Mom deserves a special brunch every weekend. But, if you don’t step it on one weekend in particular, you may be the deserved recipient of a little bit of maternal side-eye. Mother’s Day is one of the biggest dining events of the year, and many Austin restaurants will roll out the red carpet for Mom on May 13, with prix fixe menus and specials like free bubbles.
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Apis Restaurant & Apiary. 23526 Texas 71, Spicewood. 512-436-8918, apisrestaurant.com. The Hill Country destination restaurant will serve a prix fixe brunch that includes choices like egg toast, Spanish octopus and a lamb tasting. Cost is $64 for adults and $25 for children.
Aviary Wine & Kitchen. 2110 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-916-4445, aviarywinekitchen.com. The bistro will give all moms a free bottle of bubbles to accompany a brunch menu that includes steak and eggs, smoked fish toast and oysters.
Backyard at Waller Creek. 701 E. 11th St. 512-478-1111, backyardbaraustin.com. Let your kids cook for you. The al fresco restaurant at the Sheraton near the Texas Capitol will team mom’s little ones with a member of the culinary team to create a brunch of omelettes, waffles and more. Cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children.
Cafe Blue. 12800 Hill Country Blvd., G-115. 512-366-5230, cafebluetx.com. The restaurant at the Hill Country Galleria will service a brunch that includes shrimp cocktail, blueberry pancakes, migas and more. Cost is $39.95 for adults and $15.95 for kids 12 and younger.
Carillon. 1900 University Ave. 512-404-3655, thecarillonrestaurant.com. The fine dining restaurant at the AT&T Hotel & Conference Center on the University of Texas campus will host a brunch buffet that includes shrimp campechana, grilled lamb chops and a prime rib carving station. Cost is $68 for adults and $30 for children. Kids 5 and younger eat free.
Chicon. 1914 E. Sixth St. 512-354-1480, contigotexas.com/chicon. The handsome sister restaurant to Contigo serves a three-course family-style meal that includes migas, pork Benedict and avocado toast. Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for kids.
Driskill Grill. 604 Brazos St. 512-391-7162, driskillgrill.com. The Austin classic serves a brunch buffet spread that includes salmon charcuterie, Texas waffle bar and a host of treats from the 1886 Cafe & Bakery. Cost is $89 for adults, $46 for children. Bottomless mimosas available for $20.
Duchman Family Winery. 13308 FM 150. 512-858-1470, duchmanwinery.com. The Hill Country winery will serve a family-style brunch that includes brie and spinach frittata, grilled beef tenderloin and bread pudding. Cost is $50 for adults and $15 for children.
Geraldine’s. 605 Davis St. 512-476-4755, geraldinesaustin.com. The restaurant that doubles as a music venue hosts a jazz brunch with a soul-inspired menu that includes pork and grits, a Cuban Benedict and honey bun.
Jeffrey’s. 1204 W. Lynn St. 512-477-5584, jeffreysofaustin.com. The luxe brunch spread includes seafood tower, prime rib-eye, truffled deviled eggs and more. Cost is $85 per person.
Josephine House. 1601 Waterston Ave. 512-477-5584, josephineofaustin.com. The prix fixe menu at Jeffrey’s kid sister includes huevos rancheros, cured salmon and avocado toast and a rice bowl. Cost is $50.
Juniper. 2400 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-220-9421, juniperaustin.com. Juniper has gotten out of the brunch game in lieu of Sunday dinner, but they will roll their brunch back out for this special holiday. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. the upscale Italian restaurant will serve a menu that includes lasagna; bombolini with milk jam, mascarpone, and lemon ash; and kolache with strawberry, ricotta and pistachio.
L’Oca d’Oro. 1900 Simond Ave. 737-212-1876, locadoroaustin.com. Chef Fiore Tedesco takes inspiration from his grandmother’s kitchen for this brunch themed “Just Like Someone’s Ma Used to Make.” The meal will be served from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with a menu that includes meatballs marinara, crab bucatini and chicken parmigiana. Cost is $45 for adults and $20 for kids ages 3-12.
Lamberts Downtown Barbecue. 401 W. Second St. 512-494-1500, lambertsaustin.com. The downtown barbecue restaurant from McGuire Moorman Hospitality will serve a barbecue brunch buffet with options that include brown sugar-and-coffee-rubbed brisket, breakfast sausage and eggs to order. Cost is $50 for adults and $25 for kids=.
Native. 807 E. Fourth St. 512-551-9947, nativehostels.com. In addition to a new brunch with dishes like fried chicken eggs Benedict, duck confit with watermelon and herb salad, and peach French toast, the upscale hostel will also offer live music, flowers and massages for Mom between noon and 4 p.m.
Peached Tortilla. 5520 Burnet Road, No. 100. 512-330-4439, thepeachedtortilla.com. The restaurant that blends Asian and Southern flavors will serve a prix fixe menu for $40.
Second Bar + Kitchen Domain Northside. 3121 Palm Way, No. 101. 737-300-4800, sbkdomain.com. Chef David Bull’s restaurant serves a family-style brunch with options like roasted beet and citrus salad, rib-eye loin station and charcuterie bar. Cost is $48 for adults and $24 for children.
Vista Brewing. 13551 FM 150. 512-766-1842, vistabrewingtx.com. The Driftwood brewery celebrates its grand opening with brunch May 12-13, along with live music and pop-up shops from local vendors.