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Where to dine on Easter

Beyond the eggs, there are big brunch buffets on Sunday, April 20

Waterfall Terrace at L'Auberge Del Mar
Waterfall Terrace at L'Auberge Del Mar

Whether the ‘rents are in town for the holiday or you’re looking for a bottomless mimosa bar to hit up with your friends, we’ve got the top San Diego restaurants serving Easter brunch on Sunday, April 20.

L’Auberge Del Mar: New Executive Chef Brandon Fortune will debut an Easter brunch menu at the hotel’s Waterfall Terrace restaurant. Over views of the Pacific Ocean, enjoy Del Mar cobb with calamari bay scallops and grilled chicken, a benedict with toasted brioche, maple-lacquered pork belly with cayenne hollandaise and sweet corn and crab chowder. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $67 per adult; $33 per child ages 5-12. 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. (858) 793-6460 or laubergedelmar.com

Casa de Bandini: In Carlsbad, celebrate Easter with a Mexican-inspired buffet. The spread will spotlight everything from carved ham and scrambled eggs to chile verde, cheese enchiladas, fiesta potatoes, green chile and cheese tamales, Mexican rice, ceviche, chilaquiles, mango quesadillas, flan, pan dulce and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $19.95 per adult; $12.95 per child under 10. 1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad. (760) 634-3443 or casadebandini.com

Roppongi Restaurant & Sushi Bar: Pair your smoked salmon omelet, Maine lobster scramble, brioche French Toast or open face short rib sandwich with live jazz music by Jessica Lerne. Bottomless mimosas will also be up for grabs for $12. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 875 Prospect St., La Jolla. (858) 551-5252 or roppongiusa.com

Red Marlin at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay: Cozy up to the buffet for some made-to-order omelets, smoked salmon, San Diego clam chowder, poached shrimp, thyme honey glazed bone-in ham, pan seared skuna bay salmon and a dessert bar featuring New York cheesecake, raspberry strudel bars, double chocolate brownie, lemon bars and more. $55 per adult; $26 per child. 1441 Quivira Rd., Mission Bay. (619) 221-4868 or redmarlinrestaurant.com

Sea & Smoke: You can start your celebrations early with a brunch special offered on both Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20 at Del Mar’s Sea & Smoke. Chef Matt Gordon presents his full brunch menu, as well as pineapple glazed ham, cedar baked wild Alaskan salmon and braised lamb shoulder. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 2690 Via de la Valle, Del Mar. (858) 925-8212 or seaandsmoke.com

BiCE San Diego: Celebrate Pasqua – Easter with an Italian twist – from Chefs Mario Cassineri and Francesca Penoncelli at downtown’s BiCE San Diego. A four-course prix fixe menu will feature family-style selections like double cut lamb chops, mushroom bruschetta, spinach gnocchi, lamb stew, pan seared salmon, seafood spaghetti, strawberry tiramisu for dessert or a coconut pannacotta. $43 per adult; $22 per child under 10. 425 Island Ave., downtown. (619) 239-2423 or bicesandiego.com

Chandler’s Restaurant & Lounge: Chef Pascal Vignau will whip up an Easter brunch complete with smoked salmon, shrimp and crab claws, omelets and warm spring bread pudding with vanilla custard. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $65 per adult; $25 per child. 1 Ponto Rd., Carlsbad. (760) 683-5500 or chandlerscarlsbad.com

The Grand Del Mar: Spring has arrived at the Grand Del Mar, where guests can enjoy a brunch in the Elizabeth Ballroom or partake in the annual Easter egg hunt on the Aria Lawn. The feast will feature mini breakfast pastries and morning favorites including made-to-order omelets and potato blinis, oysters on the half shell, Alaskan snow crab claws, dim sum and sushi selections, rosemary and garlic-rubbed leg of lamb and honey mustard-glazed bone-in-ham. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. $88 per adult; $30 per child ages 4-12. 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, Del Mar. (858) 314-2000 or TheGrandDelMar.com

Bertrand at Mister A’s: A three-course meal served over panoramic views of San Diego? Yes and yes. Bertrand at Mister A’s will dish out Easter favorites like oven roasted leg of lamb or traditional prime rib as well as classic lobster bisque, Hawaiian bread French toast and carrot cake with toffee sauce. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $49.50 per adult. 2550 Fifth Ave., Banker’s Hill. (619) 239-1377 or bertrandatmisteras.com

Cusp Dining &; Drinks: At this ocean-view restaurant, eat your way through a buffet with inventive brunch foods from Chef Donald Lockhart, plus $12 endless mimosas. For the little ones, there’s a pancake decoration station where kids can play with their food and pick up an Easter treat basket. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $30 per adult; free for kids 10 and under. 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla. (858) 551-3620 or cusprestaurant.com

Islands Sushi in Crowne Plaza: A buffet brunch is much better when champagne is involved. Dig into the breakfast station, seafood station, carving station, pasta station and desserts at Island’s. Entrée selections include fresh mint lamb stew, grilled salmon with a tequila lime sauce and oven roasted red potatoes. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $39.95 per adult; $37.95 per senior 62+; $19.95 per child 6-12; free 5 and under. (619) 297-1101 ext. 3150 or islandssushi.com

 
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