March 22, 2013
Neighborhoods and restaurants across Philadelphia are hosting splendid brunches and festive events to mark the Easter holiday, Sunday, March 31.
There are egg hunts and parades for the little ones and Bellini-filled brunches for those looking to enjoy a taste of champagne with Easter brunch.
So get your Easter baskets and bonnets ready, and read on for our top picks for Easter festivities in Philadelphia.
Food and Drink
• Chez Colette: The Sofitel’s Chez Colette provides Easter diners with a brunch from 1 to 5 p.m. The five-course meal is $55 per person and each diner will also receive a complimentary glass of champagne. The meal is half-price for children under 12. The decadent meal consists of a raw bar, appetizers, an entree, meat carving and dessert. Reserve your place to ensure your spot.
• Red Owl Tavern: Hotel Monaco’s Red Owl Tavern serves up both brunch and dinner this Easter holiday. Indulge in brunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Bottomless Bellinis will flow during brunch, and menu additions like ham, leg of lamb and crab casserole will be available, too. Reservations are required.
• Russet: Choose from Russet’s traditional Italian Easter meal or its new-American menu items this Easter Sunday. Both will be served up from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., will brunch and dinner options available. Reservations are required at this BYOB spot.
• Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse: From 1 to 8 p.m. on Easter Sunday, indulge in a three-course meal at Davio’s for $65 per person. Enjoy sauteed sea scallops, grilled veal chops and more. The full Easter menu is available here. The a la carte dinner menu and children’s menu will be available as well.
• R2L: Enjoy a sky-high Easter brunch at R2L, located 37 floors above the city. From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., indulge in a three-course meal. Brunch begins with a buffet of raw bar selections, fruit, salads, pastries and cheese. The second course includes items from the a la carte menu. Brunch is topped off with an Easter basket full of sweets and treats for the table to share. The full Easter brunch menu is available here and is $65 per person and $25 for children 12 and under. Reserve your spot online or by phone.
• Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing: Head down to Penn’s Landing this Easter for a brunch (and egg hunt!) at the Hyatt Regency. Brunch begins at 10 a.m. and the last seating is at 3 p.m. Brunch options include fresh seafood, an expansive dessert selection, omelets and a chef carving station. The Easter Bunny will even hop by throughout the day. Easter egg hunts are scheduled for noon and 2 p.m. Reserve your spot by phone.
• Tavern 17: Tavern 17 offers a three-course Easter meal for holiday diners from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The family-friendly meal provides guests with an Easter brunch menu and a Easter children’s brunch menu. Both menus are available online. The meal is $30 per person for adults and $15 for children. Reservations are required.
• The Mildred: Farm-to-table restaurant, The Mildred opens its doors for extended hours in honor of Easter. On Sunday, March 31, stop by between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a special buffet brunch. The freshest ingredients go into the meals at The Mildred, and the Easter menu consists of a variety of homemade breads, grilled asparagus, beet-cured salmon and much more. Entree highlights include eggs Benedict, baked ricotta pancakes, poached salmon and marinated leg of lamb. Brunch is $45 per person and reservations are required.
• Smokin’ Betty’s: Smokin’ Betty’s offers a brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday. Choose from Easter specials like chorizo eggs benedict, buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, crab and artichoke dip and more. Smokin Betty’s regular brunch fare is available as well.
• Bridget Foy’s: Bridget Foy’s provides guests with both an Easter brunch and Easter dinner. Indulge in brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner after 3 p.m. Choose from brunch specials like blueberry ricotta pancakes and ham and potato frittata. In addition to the specials, the regular full brunch menu will be available. For dinner, diners can choose from the a la carte menu or a special three-course menu for $30 per person. The Easter menus are available online.
• City Tap House: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., head out to City Tap House for some brunch favorites paired with specialty beer cocktails, like a beermosa made with champagne with St. Germaine elderflower liqueur, Allagash White and orange juice. Yum. City Tap House’s extensive brunch menu will be served along with a kid-friendly brunch menu. Reservations are suggested.
• Four Seasons Hotel: The Four Seasons offers an Easter event that spans way past brunch. This family-friendly Easter celebration includes a brunch in one of three areas — the Swann Lounge, the Fountain Restaurant or the Terrace Foyer for groups of 9 or more and groups with children. Brunch includes omelet stations, fresh seafood, carving stations, salads and homemade pastries. In addition to brunch offerings, the Four Seasons provides kids with face painting, an Easter egg hunt, crafts and even pony rides. Brunch at the Swann Lounge and the Terrace Foyer begins at 10 a.m., and brunch at the Fountain Restaurant begins at 11 a.m. The Easter Egg’stravaganza is $103 for adults and $51.50 for children.
• Devil’s Alley: Tasty menu additions are available at Devil’s Alley’s Easter brunch. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., indulge in items from their a la carte menu, or try out their special Easter menu additions. Specials include oreo bread pudding french toast, rosemary roasted leg of lamb and blueberry pancakes with lemon curd.
• Shake Shack: For those looking for casual and delicious Easter-inspired fare, stop by Shake Shack which provides guests with one sweet option and one savory option this Easter. The Easter HAMburger is exactly as it sounds, a tasty hamburger topped with Niman Ranch ham and pickled shallots. For dessert, grab a shackbury Easter egg concrete which is made from frozen vanilla custard blended with chocolate chunks and caramel sauce. The special runs from Thursday, March 28 to Sunday, March 31.
• Spirit of Philadelphia: Spend Easter cruising the Delaware River on the Spirit of Philadelphia. Reserve your spot for an Easter lunch or dinner cruise, both offering guests scenic skyline views, a buffet with salads, pastas, carving stations, fish, vegetables and desserts, as well as live DJ entertainment. Kids will enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunny and will receive an Easter-themed goodie bag.
• Mercato and Varga: Both of these Washington Square West eateries will be open for the Easter holiday. Head to Varga Bar, serving brunch or dinner, for always-tasty gastropub fare, or snag a reservation at Mercato for a seasonal Italian Easter dinner after 5 p.m.
• Sophia’s: East Passyunk Avenue newcomer Sophia’s launches new brunch service this weekend on Easter Sunday, March 31, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu will include poached eggs with corned beef hash, brioche French toast, baby spinach salad with crispy quinoa and pressed Virginia ham and Gruyere sandwiches with fried eggs. Just for Easter, try a carrot mimosa with carrot juice, Aperol and prosecco.
• Bistro St. Tropez: Join Chef Patrice Rames at Bistro St. Tropez on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a three course Easter brunch featuring the flavors of Corsica. The cost is $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity. After Easter brunch, each guest will pick an egg from Bistro’s Easter basket for a chance to win either dinner for two, a bottle of wine, a cooking class with the chef or other great prizes.
• South Street Headhouse District’s 82nd Annual Easter Promenade: There’s an Easter extravaganza happening on South Street at 12:30 p.m. on Easter Sunday. The parade begins at Passyunk Avenue and South Street and heads down South Street to Second Street Plaza where it ends and more festivities begin. Guests of all ages are invited to partake in the Easter bonnet contest at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to guests in a variety of categories, allowing for many winners of all ages. For your listening pleasure, the Philadelphia Freedom Band provides festive tunes.
• East Passyunk Easter Festivities: East Passyunk provides children with a free (!) Easter egg hunt located at the South Philadelphia older adult center’s outdoor garden at East Passyunk Avenue and Dickinson Street. Bag decorating will be available for children participating in the egg hunt. Depending on age, egg hunt times vary. For children four and under, the egg hunt will begin at 11 a.m., for children five through seven, the egg hunt starts at noon and for children eight through ten, the egg hunt will begin at 1 p.m. This Easter egg hunt involves more than candy — gift certificates to Belle Cakery, Favors and Flavors and Ms. Goody Cupcake will be hidden for the luckiest of egg hunters to uncover.
• Stenton’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt: Get in the spirit of Easter a day early at Stenton’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m. The Easter egg hunt will take place in the museum’s gardens and is free, but donations are suggested. In addition to an Easter egg hunt for chocolate and other sweets, there will be egg dyeing while guests learn about the history of using flowers, vegetables and animal products as dye. Spots fill up quickly, so reservations are required.