If you’ve spent time in SLO CAL, you know Easter is one of our favorite holidays. Whether you’re after a swallowing hole to dine out in honor of the holiday or your eyes are hungry to snatch up hidden [virtual] eggs, SLO CAL is your best bet for your Easter date. 

easter egg basket

Easter Brunch

Keep it downtown with Hotel San Luis Obispo’s Piadina restaurant with a special brunch menu on Sunday. From 11am-2pm, enjoy a two-course delight with a selection of mains from eggs Benedict, leg of lamb, roasted chicken Caesar, steak & eggs, French toast or fried egg pizza. Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Bellinis abound, but like many liquids on this list, it will cost extra.


Perhaps you’re after Easter in Paso Robles? Look no further than Thomas Hill Organics, which will be open and ready to celebrate your brunch as usual, and they don’t skimp. Select between three toasts: avocado, cured smoked salmon or brioche. But who are we to say you can’t sample them all? There’s also smoked salmon Benedict, pork belly hash, market scramble, burger or a grains bowl. Cheese plates and taco starters will rev your engine for the day from this farm-to-table restaurant with an emphasis on organic and grass-fed meats.  


We hear you; you’re in SLO CAL and want to see the water? Try LIDO at Dolphin Bay. Here’s Easter Sunday Brunch on April 4th from 8am-2pm. There’s a three-course prix fixe menu with bottomless mimosas. You heard us right, this is the only bottomless option we’ve got for you on this holiday, but we hope you’re ready to eat too. Choose between the main plate of scrambled Florentine, eggs Benedict, French toast, pesto salmon, petite filet, avocado toast or quiche Lorraine. Reservations are recommended at 805-773-8900.

Easter Brunch at LIDO in SLO CAL

Easter Lunch/Dinner

Hotel Cerro’s Brasserie SLO restaurant is serving up an opportunity to get a little dressed up in celebration of an amazing meal from 11 am to 5 pm. Dine al fresco or indoors. Call ahead for availability (805) 548-1000.

Dining with SLO Provisions is always a pleasure. As usual, this year’s Easter menu will be available for pre-order and pick-up on Saturday, April 3, from 3-5:30 pm. Choose between various options for dinner for two or select the Easter Ham menu, expected to serve 6-8 people. You’ll want to act fast; orders must be placed by March 29 at 805-439-4298.

Easter cocktail at the Madonna Inn in SLO CAL

Spruce up your holiday at the ever-classy Madonna Inn. When’s not a good time for a meat-forward meal? Don’t worry, there are plenty of vegetarian options if you prefer. But what is really likely to wet your whistle is the special cocktail planned: a Peeptini Martini. You guessed it, there will be a sweet marshmallow bunny competing for your glass the whole time. That is unless you decide to have dessert before dinner. Speaking, save room for the extravagant desserts. Stop in for breakfast early in the Copper Cafe.


More meat? Old SLO BBQ Co. offers their full menu for a down-home, barbecue extravaganza fit for the whole family, from 11 am-10 pm. That means there’s plenty of time to hit up the other options on this list and check in later to top off your Easter celebration. 


Keep surfside with Marisol at The Cliffs Hotel and Spa. Their Sunday menu offers three-courses on the savory side and oh-so ready to devour. Main courses include prime rib, grilled salmon, burger, spaghetti stuffed squash, lobster Benedict or fried chicken. Your first mimosa is on the house (if you’re 21+), with additional bevies costing $6 each. Not ready for the fun to end at The Cliffs, or more likely—ready for the fun to continue? Read on. 


Easter Activities

Children opening Easter eggs in SLO CAL

Did someone say Free Family Photo with the Easter bunny? Okay, all we know is the Easter bunny is promised to be on-premises at The Cliffs Hotel and Spa lawn on Saturday, April 3. The generous offering is open to the public and will definitely have a photo booth for your scrapbooking aspirations. And we admit, the photo booth is more like a photo bus—a vintage VW “Bessy the Foto Bus.” Keep your attention on Marisol all Easter holiday long. The Cliffs Hotel and Spa Discounts will be offered for stays over three nights, with root beer floats poolside and daily wine or margarita reception for hotel guests. To boot, a socially distanced Movie Night on Friday, April 2, invites you to reserve a blanketed square on the lawn, where the feature film is promised to be SING! 


Can’t get enough bunny in the 5 Cities area? You’ll want to keep your eyes on the city of Arroyo Grande’s Bunny Gram service, available for $20-40 each. There are still time slots available for final fulfillment/delivery on March 27 and April 3. Send Bunny Grams to your favorite peeps for a hand-delivered basket. Hop on over to order yours asap. If you want to continue the fun online, participate in Arroyo Grande’s Virtual Egg Hunt from March 26-April 1. Join in on the fun on Instagram or Facebook to solve a puzzle for clues to find the “Egg” and win prizes!


We hope you have a good hop around SLO CAL this Easter. There's so much to see and do, from wineries to scenic north coast beaches, we hope you've spared time to see it all!