In case you didn’t know, Mother’s Day is Sunday and if there’s anything D.C. loves more than complaining about WMATA, it’s mamas. This is a day where you should appreciate your mother and treat her to something nice, whether that be brunch, a spa treatment, or a show. She deserves this because she has done things you couldn’t even imagine, and this is truly the least you could do. Grab some flowers, something edible, a one of a kind gift, anything, and make her feel like pushing a football out of her was worth it. If your mom is your mom and she didn’t do that, give her even more gifts. What I’m saying here is, if this person is referred to as your mom, she deserves a day all about her. Also, don’t be an idiot and please make reservations. Don’t make your mom feel like she raised an idiot.
Food & Drink
8630 Fenton Street, Plaza 5, Silver Spring, Maryland
$45 per person, $20 for children
Enjoy mom’s favorite brunch dishes buffet style at All Set with scrambled eggs, home fries, pork sausage, silver dollar pancakes, Brioche French Toast, and Old Bay Wings. There will also be a raw bar items for mom to go to town on like oysters on the half shell and shrimp cocktail. Bottomless mimosas are available for $20 per person.
2901 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA
$34 per person
Egg dishes, pastries, open-faced sandwiches, sweets, and cocktails for .25 cents. Sounds like an equation for a great Mother’s Day brunch to me. Ambar in Clarendon will have cocktails ready for mom like Traditional Mimosas, Red Wine Punch, and Cherry Mimosas.
385 Water St SE, Washington, D.C.
Two course menu $35 per person
If one of your mom’s defining qualities is her love for wine, consider Ana at District Winery with waterfront views and tons of brunch offerings like golden beet muhammara, potato pancakes, french toast, burgers, and ramen. Of course they have your wine bases covered with sparkling, white, red, rosé, and orange selections.
2901 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA
$34 per person, $14 for children
If mom’s a buffet-style kind of gal, you can get all types of pastries, soups, salads, and sandwiches at BABA in Arlington. There will, of course, be cocktails as well.
3000 K St NW, Washington, DC
Drunken noodles and drunken mom with Bangkok Joe’s SIX different flavored mimosas (passion fruit, pomegranate, cranberry, strawberry banana, orange mango or blueberry). Mom and you can enjoy options like mushroom and goat cheese dumplings, assorted dim sum, and Thai crab fried rice.
14th St, Cathedral Heights, Reston
Tapas tapas tapas all for mom at Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant. If your mom is not like me and actually knows what tapas are then this is the perfect place. They will also have a build your own Bloody Mary bar with all the options.
1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA
Head to mom’s house with the goods from Bayou Bakery like an assortment of petite pastries (croissants, scones, and muffins) wrapped up nice and cute for her. Grab some quiches with three different flavor options or a solid morning loaf of banana chocolate chip, vanilla crumble, or blueberry lemon. Don’t want to show up empty handed!
1625 I Street, NW, Washington, DC
Mom, don’t have a cow on Mother’s Day…Or do at BLT Steak with their brunch or dinner offerings. Let mom delve into some ham or the danishes, muffins, cornbread, pear jam, and honey butter for brunch. For dinner treat her to a dish like their 14 oz American Wagyu Strip.
2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC
Mother sauces for mother at Bourbon Steak where dishes will feature Béchamel, Velouté, and Hollandaise sauces. Wash them down with cocktails, wine, and sparkling drinks.
1600 King St, Alexandria, VA
$65 per person for dinner
Spend the day strolling through Old Town Alexandria (mom’s love it there) and stop for brunch at Brabo where they’ll have a rolling cart of complimentary desserts like homemade marshmallows, chocolate truffles, lollipops, and mini tarts. For dinner enjoy a three-course meal with offerings like lamb shoulder.
1101 K St NW, Washington, DC
Fit for a Francophile mom, Brasserie Beck will treat you to soft shell crab Menuière, lavender and garlic leg of lamb, and Chocolate Profiteroles. Don’t forget those reservations, buddy.
1906 14th St, NW, Washington DC
$50 per person
Bresca is good and a lot of people say so because they were nominated this year for Best New Restaurant by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington. So, eat good food with mom like radishes and whipped butter, BBQ lamb shoulder, and strawberries and cream. Mom deserves good food.
Penn Quarter & Dupont
Head to City Tap for strawberry rosé French toast, bottles of prosecco and all the freshly squeezed juices for $20, and complimentary flowers. Mom’s love freshly squeezed juice, I swear it’s a thing.
1443 P St. NW, Washington DC
$45 per person
Rosé all day for mama at Commissary with five rosé wines for $45 a person and rosé inspired courses like pan seared foie gras and smoked rhubarb.
801 9th Street, NW
$24.95 per person
Treat mom to an authentic Mother’s Day brunch with Cuba Libre’s “Especial de Brunch” including dishes like Pollo y Waffle, French Toast a la Cubana, and Crab Cake Benedict Croqueta. Some of their cocktail offerings will be their Havana Hottie (aka bloody mary), a watermelon mimosa, and a Lychee Mimosa.
931 H ST NW, Washington DC
DBGB has a full menu of dishes to indulge in for Mother’s Day like Maryland crab eggs Benedict, scallops, lobster salad, curried cauliflower soup, brioche french toast and tons and tons of eggs. They’ll also have dinner from 5-10 pm.
5120 MacArthur Blvd, Washington, D.C.
If I’m a mom one day I know one thing for sure—my ass is not getting out of bed before I need to on Mother’s Day. If your mom is like me, and god help you if she is, she might enjoy Et Voila’s Belgian Waffle in Bed Kit. You’ll get a recipe card with waffle mix, chocolate sauce, fresh ground coffee, and a keepsake spatula. All the ingredients you need for a comfy but indulgent Mother’s Day treat. Get the deets on ordering and pick up here.
934 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC
$42 for brunch, $49 for dinner
Take mom shopping at CityCenter then stop in Fig & Olive for brunch or dinner and treat mom to plates like avocado toast, stuffed French toast, steak and eggs, lobster ravioli, and olive oil cake for dessert.
800 16th Street, NW
$120 per person
Give her the best of the best at The Hay-Adams with amazing views paired with brunch offerings such as seared sea bass, buck breast, and rack of lamb. Treat her to a dessert like chocolate covered strawberries or chocolate chiffon cake. On top of everything, there will be live piano music to make the experience even more lovely.
7920 Jones Branch Dr, Tysons, VA
härth at the Hilton in Tysons Corner will give mama the buffet of her dreams with carving stations, an omelet station, salads, desserts, and mimosas. All moms will be entered into a sweet drawing to win a package that’s valued at $500. So if you didn’t get her a gift you can take a chance on this one.
1990 M Street NW, Washington, DC
Honeysuckle has the unique concept of southern cooking mixed with Nordic cooking techniques, and for Mother’s Day brunch they’ll be serving up food like Ahi Tuna tartare, Foie Gras, eggs Benedict, and cheesecake.
660 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC
$99 per person
Enjoy a five-course menu prepared specially for Mother’s Day on Monday if mom has a busy weekend. Treat her to this wine dinner starting with hors d’oeuvres like gazpacho followed by dishes like stewed codfish, duck breast, and a cheese dessert, with each one coming paired with a wine. Obviously, make reservations.
Georgetown & Union Station
Go French and sweet for Mother’s Day at Ladurée where in addition to their breakfast and lunch offerings they’ll be celebrating the holiday with pastries, macarons, and ice cream inspired by spring and floral flavors. Delight in poppy flower shortbread, poppy ice cream, and strawberry poppy and lavender macarons. What’s better than a gift for mom on Mother’s Day? An edible gift. Get a box of six macarons for $24.
1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC
Get brunch and your gift in one place this year at Le Diplomate where not only will they have dishes like duck, eggs, and potatoes, but you can get a Shinola gold embossed notebook. I kid you not. There will also be, get this, a macaron bouquet with flavors like rose raspberry, lavender dark chocolate, and orange blossom almond.
D.C., McLean, Arlington, Reagan Airport
If Mama wants a seafood brunch, that’s just what she’ll get at Legal Sea Foods with their Signature Crab Cakes, New England Fried Clams, Tuna, Salmon, and Catfish.
1515 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC
Feed your mom’s sweet tooth with a tin of seven cupcakes from Lil’B Coffee & Eatery where you can choose between lemon or vanilla-batter cupcakes topped with honey buttercream and bee decorations.
Nothing says you love your mom big time like a heart-shaped box of chocolate truffles from Milk Bar. They have locations at The Wharf and CityCenterDC.
Stick with the classic steakhouse Mother’s Day meal at Morton’s with $59 steak and lobster and enjoy as you slowly slip into a food coma. Once again, don’t forget reservations.
1201 F St NW, Washington, DC
If you have a seafood loving mom on your hands, Oceanaire will have Alaskan Red King Crab, chicken fried lobster, Chesapeake crab cakes, and desserts. Dig in!
1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC
Pay respects to the ladies that deserve it the most—your mother and former first ladies. At Occidental they’re dedicating dishes to Jackie Kennedy, Michelle Obama, and Lou Henry Hoover. Drinks will be inspired by presidential mothers, like the First Memory of a First Lady in memory of Barbara Bush and the first interaction the bar manager had with her in elementary school where she told him she loved chocolate chip cookies. Apparently the drink tastes like liquid cookie dough and you can find it on the dessert menu.
1341 G St NW, Washington, DC
Head downtown to Ocean Prime with your prime lady for mimosas, french toast, crab, and eggs galore. If your mom likes the classics with a fancy twist, head here.
301 Water St SE, Washington, D.C.
$65 per person, $25 per child
Osteria Morini has got you covered with a three-course prix fixe menu served family style with dishes like burrata, gnocchi, and for dessert, Bavarese with milk chocolate mousse, chocolate cake, and raspberry compote. They’ll also be making an Italian Sgroppino cocktail with hibiscus sorbet topped with prosecco. Your mom deserves prosecco, give her the prosecco.
1350 I St NW, Washington, DC
Let mom feast like royalty at Pennsylvania 6 with lavender french toast topped with white chocolate ganache and elderflower strawberries, tea themed cocktails, and a champagne bar. Each table will receive complimentary sweet treats and a surprise gift from the staff. Treat your queen right.
713 E Main St, Purcellville, VA
$34 for adults, $22 for children
Inspired by afternoon tea at the Hotel Ritz in Paris, this countryside tea service will have local tea, fresh baked brioche, tea pastries, and a three tier tower of tea sandwiches. You can also select from a few breakfast in bed options. They have Cadbury Egg croissants and that’s all I will say about that!
1430 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
It’s a Mother’s Day Tea party at Radiator in the 14th Street corridor but the tea will have BOOZE in it. That’s right, BOOZY tea. And finger sandwiches. And a “mom-osa” bar. And great views of the city. Mom will love it.
1595 I Street NW, Washington, DC
$50 per person
If your mom is a prix fixe three course kinda gal, RARE Steakhouse and Tavern has a wide selection of meaty options sure to please the hungriest of moms. Start with dishes like ham and cheese curds, petite filet mignon, lemon soufflé pancakes, leg of lamb, and house made spaghetti. Finish off the meal with desserts like key lime pie, chocolate pot de crème, or an Almond Joy sundae.
3100 South Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Here’s the Ritz rundown: bottomless mimosas and bloody marys for $30, cherry blossom pancakes, lobster omelet, crab gazpacho soup, and an area for kids with their own buffet.
1250 South Hayes Street Arlington, VA
$89 per person, $40 for children under 12
Grab the kids and hit the Ritz in Pentagon City where they’ll have an omelet station, seafood display, meat and cheeses, along with a kid’s buffet, coloring station, and cake decorating station. There will also be Mommy and Me tea time at fyve, the restaurant and lounge there from 2:30-4:30 pm.
1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA
$116 per adult and $42 per child under 12
If you want to treat mom in more ways than one, The Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner will be offering special spa services like mani/pedis, massages, and facials, as well as their brunch menu. For brunch enjoy their breakfast station, raw bar, soups, sushi, Chinese food truck, carving stations, and pastry shop. How they fit all that in there I do not know, but it sure sounds like a good time. Each mom will even be given a bouquet of tulips to mark the occasion. Now isn’t that sweet?
1150 22nd Street N.W, Washington, DC
$110 per adult, $40 per children under 12
Make it a luxurious family affair at the Ritz-Carlton in D.C.’s Mother’s Day brunch. Bottomless mimosas, prime rib carving station, smoked seafood and raw bar, complimentary rosé, bellini bar for Club Members, and interactive stations for kids. Children can pick flowers from a flower wall to make their own bouquet for mom, or create their own mother’s day card.
2446 18th St NW, Washington, DC
Drink or eat your brunch at Roofer’s Union in AdMo with bottomless mimosas and special brunch offerings like quiches and crepes, along with their regular brunch menu.
575 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC
Get some dim dum brunch for mom at The Source with options in addition to their dim sum menu like rib-eye steak, roasted duckling, and Maine lobster. It’s usually served on Saturday’s so enjoy this Sunday special occasion.
923 16th Street NW Washington, DC
$79 per person, $99 per person with beverage package
Go Mediterranean for Mother’s Day at Alhambra, the new restaurant at the St. Regis with a buffet and a la carte menu finished off with desserts and a special gift on the way out for mom.
2233 M St, NW, Washington, DC
If by chance your mother is a squash lover then boy do I have the Mother’s Day plan for you. Squash on Fire’s Upper West Side Cafe will be offering bottomless mimosas with the purchase of a breakfast item. Expect classic breakfast options like avocado toast, french toast, pastries, and smoothies. There will be a Mother’s Day Match from 2:30-4 pm, so register mom and tell her to put her game face on.
1200 19th St NW, Washington, DC
$55 per person, $22 for children 12 & under
If your mom is a smart lady and her favorite president is Teddy Roosevelt, first appreciate your cool ass mom, and second, consider taking her to Teddy & the Bully Bar for brunch. Appreciate plates including line caught tuna, housemade crepes, egg frittatas, cornmeal pancakes, and pineapple upside down cake. She can also eat as many omelets and waffles as she wants, and we know she deserves that. Teddy would want her to have that.
8226 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD
$45 per person, $25 for children under 12
Get the meat sweats going with mom at Urban Butcher with their Carnivores Brunch. Gnaw on all you can eat meat treats like house-butchered meats, a 60-day dry-aged ribeye, and charcuterie.
515 15th Street NW, Washington, DC
$65 per person
Pinea at the W Washington DC will have a three course menu for Mother’s Day with dishes like smoked trout, lobster, and chocolate mousse. Also, half off bottles of champagne! Hard to pass that deal up.
975 7th St SW, Washington, DC
Atop the Canopy Hotel at The Wharf, Whiskey Charlie will be offering $6 cans of sparkling rosé for Mother’s Day. Best part is $1 from each can will be donated to the Greater DC Diaper Bank which helps local moms with all their baby related needs.
701 9th St NW, Washington, D.C.
$35 per person
If thinking of a spot for brunch is proving to be a tahini bit difficult, consider a mezze Mother’s Day at Zaytinya. They’ll have dishes like roasted beet salata, crispy brussels afelia, lamb shoulder, and chocolate rose for dessert.
U St, Logan Circle, Navy Yard, Downtownish
Aura Spa in Vida Fitness has got mom’s beauty bases covered with a Mother’s Day special that includes a 45 minute massage (Swedish or deep tissue), 45 minute NuFACE training session (LED light therapy), and complimentary champagne. Schedule in advance for Saturday or Sunday!
101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill, MD
A Song for Mama at MGM National Harbor right on Mother’s Day. Get down with mom as she enjoys a real treat and creates a memory that’ll last a lifetime. Hit the casino afterwards! Make a night of this you’ll both never forget. Or just send her off with a group of her friends, either one.
Sweat out all these Mother’s Day treats on the bike at Flywheel, and when you’re done you can enjoy a complimentary champagne with brunch treats to undo all the work you just did. Yay!
$100 per person
On Saturday do a hands on activity with mom that ends with an eating opportunity making it all worth it at The Source. Chef Russell Smith will teach guests how to make the restaurants signature dumplings and sauces as you sip on cocktails and enjoy spending time together if that’s your thing. After the class everyone gets to enjoy a family style brunch. Sounds like a fully stuffed experience.
If mom has a green thumb and you know she’d enjoy a perfect view of The White House, buy tickets for the launch of the Hay’s Stylish Entertainment Series on Saturday. Enjoy pastries, rosé, champagne, and tea while you learn how to compose a floral arrangement that you get to take home. I mean, it’d be pretty weird if you didn’t get to take it home and they were just charging you to make something for them, so that’s good.
You have an art aficionado mother and the National Museum of African Art has tons of mother themed art for you to peruse and appreciate. Give mom a Mother’s Day with a side of culture, and best part is it’s free.
8600 Foundry St, Savage, MD
FREE for moms
Flowers are good, chocolates are great, but having your mom scream her head off as she zip lines at Terrapin Adventures is priceless. You have to purchase at least one adventure to get the free ride that your mom is sure to never forget.