SAN DIEGO, CA — Mother's Day on Sunday, May 8, is still a few weeks away, but if you plan to treat your mother to brunch or dinner out, reservations may fill up quickly in San Diego as the nation approaches the most normal celebration of moms since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Local restaurants in San Diego have taken a financial hit during the pandemic and could use the business. Some are closed so their employees can support their own mothers or be pampered by their children, but here are some options in San Diego County:
7 Mile Kitchen at Sheraton Carlsbad Resort: Treat Mom to special Mother's Day brunch with bottomless mimosas and juice pairings at poolside eatery. Menu options include fruit bowls, brioche French toast, hashes, omelets and artisanal pizzas. Menu here. Reservations here. Location: 5420 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad.
20|Twenty: A "Mother's Day Breakfast Buffet by the Sea" will be served 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. May 8, with such specialties as made-to-order omelet station, seafood options of crab legs, shrimp and ahi poke, plus carving station starring prime rib. Children's menu offered, too. $120 for adults; $40 for kids 3-12; and free for kids 3 and under. Full menu here. Reservations here. Location: 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad.
Animae: Three-course Mother's Day brunch planned 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. May 8 ($80 per person.) at eatery from celebrity chef Brian Malarkey. Among starter options: poached shrimp; Napa salad; or steak tartare. Second-course choices: chicken congee; steamed buns; or crab cakes. Third-course selections: sisig with egg, chicharrón and garlic rice; char sui scramble and potatoes; turon French toast; seafood crepe; or a fried fish sando. Finish meal with shared strawberry roll cake. Info and reservations here. Location: 969 Pacific Hwy., San Diego.
Herb & Sea: A three-course, Mother's Day brunch ($70 per person from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) will open with lemon blueberry rolls, followed by choice of avocado toast, pork belly, crab cake or butter lemon salad. Main selections: lobster roll; Benedict with prosciutto; filet and eggs; brioche French toast; or mushroom and polenta with poached egg. Reservations and menu details. Location: 131 D St., Encinitas.
The Marine Room: Mom can enjoy a four-course Mother's Day menu at the legendary beachfront restaurant, featuring free-flowing champagne. Plus mothers will receive box of handcrafted chocolates as a memento. Reservations online or at 858-459-7222. Location: 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla.
The Shores Restaurant: Saturday and Sunday brunch from Executive Chef Mike Minor is planned Mother's Day weekend, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. May 7-8. Brunch will be served in the Mediterranean-inspired dining room or patio, or on outdoor dining area on the oceanfront lawn. Brunch menu and reservations here. Location: 8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla.
If you're looking for something else, check OpenTable for restaurants in your area taking reservations for Mother's Day.
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Several chain restaurants and other eateries are open for Mother's Day this year, and some are offering specials.
Below are a few more options to get you started, featuring everything from casual to fine dining. As always, it's advisable to call ahead to make sure the restaurants in the San Diego area are participating and to inquire about any COVID-19 restrictions or limitations.
Applebee's is adding a $10 bonus card to the purchase of a $50 gift card for Mother's Day and other special occasions, including graduations and Father's Day. Locations in Chula Vista, El Cajon, Escondido, National City, Oceanside and San Diego.
Buca Di Beppo: Takeout packages offered Mother's Day weekend for pick-up or delivery May 6-8. Serving five, to-go special ($65) includes bread and choice of salad and pasta, plus dessert. Another version ($75) includes same, but with added entree. See here for details. Locations in Carlsbad, Mira Mesa and San Diego.
Cafe Sevilla: The Spanish-influenced eatery to host Mother's Day brunch from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., accompanied by live Spanish guitar. Menu to include Spanish eggs Benedict (poached eggs, Spanish jamón Serrano crisp and saffron hollandaise on Kalamata olive loaf); short rib hash topped with two fried eggs; and breakfast-meat paella, with pork tenderloin, sausage, chicken, flat iron steak, saffron bomba rice and two fried eggs. All moms receive complimentary glass of champagne, too. Reservations and details. Location in San Diego.
California Pizza Kitchen: CPKs are offering a way to show your love for Mom: heart-shaped, crispy thin crust pizzas. The special is for dine-in only May 8. Details. Locations in Chula Vista, Escondido, San Diego and Solana Beach.
Corner Bakery: On Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, the matriarchs of your family will receive complimentary bakery item with purchase of lunch or dinner entrée. Or surprise Mom with with breakfast in bed and order from an array of to-go breakfast items, including limited time offer of Blueberry Topped Pancakes. Website. Locations in Carlsbad, San Diego and La Jolla.
Dickey's Barbecue Pit: Mother's Day falls on a Sunday, and ... kids, 12 and under, eat free on Sundays with minimum $10 purchase at participating locations. One kids' meal per check. The offer is for dine-in, delivery and carryout orders. Use code KEFOLO at online checkout. Not valid with other coupons, offers, discounts or promos. Website. Locations in El Cajon, San Marcos and San Diego.
Eddie V's: A special Mother's Day prix-fixe, three-course brunch menu planned May 8 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., with entree options of lobster quiche Florentine, roasted avocado with jumbo lump crab or steak and eggs. (Adults $55/children $16.) Mimosas, Bloody Marys and bellinis also available, along with a la carte menu. Reservations here. Locations in La Jolla and San Diego.
El Torito: Enjoy all-you-can-eat Mother's Day brunch 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8, with ham and tri-tip carving station, build-your-own tacos, made-to-order omelets, $5 cadillac margs, Bloody Marys, micheladas, unlimited champagne and more. (NOTE ONE EXCEPTION: Marina del Rey restaurant offering four-course, prix-fixe brunch menu for $34.) Website here. Location in La Mesa.
Eureka!: Treat Mom to "Mommy's On a Break" cocktail paired with $35 prix-fixe menu. Starter choices: crispy, glazed Brussels sprouts; spinach and artichoke dip; or mac n' cheese balls. Entree selections: Fresno fig burger; spicy chicken sandwich; cowboy burger; veggie beet burger; or cobb salad. "Mommy's On a Break" blends tequila, blood orange, yuzu, Grand Poppy Amaro, rosemary and lemon. Mother's Day special runs May 4-10. Website. Locations in Carlsbad, La Jolla and San Diego.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse: Mother's Day special offered May 7-8, with three-course menu featuring salad, dessert and filet mignon paired with choice of crab-stuffed shrimp or lobster tail scampi. Dinner menu and children's three-course available all day. Also offered for pick-up or delivery. Locations in La Jolla and San Diego.
Fogo de Chão Brazilian steakhouse is offering a ready-to-reheat Mother's Day Celebration Package that feeds six and features a choice of fire-roasted meats, sides and dessert. Meals should be ordered at least 24 hours in advance and are available all day May 7, and until 10:30 a.m. May 8. Location in San Diego.
Joe's Crab Shack: A four-course, Mother's Day menu offered May 8, with prices based off entree selections. Options: Land and Sea ($45); Shrimp & Seafood Ensemble ($52); Joe's Classic Steampot ($64); Dungeness Crab Bucket ($69); plus add-on lobster tail for $17. Meals also include starter, salad and dessert. See here for details. Locations in Oceanside and San Diego.
North Italia: Just in time for Mother's Day, the eatery launches new spring dishes and cocktails. Among brunch and dinner standouts: hanger steak tagliata with charred broccolini and Tuscan bean ragu; caprese sandwich; sweet corn and fontina with roasted corn and white polenta. See here for info and reservations. Locations in San Diego.
Outback Steakhouse: A special Mother's Day menu runs May 4-8 with such dishes as filet with shrimp "grilled on the barbie" or coconut-style; prime rib; option for adding lobster tail to any entrée; Peach Bellini with vodka, peach puree and blood orange juice topped with prosecco, strawberries and mint; and the new "Thunder & Lightning" pecan brownie with ice cream and chocolate sauce. Website. Locations in El Cajon, National City, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego and San Marcos.
Red Lobster: Celebrate Mother's Day at home with "Create Your Own Family Feast" takeout ($54.99), that serves four with choice of three seafood dishes, two sides and Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Select from shrimp scampi, grilled shrimp, coconut shrimp, fried whitefish, salmon and more. Or step up to "Ultimate Family Feast" ($124.99), with lobster tails, crab legs, shrimp scampi and "Walt's Favorite Shrimp." Order info here. Also offered through June 26 is gift card — for every $50 spent on Red Lobster gift cards purchased in-restaurant or online, receive bonus coupon for $10 off order of $30 or more from June 27 to Aug. 31. Locations in Chula Vista, La Mesa, Oceanside and San Diego.
Ruth's Chris Steak House: A Mother' Day weekend, prix-fixe menu, starting at $57 per person, offered May 6-8. Starters include salads or lobster bisque. Entree options, plus sides: steak and shrimp; steak and lobster; or twin tails. Chef's selection desserts. See here for info and reservations. Locations in Del Mar and San Diego.
Seasons 52: On-site Mother's Day brunch (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) to feature such a la carte entrées as crab and cheddar quiche, French toast with bacon, shrimp and grits, plus brunch cocktails. Available for takeout are Mother's Day Green Boxes To Go, (serve four to six with reheating instructions) with choices of apricot-glazed ham, salmon or beef tenderloin, plus salad, sides and chocolate-dipped strawberry desserts. Make dining reservations, or order to-go options by May 2 for May 7 pick-up. Location in San Diego.
Urban Plates: The first 50 moms who come in Mother's Day will get roses, and the first 180 will receive complimentary chocolate pudding. Plus two new seafood dishes on menu: Roasted Barramundi Sea Bass Plate; and Wild Ahi Niçoise Salad. Locations in Carlsbad, Del Mar and La Jolla.