Where to Spend Easter in San Diego

easter2The Easter Bunny is coming to America’s Finest City! We’ve rounded up the best places to dine and hunt for eggs this Easter in San Diego.

Belmont Park
April 20.
San Diego’s iconic boardwalk destination, Belmont Park is hosting a brunch-and-hunt at the beach, including a special appearance from the Easter Bunny. Guests can enjoy a delicious seaside brunch at the Wave House from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. and a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt on the sand with waves beginning each hour. Or hop from shop to shop for free Easter egg giveaways at the Belmont Park merchants, which will be giving out up to 10,000 eggs stuffed with Belmont Park prices including free rides, sweet treats and attractions. 3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego. 858.228.9283. belmontpark.com

Bertrand at Mister A’s
April 20. The iconic 12th floor restaurant will host a three-course Easter brunch featuring dishes such as oven-roasted leg of lamb, prime rib, lobster bisque and Hawaiian bread French toast, as well as decadent desserts, including carrot cake with toffee sauce and local farm strawberry shortcake. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $49.50/pp. Easter dinner service will also be available between 5-8:30 p.m. 2550 Fifth Ave (12th floor), San Diego. 619.239.1377. bertrandatmisteras.com

Bice
April 12-13. Head to Bice one week ahead of the holiday to learn the art of creating an Italian “Pasqua” (Easter) meal. The menu for this hands-on two-day class will include some of Italy’s most authentic Easter recipes such as shaved green salad made with ingredients from the local farmer’s market, naturally flavored fresh mint pappardelle with lamb sauce, and torta Pasqualina, a savory, traditional Easter pie from Liguria. 425 Island Ave, San Diego. 619.239.2423. bicesandiego.com

Cusp
April 20.
With bottomless mimosas for the adults and a pancake decoration station for the kids, Cusp has mastered the holiday brunch. The buffet is stocked with inventive brunch fare by Chef Donald Lockhart. On the way out, kids can also pick up a special Easter treat basket. The buffet is $30/pp, kids under 10 eat for free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Hotel La Jolla, 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla. 858.551.3620. cusprestaurant.com

Dallmann Fine Chocolates
April 20.
Isabella Knack has given her artisan chocolates a seasonal spin with a special collection of chocolate eggs filled with flavors like peanut butter and jelly, sea salt caramel and toffee. Limited edition Easter eggs filled with truffles in various sizes are also available. 789 W Harbor Drive, Seaport District. 619.238.0045. dallmannconfections.com

Flower Hill Promenade
April 19.
Del Mar’s premier outdoor shopping district invites egg-hunters of all ages to hunt for Easter treasure. Check in at Geppetto’s Toys to receive a treasure map, which will direct you to participating shops to collect stamps and Easter treats. The famous Easter Bunny will also be there to help with the scavenger hunt, post for photos and hop around from noon-2 p.m. 2720 Via De La Valle, Del Mar. 858.481.2904. flowerhill.com

Hotel Del Coronado
April 20. Kick off Easter with a good old-fashioned egg hunt on the oceanfront Windsor Lawn. Follow that with a champagne brunch buffet in the lavish Ballroom or the magnificent Crown Room with delectable dishes and live musical entertainment. The south end of the Windsor Lawn will also be the site for a fun zone with crafts for all ages from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Keep an eye out for the roaming Easter Bunny. Egg hunts begin at 10 a.m. and noon. 1500 Ocean Ave., Coronado. 619.522.8490. hoteldel.com

Jsix
April 20.
Hunt for the Bunny’s hidden treasures in a slightly more sophisticated atmosphere with Jsix’s egg-citing eats. The restaurant recently debuted a brand new look, and with it, Chef Christian Graves spruced up the menu. For Easter brunch, find dishes such as grilled broccoli with cured ham and an egg served up, and chilaquiles. Don’t skip the breakfast cocktails. 616 J Street, downtown. 619.531.8744. jsixrestaurant.com

Mille Fleurs
April 20.
Enjoy an elegant prix-fixe Easter brunch featuring dishes such as white asparagus soup with house-made cinnamon croutons, lamb osso bucco and chocolate mousse feuillete. 10:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. $54/pp. Easter dinner service will also be available between 5:30-8:30 p.m. 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. 858.756.3085. millefleurs.com

Morada
April 20. The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is hosting an Easter Brunch for hotel guests and local residents alike, including made-to-order omelets and crepes, oven roasted salmon, assorted meats, a carving station, a seafood raw bar, a salad bar, bagels and lox, and a dessert bar. A festive egg hunt begins at 11:30 a.m.  10 a.m.-3 p.m. $79/pp, $34.95/children 7-12. Children 6 and under eat for free. The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, 5951 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe. 858.381.8212. theinnatrsf.com

Sea & Smoke
April 19-20.
Chef Matt Gordon is offering Easter brunch specials, including Superior Farms braised lamb shoulder with spicy herb purée, balsamic jus, green beans, roasted potato; cedar-baked wild Alaskan salmon with mustard hollandaise, roasted lemon, skillet cornbread, spinach; and pineapple-glazed ham with asparagus, confit fingerling potatoes and roasted pineapple sauce, in addition to his new daily breakfast menu. 2690 Via De La Valle, Del Mar. 858.925.8212. seaandsmoke.com

The US Grant
April 20. The hotel’s Easter champagne brunch buffet includes indulgences like an eggs Benedict station, a candy bar station that highlights candy bars created during the Prohibition Era, omelet station, fresh seafood station, an oyster bar, honey glazed Kurobuta pork rack and more, including live entertainment and photos with the Easter Bunny. Seatings at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. $74 for adults, $65 seniors, and $27 for children ages 12 and under. Reservations required. 619.744.2039. 326 Broadway, San Diego. 619.232.3121. usgrant.net

The Westgate Hotel
April 18-19.
Easter Bunny Teas will feature kid-friendly petit fours and mini pastries paired with a traditional European afternoon tea. Families can partake in an Easter egg hunt on the Riviera Terrace, watch a demonstration by a magician and meet the Easter Bunny. 2:30-5 p.m. $45/pp, $30/child. An Easter brunch is also available on Sunday. 1022 Second Ave., downtown. 619.557.3655. westgatehotel.tix.com

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