While taking mom to brunch once a year hardly makes up for all she’s done for you, it beats giving her another scarf.
Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants, and brunch seems to be the meal of choice, so don’t delude yourself into thinking you’ll be able to just show up at your favorite spot on Sunday and waltz right in. Whether you prefer an abundant buffet or opt for table service versus going through the line, these restaurants all had reservations available last we checked.
Oysters and champagne are a match made in heaven, even at breakfast. Trust us. With its commodious booths, flattering lighting, and pristine seafood, Sea Change is a classy choice. Brunch here is a la carte; as you might expect, fish and seafood rule the day, with options like smoked salmon tartine — soft scrambled eggs with cream cheese and asparagus — and a Mother’s Day special of lobster Benedict.
But it’s not all about the fish here. There’s a homey biscuits and gravy, and breakfast potatoes cooked in duck fat. Snag a table with a riverside view for a picture perfect brunch. Prices range from $10 to $18.
806 S. Second St. (at the Guthrie), Minneapolis
Feeling guilty about never calling your mom? If you’re looking to pull out all the stops, you won’t find a more over-the-top brunch buffet than the one at Manny’s. Best known for its larger-than-life steaks, the restaurant is no slouch when it comes to breakfast buffets, either. The price tag is steep ($45 for adults and $14 for kids), but the overflowing buffet showcases dishes like lobster eggs with white truffle, Blue Point oysters, and prime rib, along with sides like Manny’s classic hash browns.
Sip a mimosa or Bloody Mary, or enjoy one of the restaurant’s signature craft cocktails. The attentive service and the art deco-inspired interior of the Foshay building, home to the W Hotel and Manny’s, will have you feeling a little Gatsby.
825 S. Marquette Ave., Minneapolis (in the W Hotel)
This neighborhood spot that feels like a clubhouse serves understated but expertly prepared dishes. It is one of the few restaurants in town that serves brunch every day. While there are certain dishes you’ll find every time, like the pancakes with black walnut butter, the menu changes with the seasons, so there are always new jewels to discover.
You’ll want to try the newest addition to the menu while you still can. It is a hyper-seasonal spring hash with morels, ramps, asparagus, poached eggs, and hollandaise. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Prices range from $8 to $17.
2115 W. 21st St., Minneapolis
Tongue in Cheek
Add a bit of whimsy to Mother’s Day with brunch at this spot on St. Paul’s Payne Avenue. The food is playful, but that doesn’t mean they don’t take their craft seriously. The menu is inventive, and the price is ever-so-reasonable (mom will be proud of your budget-friendly yet food-forward choice).
One of the restaurant’s signature items is the teasers, one-bite appetizers that cram an amazing amount of flavor into a diminutive package. Think pork belly with sesame and peanut or burrata with tomato salt and olives. You can try them for yourself with this fabulous deal: two teasers, an entrée, coffee, and an “eye opener,” one of the boozy breakfast drinks, all for $25. This week, brunch hours are extended, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and moms get a complimentary Mi Whoa Sa cocktail teaser, the restaurant’s take on a mimosa. Reservations are recommended, and going fast, but there will be some bar tables set aside for walk-ins.
Tongue in Cheek
989 Payne Ave., St. Paul
Enjoy brunch with a water view at 6Smith in Wayzata. On the shores of Lake Minnetonka, the restaurant is extending the hours for its buffet brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., plenty of time to take full advantage of the bottomless mimosas or the Bloody Mary bar.
The buffet is $38.95 for adults —with a complimentary mimosa! — and $14.95 for kids, though it's free for kids younger than four. First-course options include peel and eat shrimp, fresh fruit, and yogurt. But you might want to go straight to the main courses. Choose from lobster scrambled eggs, braised short rib Benedict, and more. Round out your plate with sides of bacon, sausage, and deviled eggs, and leave room for the sweets table.
294 Grove Lane E., Wayzata