Where to go for Easter brunch in Seattle and around the Sound

If there was ever a holiday that called for a big, lavish brunch with the family, it's Easter. Here's where to go if you're not up for serving it at your house

April 17, 2019
Brunch buffet

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First of all, the place in that picture up there? I have no idea where it is, but that's not where you want to go.

When I was a kid growing up in suburban Detroit, my family's Easter tradition was to dive into our Easter baskets, gobble up a bunch of candy, get dressed up, go to church, and finally head out to a big brunch -- probably a buffet at some swanky restaurant downtown. Many years later, when I married into a big Italian family, my wife and I would fly east to Philadelphia for Easter and there was no going out to fancy restaurants, We'd gather at someone's house for an hours-long feast with ham, prime rib, pasta, meatballs, greens . . . the works. 

It's hard to say which is better -- a home-cooked meal surrounded by family in the comfort of a home, where everybody helps out with the prep or the cooking or dish duty after the meal, or an indulgent and (usually) pricey splurge at a restaurant.

If you choose to go the restaurant route, let me steer you to a great list of suggestions for Easter brunch in Seattle and around the Sound courtesy of Red Tricycle Seattle and their post Hop Over to These 11 Eggs-cellent Easter Brunches. They make some solid recommendations, starting with what's probably the obvious, classic choice in Seattle -- Salty's (on Alki in West Seattle, and Redondo Beach in Des Moines.) This is brunch on steroids, with a price to match, but come on -- they do a dark chocolate and caramel fountain!

On the Eastside, the Hyatt Regency Bellevue does a fantastic spread at their restaurant Eques and their kids menu should keep everybody happy.

I also have to give a shoutout to Cafe Flora in Seattle's Madison Valley -- arguably our city's flagship vegetarian/vegan spot. If you wrinkle your nose at the idea of a meatless Easter brunch, consider what Red Tricycle says:

Brunch options will include banana buckwheat pancakes with toasted pecans, caramelized bananas, whipped butter and maple syrup, tropical waffles with mango, dragon fruit, citrus supremes, toasted pistachio and guava coulis, biscuits and gravy, a variety of scrambles, cheesy grits, avocado toast and their delicious Huevos Nopalitos served with crispy blue corn tortillas, black beans, avocado-pepita pistou, grilled nopales, onion, red pepper, tomatoes, cotija and micro cilantro over medium eggs or seasoned tofu.

I can live with that.

There are more far-flung options, like Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie and the Kingfisher Restaurant at Sleeping Lady Resort on the outskirts of Leavenworth.

Check them all out here, be sure to make a reservation, have a great celebration, and pace yourself on those mimosas.

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