She birthed you, fed you, clothed you, loved you, and kept you safe… And all she really wants in return for her years of hard work is for you to not wait until the last minute to make Mother’s Day reservations. Also: flowers. And a nice card. And maybe a grandbaby or three. We can’t help with the latter, but when it comes to a delicious Mother’s Day meal, these 10 SF restaurants will all leave Mom gushing.
For the Adventurous Mom
Where: DOSA on Fillmore
When: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What: A special three-course $40 prix fixe menu will be available at this gorgeous South Indian restaurant, as well as the full a la carte menu, and specials like Chicken Biryani (Basmati rice-dish, bone-in, natural, fragrant Indian spices, caramelized onions, raita); and South Indian Eggs Benedict. Even better, there will be complimentary mimosas for all moms. Make a reservation here.
Address: 1700 Fillmore Street
For the Francophile Mom
When: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What: You and your mom can enjoy dishes like Pistachio-Crusted French Toast, Croissant Eggs Benedict, Burgundy Escargot Croissants, and Pomme Fondue Beignets. (See the entire menu here.) And since brunch is not worth eating unless it comes with booze, there will also be specialty cocktails and a selection of wines that pair perfectly with the food. Call 415-543-7474 for reservations.
Address: 301 Mission Street
For the Marina Mom
Where: The Dorian
When: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
What: Thanks to the beautifully designed space, Mom will feel like you’ve pulled out all of the stops if you take her to brunch at The Dorian. There’s no special menu for Mother’s Day, but with dishes like The “Cure All” Flatbread, Shrimp & Crab Cake Sliders, and a Shellfish Tower with crab, shrimp, and oysters, she won’t even care, especially once she’s handed her complimentary “momosa” cocktail and flowers. Make a reservation here.
Address: 2001 Chestnut Street
For the Cool Mom
Where: Dirty Water
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What: Dirty Water in the Twitter building isn’t just a great place to get a beer after work; the brunch is also a real treat. On Mother’s Day, there will be a special three-course menu for $50. Start with a Bibb Lettuce Salad with avocado, Manchego cheese, and a citrus dressing followed by a choice of five entrees, like the Dutch Baby (German pancakes) or Dungeness Crab Soufflé. Finally, your mom will be able to satisfy her sweet tooth with a Cinnamon-Pecan Sticky Bun. Make a reservation here.
Address: 1355 Market Street, Suite 180
For the Mom Who Appreciates a Splurge
Where: Top of the Mark
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What: Yes, Top of the Mark is touristy, but the views and the decadent brunch make it all worth it. The champagne brunch buffet is $125 per person and includes items like a raw bar, a selection of salads, indulgent entrees like Ricotta Ravioli with tomato cream and lobster morsels, dim sum, traditional breakfast dishes, and a dessert bar. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 415-616-6940.
Address: 888 Howard Street
For the Mom Who Loves an Amazing View
When: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
What: Waterbar is all about the waterfront seating, views of the Bay Bridge, and delicious food. On Mother’s Day, there will be a three-course menu priced at $55 a person that includes a creative dessert menu inspired each pasty staff’s mother. (Think Classic Carrot Cake, Peanut Butter Fluff Tart, Rose Ice Cream Sandwich, and more.) Make a reservation here.
Address: 399 The Embarcadero
For the Mom Who Adores Sunshine and Oysters
Where: Mission Rock Resort
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What: There’s nothing better than sitting on a deck overlooking the water while slurping down tasty oysters. If your mom agrees, book a table at Mission Rock Resort where you can feast on shellfish from the raw bar, share small plates like Fried Oyster Po’ Boy Sliders, and indulge in brunch classics or eight different types of Eggs Benedict.
Address: 817 Terry Francois Blvd.
For the Mom Who Wakes Up Early (and Loves Gifts)
Where: La Mar
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What: Celebrate Mom with a Peruvian feast and panoramic views. The buffet is $78 per adult and includes seafood options like tiraditos, cebiches, causas, empanadas, anticuchos, and much more. There will also be four main entrées served tableside and a dessert platter. Make your reservation for 10 a.m. because the first 100 moms will receive a secret gift. Reservations can be made here.
Address: Pier 1 ½, The Embarcadero
For the Mom Who Read You Fairytales
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What: If your mom loves storybooks and whimsy, then she’ll adore the patio at this fun Castro restaurant that serves modern American cuisine and one of our favorite brunches. There’s something for everyone on the menu, whether you’re in the mood for Fable’s Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes, Steak and Eggs Benedict, or a Fried Chicken Sandwich. Make a reservation here.
Address: 558 Castro Street
For the Mom Who Prefers Dinner Over Brunch
When: 5:30 to 10 p.m.
What: Not every mom wants eggs and mimosas on her special day, which is why PABU is going all out with a seven-course menu that costs just $68. The menu will feature some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes (like the Happy Spoon and Miso Black Cod) as well as a few special dishes created just for the occasion. Make a reservation here.
Address: 101 California Street