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Raise a glass to mom at one of our 15 favorite restaurants to feast on family brunch. Whether mama’s toasting with her bottomless mimosa flute or a mug of strong coffee, believe us, she’ll love this break from cooking and doing the dishes a-latte. The following locales offer beautiful settings and crowd-pleasing menus, so all you need to do is choose the spot mom will love most and make a reservation for a memorable Mother’s Day meal.

photo: Linda W. via Yelp

Great Maple
Roll back time in this cute 50’s diner. If bacon is one of your favorite brunch foods, then this is your place. Start with the maple bacon donuts or the powder covered beignets, then enjoy a scrambled melt with your favorite fillings and order-up the silver dollar pancakes for the kiddos.

Good to Know: The portions are large, so you may want to share family-style.

1451 Washington St.
San Diego, Ca

Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5-10 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 5-9 p.m.


Farmer and the Seahorse
Do your little ones need room to move about while dining out? This rustic hidden gem along coastal Torrey Pines has a large hip outdoor eating area right next to green turf where wigglers can play corn hole, hula-hoop or soccer. Award-winning Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey keeps the food trendy and fresh. The special Mother’s Day brunch menu will feature a hot buffet, as well as a salad, carving and build your own waffle and bagel stations. Enjoy everything from Ricotta Pancakes with strawberry preserves and clotted cream to Lemon and Arugula Ravioli with prosciutto and tomato broth. Brunch will be served from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $59.95 for adults and $19.95 for children 12 and under.

Good to Know: The restaurant’s vintage Airstream and tractor decor add to the cool earthy vibe.

10996 Torreyana Rd.
La Jolla, Ca

Hours: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Weds.-Fri., 4-7 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m-2 p.m.


Cody’s La Jolla
Come for the view and cute decor, stay for the good eats. Mom’s crave the Crab Benedict and kids chow the French toast. Kids menu items are $7. Work off your morning meal with a stroll to the famous La Jolla Cove.

Good to Know: Cody’s is a smaller restaurant and popular too, so expect a wait. And be sure to allow time to find parking.

8030 Girard Ave.
La Jolla, Ca

Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

photo: Amber E. via Yelp

Caroline’s Seaside Cafe
You’ll find palm trees and ocean views at this coastal café that serves sustainable organic food. Try the smoked salmon egg scramble with a Mother’s Day mimosa. There are plenty of places for littles to run before devouring those blueberry pancakes. Seating is first come, first served.

Good to Know: Bring sweatshirts, as it’s cooler by the beach.

La Jolla Shores
8610 Kennel Way
La Jolla, Ca

Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cafe Topes
Enter this earthy-eatery and sit back with a cup of Stumptown coffee and enjoy your surroundings. Not only will the kiddos love to nosh on Cafe Topes’ famous cinnamon rolls (one’s enough to share), you’ll delight in the succulent walls, light space, friendly-servers and indoor or outdoor tables. And you can’t go wrong with any of the eggs Benedict options.

Good to Know: Make a day of it with a stroll through Carlsbad Village after breakfast.

3091 Roosevelt
Carlsbad, Ca

Hours: Tues.-Sun., 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

photo: Beth Shea

Waypoint Public in Del Sur
Waypoint Public’s newly opened location in Del Sur is a kid-friendly craft brewery and bistro that boasts indoor and outdoor seating with plenty of tables suitable for large families––but the pièce de résistance is the sectioned off kid’s play area that’s filled with engaging books and games for little ones to play with while mom goes hands free to enjoy a “Snooze Button” brunch cocktail comprised of Cutwater Horchata Vodka and Modern Times Cold Brew. When the younguns join the table to nosh on their Cocoa Krispy French toast served with vanilla cinnamon maple syrup and whip cream, they’ll be entertained by the kids programing playing on three giant screen televisions on the wall. Executive Chef Rich Sweeney has created a new spring menu with plenty of classic favorites too, such as: Savory Pork French Toast, Chicken & Waffle Stack and Chilaquiles Verde. The hip new eatery accepts reservations and is the place to go for families who want their kids to be entertained long enough to savor a meal.

Del Sur Town Center
Black Mountain Ranch
16480 Paseo Del Sur
San Diego, Ca

Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., Brunch, 9 a.m-3 p.m. (open until 10 p.m.)

photo: Veranda Fireside Lounge an Restaurant

Veranda Fireside Lounge and Restaurant
This locale is worth the splurge on mom’s special day for the bountiful buffet and scenic outdoor seating. Feast on freshly-made omelets and waffles and kids have plenty of room to eat and stroll around. Relax and drink bottomless mimosas while you sit by a warm fire pit and enjoy the fresh air.

Good to Know: This brunch event is popular, so reserve your table in advance.

Rancho Bernardo Inn
17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr.
San Diego, Ca

Hours: Brunch Buffet, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $68/adult, $25/child

photo: Carlos V. via Yelp

Little chefs-in-training can cook their own food at this Japanese BBQ hot spot known for their fresh meats and veggies. Affordable family-fun ensues with a variety of small plates, plenty of food and s’mores for dessert. Kids are entertained, and mom gets good eats.

Good to Know: Popular for Mother’s Day brunch, so consider a late lunch or early dinner.

Scripps Ranch
9844 Hibert St.
San Diego, Ca

Hours: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Claire’s on Cedros
Did someone say cute outdoor eatery? You’ll let out a little “sigh” when you kick back and sip Claire’s famed Bloody Mary in her outdoor garden. Kiddos will let out a little squeal of excitement at all the little eater menu choices (priced at $4-5). Have a hearty organic farm fresh breakfast and then walk the charming town of Solana Beach. Welcoming to families, dogs, vegetarians and most of all moms on that special day!

Good to Know: It’s first come, first served, and earlier is better.

246 N. Cedros Ave.
Solana Beach, Ca

Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Snooze Eatery
You’ll wake-up and smell the coffee at Snooze Eatery. Little foodies will down a half-order of fluffy pancakes, and moms love the strawberry-topped OMG French toast. Download the No Wait app, and get on the wait list from your smartphone.

Good to Know: Moms get a little gift like a flower on their special day.

Del Mar Highlands Town Center
3435 Del Mar Heights Rd.
San Diego, Ca

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

photo: True Food

True Food Kitchen
Is healthy organic food at the top of your family’s dine-out list? Then you’ll enjoy the springtime brunch menu at True Food Kitchen. Eat inside or out on the patio. For the kids, the pint-sized pizza or teriyaki chicken bowl will satisfy. For moms, the mixed veggie scramble tops their list. True Food also offers a special Mother’s Day cocktail, ‘The Matriarch,’ $9, in honor of mamas dining there on Sunday. The Matriarch features a blend of organic vodka, lavender simple syrup and lemon. Cheers!

Good to Know: Make a day of it strolling the mall or catch a movie after brunch.

Fashion Valley Mall
7007 Friars Rd. #394
San Diego, Ca

Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Brunch, Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Fish Market
If fresh fish, creamy clam chowder, freshly baked sourdough bread and a waterfront view is what your crew craves, then this downtown eatery is a good go-to spot. Littles get coloring paper and crayons with cute fish facts. They’ll enjoy the kid’s menu pizza while watching the boats sail around the bay. A popular spot, so call for reservations.

Good to Know: It’s next to the USS Midway and Seaport Village, so there’s plenty to do nearby after brunch.

750 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, Ca

Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Kensington Cafe
You’ll feel right at home in this neighborhood café. Try the Tree Hugger scramble or baked French toast with berry topping while kids eat up the strawberry waffles. Sit inside or out and perk up with a cup of local coffee. Then walk around the cute town of Kensington and enjoy a sweet San Diego day.

Good to Know: It can get crowded on weekends, but it’s worth the wait.

4141 Adams Ave.
San Diego, Ca

Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 6 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri., 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat., 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

photo: Lizzie R. via Yelp

La Mesa Bistro & Bakery
Enjoy this popular, kid-friendly brunch spot with reasonable prices. Get there early on mom’s special day. Kids love the mouse pancakes and you’ll love the gluten-free options too. Great coffee, omelets, scrambles, waffles and smoothies––you’ll eat well and feel full. A cute outdoor patio makes this Mother’s Day extra sweet.

Good to Know: They serve organic coffee at their coffee bar.

8697 La Mesa Blvd.
La Mesa, Ca

Hours: Daily, 5:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Janet’s Montana Café
Worth the scenic drive to this rustic café serving down to earth, country style eggs Benedict, fresh baked goods and French toast. They have vegan menu options as well. Enjoy the woodsy vibe, stone fireplace and deer-antler chandeliers. Big portions in a log cabin feel will make mom feel special. Reservations are a good idea.

Good to Know: Sit on the outside porch and enjoy the pine trees.

2506 Alpine Blvd.
Alpine, Ca

Hours: Mon., 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Tues.-Thurs. 6 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 6 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Sun. 6 a.m.- 8:30 p.m.

Where does your family treat mom to Mother’s Day brunch? Let us know in the comments below.

—Nikki Walsh