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San Diego Mother’s Day Guide 2018

The best dining deals, sweet treats, and special events for celebrating Mother’s Day


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Dining

A.R. Valentien
Stunning ocean views pair with a three-course meal for Mother’s Day. Choose from farm-fresh favorites like watercress soup, lobster ravioli, wild blackberry soufflé, and raspberry pistachio torte.
Price: $80 per person, or $95 per person with unlimited sparkling wine
Date: May 13
Location: 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla

Backyard Kitchen & Tap
Look for $5 mimosas and free desserts for all moms.
Price: Various Prices
Date: May 13
Location: 832 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach

Bagby Beer Co.
Kids and dogs are all welcome at Bagby Beer Co., where moms will receive a gift of a little succulent, plus the chance to win a bigger prize.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 601 South Coast Highway, Oceanside

Bahia Resort Hotel
Enjoy a bayfront brunch buffet and complimentary Mission Bay cruise with mom—dishes include Belgian waffles and pan-seared halibut.
Price: $54 per person
Date: May 13
Location: 998 West Mission Bay Drive, Mission Bay

Bencotto
Taking a cue from his Mother’s traditional Italian cooking, Chef Fabrizio Cavallini will be serving lobster ravioli and stuff cheese gnocchi, plus other brunch items.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 750 West Fir Street, Little Italy

Bistro 39
Enjoy a brunch buffet at the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Del Mar, which includes bottomless mimosas, a carving station, assorted pastries ,and other classic brunch dishes.
Price: $46 per person
Date: May 13
Location: 3939 Ocean Bluff Avenue, Del Mar

Bleu Bohème
Treat mom to a decadent French brunch, coplete with mimosas and a prix-fixe menu.
Price: $55 per person
Date: May 13
Location: 4090 Adams Avenue, Kensington

Buona Forchetta
Dine on a special Mother’s Day menu, plus all of their classic menu items and a complimentary Prosecco mimosa.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 3001 Beech Street, South Park; 2865 Sims Road, Point Loma

Café 21
Tuck into California-inspired cuisine with a Middle Eastern touch. During happy hour, sangria, craft beer, and mimosa flights and flutes are all half-off.
Price: Varies
Date: Various Dates
Location: 802 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp; 2736 Adams Avenue, Normal Heights

Café Sevilla
Feast on a nine-course Mother’s Day brunch menu while enjoying live flamenco performances.
Price: $29.95 per person
Date: May 13
Location: 353 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp

Casa de Bandini
Dine on a variety of Mexican and traditional breakfast dishes like pancakes, chile and cheese tamales, chilaquiles ,and more. Save room for flan, pan dulce, and danishes.
Price: $21.95 per person
Date: May 13
Location: 1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad

Casa Sol y Mar
You’ll have a hard time choosing from all the choices at this brunch buffet. Fajitas, enchiladas, tamales, and breakfast staples will be served, as well as a breakfast burrito bar.
Price: $28.95 for adults
Date: May 13
Location: 12865 El Camino Real, Del Mar

Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
Listen to live piano entertainment with a brunch buffet and a complimentary Mission Bay cruise at Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa.
Price: $60 per person
Date: May 13
Location: 3999 Mission Boulevard, Mission Bay

Chandler's
Make Mom smile with a Mother's Day brunch (served with a complimentary mimosa) or three-course prix fixe dinner at Cape Rey in Carlsbad. 
Price: $79/$74 per person
Date: May 13
Location: 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011

Charles & Dinorah
The Pearl Hotel’s newly reimagined restaurant features mid-century design and modern eats. Their three-course Mother’s Day brunch menu will also include a free glass of champagne for mom.
Price: $30 per person
Date: May 13
Location: 1410 Rosecrans Street, Point Loma

Cucina Enoteca
The brunch buffet at Cucina Enoteca will include fresh salads, pizzas, a carving station, an egg station, and a dessert station.
Price: $45 per person
Date: May 13
Location: 2730 Via de la Valle, Del Mar

Del Sur Mexican Cantina
This bar and eatery is serving a breakfast carnitas hash and other dishes for the holiday.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 2310 30th Street, South Park

Dolce at The Highlands
Look for farm-to-table Californian and Italian cuisine.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 5980 Village Way, Carmel Valley

Extraordinary Desserts
Choose from Extraordinary Desserts’ savory or sweet cheese and snack boards. Then toast mom with Prosecco with strawberries and mint, Rose, or a mimosa.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 1430 Union Street, Little Italy

Farmer and The Seahorse
This Mother’s Day buffet will have a carving station, salad bar, assorted pastries, and more. The morning will also include a photo booth and macaroons for moms.
Price: $64.95 per adult
Date: May 13
Location: 10996 Torreyana Road, UTC

Fishmonger’s Market
Swing by this European-style market and dining spot for a seafood buffet, complete with sustainably sourced catch.
Price: $49.95 per person
Date: May 13
Location: 1735 Hancock Street, Mission Hills

Flower Child
Sip on fresh strawberry “MAmosas” while the kids color “I Love Mom” coloring sheets at Flower Child over healthy brunch options like the quinoa breakfast burrito and vegan hash.
Price: Varies
Date: May 12–13
Location: 2690 Via de la Valle, Del Mar

Harbor House
This bayfront, Seaport Village restaurant is offering a Mother’s Day brunch buffet that includes strawberry spinach salad, French toast soufflé, an omelet bar, and more.
Price: $36.95 per person
Date: May 13
Location: 831 West Harbor Drive, Marina

Havana 1920
Inspired by memories of his Cuban mother and grandmother, Executive Chef Anthony Porras will craft a three-course meal for Mother’s Day.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 548 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp

The Haven Pizzeria
Dine on New Haven-style pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and more, plus $2 off beer, wine and mimosas all day for mom.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 4051 Adams Avenue, Kensington

Herb & Wood
Check out Herb & Wood’s recently launched brunch menu, with Dutch baby soufflé pancakes, scallop ceviche, and lobster thermidor.
Price: Varies
Date: Ongoing
Location: 2210 Kettner Boulevard, Little Italy

Hornblower Cruises and Events
Brunch, bottomless champagne, live jazz entertainment, and harbor views add up to a perfect Mother’s Day celebration.
Price: $74 per adult
Date: May 13
Location: 1800 North Harbor Drive, Marina

Hundred Proof
Inspired by one of his mom’s favorite dishes, Chef Brad Wise crafted a Mama’s Overnight Baked French Toast, filled with vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 4130 Park Boulevard, Hillcrest

Jalisco Cantina
Choose from an extensive selection of specialty margaritas, or a complimentary house marg for mom.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 213 North Coast Highway, Oceanside

JRDN
Try a twist on JRDN’s classic sticky buns, with blueberries, blackberries, fresh cream, and a mint garnish just for Mother’s Day.
Price: Various Prices
Date: May 13
Location: 723 Felspar Street, Pacific Beach

Jsix
Jsix’s new brunch menu offers dishes like brioche French toast with apricot almond sauce, and crab and avocado toast.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 616 J Street, Gaslamp

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows
The whole family will love the Mother’s Day buffet at the Lafayette, with items like Baja-style ceviche, made-to-order omelets, and pearl sugar waffles.
Price: $59 per person
Date: May 13
Location: 2223 El Cajon Boulevard, North Park

Leroy’s Kitchen and Lounge
In addition to Leroy’s classic brunch menu, they will be offering up complimentary glasses of Veuve Clicquot for moms.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 1015 Orange Avenue, Coronado

Madison on Park
Madison on Park’s brunch favorites (plus tons of mimosas!) will make mom feel like a queen. Try waffled churro sticks to share, and then order choices like the healthy paleo bowl, or the chilaquiles.
Price: Varies
Date: Various Dates
Location: 4622 Park Boulevard, University Heights

Mama’s Kitchen’s Mama’s Day
Their 27th annual Mama’s Day will include 54 restaurants serving tasty bites, with funds donated to the organization dedicated to providing food for people vulnerable to hunger due to HIV, cancer, and other critical illnesses.
Price: $150 per person
Date: May 11
Location: 3777 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla

Maretalia Ristorante
Pick from Maretalia’s à la carte brunch menu, and mom will also receive a glass of Veuve Cicquot on the house.
Price: Various Prices
Date: May 13
Location: 1300 Orange Avenue, Coronado

Meze Greek Fusion
Celebrate with the “Mother of All Bloody Marys,” crafted with Deep Eddy vodka, house-made bloody Mary mix, and jumbo shrimp and bacon.
Price: $14
Date: May 13
Location: 345 Sixth Avenue, Gaslamp

Mille Fleurs
Dine on Chef Woesle’s three-course brunch menu with dishes like white asparagus and ham and lemon tart with limoncello.
Price: $64.50 per person
Date: May 13
Location: 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe

Miss B’s Coconut Club
Choose from brunch entrées by the beach, like coconut rum French toast or jerk chicken & waffle.
Price: $32.95 per person
Date: May 13
Location: 3704 Mission Boulevard, Mission Beach

Mister A’s
Spoil mom with a three-course brunch menu that includes Maryland blue crab cakes and short rib and prime steak frites.
Price: $69.50 per person
Date: May 13
Location: 2550 5th Avenue, Bankers Hill

The Nolen
The Nolen’s “Sunday Requirement” brunch, will be joined by two specialty cocktails and a breakfast frittata, all served overlooking downtown San Diego.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 453 6th Avenue, Gaslamp

OB Surf Lodge
Brunch with a view at OB Surf Lodge, and enjoy one cent “mom-mosas,” for all moms and brunch dishes for all.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 5083 Santa Monica Avenue, Ocean Beach

Osetra Seafood & Steaks
Osetra’s upscale Mother’s Day dinner will include a three-story wine tower and their iconic modern décor. Pick from their à la carte dishes or a handcrafted pre-fixe menu.
Price: $49 per person
Date: May 13
Location: 904 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp

Pacific Beach AleHouse
Treat mom to brunch with gorgeous ocean views and half-off bottles of rosé while supplies last.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 721 Grand Avenue, Pacific Beach

Park 101
The whole family will love Park 101’s outdoor dining experience and brunch buffet. All you can eat brisket, prime rib and brunch favorites, plus giant Jenga and Connect 4.
Price: $30 per person
Date: May 13
Location: 3040 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad

Park Hyatt Aviara
Choose from two brunch experiences at the high-end Carlsbad resort. Both California Bistro and Argyle Steakhouse will be serving buffets, each with a carve station, seafood display, omelet station, pastry spread, cured meats, and more.
Price: $98 (adults), $35 (children)
Date: May 13
Location: 7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carlsbad

PrepKitchen Del Mar
PrepKitchen will be dishing up brunch options like Godiva Chocolate French Toast and a tableside Bloody Mary cart. Plus, mom will love the goodie bags and other treats.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 1201 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar

Primavera Ristorante
Enjoy a three-course brunch menu on Coronado with choices like avocado alla griglia and lobster eggs benedict.
Price: $54.95 per person
Date: May 13
Location: 932 Orange Avenue, Coronado

The Rail
Located in heart of Hillcrest, The Rail is dishing up brunch specials like breakfast flatbreads and waffle sandwiches.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 3796 Fifth Avenue, Hillcrest

The Smoking Goat
If you’d rather sleep in on Mother’s Day, come by The Smoking Goat for a cozy French dinner with dishes like crispy octopus, pan-roasted Scottish salmon, with a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 3408 30th Street, North Park

Solare
The Liberty Station Italian restaurant will serve French toast, pastas, soups, and more, with a mix of à la carte options as well as special dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 2820 Roosevelt Road, Point Loma

Stake Chophouse & Bar
At Stake’s prix-fixe Mother’s Day Brunch, moms will receive a complimentary glass of Veuve Clicquote rosé, or if you decide to sleep in, their à la carte dinner includes a complimentary glass of rosé.
Price: $69 per person for brunch
Date: May 13
Location: 1309 Orange Avenue, Coronado

Terra American Bistro
Munch on sticky buns, rib eye, seafood crepes, and more at Terra American Bistro. Plus, add bottomless mimosas for a little bubbly.
Price: $39.95 per adult
Date: May 13
Location: 7091 El Cajon Boulevard, La Mesa

Topside Terrace Kitchen and Bar
In addition to their brand new brunch menu, on Mother’s Day all guests can try a selection of specialty dishes including an heirloom tomato frittata and pecan sticky buns with whipped rum frosting.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 421 West B Street, Downtown

Trust
All of the pastries on Trust’s brunch menu this Mother’s Day are inspired by Pastry Chef Jeremy Harville’s childhood. Indulge in the profiteroles made with banana cream, caramel, and sea salt.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 3752 Park Boulevard, University Heights

Twenty/20 at Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa
Named for its ocean views, Twenty/20 will be dishing up a brunch buffet, live entertainment, and bottomless champagne. Don’t miss the donut station!
Price: $70 per person, $95 per person for bottomless champagne
Date: May 13
Location: 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad

Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas
Stop by Union Kitchen & Tap in Encinitas for a beach-y brunch and a specialty cocktail just for moms. Plus, tasty eats from their brunch and dinner menus.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 1108 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas

Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp
If you’re looking for a downtown celebration, Union Kitchen & Tap will be serving up a gourmet buffet with made-to-order omelets, a chocolate fountain, and more.
Price: $35 per person
Date: May 13
Location: 333 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp

Viejas Casino & Resort
At Locale, Viejas’ restaurant, enjoy a special Mother’s Day brunch with the best farm-to-table fare in San Diego, and bottomless mimosas, live music and outdoor dining.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 5000 Willows Road, Alpine

Viewpoint Brewing Co.
Del Mar’s first and only brewing company will have four specialty brunch offerings plus their daily menu. Mom would love the churro French toast or Viewpoint benedict.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 2201 San Dieguito Drive, Del Mar

Waterbar
Enjoy a two-course prix-fixe brunch and a complimentary mimosa for mom with stunning ocean views at Waterbar.
Price: $19.95 per person
Date: May 13
Location: 4325 Ocean Boulevard, Pacific Beach

Westgate Hotel
Indulge in complimentary mimosas and Bloody Marys and made-to-order omelets, fresh seafood and a crepe station at Westgate Hotel’s Mother’s Day brunch.
Price: $89 per person
Date: May 13
Location: 1055 2nd Avenue, Downtown

Wokou Ramen & Yakitori
Mix it up this May with a meal at this Japanese-inspired eatery. Plus, after the meal, moms can choose a complimentary dessert.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 5965 Village Way, Carmel Valley

Woodstock’s Pizza
Post-pizza, mention this article at Woodstock’s for a free warm, gooey, Cinnabread dessert pie.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 6145 El Cajon Boulevard, El Cerrito; 1221 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach

 

Other Deals

AquaVie Fitness and Wellness Club
Treat your mom like a “Queen for a Day,” with the special spa package that includes a bamboo lemongrass body scrub, spring ritual pedicure, sparkling wine or honey jasmine tea, and all-day access to the rooftop pool, relaxation room, steam room, and sauna.
Price: $140 per person
Date: May 12–13
Location: 234 Broadway, Downtown

The Bristol
Spoil mom with a weekend stay at the Bristol in downtown San Diego, complete with flowers, drinks, and chocolates. Package is included in price of booking May 11–15.
Price: Varies
Date: May 11–15
Location: 1055 First Avenue, Downtown

Everyday California
Hit the water with mom with Everyday California’s special two-in-one deal: Kayaking plus dinner at the Shore Rider in La Jolla. Book with code momsday, and mom will receive a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 2261 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla

Mint Studio
Craft her a basket at Mint Studio, filled with a handmade keepsake present and a gift card.
Price: Varies
Date: May 13
Location: 5965 Village Way, Carmel Valley

Pink Lagoon
Mix fashion and fun for mom this year with Pink Lagoon’s Suzanne Kalan trunk show, with exclusive pieces by the jewelry designer, an exclusive martini and meeting Suzanne Kalan herself.
Price: Free
Date: May 11–12
Location: 143 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach

True Food Kitchen
True Food Kitchen UTC and Fashion Valley will honor mothers throughout San Diego by serving a special Mom-osa Menu: three mimosas and one natural refresher, available on May 13th only.
Price: $5-9/each
Date: May 13
Location: 7007 Friars Rd, Fashion Valley; 4303 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla

Westgate Hotel
At their Mother & Daughter Teas, enjoy sandwiches and pastries accompanied by live harp music.
Price: $50 per person
Dates: May 11–12
Location: 1055 2nd Avenue, Downtown

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