From hot cross buns to empanadas, Austin restaurants have you covered for brunch options this Easter. The traditional buffet choices tend to be kid-friendly, with discounted prices for little ones, but most also include a mimosa or another cocktail. If a buffet seems like too much, several local spots are also offering prix fixe or a la carte Easter brunch options. We've rounded up the best brunch options in Austin — reservations are strongly encouraged, except where noted.
Chef Josh Watkins and crew will offer four seating times for brunch this Sunday: 10:30 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 1:30 pm. The famous crispy pork belly (served as a take on eggs Benedict for brunch) will be available with other menu items like bread pudding French toast, seared snapper, roasted Brussels sprouts, and shrimp and corn soup. There will also be a complimentary champagne cocktail bar. The price is $65 for adults, and $19 for children under 12. Kids under 5 are free.
Chef Shawn Cirkiel’s newest restaurant will offer an Easter buffet featuring favorites like an omelet station, meat carving station, and waffles and pancakes. But it will also stick to the restaurant’s Southwestern theme with unique offerings like empanadas and chilaquiles. The buffet will feature a large variety of homemade desserts and treats. A mimosa and an additional cocktail to be determined will be included in the price of $49. Children under 12 are $19. Brunch will be served from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Chef Sonya Cote’s restaurant at Springdale Farm is kicking off its springtime Sunday brunch series on Easter. The special meal will start at 1 pm with cocktails like Bloody Marys and mimosas, followed by an appetizer buffet that includes breakfast pastries and smoked trout with deviled duck eggs and pickled Springdale Farm vegetables. After eating a choice of locally sourced entrees like wild boar bacon or asparagus quiche, the restaurant will take advantage of its picturesque location with an “adult egg hunt.” The price is $100, and reservations should be made on the restaurant’s website.
This neighborhood cafe never takes reservations, so it's a great option if you want to keep your plans flexible on Easter morning. Chef/owner Sarah McIntosh will offer the regular a la carte menu along with specials like white sangria and a “bunny crepe” of braised rabbit in a buckwheat crepe with fried egg and breakfast radish.
Max’s Wine Dive
The downtown restaurant will have two options for Easter brunch. Max's will offer an extensive buffet of French toast, shrimp and grits, prime rib, breakfast tacos, and a seafood bar in the Underground dining area. The cost is $45 per person or $15 for children under 12. Those who prefer to dine a la carte can eat upstairs, choosing from Max’s regular brunch menu supplemented with Easter specials like asparagus panzanella salad and white chocolate hazelnut pancakes. Both brunch options will be served from 10 am to 3 pm; diners should specify buffet or a la carte when making reservations.
Roaring Fork's Stonelake location is hosting one of the most affordable Easter brunch buffets in town: $25 for adults and $12 for children under 12. Highlights of the menu include French toast, fried chicken and green chili pork. There will also be a selection of salads, breads and desserts. The meal will begin at 10 am with a final seating at 2 pm.
The restaurant within the W Hotel is offering a prix fixe menu with three courses instead of its regular brunch menu, but children can eat a la carte. Food options will include crispy crab cake with avocado puree, grilled Easter ham steak with cheesy grits, and coconut basil and blackberry creameaux. One brunch cocktail is included in the price of $55, but they are only $3 after that. Brunch will be served from 10 am until 3 pm.