Where to Celebrate Easter in San Diego

Easter

From chef-created menus to elevated buffets, indulge in a delicious brunch this Easter.

Celebrate Easter in San Diego with egg hunts, ocean views and more.

Edited by Eva Scattergood.

EVENTS

Easter Bunny Teas
Mar. 30-31. Don your best tea time outfit and join The Westgate Hotel for their Easter Bunny Teas, featuring kid-friendly petit-fours and mini pastries paired with a traditional European afternoon tea. Families can also partake in an egg hunt on the Riviera Terrace, watch a magical performance by a festive magician and meet the Easter Bunny. 2:30-5 p.m. $50 adults, $35 children 12 and under. The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave., San Diego. westgatehotel.com

 

Spring Eggstravaganza
Mar. 31-Apr. 1. Celebrate the arrival of Spring and the changes it brings by joining the Birch Aquarium for the biggest Eggstravaganza ever. Explore animal eggs, create a shark egg craft and participate in an “underwater egg hunt”—no basket needed. Don’t miss free face painting and special appearances by Scuba Bunny at the special Eggstravaganza-themed dive shows. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Included with aquarium admission. Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, 858.534.3474. aquarium.ucsd.edu

 

Easter

Enjoy a prix-fixe three-course meal at A.R. Valentien.

DINING

A.R. Valentien
Apr. 1. Savor a special three-course prix-fixe Easter lunch prepared by executive chef Jeff Jackson alongside panoramic views overlooking the Torrey Pines Golf Course. Gather with friends and family for tempting choices such as honey-glazed ham, Alaskan halibut and roasted prime ribeye. Leave room for dessert with sweet endings like a chocolate hazelnut torte. Noon-3 p.m. $80 adults; $95 with free-flowing sparkling wine; $45 children under 12. A.R. Valentien, 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. Reservations

 

Catamaran Resort
Apr. 1. Get together with loved ones for a memorable Easter buffet brunch with stunning views of Mission Bay and live piano entertainment. Buffet highlights include mini Belgian waffles, baked salmon, spicy shrimp salad and prime rib. Families can participate in egg hunts and meet the Easter Bunny for photos throughout the day. Every brunch purchase includes a complimentary cruise on a beautiful Mission Bay sternwheeler, the Bahia Belle or the William D. Evans. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $56 adults; $25 children ages 5-11; Free for children under 5. Catamaran Resort, 3999 Mission Blvd., San Diego. catamaranresort.com

 

Crown Landing
Apr. 1. Enjoy waterfront dining as you indulge in a lavish brunch at Crown Landing. Selections include a benedict bar, omelette station, a variety of salads, a carving station featuring an assortment of meats, seafood favorites, an artisan display and desserts. There is even a special buffet for the little ones, featuring the ultimate kid’s picks. Brunch guests also have access to complimentary egg hunts, cookie decorating and other fun activities at Loews Coronado Bay Resort. 10:30 a.m-3:30 p.m. $64 adults, $25 children. Crown Landing, 4000 Coronado Bay Road, Coronado. Reservations

 

Fishmonger’s Market
Apr. 1. Brought to life by celebrity chef Frankie “The Bull” Terzoli, this European-style fish market and dining destination is offering an Easter seafood buffet extravaganza. Celebrate in style with your choice of buffet-style plates of sustainably-sourced, fresh-caught seafood including smoked salmon frittata, lobster deviled eggs, glazed ham, steamed mussels, smoked brisket, crab cake poached eggs, endless snow crab, smoked fish salad, octopus salad, an assortment of delicate crudo and much more. Reservations required. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $49.95 adults, $18.95 children 12 and under. Fishmonger’s Market, 1735 Hancock St., San Diego. 619.756.7345.  fishmongersmarkets.com

 

Herb & Wood
Apr. 1. Don’t miss the highly anticipated Easter brunch at Herb & Wood with an elevated menu featuring imaginative twists on brunch classics. Menu highlights range from Dutch baby soufflé pancakes with huckleberries, lemon curd and vanilla chantilly to more savory dishes such as the jamón Ibérico benedict and a lobster thermidor with sofrito, herbs, tarragon, béarnaise and bread crumbs. Sip on brunch cocktails complete with a Bloody Mary selection and mimosas, and then satisfy your sweet tooth with a dish from the dessert menu. 10 a.m-2:30 p.m. Herb & Wood, 2210 Kettner Blvd., San Diego. Reservations

 

L’Auberge Del Mar
Apr. 1. Bring the family to L’Auberge Del Mar for an Easter brunch buffet with sweeping ocean views. For starters, choose from croissants and seasonal fruits to granola, donuts and muffins. Hot breakfast selections include eggs benedict, roasted new potatoes and asparagus and white cheddar quiche. The seafood station features poached shrimp, bass ceviche and other options. Additional highlights include a variety of pastas and a carving station, as well as brunch items in cast iron like chicken piccata and lamb shank with pecorino polenta and capanata. Finish your meal with dessert offerings such as dipped peeps, vanilla nest cupcakes with robins’ eggs, pastel macaroons, carrot cupcakes and more. Seatings at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. $90 adults, $30 children under 12. KITCHEN 1540, 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.793.6460. laubergedelmar.com

 

Easter La Valencia

Enjoy ocean views while you dine at La Valencia.

La Valencia
Apr. 1. Feast on an elevated brunch buffet at La Valencia that features a chef attended omelet station, a baja chilaquiles station and a La V crab cake benedict station. Additional highlights include buttermilk blueberry and lemon pancakes as well as mini cupcakes, opera cakes and cheesecakes from the dessert station. Adults can sip on bottomless mimosas and sparkling wine with their meals. The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance, just in time for the egg hunt in El Jardin—the hotel’s garden overlooking the Pacific. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $89 adults, $39 children. La Valencia, 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla. Reservations

 

Provisional Kitchen
Apr. 1. Get in the Easter Sunday spirit with a delectable brunch at Provisional Kitchen in the heart of San Diego’s iconic Gaslamp Quarter. Fill your plate at the waffle and crepe station, bakery counter, sweets display or the healthy bar—which includes fruits and parfaits. If guests are in the mood for a savory brunch, there will be a seafood bar, omelette station and carving station. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $49 adults, $15 children ages 3-12. Provisional Kitchen, 425 5th Ave., San Diego. Reservations

 

Tidal
Apr. 1. Experience Mission Bay’s sparkling waters at Tidal’s Easter Day brunch. Guests can enjoy brunch specials including bacon wrapped loco coco; yuzu ricotta pancakes with blueberry vanilla compote and whipped mascarpone; and sweet chili rum glazed ham. Pair your meal with a mimosa special offering $30 bottles of champagne with a variety of juice mixers. Tidal, 1404 Vacation Road, San Diego, 858.490.6363. destinationhotels.com

 

THE US GRANT
Apr. 1. Gather with friends, family and the Easter Bunny to savor a bountiful array of culinary favorites crafted by executive chef Mark Kropczynski during this Easter champagne brunch buffet. Indulge in breakfast beginnings, holiday-inspired specialty stations, fresh seafood, prime meats, housemade pastries and a dessert display. Reservations required. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $78 adults, senior and children’s pricing offered. THE US GRANT, 326 Broadway, San Diego, 619.744.2046.  theusgrant.com

 

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