By Laurie Jo Miller Farr
Hop on over to one of these San Francisco Bay Area venues for Easter Brunch on April 1, 2018. April FOol’s Day aside, these chefs aren’t fooling around with their menus, that’s for sure. The kids will enjoy Easter egg and cookie decorating, balloons and clowns – and, of course, seeing The Easter Bunny who will be busy hopping around the places where he’s due to show up, too.
Sausalito, CA 94965
Come to Sausalito to celebrate Easter Sunday with Poggio. One of the Chronicle’s “Top 100 Restaurants of the Bay Area,” Poggio is always top of mind for family occasions. Book early for a cozy table in this lovely room on Bridgeway beside the harbor where soulful Northern Italian classics are freshly prepared by hand every day. As ever, the wood-fired pizza selections and house made pastas are a favorite with everybody. Executive Chef Benjamin Balesteri is adding to the spring brunch menu, offering specials throughout the day including Liege-style waffles with fresh berries, seasonally-inspired frittatas, and a sizzling spit-roasted lamb.
Ramekins Culinary School, Events & Inn
450 West Spain St.
Sonoma, CA 95476
Support Sonoma this Easter. In the heart of wine country, Ramekins’ produce is sourced at their own 5th Street Farms. For Easter Brunch there’s an “Our Farm to Your Table” menu with two seatings at 10 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m. on April 1. Children can settle in with an Easter egg cookie decorating session. On the menu: Omelet, waffle and carving stations, plus spring panzanella salad, soft poached eggs with home made buttermilk biscuits and gravy, assorted mini quiches, bagels and lox, potatoes, maple glazed thick cut bacon, chicken apple sausage and more. Carrot cake and more for dessert (think butterscotch, caramel and chocolate) plus s’mores; wine is available for purchase. Tickets are $65 adults; $25 children ages 6-12; free for children 5 and under.
Scroll Bar Waterside Kitchen
223 Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City, CA 94065
Visit a waterside venue in Silicon Valley. The Easter Bunny himself is making an appearance at the newly opened Scroll Bar Waterside Kitchen. The restaurant at the Pullman San Francisco Bay Hotel has a large outdoor terrace overlooking a lagoon. For Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 1, a lavish menu features a raw bar with ahi poke, oysters on the half shell, Scottish smoked salmon, made-to-order omelette station, eggs Florentine, paella, steamed mini pork buns and for dessert, a made-to-order crepe station and chocolate fountain. Activities are planned for the kids, including a scavenger hunt, face painting, balloon artist, and a clown ( the Easter Bunny, too). Easter Brunch is from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., prices are $85 adults; $35 children 5-12; free for children 4 and under.
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The Westin Verasa Napa
1314 McKinstry St.
Napa, CA 94559
Love Downtown Napa? Make it a grown up weekend for Easter at the Westin Verasa Napa adjacent to the Oxbow Public Market. It’s walking distance to 15 wine tasting rooms in town…so no car or driver needed. La Toque is the Michelin-starred restaurant from Executive Chef and Owner Ken Frank, who has also chalked up a coveted Wine Spectator Grand Award. The annual three course Easter Brunch is always a highlight with dishes like Dungeness crab cakes, beet cured salmon, and lobster omelet followed by sorbets, coconut macaroons, and ricotta-filled crepes with citrus and blood orange caramel. Book for Sunday, April 1 from noon to 2 p.m. at $48 per person, with a two-course wine pairing available for an additional $24.
FARM at Carneros
4048 Sonoma Highway
Napa, CA 94559
Play bocce after brunch. Celebrate Easter together over a multi-course brunch served family-style in an elegant indoor or al fresco setting at FARM served 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 1. There’s more Easter Brunch action at Carneros Resort and Spa, too. Guests can enjoy a spirited game of bocce ball or sip on a glass of wine in the expansive outdoor lounge. Kids are welcome to join the fun designing, decorating, and dyeing their own Easter eggs from 9 a.m. to noon at Market, the resort’s general store located in the Town Square right next door. The multi-course brunch is priced at $85 per adult and $42 per child (ages 12 and under); reservations recommended.
Sutro’s at Cliff House
1090 Point Lobos Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94121
Impress friends and family. Those amazing, mesmerizing Pacific Ocean views never get old at one of San Francisco’s most beloved dining destinations, the Cliff House. Focus your attention away from the window long enough to see what Chef Ralph Burgin is cooking up at Sutro’s for Sunday Easter Brunch on April 1. An appetizing menu of starters is followed by eight main dishes from Scottish salmon to foie gras stuffed roasted quail and New York strip loin. Vegetarian selections include foraged mushroom and spring vegetable risotto.
1 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco, CA 94103
Do Easter Sunday in the city. San Francisco’s favorite meal at Bluestem Brasserie is always a good idea, super convenient to shopping, museums and theater. On Easter Sunday, it’s more convenient than ever because Executive Chef Trevor Ogden is offering brunch all day. Order brunch favorites like the deviled eggs and avocado toast with trout caviar for a starter plus grass fed beef burger or steak & eggs for the main course. Bluestem Brasserie is serving the full menu with some festive additions: Pastry Chef Lori Baker will be whipping up an Easter tradition of hot cross buns. Sunny day? Pop upstairs for the outdoor terrace for a cocktail and a bit of Market Streetpeople-watching.