and classic Baltimorean "bay-to-table" specialties like Old Bay-poached shrimp and Chesapeake oysters. Those looking for something a bit sweeter will also be happy with Wit & Wisdom's selection of freshly made Belgian waffles, buttermilk pancakes, and fresh fruit. And to top it all off, the chic and stylish dining room boasts incredible harbor views.
Historic and beautifully restored, The Driskill Hotel is an Austin icon. Easter is celebrated two ways at this Texas hotel -- because, everything's bigger in Texas, right? First is a family-friendly brunch buffet that serves classic favorites like bacon, eggs, brown sugar glazed ham, roasted spring vegetables, assorted bakery items, and endless desserts. Second is the Driskill Grill's reservations-required, five-course champagne brunch with incredible entrees such as smoked venison benedict and a soft shell crab BLT.
One of the city's grand dames, The Roosevelt New Orleans is a historic property with elegant features. Easter Sunday Brunch, served in the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom, is a sight to behold. Besides classic breakfast items, hot and cold stations, and assorted desserts, the buffet style brunch will feature New Orleans specialities like smoked chicken and andouille gumbo, barbecue shrimp and grits, and eggs benedict with fried green tomatoes and a creole hollandaise.
The ultra-polished Park Hyatt Washington, in the capitol's Foggy Bottom neighborhood, is home to one of DC's best restaurants, the Blue Duck Tavern. With a menu impressive enough to please presidents (this place is a favorite of the Obamas), the chic restaurant is sure to serve an Easter brunch that's a winning meal. Blue Duck Tavern takes its farm-to-table concept seriously, listing the origin of each dish on its menu. So whether you're enjoying pumpkin pancakes or chicken-fried sweetbreads, you'll know exactly where your meal came from.
Everything is over the top in Vegas, including the Bellagio's famous breakfast buffet. Though there's much to be had at this all-you-can eat extravaganza, we prefer the Fountains Brunch that is served each Sunday at Jasmine. Overlooking the beautiful Bellagio fountains, brunch at Jasmine is an Easter Sunday treat. The Fountains Brunch features an unforgettable array of international specialities and American breakfast favorites with a twist. Fill your plate with Cantonese barbecue pork buns, Har Gao shrimp dumplings, red velvet waffles, or lobster potato cake benedict -- the options are endless.