Guide

Best Bets for Mother’s Day Dining in Boston

By Scott Kearnan | May 1, 2014 By Scott Kearnan  |  May 1, 2014

Asana

Why she'll love it: Because the only thing better than a Mother's Day meal is a Mother's Day meal built around a spa day. Besides offering a prix fixe menu at its restaurant Asana from 12-9 PM, the Mandarin Oriental Boston is also providing spa packages like the 5.5-hour "Ultimate Mother's Day" with a body scrub, massage, facial and more. 

Must-try dish: The three-course, $98 feast (which includes some take-home flowers) boasts must-try options like an English pea risotta with Taleggio cheese, lemon sole "meuniere" with brown butter and capers, and a red berry rhubarb sabayon. 

776 Boylston St.; 617-535-8888

Bistro du Midi

Why she'll love it: Because it's refined French bistro dining overlooking the Boston Public Garden, where you can head for a post-meal stroll and maybe even take mom on the swan boats. (Don't pretend like you're not kind of excited too.)  

Must-try dish: Chef Robert Sisca is putting out a prix fixe brunch for $50 per person, but it's worth splurging the extra $15 supplement for the grilled Colorado rack of lamb with garbanzos, pickled fiddle heads and smoked lamb jus.  

272 Boylston St.; 617-426-7878

Brasserie Jo

Why she'll love it: Because it's French brasserie-style dining at a more moderate price point, which means that you're conserving money and spending wisely. (She knows you need that cash for big city rent, which reminds her - are you sure you don't want to live a little closer to home?)

Must-try dish: The $45 per person Mother's Day brunch buffet runs from 10 AM-4 PM, with omelet and carving stations, spreads of salads and desserts and - for an add-on fee, a Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar. 

120 Huntington Ave.; 617-425-3240

Clio

Why she'll love it: Because your mom has a sweet tooth, so a dessert-centric prix fixe from pastry chef Monica Glass (deemed one of Food & Wine's Best New Pastry Chefs) is sure to satisfy. Plus, Clio (pictured) is a good pick if you need to split mom time with siblings: this Mother's Day special is actually taking place on Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10 from 5:30-10:30 PM. 

Must-try dish: The three-course dessert menu includes a passion fruit mousse, milk and honey with sweet orchid root, and frozen mint tea with chocolate. It's $24 per person, and 30 percent of sales will benefit The Women's Lunch Place, which offers shelter and meals for homeless women. 

370A Commonwealth Ave.; 617-536-7200

GEM

Why she'll love it: Because your mom isn't a regular mom - she's a cool mom. (Translation: She's kind of a cougar, but you love her anyway. And eating and partying with live DJs at this downtown restaurant's weekly party brunch is your idea of family bonding.)  

Must-try dish: GEM is putting together a a special "Moms on Mimosas" brunch that will include $5 pink sangria, $50 Chandon Rose, and plenty of edibles like steak and eggs benedict. 

42 Province St.; 617-482-1213

La Morra

Why she'll love it: Because this Brookline Italian on Route 9 is easily accessible from the suburbs, minimizing "intimidating" city driving for out-of-town moms. Plus the pricing is really modest for La Morra, a standout that often goes unsung. 

Must-try dish: The $35 three-course brunch is making our mouth water with the promise of wood grilled salmon with parsnip puree, and a tagliatelle al ragu that is bound to be perfection. 

48 Boylston St., Brookline; 617-739-0007

Menton

Why she'll love it: Because Barbara Lynch is the badass matriarch of the Boston dining scene. What's to not love? 

Must-try dish: Choose between a three-course prix fixe ($65) or five-course chef's tasting menu ($95). Either way, expect to find a duet of veal, Scottish salmon with mahogany clam and saffron, and chocolate semifreddo on the horizon. 

345 Congress St.; 617-737-0099

Rialto

Why she'll love it: Because from her culinary talent to her commitment to nonprofits like Partners in Health, chef Jody Adams is an inspiring woman (and mother) in and outside the kitchen. It doesn't hurt that her 20-year old Harvard Square institution still serves some of the best Italian around. 

Must-try dish: The three-course brunch ($65 per person) from 11 AM-2 PM has us excited over a peeky-toe crab tagliatelle with soft cooked eggs, asparagus, fennel, tarragon and creme fraiche. 

1 Bennett St., Cambridge; 617-661-5050

Top of the Hub

Why she'll love it: Because by now, impressive skyline views are NBD to you. They still give mom goose bumps. 

Must-try dish: There are prix fixe menus available for brunch (11 AM-3 PM) and dinner (3:30-9 PM), and both are $68 per person. If you can, hit up the former option - because banana foster French toast with cinnamon crunch and bourbon pecan sauce sounds too good to pass up. 

800 Boylston St.; 617-536-1775

Towne Stove & Spirits

Why she'll love it: Because the Back Bay restaurant is hosting a two-day affair with plenty of pampering. On Saturday, May 10, a $20 ticket gets you access to hair styling from staff at SalonCapri, chair massages, makeup applications from Elizabeth Grady and more. There's even a station where kids can decorate Mother's Day cards. 

Must-try dish: Although the festivities only take place on Saturday, the a la carte brunch menu (11 AM-3 PM) will be available on Saturday and on Sunday, May 11. Chicken & waffles ($15) with bacon and whipped honey butter is a well-deserved indulgence. 

900 Boylston St.; 617-247-0400

Places Mentioned

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Bistro du Midi

French Park Square
Food25 Decor24 Service24 Cost$66
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Brasserie JO

French Back Bay
Food23 Decor22 Service23 Cost$44
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Top of the Hub

American Back Bay
Food22 Decor27 Service23 Cost$57
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La Morra

Italian Brookline
Food25 Decor21 Service23 Cost$52
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Food22 Decor22 Service22 Cost$45
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Rialto Restaurant

Italian Cambridge
Food26 Decor25 Service25 Cost$64
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Towne Stove & Spirits

Eclectic Back Bay
Food20 Decor18 Service17 Cost$62
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Menton

French Seaport District
Food27 Decor27 Service27 Cost$144
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Clio

French Back Bay
Food26 Decor26 Service26 Cost$106

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