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Apr 3, 2014 07:59 PM

Mother's Day brunch - Oakland/East Bay

Hi - I've been out of the Bay Area a few years now, and a bit out of touch on happening food and especially brunch spots. I'm looking for a place that i can book for 7 adults (and one baby) for Mother's Day brunch. Most of the brunch places I would fall back on are walk in only. Hoping for something more on the side of interesting rather than standard fare. Something like Camino would be good, only not Camino as the family is already there a lot. Looking for something slightly special for the two moms in our crowd. Any help and ideas appreciated!

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    1. re: selectiveomnivore

      I don't know, but when you said "like Camino but not Camino" my first thought was "Haven."

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        I gave Haven a call, and they're only doing their family style brunch. No options, one set meal. While the current one posted sounds great, I don't think I can subject 7 people to it and might be a bit dull for a group that size.

    2. Flora: reservations, cocktails, elevated brunch food

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      1. re: rubadubgdub

        great idea - leading contender I think...

      2. If it's a nice day, Bocanova's patio is very nice. Not Camino but they take reservations. They also have big tables outside.

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        1. re: ML8000

          Mom and I love Bocanova for afternoon happy hour. It's a nice spot for a chat and a south american-y cocktail and nibbles. The outside big tables is a good call for a group like ours. Will keep this one in the mix.

        2. Anyone have a recent experience at Scott's? Is it too standard?

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          1. re: wolfe

            Scotts makes 2, and only 2, dishes well:
            - their burger at lunch, surprisingly good
            - popcorn shrimp in Creole red sauce, a little over-buttered but tasty in an artery-clogging way.

            If you select something very very simple, such as the crab-avocado salad, it is at least innocuously pleasing if not remarkable.

            The bread, which is extremely fresh Boudin sourdough, will be the best thing on your table.

            Otherwise they are stuck in the lemon-butter sauce 1980's. Back then they were groundbreaking and people lined up to get into the original SF locations. We held a lot of office parties at the Embarcadero Center location back then.

            We now go VERY occasionally for one reason only: they have a great view of the Xmas Lighted Boat Parade in December, on the estuary.

            Service is always perfunctory and rushed; although these guys are pros, it's clear they don't care any longer.

          2. I recently noticed a few more places offering brunch: Dona Tomas (great outdoor space), Barlata (tortilla espanola, fine hams), A16 RR (prob reg brunch menu w some specials).