This Sunday is Easter . This is the perfect time to gather the family and celebrate this spring holiday in style. Many of our favorite restaurants and event venues have a great deal of fun in store for kids of all ages for brunch and dinner service. Here is list of some of my favorites in Corona del Mar, Newport Beach, Anaheim and South Coast Plaza. Easter brunches, dinners and events, with all the highlights such as: menus, pricing, hours and web sites. Here’s to planning a wonderful weekend of Easter egg hunts, harbor cruises and family fun. Better hop on it!
The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon
Brunch 10:00am-2:00pm Prix Fixe four course brunch including main course options of: Maine Lobster Benedict, Mary’s /free range duck chilaquiles and Skirt Steak Hash. Yes, boundless sparkling wine, mimosas or dry sweet wine. Cost is $75 per person. 1025 East Ball Road, Anaheim 714-817-4200 www.theranch.com/index.aspx
Corona del Mar Neighborhood
Easter Brunch 11:00am to 3:00pm Dinner 4:00 to 9:00pm Five Crowns is a charming replica of one of England’s oldest country inns and a Corona del Mar landmark, offers warm hospitality and cozy fireplaces set among authentic antiques and period paintings. With a distinctive style it is a dining destination for special occasions since 1965. For Easter, guests will order from an expansive menu that Chef Kling has prepared for all to enjoy. 3801 E. Coast Highway – Corona del Mar 949-760-0331- www.lawrysonline.com/five-crowns
Easter Brunch 10:00am to 3:00pm Dinner Menu 4:00-8:00pm This charming Craftsman style restaurant features rich tones, dark wood and private booths. This Easter guests can enjoy a three-course Champagne Brunch for $25 per person for adults and $12 for the under 12 crowd. There are eight different entrée options, including Eggs Benedict, Grilled Salmon, and Mixed Berry Waffle. Prime Rib and NY Steak & Eggs can be selected for an additional $5. Bottomless Mimosas or Bloody Mary’s can be added for $9. The regular dinner menu will be available beginning at 4:00 in the evening. 2441 East Coast Highway – Corona del Mar (949) 673-6585 – www.TheBungalowRestaurant.com
Brunch and Lunch- 10:00am to 3:00pm Dinner 5:00pm to close This charming European-style restaurant is a cherished “locals” spot in Corona del Mar. In addition to their regular Lunch menu they will be featuring these four Brunch specials: Belgium Waffles with fresh berries ($10.95), Eggs Benedict with Black Forest ham or fresh Crab ($15.95), Eggs Florentine ($13.95), Fresh Grilled Salmon ($18.95) and of course Mimosas and a full bar will be pouring everyone’s favorites! In the evening they will have their regular dinner menu and open for dinner beginning at 5:00pm. 2407 East Coast Highway – Corona del Mar (949) 673-3750 – http://rothschildsrestaurant.com/
Newport Beach Neighborhood
Brunch 10:00am – 3:00pm Closed the evening of Easter Who doesn’t like to play in the garden? How about dining while overlooking a working garden, and enjoying the best of the best in real “farm-to-table” cuisine? That is what Chef Cathy Pavlos is up to and her plating and presentation is so beautiful I have to press pause before dining. For Easter, Chef Cathy has a Prix Fixe four-course brunch for $49 for adults and $18.50 for children (excluding tax and gratuity, of course). A complimentary glass of champagne will also be available. They will not be open for evening service, however they will be open for brunch and dinner on Mother’s Day. 2531 Eastbluff Drive – Newport Beach 949-718-0477 – www.provenanceoc.com
Brunch 10:00am-4:00pm Dinner 5:00pm to 10:00pm Bayside restaurant is an elegant setting and always delicious. Celebrating Easter this year Chef has created an incredible 3-course meal that includes appetizer, entrée and dessert for $48.75 per person (plus tax and gratuity). The Brunch also includes free-flowing Mimosas or Champagne. There are 8 different starters and 12 different entrees to select from. From Crab Cake Florentine to Tiger Prawns Risotto, to a Grilled Prime Culotte Steak or blackened Swordfish and many more— there is something for every taste bud. A 3-course prix-fixe is also available for kids for $21.75 (for kids 12 and under). During the evening the 3-course prix fixe dinner will be $40 per person. There will be live entertainment both day and evening on Sunday! 900 Bayside Drive- Newport Beach, CA 949-721-1222 – www.baysiderestaurant.com
Oak Grill Restaurant at The Island Hotel
Brunch Buffet 10:30am to 3:30pm Dinner 5:00 – 10:00pm Chef Peter will be filling up the Fireside patio with live-action stations, breakfast specialties, made-to-order specialties, a pancake bar, carving stations with five proteins, fresh farmer’s market salads, and so much more. The cost is $90 per adult and $25 for children ages 5-12. Pricing excludes tax and gratuity. Mimosas, a Bloody Mary Bar and Farm-to-Table Margaritas are available for an additional charge. Regular dinner service will be available in the evening. 690 Newport Center Drive – Newport Beach 949-760-4920 or visit opentable.com – www.oakgrillnb.com/
9:00am – Easter Egg Hunt on the Beach- Saturday, April 15th Free Easter Egg Hunt open to the community. More than 6,000 eggs will be “hidden” with a variety of goodies contained inside ranging from candy and toys to cash prizes and one golden egg will have a token for a new bicycle!
7:00am – Sunrise Easter Service- Sunday April 16th Easter Sunday at the Newport Dunes begins with the renowned Sunrise Easter Service on the shores of Pavilion East at 7:00am. The service will be delivered by Pastor Tim Lukei of Mariners Church. Enter at the 101 Bayside Drive entrance.
Back Bay Bistro at Newport Dunes
Brunch Buffet 9:00am to 2:00pm Overlooking the Marina and calm Back Bay estuary, Back Bay Bistro has large picture windows, outdoor wrap-around patio and a retractable roof to enjoy the views from every vantage point. On this Easter Sunday, there will even be a guest appearance by the Easter Bunny! Get your cameras ready! Buffet menu highlights include: a seafood station with King Crab Legs, a smoked fish station, an antipasti display, salad bar and fresh fruit, an omelet station, pancake station, a carving station featuring Lamb Culotte & Tenderloin, chocolate fondue, and many other treats. Back Bay was named “Top 10 in SoCal” and “Top 50 in the U.S.” by Open Table. Easter Brunch Buffet pricing for adults will be $79 (including bottomless champagne & Mimosas). Children (12 years and under) will be $38. (Pricing does not include gratuity or tax.) 1131 Back Bay Drive – Newport Beach (949) 729-1144 – www.newportdunes.com/back-bay-bistro/menu/
The Beachcomber Café
Brunch Menu: 7:00am to 4:00pm Guests will love to view as the Beachcomber is right on the sand! Enjoy a two course prix fixe menu which starts with a glass of Champagne, Mimosa or orange juice or coffee. The meal will begin with Beignets and Ambrosia. What is not to love about those dreamy, puffy delights. The choice of entrée’s will be hard to select from this list—examples include: Surf and Turf, Huevos Rancheros, Frittata, Cinnamon Pancakes with Ham & Eggs, and the list goes on. Price is $38.95 for adults and $14.95 for children. (Parking is across the street at Los Trancos and there is a shuttle to the restaurant for $1 per person, or there is a walking path for those who prefer to hoof it down to the beach) Reservations are only through Open Table. 15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast http://thebeachcombercafe.com/_crystalcove/index-apple2.aspx Open Table: https://www.opentable.com/beachcomber-cafe-crystal-cove-reservations-newport-coast?rtype=ism&restref=23983
The Lighthouse Bayview Café
Brunch: 7:00am to 4:00pm Dinner: Regular Menu 5:00-9pm With lovely views of the Marina, and a dock for boat access this is a casual favorite spot with a park right next door for the little ones to romp. Lighthouse is offering an abbreviated Brunch menu that features two special dishes not normally offered – a Filet Benedict entree and a Prime Rib entree. What makes this nice is that all the menu items are a la carte, so guests can select exactly what they want to enjoy! (There is a public parking lot with meters for easy access.) 1600 W Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach (949) 933-1001 http://lighthousenb.com/
The Resort at Pelican Hill
Mar Vista Grand Ballroom Brunch & Easter Egg Hunt
Brunch Buffet 10:00am – 3:00pm The little ones will delight in an Easter egg hunt and visits with the Easter Bunny at the elegant Resort at Pelican Hill. In Mar Vista’s grand ballroom executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray presents traditional brunch favorites, accented with California and Tuscan flavors. There will be a cold station filled with everyone’s favorites, a poke station, a raw bar, carving station, breakfast favorites, salads, cheese and fruits, hot stations, soups and a dessert station with a long list of sweets. The price is $128 per adult and $60 per child ages 5-12. (Complimentary for children 5 and under.) Pricing excludes tax and service charge.
Coliseum Pool & Grill
Brunch Buffet 7:00am to 3:00pm Dinner 4:00 – 10:00pm Bring the entire family down to Coliseum Pool & Grill on Easter Sunday, as Chef Oscar creates an extraordinary brunch buffet. There will be a selection of fruits, yogurt, smoked salmon, an omelet & waffle station, carving station and assorted pastries. $65 per adult and for children 5-12 years of age $30 (excludes tax and gratuity). Children under 5 are complimentary. Dinner will feature an a la carte menu.
Easter Brunch Specials 10:00am – 3:30pm Dinner Specials 5:00 – 10:00pm Chef Marc is creating a special selection of á la carte dishes for Easter brunch and dinner at Pelican Grill. Guests can make their own selections and enjoy soups, salads, entrees and of course desserts too. With a full bar and lounge area, the choices are endless.
The Resort at Pelican Hill 22701 Pelican Hill Road South – Newport Beach 844-443-0020 – www.pelicanhill.com/dining
Miracle Mile Neighborhood
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
Brunch 10:30am to 2:00pm Dinner 5:00 – 9:00pm With a lovely view of the Marina, The Winery showcases exceptional seasonal cuisine. The three-course Brunch menu will be $46.95 per guest (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Chef Yvon is preparing a lovely offering with six different starts (all of which sound amazing), and seven different entrée items. The Pastry Chef’s petits fours will complete this celebration brunch. For children, the Chef and his team will prepare their favorites as well. For evening service, The Winery will be featuring their regular dinner menu. 3131 West Coast Highway – Newport Beach 949-999-6622 – www.thewinerynewport.com/
Waterline Restaurant at the Balboa Bay Resort
Brunch 11:00am – 3:00pm Closed the evening of Easter Waterline Newport Beach, with its nautical-inspired design, is a refined restaurant with dramatic views of the Bay. Executive Chef Rachel Haggstrom is at the restaurant’s helm and Sam Green is Chef de Cuisine. A lovely three-course brunch will be featured. Main course options include: Lamb Rack, Crab Cake Benedict, Poached Wild Isles Scottish Salmon and Petite Filet Mignon. The price for adults is $68 and children (4-12) will be $34 (gratuity not included). The dining room will not be open for dinner Easter evening. 1221 West Coast Highway – Newport Beach 949-645-5000 http://meritagecollection.com/balboabayresort/newport-beach-ca-restaurants/
Hornblower Cruises in Newport Harbor
Easter Champagne Brunch Cruises: Departures at 9:30am, 10:00am & 2:00pm Easter Supper Cruise: Departs at 3:00pm Easter Dining Cruises in Newport Beach provide savory American fare, chocolatey treats and live entertainment— all while cruising the Newport Harbor. Guests can walk the deck and enjoy all of the spectacular views that our lovely Harbor offers. The price for the 2-hour Brunch Buffet is $68.95 (other taxes apply and service fees apply). This includes: free-flowing Champagne, hosted soda, juice, coffee, tea, and water, a lavish Brunch Buffet, live solo entertainment and photos with the on-board Easter Bunny! The 2.5 hour Easter Supper Cruise departs at 3:00pm and includes: a boarding glass of Champagne, hosted soda, juice, coffee, tea, and water, a lavish Supper Buffet, live solo entertainment and photos with the on-board Easter Bunny! The cost for supper is $86.95 (other taxes and service fees apply). Sample menus are available on their web site. 949-631-2469 – Newport Beach www.hornblower.com/port/overview/nb+easter
South Coast Plaza
Please note: South Coast Plaza will be closed on Easter, however many of its fine restaurants will be open for brunch and dinner.
AnQi by House of An
Brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No Dinner Service This Easter enjoy AnQi’s new twist on California Asian small bites. Served dim sum style, AnQi’s ”An-Sum” menu features dishes such as lobster ramen, black truffle shu mai, lamb shank gyoza with thom yum, caviar tin, crispy Chilean sea bass salad, shrimp filled shishito peppers, braised hen dumplings, crispy pork belly bao, green tea macarons and more. AnQi’s à la carte favorites including An’s famous garlic noodles and tuna tacos will also be available. Reservations highly suggested. An-Sum menu $3 to $30 per order with most $8-12; à la carte menu priced per selection (exclusive of tax and gratuity). For reservations please call 714.557.5679
The Capital Grille
Easter brunch from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dinner: à la carte dinner menu until 9:00 p.m. The Capital Grille will offer a special three-course Easter brunch menu, with a starter, entree and dessert. Selections include spring mushroom bisque, shrimp and white cheddar grits, The Grille’s lobster frittata, bone-in dry aged NY strip with fried egg, 8 oz. filet mignon and smoked salmon. Freshly squeezed juices, tea, coffee and soda are included with the price of brunch or endless mimosas can be added for $12. A children’s brunch menu will be available with kid-friendly choices such as chicken fingers, mac ’n’ cheese, mini cheeseburgers, French toast and scrambled eggs. $49 three-course prix fixe brunch, $15 children’s brunch for those 10 and under; à la carte menu priced per selection. (exclusive of tax and gratuity). http://www.thecapitalgrille.com/menu-listing/easter-brunch For reservations please call 714.432.1140
Easter brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Dinner: à la carte dinner menu until 10:00 p.m. Known for seasonally inspired, calorie-aware menu, Season’s 52 special Easter brunch features chef creations such as smoked salmon flatbread, S52 eggs Benedict with poached lobster, brick oven brioche French toast with whiskey-smoked brown sugar pecans, braised short rib hash, vegetable frittata, shakshuka and a special orange marmalade parfait mini indulgence created in honor of the South Coast Plaza’s 50th anniversary. Red wine sangria, prosecco Bellinis, mimosas and Sriracha Bloody Marys will be available by the glass or as endless sips for $14.90. Seasons 52’s à la carte dinner menu will be available all day. Prices vary per selection (exclusive of tax and gratuity). http://www.seasons52.com/menu-listing/easter-brunch For reservations please call 714.437.5252
Easter from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Water Grill’s Sunday brunch menu is a great way to celebrate Easter Sunday. House smoked salmon, quiche Lorraine, huevos rancheros, lemon ricotta pancakes and crab Benedict are among the offerings. The a la carte menu of fresh wood-grilled seafood, shellfish on ice, live Maine lobster, charcoal grilled steak is also available. À la carte prices vary per selection (exclusive of tax and gratuity) For reservations please call 949.208.7060
Dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Vaca’s authentic Spanish cuisine will be available during dinner hours. The recently updated menu features charcuterie, tapas, paella and dry-aged steaks along with a selection Spanish wines and handcrafted cocktails. Prices vary per selection (exclusive of tax and gratuity). For reservations please call 714.463.6060
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Dinner: from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Morton’s will be featuring a ‘Steak & Lobster’ duo this Easter. The surf and turf combo features a tender 6 oz. prime filet paired with a 5oz lobster tail. The full à la carte menu will also be available. $56 steak & lobster duo; à la carte prices vary per selection (exclusive of tax and gratuity). http://www.mortons.com/holiday/easter/ For reservations please call 714.444.4834