Best Houston Restaurants for Easter Brunch 2023
For those who celebrate Easter, brunch is as much of a tradition as church services, egg hunts and the Easter Bunny. If you’re looking for the perfect way to end the Lenten season and bring in spring with family and friends, we have you covered with some of the best brunch options in Houston.
Dario’s Steakhouse and Seafood, 14315 Cypress Rosehill: Enjoy a three-course Easter feast at this upscale steak and seafood house in Cypress. Choices of appetizers include ginger carrot soup, lobster bisque or shrimp ajillo. For the main course, guests can choose from bacon-wrapped filet mignon, Dario’s prime rib, salmon Oscar style or broiled lobster tail. Then enjoy a sweet treat for the final course; choose among carrot cake, orange crème brulee or bread pudding a la mode. The menu is $65 per person and is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (281) 304-1825 or by visiting the website.
Marvino’s Italian Steakhouse, 24002 Northwest Freeway: Easter at this casual Italian steakhouse in Cypress will have appetizer choices of Roasted Corn and Poblano Crab Chowder, bacon-wrapped shrimp, or Savory Seafood Cheesecake. For the main course, guests can choose from options such as a 6 oz. Filet Mignon Eggs Benedict, Alaskan white salmon or roasted prime rib. For dessert, the choices include carrot cake, chocolate tuxedo cake, strawberry cheesecake or Blood Orange Crème Brûlee. The Easter menu costs $55 per person and is available from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the website, but are not required.
Guard and Grace, 500 Dallas: Join executive chef and restaurant namesake Troy Guard at his downtown modern steakhouse from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for a special Easter brunch menu. Choose from a selection of appetizers including Smoked Salmon Rillette with tortilla chips, creme fraiche and smoked trout, and Wagyu Beef Dumplings with soy vinaigrette and green onions. Brunch entrée options includes a decadent Lobster Benedict with two poached eggs, local English muffin, hashbrowns and hollandaise, and the Spring Scramble, with three eggs, confit morel mushrooms, grilled asparagus, ramp purée and gruyere cheese. The regular menu of signature prime and Wagyu steak selections will also be available. Reservations are required and can be made on OpenTable.
Indianola, 1201 St Emanuel: Celebrate Easter with a brunch buffet of modern Texas fare at this east Downtown spot. The prix-fixe menu features hors d’oeuvres like wild Gulf shrimp cocktail and entrée options such as herb crusted leg of lamb with mint jus and carrot cake with salted cream cheese frosting for dessert. Brunch service will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and priced at $65 per adult, $20 per child (12 and under) and free for children under 3. Reservations and tickets are required and can be made on Resy.
Toro Toro, 1300 Lamar: Downtown’s contemporary steakhouse with Pan-Latin flavors will feature a decadent spread ranging from beef tenderloin to chili-lime chilaquiles, a dedicated kids’ section and a spread of sweet treats. Brunch service is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is priced at $155 per adult and $65 per child ages 12 and under. Reservations are required and can be made on Opentable.
The Warwick, 5888 Westheimer: This upscale restaurant in the Galleria area is serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expect specials to include Smoked Ribeye with garlic mashed potatoes and Grilled Cedar Plank Redfish. The bountiful Board Room Brunch Platter and Martini Tree cocktail showstopper will also be available.
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Harold’s, 350 West 19th: The popular, longrunning Heights restaurant is hosting a sumptuous buffet that runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The crown jewel is the Prime Rib Carving Station — delicate cuts of prime rib with creamy horseradish and Sheila Partin Buns. The carving station is also serving Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Jalapeno Jam. Other main dishes include Red Velvet Pancakes, Buttermilk Fried or Grilled Chicken and Baked Egg Casserole. There are desserts, too, including carrot cake, chocolate cupcakes adorned with candy eggs and cookies with Easter pastel M&Ms. The cost is $50 for adults and $18 for kids under 12 plus tax, gratuity and beverages. Visit the website for reservations.
Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella: This 116-year-old log cabin is the ideal setting for Easter brunch. A three-course menu features dishes such as pan-seared Halibut, roasted spring lamb, Smoked Duck Gumbo and rainbow trout with pecan brown butter. The brunch menu is served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is priced at $60 per person, plus beverage, tax and gratuity; the kids’ menu is $35. Following brunch, the full dinner menu will be available starting at 5 p.m., including the weekly $15 Sunday supper and half-price wines. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the website.
Wild Oats, 2520 Airline: The Texas-inspired Underbelly Hospitality concept at the Houston Farmer’s Market is featuring Easter specials in addition to the regular menu with favorites such as Wagyu Chicken Fried Steak, Wood Grilled Chicken and Short Rib Fajitas. The Easter Bunny will be making an appearance from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are not required.
Brennan’s of Houston, 3300 Smith: This Houston classic is hosting three different Easter events. Have a three-course brunch and take photos with the Easter bunny on April 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. On April 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests can dine on the regular menu while enjoying the company of live bunnies from Boling Bunny Farms. To close out the Easter weekend, celebrate with holiday dishes with a Creole twist. Seatings are available from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reservations are required for each event and can be made by calling (713) 522-9711.
Hugo’s, 1600 Westheimer: Chef Hugo Ortega’s eponymous restaurant will be offering the famous Sunday brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and live music from house band Viento. The buffet includes the usual brunch favorites as well as a carving station, new seasonal items and specialty Easter desserts. The cost is $55 per person and $15 per child. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the website.
Marmo, 888 Westheimer: Montrose’s charming Italian neighborhood eatery is celebrating Easter with two new specialty dishes curated by executive chef Eli Jackson. Served all day on Easter, the dishes include Australian Lamb Chops with artichoke purée and fava bean-English pea gremolata, and Smoked Ricotta Gnocchi made with confit rabbit, English peas, and butter nage. Marmo will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner. There will also be live entertainment from noon to 9pm. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the website.
Ostia, 2032 Dunlavy: Make a reservation in one of the bright and airy dining spaces of this Montrose neighborhood spot. The restaurant is serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Guests can look forward to indulging in executive chef Travis McShane’s brunch offerings such as Focaccia French Toast with blueberries and mascarpone, Ricotta Pancakes with maple syrup and salted butter, and Pizza Dough Doughnuts with zabaione. For guests seeking something more savory, Ostia is featuring grilled Gulf fish with Calabrian chili and cherry tomato salsa, as well as a seasonal assortment of pizzas, gnocchi, and a frittata. Reservations are recommended and can be made on Resy.
Davis Street at Hermann Park, 5925 Almeda: Chef Mark Holley and team are offering a three-course Easter brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $75 per person. Start with a lagniappe (“something a little extra”) of the signature Mama’s Buttermilk Biscuits with house pepper jelly. Appetizer options include Boutte’s Southern Gumbo and Citrus Cured Smoked Salmon with a crispy potato latke, dill-caper crème,crabmeat deviled egg and American caviar. Entrées will feature shrimp and grits and fried cornish hen and waffle, with fried quail eff and creamed mustard greens. Reservations are recommended and can be made on Opentable.
Le Jardinier, 5500 Main: Indulge in a three-course Easter brunch menu at this beautiful restaurant inside the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. For $140 per person, enjoy dishes with seasonal ingredients, such as poached Gulf shrimp with cucumber herbal yogurt or Murray’s Burrata with pistachio and strawberry rhubarb compote. The entrée course includes choices such as Spiced Roasted Lamb with aubergine mousse and Ora King Salmon with French white asparagus and saffron hollandaise. Wine pairings may be added for $75 and 10g of Royal Kaluga Caviar for $35. The brunch menu will be available from noon to 7 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made through Resy.
Backstreet Cafe, 1103 South Shepherd: Brunch is always an event at this classic River Oaks restaurant. Easter gets more celebratory thanks to live jazz music by Bob Chadwick and a three-course Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 3:30 pm. Expect entrées such as braised lamb shank with creamy mashed potatoes, asparagus and mushroom pan jus, and beef tenderloin and eggs with a potato cake and creamy spinach. Brunch is priced at $56 per person, and $15 per child plus tax, gratuity and beverages. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the website.
Georgia James, 3503 West Dallas: Houston steakhouse Georgia James is offering a one-day-only Easter brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Favorites like the Viet-Cajun Roasted Oysters and the Fried Holmes Chicken from the regular menu will still be available. Reservations are recommended and can be made on Resy.
State of Grace, 3258 Westheimer: Join executive chef Bobby Matos and his team for a brunch of Southern staples like Butter Biscuits and Ham, deviled eggs, beignets and Crawfish Benedict. Brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, and the Easter Bunny will be making an appearance and taking photos. Reservations are recommended and can be made on OpenTable.
Feges BBQ, 8217 Long Point: For an early celebration, join husband-and-wife team Erin and Patrick Feges at their Spring Branch location for their second annual Easter party on Saturday, April 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Festivities will include live music from John Egan, photos with the Easter Bunny, an Easter egg hunt and crawfish all day. Reservations are not required.
Southside Sporting Club, 11110 W Airport: This new sports bar on the Southwest side is throwing a “Bunnies Who Brunch” event for the whole family, complete with an Easter egg hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, a basket giveaway and games. The brunch menu will include lamb chops and eggs, coconut curry shrimp, chicken and waffles, fried salmon and grits, as well as traditional breakfast fare including fresh fruit, bacon, eggs, sausage, and grits. Brunch and activities will be available from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are highly recommended. For reservations and more information visit the website.
Etoile Cuisine et Bar, 1101-11 Uptown Park: The Uptown French bistro is offering a special three-course brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $64 per adult and a special children’s menu for $25. The highlights include carpaccio de betteraves, red and yellow beet carpaccio with burrata, and arugula, foie gras au torchon, duck foie gras, dried prune mousseline with toasted brioche, and plat de cote braises, braised beef short ribs with butternut squash mousseline, spring vegetables and Cabernet syrup. Reservations are recommended and can be made on OpenTable.
Eunice, 3737 Buffalo Speedway: Spend Easter Sunday dining on a special brunch menu created by executive chef Drake Leonards at this modern Cajun restaurant. Dishes include Grilled Leg of Lamb with Atkinsons Farms vegetable ragout and red wine jus, and Soft Shell Crab Benedict with country ham, poached egg and tasso hollandaise. Indulge your sweet tooth with carrot cake with cream cheese icing and ice cream, which will only be available on the Easter menu. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the website.
Minh Truong is an avid lover of the Houston food scene and has written about it since 2011, starting as a freelance contributor for the Houston Press. She never stopped exploring all that Houston has to offer, and after a seven-year hiatus returned to writing about it, this time with Houston Food Finder.
Thanks for including restaurants in multiple areas.