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Where to Eat on Mother’s Day

Special dishes and drinks, full menus and brunches galore

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Mother’s Day is upon us in San Diego—the one day where brunch reigns supreme over every other type of meal. This year, San Diego’s restaurants are serving up no shortage of special mimosas, prix fixe menus and, bucking brunch tradition, some creative dinner options, too. Here’s where to eat in town on Mother’s Day.

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1. Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa

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7100 Aviara Resort Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 448-1234
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Both restaurants at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort will have special menus just for Mother’s Day—both cost $98 for adults and $35 for children and run from 9:30/10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Both restaurants will feature a buffet with a carve station with sun dried tomato and dill crusted sea bass and prime rib; an iced seafood display; a California artisanal cheese tasting; an omelet station; a selection of pastries; platters of cured meats; California-made salumi and a cold buffet with items such as avocado gazpacho, pickled shrimp, grilled green asparagus, and baby arugula.  For details and reservations, please contact the concierge at (760) 603-3773.

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2. Flower Child

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2690 Via De La Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 314-6818
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Fast casual healthy joint Flower Child will be offering a fresh strawberry MAmosa, which will be available only on May 12 and 13. The restaurant will also be handing out “I Love Mom” coloring sheets while moms enjoy brunch, which will feature light items like a quinoa breakfast burrito, vegan hash and the Late Riser (scrambled eggs, quinoa, heirloom bean, avocado, roasted chile, salsa, corn, greek yogurt and queso blanco). Also served will be freshly squeezed juices, including the Liquid Sunshine with coconut water, carrot, ginger, turmeric and orange. 

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3. Dolce at the Highlands

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5980 Village Center Loop Rd
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 847-2740
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Dolce at The Highlands in Carmel Valley will be serving extended brunch and dinner menus for Mother’s Day, in addition to the regular menus. Reservations are recommended.

4. True Food Kitchen

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4303 La Jolla Village Dr Suite 2100
San Diego, CA 92122
(858) 431-4384
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Both the Fashion Valley and UTC locations of True Food Kitchen will be serving a special “Mom-osa” menu only on Mother’s Day. Available are a pomegranate mimosa with prosecco, lime, pomegranate, and antioxidant tea; an orange vanilla mimosa with prosecco, lime, vanilla and orange; a blueberry mint mimosa with prosecco, mint, blueberry and lemon; and a sparkling lavender lemonade with lemon, honey, lavender and sparkling water.

5. Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

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3999 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 488-1081
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With both indoor and outdoor dining options along with live piano entertainment, guests will enjoy an endless brunch buffet including made-to-order omelets, peel-and-eat shrimp and special kids’ options. Guests also receive a complimentary Mother’s Day cruise on Mission Bay aboard the resort’s two sternwheelers, the Bahia Belle and William D. Evans. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $60 for adults, $25 for children ages 5-11 and free for children under 5. Parties of 6 or less can make reservations online—parties greater than 7 people should call (858) 539-8666.

6. Giardino Neighborhood Cucina

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8131 Broadway
Lemon Grove, CA 91945
(619) 825-7112
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In addition to their regular brunch menu, which features sweet and savory dishes, Giardino in Lemon Grove will be offering a 3-course Mother’s Day menu for $29 per person, beginning at 9 a.m. Start with options like baked mussels and eggplant rolls or sample banana french toast, classic eggs Benedict or a sausage panini. End the meal on a sweet note with the kick of an affogato.

7. The Smoking Goat Restaurant

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3408 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 955-5295
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It’s the fête des mères at French bistro The Smoking Goat, where those looking to skip brunch will be well taken care of. On the menu is crispy octopus with wild arugula and fingerling potatoes, a pan roasted Scottish salmon, and, for dessert, a goat cheese cheesecake. A complimentary Champagne toast and an amuse-bouche will also be served upon seating.

8. Charles & Dinorah

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1410 Rosecrans St
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 226-6100
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The new dining concept at Point Loma’s The Pearl Hotel will be serving a three-course prix fixe menu on Mother’s Day from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. for $30 per person. Highlights include Nutella french toast with hazelnut and cardamom syrup, the gem salad with wild king salmon, and the Fromager d’Affinois with honeycomb and sweet biscuit cookies. Moms also get a free glass of champagne on the house. Reservations are recommended and can be made at (619) 226-6100.

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9. Buona Forchetta

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3001 Beech St
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 381-4844
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Buona Forchetta is celebrating Mother’s Day at both its South Park and Liberty Station locations. In addition to their famous pizzas, the team is swapping out the traditional Champagne with bubbly prosecco. The restaurant also plans to unroll a daily specials menu with mom and family in mind.

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10. The Westgate Hotel

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1055 2nd Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 238-1818
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The Westgate Hotel is celebrating Mother’s Day with a Champagne brunch from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Tea, pastries and tea sandwiches will also be served in advance of the holiday on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Reservations can be made online or by calling 619-238-1818.

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11. Cafe 222

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222 Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-9902
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The mother of all waffles is honoring mothers and owner Terryl Gavre’s hen, Thelma, with a specialty dish in honor of Mother’s Day called “The Mother Hen.” The Mother Hen is a scramble of Thelma’s favorite greens, including spinach, chard and kale. This special dish will be available only on Mother’s Day.

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12. Water Grill San Diego

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615 J St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 717-6992
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Water Grill is offering moms a roasted wild Alaskan halibut with lobster sauce, Oregon morel, fava beans and gnocchi with a choice of by-the-glass wine. For dessert, enjoy Sweet Gaviota Strawberries from the Camarillo Plain with fromage blanc sorbet and pistachio tuile.

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1. Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa

7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92011
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Both restaurants at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort will have special menus just for Mother’s Day—both cost $98 for adults and $35 for children and run from 9:30/10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Both restaurants will feature a buffet with a carve station with sun dried tomato and dill crusted sea bass and prime rib; an iced seafood display; a California artisanal cheese tasting; an omelet station; a selection of pastries; platters of cured meats; California-made salumi and a cold buffet with items such as avocado gazpacho, pickled shrimp, grilled green asparagus, and baby arugula.  For details and reservations, please contact the concierge at (760) 603-3773.

7100 Aviara Resort Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011

2. Flower Child

2690 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014
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Fast casual healthy joint Flower Child will be offering a fresh strawberry MAmosa, which will be available only on May 12 and 13. The restaurant will also be handing out “I Love Mom” coloring sheets while moms enjoy brunch, which will feature light items like a quinoa breakfast burrito, vegan hash and the Late Riser (scrambled eggs, quinoa, heirloom bean, avocado, roasted chile, salsa, corn, greek yogurt and queso blanco). Also served will be freshly squeezed juices, including the Liquid Sunshine with coconut water, carrot, ginger, turmeric and orange. 

2690 Via De La Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014

3. Dolce at the Highlands

5980 Village Center Loop Rd, San Diego, CA 92130

Dolce at The Highlands in Carmel Valley will be serving extended brunch and dinner menus for Mother’s Day, in addition to the regular menus. Reservations are recommended.

5980 Village Center Loop Rd
San Diego, CA 92130

4. True Food Kitchen

4303 La Jolla Village Dr Suite 2100, San Diego, CA 92122

Both the Fashion Valley and UTC locations of True Food Kitchen will be serving a special “Mom-osa” menu only on Mother’s Day. Available are a pomegranate mimosa with prosecco, lime, pomegranate, and antioxidant tea; an orange vanilla mimosa with prosecco, lime, vanilla and orange; a blueberry mint mimosa with prosecco, mint, blueberry and lemon; and a sparkling lavender lemonade with lemon, honey, lavender and sparkling water.

4303 La Jolla Village Dr Suite 2100
San Diego, CA 92122

5. Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

3999 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

With both indoor and outdoor dining options along with live piano entertainment, guests will enjoy an endless brunch buffet including made-to-order omelets, peel-and-eat shrimp and special kids’ options. Guests also receive a complimentary Mother’s Day cruise on Mission Bay aboard the resort’s two sternwheelers, the Bahia Belle and William D. Evans. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $60 for adults, $25 for children ages 5-11 and free for children under 5. Parties of 6 or less can make reservations online—parties greater than 7 people should call (858) 539-8666.

3999 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109

6. Giardino Neighborhood Cucina

8131 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA 91945

In addition to their regular brunch menu, which features sweet and savory dishes, Giardino in Lemon Grove will be offering a 3-course Mother’s Day menu for $29 per person, beginning at 9 a.m. Start with options like baked mussels and eggplant rolls or sample banana french toast, classic eggs Benedict or a sausage panini. End the meal on a sweet note with the kick of an affogato.

8131 Broadway
Lemon Grove, CA 91945

7. The Smoking Goat Restaurant

3408 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

It’s the fête des mères at French bistro The Smoking Goat, where those looking to skip brunch will be well taken care of. On the menu is crispy octopus with wild arugula and fingerling potatoes, a pan roasted Scottish salmon, and, for dessert, a goat cheese cheesecake. A complimentary Champagne toast and an amuse-bouche will also be served upon seating.

3408 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104

8. Charles & Dinorah

1410 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92106
Sam Wells

The new dining concept at Point Loma’s The Pearl Hotel will be serving a three-course prix fixe menu on Mother’s Day from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. for $30 per person. Highlights include Nutella french toast with hazelnut and cardamom syrup, the gem salad with wild king salmon, and the Fromager d’Affinois with honeycomb and sweet biscuit cookies. Moms also get a free glass of champagne on the house. Reservations are recommended and can be made at (619) 226-6100.

1410 Rosecrans St
San Diego, CA 92106

9. Buona Forchetta

3001 Beech St, San Diego, CA 92102
Buona Forchetta

Buona Forchetta is celebrating Mother’s Day at both its South Park and Liberty Station locations. In addition to their famous pizzas, the team is swapping out the traditional Champagne with bubbly prosecco. The restaurant also plans to unroll a daily specials menu with mom and family in mind.

3001 Beech St
San Diego, CA 92102

10. The Westgate Hotel

1055 2nd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
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The Westgate Hotel is celebrating Mother’s Day with a Champagne brunch from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Tea, pastries and tea sandwiches will also be served in advance of the holiday on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Reservations can be made online or by calling 619-238-1818.

1055 2nd Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

11. Cafe 222

222 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
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The mother of all waffles is honoring mothers and owner Terryl Gavre’s hen, Thelma, with a specialty dish in honor of Mother’s Day called “The Mother Hen.” The Mother Hen is a scramble of Thelma’s favorite greens, including spinach, chard and kale. This special dish will be available only on Mother’s Day.

222 Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

12. Water Grill San Diego

615 J St, San Diego, CA 92101
Inside Water Grill, Downtown's New Showcase for Seafood

Water Grill is offering moms a roasted wild Alaskan halibut with lobster sauce, Oregon morel, fava beans and gnocchi with a choice of by-the-glass wine. For dessert, enjoy Sweet Gaviota Strawberries from the Camarillo Plain with fromage blanc sorbet and pistachio tuile.

615 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

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