Bethany Clough

Eating Out: Where to dine out on Easter

Marie Callender’s is hosting a sit-down Easter meal and selling take-home feasts, like the one pictured here.
Marie Callender’s is hosting a sit-down Easter meal and selling take-home feasts, like the one pictured here. Special to The Bee

Easter is Sunday, and in the foodie world, that means lots of brunches with luscious sweets for dessert.

If you’re not up for cooking, here are a few places where you can go out to eat. This is a popular day, so reservations are a must. And this is not a comprehensive list, so if you’re wondering if your favorite restaurant is doing anything special, give them a call.

Harris Ranch Restaurant

If you don’t mind driving a little, Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant, 24505 W. Dorris Ave. in Coalinga, is having a special brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests can dine in the garden ballroom or in the outdoor courtyard.

The full menu is available online and includes Harris Ranch’s oak-smoked prime rib, honey-glazed ham, poached salmon and what the restaurant calls its “famous” cinnamon raisin French toast. There will also be salads, more seafood and a host of sweet things from its on-site bakery, including chocolate cake eggs, éclairs, petit fours, multiple cakes and chocolate-dipped strawberries.

An Easter bunny will be available for photos with the kids, and adults will get a glass of complimentary Champagne or sparkling cider.

Cost: $42.95 for adults, $18.95 for children ages 6 to 12, and children younger than 5 eat free. Reservations: (559) 935-0717.

School House Restaurant

The School House Restaurant & Tavern, 1018 S. Frankwood Ave. and Highway 180, is hosting an Easter brunch with seatings between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The three-course meal includes plenty of brunchy cocktails to choose from, such as a mimosa royale made with Chambord liquer or a bloody Mary.

The food – the full menu is online – ranges from old fashioned biscuits and gravy or steak and eggs, to crab cakes Benedict or a burger with a fried egg. For dessert: A choice of Grand Marnier cheesecake, pear bread pudding, warm chocolate cake or a selection of cheeses.

Cost: $35 for adults. A separate menu features kid-friendly foods for $9.95. Reservations: (559) 787-3271.


Its brunch is filling up, but for the first time, Campagnia, 1185 E. Champlain Drive, will offer an Easter dinner buffet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

It includes roasted leg of lamb, crab legs, meatballs, mac and cheese, lots of side salads and pastas, and a full dessert table. Cost: $29.99 per adult; $15.99 for kids 12 and younger.

Its brunch buffet is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes lots of breakfast items, pasta, salads, several meat and seafood choices – and a complimentary glass of Champagne.

Cost: $25.99 for adults, $14.99 for kids 12 and younger; those age 4 and younger eat free.

Reservations: (559) 433-3300.

Elbow Room

An Easter brunch buffet will be held at The Elbow Room in Fig Garden Village from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The restaurant has been hosting brunches for a while now, but the Easter brunch is a little more upscale, with ham, prime rib, an omelet station and two kinds of eggs Benedict.

Easter dinner is from 4 to 9 p.m. with scaled down version of Elbow Room’s normal menu that’s more focused on steak, seafood – including lobster – prime rib and Chilean sea bass.

Reservations: (559) 227-1234.

Marie Callender’s

At Marie Callender’s, diners can sit down to an Easter brunch or a ham dinner. The brunch includes traditional brunch items with coffee and Champagne. The dinner includes honey glazed ham with a chipotle-pineapple glaze, mashed potatoes, fresh vegetables and cornbread.

Marie Callender’s also sells take-home feasts if you want to eat at home. The meals come with ham or turkey – or both – and include lots of sides and a pie. Take-home feasts range from $99.99 to $139.99. The full menu is on the restaurant’s website, and meals can be ordered by calling your closest restaurant.


Mimi’s Cafe is getting into the Easter spirit by putting Easter eggs filled with jelly beans in every table’s bread basket. The restaurant will be selling $5 “Mimi-mosas,” made from fresh-squeezed orange juice and Champagne.

The restaurant will offer a three-course meal starting at 11:30 a.m. Entrees include grilled Atlantic salmon with a Chardonnay Dijon sauce, turkey and hickory-smoked ham. Dessert is croissant bread pudding. Cost: $16.99.

Details: (559) 439-2669.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough