Easter is a holiday that brings out plenty of activities in the Emerald City. Whether you appreciate a good Easter brunch buffet or want to go to an Easter mass, there are many things to do on Easter in Seattle. It's a day of religious reverence, a day to welcome and appreciate the Spring, and a day to enjoy Seattle's outdoors, too!
Perhaps the most popular way to spend Easter morning in the region is by going out to brunch to dine upon fresh smoked local salmon, cheese, fruit, pastries and other tasty brunch treats. Easter brunch options range from casual restaurants, to fine dining establishments, to several cruise companies that put on special cruises that day. Easter egg hunts are great for families, and mass at the beautiful St. James Cathedral is open to anyone who wants a moment of reverence.
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Seattle Easter Brunch
Easter buffets and brunches are plentiful in Seattle and Tacoma, and are available at just about every price point from moderate to upscale. View the current list of Easter restaurants in Seattle and Tacoma on OpenTable to find out what’s on where.
For moderately priced buffets and brunches, look to the Anthony’s chain, which has restaurants in Tacoma, Seattle, Gig Harbor, Kirkland and other Puget Sound cities. Many locations offer a set-price Easter dinner for about $30/person. Other chains that commonly have an Easter brunch or dinner include Salty’s, the Melting Pot and Il Fornaio.
In Tacoma to the south, the usual round of fine dining restaurants located in downtown often offer brunch and/or dinners. These include the Melting Pot, Pacific Grill, and Stanley and Seafort’s on McKinley Hill. Many Tacoma restaurants have regular Sunday brunches that are also on for Easter.
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Do Easter morning in a uniquely Northwest way! With a cruise! A few local cruise companies have Easter brunch on board a ship that spends some time out on Elliott Bay or one of Seattle's lakes.
Argosy Cruises typically offers Easter cruises on Lake Washington or to Blake Island. The cruises feature either a traditional salmon meal on Blake Island along with the Easter Bunny and an Easter egg hunt, or brunch on board the Royal Argosy. If you don't particularly mind if your cruise has Easter aesthetic or not, you can also book any other number of cruises on or around Easter.
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Another local cruise company, Waterways Cruises, also sets sail and serves up brunch. Cruises depart from one of two ports, either one of two ports on Lake Union or from the Kirkland City Dock in Marina Park. Enjoy a two-hour cruise with a brunch buffet, champagne toast, live music and the captain’s narration of sights along the way. There's even an appearance of the SeaBunny (Waterways Cruises version of the Easter Bunny) for kids! Boats meander through Lake Union and Lake Washington during the cruises.
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Easter Mass is a tradition for many, and there are plenty of ways to take Easter Mass in a variety of atmosphere. St. James Cathedral is very possibly the most beautiful, with its high and cavernous ceilings.
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- St James Cathedral - 804 9th Avenue, Seattle
- Seattle University - 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, Chapel of St. Ignatius
- Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - 140 E 56th Street, Tacoma
- St Leo’s at 710 S 13th Street, Tacoma
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If you have kids and don’t want to hide Easter eggs all around your yard, there are several Easter egg hunts in Seattle as well as to the south and north.
For the bigger Easter egg hunts in town, look to the Woodland Park Zoo where not only can kids hunt for eggs, but the zoo animals get special treats and are a lot of fun to watch that day. City parks and other smaller venues also hold hunts, and there are even some for older kids and teens so kids of all ages can find some candy!