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
Head to the intimate Granada Bistro for a three-course prix fixe Easter Brunch from 10am-3pm. Start the meal off with a smoked salmon deviled egg before diving into your first course of either a farmer's market salad, a blueberry muffin or avocado toast. For your main dish choose between mouthwatering options of croque monsieur, chilaquiles or roasted veggie quiche. End the meal with poundcake topped with macerated berries and whipped cream or a delicious raspberry sorbet. Reservations recommended.
Enjoy Easter brunch favorites at Apple Farm Restaurant from 9am-2pm. Tasty favorites like french toast banana royal and chicken and waffles will be offered amongst many other classic favorites. Sit on their sunny outdoor patio or indoors to smell their house-made baked goods. Don't forget the mimosa flight!
At Piadina restaurant inside Hotel SLO, 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 kobe beef sliders or a pizza-making station. Brunch is a two-course affair, and can include mimosas, bloody marys, and bellinis for an additional charge.
SLO Provisions will offer an extensive Easter menu with various breakfast options, starters, and dinner packages. Start the morning off with brioche bread pudding or a house-made quiche. Take advantage of their dinner package which includes citrus glazed spiral spiced ham, creamy cheesy loaded potato casserole, house rolls and veggie sides. All items are served hot with reheating instructions available. The family can also have fun with an Easter cookie decorating kit complete with twelve sugar cookies, icing and sprinkles. All orders must be placed online by April 3rd.
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. (Sold Out for 2023).
For stunning vineyard views and an exquisite Easter feast head to the Tuscan-inspired Allegreto Vineyard Resort to celebrate. From 11:30-2:30, Cello Ristorante will be offering a wide range of dishes featuring a cheese monger station, a seafood station, a carving station, and a waffle station amongst others. Don’t forget desserts and mimosas to round out the meal. Adults can expect to pay $74 and $34 for children.
Easter brunch at a castle?? Yes please! Tooth and Nail Winery will be offering a brunch buffet at the castle. Enjoy live music, delicious wines, and a bountiful lunch consisting of bread pudding French toast and savory biscuits and gravy. Space is limited so RSVP soon!
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.
Looking for a peaceful lunch in a world-class garden? Visit the Cambria Pines Lodge from 12:00 - 2:30 pm for an Easter brunch buffet. The menu will include seafood offerings, prime rib and ham, scalloped potatoes, assorted quiches, veggies, salads, desserts and bottomless mimosas. Expect to pay $50 for adults, and $18 for children ages 6-12 (Kids 5 and under eat free!).
Over at The Cliffs Hotel & Spa in Pismo Beach, enjoy tasty brunch prepared by executive chef Ashley Black. Decadent options such as lobster benedict, prime rib sliders and shrimp enchilada will be available with a special apple tarte tartin for dessert. Tickets are available for $65 per person.
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). Choose from mains like short rib cannelloni, chilaquiles or shrimp and lobster grits. Finish the meal with a flourless chocolate torte or strawberry shortcake.
Ready for wine and family fun? Head to Laetitia Vineyard & Winery for an Easter brunch celebration morning for the whole family. Enjoy Easter egg hunts for all ages, live music, Laetitia wines and a bountiful boxed brunch. Brunch options for adults include a ham or vegetarian frittata with roasted maple potatoes garlic confit, roasted red pepper romesco sauce and spring salad with fresh lemon vinaigrette. The kiddos can expect vanilla chocolate waffles with maple syrup, fresh berries and whipped cream. Tickets are $60 for adults and $20 for kids 5 and older.
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 1, 2023, from 11am to 2pm for a free Easter egg hunt. Kids are separated into age groups to make it fair for everyone. There will also be a petting zoo, cake walk, bounce house, games and even a pizza trolley to purchase tasty snacks from.
On Saturday, April 8, the Egg Hunt & Festival takes place in Arroyo Grande’s Elm Street Park from 10am to 1pm. 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 April 8th for the hunt, stay for the bounce houses, games, crafts and more.
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 6th 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.
Over at Meadow Park in SLO, join Mr. Bunny for a hippity hoppity Spring Fling. Kick off on April 8 with an egg hunt for ages 0-8 as well as fun face paintings! Parents can enjoy food from food trucks, shop from local vendors, live music and more!
Grownups: there’s fun that’s just for you, too! Head to Graveyard Vineyards in Paso Robles on April 1 from 1-3 for a paint and sip. Participants will be creating an Easter painting on a barrel stave that they can take home and use Easter décor. Tickets include all materials needed to create your painting as well as your first glass of wine!
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.