There are so many ways to celebrate Mom this year. Special gifts. Urban hikes. But when it comes to making her feel special on Mother’s Day a brunch with kids is always a sure bet. That’s why we’ve rounded up some local spots that cater to families. From fancy, upscale meals to casual fare mom will love, these Seattle restaurants will help make your Mother’s Day celebration easy and complete. Here’s where to take the mom who does it all!
Portage Bay Cafe
Weekend brunch at this family favorite used to mean planning on an hour-plus wait for a table—not something that’s enjoyable with hangry little people (or big ones, for that matter). But now—rejoice!—all four Portage Bay locations are open and taking reservations, so there is less time separating you and your mile-high pancakes. The outdoor seating options make this a great spot to celebrate mom on a sunny day. Plus, portions are big enough you could likely share with tinier appetites. But the kid’s menu that features faves like French toast, pancakes and grilled cheese is so good they’ll want their own. View their current brunch menu online.
Brunch hours: Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
900 N.E. 65th St.
4130 Roosevelt Way N.E.
2821 N.W. Market
391 Terry Ave. N.
The Dining Room at Salish Lodge
Treat mom to more than just brunch when you make a reservation at The Dining Room at the Salish Lodge & Spa. Imagine overlooking Snoqualmie Falls while enjoying a special four-course brunch just for mom on Sunday. The menu will feature seasonal favorites like Smoked Ham Shank Eggs Benedict, a fresh baked pastry basket and a spring lemon tart to finish the meal on a light note. Brunch is $95 for adults, $35 for kids, ages 6-12 and complimentary for kids 5 and under. Reservations at this popular destination are recommended.
Brunch hours: Sun., May 9, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
6501 Railroad Ave. S.E.
Whether you eat in the atrium or on the sun-soaked patio, this is a spot where mom can enjoy great Mexican food on her special day. Huevos Rancheros, Chilaquiles and street-style tacos (try the kale mushroom tacos for a tantalizing change of pace) are a few of the traditional faves families will find on the brunch menu. There's also salads, apps and delish desserts that shouldn't be passed up. It's walk-up only at the Cap Hill location, so plan to bring a few things to keep the kids busy in case there's a wait.
Brunch hours: Sat. & Sun., noon-3 p.m.
1000 E. Pike St.
18505 Bothell Way N.E.
Eques – Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Bring mom to the Eastside to enjoy a bountiful brunch at Eques. From their signature Tiramisu pancakes to the cedar plank salmon benny, Eques' spring menu has something for everyone, including those with special diets (think: gluten-free and vegan). Kids can choose their favorites and shrink them down to the just-right size when they order from the same menu as you do (how big kid is that?). Add in a bubbly mimosa with your meal and you've got a reason to celebrate.
Good to know: Parking is free at Bellevue Place on the weekends.
Brunch hours: Sat., 7 a.m.-noon; Sun., 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
900 Bellevue Way N.E.
With an expansive outdoor patio and fantastic fusion flavors, it doesn't get better than a casual brunch on Mother's Day at this local favorite. Satisfy your sweet tooth with delectable toasted macadamia butter pancakes and Hawaiian-style French toast, or keep the calories at bay with a healthier harissa scramble or mochiko chicken salad. Whatever you choose, we're sure your kids will be eyeing the Malasada—Nutella or coconut-cream filled donut. Be prepared. Even on Mother's Day they may not want to share.
Brunch hours: Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
3714 S. Hudson St.
Let mom sit back and enjoy the view at Ray's this Mother's Day. While Ray's regular brunch menu will be available, we suggest treating mom to the inspired three-course, plated menu ($55). It features the flavors of the season and will make the hard-working mom in your life feel extra appreciated. She'll get to choose from Seared Albacore, Herb Marinated Sirloin or Roasted Spring Vegetables for her main with a starter and dessert that's equally as enticing. Make your reservations while you can!
Brunch hours: Sat. & Sun., 11 :30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
6049 Seaview Ave. N.W.
Charlotte Restaurant & Lounge
If a side of pampering is what mom wants for Mother's Day this year, make a reservation for brunch at the Charlotte Restaurant & Lounge on the 16th floor of the Lotte Hotel Seattle. Not only does mom get to enjoy a four-course brunch ($95), but she also gets a $50 hotel spa service credit that may be used on any 75+ Minute Facial or Massage during the month of May (something to look forward to, ladies!). The indulgent brunch is all about serving up intriguing seasonal favorites like goat cheese hummus with chickpea panisse and rhubarb, crisp baby octopus and wild King salmon. All you have to do is worry about leaving room for dessert!
Brunch hours: Sun., May 9, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Lotte Hotel Seattle
809 5th Ave.
Elliott's Oyster House
Making things memorable is what the Sunday brunch at Elliott's Oyster House is all about this year. Mom's can enjoy special menu items like the Dungeness crab and shrimp omelette or the sweet cream french toast that'll make her day. While everyone else can enjoy the outdoor patio seating and fantastic Sound views. Who doesn't love a good ferry crossing on a warm Sunday morning? Make reservations before they're gone!
Brunch hours: Sun., May 9, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
1201 Alaskan Way, Suite 100
Takeout & Delivery
Cafe Flora is Seattle’s premier spot for fantastic vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free cuisine, and on weekends it's a go-to for delicious brunch fare. This year, they're on a mission to make kids (and partners) look good. Wanna know how? Simply order their heat-at-home, prix fix brunch for mom then serve it up while she's still in bed. It's a win she won't soon forget. You can find the three-course meal menu online before you order. Psst... a three-course kids meal is also available for smaller appetites ($20). And don't forget to pick up your brunch box curbside on May 8, between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Good to know: Dine-in brunch is still an option here, although the special three-course Mother's Day meal is only available for takeout.
2901 E. Madison St.
Fat's Chicken & Waffles
Bring home the ultimate comfort food brunch for mom from Fat's Chicken & Waffles. Leave your diets at the door because these Southern favorites are all about the carbs. We're talking Biscuits and Andouille Sausage Gravy, a Build-Your-Own Potato Bowl and of course, Chicken and Waffles. Everyone is sure to find something on this scrumptious weekend menu. Dig in!
Brunch hours: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m-3 p.m.
2726 E. Cherry St.
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