Mother's Day, brunches, restaurants, orange county
Mom and I at Greek Festival

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and my email box has been overflowing with a wealth of different fabulous restaurants and their Mother’s Day offerings. There are so many delicious places to choose from this upcoming Sunday, so I just thought I would share some awesome Mother’s Day options with you as I do every year!

I hope all of the moms out there have a fabulous Mother’s Day!!  Thank you for all you do and enjoy your special day with your loved ones wherever it may be!! 🙂

Fig & Olive  

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Fig and Olive Mother’s Day

On Sunday, May 11, 2014 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Dinner from 5-11 p.m. Fig & Olive, Newport Beach and Executive Chef Pascal Lorange invite Orange County families to celebrate Mother’s Day in style at Fashion Island. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 212.924.1200.

Chef Lorange has prepared a three-course prix-fixe brunch ($40*) and dinner ($52*) menu, comprised of signature dishes highlighting flavors inspired by the South of France including:

*French Omelet with fine herbs, scallion, chive, asparagus, and goat cheese, served with Mediterranean fries and mixed greens
*Truffle Mushroom Croquette with cremini mushroom, parmesan béchamel, and truffle olive oil

*Zucchini Blossom and Goat Cheese Ravioli with zucchini emulsion, tomato confit, crispy zucchini blossoms with parmesan and shaved ricotta salata

*Petite Filet Mignon Creekstone Farm filet mignon marinated with rosemary thyme, garlic, haricot vert, caramelized shallots, and olive oil chive mashed potatoes

**This place is amazing!  Read about their grand opening event here –> FIG & OLIVE.

Ways & Means

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Ways and Means Mother’s Day Brunch
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Ways and Means Mother’s Day Supper

In celebration of Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 11th, Chefs de Cuisine Benjamin Wallenbeck and Justin Odegard have crafted seasonally-inspired brunch and supper menus for OC families to enjoy with mom on her special day.  I love this restaurant! See a review I did for this restaurant here –> WAYS & MEANS

The Cellar

Dining at The Cellar on this special day will be by reservation only at 714.525.5682 or  If Mom would prefer to dine in the evening, the regular menu will be available from 5:30pm. Each Mom will receive a dessert of her choice or a glass of champagne.  Menu is as follows:
(Choice of)
Crab cake with mango relish
Mixed green salad topped with a champagne vinaigrette, blue cheese, walnuts, and dried figs
Chilled honey dew and mint soup topped with creme fraiche
Herb goat cheese and wild mushroom puff pastry

Pork belly Benedict over roasted gem stone potatoes topped with bearnaise
Smoked salmon bagel with chive cream cheese, and scrambled eggs
Prime rib with a rosemary au jus over roasted gem stone potatoes
Duck confit with root vegetable hash
Almond crusted mahi mahi over jasmine rice with lemon beurre blanc

Deconstructed s’mores, flourless cake topped with toasted marshmallow
Mixed berry and pastry cream tartlets
Orange blossom Angel food with Creme anglaise & blueberry compote

Patina Group Restaurants

In honor of Mother’s Day, Patina Restaurant Group’s Orange County locations Pinot Provence (now closed), Catal and Tangata have created specialty brunch menus to shower mothers with the gift of delicious cuisine amidst a beautiful setting that feels like a spring garden party or a sumptuous gathering in one of the elegant dining rooms. As an extra appreciation token, all mothers will receive a special keepsake recipe booklet by Patina Pastry Chef Carlos Enriquez!  

Highlights of the Mother’s Day menus include:

Pinot Provence (Now Closed Down)

Where: Costa Mesa

Price: $38 for 3 courses / $19 for children under 12

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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In the Kitchen at Pinot Provence


*Snap Pea Salad with Snap Peas, Arugula, La Quercia Proscuitto,

Burrata Cheese, and Elderflower Vinaigrette

*Short Rib Egg in a Hole with Toasted Brioche, Braised Short Rib, Pipérade,

Fried Egg, and Pepper Corn Sauce

*Ricotta Rhubarb Pancakes with Buttermilk and Ricotta Pancakes, Braised Rhubarb,

and Vanilla Cream

*Chocolate Brownie Bar with Soft Brownie, Carmelita Crémeux, Sinful Cubes,

and Malted Chocolate Meringue

**See my past review about a wine dinner at Pinot Provence here –> PINOT PROVENCE


Where: Anaheim 

Price: $45 for 3 courses

When: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

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Chicken Dish at Catal



Melted Cherry Tomatoes with Fresh Burrata Cheese, Pesto, and Crispy Fried Shallots

Spanish Chorizo Fresco Scramble with Crispy Potatoes Coins, Scallions,

Aged Cheddar Cheese and Crushed Avocado

Bread Pudding French Toast with Sautéed Apples and Brown Butter-Maple Syrup

Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Blackberry Honey and Shortbread Crumble


Where: Santa Ana

Price: $46 buffet /$19 for children under 12  

When: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.                         

Brunch Buffet

Roasted Beet Salad with Farmer’s Market Baby Beets, Shaved Parmesan Cheese,

Wild Baby Arugula, Toasted Hazelnuts, and Honey Sherry Vinaigrette

Mustard Crusted Salmon with Sautéed Broccolini, Beurre Blanc Sauce

Eggs Benedict with Poached Eggs, Roasted Pepper Hollandaise, and an English Muffin

Pancake Bar made to order with an assortment of fresh fruit and indulgent sweet toppings

**Please don’t forget all Patina Restaurant Group Restaurants have No Corkage Fees!!  Read about it here -> NO CORKAGE FEES 

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Mom and I Lilypads age 5

South Coast Plaza Options 

AnQi by Crustacean

May 11 from 11:30am-2:30pm  – Mother’s Day Specials

Master Chef Helene “Mama” An creates a variety of delectable Asian cuisine to honor mothers, plus all moms receive a complimentary “Mama-Mosa.” This cocktail is made with Bacardi Rum, fresh pineapple, muddled citrus and sparkling wine. Besides the a la carte menu,  Mother’s Day specials have been created such as smoked salmon rillete, heirloom tomato salad, Meyer’s flat iron sirloin, Vietnamese herb-crusted filet of sole, Vietnamese quiche tartlet and summer black cherry clafoutis,  priced from $10 to $36.  A la carte prices vary with selections.

Reservations: 714-557-5679

The Capital Grille

May 11 from 11am-3pm – Mother’s Day Brunch

Invite mom to a special three course prix fixe brunch with choices.  Start with a choice of French onion soup, fresh oysters, smoked salmon, lobster and crab cake, field greens salad or shrimp cocktail.  The mains include lobster eggs Benedict, seared halibut, bone-in sirloin 14 oz. steak, 8 oz. filet mignon, citrus-glazed salmon and much more.  Finish with a decadent dessert.  A kid’s menu features mac & cheese, mini burgers and fresh fruits.

$49 per person, $18 children 12 and under, exclusive of tax and gratuity


Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza (Closed Down Now)

May 11 from 11:30am to 7pm – Mother’s Day Brunch

Celebrate Mother’s Day in elegant style with a three course prix fixe menu with choices.  First course offers options like jumbo asparagus salad, roasted eggplant ravioli, market green salad, ahi tuna tartare, creamy clam chowder or tri-tip beef carpaccio.  Next, choose a main such as herb-steamed Alaskan halibut, roasted Mary’s farm chicken, roasted garlic soft shell crabs, pan-seared Scottish salmon, grilled Beeler’s farm pork tomahawk or filet mignon. Finish with a sumptuous dessert.

$75 per person, $15 for children under 12, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Reservations: 714-352-2525

Marché Moderne

May 11 from 11am-2:30pm – Mother’s Day French Brunch

Treat your mom to a bountiful French-inspired three-course prix fixe menu with choices, prepared by chef/owners Amelia and Florent Marneau. Start off with a choice of panzanella salade composée or spring organic steamed asparagus. Next, select either Maine diver scallops served with wild garlic ramps and sweet corn risotto or braised Colorado lamb shank, crispy lollipop baby kale and wild mushrooms. Dessert is white chocolate feuilletine with berries.  For cheese lovers, a cheese board with selected cheeses, baguette, pecans and “crushin jam” is $16.  A la carte menu is also available.

$45 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Reservations: 714-434-7900

Morton’s The Steakhouse

May 11 from 1-9pm – Mother’s Day Dinner Special

Treat mom to Morton’s signature Steak & Lobster, which features a 6oz filet mignon and lobster tail.  A la carte menu is also available.

$59.95 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity

Reservations: 714-444-4834

Nello Cucina

May 11 from 11am-3pm – Mother’s Day Brunch

Celebrate Italian style with a four course prix fixe menu, beginning with antipasti, next choose a fresh seasonal salad, followed by one main such as lobster ravioli, filet mignon or lobster tail.  End with a delicious Italian dessert.

$39.95 per person, $15.95 for children under 12, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Reservations: 714-540-3365

Pizzeria Ortica

May 11 from 5-10pm – Cheers to Mamma

Mom is sure to enjoy Pizzera Ortica’s Mother’s Day specials, featuring dishes inspired by chefs Justin Miller and Judy Flynn’s recipes from their mothers. Chef Miller offers braised pork cheek and baked brie in a sourdough bread bowl for $19 and a pasta dish with spinach, ricotta, tomato sauce and parmesan cheese, priced at $14.  Judy features her mother’s recipes: a crab terrine of broiled crab and artichokes, served with melted butter and sourdough bread for $20 and tangy lemon bars with vanilla ice cream and peaches at $11.

Reservations: 714-445-4900

Royal Khyber Indian Cuisine

May 11 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm – Mother’s Day Indian Buffet

Enjoy an Indian-inspired buffet brunch, which includes a variety of appetizers, salads vegetarian, fish, lamb and chicken dishes, Tandoori breads, desserts and fruits.  Omelettes and pancakes made to order upon request.  Cocktails for $5 include Bloody Meeras, Mimosas, Kissopolitians and Taj Mahal Punch.

$21.95 per adult, $15.95 for children under ten, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Reservations: 714-436-1010

Ruby’s Diner

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Ruby’s Premium Cobb Burger

May 11 from 7am-9pm – Mom’s Eat Free on Mother’s Day

Known as a premier 1940s family restaurant, Ruby’s Diner offers “Mom’s Eat Free” on Mother’s Day with a minimum $10 purchase, plus all moms receive a Mother’s Day gift card, which is good for one complimentary burger from May 12-23.

Reservations: 714-445-4900

Scott’s Seafood & Bar (Closing Down January 2016)

May 11 from 10am-3pm – Mother’s Day Brunch

Bring mom to Scott’s for a three-course prix fixe brunch with choices and free-flowing Mimosas and Champagne.  Begin with a starter such as Asian pear salad, Scott’s calamari, smoked albacore, housemade granola or Shigoku oysters on half shell.  Next, select one main: huevos rancheros, brioche French toast, pulled pork pancake, shrimp and scallop omelette and more. Then end with a decadent dessert.

$50 per person, $12 for kid’s menu, exclusive of tax and gratuity

Reservations: 714-979-2400

**To read about their awesome cocktails I have enjoyed in the past, see here –> SCOTT’S BEVVIES 

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grille (Closed Down)

May 11 from 10am-3pm – Mother’s Day Celebration with Complimentary Dessert & Photo for Mom

Z’Tejas offers a special Mother’s Day brunch, where all moms are treated to dessert along with a complimentary family photo. Guests can also build their own Bloody Marys, Bloody Marias, Minosas and Screwdrivers priced at $4 each. Brunch items include breakfast quesadilla, breakfast enchiladas, spinach and wild mushroom omelet, pork verde and eggs and migas, all priced under $15, and served with assorted fruit and a freshly baked muffin.

Entrees priced under $15 and beverages from Weekend Fun Bar are $4 each

Reservations: 714-979-7469

Side Door Corona Del Mar

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SIde Door Corona Del Mar Mother’s Day

Old World Village, Huntington Beach

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Old World Village Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch

Melting Pot

Mother's Day, brunches, restaurants, orange county
Melting Pot Mother’s Day Menu

Macaroni Grill

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Macaroni Grill 3 Course Tasting Menu

Lucille’s BBQ

Mother's Day, brunches, restaurants, orange county
Lucille’s BBQ

Amelia’s, Balboa Island (Closing Down February 2016)

Mother's Day, brunches, restaurants, orange county
Amelia’s Balboa Island Mother’s Day

Agora Churrascaria

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Agora Churrascaria

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