5/01/2012 02:33:00 PM

8 Choices for Mother's Day Brunch in San Francisco

Twenty Five Lusk
According to OpenTable, mothers will be taking themselves out on May 13. Or at the very least, they'll be dictating where their family members will be taking them, and the meal they’re most interested in dining out for is brunch. Interestingly, more than half (51%) didn’t give a lick if the restaurant was kid-friendly, as they planned on leaving the kids at home.

Whether you’re looking for a kid-friendly spot or wanting an adult splurge, we’ve got your brunch plans dialed in.

Top Mother’s Day Brunch Spots in the City 
(Click here for additional recommendations in the North, South and East Bays)

Boxing Room: Enjoy a Cajun- and Creole-inspired brunch like you wish your mama made (if we she was from the South) at this Hayes Valley haunt offering an à la carte brunch menu that marries the flavors of New Orleans with the ingredients of Northern California (think grits, gumbo and buttermilk biscuits). And to help the good times roll, you can order a beer with that (415-430-6590).

Epic Roasthouse: Indulge epically on chef Jan Birnbaum's special three-course prix fixe brunch menu at this Embarcadero chophouse. The menu includes choices such as fresh-baked cinnamon rolls, rotisserie lamb sandwiches and a chilled berry-brioche summer pudding (10 AM-3 PM $40 per person, $20 for children under 12, 415-369-9955).

Foreign Cinema: This Mission hot spot will be serving a celebratory three-course version of its wildly popular brunch, with choices that include oysters on the half shell, its signature fried chicken and farm eggs served with artichokes, mushrooms and romesco. Bonus points if it’s an actually sunny day and you can snag a table on the back patio. The regular à la carte dinner menu will be served in the evening ($45 per person; 415-648-7600).

Presidio Social Club: Celebrate old-school style at this historic converted barracks space in the Presidio, which will be rolling out the red carpet on Mother’s Day with a special brunch menu featuring the likes of rum-soaked challah French toast and Mission-style chilaquiles with green chile and crispy pork belly. The bar will be pouring its signature classic cocktails such as bellinis and a Ramos gin fizz. Afterward, walk it off with a stroll down at Crissy Field (415-885-1888).

Spruce: This swank American in Presidio Heights will be presenting a three-course chef's tasting menu for brunch that begins with fresh pastries followed by a choice of starters, entrees (both sweeter breakfast items and savory dishes such as lamb persillade) and desserts (10:30 AM-2:30 PM; $65 per person; 415-931-5100; also open for à la carte dinner service).

Twenty Five Lusk: Just because she’s a mom doesn’t mean she isn’t hip. So ditch the mom jeans and stodgy harp-accompanied brunch options and take her to this stylish SoMa spot that will be serving a $35 prix fixe. Choices include coffee and donuts (housemade brioche donuts with chocolate sauce) and a Waygu burger with fried egg, smoked cheddar and avocado served with tempura. Ladies are entitled to bottomless mimosas, thus relegating dads to be the designated driver (415-495-5875).

RN74: Color the town burgundy for Mother’s Day at Michael Mina’s wine-centric SoMa spot that will be serving a three-course prix fixe Mother’s Day brunch featuring the likes of smoked salmon blintz, steak and eggs, and goat's milk cheesecake (10:30 AM-2:30 PM; $45 per person; no dinner service that evening; 415-543-7474).

Waterbar: This waterfront restaurant perched on the Embarcadero will be offering a three-course prix fixe Mother’s Day brunch with choices that include gravlax, seared ahi tuna and even a grilled leg of lamb sandwich for landlovers. Gilding the lily will be dessert prepared by pastry whiz Emily Luchetti. (11 AM-2:45 PM; $45 per person; dinner also served 5:30-9 PM, 415-284-9922).


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