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9 best Austin restaurants for a lavish Mother's Day brunch

9 best Austin restaurants for a lavish Mother's Day brunch

Carpenters Hall heart waffles
Mom will love the heart-shaped waffles at Carpenters Hall. Photo by Alex Lau

Truth be known, Moms deserve the world. After all, they make boo-boos better, suffer through the pains of adolescence, and give rock-solid advice. The least anyone can do is treat them to one heck of a brunch.

Fortunately, the Capital City excels at the Sunday tradition — and that goes double on Mother’s Day. Yes, there are plenty of places where “moms eat free,” but don’t be a cheapskate. She gave you everything; it's time to pony up.

Cannon + Belle
If Mom is bored with the same old Benedicts, head to the flagship restaurant in the downtown Hilton for one of Austin’s most unexpected buffets. Cold stations dish up fresh seafood and creative salads while the mains include carved leg of lamb with horseradish, mustard, and mint chutney; baked halibut; and a petite filet with smoked mushrooms and a corn relish. And of course, there is a showstopping dessert table. The brunch is also available from 11 am- 5 pm, so there’s no need to rush. $65 for adults, $19.95 for kids 6-12, and free for children 5 and under.

Carpenters Hall
Perfect for moms with a Dwell subscription, the brunch at the trendy Carpenter Hotel offers tasty treats for everyone. In addition to traditional fare like heart-shaped waffles with maple syrup and berry butter, chef Grae Nonas is also offering specials including a blue crab omelet, spaghetti carbonara, shrimp salad tostada, and house made doughnuts and mini hand pies. Pair the meal with an aged rum Old Cuban for an unconventional twist. 10 am-3 pm, a la carte.

Emmer & Rye
This acclaimed Rainey Street eatery is catching an island breeze for its Caribbean Mother’s Day brunch. Book a seat from 10:00 am-3:30 pm and choose from entrées like coconut French toast with caramelized bananas and jerk chicken with blistered kales and stewed tomato. Each meal comes with dessert and unlimited mimosas and a special a la carte menu will be available to keep the kids happy. $50.

Spoil mom at this East Austin fave, which is bringing back its brunch service for one day only. The prix fixe format allows guests to pick one starter, two small plates, and mains ranging from white lasagna to breakfast gnocchi with Italian sausage, poached egg, and maple syrup. The real fun, however, is in the “treat yo’ self” add-ons, which treats guests to luxe dishes like oysters on the half shell, pancakes with sturgeon caviar, and tenderloin steak and eggs for an extra cost. 10 am-3 pm, $45.

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa
Brunch settings don’t come much more beautiful than this luxury resort near Bastrop. And buffets don’t come much more lavish than its Mother’s Day feast. The spread, offered from 10 am-2 pm, includes fresh seafood, artisan charcuterie, a carving station with prime rib and blackened salmon, truffle and parmesan mac ’n’ cheese, and a chocolate fountain. Plus, adults get complimentary Champagne. $64 for adults, $28 for children 6-12, and free for kids ages 5 and under.

L’Oca d’Oro
Jazz up the big day with a brunch set to live music from The Lucky Strikes. The prix fixe, available between 10 am-3 pm, starts with rosemary focaccia, a sourdough zeppole, and Caprese salad for the table then moves onto tempting main entree choices like butter poached royal red shrimp with potato gnocchi and lobster hollandaise; a hearty lasagna with a meatball ragu, pine nut pesto ricotta, and tomato confit; or white Sonoran crepes with caramelized bananas and L’Oca’s house take on Nutella. $45 for adults and $25 for kids 2-12.

Olive & June
Treat Mom to an Italian feast underneath the oaks at this neighborhood gem. The three courses start with dishes for the table including biscuits with fonduta and honey butter; an arugula salad with coddled egg; and  a decadent pasta dish with hollandaise, crab, and asparagus. From there, guests can choose from either a garden frittata with squash and heirloom tomatoes or a waffle topped with ’nduja and apple saba (a thick syrup made from freshly crushed fruit juice). Brunch is 10:30 am-2 pm and comes with complimentary mimosas for the guest of honor. $38.

Punch Bowl Social
This North Austin entertainment hub may be offering the greatest Mother’s Day gift of all: free arcade play for kids. While the children play on, moms can savor dishes like a sausage and egg panini or asparagus and kale strata, or hit up the build-your-own “momosa” or Bloody Mary bar. A kids’ buffet will also be offered between 10 am-3 pm to make sure the day is blissfully free of tantrums. A la carte.

Moms can build-their-own brunch at the Fairmont Hotel’s unlimited buffet. Stations are scattered throughout the on-site food hall serving customizable parfaits, cheese, and charcuterie; prime rib; smoked salmon Benedicts; chicken pot pie; and fruits der mer. And that just scratches the surface. The festivities last from 9 am-3 pm, and include a bag to load up on goodies from the candy apothecary. $85 for grownups, $19 for children 5-12.