Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and for those of you who’d like

to pay tribute over brunch, here are a few area options for Sunday, May 8th.

Scroll down to see what’s on the Mother’s Day agenda at Boston’s best restaurants.




Fathman rolls out the red carpet for mom on Mother’s Day with an a la carte

menu of Azure

favorites. Treat mom to tuna tartare with lambs lettuce, house pickeled ginger

and tamarind citrus ginger; duck confit and buckwheat crepes with caramelized

onion soubise, fontina cheese and lardons; or pan seared north Atlantic salmon

with parnsip puree, fava beans, English peas, shiitake mushrooms and star anise

beurre blanc. Call 617.933.4800 to make reservations from 5:30-9:00pm.




Haimowitz pulls out all the stops for mom this year with a festive prix

fixe brunch, available from 10:00am-3:00pm at Bambara

at the Hotel Marlowe. Drop by for roast beef tenderloin with horseradish cream;

crab crusted halibut; candied orange French toast with roasted strawberries

and mint; and mini quiches galore. The brunch costs $42 per person. Call 617.868.4444

for reservations and more information.

blu at the Sports Club/LA


your mom this Mother’s Day with brunch at blu

at the Sports Club LA where chef Tom

Fosnot will be serving specialties like fennel soup with grilled calamari,

black olives, fava beans and orange oil; roasted lobster with fresh pea puree,

pea shoots and ramps with chervil butter; and rotisserie leg of lamb with

creamy polenta, spring peas and mint. Pastry Chef Michelle Vernier

will be whipping up desserts like from strawberry shortcake with lemon-thyme

and sweet cream; chocolate semifreddo with fresh raspberries and a chocolate

wafer; and three fruit sorbets with biscotti. The a la carte brunch runs from

11:30am-3:00pm on Sunday, May 8. A children’s menu will also be available.

For reservations, call blu at 617.375.8550.



chef, Jenny

Cates presents a special Mother’s Day brunch designed to put a little

sizzle in mom’s special day. The a la carte menu, which is available from

11:30am-4:30pm, boasts everything from Bonfire’s renowned tacos to special

dishes like the brioche French toast with Meyer lemon marmalade, tropical

fruit and warm Vermont syrup; and yellow fin tuna: warm shrimp, tomato and

chorizo vinaigrette, saffron aioli. Call Bonfire at 617.262.3473 to make reservations.

Caffe Umbra



Brennan celebrates Mother’s Day and Caffe

Umbra‘s third birthday on Sunday, May 8th with a special retrospective

menu. Join Order off the spring menu or choose from specials plucked from

Caffe Umbra’s first menu. Choose from dishes like braised beef brisket with

hot creamed spinach and pickled walnuts; seared scallops vol-au-vent in puff

pastry; and sweet fennel bread pudding with caramel espresso sauce. Dinner

will be served from 5:00-9:00pm. Call 617.867.0707 for reservations.



in Brewster shakes off the last remnants of winter and jumps into spring on

Mother’s Day, when they kick off their summer season with a special three-course

Mother’s Day Luncheon. Chef Nitzi

Rabin is keeping the menu under wraps for the time being, but the restaurant

is accepting reservations between 12:00-2:30pm. So call 508.896.3640 to save

your spot.


Davio’s has two options for Mother’s Day – head to their Arlington

Street spot for an a la carte menu boasting dishes like braised short rib

potato hash with farm fresh eggs over easy and horseradish sauce; brioche

French toast with sautéed bananas and amaretto sauce; or grilled center

cut filet mignon with creamy potatoes, fried oysters and béarnaise

sauce from chefs Eric Schwartz and Steve Brown. Opt for the

other side of the river for a $45 prix fixe menu from Paul King that

includes Belgian waffles, eggs benedict; chilled poached shrimp with tomato

horseradish sauce; baked filet of sole with crabmeat, spinach; oven roasted

pork loin with prosciutto, spinach, roasted peppers and fontina. Both locations

will be serving their Mother’s Day brunch menu from 12:00-4:00. Call either

location (Arlington Street at 617.357.4810 or Cambridge at 617.661.4810) for




celebration of Mother’s Day, both Finale

locations (that’s Park Square and Harvard Square) will be open for special

holiday hours starting at 12:00pm. Executive pastry chef Nicole

Coady honors moms everywhere with a special dessert called “P’s Please”,

a pistachio cake with fromage blanc, panna cotta and marinated Mirabelle plums.

One hundred percent of the sale of “P’s Please” dessert will go to the Eva

Brownman Breast Cancer Fund at Dana Farber, so drop by either location for

a sweet way to pay tribute to mom. Call the Park Square location at 617.423.3184

or the Harvard Sq. location at 617.441.9797 for more information.


In honor of mothers everywhere, chef Scott

Herritt invites guests to join him at Grotto

where he’ll be offering a build-your-own three-course dinner for a mere $31

per person. Choose any appetizer, entree, and dessert from their current menu.

Call Grotto at 617.227.3434 to make reservations.




Pooler welcomes guests to Harvest

on Sunday, May 8th for a three-course, prix fixe Mother’s Day menu. Treat

mom to dishes like artichoke bisque, with peekytoe crab meat, shiitake and

oyster mushrooms; Long Island duck breast with buckwheat groats, sherried

vidalia onion puree, pea greens and duck jus; or eggs benedict with jumbo

California asparagus, crabmeat and preserved lemon hollandaise. Recently appointed

pastry chef Liz O’Connell will be rolling out desserts like coconut

rice pudding with kataifi and mango compote; and caramel panna cotta with

a marshmallow kiss and hazelnut crunch. The Mother’s Day menu will be available

from 11:30am-2:30pm and costs $45 per person. Call Harvest at 617.868.2255

to make reservations.




Soir adds brunch to their repertoire starting on Mother’s Day. Drop by

for an chef Mark

Allen‘s elegant a la carte menu that boasts dishes like scrambled eggs

with sevruga caviar; and Kobe beef hash with poached eggs. They’ll be open

from 11:30am to 2:00pm. Call 617.965.3100 for reservations or just stop by

their Newton Highlands spot at 51 Lincoln Street.



commemorates Mother’s Day with a $65 prix fixe menu from chef Frank

McClelland. Available from 11:30am-2:00pm, the menu boasts options like

house smoked salmon and blini with a salad of grapefruit, hearts of palm and

capers; avocado crusted lamb with spaghetti squash and pickled quail egg;

lime and coconut jus; and rhubarb and strawberry pancakes with hot Vermont

maple syrup. L’Espalier will also open for Mother’s Day dinner on Sunday evening

with seatings from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, so call 617.262.3023 to make reservations.




Bruce introduces a new spring brunch menu just in time for Mother’s Day.

While taking in spectacular waterfront views of Boston’s historic harbor,


guests can indulge in brunch favorites like omelets made to order, a tropical

and summer fruit plate and a selection of sausages, galantines and patés.

Throughout the meal, servers circulate the dining room offering guests savory

and dessert tasting plates and Bruce’s signature tasting spoons. Brunch costs

$45 per person (or $20 for children 10 and under. Call Meritage at 617.439.3995

for more information and reservations.



Mother’s Day at Rialto,

where chef – and mother of two – Jody

Adams will be offering a special seasonal menu to honor moms. Options

include fresh green pea soup with Maine crab pistachio crème fraiche

and brioche croutons; and steamed lobster with smoked shrimp ravioli, oven-dried

tomatoes and pea tips. For dessert, dig into crème caramel with lemon

cookies and raspberries from pastry chef – and mother of two – Tal Shofman-Schejter.

The regular menu will also be available. Call 617.661.5050 for reservations.

Sel de la Terre



Gardner invites guests to treat their mothers to a taste of France this

Mother’s Day with a sumptuous Provencal-inspired brunch at Sel

de la Terre. Served from 11:00am-2:30pm, the brunch menu features options

like seared scallops with smoked bacon, potato and scallion nage; poached

eggs with duck hash, spinach and hollandaise sauce; and applewood smoked free-range

chicken with roasted carrots, fresh cranberry beans, broccoli rabe and glazed

pearl onions, foie gras jus. Call Sel de la Terre at 617.720.1300 to make


Swans Café


Café at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel will be offering a special Mother’s

Day Tea from 12:00-6:00pm on Sunday, May 8th. Their traditional, formal Afternoon

Tea will feature a variety of special drink and food choices from chef Justino

Fernandes created just for the day as well as free gifts for all Mothers

in attendance. Boston’s only tea sommelier will be on hand to offer guidance

through some of Swans Café’s rare and special teas. For information or reservations,

call 617.654.1906.

Turner Fisheries


Sunday, May 8th chef Christoph

Leu invites moms to celebrate Mother’s Day at Turner

Fisheries with brunch buffet from 11:00am-4:00pm. The buffet, which costs

$54 per person ($19 for children under 12 and free for children 4 and under),

includes options like sliced smoked salmon, capers and red onions; lobster

and morel quiche potato crusted halibut with spring onions, peas and Barolo

reduction; and dessert options like white chocolate passion fruit torte and

assortment of Viennese and French pastries. Call Turner Fisheries at 617.424.7425

for more information and to make reservations.

UpStairs on the Square


in the mood for celebration, UpStairs

on the Square opens the doors of both of its dining rooms to celebrate

mothers and motherhood on Sunday, May 8th. Guests get to choose between The

Monday Club Bar and Zebra Room where chef Susan

Regis‘ brunch menu will be served from 11:00am-3:00pm. The three-course

brunch costs $48 per person ($24 for children under 12) and includes options

like chestnut crèpe with fresh ricotta and brandied cherries; pomegranate-basted

leg of lamb with fresh pea ravioli and picked mint; and steamed chocolate

and espresso cake with buttermilk gelato. Diners can also opt for a leisurely

Sunday afternoon dinner in the sunlit Soirée Room where they’ll be

serving a truly memorable four-course dinner, from noon to 6:00pm on Mothers’

Day. The price is $65 per person ($32.50 for children under 12). Some of the

items on the menu are: Wellfleet oysters on the halfshell with pink peppercorn

mignonette; roast Muscovy duck breast with foie gras torchon, rutabaga and

apricot chutney; and Basque almond cake with rum soaked raisins and crème

fraiche. For reservations and more information, call UpStairs on the Square

at 617.864.1933.

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