If recent Jack in the Box commercials are to be believed, brunch is a thing again. However, for those of us who don’t go through life with giant ping pong balls on our heads, brunch is usually only a thing when it’s Easter. In fact, for some, brunch is the only Easter tradition that seems to survive the shattering effect that time seems to have on childish pursuits like Easter egg hunts. Regardless, no matter your Easter expectations, there’s a spot in Santa Monica for you. Whether you’re looking for somewhere after church to grab some brunch, or you’re trying to sneak in one more egg hunt for your kids before that particular tradition goes by the wayside, Downtown Santa Monica has you covered.
If you’re looking for something that’s oriented toward the whole family, then FIG should be a fruitful Easter offering. For kids, the restaurant is offering an Easter egg hunt for children four and younger at 11 a.m., five and older at 11:30 a.m. For adults, the clock is less of an issue; chef Yousef Ghalaini is serving up regular brunch and special Easter cocktails—festively featuring Peeps candy—to occupy your time. For reservations and more information, call 310-319-3111.
In addition to their regular brunch and dinner menus, The Independence is serving up a heaping helping of holiday fare. From braised rabbit with crispy potato and chile verde to red wine braised rabbit with baby carrots and spring onions, Peter Cottontail never had it so guiltily delicious. For more information, call 310-458-2500.
1212′s modern-meets-classic tavern space is decked out for Easter Sunday. From 11 a.m. to 4 p..m., 1212 is offering the early morning side of things, with eggs Benedict and French toast, among others. For additional information, call 310-576-9996 or visit 1212santamonica.com.
If you prefer something more Mediterranean to munch on, Lago oughta be your mooring point. Braised duck, marinated whitefish, braised lamb and vegetarian options all await as part of plates with veggies, traditional breads and more—and that’s not mentioning the wine and dessert lists. As the locals—that is, the Lago staff—say, buono Pasqua; happy Easter to those of us less orthodoxically oriented. Specials last all day, from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 310-451-3525.
Ye Olde King’s Head Pub
For those in the mood for pub fare, Ye Olde King’s Head has an Anglican spin on Easter Sunday. Breakfast and lunch is a bit reformed from standard pub grub, sporting roast beef, lamb or vegetarian options, served with roasted vegetables and Yorkshire pudding. If you want something a little bit outside the holiday, Easter tea is available Friday, April 14, Saturday, April 15, and Monday, April 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Tea includes a selection of finger sandwiches and quiche, as well as sausage rolls and scones. For more information, call 310-451-1402. Easter eggs, hot cross buns and more are available in the King’s Head Shoppe. Happy hopping.
If you just want to spend your Sunday by the sea, then you ought to try the Shangri-La’s traditional Easter brunch. The menu includes a seafood bar, build-an-omelet, egg station, carving station, cold station, decadent dessert display…it’s really a bit of everything. The Easter bunny is on hand (paw?) before 1 p.m., and an egg hunt is on afterwards for kids 12 and under. Adults can distract themselves with a complimentary glass of champagne. For more information, call 310-394-2791.