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Austin restaurants plan special Easter menus

Wesley Gardner

Easter is Sunday, and here are some of the restaurants offering special brunches or meals on the holiday or during the weekend. Call ahead — some require reservations. Are we missing yours? Email abroyles@statesman.com and we’ll add it to the list at austin360.com.

The Carillon (1900 University Ave., 404-3655, thecarillonrestaurant.com): Easter brunch with seatings beginning at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. featuring eggs benedict, marinated crab claws, olive oil poached salmon and an array of desserts and cheeses. $65 per adult. $19.95 per children ages 6 to 12. Children under 5 eat free.

Chez Zee (5406 Balcones Drive, 454-2666, chez-zee.com): Chez Zee’s regular bistro-based menu, and kids can get their photos taken with the Easter bunny. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Other activities include clowns, balloon twisters, face painters and magicians.

Cru a Wine Bar (238 W. Second St., 472-9463; 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Suite 104 in the Domain. 339-9463, cruawinebar.com): Easter brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Three-course prix fixe menu includes pan-seared crabcake, Cru benedict, pan-roasted sea bass and bread pudding and creme brulee. $25.95 a person.

Eleven Plates & Wine (3801 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., 328-0110, elevenplates.com): Easter brunch buffet starting at 11 a.m. featuring a carving station with leg of lamb and smoked maple ham, made-to-order omelets, smoked salmon flatbread and fresh baked pastries. Also pitchers of mimosas, sangria and Bloody Mary’s will be available. $34 for adults and $16 for kids.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (320 E. Second St., 457-1500; 11600 Century Oaks Terrace, 835-9463, flemingssteakhouse.com): Special three-course Easter brunch menu includes lobster bisque, prime rib with a trio of sauces, baked brioche French toast and white chocolate bread pudding. Seating available from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $36.95 for adults; $17.95 for children under 12.

Gusto Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar (4800 Burnet Road, 458-1100, gustoitaliankitchen.com): Italian-themed Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dishes include gemelli pasta with spinach and creamy parmigiana reggiano sauce, margherita pizza, creamy gorgonzola polenta, flourless chocolate torte and orange olive oil cake. $18.75 a person, $10.75 for children under 12.

Perry’s Steakhouse and Grill (114 W. Seventh St., 474-6300, perryssteakhouse.com): Special three-course dinner begins at 4 p.m. Sunday and includes any salad, Perry’s famous pork chops and a dessert trio of vanilla bean creme brulee, Grand Marnier chocolate truffle and praline cheesecake for $24.95.

Russian House (307 E. Fifth St. 428-5442, russianhouseofaustin.com): An all-you-can-eat buffet with live music and free Easter eggs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. $25 a person.

Sagra (1050 E. 11th St., 535-5988, sagraaustin.net): 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Easter buffet includes Italian scrambled eggs, strawberry stuffed French toast, house baked salmon and baked ziti. $24.95 a person. $12 for children 3 to 12, and free for kids younger than 3.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse (300 Colorado St., 495-6504, sullivanssteakhouse.com): Easter brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring a three-course fixe prix menu. Items include shrimp and lobster bisque, broiled tenderloin benedict, filet hash and eggs, and roasted chicken madeira. $32 for adult; additional menu featuring kid-friendly plates for $8.

Trace at the W Austin (200 Lavaca St., 542-3660, traceaustin.com): Easter brunch with live music on the patio. A three-course prix fixe menu includes crispy crab cake, slow roasted prime rib, seafood pozole and chocolate pot de creme. $55 a person with an a la carte menu for the kids.

Trio at Four Seasons Hotel (98 San Jacinto Blvd., 685-8300, triorestaurantaustin.com): Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Buffet of more than 80 items, including traditional breakfast entrees and a fresh seafood bar. Children of guests can take part in the hotel’s annual Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn. $78 for adults, $25 for kids age 6 to 11.