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Easter Brunch in San Diego

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Brunch has recently become the obsession of many millennials. 20-somethings want to eat their late breakfast/early lunch at a hip spot with lots of character, and they want their meal to be picture perfect. It seems that Sunday brunch has become the most important (and most photographed) meal of the week.

This Sunday is perhaps one of the biggest brunch days of the year, since brunch is a big part of Easter Sunday traditions for many families. Millions of people will dress up in their Sunday best, pile into the car for whatever service or gathering they will attend, and afterward they will head out to wait in a long line at a restaurant until, at last, they will sit down at the table and place their orders for a long-awaited and well-deserved brunch.

This year, make sure that the establishment you choose for your Easter brunch is top notch.

Flagship Cruises Easter Brunch Cruise

Flagship Cruises is bringing their special harbor cruise for your Easter celebrations. Come out for a swanky evening of sipping champagne, mimosas, and a delectable spread of scrumptious foods, including made-to-order omelets.

Easter Champagne Jazz Brunch at The Abbey

Head to the historic Abbey on Fifth Avenue for a refined Easter Brunch with a special appearance with the Easter Bunny. Enjoy a lively celebration with bottomless champagne and a flavorful spread of the finest meats, cheeses and classic brunch favorites. Don’t forget to savor the overflowing tables of decadent desserts. Hit the dance floor or relax at your private table as you savor the spirited melodies of live jazz by Republic of Music.

JSix Easter Brunch

Enjoy an egg-cellent Easter Brunch at JSix! The East Village hot spot will be serving dishes such as Green Chilaquiles with tomatillo, avocado, chicken, cotija and crema, and Brioche French Toast with apricot almond sauce, mascarpone gelato and toasted almonds. The restaurant also carries lighter fare, like their Honest Protein Bowl with egg whites, avocado, black beans, grilled chicken and spinach, and House-Made Granola with Greek yogurt, mixed berries and honey

The Local Eatery and Drinking Hole Easter Brunch

Eat local this Easter at The Local’s holiday brunch menu! Nestled in the heart of downtown San Diego, the restaurant and bar will be serving up springtime specials such as Ham QuicheCrab Benedict and a decadent Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding with a Grand Marnier Cream Cheese icing. Guests can also kick off their holiday with The Local’s famous brunch beverages, like the Local MaryThe Dude and Hot Cox. Easter Sunday reservations will be accepted, although they will not be required.

OB Surf Lodge Easter Brunch 

You’ll be looking on the sunny side up with OB Surf Lodge’s oceanfront brunch views! The family-friendly waterfront restaurant is known for their deliciously sweet and savory brunch options including theirCarnitas Benny with roasted poblano, avocado, jack cheese and ancho hollandaise. They are also known for their Brie Stuffed French Toast served with a seasonal fruit jam and toasted macadamia nuts.

Herb & Wood

Herb & Wood is celebrating the one year anniversary of it’s renowned brunch with a four course Easter menu. Options include dishes such as Dungeness Crab Hash, Burrata and Crispy Prosciutto Toast, Shakshuka, and Bananas Foster French Toast…YUM! The menu also includes a pastry basket to start created by Executive Pastry Chef Adrian Mendoza, along with the choice of Strawberry Vacherin or Chocolate Pots de Creme for dessert.  The pre-fixe menu costs $48.88, and a kids menu is also available for $15.99 including options like French toast and kids mini quiche. Reservations are recommended.

Farmer & The Seahorse

Farmer & The Seahorse, in La Jolla’s Torrey Pines neighborhood, is offering guests the opportunity to celebrate Easter out in the sunshine with brunch on their gorgeous patio, perfect for the spring weather. The eatery will be serving up their delicious brunch menu with specialities like their irresistible Lobster Roll, along with some Easter specials and a few festive surprises, including an Easter egg hunt and Easter Bunny appearance for the kids. Reservations are encouraged.

JRDN Restaurant

Gather beachside at JRDN in Pacific Beach for Easter brunch with a view. Served from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., we recommend starting off with their Jumbo Sticky Buns ($10) made daily by Chef Melody Yono and then spicing things up with their Chilaquiles + Eggs ($16) served with chorizo, guajillo chili salsa, queso fresco, pico de gallo, avocado and lime crema. Sip on their acclaimed Brunch Mary or build-your-own mimosa while you take in the ocean views.

Trust Restaurant

Experience the wood-fired cookery of Chef Brad Wise, brunch style, at Trust Restaurant for their Easter brunch. Reserve your table early to try their Ultimate Sticky Bun ($12), made daily in limited quantities. Save room for their Smoked Pork Shoulder Hash ($15) with sunny side egg, Fresno chili, black bean + radish salsa, n’duja mayo and cilantro or their Smoked Salmon Toast ($15)served with herb goat cheese, arugula, red onions, boiled egg, fried capers, radish and fresh fruit.

The MED at La Valencia

One of the most show-stopping and popular brunches you just have to attend is Easter at THE MED. The ocean view restaurant boosts a food smorgasbord full or action stations and whimsical dishes. Guests can choose from items such as quiche, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, a seafood selection of fresh shucked oysters, crudo, crab claws and jumbo shrimp, fresh salads and crudité, as well as action stations such as omelets, meat carving and dessert. The brunch buffet menu is $89 per adult, and $39 per child. 

Fort Oak

Make reservations for Easter brunch now for San Diego’s newest dining gem tucked away in Mission Hills. We recommend going with a group to share a little bit of everything but if you have to choose, try the Chicken Fried Quail and French Toast ($16) with hot honey, date puree and house-cultured butter or the Corn Beef Hash Benedict ($15) with poached eggs, cabbage, hollandaise, rye panko, and potatoes. Elevate your Easter brunch with one of their brunch cocktails like the Continental ($12) with a blend of rums, pineapple, lime, chai maple syrup, whole egg. 

Hundred Proof

It wouldn’t be an Easter celebration without some breakfast cocktails at Hundred Proof. Located in University Heights, Bar Manager Stephen Kurpinsky has artfully transformed cereal favorites into delicious cocktails. Kurpinsky’s Fruit Loops Ramos Fizz and Cinnamon Toast Punch will take you back to Saturday morning cartoons at mom and dad’s. Complete your brunch experience with Pastry Chef Jeremy Harville’s latest creation: Bananas FosterBaked French Toast ($12), buttermilk soaked brioche baked to perfection and topped with bananas foster and cream cheese ice cream.

Twenty Grill

Indulge in an elegant Easter celebration at 20|Twenty Restaurant in Carlsbad with friends and family this year. Executive Chef Julian Quiñones will prepare a gourmet brunch buffet featuring a made-to-order omelet station, raw bar, carving station, freshly baked desserts and more. A children’s menu will also be available. Easter brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m on Sunday, April 21. The price is $85 for adults and $30 for children 12 and under, plus tax and gratuity. 

Easter Champagne Brunch at The Westgate Hotel

Guests can toast the holiday and honor spring with a delicious Easter brunch marked by French elegance, and, of course, champagne. Dishes include fresh seafood, made-to-order omelets, carving stations, a special children’s buffet selection, as well as a full array of quintessentially European gourmet dishes. While adults will delight in this sophisticated Parisian experience, children will love the entertainment which includes face-painting and a special visit from the Easter Bunny.

Cusp Restaurant

Cusp’s Easter Brunch is a family pleaser with classic dishes for all ages. Take advantage of Chef Ingrid Funes’ new brunch menu, featuring classic a la carte dishes like caramel french toast, a variety of benedicts and fresh salads. There will also be decadent specials like Prime Rib, Red Velvet Pancakes and House Cinnamon Rolls! Guests will also enjoy complimentary valet. Located on the top level of Hotel La Jolla, Cusp boasts panoramic views of La Jolla Shores, a beautiful backdrop for this special occasion.

Amici’s Ristobar

Amici’s Ristobar has set the stage for an exciting Easter Brunch Buffet, nestled in Carmel Valley’s The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. From 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM, join in a fabulous brunch buffet of all of your Easter Sunday favorites and more at this casual-upscale neighborhood restaurant, promising pleasing plates for the whole family to enjoy. This exclusive buffet brunch is available for $39.99 for adults and only $19.99 for kids ten and under.

Union Kitchen & Tap

Spend your Easter in the energetic Gaslamp District and stop by Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp for their Gourmet Easter Brunch, matched with live acoustic music from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., plus $15 bottomless mimosas. The buffet will be priced at $35 per person, and will include a variety of sweet and savory brunch items crafted to elevate your Easter Sunday experience. If Encinitas is closer to your stomping grounds, rest assured that Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas will feature a slew of brunch cocktail and food specials honed for the occasion, paired with bottomless mimosas from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bring the kids along for special Easter treats!

Fig Tree Café

Fig Tree Cafe Chicken Mango Sausage Scramble

Fig Tree Café’s garden-style flair is a fitting venue for an Easter Sunday brunch, featuring lush greenery and fresh ingredients to match. Wake up with their Iced Coco Mocha, comprised of chocolate, coconut, espresso and milk, topped with whipped cream, a sprinkling of mocha powder and coconut shavings. Sip your way to a tropical paradise with their Tropical Fruit Mimosa Flight, featuring Passion Fruit, Kiwi, Coconut/Raspberry and Pineapple tasters – an idyllic accompaniment to their Chicken-Mango Sausage Scramble special, prepared with three eggs, Canadian bacon, applewood smoked bacon, red onion and cheddar cheese.

Louisiana Purchase

North Park’s Louisiana Purchase will be launching their brand-new brunch on Easter weekend! Guests can enjoy dishes like LP Sardou – a 4 oz steak over English muffin and cream spinach, topped with crab boil poached eggs and a Marchand de vin and bearnaise or an Open Face Jambalaya Omlet. The Southern-inspired restaurant and cocktail bar will be offering food and drink specials throughout both Saturday and Sunday. Keep an eye on Louisiana Purchase’s social media for more details leading up to the fun-filled weekend.

The Smoking Gun

The Smoking Gun, Brisket Biscuits N’ Gravy

On Sunday, April 21st, The Smoking Gun’s Walk of Champagne Brunch will be paired with adult Easter eggs. We can’t say what sort of things you’ll find inside the plastic colored eggs, but for brunch you can look forward to gourmet biscuit dishes, like the Brisket Biscuit N’ Gravy, with eggs, caramelized onions, arugula and smoked beef brisket. Brunch also consists of sweet menu items like bacon pancakes, along with a handful of savory plates. And don’t forget the drinks – Irish Coffee, made with Jameson Caskmates, Dark Horse Coffee Roasters and whipped cream, is a great way to toast to the holiday!

Wherever you decide to brunch this Easter Sunday, don’t forget to snap some photos of your friends and family as well as your beautifully plated meal.

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