Easter Sunday may not be as chaotic for brunch spots as Mother’s Day is, but it’s still a busy holiday for dining out. Luckily, Portland has a number of places that still have available seats, whether for a prix fixe ham special or a boozy, art-filled party. We’ve rounded up some choice spots to indulge in eggs Benedict, honey-glazed hams, and mimosas for the whole family, or just an indulgent brunch.
Dig a Pony
For adults looking for something fun to do sans children, the warm, industrial bar and nightclub Dig a Pony will host its annual Pastel Brunch. The party includes music, art, and performances, as well as a pop-up menu by Burger Stevens—guests will find breakfast sandwiches, baked french toast, and hamburger sliders on the menu. The theme this year is “‘90s”, with guests encouraged to wear ‘90s dress — like flannel or acid-washed jeans — all in pastel colors.
Details: Noon to 6 p.m. at 736 SE Grand Avenue. Tickets are $10, with food and drink available for purchase.
Ways and Means
The bright, family-friendly Ways and Means Oyster House in Bridgeport Village will host a traditional Easter Sunday brunch, with many classic dishes—diners will find Maine lobster Benedicts, chocolate chip pancakes, raspberry cream French toast, a veggie omelet, and a hearty breakfast sandwich with candied bacon on Texas toast. There will also be a number of drink specials including mix-and-match mimosas and a bloody mary with shrimp and candied bacon.
Details: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 7331 SW Bridgeport Road. Reservations can be made by calling (503) 430-0633 or visiting OpenTable.
Chef Vitaly Paley’s sleek, elegant seafood restaurant Headwaters will bring back its annual Easter Grand Buffet for the holiday. The wild, indulgent affair includes a seafood bar, carving station, smoked meats station, and plenty of desserts from coffee cake to a chocolate torte, plus salads, soups, and more.
Details: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1001 SW Broadway. Tickets for adults are $62; children ages four to 12 are $32; and kids four and under eat for free. Reservations are available here or by calling (503) 790-7752.
JackRabbit, the retro-vibed restaurant and gin-bar from the celebrated chef Chris Cosentino will add a number of egg Benedict specials to its brunch menu for Easter, including Dungeness crab Benedicts. At 8 a.m., the hotel restaurant will host an Easter egg hunt for kids, and then at 2 p.m. will host an adults-only Easter egg hunt, with prizes including a bottle of chef Consentino’s own gin.
Details: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 830 SW 6th Avenue. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling (503) 412-1800 or visiting here.
The chic, eclectically styled steakhouse and lounge in the Nines Hotel, Urban Farmer will host an extravagant Easter buffet. The bounty includes French toast bread pudding, farmer’s Benedicts, a variety of deviled eggs, a donut hole station, cheese and charcuterie station, an omelet and scrambled egg station, a carving board, Easter breads and pastries, and more.
Details: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 525 SW Morrison Street. Tickets are $65 for adults and $25 for kids 12 and under, and reservations can be made by calling (503) 222-4900 or emailing email@example.com.
The rustic and cozy Ned Ludd is normally closed for breakfast and lunch, but will celebrate Easter this year with a special brunch. The three-course meal offers options with each course, with savory entrees like biscuits and mushroom gravy with soft-boiled egg and andouille sausage made in house, or asparagus and charred leek quiche with a frisee salad. The restaurant will also offer starter options, dessert, and additional sides like house-cured ham or roasted asparagus, plus brunch cocktail specials.
Details: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3925 NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard. Brunch is $33 with reservations available here.
The two story, window-lined New American restaurant 23Hoyt will offer a pretty classic Easter brunch menu on the holiday—with three courses, guests will be able to select from multiple offerings, including yogurts and salads to start, sweet and savory mains like duck confit Benedict, bread pudding French toast or tomato and fennel baked eggs, and shortbread or doughnut holes for dessert.
Details: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 529 NW 23rd Avenue.
The Benson Hotel
The elegant and historical Benson Hotel will host its own traditional Easter brunch buffet, complete with all the necessary dishes. Guests can dine on chilled seafood, honey-glazed ham, omelets, carved meats, deserts, and more.
Details: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunch is $60 for adults, $30 for children between five and 12, and free for kids under 5. Reservations can be made by calling (503) 228-2000.