Easter is a Sunday worth celebrating, surrounded by all your friends and family. And what better way to kick off the show than with a lovely brunch? But in a place as big and diverse as San Diego, there are almost too many options to choose from for Sunday’s breakfast celebration.
Our San Diego tours identify the best of the best when it comes to food, drinks, and things to do in San Diego. For this, we’ll narrow down the ultimate list for you with our top choices for Easter brunch in San Diego.
So, bring an appetite and get ready to pop some champagne—the mimosas will be flowing—as we take you to the spots offering the best Easter Sunday brunch in San Diego.
Easter Brunch in San Diego
Whether you plan on attending a morning Easter church service or simply wish to meet up with friends, there are awesome locations spanning the SD coast. As Delish.com put it, “Easter is one of the most important brunch days of the year. This day is about coming together with family and friends, getting a little dressed up, and treating yourself to good food, a little champagne, and endless cups of coffee.” Don’t forget a fun-filled Easter egg hunt, but when the search is over grab yourself a brunch menu and sit down to live music or get cozy at an Easter brunch buffet.
Naturally, where you go will depend on your budget, plans for the day, and locale. The following are an eclectic mix of all three:
1. A Touch of Class at Mister As
Oh, my Lord, the view is incredible! And so is the food. For those of you looking to impress the future in-laws or seeking a romantic date spot, Mister A’s offers the most spectacular bay and skyline views in San Diego with its outdoor, 360-degree balcony.
Located at 2550 Fifth Avenue, up high on the twelfth floor, this elegant, French-American fusion restaurant is an incredibly trendy haunt. It boasts a top-notch staff, Michelin level cuisine, and maybe the very best Easter brunch in San Diego. Forget traditional french toast and mimosas, this menu offers unique, elegant dishes.
At $75 a plate, this classy, three-course affair is sure to delight the palate and senses:
- The first course kicks off with sparkling mimosas and an appetizer such as the Mac N Cheese with Comté Cheese, Émincé Of Black Truffles & White Truffle Oil.
- The hors d’oeuvres are followed by your choice entrée such as 10 Oz Prime New York Steak covered in Bone Marrow Hollandaise, Buttermilk Pave, and Chestnut Royale Mushrooms.
- Top it all off with a lavish dessert of Tahitian Vanilla Ban Crème Brulée topped with Palmier and fresh berries. This restaurant is a luxurious choice and can be a great choice for a Mother’s Day celebration as well. However, for more affordable options, check out our list of best brunch in PB.
2. Bali Hai Restaurant and the Rock Church
Are you in the Point Loma area and looking for an Easter Church service and a brunch spot to follow up? If so, you can celebrate the resurrection at the Rock Church in Point Loma with Pastor Miles McPherson.
After, you can head over to Bali Hai Restaurant for a Polynesian take on a boozy Easter brunch. This waterfront restaurant on Shelter Island offers incredible views of the San Diego harbor, skyline, and Coronado.
For $45, you get bottomless champagne, Brioche French toast, and a Hawaiian take on classic brunch. Start your Easter Sunday off right the Bali Hai way!
3. The Prado at Balboa Park
Think you’ll be hungry after your Easter Egg hunt? Then head over to the Prado. Nestled in the historic Balboa Park, this chic hacienda restaurant is sure to please. A popular hangout, its outdoor patio, and picturesque views make it perfect for a Sunday morning with the family. Whether you’re trying to stuff your gut or whet your whistle, the Champagne Brunch Buffet has something for everyone. Easter Sunday will be a day of delicious bites with this classic brunch buffet. The children’s menu is perfect for little ones to enjoy.
Prices look as follows:
- Adults – $65.95 (includes bottomless champagne)
- Kids (6-12) – $17.95 (includes endless soda!)
- Toddlers (1-5) – Eat for free.
You have access to a meat carving station, a decadent display of pastries, a chilled seafood brunch buffet, a hot food cart, a French omelet station, and your choice of several salads. The seafood display is delectable and prepared by a top chef for guests to enjoy. It runs from 10 am to 2:30 pm, so you’ve got plenty of time to feast.
After, feel free to walk off a few calories in the beautiful park!
4. A Trip to Italy with Herb and Wood
Catching a Sunday service downtown? If so, you should go out after for an unparalleled brunch experience in Little Italy at Herb & Wood. This American-Italian fusion is the newest in a long line of renowned Chef Brian Malarkey’s special eateries. It pairs fresh ingredients and seafood with a wood fire cookery, giving the food a rustic and authentic feel. The gorgeous indoor/outdoor seating space is as unique and upscale of a seating space as you’ve ever seen. This is a breakfast that offers brunch favorites at its finest: waffles, brioche, deviled eggs, poached eggs, salad, smoked salmon, cheese plates, decadent desserts, and brunch cocktails are all possible choices on the Easter menu. Mimosas are also served. If bottomless mimosas are your style, check out our list of places for bottomless mimosas in San Diego.
In a word, this Easter brunch is sublime. You can expect an imaginative twist on the traditional classics, including these menu favorites:
- Specialty cocktails and coffees
- Sweet dishes such as Dutch Baby Souffle Pancakes
- Savory Dishes like Scallop Ceviche and Lobster Thermidor
5. Brunch on the boardwalk at JRDN
If you want a refined take on Surf n Turf paired with oceanfront views, JRDN restaurant in Tower23 Hotel is the place to go for an Easter brunch in San Diego. Located right off the boardwalk and a stone’s throw from the pier, you can grab a table on the patio overlooking the water. There are few spots in the area that provide a more interesting view as you drink and dine. Live music can often be heard and this spot doubles down as a perfect Valentine’s day spot as well. San Diego Magazine paints a vivid description of the location:
JRDN has been a fine-dining beacon since it first arrived in 2006. Housed in the ground floor of boutique hotel Tower23, it’s a modern, sleek patio and bar known for top chef talent (Brad Wise cooked here before opening the stellar Trust in Hillcrest) and world-class people-watching…The patio at JRDN is the best place to see what the world looks like half-naked on Rollerblades.
Their Easter fare doesn’t use a set menu; instead, it is a la carte. We suggest you try any of the following:
- Build-your-own mimosas
- Hot warm jumbo sticky buns
- Berry French toast made with thick-cut brioche, local berries, sweet ricotta, lemon curd, powdered sugar, and maple syrup
- Short rib hash with potatoes, eggs any style, pepper jack fondue, and crispy onions
Treating Yourself to Brunch
There are countless other Easter brunch locations worth checking out. These are but a few of our favorites. Check out the best brunch in La Jolla and the best brunch breakfast in Hillcrest for some other delicious Easter brunch options. So, put on your Sunday best and make sure you’ve saved room for dessert. You’re going to need it!
- Delish.com. The best Easter Brunch in Every State. https://www.delish.com/restaurants/g27005539/easter-brunch-restaurants/
- San Diego Magazine. Chef David Warner’s a Talent, but Jrdn Needs Some Basic Training. https://www.sandiegomagazine.com/food-drink/chef-david-warner-s-a-talent-but-jrdn-needs-some/article_418c1f72-539d-5cf0-b726-ab0b05dcfa6e.html
- NBC San Diego. 5 San Diego Restaurants Land on Yelp’s ‘Top 100 Places for Brunch’ in US. https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/yelp-top-100-places-for-brunch-in-us-san-diego-restaurants-la-jolla-carlsbad-imperial-beach/134231/