Holiday hosting can be hectic and sometimes a real hassle. For a stress-free Easter feast, skip the kitchen and dine out instead. D-FW is known for its thriving restaurant scene, and it boasts an extensive list of meal specials on this hip-hoppity holiday. Take advantage of the wide-ranging options and find a dining deal to fit your taste, budget and time frame. Menus vary from prix fixe to a la carte, with some buffet choices, too. Reservation policies vary by restaurant, but booking a table in advance is recommended and often required; contact restaurants individually for more details.
For the first time in more than a decade, the Adolphus will host Easter brunch, now in its newly renovated 19th floor ballroom. Sip on bubbly cocktails from the mimosa bar and munch on light bites like oysters and crab claws from the ray bar. Entree choices include chicken and waffles, roasted leg of lamb and quiche Lorraine. Finish off your meal with a lemon blueberry tart, burnt honey and cinnamon gelato or pecan carrot cake. April 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $95 per adult, $25 for children 10 and younger. 1321 Commerce St., Dallas. 214-651-3516. adolphus.com.
BLUE MESA GRILL
At this buffet-style brunch, guests can take items from six different food stations to build their plates. The featured stations are street tacos, omelets and huevos rancheros, salads, southwest mac and cheese, enchiladas and adobe pie and, last but not least, dessert. Brunch also includes two mimosas or glasses of champagne per guest. April 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. $22 per adult, $7 for children 6-11, free for children 5 and younger. 7700 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas, 214-378-8686; 14866 Montfort Drive, Addison, 972-934-0165; 8200 Dallas Parkway, Plano, 214-387-4407; 550 Lincoln Square, Arlington, 682-323-3050; and 612 Carroll St., Fort Worth, 817-332-6372. bluemesagrill.com.
Taking inspiration from the cuisine of France, Italy and Spain, the Mediterranean-themed restaurant will host its annual Easter brunch. Light bites include artisan cheeses and breads, prosciutto and pastries, with heartier options like shrimp skewers, herb-marinated baby octopus and slow-roasted beef prime rib. You can make your own waffles, create an omelet with customized ingredients or visit the chocolate fondue fountain for a sweet treat. April 1 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $55 per adult, $20 for children 6-12. Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park, 5805 Granite Parkway, Plano. 469-353-5035. dallasplanogranitepark.hilton.com.
CHEF POINT CAFE
Located inside a working gas station, Chef Point redefines what fine dining looks like. The restaurant’s special Easter menu, available all day, includes Southern comfort food like fried green tomatoes ($15), stuffed pork chops ($25) and lobster mac and cheese ($18). Don’t skip dessert — the bread pudding ($9) was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. April 1 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Menu a la carte, prices vary. 5901 Watauga Road, Watauga. 817-656-0080. chefpointcafe.org.
CRU FOOD AND WINE BAR
Treat yourself to an elegant wine-country brunch, with a prix fixe menu comprising three courses. Entree choices range from steak and eggs to crab cake Benedict, or even a lobster and asparagus omelet. Be sure to save room for dessert, with options like crème brûlée served with fresh berries. As an added bonus, wine drinkers can enjoy one-third off all bottles of vino. April 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $30 per adult, $15 for children 12 and younger. 3699 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-526-9463; 7201 Bishop Road, Plano, 972-312-9463; and 842 Market St., Allen, 972-908-2532. cruawinebar.com.
Delight in Fearing’s annual Easter brunch selection and find out why the Uptown eatery is consistently one of Dallas’ most buzzed-about spots. Starters range from smoked brisket quiche to chicken-fried quail, with main dishes like seared scallops and mesquite-grilled lamb chops. Finish off your feast with carrot cake, which comes topped with caramelized pineapple and vanilla bean cream-cheese frosting. April 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $125 per adult, $35 for children 12 and younger. Ritz-Carlton, 2121 McKinney Ave., Dallas. 214-922-4848. fearingsrestaurant.com.
Specializing in Gulf Coast low country cuisine, Hookline will serve a special Easter brunch with a prix fixe menu of coastal-inspired fare. The buffet-style feast offers dishes like oysters on the half shell, peel-and-eat shrimp, chilaquiles, Southern fried chicken and catfish, smoked salmon and roasted pork loin. For a sweet treat, customize a bananas Foster at the build-your-own-dessert station. Guests 21 and older have the option of complementing their buffet meal with cocktails for an additional fee. Choose between Bloody Marys ($9) and bottomless mimosas ($15). April 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $35 per person. 5872 State Highway 121, Plano. 214-297-3474. hooklineplano.com.
HOUSE OF BLUES DALLAS
This special Easter Sunday edition of the music venue’s popular Gospel Brunch offers showtimes at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The family-style buffet features a carving station with smoked meats and a mac and cheese bar with assorted toppings, along with chicken and waffles, cheese grits, beef tenderloin hash and barbecue-smoked chicken. Southern-inspired dessert offerings include peach cobbler and banana pudding. April 1 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. $45 per person, includes buffet meal and concert. 2200 N. Lamar St., Dallas. 214-978-4826. Reservations must be made online; visit website for details.http://houseofblues.com/dallas.
The upscale American eatery is hosting a buffet-style brunch in celebration of Easter. Choose from heartier options like prime rib, fried chicken, pork enchiladas and smoked salmon, or lighter fare like tomato mozzarella salad, eggs Benedict and chilled shrimp. Rice pudding, caramel flan and white chocolate cheesecake are among the dessert selections. April 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $59.95 per adult, $39.95 for children 10 and younger. 11909 Preston Road, Dallas. 972-960-7774. themercurydallas.com.
Oak has pared down its offerings to a prix fixe, three-course menu for Easter brunch. Starting with potato and asparagus latkes followed by spring squash soup, guests then have four options for their third course; potato waffles with smoked salmon, brioche toast with poached eggs, wagyu corned-beef hash and mushroom frittata. April 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $65 per adult, $15 menu available for children. 1628 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas. 214-712-9700. oakdallas.com.
Toast the holiday with a blood orange mimosa ($9) or a signature Bloody Mary topped with jumbo shrimp ($16). In addition to craft cocktails, Ocean Prime’s Easter brunch features a la carte menu items including blackened salmon salad ($19), crab and eggs ($19) and braised short-rib surf and turf ($22). April 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu a la carte, prices vary. 2101 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas. 214-965-0440. ocean-prime.com.
PERRY’S STEAKHOUSE AND GRILLE
The steakhouse will open at 11 a.m. to serve its popular all-day dinner menu. Starting at 4 p.m., guests can order from a special prix fixe menu comprising three courses. Start with your choice of salad before moving on to the main course – Perry’s Famous Pork Chop, slow-cooked and caramelized to perfection. The Easter special concludes with a dessert trio of praline cheesecake, vanilla bean creme brulee and chocolate crunch. April 1, dinner menu available all day, three-course special available from 4 to 9 p.m. $34.95 per person for the prix fixe menu; a la carte pricing applies to the all-day dinner menu. 2000 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-855-5151; 2400 W. State Highway 114, Grapevine, 682-477-2261; and 2440 Parkwood Blvd., Frisco, 214-494-4645. perryssteakhouse.com.
Boasting authentic Italian dishes, this Tuscan-inspired bistro is celebrating Easter with a three-course brunch. The prix fixe menu features both sweet and savory starters, from Nutella and white chocolate flatbread to shrimp bisque. Mascarpone French toast and lemon sole piccata are among the entree choices, with dessert options like tiramisu and chocolate caramel budino. April 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $36 per adult, $18 for children 12 and younger. 3300 Dallas Parkway, Plano, 972-378-9463; and 5959 Royal Lane, Dallas, 214-739-5959. princiitalia.com.
SECOND FLOOR REGIONALLY INSPIRED KITCHEN
The restaurant at the Westin Galleria Dallas serves contemporary American cuisine with regional flair. Its Easter buffet offers items ranging from breakfast staples like biscuits and gravy to heartier lunchtime entrees like oven-roasted salmon. Kiddos will love the make-your-own ice cream sundae station. April 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $58 per adult, $28 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and younger. Westin Galleria Dallas, 13340 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. 972-450-2978. secondfloorkitchen.com.
SER STEAK + SPIRITS
With an extensive prix fixe menu, Easter brunch at Ser offers something for almost every palate. Create a custom crêpe or eggs Benedict using one of the build-your-own stations. Among other menu items are frittatas, pancakes, salads and seafood specialties. April 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. $79 per adult, $39 for children 5-12, free for children 4 and younger. Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas. 214-761-7479. sersteak.com.
This neighborhood joint serves brunch only twice a year, including its annual Easter special, when you can build your own three-course brunch from a prix fixe menu. Goat cheese crostini, chopped salad and a melon and prosciutto plate are among appetizer choices, followed by entree options like almond-crusted trout, shrimp and grits, grilled chicken penne and smoked beef tenderloin. Dessert offerings include chocolate mousse and a three-citrus tart. April 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $39.95 per adult, $19.95 for children 8 and younger. 8201 Preston Road, Dallas. 214-265-7389. sevys.com.
Indulge in a three-course meal featuring Chef Stephan Pyles’ signature modern Texas cuisine. The prix fixe menu offers starters like pork belly breakfast tacos and fried green tomatoes, followed by main-course choices like barbecued pork steak, chicken-fried chicken and “Elvis-style” French toast. Top off your meal with sweet treats like butterscotch pudding and coconut cake. April 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $45 per adult, $25 for children 12 and younger. 2203 N. Akard St., Dallas. 214-550-6966. stampede66restaurant.com.
Listen to live music and sip on $5 cocktails — your choice of mimosas or Bloody Marys — at this Addison restaurant. Easter diners can start off with appetizers like bacon-wrapped dates ($9) and lobster bisque ($9), then move on to main-course offerings like prime rib-eye ($42) or sea bass ($38). Complement your entree with a side of garlic mashed potatoes ($8) or fresh asparagus ($8), then indulge in the chocolate Kahlúa cake with espresso gelato ($8). April 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Menu a la carte, prices vary. $15 prix fixe menu available for children 10 and younger. 4812 Belt Line Road, Addison. 972-789-9558. table13addison.com.
Asparagus soup is the first thing on III Forks’ four-course Easter menu, which will be served exclusively at lunch and then offered alongside the dinner menu starting at 4 p.m. Soup is followed by your choice of salad and one of the following entrees: aged Midwestern beef tenderloin, pan-seared Pacific mahi-mahi, Australian lamb Provençal or chicken Tchoupitoulas. Chocolate mousse, strawberry shortcake, lemon torte and peach streusel pie make up the fourth-course offerings. April 1 starting at 11 a.m. $49 per adult, $17 for children 11 and younger. 17776 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. 972-267-1776. 3forks.com.
VICTORY TAVERN CITY GRILLE
Key lime pie is among the dessert options at Victory Tavern’s Easter brunch.A three-course brunch includes an unlimited antipasti spread and your choice of entree and dessert from a prix fixe menu. Known for serving modern American fare, the restaurant’s holiday brunch features specialty items such as a blue crab and asparagus omelet and carrot cake bread pudding. April 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $28 per adult, $14 for children 12 and younger. 2501 N. Houston St., Dallas. 214-432-1900. victorytavern.com.