Holiday Guide: Where to Celebrate Mother’s Day in San Diego

Indulge in a variety of handcrafted dishes at Chandler’s this Mother’s Day.

Celebrate Mother’s Day in San Diego with opulent brunches, relaxing spa days, panoramic ocean views and more.

Edited by Eva Scattergood.


Argyle Steakhouse and California Bistro
May 13. Head to the Park Hyatt Aviara for a brunch buffet complete with a carve station with sundried tomato and dill crusted sea bass and prime rib; an iced seafood display; California artisan cheese and salumi; an omelette station; selection of pastries and a cold buffet with items such as avocado gazpacho, pickled shrimp, grilled green asparagus and baby arugula. Buffet will be available at both Argyle Steakhouse and California Bistro. Call to make reservations. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $98 adults, $35 children. 7100 Aviara Resort Dr., Carlsbad, 760.603.3773.  


Cafe Sevilla
May 13. Spend Mother’s Day at Cafe Sevilla with a nine-course tapas brunch. Menu highlights include pan-seared salmon, seven-hour braised short ribs and a lemon tart for dessert. Chef Miguel will also be preparing the famous Paella Valenciana. Indulge in all of this while watching live flamenco performances. Call to make reservations. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $29.50 adults, $20 kids 12 and under for six courses. Cafe Sevilla, 353 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.233.5979.  


May 13. Taste all of the chef’s hand-crafted delicacies at this Mother’s Day brunch. Menu highlights include made-to-order omelettes, brioche french toast, lobster and shrimp tartlets, carved pepper-crusted New York strip, ti leaf roasted ono, citrus parmesan risotto and more. See website to make reservations. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $79 adults; $19 ages 5-12; free for children 4 and under. Chandler’s at Cape Rey Resort, 1 Ponto Rd., Carlsbad. 


Crown Landing
May 13.
Sit waterfront as you indulge in a lavish Mother’s Day mimosa brunch. Find a carving station with an assortment of meats, a cold bar with seafood favorites, an array of housemade pastries and more, plus a special buffet for the little ones. Call or see website to make reservations. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $65 adults (includes mimosas), $19.50 children 12 and under. Crown Landing at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, 4000 Coronado Bay Road, Coronado, 619.424.4444.


May 13. Experience panoramic ocean views at L’Auberge Del Mar this Mother’s Day while you dine on omelette and cheese stations, cold seafood such as oysters and crab claws, a variety of salads, lobster risotto, hot smoked salmon and more. For dessert try one of the many pies they have available including lemon meringue, chocolate silk, apple, peach crumble and blueberry lavender. Call to make reservations. Seatings at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. $90 adults, $30 children under 12. KITCHEN 1540, 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.793.6460.


The Lafayette Hotel
May 13. Bring everyone along for this family-friendly dining experience at The Lafayette Hotel. Brunch menu includes Baja-style seafood ceviche, pearl sugar glazed waffles, achiote crusted pork loin, rosemary crusted prime top sirloin and a chocolate fountain with marshmallows, pound, cake, pretzels and assorted fruit for dessert. Call to make reservations. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $59 adults, $25 kids ages 4-12. 2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park, 619.780.0358.


The Marine Room
May 13. Surprise mom on her special day with a stunning ocean view complete with rooibos tea spiced wild prawns, bacon brioche crusted Alaskan halibut and macadamia panch phoran Mary’s Farm chicken. For something sweet, try the three-layer gluten-free amarula dacquoise, blackmaker root beer creme brulee or the creme fraiche pannacotta. Call to make reservations. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The Marine Room, 2000 Spindrift Ave., La Jolla, 858.459.7222.


May 13. Enjoy bottomless mimosas and sparkling wine at this brunch for Mom. Featured dishes include churro french toast and 24-hour braised short rib Benedict. In addition to a dessert station, there will be a garnish your own donut wall with assorted donuts and toppings like rainbow sprinkles, toasted coconut and Captain Crunch. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $89 adults, $39 children. The Med at La Valencia, 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla. Reservations required online or by calling 858.454.0771.


Mom can sip on “The Mother of All Bloody Marys” at Mezé Greek Fusion.

Mezé Greek Fusion
May 13. Treat mom to “The Mother of All Bloody Marys” made with housemade bloody mary mix, garnished with jumbo shrimp and bacon. Pair it with the avgo-cado pita, flash fried pita topped with sliced avocado, feta and poached eggs or orange zest Kahlua French toast served with powdered sugar and whipped cream. Call to make reservations. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Mezé Greek Fusion, 345 6th Ave., downtown, 619.550.1600.


Miss B’s Coconut Club
May 13. Bring mom to brunch by the beach for her special day. Entree options include coconut rum French toast, veggie hash, yogurt parfait and jerk chicken and waffle. Brunch includes two hours of bottomless champagne and Miss B’s House Blonde beer, as well as pastries and a watermelon mimosa for all the moms. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $32.95. Miss B’s, 3704 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach.


Osetra Seafood & Steaks
May 13. Dine at Osetra Seafood & Steaks for an upscale Mother’s Day dinner. The prix-fixe menu features entrees such as a New York steak, Italian sausage rigatoni, rosemary chicken and pan-seared Northern Atlantic salmon. For dessert, choose between the hazelnut chocolate mousse cake or the tiramisu. All moms will receive a complimentary glass of champagne to celebrate. Call or see website to make reservations. 4-11 p.m. $49. 904 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.239.1800.


Parc Bistro
May 13. Celebrate all the mothers with a three-course brunch starting with lobster bisque, wagyu beef carpaccio or smoked salmon rillettes, while you can opt for short rib hash, eggs Benedict, sea bass and more for an entree. Finish off on a sweet note with chocolate mousse, tarte tatin or creme brulee. You can pair your brunch with an unlimited mimosa and bloody mary bar for just $18. Call to make reservations. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $54.95. Parc Bistro, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.795.1501.


Pisco Rotisserie
May 13. Give Pisco Rotisserie a try for a Peruvian-inspired Mother’s Day special. The meal is comprised of choices for two savory courses followed by dessert, all paired with a wine of your choosing. Options include a chopped caesar, mushroom saltado and chicken empanadas for the first course and quinoa chaufa, aji de gallina and seared salmon salad for the second course. 11:30 a.m.- 9 p.m. $40. 2401 Truxtun Road #102, Liberty Station, 619.222.3111.


Sample the salmon bruschetta at Primavera Ristorante’s three-course brunch.

Primavera Ristorante
May 13. Indulge in a three-course menu created by executive chef Ryan Moore. Brunch selections include avocado alla griglia featuring grilled shrimp, avocado and artichoke hearts served with lemon herb vinaigrette and crostini; salmon bruschetta consisting of smoked salmon with red onion, capers and herb crème fraiche; lobster eggs Benedict made with cold water lobster on ciabatta bread with poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce, served with Italian roasted potatoes and fresh fruit; tiramisu; and more. Mothers will be treated to a complimentary mimosa with their brunch. Call for reservations. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $54.95. Primavera Ristorante, 932 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.0454.


Rancho Valencia Resort
May 13. Celebrate mom with a brunch buffet featuring everything from Belgian waffles, grilled fish and salads to a live sushi station and raw bar with shucked oysters. Enjoy the sunshine after the feast with special festivities on the croquet lawn including pony rides, family photo opps, interactive flower bouquet and sugar scrub stations for kids and a Bellini Bar for mom. Reservations are required. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $130 adults, $65 kids ages 11 and under. Rancho Valencia Resort, 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, 858.759.6246.


Rustic Root
May 13. Let mom kick off her day with a complimentary mom-mosa, followed by a three-course brunch. First course options include warm buttermilk biscuits and housemade blackberry jam, heirloom tomato and watermelon salad, shrimp deviled eggs or strawberry toast; the second course offers a choice of smoked salmon eggs benedict, rustic crab melt, a roasted chicken and brie sandwich or strawberry shortcake waffles; and a dessert course offers a choice between chocolate toffee and Kahlúa cake or a rustic lemon cream puff. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $40. Rustic Root (downstairs only), 535 5th Ave., downtown, 619.232.1747.


The Smoking Goat
May 13.
C’est la fête des mères at French bistro The Smoking Goat. Owner and executive chef Fred Piehl will be serving up a special dinner menu of crispy octopus with wild arugula and fingerling potatoes; a pan-roasted Scottish salmon and for dessert, a goat cheese cheesecake. The meal comes complete with a complimentary champagne toast and amuse-bouche upon seating to make this a Mother’s Day to remember. See website to make reservations. 5-9 p.m. 3408 30th St., North Park.


Order the avocado toast to go along with your brunch cocktails at Vue.

May 13. A brand new brunch menu has arrived just in time for Mother’s Day. Indulge in options like the lobster scramble, house-smoked salmon, monte cristo torta, breakfast pizza or the hipster avocado toast. Don’t forget to order a hot cinnamon bun as they sell out fast. Pair your meal with a signature cocktail like the Diego Sunrise, Pineapple Nirvana or Trinidad Sour as you look out over the championship golf course. See website for pricing. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Vue at Omni La Costa Resort, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad.



Driftwood Spa
May 12-13. Treat mom to a day of pampering at the tranquil Driftwood Spa. She can enjoy a complimentary hydrating eye treatment from Knesko with her service, whether that be a massage, facial, signature body treatment or pedicure. Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara, 7210 Blue Heron Pl., Carlsbad. To book a treatment, call 760.814.8668 ext. 8668 or email


Treat mom to a pedicure and a day of pampering at Ocean Pearl Spa.

Ocean Pearl Spa
May 13. Take advantage of the Spring Renewal specials this Mother’s Day. Features include an avocado body wrap, hydrating herbal facial, spring renewal massage and flower fields pedicure. All specials come with a glass of sparkling wine and use of the spa facilities. Call or see website to book an appointment. $85-$130. Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, 5480 Grand Pacific Dr., Carlsbad, 760.827.2700.  


The Spa at Paradise Point
May 13. Pamper mom with the Mom’s Escape to Paradise custom facial that includes an 80-minute treatment with a hand, neck and scalp massage, custom-blended take-home moisturizer and a celebratory glass of champagne. Or try the Mom’s Ultimate Escape to Paradise package that includes a custom-blend facial and 65-minute hot stone pedicure with a coconut milk cleansing followed by a sugar cane-infused exfoliation, a warm body butter wrap applied to the feet and a leg massage with warm coconut oil and hot stones, also complete with a glass of champagne. See website to book an appointment. $270 facial package, $378 pedicure package. The Spa at Paradise Point, 1404 Vacation Rd., Mission Bay, 858.490.6350.

Chandler’s photo credit to Justin McChesney Wachs. Bloody Mary photo courtesy of Mezé Greek Fusion. Salmon bruschetta photo courtesy of Primavera Ristorante. 

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