Nearly every restaurant and hotel in town serves up some form of Easter brunch, buffet or dinner, so your choices are only limited by imagination, budget and patience (because jostling with someone else's kid for the last of the eggs Benedict can make for a stressful holiday meal). Here are a few slightly offbeat options in case you want to stray from the standard.
Ace Eat Serve
501 East 17th Avenue
The Easter fun kicks off at Ace at 2 p.m. April 16, with a couple of specials on the dessert menu: pineapple wontons served with pineapple jam, sweet Thai chili, frozen mousse and raspberry consommé; and strawberry matcha shortcake with coconut custard. The kids get their own special treats, too, with PB & J bao buns, some fun dim sum options and shaved ice. Call the restaurant for reservations.
3901 Tennyson Street
Greek and Easter just seem to go together, so it's a good thing that Berkeley Greek eatery Axios is throwing an à la carte Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with lots of lamb entrees as well as the restaurant's regular brunch slate. Choose from lamb shoulder, lamb shank, lamb ribs or lamb chops (that's pretty much the whole lamb); see the complete menu on the restaurant's Facebook page. Call ahead or make a reservation online.
1076 Ogden Street
If you plan on being one of the last to leave Barricuda's on Saturday night (or Sunday morning, really, since the joint stays open until 4 a.m.), you'll have only a few short hours to wait for the $15.95 all-you-can-eat Easter brunch, served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tack on bottomless mimosas for $12 and you've got a festive springtime celebration.
3264 Larimer Street
Dio Mio pasta wizards Spencer White and Alex Figura invite guests for an Easter pop-up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for creative fare and bellinis along with DJs and other drink specials. This is a first-come, first-served brunch, so reservations aren't being accepted, but RSVP online and you'll get two-for-one bellinis once you're seated.
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Lola Coastal Mexican
1575 Boulder Street
LoHi's favorite Mexican seafood house will have the huevos for the kids with an Easter egg hunt beginning at 9:45 a.m., followed by brunch until 1:30 p.m. Expect crab cake “Benedictos,” lobster tamalitos, michelada pops (adults-only for these), and Mexican mimosas. Other good eats will include roasted shrimp with plantain molotes, fried eggs, green-apple salsa, queso fresco and crema; and a cactus salad with pickled quail eggs and heirloom tomatoes. Reservations are strongly recommended but not required.
Milk & Honey Bar-Kitchen
1414 Larimer Street
Chef/owner Michael Shiell will roll out a new spring brunch menu just in time for Easter. Head down the stairs into the swank underground lair on Larimer Square for a menu divided into Table Starts, Sides, Eggs and Not Eggs. Care for something sweet? Indulge in a funnel cake with warm berry sauce or the tart of the day. Savory choices run from brisket hash to eggs in Purgatory over grits. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, so if you can't make it for Easter, there's always next weekend. See the Milk & Honey website for a complete menu.
1822 Blake Street
Sometimes you eat the bunny, and sometime the bunny eats you. Okay, so the bunny never eats you, but head to Vesta for a rare taste of rabbit on Easter weekend in executive chef Nicholas Kayser's cavatelli special with braised rabbit, English peas, pea tendrils, roasted carrots and Parmesan-fennel broth. Vesta recommends pairing your Easter rabbit with a rosemary mezcal paloma made with Los Nahuales joven mezcal, grapefruit soda, agave nectar and housemade grapefruit bitters. Everybunny wants some.