Celebrate Easter and Spring at one of these decadent Sunday brunch options throughout the Bay Area. Whether you choose a cozy neighborhood spot or an elegant hotel to enjoy an Easter buffet, check out these choices, and make an advance reservation so you won’t be left without a place to dine.
San Francisco Hotel Brunch:
Palace Hotel: Enjoy a decadent buffet brunch, sparkling wine, live jazz and children’s entertainment, including visit from the Easter Bunny in old-world style. This is one of the most elegant brunches in town, with a bountiful selection of more delicious hot and cold dishes from which to choose, leaving you feeling delighted. Choose from seating in the Garden Court from 10-11 am and 2-3 pm or in the Grand Ballroom starting at 12 noon. Adults $105, children 5-12 are $75. Reservations can be made through the concierge, by calling 415-546-5089 or at sfpalace.com.
Westin St. Francis: Dress in your Easter best and gather with friends and family in The Oak Room Restaurant for a delectable brunch. Created by Executive Chef Bernd Liebergesell, guests will be treated to a beautifully presented buffet filled with a wide array of fare including artisan salumi, local cheeses, lobster bisque, a carving station with honey Dijon ham, lamb and smoked cod, and of course, lots of desserts. Dining from 10 am to 2 pm. Cost: $74 for Adults; $37 for children 12 and under (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Complimentary for children ages three and under. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 415-774-0264. “Hop Into Easter” Package: Indulge in a luxurious Easter weekend with an overnight stay plus two cable car passes and complimentary in-room internet access. Rates start at $199 per night, excluding tax and gratuity. Available March 29-31, 2013. For reservations, please call (866) 716-8126 or visit www.westinstfrancis.com.
Mark Hopkins Top of the Mark: Celebrate Easter with a buffet-style Brunch at Top of the Mark in the InterContinental Mark Hopkins. Served from 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday, March 31, 2013, there’s something for everyone – children will get a visit from the Easter Bunny and guests will enjoy live music. Brunch highlights include Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef au Rosemary Jus, Muscovy Duck Breast Cassoulet, Grilled Portobello, Zucchini, and Yellow Squash with watercress & sundry pesto dressing, as well as a Raw Bar with oysters on the half shell and cracked Dungeness crab, and more. For the full menu, please visit www.topofthemark.com; $105 per person for adults, $59 per child (age 4-12) excluding tax and gratuity.
Intercontinental Hotel Luce: Celebrate Easter at Luce in the InterContinental San Francisco with a buffet brunch on Sunday, March 31, from 6:30 am to 2:30 pm. For $44 per person, adults will enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or mimosa in addition to the brunch, and children are $18 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations, please call 415-616-6560.
A16: Celebrate Easter with a special Sunday Farm Supper featuring Sonoma County Poultry. Executive Chef Christopher Thompson will create a special Easter menu in addition to the regular a la carte menu, showcasing Sonoma County’s “Liberty Duck” in his Southern Italian fare. A16 will serve this special Easter Sunday dinner from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 415-771-2216.
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar: Executive Chef Adam Keough will be offering a new Easter Special, in addition to the regular menu, which is Colorado Lamb & Sweet Potato Hash with fried eggs, spinach salad, and brown butter hollandaise ($16). Other favorites include the Dungeness Crab Omelette with spinach, Calabrian chilis, chive, and Meyer lemon; Buttermilk Pancakes with Myers’s rum butter, caramelized apples, vanilla-whipped mascarpone, and Vermont maple syrup; Kurobata Pork Enchilada with fried eggs, queso fresco,chipotle-tomato sauce, guacamole, shaved radish, and butter lettuce. Reservations can be made by calling 415-551-1590 or by visiting Open Table.
Chambers Eat + Drink: Celebrate Easter on San Francisco’s only poolside patio, complete with special live musical entertainment for the day. Executive Chef Trevor Ogden’s innovative California cuisine is the highlight at this rock ‘n roll chic restaurant, where guests can choose from dishes such as Japanese Omelet “Tamago" with house-smoked chorizo, sweet potato, cana de oveja, and scallions; Eggs Royale with two sous vide eggs, crispy hash browns, cold smoked salmon, mandarin hollandaise, caviar, chive, and dill; Tofu Hash with Brussels sprouts, oyster mushrooms, red onions, garlic confit, farro, and almond; or the classic Egg in a Hole with two eggs in brioche toast, house smoked bacon, seasonal greens, champagne vinaigrette. Reservations can be made by calling 415-829-2316.
CHAYA Brasserie San Francisco: CHAYA Brasserie San Francisco will celebrate Easter Sunday with a special brunch menu created by Executive Chef Yuko Kajino with sweeping bay views. The three-course Chef’s Menu will include dishes such as California Asparagus Grilled Cheese with pan de mi, truffle pecorino, poached egg and hollandaise sauce; “Castelle” Toast (Japanese Honey Bread) with wild berry compote, almonds and organic maple syrup; and their signature Warm Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding topped with caramel & vanilla ice cream. Brunch will be served from 11 am – 2 pm for $42 per person, $12 bottomless Mimosas will also be available as well as a young adult menu for $15 per person. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 415-777-8688. Regular dinner service will resume that evening.
Foreign Cinema: Enjoy a special 3-course Easter prix-fixe menu, presented by Chef/Owners Gayle Pirie and John Clarke. The dynamic duo have included a selection of special dishes, including Warm Brandade with Thai green chilis, pickled onions, and organic sunflower bread; Baguette French Toast with cardamom-blood orange butter, bananas, poached golden fruit, and brown sugar bacon; Croque Madame with French ham & gruyere, béchamel, egg crown, and harissa potato chips; and Poached Eggs with duck breast. Reservations can be made by calling 415-648-7600 or by visiting www.foreigncinema.com.
Presidio Social Club: Enjoy the full brunch menu along with a selection of specialty dishes featuring locally sourced lamb, and classic Virginia Ham. Commemorate this family friendly holiday with items like Dungeness Crab Benedict served on house-made brioche with asparagus and classic hollandaise, and the Challah French Toast served with pecan butter and maple syrup.
Bocanova, Oakland: On Good Friday Bocanova will serve a special a soup called Fanesca, a traditional Ecuadorian dish served only during the week leading up to Easter. The elaborate, rich soup is made with 12 different beans and grains, Salt cod cooked in milk and served with fried plantains, hard boiled eggs, onion salsa and a vegetarian empanada. On Easter Sunday Bocanova is featuring pounded lamb leg steaks a la plancha. The lamb is marinated in mustard, preserved lemon and fresh herbs, served with smashed fava beans and green garlic. The full Bocanova menu will be available on Easter in addition to the special dishes.
Silverado Resort and Spa: Celebrate the spring holidays with a festive Easter Buffet on Sunday, March 31 in Silverado’s Ballroom. From 10:30am to 2:30pm, families can enjoy dishes such as Hot Smoked Salmon with farm egg and buttery brioche; Dungeness Crab Louie; and English Pea and Pancetta Salad with jasmine rice and salsa verde; as well as a selection of local cheeses, fruits and berries, and hand-carved meats. The Easter bunny will be making an appearance for the kids, and parents have the option to add on a sparkling wine and Bloody Mary bar experience. Adults are $60 per person and Children 9 and under are $25 per person. All prices are exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 707-257-5431.
Enjoy Easter High Tea on Saturday, March 30 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in the Royal Oak restaurant. The experience, complete with a live magic show, includes traditional treats such as tea sandwiches, scones, and petits fours. Priced at $40 per person ($50 with one glass of sparkling wine), this is a great way to kick off the holiday weekend.
Dio Deka, Los Gatos: Join the family at the award-winning Dio Deka for an Easter filled with traditional Greek favorites seasoned with California technique. The a la carte menu will feature dishes such as Dio Deka Steak & Eggs with grilled prime filet mignon, poached eggs and sauce béarnaise; Keftethakia lamb meatballs, blistered grapes, Kalamansi yogurt and a light herb-broth; Zambonopita – a crispy puff-pastry stuffed with Virginia smoked ham, green onion, feta, Kasseri and ricotta cheeses; Plevrakia – slow-cooked pork ribs rubbed with Greek spices, Attiki honey and lemon glaze, and sour cherries with ouzo; and Cinnamon “Greek” Toast with whipped vanilla butter and maple syrup. Brunch will be available from 10:30am – 2:30pm and entrees range from $8-$46. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 408-354-7700. Regular dinner service will resume that evening.
©Karla Erovick 2013 article
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