Spring has sprung and that can only mean one thing: Easter–along with its beautiful brunches, egg hunts and one and only Bunny–is on the horizon. Here are 20-plus ways to celebrate the Easter holiday in the Valley.
Park West in Peoria host its first-ever Great Egg Giveaway on Saturday, March 27. From 10 a.m. to noon, guests are invited to help Park West welcome in the spring season and Easter holiday with a fun and free outdoor event including photos with the Easter Bunny, free candy-stuffed eggs, goodies from many participating merchants and more. Events takes place by the splash pad courtyard outside Mary’s Mountain Cookies. Guests are asked to wear a mask; social distancing will be actively enforced.
Now through April 3, every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Princess Experience Studio in The Quad at Scottsdale Quarter, families will enjoy a magical meet-and-greet with the Easter bunny and take a digital photo. Tickets required. Purchase and secure your preferred day and time here.
On Saturday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in The Quad at Scottsdale Quarter, families are invited to attend the free Hide and Peep Scavenger Hunt. Search for colorful eggs hidden throughout The Quarter, dance to fun music, get a design painted on your hand, ask for a balloon animal and snap a pic in front of the new spring selfie station. To participate in the scavenger hunt, sign up here; pre-registration is required to secure an Easter bag filled with treats.
Hop through The District at Tempe Marketplace and try to find one of 15 hidden Easter eggs for a chance to win goodies galore on Saturday, April 3, starting at 8 p.m. Redeem one Easter egg to win a surprise gift card. Plus, win big with our bonus golden egg. (All eggs must be redeemed at the Tempe Marketplace Security Office located across from Lucille’s BBQ on the vine-covered wall. One entry per person. One gift card per person. Regular terms and conditions apply.)
On April 4, elements at Sanctuary On Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa will delight guests with a cheerful Easter brunch crafted by Executive Chef Beau MacMillan. This year’s three-course prix-fixe brunch is packed with delicious flavors in dishes like crispy parmesan and panko-crusted pork cutlet and olive oil-poached halibut. Sanctuary’s Easter brunch is $115 per person and $35 for children 12 and under, served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Prices exclude tax, gratuity and beverages. Reservations are required and all social distancing guidelines will be in place.
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rita’s Cantina at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa hosts a prix-fixe brunch accompanied by live music. Brunch guests can also take part in cookie-decorating, complete with pastel frostings, in Rita’s Garden at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
The Easter Breakfast Experience at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge, for resort guests only, is a special breakfast buffet experience from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Sunset Terrace overlooking the desert sunrise and sweeping desert vistas. Head to stonegrill from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a specially-curated prix-fixe menu boasting dishes like duck confit quiche, steak frites and much more. Or make a dinner reservation at stonegrill from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for a prime rib special (the full dinner menu will be available too).
Though dine-in Easter offerings are sold out at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, the resort is dishing up an incredible to-go spread for at-home celebrations. Mesquite honey-glazed ham, rosemary-roasted lamb and carrot cake are just a few of the tempting dishes on the menu, available for $225 plus tax for up to four people. Reserve your meal by April 1; pick-up takes place at Palomino Ballroom entrance on Saturday, April 3, between 10 a.m. and noon.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests can indulge in an “eggceptional” Easter brunch buffet at The Palo Verde Restaurant located at the Boulders Resort & Spa featuring live entertainment, a visit from the Easter Bunny and an incredible display with an artisan cheese station, seafood display, an antipasto display, composed salads, a made-to-order omelet station, hand-crafted pastries, desserts and more.
The annual Easter Sunday brunch at T. Cook’s at Royal Palms Resort and Spa comprises a three-course, prix-fixe menu by Executive Chef Lee Hillson from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along with an Easter egg hunt, complimentary professional photo sessions (from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fully Alive Photography will provide one free downloadable image with an option to purchase additional photos from the photographer) and live music. Brunch dishes include fried chicken and waffles, mustard-rubbed rack of lamb and a complimentary glass of the restaurant’s Orangechello Mimosa.
Roaring Fork will be celebrating the Easter holiday with a la carte specialty offerings (in addition to the regular menu) by Executive Chef Israel Medina from 4 to 9 p.m. Dishes include filet mignon, braised beef short ribs, crispy chicken beignets and more.
Let Trapp Haus BBQ prepare the main dish this Easter: a traditional slow-smoked Easter ham. Orders are now being taken for pick-up on Easter Sunday, April 4. Guests can choose from a tender country-smoked ham or a deep-fried version featuring bacon on the outside and juicy ham on the inside; $85 each for a 12-lb. ham. Pre-orders and pick-up times can be arranged by calling 602.466.5462.
A chef-attended buffet at ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho will be served from 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., including fresh pastries, shrimp cocktail, cinnamon vanilla French toast, breakfast bakes and much more, with enhancements including an Easter “Show Stopper” Shake. Kids can enjoy a special menu, small gift bags and prizes for the lucky ones who get the golden eggs. All tables will be socially distanced, with plenty of protocols in place. Dining at home? Chef LaCasce’s take-and-make meals are complete with prime rib or spiral-cut ham that is ready for the oven, cooking instructions, your choice of red or white wine and fully cooked sides, starting at $109 for eight people. Place your order by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, for pickup on Saturday, April 3, between noon and 6 p.m. or Sunday, April 4, between 8 a.m. and noon. Reservations for dine-in are required; reserve your table or place your to-go order at 480.421.7997.
Hearth ’61 at Mountain Shadows dishes up dine-in and to-go options this Easter. Enjoy the restaurant’s seasonal menus along with holiday features. Brunch is served from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner is offered from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made at 480.624.5458. All tables will be socially distanced, with plenty of protocols in place. Individual to-go meals are also available, including honey-glazed baked ham and braised beef short rib with chorizo cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and more. All to-go orders must be placed online, and tax and gratuity are already included. Place your order by 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, and pick-up curbside on Easter Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
STK Steakhouse in Scottsdale is hosting a one-day-only Easter brunch, lunch and dinner filled with specialty holiday entrées, like roasted rack of lamb and honey citrus-glazed ham. To-go orders are also available and can be ordered in real time up until last pickup times, which take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the hour.
Feast with Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse on Sunday, April 4, in honor of the Easter holiday. From noon to 8 p.m., in addition to a pared-down version of the restaurant’s regular menu, specials like Alaskan halibut, 10-oz. prime rib and lobster tail and pan-seared rack of lamb will be served.
Urban Margarita is celebrating Easter with delicious brunch specials in addition to the restaurant’s existing brunch menu. Egg-cellent Easter specials include hatch green chile cornbread and crab and lobster eggs benedict. Guests can also raise a glass in celebration of the holiday with $5 mimosas. Specials are available during brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; all-day menu is served from 1:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Craftsman Cocktails and Kitchen is hosting an Easter brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to kick off the holiday festivities, available for in-person and to-go dining. Menu highlights include an Easter ham board, lemon-ricotta pancakes and a Coast to Coast Roll with crab and butter-poached lobster.
Diners are invited to enjoy an elegant Easter brunch at Rusconi’s American Kitchen in Phoenix from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. With multiple selections for each course, there is something for everyone on the three-course prix fixe menu including chilled spring pea soup with crab, pan-roasted California halibut and blackberry-glazed pork tenderloin, among various other options.
Chompie’s locations Valley-wide offers two convenient take-home meal packages that include all the makings for a delicious Easter brunch, lunch or dinner for pick-up on April 4. Chompie’s Brunch (serves four for $59.99) with scrambled eggs, bacon, ham steak, bagels and cream cheese and much more. The New York Deli Feast (serves four to six for $79.99) with hot corned beef, pastrami, potato pancakes, deluxe desserts and more.
Phoenix City Grille is cooking up two special entrees in honor of Easter. Diners are invited to dig into Argentine New York Strip steak and First of the Season pan-seared Chula Seafood Alaskan halibut, in addition to the restaurant’s regular menu.
Duck Donuts rolls out its Easter assortment flavors available now through Sunday, April 4. Tasty selections include chocolate icing with Easter sprinkles; blueberry cheesecake with blueberry icing and cream cheese drizzle; cherry key lime with key lime icing, cherry topping and cream cheese drizzle; and many more. The Easter assortment options can be enjoyed individually or by the dozen.
Gabriella’s Contemporary American in Scottsdale is preparing an Easter feast to-go. The to-go package is available in servings of two for $65 or four for $120 and includes honey-basked ham, rolls, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, brownies and more. A similar Easter feast will be served for dine-in guests on Easter Sunday as well. To-go pre-orders can be made by calling 480.534.7625.
FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel and Match Market & Bar are celebrating Easter Sunday with an elegant four-course dinner available for dine-in and take-out service on April 4 between 3 and 6 p.m. Reservations and to-go orders can be made by email via [email protected] or by calling 602.875.8080. To-go order pick-up times will be scheduled upon order.
Celebrate Easter with the Original Breakfast House family from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. In honor of the holiday, the restaurant is offering specials of New Mexico Christmas hash, red velvet waffles and coconut-pineapple protein pancakes, to name a few.
Prado at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia offers an Easter feast with traditional brunch classics including made-to-order waffles and a prime-rib carving station. Also enjoy the restaurant’s signature paella, savory salads, deviled eggs and decadent desserts while live music fills the air from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Desert Ridge Marketplace is providing fun for the whole family this Easter with a week-long egg hunt in The District. Twenty prize-filled eggs will be hidden in secret spots around the center, holding more than $500 in gift cards to 20 different retailers and restaurants. The search begins daily at 11 a.m. from March 29 to April 2.
The Easter Bunny will hop his way to Scottsdale’s Mavrix on Easter Sunday for a free family event, featuring a hunt for 1,000 stuffed eggs (at noon), prizes, complimentary pictures with the Easter Bunny (from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and half-off mimosas (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Post-hunt, enjoy bowling, arcade games, laser tag and delicious food and cocktails and much more.
Make plans to spend Easter Sunday at FRANCINE at Scottsdale Fashion Square. The holiday festivities start with brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and move into dinnertime, from 5 to 10 p.m. Ricotta-lemon pancakes and Croque Madame are among FRANCINE’s signature brunch dishes while p.m. favorites include whole branzino and Duck A La Provencale, among other luxe eats.
Merkin Vineyards in Old Town Scottsdale is hosting a special Easter brunch beginning at 10 a.m. The special holiday menu includes duck egg quiche (featuring Merkin duck eggs), Spanish toast (its version of the French kind), avocado toast, Merkin mimosa and more.
Los Sombreros is pleased to offer its brunch menu for dine-in or takeout on Easter Sunday. The brunch menu features favorites like huevos rancheros (traditional and with carnitas), pollo fundido burrito, chilaquiles and papacito omelets. In addition, guests can order bottomless mimosas for $14.