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The Most Delicious Easter Brunches in San Diego This Year

Savory Belgique Proscuitto Waffle Blue Boheme
Savory Belgique Proscuitto Waffle | Courtesy of Bleu Bohème
Savory Belgique Proscuitto Waffle | Courtesy of Bleu Bohème

Is there any better way to celebrate Easter than a boozy, leisurely brunch? From beachside bottomless mimosas to seafood-laden extravaganzas, San Diego has all your fondest brunch wishes covered -- but if you haven’t had time to actually look into making reservations yet, don’t panic. We’ve rounded up our favorite places to indulge, so you won’t have to spend Sunday morning regretfully hunched over a bowl of cold oatmeal.

The Prado at Balboa Park

Balboa Park

Enjoy Easter brunch in San Diego’s crown jewel
The Prado at Balboa Park celebrates Easter with an indulgent champagne brunch buffet that includes pancake and dim sum stations, a whipped potato martini bar, dozens of decadent pastries, substantial plates of short ribs, lemongrass salmon and oven roasted chicken breast, plus a chilled seafood display, a carving station and customizable eggs and omelets. Work off the calories afterwards by strolling Balboa Park’s hiking paths, gardens, and museums.
Price/reservations: 10am to 2:30pm; $65.95 for adults, $17.95 for children 6-12, under 5 free; reservations can be made by calling 619-557-9441 or booking online.

Hundred Proof Grilled Shrimp Toast
Grilled Shrimp Toast | Hundred Proof

Hundred Proof

University Heights

Relive your childhood with adult brunch beverages
Bar Manager Stephen Kurpinsky will transport you back to your childhood Saturday mornings with delicious, cereal-inspired cocktails such as his Fruit Loops Ramos Fizz and Cinnamon Toast Punch. Brunch favorites to look out for include bananas Foster baked French toast (buttermilk-soaked brioche baked to perfection, topped with bananas foster and cream cheese ice cream); or grilled shrimp toast, avocado, braised bacon, green goddess dressing, herbs, and fruit.
Price/reservations: A la carte from 10am to 2:30pm; open seating.

L’Auberge Del Mar

Del Mar

A sleek, beachy brunch buffet with extra fun for the littles
Kitchen 1540 at L’Auberge Del Mar’s lavish Easter Brunch menu offers an extravagant array of traditional breakfast and lunch dishes, including bennies and omelets, seafood, cheese and pasta stations, carved specialties such as Dry Aged Santa Carota Beef and Salmon en Croute, as well as several of their popular cast iron dishes (arctic char, Cook Farm pork and lamb osso buco). Mignardise (tiny assorted pastries), assorted gelées, chocolate barks, cupcakes, and a creme brulee station will satisfy your sweet tooth. Take advantage of the optional free flowing mimosas and relax in the lounge while the kids color sand dollars or play oversized Jenga, chess, and Connect Four.
Price/reservations: 10am to 2pm: $90 per adult (+$15 for bottomless mimosas) $30 for children under 12; reservations can be made by calling 858-793-6460 or booking online.

Chicken Fried Quail at Fort Oak
Chicken Fried Quail | Tayler Coffin

Fort Oak

Mission Hills

Celebrate Easter in a charming new bistro
This chic, stylish little gem tucked away in Mission Hills offers an extensive brunch menu that invites sharing. Try the Instagram-worthy chicken fried quail and French toast with hot honey, date puree, and house-cultured butter, or the rib-sticking corn beef hash benedict, poached eggs, cabbage, hollandaise, rye panko, and potatoes. Special brunch sips include the Continental, a blend of rums, pineapple, lime, chai maple syrup and whole egg, or the Skylark, gin, coconut milk, lemon, earl grey orgeat, meringue, and a splash of soda.
Price/reservations: A la carte from 9am to 2pm; reservations can be made by calling 619-722-3398 or booking online.

herb and wood
Herb and Wood | Chris Costa Photography

Herb and Wood

Little Italy

Indulge in an elegant Easter celebration
Chef Brian Malarkey’s flagship venue will feature a three-course prix fixe Easter brunch menu, with dishes including burrata and crispy prosciutto toast, Dungeness crab hash, cured salmon bennies, strawberry vacherin, and chocolate pots de crème, as well as a full selection of brunch cocktails, Bloody Marys, and mimosas. A special children’s menu will also be available.
Price/reservations: From 10am to 2pm; $48.88 for adults, $15.99 for children; reservations can be made by calling 619-955-8495 or booking online.

Bleu Bohème
Profiteroles | Courtesy of Bleu Bohème

Bleu Boheme


Add some French flair to your Pâques petit déjeuner
Blue Boheme brings back some of its most popular brunch items for a three-course, prix fixe menu that mixes traditional breakfast items with heartier fare. First course choices include bisque de homard (lobster bisque) and tarte chaude au Reblochon (Reblochon Savoie cheese, onion, bacon and apple tart) while second courses feature a savory Belgique prosciutto waffle, boeuf Bourguignon, or confit de canard (duck confit). Desserts lean towards the traditional with mousse au chocolat, pain d'epices (warm gingerbread cake with strawberry confiture and caramel ice cream), Nutella crepes, and profiteroles. A separate children’s menu ensures that everyone leaves happy.
Price/reservations: 10am to 2pm; $55 for adults, $18 for children; reservations can be made by calling 619-255-4167 or booking online.

JRDN Sticky Bunz
Sticky Bunz | Tower23 Hotel


Pacific Beach

Pair premier people-watching with your brunch
JRDN’s beach views and front-and-center boardwalk location make it the place to see and be seen in Pacific Beach. Must-tries include luscious jumbo sticky buns paired with build-your-own mimosas or a cilantro- and jalapeno-infused Tower23 Brunch Mary; spicy chilaquiles and eggs married with a michelada, and thick, berry-filled brioche French toast calls for a warm, boozy JRDN Irish coffee. Non-brunchy selections run the gamut from entree salads and brisket sandwiches to fish tacos and ahi poke.
Price/reservations: A la carte from 9am to 3:30pm, reservations can be made by calling 858-270-2323 or booking online.


Pacific Beach

Enjoy brunch in a beautiful mid-century home
Tidal’s gorgeous 180° views of Mission Bay complement the Pacific Rim-inspired Easter brunch buffet. Standouts include a carving station with roast suckling pig and coconut satay leg of lamb, duroc pork lumpia and lemongrass honey-brined rotisserie chicken, as well as more traditional breakfast fare and tasty sweet treats such as chocolate coconut cake and sesame carrot cake.
Price/reservations: 9am to 2pm; $69 per person; reservations can be made by calling 858-490-6363 or booking online.

20|Twenty Grill easter brunch
20|Twenty Grill | Courtesy of The Westin

20|Twenty Grill


Celebrate Easter in a North County favorite
Executive Chef Julian Quiñones of 20|Twenty Grill has prepared an extensive gourmet brunch buffet featuring a made-to-order omelette station, a raw bar and sushi, an antipasto board, a carving station, freshly baked desserts, and an ice cream sundae bar. A special children’s menu will also be available.
Price/reservations: From 10am to 3pm; $85 for adults, $30 for children 12 and under; reservations can be made by calling 760-827-2500 or booking online.

corner drafthouse
Hazelnut Crusted French Toast | The Corner Drafthouse

The Corner Drafthouse

Bankers Hill

When a casual brunch is more your style
If you’d prefer a more chill beginning to your day, stop by The Corner Drafthouse. This casual gastropub offers comfort style brunch items such as crispy buttermilk chicken and an herbed waffle topped with maple butter and served with a rum maple syrup, or a smothered breakfast burrito stuffed with scrambled eggs, drafthouse potatoes, applewood-smoked bacon, sausage chorizo, and queso fresco, topped with salsa verde. Choose a beer from one of their 70 taps, or grab a bottle of bubbly on special for $15 during brunch.
Price/reservations: A la carte from 10am to 3pm; open seating.

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Mary Beth Abate is a San Diego-based freelance writer by way of Chicago and Los Angeles. Her hobbies include yoga, pickling and fermenting various vegetables and beverages, reading cookbooks and traveling through Mexico. Keep up with her experiments @MaryBeth_Abate.