Easter Sunday is on April 12th in 2020 and a number of restaurants in Vancouver offer exceptional Easter brunch buffets featuring all kinds of treats.
Easter itself isn’t being cancelled in 2020, but most Easter activities will be, and that includes Easter brunches. Don’t expect any Easter brunch buffets to be offered in April 2020!
This year, instead of going out to a restaurant, make brunch for yourself at home. Or, if you want a treat, order takeout from your favourite restaurant. Also in 2020, instead of visiting family and friends, or going on a long weekend trip, just chat by phone, Skype or FaceTime!
For a list of events and attractions that have been cancelled see our article about COVID-19 in the Lower Mainland.
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 when restaurants aren’t closed due to pandemics).
For a list of family-friendly Easter-related things to do in the Lower Mainland see our article about Vancouver Easter Activities. For a list of top restaurants offering Easter Sunday buffet brunches, see below.
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 last year. 2020 details were likely going to be similar, but not now that COVID-19 has forced all Vancouver restaurants to suspend dine-in services.
(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 by Canada Place & Coal Harbour
- 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 featured live music by guitarist Des Larson. (Note: As of April 1st, 2020, this restaurant is temporarily closed due to COVID-19.)
- H2 Rotisserie – this buffet takes place from about noon until 3:00 pm at the Westin Bayshore Hotel which is located at 1601 Bayshore Drive (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 featuring 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. (Note: As of April 1st, 2020, this restaurant is temporarily closed due to COVID-19.)
- Oceans 999 – the restaurant at the Pan Pacific Hotel at 999 Canada Place served one of the region’s largest and fanciest brunch buffets on April 21st in 2019 from 10:30 am until 2:30 pm. 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 a wide variety of 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. (Note: As of April 1st, 2020, this restaurant is still open, but only offering take-out services due to COVID-19.)
- 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 and typically runs from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. 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 free, which is great! (Note: As of April 1st, 2020, this restaurant is temporarily closed due to COVID-19.)
Other Downtown Vancouver Easter Brunch Buffet Restaurants
Other downtown Vancouver restaurants offering brunch buffets on Easter Sunday in 2019 included the following:
- Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – a fancy seafood restaurant at the Sutton 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. (Note: As of April 1st, 2020, this restaurant is closed until further notice due to COVID-19.)
- 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. (Note: As of April 1st, 2020, this restaurant ceased operations temporarily due to COVID-19.)
Things to Consider
When choosing where to go for Easter brunch, here are some things to consider:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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. 🙂
- 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?
- 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).
- 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.
- 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