East Bay Mother's Day
From themed brunches and high teas to walking tours and quick day trips, here's the ultimate guide to treating mom right this Mother's Day.
Some of the standout gifts I’ve given my mother over the years in celebration of motherhood include a necklace made from fabric wrapped beads, a clothes pin glued to a painted kitchen tile (cleverly named a recipe holder), and countless batches of burned pancakes and doughy waffles, accompanied by dirty dishes and a destroyed kitchen. This year, I think I’ll celebrate Mom by planning a lovely (cleanup free) day together—it's an idea you can feel free to steal.
Start with a special brunch at one of these East Bay restaurants before heading out to enjoy a day of activities and some quality time with your special lady. Or jump in the car with your mom riding shotgun and head out of town for a relaxing day trip.
We’ve done the planning, so you can focus on the lady who matters most.
Miss Pearl’s Jam House
This waterfront restaurant in Oakland’s Jack London Square offers a scenic view with their special Sumptuous Champagne Brunch Buffet and Bloody Mary Bar. Fill up with seafood entrees or take a trip to the carving station. From noon to 3 p.m. enjoy the music of the James Henry Trio.
1 Broadway, Oakland, 510-444-7171, misspearlsjamhouse.com.
• Brunch $42, 10:30 a.m –3:30 p.m.
Aunt Mary’s Café
Dig into mama-themed specials, such as the Norman Bate' Pain Perdue at this southern-southwestern Oakland neighborhood restaurant. Show your mom some love when ordering the Pucker up and Kiss Your Mama Lemon Ricotta Pancake with fresh strawberries or go for something more savory and try Mama Bear's Goldi-Lox Scramble with grilled asparagus and caper relish.
4307 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 510-601-9227, auntmaryscafe.com.
• Brunch served 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Spice up Mother’s Day with a special Spanish-style Brunch buffet, full of spicy eggs and sausage at this Pleasanton Mexican restaurant. Top off your meal with one of their award winning margaritas or a complimentary mimosa.
625 Main Street, Pleasanton, 925-417-1224, blueagaveclub.com.
• Brunch $28, 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Duck Club at Lafayette Park Hotel
Make it a weekend long celebration at the Duck Club in Lafayette with a Mother-Daughter tea on Saturday and a prix fixe brunch on Sunday. Sit down to a traditional English tea service featuring finger sandwiches, crumpets, and petite desserts or sip complimentary champagne at Sunday’s brunch. Delve into California Eggs Benedict with tomato, mushrooms, avocado, and Hollandaise sauce.
3287 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, 925-283-7108, lafayetteparkhotel.com/hotel-dining.html.
• Mother Daughter Tea: Saturday, May 7, 2-4 p.m. $40 adults $20 children under 12
• Mother’s Day Brunch: Sunday, May 8, 11:30 - 3 p.m. $69 adults $35 children under 12
Yankee Pier, a Diablo Food Award winner, will be offering a special al a carte Mother’s Day Brunch on top of their regular Sunday menu. With mouth watering entrees such as Yankee Pier Scramble of Bay shrimp, spinach, mushrooms, caramelized onions and jack cheese or Griddled French Toast with fresh berry compote and whipped cream. Reservations highly recommended.
3593 Mount Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, 925-283-4100, yankeepier.com.
• Brunch from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dishes range from $10-$19.50
Indulge in a three-course menu with fresh blueberry and lemon crème fraiche French toast casserole with crisp applewood smoked bacon. Pick from pineapple upside down cake with coconut ice cream and mango sauce or triple chocolate mousse parfait with champagne chiffon and raspberry sauce for dessert.
44 Church St, Danville, 925-820-7200, bridgesdanville.com.
• Brunch price dependent on main entree selection $32–$46.
Underdog Wine Bar
Hit up this unexpected local for a Mother’s Day brunch of poached eggs, Canadian bacon, English muffins, avocado and hollandaise with steamed asparagus. Enjoy long stemmed chocolate dipped strawberries all day along with more than 50 wines available by the glass. Reservations needed.
4590 Tesla Rd., Livermore, (925) 583-1581, underdogwinemerchants.com.
• Brunch $15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Enjoy a three-course brunch or three-course dinner at Wente's scenic restaurant in Livermore wine country. Dishes include chilled asparagus soup with rock shrimp and toasted almonds, grilled baby fava beans with mint, watermelon radish and sheep’s feta, jones farm rabbit hash with english peas, favas, ramps and poached egg, and Alaskan halibut with manila clams, onion scapes, baby artichokes and prosciutto broth
5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, (925) 456-2450, wentevineyards.com/restaurant.
• Brunch $49 per person, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
• Dinner $55 per person, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Mother’s Day High Tea at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate
Celebrate at this historic landmark’s annual Mother’s Day Tea. Admission includes access to the 37 room mansion and gardens so plan for a tour and stroll around the duck pond, antique carriage house, milk barn, and gazebo. Mother’s are encouraged to wear their best spring hats while nibbling on scones, finger sandwiches, and traditional desserts while enjoying live music. Reservations only.
2960 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland (Chabot Park) 510-615-5555, dunsmuir-hellman.org/calendar.html.
• Tea served at 1pm, $40 adult, $30 for children 12 and under
Steven Ruse Mother's Day Trunk Show in Pleasanton
Let your mom sparkle among the precious jewelry and unique fossilized carvings of renowned artist Steven Ruse during a special gallery exhibit and trunk show. Speak with the designer and pick up one of his stunning fine silver and precious stone rings for Mom.
Studio Seven Arts, 400 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 846-4322, studiosevenarts.com.
• Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline in Oakland
Save The Bay is honoring all mother’s this weekend including Mother Earth. On Saturday, May 7 celebrate Mother’s Day at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline in Oakland by preparing the area for new spring growth. Help with pulling out invasive weeds to create space for new seedlings to grow and for the wildlife species inhabiting the area to build their nests. Sign up to volunteer online.
MLK Shoreline, Oakland, (510) 452-9261 x109, savesfbay.org.
• Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Real Vocal String Quartet’s Musical Mother’s Day Tribute
Settle in with a cafe au lait at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage coffeehouse to enjoy the musical stylings of The Real Vocal String Quartet, an all-female band of singers, instrumentalists, and composers hailing from the Bay Area. Real Vocal String Quartet will play a special Mother's Day performance of original songs, inventive arrangements and improvisatory live creations.
2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, (510) 644-2020, freightandsalvage.org.
• Sunday, May 8th, 8pm, $22.50 in advance, $24.50 at the door
Berkeley Architectural Heritage Spring House Tour & Garden Reception
Meander the picturesque hillside villas in the Arlington Heights district of North Berkeley touring homes reminiscent of Italian villas, Norman country houses, Tudor manors and “storybook” cottages during the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association’s annual Spring House Tour and Garden Reception. Tour map, illustrated guidebooks, and refreshments will be provided. Reservations required
visit berkeleyheritage.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (510) 841-2242.
• Sunday, May 8 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
• General admission $40; BAHA members $30
Wine tasting at Chouinard Vineyards and Winery
To celebrate Mother’s Day pack a picnic and head to Chouinard Vineyards and Winery in Castro Valley. In honor of mom the winery is doing a complimentary chocolate and wine tasting with their newly released crisp Granny Smith Apple wine.
33853 Palomares Rd., Castro Valley, (510) 582-9900.
• Sunday, May 8, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Free
Wine, Dine, and Buy at the 17th Annual Livermore Valley Wine Auction
Bid on award winning wines, travel vacations, and sport packages with your mom at a silent and live auction held at the Barrel Room at Wente Vineyards Estate Winery. Taste a variety of wines, nosh a three-course dinner, and sample a spectacular dessert paired with Ports from around the Livermore Valley. Proceeds benefit multiple children’s charities including the Children’s Skin Disease, Foundation, Camp Wonder, Open Heart Kitchen, and Box Lunch Program.
5565 Tesla Road, Livermore, (925) 447-9463, lvwine.org.
• Saturday, May 7, $225, 6–10 p.m.
Park Street’s 11th Annual Spring/Mother’s Day Festival
Take a trip to Park Street in Alameda’s historic downtown area this Mother’s Day weekend for the 11th annual Spring Festival. Browse through food vendors, art and crafts merchants while sipping beer, wine, or a mimosa. Kids will love the petting zoo and pony rides while mom might enjoy a twirl around the dance floor at one of the festivals live music entertainment.
Central and Santa Clara, between Broadway and Grand Street, Alamda, shopparkstreet.com.
• Saturday & Sunday May 7-8 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Live Music and a Mother's Day Brunch at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga
Enjoy a morning of live music, breathtaking views, palette pleasing wines and a special brunch buffet of garden greens, egg and cheese blintzes, smoked salmon quiche, or chicken apple sausage on the Chateau Deck. Save room for the decadent dessert bar of chocolate dipped strawberries, lemon tarts, and apple strudel and toast your mom with bottomless mimosas. Reservations required.
14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga, (408) 741-2822, mountainwinery.com.
• $75 Adults $29 Children (6-12 yrs)
Scenic views and Mother’s Day Brunch at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay
Take a leisurely drive along scenic Highway 1 to reach the over-the-top Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch hosted by Navio at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay. Make reservations quickly as there are only three seating times at Navio for this event: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. All mothers receive complimentary Champagne and a rose upon departure. The Ritz Carlton will also be hosting a separate continuous Mother’s Day Brunch in their Ballroom with live entertainment. Pamper Mom with a facial or massage at the Hotel’s Spa or burn off brunch with a stroll around the hotel grounds.
One Miramontes Point Rd., Half Moon Bay, (650) 712-7040, naviorestaurant.com.
• Champagne Brunch at Navio: $125 adults, kids under 4 free, kids, $62.50 ages 5-12
• Ballroom Brunch: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., $108 adults, kids under 4 free, $54 ages 5-12
Dinner in Napa on the Wine Train
Enjoy a three-hour, 36 mile round trip journey through the lush Napa vineyards and a gourmet dinner on an antique train. Sip one of the wine bar’s 30-40 boutique Napa Valley wines on the observation deck while looking out at the vines they originated from. Enjoy entrees like pan seared and roasted pork tenderloin on sautéed baby spinach with yam stuffed gypsy pepper paired with a glass of 2008 Nova Vineyard Jelly Jar Zinfandel for dinner or grilled roasted breast of chicken on a wild mushroom polenta in avocado cream with a 2008 Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir. Reservations required.
1275 McKinstry Street, Napa, 1-800-427-4124, winetrain.com/holiday/mothers-day, $99 per person.
Vintage Jewelry and Antique fair in Sausalito
Spend Mother’s Day weekend in Sausalito browsing for that perfect gift with mom at the Vintage Jewelry and Antique Show. With over 30 dealers selling a variety of Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, 50s cocktail, and Art Deco accessories there is plenty to look at. Look for 1930’s Bakelite pieces along with fine art, china, pottery, and silver or take your pieces in need or repair for on site service provided by JMJ Antiques.
Sausalito Events Place - Idesst Hall 511 Caledonia St., Sausalito.
• Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $6
Giants vs. The Rockies at AT&T Park in San Francisco
Take your champion to see the 2010 MLB World Series Champions play the Colorado Rockies on Mother’s Day in San Francisco. Celebrate over cracker jacks, hot dogs, and beer between innings. Run the bases at the Coca-Cola Fan Lot before the game or picnic along McCovey Cove at China Basin Park.
AT&T Park: 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, (415) 972-2000, sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com.