Easter Sunday is on April 17th in 2022. In a typical year a number of Vancouver restaurants offer Easter brunch buffets.
Unfortunately, 2021 wasn’t typical and no Easter buffet brunches took place that year. 2022 isn’t going to be typical either, although much more is happening this year than either of the past couple of years.
Vancouver Easter Brunch Buffets in 2022
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.
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.
(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) usually involves a medium-sized buffet with sittings at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm. The cost in 2019 was $55 per person. In 2022, instead of a buffet, the restaurant is offering a “bottomless brunch”. Instead of having a buffet where you serve yourself, they’ll bring the food to you and you can have as much as you want. The cost in 2022 is $69 for adults and $34 for children (ages 6 to 12).
- Oceans 999 – the restaurant at the Pan Pacific Hotel at Canada Place usually serves 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. In 2022 the restaurant does have an Easter brunch, but it isn’t in its usual grand buffet format. Instead, it will be served from an a la carte menu.
- 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 this year is a three-course meal. It features a charcuterie platter and Easter-themed desserts. Options for mains include sablefish salad, beef brisket, French toast, maple ham and more. The cost in 2022 is $55 for adults and $25 for children ages 12 and under.
Easter Brunch in Coal Harbour
- H2 Kitchen + Bar – this buffet usually takes place from about noon until 3:00 pm at the Westin Bayshore Hotel (so at the Coal Harbour waterfront. 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 usually features live music most years and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. (Note: The restaurant didn’t offer a special Easter brunch in 2022. It likely will next year though.) To learn more about the restaurant see our article about the H2 Restaurant + Bar.
Other Downtown Vancouver Easter Brunch Buffet Restaurants
Other downtown Vancouver restaurants offering brunch buffets on Easter Sunday most years include the following:
- Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – a fancy seafood restaurant at the Sutton Place Hotel at 845 Burrard Street (near Robson Street). Their Easter brunch in 2022 costs about $72 per person and features three courses. Menu items include salads, cured meats, waffles, desserts and a wide selection of seafood.
- Notch8 – this restaurant is located in the iconic Fairmont Vancouver Hotel at 900 West Georgia Street. Their Easter Sunday brunch in 2022 has sittings from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. The cost is about $105 per person and $52 for children ages 12 and under. The buffet includes an appearance by the Easter Bunny. In 2022, the menu includes salads, salmon, prime rib, maple ham and more. There are also eggs, bacon, pancakes, French toast, pastries and a variety of desserts. The buffet in The Roof which is a newly restored area on the hotel’s 15th floor.
Note: An equally popular occasion for brunch buffets is on Mother’s Day which takes place on May 8th in 2022. 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