Where to brunch on Easter Sunday
Bring on the mimosas, eggs Benedict and decadent desserts! Celebrate with a springtime feast at these San Diego County restaurants Easter weekend. (Please note that a reservation is required for most of the restaurants on this list, unless otherwise noted.)
Backyard Kitchen & Tap is serving Easter brunch and dinner with dishes made especially for the holiday. Brunch items include the Buttermilk Pancake Stack topped with raspberry mascarpone cheese, fresh seasonal berries, a berry syrup drizzle served with a choice of bacon or sausage. Dinner features a Pineapple & Honey Glazed Ham served with whipped potatoes and sauteed green beans. The Easter Bunny will be hopping around for photo ops. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 832 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach. (858) 859-2593 or backyardpb.com
Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant’s Easter Sunday brunch will include Eggs Benedict and Asparagus and Brie Frittata. A special spring cocktail, The Hopricot, made with grand hops liqueur, apricot, pineapple, lime and sparkling wine, will be available for $12.50. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16. (619) 231-0222 or bankershillsd.com
Bellamy’s is serving an a la carte menu of brunch and lunch items, $15 bottomless mimosas and $6 house Bloody Mary’s. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 417 W. Grand Ave., Escondido. (760) 747-5000 or bellamysdining.com
Bencotto Italian Kitchen chefs have created a few specials to celebrate Easter throughout the weekend. Dishes include homemade Lamb Lasagna with mushroom and porcini and Lamb Shank with roasted truffle potatoes. 750 W. Fir St., San Diego. (619) 450-4786 or lovebencotto.com
Bistro 39 Restaurant & Lounge will offer a special Easter Sunday brunch buffet that features a fresh omelette bar and a waffle station, complete with savory favorites like carved maple glazed ham and pork and quiche. Bloody Mary’s and mimosas will be on the cocktail menu for $8 and Champagne splits for $10. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16. Hilton Garden Inn San Diego/Del Mar, 3939 Ocean Bluff Ave., San Diego. $31 per adult; $15.99 per child under 12. (858) 720-9500 or bistro39sandiego.com
Bleu Bohème is serving an extended prix fixe brunch menu created by owner and executive chef Ken Irvine. The feast will include a choice between entrees like Quiche Maison, Black Mediterranean Mussels or Eggs Benedict with crab cakes or Canadian bacon. Children’s menu includes grilled steak, chicken breast or salmon with macaroni and cheese or pommes frites. Peach, orange, lavender, pomegranate or mango mimosas, as well as Bloody Mary’s, will be priced at $8 each. The Pasteque Martini, crafted for the holiday, is priced at $12. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 4090 Adams Ave., San Diego. $54.95 per person; $18 per child 12 and under. (619) 255-4167 or bleuboheme.com
CUCINA enoteca’s Easter Sunday buffet brunch includes egg dishes, antipasti, omelette bar, fresh pastas and house-made pastries. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 16. Flower Hill Promenade, 2730 Via De La Valle, Del Mar. (858) 704-4500 or urbankitchengroup.com
Chandler’s at Cape Rey Carlsbad will host an early bird breakfast buffet from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. and a family-friendly Easter brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 16 that includes an Easter egg hunt and activities for the kids. Menu highlights include Market Deviled Egg Bar, Raw Bar, Smoked Whiskey Brined Pork Loin and Mixed Boat Paella. 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad. Early bird breakfast: $21.50 per person; $14.50 per child 4-12; brunch: $69 per person; $29 per child 5-12. (760) 683-5500 or chandlerscarlsbad.com
Coasterra chef Deborah Scott has created a Champagne Brunch Buffet that features a made-to-order omelette station, enchilada and tostada station, a prime rib and smoked salmon carving station and dessert station. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 880 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego. $69.95 per adult; $17.95 per child 6-12; free to children under 6. (619) 814-1300 or coasterra.com
Corvette Diner’s is welcoming Easter with brunch specials like the Breakfast Casserole, made with chorizo, potatoes, provolone cheese served with garlic toast and fresh fruit or the Ham & Eggs Sandwich with cheddar cheese served with tater tots and fresh fruit. Drink specials include the Antipasto Bloody Mary and the Peach Peep Mimosa for $5 each. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 2965 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego. $10.99 (619) 542-1476 or cohnrestaurants.com/corvettediner
Crown Landing will have a children’s Easter egg hunt, face painting and the Easter Bunny, along with its brunch. Selections include a Benedict bar, omelette station, Greek yogurt bar, salads, a carving station, desserts and an artisan display. A special buffet will be served just for the little ones. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 16. Loews Coronado Bay Resort, 4000 Coronado Bay Road, San Diego. $59 per adult; $29 per child. (619) 424-4000 or crownlanding.com
Cucina SORELLA’s Sunday a la carte feast offers traditional Easter dishes with a West Coast spin. Choose from brunch starters like the Baked Torta Pasqualina or Oatmeal Vasi. Main dishes range from the Dry Age Beef Fat Biscuits with Italian sausage gravy to Lamb Ragu with polenta and fried egg. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16. (619) 281-4014.
Current & Tide executive chef Michael Poompan has planned an Easter seafood brunch for every family member. There’s a dessert and candy bar, Easter egg-shaped pancake bar and a cooking decorating station for the kids. Brunch highlights include Crab Cake Benedicts, a carving station with Malaysian BBQ Smoked Tri-tip and Kurbota Ham, Cedar Plank Salmon and a Local Waters Seafood Raw Bar with fresh shrimp cocktail, oysters and Baja fish ceviche. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 16. Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa, 2000 Second St., Coronado. (619) 435-3000 or marriott.com/SANCI
Decoy Dockside is offering a day of brunch, egg hunts and live music. The brunch buffet features sweet and savory breakfast favorites, made-to-order omelettes, spring salad station, chilled seafood display, hand carved meats and decadent dessert bar. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 16. Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, 1025 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos. $60 per adult; $19 per child 12 and under. (760) 744-0120 or lakehousehotelandresort.com
Extraordinary Desserts in Little Italy will host a European Brunch featuring gourmet cheeses, house-made dips and spreads, sweets and savories, and plenty of bubbly. New to the dessert menu is pastry chef Karen Krasne’s Matcha Misu Cake. The pale green cake, priced at $9.95 per slice, is made with Matcha green tea-soaked ricotta cake layers between Italian mascarpone rum custard and whipped cream, and finished with matcha powder and matcha caramels. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 1430 Union St, San Diego. (619) 294-7001 or extraordinarydesserts.com
Farmer and The Seahorse chef Brian Malarkey and chef de cuisine Jason Gethin have crafted a full brunch buffet for Easter. The menu will include Egg Custard French Toast, Crab and Lobster Benedict, Crispy Breakfast Potatoes, plus a carving station of slow roasted ham and smoked sea-salt crusted prime rib, a design-your-own omelette station, breakfast flatbreads and assorted pastries. There will be an Easter egg hunt and games for the kids. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 0996 Torreyana Rd, San Diego. $64.95 per adult; $24.95 per child 12 and under. (858) 260-5400.
George’s at the Cove offers guests an Easter menu full of new takes on classic favorites using the freshest ingredients of spring. Dishes include French Toast with Chino Farms strawberries, Cauliflower Rigatoni, Snapper Crudo, Baja Shrimp Omelette, Eggs Benedict with Meyer lemon hollandaise and vegetarian and vegan options. Brunch is served downstairs at California Modern starting at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 16. Ocean Terrace and Level2 will also be open at 11 a.m. 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla. (858) 454-4244 or georgesatthecove.com
The Hake’s chef Aarti Sanghavi will debut the restaurant’s first Sunday brunch since its re-opening late last year. Menu highlights include Tres Leches French Toast, Spring Vegetable Hash, Chilled Poached Shrimp, Crab Marsala Salad and Opah Chorizo and Eggs. Bottomless mimosas will be served for $15. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla. $65 per adult; $30 per child under 12. (858) 454-1637.
Herb & Eatery will serve a special Easter brunch with an array of freshly baked cookies, pastries, on-tap coffee and cocktails. Main dishes include Spanish-inspired baked eggs, ham and cheese and chocolate and butter croissants, mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and wine. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 2210 Kettner Blvd, San Diego. No reservations are required. (619) 955-8495 or herbandeatery.com
Herringbone La Jolla is treating guests to a prix fixe three-course Easter Sunday feast. Offerings include Brioche French Toast, Lobster Roll, Two-Hand Burger and Baja Stone Crab & Avocado Toast. Children’s menu is available. $40 per person; $12 for children. 7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla. (858) 459-0221 or herringboneeats.com/la-jolla
The Hotel del Coronado’s Champagne brunch will be held in both the oceanfront Ballroom and the Crown Room. Along with breakfast classics like eggs Benedict and an omelet station, guests will enjoy options like Whole Grain Mustard Crusted Leg Of Lamb, Marinated Calamari Salad, Cold Stone Ahi Poke and Lobster Ravioli. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 16 in the Crown Room. $135 per adult; $50 per child; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16 in the Ballroom. $125 per adult; $50 per child. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. (619) 522-8490 or hoteldel.com
Indigo Grill in Little Italy is offering a three-course Easter menu with favorites like Hickory and Apple Smoked Pork Ribs and Alderwood Plank Salmon. A children’s menu will be available. 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 1536 India St., San Diego. $44.95 per adult; $13.95 child’s menu. (619) 234-6802 or indigogrill.com
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is serving Easter brunch featuring an omelette station, pancakes and French toast griddle station, ceviches with mini tostadas, roasted leg of lam, beef tenderloin, roasted chicken breast, and side dishes like roasted potatoes, macaroni and cheese and creamed spinach. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 5951 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe. $95 per adult; $30 per child 12 and under. (858) 756-1131 or theinnatrsf.com
L’Auberge Del Mar will offer three seatings for its Easter brunch buffet at Coastline, Kitchen 1540 and on Sunset and Ocean terraces. The buffet features lighter sides like house-made breads, pastries, yogurt, granola and seasonal fruits; hot breakfast items such as Eggs Benedict and an omelette station; seafood, local cheeses and farm-sourced salads; pasta station; and desserts such as chocolate barks, meringue tarts, creme brulee and pastel macarons 10 a.m., 12:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. $90 per adult; $30 per child under 12. (858) 793-6460 or laubergedelmar.com
Le Parfait Paris will deliver an authentic Parisian experience on Easter Sunday with decadent offerings such as crepes, quiche and eclairs. Specialty prices on signature Champagne cocktails will be offered with the purchase of any brunch item. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 555 G. St., San Diego. (619) 245-4457 or leparfaitparis.com
Marina Kitchen chef Aron Schwartz has planned a special Easter brunch with a variety of classic American options prepared with a modern twist. The menu features dishes from Brandt Beef Short Rib Potato Casserole to Roasted Beet Salad and Seafood Cioppino. Indulge in desserts like hot cross buns and warm toffee bread pudding. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 16. San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, 333 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego. $56 per adult; $13 per child. (619) 234-1500.
The Marine Room is serving an Easter buffet featuring options like Hickory Smoked Pork Tenderloin, Signature Maine Lobster Bisque, Spindrift Seafood Crepes, Vya Vermouth Braised Petrale Sole, Wattleseed Crusted Angus Prime Ribeye and Baharat Rubbed Colorado Leg of Lamb. Desserts include Coconut Pot de Creme and Butterscotch Banana Bread Pudding. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla. $72 per adult; special pricing for children. (858) 459-7222 or marineroom.com
The MED Restaurant continues its Easter buffet tradition with bottomless mimosas and sparkling wine, chilled seafood, a carving station and desserts. The Easter Bunny will lead an Easter egg hunt at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Ocean View garden. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16. La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla. $85 per adult; $38 per child. (858) 454-0771 or opentable.com
Mille Fleurs chef Martin Woesle is serving a three-course prix fixe menu that features Eggs Benedict with Applewood Smoked Bacon, Hanger Steak and Hen Egg, Chicken Breast “Schnitzel Holstein,” Duo of Lamb Chop and Lamb Osso Bucco. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 6009 Paseo Delicias, San Diego. $59.50 per person. (858) 756-3085 or millefleurs.com
Mister A’s is serving a prix fixe menu of seasonal favorites like Eggs Benedict with fresh crab meat or short rib, Pan Roasted Gold Spotted Sea Bas, Cedar River Farm Steak & Eggs, Buttermilk Fried “Chicken and Waffles,” and Lamb Osso Bucco. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 2550 Fifth Ave., No. 406, San Diego. $59.50 per person. (619) 239-1377 or asrestaurant.com
Monello will host brunch Easter weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16. The Milanese cuisine includes Lamb Eggs Benedict and Lamb Pizza. Top off your dish with mimosa carafes mixed with your choice of juice or a Caprese Bloody Mary. 750 W. Fir St., San Diego. (619) 501-0030 or opentable.com
333 Pacific is celebrating the Easter season with a three-course menu that features choices such as Roast Prime Rib of Beef, Stout Brined Duck Breast, Seared Skuna Bay Salmon and Flourless Chocolate Cake. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. April 16. 333 N. Pacific St., Oceanside. (760) 433-3333 or cohnrestaurants.com/333pacific
Parc Bistro-Brasserie is serving Sunday Easter brunch featuring classic French dishes like sweet and savory crepes, steak frites and seafood towers. Guests can pair their meal with specialty cocktails or $13 bottomless mimosas. 2760 Fifth Ave., San Diego. (619) 319-9472 or parcbb.com
Ponsaty’s spring-inspired menu features dishes crafted especially for the Easter holiday. Brunch offerings include King Crab Legs, Prime Rib, Leg of Lamb and $15 bottomless mimosas and house-made Bloody Mary’s. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 6106 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. (858) 771-1871 or ponsatys.com
The Prado in Balboa Park is hosting a Easter buffet brunch with dishes that include eggs Benedict, pancake station, chilled seafood display, carving station, assorted pastries and a chocolate fountain. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 1549 El Prado, San Diego. $64.95 per adult; $17.95 per child 6-12; children under 6 are free. (619) 557-9441 or cohnrestaurants.com/theprado
Primavera Ristorante executive chef Jorge Gonzales has created a four-course prix fixe Italian feast for Easter Sunday. Dishes include an antipasto of grilled mushrooms with gorgonzola and prosciutto wrapped asparagus and caprese skewers; pistachio crusted lamb chops; and a dark chocolate salami with basil and homemade biscotti and brie cheese. 932 Orange Ave., Coronado. $65 per person; a la carte menu available. (619) 435-0454 or primavera1st.com
SEA180 is serving a brunch buffet that includes a variety of omelettes, a pancake station, a prime rib carving station and pastry display. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 800 Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach. $59.95 per adult; $17.95 per child 6-12; children under 6 are free. (619) 631-4949 or sea180.com
Searsucker Del Mar’s Easter Sunday brunch features a three-course prix fixe menu crafted by its new executive chef, Cesar Oceguera. Entrees include Shrimp & Grits with cheddar grits, shrimp and poached egg; Grilled Shrimp & Avocado Toast with habanero cream cheese, radish and grilled lime; and SS Flank Benny with chimichurri hollandaise, chiles toreados, flank steak and queso fresco. 12995 El Camino Real, Suite 121, Del Mar. $35 per person. (858) 369-5700 or searsucker.com/del-mar
Searsucker San Diego is serving a three-course prix fixe Easter Sunday menu that features Green Eggs and Ham, Crab Benny, French Toast, Mushroom Scramble, Shrimp and Grits and a Drunken Goat Cheese Plate. A children’s menu will be offered with dishes like French Toast with seasonal jam and warm maple syrup and The #1 with bacon, eggs, toast and potatoes. 611 Fifth Ave., San Diego. $40 per adult; $12 per child. (619) 233-7327 or searsucker.com/san-diego
The Shores Restaurant is treating guests to a beachfront brunch buffet with choices like Polynesian Shrimp and Bay Scallop Ceviche, Kings Hawaiian Nutella French Toast, Chimichurri Spiced Butterfish, Chef Percy Signature Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Rocky Road Bread Pudding. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla. $58 per person; special children’s pricing. (858) 456-0600 or theshoresrestaurant.com
Social Tap Eatery invites guests to Easter Sunday brunch overlooking Petco Park. Favorites include Baked French Toast ($10) and a gluten-free Ranchero Omelette ($11). Pair your dish with a Social Tap Mimosa ($9) mixed with peach and orange juices, fresh fruit and bubbly. 815 J Street, No. 101, San Diego. (619) 398-8938 or socialtapeatery.com
Stake Chophouse + Bar is offering diners a sophisticated Easter Sunday soiree featuring a three-course prix fixe menu. Options include the Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Poke, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Dry-Aged New York Prime Roast, Lobster Eggs Benedict and Smoked Salmon and Eggs. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 1309 Orange Ave., Coronado. $65 per adult; $30 per child. (619) 522-0077 or stakechophouse.com
True Food Kitchen in Mission Valley is serving Easter Sunday brunch featuring vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. Entrees include a Garden Scramble, Quinoa Johnny Cakes, Huevos Rancheros and Roasted Artichoke Pizza. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 16. Fashion Valley Mall, 7007 Friars Road, San Diego. $35 per person. (619) 810-2929.
TRUST Restaurant is celebrating the Easter holiday all weekend. Along with the traditional brunch favorites, the menu features the Lemon Meringue French Toast ($14), a mountain of brioche bread topped with vanilla ricotta, toasted almonds, lemon curd, graham crackers and blueberries. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16. 3752 Park Blvd., San Diego. (619) 795-6901 or trustrestaurantsd.com
Twenty/20 Grill & Wine Bar has launched its first brunch service. Chef Ryan Coffey’s menu features a variety of eggs Benedicts, Belgian waffles, cinnamon swirl pancakes, roasted prime rib and brunch flatbreads. Hand-crafted Bloody Mary’s and mimosas are also available. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad. (760) 827-2500 or twenty20grill.com
Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas is serving an Easter Sunday Bubbles & Brunch menu. The buffet includes one entree and bottomless mimosas. Children who dine in with the family will receive Easter treats. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 1108 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. $24.95 with a two-hour time limit. (760) 230-2337 or localunion101.com
Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp is offering guests an array of choices for Easter brunch such as an omelette station, waffle bar, chilled seafood tower, a chocolate fountain, smoked salmon platter, shrimp & grits, a watermelon salad and a variety of sides to include with your buffet meal. Toast to the holiday with live music, bottomless mimosas ($15) and a Ketal One Craft Bloody Mary Bar. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 333 Fifth Ave., San Diego. $35 per person with a two-hour time limit. (619) 795-9463 or gaslampunion.com
THE US GRANT will have an array of cuisine and family entertainment the hotel’s newly restyled Presidential Ballroom. Live music for the day will be provided by the Ira Gonzalez Trip and Instrumental Jazz Duo. An Easter bunny, kids art activities and photo booth will keep the whole family entertained. The champagne Easter brunch buffet will include french toast, breakfast ravioli and farmers market parfait stations, seafood and seasonal selections and something sweet to choose from to top it all off. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 326 Broadway, downtown. $39-$78, reservations required. (619) 232-3121 or usgrant.net.
Vintana Wine + Dine is serving a three course Easter menu with favorites such as Filet Mignon, Crab Cake Benedict Ranchero and Blueberry and Peach Crisp. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido. $54.95 per adult; $13.95 per child. (760) 745-7777 or cohnrestaurants.com/vintana
The Westgate Hotel’s traditional Easter Champagne Brunch offers live music, fresh seafood, carving stations, made-to-order omelets and a special children’s section, complete with a face painter and a visit from the Easter Bunny. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 16. 1055 Second Ave., San Diego. $89 per adult; $35 per child 12 and under. (619) 557-3655 or westgatehotel.com
Or, if you’d rather picnic ...
The Ranch at Bandy Canyon is rolling out the welcome mat Easter Sunday. Bring your favorite basket filled with food and drinks and grab a choice spot on the lawns and gardens surrounded by the mountains of the San Pasqual Valley. A food truck will be on-site selling beverages and Easter-inspired food. For $10, kids have access to unlimited activities, including pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting and a egg hunt. The ranch is open from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 16 at 16251 Bandy Canyon Road, Escondido. Entry fee is $45 per car (up to four people), $5 extra per additional person. Reservations: (760) 871-6494.
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