From brunch to dinner, here's how to plan for Mother's Day 2022.
SANTA MONICA, CA — Mother's Day on Sunday, May 8, is still a week away, but if you plan to treat your mother to brunch or dinner out, reservations may fill up quickly in Santa Monica as the nation approaches the most normal celebration of moms since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Local restaurants in Santa Monica 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:
BIRDIE G'S: Bring home a sweet treat: a whole "World Famous" Rose Petal Pie, Crème Brûlée Pie or Malted Chocolate Layer Cake. Also offered: wines by female vintners & St. Germain Cocktail Kit (with edible glitter!) to make three different cocktails. Pre-order desserts & drinks online via Tock or at 310-310-3616 by May 5 for May 8 pickup. The eatery, at 2421 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, also will be open May 8 for on-site dining.
BOA STEAKHOUSE: On May 8, a special Mother's Day brunch buffet planned (11 a.m. - 3 p.m./$95 per person), featuring surf & turf carving station, breakfast classics, seafood bar, fried chicken, ribs, Wagyu tacos, sushi, BOA's signature Caesar salad & more. Floral cocktails available. Complimentary gift for Mom, too. Live jazz at BOA on Sunset. Reservations here. Locations at 9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood & 101 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica.
EL TORITO: Enjoy all-you-can-eat Mother's Day brunch 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8, with ham & tri-tip carving station, build-your-own tacos, made-to-order omelets, $5 cadillac margs, Bloody Marys, micheladas, unlimited champagne & more. (NOTE ONE EXCEPTION: Marina del Rey restaurant offering four-course, prix-fixe brunch menu for $34.) Website here. Locations in Hawthorne, Lakewood, Long Beach, Marina del Rey (with four-course, prix-fixe brunch), Northridge, Palmdale, Pasadena, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, West Covina & Woodland Hills.
HUCKLEBERRY CAFE: Celebrate at home with "Mother's Day Breakfast in Bed" takeout ($125 serves two) that includes breakfast strata, fruit, cinnamon-roll scones & mimosa kit, plus other options. Pre-order via Tock or e-mail email@example.com by May 6 for May 8 pickup. On-site brunch dining, with kids' menu option, also offered, with Croque Madames & Monsieurs, pancakes & breakfast burritos. Brunch menu here. At 1014 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.
MILO + OLIVE: Reservations underway for Mother's Day brunch that includes breakfast pizza, cast-iron cinnamon rolls & French toast with vanilla brandy whipped mascarpone. Or pre-order heat-and-serve, brunch to-go kit, featuring asparagus & feta frittata, chimichurri potatoes, sausage, mimosa kits, plus more. Pre-order kits online via Tock, or call 310-453-6776 by May 4 for May 8 pick-up. Reservations here. 2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.
NORTH ITALIA: Just in time for Mother's Day, the eatery launches new spring dishes & cocktails. Among brunch & dinner standouts: hanger steak tagliata with charred broccolini & Tuscan bean ragu; caprese sandwich; sweet corn & fontina with roasted corn & white polenta. See here for info & reservations. Locales in El Segundo & Santa Monica.
1 PICO AT SHUTTERS ON THE BEACH: Mother's Day, pre-fixe brunch planned May 8 ($115 per person), offering: starter choices including oysters, Caesar salad, braised octopus or beef carpaccio: entrees of lobster carbonara, halibut, caviar omelet, ham Benedict or wagyu skirt steak. Dessert selections: cinnamon roll or sugar spice doughnuts. Info & reservations. At 1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.
RUSTIC CANYON: Surprise Mom with a custom-made cake or pie created just for her from Michelin-recognized Pastry Chef Erika Chan. Fill out online form via website, answer a few questions about ingredients, flavor profiles & types of desserts your mom likes, and Erika will make sweet magic happen. Seven days' notice required. At 1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.
SUGAR PALM AT VICEROY SANTA MONICA: Family-style Mother's Day brunch May 8 from Executive Chef Jason Francisco to feature shareable platters, including sashimi platter (salmon, hamachi, ahi tuna), seafood (crab cakes, salmon croquettes, shrimp), mini sandwiches (BLT, caprese, herbed chicken, pork belly) & sweet platters with French toast stuffed with Nutella, cheesecake batter & cocoa dust. Duck confit chilaquiles, vegan hash & cast-iron-baked Dutch baby also on menu. Brunch is 6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Reservations here. 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.
TALLULA'S: If Mom loves Mexican cuisine in beachside atmosphere, check out brunch, Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for Mother's Day weekend. Among menu options: chilaquiles; breakfast burritos & tacos; "Eggs in a Blanket" (fried or scrambled eggs & refried black beans between two corn tortillas & topped with salsa suiza, crema, queso fresco, jack cheese & tortilla strips); Milanesa (flank steak, mojo de ajo potatoes, eggs & poblano gravy); ham & cheese quesadillas; blue corn pancakes; huevos rancheros & more. Reservations via Resy, but walk-ins welcome. Website. At 118 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica.
THE PIE HOLE: Treat Mom to the pie shop's signature Pie Holes — bite-sized pies with pie filling inside, baked in butter crust & topped with specialty glaze. Four flavors, Nutella, strawberry, blueberry & apple, can be purchased 24 pack ($79.95) or ordered for shipping via Goldbelly. Website here. Locations at Gelson's in Del Mar, Pacific Beach & Santa Monica, plus shops in Hollywood, Orange, Pasadena, Anaheim & Arts District of Los Angeles.
If you're looking for something else, check OpenTable for restaurants in your area taking reservations for Mother's Day.
Several chain restaurants and other eateries are open for Mother's Day this year, and some are offering specials.
Below are a few 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 YOUR PATCH TOWN are participating and to inquire about any COVID-19 restrictions or limitations.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar opens early at 11 a.m. on both May 7 and 8 with its Mother's Day 3-Course Menu featuring a hand-cut filet mignon and pairing of the diner's choice.
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.
Morton's, The Steakhouse is accepting reservations for Mother's Day, and also will bring the meal to Mom in select locations.