Spoil Mom on Mother’s Day with Brunch, Spa Treatments, and More!

As Mother’s Day approaches, it’s time to start thinking about how to show the special women in our lives just how much we appreciate them.

And what better way to do that than by treating them to a month of unforgettable experiences with offerings from renowned restaurants, hotels, and more in San Francisco and beyond to consider for this special occasion.


399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

Availability/Hours: 11am-3pm

For Reservations: Open Table 

San Francisco’s premier seafood restaurant, Waterbar, is celebrating Mother’s with exceptional 3-course prix-fixe brunch available at $65/person. To kick off the celebration, guests can select a Gulf Shrimp Salad, Ahi Tuna Ceviche, Clam Chowder, or Sugar Snap Pea and Prosciutto Salad. Second course options include Oak Grilled Yellowtail, Flank Steak Primavera, Dungeness Crab Benedict, and Oven Roasted Flounder. For dessert, guests can indulge in acclaimed executive pastry chef Lori Baker’s Coconut Rice Pudding, Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch Bar, or Carrot Cake Cheesecake. To enhance this cherished occasion, guests can toast to mom with thirst-quenching cocktails like the Ultimate Bloody Mary, The Queen Bee, the Sunset Fix, and the Waterbar Proprietary Old Fashion. An extensive wine list is also available to peruse.

EPIC Steak

369 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

Availability/Hours: 11am-3pm

For Reservations:  Open Table

San Francisco’s iconic waterfront steakhouse, EPIC Steak, is treating moms to an indulgent 3-course brunch available at $68/person. Before diving into the 3 courses, guests can treat mom to EPIC Steak’s raw bar featuring Oysters ($21/$40), Shrimp Cocktail ($25), Tuna Poke ($24), Beef Tartare ($21), and Grand Seafood Platter ($140). For the first course, the brunch menu includes guests’ choice of Chilled English Pea Soup, Delta Asparagus, and Roasted Baby Beets. The main courses include Poached Alaskan Halibut, Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chops, Steak & Eggs, and Pappardelle Pasta. To satisfy mom’s sweet tooth, dessert options are Guava Gateau, Chocolate Bread Pudding, and Choco Flan. To elevate brunch, EPIC Steak offers a selection of cocktails including The Spritz, Cool as a Cucumber, Golden Hour Negroni, and Cognac, Spice & Everything Nice. There is also an extensive wine list to perfectly pair with each dish.

The Garden Court at Palace Hotel

2 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Availability/Hours: 10am-12pm, 12:30pm-2:30pm, 3pm-5pm

For Reservations: Open Table

San Francisco’s historic Palace Hotel is elevating Mother’s Day with a beautifully bountiful buffet at its elegant Garden Court. Guests are invited to celebrate this cherished occasion by reveling in the enchantment of live entertainment and savoring in the elevated brunch buffet and unlimited Bloody Mary’s and mimosas, enhancing the celebration with every sip.

The lavish buffet will feature an array of seasonal produce options from The Palace Garden, charcuterie from The Boos Board, Smoked Seafood, Kyo-Ya Sushi Bar, Iced Ocean Raw Bar, Benedict Bar, Ravioli a la Minute, Cantonese Style Dim Sum, Carving Stations, Palace Patisseries, a selection of breakfast favorites, like omelets and sausages, a variety of brunch entrees and sides, and children’s choices. The full menu can be found here.

Palace Hotel’s Mother’s Day brunch will be offered during three exclusive time slots, from 10am-12pm, 12:30pm-2:30pm, and 3pm-5pm, ensuring convenience and comfort. The experience is available to book via this link and is priced at $225/adult and $100/child age 5-12.

Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs

1507 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA 94515

Availability/Hours: varies for each offering

For Reservations: Spa: SpaTimeResort

This Mother’s Day, Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs is pampering moms with several offerings, including the following:

  • Gift Certificate Sale | Get $20 for every $100 purchased. Available the entire month of April.
  • Spa Sale | 15% off spa treatments the entire month of May. Monday to Thursday only.
  • Mother’s Day Brunch Special at House of Better | Sunday, May 12 from 8am-2pm
    • Curated by House of Better’s executive chef Jennie Russel, the Mother’s Day Brunch will feature a bottomless mimosa special with strawberry, lemon + rosemary, watermelon mimosa, lime + mint mimosas and a Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict with poached eggs, sautéed kale, hollandaise sauce, and avocado.

Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs is an iconic resort and spa destination located in the heart of the charming town of Calistoga, nestled in the Napa Valley. Founded in 1952 by pioneering wellness experts’ “Doc” and Edy Wilkinson, the resort has since become a globally recognized wellness retreat, offering time-honored mud bath and spa treatments, healing mineral pool soaks, and the best of Calistoga right outside its doors. Following a complete, top-to-bottom renovation, the transformed resort honors its iconic past while looking toward the future with a new mid-century-inspired design, 50 completely refreshed guestrooms, a new restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, a reimagined spa, and the same proven mud bath treatments first shared with the world nearly 70 years ago.

Astra, at The St. Regis San Francisco

125 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Availability/Hours: Sunday, May 12 from 10:30am–1pm

For Reservations: Open Table

This Mother’s Day, treat Mom to the very best this with a special Brunch at The St. Regis San Francisco’s signature restaurant, Astra. Astra’s culinary team has curated a delicious menu featuring decadent delights such as the Pastry Chef’s signature Chocolate Berry Croissant and a delicate Raspberry & Rose Mille-Feuille. Savor the exquisite flavors of spring with savory options like the Grilled Spring Onion & Asparagus Tart, the aromatic Rosemary Ham Tartine, or the delectable Roasted Field Vegetable medley. Other brunch options include a Bananas Foster Waffle, Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes, Overnight Oats, Yogurt & Granola, Avocado Toast, Chopped Salad, and Lumache Carbonara.

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126 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Availability/Hours: Sunday, May 12 from 12pm–9pm

For Reservations: Chapeau Online Reservations | OpenTable

Chapeau!, a longstanding, charming French Bistro tucked away in the Inner Richmond neighborhood, welcomes guests to celebrate the special women in their life with its signature pre-fixe menu this Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12 from 12 pm – 9 pm. For $75 per person, guests can enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu made from scratch by Owner and Executive Chef Philippe Gardelle. Some of the French classics include escargot, beet salad, moules frites, risotto, cassoulet, crème brulee, profiteroles, and more. Additionally, Chapeau! has an extensive wine list, featuring more than 300 selections, and amazing handcrafted cocktails. Reserve a table here today!


219 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Availability/Hours: 11am-2:30pm

For reservations: Open Table

Celebrate Mom at Spoonbar with a delightful brunch buffet featuring savory dishes like Eggs Florentine, Bellwether Farms Ricotta Pancakes, and Ricotta & Spinach Ravioli; a carving station including Big Glory Bay King Salmon, Roasted New York Striploin, and Roasted Chimichurri; seasonal salads such as Sonoma Mixed Greens, Beet & Feta Salad, and Couscous Tabbouleh, and sweet indulgences like Chocolate Dipped Profiteroles, Mini Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, and Orange-Cardamom Coffee Cake. $69 pp, $25 kids (12 and under)

And don’t forget to raise a glass to mom with Spoonbar’s famous peach, blood orange, and strawberry Bellinis and Mimosas!  Bottomless Bellinis and Bottomless Mimosas $25

Cornerstone Sonoma

23570 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, CA 95476

Availability/Hours: Saturday, May 11, 2024, 10am–2:30pm; Sunday, May 12, 2024, 11:30am–3pm

For reservations: Reserve a Table at Folktable, Purchase Tickets for the Flower Crown Workshop, Purchase Tickets for Blooms of Gratitude

This Mother’s Day Weekend, join Cornerstone Sonoma for two days of events specially curated for spending time with the mothers in our lives. Whether it’s our Flower Crown Workshop, pop up shopping event with Maker’s Boulevard, Blooms of Gratitude event, or opening day of our Music Series, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Moms can stop by Meadowcroft Wines to enjoy a mimosa flight for $15. Explore garden-inspired mixers with your sparkling wine with mixes such as strawberry basil, blackberry and sage, bee’s knees, and more for a refreshing beverage! Also, make sure you make your lunch reservations at Folktable Restaurant where moms will be celebrated with a free botanical mocktail with the purchase of a meal.

Empress by Boon

838 Grand Ave., San Francisco, CA 94108

Availability/Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm–9pm

For reservations: Open Table

Empress by Boon, San Francisco’s hottest Cantonese culinary destination led by Michelin-starred Chef Ho Chee Boon, is inviting all guests to pamper their mothers at the restaurant this Mother’s Day. With Chef Ho’s international background and traditional Cantonese techniques combine with fresh ingredients from local purveyors, the menu highlights Chef Ho’s culinary expertise and technique. To begin the evening of celebration, guests will start with an appetizer of Crispy Pumpkin Puff, Scallop and Keluga Caviar Roll, and Chilled Fresh Lily Bulb, followed by Chef Ho’s renowned Steamed Shrimp and Squid Dumplings, Braised Squab Breast, and New England Lobster. The main courses conclude with Braised Kurobuta Pork Belly, Stir-Fried Matsutake Mushrooms & Green Beans, and Kai Lan and Cauliflower Chicken Rice. To end the celebratory evening, guests can order one of the most delicious desserts – Passionfruit Cheesecake. For mothers who love cocktails, bar manager Emily Parian curated the new cocktail menu featuring a host of refreshing shaken and stirred cocktails utilizing fresh, bright, and herbaceous ingredients that complement Chef Ho’s seasonal dishes.

Z&Y Peking Duck

606 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA

Availability/Hours: Thursday through Tuesday, 11:30am–3:30pm & 4:30pm–9:30pm

For reservations: Open Table

Z&Y Peking Duck, San Francisco’s newest restaurant that celebrates centuries-old Beijing Peking duck that is an icon of Chinese culinary culture, is celebrating Mother’s Day with Chef Lijun Han’s authentic Peking Duck and his uniquely elevated Peking Duck with Caviar. Guests are encouraged to reserve their Peking ducks ahead of time when making a reservation.

Z&Y’s authentic Peking duck incorporates a meticulous preparation, beginning with an organic, fresh, high-quality duck that is par-boiled and dried for 24 hours. The duck is brushed with a light layer of honey to ensure the skin is exceptionally crispy, tasty, and slightly sweet before being roasted to perfection in special, single-purpose roasting ovens. The rest of the menu at Z&Y Peking Duck is focused on contemporary Beijing-inspired dim sum, small plates, seasonal items, and popular dishes from its sister restaurant, Z&Y Restaurant, award-winning Szechuan restaurant.

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