Easter’s almost here, which means you have to hop to it if you want restaurant reservations. Good news: A number of Kimpton spots are rolling out special, one-day buffets, or dinner or brunch menus.
In honor of good ol’ Mr. Cottontail, we’re dangling a carrot here by showing you what’s in store.
Every day: Fresh, approachable American cuisine inspired by ingredients that flourish in the Northeast.
Easter day: Graze a buffet of dishes such as braised lamb shank with orzo and spring veggies, potato gratin, and salmon and crab cake benedict. $25/person; $10/children under 10.
25 Edwin H. Land Blvd. (617-868-4444 or bambara-cambridge.com)
Every day: Bold Pacific Northwest food with hints of Southern flavor.
Easter day: Line up for a buffet of old favorites (scrambled eggs with herbs and crème fraîche, new potato home fries), as well as unexpected delights (grilled Draper Valley free range chicken, rustic baked pasta Florentine). $39.95/person; $9.95/children 12 and under.
1101 Fourth Ave. (206-624-7755 or sazeracrestaurant.com)
Library Bistro & Bookstore Bar
Every day: Local and seasonally inspired eats with the brain-awakening perk of being served in a library setting.
On Easter: The brunch menu has something for everyone, whether on the lighter side (lox and bagels, granola and yogurt), a lunch munch (croque madame sandwich, tuna niçoise tartine), or satisfyingly sweet (brioche French toast, buttermilk pancakes). $6.50-$21/item.
92 Madison St. (206-624-3646 or librarybistro.com)
Every day: Sustainable seafood reeled in from the restaurant’s local namesake, Fishing Area 31.
Easter day: Fresh sea catches (lobster ravioli, shrimp cocktail/shucked oysters) beckon alongside traditional breakfast fare (waffles with fresh berries, cured meats and cheeses) at an appetizing buffet. $65/person.
EPIC Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 16th fl. (305-424-5234 or area31restaurant.com)
SALT LAKE CITY
Every day: New American bistro has a particular flair for seasonal seafood and hearty game.
Easter day: The buffet menu has all the hits, ranging from bone-in pork leg, to New York strip, to Belgian waffles, to smoked salmon. $36/person; $26/senior citizens; 16/children 6-12.
202 S. Main St. (801-363-5454 or bambara-slc.com)
South Water Kitchen
Every day: Regional American cooking with homey yet sophisticated Midwest influence.
Easter day: A three-course prix fixe starts with baked goods, fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola, and ends with fudge brownies, lemon pound cake, and strawberry cheesecake. In the middle: Your choice of prime rib eggs benedict, lobster and asparagus frittata, chicken and waffles, or shrimp and grits. $30/person.
225 N. Wabash Ave. (312-236-9300 or southwaterkitchen.com)
Every day: Robust Italian dishes popular with power lunchers.
Easter day: Dive into antipasto (assorted grilled veggies, cheeses, meats, and salads) before settling in with a three-course prix fixe. Choices include linguine carbonara, Alaskan halibut, grilled lamb chops, rigatoni Bolognese, breaded chicken breast, and more. $45/person.
136 N. LaSalle St. (312-696-2420 or 312chicago.com)
Sable Kitchen & Bar
Every day: New American gastro-lounge emphasizes throwback cocktails and organic dishes meant for sharing.
Easter day: The restaurant extends an invitation to “eat like a rabbit” with a special menu of portobello eggs benedicts, tomato-basil omelets, whole wheat-honey pancakes, cinnamon raisin French toast, and sweet potato-Granny Smith apple hash. $13-$15/item.
505 N. State St. (312-755-9704 or sablechicago.com)
Every day: Contemporary Northern Italian cuisine focused on the sustainable, local, and seasonal.
Easter day: Enjoy an antipasti and dessert buffet. For an entrée, you have a choice of 10 dishes, including salumi ravioli, Italian omelet, and pappardelle alla Bolognese. Also, bottomless Belinis for just $9. $28.95/person; $12.95/children 12 and under.
909 17th St. (303-296-3525 or panzano-denver.com)
BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier
Every day: Traditional Belgian cuisine balanced with contemporary, creative American flavors.
Easter day: The buffet has five stations. On the lighter side: Caesar salad, cured salmon, charcuterie, cheese, and fruit. On the heartier end: rockfish, chicken, prime rib, and honey ham. For little ones, there’s a kids’ buffet with corn dogs, French fries, chicken fingers, and more. $55/person; $15/children.
1600 King St. (703-894-3440 or braborestaurant.com)
The Grille at Morrison House
Every day: Classic American fare and a thoughtful wine list.
Easter day: A three-course brunch hits both sweet and savory notes. Of the many selections, you may sway toward Virginia crab cakes with cherry tomatoes, brioche, and sauce gribiche; and braised lamb crêpinette with sunny side up eggs, toast, and a rosemary lamb sauce. $49/person.
116 S. Alfred St. (703-838-8000 or thegrillealexandria.com)
Every day: Fresh, inspired American regional cuisine.
Easter day: A generously sized brunch features an omelet and pancake station, Southern-style home fries, and roasted leg of lamb and roasted country pig carving stations. Its bread pudding is also available (and has a cult following, natch). $55/person; $25/children 12 and under.
480 King St. (703-842-2790 or jackson20.com)
Every day: Italian dishes feel distinctly Mediterranean while showcasing seasonal ingredients of the Pacific Northwest.
Easter day: It’s Easter night, to be exact, as the restaurant offers a special prix fixe dinner-only menu of calamari salad; pork, veal, and parmesan-filled pillows; roasted lamb “a la porchetta”; and rhubarb crisp tart. $40/person.
627 SW Washington (503-228-1515 or pazzo.com)
Every day: Craft cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in a glam, 1930s nightclub setting. Every Sunday is “Sunday’s a Drag Brunch,” featuring live drag entertainment.
Easter day: “Sunday’s a Drag” gets the holiday treatment with the addition of a bonnet contest; the person with the best topper scores an overnight stay at Sir Francis Drake Hotel and tickets to a future brunch. $44.95/person.
Sir Francis Drake hotel, 450 Powell St., 21st fl. (415-395-8595 or www.starlightroomsf.com)
Every day: More than 40 shareable plates of New American food drawing from global flavors.
Easter day: A brunch brings forth a carving station with roasted leg of lamb, plus grilled salmon with Israeli couscous, chicken confit, veggie lasagna, and plenty more.
121 S. 17th St. (215-563-5008 or square1682.com)
Full list of Kimpton restaurants
Photos: Bambara by Battman Studios, Area 31 by Larkey Photography, Panzano by Jennifer Koskinen, Central 214 by David Phelps