Chances are, you're planning to make Easter brunch or dinner yourself this year. But in case things get too crazy (as often happens on holidays) or you're simply not celebrating, there are plenty of restaurants open on Easter.
We can't tell you which family-owned eateries in your area will be open for the spring holiday, so if supporting small businesses is important to you, be sure to call ahead to find out. However, unlike Thanksgiving or Christmas, many chain restaurants actually stay open for Easter, which falls on April 1 this year.
Most of these restaurants have regular hours for Easter Sunday, with some even offering special Easter deals or activities. Of course, hours and specials may vary by location (get more ), so check with the one nearest to you before making the trip.
For Easter brunch, dig into a pile of pancakes at , , or (most locations open regular hours). is also open as usual on Easter, serving breakfast all day. Or, get the best of both worlds when you order Cracker Barrel's Heat n' Serve Easter Family Meal To-Go in advance.
Another great deal can be found at . The eatery is open regular hours and offering the ($110), consisting of two entrees and traditional sides that can feed 10 people. Similarly, at participating locations, order à la carte or take out a .
In case you're craving some broccoli-cheddar soup in a bread bowl, most of 's more than 2,000 bakery-cafes will be open regular hours on Easter. has a tasty planned as well.
For Easter dinner, we'd recommend family-friendly chains such as , , , or (most locations for each open regular hours). Not feeling Italian for the holiday? Slide into a comfy booth at a bar and grill like , , or (again, most have normal hours).
You also can't go wrong with a steakhouse: , , , and all confirmed that most locations have regular hours on Easter. and open even earlier to accommodate Easter guests, and the latter is hosting Easter egg hunts or Easter bunny visits at some stores.
At participating locations of 's, you can score a on Easter dinner. For $23, get boneless beef short rib served with a choice of soup or salad, mashed potatoes, and a fresh vegetable (add a half rack of baby back ribs for $9).
If you didn't get enough fish during Lent, and both specialize in seafood and will be open (most with regular hours) for Easter. will be open as well, but the seafood and steaks restaurant is .
For Asian cuisine, check out or . Besides Thanksgiving, Benihana is always open—yes, even on Christmas.
Only have time for a quick bite? Swing by or —almost all will be open as usual. And if you want something homemade, boasts made-from-scratch meals, and every location is serving on Easter.