Now that things are opening up more, including restaurants, why not book a table for this year’s Easter feast? Whether you crave a belly-busting buffet or a curated menu where you customize the options, some of Milwaukee’s finest restaurants are pulling out all the stops. Fluffy omelets. Roasted seafood and meats. Desserts for days. Just don’t think about the prospect of an Easter meal out for too long. Nearly all of these places require reservations and Easter is this coming Sunday, so don’t dawdle.
FROM 9 A.M. | N88W16495 MAIN ST., MENOMONEE FALLS
The Easter brunch buffet at AJ O’Brady’s, an Irish pub, folds in two Irish favorites: shepherd’s pie and Galway City pasta. This is in addition to scrambled eggs, an omelet station, a prime-rib and ham carving station, sausage and bacon, French toast, a bread station, biscuits and gravy and chicken wings. Topping it all off is a dessert station.
$30 per person; 12-17 years old, $20; six-11 years old, $10; and five and under, free. Reserve by Wednesday, April 13 at noon.
10 A.M. TO 3 P.M. | 925 E. WELLS ST.
For the three-course Easter brunch menu at Bacchus, you can totally customize. For example, there are five options each for the first and second courses (from wild mushroom soup to jumbo shrimp cocktail for that first course, followed by brunch-y selections that include sautéed salmon, brioche French toast and eggs benedict). Then, for dessert, choose from hazelnut chocolate cake, brioche bread pudding, a trio of sorbets and lemon curd verrine.
$55.95 per person.
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Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
FROM 2 P.M. ON SATURDAY, APRIL 16 & FROM 11 A.M. ON SUNDAY, APRIL 17. | 15665 W. BLUEMOUND ROAD, BROOKFIELD
If you want to get a jump start on Easter brunch, Fleming’s special three-course meal is offered the day prior, too. Start with a Fleming’s salad or Caesar salad before moving into entrée choices (petite filet mignon and lobster tail scampi or crab-stuffed shrimp) then finishing with key-lime pie, New York cheesecake or chocolate gooey butter cake.
$85-$95 per person.
11 A.M. TO 6 P.M. | 550 N. HARBOR DR.
True to its seafood focus, Harbor House’s three-course Easter brunch menu weaves in fresh catches, including a lobster pot pie and roasted oysters among the starters, then lobster eggs benedict (only until 2 p.m.) and Alaskan Halibut as some of the main-course selections, followed by a staggering list of seven dessert options. Will you pick rhubarb crumble or vanilla cheesecake topped with passion-fruit compote? The menu is also heavy on “turf” for the meat-eaters. A three-course Easter brunch menu is also available for curbside pick-up.
Starts at $36 per person.
Hubbard Park Lodge
9:30 A.M. TO 3 P.M. | 3565 N. MORRIS BLVD., SHOREWOOD
Tucked into Hubbard Park, Hubbard Park Lodge’s Easter buffet is hosted in the lodge itself. After you’ve loaded up at the omelet and carving stations, and partake enough of the pastries, cheeses, fruits, salad, shrimp, bacon and sausage, tortellini, French toast bake, roasted potatoes, steamed vegetables, cheesy hash-brown casserole, beef tips and more, work it off via a leisurely stroll in the park.
$29.95 per person;12 and under, $13.95; 2 and under, free.
9:30 A.M. TO 2:30 P.M. | 5601 BROAD ST., GREENDALE
Sticking to its supper-club theme, the three-course Easter brunch menu at Joey Gerard’s features items like a wedge salad and shrimp cocktail (first course) but also some trendy tweaks, like the avocado toast topped with dungeness crab as another starter option. For the main course, select from seven options, including salmon grilled in the restaurant’s Josper charcoal oven, country fried steak and truffled scrambled eggs, or salmon eggs benedict. There are four desserts to choose from, including two springtime options: a fruit tartlet or “Joey’s Eaton Mess” (strawberries, mint, whipped cream and meringue crumble).
$43.95 to $55.95 per person.
Lake Park Bistro
10 A.M. TO 3 P.M. | 3133 E. NEWBERRY BLVD.
Lake Park Bistro’s three-course Easter brunch honors the restaurant’s French leanings with options that include duck liver mousse, saumon fume, eggs benedict, crepe bretonne, quiche Lorraine and roasted Strauss lamb loin. For dessert, select from crème brûlée, tarte au citron, gâteau praline or a trio of sorbets. The restaurant’s wine-by-the-glass program, heavy on French choices, will also be available for pairings.
$55 per person.
Libby Montana Bar & Grill
FROM 11:30 A.M. | 5616 W. DONGES BAY RD., THIENSVILLE
Not only is Libby Montana Bar & Grill hosting Easter brunch, there’s also an Easter-egg hunt happening all day long. Included on the brunch menu are your typical items (egg and meat options), plus a complimentary glass of Champagne or a Mimosa.
$17.50 per person; $3 per child under the age of eight.
8 A.M. TO 2 P.M. | MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
The popular brunch menus at these Lowlands Group establishments are further expanded on Easter with two or three new additions on the menu at each. For example, a popular Netherlands breakfast sandwich (Uitsmijter Croissant) at Café Hollander, pretzel bacon egg sliders at Centraal Grand Café & Tappery, duck sausage hash at Café Benelux, and a tweak on the “ham and rolls” Milwaukee tradition at Buckatabon Tavern & Supper Club.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling each restaurant directly.
Mr. B’s – A Bartolotta Steakhouse
9:30 A.M. TO 2:30 P.M. | MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
You can go light or heavy for the three-course Easter brunch served at Mr. B’s Brookfield and Mequon locations. For example, start with a fruit and yogurt parfait or goat-cheese croquettes and then move into a Cobb salad topped with Wagyu, or apricot-glazed roasted chicken breast. The final course is dessert: carrot cake, gelato or sorbet, cheese plate, molten chocolate cake, a lemon semifreddo or crème brûlée.
$49-$75 per person.
10 A.M. TO 3 P.M. | 7616 W. STATE ST., WAUWATOSA
Not straying from its Italian menu, the three-course Easter brunch at Ristorante Bartolotta includes antipasti for starters (such as burrata, calamari or wood-roasted veal meatballs in tomato sauce); pastas, surf and turf and egg dishes for the main course (risotto, salmon, frittata and beef filet with a side of scrambled eggs are three of the choices), and five different Italian desserts. Crespella alla Nutella and Tiramsu are two of the sweet selections.
$45-$52 per person.
Saz’s State House
11 A.M. TO 7 P.M. | 5539 W. STATE ST.
On Easter at Saz’s State House you can order off the regular brunch menu or shift to the one-day-only special menu. True to its BBQ roots, there’s fried green tomato and house-smoked Memphis pork benedict but also cinnamon-apple stuffed French toast and Belgian waffles topped with whipped cream and fresh berries. Tack on a slice of banana-cream pie and a grapefruit & cranberry mimosa.
Call 414-453-2410 or email email@example.com to make a reservation.
The Italian Community Center
9:30 A.M. TO 2 P.M. | 631 E. CHICAGO ST.
There are some fun twists on traditional brunch fare – like miniature Italian rolls, two pasta dishes, and mozzarella with sliced tomatoes and basil – at the Italian Community Center’s Easter Brunch. But there are also the items you’d expect, such as bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and an omelet station. Two carved-meat stations will also be set up, for ham and beef sirloin.
$49.95 per person; two to 12 years old, $19.95; and two and under, free.
8 A.M. TO 3 P.M. | 22 N. MAIN ST., HARTFORD
The Easter Brunch menu at The Mineshaft folds in brunch favorites, such as Denver-style scrambled eggs, sausage links, double-smoked bacon and pineapple-glazed ham, along with two cod dishes. Included with the brunch is a wide selection of salads and desserts.
$22.99 per person; ages 7 to 10, $14.99; three and under, free.
The Pfister Hotel
11 A.M. TO 3 P.M. | 424 E. WISCONSIN AVE.
With the Easter Bunny projected to be in attendance, The Pfister Hotel’s Easter Brunch leaves few edible pleasures to be desired. An “artisanal-bread display,” 11 starters (salads, soups and cheeses), a sculpted-ice and seafood station (from oysters to snow-crab claws) and eight traditional brunch entrees (such as eggs benedict and hickory bacon) join what are called “action stations.” At these stations you’ll find omelets, pancakes, pastas, carved meats and desserts.
$72 per person; three to 10 years old, $29; and two and under, free.
The Saint Kate Arts Hotel
10 A.M. TO 2 P.M. | 139 E. KILBOURN AVE.
At The Saint Kate Arts Hotel’s family-friendly Easter brunch – the Easter Bunny is scheduled to appear – a variety of breakfast and lunch dishes are on the menu. And there’s no way you’ll go home hungry, thanks to a waffle bar, carving station (ham and prime rib), omelet station, seafood raw bar, scrambled eggs, two potato dishes, salad bar, a variety of soups, fruit, bacon and sausage, pastries and a “sweets station.”
$69 per person; three to 10 years old, $29; and two and under, free.