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Easter Brunch in the San Francisco Bay Area

Elegant dining at the Palace Hotel
Elegant dining at the Palace Hotel
Palace Hotel

Spring has come to the Bay Area and what better way to celebrate than with Easter Brunch at a local restaurant. Brunches come in all varieties, upscale hotels feature lavish buffets with entertainment while other restaurants offer prix-fixe and special menus. Whatever you choose, will likely be delicious, but make advance reservations to ensure you are able to dine at a time that suits your schedule. We have scouted a variety of brunch options for all tastes and budgets to help make your planning easier. Here are just a few of the choices:

Bay Area Hotel Brunches:

Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco : Chef de Cuisine Daniel Corey at the InterContinental San Francisco’s Luce restaurant will offer an Easter buffet brunch from 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Special holiday dishes will include an Herbed Goat Cheese Frittata with English peas and marinated tomatoes, Mediterranean Sea Bass with grilled asparagus, Chicken Apple Sausage, and several “Sweet Treats” desserts. Adults $39; children $18, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins won’t be complete without a visit from the Easter Bunny, who will be in site with a contest to win a 4 person brunch! Holiday offerings will include Roasted Prime Rib Beef au Jus, Spice-Rubbed Roasted Chicken with kumquat peppercorn sauce, a delectable Smoked Fish platter, and plenty of desserts to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth—Crème Caramel, Lemon Meringue Tart, and Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Cake. Brunch is $99 per person and $59 for children, excluding tax and gratuity.

Garden Court or Grand Ballroom at the Palace Hotel: Enjoy a decadent buffet, sparkling wine, and jazz in the beautiful Garden Court Restaurant or the Grand Ballroom. Special children’s activities available including face painting, magic and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Make advance reservations for either the Garden Court from 10 – 11 a.m. or 2 – 3 p.m. or seating in the Grand Ballroom at Noon by calling 415-546-5089 or visiting www.sfpalace.com. Adults $99 per person, children age 5-12 are $69 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.

Claremont Hotel: Celebrate Easter Brunch with the whole family at the historic Claremont Hotel and Resort from 11:30 am to 5:00 p.m. Adults are $89 per person, children age 6-12 are half price and under 5 are free, excludes tax and gratuity. Enjoy a delicious brunch with views and visit the petting zoo, jumpy house, and meet the Easter Bunny. Menu available here, make reservations by calling 800-551-7266 or visiting www.claremont-hotel.com.

SAN FRANCISCO:

CHAYA Brasserie San Francisco: CelebratingEaster Sunday with a special three-course prix-fixe brunch menu ($35 per person, not including tax and gratuity). The stylish bistro by the bay offers remarkable views that sweep from the Ferry Building to the Bay Bridge along with bottomless Mimosas ($10 per person) to complement Executive Chef Yuko Kajino’s Euro-Asian inspired menu. Easter entrée highlights include Duck Confit Hash witha Fried Duck Egg; Smoked Salmon Benedict withSpinach, Hollandaise, and Home Fries; Dungeness Crab Frittata with Tomatillo Salsa, Organic Green Salad; Soft Scrambled Parmesan Egg “Open-face Sandwich” withCrispy Niman Ranch Pork Belly, Chives, English Muffin, Black Truffle Sauce, French Fries. Round out brunch with aFrozen Currant Nougat with Dried Fruits, and Almond Brittle; Red Velvet and Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Ice Cream. For children (12 years old and under) on Easter, CHAYA’s Young Adults Platter ($15 per child) offers a choice of Cheese Burger, French Toast, or Mini Sushi Sampler, finished with sweet selections of Strawberry-Vanilla Sandy or Warm Chocolate Break Pudding. Brunch is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling CHAYA Brasserie or by visiting www.thechaya.com or www.opentable.com.

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar: Celebrate Easter with your loved ones at Absinthe at the iconic Sunday Brunch! Executive Chef Adam Keough will be offering a new Easter Special, in addition to the regular menu, which is Atkins Ranch Lamb Breast with brioche-dried fruit stuffing, root vegetables, and garlic-lamb jus. Other favorites include the Dungeness Crab Omelette with hen of the woods mushrooms, spinach, garlic, and Meyer lemon; Buttermilk-Banana Pancakes with cocoa butter, vanilla whipped cream, and Vermont maple syrup; and Rice & Eggs with crispy pork belly, fried eggs, shrimp, jasmine rice, stir-fried green beans, and soy-marinated chiles. Reservations can be made by calling 415-551-1590 or by visiting Open Table.

A16: A16 and Chef David Taylor invite guests to enjoy a traditional Italian Early Easter “Pasqua” Dinner. The restaurant’s normal a la carte menu will be served in addition to these Easter specialties: Minestra di Pasqua (traditional Neapolitan Easter soup), Braised Artichokes with mozzerella and pistachio, Leg of Lamb with Savoy spinach and pickled currants, Taralli di Pasqua (frosted Italian biscuits) and Pastiera cake (traditional Neapolitan Easter cake made with ricotta.) In the traditional Italian style, Easter dinner will be served early from 4:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. For reservations please call 415-771-2216.

Boxing Room: Executive Chef Justin Simoneaux will celebrate Easter Sunday with a special Cane Syrup Glazed Ham. A Southern Louisiana native, Simoneaux’s menu celebrates the Cajun and Creole dishes of New Orleans and coastal Louisiana, coupled with seasonal Northern California ingredients. At Boxing Room, brunch items include many of Justin’s personal favorites, such as Cajun Boiled Peanuts; Smoked Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo; Louisiana Shrimp Remoulade with little gem lettuce, breakfast radish, and avocado; Grillades and Grits, and buttermilk biscuits. To pair with this comfort food, the team offers more than 20 beers and 6 wines on tap, and an extensive bottle menu for both. Reservations for Easter can be made by calling 415-430-6590 or by visiting Open Table. Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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 Morning Crostini of kiwi, cara cara oranges and strawberries on baguette toast with fromage blanc; Friday Hama Hama Oysters with spinach and bacon; Duck Mousse Crostini; Dungeness Crab Sandwich with tangy mayo, cress fries, and a salad; Steak Frites; and Sunny Side Comfort with two farm eggs, artichokes, mushrooms, and romesco. Reservations can be made by calling 415-648-7600 or by visiting www.foreigncinema.com.

LarkCreekSteak: LarkCreekSteak is a stylish, yet comfortable contemporary steak, chop and seafood house located under the dome on the fourth floor of the $500,000,000 addition of Westfield® San Francisco Centre between Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom. Celebrate Easter with offerings like a 12 oz. Hampshire Pork Chop served with piperade and pork jus. Named one of Esquire magazine’s “Best New Restaurants in America” in 2007 and one of Gayot’s “10 Best Steakhouses in the U.S.” LarkCreekSteak is an ideal location, for an Easter celebration.

Presidio Social Club: Presidio Social Club, tucked in San Francisco’s expansive Presidio National Park, is a perfect compilation of Northern Californian sensibilities: historical preservation, locally sourced ingredients, and a knowledgeable and approachable staff. Set amid an iconic landscape, the structure was originally a 1903 military barracks, but after careful renovation has been converted into a playful, cozy eatery and event space. Open for lunch and dinner every day, the daily menu features fish dishes straight from the near-by bay, and tailored to the whim of the seasons. Selections from land take an elevated classic tact, including house-made Spiced Nuts, Monterey Sardines with chickpea puree and celery salad and a Pork Porterhouse served with scallion spätzle and cider bourbon ju. Celebrate Easter with the eatery’s special holiday brunch menu, featuring homey dishes like Rum-Soaked Challah French Toast with maple syrup and bananas, or for a savory option, the Mission-Style Chilaquiles, tortilla strips, green chile and eggs with crispy pork belly. The space is true to its name, and promotes socializing with a vibrant bar area, extensive wine list and an ever-evolving hand-made cocktail program.

NORTH BAY:

Silverado Resort and Spa Napa, CA: Silverado Resort and Spa invites locals and visitors alike to celebrate the spring holidays with a festive Easter Buffet on Sunday, April 8 in The Grill. Seating times are from 10:30am to 2:30pm, and menu items include Hot Smoked Salmon with Bellwether fromage blanc and buttery brioche; Maple Glazed Caggiano Ham with pineapple clove relish; Egg Benedict with Dungeness crab or Fatted Calf bacon and hollandaise; and Farrotto with caramelized onions, fennel, and herbs de provence. Adults are $58 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.

Yankee Pier Larkspur, CA: Yankee Pier, a bustling and vibrant seafood house, offers ocean-fresh seafood “fresh from coast to coast,” sourced in accord with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, which promotes sustainable practices that are healthy for ocean wildlife and the environment, is presented with a nod toward New England. With locations across Northern California, including an outpost in Larkspur harbored in a quaint house built in 1924 as a private residence, Yankee Pier brings the feel of a classic New England clam house onto dry land. For Easter Yankee Pier Larkspur is geared up to celebrate with a specialty menus for the occasion. With dishes such as the Grilled King Salmon served with fava leaves, smoked new potatoes, and cucumber raita, and a culinary program that features local produce, housemade desserts and a selection of all-American wines, Yankee Pier Larkspur is a prime spot for an Easter celebration.

EAST BAY:

Bocanova. Oakland, CA: Located in Jack London Square, will offer an Easter menu served for brunch and dinner that include the following specialties: Egg & Crab Cake Benedict with ricotto hollandaise and for dinner a Spring Lamb with green garlic, pesto, roasted pumpkin seeds and fava beans.

Yankee Pier Lafayette, CA: Yankee Pier, a bustling and vibrant seafood house, offers ocean-fresh seafood “fresh from coast to coast,” sourced in accord with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, which promotes sustainable practices that are healthy for ocean wildlife and the environment, is presented with a nod toward New England. With locations across Northern California, including an outpost in Lafayette, Yankee Pier brings the feel of a classic New England clam house onto dry land. For Easter Yankee Pier Lafayette is geared up to celebrate with a specialty menu for the occasion. Satisfy your sweet with the Griddled French Toast with fresh strawberry compote and whipped cream. Featuring local produce, housemade desserts and a selection of all-American wines, Yankee Pier Lafayette is a prime spot for an Easter celebrations.

Lark Creek Walnut Creek, CA: A casual yet refined neighborhood bistro combined with American country charm offers seasonal, farm-fresh American fare highlighting the best ingredients from local purveyors. As Easter nears, Executive Chef Scot Wall is developing a specialty menu to help celebrate this ,family favorite holiday. With items like the House Eggs Benedict served on a black pepper biscuit with berkshire ham and citrus-tarragon hollandaise. Housemade desserts perfect for the conclusion of a celebration and a wide selection of all-American wines add to the unique appeal of this bustling restaurant.

SOUTH BAY:

Dio Deka Los Gatos, CA: At the only Michelin-starred restaurant in North America serving Hellenic cuisine, Chef Marty Cattaneo (formerly of Manresa and Ubuntu) is serving up a brunch 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 – mesquite-grilled baby-back pork riblets infused with nutmeg and Ouzo, Asian pear and pistachio relish; and Cinnamon “Greek” Toast with whipped vanilla butter and maple syrup. Brunch will be available from 10:00am – 2:00pm 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.

Moonraker Restaurant Pacifica, CA: Executive Chef Jason Yeafoli and the Moonraker team will launch their Champagne Sunday Brunch on Easter Sunday, April 8th, offering crab legs, peel and eat shrimp, chef carved roast beef and more! Moonraker, located within the Best Western Hotel Plus in Pacifica, features floor to ceiling windows directly overlooking the ocean and two rows of oversized stuffed booths perfect for enjoying a cocktail or glass of wine with friends and family. Chef Yeafoli’s menu focuses primarily on seasonal seafood and local produce from the Bay Area. Brunch will be available for $39.95 per person and $12.95 for kids 12 and under. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 650.557.7025 or online at www.moonrakerpacifica.com.

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