What’s open over the Easter long weekend | Gourmand and Gourmet

What's open over the Easter long weekend

Stuck at home this Easter long weekend? Well, when you run out of Easter eggs, we know just the places to go to cure your hanger – and even where to brunch on that pesky Monday public holiday! So don’t resign yourself to eating stale hot cross buns all weekend, we’ve got your Easter eat-inerary right here.

Where to go for breakfast (yes, even on Easter Monday):

We’re sure you’ll be well and truly over eating chocolate for breakfast by the weekend, so it’s lucky there’s plenty of cafes staying open for all your brunching needs. A few aren’t even taking a single day off, including the CBD’s  Riverbar & KitchenPawpaw Café in Woolloongabba, Goodness Gracious in Graceville, Albion’s Artie & Mai, New Farm’s Pablo, Carseldine’s Ramekins Café, Paddington’s Atticus & Finch and Red Hill’s Arthur’s Green. Over in South Bank, Southbank Beer Garden is doing waterfront brekkies on Saturday and Sunday, while Cowch is open all weekend for breakfast and dessert, with an insane Easter naked pop sandwiched between chocolate hot cross available from March 24-31 if your Easter brunch isn’t complete without some indulgence. For something a little on the healthier side, Pineapple Express at both Hamilton and Fortitude Valley are open all weekend. Deedot in Holland Park may only be open on Monday from 8am-1pm, but they’ll make up for it with their ricotta-stuffed French toast, while Stone’s Corner’s Lady Marmalade is open Saturday to Monday, Au Cirque in New Farm every day except Sunday, and Dandelion & Driftwood have Sunday covered. Out on the outskirts of town in Brookfield, you can fly into Wild Canary for a botanical brunch from Saturday to Monday.

Where to go for lunch and dinner all weekend:

If you’re ready to seriously up your Easter egg game you’ll want to book a table at Sake, for a dinner that finishes with their exclusive Dragon Egg. This amazing dessert takes three days to construct and they’re only making 50, available from Good Friday until Easter Monday. Equally as fancy, Aria and e’cco bistro are both open for dinner on Saturday night, while Rush is open for casual breakfasts, lunches and dinners on Saturday and Sunday, and Madame Wu and Pony Dining for dinner Friday to Sunday. If you have an entire clan to feed over Easter, just herd everyone up and take them down to Communal Bar & Eat House for lunch or dinner, or Café Brisbane for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, while Thyme2 is open all weekend if your idea of Easter feasting is less hot cross buns, more buffet. For Easter drinking sessions, not only are Bavarian Bier Café open all weekend but you can launch into the Easter break with an extended happy hour on Thursday, fill up with their beer and fish dinner deal on Good Friday and keep everyone entertained with Easter Sunday activities for all ages. Buffalo Bar will also be open Saturday and Sunday for any beer and wing needs.
Fortitude Valley & surrounds
The D&G Group are determined no one will go thirsty this long weekend, with Alfred & Constance, Chester Street Bakery and Les Bubbles open every day. If all that holiday family time is making you reach for the bottle, Heya Bar will be in action from 5pm until 3am on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. If cocktails aren’t quite as high up on your priority list as a good feed, Bucci will be open for dinner on Good Friday, and lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday, while Delfina’s Bistro will be open as usual on Saturday and Sunday, and Bitter Suite are also offering up breakfast, lunch and dinner both days.
South Brisbane 
You’ll want to fly the coop to tuck into Bird’s Nest‘s 5 course seafood menu, available for dinner from Saturday to Sunday for $49pp. Not a seafood fan? Head a little further afield to 5 Boroughs in Stones Corner for burgers and ribs from Saturday to Monday, get foxy at The Fox Hotel and Fish Lane Bistro every day but Friday, or monkey around at Chop Chop Chang’s for lunch and dinner Saturday to Monday and sneak into Cobbler for a drink Saturday to Monday. As usual, South Bank will be full of so many delicious spots open and vying for your tastebuds attention you’ll struggle to choose, with South Bank Surf Club open all weekend with seafood share plates, and champions like Ahmet’s, Mister PaganiniNext Door Kitchen & BarStokehouse Q and Ole open all weekend for dinner. Popolo are putting on a Italian Easter banquet, available for lunch and dinner all weekend. Eating chocolate doesn’t compare to a juicy steak and cold beer from the Pineapple Hotel, with the restaurant open Saturday and Sunday and the Park Bar staying open Monday. Even further from the city, Shady Palms will be open as usual on Saturday and Sunday, with an epic Sunday session complete with a pig on the spit dinner, arcade games and a live DJ planned. Or, you can take the whole family along to The Glen Hotel for a kid’s Easter egg hunt at 2pm on Sunday and the kids can eat lunch or dinner for free, while on Easter Monday there will be face painting and an animal farm. The Garden Grille will be open for dinner Saturday and all day Sunday, with The Deck Bar & Bistro open from 10am until late Saturday to Monday.
West Brisbane
Over in Paddington, Il Posto are open for lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday, but it’s a $15 Monday night pizza you’ll really want! More wood-fired pizza goodness will be dished up at Il Locale on Saturday and Sunday, while at Libertine, you can get a street food feast on Friday and Sunday night for $29pp, with their regular menu on offer the rest of the weekend. For something a little fancier, Darling & Co. are finally reopening after a brief period away undergoing renovations, and will be keeping the good times (and food) coming all weekend. If Good Friday seafood is all the Easter treats you need, pop down to The Fishery from 10am-8pm Friday to Sunday and dinner is sorted! The big kids will be having all the fun this Easter at Regatta Hotel with Sunday street food stalls, bloody Marys and an Easter egg hunt! And to top it off, they’ve created the best Easter drink ever: a Nutella cocktail served in an chocolate bunny. But if you’d rather spend Easter getting outdoorsy at Mount Coot-tha, pop into Botanical Café from 9am-3pm Friday to Saturday or head in on Sunday for their Easter buffet breakfast at 8:30am followed by an Easter egg hunt, face painting and lots of entertainment. For something heartier, you can tuck into all of your favourite American eats from Nantucket or NKB Express on Saturday and Sunday, or Spanish tapas at Ole Fuego all weekend. You’re probably going to need to detox after the weekend of chocolate, so luckily Milton Fruit Bowl will be open from 6am-7pm every day for all  your fruit and veg needs. If your detoxing can wait until Tuesday, however, Lick! Ice Cream are open Saturday and Sunday with some seriously decadent hot cross ice cream sandwiches!
North Brisbane
Victoria Park Bar & Bistro will be trading as usual over the Easter weekend and if you’re looking for something to keep everyone entertained on Sunday, let these guys take care of it with their Sunday family fun day! In Hamilton, Sono will be open on Easter Sunday so you can mix things up with their delicious sashimi and sushi rolls, while Atlanta Bar & Greek are open from 11:30am until late every day except Good Friday. If you’re looking to relax with a cocktail, or maybe just tuck into some ribs, the new 5 Boroughs Ascot will be open on Saturday and Sunday.
East Brisbane
Screw hot cross buns, if we’re overloading on carbs this Easter it will be in the form of 1889 Enoteca‘s pizzas and pastas for dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. The Fishmongers Wife, meanwhile, will make sure that your meat free Good Friday is a breeze with their delicious seafood available all over the Easter weekend, while Canvas can help you forget that work is just a few days away with their creative cocktails on Saturday and Sunday. So don’t fill up on Easter eggs, you’ve got a long weekend of eating ahead of you. Words by Kate Streade