According to the Bible, Easter symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus three days after his crucifixion. However, as with many holidays, Easter has lost some of its religious significance over the years in mass popular culture. This doesn’t preclude the tendency to spend the day in celebration with family and friends. It also creates the perfect excuse to look for candy and chocolate all over your house and lawn, of course hidden the night before by the Easter Bunny! Whether religious or not, everyone can enjoy a delicious Easter Brunch this year at some of the finest (and best located) restaurants across Tampa Bay.
2425 Rocky Point Drive
Tampa, FL 33607
This Miami favorite chose Tampa for its second location, and for that, we can consider ourselves lucky. The spectacular views of Tampa Bay make it an ideal location for an unforgettable brunch. With plenty of choices, everyone should be satisfied, but especially those who love seafood. Some of the highlights include the generous free refills of champagne, the blackened scallops, the New Orleans-style poached eggs with crab, the sushi table, the bananas foster and the chocolate fountain. While no specific pricing information was available at time of press for Easter Sunday, the Sunday brunch usually goes for roughly $35 per person. Please check ahead with the restaurant for details and reservations.
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
2900 Bayport Drive
Tampa, FL 33607
Adjacent to the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, Oystercatchers opens early every Sunday for a champagne brunch that claims to surpass all others. As the name hints, the brunch includes unlimited champagne, as well as mimosas and bloody marys. In terms of cuisine, the restaurant focuses on seafood, but will also provide breakfast and lunch classics, pasta and omlete stations and a room full of desserts. For top-quality food and unlimited drinks, one must be prepared to shell out $45 per adult and $27.50 per child. Reservations are recommended, and the restaurant also offers private dining rooms for parties, meetings and other functions.
601 S. Harbour Island Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602
This fine restaurant also features a lovely view, this time of downtown Tampa and the Hillsborough River. Jackson’s Bistro on Harbour Island blends the best of big city life with the relaxed feel of a coastal town. Every Sunday, the restaurant offers a decadent brunch between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. While the availability of certain items and the price can vary, especially on holidays, the restaurant usually charges about $20 per adult and $10 per child. This includes coffee or tea, as well as a variety of traditional breakfast foods (eggs, omelets, bacon, waffles, etc.), sushi, pasta, a carving station, several lunch entrees and a wide range of delicious desserts (from bananas foster to chocolate mousse and pie). The restaurant recommends calling ahead for reservations and to know more about the details of each week’s selections.
Innisbrook Golf Resort
36750 US Highway 19 N.
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
This famous golf resort hosts an Easter Brunch every year, with seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. At nearly $40 per person for adults and $20 for children, it doesn’t come cheap. However, the brunch includes a choice of entrees (such as jambalaya, shrimp primavera, chicken marsala, etc), omeletes, crepes, a carving station, salads, soups, fresh bread and an elaborate set of desserts and candies. The resort also plans to hold a carnival during the same time block as the brunch, as well as an Easter egg hunt for children at 10:30 a.m. Like the other restaurants in this article, Innisbrook recommends making reservations in advance.
Tampa, FL 33602
The Yacht StarShip returns to offer its incomparable service and attention to detail for a family-friendly Easter brunch. Leave from the Channelside dock and feel transported to another world, even if it only lasts for a few hours. Enjoy the benefits of a cruise without the same commitments of time and money. With the purchase prices of $44.95 for adults and $29.95 for children, the brunch will include a reserved table, a live DJ to provide entertainment and a rabbit brought on board, available for family portraits. The first cruise starts loading at 10 a.m., leaves by 10:30 a.m. and returns around 12:30 p.m. The second shift boards at 1:30 p.m., debarks by 2 p.m. and should be back in port by 4:30 p.m. Please be aware that the company requests reservations in advance, and that prices do not include the taxes, port fee or service gratuity.
Entertainment-wise, there will be at least two Easter-themed events for kids and families in Tampa Bay this Easter. They include an opportunity to take a picture with the Easter Bunny in Hyde Park and a free breakfast followed by a religious observance in Altamonte.
Hyde Park Village
1625 W. Snow Circle
Tampa, FL 33606
Hyde Park Village will continue this year to offer the chance for children to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. A professional photographer will capture the moment, with customizable picture set options. The Easter Cottage will set up shop in between Albisia’s Jewelry and Downtown Dogs. Time-wise, the bunny will be available for the two weekends before the holiday (March 16 and 17, and March 23 and 24), as well as the weekend of Easter (March 29 and 30).
Easter At Uptown
Cranes Roost Plaza at Uptown Altamonte
274 Cranes Roost Blvd.
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
While closer to Orlando than Tampa, the Family First Partnership and First Baptist Church of Altamonte Springs will provide an Easter-themed service for children in the Eddie Rose Amphitheater of Cranes Roost Plaza. It will begin with a free breakfast for all at 8 a.m., the same time when the “Kid Zone Fun Spot” opens for the amusement of younger folk. Later, the church will host Easter services at 9 a.m., in both the Plaza and Amphitheater.
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