Looking for a special treat for mom this Mother's Day? Start by making her stomach happy. South Florida is one of the brunch capitals in the country, so restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach are pulling out all the stops to offer specialized brunch menus for the holiday. To sweeten the deal, many of these restaurants, such as Dune and Beach House Pompano, offer breathtaking waterfront views to heighten mom's level of zen. If your mom's an art lover, grab a complimentary mimosa for her at the Restaurant at the Norton in West Palm Beach. And if she's just looking for bottomless mimosas, bloody marys, or bubbly, treat her to a meal at Point Royal, Etaru, Grato, or Lona Cocina & Tequileria.
Show mom how much you appreciate her this Sunday (and every other day). Here are the best Mother's Day brunches in Broward and Palm Beach.
Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Nestled between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach will celebrate Mother’s Day with a brunch buffet at its Breezes restaurant. The special menu includes vanilla french toast, seared NY strip steak with truffled wild mushrooms, rosemary-roasted red potatoes, seared chicken breast with melon salsa, a cheese and charcuterie display, specialty salads, omelets, dessert, and chef-attended hot food stations. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch costs $65 per adults and $14.95 for children ages 12 and under.
The Balcony1309 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
The Balcony, a New Orleans-inspired restaurant on Las Olas Boulevard, is offering a special four-course menu in honor of Mother’s Day. Guests will enjoy an array of delicious Cajun dishes such as fried green tomatoes, New Orleans jumbo crab cakes with holy trinity tartar sauce, lobster bisque with cognac cream, Mardi Gras peach & berry salad, and an eight oz. filet mignon with truffled dauphine potatoes and sautéed asparagus. For dessert, the Balcony will offer beignets with spiced chocolate sauce, house-made seasonal berry jam, and Valencia orange bourbon marmalade. Mothers will receive a complimentary glass of bubbly. 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $49 for the prix-fixe menu.
Beach House Pompano270 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach
Head to this waterfront restaurant with a panoramic second-floor bar to enjoy modern surf 'n' turf dishes on Mother's Day. Beach House Pompano will offer an a la carte dining menu including a flaming saganaki cheese appetizer ($12) and starters such as the fresh catch topped with jumbo lump crab Oscar style ($46) or the 16 oz. New York strip steak topped with jumbo shrimp, lobster béarnaise sauce, and colcannon mashed potatoes ($52). 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dune2200 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale’s seaside restaurant at the Auberge Beach Residences & Spa invites moms to indulge in a lively "Sunday Brunch On The Beach," with delicious a la carte dishes served in the dining room on the beachfront terrace. Must-haves include the seafood toast with avocado, heirloom tomatoes, arugula, and a choice of Maine lobster, blue lump crab, smoked salmon, or shrimp ($17 to $22), huevos rancheros with chorizo casero and Oaxaca cheese ($14), Key West pink shrimp cachaca with tomatillo salsa, pico de gallo, avocado crema and scrambled eggs ($17), and prime skirt steak with yucca fries and creamy mojo ($31). Sweet treats include bread pudding French toast ($8) and savory cheddar jalapeño scones ($4). 11 a.m to
Etaru Hallandale111 S. Surf Rd., Hallandale Beach
To mark her special day this year, treat mom to an oceanfront brunch at Etaru, the Japanese robatayaki restaurant on Hallandale Beach from the team behind Zuma Restaurants. Mom's special menu will include a welcome cocktail, bottomless pours of wine or champagne, and unlimited Veuve Clicquot Rosé for a $30 upcharge. Guests will enjoy an array of hot and cold starters on the robata counter, a choice of one main course person, and a decadent dessert presentation. 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $75 per person.
Grato1901 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach
Chef Clay Conley's Grato will celebrate moms all weekend-long with a roster of special brunches on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12. Highlights include chicken and hash brown waffle with sausage gravy and a fried egg ($16), breakfast pizza with ham, bacon, sausage, spinach, egg and fontina ($19), lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberries and cream cheese gelato ($12) and the fruity coconut waffle with pineapple, strawberry, rum, and vanilla gelato ($14). Guests may enjoy free-flowing libations ($19) with a choice of frosé, bloody marys, rosé, or blood orange mango mimosas. In addition, moms will be treated to a complimentary glass of frosé throughout the weekend. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12.
KuroOne Seminole Way, Hollywood
Housed inside the Seminole Hard Rock, Japanese restaurant Kuro will offer special dishes on its Mother’s Day menu. Additions include seared duck breast with kabocha
Lona Cocina & Tequileria321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Besides a special Sunday brunch, Mexican restaurant Lona Cocina y Tequileria is offering moms a complimentary sunflower upon arrival. Lona's buffet will feature a food station with chilaquiles and huevos rancheros, made-to-order tacos al pastor, barbacoa tacos, oysters on the half shell, fresh ceviche, and a host of specialties including Mexican rice, charro beans, salmon mole, and chicken poblano. Build-your-own salad or bowl stations will offer toppings such as crispy pork belly, chayote, grilled corn, and queso fresco. For a sweet treat, Mexican chocolate crêpes can be made-to-order. Free-flowing libations will include handcrafted margaritas, bloody marys, and mimosas. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $48 per person.
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Point Royal3555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood
Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is celebrating Mother's Day with a royal buffet. The special meal will feature raw bar offerings such as shrimp cocktail, oysters, and tasty crabs, a butcher’s table with an array of meats, specialty egg dishes, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, mac 'n' cheese, and salads. Savor the house-made pastries and hit up the bloody mary station, or upgrade to bottomless mimosas and bloody marys for an additional $30. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $45 for adults and $25 for children.
The Restaurant at the Norton1450 S.Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach
Moms who love art will enjoy a visit to the Restaurant at the Norton Museum on Mother's day. The eatery offers a menu of light, modern American fare, and the a la carte brunch this Sunday will include a complimentary mimosa for mom. Special dishes include lemon ricotta pancakes made with whipped mascarpone, fresh berries and maple syrup ($15), smoked salmon benedict served with potato latke, poached eggs and hollandaise ($18), and shrimp with white cheddar grits ($24). The list of libations features the Norton Bloody Mary mixed with Tito’s Vodka ($13), rosé spritz ($9), and the Lavender Collins made with Hendrick’s Gin, house-made lavender syrup, fresh lemon, and sparkling water ($15). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.