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Guide to San Diego Hotel's with Easter Brunches

Hotel Del Crown Room and Ball Room

Hotel Del Crown Room and Ball Room

  • Hotel Del Crown Room and Ball Room
  • The Shores Restaurant
  • Marine Room
  • San Diego Marriott La Jolla
  • Top Of The Park
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Hundreds of millions of Christians will celebrate Easter this Sunday. It marks the end of lent, a 40-day period when believers moderate their behavior, usually by abstaining from a favorite food or bad habit. The holiday signifies Christ’s resurrection from the dead and is observed with well-attended church services, Easter egg hunts, chocolate goodies and a hearty meal with family and friends. There is no need to cook with all the brunches being served at San Diego hotels. Here’s just a few…

Top Of The Park (Park Manor Suites)
525 Spruce Street San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 291-0999
The penthouse restaurant on the seventh floor rooftop has panoramic views of San Diego Harbor and Balboa Park. Pair that with six food stations, free flowing champagne, and live entertainment, and you’ve got an afternoon filled with fun and food. Chef’s culinary prowess naps grilled chicken with a fresh herb jus, pairs imported cheeses and handcrafted charcuteries and culminates the meal with decadent desserts. Al fresco seating is offered as well as inside the classic mirrored dining room. (Hotel rates start at $179 per night Easter weekend. Brunch is $36.95 per person. Seating’s at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.)

4240 Restaurant (San Diego Marriott La Jolla)
4240 La Jolla Village Drive La Jolla, CA 92037 (858) 587-1414
Chef Matt Porter’s Golden Triangle eatery is pulling out all the stops this Easter. Lamb legs stuffed with artichokes, olives, feta, and Rosemary bordelaise will share the plate with citrus glazed ham, and chilled seafood salad, cilantro and tequila cocktail sauce. Herbivores will be blissfully delirious with Asiago garlic potato puree, glazed veggies and roasted wild mushrooms bathed in truffle vinaigrette. Make sure to leave a smidgen of room for the Grand Marnier soaked strawberries over caramelized pound cake. (Hotel rates start at $79 per night Easter weekend. Brunch is $39.95 per person, $12 for children 5 to 12, free for kids under five. Seating 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

The Shores Restaurant and Marine Room (La Jolla Shores Hotel & La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club)
8110 Camino Del Oro La Jolla, CA 92037 (877) 346-6714
The shores hotel and beach/tennis club are sister properties, each with their own restaurant. The Shores restaurant is the more casual of the two, although it’s not evident on Easter Sunday. The menu is crammed full of enticing selections. Where to start? Strawberry Rhubarb French toast with a dollop of anise vanilla cream is a good place. Continue on to the appetizer table for the braised short rib salad,. Next, Pacific sea bass, turkey meatloaf, or the requisite ham glazed in hard cider BBQ sauce. Last but not least, peanut butter mousse cake or Nutella bread pudding.

Next door is The Marine Room, whose erudite reputation is warranted with its stellar service and cuisine. Their Easter brunch is no exception. Chef Bernard Guillas is a member of the elite Master Chefs of France. Dishes have no less than three words - blue crab and hearts of palm salad, Pomegranate plum spiced Sashimi tuna, five peppercorn crusted Black Angus beef prime rib, and so on, each sounding more delicious than the last. The on-the-surf-location is just as reputable with epic swells roaring unimpeded onto the dining room’s windows at high tide. (Hotel rates start at $219 per night Easter weekend. Marine Room brunch is $55 per person; seating from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Shores brunch is $42 per person, $20.50 for children 6 to 12, free for 5 and under; seating from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

Gordon’s On The Green (Lake San Marcos Resort)
1025 La Bonita Drive Lake San Marcos, CA 92078 (800) 447-6556 (760) 744-0120
As the name implies, Gordon’s is on the greens of San Marcos Golf and Country Club. For those who want a more relaxed atmosphere, ironically the restaurant is described as “heavy on the hospitality and light on the attitude.” Patio views of fairways one and ten are part of the allure, along with Americana cooking. No culinary trendsetters here. Buffet staples of eggs, sausage, toast, prime rib, salmon and chicken are topped off with warm buns and a slab of butter, just like mama used to make. (Hotel rates start at $71.10 per night Easter weekend. Brunch is $28.95 per person, $12.95 for children 12 to 6, ages 5 and under are free. Seating from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Hotel Del Crown Room and Ball Room (The Hotel Del Coronado)
1500 Orange Avenue Coronado, CA 92118 (800) HOTEL-DEL
The Del’s Easter Sunday celebrations are reputed to be one of San Diego’s best. They cover the whole shebang from champagne buffets to Easter egg hunts to a Craft “egg”-stravaganza. There's even a visit from the Easter Bunny. Both the Crown Room and Ballroom will host brunch. Every food group is represented - a cheese, pate and granola bar, a seafood station, New York Strip, smoked ham, salads, and desserts. With over 37 selections, it’s impossible to leave hungry. A special children’s buffet will be available for the little ones. The day’s activities are outlined in the following video. (Hotel rates start at $425 per night Easter weekend. Brunch is $78.50 per person, $34 for children ages 6 to 10. Children under 5 are free. Seating from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)