San Diego Mother’s Day Restaurant Guide 2022 | Restaurants
My mother lived under the communist rule of Mao Zedong. Her home was taken over by the Gang of Four and she fled China in the 1970s. And yet, I’m the girl who doesn’t remember honoring this amazing woman in my life.
It’s a spectacular way to start a restaurant guide for Mother’s Day. But my editor suggested I write about my own mother and that’s why I should honor her. Not to mention the smaller and equally important daily stories of what she did to give me a life in America.
We all have our reasons. We all have our traditions for these honors, and food and restaurants are almost always at the center of it.
Every year I procrastinate before Mother’s Day, and every year I tell myself that I won’t do it again.
And now that I’ve written this guide, I have no excuse for not knowing exactly where I could go to celebrate the woman who raised me and my three brothers.
Whatever your idea of a mother, let her come in the form of a strong woman, an imperfect woman, a father who took on this role, an older brother who raised you, of an aunt, uncle or grandparent who took you in – or perhaps you are celebrating the mother of your own children – I hope this guide will help you and me to to honour.
You can also check out our ultimate guide to brunch, an overview of San Diego’s entire brunch scene.
Brunch all day at one of San Diego’s best little Middle Eastern bistros. They will make the signature Medina Shakshuka with homemade merguez (spicy lamb sausage), a platter of Moroccan couscous (to share between two or three people) and mimosas by the glass and by the bottle (a carafe of orange, mango and a dash of rosewater juice, plus a bottle of champagne, for $31).
2850 Boulevard El Cajon, North Park
The Lodge at Torrey Pines was farm to table before farm to table was a thing. Longtime right-handed chef Kelli Crosson recently took over as executive chef (listen to her story here). She will host a three-course brunch featuring local ingredients and flowing mimosas. Watching the famous Torrey Pines golf course perched on the seaside cliffs is sure to earn you bonus points with mom.
11480 North Torrey Pines Road, Torrey Pines
Long one of San Diego’s most revered chefs, Jason Knibb will prepare a special a la carte brunch menu. From homemade sourdough bread to roasted pear and burrata salad to grilled swordfish tacos, there’s little to no chance this meal won’t be outstanding. Service from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
910 Prospect Street, La Jolla
Free champagne for mom? Yes, you are his favorite child now. Listen to live Spanish guitar while eating Spanish brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Their dinner menu is also available all day, and they will have additional live music performances in the evenings.
353 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter
The iconic North County resort serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring a seafood station, carving station, salads, sides, and desserts. There will be crafts, activities, pony rides and take-home treats for the kids. Adults are $165 and children under 12 are $65.
5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe
The Grill at St. Mark Golf Club is hosting a Mother’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with its breakfast classics, plus an all-you-can-eat buffet, lawn games, and live music. Adults are $70 and children under 13 are $35.
1750 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos
Trust will serve a special mom-approved sticky bun, with sweet blueberries, honey lavender ice cream, white chocolate and toasted almonds. This one will only be available on Mother’s Day and should sell out before noon.
3752 Park Blvd., Hillcrest
Treat Mom like the queen she is and carry on the tradition of elegance with a Champagne brunch in the historic Crown Room, featuring a magnificent Oregon sugar pine tree, 33-foot-tall ceilings, and the famous crown chandeliers.
1500 Orange Ave, Coronado
The whole family can thank mom for their very existence in the company of freshly baked muffins and croissants, the OG Burger and Tartufo pizza, and maybe even a few bottomless mimosas on the side. 5420 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad
20|Twenty offers an elaborate breakfast buffet: a made-to-order omelette station, pancakes, Grand Marnier French toast and lovely charcuterie boards.
5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad
One of Del Mar’s most charming bars will pair Daou wines with desserts like dark chocolate mousse and Tahitian vanilla fluff.
12841 El Camino Real, Del Mar
Treat mom to a Parisian-style Sunday brunch at Vino Carta with a bottle of wine. Reservations are available through Tock.
2161 India Street, Little Italy
The nice thing about Stone is that it’s the largest restaurant in San Diego and most seating is out back on the expansive rock patio – so lots of sunshine and a good chance you can get a reservation if you waited until the last moment. Their brunch will include a welcome cocktail, unlimited soft drinks and a flower for mom.
2816 Decatur Historic Road, Point Loma
This year, their Mother’s Day special will be a pancake flight featuring their three signature flavors (mazapan, arroz con leche and cheesecake). All moms receive a free prickly pear mimosa. Also, try their birria, it’s quite fantastic.
3707 Fifth Avenue, Hillcrest
It’s all-day brunch from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with crab cakes, chilaquiles, cinnamon pancakes, smoked trout fondant and, after 3 p.m., their rack of smoked lamb chops. This one’s perfect for active moms, with hiking, fishing, bird watching, and relaxing nearby at Lake Cuyamaca.
15027 CA-79, Julian
The award-winning Arlo Restaurant at the Town & Country Resort in Mission Valley will serve a prix fixe menu, including stations with live cooking and carving, and live music. Indoor and outdoor seating is available and parking is free. Town & Country recently underwent a massive renovation, so while that’s good for everyone, moms who knew the classic resort in its original form might have a special treat seeing the new digs.
500 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley
North Park’s original hipster hotel is about to become a whole new thing, having been purchased by Consortium Holdings (Born & Raised, Ironside, Seneca). They serve brunch and a free mimosa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2223 Boulevard El Cajon, North Park