Garden Court Restaurant (Photo credit: Randy Yagi)
One of the great traditions on Easter Sunday is having a delicious brunch with friends and relatives. In San Francisco, many of the most popular restaurants attend the spring celebration, offering special holiday menus or showcasing their favorite dishes. But Easter is also a day when customers don’t want to wait before they are served a sumptuous meal. Now is the time to make brunch reservations for the restaurant of your choice. Here are five of the best places in San Francisco for Easter brunch.
Garden Court Restaurant
Two new Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
One of the most fabulous and certainly famous places in San Francisco for Easter brunch is the Garden Court Restaurant. The Garden Court Restaurant, under the direction of chef Jesse Lipitan, is located in the listed historic Palace Hotel and, with its extraordinary stained glass atrium and crystal chandeliers, is considered one of the most beautiful public areas in the world. Many longtime residents, first opened in 1909, insist that there is no better place for an elegant Sunday brunch, especially at Easter. Sample dishes on the current City Brunch menu include Tempura Roast Chicken and Japanese Waffles, Maine Lobster Club Sandwich, and Farmer’s Market Salad with its world-famous Green Goddess Dressing.
399 Grove St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
People looking for a New Orleans-style Easter brunch may want to try the fantastic dishes in the Boxing Room. The Boxing Room is just blocks from Davies Hall and is one of Gayot’s top 10 Easter brunch restaurants in San Francisco. It’s an important part of the Absinthe group, which also includes another notable place for Easter brunch – the Absinthe Brasserie and Bar. Every Sunday, the Boxing Room hosts a celebrated jazz brunch with delicious Cajun and Creole food, as well as a live jazz band. Chef Justin Simoneaux creates specially prepared dishes along with other tasty traditional delicacies such as fritters with chocolate espresso cream, devoul eggs with shrimp tartar sauce, pickled green tomatoes and basil, and smoked chicken with andouille gumbo.
2534 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Often referred to as one of the best restaurants in San Francisco, the Foreign Cinema is one of the hottest places for Easter brunch. Foreign Cinema was nominated for an outstanding restaurant by the prestigious James Beard Foundation and is known not only for its excellent food, decor and service, but also for showing old films in the courtyard. This popular restaurant in the Mission District is run by renowned chefs Gayle Pirie and John Clark, who also own another highly acclaimed San Francisco restaurant – Show Dogs.
The Californian-Mediterranean-inspired menu changes daily, but the delicious dishes served for last weekend’s brunch include a lovely selection of oysters and shellfish, smoked Santa Barbara salmon with truffled farm egg and Petrossian trout caviar, and poached eggs with five spice breasts and mixed chicory.
(Credit: Luce Restaurant)
888 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Located in the InterContinental Hotel San Francisco, the Luce is one of the few Michelin-starred restaurants in the city that serves brunch on Easter Sunday. Last year, the award-winning restaurant, led by Chef Daniel Corey, hosted an exquisitely prepared buffet brunch with unlimited champagne. Despite receiving a world-class, Michelin-starred award for six consecutive years, Luce is known for offering remarkably affordable dishes. For the past few years, Easter brunch has been just $ 39 for adults and $ 18 for kids. The extraordinary dishes from the current brunch menu include wild local salmon with grilled corn and quinoa, smoked salmon benedict and French toast with spinach, hollandaise and cucumber fennel. Luce also has an award-winning wine collection of 350 labels and is a consistent recipient of the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence.
Mark Hopkins Hotel (Image credit: Randy Yagi)
Top of the mark
999 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
The Top of the Mark is located on the 19th floor of the distinctive Mark Hopkins Hotel and offers breathtaking views of the city. It is one of those places in San Francisco that must be visited at least once in a lifetime. The Easter brunch is a lavish occasion with champagne, an extraordinary buffet presentation, a performance by the Easter bunny and live music by local jazz pianist Elias Negash. Chef Nenad Stefanovic’s current offers for the champagne brunch at the top include potato and leek soup, beef fillet medallions and salmon vera cruz with scallop scampi. This iconic Nob Hill restaurant has a strict dress code and staff does not allow shorts or hats.
Randy Yagi is a freelance writer who covers all things San Francisco. In 2012 he received a media scholarship from Stanford University.