I love celebrating Easter, but this year has almost gotten away from me. (Seems I’ve had other things on my mind. You, too?) Several restaurants are reporting special menus for Easter Sunday. Keep in mind that just about all of these restaurants offering Easter specialty menus prefer pre-orders in advance of Easter Sunday. (Regular breakfast and brunch items can be ordered day of.) Many of these menus are specialty items that they won’t otherwise order in-house, so please be respectful with orders no later than Saturday morning, and earlier if possible.
Restaurants with Special Easter Menus
Broadway by Amar Santana is offering a quick and easy Easter menu for 2, 4 or 6 people. Chef Amar is opting Australian Leg of Lamb (garlic and oregano roasted) with four starters and choice of dessert. Chef Amar is also offering Scottish Salmon as a second option, which also comes with four starters and choice of dessert. Prices for both range between $150 and $250, depending on the number of people. Pre-order can be placed through Friday, April 10th before 4:00 p.m. Pick up any time on Easter Sunday between noon and 6:00 p.m.
Las Brisas is offering an Easter Meal for 4 for $99, which includes whole roasted chicken, side veggies and potatoes, salad and mini strawberry shortcakes. Add-ons can include their Mimosa Kit as well as Cadillac and Las Brisas Margarita singles and pitchers. Pick up or delivery.
Lumberyard is offering what I was always raised to eagerly expect for Easter lunch after church … slow-baked ham, mashed potatoes and veggies with fresh-baked apple cobbler. Single servings of the ham dinner are $25, and $75 for family style that feeds up to 4 people. Cary Redfearn tells me he doesn’t need pre-orders, but this is on a first-come, first served basis; he’s only cooking up so many hams, folks. Try to call an hour in advance before pickup or delivery.
Nirvana Grille is offering a number of Easter-oriented a la carte items. These are all priced in single servings; you simply add multiples as needed. Main entrée items include Herbs de Provence Roasted Pork Loin, 1/2 roasted turkey, applewood smoked ham, pistachio dijon-crusted rack of lamb and maple ginger glazed Steelhead salmon. Order sides, soups, salads and desserts as well. Order Easter a la carte items by 10 pm Friday. Pick up from 3 – 8 pm on Saturday as Nirvana IS closed on Easter Sunday, itself.
Oak Laguna Beach is offering two $150 Easter options that each feed up to 4 people. Choose from roasted chicken or bacon-wrapped pork loin with all the fixings, including dessert. Pre-order until Saturday noon, April 11th.
Roux is offering braised lamb shank with mashed potatoes and candied carrots at $33 per person. Add a side salad and slide of pie for $3 more (who wouldn’t do that?) Please pre-order by Saturday morning. Pickup up will be Sunday, between 5 pm and 8 p.m, or free deliveries within the Laguna Beach limits. Please pre-order by Friday late afternoon/early evening, April 10th.
Royal Hawaiian Fire Grill’s Easter Sunday Special offers Chef Maro Molteni’s wood-grilled Full Rack of Australian Lamb ( between 28 and 32 ounces, which is a lot of lamb!). The $75 Easter special family style dinner for up to 3, possibly 4 people also includes large, family-style mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus and Farmer’s Market salad, plus a bottle of Chef Maro’s favorite Argentinian “bubbly,” Pascual Toso Brut Sparkling Wine. Order now through Friday, April 10th at 8 p.m. Pickup or delivery is Sunday, April 12th, between 4 pm and 7 pm.
Selanne Steak Tavern is offering two options: An a la carte brunch menu of nine popular items plus sides, or a family-style Easter Brunch for Two priced at $130 with accompanying Sofia Blanc de Blanc or “32 ounces of Bloody Mary in a mason jar” (which sounds like the makings of a song to me).
Restaurants With Additional Easter Breakfast & Brunch Items
Coyote Grill isn’t doing a specialty Easter menu, but they will be offering their usual breakfast menu of 20+ items on Saturday and Sunday until 2:00. Lunch items are also available from 11:30 a.m. forward. They’re also offering Bloody Mary kits (if you stop by, you can direct the choice of your condiments from the to-go window) and signature cocktails and margaritas, as well as their famed “Mimosa Screw,” a glorified mimosa with peach vodka. Pick up or delivery.
Las Brisas just began offering a weekend brunch (choose from several options in a 2-course prix fixe). Add on a Brut Mimosa Kit for $15.
The Cliff Laguna Beach will be offering their usual breakfast menu on Easter Sunday, which includes seven best-sellers. They’re also offering Bloody Mary kits, Mimosas and four signature cocktails to go. Pick up or delivery.
The new Pantry at Sapphire is still offering its already-popular breakfast and lunch items any hour of the day during operation. Their new coffee service (with new coffee taste!) has added a second coffee bar option to the H.I.P. District (Pearl St. General Store‘s coffee bar is open), while G.G.’s Bistro’s new coffee service is perking up downtown’s Restaurant Row.
Restaurants With Usual Breakfast Menus
Restaurants offering their usual morning fare on Easter include Anastasia Cafe, Bonzai Bowl, G.G.’s Bistro, Heidelberg, Husky Burger, Jan’s Health Bar, Orange Inn, Shirley’s Bagels, South Swell Donuts and Urth Caffe.
Keep in mind that many restaurants are also open for lunch and dinner orders from their regular menu. You can find these in the PDF Directory at my website, see that detail below.
And Let’s Not Forget Our Visiting Team
Chef Rainer Schwarz of Driftwood Kitchen and The Deck on Laguna closed his Laguna doors temporarily and has consolidated his operations at Hendrix, his restaurant in Ocean Ranch. I want to be sure we keep him in our love loop.
For Easter, he’s serving up appetizer platters that feed 4-6 people and/or Entrée Platters with all the fixings for 4-6 people, including Prime Rib ($165), New Zealand Leg of Lamb ($130) and Roti Bone-in Pork Roast ($135). Order family-style large sides and desserts, too. Orders must be placed by Friday, April 10th. Easter Sunday pickup will be noon to 3:00 p.m.
The Next Best Thing to an Easter Basket: Hand-Picked Easter Wines
McClain Cellars in the Canyon has come up with a couple of new wine packages just for Easter celebrations. Each one is marked down by 40% and includes FREE SHIPPING to your doorstep. Order as soon as possible to ensure delivery (usually 2 days, but you don’t want to be missing your wine for Sunday). Packages are an Easter Sunday Rocks package that includes six hand-picked wines just for the occasion, and Bunnies Are Cool package, which includes two bottles and artisan popcorn as well.
Chris Olsen’s Wine Gallery is hopping to as well with recommended Easter wines at special Easter pricing at his website. (It’s a long list!)
Restaurants Closed JUST for Easter Day, Back on Monday
Scott McIntosh at Asada Tacos + Beer and Reunion Kitchen will be closed just on Easter. “I want to give my workers a day to be with their families, but we’ll be back the very next day,” he assured me. From north Laguna to SoLag, other closed restaurants on Easter include Zeytoon Cafe, Nirvana Grille, Active Culture, Dizz’s As Is, Ruby’s Auto Diner and Z Pizza.
Otherwise, every restaurant still in operation in Laguna Beach plans to be open during their normal operating hours and with their normal operating menus in the PDF Directory, noted below.
Full Restaurant Directory, PDF Downloadable Version 8, Available Now
I’m always posting daily finds in my social platforms and updating my large Restaurant Directory (7th version now published) on all open restaurant hours, food specials and discounts here in Laguna Beach (confirmed closures are also noted on the last page). Opt-in for the latest downloadable edition today, April 9th.
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