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I'd love to take my partner for a nice mother's day brunch, and
would like to take our two kids (two year old and 3 month old!)
along. I'd like to go to a somewhat ''dress up'' kind of place,
but want the kids to be welcome there too...san francisco,
napa, sonoma, or? Does it sound crazy to take two kids to a
dress up restaurant? I know it's always chaotic to take the 2-
year old out to eat, but is it socially acceptable to do so at
a schmancy place? Should we just leave the kids with a
sitter? Any recommendations for restaurants that fit the bill
would be greatly appreciated!
Have you tried the Panama Hotel in San Rafael? It's kind of hip/funky with a very nice
patio and accomodating staff. We've had many family events there over the years.
This may not entirely fit the bill, but I thought I'd mention it
because it was so fun for us.
We took my mom to Ardenwood (in the east bay regional parks) for
Mother's Day. Ardenwood is a historical farm in Fremont, and a
fun place to go in any case. They have a Mother's Day tea that
is fabulous, done in fine 19th century style, and with the
docents dressed in period costume. You could certainly get
dressed up, and after, there's plenty for kids to do and explore.
I can't recommend it enough, but get your tickets early (they
aren't available yet, but probably will be soon).
My mom and even my dad enjoyed it so much they still talk about it.
I'd like some restaurant recommendations for a Mother's Day
brunch (preferably a buffet, but a la carte is ok) in San
Francisco, South San Francisco or surrounding area. We will be 6
adults and a very active 2 year-old. A child-friendly
environment is a big plus, but even more important is to be
close to a child-appropriate outdoor place for after brunch (a
park or a beach, for instance, where we could play afterwards or
even escape during brunch if our toddler gets fed up of sitting
down). I've read all the recommendations in the archives, but
they focus on lunch/dinner and the restaurants are ''too'' child
oriented in terms of the food and atmosphere (pizzas,
sandwiches, pasta, etcetera). There are a couple of places that
seem to fit the bill (such as Skates), but they are located in
the East Bay. We would love something similar on the other side
of the Bay. We are looking for something that is not
outrageously expensive either. Any suggestions would be greatly
This is a little different than what you asked for. But the
meal delivery service I am using called A Chef's Eye is doing a
Mother's day brunch that they deliver to your house that
morning. So you get the day off and you don't have to go to a
restaurant. You can email them at orders AT achefseye.com and
have them send you the menu. It looks really good.
Happy mother's day
I am hoping to get some recommendations on places to go for a
Mother's Day brunch. This is my first celebration of mother's
day as a mom and I wanted it to be special. I like all types of
food and would prefer it to be in either the Oakland/Berkeley
area. Any ideas are welcome, especially not-too-traditional-
Pricey but almost great is Mother's Day brunch at the Campton
Place Hotel in SF (on Union Square). I am sorry to send you
across the bay, but my experience (much like NY's eve) is that a
lot of places jack up their prices, get way behind, and end up
serving up harrassed service and compromised food on Mother's
Day. Even the Claremont is extremely mediocre for Mother's day.
Campton Place Hotel, however, always measures up. Two other
suggestions are: Lafayette's Park Place Hotel--they have a 4
Diamond designation for their food, and it is, consistently,
excellent. The hotel is considered a boutique hotel, and it is
very nice. A third recommendation, again in SF, sorry, is Dim
Sum at Yank Sing at the Rincon Center--the dim sum is very, very
good. More expensive (but cleaner, too) than your traditional
Congrats on your first Mo
Takes her food seriously
Dim Sum is always fun... Have you tried Jade Villa in Oakland's
Chinatown? It's busy, very authentic and good.
The Berkeley Radisson has a really good Sunday brunch, which I
think, would be fabulous for Mother's Day. It's a buffet, so the
service would be less harassed than it would be at a sit-down
restaurant on Sunday. They have a nice variety of food, including
to-die for cheese blintzes. Here's a link to the menu:
Depends on whether you want a fancy, formal brunch or a delicous,
Berkeley type breakfast/Brunch. I am very fond of two places
for breakfast... Mama's Royal Cafe on Telegraph, and Full
House Cafe on MacArthur. They both have great food in a very
informal environment. There's always a wait at both, but it's worth
it. Another good place we've been lately is Rudy's Can't Fail
on Hollis in Emeryville.
Happy Mother's Day.
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