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Easter is coming and if you haven’t made your plans yet, you better hurry! These brunches and special activities are filling up fast. From traditional meals to elegant buffets, and even a little something for the kids, there’s nothing from stopping you and yours from having a delicious holiday. From the beach to downtown and beyond, here’s what you’ll find around town this Easter.

The Grand Del Mar

Easter Brunch in the Elizabeth Ballroom

Served from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Sunday, April 20th, this annual Easter Brunch feast features Mini Breakfast Pastries and Morning Favorites including Made-to-Order Omelettes and Potato Blinis. Dishes from the Sea include Gravlax and Smoked Fish, as well as Jumbo Shrimp, Oysters on the Half Shell and Alaskan Snow Crab Claws. There are Dim Sum and Sushi selections, Seasonal Salads and Cheese and Charcuterie. From the Carving Station, guests may enjoy Rosemary and Garlic-Rubbed Leg of Lamb, Slow-Roasted Prime Rib and Honey Mustard-Glazed Bone-in Ham. The Children’s Buffet pleases the younger set with Mini Corn Dogs, Chicken Tenders, Macaroni and Cheese, Mini Cupcakes and Candy Eggs. For a Sweet Ending choose from Praline-Chocolate Mousse, Crème Fraîche Cheesecake, S’mores Tartlettes and Caramel Apple Pie, while the Candy Station tempts with Assorted Fudges, Passion Fruit Turkish Delightsand more. $88 per adult; $30 per child (ages 4-12), exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Three-Course Easter Brunch at Amaya

Served from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 20th. Chef Matthew Sramek offers Easter Brunch Starter selections including a choice of Fresh Yogurt Parfait, Catalan Shrimp, Soup or Smoked Salmon Plate. For the second course, Main Plates options are Steak and Eggs, Dungeness Crab Benedict, Egg White Frittata and Old-Fashioned Waffle. The meal ends with a scrumptious Easter Trio holiday dessert. $58 per person for three-course brunch, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Dallmann Fine Chocolates

Isabella Knack has given her artisan chocolates a seasonal spin with special edition collections of chocolate eggs filled with flavors like Peanut Butter and Jelly and Sea Salt Caramel and Toffee. They range in size from nine to 25-piece boxes and are priced starting at $22. In addition to the boxed sets, Knack has created large limited edition Easter eggs filled with truffles in various sizes for purchase starting at $12, as well as chocolate bunnies and lollipops starting at $5. All of Dallmann’s Easter treats are available at both the Del Mar and Seaport District at The Headquarters locations. For more information, visit www.dallmannconfections.com

Sea & Smoke

Sea & Smoke will be offering their Easter brunch specials on both Saturday, April 19th and Easter Sunday, April 20th. In addition to Chef Matt Gordon's full brunch menu, the brunch specials that weekend will include 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, roasted pineapple sauce. For more information, or to see the full menu, visit www.seaandsmoke.com

Searsucker

Located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter and charming coastal city of Del Mar, Searsucker's menu pays homage to Executive Chef Brian Malarkey’s love for the ocean. With Malarkey's re-imagined twist on new American dishes, he brings farm-to-table authentic dishes to his eclectic menu. To bring family and friends together for Easter Brunch, Searsucker Del Mar will offer Cast Iron Baked Eggs with spring onion cream and roasted morels while Searsucker Downtown will have a Goat Cheese and Spring Veggie Quiche made with an in-house crust. For dessert, both locations will offer Carrot Cupcakes for children. To make reservations at Searsucker Del Mar, please call (858) 369-5700. For reservations at Searsucker Downtown, contact (619) 233-7327.

THE US GRANT

Spring into Easter with THE US GRANT's signature Easter Champagne Brunch Buffet complete with new stations including an Eggs Benedict station with a collection of different breads, toppings and sauces, a candy bar station featuring dishes such as Banana Baby Ruth Flambé and Bit O Honey Butter Scotch, highlighting candy bars created during the Prohibition Era. Additional standout menu items include an Omelet Station, Fresh Seafood such as Chilled Shrimp and Crab Claws with Cocktail Sauce, an Oyster Bar and Honey Fig Glazed Kurobuta Pork Rack. The Easter Champagne Brunch Buffet is served on Sunday, April 20 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. Live entertainment will be provided with specialty photos with the Easter Bunny. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 619-744-2039. Complimentary valet will be included.

BiCE San Diego

Centrally located in the historic Gaslamp District, BICE San Diego welcomes guests to enjoy the celebrations of Pasqua (Easter) with modern takes on traditional Italian dishes. Chefs Mario Cassineri and Francesca Penoncelli will serve a four-couse prix fixe menu with festive flavors for the whole family to enjoy. For $43 per person, guests will share a family style selection of artisan salami and cured meats followed by their choice of four courses, including selections such as Saltimbocca Chicken Scaloppine, Double Cut Lamb Chops with Roasted Nectarine and Strawberry Tiramisu. A Kids Menu will also be available at $22 per child under the age of 10. The full Easter Brunch menu is featured online. For reservations, please call 619-239-2423.

Lael's Restaurant at Manchester Grand Hyatt

This Easter, feast on the good times with family and friends at Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch at Lael's Restaurant at Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. With a Made to Order Omelet Bar, Fresh Belgian Waffles, a delectable Seafood Display with Alaskan King Crab Legs and Fresh Shucked Pacific Oysters, and Sushi on Ice with fresh Sashimi, and a Wakame and Tofu Salad with Papaya Vinaigrette, Lael's Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch has dining options to cater to every palate. Guests can get in the spirit of the holiday with Easter Egg Hunts at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and the Easter Bunny will make an appearance at 10 a.m. Cost: Adults, $64.95. Seniors (62+), $45. Children (6-12), $25. Children 5 years and younger, complimentary.

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

The Easter Bunny is visiting the bayfront Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina this year for family-friendly entertainment suitable for all ages. Sheraton San Diego Hotel’s signature restaurant, Harbor’s Edge offers an Easter brunch buffet from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in their newly refreshed dining area facing picturesque views of the marina. Savory and sweet brunch specials include waffles and omelets made fresh to order as well as Easter classics, Apple-wood Smoked Pit Ham and Whipped Yukon Potatoes. Hands-on Easter entertainment includes a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny and egg coloring in the Kids Craft Corner. Prices for Easter Brunch Buffet are $49.95 for adults, $21.95 for children and children who are age five and under have complimentary admission. Please call Harbor’s Edge for reservations at (619) 291-2900.

Brockton Villa

Set in a charming beach cottage overlooking the La Jolla Cove, Brockton Villa restaurant offers a beautiful setting to enjoy holiday meals with loved ones. Executive Chef Mareyja Sisbarro will put her spin on classic Easter dishes with breakfast and lunch specials. Guests can start off Easter Sunday with a Ham and Triple Cream Brie Omelet made with honey ham, caramelized bosc pears and caramelized sweet onions, or indulge in a Roasted Lamb Sandwich made with rosemary foccacia, garlic mint aioli, watercress, caramelized onion and tomato. For more information, or to make a reservation, visit www.brocktonvilla.com

Beaumont's Eatery

Entrenched in the heart of La Jolla's admired seaside community of Bird Rock, Beaumont's Eatery is where friends and family gather to enjoy delicious food and great company. In celebration of Easter Sunday, Executive Chef George Morris will offer his takes on the holiday's most cherished ingredients with a slew of Easter inspired specials. In addition to the regular farmer's market influenced menu, guests will have the option to enjoy a Spring Vegetable Scramble made with pencil asparagus, English peas, hedgehog mushrooms, early tomatoes and creme fraiche, a Braised Lamb Benny made with slow-smoked lamb, English muffin, poached eggs and a stinging nettles hollandaise. For lunch, guests can opt for a special Chilled Maine Lobster and Anjou Pear Salad mixed with arugula, frisée, candied smoke house almonds and black truffle vinaigrette. Visit www.beaumontseatery.com for more information.

JRDN

Overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean, JRDN Restaurant at Tower23 is San Diego’s hottest spot for dining and lounging, offering a unique experience in a modern and elegant atmosphere. The look of JRDN is fresh, cool, clean and upbeat to match the California fresh cuisine. The Brunch menu highlights will include french toast with bananas foster, the JRDN breakfast sandwich, seafood ceviche tostadas and a lobster b.l.t. - not to mention the famous Tower23 Bloody Mary! Visit www.t23.com for more info.

Chandler’s Restaurant & Lounge

Departing from the general concept of a hotel restaurant, Chandler’s Restaurant & Lounge presents a world of its own. Chandler’s will be offering an Easter Brunch buffet on April 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The hot, cold and dessert stations include items like smoked salmon with horseradish cream and green tomato jam, shrimp and crab claws, a customizable omelet station, and warm spring bread pudding with vanilla custard. Cost is $65 for adults, $25 for kids. For reservations, call 760.683.5500.

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

At the recently renovated Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in San Diego, guests can celebrate Easter at Rancho Valencia's signature restaurant, Veladora, with their beautiful Easter Brunch with seatings at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., featuring an array of delicious stations such as Eggs and Meats, a Carving Station, Comfort Food, Assorted Sushi Rolls and Chilled Seafood, Garden Greens, Sweet Endings, Pancake Station with unique pastel Lemon Souffle pancakes and even a station for the little ones. To complete the day, there will be Easter egg hunts, Mother Goose's Petting Zoo, Meet and Greet with the Easter Bunny, Easter Bouncehouse and special take home treats. To make your reservation, visit www.ranchovalencia.com

Rancho Bernardo Inn

Rancho Bernardo Inn offers numerous ways for guests of all ages to celebrate Easter. A three course brunch is offered at AVANT featuring main courses such as a Seafood Bouillabaisse with lobster, sea bass and clams or a traditional Braised Lamb Shank. To end the meal, guests choose between a Four-Layer Carrot Cake or a White Chocolate Coconut Mousse. The Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant also offers a three course brunch will bottomless mimosas featuring traditional breakfast dishes such as Eggs Benedict and french toast in addition to standouts like Short Rib Chilaquiles and Duck Confit Hash.

In addition to the delicious dining options, Rancho Bernardo Inn will be offering an Easter egg hunt for children of all ages. Prices at Avant are $65 for adults and $25 for kids ages 3-11, and at Fireside adults eat for $39 and kids ages 3-11 eat for $14. Seatings at Avant can be reserved at 858.675.8550 and Fireside at 858.675.8555.

True Food Kitchen

For a menu full of healthy and delicious springtime dishes, families can head to the beautiful outdoor patio at True Food Kitchen. This Easter Sunday, Chef Nathan Coulon will add two holiday specials to the already popular brunch menu, including a Grilled Idaho Trout with asparagus, spinach, fennel, capers, lemon and garlic, and Organic Strawberries and Shortcake served with house made Vanilla Whipped Cream. Other brunch menu favorites include the always scrumptious Quinoa Johnny Cakes with banana, maple syrup and greek yogurt and the newly added Strawberry Chopped with snap pea, fennel, goat cheese, walnut and balsamic vinaigrette, among many others. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Jsix Restaurant

Jsix is offering egg-citing eats and libations just in time for the Easter season. It’s always sunny in Executive Chef Christian Graves’ kitchen, where you'll find dishes like the Grilled Broccoli with cured ham and an egg served up. If you're an early riser, his Chilaquiles will light the day on fire. Look no further than Lead Bartender Nate Howell’s Hunt & Gather, a build of cedar-infused Aviation gin, house grenadine, grapefruit juice and egg white with a sidecar of pinot noir. And let’s not forget the High 5 with Mittens, a combination of a Ramos Gin Fizz and Root Beer Float served with a swizzle straw and a smile. All items are part of Jsix’s seasonal menu offered daily. Call (619) 531-8744 for reservations, or visit www.jsixrestaurant.com.

Cusp Dining & Drinks

Cusp’s Easter Buffet is a crowd pleaser, as it has something for every member of the family. Grown-ups can take advantage of $12 Endless Mimosas and a buffet stocked full of inventive brunch fare by Chef Donald Lockhart. A kid at heart himself, Lockhart has created an interactive Pancake Decoration Station for kids where playing with their food is not only accepted, it’s required. On the way out, kids can also pick up a special Easter Treat Basket. Located on the top level of Hotel La Jolla, Cusp boasts panoramic views of La Jolla Shores, a beautiful backdrop for this special occasion. The buffet is $30, kids under 10 eat for free. Reservations are required. Brunch is served between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Call (858) 551-3620 or visit www.cusprestaurant.com for reservations.

The Westgate Hotel

Easter Bunny Teas

On Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19, the 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 located in the Riviera Terrace, watch a demonstration by a magician and meet the Easter Bunny. The events will run from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days. The price is $45 for adults and $30 for children 12 and under, plus tax and gratuity.

Easter Champagne Brunch

On Sunday, April 20, experience The Westgate’s traditional Easter Champagne Brunch, complete with fresh seafood, made to order omelets, carving stations, gourmet desserts and a kid’s specialty station. Families and children will be entertained by a face painter, special visit from the Easter Bunny and the sounds of live music. Brunch will be served from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The price is $65 for adults and $29 for children 12 and under, plus tax and gratuity.

Tickets for the Easter Bunny Teas and Easter Champagne Brunch can be purchased at westgatehotel.tix.com or by calling 619-557-3655.

Flower Hill Promenade

This Easter weekend, enjoy the annual Easter Egg Treasure Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at the Flower Hill Promenade. As Del Mar’s premier outdoor shopping district, families of all ages are invited to check in at Geppetto's Toys to receive their "treasure map," which will give them hints to select Flower Hill shops where they will receive a stamp on their map and some special Easter treats. When finished, kids can return their completed treasure maps to Geppetto's and receive a special prize. The famous Easter Bunny will also be there to help with the scavenger hunt, post for photos and hop around from 12 - 2pm that day. Visit www.flowerhill.com to learn more.

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