Moms tend to be traditional, so this Mother’s Day, treat your Mama to brunch at one of these iconic, tried and true spots in San Diego.
Hotel Del Coronado
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1500 Orange Ave. (Coronado)
You can’t go wrong with Mother’s Day brunch at The Del. The fancy champagne brunch buffet is served in the hotel’s Crown Room from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in the ocean view Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year, the menu includes starters like Gruyere Cheese Fondue and Artisan Bread, a build-your-own Granola Bar, salads and all kinds of seafood entrees, prime rib, lobster and an extensive selection of desserts. A children’s buffet will also be served for the little ones. Call ahead for reservations – (619) 522-8490 – or book your table online. Prices start at $110 per adult and $43 per child.
The Prado Restaurant
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 1549 El Prado (Balboa Park)
Moms love the park – especially Balboa Park. Treat Mom to a champagne buffet brunch at The Prado Restaurant in the heart of Balboa Park, served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The buffet includes omelets, a pancake station, salads, a hot food station (salmon, chicken, short ribs, etc.), a chilled seafood display and lots of pastries and sweets. Make reservations in advance by calling (619) 557-9441, ext. 1. Brunch costs $64.95 for adults and $16.95 for kids ages 6 to 12. Kids under 6 are free.
Bertrand at Mister A's
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2550 5th Ave., #406 (Uptown)
Brunch with a breathtaking view, the three-course Mother’s Day menu at Mister A’s will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will include your choice of starters like Maryland Blue Crab Cakes or Housemade Crepes, followed by decadent dishes like Lamb Osso Bucco or Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffles. For dessert, selections include Traditional Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brulee with Fresh Berries or a Trio of Donuts. Reservations can be made by calling (619)239-1377. This holiday brunch session costs $64.50 per person.
The US GRANT
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 326 Broadway (Downtown)
Luxury-meets-history with this Mother’s Day meal at The US Grant hotel in the heart of downtown San Diego. The buffet includes bottomless mimosas, breakfast specialties, an omelet bar, seasonal sides, carved prime meats, seafood delicacies and sweet treats. This brunching experience also includes live jazz tunes for a smooth, relaxing morning for Mom. Take a peek at the menu here. Reservations are required; call (619) 744-2039
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 831 West Harbor Dr. (Seaport Village)
Brunch with a waterfront view never gets old. Celebrate Mom with this scrumptious spread at Harbor House in Seaport Village, which includes ceviche, breakfast dishes, paella, soufflé and a dessert station. Reservations are highly recommended; call (619) 232-1141. Brunch is $32.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids. Drinks are an additional cost.
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2230 Shelter Island Dr. (Shelter Island)
Whisk off Mom to a Polynesian paradise of sorts with Sunday brunch at The Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island. The mouthwatering Bali Hai brunch menu includes free-flowing champagne with juice mixers, breakfast items (Brioche French Toast, Char Siu Steam Buns, etc.), lunch dishes (Spic y Miso Salmon, Huli Huli Chicken), a cold seafood bar, made-to-order stir fry, a make-your-own pho station and desserts. Make reservations via phone at (619) 222-1181. Brunch costs $38 for adults and $18 for children ages 6 to 12. Kids under 5 eat free.
The Marine Room
11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 2000 Sprindrift Dr. (La Jolla)
Watch the waves crash against The Marine Room’s windows as Mom enjoys a special Mother’s Day menu boasting an array of a la carte items including appetizers, desserts and entrees such as Maple Farm Duck Casserole, Malahat Rum Basted Maine Lobster Tail and Center Cut Black Angus Filet Mignon. Mother’s Day menu pricing starts at $13 for desserts, $15 and up for appetizers and $34 and up for main courses. Make reservations online or by calling (866) 644-2351.
L'Auberge Del Mar
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1540 Camino Del Mar (Del Mar)
L’Auberge Del Mar will go all out for Mother’s Day with a special brunch at Coastline, set against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. The spread includes omelets, a sushi station, cast-iron creations like Lemon Glazed Salmon and lots of other tasty offerings. Reservations are highly recommended; call (858) 793-6460 to snag your spot. Brunch is priced at $90 per adult and $30 for children 12 and under.
The Westgate Hotel
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1055 2nd Ave. (Downtown)
The Westgate Hotel will celebrate Mom with a dreamy, Parisian-style brunch served in the hotel’s Fontainebleaau and Versailles salons. The menu includes fresh seafood, carving and crepe stations and baked breads and pastries. The hotel’s Imperial Bar will serve freshly-squeezed juices and endless champagne, mimosas, Bloody Marys and margaritas. Make reservations by calling (619) 557-3655. The price is $79 for adults and $39.50 for children under 12.
Tom Ham’s Lighthouse
9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., 2150 Harbor Island Dr. (Harbor Island)
Tom Ham’s Lighthouse is all booked up for Mother’s Day brunch, but the restaurant will accept walk-ins on a first come, first serve basis. The brunch set-up includes breakfast, seafood, greens, a raw bar with crab legs and oysters (among other things) and, of course, free-flowing champagne. Tom Ham’s is one of the best-known architectural local landmarks on San Diego Bay (aka Beacon No. 9 on USCG Nautical Maps), and certainly offers picturesque vista of the bay. Brunch is $42 for adults and $16 for children ages 6 to 12.