4/02/2012 04:13:00 PM

Where to Celebrate Easter in the Bay Area

Epic Roasthouse
Easter Sunday is a comin’, so better hop to it with your reservations. Here’s our short list of spots to enjoy an Easter feast around the Bay.

1300 on Fillmore: Get in the spirit at this Western Addition American serving gospel brunch. Chef David Lawrence will be adding in special Easter à la carte brunch and dinner items to the regular mix (seatings at 11 AM and 1 PM; 415-771-7100).

Camino: Spring lamb is on the menu at this East Bay hot spot that will be offering both an Easter brunch (10 AM-2 PM) and a three-course Easter dinner along with the regular evening menu (5:30 -10 PM; 510-547-5035).

Epic Roasthouse: Go big at this waterfront haunt where chef Jan Birnbaum will be whipping up an epic prix fixe Easter brunch with the likes of ham-and-cheese beignets, porchetta with hash browns and poached egg and, of course, loads of desserts. At least you can walk it off afterward along the Embarcadero (10 AM-4 PM, $40 per person, $20 for kids under 12; 415-369-9955).

Garden Court: If you’ve got grandma in tow, why not take her and the whole fam to this historic Palace Hotel respite for one of its mythic brunch buffets? It ain’t cheap or trendy - holiday brunches are what this place is all about, and diners can feast on miles of sweet and savory buffet offerings. Special children’s entertainment and live jazz add extra appeal ($99 per person, $69 kids five-12; 415-512-1111).

Madera: For those in need of an egg hunt and a visit with the Easter bunny, this Silicon Valley restaurant has you covered. Chef Peter Rudolf will be presenting a special brunch (11:30 AM-3 PM, $75 per adult) and dinner (5:30-9 PM, $85 per adult). Kids eat for half-off, and bonus festivities include a fanciful Easter egg display prepared by the restaurant’s culinary team and complimentary treat-filled baskets for the kiddos (650-561-1540).

Poggio: This Sausalito Italian does the locavore Pasqua thing. Chef Peter McNee’s Easter dinner menu will showcase nearby Devil's Gulch Ranch rabbit served with tagliatelle; wood-fired lamb; and local strawberries with vanilla and orange-scented shortcake. The regular menu will also be available (415-332-7771).

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