So your family is in town, and you put off scheduling Easter brunch until right about now. Or they came to town on short notice, and you have to scramble. Perhaps you were planning on having your regular old Sunday brunch with friends, only to find that your typical spot was completely booked up by the Easter hordes. Hell, maybe you're looking for somewhere good to grub after you've dropped in at your dispensary's 4/20 sale. Regardless of the reason, we've got you. These 15 Eater-approved places still had tables for 4 available on OpenTable at the listed times (as of 1 pm Friday); a few may not even be on your radar, as they're opening early exclusively for the holiday. Consider your brunch plans resurrected.Read More
The Procrastinator's Guide to Easter Brunch
1. Presidio Social Club
The Presidio is captivating on a sunny Sunday. We recommend brunch here, with eggs Benedict, brioche beignets, and chicken arugula salad, and then a trip over to Off the Grid's Picnic at the Presidio for some lawn games and blanketside cocktails. Tables: From 12:30 onward.
2. BIN 38
Hushpuppies with strawberry butter, raspberry-mascarpone french toast, a crispy prosciutto egg sandwich, and $14 bottomless mimosas, not to mention a cute patio, make Bin 38 a nice choice for a casual brunch in the Marina. Tables: Pretty much anytime between 11 and 2.
For a casual pizza, pasta, and/or salad, this is a good bet, especially if you're dining with someone who has kids who only eat one of those things (it probably isn't salad). Outdoor seats looking out onto Chestnut make for nice al fresco people watching. Tables: 12, 12:30, 1.
4. Original Joe's
Listen, we're not going to pretend that this place approaches the high heights of culinary innovation. But older parents and grandparents will love it, and you'll get to bask in their happy time warp. Have some ham and eggs and crab Louie and maybe a bloody. Farm-to-table cuisine will still be there tomorrow. Tables: 10:45, 12:15, 12:30.
5. Fog City
A guaranteed parent-pleaser ("Remember that Visa commercial?") with a menu that's modern but not too modern, this is another winner for picky family members. Warm sugar-dusted old-fashioned donuts, a wood-oven-baked egg, grilled fish, and the well-regarded burger are safe options. Tables: Pretty much any time from 11:45 onward.
6. Hard Water
Best avoided for all but the hippest family members (too noisy, too boozy), but a great choice for friends looking to catch up over oysters, fried chicken, iced chicory coffee, and some strong drinks. Tables: From 11:30 onward.
7. Slanted Door
Apparently no one wants upscale Vietnamese food for Easter brunch, because this typically booked-solid spot has quite a few four-tops open. Traditionalists won't dig it, but if you can get folks behind the cuisine choice, the views should do the rest of the work. Tables: 11:30, 11:45, 1:30, 1:45.
8. Wayfare Tavern
Your family knows Tyler Florence, and they're staying downtown. You take them here, they eat his fried oysters, crab Louie, and Caesar salad, everyone gets deep into the popovers, and maybe bloody Marys are had. Everyone is happy. Tables: 10:30, 11.
9. Baker & Banker
Baker & Banker has cracked the code on feeding picky Pac Heights oligarchs, so they can probably offer something acceptable for your family. Since they don't normally serve brunch, there's no menu info, but expect top-notch sweets from Lori Baker's next-door bakery. Tables: 11, 11:15.
10. Chambers Eat + Drink
For brunch with friends (or your hip grandma), this spot has a Palm Springs vibe with its groovy motel pool. Eggs in a hole, "hangover hash," and a souffle pancake are among the dining options. If you choose the mimosa bottle service, be careful not to fall in. Tables: 10:30, 1, 1:15
11. Bluestem Brasserie
Got family staying in Union Square? You'll be able to roll your hungover self right over to meet them here on Sunday morning, since it's right next to both their hotels and the Powell Muni stop. Flat-iron steak and eggs, a classic Benedict and Monte Cristo, salads, a burger, and a full bar mean there's something for everyone. Tables: Pretty much anytime between 11 and 2.
12. Zero Zero
Also proximate to Union Square hotels, this is another good option for brunch pizza (top it with an egg to astound out-of-towners), salads. Chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, and mimosas by the pitcher will satisfy those who don't want the pies for brunch; kids will like the build-your-own soft serve. Tables: 11:30, 12:15, 12:45.
13. Bar Agricole
Duck-fat hash browns, a goat cheese-asparagus scramble, lemon-huckleberry French toast, and chilled cracked crab are some of Bar Agricole's brunch options, and on a bright spring day, its patio is pretty much unbeatable. Tables: Pretty much anytime between 11 and 2.
14. Slow Club
A cute standby in the slower-paced part of the Mission, Slow Club does a frittata, housemade granola, an egg sandwich, a Caesar, and other simple, well-executed classics to satisfy competing interests and appetites. Tables: 11:30, 11:45.
15. Hillside Supper Club
The super-sweet neighborhood vibe of this place will win over family, as will the reasonable prices and approachable food (savory bread pudding for the hedonist, egg-white frittata for the dieter, $19 bottomless mimosas with fresh-squeezed juice for everyone). Tables: 10:45, 11:15, 1.