Food & Drink: Easter Brunches and Buffets in the Orlando Area
These menus are eggsactly what we love about spring.
Spring is one of Florida’s most beautiful seasons. Nature is bursting with all things new and delicate, colorful and fragrant. Local chefs are busy in their kitchens, cooking up delicious Easter brunches with all the ingredients and spirit that make this time of year memorable for our families and friends. With so many top-rated restaurants in metro Orlando, it’s a difficult task to feature a few, but below are some of our favorites, with samples of their extensive holiday menus.
The Alfond Inn at Rollins College
300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park. 407-998-8090. thealfondinn.com
Adults: $89, children 5-12 years $29, children 4 and under free.
Reservations required and must be made online.
The beautiful boutique hotel owned by Rollins College is offering two seatings, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., in the Park Avenue Ballroom for its traditional Easter buffet.
Highlights: Complimentary Mimosa, Breads, Egg Dishes, Seafood, Salads. Main dishes of Roasted Prime Rib, Cherry-Glazed Ham and Salmon with Lemon Beurre Blanc. Chef’s Seasonal Desserts finish the celebration before children embark on an egg hunt with the Easter Bunny.
A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
1 Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando. 407-239-3854. fourflamingosorlando.com
11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Special occasions are imbued with tropical flavors at Executive Chef and TV personality Richard Blais’ Four Flamingos. A Florida Easter is extra special for visitors and locals in the know, who come for the kitchen’s expansive brunch menu.
Highlights: Chimichurri-Encrusted Rack of Lamb with mint gremolata, tamarind preserves and medianoche rolls; Whole Turmeric & Ginger Marinated Fried Florida Snapper with coconut grits, cha ca and datil sauce. Small plates of Bagel and Lox, Asparagus and Crab Benedict, Steak & Eggs, Chicken and Waffle Tostada and Tomato Pie. Unlimited mimosas for $25.
The Glass Knife
276 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park. 407-500-2253. theglassknife.com
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Brunch at The Glass Knife is a must-do for many and on Easter Sunday, the savory dishes fly out of the kitchen. Delicious they are, but we know many come for the Instagram-worthy sweets.
TGK’s Easter delights: Blackberry Matcha Pastry ($11), Chocolate Coconut Petite Cake ($12) and Carrot Petite Cake ($12).
Highlights: Biscuits and Gravy, TGK Eggs Benedict, Shakshuka, Strawberry Lemon Waffles, Salmon Nicoise Salad and Avocado & Egg Toast, with sides of Fresh Fruit, Crushed Potatoes, Mac & Cheese and Tomato Bisque.
JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes 4040 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando. 407-393-4444. marriott.com
Adults $90, children $45. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Reservations recommended.
MICHELIN-recommended, Mediterranean-flavored Primo brings to the table organic produce from its own garden and responsibly farmed meats. And for Easter, an extensive and sophisticated take on holiday classics.
Highlights: Burrata Salad, House Bresaola, 30-month Prosciutto Di Parma, Cabrales Bleu, Queso Caña De Cabra, Fresh-Shucked Coldwater Oysters, Smoked Mussel & Banana Pepper Salad, Stone Crab Claws, Ceviche, Omelet Station, Eggs Benedict Station. Hot items include Grilled Local Catch, Campanelle Pasta and carving stations with Roasted Rack of Lamb and House-Cured Ham. Chef-inspired pastries provide a sweet finish.
8441 International Drive, Suite 260, Orlando. 407-226-2929. tapatoro.restaurant
Adults $49, children under 10 years $18. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Reservations recommended.
A perennial first choice for residents and visitors alike is this tourist-area tapas bar and paella house. Flamenco dancers make this brunch extra special.
Highlights: Charcuterie & Cheese, Fresh Fruit, Ceviche, Waffles and Fluffy Scrambled Eggs. Main dishes are Seafood Paella, Vegetable Paella, Steak from the Carving Station and Honey Spiral Ham with sides of Manchego Truffle Whipped Potatoes, Roasted Vegetables and Macaroni & Cheese.
Hop on over for these Easter brunch favorites
Make your reservations early at one of these popular restaurants.
Bites & Bubbles
1618 N. Mills Ave. 407-270-5085. bitesbubbles.com
1315 S. Orange Ave. 407-849-0801. eatdt.com
390 N. Orange Ave., Suite 110
Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
325 S. Orange Ave. 407-313-9000. marriott.com
Maxine’s on Shine
337 N. Shine Ave. 407-674-6841. maxinesonshine.com
RUSSELL’S on Lake Ivanhoe
1414 N. Orange Ave. 407-601-3508. russellsorlando.com
Rusteak Thornton Park
101 S. Eola Drive. 407-601-5219. rusteakthorntonpark.com
629 E. Central Blvd. 407-849-1800. socothorntonpark.com
1231 E. Colonial Drive
151 E. Welbourne Ave.
Canvas Restaurant & Market
13615 Sachs Ave. 407-313-7800. canvaslakenona.com
Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen
6967 Lake Nona Blvd. 407-955-4340. chromalakenona.com
I-DRIVE/ SAND LAKE
9150 International Drive.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
8030 Via Dellagio Way.
7339 W. Sand Lake Road, No. 400. 407-781-4880.
8367 International Drive.
Rosen Shingle Creek
9939 Universal Blvd.
Rosen Centre Orlando
9840 International Drive. 407-996-9840. rosencentre.com
Rosen Plaza Hotel
9700 International Drive. 407-996-9702. rosenplaza.com
Lake Buena Vista
8442 Palm Parkway.
Make dining reservations online for Walt Disney World Resorts at disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining.
Ale & Compass Restaurant Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd.
Grand Floridian Café Disney’s Grand Floridian
4451 Grand Floridian
Olivia’s Café Disney’s Old Key West Resort
1510 N. Cove Road
Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd.
Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd.
Whispering Canyon Cafe Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
901 Timberline Drive
Highball & Harvest
Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
4012 Central Florida Parkway. 407-393-4422. highballandharvest.com
Knife & Spoon
Ritz Carlton Orlando,
4012 Central Florida Parkway. 407-393-4333 grandelakes.com/dining/knife-and-spoon
Margaritaville Resort Orlando
8000 Fins Up Circle, Kissimmee. 855-995-9099. margaritavilleresorts.com
Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
14651 Chelonia Parkway, Orlando. 407-390-2300. wyndhamgrandorlando.com
Villa de Flora
Gaylord Palms Resort
6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. 407-586-1114. gaylordpalms.com
Select hotels at Universal Orlando Resort will serve an Easter Day buffet. Call
407-503-3463 for menus, pricing and reservations.
Trattoria del Porto at Loews Portofino
5601 Universal Blvd.
The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel
5800 Universal Blvd.
Islands Dining Room at Loews Royal Pacific Resort
6300 Hollywood Way
Amatista Cookhouse at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
6601 Adventure Way
1620 E. Buena Vista Drive. 407-939-2628. theboathouseorlando.com
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
1602 E. Buena Vista Drive. 407-560-0100. homecominkitchen.com
City Works Eatery & Pour House
1486 E. Buena Vista Drive. 407-801-3730. cityworksrestaurant.com
1560 E. Buena Vista Drive. 407-560-3696. patinagroup.com/enzos-hideaway
1604 E. Buena Vista Drive. 407-560-9197.
House of Blues Orlando
1490 E. Buena Vista Drive. 407-934-2623.
Jaleo by José Andrés
1482 E. Buena Vista Drive. 321-348-3211. jaleo.com
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
Lake Buena Vista. 407-939-5277. disneysprings.com
Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante
1560 E. Buena Vista Drive. 407-560-8466. patinagroup.com/maria-enzos
1670 E. Buena Vista Drive. 407-934-2628. paddlefishrestaurant.com
Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
1600 E. Buena Vista Drive. 407-939-6686.
1580 E. Buena Vista Drive, Suite C-17. 407-917-7440. stksteakhouse.com
Bar & Grill
1514 E. Buena Vista Drive. 407-815-2100.