“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take”Cardinal Mermillod.
There is no greater truth.
Mother’s Day. The May holiday is when families honor their mothers. This year Mother’s Day falls on the 14th, 2023. Some of the most popular ways to celebrate the mom in your life is by sending a beautiful bouquet of flowers or, better yet, taking her out for a fancy Mother’s Day brunch. After all, she deserves that special attention surrounded by those she loves.
We’ve pulled together some of the best Mother’s Day brunches in San Diego. Each of these restaurants has been confirmed to be hosting a special Mother’s Day brunch on May 8th. But exact menus, times, and prices are yet to be finalized, and reservations are not yet open.
These restaurants assured us they will soon be taking reservations. So, we advise that once you choose the perfect place to celebrate mom, check the website and information we’ve provided. Most venues offer online reservations. Go for it, as mom will love you even more after you treat her to a very special Mother’s Day!
THE PRADO AT BALBOA PARK
Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 557-9441
Located in the House of Hospitality in the center of Balboa Park, The Prado is a stunning eatery surrounded by San Diego history and magnificent architecture.
Each Mother’s Day, The Prado offers an impressive champagne special brunch buffet where diners can eat inside the Spanish-inspired restaurant or on its picturesque outdoor patio. If the brunch menu is anything like the Easter events we’ve experienced in the past, guests can expect numerous displays, including an omelet station, classic breakfast treasures like eggs benedict, dim sum, chilled seafood, a carving station, desserts, and much more. The price will include both champagne and bottomless mimosas.
FLAGSHIP MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH CRUISE
Address: 990 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 234-4111
How about taking mom out for a two-hour harbor cruise and a lovely brunch?
Flagship Cruises is offering a special Mother’s Day brunch afloat on sparkling San Diego Bay, covering 25 miles of scenic coastline. The menu will include brunch favorites from poached eggs benedict and chicken and waffles to chilaquiles, jumbo shrimp Louie salad, artichoke lump crab cakes, and bananas foster French toast. The meal is accompanied by seasonal fruit, assorted pastries, and bottomless mimosas. You can toast your mother, life, and being on the water on that special day.
Two departures are available for booking, and both indoor and outdoor seating is available.
MEDITERRANEAN ROOM AT LA VALENCIA LA JOLLA
Address: 1132 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: (866) 905-6269
An iconic destination since 1926, the luxurious La Valencia Hotel has welcomed world-renowned guests including the Hollywood elite for years and is one of the most stunning hotels in La Jolla.
This crown jewel of the La Jolla waterfront exudes class, elegance, and sports one of the most stunning coastal views in Southern California. La Valencia’s ocean-view restaurant, the Mediterranean Room towers over the Pacific from a majestic bluff.
Mediterranean cuisine along with seasonally-driven locally-sourced ingredients and fresh-caught seafood are features of its impressive menu. This year’s Mother’s Day brunch will feature a prix fixe three-course meal yet to be determined. If you’re looking for ocean views to die for and high-quality cuisine, the Mediterranean Room is a perfect choice.
AMAYA AT FAIRMONT GRAND DEL MAR
A Mother’s Day Brunch at the exquisite Fairmont Grand Del Mar is always a good idea.
Its stunning restaurant, Amaya, is local ingredient-driven, celebrating the bounty of the ocean and the earth. Enjoy the views over the central lawn and pavilion from the shaded terrace.
Mother’s Day will showcase an impressive brunch, including SoCal favorites featured during a 3-course brunch menu and bottomless Mom-osas. Guaranteed, mom will love it!
If you can’t make it to brunch, maybe you can take your mom to the special Mother’s Day High Tea instead?
OCEANA COASTAL KITCHEN- MISSION BAY
Address: 3999 Mission Blvd., San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: (959) 539-8635
The signature restaurant at the Catamaran Resort Hotel, Oceana Coastal Kitchen offers incredibly tasty chef-driven California cuisine with panoramic views of the beach and Mission Bay. Both indoor and outdoor dining (on a heated covered patio) are available options.
Though a Mother’s Day menu or buffet has not yet been finalized, Sunday brunch here has long been one of our favorites with a prix fixe menu complete with champagne and mimosas. We love the cocktail crab claws, smoked salmon, and sushi, along with main entree favorites like herb-roasted prime rib and Norwegian ocean trout. A selection of mini pastries rounds out this impressively phenomenal menu.
And did I mention those stunning views?
CROWN ROOM – HOTEL DEL CORONADO
Address: 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
Phone: (619) 522-8490
San Diego’s priceless quintessential turn-of-the-century gem, the Hotel Del Coronado stands sentinel over a mile and a half of wide pristine glittery white sand beach surrounded by palms fronting the azure waters of the Pacific.
Sunday brunch has long been an iconic classic event at the Hotel Del. And though both outdoor restaurants, Serẽa and Sheerwater offer Sunday and holiday brunches, this year we’re told the Hotel Del is bringing back the Grand Duchess of all brunches for Easter and Mother’s Day – the Crown Room Brunch.
If you’ve never dined at the Crown Room, we guarantee it’s an experience you won’t forget. Aptly named for its crowned chandeliers designed by Wizard of Oz author, L. Frank Baum, the world-famous Crown Room plays host to an elegant, over-the-top and unforgettable spectacular dining experience. Mom will feel like royalty.
WESTGATE ROOM RESTAURANT – GASLAMP
Address: 1055 2nd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 238-1818
Surrounded by a winding staircase, crystal chandeliers, imported Milan glass, and priceless treasures that appear as if they came from the Palace of Versailles, the Westgate Hotel in the Gaslamp District is steeped in tradition and feels like a step back in time.
The hotel is renowned for its elegant afternoon teas, but it’s also recognized for its incredible weekend brunch featuring à la carte choices. Time-honored brunch favorites and the magnificent environment set the stage for a superb dining experience. And this year, the Westgate Room will host a Mother’s Day brunch fit for a queen. We can’t wait to see what’s on the menu!
ADELAIDE – L’AUBERGE DEL MAR
Another stunning San Diego property, Adelaide at L’Auberge Del Mar, offers a stunning setting for your Mother’s Day Brunch. The views overlooking the ocean are spectacular!
Chef Nick Green created a menu that highlights the best brunch foods from around the world, from Shakshuka to Chilaquiles, Shoyu-braised Ribeye Hash, and the famous L’Auberge Benedict.
Whatever your brunch plans for Mother’s Day, enjoy and be sure to hug that special lady in your life!
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Last Updated on May 3, 2023 by Maria Haase