Make Way for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is fast approaching…see what some of the area’s top restaurants

are doing to honor mom – restaurants like Aujourd’hui,


One, Azure,



Bristol Lounge, Caffe

Umbra, Chiara,



House, Dan’l

Webster Inn, Excelsior,




Cafe, Meritage,





de la Terre, South

Kitchen, Swans

Cafe, Tosca,



and UpStairs

on the Square – then give them a call to make your reservations.



your mother this Mother’s Day with brunch at Aujourd’hui,

where chefs will be preparing a buffet that starts of with an assortment of

breakfast favorites and move on to more afternoon- and evening-friendly fare

like sushi, fresh raw bar selections and an extensive carving station. The buffet,

which will be available from 11:00am until 7:00pm, costs $75 per person, not

including tax, gratuity or beverages ($37 for children between the ages of 3-12

and free for children under 3). Call Aujourd’hui at 617.351.2037 to make reservations.

Avenue One



Lyon welcomes guests to Avenue

One on Sunday, May 14th for her Mother’s Day brunch. From 11:30am until

3:00pm, Lyon will be serving a buffet of traditional brunch items like eggs

benedict, waffles with fresh strawberries, made-to-order omelets and fluffy

scrambled eggs. For less breakfast-y fare she’ll also be offering roast prime

rib of beef au jus with creamy horseradish; tomato, mozzarella and basil salad;

and sesame soba noodle salad with seared ahi tuna. The Sweet Endings portion

of the buffet includes an assortment of petit fours, cakes, tarts, pies and

chocolate mousse. Brunch costs $45 for adults, $22.50 for children from 5-12

and nothing for children under 4. Call Avenue One at 617.422.5579 to make reservations

or to get more information.




Fathman rolls out the red carpet for mom this year with a memorable

Mother’s Day brunch at Azure.

Fathman’s menu features items like Yukon gold potato pancake with smoked trout

salad, caviar oil and crème fraiche; crab cakes with poached eggs, potatoes

and spinach salad; and coffee and ancho rubbed skirt steak with pureed sweet

potatoes, garlicky greens, bacon, tobacco onions and diabolique voodoo sauce.

The a la carte menu will be served from 1:00-7:00pm, so call Azure at 617.933.4800

to book your table.



your mom this Mother’s Day at blu,

where chef Tom

Fosnot and pastry chef Lynn Moulton will be offering a special

menu of spring-inspired dishes like asparagus salad with radishes, cauliflower

and Meyer lemon vinaigrette; roasted lobster with fresh pea puree, pea shoots

and ramps with chervil butter; and and lemon mousse with fresh strawberries.

But brunch is only half the fun – every hour on the hour, one lucky mom will

win a spa package courtesy of The Sports Club/LA, blu, Splash Spa and

Salon Fontana. Reservations are available from 11:30am until 3:00pm (with additional

breakfast-ish menu items available from 11:30am-1:30pm). To make reservations

or for more information (like what kind of options they’ve got on their kid’s

menu), call blu at 617.375.8550.

Bristol Lounge


Bristol Lounge at Four Seasons Boston welcomes guests to join them on

Mother’s Day for a casual and festive jazz brunch from 10:00am until 2:30pm.

Settle in at one of the cozy tables and enjoy a menu from chef David

Blessing. The brunch costs $55 per person, not including tax, gratuity

or beverages ($27 for children between the ages of 3-12 and free for children

under 3). Call the Bristol Lounge at 617.351.2053 for reservations and more


Caffe Umbra


mom is in the mood for this Mother’s Day, chef Laura

Brennan has got it covered, celebrating the holiday with both a brunch

and a dinner. The three-course prix fixe brunch, which is available from 10:30am

until 2:00pm, costs $26 per person not including tax or gratuity. Children under

the age of twelve can opt for a $15 two course prix fixe option. Brennan pulls

out all the stops, starting things off with complimentary house-made mini scones

and then offering courses like smooth Greek yogurt with granola and strawberry

rhubarb confiture; eggs Florentine – poached eggs with creamed spinach, Tuscan

ham and house-made brioche; and her signature toffee pudding. If you’d prefer

to do dinner instead, Brennan will be serving a special Mother’s Day prix fixe

dinner from 5:00-9:00pm. The three-course menu costs $42 per person with courses

like chicken liver mousse terrine with Roquefort brioche toast; slow cooked

lamb with old fashioned scalloped potatoes and glazed vegetables; and bittersweet

chocolate cake with salted caramel ice cream. Call Caffe

Umbra at 617.867.0707 to reserve your table for Mother’s Day.


If the mom in your life would prefer to sleep in on Sunday, May 14th instead

of rushing off to brunch, Chiara in Westwood will be serving a three-course

spring menu from 12:00 to 6:00pm. The menu, which costs $50 for adults and $18

for children under twelve, starts off chef Steve LaCount‘s mini tart

of lobster and scallop salad with mango, cilantro and lime, and then features

options like spring asparagus soup with fresh morels, truffled crème

fraîche and lemon oil; tarragon crusted wild Alaskan King salmon with

pommery mustard risotto, tarragon pesto, creamed asparagus and wild ramps; and

chèvre-hazelnut praline cheesecake with fresh Bing cherry compote. Reservations

are recommended, so call Chiara at 781.461.8118.



from its annual winter hiatus, Chillingsworth

in Brewster will kick of their summer 2006 season with a special, multi-course

Mother’s Day luncheon. The luncheon, which will be available from 12:00-3:00pm

on Sunday, May 14th costs $35.00 per person and is expected to include chef


Rabin‘s Chillingsworth Specialties. Call 508.896.3640 to make your reservations.

Coach House

The Coach House at the Harbor View Hotel on Martha’s Vineyard hosts a

Mother’s Day Banquet on Sunday, May 14th. The buffet runs from 11:30am until

5:00pm and costs $35 per person. Chef Joshua Hollinger‘s menu includes

shrimp gazpacho; watercress and crab salad with strawberry vinaigrette; bacon

wrapped pork loin with mushroom ragout; and assortment of fudge brownies and

cookies. In addition to being incredibly well fed, moms will walk away with

handmade chocolate boxes, crafted in their honor. Reservations are recommended,

so call the Coach House at 508.627.3761.

Dan’l Webster


mom to the Dan’l

Webster Inn for lunch or dinner this Mother’s Day, and toss in a gift

certificate to the spa to soothe her tired feet or smooth out the wrinkles you

may have contributed to. Chefs Robert

Catania and Steve

Chausse have created a menu that includes appetizers like creamy lobster

chowder; and the signature Bleu Cheese Salad Webster with white raisins and

pistachios. Entrees options include roasted salmon au poivre topped with roasted

peppers; and roast rack of pork served with a cranberry and cherry raisin sauce.

Make sure mom saves room for delectable desserts like fresh-made tiramisu and

flourless chocolate gateau. Call the Dan’l Webster at 508.888.3622 for reservations

or more information.



Day diners at Excelsior

can enjoy a three-course prix fixe from chef Eric

Brennan and pastry chef Molly

Hanson from 1:00-4:00pm. Some of Brennan’s courses include smoked Scottish

salmon with white gulf shrimp, grape tomato salsa and avocado salad; egg and

peekytoe crabmeat benedict on griddled brioche with Old Bay hollandaise and

almond crusted asparagus; and duck confit and wood roasted mushroom crepes with

spinach, mascarpone, zucchini and sherry. Hanson chimes in with warm chocolate

cake with chocolate stout ice cream dried cherry compote; and vanilla bean strawberry

panna cotta with rhubarb soup. If you’re not feeling brunchy, you can opt for

the regular dinner menu which will be available until 9:00pm. Call Excelsior

at 617.426.7878 for reservations or more information.



to Grotto

for Mother’s Day, where Scott

Herritt will be offering his full menu as well as a build your own three-course

prix fixe menu option for a mere $34 per person. No, really pick any appetizer,

entree and dessert from the full menu (which includes seasonally-inspired dishes

of lamb, duck, scallops and salmon with lobster mac and cheese). Call Grotto

at 617.227.3434 for reservations.



Day at Harvest

means an extraordinary menu from chef Keith

Pooler and pastry chef Liz

O’Connell. The twosome are putting the finishing touches on a three

course prix fixe that’ll be available from 11:30am until 8:00pm for $55 per

person ($70 with a half glass wine pairing or $80 with a full glass pairing).

The menu includes masterfully created courses like ricotta cavatelli with braised

Vermont rabbit, baby arugula, roasted tomato, kalamata olives; lobster eggs

benedict with avocado and brown butter Maltese sauce; and roasted leg of lamb

with roasted fennel, eggplant, Portobello and peppers and herbed pesto. In the

dessert department, O’Connell offers a chocolate coconut soufflé cake

coconut ice cream; rhubarb napoleon with vanilla custard; and peach tart apry

scented whipped cream. They’re also offering a three-course kids menu for $25

for the little ‘uns. Call Harvest at 617.868.2255 to make reservations.

Intrigue Café

The Intrigue Café at the Boston Harbor Hotel celebrates Mother’s

Day in classic style with a traditional afternoon tea available from 2:00-5:00pm

on Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 12th, 13th and 14th. Chef Daniel

Bruce and pastry chef Bill Romiza put their own twist on the timeless

tradition, strating guests off with a glass of Pommery champagne paired with

fresh strawberries and clotted Devonshire cream as a prelude to classic tea

sandwiches like smoked salmon with fennel sour cream on pumpernickel bread and

The Quintessential Cucumber Sandwich. For dessert, enjoy enticing French pastries

hand-picked daily. Mother’s Day Tea at the Intrigue Café costs $40 per

person. Call 617.856.7744 to make reservations.



mom out for a brunch she won’t soon forget – in honor of mother’s everywhere


chef Daniel

Bruce has prepared a special brunch featuring Meritage’s signature American

dim sum concept in addition to an elegant, seasonal buffet. From 10:30-2:00pm,

while guests are enjoying buffet items like made-to-order omelets, maple smoked

salmon with bagels and flavored cream cheeses, house-made sausages and a variety

of seasonal salads and fresh fruit, servers will be circulating offering guests

creatively presented, savory tasting plates. Brunch at Meritage costs $55 per

person ($25 for children). Call 617.439.3995 to make reservations.



celebration of Mother’s Day at Oleana,

chef Ana

Sortun has compiled recipes from six wonderful mothers and added them

to the menu for the day. From 1:00-9:00pm Sortun will be serving her own award-winning

fare as well as specials like Merry’s chicken souvlakia with cucumber sauce

and spanakopitta; Maria’s cabbage rolls with egg-lemon sauce, dill and fresh

fava beans; Mary’s macaroni and cheese; Sona’s stuffed lamb chops with Armenian

spices and artichokes with fresh fava beans; and Carol’s key lime and macadamia

tart with homemade wafer crust. Sortun borrows a recipe from her mother for

a peach tart with cream. For reservations call 617.661.0505 after 3:00pm.



Mother’s Day at Rialto,

chef Jody

Adams will be offering her Italian-themed Hungry Sundays menu (a three

course prix fixe for $45 per person. She’ll also be offering some exceptional

specials with which to treat the mom in your life. Choose among options like

crispy soft shell crab with piquillo peppers, guanciale, grilled vidalias and

green garlic aioli; roasted Australian lamb rack with asparagus, brown-butter

pine nut tart, morels and young pecorino; warm mascarpone crepes with balsamic,

berries and pistachio crunch. To make reservations, call Rialto at 617.661.5050.



your mom to an Alsatian celebration of Mother’s Day at Sandrine’s,

where chef Raymond

Ost will be serving his spring menu as well as a Mother’s Day prix fixe

from 12:00-8:00pm. Items on the prix fixe include marinated long stem artichoke

salade with mesclun greens, shaved parmesan, balsamic reduction and basil vinaigrette;

Terre et Mer – roasted long Island Duck and pan seared sea scallop with asparagus

risotto; and strawberry crepes with champagne sabayon from pastry chef Lee

Napoli. The Mother’s Day prix fixe is $48.00 per person (an 18% gratuity

will be added to all checks). Call Sandrine’s at 617.497.5300 to book your table

or for more information.

Sel de la Terre


Mother’s Day at Sel

de la Terre, where chef Geoff

Gardner‘s menu of French Provencal fare will make her day extra special.

Available from 10:00am until 3:00pm, the a la carte menu is chock full of luscious

sounding courses like seared scallops with smoked bacon, potato and scallion

nage; crèpes with toasted caraway, smoked chicken, brie and mushrooms

and mornay sauce; and pecan crusted rack of lamb with dates, fava beans, smoked

bacon and potato. After brunch you can enjoy a stroll along the waterfront or

make a pit stop at the New England Aquarium to watch the seals. For more information

or to make reservations, call 617.720.1300.

South Kitchen & Wine Bar



Watkins welcomes moms to South

Kitchen & Wine Bar in South Boston for an a la carte Mother’s Day

menu augmented with seasonal specials like herb roasted spring asparagus salad

with arugula, Bermuda onions and citrus vinaigrette; grilled filet mignon with

porcini mushroom sauce; and beet and ginger marinated King salmon with basil

and roasted organic tomato vinaigrette. Call 617.269.7832 to spend Mother’s

Day at South.

Swans Café


Café at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel takes two days to celebrate

Mother’s Day with a special three-course tea menu available from 3:00-5:00pm

on both Saturday, May 13th and Sunday, May 14th. Renowned Tea Sommelier, Cynthia

Gold will present a wide selection of rare and very special teas accompanied

by an assortment of sweet and savory delicacies from chef Justino

Fernandes. They’ve also got an extra treat for the mom in your party

– she’ll get to take home a special Mother’s Day tea blend created specifically

for the Park Plaza Hotel. Call 617.654.1906 to make reservations.



your mom to Tosca

for Mother’s Day. Chef Kevin

Long will be serving a special menu from 12:00-9:00pm, complete with

seasonal, holiday-inspired additions like warm asparagus salad with shaved prosciutto,

sauce mousseline and crisp sunchokes; butter warmed lobster with whipped potatoes,

smoked asparagus and tender spring greens; and large shrimp grilled over apple

blossoms, shrimp soffrito, marinated potatoes and asparagus. Reservations are

strongly recommended, so call Tosca at 781.740.0080.

Turner Fisheries


this Mother’s Day extra special with a scrumptious Sunday Brunch at Turner

Fisheries, where chef Christoph

Leu has created a delicious menu featuring a sampling of his brunch

specialties. Available from 10:00am-4:00pm, the prix fixe menu includes Small

Bites like yogurt and honey granola parfait with berries; pulled Cuban chicken

with mango and coconut; and made to order omelets. Among the Large Bites options:

grilled salmon with minted sugar peas and tomato basil emulsion; roasted prime

rib of beef with braised celery & sweet garlic jus; and the brunch sampler,

which includes egg benedict, a mini waffle stack and roasted rack of lamb with

ratatouille. Save room for dessert like chocolate mint torte; crème caramel

and spring fruit salad. Mother’s Day brunch at Turner Fisheries costs $56 for

adults and $19 for children 12 and under (children under 4 are free). Reservations

are strongly recommended, so call 617.424.7425 to secure your seat.

UpStairs on the Square


is for mothers at UpStairs

on the Square, where proprietresses Mary Catherine Deibel and

Deborah Hughes welcome guests to their Winthrop Street spot for a Mother’s

Day brunch in the Monday Club Bar or a seasonal menu of early spring specials

served in the Soiree Room. For the Monday Club Bar brunch, which runs from 11:00am

until 3:00pm, chef Steven

Brand will be serving dishes like chilled cucumber and chive soup with

crème fraiche; grilled day boat lobster and portabello hash; and bruléed

brioche bread pudding with melting milk chocolate. Brunch costs $48 for adults

and $24 for children under 12. In the Soirée Room, Brand’s $65 prix fixe

menu of spring-insired courses like warm blinis with smoked Alaskan salmon;

roast pork with ramp spaetzle and baby carrots; and coconut layer cake with

lemon curd and raspberries. The Soiree Room will be serving from 11:00am until

6:00pm, augmenting the menu with an assortment of brunch options for midday

diners. Call UpStairs at 617.864.1933 for more information or to make reservations.

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