Mother’s Day Dining In The San Francisco Bay Area
With Mother’s Day less than a week away hopefully you’re starting to think about your plans if you have not already booked reservations. For those still looking for some delicious dining options I have a great list for you below. This includes San Francisco and the North, East & South Bays. Happy Mother’s Day! As always let me know if you have any questions as I’ve dined as most of the restaurants listed below.
San Francisco Dining
Bluestem Brasserie – Celebrate your mother at the beautiful, urban neighborhood restaurant, Bluestem Brasserie. Bluestem will be giving moms a special take-away treat during brunch and is the perfect spot to treat your mom to an incredible, flavorful brunch. The brunch menu features seasonal dishes and favorites such as the Bakers Board (housemade breakfast breads with seasonal accompaniments); the Brunch Board (an assortment of housemade charcuterie & salumi); Seasonal Vegetable Hash (Zuckerman asparagus, English peas, potato, Green garlic puree, Calabrian chiles); the very popular and impressive Brunch Burger (house ground grass-fed beef, hashbrowns, breakfast sausage, bacon, housemade American cheese, fried egg, bread & butter pickles, avocado, spicy ketchup); or indulge in something sweet such as the Cinnamon French Toast. The brunch cocktails are also a must, such as the Rude Awakening (jalapeno, cucumber, lime juice, agave, tequila), Hayes Street Martini (espresso, kahlua, Frangelico, baileys, stolil vanilla & cream) or some classics, including the Bloody Mary with BBQ salt rim or the Bellini (sparkling wine & peach puree). Bluestem Brasserie also has one of my favorite Top 10 San Francisco Burgers, see more for yourself on my San Francisco Top 10 Burger post here. One Yerba Buena Lane.
Canela Bistro & Wine Bar – The team at Canela are throwing an “All Mommas Celebration” for Mother’s Day. Join Canela on Sunday, May 8th as they celebrate all the mammas during brunch and dinner service (and since mamma are so sweet, Canela will have a complimentary mini flower arrangement just for her)! The team will be honoring their Canela family with special family favorites including: Mixed Mushroom Migas Breadcrumbs with Fried Duck Eggs. Trio of Mini Pies: Key Lime, Butterscotch-Strawberry and Chocolate Cream. Crab Stuffed Mini Chile Rellenoswith Roasted Padron Pepper MolePlease visit www.canelasf.com or call (415) 552-3000 for reservations. 2272 Market Street.
Dosa – Celebrate Mother’s Day with a festive, South Indian brunch at DOSA on May 8! DOSA will be offering a new spring brunch menu with some very special additions and will be serving complimentary Mandarin Mimosa’s for all moms at both locations!
At DOSA on Valencia, the chefs have created a few special additions including the Bengali Fish Curry (Sustainably caught Pacific Halibut, oven-roasted in a sauce of mustard, shallots, garlic, ginger, turmeric, tomato, cumin, cilantro with cauliflower & green bean poriyal & coconut rice); Chicken Vindaloo (Marinated free-range chicken in a spicy curry of chiles, garlic, black peppercorn, tamarind & coconut rice); and Squash Blossom Pakora (Mustard, curry leaves, Thai chiles, goat cheese, fresh sweet corn, garlic, chickpea, cilantro-mint & roasted pepper chutneys).
At DOSA on Fillmore, a special 3-course $40 prix fixe menu will be available, in addition to the full a la carte menu and specials such as the Kerala Fish Moilee (Sustainably-caught, coconut sauce, mustard seeds, asparagus snow pea poriyal, coconut rice); Chicken Biryani (Basmati rice-dish, bone-in, natural, fragrant Indian spices, caramelized onions, raita); and South Indian Eggs Benedict. Some of the favorites on the new brunch menu that will be available include the Sunny Side Uttapam and Egg Poriyal Dosa.
The Dorian – On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, The Dorian in San Francisco will be open from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM serving their regular a la carte brunch and dinner menus, plus all moms will receive a complimentary flower and a “momosa” cocktail. The Dorian is a great spot I love with killer cocktails, featured on my San Francisco Top 10 Cocktail list here. 2001 Chestnut Street, San Francisco CA 94123.
Foreign Cinema – Celebrate this Mother’s Day at Foreign Cinema with their iconic brunch and treat Mom to elegant and sophisticated, yet approachable dishes from Chef/Owners Gayle Pirie and John Clark. Indulge in delights such as the infamous Organic Seasonal Pop Tarts, Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun, Champagne Omelet, and Balsamic Fried Eggs. Dine with loved ones inside or outside on the airy and spacious covered patio – the ideal setting for a Mother’s Day brunch. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended. Please visit foreigncinema.com or call 415.648.7600.
Hog & Rocks – Resident bar boy, Daniel Veliz, created a special cocktail aptly named Mommy Needs a Minute that will be available all day on Sunday, May 8th. This delightful drink is just what the doctor ordered for the deserving lady in your life: Nolet Gin, peach and rosemary simple syrup, lemon and egg white for $12. Screaming children not included.
La Mar – Celebrate mom on the waterfront with a Peruvian feast at La Mar Cebichería Peruana! Alongside panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay, La Mar will offer a unique Mother’s Day buffet brunch with both traditional and innovative Peruvian dishes from Chef and Peruvian-Native Victoriano Lopez. Offering colorful and fresh fare, the buffet will be offered at $78 per person for adults and $30 for children 12 years and under. Vibrant appetizer stations will take over the restaurant showcasing large-format versions of La Mar’s beloved Bandejas – or platters – inspired by the true Peruvian spirit. The stations will boast La Mar’s greatest hits including cebiche selections, causitas, tiraditos, nigiri, empanadas, and Anticuchos, to name a few. Guests will also choose between four main entrées served tableside with a dessert platter to follow. The first 100 moms will also receive a secret gift! Brunch will be offered from10am-3pm and reservations can be made on OpenTable or by calling 415.397.8880.
Luce – The Michelin-star Luce invites guests to celebrate mom over a brunch buffet from 11am – 2pm. Brunch is $85 per person and $45 per child ages 4 – 12 years old. For reservations, visit Luce on OpenTable:http://www.opentable.com/luce-intercontinental-san-francisco
One Market Restaurant – Typically open only Monday through Saturday, One Market opens its doors forone special Sunday a year to celebrate the most important ladies in our lives. On Sunday, May 8th from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm, Executive Chef Mark Dommen will prepare a delicious brunch featuring classic dishes including Prime Rib, Eggs Benedict, Lightly Smoked Tasmanian Ocean Trout “Mi Cuit” and a Seasonal Omelette, along with a variety of other savory delights. To satisfy Mom’s sweet tooth, Pastry Chef Patti Dellamonica-Bauler will prepare a few tasty desserts. And, of course, Wine Director Tonya Pitts will have a selection of her finest bubbles popped and ready to pour. 1 Market, San Francisco.
Palm House – On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, Palm House in San Francisco will be serving brunch from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM and dinner from 5:00 to 9:00 PM with all moms receiving complimentary flowers. 2032 Union Street, San Francisco CA 94123. 415.400.4355
Perbacco and Barbacco – Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District, Italian favorites Perbacco and barbacco next door, will open for a special Mother’s Day dinner service on Sunday, May 8th from 4-9 p.m. So treat the important moms in your life to a meal they will never forget – impeccable service, delicious food, an outstanding wine list, plus the company of those who love them. For reservations and more information please go to www.perbaccosf.com or www.barbaccosf.com, or call the restaurants directly.
Precita Park Café – Mother’s Day is a walk in the park when you take Mom for brunch at one of Bernal Heights’ most beloved cafes. In addition to their regular brunch menu, for Mother’s Day Precita Park Cafe will be serving a Perfect Oscar Benny with spinach and quinoa, poached eggs, local crab, bacon-Bay hollandaise, and asparagus and sweet pepper garnish; and Pulled Pork Hash with Zuckerman’s red potatoes, fried eggs, smoked gouda, and salsa fresca. This well-rounded, park-side neighborhood hot spot is the perfect place to celebrate all the Moms. For more information visit Precita’s websiteor call 415.647.7702. 500 Precita Avenue, San Francisco.
Presidio Social Club – Celebrate Mother’s Day at Presidio Social Club with a number of special dishes available throughout weekend. For brunch, PSC will have Soft Shell Crab Po Boys with Asian Slaw & Mixed Greens; Soft Poached Eggs with Artichoke Hearts, Creamed Spinach & Hollandaise Sauce; as well as Slow Roasted Devil’s Gulch Pork Leg with Soft Poached Egg, Fried Potatoes and Salsa Verde and classic brunch cocktails such as Mimosas, Bellinis and Spritzers.
PSC will also have new spring menu items available to order, including Presidio Scramble (an asparagus and herb scramble complete with a house made biscuit from Pastry Chef Rene Cruz); Chicken Arugula Salad with Candied Pecans & Avocado Vinaigrette; and Chickpea Hash with Roasted Pork, Poached Eggs & Harissa Yogurt. Call 415.885.1888 to make a reservation today and snag a coveted table on the outdoor deck.
Roka Akor – Toast with the incredible woman in your life this Mother’s Day at an extravagant brunch at Roka Akor (801 Montgomery Street) with unlimited sparkling wine, Bellinis and sake, and an assortment of signature Japanese-inspired dishes. Designed by Executive Chef Roman Petry, Roka Akor will offer an impressive buffet of fresh oysters, sushi, Maki rolls and appetizers, as well as an entrée choice between a succulent robata grilled steak or fresh grilled seafood. Families and friends will top off the celebratory feast with a colorful dessert platter with exotic fruit and house-made sweets for the entire table to share. Served between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., the brunch menu with unlimited sparkling wine, bellini or sake is priced at $118 per person and the brunch menu without alcohol is priced at $98 per person. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 415.362.8887. Read more about my fabulous experience at Roka Akor here.
The Keystone – If your Mom’s ideal Mother’s Day is to chill with some good grub, a few groovy tunes, and a great cocktail, then The Keystone’s new Rhythm & Booze Brunch has you covered. There’s a reason why their Southern Fried Chicken Benedict, with coconut curry waffle, poached eggs, and tasso ham bernaise, has such a cult following. It’s that good! Or go for one of Executive Chef Banks White’s brand new brunch menu items, like the Pandan Beignets with cardamom powder sugar; Pineapple Upsidedown Pancakes with coconut rum syrup; Smoked Trout with Malaysian roti, arugula, and herbed kaffir lime crème fraiche; or Sintia’s Green Chile Tamales with queso fresco, avocado, fried egg, and chorizo gravy. Wash it all down with The Keystone’s legendary bottomless mimosas or go for the Green Chile Mary. All while listening as The Keystone spins some R&B. See the full brunch menu and reserve online here. Read about my fabulous brunch at the Keystone here. 68 Fourth Street, San Francisco.
Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins – Celebrate mom over brunch at Top of the Mark this Mother’s Day! From 10am – 2pm, the iconic destination features a decadent brunch buffet by Chef Nenad Stefanovic with unobstructed views of the San Francisco Bay and entertainment by Michael Athans on piano. Menu highlights include a raw bar, salads, antipasto, a selection of small plates including Shrimp ceviche shooterwith Early Girl tomato broth and Smoked duck, orange, and basil oil, and entrees such as Ricotta Ravioli with tomato cream and lobster morsels and assorted dim sum. Top of the Mark also offers a full selection of breakfast items and dessert bar including a strawberry dipping station. Brunch is $125 per adult and $59 per child, ages 4 – 12; pricing excludes tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 415-616-6940.
Volta – Celebrate the important women in your life by treating them to a special meal at on of San Francisco’s hottest new restaurants, Volta, awarded three stars by the San Francisco Chronicle. On Sunday, May 8th, Chef Staffan Terje will be serving sumptuous French fare with Scandinavian influences alongside an impeccable wine list and delicious cocktails, sure to impress Mom. Volta will be open for lunch from 12-4pm and dinner from 4-8pm. To make reservations or for more information, please call the restaurant or visit www.voltasf.com. 868 Mission Street, San Francisco.
North Bay Dining
Ca’ Momi – Ca’ Momi is celebrating La Festa Della Mamma on Sunday May 8th at their downtown Napa Osteria with two for one Sangue Italiano an Organic San Marzano DOP Tomato Bloody Mary and Ca’ Secco Bellini during all day from11:30am to 5pm. They’ll also be offering a $35 four course prix fix menu from brunch through dinner service that includes a Burrata & Verdure plate to start, followed by Ca’ Momi’s signature Pizza Margherita or Pizza Veneta and an Insalata Mista before ending sweetly with a decadent Millefoglie alle Fragole.
Ca’ Momi Enoteca – Located within the Oxbow Public Market, moms who dine in will receive $5 glasses of sparkling wine, Ca’ Secco or Ca’ Rosa, and two complimentary sweet bignes. The whole family can enjoy any pizza & glass of Bianco or Rosso di Ca’ Momi for $22. If you’re throwing a Mother’s day bash at home, they’re also offering a take-out options with a bottle of Ca’ Secco or Ca’ Rosa plus 6 bigne for $30.
FARM at The Carneros Inn – Treat mom to a Wine Country celebration and leave the pampering up toFARM at The Carneros Inn (4048 Sonoma Hwy) with their lavish Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 8. Designed by Executive Chef Aaron Meneghelli, the family-style brunch will include a spread of seasonal dishes such as Warm Asparagus Salad with trumpet mushroom bacon, soft poached egg and frisee;Local Halibut with crushed fava beans and salsa verde; and Rosemary Honey Glazed Caggiano Ham with Carolina Gold rice, toasted cipollini onions, and English pea shoot, among others. The grand finale will conclude with a dessert platter that includes Chocolate Raspberry Tart, Cheesecake Pop, and Vanilla Panna Cotta with fruit compote. FARM will be open for brunch from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The adult menu is priced at $85 per person and the children’s menu is $40 per child (ages 4-12). Brunch is by reservation only and can be made by calling 707.299.4880.
Copita Tequileria y Comida – If you’re in the North Bay or treating your mom to a day-trip, Copita is a must-visit for brunch or Mother’s Day dinner, offering a beautiful intimate dining room and dining al fresco. For Mother’s Day Brunch, Copita is also offering all ladies complimentary sangria, to celebrate both moms and all of the special women in our lives. The contemporary Mexican restaurant located in the heart of downtown Sausalito, is serving fresh, flavorful dishes inspired by seasonal Mexican cooking, alongside tequila cocktails. Copita’s new executive chef, Daniel Tellez, recently launched an entirely new brunch menu based on breakfast dishes he grew up eating in Mexico City. The menu features his take on classic Mexican dishes with a contemporary update, like the Enfrijoladas (Scrambled egg fried tacos drenched in a black bean sauce, house made chorizo, pickled red onion, cilantro), the Xalapa Eggs (Scrambled eggs with Niman Ranch cured bacon & Jalapeno peppers in tomato and oregano sauce, black bean puree, sour cream & cilantro) or the Chilaquiles Montados (Mole manchamanteles, fried eggs, house- made tortilla chips, queso fresco, cilantro, onion, cream). These new vibrant dishes feature a delicious mix of traditional flavors and spices alongside seasonal and local ingredients. The brunch menu, in addition to Copita’s lunch and dinner menu, is 100% gluten-free. For cocktails, go with the Bottomless Mimosas with your choice of orange juice, grapefruit juice or pineapple juice. Brunch is served on Sunday’s from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Reservations can be made online or by calling 415-331-7400. 639 Bridgeway, Sausalito.
Poggio – Celebrate Mother’s Day at the beautiful Sausalito trattoria, Poggio. You immediately feel transported to Italy when you walk into the dining room or while enjoying the outside tables, overlooking Bridgeway and the Bay. Poggio will be offering all moms a beautiful Gardenia and Chef Benjamin Balesteri has put together an authentic Italian menu featuring local ingredients with special additions just for Mother’s Day. A special Bellini and non-alcoholic sangria will also be offered. Seasonal dishes and favorites include the Insalata Fragola (strawberries, butter lettuce, pickles onion, ricotta salata, and pecans); Burrata (di Stefano’s burrata, English pea puree, arugula, mint, radish, crostini); the Trota (grilled Mt. Lassen trout, English peas, mushrooms, leeks, and miners lettuce); Milanese (asparagus, san daniele 16 month ham, parmigiano, fonduta, fried egg) and if your mom loves pasta, try the Gnudi (spinach ricotta pillows, beef ragu, parmigiano reggiano), or other flavorful options. Poggio is open for breakfast from 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m.and for dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. Reservations can be made online or by calling 415-332-7771. 777 Bridgeway, Sausalito
East Bay Dining
Bocanova – Celebrate Mother’s Day in Oakland’s Jack London Square with a Pan American brunch at Bocanova. Chef Owner Rick Hackett will be cooking up delightful dishes inspired by the cuisines of Central and South America. The food and drinks combined with ample outdoor seating with views of the harbor are sure to impress the special woman in your life and make this the perfect place for her to relax and enjoy being treated like a queen. 55 Webster Street, Oakland.
Cafe Eugene – With the recent unveiling of daily brunch, Albany’s newest restaurant will serve special Pacific Northwest-inspired treats this Mother’s Day. Mirrored after Owner Ryan Murff’s favorite Mother’s Day tradition, Waffles with Strawberries and Whipped Cream will be on special in addition to floral cocktails made just for the holiday. In true Oregon taste, moms will be sent home with special wildflowers. Brunch will run from 9am-3pm and reservations can be made online or by calling 510.647.9999.
District – On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, District in Old Oakland will be serving brunch from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM with an all you can eat breakfast buffet and a bottomless Mimosa for $35.00 ($22.00 for just the buffet). Children ten years of age and under can enjoy the buffet for $10.00. Menu highlights will include buttermilk pancakes with banana-rum syrup, scrambled eggs with cheese, steel-cut oatmeal with bourbon vanilla brown sugar, house made spicy chicken sausage, biscuits and sawmill gravy, chipotle-garlic breakfast potatoes, fried sweet plantains with house salsa, cheddar grits, and chocolate chip bread pudding with bourbon caramel. Specialty cocktails will also be available. 827 Washington Street, Oakland CA 94607
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards – It’s that time of year again. Mother’s Day is upon us, and we’re looking for the perfect gift and somewhere to take her to make her feel like the queen that she is. This year, take her to The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards – located in the heart of Livermore Valley’s picturesque wine country – the perfect setting where she can sip award-winning wine, all while enjoying a savory, delicious brunch overlooking a gorgeous landscape. I have experienced Wente a few times, one time for their incredible Summer concert series. Read more about this amazing experience at Wente Vineyards here.
Executive Chef Mike Ward and his culinary team have crafted a one-of-a-kind brunch for one-of-a-kind mothers, available on Sunday, May 8. Start off with a specialty cocktail such as the Wente 75, consisting of Wente Vineyards Brut, elderflower liqueur, lemon-thyme syrup. The three-course prix fixe menu includes various seasonal dishes such as Hamachi Crudo, crispy ginger salad, fermented wasabi, kumquat, sesame seed; Bread Pudding French Toast, bing cherry compote, toasted hazelnuts, vermont maple syrup; Dungeness Crab Benedict, poached eggs, whole wheat muffin, breakfast potatoes, piquillo hollandaise; Hudson Valley Foie Gras Torchon, green strawberries, sauterne, walnuts, endive, champagne vinaigrette (for $10.00 extra); Slow Roasted Chicken Salad, buttermilk dressing, crispy shallots, coddled egg, frisée, pickled spring onions; and much more. This prix fixe menu is $55.00 plus tax, gratuity and beverage. 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore.
South Bay Dining
Manresa Bread Mother’s Day Box – Pre-order breakfast for mom this Mother’s Day at Manresa Bread. TheMother’s Day Box includes two kale parmesan scones, two monkey breads, one bag of Manresa Bread almond granola, 4 oz. jar of Big Sur marmalade, and an optional bag of Verve Street Level coffee. TheMother’s Day Box is available for pre-order on the Manresa Bread website for pick up at Manresa Bread in Los Gatos. Pricing is $27 without coffee, $40 with coffee. The last day to pre-order is May 5.
Restaurant 1833 – This Mother’s Day, take a scenic getaway down the coast for a unique brunch at Monterey’s historic Stokes Adobe House. At celebrated Restaurant 1833, the dinner-only house will open its doors for a special brunch from 10am-3pm. Under the direction of Executive Chef Jason Franey, an à la carte brunch menu will be offered alongside $18.33 Bottomless Mimosas. Celebrated Pastry Chef Ben Spungin will also offer special Orange Sherbet, Raspberry Sorbet, Strawberry Sorbet, and Peach Sorbet Mimosas at $15 each. Moms can enjoy the unique brunch offerings in one of the storied rooms of the two-story space and continue the mimosas on the fireside patio underneath the signature palm and a 150-year-old oak tree. Reservations can be made through OpenTable or by calling 831.643.1833.