compiled by: Morgan Baskin, Morgan Day, Farrah Skeiky, Emily Holland, Julie Epstein
Your mom dealt with all your picky food habits and temper tantrums for years. We’re here to help you navigate the breadth of choices DC has to offer to make sure you can impress her and address her own picky eating habits all at once. We’ve got you covered if you’re into brunch, sweets, or both. Probably both.
Looking for last-minute brunch options for mom this Sunday? This eclectic roundup of restaurants offers the best of DC brunch: multi-course prix fixes, free cupcakes, BRUNCH PIZZA and BRUNCH CRUISES are just some of the things you’ll find. Feast away.
Boundary Road – 414 H Street NE – New mother’s, rejoice! There’s a special just for you at Boundary Road this Mother’s Day. The H Street eatery is featuring a 20% off deal on Mother’s Day just for new mothers, so this one’s maybe not the best place to take your mom if you’re not a newborn, but the menu does have some good brunch picks like the Reuben Eggs Benedict and Apple Cheese Pancakes that won’t disappear after Mother’s Day.
Hill Country Barbecue Market – 410 7th Street NW – Moms obviously love cupcakes, so Hill Country Barbecue Market is giving every mom a free red velvet cupcake with their meal.
Ripple – 3417 Connecticut Ave. NW – A three-course prix fixe Mother’s Day brunch is waiting for you at Ripple for just $35. With everything from eggs benedict to spaghetti, the options from Executive Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley will be sure to please your mom (and the rest of the family) on her special day.
Del Campo – 777 I Street NW – French toast can get boring year after year. To mix it up this Mother’s Day, head to Del Campo. Inspired by his mother’s Peruvian heritage, chef Victor Albisu has created a new Peruvian menu for Mother’s Day at his South American restaurant. The three course meal is $58 dollars. Del Campo’s signature grilled dishes are still at the forefront with options like lamb shank and grilled prawn.
1789 – 1226 36th Street NW – Mother’s Day is the time to get classy with your mom. The 1789 Restaurant is serving an a la carte brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a first and second course ranging from $32 to $46. Treat your mom to asparagus soup and purple potato chips (every mom’s favorite color, right?) or any of the other starters from the first course choices and then choose from heartier options like Alaska Halibut or Prime Rib from the second course list.
Graffiato – 707 6th St NW– Two words: brunch pizza. That’s right, Mike Isabella, the Executive Chef, former Top Chef hopeful, DC stalwart restaurateur and offerer of Mother’s Day brunch specials is here to make your Sunday brunch life easy. From 11:30 to 4 in the afternoon take your pick of any 3 food items on the menu and for just $35 it’s a better bet than a dozen long stem roses any day. (cuz no one wants to eat a bunch of roses amiright?) With Italian classics like ricotta, sausage and pepper ravioli and brunch staples like braised bacon hash and steak and eggs Graffiato is the perfect spot for picky eaters, families and pretty much anyone with taste buds.
Art and Soul - 415 New Jersey Ave NW– Executive Chef Art Smith just looks like a dude who would treat your mom right. He’s gone on the record on how much he loves his own momma and tries to bring that Southern comfort spirit to his food. It’s like a greatest hits lineup of springtime brunch favorites including an omelet bar, roasting and carving station with ham, leg of lamb and prime rib alongside all your rib stickin’ favorites like biscuits, mac & cheese and fried chicken and waffles. Feel free to start unloosening that belt now.
2941 – 2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042– Mothers. They’re a classy lot. Fortunately 2941 is ready to make mom feel like the fancy lady you know she is. Get ready to dine on some top-notch cuisine surrounded by rock waterfalls and koi ponds. Executive Chef Bertrand Chemel, along with Pastry Chef Caitlin Dysart, will be turning out a drool-worthy three course tasting menu with highlights like Chilean sea bass, rack of lamb and a special watermelon vodka app (cantaloupe melon, mint, cubeb black pepper). The whole shebang is $70 per person or $50 for vegetarians.
Odyssey & Spirit Cruises– Instead of going out on the town this year for Mother’s Day brunch, why not test out your sea legs together? Odyssey Cruise, docked right along the Soutwest waterfront, is upping their holiday game giving every mother a fresh flower and supplying live entertainment and dancing. Good thing you’ve worked up an appetite after all the deck strolling, dancing and sightseeing because brunch highlights include house-griddled Belgian waffles (maple syrup, cinnamon, whipped cream, dark chocolate shavings, fresh berry sauce) and a smoked salmon station. It comes with a pretty heavy price tag, $84.90 for adults and $50.95 for kids 3 – 12, but everyone’s favorite matriarch also gets a complimentary mimosa, bloody or juice. You should probably have one in hand also. Or a few depending on the mom. If that call time is a bit too early for you and both, get ready to set sail on Spirit Cruises this Sunday as they offer their Mother’s Day Early Lunch Cruise. At $59.90 per adult and $35.95 per child, Spirit offers cruisers all of the aforementioned goodness plus a few extra hours of sleep.
Ovvio Osteria – Halstead Square, 2727 Merrilee Drive– Your mom is probably going to complain about how packed 14th street is– and it’s going to be packed with everyone going about their boozy brunch business in a non-family friendly way if their parents aren’t in this city. Ovvio is more secluded (and still metro accessible) in Merrifield, VA. For Mother’s Day, they’ll be serving up sauteed asparagus with sunny-side up eggs and Parmesan cream sauce, Spaghetti ai Frutti di Mare with mussels, clams, calamari, and shrimp, and Mom’s Chocolate Pudding Pie topped with whipped cream. Best of all, each mama gets a free glass of Prosecco.
The Mansion on O Street – 2020 O Street NW — For something a little more non-traditional, there’s Mother’s Day Brunch & Tour at The Mansion. The menu includes a variety of seafood, beef tenderloin, roasted pork, assorted pastas & salads, desserts, champagne– and a chocolate. fountain. All can be enjoyed along with a tour of the museum.
City Tap House – 901 9th Street, NW– For $40 and a reservation, you’ll get to partake in a seriously extensive brunch buffet. CTH will place foods stations offering chocolate fondue, charcuterie, make-your-own-parfait and hot-off-the-griddle waffles around the restaurant. Sign. Me. Up.
SILO- 919 5th St. NW – SILO is adding a slew of new items to the menu this Sunday in anticipation of Mother’s Day: expect things like lemon-infused Maine lobster rolls with lemon mayo and fries, grilled lamb T-bone with rosemary lamb jus and homemade mint jelly, and pan-seared andouille stuffed quail with black-eyed peas. Plus, every momma in the house gets a free strawberry shortcake.
The Grill from Ipanema – All-you-can-drink mimosas? Three courses of Brazilian charcuterie for $29.95? Say yes to a nontraditional brunch at Ipanema, the authentic South American Adams Morgan grill.
Bastille – With a $49, three-course prix fixe, you can tuck into some classic French fare in this rustic Old Town Alexandria bistro. It comes highly rated by both Yelpers and restauranteurs, so you know that it’s certifiably delicious. Plus, it’s secluded enough to make the brunch feel intimate–the perfect ambiance to celebrate your mom.
Lincoln – The gorgeous glass-and-crystal fixtures of this upscale McPherson Square look like something out of a Fifth Avenue display showcase, and the food is equally as exciting; the bar also offers one of DC’s only moonshine lists served in Mason jars. The space, which plays host to paintings by local artists, will offer a more culinary take on brunch classics like Eggs Benedict this Mother’s Day.
Bourbon Steak – Four Seasons, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW– This is where you go to impress mom if budget is of no concern. Impress her with local lamb from Border Springs, a Maryland blue crab eggs benedict, or War Shore Oysters on the half shell. Think of every brunch staple you love, and make it ten times more decadent– that’s going to be your brunch here.
Mari Vanna – 1411 Connecticut Ave — Mother’s Day brunch at Mari Vanna is a $35 prix fixe menu that includes an in-house accordionist in a teahouse atmosphere. She’ll think it’s adorable. And a complimentary bottomless mimosa for each guest? And a flower for mom? This is how you win favorite child status.
Brunch is nice and all, but what are we eating afterwards? We’ve reached the end of candy-related-holiday-season, so this is really your last chance to buy as many sweets and chocolate covered foods while remaining socially acceptable, all in the name of Mom.
Georgetown Cupcake – Various Locations — The cupcake shop your mother has definitely seen but doesn’t want to stand in line outside of is offering a Mother’s Day Dozen, which features Lavender Earl Grey cupcakes and ridiculously sweet fondant hearts and butterflies. You can pick them up, have them delivered, or have them shipped to wherever your mom might be (very helpful if you won’t be able to see her).
Crumbs Bake Shop – 604 11th St NW — The Mother’s Day cupcake collection at Crumbs includes one each of the Vanilla Rose, Chocolate Rose, Chocolate Covered Strawberry, Princess and two Mama Mia. These can be ordered online or at the store.
Best Buns Bread Co. – 4010 Campbell Street — This baking company has a wide variety of iced cookies in different shapes, and all are customizable for Mother’s Day. Let’s skip the traditional hallmark greeting and go with an inside joke to make it even more personal, shall we?
Olivia Macaron – 3222 M Street NW — Once again making your life easier with a package deal, Olivia is offering a box of macarons and a bouquet from Urban Stems that can be ordered through either company’s site, or bought inside Olivia’s store.
The Sweet Lobby – 404 8th St SE — Sweet Lobby offers their usual assortment of cupcakes, macarons, shortbread, madeleines, and looseleaf tea, but their heart-shaped pink champagne macarons are back just in time for Mother’s Day.
Buzz Bakery – 901 Slaters Lane — Buzz Bakery is offering the whole package, so that you’re covered even if you forgot a card or flowers. The package includes a choice between 6-inch rustic naked cakes in choices of Devil’s Food & Fudge Frosting and Vanilla Buttercream or Lemon Chiffon Cake with Vanilla Buttercream & Fresh Raspberries, plus a small bouquet of flowers and a greeting card for $45.
Dolcezza Gelato – Factory, 550 Penn St NE — Available only at the Factory & Coffee Lab location, Dolcezza is offering a Mother’s day sundae composed of dulce de leche gelato, homemade jam made from Agriberry strawberries, and fresh meringue. It’s on the menu from Mother’s Day through May 25.
Dolci Gelati – 7000 Carroll Ave — Dolci celebrates Mother’s Day with gelato and sorbet versions of classic sweets, including Dark Chocolate Strawberry or Raspberry, Rose Gelato, and White Chocolate Orange Blossom. Facebook and twitter fans have until Friday to tell them why they love their moms to be entered to win two customized pints.
Bonus: Get Your Hair Did
Blo Blow Dry Bar (2126 P St. NW) has the most impressive two-for-one deal yet: Get a blowout for yourself, and mom’s ‘do is on them. Complimentary champagne is just the icing on the cake. After all, you have to look best with all that brunching and boozing ahead!