This year, make Mother’s Day truly memorable by treating Mom to a meal she didn’t have to prepare. Show her how special she is at one of these restaurant brunches at locations throughout the Bay Area. And don’t forget to buy her a card telling her how much she means to you.
Palace Hotel: Enjoy a decadent buffet, sparkling wine and live jazz. Guests will receive a complimentary family portrait as a gift. A professional photographer will be available to capture your moment with Mom in the beautiful setting of the Palace hotel. Details: $115 adults / $85 children 5 to 12 years of age. Reservations can be made by calling 415-546-5089. The Garden Court Reservations available from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Grand Ballroom seating is at 12:00 p.m. Menus and on line reservations available at sfpalace.com. Note: Almost sold out, make reservations immediately! Or celebrate with Mom for Afternoon Tea on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Treat mom to a wonderful tea in The Garden Court with harp music, rosé champagne and the lovely gift of a pink rose. $47 adults / $40 children 5 to 12 years of age.
Alioto’s: On May 12th join Alioto’s, one of San Francisco’s oldest family owned restaurants for Mother’s Day. Bring in the entire family to celebrate mom and indulge in some of Alioto’s signature dishes like Crab Cioppino, Seafood Sausage and Clam Chowder. Matt Violante, a fourth generation family member and the General Manager of the restaurant will be handing out roses to all the mothers. With an iconic view of the Golden Gate Bridge and historic Sicilian family recipes, Alioto’s is the perfect place to treat mom.
Baker & Banker: Executive Chef Jeff Banker will be serving delicious seasonal dishes and indulge in Pastry Chef, Lori Baker’s desserts – such as her famous XXX- triple dark chocolate layer cake or the seasonal Strawberry crisp. All mother’s will be treated with a homemade scrub created by Lori Baker – a brown butter and olive oil scrub in a small glass jar. Or stop by the bakery all day to get your mom a special treat – such as an Apricot White Chocolate Pecan scone, a Pecan Sticky Bun, or one of Lori’s delicious cookies or cupcakes. Baker & Banker is open on Sundays from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. For Mother’s Day dinner reservations, call 415-351-2500 and for more information visit: http://www.bakerandbanker.com/.
Bluestem Brasserie: Celebrate your mother at the beautiful, urban neighborhood restaurant, Bluestem Brasserie, located in Yerba Buena Lane! Treat your mom to Brunch and indulge in seasonal dishes such as the Buttermilk Chocolate Hazelnut Pancakes, a Spring Vegetable Frittata and other delicious options and a Peach Bellini or Mimosa. Also, Bluestem will be giving mom’s a beautiful Bluestem Tote Bag with a bag of housemade cookies for all the special moms during brunch! Bluestem is open on Sundays from 11am – 11pm. Call 415-547-1111 and for more information visit: http://www.bluestembrasserie.com/.
E&O Asian Kitchen: Step away from traditional Mother’s Day brunch at E&O Asian Kitchen. The Modern Asian Cuisine is sure to delight moms of all backgrounds and Chef Sharon Nahm will make their day extra special with complimentary chocolate truffles infused with lemongrass and a sweetened coconut flake coating. Dinner is served on Sunday from 5-10pm. For more information or to make reservations, call 415-693-0303 or visit http://www.eosanfrancisco.com.
La Boulange: Treat Mom to a little taste of France – the perfect spot for a quaint café brunch, lunch or dinner. Mom’s will be delighted with options like French Toast, seasonal quiche or Niçoise Salad. As a special surprise, La Boulange will thank Moms for their love and sweetness. At all Bay Area locations, any mom who dines in on Mother’s Day will receive a free, freshly baked macaroon.
M.Y. China: Indulge in the M.Y. China Dim Sum Collection, Dan Dan Noodles or another noodle dish or something from the wok and end with some sweets such as a Macau Egg Tart, Sugar Egg Puffs or DeLise Ice Cream. As a very special treat for mom’s, Executive Chef, Tony Wu, will be hand-carving special creations from different fruits and vegetables, such as flowers and butterflies. M.Y. China is open on Sundays from 11am – 9pm. For Mother’s Day lunch or dinner reservations, call 415-580-3001 and for more information visit: http://mychinasf.com/.
Renaissance San Francisco Stanford Court Hotel: Aurea, located at the Renaissance San Francisco Stanford Court Hotel on Nob Hill, will be offering an exceptional Mother’s Day brunch from 6:30-2 p.m. From Aurea’s signature lemon soufflé pancakes, to Dungeness crab florentine, this breakfast line up has everything you could want. http://www.aureasf.com.
A16: Celebrating Mother’s Day with extended dinner hours from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m. Executive Chef Christopher Thompson will prepare a special dinner menu featuring dishes such as Zuppa di zucca with spring squash, house made ricotta and herbs, Olive oil poached local halibut with mussels, baby octopus, tomato, peppercress, white wine and bread crumbs and Limoncello Tiramisu with blueberries and genoise. A16 will also offer a special Mother’s Day beverage of Sgroppino alla fragola, Prosecco with homemade strawberry sorbetto and each mother will be sent home with a bag of A16 cookies. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 415-771-2216.
CHAYA Brasserie: Celebrating Mother’s Day with a special brunch menu created by Executive Chef Yuko Kajino. The three-course Chef’s Menu will include dishes such as Crispy Goat Cheese & Pickled Beets with red watercress, marcona almonds and cabernet vinaigrette; Buttermilk Fried Organic Chicken Breast with jalapeno bacon cornbread, maple syrup and Sriracha ketchup; and a Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream Sandwich rolled in oatmeal and currants. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for $42 per person, bottomless Mimosas will also be available as well as a young adult menu for $15 per person. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 415-777-8688. Regular dinner service will resume that evening.
Foreign Cinema: Enjoy a special 3-course Mother’s Day prix-fixe menu, presented by Chef/Owners Gayle Pirie and John Clark. The dynamic duo have created a selection of special dishes, including Organic Fruit ” Pop Tarts”; A Selection Oysters with mignonette; Brandade with whipped cod and potatoes, Thai green chilies; Smoked salmon with black tobiko, pickled cucumbers, fresh dill, and crème fraîche; and Fried Eggs with shiitakes, shaved asparagus, crisp Yukon potatoes, balsamic, and sliced prosciutto
Reservations can be made by calling 415-648-7600 or by visiting www.foreigncinema.com.
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar: Invite mom to a special Sunday brunch she won’t soon forget. Executive Chef Adam Keough will be offering a new Mother’s Day Special, in addition to the regular menu, which is a Baked Salmon Wellington served with peas and favas, wild mushrooms, and a caramelized potato speck ham broth. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Absinthe is the perfect locale to enjoy a sunny Sunday at an outdoor table or in the evocative dining room, while enjoying a glass of bubbly or Bloody Mary. Reservations for Mother’s Day can be made by calling 415-551-1590 or by visiting Open Table.
Presidio Social Club: Celebrate Mother’s Day in style on Saturday or Sunday (May 11 or 12) at PSC. Stop in for selections from the brunch menu, and to sample the Mother’s Day Special, First of the Season Oregon Bay Shrimp Salad with Avocado and Brioche. Dine indoors, or take advantage of Spring’s beginnings with a table on the back deck.
Chambers Eat + Drink: Executive Chef Trevor Ogden’s innovative California cuisine is the highlight at this rock ‘n roll chic restaurant, where guests can choose from dishes such as Japanese Omelet “Tamago” with house-smoked chorizo, sweet potato, cana de oveja, and scallions; Eggs Royale with two sous vide eggs, crispy hash browns, cold smoked salmon, mandarin hollandaise, caviar, chive, and dill; Tofu Hash with Brussels sprouts, oyster mushrooms, red onions, garlic confit, farro, and almond; or the classic Egg in a Hole with two eggs in brioche toast, house smoked bacon, seasonal greens, champagne vinaigrette. Reservations can be made by calling 415-829-2316.
Top of the Mark: Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, guests will enjoy a Raw Bar with oysters on the half shell and cracked Dungeness crab, as well as assorted caviar and smoked fish. Dish highlights include Grilled Alaska Halibut with Brussels sprouts, merlot essence, and spring onion; and Kurobuta Pork Medallions with caramelized Vidalia onions, and honey jalapeno glaze. There will also be stations for custom-made omelets and waffles. For reservations, please call 415-616-6940; $105 per person for adults, $59 per child (age 4-12) excluding tax and gratuity.
Luce: Treat mom to Michelin-starred brunch at Luce in the InterContinental San Francisco on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12. Mothers will receive complimentary roses for their special day. Dish highlights include Niman Ranch Short Ribs Hash with organic poached egg, root vegetable, and Weiser Farm fingerling potatoes; and Smoked Salmon Benedict with spinach, hollandaise sauce, and cucumber fennel salad with Weiser Farm fingerling potatoes. For reservations, please call 415-616-6560.
One Market Restaurant: Acclaimed Chef Mark Dommen’s menu of farm-fresh American cuisine changes daily, depending on the finest ingredients available and highlighting the best of local purveyors, and his Mother’s Day a la carte brunch menu (served from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) will be no exception. Dishes will include Bay Shrimp Tacos with jalapeno and shiso; Savory Cheese Doughnuts with bacon aioli; Grass Fed Steak Tartare with quail egg yolk, parsley, and country bread; and Spit Roasted Prime Rib with horseradish, spinach, and potato puree.
FIVE Restaurant: Join Chef Banks White and the FIVE team this Mother’s Day with a decadent bottomless mimosa brunch buffet. FIVE will be featuring FIVE Belgium Waffles & Texas French toast, two types of quiche, and a very special Chef’s Omelet station and Hand Carved Prime Rib. Sweets include Strawberry Shortcake and small bites of Pecan Pie, Butterscotch Pudding, Assorted Cookies & Brownies, and Macaroons. The special Mother’s Day brunch buffet at FIVE will be available 10am-2pm on Sunday, May 12th for $70 per person ($25 for children ages 6-12). Call 510- 225-6055 for reservations. 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.
Yankee Pier Lafayette: Chef Michael Dunn will offer an a la carte brunch menu for Mother’s Day, including such items as Griddled French Toast with Fresh Strawberry Compote and Whipped Cream; Asparagus and Oyster Mushroom Hash with poached eggs, bell peppers, onions and fingerling potatoes; and Yankee Pier Eggs Benedict with fresh hand-picked Dungeness Crab, poached eggs, housemade Hollandaise sauce, and red potatoes.
The Course at Wente Vineyards: For those with golfing mothers, take the family out to beautiful Wente Vineyards, and indulge in a peaceful round of 18 holes while basking in the sun and striking views of the surrounding vineyards and rolling hills. Whether charging up before tee time or winding down after the 18th hole, join The Grill and savor classic breakfast and lunch dishes including, French Toast, American Breakfast, New York Steak Frites, and Cheeseburger with all the works. Eighteen hole standard rate is $115 for Sundays and holidays. For tee times and more information call 925-456-2477 or go to http://www.wentevineyards.com/golf. 5040 Arroyo Road, Livermore, CA 94550.
Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant: Join the team at newly opened Steins and Executive Chef Colby M. Reade for Mother’s Day this year. Show your mom how much you love her by treating her to gourmet modern American comfort food with dishes including Breakfast for Dinner with smoked pork belly and poached egg, and Smoked Chicken and Creamy Polenta with pan juices and braised greens. Steins is open 11a.m. -10 p.m. on Sundays. Call 650- 963-9568 for reservations. 895 Villa St., Mountain View, CA 94041.
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa: Celebrate the extraordinary women in your life with a delicious ocean view brunch in the Monterey Bay Ballroom. From10am-3pm on Sunday, May 12 for $50 per person ($23 for children ages 6-11, children 5 and under are free) Schooner’s Costal Kitchen will be serving a delicious multi-station buffet. Whatever mom wants, she will get with brunch items ranging from omelets and dessert to a carving station, made-to-order Pasta and oysters on the half shell. All brunch guests will enjoy complimentary valet parking. For reservations and more information, call 831-646-1700 or visit http://www.montereyplazahotel.com.
Dio Deka: Enjoy traditional Greek favorites seating on the outdoor patio, and a complimentary rose for all mothers. The a la carte menu will feature dishes such as Dio Deka Steak & Eggs with grilled prime filet mignon, poached eggs and sauce béarnaise; Keftethakia lamb meatballs, blistered grapes, Kalamansi yogurt and a light herb-broth; Zambonopita – a crispy puff-pastry stuffed with Virginia smoked ham, green onion, feta, Kasseri and ricotta cheeses; Plevrakia – slow-cooked pork ribs rubbed with Greek spices and more from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 408-354-7700. Regular dinner service will resume that evening.
Restaurant 1833: Chef Levi Mezick is serving up a delicious a la carte menu featuring Poached Egg Cocote with spinach, béchamel sauce, parmesan; Sunny Side Grits with house made Andouille and bacon lardon; Pork Belly with cornbread, pickled beans, buttermilk; Bacon Biscuits & Gravy with sausage, béchamel sauce; Frittata with asparagus, parmesan, tomato; Diver Sea Scallops with cauliflower, black grapes and toasted almonds; and served family-style, a Bone-In Ribeye Steak and Eggs with soft scrambled eggs and rustic potato or Whole Roasted Pork Belly Hash with poached eggs and crispy potato. Brunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 831-643-1833.
Copita: Join Chefs Joanne Weir and Gonzalo Rivera this Mother’s Day at Copita Tequileria y Comida in beautiful Sausalito. In addition to their delicious modern Mexican brunch menu, Joanne and Gonzalo will be featuring a very special Goat Birria dish inspired by Gonzalo’s grandmother. Join Copita and taste authentic Mexican flavors of the Goat Birria made with whole goat and charred chile de arbol salsa. Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Sundays (brunch served until 4 p.m.). Call 415-331-7400 for reservations. 739 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965.
The Tavern at Lark Creek Larkspur: Featuring Chef Aaron Wright’s farm-fresh, seasonal and sustainable cuisine that for Mother’s Day brunch will include a three course prix-fixe, with multiple choices for each course, for $41 per person. Dishes will include Crispy Semolina Oysters with fennel – orange marmalade, arugula, watercress, and shallot vinaigrette; Seared King Salmon with snap peas, pea tendrils, leeks, herb spaetzle, and bacon vinaigrette; and Citrus Panna Cotta with rhubarb, strawberries, and lime cookie crumble.
Silverado Resort Silverado Resort: Mother’s Day Buffet will be served on Sunday, March 12 in Silverado’s Ballroom. From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., mom’s and their loved ones can enjoy dishes such as Roasted Alaskan Halibut with tartar sauce and meyer lemon; an assortment of salads featuring spring’s finest; and Tortilla Espagnola with salsa verde; as well as a selection of local cheeses, fruits and berries, and hand-carved meats. Adults are $60 per person and Children 9 and under are $25 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 707-257-5431.
Silverado will be offering a Mother’s Day High Tea on Saturday, May 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Royal Oak restaurant. The experience, complete with classical harpist, includes traditional treats such as tea sandwiches, scones, and petits fours. Priced at $40 per person ($50 with one glass of sparkling wine), this is a great way experience the tradition of afternoon tea.
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