The women who raise us deserve to be celebrated. In order to help you find the perfect way to thank those maternal figures in your lives on Mother’s Day, Eater put together a guide to Austin's best holiday brunches, dinners, pop-ups, and more happening around town.
There is something for everyone this year, upscale dining at Jeffrey’s, tropical brunch at Emmer & Rye, even cooking classes with Thai Fresh. All events are on Sunday, May 12, otherwise noted, and reservations are usually required.
To make Mother’s Day planning easier, Eater divided up the events into categories to help you find what you’re looking for. If there is a Mother’s Day celebration, special meal, or party missing from the guide below, let Eater know on the tipline or the comments.
- For an indulgent Mother's Day, look to Jeffrey's, which will host live music on its baby grand piano. The buffet will include truffled deviled eggs and the seafood tower, while diners can order up lemon ricotta pancakes, truffled deviled eggs, while taking advantage of the carving station and dessert table. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at $110 per person ($45 for kids). (1204 West Lynn Street, Clarksville)
- Picturesque brunch destination Josephine House adds a Mother's Day spin to its Sunday meal, with a prix-fixe menu with pastry baskets, ricotta and berries, an array of entrees, plus flowers available outside. The meal is $65 per person. (1601 Waterston Avenue, Clarksville)
- Driftwood brewery Vista Brewing is hosting a Mother’s Day brunch buffet featuring items from its farm. There’s also a flower crown bar and drinks like a pineapple-mango-basil mimosa. Tickets are $50 for adults, and $20 for children under 12. (13551 Ranch to Market Rd 150, Driftwood)
- The Carillon is hosting a brunch buffet with 40 entree items like sliced lamb shoulder and 16 different desserts. It’s $68 for adults, $30 for children 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under, and it’s served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (1900 University Avenue, Campus)
- Second Bar & Kitchen at Domain Northside is also hosting a brunch buffet with items like pimento cheese deviled eggs and monte cristo sliders. It’s from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is $55 for adults and half that for children. (3121 Palm Way, Domain)
- Emmer & Rye is making its Caribbean brunch a little different for Mother’s Day. It’s a $50 prix fixe that includes unlimited mimosas plus a starter, choice of entree, and dessert. There’s also a kids menu. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (51 Rainey Street, Rainey Street)
- Zilker hotspot Carpenter’s Hall is adding some specials to its normal a la carte brunch menu, like milk bread French toast with lemon thyme cream and blueberries and a blue crab omelet with green bean toasted almond salad. The favorite heart-shaped waffles are on the menu, too. Served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (400 Josephine Street, Zilker)
- South Congress classic Guero’s is hosting all-day breakfast for Mother’s Day, with complimentary flowers while supplies last. (1412 South Congress Avenue, South Congress)
- Southern kitchen TLC will have a brunch buffet that features bacon flights, build-your-own avocado toast, and drink specials. It’s from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is $30 per person and $12 for kids. (1100 South Lamar Boulevard, South Lamar)
- East Side Italian restaurant Juniper will be offering a three-course brunch menu ($45) in honor of mothers everywhere, and will serve their favorite Italian brunch pastries and breakfast gnocchi, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (2400 East Cesar Chavez Street, East Cesar Chavez)
- The Caroline will have specials for its Mother’s Day brunch like a pink macaron cake with fresh berries. Served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (109 East 7th Street, Downtown)
- The historic hotel’s Driskill Grill will host an elegant brunch buffet for Mother’s Day, full of favorites like breakfast classics, fresh seafood, and desserts and pastries from 1886 Cafe & Bakery. It costs $95 per adult, with optional $20 bottomless mimosas, and $45 for children between the ages of 5 to 12. (604 Brazos Street, Downtown)
- Fairmont Austin’s restaurant Revue will serve its usual brunch buffet that includes stations for parfaits and prime rib. Plus, everyone goes home with sweets from Candy’s Apothecary. Brunch will be served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and it’s $85 per person or $19 per child aged 5 to 12. (101 Red River Street, Downtown)
- Both locations of wine bar Cru (downtown and at the Domain) will have a three-course brunch for $38 (for children, it’s $19) with mini-Belgian waffles and crab cake benedict, plus $3 mimosas, bellinis, and ciprianis.
- Max’s Wine Dive is serving its a la carte brunch menu with a complimentary glass of bubbles. (207 San Jacinto Boulevard, Downtown)
- Apis Restaurant and Apiary is offering a four-course, prix fixe menu priced at $64 for adults and $25 for children ten and under, available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Offerings include diver scallops, Rohan duck, and mesquite-maple donuts. Reservation only. (23526 State Highway 71 West, Spicewood)
- L’Oca d’Oro will start the day with a Mother’s Day brunch that includes jazz music. On the menu are items like lasagne and white Sonoran crepes alongside complimentary mimosas, lattes, and strawberry cream zeppoles (10 a.m. to 3 p.m., $45 per person, $25 for ages 2 to 12). Then, for dinner (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.), the restaurant will have a special three-course prix fixe in lieu of the usual pasta tasting menu. (1900 Simond Avenue, Mueller)
- It’s Italian Cucina is hosting a four-course meal all day, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with calamari, gnocchi, choice of entree, and dessert. $45 per person, $60 with wine pairing. (1500 South Lamar Boulevard, South Lamar)
- Downtown steakhouse Perry’s is opening early at 11 a.m. with an all-day dinner menu, three cocktail specials (mimosa, Bloody Mary, and milk punch) as well as an off-menu shrimp and grits special. (114 West 7th Street, Downtown)
- On Saturday, May 11, Thai Fresh owner Jam Sanitchat is putting on a cooking class with her mom, focused on family recipes like pad ka prow and spicy glass noodles salad. Tickets are $100 and the class will take place at St. John studio.
- Axe-throwing bar Urban Axes is offering free mimosas to moms from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (812 Airport Boulevard, East Austin)
- William Chris Vineyards boxed up four of its popular Texas wines up for $120, including shipping as presents.
- Bakery Lorraine will offer a very pink Raspberry Rose Japonaise through Mother’s Day.