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Mother's Day Dining Deals & Restaurant Guide 2021: San Diego Co.

Patch logo Patch 4/29/2021 Susan C. Schena
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SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA — Mother's Day this year falls on Sunday, May 9 — a day annually set aside to celebrate mamas, including stepmoms, foster moms, grandmothers and even aunties, who shape our lives and love us like no other.

Restaurants and chefs throughout the San Diego region are readying feasts — for on-site dining or takeout — to make it a memorable day. And whether the moms in your life prefer egg & quiche brunches, steak, lobster, BBQ, pasta dishes, Latin-inspired fare or sweet treats, Patch has you covered.

Scroll through our annual Mother's Day dining guide, find her faves and make your plans.

If you know of other local restaurants offering specials, share details with your fellow Patch readers in the comments section. And before heading out, confirm the various dining deals are still proceeding as planned.

And wishing a Happy Mother's Day to all, from Patch!

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ARLO AT TOWN & COUNTRY: Executive Chef Josh Mouzakes will debut a special Mother's Day brunch menu with such dishes as Porchetta & Cheese, Cajun Chicken & Biscuit, Charcoal Avocado Toast & smoked tri-tip. Unlimited champagne and live music, too. $60 per person/$20 per child (under age 12). ARLO is at 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego. Reservations via OpenTable here.

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BASKIN-ROBBINS: For your sweet mom, how about a Floral Bouquet Cake? Cake and ice cream flavors can be selected, and it's topped with an ice cream cone bouquet of pastel frosting flowers. Order online here or in-person. Find shops here.

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BLACK ANGUS STEAKHOUSE: Restaurants will open early — 11 a.m. — on Mother's Day with a limited-time Prime Rib and Lobster Tail special. Menu here, and reservations advised. For those celebrating at home, a Prime Rib Family Meal To-Go ($99) also is available. Location finder here.

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DICKEY'S BARBECUE PIT: Just in time for Mother's Day for BBQ-lovin' mamas, the chain is launching its new summer menu with Sweet King’s Hawaiian® Pulled Pork Sandwich with Dr Pepper® Barbecue Sauce and Texas Sweet Corn. Or keep meal-prep easy with to-go, family and picnic packs. Locations throughout the Golden State.

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EDDIE V'S: Mother's Day brunch is offered on-site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with full dinner menu available all day, or bring home a four-course dinner. Brunch is three courses ($49 for adult/$15 for child) with choices of salad, soups, lobster quiche, steak & eggs and more. Take-home bundles serve two ($150) or four to six ($250), for Friday or Saturday pick-up. Included: tenderloin or sea bass; shrimp cocktail; salad; sides; dessert; and chocolate-covered strawberries & a rose for Mom. Find more info here. Eddie V's are in La Jolla and San Diego.

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EL TORITO: Enjoy a Mother's Day "All-You-Can-Eat Sunday Brunch," from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., with churro pancakes, salads, fajita, taco, omelette & soup stations, plus dessert bar and bottomless mimosas. (Marina del Rey location will offer a four-course plated brunch menu.) Prices vary by locale. Info here. Restaurants are throughout California.

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EL POLLO LOCO: Family meals, ranging from eight to 16 pieces of chicken, plus sides, tortillas and salsa, could make an easy, at-home feast. Location finder here.

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EUREKA!: A Mother’s Day, prix-fixe menu runs May 7-10 ($30) with choice of starter, entree of either Fresno Fig Burger, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Cowboy Burger, Veggie Beet Burger or Cobb Salad, paired with "Mommy’s On A Break" cocktail. Participating restaurants in Carlsbad and San Diego.

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FLEMING'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE: Treat Mom to a three-course menu featuring filet mignon and choice of lobster scampi or crab-stuffed shrimp. Starting at $80 per guest and offered May 8-9 beginning at 11 a.m. Locations in La Jolla and San Diego.

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FOGO DE CHAO: A Mother’s Day To-Go Package, with everything needed for at-home, Brazilian-inspired celebration, can be ordered by May 8 for pick-up Sunday, May 9 or Monday, May 10. Details here. Gift card deals also running through June 20: Receive $25 bonus e-card with every $125 gift card purchase. Location in San Diego.

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GELSON'S MARKET: Celebrate with brunch to-go, or such treats as hand-dipped, chocolate strawberries, flowers and charcuterie plates. Brunch options include salmon, artichoke fennel and prosciutto salad, crab cakes with pixie tangerine salad, citrus grilled chicken with Greek salad & more. Serving sizes for two with sides of fresh fruit, baguette and Nutella chocolate bites. Pre-orders advised for pick-up May 8-9. Ordering info here.

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HARRAH'S RESORT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: On Mother's Day, Fiore Steakhouse will be offering 55% off shrimp cocktails and a $70 Filet Scandi (a seared filet mignon with whipped potatoes, asparagus, jumbo shrimp and bearnaise). Book here. The resort is at 777 Harrah's Rincon Way in Funner.

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HOOTERS: In honor of Mother’s Day - for one day only, Sunday, May 9 — diners can enjoy 10 free Boneless Wings with purchase of any 10 wings at participating restaurants. Check to see if your nearest locale is hosting the offer. Locations in Southern and Central California.

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JOE'S CRAB SHACK: Seafood-loving mothers can enjoy a four-course, prix-fixe menu ($35.99) for Mother's Day weekend, May 7-9, that offers appetizer option of crab & shrimp dip or mozzarella bricks, salad choice, four entree seafood-focused selections and dessert. Click here for details. Sites in Oceanside and San Diego.

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LIONFISH: Executive Chef JoJo Ruiz will debut special items for Mom’s Day, including Softshell Benedict or Bombolini Duo. Plus enjoy bottomless mimosas & brunch menu with Strawberry Ricotta Pancakes and Duck Confit Hash, Lobster and Chorizo Scramble and Snake River Wagyu Eye of Ribeye. Brunch is 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Reservations via OpenTable here. Lionfish is in the Pendry San Diego at 435 Fifth Ave.

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MACARONI GRILL: Choose from Mother’s Day specials, including a Family-Size Lasagna Bolognese (serves eight to 10) for $65, or a three-course dinner (serves four to five) that features choice of starter, Lasagna Bolognese or Florentine Chicken Penne, sides and dessert for $100. Pre-order here for May 9 pick-up. Location finder here.

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MORTON'S THE STEAKHOUSE: Celebrate with Steak & Lobster Oscar ($59) with Old Bay puff pastry & asparagus. Sides, dessert & wine can be added. Or select a dinner-for-two for takeout ($179), including salad, filet or lobster, accompaniments, dessert & wine pairing. Details here. Location in San Diego.

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OLIVE GARDEN: Family Bundles, that serve four to six or up to 12, offer selections including spaghetti, lasagna, chicken or shrimp scampi, plus options for breadsticks, salad or soup. Order in advance for curbside pick-up. Some locales open for dine-in. Find your nearest Olive Garden here.

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P.F. CHANG'S: Celebrate Mom with a pre-fixe, four-course menu ($50) that includes glass of wine. Selections include: Chang’s Lettuce Wraps; Dynamite Shrimp; soup; Miso Glazed Salmon; Mongolian Beef; Peking Duck; and desserts of cheesecake or The Great Wall of Chocolate. Bundle to-go meals also offered, as well as gift-card deals. Info here. Location finder here.

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PIEOLOGY: A BOGO Mother's Day special lets patrons buy a custom pizza and score another custom pie for free on Sunday, May 9. For in-store purchase only at participating locations. And another offer: Purchase a $25 gift card and receive a $5 bonus card, valid through July 31. Find your local shop from this list & confirm participation.

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RANCHO BERNARDO INN: Choose from dining options at AVANT (four-course, prix-fixe Champagne brunch. $95/person, $45/child), Aragon Ballroom (four-course, prix-fixe menu with music. $85/person, $45/child) or Veranda Fireside Restaurant & Lounge with panoramic golf course views and a la carte breakfast, lunch or dinner. At 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive in San Diego. Reservations online via OpenTable.com.

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RANCHO VALENCIA RESORT & SPA: The Grand Buffet, with seafood & carving stations, salads, sides and desserts, will be served (plated) 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Mother's Day. ($160/person, $65/child). Crafts & activities planned for the little ones. Reservations: 858-759-6246. Rancho Valencia is at 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe.

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RED LOBSTER: Family takeout menus start at $7.99 per person or take advantge of gift-card deal running through end of June: For every $50 spent on gift cards purchased in-restaurant or online, guests receive coupon for $10 off orders of $30 or more during July and August. Among new menu adds: Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich; Crispy Cod Sandwich (Codzilla™); Wagyu Bacon Cheeseburger; and Baja Shrimp and Sesame-Soy Salmon bowls. Find sites & ordering info here.

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RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE: Pre-order an at-home, Mother's Day feast for four ($180), that includes starter, beef tenderloin, sides and cheesecake. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance of pick-up. In-restaurant dining also offered. Location in San Diego.

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SEASONS 52: Brunch will be served on-site May 9 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., with starters, soup and entree choices of quiche, French toast, ham or shrimp & grits. Or select the Mother’s Day Green Box To-Go, serving two or four to six. Warm and serve at home with selections of ham, salmon or beef tenderloin, plus sides and dessert. Orders must be placed in advance for pick-up Friday or Saturday. Find details here. Location in San Diego.

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SEREA COASTAL CUISINE: Head to Hotel del Coronado and enjoy a sea-to-table, Mother's Day beachfront brunch from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Eclectic offerings include: sticky buns with candied fruits & citrus glaze; shakshuka; a Shrimp Tortilla Espanol; and White Chocolate Passion Fruit Tart. Serea is at 1500 Orange Ave. in Coronado. Reservations via OpenTable here.

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7 MILE KITCHEN: Chef Julian Quiñones has created a new brunch menu Mom will love, with such dishes as short rib hash, shrimp & grits and mushroom avocado toast. Artisanal wood-fired pizzas also will make their brunch debut, and all mothers will receive a long-stem rose. Brunch will be Sunday, May 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For reservations, (760) 827-2514 or online. 7 Mile Kitchen is at 5420 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad.

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TCBY: On Sunday, May 9, mothers will receive a free six-ounce cup or cone of yogurt at participating locations. Toppings are extra. Location finder here. Call stores to check for participation.

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TRUE FOOD KITCHEN: The Westfield UTC locale has weekend-long brunch with such offerings as signature cocktails and Strawberry Quinoa Pancakes, plus gluten-free & vegan selections. Or take brunch to-go with two starters, two salads, four entrees and desserts, plus Mimosa Bundles. See details here. Located at 4303 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego.

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YOU & YOURS DISTILLERY CO.: Enjoy a Mother's Day afternoon tea from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., complete with tea, cocktails, petit sandwiches, pastries and scones. Tickets ($50 per guest) include tea service, champagne tea cocktail and tiered tray of treats (additional specialty tea cocktails also available for purchase). Book online here. Y&Y is at 1495 G St., San Diego.

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