Raise a glass to Mom on her special day by taking her to eat delicious food in the company of her loved ones. We’ve rounded-up 23 Mother’s Day brunch spots that will put a smile on her face. From southern fried eggs Benedict and maple bacon donuts to Hibiscus mimosas (or strong gourmet coffee), scroll down to see where to toast mom at a lovely family meal.

photo: Punch Bowl Social

Punch Bowl Social

Punch Bowl Social is giving moms a break––and a drink on Mother’s Day this year. On Sunday, May 12, Punch Bowl Social will serve new brunch items, specialty “Momosas” and free arcade play for kiddos to give moms a few minutes’ peace. The “Momosa” Bar will offer sparkling wine plus a selection of juices (grapefruit, pineapple, cranberry, pomegranate, and peach nectar) with raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, mint and basil for garnish.

Brunch hours will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and feature new specialty items including the Sausage & Egg Panini with house-made fennel and herb sausage, the Cast Iron Chile Frittata with Hatch green chiles, and the Asparagus & Kale Strata.

The Kids’ Buffet will offer mini chicken ‘n’ waffles, fried chicken tenders, buttermilk pancakes, crispy bacon, and all-beef sliders. Plus, all arcade games will be free to play during brunch hours as mentioned above.

And, of course, the Sunday Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar will be open!

1485 E St.
San Diego, CA 92101
Online: punchbowlsocial.com

Toast Gastrobrunch

Propose a toast! Start mom's meal with a pretty pink Hibiscus mimosa at this recently-opened brunch spot. Then treat her to some fancy comfort food: the southern fried benny which boasts crispy chicken atop cheddar cornbread with garlic spinach, béchamel, scallions and poached eggs. For little farm hands, a giant pancake makes a meal. After brunch, grab the crew for a healthy Mother's Day stroll at the nearby Carlsbad beach.

Insider's Tip: Mother's Day will be busy, so the earlier you go, the better.

5970 Avenida Encinas
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Online: toastgastrobrunch.com

photo: The Westgate Hotel

The Westgate Hotel

Moms will be spoiled with this decadent feast served in the grandeur of Le Fontainebleau and the Versailles Ballroom. The award-winning brunch includes complimentary mimosas and Bloody Marys, a juice bar and a selection of classic brunch favorites. Highlights include made-to-order omelets, fresh seafood, eggs Benedict, delicious and adorable mini doughnuts, an ice cream station and more.

Mother’s Day Brunch will be held on Sun., May 12, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $99/adults; $35/kids ages 4-12 and complimentary for ages three and under. Prices do not include tax or gratuity.

Mother’s Day Brunch reservations can be made online or by calling 619-238-1818.

1055 2nd Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
Online: westgatehotel.com

Farmer's Table Bay Park

Farm fresh! If your crew delights in locally-sourced food and plenty to eat, then the recently-opened Bay Park Farmer's Table is a win-win. From Bloody Mary's adorned with pickled veggies and bbq drizzled bacon to Florentine eggs Benedict (vegan and gluten-free) there's something for everyone. We love the details of the farm setting from silverware and flower vases to the tractor outside. Little brunch-goers can chow down the Strawberry Banana Nutella Waffle. Whatever you choose, it's hearty and recently harvested.

Insider's Tip: Make a reservation for Mother's Day soon.

3055 Clairemont Dr.
San Diego, CA 92117
Online: myfarmerstable.com

Little Lion

A cozy cafe! We love that you can sit inside or out at this cute but casual eatery. You can head on over (even if it's last minute!). From a farmer's market fruit bowl and avocado toast to Belgian waffles and poached eggs with bacon, there's something for everyone to eat. After brunch, walk the neighborhood and enjoy a sunny San Diego day.

Insider's Tip: Walk the short distance to Sunset Cliffs. It's worth the views.

1424 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92107
Online: thelittlelioncafe.com

Giardino Neighborhood Cucina

Sweet and savory! Chef Marco recently revised the brunch menu adding sweet favorites like Banana French Toast topped with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and bananas. Also, you can eat up savory favorites like the Caprese Skillet Scramble with eggs, tomato, burrata, avocado and roasted potatoes. We love the rustic ambiance seen in the lights, greenery and wood tables. For little eaters, there is simple breakfast food like the Classic Buttermilk Pancakes.

Insider's Tip: Dogs are allowed on the outside patio.

8131 Broadway
Lemon Grove, CA 91945
Online: giardinosd.com

Nate's Garden Grill

Good vibes and farm fresh, locally-sourced food! Mosey on over to Nate's Garden Grill for a casual brunch with live music to boot. The menu offers a range of fare from Crab Cake Benedict to French toast and tons of things to keep the littles engaged. After you eat, head over to the City Farmer's Nursery (next door), where you can follow the paths to the ducks, rabbits and garden. This is an ideal setting for moms who call themselves 'plant-lady.'

Insider's Tip: Nate's is dog-friendly, so bring your pooch.

3120 Euclid Ave.
San Diego, CA 92105
Online: natesgardengrill.com

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 92037
Online: dukeslajolla.com

Fireside by the Patio

Fire up the buffet brunch. Sit outside on one of the two outdoor patios with a total of 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 92106
Online: firesidesd.com

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 92130

The Shoppes at La Jolla Village
8861 Via La Jolla Dr., Suite 509
La Jolla, CA 92037

3940 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103

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 92037
Online: lodgetorreypines.com

photo: L' Auberge Del Mar


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 New York Strip and salmon en crute carving station. 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 & under).

1540 Camino del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014
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 92008
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 $49.95 per adult; $19.95 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 92101
For reservations, 619-557-3964, between 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Online: sandiegozoo.org

photo: Farmer & the Seahorse

Farmer & the Seahorse

Sit outside on the covered veranda and order mom a mimosa while the littles play bean bag toss on the grass. Further, in case it's cooler there are heat lamps too. Enjoy the ocean air that surrounds this hidden gem on Torrey Pines. Even more, you'll find plenty of choices from the lobster roll and farmer's breakfast to the waffles for the littles. Mother's Day brunch hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We recommend you make a reservation!

10996 Torreyana Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92121
Online: farmertheseahorse.com

The 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 92075

750 North Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101

photo: The 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 92103

La Jolla/UTC (new location)
4545 La Jolla Village Dr.
San Diego, CA 92122

Marina Kitchen

Sail away! (Well not exactly, but you get a beautiful 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 Belgian waffles and an omelet station. Even more, freshly baked bread and plenty of desserts to choose from. Cost is $52 per adult and $17 per child (12 & under).  Served between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Make a reservation today.

333 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
Online: marriott.com/marina-kitchen

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.

3794 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92104
Online: waypointpublic.com

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Wolf down a delicious spring brunch by Chef Joshua Mereles at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. 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 $49.95/adult; $19.95/child (ages 3-11 years). Plus, park admission.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd.
Escondido, CA 92027
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 92106
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 92037
Online: carolinesseasidecafe.com

photo: Cohn Restaurant Group

BO-Beau Kitchen & Garden

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.

La Mesa Village
8384 La Mesa Blvd.
La Mesa, CA 91942
Online: bobeaukitchengarden.com

–Nikki Walsh


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