From bottomless mimosas to house-made takeaway treats, here’s seven delectable Mother’s Day brunches in San Francisco.
Just a short walk away from the Westfield Center downtown is Bluesteam Brasserie, one of our favorite urban restaurants. On Sunday, pastry chef Curtis McDonald is presenting moms with a special housemade sweet — rose cupcakes! Their new seasonal brunch menu is also making it’s debut with delectable boards. Choose the bakers board, which features breakfast breads and pastries, or the brunch board that has smoked fish, ham, and sausages. Bluestem has a full bar, so why not indulge in a brunch cocktail? One we’re dying to try is the Strawberry Fields, a delightful-sounding concoction made with basil, strawberry syrup and sparkling wine.
Trace at the W Hotel
Pull up a seat at the W Hotel’s restaurant, Trace, and order a mimosa bar for mom. You’ll get a bottle of bubbles, plus everything you need to make your own mimosas: three different kinds of fresh-squeezed juice and the accompanying garnishes. Pair the mimosa with Trace’s delectable chicken confit, a breakfast dish that combines chicken with English peas, spring onions, a Scotch egg, and black truffles — yum! After brunch, why not check into the Bliss Spa for a couple of relaxing treatments? It’s located conveniently on the 4th floor of the hotel.
If you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere with a European vibe in an incredibly elegant setting, head to Aveline at the Warwick Hotel. Aveline recently launched Sunday brunch and on Mother’s Day, they are giving moms a free mimosa and a take-away sweet. As for the food? We recommend the roasted mushroom sandwich with goat cheese and a fried egg, the to-die-for blistered Brussels sprouts, and the baked egg casserole with bell peppers and potatoes. Oh and the waffles! — How could we forget about the fluffy, but crispy waffles?
Precita Park Cafe
Precita Park Cafe is one of our favorite neighborhood cafes. The vibe is laid back and casual, but the food is phenomenal. For brunch, the housemade biscuits are a must-order and you can’t go wrong when they are paired with the finger-licking good mornay gravy and fennel sausage. If mom is more in the mood for lunch, she’s got to try the wildly delicious mozzarella sandwich with eggplant and romesco sauce. The super creamy mozzarella is made in house and it’s so delicious you’ll want to buy some to take it home with you.
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Down in the marina at A16, excutive chef Rocky Maselli has put together a special Italian menu that features Scialatielli allo Scoglio, a seafood dish with clams, mussels, calamari, chili, garlic, and lemon, and Strawberry Pastafrola, a tart with black pepper crust, mascarpone cheese, and olive oil. All their traditional and scrumptious pizzas and pastas are available as well. For moms, there is a housemade treat to go, specialty cocktail and dessert options, and an award-winning wine list from co-owner and wine director, a mother herself, Shelley Lindgren.
Does mom love Japanese food? Then brunch at Chaya is on the agenda. The chefs are serving up an exceptional three-course meal that includes bottomless mimosas. For appetizers, there’s smoked trout and crispy potatoes with shiso salsa verde or French toast with bruléed bananas. As for the entree, there’s steak and eggs with kimchi fried rice, jidori egg, and chile miso or brown rice mocha gnocchi with fava beans and a quail egg. There’s also three sweet endings to select from: a chocolate cake, citrus cheesecake, or pineapple-coconut pudding cake. Delish!
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For a stunning view and amazing selection of oysters, we suggest Waterbar. They are also serving a three-course brunch menu with mom in mind. On it? Lots of savory sounding things, but here is what we would order: the citrus cured Alaskan halibut with roasted rhubarb and radishes, and the American caviar scramble with toasted brioche, and fromage blanc. The staff is paying homage to their mothers by offering a dessert named after each pastry chef’s mom. We’re dying to try the Lisa, a treat with spring berries, hazelnut cream, and basil ice cream, and the Julie, a dulce de leche cheesecake with spiced pecans and pineapple-habanero compote.