Guide to Best Mother's Day Brunches

By: Susan Skolnick | March 23, 2020

Mother’s Day is May 10th this year, and there are plenty of options for spoiling and celebrating the favorite matriarchs in your life. Most moms will appreciate a simple breakfast in bed that includes a breakfast casserole or scrambled eggs, waffles (even frozen will work in a pinch), fresh juice or coffee, fresh flowers on the tray, and lots of love.

But if cooking isn’t your thing or you want to sweep mom off her feet, a great Mother’s Day brunch or buffet brunch consisting of savory frittatas, muffins, breakfast casserole, Eggs Benedict, French toast, waffles, and goat cheese quiche, are relatively easy to find on her special day. Many Mothers Day brunch offerings even include mimosas and Bloody Mary options. A successful Mother’s Day plan, however, does require some real planning.

You don’t necessarily need a big budget or endless creative resources to make this the best Mother’s Day ever. But you do need to focus on the person or people you’re celebrating and make sure your favorite moms are relaxed, feeling cherished, and, most importantly, don’t have to lift a finger on their special day. If life demands require an at-home approach, and you have the time and creative talents to do so, creating a Mothers Day brunch right at home can be a joy for all involved. There are plenty of simple recipes and ideas to get you started, ranging from a full buffet-style mimosa or Bloody Mary bar to a DIY fancy in-home brunch starring savory scones, an asparagus goat cheese galette, and a Nutella berry bruschetta with fresh raspberries.

Many moms, however, will still find a way to be involved in the planning, preparation, financial, or cleaning aspects if the surprise is done at home – even if that surprise is specifically for her. It’s often a better idea, and more of a joy for everyone involved, to just take her out and let the pros do the pampering work. As long as the businesses are open for the holiday, the following restaurants provide annual Mothers Day brunch and some of the best special deals.

Which Restaurants Provide the Best Mother's Day Brunch, Lunch, and Specials?

A lot of businesses still don’t know what they’ll be permitted to offer this year, but the following companies provided excellent deals for mom in 2019 and usually have annual specials. You can expect a continuation of that as long as the restaurant is open for dining on Mother’s Day.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Expect early hours and a full Mother’s Day menu at Carrabba’s. The Italian restaurant opens for business at 10:30 am on mom’s special day and previous special menu items have included lobster ravioli and blackberry sangria.

Cheesecake Factory – The Cheesecake Factory offers a brunch every weekend, and that includes Mother’s Day. Brunch is served between 10 am and 2 pm, but you’ll want to call your local establishment and check on the holiday weekend menu, pricing, and extras. Be sure to inquire about seating availability. Current menu options include Giant Belgium Waffles with pecan and cream, Cinnamon Roll Pancakes with fresh maple syrup, and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with fresh strawberries and blueberries. And don’t forget to order or take home one of its delicious desserts with loads of cream cheese. Yum!

Chili’s – Chili’s isn’t giving anything away, but it does slash prices by offering dinner for two for $25 on Mother’s Day. The special includes one appetizer, two entrees, and dessert.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – Fleming’s has its annual Mother’s Day brunch between 10 am and 3 pm. Adult prices are around $48, and the children’s buffet costs between $16 and $19. Some of the favorite classics are included such as Surf & Turf Eggs Benedict and Apple Brioche French Toast.

Macaroni Grill – Stop in early to Macaroni Grill to enjoy a special Mother’s Day brunch. Doors open at 10 am sharp and the brunch menu includes favorites like avocado toast, pepper hash browns, and the breakfast BLT.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Dine-in with mom on Mother’s Day, treat her to a Mother’s Day brunch or entrée, and she’ll receive a $25 gift card for a future visit.  

The Capital Grille – Head over to the Grille on Mother’s Day to enjoy the three-course meal for $49 per person and the $9 mimosa special. Special entrees include a savory lobster frittata and chicken and waffles.  

ZinBurger Wine & Burger Bar – Join ZinBurger’s VIP Program to get a free meal for mom on Mother’s Day when a meal of equal or greater value is purchased.

Where Can Moms Eat Free or Get Great Buffet Deals? 

Arooga’s – Moms eat free at most Arooga’s Sports Pubs on Mother’s Day when another meal of equal or greater value is purchased. Call your local Arooga’s first, however, to ensure it is honoring the deal.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s – Moms eat free up to a $10 entrée on Mother’s Day when an equal or greater meal is purchased.

Burger 21 – Buy a children’s meal at Burger 21 on Mother’s Day and get a free burger for mom.

Hooters – Hooters is offering mom a free entrée on her special day. This deal is only for dine-in orders and a drink purchase must be made to claim the deal.

Fogo de Chao – Dine-in on Mother’s Day to treat mom to a dining card for a later visit. The card covers the price of a dinner, full Churrasco Lunch, or Sunday brunch. Mom can get her fill of filet mignon, prime rib, Brazilian sides, and the bottomless Market Table & Feijoada Bar for fresh fruit and veggies, salads, fresh cheddar and parmesan, feijoada, and more.

Mimi’s Bistro – If dining in isn’t an option and cooking really isn’t your thing either, let Mimi’s Bistro save the day. Just call in your order to have brunch delivered right to mom. Choose waffles with blueberry or other fresh berry toppings, crepes, a frittata, savory omelet, mini quiche, your choice of muffins, breakfast or lunch casserole and more.

Primanti Bros – Make a purchase of at least $3.99 (the average price of a children’s meal) on Mother’s Day and mom eats free. This is for dine-in orders only and is available for all locations.

Quaker Steak & Lube – Quaker Steak & Lube offers a great Mother’s Day brunch each year complete with a hand-carved meat station, fresh fruit, loads of desserts, and a chocolate fountain. There’s no reason to leave hungry.

Great Mother’s Day Drink Specials 

Applebee’s – May is Dollarita month at Applebee’s which means you can score margaritas for just $1 every day, all day long. Bring mom to treat her to the classic cocktail and be sure to treat the designated driver and children to seasonal favorites like raspberry iced tea or lemonade.

Bahama Breeze – The Cinco de Mayo celebration lasts the entire month of May and, therefore, includes Mother’s Day. Get a classic margarita for $5 or create your own flight drink including tequila and rum for just $10.

Casa Ole – Score strawberry margaritas for $1 each over the Mother’s Day weekend.

El Fenix – Celebrate mom by treating her to 8 oz margaritas for just a buck each on Mother’s Day.

Home Run Inn – Moms get to enjoy half-price bottles of wine on Mother’s Day.

Slater’s 50/50 – If mom is a fan of mimosas, she’ll really love Slater’s bottomless mimosa deal for $15 on her special day.

Do You Need to Make Reservations? 

Mother’s Day is one of the biggest days of the year for dining out. Therefore, it’s always best to assume you will need to make reservations. Call any and all eateries you plan to visit to ensure you’re not waiting hours for a table to become available. Whether you’re planning a Mothers Day brunch or treating mom to a bottomless mimosa bar, the last thing she’ll want to do is stand on her feet waiting most of the day. So, call at least two weeks before Mother’s Day and set up your reservations – or at least make sure the establishment be open and can handle walk-ins.

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