The Ten Hippest Easter Brunches in Denver and Nearby Destinations

Blackbelly Market's smoked-pork green chile posole.EXPAND
Blackbelly Market's smoked-pork green chile posole.
Mark Antonation

Update: This is our 2015 list, and both Session and Trillium have closed — but the rest are all good options for this year. See our 2016 out-of-the-basket brunch suggestions hereWhen you imagine a traditional Easter brunch you probably picture a stuffy hotel buffet with the post-church crowd bathed in a slew of florals, pastels and oversized hats. Zzzz. How about instead of the tired, overpriced eggs-traveganzas, this year we celebrate with a feast of epic proportions at one of these truly egg-ceptional holiday brunches? We promise to keep the carving stations at bay and grandma on her toes.

Head to Blackbelly Market for brunch and grab some goodies at the butcher counter on the way out.EXPAND
Head to Blackbelly Market for brunch and grab some goodies at the butcher counter on the way out.
Mark Antonation

10) Blackbelly Market – The first brunch from Top Chef Hosea Rosenberg
Available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., farm fresh eggs are the star of Blackbelly Market's first-ever brunch seating. Indulge in Hatch green chile posole and eggs brimming with smoky flavors from the in-house smoked pork shoulder and a challah french toast that’s golden with fluffy goodness. If the weather’s right you might even be able to enjoy your meal outside on one of the two outdoor patios in this East Boulder hot spot.

Trillium only offers brunch twice a year.EXPAND
Trillium only offers brunch twice a year.
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9) Trillium – Spice up Easter with some Scandinavian Tradition
A Denver dining favorite that only offers brunch twice a year, Easter and Mother’s Day, Trillium’s à la carte menu is packed with spring dishes like Vanilla Cardamom French Toast and Boompa’s (Grandpa’s) Swedish Pancakes. If you really want to celebrate, Trillium's caviar menu is a fine addition to the smorgasbord of small plate meats and cheeses. As a special treat, one lucky table will be randomly selected to receive an Easter basket brimming with goodies and a $50 Trillium gift card. Reservations are highly recommended and will be served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Session Kitchen's brunch is better than jelly beans for breakfast.
Session Kitchen's brunch is better than jelly beans for breakfast.
Danielle Lirette

8) Session Kitchen – “Way Better Than Jelly Beans for Breakfast”
Hop over to Session Kitchen after your Easter egg hunt for a selection of buckwheat waffles, lox and tots, banana-bread French toast and gluten-free fried chicken & waffles. On the beverage side, the bar now offers a create-your-own mimosa with a selection of three bubbles (Spanish, French or Italian) and a choice of three juices: orange, grapefruit or cranberry, with two rotating surprise flavors. The vibe is a bit Vegas, with lights timed to music, but if there’s one way to get through a holiday, it’s with alcohol. Reservations are recommended and brunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You're never far from a Tavern restaurant in the city.
You're never far from a Tavern restaurant in the city.
Courtesy of the Tavern Hospitality Group

7) The Tavern Lowry, Tech Center and Littleton – Bottomless Beverages and Food
Fun for both adults and children alike, Tavern’s Easter buffet will include baked ham, roast sirloin, an omelet station, a smoked salmon bar, salads, desserts, and more. The build-your-own Bloody Mary bar can be enjoyed for just $6.50 along with the ever-popular $10.50 bottomless mimosas. While the adults are busy fussing up their drinks, the kids can meet the Easter Bunny and pick a treat from his basket of candy-filled eggs. Easter brunch will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults get in for $32 and kids under 12 can eat for just $12.
6) Viewhouse - An Adult Scavenger Hunt and Patio Party
Viewhouse’s motto is “Why should kids have all the fun?” Grab your crew and stop in for an adult Easter egg hunt and a courtyard DJ, where prizes will include gift cards and swag. In addition to the regular brunch menu, specials will include a honey baked ham and snappy green bean casserole, crispy roasted fingerling potatoes and a spiced arugula salad. Wash it down with the Hopped Up cocktail with spring-inspired flavors of pear, raspberry, cider and St. Germain, topped with fresh lime. The festivities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chef-owner Troy Guard at TAG.
Chef-owner Troy Guard at TAG.
Mark Manger

5) TAG  A Three-Course Brunch Affair
Another Denver dining staple that doesn't generally offer brunch, this Easter is an exception. From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., indulge in a luscious three-course tasting menu from chef Troy Guard that’s as international and cosmopolitan as his dinner menu. Menu highlights include Lucky Charms waffles, the acclaimed flash-seared kampachi with Pop Rocks, and more twists on traditional brunch favorites like an achiote pork shoulder breakfast burrito and duck confit hash. The price is $40 per adult and $15 per child.

Guard and Grace offers more than steak for Easter brunch.
Guard and Grace offers more than steak for Easter brunch.
Lori Midson

4) Guard and Grace – Steak and Eggs, Sans Carving Station
The second annual Easter brunch at Guard and Grace, a $45 three-course pre-fixe menu is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Despite being billed as a modern steakhouse, the brunch menu features a number of classic comfort foods like shrimp and grits and smoked salmon Benedict, with touches of their touted meats throughout the menu in dishes like steak enchiladas, corned beef hash and maple grilled pork belly.

Upscale brunch with hotel amenities at the Nickel.
Upscale brunch with hotel amenities at the Nickel.
Danielle Lirette

3) The Nickel – The Exception to the Hotel Restaurant
It might be a hotel, but it’s by no means your bland, overpriced buffet. Celebrate with a selection of chef Chris Thompson’s seasonal additions to classic brunch offerings with delectable dishes like confit duck leg salad, shredded lamb hash, and olive-oil poached halibut. Brunch at the Nickel will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Heading north? Try Next Door in Loveland.
Heading north? Try Next Door in Loveland.
Courtesy if Next Door Food & Drink

2) Next Door Food & Drink – Funky Brunch
If you're heading to northern Colorado to celebrate Easter, check out Next Door in Loveland (not related to the Kitchen: Next Door restaurants in Boulder and Denver — in fact, this Loveland charmer will soon be changing its name) for a four-course Easter tasting menu from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For just $25 per person you’ll get a ‘‘Pina Kale-Lada’’ smoothie, banana bread, your choice of nine entrees ranging from short rib hash to lobster scramble, and dessert. There's a kid's menu for the little ones and a specialty cocktail list for the young at heart.

Does this look familiar?
Does this look familiar?
Westword file photo.

1) The Stanley Hotel – Get Spooked for Breakfast
Yes, this one's also a hotel, but it's far from standard. Enjoy a lavish Easter brunch at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Standout menu items include slow roasted Colorado NY Strip, lamb lollipops, whole roasted salmon, pasta stations, and an artisan bread selection. There will be an Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. Brunch costs $58 per person and $26 for children under 12. 

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Blackbelly

1606 Conestoga St.
Boulder, CO 80301

303-247-1000

www.blackbelly.com

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Trillium - Closed

2134 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205

303-379-9759

www.trilliumdenver.com

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Session Kitchen - Closed

1518 S. Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80210

720-763-3387

www.sessionkitchen.com

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The Tavern Lowry
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The Tavern Tech Center
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ViewHouse Ballpark

2015 Market St.
Denver, CO 80205

720-282-1588

viewhouse.com

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TAG

1441 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202

303-996-9985

www.tag-restaurant.com

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Guard and Grace

1801 California St.
Denver, CO 80202

303-293-8500

www.guardandgrace.com

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The Nickel
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The Stanley Hotel

333 Wonderview Ave.
Estes Park, CO 80517

970-586-3371

www.stanleyhotel.com

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Tavern Littleton

2589 W. Main St.
Littleton, CO 80120

303-730-7772

www.tavernhg.com/littleton


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