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San Diego Easter Guide 2017

The best dining deals, sweet treats, and special events for Easter weekend


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333 Pacific
Dine by the sea at this Oceanside restaurant and enjoy a three-course meal featuring dishes like seared Skuna Bay salmon and stout brined duck breast. Finish off your meal with their flourless chocolate cake or warm lemon poppy seed olive oil cake.
Price: $54.95 per adult, $13.95 per child
Date: April 16
Location: 333 North Pacific Street, Oceanside
Phone: (760) 433-3333

Bellamy’s
Enjoy an à la carte menu, $15 bottomless mimosas, and $6 house Bloody Marys.
Date: April 16
Location: 417 West Grand Avenue, Escondido
Phone: (760) 747-5000

Bencotto
Indulge in the Easter-inspired dishes at this Little Italy favorite, like homemade lamb lasagna with mushroom and porcini or lamb shank with roasted truffle potatoes.
Date: April 15-16
Location: 750 West Fir Street, Little Italy
Phone: (619) 450-4786

Bertrand at Mister A’s
Savor your meal with some of the San Diego’s best skyline views at Bertrand at Mister A’s. Their Easter brunch features a three-course prix-fixe menu with highlights like house made ricotta and blueberry crepes, lamb osso bucco with gnocchi, and a Tahitian vanilla bean crème brulèe.
Price: $59.50 per person
Date: April 16
Location: 2550 Fifth Avenue, Bankers Hill
Phone: (619) 239-1377

Bleu Bohème
The French restaurant is offering a prix-fixe brunch menu featuring savory quiche and egg dishes, rosemary roasted potatoes, and more. A specialty “Pastèque Martini” will be available as well, crafted with imported French vodka, Grand Marnier, watermelon, lime, and a fresh melon skewer.
Price: $54.95 per adult, $18 per child
Date: April 16
Location: 4090 Adams Avenue, Kensington
Phone: (619) 255-4167

BO-beau Kitchen + Garden
The La Mesa eatery will be serving a brunch menu featuring favorites like fried chicken and waffles and crab cake benedict with citrus hollandaise.
Date: April 16
Location: 8384 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa
Phone: (619) 337-3445

Cafe 222
All April long, Cafe 222 will be paying homage to eggs Benedict by serving three different renditions of the beloved breakfast dish. Each one will be served on oversized house-baked angel biscuits and with grilled potatoes.
Date: month of April
Location: 222 Island Avenue, Downtown
Phone: (619) 236-9902

Coasterra
Celebrate with ocean and skyline views at Coasterra’s champagne buffet brunch, featuring omelet options, an enchilada and tostada station, and a prime rib and smoked salmon carving station.
Price: $69.95 per adult, $17.95 per child 6–12
Date: April 16
Location: 880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island
Phone: (619) 814-1300

Coastline and Kitchen 1540
L’Auberge Del Mar is offering brunch buffets at two of its restaurants. Spend the holiday by the ocean at Coastline’s seaside brunch buffet featuring hot breakfast items as well as carving, seafood, cheese, and dessert stations or enjoy the same buffet at Kitchen 1540’s outdoor patio.
Price: $90 per adult, $30 per child under 12
Date: April 16
Location: 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar
Phone: (858) 793-6460

Corvette Diner
The Liberty Station diner is offering a few specialty brunch items as well as an antipasto Bloody Mary and peach Peep mimosa. Easter eggs will be hidden throughout the diner, so make sure the young ones bring an Easter basket.
Date: April 16
Location: 2965 Historic Decatur Road, Liberty Station
Phone: (619) 542-1476

Farmer & The Seahorse
Chef Brian Malarkey and Chef de Cuisine Jason Gethin have created a brunch buffet menu that includes egg custard French toast, crab and lobster benedict, breakfast flatbreads, a carving station of slow roasted ham and smoked sea salt crusted prime rib, and more.
Price: $64.95 per adult, $24.95 per child 12 and under
Date: April 16
Location: 10996 Torreyana Road, UTC
Phone: (858) 260-5400

Herb & Eatery 
Coffee, cocktails, and a wide array of freshly baked cookies and pastries await you at this Little Italy eatery. Along with the sweets, Chef Brian Malarkey is serving a savory Easter brunch menu with dishes like Spanish-inspired baked eggs. Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and wine will be available as well.
Date: April 16
Location: 2210 Kettner Boulevard, Little Italy
Phone: (619) 794-2790

Herringbone 
A three-course prix-fixe menu is on the docket at La Jolla’s fresh seafood spot. Guests can dine on brioche French toast, a two-hand burger, and Baja stone crab avocado toast crafted by Executive Chef Jessie Glessner.
Price: $40 per adult, $12 per child
Date: April 16
Location: 7837 Herschel Avenue, La Jolla
Phone: (858) 459-0221

Hotel del Coronado
The iconic hotel will prepare an extravagant champagne Easter brunch event, giving guests the choice to dine in the Crown Room or Ocean View Ballroom. After brunch, guests can head to the Windsor Lawn for an Easter egg hunt or stop by Easter Donutland at the Sunset Bar for fresh coffee, donuts, mimosas, and Bloody Marys.
Price: $125–$135 per adult, $50 per child over 5
Date: April 16
Location: 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado
Phone: (619) 522-8490

Indigo Grill 
Entertain a hearty three-course meal at the trendy Little Italy restaurant with options like salt and pepper shrimp, house-favorite hickory and apple-smoked pork ribs, and fresh churros.
Price: $44.95 per adult, $13.95 per child
Date: April 16
Location: 1536 India Street, Little Italy
Phone: (619) 234-6802

Lakehouse Hotel & Resort
Dine dockside and listen to live music at Decoy. The brunch meal will include flowing sparkling wine, chilled seafood, hand-carved meat options, and a full dessert bar. Dine between 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. for a free children’s Easter egg hunt.
Price: $60 per adult, $19 per child 12 and under
Date: April 16
Location: 1025 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos
Phone: (760) 744-0120

The Melting Pot
Indulge in a four-course fondue meal to celebrate the holiday. Guests will choose a cheese fondue, salad, decadent dessert, and endless entrée, with options like premium filet mignon, Memphis-style dry rub pork, and basil pesto chicken.
Price: $53.95 per person
Date: April 16
Location: 901 5th Avenue, Gaslamp
Phone: (619) 234-5554

Monello
The Milanese-influenced restaurant will be serving holiday-themed dishes all weekend long like a lamb eggs Benedict with spinach and a lamb pizza made with cheese, mushroom, and spinach.
Date: April 15-16
Location: 750 West Fir Street, Little Italy
Phone: (619) 501-0030

Parc Bistro-Brasserie 
Get your brunch on in the heart with classic French dishes including crepes, steak, and seafood towers. Specialty cocktails and bottomless mimosas will also be available.
Date: April 16
Location: 2760 5th Avenue, Bankers Hill
Phone: (619) 319-9472

Ponsaty’s
Delight in king crab legs or leg of lamb while listening to live music. Their Easter brunch buffet features a variety of seasonal dishes as well as $15 bottomless mimosas and house made Bloody Marys.
Date: begins April 6
Location: 6106 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe
Phone: (858) 771-1871

The Prado at Balboa Park
Head to the chocolate fountain at The Prado’s champagne buffet brunch this Easter Sunday. Along with the melted Belgian chocolate, the Balboa Park restaurant will be serving a variety of egg, pancake, fish, and salad options, as well as prime rib and honey-glazed ham.
Price: $64.95 per adult, $17.95 per child 6–12
Date: April 16
Location: 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park
Phone: (619) 557-9441

Rancho Bernardo Inn
Dine at one of Rancho Bernardo Inn’s restaurants for their traditional brunch buffet or special three-course brunch menu, an Easter egg hunt on Aragon Lawn, and an opportunity to take pictures with the Easter Bunny.
Price: $63–$75 per adult, $25 per child
Date: April 16
Location: 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo
Phone: (888) 976-4417

Searsucker Del Mar
Diners will enjoy a three-course prix-fixe Easter brunch with menu highlights of grilled shrimp and avocado toast, chicken chilaquiles, and a sea salted caramel tart.
Price: $35 per person
Date: April 16
Location: 12995 El Camino Real, Del Mar
Phone: (858) 369-5700

Searsucker San Diego
Feast on green eggs and ham and other holiday-inspired dishes at the downtown restaurant’s three-course prix-fixe menu.
Price: $40 per person
Date: April 16
Location: 611 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp
Phone: (619) 233-7327

SEA180
Chef Ken Irvine has prepared a buffet brunch menu that includes a pancake station, a prime rib carving station, fresh seafood plates, and more.
Price: $59.95 per adult, $17.95 per child 6–12
Date: April 16
Location: 800 Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach
Phone: (619) 631-4949

The Shores
Just a walk off the beach, enjoy a buffet brunch at the hacienda-style La Jolla Shores Hotel restaurant, where guests can explore the menu of soups, salads, meat, fish, pastas, and desserts. Children can visit the kid’s station where mac ‘n’ cheese and tater tots await.
Price: $58 per adult, $29 per child 6–12, $4 per child 5 and under
Date: April 16
Location: 8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla
Phone: (866) 644-2630

Trust
The Hillcrest eatery will be serving a special lemon meringue French toast for Easter brunch. The dish is made with brioche bread and topped with vanilla ricotta, toasted almonds, lemon curd, graham crackers, and blueberries.
Date: April 15–16
Location: 3752 Park Boulevard, Hillcrest
Phone: (619) 795-6901

THE US GRANT
Feast on of soups, salads, holiday-inspired specialty dishes, fresh seafood, prime meats, house-made pastries, and an extravagant dessert selection at this historic hotel’s Easter champagne brunch buffet.
Price: $78 per adult
Date: April 16
Location: 326 Broadway, Downtown
Phone: (619) 744-2039

Vessel Restaurant + Bar 
Kona Kai Resort & Spa’s contemporary restaurant and 360° bar is offering a buffet-style brunch on Easter Sunday complete with bottomless mimosas, live music from Hank Easton, and a variety of classic California dishes with a modern spin.
Price: $65 per adult, children pay their age up to $12
Date: April 16
Location: 1551 Shelter Island Drive, Point Loma
Phone: (619) 221-8000

Vintana wine + dine
Wine and dine at this modern North County restaurant with a three-course menu including chicken, steak, lamb, and fish dishes. Don’t leave without trying Chef Deborah Scott’s potted brownie, served with banana ice cream, walnuts, and ganache.
Price: $54.95 per adult, $13.95 per child
Date: April 16
Location: 1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido
Phone: (760) 745-7777

The Westgate Hotel
Hop over to The Westgate Hotel for their Easter champagne brunch filled with fresh seafood, made-to-order omelets, carving stations, and a children’s section where there will be face painting and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Price: $89 per adult, $35 per child under 12
Date: April 16
Location: 1055 2nd Avenue, Downtown
Phone: (800) 522-1564

 

Events & Specials

Belmont’s Easter Bash
San Diego’s iconic amusement park is offering two brunch options and two Easter egg hunt opportunities this holiday. Register your little ones for the earlier Mission Beach egg hunt for $5 per child, which has set time slots based on age, or head to the free-for-all afternoon amusement park egg hunt later in the day. Choose between a buffet-style brunch at WaveHouse or a plated meal at Draft to complete the celebration.
Date: April 16
Location: 3146 Mission Boulevard, Mission Beach
Phone: (858) 228-9283

The Curious Fork
The weekend before Easter, the gluten-free café is hosting a “Naturally Dyed Extraordinary Eggs” class, where Chef Kurt Waefler will teach techniques in applying flowers and leaves to dyed eggs and explore wax-resistant methods as well. Attendees will dye the eggs using natural plant pigments and will take home 18 decorative works of their own.
Price: $49 per person
Date: April 8
Location: 512 Via De La Valle, Solana Beach
Phone: (858) 876-6386

Easter Bunny Teas at The Westgate Hotel 
Attend the Easter Bunny Teas event at The Westgate for kid-friendly petit-fours and mini pastries served with a traditional European afternoon tea. Guests can watch a festive magician performance, meet the Easter Bunny, and go on an Eater egg hunt on the Riviera Terrace.
Price: $50 per adult, $35 per child
Date: April 14 & 15
Location: 1055 2nd Avenue, Downtown
Phone: (800) 522-1564

Flagship Cruise 
Sail along 25 miles of San Diego coastline while you enjoy a buffet-style brunch on one of Flagship’s luxury yachts. The Easter brunch cruise includes complimentary mimosas and champagne, a buffet brunch including made-to-order omelets and freshly baked desserts, and live music.
Price: $74.50 per adult, $44.70 per child
Date: April 16
Location: 990 North Harbor Drive, Downtown
Phone: (619) 234-4111

Flower Hill Promenade
For a less conventional Easter egg hunt, head to Del Mar’s open-air shopping center for a self-guided Easter egg treasure hunt. Kids will visit more than 20 stores in search of hidden treasures.
Price: free
Date: April 15
Location: 2720 Via De La Valle, Del Mar (starts at Geppetto’s Toys)
Phone: (858) 481-2904

Hornblower Cruises & Events
Celebrate Easter with unlimited champagne or sparkling cider aboard one of Hornblower's Easter Brunch Cruises. Indulge in an array of fresh, chef-prepared creations, a carving station, and tower of decadent dessert while cruising through the San Diego harbor.
Price: $66.95 per person
Date: April 16
Location: Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Drive
Phone:
(888) 467-6256

La Jolla Recreation Center
Arts and crafts, goodie bags, a Peter Rabbit meet-and-greet, and a spring egg hunt are on the agenda at the La Jolla Recreation Center. Arrive prepared with baskets and cameras on hand.
Price: $5 per person
Date: April 15
Location: 615 Prospect Street, La Jolla
Phone: (858) 552-1658

The Ranch at Bandy Canyon
Have a picnic on the lawn and gardens and take in views of the San Pasqual Valley at The Ranch at Bandy Canyon. You can bring your own food and drinks or purchase some bites from a food truck that will be onsite. For $10 kids get unlimited access to venue activities including pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, and an Easter egg hunt.
Price: $45 per car up to 4 people
Date: April 16
Location: 16251 Bandy Canyon Road, Escondido
Phone: (760) 871-6494

San Diego Zoo
Start your Easter with a buffet brunch and omelet bar at the Treetops Banquet Room where Executive Chef Chris Mirguet and Albert’s Chef Charles Boukas have prepared a special meal with menu highlights including bacon and Swiss cheese stuffed chicken and baked pasta au gratin. Then wander around the park grounds to discover the different animals at the zoo.
Price: $46.95 per adult, $18.95 for children 3 – 11 (plus price of admission)
Date: April 16
Location: 2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park
Phone: (619) 557-3964

San Diego Zoo Safari Park 
Munch on a gourmet brunch at the Hunte Nairobi Pavilion with dishes like Mediterranean spice-crusted roast leg of lamb and rainbow Easter salad. After you can check out the several safari tour and tram options to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s most treasured animals.
Price: $46.95 per adult, $18.95 per child (plus price of admission)
Date: April 16
Location: 1500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido
Phone: (619) 718-3000

Seaport Village Easter Bunny Photos
Leading up to the holiday, grab your little ones and head to Seaport Village for pictures with the Easter Bunny.
Price: $25 - $50
Date: April 1-2, April 7-15
Location: 849 West Harbor Drive, Downtown
Phone: (619) 235-4014

Sur La Table
Together children and adults will learn how to make, bake, and decorate Easter egg and Easter Bunny sugar cookies as well as Easter basket carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting in a hands-on class.
Price: $49 per person
Date: April 16
Location: 7007 Friars Road, Mission Valley
Phone: (800) 243-0852

 

Sweets

Extraordinary Desserts 
Bring some pastels to your Easter table with Pastry Chef Karen Krasne’s newest creation – a matcha misu cake. The treat features matcha green tea-soaked ricotta cake layered between Italian mascarpone rum custard and whipped cream, and topped with green matcha powder, matcha caramels, and pink flowers. For more, head to their European brunch on Easter Sunday for an array of gourmet cheeses, house-made dips and spreads, and several sweet treats.
Price: $9.95 per slice
Date: April 16
Location: 1430 Union Street, Little Italy / 2929 Fifth Avenue, Balboa Park
Phone: (619) 294-7001 / (619) 294-2132

Sprinkles Cupcakes 
Nibble on some gourmet cupcakes with Sprinkles’ HOP box. The dozen contains dark chocolate, red velvet, swirl, and carrot cupcakes, decorated with pink and green bunnies for a little festive touch.
Price: $45 per box
Date: April 4 – 16
Location: 8855 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla
Phone: (858) 457-3800

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