Apr. 4th, 2012

Easter Brunches at Top Restaurants Around Los Angeles

Photo Courtesy of Cecconi's
From chocolate eggs and family brunches to Italian-inspired spreads and nose-to-tail feasts, Angelenos won’t have to go on a hunt to find the treats being prepared by some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles this Easter.


The Easter specials at this West Hollywood hotspot come courtesy of Northern Italy. In addition to the regular brunch menu that draws celebrities and neighborhood regulars alike, the kitchen at this stylish eatery will be serving three select Easter dishes for brunch this Sunday including a mustard-and-herb-roasted leg of lamb carved tableside and served with potato gratin, fava beans, English peas and artichoke ragout; asparagus and black truffle benedict; and a classic Easter pastiera tart made with faro, ricotta and chocolate. Buon appetito! (Photo courtesy of Cecconi's)

8764 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90069, 310-432-2000; CecconisWestHollywood.com

Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Easter brunch at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is a veritable Los Angeles institution, with families coming from near and far just to experience the mouthwatering cornucopia of gourmet dishes laid out for their enjoyment in this elegant setting. This Easter, guests will find food stations dedicated to sushi and seafood, Asian dim sum, Mexican classics, Farmers Market finds, egg dishes, carving stations and delectable desserts. Diners should be sure to snag a lobster eggs benedict and stop by the “candy factory” for some chocolate eggs and various fruits and other goodies to dip in the chocolate fountain. The experience costs $95 per adult and $47 for children ages 5-12, and will be served from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Four Seasons)

300 S. Doheny Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-860-4000; FourSeasons.com

Fig & Olive

Easter brunch at this Southern French-inspired Melrose Place eatery is a three-course prix-fixe affair starting at $40 per person. The meal begins with selections such as housemade brioche strawberry rhubarb French toast, fig gorgonzola tartlet, or gazpacho de Andalucia. The mains include choices like grilled thyme chicken paillard salad, Provencal lamb, or truffle mushroom fontina scrambled eggs, and for dessert, there will be a handmade strawberry-rhubarb macaroon courtesy of Pastry Chef Andrew LeStourgeon. The menu comes with guest’s choice of mimosa, Bloody Mary, a champagne piscine, or fresh orange juice. Brunch will be served from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Fig & Olive)

8490 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA 90069; 310-360-9100; FigAndOlive.com

Il Covo

It’s an all-day Easter brunch celebration at West Third Street’s newest Italian eatery, courtesy of restaurateur Sean MacPherson and his partner Jared Meisel. Chef Roberto Maggioni will be preparing a feast of specialties from his native Italy including mezzelune with black truffle cream and fresh shaved truffles, branzino alla grigli, and spaghetti carbonara with organic egg yolk and pancetta, as well as a few more continental selections such as brioche French toast with warm berry compote; Norwegian smoked salmon with tomatoes, onions, cucumber, capers, cr?me fraiche and ciabatta; and eggs benedict with prosciutto cotto and Hollandaise over brioche. The menu will be served from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., when dinner service will commence. Reserve your table out in the enclosed patio for a truly pastoral experience. (Photo courtesy of Rob Stark Photography)

8700 West Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-858-0020; IlCovo.com


Chef Suzanne Tracht is preparing some of her personal favorite Easter dishes in the kitchen at Jar this Sunday including pot roast hash, lobster benedict with poached eggs, char siu pork, pea tendrils and lobster béarnaise; corn pancakes with Vermont maple syrup and applewood-smoked bacon; brioche French toast with roasted spiced apples; and plenty of classics like the house chopped salad with Parma ham, chicken, red onion, fennel, green olive, cabbage and feta; and the Jar Burger with roasted balsamic red onion, watercress, aioli and fries; as well as house-cured salmon with cucumber salad along with a bagel and cream cheese for a post-Passover leavened treat. Easter brunch will be served from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and the restaurant will be open for a la carte dinner service starting at 5:30 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Jar)

8225 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-655-6566; TheJar.com

Locanda del Lago

This Italian institution in Santa Monica is celebrating Easter for an entire week with a “buon pasqua” Italian-inspired menu of special dishes incorporating spring produce from the Santa Monica Farmer’s market that will be available as a three- ($48) or four-course ($58) tasting menu with optional wine pairings. The specials will include housemade garganelli with smoked quail carbonara, artichoke and market herbs; pan-roasted halibut with baby purple artichoke stew, fresh mint and broccolini; slow-cooked lamb shoulder marinated with tamarind and served with baby spring vegetables; and traditional ricotta-wheat pie with candied navel oranges and vanilla and raspberry sauces. Wine pairings will be an additional $14. The holiday dishes are also offered as a la carte choices for $14-$28 each. (Photo courtesy of Locanda del Lago)

231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, (310) 451-3525; LagoSantaMonica.com


Valley dwellers won’t have to venture far for a gourmet feast this Easter thanks to the three-course springtime brunch Executive Chef Adam Horton is planning at Raphael. The meal will begin with a choice of roasted apple salad sprinkled with Maytag blue cheese, endive and watercress topped with cider vinaigrette; chilled wild nettle soup with ginger cr?me fraiche and candied lemon; or homemade yogurt parfait with granola, strawberries and crispy meringes. For mains, guests can savor the Raphael benedict with house-cured ham or salmon; brioche French toast with strawberry-rhubarb compote and orange nougatine; a heritage pork burger with apple, maple, blueberry mustard, cress and white cheddar; or miso-marinated salmon with quinoa salad, carrots, daikon, avocado and citrus. For dessert, there’s either Valrhona chocolate pot de cr?me, sorbets or banana bread pudding. The prix-fixe menu will be available for $35 per adult, $25 for children 12 and under (choice of two courses). (Photo courtesy of Raphael)

11616 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-505-3337; RaphaelOnVentura.com


The boys in the kitchen at Sotto are preparing a traditional take on the Easter feast with a nose-to-tail Easter lamb progressive menu inspired by the cuisine of southern Italy. Chefs Steve Samson and Zach Pollack will be serving eager diners dishes including Sardinian pane frattau with livers and cardoons (artichoke thistle); tongue with fregola, salsa verde and olives; and grilled leg of lamb with egg, lemon and artichokes. Wine Director Jeremy Pazen will be pairing each dish with a specially selected wine from his eclectic list. The meal will be available only for dinner and reservations are strongly encouraged. (Photo courtesy of Sotto)

9575 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035, (310) 277-0210; SottoRestaurant.com

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