Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails
Chef Yves Fournier invites guests to celebrate mothers everywhere with a special three-course brunch menu at Andrei’s. Known for healthy yet flavorful dishes, Andrei’s presents brunch favorites such as a granola parfait, brioche French toast and a frittata with Humboldt fog goat cheese and Chino Valley organic eggs, as well as more non-traditional dishes like crepes with duck confit and Pacific scallop risotto. $36 pp, kids selection $12. 2607 Main Street, Irvine, 949.387.8887.
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Bistango where dining is an artful experience. Enjoy appetizers such as Mexican white prawn cocktail, yellow fin tuna sashimi or thinly sliced bresaola served with shaved parmesan, wild arugula and lemon. Notable entrées include American Kobe beef and black truffle ravioli, grilled New Zealand venison loin and tamarind-chile glazed wild king salmon. 19100 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.752.5222.
Broadway by Amar Santana
This Mother’s Day, enjoy a special prix-fixe option at Broadway by Amar Santana. For the first course, enjoy a chilled asparagus salad with slow poached egg, crispy shallots, house cured duck prosciutto and truffle vinaigrette; or an heirloom tomato salad with Minus 8 vinaigrette, arugula pesto, crisp parmesan and fromage blanc ice cream. Main courses options are braised pork shoulder with cherry cola sweet potato puree, grilled peaches, pickled ramps and chipotle pork jus; or slow baked Scottish salmon with wild mushroom crust, braised leeks, sweet peas and red wine jus followed by a dessert of your choice. In addition, every mother receives a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. 328 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, 949.715.8234. broadwaybyamarsantana.com
Ecco knows your mother is the best mom in the history of the world and invites you to celebrate her with brunch and dinner specials. Brunch items range from Dungeness crab cakes with baby greens, Italian honey mustard and roasted tomato vinaigrette to smoked salmon eggs Benedict with hollandaise and marinated asparagus to chicken breast stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella, spinach, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, spring vegetables, smashed potatoes and white wine pomodoro sauce. As for dinner, enjoy focaccia di recco with prodcuitto di parma and baby arugula; saffron chicken risotto with asparagus, grana padano and parsley; or stuffed Alaskan halibut with Dungeness crab, spring vegetables, smashed potatoes and scampi sauce. 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.444.3226.
Executive Chef Greg Daniels, Chef de Cuisine Matthew Roman and Pastry Chef Santanna Salas have designed a haven for mom with a delicious three-course prix-fixe menu with dishes inspired by the chefs’ own mothers. Begin with tea-smoked trout with poached quail egg, squaw bread and bacon crumble, sea beans and caramelized chicory; or a “toast to asparagus” made with sautéed green asparagus, pickled white and purple asparagus, Easter egg radish, fried asparagus spears, chive and Meyer lemon buerre noisette. Entrees include Haven’s housemade meatloaf with English pea and crème fraiche, relish, roasted sunburst yellow squash and Haven ketchup; and grilled lamb T-bone accompanied by faro and mushroom risotto, parsley and mint gremolata and pomegranate and rosemary demi glace. For dessert, indulge in strawberry shortcake or blueberry crumble. $30 pp. 190 Glassell St., Old Towne Orange, 714.221.0680.
Mix Restaurant & Lounge
In conjunction with the Queen of England’s 60th Diamond Jubilee celebration, Hilton Anaheim’s Mix Restaurant & Lounge invites you to celebrate the queen of your castle with a festive Champagne Brunch. Trumpeters announce “mum’s” arrival as she walks down a red carpet to a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity atop a throne! The brunch menu includes traditional items such as honey baked ham with brown sugar glaze, quiche and scones. The majestic experience is completed with a complimentary ride in an authentic horse-drawn carriage. $49 pp. 777 W. Convention Way, 714.750.4321. hilton.com
The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon
This Sunday, Executive Chef Michael Rossi offers a traditional Mother’s Day brunch with a southern twist at the Ranch Restaurant & Saloon, one of Anaheim’s most exciting new restaurants. Menu options include: Fuji apple beignets, Oscar Benedict, southern fried Petaluma quail, vanilla bean crème brûlée French toast, red velvet cake, peach melba and much more. Dishes are made with ingredients harvested from the restaurant’s own farm in the nearby Santa Ana mountains. $55 pp. 1025 E. Ball Rd., Anaheim, 714.817.4200.
Savannah Chop House
Thank mom for all she does by celebrating with brunch at Savannah Chop House. Mom will be welcomed with a fresh flower and escorted to her table where she’ll be treated to a complimentary glass of pomegranate rose petal Champagne. The delicious three-course brunch, inspired by classic dishes made my moms everywhere, includes such tasty creations as potato leek soup, chicken and dumplings, stuffed French toast and apricot jam and grandmother cake or homemade strawberry shortcake for dessert. $39.95 pp, $15.95 12 and under. 32441 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel, 949.493.7107.
Sundried Tomato Café
With three locations throughout south Orange County, Sundried Tomato Café is a great option to celebrate mom on her special day. In Laguna Beach and San Juan Capistrano, enjoy dishes such as classic eggs Benedict, brie and caramelized onion omelets, malted waffles and pound cake French toast in a relaxing yet sophisticated atmosphere. The San Clemente restaurant hosts a brunch buffet featuring blue crab hash, grilled tri tip with creamed horseradish, an omelet station and desserts ranging from lemon bars to bourbon pecan bars. Treat mom to a glass of Champagne, Mimosa or Bloody Mary for only $5. Brunch buffet $25 pp, $12 12 and under. 361 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.494.3312; 31781 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.661.1167; 821 Via Suerte, San Clemente, 949.388.5757.
Spoil mom with a brunch with a view and a glass of Champagne at 21 Oceanfront. The elegant Newport Beach restaurant hosts an exquisite brunch buffet featuring fresh seafood, a carving station, made to order omelets and breakfast classics such as powdered sugar-dusted-cheese blintzes, free range organic scrambled eggs and smoked applewood bacon. Also included is a delicious assortment of homemade desserts and baked goods created by the 21 Oceanfront’s French pastry chef. $65 pp, $20 10 and under.21 Oceanfront, Newport Beach, 949.673.2100.