For that special woman in your life, be sure and spoil her with love, flowers and good food on Sunday, May 12. Here’s some great destinations in So Cal that will help you make her day memorable:
Brunching at Bacari W. 3rd
This Mother’s Day, enjoy Mediterranean-inspired favorites from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chef Lior is making Dalia’s homemade latkes with salted caramel apple butter, dill creme fraiche, watermelon radish, pomegranate, fig and apricots. Other à la carte dishes include goat cheese polenta with ground leg of lamb ragu, smoked pepper sauce and a fried egg, and chai tea custard with chia seeds, coconut milk, elderflower macerated berries and crushed Marcona almonds. Enjoy these dishes with bottomless mimosas, sangria, sparkling sangria or Bellinis for an additional $25 per person. 8030 W. 3rd St. #3/4, (323)452-9149.
Mother’s Day at Robata JINYA
Treat mom to a six-course meal that includes a choice of starter, sashimi, Robata grill, entrée, sushi roll and dessert for $60. 8050 W. 3rd St., (323)653-8877.
Spoil mom at Culina & Vinoteca
The second annual “Mamma Mia” week is happening now at the Four Seasons Los Angeles in Beverly Hills. Chef de Cuisine Luca Moriconi’s mother, Grazia, is flying in to celebrate with her son. There are three marvelous mom-centric celebrations while she is in town, including a “Movies Moms Love” dinner series with a three-course prix fixe dinner and a movie in the Four Seasons theater. Mom will have a perfect view from her VIP seat, and with reclining leather chairs, she can put her feet up and relax. Tonight’s movie is “Sex and the City,” and on Friday, May 10, it’s “Bad Moms.” Tickets are $59 per person. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., and the movie starts at 8 p.m. The week-long celebration culminates with a Mother’s Day buffet brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It costs $139 per adult, $69 per child ages 5-12 and free for ages 4 and under, 300 S. Doheny Dr., (310)860-4000.
Nerano Beverly Hills celebrates moms
Treat mom to lunch or dinner with an array of special a la carte Italian dishes by Executive Chef Michele Lisi on Sunday, May 12. Chief Mixologist Asadour Seheldjian is making mimosas, Bellinis, and bloody marys to enjoy with gnocchi all’astice made with Maine lobster tail, fresh peas, cherry tomato and Fresno pepper. Finish with torta della mamma, a tart filled with vanilla pastry cream, dark chocolate and sliced almonds, served with pistachio gelato. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 5-10 p.m. for dinner. 9960 S. Santa Monica Blvd., (310)405-0155.
Brunch at Ocean Prime Beverly Hills
Start with a handcrafted blood orange mimosa out on the open patio, as mom orders a blackened salmon salad, crab and eggs, lobster toast or savory braised short rib surf and turf. Mother’s Day brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 9595 Wilshire Blvd., (310)859-4818.
Proclaim your love to mom at Viviane
On Sunday, May 12, bring mom to the poolside restaurant at the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills for a grand buffet and build-your-own bloody mary bar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The brunch buffet will run $65 per person and $30 for children under 12. 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., (310)277-5221.
Mother’s Day brunch at the Milky Way
The Spielberg family’s neighborhood dairy kosher restaurant offers a Sunday brunch menu on Mother’s Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Executive Chef and restaurant consultant Phil Kastel pays homage to the legacy of owner Leah Spielberg Adler. Mother’s Day brunch cocktails include a rose spritz, beermosa and Michelada. Menu items include an Impossible burger with green chile, garlic aioli and a fried egg on a sesame bun. The potato latkes and eggs include three pancakes and are served with house-made apple compote and sour cream. Order the brioche French toast topped with berry compote and powdered sugar to share around the table. 9108 W. Pico Blvd., (310)859-0004.
Casual Mother’s Day brunch at Pikoh
Inspired by the cultural and culinary melting pot that is Los Angeles, Pikoh is an all-day eatery from Chef Partner Ricardo Zarate and Chef de Cuisine James Jung. The special Mother’s Day menu includes a chorizo hash, banana brûlée French toast and make-your-own mimosas with a bottle of cava and fresh orange juice. 11940 W. Pico Blvd., (310)928-9344.
Honoring moms at Baltaire
Bring mom to a special brunch buffet with a “sparkling mimosa” bar, complete with fresh juices, a bottle of sparkling wine and a sparkler. Chef Travis Strickland will feature carving stations, a raw bar, signature brunch favorites, salads and desserts. This elegant brunch from from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $85 per adult and $45 per child. 11647 San Vicente Blvd., (424)273-1660.
The Flower Fields offers colorful ranunculus in merlot, purple, salmon, pink, gold, yellow and white. Take Mom on a tour of the largest argritourism destination in Southern California. https://nbynews.com/blooming-flower-fields-in-carlsbad/
Wags & Waffles Mother’s Day brunch
Leading ladies and their families can gather for a dog-friendly celebration on Mother’s Day from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On May 12, guests can sit indoors at InterContinental Los Angeles or out in the garden to enjoy a full waffle bar, egg and omelet station, mini Brooklyn bagels, Norwegian smoked salmon, roasted chicken and spring vegetable field greens. After brunch, guests can shop with Vanderpump Pets. Take photos at the dog-friendly photo booth, and enter the four-legged fashion show. Prizes will be awarded to Best in Show, Best Style and Best Strut. A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the Vanderpump Dog Foundation. Pricing is $55 per person (excluding gratuity.) For an additional $20 per person, moms and family members 21 and older can sip bottomless mimosas and bloody marys. For tickets, visit eventbrite.com/e/mothers-day-brunch-tickets-60143816775. 2151 Avenue of the Stars, (310)284-6500.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
Sky-high brunch at OUE Skyspace LA – The most insta-momable location offers views of the Pacific Ocean, Hollywood Sign, and Dodger Stadium at the one-of-a-kind two-story observation space and terraces. On Mother’s Day treat your momma to a mimosa (complimentary to all moms) and all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from the chefs in the OUE Skyspace LA’s kitchen. The is a Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar available for purchase. Each family member can take a ride down the world-class Skyslide to glide 1,000 feet above the city (unlimited rides for kids 5-12. Be sure to see the interactive exhibits to take a virtual tour with comedian George Lopez. Tickets: $70 adults / $40 kids: https://oue-skyspace.com/tickets/?_packageid=869
Dining with a view at WP24 by Wolfgang Puck
On Sunday, May 12, celebrate Mother’s Day by taking an interactive kitchen tour during brunch with the WP24 culinary team. Walk into the kitchen, watch chef demonstrations and chat with chefs at individual stations. Enjoy steaming dumplings and buns, rolling sushi, congee with fresh crab, stir-fried hand-torn noodles, Wolfgang Puck’s Peking duck and Chinese donuts for dessert. For drinks, the WP24 signature Bloody Mary cocktail demo comes with a crystal decanter to take back to the table. Make a reservation for 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Brunch is priced at $59 per person, and $30 for children 4-12. Price includes unlimited access to culinary stations, coffee, tea and orange juice. Cocktails are an additional charge. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., (213)743-8800.
Dekkadance Mother’s Day Brunch
Treat mom to a special Mother’s Day buffet at Dekkadance from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Made-to-order brunch specialties include chilled seafood, duck confit, cioppino, herb roasted salmon, New York strip, porchetta and a variety of desserts. The adult brunch includes freshly brewed coffee, assorted hot tea, iced tea, lemonade, juices, champagne, mimosas and Bellinis for $90. There is a special children’s menu for $40. Reservations can be made on OpenTable. 900 Wilshire Blvd., (213)688-7777.
Wood & Vine at El Capital Theatre
The new Wood & Vine Lounge inside El Capitan Theatre is open. Come 45 minutes before your movie ticket time for food and drinks at the cash bar, before the seeing Avengers: Endgame. The private entrance at the El Capitan Theatre leads movie-goers to a comfortable lounge to enjoy some of chef Richard Sipovic’s delicious fare before the movie. A docent will lead guests on a tour of the costume and prop exhibit from the movie, before taking you to the best seats in the house. 6838 Hollywood Blvd. (818)845-3110.Celebrate Mother’s Day at Delphine
All moms will receive complimentary mimosas at brunch on May 12. Enjoy fresh berries on top of French toast, a prime brisket burger, blackened fish with quinoa, or a traditional eggs Benedict with potatoes. 6250 Hollywood Blvd., (323)798-1355.
Special Mother’s Day brunch and dinner menu at TAO
On Sunday, May 12, TAO will open its doors early and feature festive dishes for one day only. New Chef Yoshi Kojima is making one-of-a-kind fortune cookie blueberry pancakes served with orange honey butter. Chef Yoshi also offers a twist on the classic eggs Benedict: an exquisite lobster Benedict with butter-poached lobster, sushi rice cakes, kale, avocado and aji-amarillo hollandaise. Mom and her family will be entertained by watching the visually spectacular towering Quan Yin statue bathed in images throughout brunch. Make a reservation starting at noon until 10 p.m. 6421 Selma Ave., (323)593-7888.
Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort is offering two special brunch experiences on Sunday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Malibu Farm is offering a complimentary mimosa alongside a decadent four-course menu of fresh and local cuisine alongside special festivities from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. Adults $125, children under 12 $60 and complimentary for kids under 5 years old – VIEW MENU. The oceanfront CARUSO’S is preparing a delicious four-course, prix-fixe menu prepared by Chef Massimo Falsini.
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SANTA MONICAHotel Shangri-La spoils mom
On May 12, the hotel pays tribute to all wonderful moms with a poolside brunch buffet and live Latin jazz by Soul Sauce. Starting at noon, moms will receive a rose and all adults will receive a complimentary glass of Champagne upon arrival. The brunch offers hot items at the leg of lamb carving station and made-to-order egg station, as well as dishes like salmon Wellington and lobster ravioli. The cold station includes gazpacho, avocado toast, homemade granola and strawberry parfaits, Caesar salad and fresh fruit. Finish with bananas Foster French toast and a selection of assorted pastries. 1301 Ocean Ave., (310)394-2791.
WEST HOLLYWOODHenry’s honors Moms during brunch
Mom will feel like a queen when the tableside Bloody Mary and Mimosa cart rolls up to her table on May 12. Enjoy a Mother’s Day menu filled with healthy brunch items. On this special day, The Henry will give all moms and dog moms a Gerber daisy flower as an extra way to make them feel special. 120 N. Robertson Blvd. (424)204-1595.
Lucques Mother’s Day Sunday Supper
Treat mom to a four-course Spring Farmers’ Market dinner menu. Start with a cornmeal pancake with smoked black cod, followed by Spring salad of fava beans, sugar snaps, avocado with burrata, duck prosciutto and stewed green garlic. For the main course, guests can choose between a pan-roasted halibut with apricots, cauliflower couscous, mint, harissa and Santa Barbara pistachios; or grilled filet steak with soft polenta. The entire family will enjoy Executive Pastry Chef Noubar Yessayan’s special Mother’s Day cherry croustade with pistachio filling and a scoop of ricotta ice cream with a cherry mahlab compote. This special Mother’s Day Sunday Supper is priced at $79 per guest. Also available is a supplemental wine pairing by Caroline Styne and a seasonal hand-crafted cocktail by Barman Christiaan Röllich. 8474 Melrose Ave. (323)655-6277.
Many of these experiences were featured in my 2019 Mother’s Day roundup in the Beverly Press.