Easter dinner with family and friends is a much anticipated spring occasion. For those who don't want to cook, local resorts and restaurants are prepared to do everything for you — including the dishes.
Here is a sampling of where to enjoy a holiday meal on April 20 in Central Florida. Prices do not include tax and tip and reservations are recommended.
Bohemian Hotel, 700 Bloom St., Celebration; 407-566-6000; celebrationhotel.com: Gourmet traditional brunch; $59.99; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Café Gauguin, Rosen Centre, 9840 International Drive, Orlando; 407-996-9840, Ext. 3593: Brunch with free sparkling wine includes roasted sirloin marinated in grapefruit and habanero with citrus relish, and corn-husk-wrapped mahi with tomato, onion and cilantro; $41.95 adults, $16.95 children ages 4-12; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Café Osceola, Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando; 407-996-3663: Champagne brunch includes sangria-guava glazed ham with minted lime cherry chutney as well as carving stations and award-winning desserts; $65.95 adults, $29.95 children ages 4-12 (Florida residents get 25 percent discount); 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Castle Hotel, 8629 International Drive, Orlando; 407-345-1511; castlehotelorlando.com: A la carte jazz brunch includes a bloody Mary bar; music 10 a.m.-2 p.m., brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Columbia, 649 Front St., Celebration; 407-566-1505; columbiarestaurant.com: Brunch favorites baked Virginia ham ($21.95) or stuffed leg of lamb ($23.95) will be served along with the regular dinner menu; 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Capital Grille, 9101 International Drive, Orlando, 407-370-4392 ; 4200 Conroy Road (Mall at Millenia), Orlando, 407-351-2210; thecapitalgrille.com: A prix-fixed brunch with a choice of starter, main and dessert. Entree choices include lobster eggs Benedict, 14-ounce bone-in sirloin, 8-ounce filet mignon, seared halibut and seared citrus-glazed salmon; $49 adults, $18 children; 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Crave, 4158 Conroy Road, Orlando; 407-345-8788; craveamerica.com: Grand holiday buffet features hot and cold selections, carving station, pastry table and kid-friendly options; $27.95 adults, $12.95 children; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Emeril's Orlando at CityWalk, Universal Orlando Resort, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando; 407-224-2424; emerilsrestaurants.com: Chef de cuisine Bernard Carmouche has created a selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts in addition to the restaurant's regular menu. Specials include chicken and waffles with mustard slaw and local honey ($8), duck confit and mushroom gumbo ($9), and Gulf shrimp and corn grits ($28); 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Emeril's Tchoup Chop, Royal Pacific Resort, 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando; 407-503-2467: Chef Ryan Vargas' regular dinner menu in addition to holiday specials that include chilled spring sweet pea soup ($8), grilled Australian lamb T-bone with apple habanero "Waldorf" potato salad and a mint lemongrass tamari drizzle ($42), and carrot cake trifle in a jar ($8); 12–9 p.m.
Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse, Hyatt Regency Orlando, 9801 International Drive, Orlando; 407-345-4570; orlando.regency.hyatt.com (click on "dining"): Brunch includes leg of lamb, made-to-order omelets, hot and cold smoked salmon, tapas and an antipasto display; $64 adults, $32 children ages 5-12; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 8030 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, 407-352-5706, and 933 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 407-699-9463: Three-course brunch includes filet mignon Benedict and the regular a la carte menu; $39.95 adults, $18.95 children 12 and younger; brunch 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; full menu 5-10 p.m.
Grand Bohemian Hotel, 325 S. Orange Ave., Orlando; 407-313-9000: Three-course Easter Brunch in The Boheme restaurant, $55, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; traditional buffet the Johann Strauss Ballroom, $69 adults, $25 children ages 4-12; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Islands Dining Room, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Universal Orlando, 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando; 407-503-3463: A tropical paradise setting for a brunch that includes roasted leg of lamb, stuffed chicken breast, pork loin, Port Canaveral red snapper, seafood raw bar, sushi station, stir fry station, omelet and waffle station and desserts; live entertainment, face painter and balloon artist; adults $54, children ages 3-9 $24; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Kings, 8255 S. International Drive, Orlando; 407-363-0200; kingsorlando.com: Family and group packages including bowling, shoe rentals, food, drinks and Easter baskets for the kids with a special golden egg; prices vary; 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
La Hacienda and Nicker's restaurants, Mission Inn Resort & Club, 10400 County Road 48, Howey-In-The-Hills; 1-800-874-9053, 352-324-3930; missioninnresort.com: Buffets will include salads, soups, antipasto, seafood bar, traditional breakfast fare, carving stations, desserts, sparkling wine and live music; $39.99 adults, $19.99 children ages 5-12; 11 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Lakeside Inn, 100 N. Alexander St., Mount Dora; 800-556-5016 or 352-383-4101; lakeside-inn.com: traditional brunch with free mimosa for adult guests; $36.95; 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Luma on Park, 290 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-599-4111; lumaonpark.com: Regular menu plus seasonal specials; prices vary; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ocean Prime, 7339 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando; 407-781-4880: Full dinner menu plus a small brunch menu including braised short rib with marble potatoes ($16), and crab and eggs with toasted English muffin ($17); brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m., full menu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Prato, 124 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; 407-262-0050; prato-wp.com: Regular menu plus seasonal specials; prices vary; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Roc City Diner, 2171 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka; 407-703-5998; roccitydiner.com: Holiday specials such as banana bread French toast and eggs Benedict with home fries and $1.50 mimosas along with the regular menu; a la carte pricing; 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rosen Plaza Hotel, grand ballroom, 9700 International Drive, Orlando; 407-996-0256: Buffet includes more than 30 dishes of fresh seafood, traditional favorites, decadent desserts and a free mimosa or glass of champagne; $36.95 adults, $15.95 children ages 4-12; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Texas de Brazil, 5259 International Drive, Orlando; 407-355-0355; texasdebrazil.com: For Easter the restaurant is offering scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, fruit salad, assorted pastries, bacon and sausage, in addition to the regular dinner menu; regular dinner $46.99, light dinner $24.99; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. brunch items served, 11 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. regular menu only.
Stonewood Grill & Tavern, 1210 S. International Parkway, Heathrow, 407-333-3292; 5078 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando, 407-297-8682; 100 S. Atlantic Ave., Ormond Beach, 386-671-1200; 1078 Dunlawton Ave., Port Orange, 386-760-2282; 5248 Red Bug Lake Road, Winter Springs, 407-699-4444; StonewoodGrill.com: All restaurants will open at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 20, offering the full dinner menu, plus four special Easter entrees including a prime rib and egg Benedict, shrimp and grits, and quiche lorraine; prices vary' 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
The Kitchen, Hard Rock Hotel, Universal Orlando, 5800 Universal Blvd., Orlando; 407-503-3463: Brunch with a touch of rock 'n' roll attitude includes prime rib, leg of lamb, glazed country ham, pan-seared salmon, omelet and eggs benedict station, kid-friendly items, desserts; Easter bunny and a kid’s only pancake and cupcake decorating station; Adults $48, children ages 3-9 $16 ; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Tap Room at Dubsdread Golf Course, 549 W. Par St., Orlando; 407-650-0100; taproomatdubsdread.com: Buffet will include a roasted sirloin, leg of lamb, and jumbo lump Maryland-style crab cakes; $39.95 adults, $12.95 children ages 3-10; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Trattoria del Porto, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal Orlando, 5601 Universal Blvd., Orlando; 407-503-3463: Brunch buffet featuring New York strip, grilled salmon, pork loin, pan-seared ocean bass, omelet station, pasta station, special children’s items, chilled seafood, salads and desserts; Universal Orlando characters, strolling musician, face painter, balloon artist and a children’s activity table; adults $64, children ages 3-9 $22; 10 a.m.-7 p.mCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun