Relax, visit with the Easter Bunny and let one of these Connecticut restaurants prepare your holiday brunch or dinner. All dining listings are for April 16 unless otherwise noted.
The North House, 1 Nod Road, Avon, hosts Easter brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A three-course menu includes selection of starter and dessert, and entree choices including half-chicken, pan-seared trout, stuffed French toast, prime rib of beef, roasted turkey, duck hash and biscuits and gravy. $49 per adult and includes a mimosa or Bloody Mary. Children 12 and under are $19. 860-404-5951, thenorthhouse.com.
Metro Bis @ The Simsbury 1820 House, 731 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, serves a three-course prix-fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Courses include crispy Thai spring rolls, potato leek soup, salads or smoked salmon to start; entrees of honey-roasted ham, braised short ribs, pan-seared salmon, or duck confit, and fresh berry tart for dessert. $44.95 plus tax, gratuity and beverages; children 10 and younger are $15.95, children under 3 are free. 860-651-1908, metrobis.com.
Mill on the River, 989 Ellington Road, South Windsor, offers a three-course prix-fixe meal from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The menu features choice of soup or salad, entree and dessert; entrees include roast prime rib, honey-glazed Virginia ham, shrimp and scallops fra diavolo, chicken cordon bleu, baked stuffed shrimp, redfish Nouvelle and more. $39.95; items are available for children ages 12 and under, for $18.95. Parties of nine or more will be offered an Easter dinner holiday buffet. 860-289-7929, themillontheriver.net.
@ the Barn, 17 E. Granby Road, Granby, offers Easter specials from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., including brunch and dinner dishes like broccoli cheddar quiche, crepes, lobster and crab martini salad, lamb loin, prime rib, brook trout and linguine carbonara. Items are priced a la carte ($7 to $26) and a three-course prix fixe menu is available for $38. 860-413-3888, atthebarngranby.com.
Simsbury Inn, 397 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, hosts brunch seatings at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. The menu features salads, antipasto and a chilled seafood display, an "action station" with made-to-order eggs and omelets and assorted Belgian waffles; a carving station with apple cider and maple-glazed ham, fennel and garlic roasted leg of lamb, balsamic rosemary New York strip and Easter kielbasa; a hot buffet with poached eggs over asparagus, honey tarragon salmon, butternut squash ravioli with crabmeat and spinach, chipotle honey lime glazed pork loin and roasted chicken breast with ham and Gruyere sauce, and a dessert display. Enjoy an Easter egg hunt with the Easter Bunny on the front lawn 20 minutes before your dinner reservation. $52.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 5 to 12, no charge for children under 5. 860-651-5700, simsburyinn.com.
Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main St., Hartford, hosts an Easter jazz brunch accompanied by the music of Robin Lyn Treger and High End Jazz, with two seatings (10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) The menu includes chef's egg dish, homefries, root vegetable hash, bacon, sausage, bagels and assorted cream cheeses, Belgian waffles with fixings and assorted breakfast pastries. $25 for members; $35 for non-members, and includes museum admission. Ticket prices do not include gratuity. 860-838-4023, thewadsworth.org.
Pond House Café, 1555 Asylum Ave., West Hartford, hosts brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu includes a carving station with seared ahi tuna, beef tenderloin, rosemary-peach glazed turkey, top-round lamb and honey orange-glazed ham; an omelet and Benedict station; a waffle, French toast and pancake station; a breakfast station with scrambled eggs, bacon and potatoes; a savory station with jambalaya, pulled pork sweet potato burrito, mac and cheese and salmon Wellington; breakfast breads, desserts and candy. $44.23 for adults; $22.75 for children ages 3 to 11, plus tax and service charges. 860-231-8823, pondhousecafe.com.
Restaurants at Foxwoods Resort Casino offer various Easter options, including special festive dishes at Cedars Restaurant, Junior's, David Burke Prime Al Dente, Festival Buffet and Veranda Café, an expanded brunch buffet at Alta Strada for $34.95 and a three-course prix-fixe brunch at VUE 24 for $40. foxwoods.com/easter.
Mohegan Sun's restaurants offer Easter specials, including a braised lamb shank dinner at Todd English's Tuscany ($36,) braised lamb shank with English pea risotto at BALLO ($44,) brunch and dinner dishes at Hash House A Go Go and prime rib dinner at Michael Jordan's 23.sportcafe ($29.) mohegansun.com.
Water's Edge, 1525 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, hosts an Easter buffet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with salads and appetizers, roasts carved to order, omelet station, Belgian waffles and crepes, hot and cold breakfast buffet, seafood bar, pasta station, hot entrees and a Viennese dessert table. $49 for adults, $22 for children under 10 and free for children under 5. Reservations and information: 860-399-5901 or 800-222-5901; watersedgeresortandspa.com.
Cafemantic, 948 Main St., Willimantic, hosts brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with several menu additions, including a smoked salmon board ($14) with everything bagels and other accompaniments; a smoked ham board ($13), roasted leg of Pennsylvania lamb ($22) and roasted Faroe Island salmon with black beans and avocado relish ($16). 860-423-4243, cafemantic.com.
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 42 Century Drive, Bristol, hosts Easter brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with omelet and waffle stations, pastry and bakery selections, carving station with honey-glazed ham and char-grilled flat iron steak, main courses of herb-crusted baked cod and hibachi-style chicken, salads, sides and dessert sampler table. $39 for adults; $14 for children under 12. 860-584-7663, doubletreebristol.com.
Park & Oak Restaurant, 14 Oakwood Ave., West Hartford, hosts Easter brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The three-course prix-fixe menu includes selection of appetizer and dessert and choice of entrees, including pan-roasted crab cakes, fried chicken and waffles, seared salmon fillet, lobster omelet and braised beef short ribs. $40; a kids' menu is also available. 860-310-2099, parkandoakrestaurant.com.
Madison Beach Hotel, 94 W. Wharf Road, Madison, hosts brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meal features a stationary display with cheese, fruit, shrimp cocktail and spring roasted vegetables; salads; breads and pastries; carving and omelet stations; entrees like eggs Benedict, maple pecan baked French toast, rosemary crusted leg of lamb, duck cassoulet and tortellini a la vodka, and a dessert station. Cost is $49 for adults; $24.50 for children ages 6 to 12, plus tax and service; children under 6 are free. 203-350-0014, madisonbeachhotel.com.
Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn, 2 Bridge St., Old Saybrook, hosts brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The buffet includes Belgian waffles, an attended omelet station and lobster Newburg-style eggs Benedict, seafood and charcuterie stations, seasonal salads, pastas; carving station with prime rib, roast leg of lamb and Seville orange-marmalade glazed ham; entrees like blackened salmon with yellow pepper sauce and crab salsa cruda, pork tenderloin medallions and eggplant lasagna, desserts. $55.95 for adults; $27.95 for children ages 5 to 12. The Inn also offers packages with overnight stays. 800-243-0212, saybrook.com.
Noble & Co., 43 Lasalle Road, West Hartford, offers a three-course brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with entrees like eggs Benedict, steak and eggs and chicken and waffles. Cost is $35; $15 for children under 12. The full dinner menu is available at 5 p.m. 860-519-1540, noblewh.com.
The Hilton Mystic, 20 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, hosts Easter dining from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Options include raw bar, omelet station, carving station with roast leg of lamb and herb-crusted sirloin, hot station with chicken saltimbocca and cod Provençale and desserts, including a candy bar. $45 for adults, $15 for kids 5 to 11, complimentary for children under 5. 860-572-2504, hiltonmystic.com.
Mattabesett Canoe Club, 80 Harbor Drive, Middletown, hosts the Easter meal with seatings at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3:45 p.m. The menu includes a breakfast buffet with Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, creme brulee French toast and breakfast meats; an omelet station, a carving station with prime rib and honey-glazed ham; hot entrees including salmon with white wine butter sauce, chicken Marsala and lobster ravioli in cream sauce, and a dessert table. $38 for adults, $30 for children ages 5 to 12, $10 for children 2 to 4. 860-347-9999; mattabesettcanoeclub.com.
Angelico's Lake House, 81 N. Main St., East Hampton, hosts the Easter meal with breakfast items, Belgian waffles, French toast, an omelet station, carving station with steamship round and honey-baked ham; salads; a buffet with chicken pesto, seafood-stuffed sole, seafood paella, penne vodka Bolognese, salads and vegetables, and dessert display with candy bar. Enjoy bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys for $12.95. Seatings are available at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Adults are $29.95, children 5 to 9 are $14.95 and children under 5 are free. The Easter Bunny will visit to take photos with kids. 860-267-1276, angelicoslakehouse.com.
Millwright's, 77 West St., Simsbury, offers a three-course prix-fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrees include spring lamb, lobster cake Benedict, ham with onion and Gruyere crepe, roast salmon with rosti potato and asparagus, New York strip with crispy potatoes and bordelaise and gnocchi with spring vegetables. $59 for adults; $29 for children under 12 and includes non-alcoholic beverages. 860-651-5500, millwrightsrestaurant.com.
Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport, 1 Airport Blvd., Windsor Locks, offers an Easter brunch buffet with seatings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The buffet includes a breakfast station; chef attended omelet station; salad buffet; antipasto, cheese and vegetable station; shrimp cocktail bar; carving station with rib-eye, pork loin and salmon; additional entrees and side dishes and dessert station. $42 for adults; $15 for children 11 and under; children 3 and under eat free. Tax and gratuity not included. Reservations: 860-627-5311 x130.
Fleming's, 44 S. Main St., West Hartford, features a three-course brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entrée choices include eggs Benedict with crab cake or filet mignon, cinnamon apple brioche French toast, veggie omelet, California-style steak and eggs or Cobb salad with Ora King salmon fillet. Cost is $44.95 plus tax and gratuity; a children's menu is $18.95. 860-676-9463, flemingssteakhouse.com.
INDIA, 54 Memorial Road, West Hartford, is open from 4 to 8:30 p.m. and offers specials in addition to the regular menu, including chicken coconut stew ($19.95), Kerala fish curry ($22.95) egg vindaloo ($13.95) and lamb sorpotel ($22.95.) 860- 726-4103, indiawesthartford.com.
Costa Del Sol, 901 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford, is open from 1 to 7 p.m. and offers Easter specials in addition to its regular menu. Specials ($7 to $29) include leek and potato soup, salmon cakes with dill and lemon aioli, a holiday paella and braised lamb shanks with rosemary port demi-glace. 860-296-1714, costadelsolrestaurant.net.
Dish Bar & Grill, 900 Main St., Hartford, hosts an Easter brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, with raw bar, omelet station, breakfast station with dishes like fried chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits, antipasto station, entrees (carved standing rib roast, honey-glazed pit ham, mac and cheese, rigatoni saltimbocca with veal) and dessert bar, including malted waffles with J. Foster's ice cream. $49. 860-249-3474, dishbarandgrill.com.
The Rockin Chicken, 475 Franklin Ave., Hartford, will be open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., serving its regular menu in addition to specials of pescado a lo macho with a side of white rice ($16.99) and arroz con pollo with a side of la Huancaina ($13.99). 860-244-2536, therockinchicken.com.
Prospect Cafe, 345 Prospect Ave., West Hartford, offers Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with assorted specials like grilled salmon hash and eggs; strawberry and farmer's cheese French toast; bacon and crab bread pudding; lamb chop with herb salad and poached egg; surf and turf with prime rib and grilled shrimp; and bourbon brown sugar glazed ham. Specials are priced at $12 to $24. 860-519-1048, prospectcafewh.com.
Àvert Brasserie, 35 Lasalle Road, West Hartford, offers a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Selections include pastries, fruit, house-cured salmon, shrimp cocktail, an assortment of salads, scrambled eggs with Gruyere, Belgium-style waffles with blueberry compote, bacon, sausage, leg of lamb, salmon, ham and desserts. $39 for adults and $19 for children ages 12 and under. 860-904-6240, avertbrasserie.com.
Treva, 980 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, offers its regular menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with additional Easter specials. 860-232-0407, trevact.com.
Cafe Louise, 1156 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, offers options for Easter catering, including appetizers and salads, side dishes, entrees, baked goods and desserts. 860-666-5600, cafelouise.com.
Cafe Louise at Indian Hill Country Club, 111 Golf St., Newington, hosts Easter brunch with seatings at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The menu features chef-attended omelet, waffle and carving stations; assorted salads, breakfast meats and potatoes, eggs Benedict, buttermilk fried chicken, pan-seared salmon with tomato caper salsa and a dessert display. Brunch includes a complimentary glass of prosecco or mimosa. Join the Easter Bunny for an egg hunt on the lawn at noon. Cost is $29.95 for adults; $14.95 for children ages 5 to 12 and $4.95 for children 4 and under. 860-666-5600, cafelouise.com.
Present Company, 2 Tunxis Road, Tariffville, offers a three-course Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entree choices include shrimp and grits, roasted Arctic char, "steak and eggs" with grilled hanger steak and goat cheese omelet, stuffed buckwheat crepe with jambon de Paris and Swiss cheese and roasted broccoli frittata. $50; $20 for children.
Present Company also serves brunch on April 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a la carte pricing. 860-658-7890, presentcompanyct.com.
Shell & Bones, 100 S. Water St., New Haven, offers a special all-day Easter menu from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with selections like octopus a la plancha, creamy caramelized leek soup with fried oysters and maple bacon, pan roasted Scottish salmon and veal short ribs with artichoke risotto. Specials are priced at $12 to $14 (appetizers) and $28 to $36 (entrees.) 203-787-3466, shellandbones.com.
Cavey's, 45 E. Center St., Manchester, features a three course prix-fixe dinner from noon to 5 p.m., with entree selections of eggplant Parmesan, seared sea scallops, organic chicken with sausage, spring lamb two ways, herb-grilled hanger steak and applewood-smoked Berkshire ham. $50; children under 12 are $25. 860-643-2751, caveysrestaurant.com.
Apricots, 1593 Farmington Ave., Farmington, hosts Easter dinner from noon to 6 p.m., with dishes like baked Easter ham, grilled 12-ounce rib-eye, cider-brined pork tenderloin, seared sea scallops, roasted vegetable lasagna and grilled domestic lamb porterhouse. Entrees are $16 to $36; children's menu items ($7.50 to $12) include ham, chicken nuggets and penne marinara. 860-673-5405, apricotsrestaurant.com.
Vito's By The Water, 1936 Blue Hills Ave. Ext., Windsor, serves the Easter meal with seatings beginning at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. The menu includes salad, an appetizer or pasta course for the table, choice of entree (with selections like chicken piccata, sliced flank steak, baked cod, sliced ham or roast pork loin) and dessert. $29.95 for adults and $14.95 for children, plus tax and gratuity. 860-285-8660, vitosct.com.
Carbone's Kitchen, 6 Wintonbury Mall, Bloomfield, hosts Easter dinner from noon to 7 p.m. The regular menu will be available with assorted specials: grilled lamb chops ($32,) crab-stuffed veal Francaise ($28) and spring vegetable primavera ($25.) Carbone's Ristorante in Hartford is closed on Easter Sunday. 860-904-2111, carboneskitchen.com.
A special Passover menu by Max Catering & Events features chicken vegetable matzo soup, haroset, chopped liver, gefilte fish, traditional brisket, roasted free-range chicken, tzimmes, matzo stuffing, potato pancakes and desserts. Orders must be placed by midnight on April 5 and picked up at Max's Oyster Bar in West Hartford on April 10 between 9 and 11 a.m. or 2 and 4 p.m. Delivery is available within 20 miles of Hartford on the morning of April 10, for a $50 fee. 860-566-8366; maxrestaurantgroup.com/maxtogo.
Cafe Louise, 1156 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, also offers Passover catering. Selections include matzo ball soup, cafe potato or noodle kugel, cracked pepper and mint whole roasted chicken, horseradish and matzo-crusted salmon and various desserts. Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance. Information: 860-561-0160, cafelouise.com.