A Procrastinator’s Guide to Easter Brunch in LA

Photo courtesy of Cafe Gratitude.

Easter is this Sunday. If you still haven’t made plans, why not take a look at our guide to Easter brunch in LA? Spring has sprung and with these warmer days — we’re expecting a high of 77 degrees on Easter Sunday — we’ve included suggestions for brunching on rooftops, verdant patios, and by the ocean. See below for some of our favorites.

Head to Agnes Restaurant and Cheesery in Pasadena for a special Easter meal. Renowned for dishes like Sticky Toffee Pancakes, Eggs Benedict with Pork Belly, and Banana Pudding, the restaurant is open for brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while The Cheesery will be open all weekend for your platter needs. You’ll need to order your platters by Saturday, April 8, for pickup on Easter Sunday, April 9. More info

At the forefront of the city’s best dining since 2002, Los Angeles’ groundbreaking A.O.C., from Chef Suzanne Goin and award-winning restauranteur Caroline Styne, is celebrating Easter with brunch at both the 3rd Street and Brentwood locations. Brunch offerings include Dungeness Crab Omelette with Watercress, Basil Pistou, Burrata & Crème Fraîche; Wood-Oven Baked Eggs & Grilled Toast with Chickpeas, Cavolo Nero, Feta & Aleppo; Spanish Fried Chicken & Cornmeal Waffle with Chile-Cumin Butter, Jamon Serrano & Maple Syrup; Green Chile Carnitas Hash with Sweet Potato, Avocado, Lime Crema & Poached Egg; and much more. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are available on OpenTable. Takeout can be ordered online for pickup, while delivery is available from DoorDash.

Celebrate Easter with surf and turf at BOA Steakhouse in Manhattan Beach. The extravagant Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet will include never-ending brunch classics such as pastries, sausage and eggs, a Seafood Bar, Turf Carving Station, and signature BOA items. Highlights include Lobster Avocado Toast, BOA Caesar Salad Action Station, Whole Roasted New York Strip, Sous Vide Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and much more! The bountiful dessert station will include Layered Nutella Mousse, S’mores Terrines, Layered Cheesecake Trifle, Cookies, and Macarons. Priced at $95 per person and $50 for children, you can secure a reservation online, or call the restaurant at 310-683-4080.

Savor a plant-based Easter brunch at Cafe Gratitude, where innovative breakfast dishes that appeal to vegans and non-vegans alike include the ‘I am Hospitable’ Gluten-Free Chick’n Waffles ($18.75), ‘Yo Soy Vida’ Machaca Mexican Breakfast Hash ($17.75), ‘I am Vivid’ Acai Superfood Bowl ($17.75), and the new ‘I am Bright’ Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake ($6.75). You can make a reservation on Open Table or by calling Cafe Gratitude in Venice or on Larchmont.

The celebrated FIG Restaurant, located at Santa Monica’s five-star oceanfront Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, serves ultra-seasonal cuisine, with produce directly from the nearby Santa Monica Farmers Market. This Easter, FIG serves brunch, with highlights that include Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict ($29) and Chilaquiles Rojos ($25). The Easter Bunny will make a welcome appearance, and kids can participate in an  Easter egg hunt in the Miramar Gardens at 11 a.m. Reservations are available via Resy.

Easter at Pasea in Huntington Beach. Photo credit: The Meritage Collection (by Cecily Breeding)

Enjoy a plant-based, Mexi-Cali-inspired Easter Sunday brunch on the gorgeous open-air patio at West Hollywood’s Gracias Madre. In addition to regular brunch faves, you can try specials like the Ensalada De Primavera ($18) with peas, haricot vert, tomatoes, roasted spring onions, pepitas, queso fresco, herb lemon vinaigrette, pea tendrils, little gems, spinach pesto, and garlic toast; Enchiladas De Hongos Silvestres Poblano Y Queso ($15) made with cashew corn poblano sauce, arroz pilaf, garlic, and sautéed spinach; Crispy Jackfruit Taquitos De Deshebrada ($16), and Flan De Passiflora ($12). Beverage Director Sean Stewart’s Conejo Loco ($18) ‘Silly Rabbit’ cocktail is made with Ensemble Mezcal, passion fruit, fresh lemon juice, cacao with a cinnamon sugar rim, and garnished with shaved dark chocolate. Or, raise a glass of Gracias Madre’ signature Bottomless Mimosas with housemade Hibiscus, Lavender, and Raspberry infusions ($30/$35). More info

Go to I|O at The Godfrey for a rooftop brunch buffet that includes an Omelet Station, Prime Rib Carving Station, Antipasto and Salad Bar, Hot Selections, a Viennese Table, and an Ice Luge. A complimentary Martini Bar as well as Bloody Marys, sparkling wines, and mimosas will also be available to ticketed guests. Festive activities throughout brunch include photo opps with I|O Flower Wall, a live jazz trio, balloon animals, and a kids craft table. There’s a special Golden Egg Hunt with prized for kids under 12. Tickets are now on sale for $65 per adult and $32 for children 12 and under. Seating is first-come, first served. Brunch will be served on Easter from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info

Renowned for phenomenal views of the San Fernando Valley from its location atop Granada Hills, Odyssey offers an extended brunch for Easter, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The four-course meal includes a platter of chilled seafood and charcuterie; baby kale and strawberry salad; choice of entrees including crab cake Benedict, Icelandic salmon, lobster Benedict, chicken & waffles, and Chilean sea bass; and the Showstopper Dessert Platter with Crème Brûlée, Easter Eggs, Carrot Cake with Buttercream & Caramel Rum Sauce, Dulce de Leche Cream Puffs, Strawberry Semifreddo, and more. $30 bottomless mimosas are an option. Brunch is $75 per adult and $35 per child. More information.

Enjoy a decadent Easter brunch with an ocean view at Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach. Set in the hotel’s Sapphire Ballroom, the family-friendly event features Easter-themed activities, photo ops with the Easter bunny, and music. Menu highlights include a rustic bread display (batards, focaccia, baguettes, and cracker bread), a seafood station (seasonal oysters, crab claws, and shrimp), delectable entrées (Peppercorn Mélange Crusted New York Sirloin, Campbell River Salmon, and more), dessert from Easter Egg Cookies to Carrot Cake and Macarons, plus an additional kids’ buffet. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info

A true culinary and architectural gem, DTLA’s Redbird is offering an unpredictable Easter brunch. Chef Neal Fraser and his team will serve up dishes like Cinnamon Crunch French Toast with cereal milk ice cream and spiced maple syrup; Harry’s Berries Tartine with strawberry, lavender goat cheese, fennel pollen and spiced honey; Scotch Egg with duck sausage, garden greens and roasted shallot vinaigrette, and Congee with Maine lobster, charred corn, soft egg, burdock, scallion and Sichuan chili oil. Brunch is $65 for adults, while the special children’s menu is $21 for kids under ten years old. More information.

Photo courtesy of Soulmate in West Hollywood.

Located right across from Warner Bros, Burbank’s The Smokehouse is one of LA’s most treasured vintage restaurants. This Easter, The Smokehouse is offering a brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 3 pm. Brunch includes: Carving Station (Tri-Tip, Ham, and Turkey), Seafood Station (Crab legs, Mussels, Oysters, Shrimp, Ahi Tuna, Fish, Fruit & Salad, Omelet Station, plus Crepes and Waffles made to order. You’ll also find a Dessert Table, the Mexican Cruise Station (rice, beans, guacamole), the Breakfast Station (Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Egg Benedicts), Ribs, and Fried Chicken. Note that there is a 1 hour and 45 minute time limit due to the high volume of diners on Easter. Adults are $59, while children 5 to 10 years old are $24, and kids ages 4 and under are free. More info

Soak up the sun on Easter Sunday at Soulmate in West Hollywood for a memorable  Soulful Sundays Brunch featuring Spanish Mediterranean dishes, live music, and endless cocktails. The restaurant will transform into a day club with a live DJ from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., with bottle service and cocktails to share, along with brunch menu items including the Torrijas Brioche French Toast ($18), Pork Belly Benedict ($19), Berries & Cream ($18), Chorizo Hash ($23), and more! Never-Ending Mimosas or Rosé are $35. Reservations can be made through OpenTable.

Dating back to 1926, DTLA’s beautifully restored Hotel Figueroa is home to an Italian dining experiences unlike any other. The boutique hotel’s Sparrow Italia is a relaxing, resort-like getaway offering a decadent, Italian-inspired Easter brunch buffet spread that includes Cheese and Charcuterie, an Omelet Action Station, Carving Station/Hot Station (leg of lamb, roasted salmon, etc), Raw Cold Bar (shrimp cocktail, oysters on the half shell, etc), Dessert Station (tarts, mini muffins, etc) and the Easter Cocktail Special (Pasquetta – aperol, melon liquor, honeydew, prosseco). Reservations can be made via Open Table. Adults are $85, while kids under 10 are $40.

A creative new Spanish dining destination that began in Barcelona, Teleferic Barcelona is known for its authentic tapas and paellas. One of their Easter specials, Easter Toast, is perfect for sharing. Similar to Spanish French toast, Easter Toast is a perfectly golden doughnut filled with velvety cream and served with vanilla ice cream. The Easter Extravaganza cocktail features house-made Torrijam with Havana Club, Baileys, Amontillado Sherry, and cold brew coffee syrup that’s topped with a caramel nest and dark chocolate creme egg. Other offerings include paella with Maine lobster and other variations, Catalan cod, gazpacho, and much more.

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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