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March 30, 2012

Spring is in the Square: Easter Brunch in Union Square

Sometimes, in an urban environment such as San Francisco, holidays like Easter lose a little bit of their luster. Residents and visitors are away from their families, so there isn’t necessarily a big Easter meal in store, and oftentimes there are no kiddies involved, so there go the Easter baskets and egg hunts that add a little magic to the day. In Union Square, we think you can get a little bit of that feeling of tradition and celebration by enjoying a lovely Easter brunch at one of our fancy hotel restaurants! It’s the beginning of spring and farmer’s markets are filled with newly in-season produce like fresh peas, asparagus and strawberries. Even if you don’t celebrate Easter, you can still indulge in the bounty of the season. We’ve put together a list of our top picks for spots where you can enjoy a stellar Easter brunch next week, so take a peek and grab some friends for a spring celebration.

The Oak Room at The Westin St. Francis

We almost can’t think of a more picture perfect place to brunch than the majestic and historic Westin St. Francis. If you really want the white glove treatment the Oak Room is your best bet. In addition to providing excellent service and a classic San Francisco setting, their spring menu with global inspiration is sure to tantalize your taste buds with items like Farfalle pasta with olives, basil and tear drop tomatoes, Mediterranean couscous with currents and pine nuts, paella with sausage and fresh sea food and cheese blintzes with berries.

Grand Café

The elegant Grand Café is smartly launching a new weekend brunch program on Easter Sunday. This is a natural pick for those who enjoy a cocktail with their eggs, since the new menu will feature a “Build Your own Bloody Mary” bar as well as a variety of mimosas. The dishes will not necessarily stick to their usual French theme with items like a chorizo verdo omelet, a wild salmon BLTA (the “A” is for avocado) and fried oysters with herbed polenta, but they will definitely make for a lively morning meal.

Jasper’s Corner Tap

Easter at Jasper’s is all about eggs! If you haven’t already tried one of their super savory and tasty deviled eggs, Easter Sunday is the day. They’ll be serving up some extra special flavors, like spicy hummus and sweet pea and crab, plus an egg-centric cocktail called the Ramos Gin Fizz (everyone has a version, but theirs includes gin, half and half, egg white, lemon, lime, orange flower water, simple syrup and soda).

Scala’s Bistro

We’re going to go ahead and call this a trend, because Scala’s will also be featuring a Ramos Gin Fizz, presumably made from a slightly different recipe. In addition to celeb Chef Jen Biesty’s usual hearty brunch fare, such as a fried egg “Biestwitch” with bacon, avocado and aioli, they’ll be serving some Easter specials like green eggs and ham and grilled asparagus with egg tartine.

ANZU at the Hotel Nikko

ANZU is offering a luxurious champagne brunch this Easter with indulgent dishes like a flat iron steak salad and sweet pea and asiago ravioli, as well as a prime rib carving station. 

Campton Place

If you’re looking for a restaurant to impress your date or perhaps your in-laws Campton Place is the perfect spot to enjoy a high-class brunch with mouth-watering dishes such as a malted walnut waffle with pears and whipped cream, a tiger prawn frittata with roasted mushrooms and more substantial mains, including duck leg with pickled mustard jus.

Need more brunch ideas? Check out Opentable for brunch specials all around the city.