San Diego’s thriving dining scene will be hoppin’ on Easter Sunday (March 27), including some iconic spots like The Prado at Balboa Park and the Hotel del Coronado. Here’s a guide to Easter brunch at local eateries. Cheers!
Hotel Del Coronado
(1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 92118)
The Hotel Del Coronado’s Crown Room and oceanfront Ballroom will each host Champagne Brunch buffets on Easter Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., respectively, complete with live musical entertainment. The menus include classic holiday fare and special kid-friendly dishes for the little ones. Brunch ranges from $110 to $120 per adult and $43 to $45 per child ages 6 to 10. Children 5 and under eat free with a paying adult. Reservations are required, and can be made ahead of time online (http://hoteldel.com/events/easter-sunday/). Brunch and hotel guests can also enjoy complimentary Easter egg hunts on the Del’s Windsor Lawn throughout the day, plus photos with the Easter Bunny. Reservations are required for that as well by calling (619) 522-8815.
The Prado at Balboa Park
(1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101)
Celebrate Easter at The Prado located in the heart of Balboa Park. This year, Champagne Buffet Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., priced at $64.95 for adults and $16.95 for kids ages 6 to 12. Kids 6 and under eat free. The buffet will boast a variety of omelets, eggs benedict, a pancake station, salads, a seafood station, a dim-sum station and lots of decadent desserts, including a chocolate fountain. For reservations, call (619) 557-9441, ext. 1.
(2550 5th Ave., #406, San Diego, CA 92103)
Scenic, elegant Mister A’s will offer a prix fixe menu on Easter Sunday filled with seasonal favorites. Brunch is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $55 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling (619) 239-1377. If you can, snag a window seat. The view of the San Diego skyline is breathtaking.
L’Auberge Del Mar
(1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014)
The Del Mar resort (located at the historic site of the former Stratford Inn and Hotel Del Mar) has been a beachside staple on the North County for decades. The resort’s Coastline Easter Brunch Buffet will be served on March 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., boasting everything from hot breakfast and seafood stations, to brunch items in cast irons, including Halibut with Squash Blossoms and Potato Cake. Brunch is $90 per adult and $30 for children 12 and under. L’Auberge’s KITCHEN 1540 will also host a special, three-course, prix fixe Easter brunch menu at $45 per adult and $20 for children 12 and under. Reserve your spot by calling (858) 793-6460 or online via Open Table.
The Westgate Hotel
(1055 Second Ave., San Diego, CA 92101)
The Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego plans to host traditional Easter Champagne Brunch – complete with fresh seafood, omelets, carving stations and a special kids’ station – from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch is $79 for adults and $35 for children 12 and under. Kids will be entertained with face painting and a visit from the Easter Bunny, too. Reservations can be made online, or by calling (800) 522-1564.
The US GRANT
(326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101)
From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the US Grant will host its Easter Brunch Buffet. The menu includes a “Hash-Egg Station” serving items like smoked pork belly topped with a poached egg. Lots of sweets will line the tables, too, including pastries and an ice cream sundae bar. Entertainment includes photos with the Easter Bunny and live music. Easter brunch is $82 for adults, $72 for seniors and $39 for children 12 and under. Complimentary valet parking is available. Reservations are required; call (619) 744-2039.
Bali Hai Restaurant
(2230 Shelter Island Dr.)
The Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island will host Champagne Easter Brunch with a Polynesian flare from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The mouthwatering menu includes Brioche French Toast, a carving station and Luau favorites like Teriyaki Grilled Chicken with roasted peppers, pineapples and scallions, and Island Macaroni Salad, plus a plethora of island-inspired desserts. Brunch costs $45 for adults and $18 for children ages 6 to 12. Kids 5 and under are free. Reservations are strongly recommended by calling (619) 222-1181.
The Marine Room
(2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037)
For 75 years, this seaside staple in La Jolla has been known for its incredible views and the pounding surf that creates dramatic displays outside the restaurant’s windows. On Easter Sunday, The Marine Room will serve its holiday brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at $68 per person. The menu includes breakfast fare like Orange Blossom Water Ricotta Blintz and first course options like Cherry Wood Pastrami Smoked Salmon. Main course items include Signature Spindrift Seafood Crepes and many, many other items. A dessert station tops off the buffet. Check out the full menu online.
Tom Ham’s Lighthouse
(2150 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101)
One of San Diego’s best-known architectural landmarks on San Diego Bay (aka Beacon No. 9 on USCG Nautical Maps, in business since 1971) will host Sunday brunch on Easter with a host of scrumptious eats served against picturesque vistas of the bay, the downtown skyline and Coronado Island. Brunch starts at 9 a.m., with the last reserved seating set for 1:45 p.m. Brunch is $48 for adults and $18 for diners ages 5 to 18. Make your reservations online or by calling (619) 291-9110.