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Celebrate Mother’s Day

Treat Mom to a special day, with our roundup of brunches, events, and more that she’s sure to love.

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Wondering how to spoil that special mother in your life? Stop worrying. We’ll help you plan a fantastic Mother’s Day, with suggestions sure to leave that wonderful lady in your life feeling pampered and loved. She deserves it, after all.  


Wine and Dine

Several restaurants are offering special Mother’s Day menus. Here’s a list of some of our favorites.


Ajanta Restaurant: In addition to the regular a la carte menu, the restaurant will serve a special chef’s tasting menu, which will include dishes such as green fish curry. 1888 Solano Dr., Berkeley, (510) 526-4373, ajantarestaurant.com.

FIVE Restaurant: This brunch buffet offers bottomless mimosas along with tasty entreés such as Belgian waffles and Texas French toast. 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, (510) 225-6055, five-berkeley.com.

Joshu-ya Brasserie: Try the special four-course prix fixe dinner menu, with a complimentary glass of wine for mom. 2441 Dwight Way, Berkeley, (510) 848-5260, joshu-ya.com.

Meritage at the Claremont: This brunch buffet will also have made-to-order omelet and Belgian waffles stations, as well as a prime rib and leg of lamb carving station. 41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley, (800) 551-7266, website.


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Blackhawk Grille: If Mom loves seafood, she’ll enjoy this buffet, which features a seafood station with ceviche, raw oysters, and crab legs. 3540 Blackhawk Plaza Cir., Danville, (925) 736-4295, website.

Esin Restaurant and Bar: Mom won’t get enough of the prime rib dinner, which includes mashed potatoes, natural jus and fresh horseradish cream, or she can try some of the special fish entrees. 750 Camino Ramon, Danville, (925) 314-0974, esinrestaurant.com.

The Peasant and the Pear: This tasty three-course brunch will include entrees such as strawberry French toast and apricot chicken. 267 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 820-6611, thepeasantandthepear.com.

Piatti: You can expect special seasonal lunch entrees and a special Mother’s Day–inspired honey cinnamon crème brulee. 100 Sycamore Valley Rd., Danville, (925) 838-2082, piatti.com/Danville.



Courtesy of The French BakeryChevalier: The special menu will include dishes such as the filet de fletan entrée of fresh roasted halibut, house made risotto, and beurre blanc. We recommend sitting in the patio, if the weather is warm. 960 Moraga Rd., Lafayette, (925) 385-0793, chevalierrestaurant.com.

The French Bakery: Mom can choose between breakfast, lunch, or afternoon tea at this adorable café and teahouse. While you’re there, pick up some delicious macarons. 71 Lafayette Cir., Lafayette, (925) 283-0224, thefrenchbakery.biz.

Metro Lafayette: Aside from its regular brunch menu, there will also be a special mother’s day prix fixe menu, which includes a flute of champagne. 3524 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 284-4422, metrolafayette.com.

Yankee Pier: This a la carte brunch menu will include asparagus and oyster mushroom hash with poached eggs, bell peppers, onions, and fingerling potatoes, as well as other mouth-watering dishes. 3593 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 283-4100, yankeepier.com/Lafayette.



Garre Vineyard and Winery: Treat mom to a buffet-style champagne brunch at this local winery. 7986 Tesla Rd., Livermore, (925) 371-8200, website.

Wente Vineyards: Mom will enjoy the special three-course brunch, which includes hollandaise and rustic potatoes scallops with spring peas, as well as other delectable dishes. 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, (925) 456-2450, website.


Hopscotch // Photo by Linh L. Yelp.com


Hopscotch Restaurant and Bar: Hopscotch will offer several Benedict variations, each served with Hopscotch’s brunch platter, which includes green salad, fruit, and individual cast iron skillets of potatoes. 1915 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, (510) 788-6217, hopscotchoakland.com.

Lake Chalet Seafood Bar and Grill: Besides In addition to an a la carte brunch, moms will receive a complimentary Gerbera daisy, while supplies last. 1520 Lakeside Dr., Oakland, (510) 208-5253, thelakechalet.com.


San Ramon

Gianni’s Italian Bistro: If you love Italian, you’ll love dishes like the farfalle al pesto e pollo—bow-tie pasta with basil pesto, sun dried tomatoes, and diced chicken. 2065 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, (925) 820-6969, giannissanramon.com.


Walnut Creek

Atrio at the Walnut Creek Marriot Hotel: You can expect fresh seafood, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and special entrees such as grilled lamb chops with mint quince marmalade. 2355 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 934-6374, website.

Flemings: This three-course brunch features your choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert, plus a $25 dining card for every mom for a future visit. 1685 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 287-0297, website.


Multiple Locations

La Boulange: All of the moms who dine at any La Boulange location in the Bay Area will receive a free freshly baked macaron. laboulangebakery.com.



Courtesy of Wine Train in Napa ValleyFor the Wino Mom

Murrieta’s Well in Livermore: Mom can enjoy a special flight, which will be paired with a sweet treat. 3005 Mines Rd., Livermore, (925) 456-2395, website.

Wine Train in Napa Valley: Treat mom to a meal and a ride through Napa Valley vineyards on a train. 1275 McKinstry St., Napa, (800) 427-4124, website.


For the Tea Loving Mom

Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate in Oakland: Put on your fancy hat and treat mom to a spot of tea and some sweet treats. 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland, (510) 238-3052, website.

Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek: The day includes a tour of the garden, family photos, crafts, and tea. 1552 Bancroft Rd., Walnut Creek, (925) 944-9352, website.


For the Fair/Festival Attending Mom

Spring Festival in Alameda: Mom will love the live music, wine, and charming shops and restaurants. 1522 Park St., Alameda, (510) 523-1392, website.

A Fair To Remember in San Francisco: Mom can find everything from jewelry, soap makers, vintage collectors, and painters. 255 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, website.


AT&T Park // Photo by Cass J. Yelp.comFor the Unconventional Mom

Giants vs. Braves at AT&T Park: Expect beers, garlic fries, and a special World Champions charm necklace for mom. 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, (415) 972-2000, website.

Sailboat Ride with the Cal Sailing Club in Berkeley: Bring a change of clothes in case you get wet on this free ride around the San Francisco Bay. 124 University Ave., Berkeley, website.

Venetian Gondola Cruise on Lake Merritt in Oakland: This 50-minute, private gondola ride includes Italian desserts, sparkling wine, and a flower for mom. 1520 Lakeside Dr., Oakland, (510) 663-6603, website.