Mother’s Day 2016: 33 Spots for Dining Out

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching May 8. Whether it’s brunch or dinner, options abound for great eats.

Below are 33 Tucson restaurants offering Mother’s Day specials.

Pick your favorite spot to eat, but don’t forget to make reservations.

Acacia Real Food & Cocktails

3001 E. Skyline Drive
Creme Brulee at Acacia in Tucson

Creme Brulee at Acacia in Tucson

One of your last chances to enjoy this north side treasure.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Acacia will offer a champagne brunch buffet including tea breads, muffins, croissants, seafood, an omelet bar, braised beef short ribs, roasted turkey breast, broiled halibut, honey ham, and salads such as orange-jicama cilantro, quinoa and edamame, and Chinese chicken and noodle.

The buffet is priced at $51.95 for adults, and $24 for children 5 to 10. Children 4 and under eat free.

For more information, visit Acacia Real Food & Cocktails

AzuL Restaurant & Lounge at Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa

3800 E. Sunrise Drive
Summer Stonefruit Salad at AZuL in Tucson

Summer Stonefruit Salad at AZuL (Credit: Jennifer Stash)

If you’re an early riser, AzuL’s sunrise breakfast buffet might be your pick. But if you’re not, Westin La Paloma’s in-resort restaurant also offers brunch.

From 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., the sunrise buffet will feature custom juice blends, housemade granola, fresh fruit, breads, bagels, and pastries, eggs and potatoes, and AzuL’s trademark breakfast dishes including lemon ricotta pancakes and cinnamon brioche French toast.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., brunch will feature a salad bar, custom omelets, fresh fruit, cheese, crackers, and bread. Entrees include poached shrimp, crab claws, smoked salmon, chicken breast, prime rib, pork loin, and breakfast favorites lemon ricotta pancakes and the La Paloma Benedict with chorizo, beans, and chili hollandaise.

The sunrise buffet is priced at $21.95 for adults and $9.95 for children. Brunch is $59.99 for adults and $21.99 for children.

For more information and to make reservations, visit Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa or call 520-742-6000.

Cafe Botanica

2150 N. Alvernon Way
(Credit: Cafe Botanica)

(Credit: Cafe Botanica)

If you’re looking for brunch and a relaxing day in the butterfly exhibit at the Botanical Gardens, Cafe Botanica is the perfect place to take your mom.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., brunch at Cafe Botanica will feature the regular menu and three specials, including smoked trout with egg and lime-cilantro butter, huevos rancheros and corn tortilla with nopalito tepary bean relish and eggs, and roasted eggplant tarte with goat cheese and herbs.

Entrees range from $10-$16. If you’re looking to attend Cafe Botanica’s brunch, admission to the Botanical Gardens is required ($13 for adults, $7.50 for children).

For more information or to make reservations, visit Cafe Botanica or call 520-326-9686, ex. 10.

Cafe a La C’Art

150 N. Main Avenue
Olive Tapenade Bruschetta at Cafe a la Carte

Olive Tapenade Bruschetta at Cafe a la Carte

Maybe you want to take your mom to a museum for the holiday. If you decide on the Tucson Museum of Art, Cafe a La C’Art is the place.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the buffet will serve shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon, vegetable frittata, spring salads, braised short ribs, and breakfast favorites such as eggs, toast, bagels, bacon, potatoes, and pancakes. The buffet will also feature an omelet station, a carving station, and unlimited coffee, ice tea, and soft drinks.

The buffet is priced at $29.95 for adults, and $10.95 for children under 12.

For more information, visit Cafe a La C’Art

The Carriage House

125 S. Arizona Avenue
(Credit: The Carriage House)

(Credit: The Carriage House)

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Carriage House will host brunch with a dim sum theme. Brunch menus at The Carriage House change each week, but guests can expect traditional Cantonese dim sum, Asian specialties, and international plates, such as chorizo chilaquiles and eggs. Dishes start at $5.

For more information, visit The Carriage House

CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar

 15000 North Secret Springs Drive
Chef's Specialty Board at CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar, Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain

Chef’s Specialty Board at CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar, Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

Located at Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar is hosting a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Brunch will feature fruit, salad, breads, and cheese, an omelet station, brioche French toast, poached egg with cured salmon, cheese blintzes, bacon and sausage, smoked gouda quiche, pan-seared scallops, beef roast, Chinese dishes, pasta, and a seafood bar including smoked salmon, tuna, and made-to-order sushi.

The buffet is priced at $80 for adults and $35 for children under 12. Unlimited champagne is also available at an additional $24.

For more information or to make reservations, visit Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain or call 520-572-3401.

The Coronet

402 E. Ninth Street
The Coronet Steelhead Salmon Salad

Steelhead Salmon Salad at The Coronet (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

For Brasserie-style cooking, visit The Coronet’s Mother’s Day brunch.

The featured menu includes items such as rainbow quinoa porridge, crabcakes florentine, Venezuelan ham bake, and specialty pastries.

For the full menu and prices, visit The Coronet

Cup Cafe

311 E. Congress Street
Branzino at Cup Cafe in Tucson

Branzino at Cup Cafe in Tucson (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

Cup Cafe is featuring four speciality items in addition to the regular menu.

Breakfast and brunch is served from 7a.m. to 3p.m., followed by dinner from 4p.m. to 10p.m.

For breakfast, Cup Cafe will offer smoked salmon frittata and sleeping frog farms frittata, followed by chicken and brioche French toast for brunch. For dinner, Cup Cafe will offer paella, including duck confit, white fish, mussels, and lardons.

For more information, visit Cup Cafe.

Dakota Bar & Grill 

6541 E. Tanque Verde Road

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Macadamia Nut Encrusted Tilapia (Credit: Dakota Bar & Grill)

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dakota Bar & Grill’s brunch buffet will feature fresh fruit, cheese, and meats, oysters on the half shell, shrimp, smoked salmon, eggs, hog sausage, bacon, pancakes, smashed potatoes, chicken enchiladas, salads, soups, and green bean almandine. The restaurant will also offer a carving station with prime rib and ham.

And for Mom, one mimosa is included.

Brunch is $38 per person.

For more information, visit Dakota Bar & Grill.

Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails 

135 S. Sixth Avenue
Apple Sharlotka at Downtown Kitchen. Part of Around The Globe Moscow Menu. (Credit: Mark Navarro)

Apple Sharlotka at Downtown Kitchen. Part of Around The Globe Moscow Menu. (Credit: Mark Navarro)

Beginning at 4 p.m., Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails will offer Mother’s Day dinner, including grilled rib steak, pan-seared salmon, and apple stuffed duck breast.

For more information, visit Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails.

Five Palms Steak & Seafood

3500 E. Sunrise Avenue
(Credit: Five Palms Steak & Seafood)

(Credit: Five Palms Steak & Seafood)

From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., brunch buffet includes prime rib, chicken florentina, poached salmon, fresh fruit, assorted breads and pastries, french toast, and salad, pasta, and egg stations.

Brunch is $35 per person.

For more information, visit Five Palms Steak & Seafood

Garden Bistro at Tohono Chul Park

7366 N. Paseo Del Norte
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Credit: Tohono Chul Park Garden Bistro

For a taste of nature, art, and culture, visit Garden Bistro at Tohono Chul Park.

Brunch buffet includes an omelet station, quiche bar, carving station, salad martinis, scones and cinnamon rolls with prickly pear icing, and smoked bacon and sausage links.

The buffet is priced at $44.95 for adults, and $13.95 for children 10 and under. Children under 5 are free.

For the full menu, visit Garden Bistro.

The Grill at Hacienda Del Sol

5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Rd
Grilled Octopus at The Grill at Hacienda del Sol (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

Grilled Octopus at The Grill at Hacienda del Sol (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

Brunch at The Grill includes breakfast favorites such as bacon, sausage, and eggs, an omelet and waffle bar, salads, a carving station with ham and prime rib, a seafood station with sushi, shrimp cocktail, crab claws, shrimp ceviche, and entrees including salmon, quiche, and chicken breast.

Brunch is priced at $65 for adults, and $32.50 for children. Children 6 and under eat free.

For more information, visit Hacienda Del Sol

Harvest 

5605 E. River Road
Charcuterie board from Harvest (via Harvest)

Charcuterie board from Harvest (Credit: Harvest)

In addition to offering the regular menus, Harvest is offering five Mother’s Day specials.

The specials for brunch and lunch include medallions of filet mignon and eggs with béarnaise sauce, shrimp and crab quiche, and smoked salmon Benedict.

Specials for dinner include prime rib with parsnip mashed potatoes, and dover sole with saffron rice and lemon caper sauce.

The same specials will be offered at the Harvest location in Oro Valley.

For more information, visit Harvest.

Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf Resort & Spa

10000 N Oracle Road
Quinoa Tamales from Hilton El Conquistador's Golf & Tennis Resort (Photo Credit: Kristin Tovar)

Quinoa Tamales from Hilton El Conquistador’s Golf & Tennis Resort (Photo Credit: Kristin Tovar)

With seatings every half hour from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Hilton El Conquistador will host a brunch buffet with live music and a champagne toast.

The buffet includes traditional breakfast favorites, an omelet station, huevos rancheros, apple and blueberry bread pudding, salads, salmon skewers, and lemongrass poached shrimp. The carving station includes ham, beef prime rib, pasole, corvina vera cruz filet, and pistachio-crusted chicken with vegetables and pasta.

The buffet is priced at $59.95 for adults and $19 for children 6-12. Children under 5 eat free. Reservations are required.

For more information or to make reservations, visit Hilton El Conquistador or call 520-544-1244.

Jonathan’s Cork

6320 E. Tanque Verde Road
(Credit: Jonathan's Cork)

(Credit: Jonathan’s Cork)

If your mom is in the mood for Southwestern dining, stop by Jonathan’s Cork for dinner.

From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Jonathan’s Cork will offer the regular menu and two Mother’s Day specials, including surf and turf, and sea bass with cream sauce.

For more information, visit Jonathan’s Cork.

Kingfisher

2564 E. Grant Road
Kingfisher California Hawaii Menu Octopus Antipasto

Kingfisher California Hawaii Menu Octopus Antipasto

Beginning at 5 p.m., Kingfisher will offer a new spring menu and select Mother’s Day specials.

For more information, visit Kingfisher.

Lovin’ Spoonfuls

2990 N. Campbell Avenue
(Credit: Lovin' Spoonfuls)

(Credit: Lovin’ Spoonfuls)

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., vegetarian restaurant Lovin’ Spoonfuls is serving the regular brunch menu in addition to one Mother’s Day special.

The special is a full meal including stuffed pepper poppers, baked peach walnut mascarpone French toast, and a mini rose petal cupcake.

The Mother’s Day feature is priced at $17.95.

For more information, visit Lovin’ Spoonfuls

Mama Louisa’s Italian Restaurant & Catering

2041 S. Craycroft Road 
Scallops on Butternut Squash Risotto at Mama Louisa's (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

Scallops on Butternut Squash Risotto at Mama Louisa’s (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

For the special occasion, Mama Louisa’s will offer a build-your-own sangria bar with red or white sangria, fresh fruit and herbs, and syrups and jams.

The menu also features burrata with tomatoes and arugula pesto, truffled white bean puree with roasted baby leaks and scallops, and Nutella ganache tart with raspberry and chocolate mint.

For more information, visit Mama Louisa’s Italian Restaurant & Catering.

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Maynards Market & Kitchen

400 N. Toole Avenue
Maynards Dining Room (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

Maynards Dining Room (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

If you’re looking to visit Maynards, look forward to a three-course brunch and dessert.

  • First Course – Kale, shallots, almonds, parmesan reggiano, mint, parsley, lemon juice, and olive oil
  • Second Course – Strawberry and mascarpone crepes with blackberry creme, and short rib benedict with havarti, béarnaise, and bacon
  • Third Course – Lamb leg with burgundy glace and mushrooms, Atlantic organic salmon with lemon and caper beurre blanc, and orange scented quinoa, figs, herbs, hazelnut, asparagus, tomatoes, shaved idiazabal, potatoes, onion, and lardons
  • Dessert – Arborio rice pudding, cherry and white chocolate devil’s food cake, and raspberry and blackberry coulis

Brunch is priced at $55 for adults, and $15 for children 10 and under. Vegetarian options are available upon request.

For more information, visit Maynards Market & Kitchen.

Michelangelo Ristorante Italiano 

420 W. Magee Road
(Credit: Michelangelo Tucson)

(Credit: Michelangelo Tucson)

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests at Michelangelo Ristorante Italiano can look forward to live music by Nicholas Gallardo, and of course, Mother’s Day brunch.

For more information, visit Michelangelo Ristorante Italiano.

NoRTH Italia 

2995 E. Skyline Drive
Community Dinner at NoRTH Italia

Community Dinner at NoRTH Italia

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., NoRTH Italia’s brunch will include entrees such as baked french toast, short rib, roasted chicken, diver scallops, and Mediterranean sea bass.

For more information, visit NoRTH Italia.

The Parish 

6453 N. Oracle Road
Bunhugger Backyard Burger at The Parish (Credit: Lacey & Suede)

Bunhugger Backyard Burger at The Parish (Credit: Lacey & Suede)

Specials at The Parish are offered all day beginning at 11 a.m.

The limited dinner menu includes Cocoa Charred Scottish Salmon with chile, honey sauce, shiitake, red himalayan red rice, and grilled asparagus, Cast Iron Southern Style Baked Eggs with andouille, garlic, grilled leeks, and white cheddar, and Duck Confit in Savory Caramel with vegetable salad and grilled radicchio and lemon vinaigrette.

For more information or to make reservations, visit The Parish or call 520-797-1233. 

Pastiche 

3025 N. Campbell Avenue
Baked Mac & Cheese at Pastiche (Credit: Shana Gegantoca)

Baked Mac & Cheese at Pastiche (Credit: Shana Gegantoca)

Pastiche is offering Mother’s Day specials all day.

Starting with brunch, the menu features eggs Benedict, salmon quiche, chicken chilaquiles, and brioche French toast.

Entree specials include grilled ham steak, brie and walnut stuffed pork chops, and Australian lamb loin chops.

Pastiche will also offer a menu of appetizers, salads, and pasta.

For more information and to see the full menu and pricing, visit Pastiche.

Penca Restaurante 

50 E. Broadway Blvd.
Roasted Chile and Crema Sauce (Photo Credit: Penca)

Roasted Chile and Crema Sauce (Photo Credit: Penca)

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Penca will offer a specialty brunch.

Penca will also celebrate Mexico’s Mother’s Day on Tuesday, May 10.

For more information, visit Penca Restaurante

Proper

300 E. Congress Street
Prop Prop Wings at Proper (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

Prop Prop Wings at Proper (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

Proper is hosting Mother’s Day specials throughout the weekend beginning on Saturday, May 7.

At $20 per person, enjoy bottomless bubbles mixed with your choice of cranberry juice, orange juice, or grapefruit juice.

For more information, visit Proper.

Signature Grill at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.
Signature Grill JW Marriott Starr Pass

(Credit: JW Marriott Starr Pass)

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Signature Grill will host Mother’s Day brunch including traditional breakfast favorites, a seafood bar, meats, hot and cold appetizers, and a children’s buffet.

Brunch is priced at $69 for adults and $27 for children 12 and under. Children 5 and under eat free.

For an extra $5, guests can enjoy bottomless mimosas.

For more information, visit JW Marriott Starr Pass

Renee’s Organic Oven

7065 E. Tanque Verde Road
(Credit: Renee's Organic Oven)

(Credit: Renee’s Organic Oven)

Brunch at Renee’s Organic Oven is served from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by the regular lunch and dinner menu from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sundays at Renee’s mean all day happy hour. The restaurant will launch new cocktails, including sparkling Rosé and French 75 with gin from Arizona Distilling Company.

Renee’s accepts reservations, but walk-ins are also welcomed.

For more information, visit Renee’s Organic Oven.

Tavolino Ristorante Italiano

2890 E. Skyline Drive
Carpaccio at Tavolino Ristorante in Tucson

Carpaccio at Tavolino Ristorante (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tavolino will offer the regular brunch menu. But if you already have brunch plans, Tavolino is also featuring a Mother’s day special for lunch and dinner, in addition to the regular menu, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information, visit Tavolino Ristorante Italiano

Union Public House

4340 N. Campbell Avenue
Ham Shank at Union Public House (Credit: Theresa Delaney)

Ham Shank at Union Public House (Credit: Theresa Delaney)

Mother’s Day brunch at Union Public House will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Specials include florentine frittata, cinnamon buns, and spiced mango ice cream.

Champagne will also be featured with a mimosa flight, opera prima brut champagne, Codorniu Cava, elderflower infused prosecco, and napa brut prestige champagne.

For more information, visit Union Public House.

Vero Amore

2920 N. Swan Road
Pizza at Vero Amore

Pizza at Vero Amore (Photo credit: Vero Amore)

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Vero Amore is hosting Mother’s Day specials at the Swan location.

The menu includes croissant al Cioccolato, cinnamon spirale, eggs Benedict, French toast, biscuits and gravy, breakfast amore with grilled parmesan, arugula, prosciutto, and fried eggs, omelette du Jour with spinach, peppers, cheese, and hash browns, and a specialty peach cocktail.

For more information and pricing, visit Vero Amore.

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa 

245 E. Ina Road
Schmaltz Fried Potato Latke at Gold Room, Westward Look

Schmaltz Fried Potato Latke at Gold Room, Westward Look (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

Brunch at Westward Look begins at 11 a.m. with seatings until 2:15 p.m.

The buffet includes salad, fruits and cheese, mushroom soup, eggs, pancakes, potatoes, chilled seafood, and a carving station featuring chicken breast, pork tenderloin, turkey, and prime rib. Dessert includes assorted pies and cake.

Brunch is priced at $59 for adults, and $25 for children ages 5-11. Children 4 and under eat free.

For more information or to make reservations, visit Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa

Wildflower 

7037 N. Oracle Road
Cold Smoked Salmon at Wildflower in Tucson (Credit: Wildflower)

Cold Smoked Salmon at Wildflower in Tucson (Credit: Wildflower)

Served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., brunch at Wildflower includes the regular menu and four additional specials.

Mother’s Day features include:

  • Wild Mushroom Quiche with spinach, fried shallots, and parmesan
  • Roasted Sea Bass with spring pea, creamy cauliflower, asparagus, and lemon vinaigrette
  • Blue Crab Omelette with truffled eggs, asparagus, creme fraiche, and potato
  • Slow Roasted Prime Rib with Chinese broccoli, smashed baby potato, au jus, and horseradish

For more information and prices, visit Fox Restaurant Concepts.

Gloria Knott was Tucson Foodie's 2016 journalism and social media intern.

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