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Get cracking on Easter reservations

Easter dinner with family and friends is a much anticipated spring occasion. For those who don't want to cook, local resorts and restaurants are prepared to do everything for you — including the dishes.

Here is a sampling of where to enjoy a holiday meal on March 31 in Central Florida. Prices do not include tax and gratuity:

Café Gauguin, Rosen Centre, 9840 International Drive, Orlando; 407-996-9840, Ext. 3593: Brunch includes roasted spring lamb with rosemary au jus, herb-crusted chicken with Mediterranean olives and plum tomatoes and unlimited sparkling wine; $39.95 adults, $16.95 children ages 4-12; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Café Osceola, Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando; 407-996-3663: This champagne brunch includes peach-stuffed pork, chicken saltimbocca with sage beurre blanc as well as carving stations and award-winning desserts; adults $64.95, $29.95 children ages 4-12 (Florida residents get 25 percent discount); 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Capriccio Grill, The Peabody Orlando, 9801 International Drive, Orlando; 407-345-4570; peabodyorlando.com: Brunch includes salt-crusted prime rib and roasted lamb with rosemary and Dijon; $70 adults, $25 children ages 6-12; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Columbia, 649 Front St., Celebration; 407-566-1505: Regular menu plus holiday specials including roast leg of lamb "Dali" ($21.95) and baked Virginia ham ($21.95); 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Crave, 4158 Conroy Road (Mall at Millenia), Orlando; 407-345-8788 or crave america.com: Buffet includes pastry and carving stations; $23.95 adults, $12.95 children; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

deep blu seafood grille, Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort, 14651 Chelonia Parkway, Orlando; 407-390-2420; deepbluorlando.com: Specials include prosciutto-wrapped sea bass with puree of celery root and ginger buerre fondue ($45); 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Emeril's Tchoup Chop, Royal Pacific Resort, 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando; 407-503-2467: Regular dinner menu in addition to a four-course holiday menu ($49 with hickory-smoked, slow-roasted ham; $65 with apricot-glazed Australian rack of lamb; wine pairing is an additional $40); 5:30-10 p.m.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 8030 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, 407-352-5706, and 933 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 407-699-9463: Three-course brunch includes filet mignon Benedict and brioche French toast with a walnut crisp and the regular a la carte menu; $36.95 adults, $17.95 children 12 and younger; brunch 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; full menu 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Grand Bohemian Hotel, Johann Strauss Ballroom, 325 S. Orange Ave., Orlando; 407-313-9000: Buffet includes traditional favorites; $69 adults, $25 children ages 4-12; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Islands Dining Room, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Universal Orlando, 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando; 407-503-3463: Holiday buffet featuring traditional fare as well as Asian charcuterie station and pan-seared Port Canaveral golden tilefish; $58 adults, $22 children ages 3-19; 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Ocean Prime, 7339 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando; 407-781-4880: Full dinner menu plus a small brunch menu including king crab Benedict and blueberry French toast; brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m., full menu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, 1501 International Parkway, Lake Mary; 407-995-7053; Facebook: Traditional buffet; $36; 11 a.m.-2 p.m

Mama Della's Ristorante, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal Orlando, 5601 Universal Blvd., Orlando; 407-503-3463: Regular Old World Italian menu; 5:30-10 p.m.

Mimi's Café, several locations including 525 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs; 407-331-7300; mimiscafe.com: In addition to the dine-in brunch, Mimi's has a Brunch Feast To-Go ($39.99 for 6 people; $79.99 for 12) and an Easter Ham Family Meal To-Go ($24.99 for 4-5); $14.99 adults; $8.99 children; 11 a.m.-closing.

Rosen Plaza Hotel, grand ballroom, 9700 International Drive, Orlando; 407-996-0256: Buffet includes honey ham with sun-dried cherry pan sauce, broiled orange chicken with Grand Marnier butter and seven-pepper salmon with cracked olives; $35.95 adults, $15.95 children ages 4-12; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tesoro Cove at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort, 14651 Chelonia Parkway, Orlando; 407-390-2386; wyndhamgrandorlando.com: A grand buffet will include salads, artisanal cheese, a raw bar, grilled chicken breast with thyme and oregano au jus and herb-crusted tilapia with Meyer lemon cream; $39 adults, $17 children ages 3-11; noon-7:45 p.m.(last reservation).

The Bistro at the Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando; 407-313-4300; thehiltonorlando.com: Brunch with the Easter Bunny will include apple-brined pork loin, barbecue spice-rubbed prime rib with a jus and artisanal baked goods; $30 for adults, $12.95 for children 3-12; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Easter bunny appearances 10 a.m.-1 p.m.).

The Castle Hotel, grand ballroom, 8629 International Drive, Orlando; 407-345-1511; thecastleorlando.com: Free mimosa or Bloody Mary and more than 25 brunch items including prime rib and baked ham stations; Easter Bunny will make an appearance and there will be holiday-themed games for children; $34 adults, $22 children ages 4-12; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Kitchen, Hard Rock Hotel, Universal Orlando, 5800 Universal Blvd., Orlando; 407-503-3463: Easter celebration with a rock 'n' roll attitude and a menu that includes citrus grilled New York sirloin and maple-peach country ham; $48 adults, $16 children ages 4-12; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Trattoria del Porto, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal Orlando, 5601 Universal Blvd., Orlando; 407-503-3463: Traditional sparkling brunch; $62 adults, $22 children ages 3-9; 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Villa de Flora, Gaylord Palms, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee; 407-586-1114: Mediterranean-inspired brunch; $58 adults, $24 children ages 4-12; 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

hmcpherson@tribune.com

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