San Diego

The Most Delicious Easter Brunches in San Diego This Year

Courtesy of Bleu Bohème
Courtesy of Bleu Bohème
Courtesy of Bleu Bohème

Is there any better way to celebrate Easter than a boozy, leisurely brunch? From beachside bottomless mimosas to seafood-laden extravaganzas, San Diego has all your fondest brunch wishes covered — but if you haven’t had time to actually look into making reservations yet, don’t panic. We’ve rounded up our favorite places to indulge, so you won’t have to spend Sunday morning regretfully hunched over a bowl of cold oatmeal.

The Prado at Balboa Park

Balboa ParkEnjoy Easter brunch in San Diego’s crown jewel
The Prado at Balboa Park celebrates Easter with an indulgent champagne brunch buffet that includes pancake and dim sum stations, a whipped potato martini bar, dozens of decadent pastries, substantial plates of short ribs, lemongrass salmon and oven roasted chicken breast, plus a chilled seafood display, a carving station and customizable eggs and omelets. Work off the calories afterwards by strolling Balboa Park’s hiking paths, gardens, and museums.
Price/reservations: 10am to 2:30pm; $65.95 for adults, $17.95 for children 6-12, under 5 free; reservations can be made by calling 619-557-9441 or booking online.

Hundred Proof
Hundred Proof
Hundred Proof

Hundred Proof

University HeightsRelive your childhood with adult brunch beverages
Bar Manager Stephen Kurpinsky will transport you back to your childhood Saturday mornings with delicious, cereal-inspired cocktails such as his Fruit Loops Ramos Fizz and Cinnamon Toast Punch. Brunch favorites to look out for include bananas Foster baked French toast (buttermilk-soaked brioche baked to perfection, topped with bananas foster and cream cheese ice cream); or grilled shrimp toast, avocado, braised bacon, green goddess dressing, herbs, and fruit.
Price/reservations: A la carte from 10am to 2:30pm; open seating.

L’Auberge Del Mar

Del MarA sleek, beachy brunch buffet with extra fun for the littles
Kitchen 1540 at L’Auberge Del Mar’s lavish Easter Brunch menu offers an extravagant array of traditional breakfast and lunch dishes, including bennies and omelets, seafood, cheese and pasta stations, carved specialties such as Dry Aged Santa Carota Beef and Salmon en Croute, as well as several of their popular cast iron dishes (arctic char, Cook Farm pork and lamb osso buco). Mignardise (tiny assorted pastries), assorted gelées, chocolate barks, cupcakes, and a creme brulee station will satisfy your sweet tooth. Take advantage of the optional free flowing mimosas and relax in the lounge while the kids color sand dollars or play oversized Jenga, chess, and Connect Four.
Price/reservations: 10am to 2pm: $90 per adult (+$15 for bottomless mimosas) $30 for children under 12; reservations can be made by calling 858-793-6460 or booking online.

Tayler Coffin
Tayler Coffin
Tayler Coffin

Fort Oak

Mission HillsCelebrate Easter in a charming new bistro
This chic, stylish little gem tucked away in Mission Hills offers an extensive brunch menu that invites sharing. Try the Instagram-worthy chicken fried quail and French toast with hot honey, date puree, and house-cultured butter, or the rib-sticking corn beef hash benedict, poached eggs, cabbage, hollandaise, rye panko, and potatoes. Special brunch sips include the Continental, a blend of rums, pineapple, lime, chai maple syrup and whole egg, or the Skylark, gin, coconut milk, lemon, earl grey orgeat, meringue, and a splash of soda.
Price/reservations: A la carte from 9am to 2pm; reservations can be made by calling 619-722-3398 or booking online.

Chris Costa Photography
Chris Costa Photography
Chris Costa Photography

Herb and Wood

Little ItalyIndulge in an elegant Easter celebration
Chef Brian Malarkey’s flagship venue will feature a three-course prix fixe Easter brunch menu, with dishes including burrata and crispy prosciutto toast, Dungeness crab hash, cured salmon bennies, strawberry vacherin, and chocolate pots de crème, as well as a full selection of brunch cocktails, Bloody Marys, and mimosas. A special children’s menu will also be available.
Price/reservations: From 10am to 2pm; $48.88 for adults, $15.99 for children; reservations can be made by calling 619-955-8495 or booking online.

Courtesy of Bleu Bohème
Courtesy of Bleu Bohème
Courtesy of Bleu Bohème

Bleu Boheme

KensingtonAdd some French flair to your Pâques petit déjeuner
Blue Boheme brings back some of its most popular brunch items for a three-course, prix fixe menu that mixes traditional breakfast items with heartier fare. First course choices include bisque de homard (lobster bisque) and tarte chaude au Reblochon (Reblochon Savoie cheese, onion, bacon and apple tart) while second courses feature a savory Belgique prosciutto waffle, boeuf Bourguignon, or confit de canard (duck confit). Desserts lean towards the traditional with mousse au chocolat, pain d’epices (warm gingerbread cake with strawberry confiture and caramel ice cream), Nutella crepes, and profiteroles. A separate children’s menu ensures that everyone leaves happy.
Price/reservations: 10am to 2pm; $55 for adults, $18 for children; reservations can be made by calling 619-255-4167 or booking online.

Tower23 Hotel
Tower23 Hotel
Tower23 Hotel

JRDN

Pacific BeachPair premier people-watching with your brunch
JRDN’s beach views and front-and-center boardwalk location make it the place to see and be seen in Pacific Beach. Must-tries include luscious jumbo sticky buns paired with build-your-own mimosas or a cilantro- and jalapeno-infused Tower23 Brunch Mary; spicy chilaquiles and eggs married with a michelada, and thick, berry-filled brioche French toast calls for a warm, boozy JRDN Irish coffee. Non-brunchy selections run the gamut from entree salads and brisket sandwiches to fish tacos and ahi poke.
Price/reservations: A la carte from 9am to 3:30pm, reservations can be made by calling 858-270-2323 or booking online.

Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Paradise Point Resort & Spa

Tidal

Pacific BeachEnjoy brunch in a beautiful mid-century home
Tidal’s gorgeous 180° views of Mission Bay complement the Pacific Rim-inspired Easter brunch buffet. Standouts include a carving station with roast suckling pig and coconut satay leg of lamb, duroc pork lumpia and lemongrass honey-brined rotisserie chicken, as well as more traditional breakfast fare and tasty sweet treats such as chocolate coconut cake and sesame carrot cake.
Price/reservations: 9am to 2pm; $69 per person; reservations can be made by calling 858-490-6363 or booking online.

Courtesy of The Westin
Courtesy of The Westin
Courtesy of The Westin

20|Twenty Grill

CarlsbadCelebrate Easter in a North County favorite
Executive Chef Julian Quiñones of 20|Twenty Grill has prepared an extensive gourmet brunch buffet featuring a made-to-order omelette station, a raw bar and sushi, an antipasto board, a carving station, freshly baked desserts, and an ice cream sundae bar. A special children’s menu will also be available.
Price/reservations: From 10am to 3pm; $85 for adults, $30 for children 12 and under; reservations can be made by calling 760-827-2500 or booking online.

The Corner Drafthouse
The Corner Drafthouse
The Corner Drafthouse

The Corner Drafthouse

Bankers HillWhen a casual brunch is more your style
If you’d prefer a more chill beginning to your day, stop by The Corner Drafthouse. This casual gastropub offers comfort style brunch items such as crispy buttermilk chicken and an herbed waffle topped with maple butter and served with a rum maple syrup, or a smothered breakfast burrito stuffed with scrambled eggs, drafthouse potatoes, applewood-smoked bacon, sausage chorizo, and queso fresco, topped with salsa verde. Choose a beer from one of their 70 taps, or grab a bottle of bubbly on special for $15 during brunch.
Price/reservations: A la carte from 10am to 3pm; open seating.Sign up here for our daily San Diego email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town.

Mary Beth Abate is a San Diego-based freelance writer by way of Chicago and Los Angeles. Her hobbies include yoga, pickling and fermenting various vegetables and beverages, reading cookbooks and traveling through Mexico. Keep up with her experiments @MaryBeth_Abate.

San Diego

How to Celebrate Women’s History Month in San Diego

Check out female-led dance programs, pop up markets, beer dinners, and more events this March.

Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona
Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona
Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona

Women have played a huge part shaping San Diego into the city it is today. In celebration of Women’s History Month, there are a variety of events across the city that commemorate women’s contributions to our community and culture. Home to the Women’s Museum of California, which hosts events throughout the year, be sure to check out all the ways to support and honor women this month. From art exhibits to dance performances, pop-up markets and yoga, check out the best events to celebrate Women’s History Month in San Diego:

Photo courtesy of The San Diego Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of The San Diego Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of The San Diego Museum of Art

Discover works from overlooked women artists

Ongoing through November 7, 2023
Balboa Park
The San Diego Museum of Art currently has 20 modern and contemporary works of art on display from women who unjustly didn’t receive the same amount of fame as their male contemporaries. The museum’s Modern Women exhibit is your chance to see work from artists like Elaine de Kooning and Lee Krasner, who were overshadowed by artist husbands Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock but whose work has long deserved its own moment in the spotlight. The collection showcases pieces that range from acrylic paintings to photography, inviting us into an untapped artistic sphere.
Cost: $20

Practice Sun Salutations while supporting a good cause

Saturday, March 4, 10 am to 11 am
Pacific Beach
Make a difference in the lives of teen girls of colour while taking a yoga class at Kate Sessions Park. Organized by local nonprofit One Love Movement, all donations for the event go towards college scholarships for girls of the DETOUR F.A.N.C.Y. Expo & Leadership Academy, a mentorship program that promotes equity and inclusion in higher education for girls of colour. All while enjoying stunning views of Mission Bay.
Cost: Donation-based

Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona
Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona
Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona

Shop local women-owned businesses

Sunday, March 5, 1 pm to 5 pm
Middletown
What better way to celebrate the women in your community than by supporting their local businesses? The Women’s History Month Market, located in the FEMX Quarters venue, is a pop up market you don’t want to miss. The market will feature over 35 vendors from women artisans and you’ll find uniquely crafted sunglasses, jewellery, clothing, and more. The family-friendly (and pet-friendly) event will also include food and music.
Cost: Free

Drink beer crafted by female brewers on International Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 8, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Escondido
Women were the original brewers of ale, after all, so it only makes sense to honour our past and present beer connoisseurs with dinner and brews. Located at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Stone International Women’s Day Beer Dinner features three courses, each paired with a tasty beer specially brewed by a team of women at Stone Brewery. The event is part of a larger global celebration for International Women’s Day, where brewers all over the world brew a speciality beer that supports The Pink Boots Society, a non profit that empowers women and non-binary people in the beer industry through scholarships and education. Grab your tickets while you can! 21+
Cost: $50-$70

Attend an exhibition celebrating female and non-binary artists

Saturday, March 11, 5:00 pm
Barrio Logan
Head over to the entertainment and community venue Corazon del Barrio and show your support to female and non-binary artists, whose art and music will be featured in the Diosa Art Show. Around 40 artists are on the bill at this all-ages event.
Cost: Free

Drink some pints for the pups

Saturday, March 11, 12 pm to 4 pm
Carmel Mountain
If you need another excuse to down some brews, Second Chance Beer Company is hosting its first ever Ladies & Pups Market for Women’s History Month. The brewery, which holds various events throughout the year, donates a percentage of its sales to animal rescue organizations in California and Arizona. The dog-friendly market will include pop ups from women-owned businesses such as Bold Bouquet, Wet Nose Pottery, and No, You Sit! Treats. For the occasion, Second Chance will serve Fistful of Gummies – Berry Edition, a rendition of their fruited sour beer created in collaboration with Pink Boots Society, an organization that supports women and non-binary individuals in the beer industry.
Cost: Free

Photo courtesy of Women's Museum of California
Photo courtesy of Women’s Museum of California
Photo courtesy of Women’s Museum of California

Attend a ceremony at the Women’s Museum of California

Saturday, March 18, 11 am to 1 pm
Rolando
Perhaps San Diego’s largest Women’s History Month event, the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame recognizes local women for their achievements in the community. The annual event, which takes place at Joan B. Kroc Theatre, is a project of the Women’s Museum of California, a museum dedicated to educating the public about women’s contributions through history with exhibits, programs, and events. Over 100 women have been inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame since the program was founded in 2001, and this year’s class includes notable women like activist Norma Chávez-Peterson and Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. The event includes a VIP brunch followed by the Induction Ceremony. Be sure to purchase tickets early to secure your spot.
Cost: $20-$150

Join a community of local women and get inspired

Monday, March 20, 5 pm to 7:30 pm
Miramar
The Women’s Speaker Series at Alesmith Brewing Company is a monthly community gathering where local women come together to support one another in achieving professional and personal goals. The event includes a social hour followed by a selected speaker. For this month, the Women’s Speaker Series features career coach and small business owner Laura Bashore, who will share her insight on how you can advance your career or business. Make sure to reserve your spot before attending!
Cost: Free

Come hear about the roles San Diego women played during World War II

Tuesday, March 21, 1 pm to 3 pm
Mission Valley
In the early 20th century, many women were not allowed or expected to be the breadwinners for their households, but things suddenly changed with the United States’ entry into World War II. Here’s your chance to learn about the real experiences of women who lived through WWll and how they navigated through it all. Presented by Oasis San Diego, head over to Mission Valley Library to attend this in-person event.
Cost: Free

Photo by Carly Topazio l Courtesy of The Rosin Box Project
Photo by Carly Topazio l Courtesy of The Rosin Box Project
Photo by Carly Topazio l Courtesy of The Rosin Box Project

Attend a ballet program choreographed entirely by women

Thursday, March 23 – Saturday, March 25 & Monday, March 27, 7:30 pm
Liberty Station
Experience not one but three world premiere ballet performances at The Rosin Box Project, a contemporary ballet company that works to redefine the concept of dance and how it’s experienced for both artists and audiences. To coincide with Women’s History Month, TRBP is kicking off its 2023 season with Empower, a female-led ballet program choreographed by TRBO Residents Lauren Flower, Bethany Green, and Carly Topazio. The program, which takes place at Light Box Theater, offers a fresh take on dance by pushing the boundaries of traditional ballet. Your ticket includes a post-show reception.
Cost: $45

Hear music by a little-known female early 20th-century composer

Friday, March 24, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
Balboa Park
While you may not be familiar with composer Alice Barnett Stevenson, she played an integral part in San Diego’s music scene during the early 1900s. Stevenson was an active member of various music organizations at the time, and she composed art songs for voice and piano and performed at schools all over the country. Her home became a hub for local recitals from visiting musicians, and was also where the San Diego Symphony was founded. This month, you can hear her compositions performed live for the first time in nearly 100 years at the San Diego History Center. Selected works by Stevenson will be performed by musical scholar Katina Mitchell and pianist Yewon Lee. Be sure to reserve tickets ahead of time.
Cost: $25-$40

Listen to Black San Diego women discuss important community issues

Saturday, March 25, 12 pm to 4 pm
Valencia Park
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Friends of Malcolm X Library are hosting Ain’t I a Woman, an event featuring Black women who will be speaking about their professions and discussing the challenges faced within the workplace and the community while offering suggestions on how to further enhance and embrace equality. The event includes a Q&A panel discussion, door prizes, free raffles, as well as music, poetry, and dance. Seating is limited so be sure to reserve your spot early.
Cost: Free event. Lunch purchase is $15.

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Michelle Harris is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Over the years her writing has also appeared in Atlas Obscura, Mental Floss, and Audubon Magazine. When she’s not busy typing, she enjoys hiking, road trips, and cooking vegan food.

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