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San Diego Mother’s Day Guide 2017

From buffet brunches to DIY flower workshops, check out San Diego’s best Mother’s Day specials



333 Pacific
This Oceanside restaurant boasts a creative three-course champagne brunch with special dishes like miso-glazed scallops and cast iron duck pot pie.
Price: $59.95 per adult, $13.95 per child
Date: May 14
Location: 333 North Pacific Street, Oceanside
Phone: (760) 433-3333

The Friday after Mother’s Day, wine enthusiasts can reserve a spot at AVANT’s Daou wine dinner, a four-course meal and amuse-bouche with proprietor George Daou.
Price: $100 per person
Date: May 19
Location: 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo
Phone: (858) 675-8551

Live music, bottomless mimosas, specialty cocktails, and French influenced California cuisine are awaiting diners at this Escondido restaurant. The brunch menu features small plates, crepes, soups, salads, and more.
Price: À la carte
Date: May 14
Location: 417 West Girard Avenue, Escondido
Phone: (760) 747-5000

If mom isn’t a big brunch person, treat her to a fancy four-course dinner at BiCE for an evening full of burrata, pan seared salmon, and double cut lamb loin. Be sure to save room for the strawberry panna cotta.
Price: $49 per adult, $25 per child
Date: May 14
Location: 425 Island Avenue, Downtown
Phone: (619) 239-2423

Blue Point Coastal Cuisine
Moms eat free at Blue Point Coastal Cuisine this Mother’s Day. Enjoy seafood from a special limited menu that features “hook, line, and sinker” options, including pan-seared day boat scallops and passion fruit cheesecake.
Price: À la carte
Date: May 14
Location: 565 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp
Phone: (619) 233-6623

BO-beau Kitchen + Garden
BO-beau is sticking to the classics and offering a special Mother’s Day brunch menu full of their favorites like strawberry French toast and crab cake Benedict.
Price: À la carte
Date: May 14
Location: 8384 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa
Phone: (619) 337-3445

Bracero Cocina de Raiz
The kitchen at Bracero is cooking up a Baja influenced Mexican brunch menu to celebrate Mother’s Day. All moms will receive a complimentary house margarita or no mames cocktail to go with their meal as well as a special dessert.
Price: À la carte
Date: May 14
Location: 1490 Kettner Boulevard, Downtown
Phone: (619) 765-7864

Buster’s Beach House
Show mom your appreciation with an all-you-can-eat style brunch at Buster’s featuring free-flowing mimosas and Champagne, French toast, pancakes, eggs, and more.
Price: $32 per adult, $15 per child
Date: May 14
Location: 800 West Harbor Drive, Seaport Village
Phone: (619) 357-4465

Spend your morning at San Diego’s favorite modern Mexican restaurant for a champagne buffet brunch. Made-to-order omelets and an assortment of cakes, cookies, and pastries are all on the menu.
Price: $69.95 per adult, $17.95 per child (6-12), free for children under 6
Date: May 14
Location: 880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island
Phone: (619) 814-1300

Hotel Palomar’s new Mexican kitchen is serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Mother’s Day. Brunch-goers can try Chef Kraten’s pitaya bowl creation made with dragon fruit sorbet, fresh banana, berries, and house-made granola.
Price: À la carte
Date: May 14
Location: 1047 Fifth Avenue, Downtown
Phone: (619) 515-3003

Cucina Enoteca
This Italian kitchen is opening early and serving a variety of family favorites in honor of Mother’s Day. From their antipasti bar filled with pizza, ragu, and salads to their egg and carving stations, there will be something for all taste buds.
Price: $38 per adult, $18 per child
Date: May 14
Location: 2730 Via de la Valle, Del Mar
Phone: (858) 704-4500

Cusp Dining & Drinks
Bite into brunch at the La Jolla ocean view restaurant. The coastal buffet menu prepared by Chef Ingrid Funes consists of a mix of sweet and savory dishes and a selection of desserts.
Price: $65 per adult, $30 per child ($10 off each from 9am – 9:45am)
Date: May 14
Location: 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla
Phone: (858) 551-3620

Decoy Dockside Dining 
Give mom the gift of more with Decoy’s endless buffet brunch that includes carving stations, omelet stations, seafood, and desserts. Every mom will receive a complimentary Decoy gift certificate for future dining and three lucky moms will win “Queen of the Day” prizes like a $500 Tiffany & Co. gift certificate.
Price: $60 per adult ($65 with bottomless champagne), $18 per child
Date: May 14
Location: 1025 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos
Phone: (760) 621-0909

Farmer & The Seahorse
Build your own waffle or bagel at Farmer & The Seahorse this Mother’s Day, or head to their hot buffet, salad bar, or carving station that will all be serving delicious dishes in honor of the holiday.
Price: $59.95 per adult, $19.95 per child
Date: May 14
Location: 10996 Torreyana Road, La Jolla
Phone: (858) 260-5400

Firehouse American Eatery + Lounge
In collaboration with Bird Rock Yoga, Firehouse in Pacific Beach is hosting a “Yoga & Brunch” Mother’s Day event. Yogi moms can choose from three time slots and enjoy a yoga class, breakfast, and bubbles.
Price: $25 per person
Date: May 14
Location: 722 Grand Avenue, Pacific Beach
Phone: (858) 274-3100

George’s California Modern
Combining fresh Spring ingredients and ocean views, the coastal La Jolla restaurant will be serving a Mother’s Day brunch with special dishes like French toast with Chino Farms strawberries and Meyer lemon cream as well as local yellowtail and Baja striped bass.
Date: May 14
Location: 1250 Prospect Street, La Jolla
Phone: (858) 454-4244

The Hake
The revamped La Jolla restaurant will host a brunch buffet of ethically sourced, chef-driven dishes like très leches French toast, crab masala, and opah chorizo and eggs. Moms can sip on complimentary bottomless mimosas.
Price: $38 per person
Date: May 14
Location: 1250 Prospect Street, La Jolla
Phone: (858) 454-1637

Hope 46 at The Lafayette Hotel
Dine at Hope 46 for their prix-fixe Mother’s Day special that features a carving station, an omelet station, side dishes, and salads. Guests will also enjoy a live performance from Beatles cover band, The Rollers.
Price: $46 per person ($56 with bottomless mimosas)
Date: May 14
Location: 2223 El Cajon Boulevard, University Heights
Phone: (619) 780-0358

Hotel del Coronado
The Del is toasting to all mothers at their champagne brunch, complete with live music entertainment and a take-home chocolate confection prepared by pastry chef Daphne.
Price: $125 - $135 per adult, $50 per child (6-10), free for children under 6
Date: May 14
Location: 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado
Phone: (619) 522-8490

Indigo Grill
Vera cruz tamales and fresh churros are a couple of the Latin-inspired offerings on Indigo Grill’s three-course Mother’s Day menu.
Price: $44.95 per adult, $13.95 per child
Date: May 14
Location: 1536 India Street, Little Italy
Phone: (619) 234-6802

Island Prime / C Level
Perched right above the water, Island Prime / C Level invites guests to a three-course menu created by Chef Deborah Scott. Savor some creamy lobster bisque or satisfy that sweet tooth with German chocolate cake.
Price: $59.95 per adult, 13.95 per child
Date: May 14
Location: 880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island
Phone: (619) 298-6802

Build your own mimosa with blood orange rosemary, pineapple mango, and blackberry mint juices and say cheers to mom on the patio of Tower23’s coastal restaurant. Their brunch menu features seafood infused breakfast dishes and sandwiches served on artisanal rustic breads.
Price: À la carte
Date: May 14
Location: 723 Felspar Street, Pacific Beach
Phone: (858) 270-2323

The Melting Pot 
Celebrate Mother’s Day with an indulgent four-course meal that starts with a choice of cheese fondue, like their creamy pesto walnut blend. Once you’ve had your fondue fix, continue to the salad, entrée, and dessert courses.
Price: $53.95+ per adult, $19.95 per child (12 & under)
Date: May 14
Location: 901 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp
Phone: (619) 234-5554

Le Parfait Paris
On both Saturday and Sunday of Mother’s Day weekend the sweet bakery is offering brunch specials and a pop-up with Haystack Floral. After you and mom enjoy traditional French breakfast options and 2-for-1 champagne cocktails (each with a chocolate cream puff), create a bouquet from Haystack’s selection of flowers and greens, and don’t forget to pick up a package of macarons. There will also be live music on Sunday.
Price: À la carte
Date: May 13 and 14
Location: 555 G Street, Gaslamp
Phone: 619-245-4457

Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge
This urban island eatery will be handing out flowers to all moms at brunch on Mother’s Day. Diners can choose from a selection of farm-fresh dishes including citrus French toast and duck flautas as well as sip on one of their handcrafted spring cocktails.
Price: À la carte
Date: May 14
Location: 1015 Orange Avenue, Coronado
Phone: (619) 437-6087

Stop by this Little Italy restaurant for brunch or dinner to order their special “Pizza della Mamma” made with stracchino cheese, parma, prosciutto, rainbow cauliflower, and eggs for $20. They will also be serving a $25 beet tagliatelle dish cooked in one of their iconic cheese wheels.
Date: May 14
Location: 750 West Fir Street, Little Italy
Phone: (619) 501-0030

The Oceanaire Seafood Room
The Gaslamp restaurant will be opening its doors early to serve a special Mother’s Day-inspired brunch starting at 11 a.m. Meanwhile, their Violets are Blue cocktail—a mixture of blackberries and apple vodka that’s exclusive to the occasion—will be available starting on Saturday for those who want to celebrate early.
Price: À la carte
Date: May 14
Location: 400 J Street, Gaslamp
Phone: (619) 858-2277

Officine Buona Forchetta
Moms dining at Liberty Station’s new Officine Buona Forchetta will be treated to a complimentary glass of Prosecco upon arrival. Co-owner and chef Mario Cassineri and his team have developed a Festa Della Mamma menu of mom-inspired dishes including a provolone prosciutto cotto quiche, pizza topped with shrimp, lemon, scamorza, and edible flowers, and for dessert, a flourless chocolate cake with sea salt caramel.
Price: À la carte
Date: May 14
Location: 2865 Sims Road, Liberty Station
Phone: (619) 458-9231

Pacifica Del Mar
Raise a glass to your special lady at Pacific Del Mar and enjoy a three-course brunch menu and a selection of brunch cocktails. Executive Chef David Burke has prepared a kids menu as well.
Price: $42 per person
Date: May 14
Location: 1555 Camino Del Mar
Phone: (858) 792-0476

Parc Bistro-Brasserie
Feast on a gourmet three-course French brunch meal in Bankers Hill with butter poached lobster and smoked salmon rillettes as menu highlights.
Price: $42.50 per person
Date: May 14
Location: 2760 Fifth Avenue, Bankers Hill
Phone: (619) 319-9472

Bring mom to brunch at Ponsaty’s for live music, $15 bottomless mimosas and house Bloody Marys, and à la carte and prix-fixe menu options, or dine later and enjoy the special á la carte Mother’s Day dinner menu featuring slow poached white asparagus and lacquered milk fed rack of lamb.
Price: prices vary
Date: May 14
Location: 6106 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe
Phone: (858) 771-1871

The Prado at Balboa Park
Buffet brunches are better with a chocolate fountain. On Mother’s Day, guests can fill their bellies with a variety of breakfast and lunch dishes and end their meal with a stop at the chocolate fountain, filled with Belgian chocolate and accompanied with a variety of dipping treats.
Price: $64.95 per adult, $17.95 per child (6-12), free for children under 6
Date: May 14
Location: 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park
Phone: (619) 557-9441

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Share the love this Mother’s Day with a field-to-fork brunch spread, including Veladora omelets, fresh pastries, Belgian waffles, local vegetables, and more. After brunch, guests can design a flower bouquet or crown for mom, pamper her with a spa treatment, and sip on Prosecco floats.
Price: $130 per adult, $55 per child, free for children under 3
Date: May 14
Location: 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe
Phone: (858) 759-6246

SEA180° Coastal Tavern
Savor a healthy beachfront buffet brunch at Imperial Beach with traditional, vegetarian-friendly, and “south of the pier” style brunch dishes. Polish off your meal with a treat from the pastries display.
Price: $59.95 per adult, $17.95 per child (6-12), free for children under 6
Date: May 14
Location: 800 Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach
Phone: (619) 631-4949

Social Tap Eatery
Enjoy classic brunch dishes with a modern spin at Social Tap Eatery, like the huevos rancheros served on blue corn arepa and topped with fresh pico and avocado. Fresh fruit and peach puree mimosas will be available for all the mamas in the house.
Date: every weekend
Location: 815 J Street, Downtown; 4800 Art Street, College Area
Phone: (619) 398-8938; (619) 501-1541

Stake Chophouse & Bar
This Coronado steakhouse is showing their appreciation by treating all moms to a complimentary sparkling glass of champagne this Mother’s Day. They have also prepared a special prix-fixe brunch menu with seafood, steak, and egg dishes.
Price: $65 per adult, $30 per child
Date: May 14
Location: 1309 Orange Avenue, Coronado
Phone: (619) 522-0077

Brunch will feature coastal views, music, and children’s activities at the Carlsbad restaurant. Reservations are required.
Price: $70 per adult ($80 with bottomless champagne), $30 for children 4-12, free for children 3 and under.
Location: 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad
Phone: 760-827-2500

In the Presidential Ballroom, enjoy a buffet brunch full of bottomless mimosas, breakfast specials, sweet treats, and more. Arrive early to create a hand made bouquet at the pop-up floral market in the lobby to give mom an extra bit of love.
Price: $82 per adult, $72 per senior, $39 per child
Date: May 14
Location: 326 Broadway, Downtown
Phone: (619) 232-3121

La Valencia
Spoil mom with a bottomless mimosas and champagne brunch in La Jolla. The lavish Mother’s Day menu includes an array of breakfast classics, savory small bites, and sweet treats.
Price: $89 per adult, $39 per child
Date: May 14
Location: 1132 Prospect Street, La Jolla
Phone: (858) 454-0771

Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant
An outdoor brunch buffet, $14 bottomless mimosas, and live music await local families at Rancho Bernardo Inn’s Mediterranean-inspired restaurant. Surprise mom at the table with a floral arrangement designed by Inn Florals starting at $25.
Price: $68 per adult, $25 per child
Date: May 14
Location: 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo
Phone: (844) 338-9275

Vintana Wine + Dine
Atop Lexus Escondido, enjoy a memorable fine-dining experience at Vintana with a three-course menu and champagne meal.
Price: $59.95 per adult, $13.95 per child
Date: May 14
Location: 1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido
Phone: (760) 745-7777


Drinks & Desserts

Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant
This year treat mom to “a dozen roses” drink, made with rosehip-infused gin, rose water syrup, fresh lemon juice, Peychaud’s Bitters. and sparkling wine. The trendy eatery will also be serving a special Sunday brunch to celebrate the occasion.
Date: May 14
Location: 2202 4th Avenue, Bankers Hill
Phone: (619) 231-0222

Bottega Americano
It’s all about roses and rosé at Bottega Americano. Moms will receive a complimentary long stem rose can sip on bottomless Listel Rosé for $20. Brunch will be served with special selections as well.
Price: À la carte
Date: May 14
Location: 1195 Island Avenue, East Village
Phone: (619) 255-7800

Pop into Puesto at The Headquarters to try their frozen dessert taco or tres leches de café cake, a great choice for those who want a small but unique sweet kick.
Date: May 14
Location: 789 West Harbor Drive, Seaport Village
Phone: (619) 233-8880

Sprinkles Cupcakes
Surprise mom with a dozen of Sprinkles’ freshly made cupcakes. Their MOM box is filled with dark chocolate, red velvet, vanilla, and salty caramel cupcakes and adorned with sugar decorations and daisies.
Price: $45 per box
Date: May 12 – 14
Location: 8855 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla
Phone: (858) 457-3800


Things To Do

AquaVie Fitness & Wellness
Moms are in for a treat this May with AquaVie’s “Queen for the Day” spa package. The two-hour spa treatment includes an elevated wellness facial, anti-oxidant booster or peel booster, elevated wellness massage, rose petal footbath and pedicure, and lunch at the rooftop pool deck.
Price: $350 per person
Date: month of May
Location: 234 Broadway Street, Downtown
Phone: (619) 557-3663

Hops and Shop Spring Market
Spend the Saturday before Mother’s Day at the Hops and Shop Spring Market presented by 32 North Brewing in Miramar. The market will host a variety of vendors and allow guests to attend workshops and demos, drink beer, and snack on bites from the food trucks on site. Plus, the first 25 people will receive swag bags filled with vendor samples and gifts.
Date: May 13
Location: 8655 Production Avenue, Miramar
Phone: (619) 363-2622

inBloom Tea Party 
Invite mom to a traditional English tea party at Flower Hill Promenade for her special day. Sip tea from fine china and snack on handmade scones, fruit, cookies, and finger sandwiches.
Price: $60 for two
Date: May 14
Location: 2720 Via De La Valle, Del Mar

Mama’s Day
The Hyatt Regency in La Jolla is hosting its 26th annual Mama’s Day tasting event the Friday before Mother’s Day. The event features 55 chefs from some of San Diego’s top restaurants, hotels, and catering companies who prepare samples for guests. Proceeds benefit Mama’s Kitchen, an organization committed to serve those affected by AIDS and cancer.
Price: $150 - $250
Date: May 12
Location: 3777 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla
Phone: (619) 233-6262

Mother’s Bay Run
Get a running start on Mother’s Day with the 5th Annual Rotary Club of Mission Valley Sunset Mother’s Bay Run. The whole family can join in and tackle the 10K, 5K, or Lil’ Tykes Dash, all benefitting the San Diego Rescue Mission which supports homeless men, women, and children in San Diego.
Price: Free – $45 depending on race
Date: April 29
Location: De Anza Cove, Mission Bay
Phone: (619) 687-3720

Mint Studio
Enjoy a morning of painting with mom as Julie Marriott, a San Diego artist, helps you create a colorful canvas with acrylic paints. All supplies are provided and you’ll leave with your masterpiece in hand.
Price: $45
Date: May 13
Location: 5965 Village Way, Carmel Valley
Phone: (858) 348-1778

Native Poppy
Right in time for Mother’s Day, this North Park flower shop is hosting two mother-daughter flower workshops at The Rose in South Park. The flower crown workshop teaches guests how to build their own flower crown and includes a photo booth, treats, drinks, and a small take-home kit. At the wine tasting and flower arranging workshop guests will learn how to create a medium arrangement and receive a take-home guide, a pair of flower shears, mimosas, coffee, and treats. Bubbly will be available at both events, but all ages are welcome to attend.
Price: $105 - $150
Date: May 7
Location: 2219 30th Street, South Park
Phone: (619) 281-0718

Pinot + Petals
AHR Florals welcomes DIY enthusiasts to attend their Pinot + Petals wine tasting and floral arranging event hosted at Vin De Syrah. Attendees will sip on a selection of wines while learning the basics of flower arranging.
Price: $45 per person
Date: May 10
Location: 901 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp

Rancho Bernardo Inn
Bring your mom to The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn and let her be pampered and massaged on her special day. Available indoors or in the outdoor spa garden and patio, moms can enjoy an 80-minute full body treatment that includes a blueberry and lemon sugar scrub, yogurt and kaolin clay mask, and a complimentary blueberry lemonade refresher.
Price: $190
Date: March 1 – May 31
Location: 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo
Phone: (844) 338-9282

San Diego Botanic Garden
Nothing quite says thank you like a chocolate fountain. The day before Mother’s Day, head to the Chocolate Festival at the San Diego Botanic Garden for dozens of chocolate tastings, demonstrations, and Mother’s Day gifts.
Price: free - $14
Date: May 13
Location: 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas
Phone: (760) 436-3036

San Dieguito Art Guild
This nonprofit group is hosting a Mother’s Day Weekend Art, Garden, and Studio Tour, a self-guided, driving tour that displays paintings, ceramics, photography, and more from artists at the San Dieguito Art Guild. Attendees will drive to multiple homes in the area to view the displays and talk with the artists. Complimentary refreshments will be available at each stop.
Price: $25 per person
Date: May 13 – 14
Location: 937 South Coast Highway, Encinitas
Phone: (760) 942-3636

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