Top San Diego brunches for Mother’s Day


Shower mom with love on May 14 by lavishing her with an extravagant meal or brunch buffet at one of San Diego County’s restaurants on her special day. Just like sitting up straight and minding your manners, reservations are essential. (All menus will be served on Sunday, unless otherwise noted.)

Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant will spoil mom with brunch and cocktails fit for a queen. Dishes include salmon Benedict, ham and gruyere quiche and blueberry-banana hotcakes. “A Dozen Roses,” a new cocktail crafted just for mom, is a mixture of rosehip-infused gin, rose water syrup, fresh lemon juice, Peychaud’s Bitters and sparkling wine. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14. 2202 Fourth Ave., San Diego. (619) 231-0222 or

BiCE Ristorante will serve an elegant four-course menu, starting with a complimentary glass of bubbly for mom. The menu includes burrata with sauteed escarole (endive), black olives and Spanish anchovies; crab and asparagus soup and pan-seared salmon with roasted pea puree risotto; double-cut lamb loin with roasted nectarine; and strawberry panna cotta for dessert. A child’s menu will be available. 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 14. 425 Island Ave., San Diego. $49 per person; $10 per child 10 and under. (619) 239-2423 or

Bistro 39 Restaurant & Lounge will host an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet that includes a carving station, omelette bar, assorted pastries and other petite bites. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 14. Hilton Garden Inn San Diego/Del Mar, 3939 Ocean Bluff Ave., San Diego. $38.99 per adult (includes one glass of Champagne or a mimosa); $18.99 per child. (858) 720-9500 or

Bleu Bohème owner and executive chef Ken Irvine will serve a “Joyeuses Fetes des Meres” brunch on Mother’s Day. Entree choices include house quiche, boeuf Bourguignon and eggs Benedict with house-smoked salmon or Canadian bacon. Children can select from their own menu with options like grilled steak, chicken breast or salmon with macaroni and cheese or pommes frites. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 14. 4090 Adams Ave., San Diego. $55 per person; $18 per child. (619) 255-4167 or

Blue Point Coastal Cuisine will offer moms a complimentary entree on Mother’s Day. Moms can order from a special menu with entree choices such as pan-seared dayboat scallops, five-ounce petit filet mignon, shrimp and mussel pasta or market fish a la plancha. The free entree will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. The restaurant’s regular menu will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 14. 565 Fifth Ave., San Diego. (619) 233-6623 or

Bottega Americano will serve Mother’s Day brunch with offerings like braised pork shoulder hash, spring fusilloni (corkscrew-shaped pasta) and oysters on the half shell. Bottomless Listel Rose wine ($20) will be served, and all mothers will receive a complimentary long-stem rose. Sunday, May 14. 1195 Island Ave, San Diego. (619) 255-7800 or

Caroline’s Seaside Cafe will serve healthy and creative California-style cuisine, cocktails and brews on the patio. Sunday, May 14. 8610 Kennel Way, La Jolla. (858) 202-0569 or

Coasterra chef Deborah Scott has created a Champagne Brunch Buffet that features a cold seafood display with snow crab legs and lemon-pepper prawns; a carving station with chili- and fennel-rubbed prime rib; as well as pastries and Mexican specialties. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 14. 880 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego. $69.95 per adult; $17.95 per child. (619) 814-1300 or

The Cork & Craft executive chef Scott Cannon has designed playful dishes for the whole family on Mother’s Day. Menu items include berry and yogurt parfait, seasonal vegetable frittata, garlic noodles with poached egg and Dungeness crab cake bennies. Moms will receive a complimentary mimosa or she can opt to purchase an Abnormal beer or glass of wine. A special menu for the little ones will be available. Sunday, May 14. 16990 Via Tazon, San Diego. (858) 618-2463 or

CUCINA enoteca will open its doors early in celebration of Mother’s Day. Families can pick their favorites from the brunch buffet, including an antipasti bar filled with fresh salads, pizza and ragu, as well as an egg station complete with frittatas, scrambles and omelettes, and a freshly-prepared carving station and sweets station. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 14. 2730 Via de la Valle, Del Mar. $38 per adult; $18 per child. (858) 704-4500 or

Curadero, the newly opened Mexican kitchen at Hotel Palomar, will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner options on Mother’s Day. Menu highlights include the Pitaya Bowl, made with dragon fruit sorbet, fresh banana, berries and house-made granola; Omelette Curadero, made with mushrooms, huitlacoche (a corn filling), requeson (a Mexican fresh cheese), epazote (Mexican herb), salsa verde and potato cakes; Frutas de Carrito, made with watermelon, pineapple, mango, cucumber, jicama (Mexican turnip), orange and Tajin (Mexican seasoning); and crab and shrimp flautas. Sunday, May 14. 1047 Fifth Ave., San Diego. (619) 515-3003 or

Cusp Dining & Drinks chef Ingrid Funes has crafted a Mother’s Day buffet that is to dine for. Brunch fare includes cinnamon roll French toast, watermelon feta salad, tortilla soup, salmon a la Veracruzana and a selection of desserts. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14. 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla. $65 per person; $30 per child 12 and under. Diners who arrive between 9 and 9:45 a.m. will receive $15 off the adult price and $10 off the children’s price. (858) 551-3620 or

Decoy Dockside Dining is offering moms an endless brunch buffet on Mother’s Day. Along with free flowing bubbly ($5), the buffet features fresh seafood, carving stations, omelette stations and desserts. Moms will receive a complimentary restaurant gift card, plus three lucky moms will win “Queen for a Day” prizes. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14. Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, 1025 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos. $60 per adult; $18 per child 12 and under. (760) 621-0909 or

Extraordinary Desserts in Little Italy is hosting a Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch. Sugary treats from cakes to scones and everything in-between will be available, including the Princess Kaiulani Cake, made with caramelized pineapple, creamy coconut vanilla bean mousse and white chocolate shortbread chunks, layered between whipped cream and elderberry moistened vanilla cakes. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14. Limited seating. $24.95 per adult; $14.95 per child 12 and under.1430 Union St., San Diego. (619) 294-7001, ext. 101.

Farmer & The Seahorse chef Brian Malarkey’s Mother’s Day brunch includes a hot buffet, salad station, carving station and build-your-own waffle and bagel stations. Lawn games will be available for the kids at the outdoor courtyard near the patio. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14. 10996 Torreyana Road, San Diego. $59.95 per adult; $19.95 per child 12 and under. (858) 260-5400 or

Firehouse American Eatery + Lounge will celebrate Mother’s Day with, “Yoga and Brunch,” a brunch that feeds the body as well as the mind. Sessions will be offered at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and includes a yoga class, breakfast and bubbles. $25 per person. Sunday, May 14. 722 Grand Ave, San Diego. (858) 274-3100.

George’s at the Cove is hosting a smorgasbord of classic favorites, including French toast with Chino Farms strawberries and Meyer lemon cream; chilaquiles with soft egg and queso fresco; and eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon and Meyer lemon hollandaise. Vegetarian and vegan options will be offered. Brunch is served downstairs at California Modern starting at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 14. 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla. (858) 454-4244.

Harrah’s Resort Southern California’s Mother’s Day offering include brunch at the Buffet with carving, seafood, breakfast, lunch and international stations. For dinner, guests can indulge in a prix fixe meal at Fiore Steakhouse with main course options like grilled shrimp etouffee or petite filet mignon Sardou; and at The Cafe, grilled New York steak with garlic buttered shrimp, roasted fingerling potatoes, seasoned vegetables, soup or salad and red velvet cake will be on the menu. 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center. (760) 751-3100.

Hope 46 executive chef Ryan Gilbert has crafted a special prix fixe menu for Mother’s Day. Options include an omelette station, a carving station with fine meats and salmon and a host of side dishes and salads. Music will be performed by The Rollers, the Beatles cover band. The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego. $46 per person; optional bottomless mimosas are $15. (619) 780-0358 or

Island Prime/C Level offers a three-course brunch with a side of oceanfront views. Start your Mother’s Day meal with a creamy lobster bisque or a chopped kale salad, followed by an entree of Vancouver Island salmon or Roquefort-crusted filet mignon. Cap off your meal with a slice of German chocolate cake or the fruit-topped strawberry rhubarb tart. 11 .am. to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 14. 888 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego. $59.95 per adult; $13.95 per child. (619) 298-6802 or

JRDN/Tower 23 will serve Mother’s Day brunch featuring savory dishes like chilaquiles and Eggs and Mama’s Baked French Toast. Say cheers to mom with a signature Tower23 Bloody Mary or build-your-own mimosa with juice choices like blood orange rosemary, pineapple mango and blackberry mint. Sunday, May 14. 723 Felspar St., San Diego. (858) 270-2323 or

La Valencia Hotel is hosting a La V’s Mother’s Day Brunch. The menu includes bottomless mimosas and Champagne, a garnish-your-own donut wall and live entertainment. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14. La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla. (858) 454-0771 or

Le Parfait Paris will offer brunch specials ranging from savory to decadent on Saturday and Sunday, along with a flower pop-up with Haystack Floral. After you and mom have eaten a variety of traditional French breakfast options and two-for-one Champagne cocktails (each with a chocolate cream puff) you can create a custom floral bouquet from Haystack’s selection of fresh flowers and floral greens paired with a color-complementary package of macarons. Live music will be performed on the patio from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 14. 555 G St, San Diego. (619) 245-4457 or

Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge will shower moms with a flower on Mother’s Day, along with a farm-fresh a la carte brunch menu. Options include citrus French toast topped with bourbon maple syrup, caramelized tangerines and chai tea reduction or duck flautas served with chile de arbol (Mexican chili pepper), avocado and a sunny-side-up egg. Handcrafted spring cocktails will be offered from the seasonally rotating beverage menu. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14. 1015 Orange Ave., Coronado. (619) 437-6087 or

Madison on Park takes a fresh approach to Mother’s Day brunch with its waffled churro sticks, avocado toast and egg and soy chorizo flatbread. Madison Mimosas, by the glass ($7) or pitcher ($27), are mixed with signature flavors like cucumber honey, lemon blackberry and honeycrisp apple pomegranate. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14. 4622 Park Blvd, San Diego. (619) 269-6566 or

Marina Kitchen will be honoring all mothers with a Mother’s Day Buffet. Menu items include everything from Belgium waffles to crepe and omelette stations, fresh baked breads and an assortment of desserts. Marina Kitchen will offer complimentary Champagne just for moms with a buffet purchase. Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, 333 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14. $42 per adult; $12 per child 12 and under. (619) 699-8222.

The Marine Room is serving an a la carte menu on Mother’s Day. Entree highlights include Country Meadow rack of lamb, Shetland Island salmon and lemon thyme-roasted Mary’s Farm chicken. Choose from desserts like macadamia butter mousse cake, Carlsbad strawberry and peach cobbler and cordillera chocolate sacher torte. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 14. 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla. (858) 459-7222 or

Monello in Little Italy will wish mom a Happy Mother’s Day, the Italian Way, with brunch and dinner specials like Pizza della Mamma ($20), made with Stracchino cheese, parma, prosciutto, rainbow cauliflower and eggs; and the Beet Tagliatelle ($25) with truffle sauce, speck (cured ham) and mushrooms cooked tableside in a cheese wheel. Sunday, May 14. 750 W. Fir St., San Diego. (619) 501-0030 or

Oceanaire Seafood Room is typically only open for dinner, but on Mother’s Day, the downtown restaurant will open at 11 a.m. with a special daytime brunch menu that features seafood, steaks and decadent desserts. “Violets are Blue,” a cocktail created exclusively for Mother’s Day, will be available on Saturday for those who want to toast to mom a little early. The cocktail, priced at $16, is a blend of Ciroc Apple Vodka, Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur, lemon juice and fresh blackberries. Sunday, May 14. Historic Gaslamp Quarter, 400 J St., San Diego. (619) 858-2277 or

Officine Buona Forchetta co-owner and chef Mario Cassineri has developed a Mother’s Day menu that will have you shouting, Mamma Mia! Along with a complimentary glass of Prosecco wine for mom, the menu features a provolone prosciutto cotto quiche, pizza topped with shrimp, lemon, scamorza (Italian cow’s milk cheese) and edible flowers, and for dessert, a flourless chocolate cake with sea salt caramel. Noon to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, May 14. 2865 Sims Road, San Diego. (619) 548-5770 or

Pacifica Del Mar’s Mother’s Day three-course menu features brunch favorites and a wide selection of brunch cocktails, including Bloody Marys. Executive chef David Burke will have a menu just for kids, too. 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 14. $42 per person. Dinner seating starts at 4 p.m. 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. (858) 792-0476 or

Parc Bistro-Brasserie’s French-inspired Mother’s Day brunch includes gourmet dishes like smoked salmon rillettes, Quiche Lorraine, rack of lamb and butte-poached lobster. Vegetarian options will also be available. Sunday, May 14. 2760 Fifth Ave., Suite 100, San Diego. $42.50 per person. (619) 319-9472 or

The Prado in Balboa Park is hosting a Champagne Brunch Buffet on Mother’s Day. Spend the day sipping on a sparkling glass of bubbly, while perusing a pancake station, a dim sum station and chilled seafood displays. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 14. 1549 El Prado, San Diego. $64.95 per adult; $17.95 per child 6-12; free to children under 6. (619) 557-9441 or

Puesto at The Headquarters is hosting a family fiesta on Mother’s Day. Along with the regular menu options, the Mexican eatery has added a kid’s plate ($10) that includes a quesadilla, rice, beans, mango ketchup, sliced avocado and choice of fried fish, carnitas or grilled chicken. End your meal with a frozen dessert taco ($4) or Tres Leches de Cafe Cake ($10). Sunday, May 14. 789 W. Harbor Drive, Suite 155, San Diego. (619) 233-8880 or

Rancho Bernardo Inn’s signature restaurants are offering brunch buffets on Mother’s Day. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, San Diego. (855) 574-5356.

  • Avant: Brunch buffet menu with bottomless mimosas at an additional cost of $14. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14. $75 per adult; $25 per child.
  • Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant: Outdoor brunch buffet overlooking the golf course, live music and bottomless mimosas at an additional cost of $14. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14. $68 per adult; $25 per child.
  • Aragon Lawn: Family-friendly brunch buffet, complete with a petting zoo, pony rides and live music. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14. $80 per adult; $30 per child.

SEA180 will serve a Champagne Brunch Buffet on Mother’s Day. Browse through traditional breakfast favorites, including classic eggs Benedict; made-to-order omelettes; vegetarian-friendly Buddha Bowls, made with quinoa and spring vegetables; chilaquiles or chicken enchiladas; and a display of pastries and fresh fruit. 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14. 800 Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach. $59.95 per adult; $17.95 per child 6-12; free to children under 6. (619) 631-4949 or

Seasons 52 will introduce a braised beef short rib hash and orange marmalade parfait mini-starter to the brunch menu on Mother’s Day. Traditional favorites such as brick-oven brioche French toast and S52 eggs Benedict will also be offered. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 14. Two San Diego locations: San Diego-Seaport District, 789 W. Harbor Drive, (619) 702-0052 and San Diego-UTC, 4505 La Jolla Village Drive, (858) 450-1252.

Social Tap Eatery will celebrate Mother’s Day with a weekend brunch menu featuring chicken and waffles served with crispy chicken and a Belgian waffle topped with maple syrup; and huevos rancheros served on a blue corn arepa (pancake) and topped with fresh pico and avocado. Order a Social Tap Mimosa, complete with fresh fruit and peach puree, to complement your meal. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14. Two locations in San Diego: 815 J St. and 4800 Art St.

The Shores Restaurant boasts plentiful choices on Mother’s Day. The menu, crafted by executive chef Bernard Guillas and chef de cuisine Percy Oani, offers everything from Asian chicken salad to lobster ravioli to coconut caramel cheesecake and sea salt caramel brownies. A children’s station will offer teriyaki turkey meatballs and barbecue chicken tenders. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 14. $58 per person; special pricing for children. (858) 456-0600 or

Stake Chophouse + Bar will offer a prix fixe brunch menu on Mother’s Day. Options include prime dry-aged New York steak and lobster eggs Benedict. Kids can choose a plate of French toast or steak sliders. Moms will receive a complimentary sparkling glass of bubbly. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14. 1309 Orange Ave., Coronado. $65 per adult; $30 per child. (619) 522-0077 or

Twenty/20 Grill & Wine Bar says “leave the cooking to us” on Mother’s Day. Along with coastal views, music and children’s activities, brunch will include a made-to-order omelette bar, a raw bar with oysters, crab legs and sushi, a carving station, pan-seared sea bass and wild mushroom ravioli. A children’s menu will also be available. 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad. $80 per adult; $30 per child 4-12; free to children 3 and under. (760) 827-2500 or

The US Grant will serve a Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet in its newly restyled Presidential Ballroom. Guests can choose from an assortment of dishes, including an omelette bar, fresh salads, seasonal side dishes, carved prime meats, Pacific seafood delicacies and a collection of sweet treats. Bottomless mimosas will also be available. Surprise mom by crafting handmade bouquets using fresh seasonal blooms from hotel’s pop-up floral market located in the lobby. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14. 326 Broadway, San Diego. $82 per adult; $72 per senior; $39 per child. Hosted valet parking. (619) 744-2039.

Veladora is serving a field-to-fork garden spread on Mother’s Day. Indulge in brunch options like signature omelettes, pastries, Belgian waffles, gourmet quiches, stuffed crepes, prime rib and lobster salad sliders. Following brunch, guests can attend family-friendly activities on the Croquet Lawn. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 14. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe. $130 per adult; $55 per child 11 and under; free to children 3 and under. (858) 759-6246.

The Westgate Hotel will host a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch. Served in the elegantly-styled Fontainebleau and Versailles Salons, the menu includes made-to-order omelettes, fresh seafood, gourmet plates, carving and crepe stations, baked breads, pastries and gourmet desserts. The Imperial Bar will pour freshly squeezed juices and endless mimosas, Bloody Marys, margaritas and bubbly. 1055 Second Ave., San Diego. $89 per person; $35 per child under 12. (619) 238-1818 or