Where to Spend Mother’s Day in Orange County

ScottsFrenchToastInTextMother’s Day is Sunday, May 12 and we’ve rounded up the best spots to treat Mom to a special meal.

Hilton Anaheim
May 12. If you want to treat Mom like royalty, head here for this British-themed event. Mothers arriving at the hotel will be escorted down a red carpet by royal palace guards to the outdoor Grand Plaza where each royal guest will receive a long-stemmed rose as a token of love and appreciation. The centerpiece of this majestic event is a custom-built royal throne fit for a queen that will serve as a regal stage for moms and their families to enjoy a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity. Once seated on her throne, each mom will be asked to don a bejeweled crown and hold a scepter to complete the sovereign setting (here’s your photo op!). In keeping with the royal theme, the exquisite brunch will feature traditional items like honey baked ham, quiche and scones. Prizes will be awarded for the best fascinators (hats) worn by moms between noon and 3 p.m. After brunch, guests will be invited to enjoy a complimentary ride in an authentic horse-drawn carriage along Convention Way. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $49 adults, $22 children 12 and under. Complimentary valet parking for all brunch guests. Mix Restaurant and Lounge, 777 Convention Way, Anaheim, 714.750.4321. hiltonanaheimhotel.com

Scott’s Restaurant & Bar
May 12. Give Mom what she really wants—champagne brunch featuring three courses, endless mimosas and a little something special for Mom. Menu items include oyster quartet, skillet baked sticky bun, macadamia French toast, gravlax frittata and lemon tart with strawberries. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $40 adults, $15 children. 3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.979.2400. scottsrestaurantandbar.com

Shades Restaurant and Bar
May 12. Spoil Mom with a delicious champagne brunch served inside the Cielo Mare ballroom, overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a wide variety of cheeses, gourmet salads and fresh seafood, along with a carving board including roasted prime rib and stuffed pork loin, breakfast station and assorted dessert display. Live entertainment and a gift for every mom. Seatings are at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. $75 adults, $16.95 children. The Waterfront Beach Resort, 21100 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, 714.845.8000.  waterrontresort.com

21 Oceanfront
May 12. Treat your mom to 21 Oceanfront’s spectacular Mother’s Day brunch. Indulge in a three-course meal with options such as cold gazpacho soup, tuna tartar with seaweed salad and wonton crisps, eggs Benedict and chocolate bomb cake. A choice of beverage including mimosa, sangria or champagne kir is included. 10 a.m.- 2p.m. $65 adults, $25 children 10 and under. 2100 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach, 949.673.2100. 21oceanfront.com

The Resort at Pelican Hill
May 12. Celebrate your family’s leading lady with a chef-crafted brunch and spectacular ocean views in the Mar Vista Ballroom from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Children are invited to participate in activities and mothers receive a special gift. $96 adults, $45 children 5-12, children under 5 are free. Or savor a seasonally-inspired three-course plated prix fixe lunch and live performance in the elegant Pacific Ballroom from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $115 adults, $50 children 5-12, children 5 and under are free. 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast, 949.467.6800. pelicanhill.com

May 12. Their champagne prix fixe Mother’s Day Brunch with choices such as sweet potato carrot ginger soup, oven roasted black trumpet mushroom crusted Alaskan halibut, savory exotic mushroom bread pudding and three chocolate hazelnut crisp is sure to wow Mom. Live entertainment from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $49.75, adults, $18.75, 12 and under. Dinner service begins at 5 p.m. with the full dinner menu available as well as live entertainment. 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.1222. baysiderestaurant.com

Back Bay Bistro
May 12. Take Mom out to this Mother’s Day brunch buffet which features an omelet station, fresh seafood, pastries, chocolate fountain and fresh fruit. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $48 adults, $20 12 and under. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.1144. backbaybistronewportbeach.com

May 12. Surprise Mom with this exquisite 3-course prix fixe Mother’s Day menu featuring roasted beets and goat cheese salad, pan seared Corvina sea bass and apple tart. $56 adults, $18 12 and under. Full lunch menu also will be served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Live entertainment from 6-10 p.m. 19100 Von Karmen Ave., Irvine, 949.752.5222. bistango.com

May 12. Mom’s will love this Mother’s Day two-course brunch with delicious choices for starters and entrees such as herb crusted salmon, short rib pasta, and Mediterranean scramble. $29.95. 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at 17440 E. 17th St., Tustin, 714.838.8855; 8 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. at 21123 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.9687; 8 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. at 3915 Portola Parkway, Irvine, 714.734.9687 . zovs.com

Antonello Ristorante
May 9-11.
Treat Mom to Old World authentic Italian cuisine during Antonello Ristorante’s Mother’s Day weekend four-course menu. A glass of Hello Kitty spumante is included. $35 adults. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. 3800, S. Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, 714.751.7153. antonello.com

Quattro Café
May 9-10. Get an early start with this pre-Mother’s Day champagne tasting which will be featured during their “Art of Champagne Wine Tasting”. Each tasting will be expertly paired with small plate pairings. $85. 5-9 p.m. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.754.0300. quattrocaffe.com

St. Regis Monarch Beach
May 12. Treat Mom to the award-winning Sunday brunch at the St. Regis’ Motif Restaurant where you’ll sip unlimited champagne and delight in breathtaking ocean views. This decadent buffet includes a carving station, seafood station with fresh crab, shrimp, oysters on the half shell, ceviches, sushi and the famous omelet and pancake station. Noted portrait, family and celebrity photographer Tony Florez will be on hand to take complimentary photos of brunch guests. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $115 adults, $36 children 12 and under. One Monarch beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3200. stregismb.com

The Silver Trumpet Restaurant
May 12. Dine lakeside for Mother’s Day brunch and enjoy live entertainment and a delicious menu including prime rib and honey glazed ham carving stations, omelet bar, pasta station, house made pizzas and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $45 adults, $16 children. $10 bottomless mimosas and bloody mary’s. 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, 714.442.8593. silvertrumpetrestaurant.com

JT Schmid’s Restaurant & Brewery
May 12. Indulge in a special brunch menu from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and enjoy a la carte menu items such as French toast, breakfast brioche sandwich and huevos rancheros. Champagne or mimosas are $3. $10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 2610 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, 714.634.9200; 2415 Park Avenue, Tustin, 714.258.0333. jtschmidsrestaurants.com

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