Plenty of amazing local restaurants are going all out this year for Mother's Day. From a classic Sunday brunch, to curated to-go dessert boxes, to free ramen, there is something for all moms to enjoy on her special day.
Finding the right place to dine might be a challenge while browsing types of cuisine, menu items, prices, and hours of operation. Luckily for you, we’ve gathered some of the city’s best dining options in this must-read guide to help you celebrate the special motherly figure in your life.
To-Go Dining Options
Executive Pastry Chef Ariana Quant has curated a Mother’s Day Sweet Box for pre-order until Friday, May 12, with only 50 boxes available for pickup on May 13 and 14. The six pastries included in the Sweet Box include a Paris brest with apricot, almond, and creme fraiche; a milk chocolate bar with blueberry and hazelnuts; a coconut mango bar with frangipane, coconut mousse, and mango compote; a flourless chocolate cake with cream cheese and dark chocolate mousse; a tonka bean bar with raspberries and pistachios; and a cashew and coffee caramel bar. Pre-orders ($80 with an optional $25 bottle of Bouvet Brut Rose) can be made on SevenRooms.
Little Ola’s Biscuits
This neighborhood biscuit shop is celebrating Mother’s Day with three pre-order biscuit packs to-go: the Big Ola’s Mother’s Day Pack, the Pup Mom Biscuit Pack, and Little Ola’s Mother’s Day Biscuit Pack. Each pack consists of six biscuits with three, four-ounce containers of condiments, with the Pup Mom and Big Ola’s packs containing extra treats for your mother (or dog) and a Mother’s Day card. The biscuit packs ($31-$95) can be ordered online for delivery ($15) or free pickup at Little Ola’s or Olamaie on May 13 and 14 via Table22.
Goldie’s Sunken Bar
You won’t want to miss this – Austin Proper’s cocktail bar and lounge, Goldie’s, has planned a Proper Afternoon Tea for Mother's Day weekend on May 13 and 14 from 12-4 pm. The elegant festivity features classic treats such as cucumber sandwiches, egg salad canapes, French macarons, and a curated selection of lively, health-focused teas. Reservations ($65) can be made via OpenTable.
If your mother fancies unforgettable and indulgent Italian cuisine, Andiamo Ristorante will be opening for a special Sunday brunch service. Take your pick from one of their starters like the Prosciutto e Melone or their Verdura Fritta, then choose from a pan-roasted lobster tail with linguine or a mushroom and green pea risotto in a tomato and white wine sauce for your main course. If you happen to save room for dessert, treat yourselves to one of the indulgent treats like the Sicilian orange cake, tiramisú, and more. Reserve on Tock.
Punch Bowl Social
This special event is for the fun mom in your life. Check out the live music at any Punch Bowl Social location while taking advantage of their Bloody Mary bar, handcrafted cocktails, and made-from-scratch dishes just for the occasion. Special menu items include the crab and avocado scramble and dutch baby pancake. And if your mom has a competitive side, she can engage in one of the many arcade games, bowling, darts, cornhole, and other fun activities the restaurant has to offer. Reserve on OpenTable.
JINYA Ramen Bar
Did someone say free ramen? Bring your mother to Jinya at the Domain for Haha No Hi (Mother’s Day), and her ramen is on the house. This expectedly popular deal is limited to one free ramen per order, so plan accordingly.
Vixen’s will host a floral design workshop for Mother’s Day, and provide their build-your-own mimosa kits for half price from 10 am to 2 pm in addition to their delicious Portuguese brunch offerings. Reservations can be made via Resy.
Cru Food & Wine Bar
From 10 am to 3 pm, both Cru Food & Wine Bar locations downtown and at the Domain will be serving up a delightful three-course prix fixe brunch. Start off with your choice between a blood peach bellini or a Cru mimosa, then try a few goat cheese beignets, a roasted asparagus and burrata salad, or a crab cake benedict. Complete the experience with either the chocolate molten cake or the butter toasted lemon pound cake. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.
This festive brunch will have your mother feeling peachy keen with its Asian and Southern comfort influences. Just for her, Peached Tortilla will debut three new dishes: confit duck hash with golden potatoes, edamame, and fresno chimichurri, and a savory Thai curry shakshuka with tomatoes, red peppers, shiitake mushrooms, and a scallion pancake. If your mother has a sweet tooth, she might enjoy the Hong Kong milk toast with sweetened condensed milk, matcha powder, and fresh fruit. Brunch is served from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. Reserve on OpenTable.
For the avid seafood lovers, Truluck’s is making Mother’s Day a day to remember with a specialty Summer Romance cocktail ($15) to go along with their mouthwateringly imaginative seafood dishes. The restaurant’s staff will be dedicated to making sure your mom’s every need is met during your dining experience. Their Mother’s Day hours are from 11 am to 8 pm. Reservations are not required, but are highly recommended, and can be made via OpenTable.
Get away from the city bustle with a special jazz brunch hosted by Lucky Rabbit in Jonestown. S7ven Jazz Band will perform from 11 am to 2 pm, followed by additional live music from Caterwaulers until 5 pm. There will be a special fresh fruit buffet, pastries, Round Rock Donuts to accompany the restaurant’s brunch specials.
Tillie’s at Camp Lucy
If you’d rather head west of town than north, you can’t go wrong with a lovely drive to the Hill Country for a delightful brunch at American-Nouveau concept Tillie’s. Their prix fixe Mother’s Day menu includes a green asparagus salad or tomato salad for starters, followed by your choice of ribeye steak frites or cauliflower “shawarma” as your main course. Diners can finish off their meal with either profiteroles “concha” or Texas pecan tart. Brunch will be served from 11:30 am to 7 pm. Reservations ($85 for adults, $45 for children) can be made via OpenTable.