The Best Places To Celebrate Easter In Orange County

Grilled asparagus bundle with fried quail egg, shaved Parmesan and piquillo pepper sauce at The Deck

Easter is on Sunday, April 20, so make your reservations for brunch and dinner now. We’ve lined up the best places to celebrate Easter in Orange County this year.

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
Indulge in a lavish Easter buffet brunch featuring a seafood-on-ice carving, chef’s salads, sushi and caviar station, dim sum, custom waffles, pancakes and omelets, carving station and more. Kids will love the cookie decorating station and a visit by the Easter Bunny. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $115 adults; $57.50 children 4-12. One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.2000.

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
Celebrate Easter N’ Awlins style with mint juleps and brunch specialties such as pork debris and biscuits, bananas foster French toast, chicken and waffles, buttermilk fried New York steak and eggs, Cajun omelet and more. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Kid-friendly menu available. Downtown Disney, 1590 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, 714.776.5200.

Mastro’s Ocean Club
Experience a memorable Easter brunch or dinner while taking in the ocean view. Live entertainment by Henry and Francis from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Br, 10 a.m.-3 p.m; D, 4-10 p.m. 8112 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.376.6990.

Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar
Dine lakeside for Easter brunch with a unique prix fixe menu featuring dishes such as crème brülée French toast, biscuits and short rib gravy, pumpkin ravioli and crab cake Benedict. $26 adults; $16 children. Bottomless mimosas $15. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Al fresco seating weather permitting. Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel, 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, 714.442.8593.

The Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort
Shades Restaurant & Bar is featuring an elaborate Easter brunch with artisan cheeses, salads, Alaskan crab legs, oysters on the half shell, sushi, made-to-order crab cakes, carving board, breakfast station and an abundant dessert table in the Pacific Ballroom. Enjoy live entertainment, a children’s egg decorating area, two poolside Easter Egg Hunts (11 a.m. and 3 p.m.) and visits from the Easter Bunny. Seatings at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. $72 adults; $18 children 12 and under. 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.845.8000.

Scott’s Restaurant & Bar
Enjoy a delicious brunch at the award-winning restaurant with delectable cuisine and endless mimosas. A three-course menu includes a variety of sweet and savory options like shrimp cakes, cheesecake stuffed beignets, braised beef short ribs and truffle mac ‘n cheese just to name a few. $50 adults; $12 children 12 and under (kid’s menu). 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.979.2400.

Island Hotel
Celebrate Easter with family and friends by enjoying a lavish champagne brunch buffet in the Island Hotel’s luxurious ballroom, complete with a special appearance from the Easter Bunny. The sounds of live jazz music will fill the room as you savor a build-your-own pancake bar, elegant carving station, made-to-order eggs and omelets and a chilled seafood bar. $85 adults; $29 children 5-12; children 4 and under are free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920.

Spend the afternoon dining on a three-course Easter brunch complete with free flowing champagne and dishes created by Executive Chef Paul Gstrein. Opt to dine al fresco on the gorgeous wrap-around patio, complete with heaters and sun drapes. 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.1222.

Laguna Cliffs Marriott
The hotel will be putting on a festive champagne brunch complete with live entertainment, an Easter egg hunt, face painting, coloring and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Highlights include seared herb salmon, clam chowder, soft shell crab and King crab legs, ceviche bar, carvery station, custom omelets and chocolate fountain. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $80 adults; $40 children 6-12. 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.487.7516.

Ways & Means
Chefs de Cuisine Benjamin Wallenbeck and Justin Odegard crafted Easter menus that are sure to please. Brunch includes a three-course meal with selections such as smoked deviled eggs with salmon mousse, blueberry pancakes with brüléed banana and house made chocolate brownie served with vanilla ice cream, peanut butter mousse and raspberry coulis. Dinner guests can enjoy a three-course dinner including delectable dishes like creamy lobster bisque with avocado crème fraîche, seared Scottish salmon with confit of heirloom tomato and citrus peppercorn butter and Fuji apple cobbler with a caramel bacon glaze. Brunch, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $25; dinner, 5-9 p.m. $45. 513 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.516.1800.

Hotel Irvine
Delight in a traditional Easter celebration with Chef Albert’s brunch favorites at Six Park Grill including made-to-order omelets, French toast, quiche Lorraine, peppercorn-crusted prime rib, fresh seafood and an array of sweets. Brunch includes bottomless champagne, coffee, juice and sodas. $57 adults; $23 children 4-12; children under 4 are free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 888.230.4452.

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
Families will love Easter brunch here with selections such as strawberries and cream French toast, cinnamon sugar French toast and country chicken and biscuits on the menu. Mimosas, Hair of the Dog Bloody Marys and house made sangrias are only $5. Feel free to bring Fido as dogs can be next to patio diners. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 240 S. State College Blvd., Brea, 714.529.9300; 16310 Beach Blvd., Westminster, 714.500.1140; 13290 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 714.731.9700; 1623 W. Katella Ave., Orange, 714.769.7020.

Montage Laguna Beach
Bring the family for brunch in the Grand Ballroom and stay for pictures with the Easter Bunny, an egg scavenger hunt and a petting zoo. Delight in a 12-station holiday buffet complete with live music. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $105 adults; $45 children 4-12. 30801 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.6010.

The Deck
Spend Easter Sunday on one of the most picturesque beaches in Southern California. From 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz will be offering ocean-to-table favorites such as classic lobster bisque; Maine lobster risotto, oysters on the half shell as well as quiche Lorraine, Laguna cioppino and rack of lamb chops. 627 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Laguna Beach, 949.494.6700.

Orange Hill
Savor a delicious Easter brunch while taking in the beautiful views of Orange County from this unique hilltop hideaway. The decadent buffet brunch includes crab legs, peel and eat shrimp, a sushi station, made-to-order omelets and pasta, carving stations featuring glazed ham, leg of lamb, prime rib and Italian sausage rope as well as a variety of specialty desserts. Kids of all ages will delight in a special appearance from the Easter Bunny. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $49.95 adults; $24.95 children. 6410 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.997.2910.

Dine on contemporary farm to table cuisine by Executive Chef Aaron Anderson this Easter with menu highlights including ricotta pancakes with macerate strawberries and basil, lobster eggs Benedict and a caprese omelet. 11a.m.-3 p.m. 31111 Rancho Viejo Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.240.8100.

The Huntington Beach darling will be serving a three-course Easter brunch including choices such as New England clam chowder, fried chicken and country gravy, grilled jumbo prawns and spring vegetable risotto and cinnamon beignets. $49.95; includes bottomless champagne. 21022 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714.536.5700.

Fig & Olive
Executive Chef Pascal Lorange is cooking up a prix fixe Easter menu you won’t want to miss. Highlights include lobster bisque, fig gorgonzola tartlet, roasted rack of lamb, crab cake Benedict and their signature chocolate cake. Fashion Island, 151 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.877.3005.

The Resort at Pelican Hill
Amidst Pacific Ocean panoramas, delight in an Easter egg hunt, Easter Bunny visits, face painting and balloon shaping on the picturesque Rotunda Lawn. Feast on traditional brunch favorites with California and Tuscan accents. $115 adults; $55 children 5-12. 22701 Pelican Hill Road S., Newport Coast, 888.315.8214.

The Beachcomber
You can’t get much closer to the beach than The Beachcomber with it’s prime location. Listen to the waves as you start off with champagne, mimosas or orange juice followed by beignets and ambrosia and your choice of entree such as rock shrimp frittata, lemon ricotta blueberry pancakes or short ribs and eggs. $35.95 adults; $13.95 children. 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, 949.376.6900.

Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen
Spend Easter Sunday listening to live music while dining on a special two-course brunch menu including Cha Cha hash and poached eggs with roasted chicken, peppers, potatoes, cheese and tomatillo sauce; huevos rancheros and pan roasted mahi mahi. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 110 W. Birch St., Brea, 714.255.1040.

Antonello Ristorante Group
Order a delicious chocolate banana bunny cake for your Easter gathering, available for pick up at all four locations. $40. Antonello, 3800 S. Plaza Dr., Santa Ana, 714.751.7153; Quattro Caffe and Antonello Espresso Bar at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.754.0300; Nello Cucina at South Coast Plaza’s Crystal Court, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, 714.540.3365.

Blackmarket Bakery
Apr. 16-19. The scrumptious bakery will hide five eggs throughout The Camp each day until Easter containing coupons for free pastries, shirts, Keán coffee and more. Once all five eggs have been found, players will need to wait until the next morning for the next hunt. While you are there, pick up Easter desserts from their new spring menu such as lavender almond scones, strawberry bee sting, blueberry lemon pinwheel, braided challah, carrot cake and more. 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.662.3095.

Easter Bunny at South Coast Plaza
Through Apr. 19. Visit the Easter Bunny at his beautiful home at South Coast Plaza where spring has sprung in the flower-filled setting. Get your picture taken and partake in family fun-filled crafts at the activity tables. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888.

Easter Bunny at Fashion Island
Through Apr. 19. Grab the bonnets and bring children of all ages to have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny in his spring garden gazebo . 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.2000.

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