For those who observe, Easter provides the opportunity to reflect on themes like charity and sacrifice. The holiday also marks the changing of seasons, as winter gives way to spring.
Regardless of how religious a person is, Easter also provides the opportunity for a decadent brunch. Houston restaurants are ready with a range of options at various price points.
All of the restaurants listed below are running special menus or dishes to celebrate the holiday, which takes place Sunday, April 17. CultureMap will update this list periodically as new options become available.
Bloom & Bee
The restaurant inside The Post Oak hotel will offer a three-course, $75 Easter brunch menu. Start with dishes such as deviled eggs or white asparagus soup. Entree choices include lobster Benedict, salmon coulibiac, and herb-roasted leg of lamb. For dessert, choose selections from a buffet of French pastries.
The Medical Center hotel's Lunar Easter Brunch ($108.95 per adult, $39.95 children 5-10) starts with bottomless champagne and mimosas paired with dishes such as cedar plank salmon, pineapple-glazed pork loin, and sweet potato casserole, as well as a selection of baked goods and desserts. Activities for kids include face painting and an Easter egg hunt.
The casual Lebanese restaurant will serve two Easter specials. Dine-in customers may opt for smoked lamb shwarma pitas and bowl, while to-go customers may purchase a take-and-bake Easter dinner for four that includes lamb, Lebanese rice, fattoush salad, hummus, cucumber yogurt, and mamoul cookies.
The Spring Branch location of the Texas Monthly top 50 barbecue joint will host an Easter party and crawfish boil on Saturday, April 16 from 11 am - 3 pm. An Easter egg hunt, games, and pictures with the Easter bunny will keep kids entertained while adults enjoy live music by John Egan, crawfish, and beer.
Guard and Grace
The downtown steakhouse’s brunch offerings blend some of its traditional fare like steaks and raw seafood with a range of breakfast dishes. Choose from four different Benedicts, French toast, a cinnamon roll, and more.
Agricole Hospitality’s Texas-inspired EaDo establishment will be serving a bottomless brunch ($65 per adult, $20 children 12 and under). Selections include shrimp cocktail, deviled eggs, strawberry ricotta sourdough toast, leg of lamb, wood-grilled Black Angus filet, duck fat roasted potatoes, and spring panzanella salad.
The fine dining restaurant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will serve a three-course, $125 menu with optional wine pairings available for $85. Start with deviled eggs before choosing from dishes such as burrata with watercress pistou, garden salad, or white asparagus with orange reduction and pickled strawberries ($15 supplement). Entree choices include tagliatelle with rabbit ragu, spicy lamb shoulder with chickpea fricasse, or risotto with red snapper and vegetables.
Downtown’s Italian-inspired steakhouse will feature a special 26-ounce prime rib with choice of soup or salad for $99.
The steakhouse chain’s Easter Sunday is a two-course menu that starts with pear salad or carrot ginger soup. Choose from ham ($45) or prime rib ($65); each is served with whipped potatoes and green bean almondine. Add a slice of white chocolate cheesecake for $8.
In addition to its usual brunch buffet, the Upper Kirby Mexican restaurant will serve an Antojito Platter that comes with gorditas, salutes, tlacoyos, picadas, and quesadilla. In addition, the buffet will add both a carving station with pork belly porchetta and roasted beef steamship as well as a raw bar with oysters and ceviche. It's priced at $54 for adults, $42 for seniors, and $30 for children over eight.
All four locations of the wine bar will offer their Old Skool Hippity-Hop Brunch that features DJs spinning 90s-era hip hop and R&B.
Tonight & Tomorrow
The restaurant inside La Colombe d’Or in Montrose will supplement its regular brunch offerings with a special three-course, $65 Easter menu. Available both Saturday and Sunday, choices include arugula and endive salad, risotto du marché with black truffles, Gulf red snapper, scallops, and ribeye. A separate children's menu is available for $21.
This Latin American steakhouse at the Four Seasons will serve a decadent brunch buffet. Priced at $145 per adult and $65 for children 12 and under, the offerings include a seafood station, sushi station, carving station, omelet station, Texas cheese display, and so much more.
Chef LJ Wiley will supplement the Italian restaurant's usual lunch menu with a few brunch specials. They include: Uovo al Purgatorio, two poached eggs and Prosciutto di Parma with tomato sauce; Il Tritatto, potato and mortadella hash with two poached eggs and Parmigiano Reggiano; Polenta Fra’diavolo, shrimp over creamy polenta with spicy tomato sauce; Focaccia di Mora, blackberry focaccia French toast; and Arrosto D’Agnello, roasted lamb loin with Castelvetrano olives, olive oil smashed potatoes, torn mint leaves, and salsa verde.
The Montrose restaurant's, three-course, $45 Easter menu starts with deviled eggs. The five second course options include Ukrainian borscht, shiitake-edamame dumplings, and breakfast bread pudding. Finish with one of six choices, including a truffled ham, mushroom, and brie omelette, Louisiana fried chicken, and lamb shakshuka.
Both the Galleria and Woodlands locations of the will run two Easter specials: Florida Lobster Thermidor made with chunks of spiny lobster tail simmered in a creamy shellfish sauce with Havarti, mushrooms and tarragon ($125) and an Easter Bloom cocktail made with cognac and almond orgeat syrup.
The Union Kitchen
All six Houston-area locations will feature brunch and dinner specials on Easter Sunday. Choices include Short Rib Benedict, Creme Brûlée toast, braised lamb shank, and cognac New York strip.
Hugo Ortega’s street food restaurant in Uptown Park will serve a $45, two-course brunch that also comes with a dessert buffet. Choices include tacos al pastor, raw oysters, gorditas, chilaquiles, and huevos rancheros. Reservations recommended.
Chris Shepherd's newest restaurant will elevate its already decadent all-you-can-eat brunch buffet with Easter-appropriate dishes such as ham, rabbit, and lamb. Its priced at $75 for adults and $35 for kids 4-10.