Your Last-Minute So Cal Easter Brunch Guide

Photo credit: Loews Hotels.

Easter is this Sunday. Why not celebrate the holiday and our gorgeous weather with a sublime brunch? Whether you’re staying in LA or venturing out to Palm Springs, the beaches of Orange County, or San Diego, you have some great choices for Easter brunch this year. See below for more than a dozen favorites.

A true culinary and architectural gem, Redbird’s unpredictable Easter brunch includes starters such as kaya toast with coconut custard and soy caramel, white asparagus with yuzu hollandaise, pork confit, burrata salad, or tartine with cured salmon and avocado. Main courses include congee with Maine lobster and soft egg, duck confit chilaquiles, Basque baked eggs with short ribs, and more. Brunch is $65 for adults and $21 for children. More information.

Free-flowing Moet & Chandon mimosas? That’s just one reason to savor the three-course Easter brunch at Avec Nous, the modern French bistro at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills. The elegant 5-star hotel’s Easter Sunday brunch extends until 4 p.m., with highlights including smoked salmon avocado toast, quiche lorraine, and rosemary garlic lamb chops. Five dessert options from world-renowned pastry chef Stephanie Boswell include passionfruit cheesecake, apricot pistachio tart, and eclairs. Brunch is $130 for adults and $65 for kids under 12, while the optional add-on of endless Moet mimosas is $65 for two hours. Reservations can be booked via Open Table.

Tucked away among the mountains of Malibu Canyon, Calabasas’ Saddle Peak Lodge has served as a Pony Express stop, a hunting lodge, and a general store during its century-plus history. Its current decades-long incarnation is a restaurant both beautiful and rustic that’s one of Los Angeles’ most unique eateries. The Easter Sunday brunch menu at Saddle Peak Lodge features three courses, with such highlights as French toast with cardamom whipped cream, Nutella sauce, and stewed berries;  chilled pea soup with Peekytoe crab salad and Meyer lemon cream; and banana and huckleberry bread pudding. Brunch is $85 for adults, $49 for kids. More info.

Bourbon Steak. Image credit: Stewart and Co.

The excellent Rappahannock Oyster Bar, located at ROW DTLA, offers a special Easter brunch this year. Priced at just $90 for two, the meal includes a dozen oysters, two entrees (choices include lobster benedict, shrimp & grits, and French toast), banana bread pudding or NY style cheesecake to share, and a bottle of sparkling rosé. A detailed menu can be found on Rappahannock’s Instagram.

If you’ll be in the Greater Palm Springs area this weekend for Coachella – or any other reason – check out Palm Springs’ vibrant eatery TRIO for brunch on Easter. You won’t want to miss the endless sangria, mimosas, and champagne at just $18 per person. Brunch options include chorizo chilaquiles and smoked salmon toast with avocado, scrambled eggs, and citrus dill aioli. More information.

Savor a luxurious three-course brunch at Michael Mina’s classic steakhouse Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Highlights include croque madame French toast made with brioche, gruyere, Bayonne ham, and a sunny side up egg, and a dry-aged truffle steak burger with triple crème brie, caramelized onion fondue cornichons, and truffle aioli. Drink options include a Mimosa Party featuring sparkling wine and fresh juices, and Diane’s Bloody Mary. Reservations can be made via Open Table.

Photo courtesy of Odyssey Restaurant.

Whether you’re staying in LA this weekend or venturing down to San Diego, you can find an extravagant brunch near the ocean at a Loews hotel. Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel Easter Brunch by the Beach is a buffet ($119 for adults and $75 for kids under 10) featuring a waffle bar, carved rack of lamb, shrimp cocktail, an omelet bar, a mimosa bar (included in buffet price), a kid’s menu, and much more. At Loews Coronado Bay Resort, enjoy views of San Diego Bay as you indulge in a crab omelet with fingerling potatoes and Nueske bacon, tiramisu waffles with whipped ricotta and Kahlua maple syrup, or smoked ribs with creamy polenta. More info here and here.

With a location offering staggering ocean views atop the seaside cliffs of Laguna Beach, visiting Las Brisas always feels special. Explore the flavors of Mexico at La Brisa’s four-course Easter brunch, $80 per person. Options include smoked salmon tostada, crab scramble, lamb chops, four types of eggs benedict, and tres leches cake.  Reservations can be made online or by calling 949.497.5434.

Listen to live jazz during Easter brunch at ALK. Brunch options at this chic restaurant located on the ground floor of  Hollywood’s Godfrey Hotel include corned beef hash with mornay sauce and fried egg, smoked salmon on a local bagel, grilled lamb benedict, ·chilaquiles with guajillo-braised brisket and lime crema, and a house-made cheddar biscuit with pork gravy. You can make your reservation on Open Table.

Avec Nous at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills. Photo courtesy of Avec Nous at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills

Opened in 2021, Le Meridien Pasadena-Arcadia is a chic, stylish hotel featuring mid-century modern, Asian, and equestrian influences. It’s also home to Mélange, an Asian-European fine-dining restaurant. This Easter, visit Mélange for a luxurious four-course meal ($95 per person) with options that include crab and lobster cake, seabass mushroom ravioli, roasted prime filet, and key lime pie.  Don’t miss the photo booth featuring cherry blossoms, the Easter egg hunt on the outdoor event lawn, and the Easter bunny visit. More information.

Renowned for phenomenal views of the San Fernando Valley from its location atop Granada Hills, Odyssey offers an extended brunch for Easter, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The four-course meal includes options such as crab cake benedict, a charcuterie spread, filet mignon, salted caramel tarts, and more. $25 bottomless mimosas are an option! Brunch is $75 per adult and $35 per child. More information.

Looking for a casual diner experience this Easter? Visit a location of Norms. All Easter weekend, specials include an 11 oz. bone-in smoked ham steak & eggs ($10.99), the smoked ham & asparagus scramble ($11.99), and the 11 oz. brown sugar glazed bone-in ham steak dinner ($12.99). More information

Karin E. Baker

About Karin E. Baker

Karin E. Baker is a native Angeleno who loves the eateries, history, nature, architecture, and art of her hometown. When not exploring poke shacks in Kona, tascas in Córdoba, and konditoris in Malmö, she writes about food, culture, lifestyle and travel. She obsesses over comma usage and classic films and is always happy to find an excuse to open a bottle of champagne.
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