Mother's Day is the one holiday you can't afford to plan last-minute. Brunches get booked, spa appointments get snatched up, and there's nothing worse than feeling guilty over failed plans for the woman who birthed you.
To help you get a head start on those reservations, we've rounded up a list of Mother's Day brunches, spa deals and surprises in the Fort Lauderdale area. At least one of these is sure to win mom's stamp of approval.
For the mom who enjoys a good brunch...
*Brunches held on Sunday, May 8, unless otherwise noted.
The restaurant will offer a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $49 per adult and $20 per child 10 and under. The buffet will feature gourmet stations serving homemade waffles, pancakes and bagels, custom omelets, carved meats, sushi, shellfish, pasta, and fresh fruit. To end the meal, choose from assorted mini desserts and pastries, or bananas foster with vanilla ice cream.
900 Silks Run, Suite 1740, Hallandale Beach
The Fort Lauderdale location is offering bottomless mimosas and margaritas for $12 on Mother’s Day. In Davie, both restaurants will feature bottomless margs for the same price.
2949 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale
Start mom off with a free glass of bubbly and flower crown. Then continue with a fantastic brunch spread from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For $26.95 per person, enjoy a buffet of made-to-order omelets, fresh-pressed Belgian waffles, prime rib, chilled snow crab legs and more. Add on bottomless bloody marys or mimosas for $12. Mom can also enter to win luxury raffle prizes.
721 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., partake in Beauty and the Feast’s all-you-can-eat brunch, featuring meat carving, omelet, pasta, and fresh fruit and parfait stations, alongside favorites, such as French toast, eggs benedict, gulf shrimp with cheddar grits, and wild berry pancakes. The special Mother’s Day brunch costs $49.95 per adult, $29.95 for children ages 10 to 14, and $19.95 for children under 10. Bottomless bloody marys and mimosas can be paired with your meal for $15.
601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Free bottomless mimosas, y'all! Moms who dine with Big City Tavern during brunch will receive complimentary unlimited mimosas with the purchase of an entree. Executive Chef Steven Zobel has also revamped the menu with new food items and cocktails, so look out for updated items such as Prosciutto and Avocado Toast.
609 E. Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
Brimstone Woodfire Grill will offer specialty brunch items for Mother’s Day, including the Frittata Española—which is baked in a crock with with eggs, red and green onions, roasted red peppers, tomato, ham, bacon, and a cheese medley—and Brimstone’s Best Pancakes or Thick-Cut French toast served with fresh berries, bananas, Applewood smoked bacon and maple syrup. Add on bottomless mimosas for $15. For reservations, call 954.430.2333.
14575 SW 5th St., Pembroke Pines
BRIO Tuscan Grille will open early at 10 a.m. on Mother’s Day and serve special brunch items until 3 p.m. The menu includes ham and cheese quiche ($10.99), berries and cream French toast ($11.75), frittata al forno ($10.95), ham and biscuit benedict ($10.95), grilled filet and Maine lobster surf and turf ($29.95), and gorgonzola-crusted lamb ($29.95. For dessert, BRIO will offer a Mother’s Day dessert of torta di cioccolata with a molten lava center ($6.95).
Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, The Shops at Pembroke Gardens in Pembroke Pines, and Westfield Broward Mall in Plantation
On Saturday, May 7, ahead of Mother’s Day, the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center will host its annual brunch, which honors the mothers of CDTC patients and raises funds to support CDTC’s Primary Care Clinic, at the Lauderdale Yacht Club. For $85, guests will enjoy live music, a brunch buffet, and bottomless mimosas. There will also be auction and raffle items and a craft section for children to create gifts for their mothers. Tickets can be purchased at sunflowercircle.org.
1725 SE 12th St., Fort Lauderdale
From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a special Mother’s Day Brunch at Grille 401. The menu will feature classics such as crab cake benedict, steak benedict, granola-encrusted French toast, and steak and eggs. All can be paired with bottomless mimosas. For reservations, call 954.767.0222.
401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Take mom out for a beachside brunch buffet at Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails in Hallandale, accompanied by beats by DJ YSL. The all-you-can-eat meal will include blueberry pancakes, fried chicken and waffles, an omelet station, plus a complimentary bellini or mimosa. Brunch is $45 per adult, $18 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for children 4 and under.
111 S. Surf Road, Hallandale Beach
The Riverside Hotel restaurant on Las Olas will offer an a la carte menu of brunch specials for Mother’s Day, including Malted Belgian Waffles ($11), Rockin’ Poppin’ Shrimp ($14), Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes ($13, and Veg Benedict with avocado and spinach and a side of mushroom hash browns ($14). Guests can also try dainty desserts, such as the Rose Macaron with spiced vanilla rose buttercream, candied rose petals, and fresh raspberries ($10) or the Tea Time Trio with housemade assorted croissants, seven-layer honey butter biscuits, and crème brulee Danish ($10). For reservations, call 954.467.0671.
620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Usually closed on Sundays, the restaurant will be open from noon to 5 p.m. to serve Mother’s Day brunch. Chef Andres Avayu has created an a la carte brunch menu featuring eggs benedict with seared pork loin, prosciutto, garlic spinach and a red bell pepper hollandaise sauce (his Italian take on the dish), as well as crab cake eggs benedict, challah French toast with Grand Marnier and whipped honey butter, and slow-roasted filet mignon on ciabatta. Reservations are required.
2826 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Mom into margaritas? Head to Rocco's Tacos on Las Olas, where mothers can enjoy a complimentary margarita with the purchase of an entree. Children under 10 also eat free off the kid's menu.
1313 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Shooters Waterfront will offer an extended brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., plus live entertainment, a festive photo booth, and a free mimosa for mom. The brunch assortment will include artisanal cheeses, antipasto, bagels and lox, salads, a carving station, cavatappi and fettuccine pastas, fresh sushi and raw bar, and select entrées, such as mustard-crusted salmon, seared mahi mahi and skirt steak. The standard all-American breakfast selection will also be available: made-to-order omelets, breakfast meats, country potatoes, French toast, pancakes, pastries, fresh fruit and desserts. For reservations, call 954.566.2855.
3033 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale
All moms receive a complimentary glass of champagne and special Mother’s Day card. In addition to 2-for-1 happy hour specials from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Las Olas location will have a live band performing music. Small plates on the happy hour menu starting at $5 include lomo saltado spring rolls and tuna tataki.
401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Suite 150, Fort Lauderdale
Wild Sea will offer an extended Mother’s Day brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A la carte menu options include the Wild Sea Lobster Omelet with Maine Lobster, caramelized onions, gruyere, heirloom tomatoes, and toasted red potatoes ($22); Local Fish of the Day Sandwich, plated with almond coleslaw, lemon herb aioli, avocado, heirloom tomato, and house fries ($16); and Caramelized Banana Brioche French Toast with Kahlua and cinnamon French toast, caramelized bananas, and brown butter whipped cream ($15). For reservations, call 954.467.2555.
620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
For the mom who could use a little spa time…
From May 1 through May 31, Acqualina Resort & Spa by ESPA is offering the All About Mom package for $845/night, which includes four 50-minute body or facial treatments, one spa lunch for two, and a welcome amenity. A three-night stay is required.
17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach
Book a mother-daughter makeover at Dr. Patty’s, with luxury packages starting at $100. Treatment options include a massage, caviar face treatment, eyelash extensions, teeth whitening, botox, and micro-hydrabrasian (a water-based facial that’s like a facelift without the surgery).
646 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale
Throughout the month of May, offerings include the Mommy & Me Package—a side-by-side 50-minute Swedish massage, red wine facial, classic pedicures and a champagne toast for $459)—and a Love ThySelfie Package, which includes a 50-minute Swedish massage, a 50-minute mimosa facial and a glass of champagne for $189. Spa Atlantic is also offering gift certificate sales, in which guests receive an extra bonus value with their purchase ($200 certificate with an additional $40; $300 certificate with an additional $60; or $500 certificate with an additional $100).
601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
For the mom who appreciates a nice surprise…
BRIO Tuscan Grille is hosting a Gucci handbag giveaway on Facebook. Tell the world (or just BRIO) why your mom is deserving of some new arm candy between May 2 and 9, and she’ll be entered to win one of the Italian designer handbags for Mother’s Day. Submit the contest entry form here.
How about a Sweet Stiletto made of chocolate for mom? The 10-ounce treat ($29.95)—which comes in milk chocolate with nuts, dark chocolate with white chocolate drizzle, and white chocolate with a milk chocolate flower—is only one of Hoffman’s Chocolates specialty Mother’s Day sweets. The chocolate shop is also selling a Sweet Purse Basket of assorted chocolates, pretzel bites and coconut cashew crush (small $26.95, large $45.95), as well as the Butterfly Box of truffles (small $9.95, large $12.95).
Hoffman’s Chocolates locations in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Weston and Plantation
Dunkin’ Donuts South Florida is giving away a two-night stay at the Sonesta Coconut Grove hotel—plus a $50 Dunkin’ gift card and catered Dunkin’ Donuts breakfast the whole staycation (set to take place over Mother’s Day weekend from May 6 to 8). To enter, retweet @DDSoFla’s tweet about the Breakfast in BeDD Mother’s Day Retweet Sweepstakes any time between now and April 29, and also reply to the tweet with the hashtags #BreakfastinBeDD and #Sweepstakes. The winner will be announced on April 30.
Encourage mom to add a stunning piece of jewelry from Weston Jewelers to her wish list from now until April 30, and she’ll receive a $50 Spa Atlantic gift card instantly. The store will also offer luxury giveaway items, such as a cosmetic bag from Michelle Watches, perfume from Bvlgari and more. Of course, a good son or daughter will also make mom’s Weston Jewelers wish come true.
1728 Main St., Weston
(Featured image of French toast courtesy of Beauty and the Feast)