On Easter Sunday, after the church bells peal and the final hymns are sung, L.A. goes to brunch. We’re talking fabulous, indulgent feasts that compete for top billing with breathtaking ocean and garden views and one busy Easter Bunny who manages to show up at each of these events. Don’t be left out of the fun. Plan ahead and reserve a table at one of L.A.’s Easter “egg-stravaganzas.”
The Queen Mary Easter Brunch
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
For a Gatsby-era experience, head to the port of Long Beach and board The Queen Mary for Easter brunch in the historic ocean liner’s Grand Salon. Surrounded by soaring, carved wood walls and grand tapestries, the brunch features 50 dishes from around the world. There is Western breakfast fare like made-to-order omelets, pancakes, Eggs Benedict and homemade hash, a salad station and carving station featuring prime rib and leg of lamb, plus albondigas soup and carne asada tacos or hot n’ sour soup and Asian ribs. Free-flowing champagne and live music add to the atmosphere, which takes you back in time. Brunch reservations are available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at $59 for adults and $19.95 for children ages 4-11. After brunch, tour the ship or for an extra charge visit Diana: Legend of a Princess, an exhibit featuring the beloved princess’ dresses, photographs and other personal belongings.
Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens Easter Brunch
1151 Oxford Rd.
San Marino, CA 91108
I love the beautiful, outdoor setting for Easter Sunday at the Huntington. Make a reservation for the traditional Easter Brunch on the lawn, featuring a Belgian waffle bar with elaborate toppings, an omelet bar and a carving station. There is other outdoor fun, like an egg hunt for the kids and pictures with the Easter Bunny. At the Huntington, you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging. After you eat, get great exercise walking the property that surrounds you. Visit a gallery, roam acres of gardens, or join the kids who like to roll down the grassy knolls. Brunch, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., is $55 for adults; $27.50 for children ages 4-12.
Terranea Resort Easter Brunch
100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
You might forget to eat, looking out over one of the most spectacular ocean views in Southern California. Terranea’s cliffside perch above the Pacific is one-of-a-kind, but so is the Easter buffet in the resort’s grand ballroom. Enjoy an egg and omelet bar, a carving station and a special dessert station. For the kids, there is a petting zoo with bunnies and chicks, an egg hunt, plus egg decorating and other craft stations. 2013 brunch prices were $85 for adults, including sparkling wine, and $40 for children 5-10. If you’d rather eat at home but still want to impress your mother-in-law with something elegant, head to Terranea to enjoy the view for awhile, then pick up a pre-ordered dinner to go. Easter dinner packages for four people start at $185 and include maple-cured ham with pineapple caramel sauce, corn and garnet yam chowder, strawberry fields salad, freshly-baked Parker House rolls, roasted fingerling potatoes, french beans with prosciutto, citrus-glazed carrots, minted sugar snap peas and a choice of pie (banana cream, chocolate mousse or apple streusel) or lemon coconut or ginger cheesecake. You can add optional 2-quart sides that serve four to six people for an additional $8 each.