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Mother’s Day Brunches: Our Top 10 Picks

Mother’s Day simplified: Considering take mom out on her special day? Here are ten favorite OC restaurants providing sit-down brunches, dinners, as well as prix-fix value menus to help make moms feel special.

Oak Grill at Island Hotel
This holiday brunch is perfect for mom’s and their families—there will be spring flower arrangements and a wide array of free-standing, bountiful food stations. The Carving Stations feature Grilled Beef Filet, Market Fresh Fish and Herb-Roasted Chicken. There’s also a Custom Omelet Station; All-Your-Favorites Breakfast Station; Yogurt Parfait Station; Oyster Bar; Artisan Cheese and Charcuterie Table; as well as an Interactive Dessert Station. Live acoustical music and Bottomless Mimosas are part of the celebration, along with a $10 Bloody Mary bar. $75 Adult price includes bottomless mimosas; $25 for children 5 to12. Reservations encouraged.
Island Hotel Newport Beach is at 690 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach.
949.760.4920.

The Ritz Prime Seafood
Toast Mother with a fine Champagne or a thirst-quenching cocktail from the Bloody Mary Bar while enjoying Caviar Selections and Seasonal Oysters on the half shell. For appetizers, choices include Grilled Oysters, Tempura Veggie Roll, Aki Tuna Poke and more. Brunch entrees offered are the Ritzy Bison Burger with foie gras, shishito aioli and onion marmalade; Short Rib Hash & Eggs; Smoked Salmon Benedict; Egg White Omelette; Lobster Benedict; and Brioche French Toast. Other entree selections: The Ritz Seafood Salad, Grilled Lobster, Pork Tomahawk Chop and other hearty dishes. For dessert, guests may enjoy the restaurant’s irresistible signature toasted, eight-layer Coconut Cake atop passion fruit puree.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; live music at the bar from noon to 4 p.m.The Ritz Prime Seafood
2801 West Coast Highway in Newport Beach.
949.720.1800.

Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink
Chef Ryan Adams has created a hearty Three-Course Mother’s Day Brunch with no buffet stations or crowds. The inventive menu offers choices such as Crab Benedict with succotash and Asparagus Potato Frittata with ramps, greens and cheese. The fixed price tab won’t break the bank. For this family gathering, $5 Sunday Specialty Drinks are also a big plus for celebrating. For full menu, visit here. $45 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity for Three-Course Brunch. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Regular dinner served 5 to 9 p.m.)
370 Glenneyre in Laguna Beach.
949.494.8686.

Hotel Irvine
Hotel Irvine is throwing a Mother’s Day party on Sunday, May from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate your mom. The outdoor affair features Sunday brunch favorites straight from mom’s recipe book like cinnamon crunch French toast, spinach and goat cheese quiche, roasted rack of lamb, crepes and Yorkshire pudding. Guests can celebrate with endless mimosas, capture a few in-the-moment memories with selfie sticks and take home a gift.
$59 per adult, $15 per child ages 5 to 12. Reservations and tickets can be purchased online. Advance payment required.
Hotel Irvine is at 17900 Jamboree Rd. in Irvine.
888.230.4452.

Provenance
Provenance in Newport Beach will offer a special Mother’s Day Prix-Fixe Champagne Brunch from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Priced at $49 per guest, the four-course menu features an array of new specials and classic brunch favorites followed by a lavish dessert buffet featuring Chef Cathy Pavlos’ mini Euro pastries. Kids menus and vegetarian options are available. Reservations are required.
2531 Eastbluff Drive in Newport Beach.

949.718.0477.

THE RANCH Restaurant and Saloon
Farm-to-table fare, impeccable service, and unbeatable ambiance, treat mom to THE RANCH Restaurant and Saloon this Mother’s Day. Beginning at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., THE RANCH is serving up a four-course brunch, which includes handcrafted ravioli, blue crab benedict, coconut Belgian waffles and much more. Reservations required. Cost is $75/person.
1025 E. Ball Road in Anaheim.
714.817.4200.

Nixon Library
Treat your mom to an executive brunch in the White House East Room at Nixon Library. Brunch will include a “Presidential Red Carpet Arrival” to make your mother feel like the woman of the hour. Brunch will include breakfast stations, salad and dessert stations, and live music to accompany your meal. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne with your meal. Moms will also receive a red rose to make her feel even more regal. Check in begins at 10:30 a.m. with brunch served at 11 a.m. Adults $55; Kids 10 and under $25.
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd. in Yorba Linda.
714.364.1161.

The Anaheim White House
Choose an afternoon or evening reservation and bring the family to the iconic Anaheim White House to savor delicious Italian cuisine. Open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.; legendary Chef Bruno is offering his full dinner menu including house favorites; beef carpaccio or scallop ceviche to start, followed by entrees of fresh seafood, pastas and steaks.
887 S. Anaheim Blvd. in Anaheim.
714.772.1381.

House of Blues Anaheim
Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues Anaheim will allow you to indulge in an all-you-can-eat buffet while listening to gospel classics. Breakfast will include tender carving stations, southern specialties, lots of mouth-watering desserts, plus build your own Bloody Marys. No need to spring for flowers - House of Blues will present each mom with flowers upon arrival. Adults:$44; Children $20.
1530 Disneyland Dr. in Anaheim.
714.778.2583.

Gratitude
Gratitude in Newport Beach is showing extra gratitude for moms this year by offering mothers who dine at the all organic, plant-based restaurant a complimentary dessert at the end of their meal. Offerings include favorites from Chef Dreux Ellis like the Forest Berry Meringata, Tiramisu, and Gluten-Free Brownie with vanilla coconut cashew ice cream, cashew cream, chocolate sauce, and powdered sugar.
For those who forgot to buy Mom a gift, the restaurant is also offering their recently debuted "Detox Your Beauty" boxes featuring all natural beauty and skin products from The Detox Market. Priced at $129, the collaboration boxes can be found in Gratitude's retail "To-Go" space.
1617 Westcliff Dr. #112, in Newport Beach.
949.386.8100.

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