There’s nothing better than spending Easter Sunday with loved ones. But after the hustle of hunting for Easter baskets and getting everyone dressed and out the door for church, making an elaborate Easter dinner might not sound that appealing. Or, maybe you put all of your effort into Easter brunch but the kids are hungry (again!) at dinnertime. This year, make it a new Easter tradition and take the crew out to eat. Or, if you’d rather stay close to home, pick up a to-go pack of all of your Easter favorites. Bonus: If you go out to eat, you get to skip the dishes too! Good news, there are plenty of restaurants open on Easter.
Depending on where you live, local restaurants may be offering special menus on April 17. Call ahead to see if your favorite restaurant is offering an Easter dinner or brunch, or try one of these family-friendly nationwide standbys. These restaurants will do the work for you this year while you relax and enjoy the day.
We recommend calling ahead to check the locations to determine the best way to order and to find out their hours of operation, as they can vary by location.
Restaurants Open on Easter
An Applebee’s spokesperson confirmed that all restaurants will be open on April 17 with regular business hours. Locations are independently owned, so check with the Applebee’s near you to confirm hours.
Treat the family to a Caribbean-style carryout feast that includes an entrée (seafood paella, grilled chicken with cilantro crema, jerk chicken wings, or baby back ribs), salad, side, and bread (serves up to 4).
All locations are open for Easter Sunday this year.
The seafood restaurant is open on Easter. Make reservations ahead of time, or place an order for carryout online. Their special Mahi and Shrimp Family Bundle serves up to five people and includes salad, sauce, sides, fresh bread, and freshly-baked cookies ($49.90).
All locations are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dine in, or pick up an Easter celebration platter to go. The Easter Celebration Family Meal serves up to six and includes turkey, ham steaks, three family-size sides, rolls, and cranberry relish ($69.99).
Boston Market’s signature chicken is always available for take-out, curbside pick-up, or delivery. They’re also offering catered pre-cooked holiday meals, entrées, or desserts. Check out their website for all the details!
The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille is offering a three-course meal for takeout, featuring a bone-in filet, salad, asparagus, mashed potatoes, and a flourless chocolate espresso cake (serves 4 to 6). The restaurant is also serving brunch for dine-in service on Easter Sunday (where available).
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
All locations will be open for dine-in, carryout, and delivery. Their spring dinner specials include Tuscan-grilled lamb chops, mahi Wulfe, and chicken piccata (available through April 17).
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen locations will be open for dine-in and carryout service. Pick up a family bundle with an entrée (baby back ribs, chicken tenders, or grilled salmon), two family-sized sides, honey butter croissants (starting at $24.99).
All Cheesecake Factory locations will be open for Sunday Brunch and dinner. Check the website to order or make a reservation.
Chili’s locations will be open on the holiday so you can enjoy all of your favorite dishes, plus the $5 margarita of the month.
Chuck E. Cheese
Kids climbing the walls on Easter? Pack them up and head to Chuck E. Cheese. Locations are open regular business hours on Easter.
Cracker Barrel is open for dine-in and carryout. Feed the whole crew with a family meal basket. Be sure to order ahead! Options include the Prime Rib Heat n’ Serve Family Dinner (includes prime rib, au jus and horseradish, mashed potatoes, gravy, two Country sides, and rolls) and the Easter Ham Heat ‘n Serve Feast (ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, three country sides, rolls, and peach cobbler).
All Denny’s locations will be open on Easter this year. Order a Family Pack online for pickup or delivery. Choose from breakfast and dinner favorites, including the Cheeseburger Pack and the Lumberjack Slam Pack, which includes 8 buttermilk pancakes, 8 scrambled eggs, 8 bacon strips, 8 sausage links, 4 grilled ham slices, hash browns and white toast. (Feeds 4-5 people.)
Who needs a traditional Easter feast? Keep things easy and delicious by ordering pizza on Easter. Locations are open regular hours on the holiday.
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
The restaurant is offering a family-style meal to go, with shrimp cocktail, herb-roasted tenderloin or Chilean sea bass, asparagus, au gratin potatoes, and bananas Foster butter cake (serves 2 or 4 to 6). Dine-in guests can make reservations for a prix fixe brunch (where available).
Tired of a typical ham dinner? How about barbecue instead? Famous Daves has a ton of tasty items to choose from. Limited seating is available in some locations, but delivery and curbside are available everywhere.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
All locations are open on Easter for to-go orders, and many are open for dine-in. In addition, Fleming’s is happy to cater a holiday meal. Contact your local restaurant for specifics.
Fogo de Chão
The Brazilian steakhouse will celebrate the holiday with a special brunch menu followed by dinner service. If you’d rather dine at home, pick up a ready-to-eat package that includes two fire-roasted meats, sides, salads, bread, and cocoa fudge brownies (serves 6).
Most locations will be open and operating under regular hours on Easter, but you should call your local restaurant to confirm before you head out. All locations are offering their National Pancake Day offer for the whole month of April.
Head to Kona Grill for a special Easter Honey Ham Brunch, or pick up an Easter Ham Dinner for two (with honey-glazed ham, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and carrot cake ($70 serves 2) to enjoy at home.
This Easter get a family meal from LongHorn Steakhouse. The restaurant will be open for curbside and delivery, as well as in-person dining in some locations.
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Pick up an Easter Carryout Meal to feed the whole family. The generous feast serves 4-5 and includes mini meatballs with marinara sauce, salad, lasagna, fettuccine Alfredo, chicken piccata, two slices of New York-style cheesecake, two pieces of Gigi’s butter cake, and bread. (Prices vary by location.)
Pizza on Easter? Why not! Marco’s Pizza will be open from 3 p.m.-11 p.m., but double-check with your local restaurant as hours may vary.
Metro Diner is open for sit-down, carryout, and delivery. Feed the family with an Easter feast of roasted turkey and cranberry sauce or maple-glazed baked ham served with mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, Hawaiian dinner rolls and cornbread stuffing or mac and cheese. The meals are available to order as an individual dinner plate ($15.99), for a party of four ($59.99) or for a party of eight ($115.49).
Rejoice, burger lovers! Most McDonald’s restaurants are open on Easter. Note that most of these establishments are independently owned, though, meaning their hours of operation can vary from store to store.
O’Charleys typically offers a family-style Easter meal for up to six people. Along with curbside and delivery, some in-person dining is available in certain locations.
Skip the ham this year and pick up a family-style meal to go. The Family Bundle includes a large pan of lasagna, salad, and breadsticks, or choose a family-size pans of fettuccine Alfredo, chicken Parmigiana, and more. Add a bottle of wine for $15 (where available).
All locations will be open this year. Call ahead for curbside takeaway options.
Every location will be open on Easter Sunday. This year, the restaurant is offering a fixed price menu for dine-in service. Choose from an appetizer, soup, entrée (steak, sea bass, salmon, and more), and dessert for $40 per person.
You don’t need to celebrate Easter with ham and chocolate bunnies, you know! At Red Lobster, treat yourself to a wide variety of seafood-centric specials. While some Red Lobsters may be closed, most will be open for limited seating, takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery. Call ahead to make sure yours is open.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill
The pasta restaurant will be open and serving all of its classic favorites on Easter. For a take-out option, pickup their Feast for Five that includes a choice of spaghetti Bolognese, chicken fettuccine Alfredo, sausage rigatoni, or pasta Milano with Caesar salad and bread ($30).
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Ruth’s Chris is offering an at-home Easter celebration feast, which includes salad, beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, and Cheesecake ($180 serves 4). Call your local restaurant to order in advance.
All locations are open. Their to-go special includes choice of ham, salmon, or beef tenderloin, plus salad, sides and dessert (serves 2 or 4 to 6). Where permitted, restaurants are open for dine-in Easter brunch.
Because the majority of the drive-ins are locally owned, holiday hours vary. However, some locations will be open for takeout on Easter. Make sure to check your local Sonic’s hours.
Yes, you can satisfy your caffeine craving come Easter Sunday. Starbucks’ Easter hours do vary by location, so call ahead to check on the options at your local Starbucks.
The steakhouse has both dine-in and carryout options for Easter. Place a to-go order online for honey-citrus glazed ham with green beans, Brussels sprouts coleslaw, mashed potatoes, and Rocky Road chocolate fudge brownie ($85 serves 2).
The steakhouse is open on Easter for lunch and dinner. For a take-out option, consider their Fare For Five ($100). Choose from salad, two side dishes, and two signature proteins (burger sliders, sliced filet, sliced ribeye, chicken breast, grilled salmon, or crab cakes).
All locations will be open on Easter for takeout. Contact your local store for specials.
Good news for all the waffle lovers out there: All Waffle House restaurants are open 24 hours a day, every single day of the year.
You can get your fix of burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries, and onion rings at Whataburger on Easter Sunday. Locations are open during their regular hours for dine-in, pickup, and delivery.