Options for Mother's Day Dining and More


Don’t forget the flowers. Photo from Flickr’s audreyjm529.

Okay folks, there’s still time to consider your options and make reservations for Mother’s Day, so here are some ideas to get you going. (Don’t forget the fab 707 options posted last week.) But don’t wait too long—you know how fast reservations go in this city!

Consider taking Mom out a day early and enjoy all that the farmers’ market has to offer at CUESA’s annual ~SPRING BREAKFAST~. This bountiful brunch on Saturday May 12th includes a mimosa bar. Seatings at 9am and 11am. Tickets online: $45/adult, $15/child.

Of course, there are also plenty of options if you’re looking to celebrate the day of. ~A16~ will be open for Mother’s Day dinner from 4pm-10pm with some additional specials (baccalà alla napoletana, roasted scallops with pickled ramps, and more). How lovely, Mamma will go home with a basket of housemade cookies and biscotti.

~AMERICANO~ will serve a prix-fixe Mother’s Day brunch from 10:30am-1:30pm. Ooh, brunch pizza with a farm egg is an option. $40/person, $10 kids menu.

~CAFÉ DES AMIS~ will be offering a four-course prix-fixe brunch menu with choices for each course, like quiche Lorraine and eggs Benedict. $42/person; kids menu available.

For a waterfront meal, ~EPIC ROASTHOUSE~ is open 10am-3pm with a three-course prix-fixe menu that includes meaty selections like a rosemary rotisserie lamb sandwich. $45/person, $20/child under 12.

~FOREIGN CINEMA~’s special prix-fixe menu is also a three-courser: look for duck mousse crostini and FC’s sesame fried chicken.

~GARY DANKO~ will extend their hours, opening from 3pm-10pm. Choose from the regular prix-fixe options: three courses for $71, four for $89, or five for $104. Female guests receive a complimentary long-stemmed rose, and every table receives a chocolate memento and take-away breakfast cake.

At ~LA MAR CEBICHERIA PERUANA~, mothers will be graced with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Dine anytime between 11:30am-9:30pm, and order from the regular à la carte menu.

The Mother’s Day brunch menu at ~PRESIDIO SOCIAL CLUB~ features homey dishes, challah French toast and chilaquiles with crispy pork belly, for example.

Here’s a rare chance to have brunch at ~SPRUCE~: the four-course prix-fixe menu includes lamb persillade or salmon with ramps. 10:30am-2:30pm. $65/person.

Choose from brunch or dinner at ~WATERBAR~. From 11am-2:45pm, the three-course prix-fixe includes Alaskan halibut gravlax and seared ahi tuna, and from 5:30pm-9pm, dinner choices include grilled rack of venison. $45/person.

Maybe you’re looking at locales outside the city. At ~THE VILLAGE PUB~, opt for either a four-course brunch ($55/person) or a three-course dinner ($75/person). The menus include lemon ricotta soufflé pancakes and Alaskan halibut with sorrel sauce, respectively. 2967 Woodside Rd. at Whiskey Hill Rd., Woodside, 650-851-9888.

~FIVE~ in Berkeley is serving quite the buffet brunch spread from 10am-2pm, with bottomless mimosas too, and every mom goes home with a mini-pound cake. A live jazz trio will perform throughout brunch. $65/person, $25/child 6-12, children under 5 free. A service gratuity of 18% will be added.

Ladies can wear their best Sunday hats to ~PICÁN~ in Oakland for the Magnolias and Moms event. Three seatings: 10:30am-1pm, 2pm-5pm, and 6pm-closing. Brunch (fried chicken Benedict, yes please) is $45/adult and $20/child; dinner is $55/adult, $25/child.

Whether or not a fancy restaurant meal is the thing for your family, you can still get a nice gift for the moms you know. The Mother’s Day gift box from La Cocina will please with sweet and savory goodies like cake pops and spiced tea; order one online. Recchiuti’s Mother’s Day gift box is quite elegant with candied orange peel, tea, and locally made tea cups. Get ideas for gifts and for a special home-cooked meal from The Pasta Shop; custom gift baskets can still ship in time for Mother’s Day.

Finally, the purveyors of pastry at ~DELISE~ will be making special French macaron flavors, plus anyone bringing their mom for a treat on Mother’s Day will be offered the gift of an ice cream scoop or a macaron.

Event Info

Saturday May 12, 2012 – Sunday May 13, 2012