If you’re not making brunch (or breakfast or dinner) for mom, you better be taking her out somewhere to eat this Mother’s Day. Many restaurants that serve brunch are featuring specials on the upcoming holiday. I’ve listed quite a few here, but if you don’t see one of your favorites on the list, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 512-912-5986.
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Andiamo Ristorante. 2521 Rutland Drive. 512-719- 3377, andiamoitaliano.com. The Italian restaurant in North Austin will serve its first-ever brunch. A four-course prix fixe menu that includes orecchiette with ground sausage, homemade meatballs and tiramisu will cost $38. A la carte options will also be available at the brunch that runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
*Apis. 23526 Texas 71, Spicewood. 512-436- 8918, apisrestaurant.com. This Top 10 restaurant on the edge of the Hill Country will serve a three-course meal for $60 ($35 for children 6 and younger). The selections include charred Spanish octopus, aged duck and ember-roasted pineapple.
Capital Grille. 117 W. Fourth St. 512-322-2005, thecapitalgrille.com. The downtown steakhouse serves a three-course meal, with options like filet mignon and artichoke bisque, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $49 for adults and $15 for children.
*Carillon. 1900 University Ave. 512-404- 3655, thecarillonrestaurant.com. The fine dining restaurant on the University of Texas campus will serve brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and the offerings include eggs Benedict with smoked salmon and vodka hollandaise, berry pancakes with coconut chocolate syrup and citrus creme fraiche, a cold seafood bar, a carving station and wagyu beef and black truffle ravioli. Cost is $65 ($25 for kids 6 to 12, and free for those 5 and younger).
Central Standard. 1603. S. Congress Ave. 512-942-0823, centralstandardaustin.com. The upscale restaurant at the South Congress Hotel will serve a $45 brunch that will include the choice of a selection of pastries like mocha pound cake, Gulf oyster soup, prime rib roast and shrimp and grits. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dine. 111 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-478-2991, dineradissonaustin.com. Chef David Garrido’s restaurant at the Radisson downtown will serve a buffet featuring more than 40 items, including grilled salmon and honey-glazed ham, poached shrimp, pastries and more. The buffet costs $45 ($25 for kids 10-16 and free for those younger than 10) and will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fixe. 500 W. Fifth St. 512-888-9133, austinfixe.com. This Mother’s Day will mark the first time the Southern restaurant downtown has served brunch. Service, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will include the complete dinner menu, which includes several variations of grits, and specials like soft scrambled egg with Carolina gold rice, quail and waffle, and shrimp cocktail.
Goodall’s Kitchen. 1900 Rio Grande St. 512-495-1800, goodallskitchen.com. The hotel near Judge’s Hill serves a three-course brunch for $44 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu includes cast-iron frittata, ricotta pancakes, grilled flank steak and French toast.
Hotel Granduca. 320 S. Loop 360. 512-306-6400, granducaaustin.com. The luxury hotel in the Westlake area will serve brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The spread, which costs $72 for adults and $35 for children 6-12, includes charcuterie, omelettes, chilled seafood, house-made pastas and lamb three ways.
*Jobell Cafe & Bistro. 16920 RM 12, Wimberley. 512-847-5700, jobellcafe.com. Head about 30 miles south of Austin to picturesque Wimberley for brunch at this cafe on the edge of town that will serve an a la carte menu that includes crepes, pastries and an assortment of takes on eggs Benedict.
The League. 10526 W. Parmer Lane. 512-366-5627. 1310 RM 620 S. 512-263-3279. theleaguelakeway.com. The comfort food specialists will serve a special brunch buffet (in addition to a la carte options like blueberry muffin French toast) that costs $26.99 for adults and $9.99 for children. The options include shrimp with white cheddar grits, green bean casserole, and pork tenderloin with mango-chili sauce.
*Lonesome Dove. 419 Colorado St. 512-271-2474, lonesomedoveaustin.com. Tim Love’s game-centric steakhouse will serve a three-course brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p..m., with a menu that includes hamachi tostada, elk-pork fettine Benedict and a chocolate shortbread and foie gras ice cream sandwich. Cost is $56.
*Mongers. 2401 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-215-8972, mongersaustin.com. The seafood market and restaurant will serve brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with specials like lobster Benedict and a pineapple-basil mimosa.
*El Naranjo. 85 Rainey St. 512-474-2776, elnaranjorestaurant.com. Chef Illiana de la Vega serves her regular brunch, along with some Mother’s Day specials like a mango margarita and omelette filled with cheese and corn and served with creamy poblano chili sauce.
No Va. 87 Rainey St. 512-382-5651, novaonrainey.com. The Rainey Street restaurant is getting a late start to the holiday, serving from 3 to 9 p.m. from a menu that includes an Antonelli’s cheese board and strawberry shortcake. The restaurant will also give all mom’s $20 gift cards to use at a later date.
*Olive & June. 3411 Glenview Ave. 512-467- 9898, oliveandjune-austin.com. The Italian restaurant with the feel of a modernist treehouse will serve a four-course brunch for $42, with dishes like poached duck egg, roasted hake and porchetta.
*Prelog’s. 360 Nueces St. 512-350-2895, prelogs.com. The buffet from Austrian chef Florian Prelog costs $39 and includes prosciutto and melon, omelettes, roast beef and more. Bottomless boozy brunch drinks cost an additional $20 at the brunch that runs from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Revival Public House. 340 E. Second St. 512-469-0000, revivalph.com. The downtown restaurant serves a buffet of salads, smoked salmon and more to supplement entrees like crab Florentine quiche and green chili chicken enchiladas. The cost is $27.95 for adults (with a complimentary mimosa) and $12.95 for children 12 and younger.
Russian House. 307 E. Fifth St. 512-428- 5442, russianhouseofaustin.com. The downtown restaurant will serve Russian classics at its unlimited buffet (which includes mimosas) for $32 (and $12.50 for children). Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Searsucker. 415 Colorado St. 512-394-8000, searsucker.com/austin. Specials for the holiday include strawberry crepes with Grand Marnier syrup and grilled filet Benedict.
Sullivan’s Steakhouse. 300 Colorado St. 512-495-6504, sulivanssteakhouse.com/austin. The downtown steakhouse runs brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The $39 three-course meal includes selections like shrimp and lobster bisque, prime rib and Bananas Foster.
TNT/Tacos and Tequila. 507 Pressler St. 512-436-8226, tacosandtequilatnt.com. The Tex-Mex restaurant celebrates Mother’s Day all weekend with a special brunch buffet on Saturday and Sunday. Selections include a carving station, street taco bar, grilled fish and Belgian waffles. Cost is $22 ($7 for children 6 to 11 and free for those under 6) and includes a boozy brunch cocktail.
Tony C’s. 12800 Hill Country Blvd. 512-263-3473. 10526 W. Parmer Lane. 512-255-9463. tonycs.com. The brunch buffet that includes mini Italian breakfast sandwiches, fittata, and sausage and peppers costs $22.99 for adults and $9.99 for children.
Trace. 200 Lavaca St. 512-542-3660, traceaustin.com. The restaurant at the W Hotel downtown serve a three-course brunch for $55 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Offerings include shrimp bisque, bourbon-braised short ribs and chocolate brownie with hazelnut streusel.