It doesn’t matter whether your mother lives nearby or is halfway across the planet, on Mother’s Day you had better give your mom some love. This is her big day, and this popular (some might say needed or obligatory) holiday gives women the chance to bask in their families’ public display of appreciation and affection. American moms have many different styles and ideas about what pampering means, but we can’t think of anyone that wouldn’t appreciate a meal out prepared by someone else. To help you find the right kind of culinary celebration, we’ve compiled a list of places that will suit a wide range of prices, food preferences, and dining styles in Washington, D.C. From posh to pennywise, there is something here we’re sure your mom will enjoy. And please be sure to make reservations, we can’t guarantee you’ll get a seat without doing so.
The Mother’s Day brunch at 1789 is a longstanding, much loved tradition in the District—and with reason. They’ve got the whole pampering thing down pat. Executive chef Samuel Kim’s a la carte menu will be served Sunday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes posh specialties and traditional classics that like duck cassoulet with duck confit sausage, shrimp and grits, spring pea soup, pain Perdue with whipped cream, and a chocolate mousse bomb. If your mom loves dessert, 1789’s new pastry chef, Lauren Petri, will be her new best friend. Don’t miss the à la carte Mother’s Day dinner served from 5:30 pm to 10 p.m.
If your mother is a real food-lover, you might want to put Ambar at the top of your list for Mother’s Day dining. This congenial restaurant serves fantastic Balkan food and welcomes guests like family. On Mother’s Day they are offering a prix fixe brunch with unlimited small plates and bottomless cocktails from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Without tax or gratuity, the price is $39 per person and includes executive chef Ivan Zivkovic’s mezze offerings, soups, salads, almond and walnut crusted fried chicken, Balkan takes on traditional brunch dishes, and crêpes and desserts.
Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca
You may be looking to go Italian for your Sunday meal, and for that we recommend Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca. In addition to the regular à la carte lunch and dinner menus, executive chef Jake Addeo is serving traditional Italian dishes like carciofi fried baby artichokes with parsley and lemon, cavatelli alla ricotta with asparagus, spring peas, Taleggio fonduta, capesante (also known as coquille Saint-Jacques) scallops, and dry-aged anatra or duck breast with white polenta. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with dinner from 5:00 to 9:30 p.m.
In Mumbai, the official language is Marathi, and the word for mother in that language is aai, so if you want your aai to feel like a treasured guest, take her to the Bombay Club – one of D.C.’s most beloved Indian restaurants. Executive chef Nilesh Singhvi is offering a three-course prix fixe menu with unlimited Champagne for $45 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Your aai will find it hard to choose between delicious vegetable, poultry, and meat dishes, as well as tempting desserts. Standouts include lentil dumplings with crispy puri, yogurt, and spices; chicken pista (pistachios) korma with yogurt, mace, and cardamom; lamb palak with spinach, onion, ginger, and cinnamon; and sticky toffee pudding with hazelnut ice cream.
Farmers Fisher Bakers
If your mom loves Mother Earth, she might want to partake of the Mother's Day Farmers Market Brunch this Sunday at Farmers Fishers Bakers. Mom can choose from egg scrambles, salads, fruit, French toast, cinnamon rolls, and lots of free coffee at the all-you-can-eat buffet. The cost is $29.99 plus tax and gratuity, kids ages 6 to 12 are $14.99, and kids under 6 eat free.
The Oval Room
Just across the street from Bombay Club, is another jewel in owner Ashok Bajaj’s crown of diverse, quality food diadems: The Oval Room. Perfectly choreographed and casually elegant, this restaurant is just the kind of place Mom will find irresistible. Executive chef John Melfi has created a flavorful and imaginative three-course prix-fixe menu available from 11 am to 4 pm on Mother’s Day for $55 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) and the standouts are too numerous to list. Try the evocative spring-like chilled cucumber soup with smoked trout parfait, pea blossoms and dill crème fraîche; Asian influenced miso marinated Japanese eggplant with spicy peanuts, and mushrooms; or the roasted duck with kohlrabi kimchee, sugar snap peas, and cracklings. Just be sure to leave room for dessert offerings, especially ricotta bomboloni with lemon curd.
Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar
Does mom love seafood? Then brunch at the Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar could make her as happy as a clam. With a front row seat along the slow flowing canal in Georgetown, she can order a range of traditional brunch favorites or dive into a variety of seafood dishes like oysters on the half shell, mussels, smoked salmon sliders, lobster macaroni-n-cheese, or shrimp and grits. Be sure to make your online reservations. They also offer free parking for up to three hours with the Sea Catch validation.