Colorful egg hunts, bunnies, and brunches. These are things Easter dreams are made of. While you’re on your own with the egg hunting and rabbits, we can point you in the right direction for where to eat during the holiday on Sunday, March 27. Here are the best brunches in Austin for delicious Easter dining.
The Carillon’s Easter brunch is designed with the entire family in mind. Served from 10:30 am to 2 pm, the restaurant is offering a buffet-style menu with an omelet bar, ricotta pancakes, a carving station with smoked prime rib and rosemary roasted leg of lamb, and cold seafood like smoked salmon and sushi. The kid’s buffet has favorites like macaroni and cheese, chicken tenders, and calzones. We would be remiss to not mention the dessert options of lemon meringue tart, carrot cake cupcakes, and Nutella pot de creme. Pricing is $65 for adults, $25 for kids 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and under.
The Driskill Grill
Austin’s traditional Easter brunch returns to The Driskill Grill with a stacked three-course meal. This year, the prix fixe menu includes decadent options like steak and lobster Benedict, foie and French toast, and savory crepes with Duroc pork and forest mushrooms. Guests can also enjoy sparkling wine, fresh-baked pastries, and shrimp cocktail and half-shell oysters. Served from 10 am to 4 pm, the cost is $110 per person.
Liven up your Easter brunch by listening to live music at Juliet. The new and stylish eatery on Barton Springs Road will serve eggs Florentine, bread pudding French toast, and risotto along with signature pizzas and pastas. This is a great option if you have a big group and want to sit on a beautiful outdoor patio.
Knotty Deck & Bar
The menu at Knotty Deck has us salivating. If deviled eggs, doughnuts, brisket hash, and bacon-cheddar biscuits don’t get your attention, the stunning views from Knotty Deck’s veranda will. Hosted at Renaissance Austin in the Arboretum, brunch is served from 9 am to 3 pm on Easter, and — bonus — there’s also a mimosa and bellini bar.
For $32 per person (and $12.50 for the kiddos), head to Russian House for a brunch buffet served from 11 am to 4 pm. The menu includes traditional Kulich Easter bread, borsch soup, eggs with red caviar, uzbek plov (lamb and rice dish), pork stroganoff, and a blini station. To top off the celebration, Russian House is offering unlimited mimosas and medovukha (honey-based beverage similar to mead) and an Easter egg hunt.
Fonda San Miguel
This fine Austin restaurant serves traditional Mexican food in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Served from 11 am to 2 pm, the Easter brunch buffet boasts special dishes in addition to the usual assortment of guacamole and ceviche and traditional breakfast dishes such as migas and cochinita pibil. Word of advice: Save room for the flan.
Complementing strong coffee, Bloody Marys, and mimosas is Cafe Malta’s indulgent brunch served weekends from 11 am to 4 pm. Offering quiches, steak and eggs, croque madame, mussels, and pasta there’s something savory and sweet for every palate. The drink menu is just as big as the food menu, so head to this Sunset Valley eatery for a boozy brunch.
Omni Barton Creek
If you have little ones, then brunch at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa is an excellent option for your Easter celebration. The Easter Bunny will be in the house for Sunday brunch as guests dine on a buffet of traditional dishes like omelets, pancakes, muffins, and pigs in a blanket. Additionally, golfers can take part in the annual Easter Ball Hunt on Saturday and Sunday, where they will hunt for colorful “eggs” in exchange for prizes.
Sawyer & Co.
For a Southern-comfort meal in one of the coolest spots on the east side, visit the retro space of Sawyer & Co. Serving one of the best Bloody Marys in town, the restaurant’s hot cakes, Spanky Special sandwich, and cheesy grits are absolute must-try items. We also recommend ordering Champagne accompanied by a grilled oyster plate for the classiest of brunches.
Jack Allen’s Kitchen
Join Jack Allen’s for an Easter brunch buffet priced at $17 per person, $6 for kids 12 and under. You’ll be in pure gluttony heaven with JAK’s chicken-fried chicken, migas, jalapeño sausage, biscuits and gravy, silver-dollar pancakes, and more. Fresh-squeezed juices and pomegranate sangria also make an appearance here.
Reservations are highly encouraged for any Easter brunch, so call ahead to the restaurant of your choice or book a seat through OpenTable.