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The Best Easter Brunches in San Francisco This Year

Cliff House
Cliff House
Cliff House

Easter may fall on April Fool’s Day this year, but these egg-cellent Easter brunches are no yoke. Moving on… think carving stations, seafood stations, dim sum, Benedicts and omelets, bottomless mimosas, and yes, lots and lots of visits from the Easter bunny — who has a very action-packed schedule. But reservations for brunches this delicious fill up fast, so you’d better get hoppin’.

Bluestem Brasserie
Bluestem Brasserie
Bluestem Brasserie

Bluestem Brasserie

SoMaEaster brunch all day long
The folks at Bluestem get that the best part of Easter is finding candy-filled Easter eggs, and brunch, so they’re offering both all day from 11am to 10pm. The brunch at Bluestem is one of the best in SF, though good luck choosing between the buttermilk biscuits and gravy, croque madame, Dutch baby, and chicken sandwich (maybe just get them all?). There will also be a few festive additions to the menu and traditional hot cross buns, as well as Bluestem’s delicious brunch cocktails.
Price: A la carte; Reservations can be made online here or by calling the restaurant at 415-547-1111.

Cliff House
Cliff House
Cliff House

Cliff House

Ocean BeachFree-flowing Champagne and views of the Pacific Ocean.
The Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet at the Cliff House is something every San Franciscan should indulge in at least once, so why not try it on Easter when, in addition to poached salmon and prawns, steak, pasta carbonara, popovers, and more desserts than anyone could ever eat, there’s a carving station where all of your meat-eating dreams will come true? Plus a harpist!
Price: $75 per person; children under 12 are half price. Seatings are at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. Call 415-386-3330 for reservations.

District San Francisco
District San Francisco
District San Francisco

District

SoMaA very affordable all-you-can-eat brunch in a stylish wine bar
District is serving up an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 11am to 2:30pm and you may want to fast the day before so you have room for the buttermilk pancakes with banana-rum syrup, house-made spicy chicken sausage, biscuits and sawmill gravy, Cheddar grits, and chocolate chip bread pudding with bourbon caramel.
Price: $35 with bottomless mimosas; $22 for just the buffet; $10 for children 10 and under; Go here to make reservations.

Don Pistos

North Beach and MarinaEaster brunch for Orphan San Franciscans
Calling all SF Easter “orphans.” Both Don Pistos locations are serving up an all-you-can-drink Easter brunch. There will also be a grown-up Easter egg hunt with prizes like free shots and a dinner and date with the owner. Open the eggs at your own risk.
Price: $21. Reservations not needed.

Lara Hata
Lara Hata
Lara Hata

Finn Town

CastroA great haberdashery with so many mimosas.
Don your finest Easter bonnet, rabbit ears, or goddess headdress for a chance to win dining gift cards at this stylish Castro restaurant that serves up insanely tasty comfort food. Brunch must-orders include the deviled eggs, sticky bun, grilled ham and cheese with a fried farm egg, heritage pork Benedict, and, yes, the famous Finn Town burger. Or you could get a kale salad, but why would you do that?
Price: A la carte. Call 415-626-3466 for reservations.

The Garden Court, Palace Hotel

Financial DistrictThe most beautiful brunch spot in all of SF
The Garden Court is truly one of the most breathtaking restaurants in San Francisco, but you’ll probably be too distracted by the shellfish on ice, latkes, braised short ribs, peking chicken, classic pâtés, terrines, and galantines, omelet bar, Benedicts, Belgian waffles, brioche French toast, leg of lamb, strip loin, fresh ravioli, dim sum, artisan cheeses, bananas foster, cream puffs, cheesecake, carrot cupcakes, chocolate truffles, and blueberry bread pudding to even notice.
Price: $150 for adults; $80 for children 12 and under. Reservations available from 10:30am to 4:30pm. Call 415-546-5089.

International Smoke
International Smoke
International Smoke

International Smoke

Financial DistrictA meat-centric brunch with a chance of spotting Ayesha and Steph Curry
Fulfill your Middle Eastern food and Southern barbecue hankerings at this brunch where dishes will include St. Louis style pork ribs, lamb shawarma, rib tip mac and cheese, Cajun barbecue shrimp, chocolate cream pie, and red velvet cupcakes.
Price: $55 per person. Call 415-543-7474 for reservations.

Le P’tit Laurent

Glen ParkWhat you need to know? Bottomless rosé.
P’tit Laurent is offering a special a la carte brunch menu from 10am to 3pm that includes waffles, omelets, French toast, escargot with garlic parsley butter, steamed mussels, and $1 oysters. Oh, also: bottomless mimosas ($14) and rosé ($18).
Price: Varies. Make reservations here.

The Westin St. Francis
The Westin St. Francis
The Westin St. Francis

The Oak Room Restaurant, Westin St. Francis

Union SquareEnjoy Easter brunch in a gorgeous wood-paneled room built in 1913.
Luckily, women and children are now allowed to dine in this space that used to be the “Men’s Bar,” where guys smoked cigars and played dice. And this is good, as men shouldn’t be the only ones who get to indulge in this brunch buffet with an omelet station, carving station with honey ham and leg of lamb, seafood station, and so many desserts. The buffet starts at 10:30am and ends at 2pm.
Price: $69 for adults (includes one glass of sparkling wine or a mimosa); $35 for children 12 and under. Reservations can be made by calling 415-2774-0264.

Park Chalet Coastal Beer Garden

Ocean BeachAn open-air restaurant with a lush lawn and an indoor/outdoor atmosphere.
The Easter brunch at Park Chalet is no joke. They’ve got breakfast pastries, pain de mie French toast, several different eggs Benedict, braised short rib, a seafood bar with Nova Scotia salmon, peel and eat shrimp, snow crab claws, and a roasted spring leg of lamb carving station. The Easter bunny also plans on stopping by and hosting an Easter egg hunt. Brunch goes from 11am to 3:30pm.
Price: $55 per person; make reservations here.

The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco
The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco
The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco

The Ritz-Carlton

Nob HillPerfect for those who like their Easter with a side of fancy.
Enjoy Easter brunch in the in the Terrace Room of the Ritz-Carlton where you’ll (hopefully) enjoy the smooth sounds of a live jazz duo while indulging in an upscale brunch buffet with lamb and prime rib, classic breakfast items, a raw bar, and dessert station. Plus, a separate buffet station just for the kiddos. Be sure to plan your reservation around the Easter egg hunt at noon where everyone (but probably really just kids) can search for hidden treasures and take pics with the Easter Bunny.
Price: $160 per adult; $98 per child. Tickets are available for purchase here.

InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco

Top of the Mark

Nob HillEaster brunch with stunning city views.
Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins knows how to do a holiday brunch, and this Easter is no exception. The Champagne brunch buffet includes a “Fisherman’s Warf” station (oysters, crab, caviar), a “Russian Hill” statin (cheese, charcuterie, smoked fish), and all of your brunch favorites, like a crab Benedict, creme brulee French toast, dim sum, sushi, prime rib, and more. There will also be a piano player, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and a chance to win brunch for two by guessing the weight of a chocolate bunny.
Price: $129 per adult; $65 for children 4 to 12. Reservations are required:  415-616-6940.  

Waterbar

EmbarcaderoExceptional seafood and exceptional views.
Waterbar is offering a customizable three-course prix fixe brunch with a mix of traditional Easter favorites and the restaurant’s signature seafood. Dishes will include an Anchor Steam battered rock cod sandwich, a caviar scramble, and smoked tri-tip.
Price: $55 per person. Make reservations here.Sign up here for our daily San Francisco email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun SF has to offer.

Daisy Barringer is an SF-based freelance writer who will be spending her Easter Sunday on the mountain in Tahoe. Follow her on Twitter @daisy and Instagram @daisysf to follow along.

San Francisco

How to Celebrate Black History Month in San Francisco

Support and celebrate SF's Black community.

Courtesy of Black Joy Parade
Courtesy of Black Joy Parade
Courtesy of Black Joy Parade

Though it’s something we need to be doing every day of every month of every year, Black History Month encourages us to pay tribute to the struggles and oppression generations of Black Americans have faced, as well as their often-neglected triumphs and achievements that have helped shape this county and make it better. It’s a time to reflect on how we can do better to confront racism and oppression, which this year’s theme, “Black Resistance,” echoes. This is especially important in a town like San Francisco, where the Fillmore District was known as “the Harlem of the West” before the city displaced a vast portion of the neighbourhood’s Black community in the ’60s and ’70s. This displacement continues today, as the Black population is the only racial group that has declined in every census since 1970.

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate Black History Month, there are lots to do. Whether you want to educate yourself by attending films, performances, or conversations, share the joy at a parade or dance party, or do a little bit of it all at a drag show, here are just a few ways you can get involved and have a lot of fun while doing so:

Visit San Francisco Public Library branches for workshops, films, performances, and more

February (and throughout the year)
Library branches and online
SFPL’s “More Than a Month” celebration focuses on the theme of resistance this year. Family-friendly and adult events include film screenings, musical performances, book clubs, workshops, and more.
Cost: Free

Museum of African Diaspora
Museum of African Diaspora
Museum of African Diaspora

See art, poetry, films, talks, and more at MoAD

February (and throughout the year)
SoMa
Right now, at the Museum of African Diaspora, you can see the first and only West Coast exhibition of “The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion,” which highlights the work of 15 contemporary fashion designers “whose images present radically new perspectives on the medium of photography and art, race and beauty, and gender and power.” The museum, which has a robust year-round program and event calendar, has a slew of events to attend, including youth poetry readings, film screenings, open mic nights, book clubs, artist talks, and more.
Cost: Event prices vary; GA to visit the museum is $12 but free every second Saturday of the month

Check out films, art, reading, talks, and more at BAMPFA

February (and throughout the year)
Berkeley
There is always something interesting to discover at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). During Black History Month, you can see films by Pratibha Parmar, “Felwine Sarr: Music, Freedom, Africa,” a conversation through music with the Senegalese writer, scholar, composer, musician, and more.
Cost: Varies

Old Skool Cafe
Old Skool Cafe
Old Skool Cafe

Enjoy menu specials honoring Black community members at Old Skool Cafe

February (and throughout the year)
Bayview
For Black History Month, Old Skool Cafe is adding the favourite meals of notable Black community members to the menu each weekend. The nonprofit, youth-run supper club helps at-risk, formerly incarcerated, and foster care youth ages 16-22 gain the skills and experience they need to succeed in various front and back-of-house restaurant roles. Bayview hero/community advocate Mrs. Dorris Vincent is first up, followed by Judge Trina Thompson, Delroy Lindo, and Mayor London Breed.

Yerba Buena Gardens
Yerba Buena Gardens
Yerba Buena Gardens

Walk beneath the Marting Luther King, Jr. Memorial waterfall

February (and ongoing)
Yerba Buena Gardens
Did you know that Yerba Buena Gardens is home to the country’s second-largest memorial to Dr. King? Visit the sculptural waterfall featuring glass panels inscribed with his inspiring words at 750 Howard Street.
Cost: Free

Attend the Commonwealth’s “Dreaming Forward: A Celebration of Black Joy, Power, and Excellence” conference

Thursday, February 9
Embarcadero
On behalf of Dr. Sheryl Evans Davis and the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, the Commonwealth Club is hosting its second annual Dream Keeper Initiative, a day-long conference/celebration/call-to-action featuring special guests, including April Ryan of TheGrio and CNN.
Cost: Free

Courtesy of Oakland First Fridays
Courtesy of Oakland First Fridays
Courtesy of Oakland First Fridays

Celebrate Black Love at Oakland First Fridays

Friday, February 10
Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street
Telegraph Avenue transforms into a dining, shopping, and art-appreciating party on Friday, February 10, from 5 pm to 9 pm. There will be food, artist, and retail vendors and a host of Black artists, authors, and entertainment. Please note: This event was rescheduled from February 3 because of potential rain.
Cost: Free

Have a ball at an all-Black drag show at Oasis

Friday, February 10
SoMa
“Reparations with Latrice Royale” is an all-Black drag show hosted by Latrice Royale, the beloved Drag Race star who also happens to be celebrating her birthday.
Cost: $15 to $60

Dance all night and shop all day at the Afro Soca Love carnival and marketplace

Friday, February 10 ‚Äď Saturday, February 11
341 13th Street, Oakland
Afro Soca Love creates experiences that act as a “gateway to building bonds and strengthen relationships-between communities, individuals, and Africa and its diaspora.” See for yourself at the all-ages marketplace (Saturday), where you’ll find food and drink, fashion, beauty and wellness, home decor, and more. But before the shopping comes the dancing at the 21+ Friday Night Carnival, a culturally immersive music experience with music from all over the world.
Cost: The marketplace is free; tickets to the Friday Night Carnival start at $20

See a live performance of “Words That Made the Difference: Brown vs. the Board of Education”

Saturday, February 11
Unity Palo Alto
See a live theatrical performance based on the true events that occurred in the fight to end school segregation. The script draws from trial transcripts of the five cases brought together in front of the Supreme Court and Chief Justice Earl Warren’s memoirs, and the play is set in the courtrooms where it all happened. There will be a Q&A with the playwright before the performance and the cast afterward.
Cost: Free

Courtesy of San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company
Courtesy of San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company
Courtesy of San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company

Go to the I, Too, Sing America album release party

Saturday, February 11
Mission
Head to the Brava Theater Center to celebrate the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company’s album release of the music created for I, Too, Sing America, a soulful and uplifting performance that moved audiences when it debuted last year. The night includes an album-listening and sing-along party, DJs, dancing, an open bar, and more.
Cost: $40

Go on the Black Liberation Walking Tour of West Oakland

Saturday, February 18
West Oakland
Take a walk with David Peters, founder of the West Oakland Cultural Action Network, and Gene Anderson, the author of Legendary Locals of Oakland, to learn about resident voices and document sites of cultural and historical significance in the neighbourhood. Peters is a local native, and Anderson is an Oakland historian whose family has historical roots in West Oakland.
Cost: $50 ($30 for West Oakland residents)

See a screening of The Black Kung Fu Experience followed by in-person demonstrations

Sunday, February 19
Great Star Theater, Chinatown
The Chinese Historical Society of America is celebrating Black History Month and social unity with a screening of this film about how a group of African American pioneers became respected in a subculture dominated by Chinese and white men. Afterward, there will be demonstrations and talks with Sifu Donald Hamby and Sifu Troy Dunwood, who “will speak about their success as internationally recognized martial arts masters, their Chinese Kung Fu teachers, and what this practice means in relation to diversity, race and inclusion issues.”
Cost: $15

Sip wine made by Black winemakers at a free tasting event at STEM Kitchen + Garden

Thursday, February 23
Dogpatch
STEM Kitchen + Garden is hosting an afternoon wine tasting celebrating Black-owned wineries in its gorgeous indoor/outdoor space, and best of all, and it’s free to the public!
Cost: Free

Bayview Opera House
Bayview Opera House
Bayview Opera House

Attend the San Francisco African American Arts & Cultural District Gala Fundraiser

Saturday, February 25
Bayview Opera House
Enjoy an evening of talent, fashion, and community inspiration at SFAAACD’s 1st Annual Gala Fundraiser. Carla Duke, Television News Director at CBS-KPIX Chanel 5, will host the event, which includes inspiring words from keynote speaker Aniyia Williams, an artist, tech creator, and system-preneur.
Cost: $100

Attend a Black History Month & Chinese New Year Poetry Reading on Angel Island

Saturday, February 25
Angel Island
There is so much history in poetry at the Angel Island Detention Barracks Museum, which makes it a fitting location for poets Chun Yu and Michael Warr. The co-founders of Two Languages/One Community will share their poems and stories in English and Chinese, accompanied by projected images of text and photographs.
Cost: $10 to $21

Courtesy of Black Joy Parade
Courtesy of Black Joy Parade
Courtesy of Black Joy Parade

Feel the joy at the Black Joy Parade

Sunday, February 26
Downtown Oakland
This parade and festival celebrate the “Black experience past, present, and future.” Be prepared to experience “more Black joy than you ever imagined,” starting with the parade (beginning at 14th and Franklin) at 12:30 pm. The family-friendly festival follows (main entrance is at 19th and Franklin) will include 200-plus Black-owned small businesses selling food, drinks, clothing, art, and more. There will also be two stages with Black performers, including The Black Joy Choir.
Cost: Free

Take a sound bath at Grace Cathedral in honor of Black History Month

Monday, February 27
Nob Hill
Take an immersive sound bath featuring Fractals of Sound, a collective of top Bay Area musicians Egemen Sanli, Phoenix Song, and Sam Jackson, with special guest Destiny Muhammad. Together, they will create a “soundscape deeply rooted in world music,” allowing you to take a meditative journey in one of the most beautiful places in San Francisco.
Cost: $25 to $75

See Tsitsi Dangarembga and Angela Davis at City Arts & Lectures

Tuesday, February 28
Civic Center
Co-presented with MoAd, City Arts & Lectures is hosting novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga and scholar and activist Angela Davis for what’s sure to be a riveting conversation.
Cost: $36

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Daisy Barringer¬†is an SF-based freelance writer who spent many childhood days wandering around the Exploratorium. Follow her on¬†Instagram¬†to see what she’s up to now.

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