SLO CAL shines at Easter. It’s the season of green hillsides, budding vineyards, and booths teeming with spring-fresh produce at farmers’ markets. It’s also the season of Easter egg hunts and special brunch, lunch and dinner menus in local restaurants. Interested in spending your Easter here in SLO CAL? Celebrate the season in these special spots.
Easter Brunch in SLO CALBack to Top of List
San Luis Obispo
A festive destination no matter the occasion, the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo serves an abundant Easter breakfast buffet from 9am to 2pm. Choose from a wide spread of delicacies, like fresh pastries, fruit, bacon, sausages, omelets, biscuits and sausage gravy, and more. Breakfast includes fresh-squeezed juices, coffee, and one mimosa per adult. Best of all? The buffet includes slices of Mrs. Madonna’s world-famous cakes. For an extra charge, you can also order the signature Easter cocktail: the Limoncello Spritzer. (Reservations recommended: 805-784-2469.)
At Piadina restaurant inside Hotel SLO in San Luis Obispo, Chef Ryan Fancher will present an Easter brunch menu on Sunday from 11am to 2pm. Choose from classic mains like eggs benedict and leg of lamb, or from outside-the-box options like roasted chicken Caesar and fried egg pizza. Brunch is a two-course affair, and can include mimosas, bloody marys, and bellinis for an additional charge.
For a totally awesome, totally fun '80s Easter brunch, head to Highwater SLO. From 11 AM- 3 PM head downtown for some outrageous eats. Between chicken and waffles, fondue, and killer quiches, every bite will be a mouth-watering one. Also on brand with the '80s theme is a boozy orange julius drink to sip with brunch to truly take you back to the mall-strolling days. (Reservations recommended: 805-439-1259)
SLO Provisions will be offering an extensive Easter menu with a variety of breakfast options, starters, and dinner packages. Start the morning off with brioche bread pudding or a house-made quiche. Dinner packages consist of options like slow-roast lamb shoulder and whole cumin-coriander crusted red snapper. All items are served hot with reheating instructions available. All orders must be placed by April 11th at 6 pm by calling 805-439-4298.
In the heart of Paso Robles wine country, Thomas Hill Organics serves a decadent brunch every weekend, and Easter Sunday is no exception. Tuck into savory dishes like croque madame and chilaquiles; or take the sweet route with Travis’s Coffee Cake or a waffle topped with whipped strawberry mascarpone and berry compote. Don’t miss the vegan black lentil tacos with candied watermelon and cashew cream; or the cheese and charcuterie board to share with the table. This is a true farm-to-table affair, sourced entirely with organic ingredients.
The Nautical Cowboy located in Atascadero is offering a prix fixe Easter brunch for $39.95. Fresh starters like strawberry spinach salad and asparagus soup with entrees like chicken & waffles and egg white frittata will keep you full and happy before a day of egg hunting.
Looking for a peaceful lunch in a world-class garden? Visit the Cambria Pines Lodge on the 17th from 12:00 - 2:30 pm for an Easter brunch buffet. The buffet will include a prime rib and ham carving station, omelets made to order, shrimp and crab offerings, bottomless mimosas, and more. Expect to pay $40 for adults, and $16 for children (ages 5-12).
Over at The Cliffs Hotel & Spa in Pismo Beach, start off your brunch with tasty options of ahi tuna tataki, shrimp cocktail, or clam chowder. Follow that up with mouth-watering main dishes like monte cristos, chai spiced pancakes, and Mahi Mahi. To end the meal, a decadent dessert will be hard to pass up consisting of three dessert shooters to get a taste of all things spring. Try the strawberry lemonade shortcake, chocolate mousse, and key lime cheesecake in the delightful trio. (Reservations required: 805-773-2511)
Looking for Easter brunch with a view? At Dolphin Bay Resort’s LIDO restaurant in Shell Beach, your brunch consists of three courses, plus unparalleled ocean views and even a visit from the Easter Bunny (Saturday or Sunday). Start with an acai bowl, crab cakes or decadent truffle fries. Choose from mains like omelets with champignon mushrooms, shrimp tacos with mango-habanero sauce, or a crispy chicken sandwich. Then, let chocolate torte, bread pudding or creme brulee seal the deal. Mimosas and other drinks can be added on for an extra charge. (Reservations are recommended: 805-773-8900.)
Easter Lunch/Dinner in SLO CALBack to Top of List
San Luis Obispo
Celebrate in style at Brasserie SLO at Hotel Cerro in San Luis Obispo, where seating includes the Mission Fig Patio, Garden Street Veranda, and indoor dining room. The special Easter menu is available 10:30 am to 4 pm, with á la carte items like orange-glazed cinnamon rolls, warm spring potato salad, honey mustard-glazed ham and prime rib. Be sure to check out the robust cocktail, wine, and beer lists for drinks, too. (Reservations recommended: 805-548-1000.)
Each year, SLO Provisions offers a take-home Easter meal that’s ordered in advance and picked up the day before, Saturday. Options include menus for two to eight people, and include fresh California fare with a Southern twist. Order by phone (805-439-4298) or online at sloprovisions.com.
For a Santa Maria-Style BBQ feast, check-in with Old San Luis BBQ Co, where the tri-tip, garlic bread, and pinquito beans are always hot, and the 36 beers on tap are always cold. This Easter, from 11 AM to 9 PM, Old San Luis BBQ offers its complete menu, which will satisfy everyone in the family.
For coastal fun, Gardens of Avila, located at the Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, is offering specials all day long on Sunday, April 17th. The three spring-themed special include deviled eggs with avocado mousse, bacon bits and sliced jalapeno, roasted leg of lamb accompanied with roasted potatoes, asparagus, and poached egg with hollandaise sauce, and crab crabs with sauteed spinach, hash brown, and poached eggs and hollandaise.
Easter Activities in SLO CALBack to Top of List
There’s an activity for everyone on Easter in SLO CAL. Kids will love hunting for Easter eggs all along the coast. (Just remember to BYOB: Bring Your Own Basket!) Visit Nipomo Community Park on April 2, 2022, from 11am to 2pm for a free Easter egg hunt with a whopping 20,000 eggs. Kids are separated into age groups to make it fair for everyone. On Saturday, April 16, the Egg Hunt & Festival takes place in Arroyo Grande’s Elm Street Park from 10am to 1pm. Hunts are separated into ages two to six, seven to nine, 10 to 13, and even 14 to adults. Chow down on free barbecued hot dogs, compete in the egg toss, and take on the bunny hop race.
Every year, Dinosaur Caves Park in Pismo Beach offers a free Easter Egg-stravaganza from 10am to 1pm featuring egg hunts by age group, up to 12 years old. Come for the hunt, stay for the bounce houses, games, crafts and more. And at Laguna Lake Park in San Luis Obispo, join the Hippity-Hoppity Egg Scavenger Hunt for kids up to eight years old. This fun, festive event takes place Saturday, April 16, at 11am and is free to the public.
San Luis Obispo
Join Downtown SLO for the annual Bunny Trail at the Thursday night Farmer’s Market. This year’s event will be held on April 14th from 6:00-8:00 PM in downtown SLO. Follow the bunny trail to collect treats from various downtown businesses as free treat bags and trail maps will be available at the check-in booth on the corner of Chorro and Higuera. While there make sure to purchase photos with the Downtown Bunny to take the memories with you.
Grownups: there’s fun that’s just for you, too! Head to Hoyt Family Vineyards in Paso Robles on April 2 or 3 for a class on how to make your own moss Easter basket using the vineyard’s grape vines. Learn from expert basket-weavers while sipping on wines made from those very vines. All participants leave with a handmade basket filled with flowers and farm-fresh eggs, just in time for Easter. The fee is $60. To reserve your spot, visit hoytfamilyvineyards.com/events.
With so much to do this Easter, you’re sure to have a hoppin’ good time. Grab your basket, dress in your Sunday best (or keep it casual), and head out for a sweet springtime celebration.