2018 Guide To Mother’s Day In San Diego

A list of brunches and dining specials with freebies for Mom and other fun things to do

Below is a guide to all of the best happenings on Mother’s Day in San Diego whether you’d like ot treat mom to afternoon tea, brunch or a kayak tour.

Saturday Celebrations

If you’ve decided a single Sunday isn’t enough to tell Mom how great she is, start the festivities on Saturday with one of these events.

Chocolate Festival at the San Diego Botanical Garden

May 12 | 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

For the woman in your life who has more than a casual relationship with chocolate, the San Diego Botanical Garden has her sweet tooth covered. Combining chocolate tastings with live music and the stunning ambiance of the gardens, the Chocolate Festival is a must hit event. Admission is free with admission to the Botanical Garden, but tasting tickets are $1 each and are sold at the event.


Westgate Mother & Daughter Teas

May 11–12 | 2:30–5:00 p.m.

Head to the Westgate Hotel for a luxurious afternoon tea hosted in their Grand Lobby. Pairing fine, traditional teas with an array of finger sandwiches and buttery pastries and even a glass of champagne, each mom will also receive macaroons to mark the occasion. The price is $50 for adults and $35 for children ages 4–12 (ticket, tax and gratuity are additional).


Afternoon Tea at the US Grant Hotel

May 12 | 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Down “Town” Abby Afternoon Tea in the lobby of The US Grant Hotel features a unique twist on the afternoon tea tradition with specialty loose tea selection, champagne, petite tea sandwiches, a children’s tea menu, entertainment, and more. The price is $59 for adults, and $35 children ages 4–12 (prices exclude tax and gratuity.)


Moms Kayaking Adventure + Dinner at Shore Rider

With Everyday California’s 2:1 kayaking deal you may take your mom out on the water kayaking, followed by dinner at Shore Rider at 20% off. In addition, moms will receive a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa, upon arrival to Shore Rider. Book with code momsday.

See also: Guide To La Jolla Shores


Sunday Mother’s Day Celebrations

For those who prefer a Mother’s Day celebration not focused on food, you may consider these options.

The Flower Fields in Carlsbad

May 13 | 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Mother’s Day is the last day of the season that the Flower Fields in Carlsbad are open to the public. These gorgeous Carlsbad fields bloom brightly with ranunculus flowers. The stage will be filled with colorful dancing from the Rancho Buena Vista High School’s Ballet Folklorico. In addition, you can make your own mixed bouquets for only $5.


Mom’s Escape At Paradise Point – Facial and/or Pedicure Special

On Mother’s Day, May 13, the Spa at Paradise Point in Mission Bay is offering two specials:

  • Mom’s Escape to Paradise-Custom Facial. A custom blended facial for a mom’s specific skincare needs. Includes a thorough skin assessment by a Master Esthetician, followed by an 80-minute treatment, including a hand, neck and scalp massage. Mom will also receive a custom blended moisturizer to take home. A glass of complimentary champagne or sparkling water is also offered post-treatment. Price is $270 (including 20% service fee).
  • Add a 65-Minute Hot Stone Pedicure. In addition to the facial above, Mom will receive a Hot Stone Pedicure, including a coconut milk cleansing ritual followed by an exfoliation using sugar cane infused essential oils. A warm body butter wrap is then applied to the feet. Mom’s legs are massages with warm coconut exotic oil and hot stones. The price of this combo package (80-Minute Custom Facial + 65-Minute Hot Stone Pedicure) is $378 (including 20% service fee).

Sunday Mother’s Day Brunches And Dining Specials

Once you start exploring the Mother’s Day brunch options, you’ll quickly realize that a plethora of restaurants create customized menus and tailor brunch specials around Mom. Here are a few of the specialty brunches offering a unique experience this year.

The Westgate Hotel

May 13 | 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

If the lady of the day desires an award-winning brunch, The Westgate Hotel will be offering a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch on Sunday, May 13. Served in the hotel’s beautiful Fontainebleau and Versailles Salons, brunch will feature made to-order-omelets, fresh seafood, eggs benedict, mini doughnuts, an ice cream station and more. In addition to the delightful feast, the Imperial Bar will serve freshly squeezed juices and endless champagne, mimosas, Bloody Marys, and margaritas. The price is $89 for adults and $35 for children ages 4- 12 (tax and gratuity are additional). Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch reservations can be made online.

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Mr. A’s

May 13 | 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

This local fine dining legend will be offering a three-course prix fixe brunch menu designed by Chef Stephane Voitzwinkler priced at $69.50 per person. Highlights include Maryland Blue Crab Cakes, Gonestraw Farm Poached Egg with Polenta, Eggs Benedict with Fresh Crab or Short Rib and Prime Steak Frites. For reservations call 619-239-1377 or reserve a time during brunch online.

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Mille Fleurs

May 13 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

This iconic Rancho Santa Fe restaurant will be featuring Chef Martin Woesle’s Mother’s Day three-course prix fixe brunch priced $64.50 per person. Highlights include the seasonal White Asparagus with Ibérico Ham, the Shrimp Boudin and Lobster Salad, the Eggs Benedict with Smoked Scottish Salmon and the Lemon Tart with Limoncello. Mille Fleurs will also be offering an a la carte dinner menu.

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Hotel Del Coronado

May 13| 9:00 a.m.

Make Mom’s special day spectacular with an extravagant Mother’s Day Brunch in the Crown Room or in the oceanfront Ballroom. The award-winning brunch is filled with a magnificent selection of culinary delights, live musical entertainment. The prices for brunch in the Crown Room are: $140/Adults; $55/Children (6-10); Children under 5 are complimentary. The prices for brunch in the Ballroom are: $130/Adults; $55/Children (6-10); Children under 5 are complimentary. Prices do not include tax or gratuity. Call 1-619-522-8490 for reservations or make them online.

See also: 15 Things to Do at the Hotel Del Coronado


La Valencia Hotel

May 13 | 10:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Pink Lady in La Jolla. Mother’s Day brunch at The MED within the la Valencia includes bottomless mimosas and champagne as well as live entertainment. The cost is $89 per adult and $39 per child.(Taxes and gratuity are extra).

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Jazz Brunch at The Abbey

May 13| 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

The Abbey, Hornblower’s on-land venue, was originally constructed as an Episcopal church in 1910. Mother’s Day brunch will begin with a greeting and a complimentary glass of champagne, followed by a seasonal buffet, decadent desserts and live jazz by Republic of Music, all with free-flowing champagne, sparkling cider, soda, juice, and coffee, all at your own table. The price is $55 per person.


Albert’s Mother’s Day Brunch at the San Diego Zoo

May 13 | 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Celebrate Mom at the San Diego Zoo with a bountiful buffet brunch at Albert’s Restaurant in the Treetops Banquet Room. All guests must present membership or a San Diego Zoo ticket to gain entry into the San Diego Zoo. The price for brunch is $47.95 for adults, and $18.95 for children ages 3 to 11 (plus tax and gratuity). For reservations, call 619-557-3964 to secure with a credit card.

See also: How to Buy Discount Tickets to the San Diego Zoo


Blue Point Coastal Cuisine

May 12 | 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Moms eat free! On Mother’s Day at Blue Point Coastal Cuisine in the Gaslamp Quarter, moms who order from their special Mother’s Day menu from 1-5 p.m. will receive their entrée for free (with purchase of another entrée)! For reservations, please call 619-233-6623.

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Decoy Dockside Dining/Lake San Marcos

May 13 | 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

This Mother’s Day, treat mom to their brunch buffet featuring fresh seafood, carving stations, omelet stations, desserts and free-flowing champagne! Every mom will also be given a gift certificate to dine at Decoy in the future. The cost is $65 for adults and $15 for children 4-12.

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Fleming’s Steakhouse

May 13 | 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Treat Mom to a three-course brunch at Fleming’s Steakhouse. Their Passion Fruit Mimosa pairs with their Signature Eggs Benedict. Price is $47.

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George’s at the Cove

May 13| 10:00 a.m.–2 p.m. for brunch, and 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. for dinner

George’s at the Cove has a special Mother’s Day menu planned this year with fresh new spins on the classic favorites. Join them for Lobster Quiche with peas and green garlic, Eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon and Meyer lemon hollandaise, Baja Shrimp Omelette with rajas and jack cheese and Toasted Oat Ice Cream with caramelized white chocolate cremeux, coffee-milk foam and caramel and much more, including many vegetarian/vegan options. With food this delicious, surrounded by the picturesque setting of La Jolla, there’s no better way to make Mom’s day. Brunch is served downstairs at California Modern. Additionally, George’s Level2 and Ocean Terrace will also be open on Mother’s Day from 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. for a relaxed, casual experience.

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Hornblower Cruises

May 13

Treat mom to a meal with fantastic San Diego views on the water with Hornblower cruises. They offer two Mother’s Day Cruise options: Jazz Brunch Cruises with free-flowing champagne, live jazz music and a brunch buffet; and a Three-Course Dinner at your own private table with DJ entertainment and a boarding glass of champagne or sparkling cider.


Stake Chophouse & Bar

May 13 | 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Consider treating Mom to the Mother’s Day Brunch at Stake in Coronado. Free Veuve Rose for Moms! The cost is $69 for adults and $35 for children.

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TWENTY/20 Grill at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa

May 13 | 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Featuring beautiful coastal views, live entertainment, and bottomless champagne, the brunch includes breakfast staples as well as a donut station, a seafood table, carving station and more. Tickets are $75 per adult ($90 with bottomless champagne), $30 per child 12 and under and complimentary for children 3 years of age and under. Call (760) 827-2500 to make reservations or they may be made online.

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Harbor House at Seaport Village

May 13 | 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

The Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at this Bay-front restaurant will include strawberry spinach salad, muffins, French toast souffle, an omelet bar, turkey carving station and more, as well as a dessert bar with self-serve ice cream, cakes, cookies and brownies. Tickets are $36.95 for adults and $15.95 for children.

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Flower Child

The Del Mar location of this nationwide chain of health-minded, fast casual restaurants will be offering a fresh strawberry “MAmosa” for $8 on Saturday, May 12th and Sunday May 13th, and will be handing out “I Love Mom” coloring sheets for kids Their brunch, featuring light items like the Quinoa Breakfast Burrito, Vegan Hash, and the Late Riser (scrambled eggs, quinoa, heirloom bean, avocado, roasted chile, salsa, corn, greek yogurt and queso blanco) and freshly squeezed juices including the Liquid Sunshine with coconut water, carrot, ginger, turmeric and orange. Preview their menu.


Charles & Dinorah

May 13 | 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

The new restaurant at the Mid Century-Modern Pearl Hotel on Rosecrans in Pont Loma will be featuring a three-course prix fixe menu on Sunday, May 13th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for $30 per person. A few highlights will include the Nutella French Toast with hazelnut and cardamom syrup, the Gem Salad with Wild King Salmon, and the Fromager d’Affinois with Honeycomb and sweet biscuit cookies. Moms also get a free glass of champagne! Call (619) 226-6100.


Farmer and The Seahorse

May 13 | 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

The Farmer and The Seahorse at The Alexandria in Torrey Pines (Executive Chef Brian Malarkey) will hold their annual Mother’s Day brunch buffet, featuring a carving station, salad bar, assorted pastries, and build your own omelet, waffle, and bagel stations. The family-friendly brunch will also feature a photo-booth to take pictures with mom, as well as French macaroons for all the moms. Adults are $64.95 and children under twelve are $24.95.

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US Grant Hotel

May 13 | 11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

The Champagne Brunch Buffet at the US Grant Hotel downtown with live entertainment, floral market in the hotel lobby, and mouth-watering culinary stations. Brunch is $82 adults, $72 seniors and $39 children, ages 4-12. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 619-744-2046.

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Rancho Valencia’s Grand Brunch Buffet

May 13 | 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

The Rancho Valencia’s Grand Brunch Buffet, featuring everything from Belgian waffles, grilled fish, and salads to a live sushi station and raw bar with shucked oysters. After brunch, enjoy pony rides, family photo opps, an interactive flower bouquet and sugar scrub stations for kids, and a Bellini Bar for mom on the croquet lawn. Prices are $130 for adults and $65 for kids ages 11 and under. Reservations are required. Call 858-759-6246.


Rustic Root

May 13 | 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

At Rustic Root, all moms will be offered a complimentary mom-mosa to kick off their meal, which includes three delectable courses prepared by Executive Chef Marcel Childress. First course options include warm buttermilk biscuits and house-made blackberry jam, heirloom tomato & watermelon salad or shrimp deviled eggs; the second course offers a choice of smoked salmon eggs benedict, the rustic crab melt, a roasted chicken and brie sandwich, or strawberry shortcake waffles; and a dessert course offers a choice between chocolate toffee and kahlúa cake or a rustic lemon cream puff. $40 per person.

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Provisional Kitchen at the Pendry Hotel

May 13 | 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Mother’s Day brunch at Provisional Kitchen in The Pendry Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter downtown will include a Sweet Live Corner, a Bakery Counter, and Sweet Display which includes chocolate dipped strawberries and mini assorted cupcakes. There will also be a Healthy Bar, featuring fruits and parfaits, as well as a Seafood Sushi Bar, an Egg Station and a Carving Station. Mother’s Day Brunch takes place on Sunday, $59 for adults and $15 for children ages 3-12.

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Rancho Bernardo Inn

May 13 | 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

At the Rancho Bernardo Inn in North County, San Diego. there will be three different Mother’s Day brunch options. Their restaurant Avant will host a brunch buffet with live music. The price is $75 for adults and $28 for kids. Alternatively, there will be another brunch buffet at Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant with live music (and a bottomless mimosas option for an additional $14). The price there is $72 for adults and $28 for kids. The Aragon Ballroom there will have a family-friendly brunch buffet, also with live music, a petting zoo and pony rides from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. The price there is $85 for adults and $40 for kids.

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OB Surf Lodge Mother’s Day Brunch

On Mother’s Day, the OB Surf Lodge is offering one cent mom-mosas for all moms at brunch. Their brunch menu includes a Breakfast Biscuit Sandwich, Crab Cake Benedict, Poblano Avocado Toast and Brie Stuffed French Toast. Please note that they do not take reservations.

 

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2 Comments

  1. retiredmom59
    May 8, 2018 at 9:05 am — Reply

    I came to your site regarding advice for purchasing a LV bag in Paris

    Then pursued your site for Mother’s Day brunch…….surprised that WhisknLadle wasn’t mentioned….

    • May 8, 2018 at 11:21 am — Reply

      Yes, we go to Whisknladle all the time. Last I checked, they are not doing anything Mother’s Day specific. Just their usual brunch (which is fabulous).

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