Mother’s Day is just around the corner (Sunday, May 12) and you may already have a plan to treat your mama—or any of the special mother figures in your life—to a nice meal. But if you’re still scrambling, we’ve rounded up the best brunch spots for our beloved moms to enjoy. And if you end up dining near the waterfront, make sure to pick up your free parking voucher to make the day that much better. Visit downtownseattleparking.com for information on where to pick up your voucher, participating garages and select time frames.
The Hart and The Hunter
Located in the quirky, yet intimate Palihotel, The Hart and The Hunter pairs Southern influenced dishes with local Pacific Northwest ingredients. The boutique hotel sits across Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market and Elliot Bay waterfront, stationed in a nearly century-old building. Enjoy a special Mother’s Day themed craft cocktail, bottomless mimosas and their famous butter biscuits. Mothers get one free biscuit. For reservations, visit thehartandthehunter.com or call 206.596.0700.
If you’re set on being near the water, head over to Ivar’s Acres of Clams or Salmon House to indulge in a robust buffet of Alaskan salmon, mussels, clams, crab legs, prime rib and all the classic brunch items, including crepes. The buffet is $45 for adults, $15 for kids 6 to 12 years old—younger kiddos eat for free. Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing will offer a special plated brunch with the regular menu pricing. Brunch is served 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For reservations, visit ivars.com or call one of the select locations: Acre’s of Clams 206.624.6852; Salmon House 206.632.0767; Mukilteo Landing 425.742.6180.
It would be foolish to not expect plenty of salmon on Seattle menus for Mother’s Day. Urbane is offering smoked salmon and avocado benedicts with a side of potatoes this year for $18 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If you’re looking to dine a bit later, their surf and turf with New York striploin and pan seared scallops will be served for $40 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. For reservations, visit opentable.com/urbane or call 206.695.1234.
If you’re looking for something with Latin flavors, check out Patagōn, an Argentine-inspired restaurant using a custom open grill (Parrilla) to prepare chimichurri hollandaise and papas, asado steak & eggs with roasted peppers, and dulce de leche crepes with toasted coconut and strawberries this Mother’s Day. All will be served from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. ranging from $14-$28. For reservations, visit patagonseattle.com or call 206.256.7520.
Consider this French café-inspired restaurant on Mother’s Day for their elevated brunch dishes including polenta aligot, croque madame and root vegetable gratin with fresh greens straight from their rooftop garden. Enjoy the a la carte brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A prix fixe dinner will also be offered from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Also, the live music they’re offering might be the final nudge you need to head over to this vintage-filled French gem in Ballard. For reservations, visit bastilleseattle.com or call 206.453.5014.
Usually only open in the evening, RN74 is opening their doors early for a special French Mother’s Day brunch buffet curated by Chef Shawn Applin. From 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. you can expect fresh hors d’oeuvres, warm beignets and salade d’asperges. Diners can also indulge in French rotisserie showcasing roasted lamb legs and chicken. Can’t decide what to order? Sip a cold brew cocktail until you’ve made a decision. $60 for adults, $30 for children ages 5 to 12. For reservations, visit michaelmina.net or call 206.456.7474.
Ray’s Café & Ray’s Boathouse
Want to stay near the water? Ray’s Café and Boathouse are two options that meet the bar. Ray’s Café is celebrating Mother’s Day with a brunch buffet 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring a shellfish bar, carving station and breakfast dishes galore. $65 per person includes juice and sodas, $32.50 for children ages 5-11. The more formal Ray’s Boathouse will be serving a special spring-inspired menu with some of their best-selling appetizers and Boathouse entrées from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For reservations, visit rays.com/cafe or call 206.782.0094— Or rays.com/boathouse at 206.789.3770.
Celebrate your mom at Thomas Litrenta’s cozy Southern Italian trattoria, Agrodolce. Come hungry for a three-course Mother’s Day menu from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m for $38. The menu will feature fresh pasta (of course) and other brunch classics with an Italian twist such as spring onion benedict, arugula hollandaise, crispy prosciutto and their sweet waffle with house-made gianduja and cherry compote. For dessert, indulge in Pavlova with seasonal berries. For reservations, visit agrodolcefremont.com or call 206.547.9707.
James Beard award-winning chef Maria Hines, alongside executive chef Joel Panlilio, are offering a three-course prix fixe brunch with fresh organic dishes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dig into their spring quiche with asparagus and cheddar, sourdough French toast with rhubarb and hazelnuts whilst sipping a cherry-tarragon mimosa. $30 per person. For reservations, visit tilthrestaurant.com or call 206.633.0801.
Celebrate the day on Capitol Hill at this Japanese restaurant with an irresistible lunch and dinner special. The menu features spicy tuna on crispy rice, baked crab sushi rolls and a toban assortment consisting of chicken wings, their signature junkichi tsukune (meatball), and flavorful mushrooms—top it off with a peach-and-grapefruit mimosa. $25 per person, lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For reservations, visit junkichiusa.com or call 206.712.7565.
Sushi Kappo Tamura
Another great Japanese option is in Eastlake, at this sushi spot that's hosting a special Mother’s Day Gozen Brunch. They’re ditching the regular menu and featuring special dishes featuring Snake River Ranch wagyu beef, agedashi tofu and wild sockeye salmon shioyaki with local Pacific Northwest ingredients. Adults $65, children (under 12) $25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For reservations, visit sushikappotamura.com or call 206.547.0937.
Last but not least, hurry and book your reservation at Raconteur, a charming neighborhood restaurant and bar where moms eat free on Mother’s Day! From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., one complimentary entrée is offered per mother; however, due to high volume, a special limited menu will be served. For reservations, visit raconteurseattle.com or call 206.492.7959.