San Diego Knows How to Treat Moms Right! | Specials Galore for Mother's Day This Sunday, May 12th

May 8, 2013

With Mother’s Day coming this Sunday, May 12th, it’s high time to search for the perfect place to treat Mom this year. Whatever culinary treat Mom wants on her special day, San Diego restaurants, hotels and even breweries and wineries have all of the bases covered.  Check out our round up of Mother's Day specials from all over San Diego County, and be sure to treat your momma right everyday!

Back in 1912, 'Mother’s Day' was trademarked. Think that apostrophe is in a funny place? It is purposeful.  Anna Jarvis, trademarker for mommas the world over, made sure that it was a singular possessive. She meant for each family to honor their mother, compared to “Mothers’ Day,” a plural possessive, which would honor all the mothers in the world. Mother’s Day was also the spelling used by President Woodrow Wilson when he wrote it into law and made it an official holiday in the United States. There you have it. What else do you need to know? Oh. Right, where should you take Mom to eat? Read on for our suggestions:

Let Chef Kevin Templeton treat your momma right!
Bring Mom to barleymash this Sunday for live music, momlettes and momosas. For $22, brunch is “all you can eat” from 10am-2pm on Mother’s Day. The momosa bar features a selection of exotic juices and fruits so Moms can make their own custom cocktail. Chef Kevin’s momlette station fits in nicely next to the pancake station and promises to delight deserving moms. 

For traditional Italian food that doesn’t demand hours in the kitchen, we suggest heading to Toscana Café and Wine Bar in the Gaslamp District. Not only does Toscana have one of the most extensive wine selections in the area, they’re also appealing to deal-seeking dads and children this Mother’s Day. Toscana Café and Wine Bar is offering half-off for moms this Sunday if you visit and “like” their post from May 6 before making your reservations for Mother’s Day. 

Enjoy beautiful views of San Diego’s Big Bay and the USS Midway along with some of the freshest seafood in town from the comfort of Top of the Market.  ToM is offering a price fixed brunch for $31/pp, and includes options such as: crispy prosciutto Benedict with wild arugula, sour dough crostini, balsamic reduction, and mascarpone hollandaise; seafood quiche with smoked salmon, spinach, grilled onions, and Emmenthal cheese; and stuffed French toast with mixed berries, cream cheese, blood orange caramel, and maple bacon, to name a few. Brunch selections include freshly squeezed orange juice, pastry assortment, mimosa, peach bellini or sparkling wine, coffee & tea.

She drives the kids to soccer, ballet, lacrosse and more. This Sunday, give the sports-centric mom a break at Sandbar Sports Bar and Grill. Sandbar will feature a Mother’s Day brunch with $6 Bloody Mary's and $5 mimosa specials. What’s that you say? She’s not sporty? Don’t let the name fool you, Sandbar Sports Bar and Grill has one of the best views in San Diego. She’ll appreciate the killer sunset and the laid-back vibe here. 

For a relaxed and delicious Mother’s Day brunch complemented by live music, Beaumont’s Eatery in Bird Rock offers the perfect spot for locals and visitors alike. Executive Chef George Morris has crafted three specials for the occasion, including a surf and turn omelette with lump crab, slab bacon, melted tomatoes, brie and opal basil; chicken and waffles Benedict with fried Jidori chicken, poached eggs, red pepper, Belgian waffles and hot sauce hollandaise; and an Almost Summer scramble with morel mushrooms, melted leeks, heirloom tomatoes, and crème fraiche. These specials will be available in addition to Beaumont’s popular brunch menu, which will be available from 8:00am – 3:00pm.  

Not sure what to do for Mother’s Day? If you’re roaming about Hillcrest, consider the blackberry pancakes or a chicken’n’waffle for mom at West Coast Tavern. Also offering a wide selection of delicious champagne and other brunch cocktails, the eclectic menu repeatedly pleases the palates of moms.

Johnny Appleseed!
It’s an all-ages celebration this Mother's Day at Cusp Dining & Drinks in La Jolla. Brunch includes a spot devoted to creative expression through pancake decorating - edible supplies included! Endless mimosas will also be available, as will one of Nate Howell’s brunch punches, the Johnny Appleseed. Classic dishes like eggs Benedict and French toast will be part of the selection, as will Chef Lockhart’s flatbreads. Cusp Dining & Drinks is located on the 11th floor of Kimpton’s Hotel La Jolla, and will serve brunch from 9 a.m.-3 p.m for the cost of $35 for adults and $10 for kids.

CUCINA urbana is doing complimentary "goodie bags" for all moms that dine with them including Executive Pastry Chef Jack Fisher's home-made cookies!! Flavors include Strawberry Jam Thumbprint, Orange Pistachio Shortbread and Dark Chocolate Crackles.

Craft & Commerce is running an All Moms Get Lay'd special, and by that they mean a free Lay Lady Lay for moms! It's one of their most popular & delicious cocktails!  Sounds classy, C&C, as per usual.

What a view at Bertrand!
Bertrand at Mister A's, the Bankers Hill iconic rooftop restaurant known for its views of the city and bay, will offer a 3-course prix fixe Mother's Day brunch menu between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Priced at $52.50 per adult, this menu will feature favorite items from its brand new brunch menu as well as specials created by Chef de Cuisine Stéphane Voitzwinkler, including buttermilk fried chicken and waffles; Hawaiian bread French toast stuffed with mascarpone cheese; and eggs Benedict with fresh crab meat in hollandaise sauce. The special cocktail of the day will be the La Vie en Rose garnished with edible rose petals - an innovative way to give Mom her Mother's Day flowers!

Mille Fleurs' patio
Mille Fleurs, in the heart of historic Rancho Santa Fe, will offer an a la carte Mother's Day menu featuring the fare of Chef de Cuisine Martin Woesle. Starters will include dishes like white asparagus soup, Alaskan Wild Troll King Salmon and homemade vegetable ravioli "au gratin." Brunch cocktails will include 5 types of Bloody Marys and specialty cocktails like the Mother's Day-worthy lavender-peach Bellini garnished with a fragrant lavender blossom.

Treat mom to an elegant 3 Course lunch or dinner at Acqua Al 2 which includes bottomless Bellinis for $45 per person. Diners may choose from a special 3 course menu that includes their mouthwatering Filetto al Mirtillo, a hand carved filet mignon with blueberry sauce or Tonni in Crosta di Pistacchi, a seared Ahi tuna with pistachio and red pepper crust and homemade tiramisu for dessert.

Davanti Enoteca's Little Italy and Del Mar locations will offer an Italian-style Mother's Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Moms can have their fill of the lemon ricotta pancakes served with blueberries and lemon curd and experience the Italian version of French toast with Davanti's Pane Tostato, house battered Italian toast with caramelized figs, vanilla, mascarpone and a balsamic maple syrup. Moms can also enjoy a variety of fresh baked pastries, fresh squeezed juices and a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar.

Celebrate Mother's Day with Toast Enoteca and Cucina! Special menu will be featured and served in addition to the regular menu for $33 per person.  Mom can choose from a three course menu that includes anitpasto, primo and secondo courses.

Make a date with Mom for a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch at Roppongi Restaurant & Sushi Bar, located in the heart of La Jolla Cove, on Sunday from 10am to 3pm.  Enjoy live jazz music by David Patrone and dine indoors or al fresco on the covered patio or outdoor firepit. The brunch specialty menu, hand crafted by Executive Chef Michael McDonald, consists of popular items like Maine lobster scramble, Bread & Sea brioche French toast, and Roppongi eggs benedict. Bottomless mimosas will also be offered and all Moms will be treated to a complimentary SVEDKA cocktail.

Mia Francesca
Mia Francesca, the family-run restaurant featuring a large outdoor patio and trattoria style dining room, will offer lunch between 12 and 3 p.m. and dinner from 3 to 9 p.m. Highlights will include a variety of dishes like the restaurant's popular calamari fritti, signature insalata alla Francesca, and pizza topped with prosciutto, artichoke, mushroom, olives and egg.

Since mom got you to eat your veggies, taught you your ABC’s, and probably put up with some silly shenanigans, Souplantation is giving you the chance to win 4 FREE meal passes for her to enjoy a wonderful night out with the family! Contest ends Sunday, May 12th at midnight! Want to enter? Make sure you follow @Souplantation on Twitter, and go to the contest page and follow the rules.

Gear up for a Mother’s Day feast that is anything but ordinary, as RA Sushi will be celebrating the holiday with extended hours in the Flying Fish Lounge, from 11 a.m. to close. The whole family can get stuffed to the gills on a variety of sushi, tapas and appetizers, including favorites like Tuna Tataki, Viva Las Vegas roll and “RA”ckin Shrimp. Flirty cocktails like the Shiso Naughty and Blushing Geisha are also on the list of specials in store for Mom.

Pacifica Del Mar's three-course prix fixe meal is packed with local favorites, including breakfast and lunch items that will satisfy the entire clan. Choose a starter, like the house roasted beets with smoked almonds, fennel and goats milk yogurt, followed by a breakfast entree (served until 2 p.m.) like Pacifica's Frittata, or a lunch selection like seafood stew. End the meal with a choice of dessert. Three-courses for only $37/pp.

The Cohn Restaurant Group really want mothers to feel special.  Mom's eat FREE at 100 Wines, BO-beau, Gaslamp Strip Club, Blue Point and Indigo Grill, as long as they bring two guests who also purchase entrees. At Prado, Vintana, C Level and 333 Pacific moms and guests are treated to free bubbly!  Details can be found online.

Family plays a big role this Mother’s Day at Jsix. There will be plenty to do with Mom and the kids, including a cookie and cupcake decorating station full of edible supplies and coloring books to keep kids happy, as well as a make-your-own waffles stand. Adults can relax enjoying Jsix's well-stocked Bloody Mary and mimosa bar full of mix and match accompaniments, including fresh juices like blood orange and grapefruit. The prix fixe menu from Chef Graves includes twists to brunch classics like pork schnitzel with biscuits and gravy and chiliquilles-style steak and eggs. Jsix is located downtown and will serve brunch from 9am-2pm for the cost of $10 for kids and $30 for adults.

Chef Anthony Sinsay
Offering a menu of "Asian Cowboy" cuisine, Chef Anthony Sinsay of BURLAP in Del Mar has created a menu featuring a hybrid of meat (raw, cooked and rotisserie), seafood and bold sides with Asian influences.  And special for Mother's Day, BURLAP has added a King Crab Fried Rice in addition to the regular brunch menu.

An obvious choice for Mother’s Day brunch due to La Jolla Cove views and the famous “Coast Toast,” the charming Brockton Villa restaurant will be offering a “Queen Bee Special” brunch menu with dishes that the entire family can enjoy. For $25, guests can select a signature breakfast item such as the crab Ipanema, pulled pork and soy chorizo chilaquiles, or artichoke and asparagus omelette, in addition to any alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage. Lunch entrees like the roasted Zatar lamb wrap, basie pesto summer vegetable papardelle or the Fork and Knife balsamic marinated steak sandwich are also available as part of the special, and can be paired with a choice of Brockton Villa’s “epic” chowder or house salad.

This Mother's Day, from 3pm-7:30pm, treat Mom to a day at the winery at Orfila Winery's The Goods: An Artisan Festival! Featuring 20 local artists and vendors, 10 Gourmet Food Trucks, live music from singer Melissa McDonell and CoolBandLuke, local craft beer and of course your favorite Orfila wine! There's something for everyone, so get the family together and head out for an afternoon of fun in the sun honoring mom!  Admission is $10 for Owl Club Members ($15 at door) and $15 for non-members ($20 at the door) and includes 8 wine and/or craft beer tastings.  FREE admission for persons under 21. Persons under the age of 21 are welcomed with paid adult present, but reservations are required for families attending the event with persons under the age of 21.

Stone Brewing Co. World Bistro & Gardens
Enjoy Mother’s Day at Stone Brewing Co. World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Families are invited to join Stone for Sunday brunch celebrating Mom. A brunch menu and made-to-order omelette station will be offered including sides of fruit, potatoes, bacon and strawberry pastries. Omelette station is $15, or guests may order a la carte from the brunch menu which may be viewed online.

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa will be celebrating with a special brunch for Mom from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., featuring an array of delicious stations such as eggs, house made buttermilk pancakes and crispy Belgium waffles, a Benedict table, spring flavors, assorted sushi rolls and chilled seafood, greens and bites, sweet endings and even a station for the little ones. In addition, Mom's complimentary choice of house made Bloody Mary's or Bellinis and a special take-home gift of a recipe and jar of Chef's spring jam. The cost of Rancho Valencia's Mother's Day Brunch is $85 per person and $25 kids 11 and under. Reservations are required.

Rancho Bernardo Inn
Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant at the legendary Rancho Bernardo Inn will be offering a three-course spring-inspired Mother's Day dinner menu including dishes such as crab bisque, wild mushroom ravioli, aged top sirloin, and grilled halibut. Cost per person is $45.

Guests of Aragon Ballroom at Rancho Bernardo Inn can savor an array of cuisine featuring mustard and herb stuffed Berkshire pork loin, slow roasted prime rib, decadent chocolate fountain and more delicacies. A kid-friendly buffet station will delight younger guests. Families can also enjoy the adored petting zoo and pony rides! Brunch is served from 10a.m.-4p.m., the petting zoo and pony rides are available from 10a.m.-3p.m.  Cost for adults is $65 and children (ages 4-12) $25, with children 3 and under are complimentary.

Inside Searsucker
Located in the bustling historic Gaslamp Quarter San Diego, Searsucker is by Top Chef finalist and ABC's The Taste winning judge / mentor Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey and hospitality visionary, James Brennan.  For Mother's Day, Searsucker will be offering Mimosas for Moms and adding a special lobster Benedict with asparagus and a lemon Bearnaise in addition to the regular brunch menu.

Sheraton Hotel & Marina’s Harbor’s Edge Restaurant will celebrate Mother's Day with a special Brunch on the bay. From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., guests will enjoy an amazing selection of breakfast favorites including omelets and waffles prepared fresh to order, and a variety of seafood dishes, salads, pastas, and gourmet entrees, side by side with cheese boards, carving stations, and delicious dessert displays. Prices are $49.95 for adults and $21.95 for children. Children under the age of 5 are free.

True Food Kitchen
True Food Kitchen will be offering two specials for brunch this Mother's Day: pan roasted halibut with spring asparagus, Hon Shimeji mushrooms, arugula and citrus vinaigrette and strawberry shortcake with local organic berries, vanilla bean shortcake and Greek yogurt. The regular brunch menu also offers a variety of healthy yet delicious dishes. True Food is also doing an adorable Mother's Day promotion - plant-able gift card holders. The restaurant's gift certificates are enclosed in a gift cardholder made of biodegradable "seed" paper, which can be simply planted and will grow into a fresh basil plant in just weeks. The card itself reads "Mother's Love Grows By Giving" on the front, a quote by Charles Lamb, and inside: "Thanks For All You've Given Me."  The seed cards are available at any True Food Kitchen location through Mother's Day at no extra cost other than the gift certificate ($10, $20, $50, etc.).

THE US GRANT Mother's Day Brunch features an all-encompassing buffet of breakfast specialties, fresh salads, seasonal side dishes, prime meats, Pacific seafood specialties, and a collection of sweet treats.  A kid-friendly buffet station will delight younger guests, meanwhile, Mom will be treated to a special gift, with our compliments.  Live jazz entertainment completes the San Diego Mother's Day experience. Reservations are required.  And on Saturday, May 11th, taste the beauty of Spring with Afternoon Tea at THE US GRANT.  Sip loose leaf teas and a glass of champagne while enjoying decadent pastries and desserts, fresh berries with Devonshire cream and a selection of gourmet tea sandwiches, blooming with edible florals. Seatings is from 1pm - 3pm and costs $46 for adults and $22 for children (ages 12 & under). Prices exclude tax & gratuity and reservations are required.

For an authentic Italian dining experience set in a contemporary yet homey atmosphere, BiCE's special prix fixe menu will make Mom feel like she's been whisked away to Italy this Mother's Day. From 11:30 to 9pm, BiCE will be offering a special three-course menu featuring a choice of appetizer including a sweet and savory crepe station among other options, a main course selection of either Italian baked tarte with provolone, Italian ham and leeks, homemade oven-baked lasagna, stuffed chicken breast with truffle cheese and prosciutto and served with mashed potatoes, or homemade spinach fettuccine with shrimp and mushrooms, drizzled with a vodka pink sauce. Executive Chef Mario Cassineri's tour of Italian cuisine will end with a decadent dessert buffet crafted by expert pastry chef Francesca Penoncelli. The prix fixe menu is available for $39 and includes bottomless mimosas. BiCE will also be offering a kids menu for $21.

For a dinner brimming with elegance and luxury, Donovan’s Steak & Chop House in La Jolla and the Gaslamp Quarter are the ideal locations to spoil mom this Mother’s Day. Chef Sal Reynoso of Donovan’s Steak & Chop House in La Jolla and Chef Arturo Mejia of the Gaslamp location have each crafted elaborate Mother’s Day menus including an array of appetizers and entrees ranging from filet mignon medallions with grilled shrimp scampi to pan seared halibut with lemon caper beurre blanc. Donovan’s Gaslamp location will also feature menu highlights from sister restaurant Donovan’s Prime Seafood.  Additionally, each location will also offer a specially crafted 3-course prix fixe menu. In La Jolla, this includes a salad, either twin-prime filet medallions, 6oz prime filet and shrimp scampi or North Atlantic salmon with Maitre D’ butter and a choice of dessert, available for $50. The Gaslamp’s prix fixe menu varies slightly, offering a choice of soup or salad, either twin-prime filet medallions, 6oz prime filet and shrimp scampi, or Scottish Loch Duart salmon with Maitre d’ butter, and a choice of dessert, available for $51.   Mother’s Day menus will be offered at the La Jolla location from 3-9pm and at Gaslamp from 3-10p.m. The La Jolla location will also be holding a drawing for moms on Mother’s Day to win a complementary spa day.

Katsuya San Diego will be offering its full menu of Japanese-inspired cuisine this Mother’s Day, allowing Mom to choose from a host of tasty signatures. Mix it up with a family style dinner including an array of must-try items like Katsuya’s famous crispy rice with spicy tuna, Wagyu Tobanyaki served sizzling hot with wild mushrooms, Miso-marinated black cod with a hint of sweet miso, and special Katsuya roll with tuna, yellowtail, salmon, scallop, crab and avocado, wrapped with rice, soy paper, and cucumber and served with wasabi ponzu on the side.

Elevation Burger Carlsbad owner, Ron Weinberg is personally inviting ALL moms to EAT FREE on Mother's Day.  As far as Elevation Burger is concerned, Moms are the people that make the world go-round and they deserve a big THANK YOU.  The team at Elevation Burger invites all moms for a fun casual lunch or even a nice relaxed dinner later in the day. They'll be open all day and mom's will be treated to a free meal when they come in.

Mom can be treated to a sweet Mother's Day with the Sprinkles Cupcakes' MOM box. The Sprinkles MOM box features dark chocolate, red velvet, vanilla and lemon cupcakes, making it the perfect gift for every Mom. Adorned with Sprinkles' daisies, MOM sugar decorations and sealed with a MOM Loves Cupcakes sticker, moms are guaranteed to have the sweetest Mother's Day ever!

With a recent $180 million renovation, Westfield UTC focused major efforts on their dining scene and resort-inspired shopping, making it the perfect place to take mom on Mother's Day. The revamped standouts at Westfield UTC include the best location for shopping with mom at new retail stores from Splendid, J. Crew to Tiffany & Co. with healthy, delicious Mother's Day dining at Seasons 52, featuring seasonally-inspired menus from a fresh grill and wine bar, offering an outdoor patio as well as an award-winning international wine list and delicious dishes such as the Lemongrass Salmon Salad. Tender Greens is another new culinary addition with its use of fresh picked produce daily from Scarborough Farms in Oxnard, CA and the freshest and finest dishes.

The Bahia Hotel Mission Bay Ballroom will feature a superb brunch buffet in celebration of Mother’s Day. Guests will savor both a glorious view on the bay in addition to a wide variety of salads, seafood, main dishes, sides, and desserts. A few of the many delectable menu offerings include: Belgian waffles with strawberries and whipped cream, made-to-order omelletes; smoked salmon; bay shrimp ceviche; fresh cheese and fruit platters; slow-roasted prime rib; miso glazed salmon; herb roasted turkey breast; roasted garlic mashed potatoes; baked penne pasta; and several dessert options including bananas foster; apple cobbler; German chocolate cake; and a wide variety of tarts, mini pastries and chocolates. A special “knee-high” buffet will offer a variety of kids’ specialties. Cost is $46.50 for adults and $22.50 for children 5-12 (children under 5 eat free).

The Catamaran’s bay-front lawn and the elegant second floor Banquet Rooms will overflow with succulent dishes to delight Mom on Mother’s Day. Families can enjoy sampling a wide variety of culinary items that include salads, seafood, carved meats, main dishes, side dishes, and desserts. Some of the outstanding menu selections include: cheese blintzes with berry sauce; assorted quiches; grilled vegetables; prime rib au jus; kale salad with apple, radish and spiced walnuts; crab salad; prime rib au jus, baked salmon; herb crusted pork loin; spinach gratin; peel & eat shrimp; and toasted linguini with greens. guests can also indulge their sweet tooth at the dessert buffet featuring chocolate dipped strawberries, berry cobblers, and assorted cookies and cakes. The children’s “Knee-High” buffet menu offers a wide variety of kids’ selections such as grilled chicken and zucchini; baked macaroni; pee wee potatoes; and green salad and fruit. Cost is $52.00 for adults and $24.50 for children 5-11 (children under 5 eat free).  Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Buffet runs from 10:00am--3:00pm (last seating 2:30pm).

To add to the ambiance of Mom’s special day, both of the above buffets (Bahia & Catamaran will feature live piano entertainment, and ss part of the day’s festivities, guests can enjoy a FREE cruise with a paid brunch buffet on the Bahia Belle and William D. Evans sternwheelers, which will sail between the Bahia and Catamaran hotels throughout the afternoon beginning at 11:30 am and ending at 6:15 pm.

With so many options, there's no reason not to enjoy this city's offerings and make Mother's Day special for Mom!  I know deciding is the hardest part, but make your reservations soon, as these amazing locations are likely to fill up! Mmmmmm....MOM-osas!