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Mess Hall at Liberty Public Market
Mess Hall at Liberty Public Market
Lyudmila Zotova

12 Spots To Spoil Mom On Mother's Day

Say I love you with bottomless mimosas and brunch

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Mess Hall at Liberty Public Market
| Lyudmila Zotova

Still need Mother’s Day plans? Better get moving and pick a spot before mom's big day this Sunday, May 8. Because nothing says I love you like bottomless mimosas and brunch, here are a dozen suggestions for where to spend Mother’s Day this year; as of this writing, these restaurants all still have reservations available.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mess Hall

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2820 Historic Decatur Rd
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 255-8360
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Treat mom to brunch-worthy bites at Mess Hall, including a jeweled brioche bread pudding French toast, and wood fired asparagus and feta quiche. You can also make it an evening affair with Chef Kolanko’s Sunday Roast: a family style, three-course menu of adobo roasted pork shoulder, fresh spaghetti with Baja stone crab, asparagus and Meyer Lemon, and a grapefruit vanilla cake from Crafted Baked Goods for dessert. Costs $29 per person. Call ahead for reservations.

2. Bottega Americano

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1195 Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-8397
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Serving their full brunch and dinner menus this Mother’s Day, Bottega’s brunch standouts include baked French toast with mascarpone whipped cream and free flowing mimosas. For a night out on the town, treat mom and the family to dinner with delightful eats like bricked Cornish game hen, seasonal vegetable risotto or a handcrafted pizza. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and dinner will be served from 5 - 9 p.m.

3. Sirena Cocina

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1901 Columbia St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 564-8970
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Moms who visit Sirena on May 8 will be eating free, while everyone else can take advantage of a three-course prix fixe menu for just $44. Choices include Mexican orange flan and sautéed berries for dessert. The Lomo Saltado – a main course of beef tenderloin with parsley, chile, soy sauce, red onions, and tomatoes - is a highlight. On Mexican Mother’s Day (May 10), Sirena will give a 20 percent discount to all guests in addition to a free dessert for mom.

4. Le Papagayo

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1002 N Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-8252
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Treat mom to a bottomless mimosa brunch at this lively little spot in Leucadia. Served until 2 p.m., enjoy menu standouts such as the blueberry Paleo pancakes, Grand Marnier French toast, or a Hermes St. scramble on the charming outside patio, along with one of Le Papa’s new Kombucha cocktails or a more traditional Bloody Mary.

5. Shores Restaurant

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8110 Camino Del Oro
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 456-0600
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Available Sunday, May 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the Shores’ Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet costs $52 per person with special pricing for children. Highlights include a farmers market grilled sweet corn salad and Tuscan white bean soup; panko cilantro crusted petrale sole and roasted Angus top sirloin. For desserts think butterscotch banana cream pie, and Rocio’s Rocky Road bread pudding.

6. Farmer & The Seahorse

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10996 Torreyana Rd
San Diego, CA 92121
(858) 260-5400
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Chef Brian Malarkey and chef de cuisine Jason Gethin’s brand new brunch menu is the perfect way to treat mom to something special. Tuck into a masa Benedict with wild mushroom ragu, fried duck confit with buttermilk waffle and burnt wildflower honey syrup, or a breakfast pizza with house made chorizo. There are plenty of brunch cocktails too, including a cucumber mint mimosa. Served 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sundays.

7. Pacifica Del Mar

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1555 Camino del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 792-0476
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For striking views and award-winning coastal fare head to Pacifica Del Mar, where you can treat mom to a special three-course prix fixe Mother’s Day brunch for $39 per person; complimentary glass of bubbly, Bloody Mary or Mimosa also included. Brunch is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while Pacifica’s dinner menu will also be available that evening.

8. vinavanti Urban Winery

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1477 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92115
(877) 484-6282
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Vinavanti is turning their monthly Cellar School class into a celebration of bubbly on May 8, when mother daughter duos can come for brunch (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) then learn about the differences between Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, and natural sparkling wines (one of Vinavanti’s specialties). Parties of eight or more can reserve a table online.

9. HOPE 46 Classic American Cuisine

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2223 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 780-0358
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From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hope 46, will host a Timeless Classics Mother’s Day Brunch to celebrate all moms. Expect bottomless mimosas and specialty dishes including seasonal vegetable frittatas, a carving station with herb-crusted free-range turkey breast and smoked California ham. Be sure to save room for desert – apple and pecan pies, New York Style Cheesecake, and triple chocolate mousse cake await. Brunch costs $46 per person with the option to add bottomless mimosas for $10.

10. Bleu Boheme

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4090 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 255-4167
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Ken Irvine’s Mother’s Day brunch menu is priced at $49 per person and includes a roster of suitably French-inspired fare such as quiche maison, and a classic “onglet” steak served with Béarnaise sauce. Brunch concludes with a selection of desserts, including mousse au chocolat, pain d’épice and profiteroles. Specialty lavender mimosas and Bloody Mary’s made with imported French vodka will be priced at $8 each. Served 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

11. Le Parfait Paris

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555 G St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 245-4457
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Indulge mom on her special day with a $30 prix fixe brunch at this chic downtown sweet shop and café. Le Parfait’s traditional French-inspired menu will include: one beverage (mimosa, coffee or juice); one brunch option (eggs benedict, toast d’azur or croque madame); and a mom-inspired pastry such as a personalized macaron. Bon appetite!

12. The Oceanaire Seafood Room

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400 J St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 858-2277
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The Oceanaire Seafood room is offering a Mother’s Day Brunch with specialty dishes such as crab cake eggs Benedict, brioche French toast, Fisherman’s mixed grill breakfast, Maine lobster roll, an oyster bar and more. Brunch begins at 11 a.m. Call ahead for reservations.

1. Mess Hall

2820 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
Treat mom to brunch-worthy bites at Mess Hall, including a jeweled brioche bread pudding French toast, and wood fired asparagus and feta quiche. You can also make it an evening affair with Chef Kolanko’s Sunday Roast: a family style, three-course menu of adobo roasted pork shoulder, fresh spaghetti with Baja stone crab, asparagus and Meyer Lemon, and a grapefruit vanilla cake from Crafted Baked Goods for dessert. Costs $29 per person. Call ahead for reservations.
2820 Historic Decatur Rd
San Diego, CA 92106

2. Bottega Americano

1195 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Serving their full brunch and dinner menus this Mother’s Day, Bottega’s brunch standouts include baked French toast with mascarpone whipped cream and free flowing mimosas. For a night out on the town, treat mom and the family to dinner with delightful eats like bricked Cornish game hen, seasonal vegetable risotto or a handcrafted pizza. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and dinner will be served from 5 - 9 p.m.
1195 Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

3. Sirena Cocina

1901 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101
Moms who visit Sirena on May 8 will be eating free, while everyone else can take advantage of a three-course prix fixe menu for just $44. Choices include Mexican orange flan and sautéed berries for dessert. The Lomo Saltado – a main course of beef tenderloin with parsley, chile, soy sauce, red onions, and tomatoes - is a highlight. On Mexican Mother’s Day (May 10), Sirena will give a 20 percent discount to all guests in addition to a free dessert for mom.
1901 Columbia St
San Diego, CA 92101

4. Le Papagayo

1002 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Treat mom to a bottomless mimosa brunch at this lively little spot in Leucadia. Served until 2 p.m., enjoy menu standouts such as the blueberry Paleo pancakes, Grand Marnier French toast, or a Hermes St. scramble on the charming outside patio, along with one of Le Papa’s new Kombucha cocktails or a more traditional Bloody Mary.
1002 N Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

5. Shores Restaurant

8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, CA 92037
Available Sunday, May 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the Shores’ Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet costs $52 per person with special pricing for children. Highlights include a farmers market grilled sweet corn salad and Tuscan white bean soup; panko cilantro crusted petrale sole and roasted Angus top sirloin. For desserts think butterscotch banana cream pie, and Rocio’s Rocky Road bread pudding.
8110 Camino Del Oro
La Jolla, CA 92037

6. Farmer & The Seahorse

10996 Torreyana Rd, San Diego, CA 92121
Chef Brian Malarkey and chef de cuisine Jason Gethin’s brand new brunch menu is the perfect way to treat mom to something special. Tuck into a masa Benedict with wild mushroom ragu, fried duck confit with buttermilk waffle and burnt wildflower honey syrup, or a breakfast pizza with house made chorizo. There are plenty of brunch cocktails too, including a cucumber mint mimosa. Served 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sundays.
10996 Torreyana Rd
San Diego, CA 92121

7. Pacifica Del Mar

1555 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014
For striking views and award-winning coastal fare head to Pacifica Del Mar, where you can treat mom to a special three-course prix fixe Mother’s Day brunch for $39 per person; complimentary glass of bubbly, Bloody Mary or Mimosa also included. Brunch is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while Pacifica’s dinner menu will also be available that evening.
1555 Camino del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014

8. vinavanti Urban Winery

1477 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92115
Vinavanti is turning their monthly Cellar School class into a celebration of bubbly on May 8, when mother daughter duos can come for brunch (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) then learn about the differences between Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, and natural sparkling wines (one of Vinavanti’s specialties). Parties of eight or more can reserve a table online.
1477 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92115

9. HOPE 46 Classic American Cuisine

2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hope 46, will host a Timeless Classics Mother’s Day Brunch to celebrate all moms. Expect bottomless mimosas and specialty dishes including seasonal vegetable frittatas, a carving station with herb-crusted free-range turkey breast and smoked California ham. Be sure to save room for desert – apple and pecan pies, New York Style Cheesecake, and triple chocolate mousse cake await. Brunch costs $46 per person with the option to add bottomless mimosas for $10.
2223 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104

10. Bleu Boheme

4090 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
Ken Irvine’s Mother’s Day brunch menu is priced at $49 per person and includes a roster of suitably French-inspired fare such as quiche maison, and a classic “onglet” steak served with Béarnaise sauce. Brunch concludes with a selection of desserts, including mousse au chocolat, pain d’épice and profiteroles. Specialty lavender mimosas and Bloody Mary’s made with imported French vodka will be priced at $8 each. Served 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
4090 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

11. Le Parfait Paris

555 G St, San Diego, CA 92101
Indulge mom on her special day with a $30 prix fixe brunch at this chic downtown sweet shop and café. Le Parfait’s traditional French-inspired menu will include: one beverage (mimosa, coffee or juice); one brunch option (eggs benedict, toast d’azur or croque madame); and a mom-inspired pastry such as a personalized macaron. Bon appetite!
555 G St
San Diego, CA 92101

12. The Oceanaire Seafood Room

400 J St, San Diego, CA 92101
The Oceanaire Seafood room is offering a Mother’s Day Brunch with specialty dishes such as crab cake eggs Benedict, brioche French toast, Fisherman’s mixed grill breakfast, Maine lobster roll, an oyster bar and more. Brunch begins at 11 a.m. Call ahead for reservations.
400 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

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