The Definitive Guide To Easter Specials In San Diego

March 29, 2015

"Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin' down the bunny trail, hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way!" Whatever the hell that means?!? It's that time of year again when the masses honor an ancient zombie story through painted eggs and human-sized rabbits, all the while truly just celebrating the rebirth of the northern hemisphere as the Spring season arrives through a series of strange symbolism! Anyway you look at it, like all holidays, Easter is a great occasion for enjoying a big meal with loved ones, and San Diego's restaurants and hotels are gearing up with specialty Easter brunches, teas, and treats. Here's our definitive guide to Easter 2015 in San Diego!

Nothing screams Easter more than brunch, chocolate and egg hunts. Check out our recommendations for offerings that the entire family will love.

On Sunday, April 5 between 9am and 2pm, Kitchen 4140 will offer guests a special Easter version of its popular Sunday brunch. Featured dishes will include Smoked Leg of Lamb and a Dry-Aged Prime Rib amongst other holiday dishes accompanied by fresh spring produce like turnips, Swiss chard and heirloom vegetables (many from the restaurant’s newly enhanced garden, which makes up one half of Kitchen 4140’s 1,200 square foot garden-patio). Regular brunch items, such as Kitchen 4140’s indulgent Red Velvet Waffles, will also be offered alongside Executive Chef Kurt Metzger’s Easter specials.

Enjoy Easter Brunch with a view at Top of the Market this year! Served from 10:30am to 3pm on Easter Sunday, the a la carte brunch includes such offerings as seafood quiche with roasted Mazatlan prawns, dungeness crab, wild mushrooms and Brie de Melun; the surfer's breakfast sandwich with eggs over easy, maple glazed applewood bacon, provolone, grilled sweet peppers, baby arugala and carmelized onion aioli; and steak and eggs with a 6 ounce grilled filet mignon with eggs any style, sauteed wild mushrooms, roasted sweet italian sausange and baby spinach. All brunch items come with a complimentary pastry basket, herb roasted potatoes & chilled fruit.

Join The Duck Dive for Easter brunch from 9am to 3pm. For $30 per person, make the rounds to Duck Dive’s Prime Rib carving station, omelet station and buffet featuring breakfast favorites of this PB haunt; for an extra $10, complement brunch with bottomless mimosas. For those who are still kids at heart, ask about Duck Dive’s Duck Duck Grey Goose Easter Egg Hunt for those ages 21 and over.

Find your way to the fourth floor of the Porto Vista Hotel in Little Italy for Glass Door’s Easter Brunch. With seatings from 10am until 2pm, enjoy food stations that include items such as fruit with seasonal dipping sauces, smoked fish and fresh seafood displays, made-to-order omelets, eggs benedict with duck confit and a chili hollandaise, slow braised beef short ribs with a craft beer reduction, home-made desserts and more. For $49 per person - or $39 for seniors and $25 for kids 12 and under - brunch includes free flowing mimosas, tea, coffee, fruit juices and views of the San Diego harbor from every seat. Tax and gratuity not included. Children ages three and under eat free.

Le Parfait Paris, the Gaslamp’s spot for authentic French pastries, coffees and desserts, shares with San Diegans this Easter the French tradition of consuming chocolate. They’re offering #NotYourAverageEasterEgg and are introducing Cosmo Rabbit, Miss Rabbit Choco Loco and Wonder Cutie to the Le Parfait menu for the holiday. Executive Pastry Chef Jean “Jeff” François Fays makes these smart phone-sized “eggs” from scratch with imported French chocolate and fill each one with more mini chocolates. Complement this sweet treat with Le Parfait’s champagne cocktails. Or order brunch items like eggs benedict if you need something hearty before eating all that chocolate.

Aside from chocolate bunnies, peeps and egg hunts, what else screams Easter? Carrot cake! Get your fix of this dessert during brunch with West Coast Tavern’s Carrot Cake Pancakes topped with cream cheese frosting. Stop by the North Park hotspot for this special Eastertreat while sharing pitchers of your favorite mule or everyone’s favorite brunch cocktail—mimosa. Chef Abe Botello’s brunch menu consisting of West Coast brunch favorites, such as the Chicken & Waffles will also be available.

For a calm relaxing Easter brunch, head to the Gaslamp’s Union Kitchen & Tap. From 12 to 3pm, stop by for their Acoustic Brunch series featuring Johnny Tarr’s electro-acoustic soul music on April 5. Enjoy brunch items like the Duck Hash & Eggs, Cornbread Waffle topped with seasonal berries, whipped cream and maple syrup, and the Monte Cristo with prosciutto, cheddar cheese, and a side of maple syrup and potatoes. Wash this all down with A UNION Bloody Mary, Mexican Mary or the traditional mimosa.

Croce’s Park West, located in the heart of Bankers Hill, will open its doors at 9am for Easter Brunch. Ingrid Croce's new location of a classic San Diego favorite will be offering a $35 prix-fixe menu from 9am-2:30pm, as well as offering a $20 sparkling flight with Chateau Ste. Michelle, Zonin Prosecco and Lucien Albrecht Rose. Enjoy offerings such as ricotta French toast with honey and Marcona almonds, ah tuna crudo with pickled jalapenos, oranges, kumquats and mint, and an array of brunch entree dishes like duck confit benedict, bananas foster French toast, Asian chicken meatball sliders and much more.

Ditch the kiddos and the Easter egg hunt for Pacific Beach Shore Club’s Easter Brunch Party. Celebrate the day with friends, brunch, mimosa and Bloody March specials. Enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean from every seat from the bar. Make it a true San Diego Easter and head to the beach, just steps away, for some sand and relaxation away from the craziness of family. PB Shore Club’s doors open at 9am.

Marina Kitchen at the Marriot Marquis San Diego Bayfront invites diners to celebrate Easter Sunday with a buffet style brunch featuring seasonal menu items sourced from local purveyors. The extensive Easter Buffet offers a variety of options to satisfy all holiday cravings and dining preferences. Utilizing local and organic produce and meats, the entire buffet was designed to highlight the springtime flavors that taste unmistakably San Diego. Menu highlights include Roasted Beet Salad with Aged Goat Cheese and Hazelnuts, Marinated Leg of Lamb with Rosemary and Basil, and Citrus Honey Roasted Lamb. Carrot Cake Cup Cakes, Warm Toffee Bread Pudding and Lemon Meringue Tarts, offer a sweet and traditional finale. Marina Kitchen’s Easter Brunch will be held from 10am to 2pm and is priced at $48 per adult and $13 for children 12 and under.

Fat Fish Cantinagrill in Pacific Beach will be offering a seafood feast for Easter Sunday. For $24.75, diners will receive a roasted mild fresh snapper stuffed with succulent lobster, tender scallops & spicy shrimp, served over a grilled corn cake, asparagus spears & a sherried Peruvian pepper butter sauce. The meal comes with choice of shrimp pozole soup or fresh house Salad.

This Easter, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa will celebrate with a beautiful Easter Brunch at their signature restaurant, Veladora, from 10am to 2:30pm on Sunday, April 5, featuring their delicious Lemon Soufflé pancakes. In addition to brunch, guests can enjoy family-friendly Easter activities including live music, a visit from the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunt, ice cream cone bar, photo booth, bunny petting zoo, cookie decorating, giant Jenga and checkers, and much more. In addition to the children activities, adults can enjoy cozy cabana lounges and The Pony Room’s spiked punch bar. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the holiday with the entire family. The cost is $115 for adults, $55 for children 11 and under and complimentary for children under 3.

Celebrate Easter in Parisian style at The Westgate Hotel with Easter-themed tea services and a special Easter brunch, including Easter Bunny Teas on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4. The Easter Bunny Teas will feature kid friendly petit fours and mini pastries paired with a traditional European afternoon tea. Families can partake in an Easter egg hunt on the Riviera Terrace, watch a demonstration by a magician and meet the Easter Bunny. The events will run from 2:30 - 5pm both days. The price is $45 for adults and $30 for children 12 and under, plus tax and gratuity. The Westgate will also off an Easter Champagne Brunch on Sunday, April 5 complete with fresh seafood, made-to-order omelets, carving stations, gourmet desserts and a kids’ specialty station. A visit from the Easter bunny and a face painter will delight the children! Brunch will be served from 10am - 3pm. The price is $69 for adults and $29 for children 12 and under, plus tax and gratuity. Tickets for the Easter Bunny Teas and Easter Champagne Brunch can be purchased at

THE US GRANT is hosting their annual Easter Brunch Buffet on Sunday, April 5 from 10:30am to 2pm. A cherished San Diego tradition, the Easter Brunch Buffet includes Chef's finest dishes from favorite breakfast selections to exceptional entrées and a selection of delicious desserts. Highlights of this year’s Easter Brunch Buffet include an assortment of breakfast flat breads, omelet station, a Steak Diane Station, and more, all completed by a Donut Sundae Station with endless toppings and desserts. Guests can sip champagne and mimosas as well as enjoy photos with the Easter Bunny and live music. Reservations are required and the price is $78 for adults, $69 for seniors, $35 for children ages 12 and under, which excludes tax and gratuity.

Celebrate Easter at Rancho Bernardo Inn with a variety of festivities for all ages. Visit Rancho Bernado Inn's restaurant, AVANT, from 11am-3pm for a special three-course brunch to celebrate Easter! Choose from an array of brunch beginnings, savory seconds and sweet treats, along with a Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary bar. Selections include smoked salmon rillettes, roasted spring lamb loin, roasted eggplant and heirloom tomato caponata, and more, in addition to dessert! Reservations are recommended, and pricing is $65 for adults and $25 for children. On your way to brunch, don't forget to stop by and see the Easter Bunny, and join join the family-fun at the Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant with a celebretory Easter egg hunt . Children ages 4 and under are welcome to the 11am and 12:30pm egg hunts, while ages 5-12 can join the 11:45am and 1:15pm hunts!

Located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter and charming coastal city of Del Mar, Searsucker's menu is inspired by Executive Chef Brian Malarkey’s love of the classics. With Malarkey's re-imagined twists on New American dishes, he brings farm-to-table authentic dishes to his eclectic menu. To bring family and friends together for Easter Brunch, both Searsucker locations will offer Rabbit Sausage Hash with two Fried Eggs as a savory special offering. For those looking to to make dinner reservations, don’t miss the Porchetta with nettles, morels and fava sauce for a fresh, spring-inspired dish. As an extra offering, Searsucker Del Mar will offer an Easter egg hunt and a free kids dessert for the younger guests

On April 5, Mille Fleurs will host an elegant prix fixe Easter Brunch between 11am and 2:30pm. Priced at $59.50 per person, the classic, French-inspired restaurant will offer an array of seasonal dishes to choose from, such as the Open Face Omelette with spring vegetables, White Asparagus Soup with green asparagus tips and cinnamon croutons or our Handmade Spätzle Gratin with garlic confit, the options vary between savory and sweet and include traditional dishes and twists on classics.

Celebrate Easter with brunch and enjoy delicious “fish meats field” cuisine at Herringbone La Jolla With a prix-fixe, three-course menu with accompanying kid’s choices, there’s something for everyone this Easter Sunday. Pick from both savory and sweet starter dishes like the Farro Caesar or the Rhubarb Coffee Cake; and plenty of hearty second courses like the famous Lobster Roll, Corned Beef Hash with poached eggs, or House Ricotta-Stuffed French Toast with macerated cherries. To end the meal, pick from fresh, decadent dessert offerings like the Chocolate Pound Cake, Strawberry and Yogurt Panna Cotta or Coconut Passionfruit Sorbet. Pair your brunch with bottomless mimosas or one of the many craft cocktails from the bar menu. The price per person is $35, or $50 with bottomless mimosas, and children dine for $12.

This Easter, True Food Kitchen is offering a great place for the family to enjoy a healthy holiday meal. Featuring light and delicious brunch items like Quinoa Johnny Cakes, and the popular Chicken Sausage Scramble, these nutritious entrées will have your family starting their Easter off with a healthful and delicious twist on typical breakfast favorites. This year, True Food Kitchen is exclusively taking reservations on Easter, so give your nearest True Food Kitchen a call to make a reservation.

Executive Chef Steven Rimer debuts Oceana Coastal Kitchen’s new weekly Sunday Champagne Brunch this coming Easter from 10am to 2pm. Located at The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, Oceana’s Sunday Brunch will include a variety of elegantly displayed food stations including a cold bar and sushi buffet, fruits and grains, fresh salads and decadent desserts. For the main course, guests have the option to choose from one of eight prepared plates that include options such as a Belgian-style Waffle topped with Grand Mariner, strawberries and whipped cream, a pepper & rosemary crusted prime rib, roast filet of salmon, or asparagus quiche to name a few. Kids can also partake in The Catamaran’s big Easter egg hunt taking place along Mission Bay. Brunch is priced at $58 for adults and $26 for children ages 5-11.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the iconic Mister A’s will host a prix fixe Easter Sunday Brunch on April 5 between 10am and 2pm. Priced at $52.50 per adult, the three course meal will feature dishes including classic Easter favorites like oven roasted leg of lamb or traditional prime rib as well as classic lobster bisque, French toast and decadent desserts like carrot cake and local farm strawberry shortcake. Easter dinner service will also be offered on Sunday, April 20 between 5 - 8:30pm.

For those looking for a taste of modern elegance, Stake Chophouse & Bar is opening their doors on Easter morning for a special brunch affair from 10am to 2pm. The newest jewel in the ‘Crown City’ is offering a lavish three-course menu with a bounty of options from both land and sea. Priced at $75 for adults and $35 for kids under 12, Executive Chef Tim Kolanko’s selections include lemon ricotta pancakes & fresh berries, a lobster & sweet pepper frittata, fresh oysters, wild mushroom & potato hash, and lamb chops & rosemary scrambled eggs to name a few.

OB Warehouse is offering brunch for $29.95 for adults and $12.95 for children on Easter Sunday from 10am-3pm. This eclectic new beachside eatery located in the heart of Ocean Beach will be offering a three-course prix fixe menu, courtesy of Chef Elias Gonzalez, that kicks off with a tasty champagne toast and strawberries starter. Drawing from its worldly influences, the main course options include a spicy linguica frittata, croque monsieur, nacho moma’s short rib benny, or a chipotle chicken flatbread. Finish things off with a choice of bittersweet chocolate cake with espresso sauce and candied lemon twist or the Blonde Brownie with bourbon pecan ice cream.

Waypoint Public in North Park is hosting an Easter brunch that’s just as suitable for beer lovers as it is for the egg-hunting tykes. Guests can indulge in chef favorites including Waypoint’s signature Pulled Pork Benny or Breakfast Pot Pie, all while enjoying a selection sips like Waypoint’s Beermosa, Lemon Ale Shandy, Mimosa or House Sangria. The morning will kick-off at 10am with an egg hunt for the kiddos, plus a special guest appearance from Peter Cottontail himself. Best yet, kids eat free during Easter Brunch!

Bottega Americano will be celebrating its inaugural Easter Sunday with festive brunch specials. In addition to the normal a la carte menu, brunch goers can also enjoy delectable Easter dishes like a Braised Short Rib Hash, a flavorful combination of spring onions, poached eggs, potatoes and Meyer lemon hollandaise as well as a Baby Artichokes Pizza featuring cauliflower panna, ricotta, spicy lamb sausage, roasted garlic, fava beans and mint-pea vine pesto. 

Keeping it all in the family this Easter, the beloved modern Italian farmhouse and marketplace, CUCINA enoteca, is featuring a prix fixe family-style brunch. The holiday feast stays true to Italian tradition with classic Easter dishes including an herb roasted leg of lamb and grilled duroc pork loin served with sides of green garlic polenta, charred eggplant, and rosemary black pepper sweet potatoes. In true Mediterranean fashion, guests can enjoy their morning feast with a sparkling prosecco and white peach bellini, or toast to the Sunday celebration with bottomless mimosas. The prix fixe menu is available for $32 per person, although guests are welcome to dine from the regular brunch menu as well.

Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge is cooking up their infamous a la carte Sunday brunch served with fresh-squeezed OJ, a side of sunshine and sweet ocean breeze. Guests can enjoy a handful of chef’s favorite including the market frittata, flavorful duck chilaquiles and berry brioche french toast - and with a medley of boozy bevvies available, imbibers can sip on Leroy’s signatures including a housemaid sangria and 'Bacon Mary', Leroy’s unique twist on a traditional bloody made with bacon infused vodka and topped with a strip of caddied bacon.

What better way to enjoy a warm day in spring than in the charming Balboa Park with an elegant champagne brunch? This holiday, The Prado is serving an Easter buffet that offers a little something for everyone. Guests can fill their plates with a variety of benedicts with flavors ranging from Italian basil to spicy chorizo; drown their flapjacks in syrup, chocolate chips, or caramel bananas at their pancake station; shuck on oysters and shellfish from the chilled seafood display; dip their steamed dumplings in a variety of asian sauces at the Dim Sum station; or stop by the carving station for a fresh cut of prime rib with horseradish cream. The Prado satisfies the simple decadence of this springtime holiday while offering a buffet of cuisines to satisfy any craving. From 10am-2:30pm, the Champagne Buffet is offered for $59.95 for adults, $16.95 for kids ages 6-12, and any tykes under 6 can dine for free.

For the first time, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood's San Diego and La Jolla locations will open at 11am on Easter Sunday to offer guests a special daytime dining experience. Because Easter brunch is traditionally a family affair, the fine-dining restaurant will feature two prix-fixe menu versions to accommodate both adults and children. Adult guests can enjoy classic cocktails that go hand-in-hand with brunch fare, including the Mimosa, Bloody Mary and Bellini. The restaurant’s full, a la carte dinner menu also will be available. The 3-course adult Easter menu is priced at $45 per person and the 2-course children's menu is $15.

The hunt is over. Easter egg scavengers looking for a sweet treat this holiday season will find specially-designed cookies available at Bake Sale Bakery from Wednesday, April 1, to Easter Sunday, April 5. Bake Sale Proprietor Terryl Gavre and head baker, Kathleen Shen, will offer a variety of colorfully- themed cookies such as eggs, bunnies and butterflies for $3.95 each or $39 per dozen. Bake Sale also offers an array of breakfast items, pastries, cakes and treats available daily from 7:30am to 3pm. More information may be found by visiting

Bleu Bohème in the Kensington is celebrating Easter à la française with an exclusive menu and drink specials beginning at 10am until 2:30pm. Priced at $45 per person, the three-course meal begins with a selection of hors d’oeuvres. The second-course offers a variety of French dishes and finished with classic French desserts. For an additional $5.95, guests may celebrate the holiday with peach, orange, lavender, pomegranate or mango mimosas, or bloody marys made with imported French vodka. The petits “Bohemiens” kid’s menu is available for French foodies aged 12 and under. Priced at $16, the kid-inspired three-course meal will take your child's palate to the next level!

This Easter, remember that you are celebrating the renewed life of our glorious planet Earth. Cherish our world and one another and make it better than you found it. Feel free to contact SanDiegoVille by email if you want to add an event or special to this round-up!