Mother's Day CardGone are the days of standardized elementary school art projects to ensure that mothers everywhere get a handmade cards, picture frames and pasta necklaces come Mother’s Day. No, now it’s time to step it up. Take Mom out for a nice meal, pick up some flowers. Here’s where to go:

Alexander’s Steakhouse San Francisco

448 Brannan Street; Tel.  415.495.1111

Seatings from 5:30 to 8:30pm. Serving the regular a la carte menu plus their Sunday Prime Rib Special for $35.00, available until they run out.

Make a reservation.

Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant

1000 Great Highway; Tel. 415.386.8439

Brunch: 8:00am to 2:00pm; specials include smoked crab bisque, whole wheat pancakes, smoked salmon benedict, and custard baked brioche brulée.

Dinner: 2:00pm to 10:00pm; specials include olive oil poached monk fish, and grilled salmon. For dessert, there’s a maple bacon bar, a cheese plate, and New York cheesecake.

Make a reservation.

Café de la Presse

352 Grant Avenue; Tel. 415.398.2680

Brunch: 8:00am to 4:00pm; specials include French toast with warm blueberry sauce and Norwegian poached eggs with smoked salmon on an English muffin.

Dinner: 5:30pm to 9:30pm; specials include mallard duck leg confit and dry aged black angus steak from Olivier Butchery.

Make a reservation.

CHAYA Brasserie

132 The Embarcadero, Tel. 415. 777.8688

Serving brunch from 11:00am to 2:00pm; three-course prix-fixe brunch menu for $42 per person ($18 for children). First course options include sashimi trio and seaweed salad with Tuna,  and organic cauliflower velouté with short rib jam crostini. Entrees will include Sushi Omakase with pieces of nigiri and spicy tuna rolls; Chinese five spice duck confit hash, and grilled flat iron steak and poached egg. Dessert will feature sesame pear cake with carmelized pears.

Make a reservation.

Espetus Churrascaria

1686 Market Street; Tel. 415.552.8792

Open noon to 9:00pm, serving $54.95 all-you-can-eat Brazilian Rodizio menu that includes a gourmet salad bar, a hot dish buffet, and continuous selections of meat such as beef, lamb, chicken and shrimp carved tableside.

Make a reservation.


1101 Valencia Street; Tel. 415.401.8959

Open 1:00pm to 9:00pm, serving a la carte brunch specials including quiche Lorraine with spinach, bacon, gruyere cheese, artichoke salad, and a red wine syrup; eggs benedict with poached eggs, toasted English muffin, prosciutto, Hollandaise sauce, and roasted potatoes; and filet mignon with pomme purée, morel mushrooms, grilled asparagus, and a red wine jus.

Make a reservation.

La Folie

2316 Polk Street; Tel. 415.775.5577

Open 4:30pm to 9:00pm; serving $120 five-course prix fixe menu with main course choices of certified Angus pan seared beef tenderloin with Béarnaise croquette, bone marrow custard and truffle Madeira sauce; or Liberty Farm duck breast with smoked duck tongue and a passion fruit-orange sauce.

Make a reservation.

Le Colonial

20 Cosmo Place; Tel. 415.931.3600

Open 11:30am to 8:00pm; serving regular a la carte menu along with a $45.00 three-course prix fixe menu and a la carte Mother’s Day specials. The prix fixe entrée choices will be grilled flat-iron steak salad with watercress, potatoes and rau răm-pickled bean sprout relish; grilled tuna Niçoise with artichoke hearts, fennel, yu choy and shiso-garlic tomatoes; or crispy lemongrass tofu with grilled spring onion, Portobello mushroom and miso-tamarind broth.

Make a reservation.

Park Chalet Garden Restaurant

1000 Great Highway; Tel. 415.386.8439

Special Sunday brunch buffet served 10:00am to 3:00pm featuring eggs Benedict, cheese platters, an omelet station, beef carpaccio, brioche French toast and smoked sturgeon. A new a la carte menu will be introduced for dinner service as well.

Make a reservation.

Seasons Restaurant

757 Market Street; Tel. 415. 633.3000

Special brunch with wine tasting served 10:00am to 2:30pm. Brunch will include selections of fresh fruit, gruyere quiche, fresh oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktails, sliced gravlax, salads, dim sum, a carving station and a hand-crafted pasta station. Brunch is $110 per person ($35 for children), and wine tasting is an additional $20 per person.

Make a reservation.

Don’t forget–Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13!


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