Where to go for Mother’s Day brunch in Los Angeles

Nothing says “I love you” like bottomless rosé—check out our guide to Mother’s Day brunch in Los Angeles

Photograph: Becky Reams

Your mom’s been through a lot. She did your laundry, got through those angsty teen years and probably even let you control the car’s radio without batting an eye, even when all you did was blast boy bands for hours on end. This year, show her you’re really, truly thankful for all of that with a meal to end all meals from one of L.A.’s best brunch restaurants. With bottomless mimosas, endless rosé, seaside eggs Benedicts, fresh-bakes pastries and buffet stations, these Mother’s Day brunch specials around town are the perfect way to say "I love you"—there’s even a custom-cake option thrown in here, to really wow her and/or give you the competitive edge over your sibling. Whether she’s looking for something cozy and low-key or decadent and classy, here’s where to find the best Mother’s Day specials around L.A. this year.

RECOMMENDED: Our guide to Mother’s Day in L.A.

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1 Pico

What: If you’re taking mom seaside, we recommend a jaunt to 1 Pico—the cheery restaurant within Santa Monica’s Shutters on the Beach hotel—where the Mother’s Day brunch comes complete with a great view and a complimentary bellini or mimosa. This three-course prix-fixe menu treats mom to dishes such as grilled-asparagus Benedict; filet mignon and eggs with salsa verde; smoked salmon with citrus dressing; lobster and rock shrimp rigate in vodka sauce; and halva pot de crème with orange blossom syrup. 

When: 10am–4pm

Price: $110 per person

Reserve: 310-587-1717

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Santa Monica

Baldoria

What: Head to Little Tokyo for a prix fixe that not only includes dishes such as ciabatta French toast, poached-pear salad, wood-fired pizzas and chicken-and-waffle tacos—it also includes bottomless mimosas or rosé. But wait, there’s more: Baldoria’s going even further with the Mother’s Day revelry, because what mom doesn’t want a sweet end to brunch? At the close of the meal, moms get to choose between a free glass of wine or complimentary ricotta cheesecake. And hey—at $32 apiece, this is also one of the holiday’s best brunch deals in L.A.

When: 11am–4pm

Price: $32 per person

Reserve: 213-947-3329

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Little Tokyo
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Bourbon Steak

What: This year, treat your mama to a springy steakhouse brunch at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak. Enjoy some seriously decadent cinnamon sticky buns for the table to share, then make your way through a three-course prixe fixe of smoked salmon tartine; “bacon and eggs” shakshuka with pork belly and quail eggs; a lobster eggs Benedict; a rich Monte Cristo with sugar-dusted sourdough; ricotta doughnuts and more. Feel like splurging? The menu offers a slew of upgrades, whether you’re looking for rack of lamb, an Alaska king crab Louie, or some lobster pot pie.

When: 11:30am–3:30pm

Price: $65 per person

Reserve: 818-839-4130

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Glendale

Café Birdie

What: The beloved Highland Park hot spot is offering its reliable menu of brunch faves—polenta Benedicts, ricotta toast, Moroccan-spiced Fried chicken and many others—as well as two Mother’s Day specials. Opt for eggs Benedict with champagne hollandaise (!!!), pancetta and asparagus; or the springy vegetable frittata. Yes, there’s a kids’ menu, and yes, there’s dessert: strawberry shortcake with house-made biscuits. Take a stroll down Figueroa and pop into a few neighborhood shops or a movie afterward, for best results.

When: 10am–2pm

Price: $11-$17

Reserve: 323-739-6928

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Highland Park
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Craft Los Angeles

What: As you’ll most likely be spending this meal with family, Craft is embracing that fact with a family-style Mother’s Day brunch. While you’ll be able to select your own main course—with choices such as ricotta triangoli with squash and basil, and soft-shell crab Louie with mixed greens—the table will be sharing a roundup of house-made pastries with jam and house-cultured butter; yogurt panna cotta with market fruit and granola; smoked trout with fingerling potato and celery; and little gem salad with buttermilk dressing and spring veggies.

When: 10:30am–2pm

Price: $130 per person

Reserve: 310-279-4180

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Century City

Firefly

What: Firefly’s patio is one of the best in Studio City—all the better for sipping those buffet-included rosé mimosas and Bloody Marys with your #1 gal. Executive chef Chad Mandel’s whipping up a buffet of market vegetables, house-baked pastries and made-to-order omelettes, in addition to a raw bar, charcuterie table and a carving station.

When: 9am–3pm

Price: $38 per adult, $28 per child under 10

Reserve: 818-762-1833

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Studio City
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Freedman’s

What: Catch Silver Lake’s Jewish-deli newcomer offering its regular à la carte brunch menu of modern deli fare (hello, babka sticky buns), as well as one sky-high Mother’s Day special. The one-day-only bagel tower involves a stack of Freedman’s house-made, Toronto-style bagels served alongside house-smoked salmon, whitefish, egg salad, hatch chili cream cheese, cucumber, tomato and red onion, and if you really want to go big, you can even opt for a caviar add-on. Bagel towers run $60–$100 and are limited, so email info@freedmansla.com to claim yours in advance.

When: 10:30am–2:30pm

Price: $3–$100

Reserve: 213-568-3754

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Silver Lake

Gwen

What: Curtis Stone’s Hollywood darling—complete with its own butcher shop—will be offering its usual mouth-watering à la carte menu, with the addition of a special kids’ menu for the holiday. That means little ones can chow down on spaghetti and meatballs or a children’s portion of New York strip or grilled chicken breast, while grownups feast on lobster rolls, house-made charcuterie, grilled lamb ribs, scallops with hazelnut and brown butter, and of course all of those succulent steaks cooked over the asador.

When: 11am–3pm

Price: $6–$190

Reserve: 323-946-7500

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Hollywood
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Hinoki & the Bird

What: This Century City gem only rolls out brunch once a year, and it’s always in celebration of the women we love most. This year’s à la carte Mother’s Day brunch is looking extra delicious, and involves a lobster roll with green curry and Thai basil; brioche French toast with sweet red bean; steak and eggs with umami butter; uni carbonara with guanciale; biscuits with honey miso butter and more. Peep that full menu here.

When: 10:30am–3pm

Price: $9–$32

Reserve: 310-552-1200

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Century City

Jean-Georges

What: This year, the decadent and oh-so-classy Mother’s Day brunch at Beverly Hills’ Waldorf Astoria kicks off with a chilled shellfish platter. After you and mom are done feasting on Kumamoto oysters, wild Gulf shrimp, Maine lobster, king crab and littleneck clams, move on to three courses featuring options like spring pea soup, roasted organic chicken, wood-grilled Pacific snapper and a lychee-and-rhubarb trifle with almond crumble.

When: noon–3pm

Price: $155 per person

Reserve: 310-860-6566

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Beverly Hills
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