Just so you don’t have to frantically Google it, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14. That means between now and then you’ll need a card, a gift — and maybe a reservation. We all know these holidays rely heavily on family meals, and that can mean anything from a mimosa-fueled brunch to a thoughtful dinner.
A dozen Valley restaurants are ready to provide the perfect atmosphere to properly praise the mother, mothers, or motherly figure in your life (hey, it’s 2017). Here is your restaurant guide to treating Mom to a spread on Mother’s Day. Make your reservations now.
EDITOR'S NOTE: UPDATED MAY 4
Mother’s Day Brunch at Bodega 13 – the international-style tapas restaurant in the La Mirada Shopping Center – brings stations for salads, omelets, dessert, and carved protein like prime New York strip and smoked turkey. There’s also grilled salmon, lemon chicken, sautéed vegetables, and garlic mashed potatoes – all from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Price is $39.99 for adults, $14.99 for kids 12 and under, and free for kids under 7. Tack on bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys for $20. Reservations can be made at 480-284-7600 or through Open Table.
CHAR Kitchen + Bar
Scottsdale’s CHAR Kitchen + Bar celebrates Mother’s Day with a brunch menu, the entire lunch menu, and morning-time drinks like $7 Bloody Marys, $5 mimosas, and $5 “Mom”osas – your typical mimosa made with lemonade and fresh raspberries. The brunch menu includes egg dishes, omelets, griddle options like the Famous Challah French Toast, and specialty entrees like the lemon curd and honey whipped ricotta French toast and the Andalusia rib eye. Brunch is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 480-664-9238 or see the CHAR Kitchen + Bar website.
Join the Mother's Day Champagne Brunch at Flourish, found at the CopperWynd Resort & Club, so Mom may receive her complimentary glass of champagne. Brunch reservations can be made between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and the menu includes spring mushroom bisque, chilled truffle pasta salad, eggs Benedict, a chilled seafood station, and strawberry cobbler. Price is $85, and $35 for children 12 and under. Reservations can be made at 480-333-1880 or the Flourish website.
All day Mother’s Day, Fired Pie (the locally owned, customizable pizza place with nearly 20 Arizona-only locations at this point) is offering moms a free Pookie – a.k.a. vanilla bean ice cream over a chocolate chip cookie or some macadamia nut cookie dough. Mom’s complimentary Pookie comes with the purchase of an entrée at any of the 16 Valley locations. See the Fired Pie website for details.
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
You can choose from three dining experiences for Mother’s Day at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. Early risers can head to MERITAGE, an urban tavern, for the Sunrise Breakfast Buffet from 6:30 to 11 a.m. There’s house-smoked salmon, omelet stations, and freshly baked breakfast breads for $28 – $10 for kids 4 to 12. Next, Stonegrill hosts the Brunch Experience from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., complete with carving stations, lobster and shrimp cioppino, an assortment of sides like Yukon potato puree, and dark and white chocolate fountains. Cost is $79 ($39 for kids 4 to 12), and mimosas and Bloody Marys are $8 a pop. Back at MERITAGE, the special dinner runs from 4 to 9 p.m. (from May 12 to 14), and offers the regular dinner menu and holiday items like baked Brie, braised lamb shank, and a manjari chocolate brulee tart. Reservations are recommended for all at 480-293- 5000.
Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend
Little Cleo’s at The Yard is open on Mother’s Day Sunday and featuring an a la carte menu with items like cheesy scrambled eggs, lump crab Benedict, lobster frittata, short ribs, and a honey Greek yogurt parfait. For more information or to make a reservation, call 602.680.4044 or visit the Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend website.
LON's at Hermosa Inn
Find a three-course Mother’s Day Brunch at LON's at Hermosa Inn from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Start with the monkey bread (fresh baked brioche), followed by your choice of five appetizers, six entrees, and three desserts. Menu items include lemon ricotta crepes, poached tiger shrimp, blue crab Benedict, vegetarian egg white frittata, and peach and apricot tart from Schnepf Farms. Cost is $75, $25 for those 5 to 12, and free to kids under 5. Reservations are required at 602-955-7878.
Market Street Kitchen
Find the DC Ranch Marketplace for Mother’s Day meals at Market Street Kitchen. There’s a brunch from 10 a.m. to 3p.m. serving specials like lobster Benedict, ham and asparagus quiche, and assorted fruit pastries. Dinner is from 5 to 9p.m., and that includes specials like local greens salad, golden tomato gazpacho with lump crab, wild striped bass with fiddlehead ferns, and petite filet medallions with forest mushrooms and roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Dessert? Pink lady apple cobbler a la mode. Call 480-278-7044 or see the Market Street Kitchen website.
This Old Town Scottsdale Italian restaurant is offering a Mother’s Day special from noon to 3 p.m. Marcellino Ristorante is offering the Tagiolini Mare e Monte, long delicate pasta, sautéed in tomato sauce with tailed shrimp and mushrooms, for $23.95 – and mom gets a complimentary tiramisu with purchase of entrée. The usual dinner menu is served from 4 to 9 p.m., and live music starts at 5:30 p.m. Call 480-990-9500 for reservations.
Nook Kitchen Downtown
Ever thought brunch would be better with a DJ? Nook Kitchen Downtown has DJ Kim E. Fresh from noon to 3 p.m. for a brunch starting at 11 a.m. Dishes include the Italian Benny, veggie omelet, Nook chicken wrap, the buckwheat flapjacks, and more. Call 602-258-1037 or see the Nook Kitchen Downtown website for details.
Honor mom with an Italian-style brunch at both the Arcadia and Kierland Commons locations of North Italia. Brunch goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers diver scallops, red wine-glazed short rib, baked French toast, and the Nonna Casserole – consisting of Italian sausage and torn bread baked in a red sauce with two whole fried eggs. Call 602-324-5600 for Scottsdale, 480-948-2055 for Phoenix, or visit the North Italia website.
The Mother’s Day Brunch at Prado, set at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa At Montelucia, will be served buffet-style with choices like Spanish-style tapas, salads, breakfast items, chilled seafood, lobster and seafood paella, roasted garlic and red wine marinated Arizona beef tenderloin, and plenty of pastries for dessert. Cost is $75 (add $15 for bottomless mimosas) and $26 for diners 10 and under. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 480-627-3020.
Open for Mother’s Day this year from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Rancho Pinot will be offering the usual dinner menu of Italian, and serving some of their well-known pies for dessert from Chef Chrysa Robertson. To book a reservation, call 480-367-8030, and see the Rancho Pinot website for more details.
Mother’s Day Brunch at the American-West-inspired Roaring Fork runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and there will be a buffet style spread of breakfast items, buttermilk-fried chicken with green chile gravy, loaded mashed potatoes, a smoked salmon platter, and bread pudding. Cost is $39, and reservations can be made at 480-947-0795 or the Roaring Fork website.
Royal Palms Resort and Spa
This resort hotel has a couple ways to celebrate with mom this Mother’s Day. Join the Mother's Day Ballroom Brunch Buffet from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a full holiday buffet with omelets, pastries, soup, pasta, seafood, and waffle and gyro stations. Cost is $79 per person, $29 for kids 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under. The T. Cook’s Mother’s Day Brunch goes from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a cold buffet (salads and seafood), choice of a main course (including the T. Cook’s Mother’s Day Omelet), plenty of desserts, and drinks like Bellinis, sours, and gin fizzes. Cost is $89 per guest, $29 for kids 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under. Reservations are recommended for both at 602-283-1234. See the Royal Palms Resort and Spa website.
The Salty Sow in Scottsdale is hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and there’s going to be meat – lots of it. The brunch buffet features breakfast and lunch items like roasted turkey and pork loin, green chili pork, green chili pork, and house-made sausage and bacon – plus some fruit, French toast, vegetables, and desserts. Cost is $24. For reservations, call 602-795- 9463 or see the Salty Sow website.
Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass
The Ko’sin Restaurant is offering a Mother’s Day brunch in the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choose indoor or outdoor seating to enjoy dishes like Schreiner’s Pork Sausage, a blue corn crepe, the Kosin Wedge, pan-seared bass, and desserts like the Cremesicle Cheesecake. Cost is $80 for adults, $72 for seniors, and $38 for kids 12 and under – and moms get a complimentary flower. Reservations are required at 602-385-5726.
The Palo Verde Restaurant
The Boulders Resort & Spa is hosting a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at the on-site Palo Verde Restaurant from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a chef’s station, carving station, a display of pastry desserts, and a bellini and mimosa bar. There are also menu items like eggs Benedict Florentine, thyme and honey glazed carrots, king crab, brioche French toast with salted caramel, and s’mores cheesecake. Cost is $79. Reservations can be made at 480-488-7317 or The Boulders website.
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
Take in a champagne brunch with Mom in the Vista Verde Dining Room at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel for made-to-order omelets, a breakfast bar, a pasta station, a salad bar, a seafood bar, and items like sugar glazed ham, carved beef tenderloin, and roasted turkey and gravy. For dessert, find pies and chocolate truffles, plus sparkling wine and mimosas. Cost is $68, $34 for children 5 to 12, and free for kids under 5. Reservations are required and available for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 480-596-7525.
Ticoz Latin Kitchen
Mother’s Day at Ticoz Latin Kitchen means dishes like chilaquiles, challah French toast, black bean benedict, and a full pancake breakfast spread. Cost is $11.50, which includes a complimentary glass of champagne or a mimosa for moms. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. See the Ticoz Latin Kitchen website or call 602-200-0160 for details.
True Food Kitchen
Each and every mom who dines at both locations of True Food Kitchen on Mother’s Day is encouraged to order The Matriarch cocktail – a blend of organic vodka, lavender simple syrup, and lemon. Moms get a seed packet of lavender with The Matriarch’s recipe on the back for the DIY types. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 602-774-3488 for Biltmore Fashion Park, 480-265-4500 for Scottsdale Quarter, and see the True Food Kitchen website for further details.
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Venue at the Grove
For an outdoor meal in an orchard this Mother’s Day, Venue at the Grove is offering brunch with seatings at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and noon. There will be a traditional breakfast buffet, green chili pork, fresh fruit salad, assorted pastries, and two complimentary mimosas and hibiscus drinks. Cost is $45 for adults, $22.50 for kids 12 to 8, $12 for kids 7 to 4, and free to those 3 and under. Call 602-456-0803 or visit the Venue at the Grove website for more information.