For those who need help planning a special day for Mom this year, here’s our picks for on-site dining, takeout and gifts this Mother’s Day in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Note: Call or check websites for pandemic-related updates and to confirm hours of operation before visiting venues as they can change without notice.
Alley & Vine
May 9. This new farm-to-table California restaurant is offering a prix fixe menu ($59), in addition to the regular brunch and dinner menus. The three-course meal includes mixed baby greens with spring blossoms, bee pollen, honey vinaigrette, seared sea scallops with baby carrots, English peas, chorizo secco, champagne beurre fondue and vanilla cheesecake. 1332 Park St., Suite D, Alameda, 510.227.5006.
Black Angus Steakhouse
Just for Mother’s Day, Black Angus is opening all locations early, starting at 11 a.m. Guests looking to dine in will find a special holiday menu serving up limited-time dishes like the prime rib and lobster tail, alongside Black Angus classics. Those celebrating at home will find easy takeaway packages such as the prime rib family meal to-go ($99), which serves four and is available for pick-up through online ordering. Various locations.
Brown Sugar Kitchen
May 9. This Mother’s Day will mark several highly anticipated comebacks at Brown Sugar Kitchen: Sunday brunch, cornmeal waffles and pillowy beignets! Also making a comeback: shrimp and grits, grits and poached eggs and more favorites. Brown Sugar Kitchen will be reopening for brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday. 2295 Broadway, Oakland, 510.839.7685.
Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
May 9. Canela is offering moms the choice of being spoiled at home with offerings like its Morning til’ Night basket ($69) full of goodies to delight mom throughout her special day and a Mommy’s Day Off Virtual Wine Class with tastings ($55). There’s also a Mother’s Day Picnic Brunch to-go ($59). Lunch and dinner are available for indoor and outdoor dining. 2272 Market St., 415.552.3000. Reservation
Open. Celebrate mom and gorgeous spring weather this weekend at Ghirardelli Square! They have plenty of outdoor and indoor dining options sure to please every palate. Whether you’re looking to grab some pizza and a pint in the sunny beer garden, nosh on some dumplings with a view or a sit down for a seafood dinner, they’ve got you covered. A full list of the shop reopenings can be found online. Open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 900 North Point St.
Through May 9. Hayes Valley’s newest traditional Chinese eatery Lazy Susan is celebrating moms all week long. Celebrate the mother in your life with a Lazy Susan dinner and get a bottle of Roederer Estate Brut for just $10! Offer only available with a minimum purchase of $40. Open daily 5-9:30 p.m. 208 Fell St., 415.858.7858.
McCormick & Kuleto’s
May 8-9. Cheers to mom! Treat her to a delicious three-course dinner with views of the Bay this Mother’s Day weekend. Check out the special Mother’s Day menu. Menu highlights include crab and shrimp stuffed salmon, New England clam chowder, twin North Atlantic lobster tails and chocolate silk pie. Tu-Th 3:30-9 p.m., F-Su 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. 900 North Point St., 415.929.1730.
May 7-9. Share your love for mom with this limited weekend offer from Patxi’s Pizza. The full-service restaurant with locations in the Bay Area and known for its mastery in all things pizza is celebrating mom all weekend long with a $10 10-inch thin crust specialty pizza with the purchase of any regularly priced pizza (10-, 12-, or 14-inch pizzas). You can also add on any dessert pizza for $3. Various locations.
May 9. Pomella is creating special a la carte brunch dishes for Mother’s Day, including babka French toast, beef hash, granola parfait, and zucchini pancakes. Babka and a bouquet will also be available for preorder, featuring Mica’s homemade chocolate babka and festive bouquets from a local florist. Open daily 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 3770 Piedmont Ave., Unit B, Oakland, 510.250.9215.
The Vault Garden
May 9. Chef Jason Halverson has prepared a delightful three-course brunch with a family-friendly kids menu option ($25). Enjoy seasonal appetizers, a choice of entrees, and delicious desserts for the table with options like Bay Shrimp salad, soft scrambled eggs & Caviar Company trout roe, pineapple cupcake, and, for the kids, a “Mini” Vault Burger. $52 per person, $25 children. Tu-W 4-9 p.m., Th noon-9 p.m., F noon-9:30 p.m., Sa 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-9:30 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 555 California St., 415.508.4675. Reservation
May 7-9. elizabethW is celebrating Mother’s Day by offering 20% off all branded products with a $50 or more purchase. Select from options like the vetiver silk sachets, luxurious eye pillows, sleep masks or hot cold packs and more. 900 North Point St., 415.441.8354.
Flowers by Romy
May 7-9. Buy your mom a beautiful flower bouquet from Flowers by Romy with a location in the Mission district or at the newly opened pop-up location in the San Francisco Ferry Building. You can order online or swing by one of the locations. 714 Valencia St., 650.823.1161.
Kunde Family Winery
Give you wine-loving mom a Mother’s Day gift pack from this Sonoma County winery. The package includes 2020 Magnolia Lane Souvignon Blac, 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon and a Kunde Style Book ($75). 9825 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood, 707.833.5501.
Lola of North Beach
Get a heartfelt gift for mom from this local shop at Ghirardelli Square! They are offering a little book containg fill-in-the-blank lines to help you describe why your mom is the best. A uniquely personalized gift that she can read repeatedly makes this a gift she’ll never forget. Great from kids of all ages. 900 North Point St., Suite E207, 415.567.7760. Order
Open. Mashka is the perfect place to find that beautiful statement piece gift for mom. Choose from a selection of gemstones or pearls set in a unique necklace, ring, or bracelet setting she’ll love. 1400 Grant Ave., 415.271.4944; 900 North Point St., 415.625.0830.
San Francisco Ferry Building
May 8-9. Visit the Ferry Building for a full day of Mother’s Day celebration. Nab gorgeous portraits in front of a flower wall installment with Vanity Portrait Studio. All guests who have their portrait taken on May 9 at Vanity Portrait studio, will be automatically entered to win a Mother’s Day gift set from Epicurean Trader. All moms will receive one free portrait print with additional prints available for purchase. Ferry Building goers are encouraged to make the outing a full experience by grabbing a Saturday mimosa at Boulibar, nabbing a sweet treat at Recchiuti Confections or Dandelion Chocolate, and shopping a variety of curated Mother’s Day gift sets from merchants including Epicurean Trader, Maison Verbena and Stonehouse Olive Oil. Don’t forget to grab a card—The Gardener and Book Passage have plenty to choose from! One Ferry Building.
SkyStar Observation Wheel
May 9. Send mom skyward—free of charge! The SkyStar Observation Wheel in Golden Gate Park wants to help moms enjoy their special day with free rides on Mother’s Day. Individuals may reserve and purchase their tickets for May 9, and bring mom along for a complimentary ride at one of the famed park’s newest and most popular attractions. 1 Bowl Drive., 833.269.7827.
Photo credits: All images are courtesy of the venues.