Here at The Daily Meal, we know that while Easter should generally be a relaxing time spent with loved ones, if you're the one preparing the meal, it can be a hectic endeavor. In the interest of making your holiday run as smoothly as possible, we've put together a roundup of some of the Easter restaurant happenings nationwide so you can skip the cooking and spend more time fussing over the Easter basket.
Brunch is not usually available at Gemini Bistro's Lincoln Park restaurant, but they’ll be offering a special one just for Easter. Get sweet with oatmeal crusted brioche French toast or indulge in the braised pork shoulder hash. The whole menu can be seen here.
Delicious options abound at Howells & Hood this Easter. Create your own omelette, or try some of chef Scott Walton’s creations, such as buttermilk lavender biscuits or Oaxacan black mole chilaquiles. Live blues music will be played throughout the morning. It is $39 per adult for the buffet, which is available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. See the menu and make reservations on their website.
If you’re looking for a special Easter supper, Found is a perfect choice. Chef Nicole Pedersen is serving up a multi-course meal just for the holiday. Enjoy dishes like leg of lamb with pistachio chimichurri and faro with dried fruit and herbs. House made French macaroons are a sweet end to the evening. The menu is $38 for adults and $18 for children and is available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy Easter with an amazing view at I|O Urban Roofscape. The newly offered brunch will be available on Easter Sunday. The three-course menu will include tasty dishes such as Urban Huevos Rancheros with chili-poached eggs, gringo salsa, and micro cilantro, lemon doughnuts with lavender honey, and sweet potato hash. The brunch is $35 per person and available from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations can be made online.
Celebrate in style with Lockwood's Easter brunch offerings. From traditional dishes such as spring pea soup and country Easter ham to unique plates like French-cut chicken breast with lavender, Lockwood’s menu will help you usher in spring. The brunch is $59 per adult and $29 per child. You can see the full menu here.
Enjoy a four-course sharing menu with your loved ones at Mercadito this Easter. From 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., diners can feast on dishes such as pastor tacos, Mexican French toast with cajeta and apple, and taquiza de pollo. A brunch cocktail is included. It is $30 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 312-329-9555.
Mercat a la Planxa will offer a three-course, six-plate tasting menu as well as a carving station and Spanish desserts this Easter. Guests can look forward to dishes like onill Coca, a braised rabbit flatbread with mascarpone béchamel, and Conchinillo Asado, roasted suckling pig, a Mercat signature item. Brunch is available for $45 per adult and $25 per child between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Make Easter an event to remember with a Michelin-starred brunch from Sepia. Chef Andrew Zimmerman will be showcasing a four-course menu focused on ingredients from local farmers. Enjoy cheese blintzes with lingonberries, croque-madame, and crunchy French toast with whipped mascarpone. Reservations are $50 per adult and $28 per child. The full menu can be seen here.
Enjoy a luxurious Easter brunch at Travelle in the Langham Hotel. This decadent menu includes white gazpacho with cucumber, grape, and crouton; smoked salmon benedict; and oysters with caviar and Meyer lemon. An unlimited mimosa cart is also available for diners to fully round out their holiday meal. Reservations are $90 for adults and $30 for children.
Chef Peter Coenen adds special Easter dishes to The Gage’s brunch menu this coming Sunday. Try the smoked rabbit confit or grilled lamb loin while enjoying the views of Millennium Park. Specialty Easter cocktails will also be available.
DazzleJazz will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet filled with home-style comfort food. Cost is $18.95 for adults and $9.50 for children 10 and under. Dazzle offers a bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys for and additional $10. Enjoy the Paris Takes Jazz Quartet while you peruse the buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Though Lola is known for its selection of over 200 tequilas, if you aren’t worried about having the traditional Easter foods, there is a great modern Mexican-influenced brunch menu. Most of the dining room, bar, and heated patio have a fantastic view to enjoy while sipping a Mexican mimosa and dining on blueberry lemonade pancakes, a lobster green chile omelette, or oyster shooters. Expect to spend between $8 and $16 per entrée.
YaYa’s Euro Bistro is named after one of the co-founders’ grandmothers. However, you’ll get more than just grandma’s cooking here. The menu is a combo of American, French, Italian and Greek dishes. For brunch, choose between the expansive buffet and traditional breakfast favorites à la carte. The buffet is $24.95 for adults and $13.95 for children aged six to 12. YaYa’s is also highly recognized as a James Beard Foundation featured restaurant and been awarded multiple awards from Wine Spectator.
YaYa's Euro Bistro
Table 6 has been called one of the top 21 Best New Restaurants by Esquire Magazine; and has been met with rave reviews from Wine Spectator and 5280. The eclectic menu could really shake up Easter brunch. Innovative breakfast dishes like crumpets and pot roast with chili cream cheese hollandaise take their place alongside classics like French toast with butter and good ol’ maple syrup. Breakfast entrées run from $9.00 to $16.00.
Think a little outside the restaurant box and head over to The Inverness Garden Terrace for an elaborate brunch buffet at this upscale hotel. There will also be fun activities for the kids including a face painter, balloon artist, and an Easter egg hunt. The cost is $55.95 per adult and $25.95 for children aged six to 10.
The Downtown Aquarium Restaurant is hosting a “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” event on Saturday April 19th from 8:30 to11am. Delight your children. A meal with the Easter Bunny combined with the aquarium attractions can’t be beat! The cost is $16.99 for adults and $10.99 for children four to 10.
For a high end dining experience visit 1515 Restaurant. This restaurant is focused on seasonal menus and sustainability. Chef Chuck James has designed a special spring menu, perfect for Easter Brunch. The menu will include traditional brunch foods, dinner entrées, and desserts. Crab Benedict, sous vide Colorado lamb, and American Kobe steak will delight dinners. A three-course brunch, an appetizer selection, brunch item, and dessert costs $30.
Bistro Vendome has been updated with local seasonal ingredients. Think about trying the quiche made with kale, roasted red pepper, caramelized onions, and smoked goat cheese. This, served alongside a baby greens and Brussels sprout salad and paired with a cappuccino, makes for a perfect Easter meal. Entrées range from $9 to $15.
Brittany Hill used to offer a great view but not much else. However, the restaurant was completely revamped in 2012 after being taken over by a new owner. The new and improved Brittany Hill has the same beautiful view, a fresh new look, and a brunch buffet with a large selection. The cost is $27.95 for adults and $13.95 for children.
Enjoy breakfast or an early brunch at the scenic The Ship Rock Grille after attending the Red Rocks sunrise Easter service at 6 a.m. The restaurant is built in-between two gigantic boulders and offers up close and personal view of the red rocks while you dine. Expect to spend about $20 per person.