Celebrate Mom’s special day by taking her to dine on breakfast with an ocean view or enjoy a specially prepared buffet while the kids play. We’ve rounded-up 17 Mother’s Day brunch spots that will put a smile on her face. From maple bacon donuts and giant cinnamon rolls to eggs Benedict and pineapple mimosas, (or strong gourmet coffee), scroll down to see where to toast mom at a lovely Mother’s Day brunch.

Duke's La Jolla

Catch the waves! Or at least a really nice view of them from the balcony at Duke's La Jolla. You'll find this Mother's Day treat good for the whole crew for any meal of the day. For breakfast, we recommend the banana macnut pancakes or onolicious French toast for mom. For lunch, eat up the Duke's burger of fresh mahi-mahi. Either way, you have to try the famous hula pie for dessert. For the littles, there's a cute kids menu to color. Everyone will enjoy this outing.

1216 Prospect St.
La Jolla, Ca
858-732-0007
Online: dukeslajolla.com

Fireside By the Patio

Fire up the buffet brunch. Sit outside on one of the two outdoor patios with a total 350 seats. (Fido's welcome too!) Even more, cooking is outside too––from wood-fired ovens and yakitori grills you'll find freshly grilled eats. The casual vibe and little nooks make for a festive celebration.

Liberty Station
2855 Perry Rd.
San Diego, Ca
619-432-2100
Online: firesidesd.com

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photo: Ashley Davis Photography

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. Also, download the No Wait app and get on the wait list from your smartphone. Mother's Day here is super busy and fun, so plan for the crowds.

Online: snoozedelmar.com

Del Mar Highlands Town Center
3435 Del Mar Heights Rd.
San Diego, Ca
858-703-5300

The Shoppes at La Jolla Village
8861 Via La Jolla Dr., Suite 509
La Jolla, Ca
858-403-5556

Hillcrest
3940 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, Ca
619-500-3344

The Grille at Torrey Pines

Lounge outside with a view of the Torrey Pines golf course beside five cozy fire pits. Then find a truly inspired farm fresh menu slow-cooked by Executive Chef Jeff Jackson. Enjoy brunch items including the blueberry and granola pancakes (vegetarian!) or eggs Benedict. Lots of room for little ones to move around. Plus there's a kids menu.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines
11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, Ca
858-777-6641
Online: lodgetorreypines.com

photo: L' Auberge Del Mar

Coastline

Seaside fun! There are three seating times (10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.) available for the Mother’s Day brunch buffet at Coastline in the L’ Auberge Del Mar resort. You'll find an all-day omelet station as well as cold seafood such as oysters and crab claws. Additional heartier choices include the corn and lobster risotto and hot smoked salmon. Then, polish brunch off with the dessert station where you'll find items such as chocolate silk and apple pie. Cost is $90 per adult and $30 per child (12 and under).

1540 Camino del Mar
Del Mar, Ca
858-793-6460
Online: laubergedelmar.com

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 or the power parfait. Make a day of it with a stroll through Carlsbad Village after breakfast.

3091 Roosevelt
Carlsbad, Ca
760-434-8673
Online: eatatcafetopes.com

photo: San Diego Zoo/Christina Simmons

Albert's Mother's Day Brunch

Let out a roar for mom at the San Diego Zoo. Hosted in the Treetops banquet room, you'll find a bountiful breakfast buffet. Further, eat up from the hand-carved tri-tip (covered in mango bbq sauce) to Albert's endless omelet bar. Then, walk off your awesome brunch with a stroll through the Africa Rocks exhibit. Cost is $47.95 per adult; $18.95 per child (ages 3-11 years). Plus, the price of zoo admission.

Check out our Insider's Guide to the San Diego Zoo, here.

Albert's Restaurant/The San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park
2920 Zoo Dr.
San Diego, Ca
For reservations, 619-557-3964, between 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Online: sandiegozoo.org

photo: Farmer and the Seahorse

Farmer & the Seahorse

Devour Chef Malaroky's crab cakes Benedict while sitting outside (sipping a pineapple mimosa) while the littles play bean bag toss on the grass. Further, there's plenty of shade and heat lamps too. Enjoy the ocean air that surrounds this hidden gem on Torrey Pines. Even more, 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. Mother's Day brunch hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the cost is $59.95 per adult and $19.95 per child (12 and under).

10996 Torreyana Rd.
La Jolla, Ca
858-260-5401
Online: farmertheseahorse.com

Fish Market

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

Online: thefishmarket.com

Solana Beach Neighborhood
640 Via de la Valle
Solana Beach, Ca
858-755-2277

Downtown
750 North Harbor Dr.
San Diego, Ca
619-232-3474

photo: Great Maple

The Great Maple

Roll back time in this sleek and stylish 50’s diner. (With a new location at UTC in La Jolla!) If bacon is one of your favorite brunch foods, then this is your place. Start with the maple bacon donuts or the powdered covered beignets, then enjoy a scrambled melt with your favorite fillings. Also, known for the drinks, mom may love the bloody Mary (it comes with octopus tentacle!). Little eaters order-up the Fruity Pebble pancakes and lolliwaffles. (Yep, they're lollipop-shaped waffles with dipping sauce).

Online: thegreatmaple.com

Hillcrest Neighborhood
1451 Washington St.
San Diego, Ca
619-255-2282

La Jolla/UTC (new location)
4545 La Jolla Village Dr.
San Diego, Ca

Marina Kitchen

Sail away! (Well not exactly, but you get a nice view of the boats in the marina. Which is good while the littles are waiting to eat). Head to the Marriott's Marina Kitchen for a casual and delish lunch buffet. You'll find choices like the Belgium waffles and an omelet station. Even more, freshly baked bread and plenty of desserts to choose from. Also, a complimentary glass of champagne for mom. Cost is $42 per adult and $12 per child (12 and under).  Served between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

333 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, Ca
629-699-8222
Online: marriott.com/marina-kitchen

photo: Waypoint Public Del Sur by Beth Shea

Waypoint Public

Are your little ones wiggle worms? They can read and play games in the kids only special space at Waypoint Public. Meanwhile, moms love the savory French toast and indulge in the "Snooze Button" brunch cocktail. Further, once at the table, little eaters chomp down the Cocoa Krispy French toast and watch the giant TVs. They take reservations.

Online: waypointpublic.com

Del Sur Town Center
Black Mountain Ranch
16480 Paseo Del Sur
San Diego, Ca
858-312-8398

3794 30th St.
San Diego, Ca
619-255-8778

Zoo Safari Park

Wolf down a delicious spring brunch at the San Diego Zoo Safari park by Chef Joshua Mereles. Further, you can reserve a table at one of two seatings (10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.) at the Hunte Nariobi Pavilion (inside the Park). Then, it's time to explore, from the Tiger Trails to the African safari. Cost is $47.95/adult; $18.95/child (ages 3-11 years). Plus, park admission.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd.
Escondido, Ca
619-718-3000 to reserve, or book online
Online: sdzsafaripark.org

photo: Officine Buona Forchetta

Officine Buona Forchetta

Swings, a see-saw and tasty Italian food––that's amore. It's a parent's paradise when kids can play on the playground before and after the meal. Even more, the pizza and pasta dishes are homemade and the menu is huge. Also, you can sit outside on the heated covered patio with a full view of the play area.

Liberty Station/Point Loma Neighborhood
2865 Sims Rd.
San Diego, Ca
619-548-5770
Online: officinebuonaforchetta.com

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.

La Jolla Shores
8610 Kennel Way
La Jolla, Ca
858-202-0569
Online: carolinesseasidecafe.com

photo: Cohn Restaurant Group

BO-beau Kitchen

Treat mom to brunch outside on the covered garden patio while little ones run around the school bus play area. Eat up the egg white frittata or crab cake Benedict off the special brunch menu offered from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (They are also open for dinner)! Plus, young diners will dig the mini pancakes and burger sliders on the kid's menu.

8384 La Mesa Blvd.
La Mesa, Ca
619-337-3445
Online: bobeaukitchengarden.com

Cody's La Jolla

A local hot spot. 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. Then, work off your morning meal with a stroll to the famous La Jolla Cove. 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
858-459-0040
Online: codyslj.com

Where do you take mom for Mother’s Day brunch? Share in the comments below.

-Nikki Walsh

Featured image: Alexandra Gorn via Unsplash

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