Mother's Day


My dear friend Lisa and the cupcake!

Have you made a reservation for ~MOTHER’S DAY~ yet? No? Come on, you know she raised you better than that. Anyway, here is a lineup of some options where you can raise a glass to the first (and most important) woman in your life.

~SPRUCE~ is perfect for posh mom, with a three-course prix-fixe menu from 10:30am-2:30pm. $59 per person. 415-931-5100.

Mother’s Day is also when ~GARY DANKO~ opens early at 3pm, offering the regular prix-fixe menu format. Guests will receive a chocolate memento and take-away breakfast cake. 415-749-2060.

Is Mom a little adventurous? Head to ~LA MAR CEBICHERIA PERUANA~ for a special à la carte Peruvian brunch (including dishes like scrambled eggs with fried yucca and chorizo, plus grilled potato bread), and great views. 11am-3pm. 415-397-8880.

The refined ~SILKS~ Restaurant also has a varied offering, including bottomless mimosas; traditional breakfast items; Asian-inspired entrées; tarka dahl, curried yellow lentils served hot with flatbread; a dim sum station; and endless desserts. 9am-3pm; $55 per adult and $30 per child age 12 and under. 415-986-2020.

Mother’s Day at ~THE RITZ-CARLTON, SAN FRANCISCO~ is about as good as it gets (and about as spendy, too): there will be a special brunch presentation in The Terrace Room, including a selection of seafood, salads, hand-carved meats, a build-your-own omelet station, cheeses, seasonal fruits, a selection of European-inspired desserts, and more, plus live jazz. 10am-4pm. $98 for adults; $49 for children five to 12, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reserve here.

Is Mom a little boozy? Then head to ~CHAYA BRASSERIE~, where you get a special three-course, prix-fixe brunch menu, complete with a lovely view, and hello, bottomless mimosas. 11am-2pm; $38 per person. 415-777-8688.

Want to go up to Wine Country? It’s hard to top the setting at ~ÉTOILE RESTAURANT~ at Domaine Chandon for Mother’s Day Brunch. The three-course Mother’s Day brunch menu is $75 (child options available). 707-944-2892.

Other Wine Country Mom-appropriate picks include ~BARDESSONO~ in Yountville, ~SOL BAR~ at Solage in Calistoga, and ~BRIX~.

And here’s a little something different: Mother’s Day weekend (May 8th and 9th) is the debut of the first annual ~SWEET SHOPPE FESTIVAL~ in Oakland’s Jack London Square. This indoor confectionery festival will feature a tasty mix of the Bay’s new handmade specialties and old time favorites, ranging from cookie purveyors, chocolatiers, and ice cream professionals. Samples will abound of candies, cakes, chocolate, and creams. Sweet Shoppe vendors will have mini packaged treat bags for purchase, plus gift items from a select few local jewelers, designers, and specialty purveyors. There is also the La Petite Sweet workshop and arts area for kids, and live music in the evening. Saturday May 8th 11am-10pm, and Sunday May 9th 11am-6pm. Tickets are $12-$30.

Event Info

Sunday May 9, 2010