Mother’s Day Dine Outs Fit for a Queen

May 8, 2018
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This Mother’s Day, treat mom like she’s the belle of the ball.

Moms are amazeballs; it’s a given. And, on Sunday, May 13th, you have the annual opportunity to treat mom like a real lady. So, why not do it right — and with a mother’s day cocktail (or two) in her honour?

Before you stress out on where to celebrate the world’s best mom, we’ve lined up some sweet mimosa-loving spots for you to show your mother dearest that you truly care about making her feel like a queen. These brunch and dinner exclusives fit the bill when it comes to quality, style and grace and each one is special in its very own way — just like mom.

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
Buffet brunch with Mimosa Trolley service; buffet dinner
Team Boulevard brings an exclusive brunch buffet that includes rolling out its Mimosa Trolley service with a selection of sparkling wines, fresh juices and delicious fruits. If mom fancies an evening rendezvous over a daytime luncheon, the dinner buffet may be the choice option. Its lineup features BLVD Porchetta, Pan-Crisped Steelhead Trout, West Coast Paella, Smoked Sablefish and Clam Chowder alongside Prime Striploin and Roasted Leg of Lamb carving stations. Oh, and a sweet selection of desserts is encouraged to polish the night off.

Cost: Brunch (10:30am-3pm) and dinner (4:30pm-9pm) buffets are $80 per adult + tax and gratuity and $35 per child (ages three to 12). Reservations are recommended.

Cafe Medina
Feature Cocktail — Lady Bradford
Café Medina is stirring up a mom-inspired signature cocktail this Mother’s Day weekend. Vodka, lime, watermelon juice, elderflower liqueur and soda create the infamous ‘Lady Bradford’ — and fresh mint leaves and a slice of watermelon garnish it just so. It is a must-have brunch companion!

Cost: This cocktail is available for $8 on Mother’s Day, along with $8 glasses of Unsworth Vineyards Rosé.

Cibo Trattoria
Brunch features, prix-fixe dinner, floral cocktails
From 8am to 2pm, Cibo is offering three Mother’s Day brunch menu features – Ricotta Gnocchetti, Prosciutto and Mascarpone Ravioli, and Seared Albacore Tuna– in addition to its delicious daily selection of rustic, sweet and savoury dishes. Or, opt for the four-course set dinner menu of regionally-inspired Italian cuisine (5pm onwards). Reservations are recommended.

Cost: Four-course set menu is $65 per person + tax and gratuity, in addition to the restaurant’s regular a-la-carte menu offerings.

P.S.: Guests are also invited to also sip into spring with Cibo’s new signature spring cocktails! The low-proof, fragrant Petals and Pansies (passion fruit, citrus, jasmine green tea, sherry) and the vibrant Cherry Blossoms (Campari, Amaro Lucano, mango, lime) are available at Cibo and next door at sister spot, UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar.

Coquille Fine Seafood
Feature Cocktail – Mazu Spritz
Fine seafood pairs well with this elegant twist on the classic Aperol Spritz, the Mazu Spritz. This feature cocktail is named after the Chinese goddess of the sea and protector of seafarers. Aperol, Fino sherry, Lillet blanc, Lemon, Cava, Bittered sling orange and juniper bitters blend well to make this citrus-forward orange-hued libation. Reservations are recommended for Saturday and Sunday.

Cost: This cocktail is available for $10.

Juke Fried Chicken
Special Mother’s Day Package
In addition to its regular brunch menu, this Chinatown chicken-and-rib mainstay offers a spectacular Mother’s Day feature. Start mom off with an orange or grapefruit Juke mimosa and then indulge her in two pieces of Juke’s signature crispy, southern-style fried chicken and two waffles. Bring the experience home with a gift-wrapped package of house-made Juke hot sauce. Limited reservations this Saturday and Sunday only, with seating times between 10am to 10:45am.

Cost: Mother’s Day Package is $27 per person + tax and gratuity.

Bubbles at Brunch
L’Abattoir invites guests to toast the special ladies in their life with a glass of something sparkling during the Gastown hotspot’s exclusive Bubbles at Brunch service (10 am-2pm). A select list of champagne and sparkling wines will be available at special pricing to complement the restaurant’s elegant French-meets-West-Coast cuisine. The chic, industrial dining room is the perfect spot to treat Mom to a flute of bubbly while enjoying a decadent brunch menu. Reservations are recommended.

Thomas Haas
Heart-shaped cakes; chocolate sculptures, gift boxes
Help mom feel extra special this Mother’s Day with a lovely assortment of Mother’s Day confections. Admire and simply devour signature gift boxes and chocolate sculptures in whimsical designs (such as high heel shoes, lady bugs and spring flower pots with marguerites, tulips and roses). 

Or, keep it classic with either of Haas’ celebratory unique heart-shaped cakes: the Heart-shaped Strawberry Shortcake (fresh strawberry shortcake with Tahitian vanilla cream) and the Heart-shaped Chocolate Cake (chocolate cake with layers of dark chocolate, chocolate enrobed vanilla shortbread, vanilla crème brûlée and fresh raspberries). If you can’t decide, just get both (in store or online at!

Feature Cocktail – Mamacita
What better way to toast Mama on her special day than with a celebratory sparkling cocktail? The aptly named ‘Mamacita’ cocktail at Gastown’s Wildebeest offers a palate-pleasing blend of sparkling wine, lingonberry, dark rum, sherry and cinnamon. The pink drink pairs perfectly with the daytime lineup of sweet and savoury brunch dishes. As usual, reservations are recommended.