It's not too late to snag a great reservation for Easter brunch but the time to act is right now. As a reward for planning in advance, here are 10 solid choices that you can consider that cover a range of settings, styles and interests, whether you're looking for something elegant or you prefer a nontraditional approach.
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Head to SoMa for a refined yet fun-loving three-course prix fixe ($38) from chef Matthew Dolan. Think lobster Benedict, asparagus frittata, fried green tomato BLT and organic strawberry pancakes. Also: mimosas made with freshly squeezed juice. 25 Lusk St.; 415-495-5875
Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free eaters should know about brunch at Saha, served on Sunday from 9 AM to 2 PM. There won't be overt Easter offerings, but there will be spring specials and dishes like spinach shakshuka, roasted banana pancakes and potato and crab frittata. Yes, those things sound delicious to omnivores too. Entrees run $10-$14. 1075 Sutter St.; 415-345-9547
The popular Mission brunch destination is finalizing the menu options for a three-course brunch ($45, or $20 for children), which will be customizable for each course. No matter what the menu holds, the Sunday Bloody Caesar will be available for your sipping-on-the-patio needs.
2534 Mission St.; 415-648-7600
As elegant and luxe as Easter is going to get - chef Michael Tusk cooks up first-of-the-season spring lamb from Watson Farms as the centerpiece of a special four-course brunch ($125 or $50 for children). 470 Pacific Ave.; 415-775-8500
For an Italian take on Easter brunch, get thee to Cow Hollow, where chef Chris Thompson and pastry chef Candace Rowan are offering the regular a la carte menu plus holiday specials like Ceci fettuccine with braised sugo, fava and pecorino and Pastiera Napoletana, an Italian ricotta cheese cake. Brunch is available conveniently from 11 AM until the dinner menu takes effect at 4 PM. 2355 Chestnut St.; 415-771-2216
Locals can - and should - reclaim Fisherman's Wharf on Easter. If you're feeling crabby, pull up for one of the regular bread bowl-clam chowder affairs or a Dungeness crab Benedict, which will be on special on Sunday for $23.95. All diners get to take home a super-cute bunny-shaped loaf of sourdough bread, which is extraordinarily still made from the same starter that was created back in 1849. It shouldn't be the tourists' secret. 160 Jefferson St.; 415-351-5561
Chef Parke Ulrich is pulling out all the stops with a customizable three-course brunch menu ($55) to compete with the stellar Bay Bridge views. Highlights include house-cured Alaskan halibut, American caviar scramble and BBQ tri tip. Meanwhile, pastry chef Emily Luchetti will unleash delights like cardamom phyllo nest, chocolate marquis and fennel creme renverse. Brunch is served from 11:30 AM to 3 PM. 399 The Embarcadero; 415- 284-9922
If you want to feel like the city is yours, check out the stunning views here over a decadent buffet brunch ($109 or $59 for children aged two-four). Chef Nenad Stefanovic is preparing entrees such as Alaskan halibut with caramelized fennel, fire roasted peppers and citrus beurre blanc, Kurobuta pork loin with Brussels sprouts and whole-grain mustard sauce and saffron couscous with spring vegetables and Parmesan broth - plus there will be an omelet station and build-your-own buttermilk waffle bar. Adults get bottomless mimosas, and kids get a visit from the Easter Bunny. Service hours are 10 AM to 2 PM. 999 California St.; 415-616-6916