Hop to it: Brunch, buffet options for Easter Sunday diners

Hand over the holiday cooking to this roundup of Tampa Bay restaurants.

click to enlarge Ocean Prime's holiday French toast — fresh mixed berries, lemon curd, candied bacon and maple syrup. - Ocean Prime
Ocean Prime
Ocean Prime's holiday French toast — fresh mixed berries, lemon curd, candied bacon and maple syrup.

Hand over the holiday cooking to this working roundup of Tampa Bay restaurants, serving up everything from baked ham and customized omelets to oysters and grilled grouper, during Easter Sunday buffets and brunches.

All meals take place on April 16 unless otherwise noted.

400 Beach Seafood & Tap House Arrive early for a holiday buffet brunch of dishes like deviled eggs Caprese and herb-crusted leg of lamb. Or sleep in and drop by later for the Beach Drive favorite's full dinner menu. Brunch: $34.95 for adults, $12.95 for children. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dinner: 4-9 p.m. 400 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 727-896-2400, 400beachseafood.com.

The Ale and the Witch A beer-filled afternoon, where Founders Brewing Co.'s rare Kentucky Breakfast Stout takes center stage. Patrons can look forward to the 2017 brew on tap and in bottles, along with vintage bottles from 2015 and 2016 for their tasting pleasure. Once they're gone, they're gone. 3-6 p.m. 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 727-821-2533, thealeandthewitch.com.

Beach Bar & Restaurant The Bay Harbor Hotel restaurant's all-you-can-eat brunch includes a seafood bar, prime rib at the carving station, a chocolate fondue fountain, build-your-own omelet station, Jamaican shrimp and grits, spiral ham, and other delectable offerings from executive chef Joe Garcia. Plus, families can enjoy highlights like an egg hunt and bounce houses. $34.95 for adults, $14.95 for children. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, 813-281-8900, beachtampa.com.

Bizou Brasserie Feast your taste buds upon Bizou's annual Easter meal inside Le Méridien. Among the options are house, caesar or fruit salad; mascarpone-stuffed Belgian waffle with red wine berry compote; mimosa-grilled white fish with sweet New Orleans salsa; and scrambled cheesy Parmesan eggs topped with duck bacon and pesto. The last seating is at 2 p.m., and reservations are strongly recommended. $36 for adults; $17 for children 5-12; free for children under 5. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 601 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, 813-221-9555, bizoutampa.com.

Boca Kitchen Bar & Market A brunch and dinner curated specially for celebrating. Boca's restaurants in Brandon and Sarasota are open, too. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 901 W. Platt St., Tampa, 813-254-7070, bocatampa.com.

Bon Appétit In the Crystal Ballroom, diners can choose to chow down on all-you-can-eat buffet, or a four-course plated dinner in the downstairs restaurant. Reservations, which can be made online, are highly encouraged. Buffet: Noon-6 p.m.; plated dinner: Noon-9 p.m. 148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin, 727-733-2151, bonappetitrestaurant.com.

Castile This three-course bill of fare showcases a basket of pastries to start, followed by your choice of Mediterranean-influenced items such as eggplant beignets, omelet Española, adult grilled cheese and chicken Basquaise. At 1 p.m., an egg hunt for the kids overlooks the waterfront at the 360° Rooftop; winner takes home a one-night stay at the Hotel Zamora. Call or go online for brunch reservations. $55. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 3701 Gulf Blvd., St Pete Beach, 727-456-8660, castilerestaurant.com.

Cassis American Brasserie A buffet with all the fixin's, including an omelet and carving station, salad bar and seafood bar. Reservations are required. $49.99 for adults; $24.99 for children 4-12; free for children 3 & under. 170 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 727-827-2927, cassisab.com.

Cigar City Brewing An Easter-themed, family-friendly Eggs & Kegs with special guest DJ The Banker, who serves up funky beats alongside LOKO Cuisine's four-course, hop-infused brunch (French toast carrot cake with Cigar City's Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, anyone?). Hopmess features hop-inspired jewelry and T-shirts in the Fermentorium, and Ginger Beard Coffee provides the nitro-infused cold brew. Tickets can be purchased online. $32.10. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 3924 W. Spruce St., Tampa, lokocuisine.com.

Columbia Restaurant Locally, reservations for this Tampa landmark's Ybor City, Clearwater Beach and Sarasota locations are open. The complete Spanish dinner lineup is served all day, along with holiday items such as stuffed leg of lamb, baked Virginia ham and blueberry rum cheesecake. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. 2117 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa, 813-248-4961, columbiarestaurant.com.

Eddie V's Prime Seafood Dig into the American restaurant chain's special Easter brunch, or regular dinner menu of top-notch steaks and seafood. Brunch: $49 for adults, $15 for children. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner: 3-9 p.m. 4400 W. Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, 813-877-7290, eddiev.com.

FarmTable Kitchen Carved leg of lamb, house-smoked salmon, antipasti and chilled shellfish accompany traditional breakfast fare at the upstairs Locale Market restaurant. For drinks, this buffet spotlights $20 bottomless rosé and a Bloody Mary bar. $49 for adults, $25 for children under 10. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 179 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-523-6300, localegourmetmarket.com.

Fleming's Steakhouse With plates that include eggs Benedict and cinnamon apple brioche French toast, the high-end steakhouse giant has a three-course brunch lineup in store, as well as dishes for the kids. 11 a.m. 4322 W. Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, 813-874-9463, flemingssteakhouse.com.

Green Bench Brewing Co. The second installment of Green Bench, Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails and BCA BBQ's Beer Brunch collaboration features a completely different menu for Easter. Show up and grub on Nashville hot, smoky fried chicken, beertails and more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 1133 Baum Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-800-9836, greenbenchbrewing.com.

The Honu This Hawaiian-themed spot's regular lineup won't be available, but there's a prix-fixe bill of fare planned for lunch. Don't miss the $3 mimosas, whose juice you get to choose (pineapple, orange or mango). 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 516 Grant St., Dunedin, 727-333-7777, thehonurestaurant.com.

Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi Traditional breakfast dishes are served during this waterfront hangout's holiday brunch service, as well as items that include sushi, salads, oysters and freshly baked desserts. Reservations are recommended, but not required. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 601 S. Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa, 813-277-0112, jacksonsbistro.com.

Maggiano's Little Italy Looking to celebrate Easter Italian style? Head to WestShore Plaza for new brunch offerings from Maggiano's. 10 a.m. 203 Westshore Plaza, Tampa, 813-288-9000, maggianos.com.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Overlooking Sarasota Bay, a buffet brunch, leisurely egg hunt, children's activities, live music (starting at 1 p.m. under the banyan trees) and family photos with the Easter bunny. Multiple seatings are available at the on-site Michael's on the Bay, whose food options range from a carving station and made-to-order omelets to a dessert bar. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 941-366-5731, selby.org.

Maritana Grille No a la carte list is planned for this upscale beach eatery inside the luxurious Don CeSar Hotel, but a five-course chef's tasting menu is. $90. 5:30-10 p.m. 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 727-360-1882, maritanagrille.com.

Ocean Hai Holiday brunch from the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach's Asian fusion restaurant is set to showcase an elevated buffet, gulf views and egg hunt for the kids. Reservations are strongly encouraged. $58 for adults, $22 for children. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 100 Coronado Drive, Clearwater, 727-281-2544, wyndhamgrandclearwater.com.

Ocean Prime An a la carte springtime brunch featuring $9 blood orange mimosas (Cointreau, Champagne, blood orange juice) and $14 signature Bloody Marys (vodka, house-made mix, jumbo shrimp). Oh, and the food? Expect smoked salmon, spinach quiche, French toast, and braised short rib surf and turf. Call for reservations. $14-$22 per plate. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 2205 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 813-490-5288, ocean-prime.com.

Pelagia Trattoria Krispy Kreme doughnut French toast; an Italian frittata made with goat cheese, Campari tomatoes and arugula; and starters like grilled oysters are among executive chef Brett Gardiner's brunch selections. Guests can also enjoy delectable entrees (slow-cooked lamb braciole and grilled Florida black grouper included), plus dessert. Seating at the Renaissance Hotel restaurant is limited, and reservations are recommended. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa, 813-313-3235, pelagiatrattoria.com.

The Reading Room Get to this wood-fired, garden-inspired restaurant in West St. Pete for brunch with the fam — relatives, friends, signifs or otherwise. Reservations can be made by phone. Follow the Reading Room on Facebook to stay updated on the menu. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 6001 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-343-0052, rrstpete.com.

Rusty Pelican Breakfast classics, prime rib, crab legs, assorted desserts and a Bloody bar are among the highlights of the Rusty Pelican's Easter Champagne buffet. $65 for adults, $30 for children. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 2425 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, 813-281-1943, therustypelicantampa.com.

Sea Salt "A celebration of abundance" is how the fine-dining eatery describes its holiday brunch. Five courses with an array of plates are planned, including salads and crudo, French toast and quiches, lasagna Bolognese, roasted prime rib, and coconut cheesecake with strawberries. Make reservations online or by phone. $49. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 183 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-873-7904, seasaltstpete.com.

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel Enjoy a meal from the Sheraton's River's Edge restaurant with a side of Hillsborough River views. Diners down indulgent items such as oysters, crab claws, and hand-carved country ham with bourbon brown sugar glaze from executive chef Charles Coe. Reservations can be made online. $30.95 for adults; half price for children 10 & under. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 200 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa, 813-223-2222, sheratontampariverwalk.com.

Sirata Beach Resort A chilled seafood display, create-your-own omelets, fresh waffles, and clove and brown sugar-glazed bone-in ham are among the brunch options in store for the Sirata's Majestic Ballroom. Take in the beachside sights while enjoying the food — and a cash bar. Call for reservations. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $39.95 for adults; $35.95 for seniors; $19.95 for children under 12. 5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 855-318-9004, sirata.com.

Timpano Restaurant classics and holiday favorites join forces for an Easter celebration from this modern Italian chophouse at Hyde Park Village. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 1610 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, 813-254-5870, timpanochophouse.net.

Tryst The regular eclectic menu from Tryst executive chef Jon Robben, plus featured specials throughout the day. 11 a.m.-midnight. 240 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 727-821-4567, dinetryst.com.

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