12 Dining Options For Easter 2016

March 24, 2016
By Gloria Knott
By Gloria Knott

If you haven’t made Easter plans, it’s time. (Actually, it’s a little late.)

Listed below are 12 restaurants offering specialty menus for the holiday.

Decisions, decisions. Just make sure to call ahead for reservations. Some may already be booked.

Acacia Real Food & Cocktails 

3001 E. Skyline Dr.
(Credit: Acacia)
(Credit: Acacia)

Before Acacia closes permanently in May, you might want to stop by for Easter buffet.

Served from 10am to 4pm, Acacia will offer a wide variety of food, including Artisan quick breads, bean, pasta, and roasted vegetable salads, various quiches, omelets made to order, and entrees such as salmon, lamb, prime rib, and ham.

The brunch is priced at $51.95 for adults, and $24 for children of ages 5-10 (ages 4 and under are free).

For more information about their brunch, visit acaciatucson.com.

Cup Cafe

311 E. Congress St.
Branzino at Cup Cafe in Tucson
Branzino at Cup Cafe in Tucson (Credit: Cup Cafe)

In addition to the regular menu, Hotel Congress’ Cup Cafe will offer a special menu for the holiday.

From 9am to 3pm, guests can choose from braised rabbit with sweet potato hash, poached eggs, herbs, and toast ($14). If you aren’t feeling the rabbit for Easter, they’re also offering house-cured lox Benedict with poached eggs, hollandaise, heirloom tomato chutney, and kale salad ($13).

But if you already have plans for brunch elsewhere, Cup Cafe is also offering dinner specials from 5pm to close.

For $24, you can get mojo-braised pork shank with cuban style black beans, green rice, and pan sauce. For $36, Cup Cafe is offering pistachio-crusted broiled alaskan halibut, mint and english pea puree, fava bean and spinach risotto, grilled asparagus, and watercress and radish salad.

For more information on Cup Cafe’s Easter menu, visit hotelcongress.com.

Dakota Bar & Grill 

6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd
Macadamia Nut Encrusted Tilapia (Credit: Dakota Bar & Grill)

From 9am to 3pm, Dakota Bar & Grill will offer Easter brunch featuring fresh fruit, assorted cheese, and cured meats along with scrambled eggs, whole hog sausage, twice-smoked bacon, and silver dollar pancakes or fried potato cakes. In addition, the brunch offers oysters on the half shell, boiled shrimp, smoked salmon, green bean almandine, homestyle smashed potatoes, and chicken enchiladas.

For entrees, Dakota will offer prime rib with jus and horseradish cream or tavern style ham with prickly pear glaze and mango chutney.

The Easter special is priced at $38 for adults, and $15 for children of ages 6-12 (ages 5 and under eat for free).

For more information about Dakota Bar & Grill’s Easter specials, visit dakotatucson.com.

Tohono Chul Park Garden Bistro

7366 N. Paseo del Norte
(Credit: Tohono Chul Park Garden Bistro)

If you’re looking to relax for the holiday, visiting Tohono Chul Park’s Garden Bistro might be the place.

From 9am to 2:30pm, Garden Bistro will offer an omelet and egg station, cinnamon swirl french toast, strawberry crepes, fresh baked scones, a yogurt parfait bar, rotisserie rosemary and lemon chicken, a carving station – including poblano rubbed prime rib, and brown sugar crusted pork loin with natural jus and golden raisin apple compote.

The buffet will cost $44.95 for adults, and $13.95 for children 10 and under.

For more information about Garden Bistro’s Easter specials, visit tohonochulpark.org

Harvest Restaurant

5605 E River Rd. #201
(Credit: Harvest)
(Credit: Harvest)

To celebrate the holiday, Harvest will serve brunch from 11am to 2pm and dinner from 4pm to close. In addition to the specialty menu, the regular dinner menu will also be available.

For brunch, Harvest will offer a number of brunch and breakfast favorites, such as house made corned beef hash and eggs and bagels with house cured lox.

If you want to visit for dinner instead, Harvest will offer Dijon Crusted Lamb Chops or Ham Steak with grilled pineapple and a honey mustard glaze. Both entrees will include yukon gold whipped potatoes and seasonal veggies. Harvest will also offer a classic Cioppino with scallops, mussels, clams, and white fish in a seafood tomato broth.

The restaurant will also offer the same menu at their location in Oro Valley.

For pricing or reservations, call 520-529-7180. 

Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf Resort & Spa

10000 North Oracle Rd.
Quinoa Tamales from Hilton El Conquistador's Golf & Tennis Resort (Photo Credit: Kristin Tovar)
Quinoa Tamales from Hilton El Conquistador’s Golf & Tennis Resort (Photo Credit: Kristin Tovar)

If you’re looking for a place to take the kiddos, check out Hilton El Conquistador. At 11am and 1pm, the resort will host an Easter egg hunt.

El Conquistador will have seatings for brunch every half hour from 10:30am to 3pm on Sunday. The buffet will include carving stations of honey glazed ham, sea salt and black pepper baron of beef and pork tenderloin roast, seared corvina, rotisserie spiced chicken, and lamb stew. They will also offer meals “from the sea,” including citrus poached salmon, pineapple mojo ceviche, and shrimp cocktails.

Brunch is priced at $59 for adults and $19 for children ages 6-12 (children under 5 are free).

Resort guests and locals are welcome to both events.

For more information or to make reservations, visit hiltonelconquistador.com.

Lodge on the Desert

306 N Alvernon Way
Spinach Salad at Lodge on the Desert in Tucson
Spinach Salad at Lodge on the Desert (Credit: Mark Navarro)

Prepared by executive chef Andrew Larkin, Lodge’s brunch will begin with appetizers, including assorted cheese, fruit, and cured meats, marinated vegetable, green, caesar, and pasta salads, and smoked salmon bagels with cream cheese.

Entrees on the specialty menu include steak or crab Benedict, wild mushroom quiche, lavender honey glazed ham, lamb chops with mojito style glaze, and pan seared salmon with sage beurre blanc.

Lodge on the Desert will also offer a separate kid’s menu.

For more information and pricing, visit lodgeonthedesert.com.

Maynards Market & Kitchen

400 N Toole Ave.
Gluten FREE-Style at Maynards Market
(Credit: Lacey & Suede)

From 9am until 4pm, Chef Michael Byrer of Maynards Market & Kitchen will offer a range of items including short rib Benedict, baby spinach and blackberry salad, sautéed haricot vert, pork tenderloin roulade, and petite prime sirloin.

For dessert, Maynards will serve pear cobbler and buttermilk biscuit strawberry short cake.

Brunch is priced at $49 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under.

For more information, visit maynardstucson.com

The Parish

6453 N. Oracle Rd.
Hot Legs Le' Jean at The Parish (Credit: Lacey & Suede)
Hot Legs Le’ Jean at The Parish (Credit: Lacey & Suede)

Beginning at 11am, The Parish is offering a featured Easter menu. They’ll also offer a limited dinner menu.

Brunch will include bacon and eggs, grilled rabbit, banana stuffed french toast, and dutch baby pancakes.

The Parish recommends making reservations ahead of time by calling 520-797-1233.

For more information, visit theparishtucson.com.


3025 N. Campbell Ave.
Baked Mac & Cheese at Pastiche (Credit: Shana Gegantoca)
Baked Mac & Cheese at Pastiche (Credit: Shana Gegantoca)

Easter brunch at Pastiche begins at 11am.

Brunch includes smoked salmon quiche, baked ancho chile chicken chilaquiles, brioche french toast, and traditional eggs Benedict.

They will also offer entree specials just for Easter, such as grilled ham steak, brie & walnut stuffed pork chops, and grilled Australian lamb loin chops.

And if you’re still craving more, Pastiche will also have an appetizer, salad, and pasta menu available.

For pricing and more information, visit pasticheme.com.

Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa

3800 E. Sunrise Dr.
Heirloom Tomato Salad at AZuL in Tucson
Heirloom Tomato Salad at AZuL (Credit: Jennifer Stash)

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa is offering a weekend-long Easter celebration, including two tasting dinners, brunch, and festivities for the family.

On Friday and Saturday night, AZuL Restaurant & Lounge will host a three course prix fixe menu from 5pm to 9pm, with live music from 6pm to 9pm. Dinner is priced at $55 per person, or $70 with wine included.

On Easter morning, guests will enjoy Chef Russell Michel’s Easter brunch from 9:30am to 2pm. The buffet will include a spring salad station, a seafood station with ceviche martinis, a carving station including prime rib and glazed ham, and various entrees including salmon and shrimp gnocchi.

The buffet is priced at $54.95 for adults, and $19 for children ages 6-12 (children 5 and under are free).

Along with the many options for food, Westin La Paloma will also host many other family-friendly activities:

  • March 25, 4pm: Painting ceramic bunny “piggy banks” at $5 per bank.
  • March 26, 2pm: “Stuff-A-Bunny” — Participants are encouraged to stuff a stuffed animal ($12 per animal).
  • March 26, 4pm: Family Painting Class ($20 per person). Reserve your spot ahead of time by calling 520-615-8365.
  • March 27, 12pm & 2pm: The Easter Bunny will meet guests and begin the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Fiesta Field. The Easter Bunny will also hand-deliver Easter baskets to guests staying at the hotel. Baskets cost $12.50 and can be ordered by calling 520-577-5882.

For more information, visit westinlapalomaresort.com or call 520-742-6000.

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7037 N Oracle Rd.
Cold Smoked Salmon at Wildflower in Tucson (Credit: Wildflower)
Cold Smoked Salmon at Wildflower in Tucson (Credit: Wildflower)

Prepared by Chef Eddie Coronado, Wildflower will be offering a selection of specialties for Easter.

Guests can expect to choose from a wild mushroom quiche, roasted sea bass, blue crab omelette, and slow roasted prime rib.

For more information on pricing, visit foxrc.com

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