3/20/2013 11:44:00 AM

10 Hip Spots in SF Serving Easter Brunch

Photo: Chaya Brasserie
If you're looking for a traditional Easter brunch, replete with harp music, a rib roast carving station and lots of grandmothers, head to the Garden Court. However, if bottomless mimosas, lemon-ricotta pancakes and sous vide eggs are more your speed, ditch the old-school options and check out one of these 10 hip spots in San Francisco that will be serving up special tasty (and boozy) Easter brunch menus on March 31.

Absinthe Brasserie & BarThis Hayes Valley boite is always a swell place to enjoy Sunday brunch but on the 31st, executive chef Adam Keough will be bolstering the regular a la carte brunch offerings - Dungeness crab omelet, buttermilk pancakes with Meyer’s rum butter and caramelized apples, and Kurabata pork enchiladas with fried eggs - with a special Easter-inspired lamb and sweet potato hash with fried eggs, spinach salad and brown butter hollandaise (11 AM-3 PM, 415-551-1590).

Chambers Eat + DrinkForget pinkies in the air and piped in muzak - celebrate Easter Sunday, rock 'n' roll style on the poolside patio at this rocking Tenderloin hang where executive chef Trevor Ogden will be turning out an interesting menu of eclectic Californian brunch fare such as tamago with house-smoked chorizo and sweet potato, sous vide eggs Royale with crispy hash browns, and tofu hash with Brussels sprouts and oyster mushrooms (10:30 AM-2:30 PM; 415-829-2316).

Foreign CinemaBrunch specialists Gayle Pirie and John Clarke will present a special three-course Easter prix fixe menu on Sunday with a range of choices that include warm brandade with Thai green chilies, baguette French toast with cardamom-blood orange butter and poached eggs with duck (11 AM-3 PM, 415-648-7600).

Twenty-Five Lusk: This see-and-be-seen SoMa bar and restaurant will be open on Easter Sunday offering a special three-course holiday-inspired brunch full of lots of whimsical choices. Starters include housemade brioche donuts (served with coffee and a half pint of ale), lobster Benedict, strawberry pancakes and tri-tip steak and eggs ($36 per person, 11 AM-2 PM, 415-495-5875).

1300 FillmorePut a little pep in your Easter at this Western Addition Southern-inflected American serving gospel brunch on Easter Sunday. The kitchen will be supplementing its regular brunch menu of fried chicken and catfish po’ boys with additional holiday-inspired a la carte items and you can always count on bottomless Pomosas (made with Pama Liqueur and Bloody Mary’s to get you into the groove) (seatings at 11 AM and 1 PM; 415-771-7100).

CHAYA BrasserieEnjoy bottomless mimosas ($12) and a special three-course Easter brunch at this East-meets-West brasserie fronting the waterfront on the Embarcadero. Guests can customize their meal from a wide variety of dishes including sushi, asparagus grilled cheese with pan de mi, truffle pecorino, poached egg and hollandaise sauce, Japanese honey bread with wild berry compote and warm chocolate croissant bread pudding topped with caramel and vanilla ice cream (11 AM-2 PM; $42 for adults, $15 for a young adult menu, 415-777-8688).

RN74Michael Mina’s Burgundian train station-themed restaurant and wine bar in SoMa will be offering well-heeled guests a special prix fixe Easter brunch worthy of your Sunday best. Options include pecan pain perdu, croque madame, roasted leg of lamb and warm beignets (10 AM-3 PM, 415-543-7474).

Presidio Social ClubTuck into brunch comfort foods such as Dungeness crab Benedict and challah French toast along with Easter-inspired a la carte specials such as Virginia ham and local spring lamb and ace cocktails at this family-friendly spot in the Presidio (starts at 9 AM, 415-885-1888).

Baker & BankerIndulge in an Easter Sunday brunch at this Pac Heights New American where the husband and wife owners have just added a slew of new dishes such as skillet baked eggs with a chick pea stew, biscuits and gravy and French toast bread pudding with lemon curd to its a la carte brunch menu (10 AM-2 PM, 415-351-2500).

S&P BrasserieThis Downtown spot in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel will be a welcoming family-friendly destination on Easter Sunday offering an a la carte menu replete with green eggs and ham, lemon-ricotta pancakes and smoked salmon Benedict, bottomless mimosas for $25, a variety of gin cocktails and a kids' egg hunt at 12:30 PM along with a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny (10 AM-4 PM; 415-276-9688).


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