Best Places for Mother's Day Brunch in Washington, D.C.

••• © David Oliver

Many Washington, D.C., area restaurants offer a Mother's Day brunch with all the trimmings that she's sure to love. Here are some recommended places to enjoy a nice meal with the whole family where Mom will feel special. Most places can get pretty busy, so be sure to make a reservation. Details are subject to change, so confirm specifics with the restaurant when making a reservation.

Updated for 2018.

10 Thomas Restaurant
Price: $43 adults,  $21.50 children ages 5 –12 
Reservations: 202-408-6136 or online

Enjoy unlimited Bloody Marys, mimosas, or champagne. The buffet features traditional brunch selections. Hot dishes include shrimp and grits, fried chicken and waffles, an omelet station, and a carving station with herb marinated prime rib and brown sugar mustard glazed ham. Decadent desserts finish the meal.

City Tap House Penn Quarter
Reservations: 202-733-5333 or online

Delight in the strawberry rosé French toast and $20 bottles of Prosecco paired with a juice flight. Plus mothers will receive flowers and a gift certificate for her next visit.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
Reservations: 202-408-1600 or online

Treat Mom to a Havana-style Mother's Day brunch or dinner. All mothers will receive a $25 gift certificate to use toward a future visit. Standout brunch dishes include Maine lobster tail salad crepe served with corn crema, pickled jicama, red onion and cilantro salad, and smoked trout caviar.

Pair that with a classic cocktail, tropical sangria, or special Mother's Day mango cooler. If you're coming for dinner, check out the citrus marinated whole boneless red snapper fillet served with “Chino-Cubano” fried rice, and sweet chili-citrus and ajonjoli sauce with a sprout salad.

Del Frisco’s Grille
Reservations: 202-450-4686 or online

Moms will be tempted with sweet treats such as the coconut cream pie, champagne, and sparkling rosé. Del Frisco’s bold and delicious cuisine is balanced nicely with gracious service and a comfortable atmosphere.

Gospel Brunch at The Hamilton
Price: $45
Reservations: 202-787-1000 or online

The Hamilton Live offers its popular Gospel Brunch in celebration of Mother's Day. The Howard Gospel Choir from Howard University will perform three times on Sunday while you enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring breakfast classics and Southern dishes as well as one mimosa or Bloody Mary. Standout dishes include country fried chicken, spring vegetable frittata, jambalaya with Carolina gold rice, and Creole bread pudding with bourbon crème anglaise. Make reservations for the 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or 3 p.m. performance.

The Mansion on O Street
Price: $85
Reservations:  202-496-2020 or online

Treat Mom to a special Mother's Day lunch and tour at The Mansion. The menu includes a wide variety of regional and international favorites, a decadent chocolate fountain, award-winning desserts, champagne, and more. Vegan and vegetarian options. Seatings are at noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

The visit includes a self-guided tour of themed rooms and secret doors.

Explore the museum's collection of signed guitars, memorabilia, art, and more. Optional add-ons include a treasure hunt and numerology reports.

Odyssey Brunch and Dinner Cruises
Price: $82.95 and up
Reservations: 202-488-6000 or online

Choose from three boardings (9:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 7 p.m.) then relax for a cruise with views of D.C.'s waterfront landmarks. The two-hour morning and afternoon cruises feature a lavish brunch buffet, bottomless mimosas, live entertainment, and dancing on the deck. In the evening, the Odyssey will set sail once again for its Mother’s Day dinner cruise, featuring a three-course plated meal,  lively band, and dancing under the stars. 

Rasika
Price: $50
Reservations: West End location: 202-466-2500 or online. Penn Quarter location: 202-637-1222 or online

Both Rasika locations offer a three-course, prix fixe Mother's Day brunch menu featuring flavorful Indian dishes such as Tikka French toast, masala omelet, sea bass chutneywala, tandoori salmon, halibut Bengali curry, lamb curry, and more.

For dessert, choose from a cinnamon donut, rose falooda, or carrot halwa cheesecake. The menus vary according to location, so check the website to see which one appeals the most to you.

Spirit of Washington Brunch and Dinner Cruises
Price: $67.95 and up
Reservations: 866-302-2469 or online

Take a Mother’s Day lunch or dinner cruise (boardings at 9:45 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m.) on the Spirit of Washington where you'll see D.C.'s amazing sights along the Potomac River. Enjoy a bountiful brunch or dinner buffet, listen to the DJ, and participate in interactive games. Each mother receives a complimentary flower and drink.

The St. Regis Washington D.C.
Price: $59 adults, free for children younger than 12
Reservations: 202-509-8000 or online

Enjoy this historic setting while listening to live jazz and choosing from the chilled seafood station, Bloody Mary station, champagne cart, and more. Specialties include lobster, duck, waffles, pancakes, and tuna niçoise.

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