Noms for Moms: 21 Mother’s Day Brunches in Boston
Alden & Harlow
Moms with an appetite for adventure will appreciate the Mother’s Day ministrations of chef Michael Scelfo. In addition to a brunch menu that already features such homey exotica as pig-blood scrapple and pickled corn pancakes, they’re whipping up select à la carte specials.
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-864-2100, aldenharlow.com.
Go luxe with a three-course brunch at Bar Boulud, where options include tarte flambée, ricotta ravioli, and the elegant meringue dish Île Flottante (“floating island”). Pairs well with pampering from the Mandarin Oriental five-star luxury spa.
$65 adults, $25 children, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 776 Boylston St., Boston, 617-535-8800, barboulud.com.
Let them eat brunch! Storm the Bastille for a Mother’s Day feast. Whether your guest of honor is looking for sweet, savory, hearty, or light options, she’ll find them here, from glazed cinnamon-sugar mini croissants to pork belly croque-madames.
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 49 Melcher St., Boston, 617-556-8000, bastillekitchen.net.
Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro
With its meticulously groomed greenery in bloom, Charles Street in May is one of the loveliest strolling options you’ll find in this city. For an additional taste of spring, try BHHB’s white asparagus soup with lemon oil and crispy ham, or perhaps the brioche French toast with stewed berries and crème fraîche.
$39 per person, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 25 Charles St., Boston, 617-723-7575, beaconhillhotel.com.
At the Beat Hotel, your fam can feast on wildflower-honey-and-lemon pancakes and “Luxe Eggs Benedict” (comes with your choice of salmon cake or filet mignon), while kids 10 and under can eat off the special “Flower Children” menu. If Mom’s more of a night owl, make an evening trek out to Harvard Square and check out the specials on their à la carte dinner menu, including lamb chops with toasted couscous and the more boho five-grain pilaf Earth Bowl.
Brunch: $35 per person, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; dinner: 5-11 p.m., 13 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-499-0001, beathotel.com.
Few places brunch harder than the Beehive, and their Mother’s Day installment is no exception. Offerings range from classic Americana (pecan-blueberry coffee cake) to more international fare (falafel snacks with tahini dipping sauce and Arabic pickles). While you dine, enjoy some primo jazz—musicians are performing all day long.
Brunch: $38 per person, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; dinner: 5-10 p.m., 541 Tremont St., Boston, 617-423-0069, beehiveboston.com.
We’ve written about the many reasons why diners should visit (and revisit) Somerville’s Bergamot—their fresh take on the old stalwarts, their superlative wine list—and they’ve given us yet another one: a special three-course brunch for Mother’s Day. Indulge sweet tooths with the PB&J doughnuts and the strawberry-rhubarb short stack, or go savory with yuzu-nuoc-cham-laced poached salmon or the cured meats and cheeses of the Ploughman’s Brunch.
$44 per person; 11 a.m-2:30 p.m., 118 Beacon St., Somerville, 617-576-7700, bergamotrestaurant.com.
Bistro du Midi
Nobody takes care of their customers better than Bistro du Midi, so you’ll know Mom’s special day will be in good hands here. For their prix fixe dining room brunch, enjoy such French-accented fare as steamed mussels and quiche, with apricot clafoutis or Gianduja chocolate beignets.
$55 per person, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 272 Boylston St., Boston, 617-426-7878, bistrodumidi.com.
Is Mom an enthusiastic carnivore? Take her to Boston Chops. Chops sticks to the classics, and their brunch is no exception—think steak and eggs, lobster Benedict, and the meat trifecta that is their brisket, shank, and grilled tongue hash.
$49 per person, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 1375 Washington St., Boston, 617-227-5011, bostonchops.com.
Pro tip: When you’re trying to tell a mother how much you appreciate her, the sentiment usually sounds better in French. Say merci with a brunch at Brasserie Jo, where their jazz buffet brunch comes correct with an omelet station, a carvery, and an epic dessert spread, plus complimentary potted “Mums for Moms.”
$46 adults, $15 children, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., The Colonnade Boston Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-425-3240, colonnadehotel.com/brasserie-jo.
The inventive minds of Cafe ArtScience are giving you two ways to delight mothers this weekend. First, on Saturday, pastry chef Renae Connolly will be selling her chocolate bonbons, along with Fivefork Farms bouquets, at South End housewares shop Farm & Fable. And on Sunday, Cafe ArtScience will host their first-ever brunch service, where you can try ramp vichyssoise, malted Belgian waffles, housemade lamb sausage with duck egg confit, and more.
Mother’s Day Pop-Up Shop: Mother’s Day Pop-Up Shop: May 9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Farm & Fable, 251 Shawmut Ave., Boston; Sunday Brunch: May 10, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Café ArtScience, 650 East Kendall St., Cambridge, 857-999-2193, cafeartscience.com.
For those who believe that Mother’s Day should be about leisure and lounging and definitely not getting up before 10 a.m., you’ll be in good company at Deuxave, where they’re skipping brunch and going straight to lunch. There, you’ll find a menu serving such offerings as heirloom beet salad, butter-poached Scituate lobster, and caramelized carrot cake. If you feel like being even more fashionably late, they’ve got a special dinner menu as well.
Lunch: $65 per person, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; dinner: $75 per person, 5-8 p.m., 371 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-517-5915, deuxave.com.
After 20 years in the Fenway, French-Cambodian stalwart, Elephant Walk, has reestablished itself in the South End. Check out their new digs on Mother’s Day and enjoy specials like their côtelettes d’agneau grillées à la citronelle (grilled-lemongrass-encrusted New Zealand double lamb chops, wild lime rice, pickled asparagus and yellow bell pepper) and omelettes with ragoût de tomate au chêvre.
Brunch 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., dinner 4-10:30 p.m., 1415 Washington St., Boston, 617-247-1500, elephantwalk.com.
Washington Square fave Fairsted serves up a three-course prix-fixe brunch featuring such offerings as a sweet onion tart, stuffed French challah toast with blueberry crème and lemon compote, and rhubarb upside-down cake. Enjoy the homey digs inside, or dine al fresco on their fantastic patio.
$49 per person (wine pairing $25 per person), 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 1704 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-396-8752, fairstedkitchen.com.
Foundry on Elm
Davis Square loves Foundry on Elm, and they’re returning the favor with a staggering Mother’s Day spread. In addition to the brunch-classic carving and omelet stations, you’ll find cinnamon French toast casserole, country-fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits, and (just to remind that you are in 21st-century Somerville, after all) sweet potato and red quinoa vegetarian “hash.”
Brunch buffet: $35 per person, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 255 Elm St., Somerville, 617-628-9999, foundryonelm.com.
Ready to break out the big brunch guns? Head to Harvest—Harvard Square’s premiere upscale eatery with the unbeatable patio—where chef Mary Dumont and her crew will be attentively tending to the Mother’s Day crowd. The splendid gluttony that awaits includes duck confit and potato gallette, smoked ricotta and spinach agnolotti, and Taza chocolate cake.
$60 per person (wine pairing $25 per person), 12:30-3 p.m., 44 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-868-2255, harvestcambridge.com.
Legal Harborside at Liberty Wharf
Last month, Legal Harborside unveiled a posh new menu and opened up their fireplace-equipped patio. Their Mother’s Day menu promises a “customizable three-course prix fixe fit for a queen,” complete with a “Treasures of the Sea” fruits de mer platter, a regal surf-and-turf of Creekstone Farms beef tenderloin and butter-poached lobster tail, and bananas Foster crème brûlée for dessert.
$65 per person, 12-8 p.m., 270 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-530-9470, legalseafoods.com.
MET Back Bay
This Sunday, MET Back Bay (along with its Dedham, Natick, and Nantucket locations) serve up a special brunch menu. Moms with an appreciation for refined classics will find choice eats here, with à la carte brunch specials such as lobster Benedict with buttermilk biscuits and chive blossom hollandaise.
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 279 Dartmouth St., Boston, 617-267-0451, metbackbay.com.
The Back Bay’s top-notch pizza-and-charcuterie joint goes all-out for with a “classic Italian-American style Mother’s Day festa,” a riff on their regularly scheduled Red Sauce Sundays (dinner, not brunch). And the kiddies will no doubt dig those garlic knots, the chicken Parmesan, and the spaghetti and meatballs just as much as the adults will.
Red Sauce Sunday specials served from 5 p.m. until close, 130 Dartmouth St., Boston, 617-536-6200, thesaltypig.com.
This weekend, one of Arlington’s best breakfast spots serves up a two-course prix fixe brunch special that includes buttermilk blueberry pancakes, wild mushroom omelets, and “Boozy Blintz.” Plus, you get a complimentary mimosa.
$28, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 689 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, 781-641-2227, trystrestaurant.com.
Water Café at the ICA
This one’s the total package: Soak up some arts and culture at the ICA, then soak up a stunning waterfront view (and maybe a Bloody Mary or two) at the museum’s Water Cafe. For their à la carte Mother’s Day brunch, they’re offering hearty crowd-pleasers (including pork belly eggs Benedict and huevos rancheros) and sweet treats like brioche bread pudding and rhubarb “pop tarts.”
11 a.m.-4 p.m., 100 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-478-3291, icaboston.org.