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28 Mother’s Day brunch ideas in the Bay Area, from Champagne feasts to bagels in bed

With more restaurants reopening and relaxed restrictions on in-person gatherings, this Mother’s Day can look and feel quite different than it did in 2020.

Many Bay Area restaurants are offering holiday brunches on Sunday, May 9, but it’s also an opportunity to seek out celebratory meals at other eateries, from dim sum to Turkish breakfast spreads. And if you’re sticking to eating at home, there are plenty of options for takeout and meal kits (wood-fired bagels in bed, anyone?).

Here are 28 options to check out, listed by region and then alphabetically.

The giant lemon ricotta pancake from Spruce in San Francisco.

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San Francisco

Cassava

The Outer Richmond’s Cassava is offering a Mother’s Day meal set to go ($195, serves four), including a smoked salmon and kale salad, garlic Dungeness crab cakes, chicken confit with polenta, scalloped potatoes and lemon-almond meringue pie. Cassava also is now open for brunch outdoors on weekends, starting at 11 a.m.

Order online for pickup on May 8 and 9. 3519 Balboa St., San Francisco.

Causwells

Marina brunch favorite Causwells has a new menu just in time for Mother’s Day, including a Virginia ham biscuit slider with Creole aioli ($3), butter-seared banana bread ($7) and a brunch spin on the restaurant’s popular burger with a fried egg and bacon ($16.50).

Indoor and outdoor dining reservations are limited to one hour and 20 minutes. 2346 Chestnut St., San Francisco.

Clement Street collaborative tea box

Three Clement Street businesses – Vietnamese restaurant Lily, Schubert’s Bakery and Aroma Tea Shop – are teaming up to offer a Mother’s Day tea box for two. The menu includes a grilled jackfruit mini banh mi and duck-mushroom pate choux from Lily, Schubert’s princess cake and a special tea blend, among other items.

Preorder details will be available at lilyonclement.com/.

Daily Driver

Daily Driver has you covered for Mother’s Day brunch in bed. The Dogpatch bagel purveyor is selling kits with a half-dozen bagels, cream cheese, fresh-squeezed orange juice, rosé, coffee beans, a face mask, flower bouquet – and a large, heart-shaped challah brioche ($75).

Preorder for pickup on Friday, May 7, or Saturday, May 8. Orders close Thursday, May 6. 2535 3rd St., San Francisco; order-dailydriver.square.site/product/mother-s-day-breakfast-in-bed/449?cs=true&cst=custom

Greens

Vegetarian standby Greens is serving brunch with a view inside and outside on Saturdays and Sundays at Fort Mason, overlooking boats docked at the harbor. Look for buttermilk challah French toast ($16), roasted maitake and nopales tacos ($17), smoked cheddar and chive biscuits ($7) and Greens’ signature black bean chili ($9.50).

Reservations are available for four or fewer inside and six or fewer outdoors. Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Building A, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco. greensrestaurant.com

Harborview Restaurant & Bar

Instead of brunch, opt for dim sum at Harborview Restaurant & Bar, open for outdoor dining along the Embarcadero as well as takeout and delivery. The Cantonese restaurant serves an extensive, modern dim sum menu from lobster potstickers ($10), Dungeness crab congee (market price) and xiao long bao with black truffle and Kurobuta pork ($16) to baked coffee lava buns ($8).

Reservations highly recommended for indoor or outdoor dining. 4 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco. harborviewsf.com/

Lokma

Head to Lokma for Turkish breakfast dishes like simit ($5, a circular, bagel-like sesame bread) and menemen ($13, scrambled eggs with tomatoes, sweet peppers, feta cheese and housemade pita).

In-person dining and takeout available. During weekend brunch, Lokma offers a live waitlist on Yelp. 1801 Clement St., San Francisco. lokmasf.com

Lord Stanley

Lord Stanley will be serving a three-course brunch menu ($65/person) in its newly reopened dining room in Russian Hill, plus extras like canelé, chocolates and flowers. Seating is limited to maintain social distancing, so advance reservations are recommended.

2065 Polk St., San Francisco. exploretock.com/lordstanleysf

Spruce

Spruce is offering a Mother’s Day brunch menu ($85/person) with spring-forward dishes like fava bean tartine, a giant lemon ricotta pancake, wild ramps and new potato frittata and binchotan-grilled quail with sunny side-up quail eggs, English peas and spring onions.

3640 Sacramento St., San Francisco. sprucesf.com/reservations

Stonemill Matcha

Order Stonemill Matcha’s Mother’s Day wagashi set ($42) for pickup on May 9 and then stay for Japanese breakfast, shokupan toast and katsu sandwiches. The wagashi set comes with three versions (all of which happen to be gluten-free): matcha botamochi, strawberry botamochi and housemade strawberry mochi. You can also preorder Stonemill’s silky matcha cream pie ($56) for pickup on Mother’s Day.

561 Valencia St., San Francisco. exploretock.com/stonemillmatchasf

East Bay

Chocolate babka from Pomella in Oakland is available for Mother's Day.

Chocolate babka from Pomella in Oakland is available for Mother’s Day.

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alaMar Kitchen & Bar

If a crab or lobster feed with corn, potatoes, sausages, grilled bread, complimentary roses and a mini bottle of champagne is your mom’s thing, head to alaMar in Oakland on May 9.

Takeout and delivery only, though customers can eat to-go orders on alaMar’s patio. alamaroakland.com/

FOB Kitchen

FOB Kitchen serves Filipino brunch all day, including three types of silog ($15-$16) and adobo fried rice with a sunny side-up egg ($15), plus a fresh-squeezed mango lemonade slushie ($5) and pandan iced coffee ($5).

Open for takeout and delivery with outdoor seating. 5179 Telegraph Ave., Oakland; fobkitchen.com

Lois the Pie Queen

Celebrate with fried chicken with grits ($16.75), corned beef hash ($12.75) and Lois’ legendary pies ($6.75-$7.25 per slice) at this Oakland institution.

Takeout and delivery. 851 60th St, Oakland. loisthepiequeen.com

Pomella

Babka French toast, beef hash and zucchini pancakes are on the Mother’s Day brunch menu at Pomella in Oakland, available for outdoor dining, pickup and delivery. Or, celebrate at home with Pomella’s chocolate babka and a bouquet from Samara’s Flowers in San Francisco ($50).

All food is to go but customers can eat on Pomella’s parklet. Seating is first come, first served. 3770 Piedmont Ave. Unit B, Oakland. pomellaoakland.com

Poppy Bagels

Since there will almost certainly be a long line at Berkeley’s Boichik Bagels, head to Poppy Bagel’s new stand at the Grand Lake Farmers Market on Saturday and stock up on Reesa Kashuk’s hand-rolled bagels and cream cheeses for an at-home bagel brunch on Sunday – or just celebrate a day earlier with open-face bagel sandwiches and picnic by Lake Merritt. She’s also offering bagels, special spreads, like truffle cream cheese and smoked salmon cream cheese, and add-ons like housemade pickles and salmon roe, for pickup in Oakland and delivery in San Francisco on Sunday.

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Sequoia Diner

Oakland’s Sequoia Diner is only open for takeout but you can enjoy their biscuit breakfast sandwiches ($7.50-$10.50), chilaquiles ($15), patty melt ($16) and fresh-baked pastries ($3-$4.50) on a parklet Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Order online for pickup. 3719 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. sequoiadiner.com

Sobre Mesa

For Mother’s Day, Sobre Mesa Chef Nelson German will be making a braised game bird similar to the dish he made on the first episode of “Top Chef,” a specialty cocktail and macarons. The Afro-Latino restaurant also serves Sunday brunch dishes like beef sliders with chimichurri jerk mayo ($12), salt fish chilaquiles ($12) and coconut chicken wings with cornbread waffles ($13).

Reservations are available for indoor and outdoor dining. 1618 Franklin St., Oakland. sobremesaoak.com

Peninsula

Aurum

At Aurum, the modern Indian restaurant from former August 1 Five chef Manish Tyagihas, a four-course Mother’s Day menu ($60/person) will include a dahi poor mousse amuse bouche, tandoori duck seekh kebab and apple jalebi rabdi parfait. Mothers dining in will get a complimentary mimosa or glass of champagne

Open for indoor and outdoor dining as well as pickup and delivery. 132 State St., Los Altos. aurumca.com

Johnston’s Saltbox

Weekend brunch at Johnston’s Saltbox in San Carlos means lemon poppyseed pain de mie French toast ($16), sambal and buttermilk marinated crispy chicken sandwich ($17) and steak and eggs with cauliflower broccoli marcona almond “rice,” house kimchi and two sunny side-up eggs ($22).

Open for outdoor dining and takeout. 1696 Laurel St., San Carlos. johnstonsaltbox.com

Manresa

Before Manresa reopens its dining room on May 19, the Michelin-starred Los Gatos restaurant is offering an indulgent Mother’s Day takeout meal, including 60-day dry-aged steak with Maine lobster and lobster bisque emulsified with foie gras and Armagnac ($175). For vegetarians, there’s a Jidori hen egg omelet with grilled ramps and morel mushrooms and a cauliflower and white asparagus soup ($175). Add-ons include a box of Manresa-made chocolates ($29), Golden Osetra caviar ($97) and wine and cocktail pairings from master sommelier Jim Rollston.

Preorder for pickup on May 9. 320 Village Lane, Los Gatos. exploretock.com/manresa

Millbrae Pancake House

Millbrae Pancake House has been making stacks of buttermilk pancakes, waffles and omelets since 1959. Head there for a homey, diner-style brunch or a Swedish pancake batter kit with lingonberry butter ($19.95) to make your own at home.

1301 El Camino Real, Millbrae. millbraepancake.com

Rosalind Bakery

For an at-home brunch, Pacifica’s Rosalind Bakery is offering a four pack of biscuits with housemade strawberry jam or passion fruit curd ($25), plus seasonal bouquets from Fly Girl Farms ($45). While you’re there, pick up a fresh-baked olive loaf ($10.25) or whipped ricotta toast with local honey ($7).

Preorder by May 2 for pickup on Sunday, May 9 between 8 a.m and 1 p.m. 450 Manor Plaza, Pacifica. rosalindbakery.com

Son & Garden

The breakfast spinoff from the owner of Farmhouse Kitchen Thai, Son & Garden serves similarly Instagrammable brunch dishes: matcha mochi pancakes ($18) piled high with fruit and decorative flowers, Wagyu beef eggs benedict ($24) and a tea set with sweet and savory snacks on a tiered cake stand ($89.99). Son & Garden has locations in both Menlo Park and San Francisco.

Open for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout and delivery. 1195 Merrill St, Menlo Park; 700 Polk St., San Francisco. sonandgarden.com