Easter Sunday is on April 4th in 2021. In a typical year a number of Vancouver restaurants offer Easter brunch buffets. Unfortunately, 2021 is not typical.
For a list of events that are happening, see our article about Easter in the Lower Mainland. To learn about Easter Brunch opportunities in years without COVID-19, see below.
Easter itself isn’t cancelled in 2021, but many Easter activities have been because of the pandemic. Last year that included Easter brunches. No special brunch buffets were offered in April of 2020.
Things were looking more promising for 2021, at least up until March 29th. On that date the provincial government announced that restaurants cannot offer dine-in service until April 19th at the earliest. This means that not only can’t restaurants offer buffets or any kind of indoor sit-down Easter brunches, but they are restricted to just outdoor patio service and takeout for the next couple of weeks too!
Vancouver Easter Brunch Buffets
Lots of places offer brunch menus on a regular basis year-round, and a small number offer buffets. Some of the fanciest buffet brunches though take place on Easter Sunday (at least in years without pandemics).
Easter is a popular time for friends and families to get together, and brunch is a wonderful way to do that (and spoil yourself in the process).
Below is a list of some of the region’s top places for Easter brunch buffets in Vancouver from a couple of years ago (when the coronavirus wasn’t a problem). 2020 details were likely going to be similar, but not after COVID-19 forced all Vancouver restaurants to suspend dine-in services. Hopefully the list below will be similar to what’s possible in 2021. Cross your fingers! Exact details, however, are to be determined.
(Note: Venues, times, prices and other details are subject to change. See each restaurant’s website for exact information or confirm details when making your reservation.)
Brunch Buffets near Canada Place
- Arc – Easter at the restaurant at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel (which is across the street from Canada Place) involves a medium-sized buffet with sittings at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm. The cost in 2019 was $55 per person. In addition to a selection of traditional brunch items to choose from, the buffet also often features live music. (Cancelled in 2021.)
- Oceans 999 – the restaurant at the Pan Pacific Hotel at Canada Place served one of the region’s largest and fanciest brunch buffets at Easter in 2019. The cost was $89 for adults, $85 for seniors, $44.50 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for kids ages 5 and under. Taxes and an 18% gratuity were extra. Menu items included salads, cold cuts, fruit, cheeses, pastries, chilled seafood, sushi, Asian dumplings, omelettes, soup, roast NY striploin, lamb, salmon, duck, pork tenderloin, seafood paella and desserts. Juices were also included as were kids’ favourites like chicken fingers, beef sliders, macaroni and veggie sticks. (Cancelled in 2021.)
- P2B Bistro – this restaurant is located at the Pinnacle Hotel Waterfront at 1133 West Hastings Street (so close to Coal Harbour and the Vancouver Convention Centre). Their Easter Sunday brunch is a small to medium-sized one. It features pastries, salads, chilled prawns and smoked salmon. Breakfast-style items include pancakes, eggs benedict, fried potatoes and sausages. On the menu there is also roast ham, macaroni and cheese, fruit and a selection of desserts. Also included are juices, coffee and tea. The cost in 2019 was $55 for adults and $26 for children ages 6 to 12. Kids under 6 are usually free, which is great! (Cancelled in 2021.)
Easter Brunch in Coal Harbour
- H2 Rotisserie – this buffet usually takes place from about noon until 3:00 pm at the Westin Bayshore Hotel (so at the Coal Harbour waterfront, but a ways from Canada Place). The cost in 2019 was $69 for adults and $35 for children ages 6 to 12. It’s a larger buffet that typically features a selection of hot and cold items including scrambled eggs, chilled seafood, ling cod, roast chicken, ham, prime rib and desserts. The event also features live music most years and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. (Cancelled in 2021.)
Other Downtown Vancouver Easter Brunch Buffet Restaurants
Other downtown Vancouver restaurants offering brunch buffets on Easter Sunday in 2019 included the following (and hopefully they can again in 2021):
- Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – a fancy seafood restaurant at the Sutton Place Hotel at 845 Burrard Street (near Robson Street). Their Easter brunch in 2019 was a good size and ran from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm and cost $88 per person. Children ages 11 and under cost $49. Taxes and tip were extra. Menu items included pastries, salads, cured meats, French toast, a wide selection of seafood, roast lamb and desserts. (Cancelled in 2021.)
- Notch8 – this restaurant is located in the iconic Fairmont Vancouver Hotel at 900 West Georgia Street. Their Easter Sunday brunch in 2019 had sittings at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm. The cost was $79 per person and $39.95 for children ages 11 and under. Taxes and gratuities were extra. The buffet included salads, salmon chowder, prime rib, roast lamb, roast ham, salmon and an assortment of seafood. There were also eggs, bacon, pancakes, French toast, pastries, a variety of desserts and fresh fruit juice. (Cancelled in 2021.)
Note: An equally popular occasion for brunch buffets is on Mother’s Day which takes place on May 9th in 2021. For details about brunch venues on that date (hopefully/maybe), click Mother’s Day Brunches.
Things to Consider
When choosing where to go for Easter brunch, there are a number of things to consider. Below are a few of them.
Suggestions on Getting There
- Wherever you park, make sure you can stay for ample time so you’re not rushed. Put more money in the meter than you think you’ll need, or pay by phone so you can add time if needed.
- Is the venue close to public transit in case you want to leave the car behind? Downtown Vancouver venues are generally fairly convenient to get to.
- Are there interesting things to do in the area? If the weather is good, is there a nice place to go for a stroll either before or after your meal? Downtown Vancouver is full of interesting places to visit and walk around.
- Be sure to give yourself lots of time to get to your restaurant and find parking. The last thing you’ll want on Easter Day is a stressful start to your outing, so plan to arrive early (and then maybe go for a leisurely stroll beforehand).
Tips on Choosing Your Restaurant
- What are the restaurant’s ratings? All of the restaurants we’ve listed above average a score of around 4 out of 5 or higher pretty consistently.
- Does the price include taxes and tip? Taxes at most places are extra. Some places automatically add the gratuity to the bill, especially for groups of eight or more. With other places, for smaller groups, you can usually tip what you want, but not always. Either way, before paying your bill and adding your tip, make sure it’s not already included.
- Are there kid-friendly menu items? Probably, especially if your child likes breakfast foods like scrambled eggs and pancakes. Some places offer extra favourites too though, like chicken fingers and macaroni (which you might not normally associate with a fancy buffet.)
- Do very young children have to pay? It makes sense for children as young as 4 or so to have to pay half price, but should children as young as 2 or less have to pay that much too? In some cases, perhaps, like to compensate staff for all the food on the floor. 🙂
Other Things to Consider
- Does the venue have set sitting times or can you make your reservation for a wide variety of times? Are they flexible if you need to be?
- Some restaurants require a credit card at the time of the reservation and will charge it if you don’t show up. Ask the restaurant how far in advance you’ll need to cancel if necessary.
- Is tea, coffee and juice included, or do you have to pay extra for them? Simple beverages are usually included in the price of the buffet, but not always. Alcohol and special drinks are always extra.
- Are most people in your party big eaters? If not, then perhaps an al a carte menu venue would be better (unless, on average, you get more than your money’s worth because of a few extra hungry folk in your party).
- Don’t forget that, along with Mother’s Day, Easter Sunday is the most popular time of the year for brunch buffets. Consequently, be sure to reserve your table well in advance (and especially so for the most popular venues, like the ones we list above).
For a list of other things to do on the Easter Long Weekend, especially if you have children, click Vancouver Easter Activities.
For a list of special events at other times of the year see our Festivals & Events Calendar.
For ideas on places to eat any time of the year, check out any of the following:
- BURNABY‘s Best Restaurants
- The City of VANCOUVER‘s Best Bars & Restaurants
- NORTH VANCOUVER‘s Best Bars & Restaurants
- RICHMOND‘s Best Bars & Restaurants
- SURREY‘s Best Restaurants
- WEST VANCOUVER‘s Best Restaurants