For the woman who gave you life and unconditional love, we reserve Mother’s Day to recognize her strength, grace and selfless spirit.
This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 13th. The occasion beckons families big and small to spoil mom, showering her with the affections she so deserves. Lavish fine dining, extensive buffet spreads, and out-of-the-ordinary activities offer an option for any hip mom in San Diego seeking to start the day off right.
From The Prado to Hotel Del, Anthology, Café Sevilla, and even the San Diego Zoo, discover some of the best restaurants to treat mom to for 2012 Mother’s Day Brunch in San Diego.
The US GRANT: For moms with an upscale palate, the US GRANT serves up a blissful brunch stuffed with gratitude. A buffet spread offers families the chance to taste a variety of the flavors coming out of the downtown hotel’s kitchen, including carved prime meats, fresh seafood, seasonal side dishes, the all-encompassing dessert display and more. Sip champagne while delighting in the live music on scene, as mom gets spoiled with a special gift. Brunch seatings will take place at 11am, 12pm and 1:30pm. The buffet is priced at $69 for adults, $60 for seniors and $22 for children. Get details here.
Café Sevilla: A Mother’s Day done up with Spanish flair— that’s the tune of Café Sevilla’s special Sunday brunch buffet set inside the downtown Spanish restaurant. From 10am to 2pm, guests celebrating mom can stop by for a full buffet including a carving station, a crepe station, and an omelet station, plus Sevilla’s traditional brunch buffet of Spanish and coastal cuisine specialties and a glass of champagne or sangria. At the heart of the Mother’s Day Brunch is a live flamenco guitarist, adding charm and flair for an unforgettable experience. The brunch is priced at $34.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids. For a late night option, Café Sevilla will also host a Flamenco Dinner Performance on Mother’s Day, starting at 6pm with their tapas bar. The late night show is priced at $39.50 per person. Get details here.
Anthology: Give your mama some rock n’ roll love with a female-powered brunch served up at Anthology. Along with the farm-fresh breakfast and lunch foods, guests can toast the special occasion with $10 bottomless mimosas. Sit back and relax as the Anthology House Band plays a special “Tribute to Women: From Billie to Aretha to Beyonce” live on stage. The menu features a range of Chef Todd Allison’s specialties, including the Dungeness Crab Benedict with potato hash, poached ranch egg, crab cake stack, and maltaise sauce; the Banana Nut Buttermilk Short Stalk with candied walnuts, dark rum butter, oak barrel maple syrup and fresh fruit; or a large selection of lunch sandwiches and salads. Brunch runs from 10:30am to 1:30pm and is priced at $10 per person (food items served at additional costs). Get details here.
The Prado: Mother’s Day at the Prado serves up a chic buffet in its warm, historic atmosphere situated inside Balboa Park. The champagne brunch from 10am to 2:30pm makes for a perfect day trip to the park, and includes a hot food display with Dill Crusted Grilled Salmon, Oven Roasted Chicken Breast, Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs and a Whipped Potato Martini Bar. Chilled Seafood options feature Pacific Northwest Oysters, Shrimp Cocktails, and Assorted Smoked Fish and Shellfish, while a Dim Sum Station serves Assorted Steamed Dumplings, Asian Slaw, Sliced Ahi Sashimi, and Spicy Tuna Roll or California Roll. The Carving Station offers Prime Rib of Beef and Honey Glazed Ham; while dessert boasts a Chocolate Fountain, as well as assorted cakes, tarts, pastries, muffins and other sweets. Plus, mom will love the complimentary champagne. The buffet brunch is priced at $59.95 per adult, $16.95 for children 6-12, free for kids under 6. Get details here.
Flagship Cruises & Events: For a treasured experience brunching and loving on mom, Flagship Cruises invites families to board the Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise taking the bay in the morning from 10am-12pm or the afternoon from 2pm-4pm. The day cruise boasts a menu with only the best, as well as live entertainment from Art Deco (jazz saxophone) and JoJo Hahn (classical guitar). Relax with complimentary champagne and mimosas, made-to-order omelets, a chilled seafood station, carved roasted top sirloin, belgian waffles, fresh cakes and pastries, assorted danishes and muffins, and more. The buffet on the bay is priced at $64.50 for adults and $37.50 for children 4-12 years old. Get details here.
Flavor Del Mar: This Mother’s Day, Flavor Del Mar will be impressing moms from 11am-2pm by offering their regular brunch menu plus $15 bottomless mimosas, $5 Bloody Marys and $9 Specialty Bloody Marys. Savor the Pickled Fingerling Potatoes, Brioche French Toast, Soft Scramble Crostini or the Tomato-Wild Mushroom Omelette. Bonus treat— all moms will receive a bag of housemade cookies to take home on their special day. The Flavor Del Mar brunch is served a la carte. Get details here.
Island Prime: Give mom the gift of breathtaking views of the Pacific and Coronado, with a sweet and succulent menu to feast on. Island Prime offers a three-course brunch with champagne for Mother’s Day, embracing the restaurant’s exotic Island motifs. Start with first course options of a Lobster Bisque, Avocado filled with lobster, pomegranate, crispy flax tortilla, and pomegranate black pepper steak, or a Fondue of Manchego. Entrée options include Filet Mignon, Pistachio Crusted Lamb Rack, Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon, Risotto of Spring Vegetable, or a Rack of Pork. For dessert, delight in your choice of German Chocolate Cake or a Strawberry Rhubarb Tart. Kids score their own menu at Island Prime, featuring a 3oz. Filet Mignon, Chicken Fingers, Mac n’ Cheese and a Brownie Sundae. The Island Prime meal extends from 11am to 7pm and is priced at $49.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids 12 and under. Get details here. (pictured)
Hotel Del Coronado: The swanky champagne brunch buffet by the sea will take over the Oceanfront Ballroom and the Crown Room from 9am to 3pm at the legendary Hotel Del Coronado. Aside from the delectable food, the occasion will feature live entertainment and a special rose for each mom. On the buffet spread will be California and Baja cheeses, aged and cured meats, seasonal fruits and a selection of seafood including Lump Crab Jicama and Citrus Salad, Smoked Trout, and Green Lip Mussels. Entrees feature Pepper Rubbed New York Strip, Lobster Cannelloni, and Almond Crusted San Dabs. Choose from morning fare selections of Brioche French Toast, Eggs Benedict and a Granola-Yogurt Bar. Save room for NY Style Cheesecakes, Orange Chiffron Cake, Spring Buttermilk Cupcakes, and assorted vintage treats. Get details here.
Baleen: Toast and dine with mom in the sunshine, overlooking the waters of Mission Bay with al fresco brunch at Paradise Point’s restaurant Baleen. Chef Jessie Lee Williams serves up something special from 10am to 3pm. Surrounded by lush, tropical gardens, the Mother’s Day brunch offers starters such as Mama’s Southern Grits with caramelized blood orange jam, Sugar-Dusted Doughnuts, Smoked Salmon Pastrami Style, or a Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail. For breakfast, enjoy the Crab & Avocado Omelet with avocado, tomatoes, green scallions, chipotle hollandaise and crispy potato cakes; or the Brie and Apricot Waffles with grand marnier stewed apricots, whipped cream and butter. More savory options include the Grilled Scottish Salmon Steak with creamed spinach and fennel, crispy fingerling potatoes, and granny smith apple salad; or the Soy Braised Half Chicken with jasmine rice, oven roasted bok choy, warm pork belly-shitake vinaigrette. Meanwhile, sip on mimosas and the Bloody Mary Bar. Get details here.
George's California Modern: Idyllically located overlooking the Pacific in La Jolla, George’s California Modern only serves brunch twice a year. This exclusive occasion for Mother’s Day calls on Chef Trey Foshee’s specialties from 10am-2:30pm with classic brunch entrees done with a twist. Moms and co. can devour a Seared Yellowtail Jack, Brioche French Toast, Croque Madame or a Niman Ranch Pork Loin and Cheek. Plus, sip on refreshing cocktails like the Beets Me with Junipero gin, beet water, mint, lemon and cracked pepper. The California Modern brunch is served a la carte. Get details here.
San Diego Zoo: For the adventure-seeking mom, bring her to a wild animal brunch at the San Diego Zoo. The family will take on a full menu, with continuous seatings from 11am to 3pm in the Treetops Banquet Room. Select from an Endless Omelet Bar, Hand-Carved Roast Beef, Smoked Bacon and Sausage, Glazed Teriyaki Salmon, Pasta Primavera, a Treehouse Cheese Board, Whipped Potatoes, Thai Cabbage Slaw, muffins and breakfast breads, and sweet treats ranging from cakes, pastries, and fresh whipped creams. The Zoo brunch is priced at $39.95 per adult, $18.95 for children ages 3 to 11. Get details here.
La Costa Resort & Spa: This North County haven of luxury and relaxation serves mom a decadent brunch buffet in the Costa del Sol ballroom from 9am-3pm. Enjoy unlimited offerings of Charcuterie and Artisan Cheeses, Seasonal Fresh Fruits, Farm Fresh Scrambled Eggs, Cinnamon Brioche French Toast, Lemongrass Poached Shrimp, Cherrywood Smoked Salmon, New Zealand Mussels, Herb Crusted Striploin of Beef, plus Mini French Pastries and a Black Forest Sundae Station. Brunch at La Costa is $73 per adult; $27 for kids 5-11; free for kids under 5. Get details here.
Ponte Winery: Take mom on a trip to the vineyards where she’ll delight in a brunch paired with Moscato and Rose Spumante sparkling wines. The scene lights up with live music and carriage rides around Ponte Vineyard. The buffet-style brunch features a Smoked Fish Display, Oven Roasted Cornish Game Hens, Tri-Color Cheese Tortellini, a Carving Station with Cedar Planked Mahi Mahi, Roast Prime Rib of Beef and a mini-buffet for the kids. Brunch seatings take place at 11am, 12pm and 1:30pm. The buffet is $65 per adult; $25 for kids. Get details here.
Mille Fleurs: The charming a la carte brunch for moms at Mille Fleurs celebrates in Rancho Santa Fe from 10am-2pm. Stand-out dishes include the Mille Fleurs Lobster Salad, Artisan “Foie Gras” on Torchon, Green and White Asparagus in Aspic, Alaskan Wild Troll King Salmon, a Sea Scallop and Lobster Risotto and a Prime Filet and Steak Duo. Satiate that sweet tooth with Chilled Strawberry and Rhubarb Soup, a Hazelnut Chocolate Torte or Homemade Cookies. The Mother’s Day brunch is served a la carte. There will be a separate Mother’s Day Dinner held from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Get details here.
In the Evening:
Hornblower Cruises & Events: When the sun is setting and the day’s festivities are settling down, take the special lady out on a Mother’s Day Sunset Dinner Cruise through Hornblower Cruises & Events. This three-hour yacht on San Diego Bay offers a boarding glass of champagne or sparkling cider, a three-course dinner with duet entrée, options to add hors d’oeuvres, California wines and premium dessert, DJ entertainment, complimentary fresh flowers for mom, and stunning views of San Diego. The dinner cruise leaves from San Diego Grape Street at 6pm and costs $69.95 per person. Get details here!
Stay tuned for more restaurant updates in our 2012 Mother’s Day Dining Guide…