San Francisco Mother's Day Survival Guide

20+ picks for the best spots to celebrate with Mom in San Francisco

Mother’s Day is fast approaching. (We hope your calendar is marked for Sunday, May 11!) This is the perfect opportunity to thank Mom for how much she's endured over the years with a spa treatment or a special meal. Here, a list of thoughtful Bay Area ideas to get you started.

 

SAN FRANCISCO

Spa at Loews Regency

The new Loews Regency is also home to a five-star spa. Thank Mom with the Diamond Brilliant or Mother and Me packages, a pedicure or signature oils and candles from the boutique. For special Mother's Day deals on these packages, call the spa concierge. 415.276.9608. 

1760 

In addition to the regular menu, guests can enjoy special brunch dishes from 1760's executive chef Adam Tortosa on Mother's Day. Dishes include French toast with roasted strawberries and whipped creme fraiche; fried egg sandwich with basil aioli and smashed avocado; lollipop kale with guanciale and a 63-degree egg; and avocado toast with parsley, lime and biber pepper. Bar manager Christopher Longoria will also mix special brunch cocktails for the day, including a green strawberry bloody Mary. 11:30 am-3 pm.

Burritt Room + Tavern

If Mother's Day brunch isn't your thing, get Mom and the family together for dinner at Burritt Room + Tavern. Indulge in signature dishes from chef Luke Knox like the sourdough pancake with Brussels sprouts, creamy parmesan risotto and tombo tuna salad. Chef Luke will gift hand-selected cherry tomato, haricot vert and pea plants to moms for use in their own kitchens. The Charlie-Palmer-owned restaurant will also be mixing up the Mamma Mia! cocktail on May 11, made with vodka, Contreau, amaro, lemon juice and Champagne. 5 pm-close.

Southside

If Mom likes her cocktails, you're in luck because this SoMa District bar celebrates Mother’s Day all week long with the Breakfast in Bed cocktail, a delightful mix of Aperol, lime and mint topped with Prosecco, served in a fancy Champagne flute. Southside’s famous Maiden Lane is another delicious cocktail, made with bourbon, strawberries, Canton, fresh lemon juice and ginger beer. Other sparklers include Charles Heidseick Brut Reserve and Rose Reserve Champagne ($99 a bottle) and Secco Italian Bubbles 2012 from Veneto Prosecco ($10 a glass).

A16

Celebrate Mother’s Day in the Marina at A16 with a special a la carte menu featuring festive, occasion-appropriate dishes and beverages. After the meal, moms take home flowers. Lunch 11 am-2:30 pm; dinner 5 -10 pm.

Chaya Brasserie

Join Chaya Brasserie for Mother’s Day brunch: a delicious three-course chef selection menu for $45 with $12 bottomless mimosas. Dishes include the Castelle French toast with caramelized banana, almonds and fresh fruits as well as the Dungeness crab Benedict with avocado, miso hollandaise and home fries. For dessert, try the salted caramel ice cream sandwiches or the warm chocolate croissant bread pudding with caramel ice cream. Young diners can enjoy a special $15 prix fixe menu that includes an entrée and a dessert. 

Brasserie S&P

Gather with family and friends for Mother’s Day brunch at Brasserie S&P. The menu features breakfast favorites, a chef’s carving station, seafood platter, desserts and bottomless mimosas. For extra points, surprise mom with a personalized floral bouquet. $85; $35 for special menu options for under 12. 415.986.2020. 10 am-2 pm.

Brixton

Let mom soak up the sun on the outside patio at Brixton. Brunch highlights include fried chicken Benedict, carnitas hash and the special Brixton bloody Mary. For dinner, enjoy a 14-ounce Angus beef prime rib, baked potato with sour cream and bacon pieces, house-made horseradish and seasonal veggies for $20. Brunch 11 am-3:30 pm; Sunday prime rib dinner 5:30-10:30 pm.

Cliff House

The historic Cliff House hosts its traditional Mother’s Day Champagne brunch in the Terrace Room. It’s a perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal accompanied by a breathtaking view of Seal Rock, Ocean Beach and the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy live harp music and a wide selection of seasonal brunch items. Reservations strongly recommended.  

E&O Asian Kitchen and Bar

Lounge with mom during happy hour, sipping creative cocktails and snacking on bold, modern dishes at E&O Asian Kitchen and Bar in the heart of Union Square. During May, sample special dishes and handcrafted cocktails inspired from Ho Chi Minh City on E&O’s Express to the Orient menu. 

Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins  

Top of the Mark celebrates moms and its official diamond anniversary on May 11, having opened 75 years ago to the day. As the landmark's anniversary coincides with the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day, executive chef Nenad Stefanovic presents a delicious buffet that includes a raw bar, carving station, salads, entrees, breakfast and desserts along with limitless mimosas and entertainment by pianist Michael Athens. Mothers can win giveaways throughout the day (prizes include $100 and $75 Macy's gift cards and a grand prize of a $750 Tiffany & Co. gift card and 100 roses). $109; $59 children 4-12; free for children 3 and under. 10 am–2 pm. Call for reservations. 

Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco 

Mothers dining at Luce for Mother's Day brunch will also be automatically entered to win a $100 Macy's card on the hour, as well as a grand prize of a $300 Tiffany & Co. gift card with 100 roses. The buffet with mini hot dishes includes unlimited bubbly. $45; $22.50 for children ages 4-12. 415.616.6560.

Trace at the W Hotel

The W’s lively restaurant Trace will feature a brunch menu with both healthy and indulgent options, including monkey bread with spiced maple syrup; pecan and almond granola with Straus organic yogurt; warm whole oat groats; and scrambled egg whites with asparagus, maitake, celery root and whole grain mustard, with walnut bread and soy breakfast sausage. Each guest also receives a complimentary sample-size juice of their choice from Trace’s new line of freshly squeezed juices. Flavors include iced chai, raspberry orange mint and green juice. And moms take home a surprise package upon departure that includes Bliss Spa products, a jar of Trace rooftop honey and more.

Cavallo Point 

Start off the day with Michelin-starred restaurant Murray Circle’s Mother’s Day buffet, where Mom receives Champagne and a special gift upon arrival. Breakfast buffet 7-11 am; brunch buffet 12-6 pm; special four-course tasting menu available 12-7:30 pm.  

At the Healing Arts Center and Spa, Mom can relax with organic spa sessions for the mind, body and soul. She can take a dip in the outdoor heated meditation pool, seek spiritual healing with a shaman and enjoy some quality time at the Tea Bar. The Tea Bar offers a variety of healthy tonics, herbal infused teas and savory soups and sandwiches made daily with fresh and seasonal ingredients.

Lark Creek Restaurant Group

What better way to celebrate Mom than with brunch or dinner at one of her favorite restaurants? Lark Creek Restaurant Group has several mom-approved classics around the Bay Area. Check the websites for details. 

 

BAY AREA

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

Moms drink beer, too! The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is a favorite destination for families on the San Mateo Coast. This Mother’s Day treat mom to some fresh beer, delicious seafood and live music while overlooking picturesque Pillar Point Harbor. Jazz great Pamela Rose will be getting moms dancing from 5-9 pm, and mothers will be treated to a decadent chocolate strawberry paired with a taste of the Mavericks Chocolate Pit Stop Porter (limited quantities). Moms who prefer bellinis to beer can choose from three special flavors for $8 each: strawberry, mango and peach. In addition to the regular menu (available from 9 am on Sunday), chef Alfaro has created special additions for Mother’s Day, including a local beet salad and avocado-stuffed sea bass.

Nick’s Cove

In honor of Mother’s Day, Nick’s Cove will showcase the bounty of springtime in West Marin, incorporating the abundance from its small farms and neighboring creameries in a special brunch menu. Dishes include house-smoked California king salmon with corn-potato fritters, dill creme fraiche and fried capers; Dungeness crab Benedict with arugula, avocado and hollandaise; Nick’s Dungeness crab Louie; and Della Fattoria levain panzanella with fresh apple and pear, cinnamon whipped cream and maple gastrique. Pastry chef Fernanda Hurst has created two bright and satisfying desserts especially for Mother’s Day: mascarpone cheesecake with strawberry sauce and a strawberry shortbread cake with vanilla whipped cream and a balsamic glaze.

Bocanova

Bocanova will offer special dishes for Mother’s Day, such as a crab Benedict with arepas for brunch and a Stone Valley pork leg with butter beans, poached egg and tomatillo crudo for brunch and dinner.

A16 Rockridge

Take mom to the East Bay this Mother’s Day holiday for a special a la carte menu by chef Rocky Maselli. Enjoy classic A16 Rockridge fare or sample new dishes created for the day. At the end of the meal, moms will be gifted with a sweet treat to take home: a pound cake from pastry chef Hannah Buoye. Lunch 11 am-3 pm; dinner 4 pm-close.

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