Easter Restaurant Reservations: Special Offers on Sunday

There’s more to Easter than eggs and candy — there are also Bloody Marys and mimosas! We jest (sort of), but, really, Easter Sunday is the ultimate dining day, with delicious options for lively brunches and dinners, specials, and super-fun extras for the under-12 set. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites in cities around the U.S. to give you an idea of how special the day can be when you spend it at a restaurant near you.

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* Local Three, Atlanta, Georgia: Kids five and under eat free at Local Three, children 5-12 dine for half price, and there are not one but TWO Easter egg hunts. See all Easter specials in the Atlanta area.

* Odyssey Cruises, Boston, Massachusetts: While adults will like raising a complimentary glass of Champagne at brunch, the kids will love a visit from the Easter Bunny, a balloon artist, goodie bags, and an ice-cream sundae bar. See all Easter specials in the Boston area.

* 676 Restaurant and Bar, Chicago, Illinois: Keep your eye on the prize at the grand buffet at 676, which includes a mimosa on the house along with the chance to win a chef’s table for two with wine pairings. See all Easter specials in the Chicago area.

* Resto Gastro Bistro at Trinity Groves, Dallas, Texas: Dine with your dog and dive into the ‘make your own Bloody Mary’ bar at Easter brunch on RGB’s canine-friendly patio. See all Easter specials in the Dallas area.

* The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar, Denver, Colorado: The kids can keep busy at a free Easter egg coloring station while the adults can take advantage of bottomless mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar at brunch. See all Easter specials in the Denver area.

* MAX’s Wine Dive-Washington Avenue, Houston, Texas: The Easter Bunny is in the house, or rather, on the menu at MAX’s: A rabbit mole with mashed potatoes and green beans awaits at dinner. See all Easter specials in the Houston area.

* Foundation Room House of Blues, Las Vegas, Nevada: Put your hands in the air at the House of Blues gospel brunch. And keep your eye out for a visit from the Easter Bunny who’ll be bearing sweet treats and prizes for children. See all Easter specials in the Las Vegas area.

* bambu Restaurant, Newport Beach, California: The lavish buffet at bambu features a ham carving station and a chocolate waffle station. Again, a chocolate waffle station, folks! See all Easter specials in the Los Angeles area.

* Tanzy, Boca Raton, Florida: Celebrate the day  with a trip to Italy by way of chef Brian Nelson’s three-course artisan meal and “the hipster bunny.” We don’t know exactly what a hipster bunny is, but my guess is that he’s sporting skinny jeans. See all Easter specials in the Miami area.

* Faces Mears Park, St. Paul, Minnesota: There’s nowhere like Paris in the springtime, but the Easter Parisian brunch at Faces, which includes French desserts, may be the next best thing. See all Easter specials in the Minneapolis area.Continue Reading

Easter Restaurant Reservations: Celebrations to Make Sunday Special

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Is it just me or have the first three months of the year literally flown by? Okay, at least I feel like I’m not the only one who feels that way! That said, did you realize that Easter is this Sunday? Neither did I. So, I’m searching for a great reservation for my family and me. What’s wonderful is that there really are so many terrific tables still available. Some eye-catching offers from around OpenTable include:

* 19 Oakanagan Grill + Bar in West Kelowna, British Columbia, is offering an early brunch menu, casual lunch and dinner, fireside dining or a seat in the lounge watching the Masters golf tournament. View other Easter specials in Vancouver.

* 750 Restaurant and Bar in San Francisco is pulling out all the stops with an expanded brunch menu, free-flowing Champagne, two hours of complimentary valet parking, and  jazz, along with a petting zoo, magician, and face painting for the kids. View other Easter specials in San Francisco.

* Aldea in New York is creating an eggcellent menu, showcasing traditional Portuguese egg dishes, as well as their full menu, from 1PM until 8PM. View other Easter specials in New York.

* Brasserie Jo in Boston is offering up tasty Easter specials along with its famed cupcake station. You can also watch the kids hunt for eggs with the Easter Bunny and take photos! View other Easter specials in Boston.

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Dining Poll: Are 40 Days and 40 Nights of Sacrifice in Your Food + Drink Future?

Fat Tuesday is, perhaps, one of the most fun days of the years for folks who love food and booze. But, the next day is Ash Wednesday, which marks the start, for some, of a period of sacrifice in anticipation of Easter. When I’ve observed Lent in the past, I usually gave up something that impacted what I ate or drank. One year, I gave up meat (and ate more cheese sandwiches than I care to remember). Another year, I gave up all forms of alcohol (and drank more Red Bull than I care to remember). Is there a foodie sacrifice in your immediate future? Weigh in on our post-Mardi Gras poll!

Best Restaurants for Brunch: Announcing the 2010 Diners’ Choice Winners

Eggs BenedictEverybody loves brunch! And now finding the best places to eat the Sunday meal with something for everyone is easier than ever, thanks to the release of the 50 restaurant winners of OpenTable’s 2010 Diners’ Choice Awards for Best Brunch. Derived from nearly four million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners of nearly 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, this list celebrates the restaurants that make Sunday one of the best dining days of the week.

Winners include restaurants that serve over-the-top brunch fare, such as Norma’s in Manhattan (If you haven’t had the Foie Gras Brioche French Toast or the Hudson Valley Duck Confit Hash, you haven’t lived) and Atlanta’s Relish (Krispy Kreme ® Bread Pudding) and those that turn out sumptuous favorites with local flair every weekend, such as Charlotte’s Pewter Rose (Fried Green Tomato Benedict) and Gertrude’s (Tilghman Island Eggs, i.e. fried oysters and poached eggs) in Baltimore.

Congratulations to all the restaurants recognized in the Best Brunch category. Find out if your favorite made our list, and reserve a table for this weekend, Easter, Mother’s Day — or any given Sunday — today.