10 best Mother’s Day brunch spots you need to book now

This is your official notice that Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 12. It still might seem far away, but reservations are already filling up fast in diners and eateries across Toronto, especially when it comes to brunch — everyone’s favourite way to spend even a regular Sunday, let alone Mother’s Day.

Prove to those mothers, grandmothers, step-mothers, and mother figures in your life that they are someone special with these Mother’s Day specialty brunches around Toronto. 

For brunch and entertainment: Valerie Toronto

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Valerie Toronto has both the menu and entertainment covered for Mother’s Day, so you don’t have to so much as lift a finger. Whether mom wants to look out the skyline views while at the top of premier Hotel X or enjoy the soft sounds of live jazz, Valerie Toronto is serving it up. The menu kicks off with a pastry basket and a choice of a starter, and end with a sweet choice of dessert, while the mains options include smoked salmon benedict, confit duck hash, karaage and waffles, truffle carbonara udon, and a 12-piece Valerie sushi set. To make the day extra celebratory, bottomless mimosa are up for grabs ($45 addition). The Mother’s Day Jazz brunch is priced at $75. 111 Princes Blvd, 28th Floor

For bubbles: Roses Social

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Located in Hotel X, Roses Social is the best spot to get an early start on Mother’s Day with brunch beginning as early as 7 a.m. Guests can dine on the a la carte menu (with options including the highlight truffle tuna crudo) or enjoy Mother’s Day features, like the salmon rosti, croque madame, and chicken and waffles. Make the morning extra sparkling with a bottle of Fiol bubbles for $76. 111 Princes Blvd.

For nostalgia: Old Mill

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If the mother figures in your life are more sentimental, traditionalists, and appreciative of stories and histories, perhaps a trip to the Old Mill Toronto is best in store. On Saturday, May 11 ($60, $25 for children 4 -11 and free under 3) and Sunday, May 12 ($75, $35 for children 4-11, and free under 3), the Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinner features a gourmet spread of fresh-crafted dishes from decadent sweets and desserts to filling, mouth-watering entrees of seafood, charcuterie boards, salads, potatoes, and, for dinner, a carving station. Scones, cupcake towers, croissants, muffins, strudels, and other assorted pastries will bookend the meal.

If that’s not enough, Old Mill is also hosting their Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea from Thursdays to Sundays between May 2 to May 11, full of pastries, finger sandwiches, and exquisite teas. Afternoon Tea goes for $70 per person. 21 Old Mill Road

For the Queens: Reign Toronto

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“Reign” supreme with the Mother’s Day brunch experience offered at Fairmont Royal York’s Reign. The excusive, sophisticated buffet offering features some of the restaurant’s favourite dishes fit only for the Queen, from pastries and fresh-made break, charcuteries, seafood, salad, herb-crusted lamb leg, maple and mustard salmon, orecchiette, and more. Made-to-order exclusives include avocado and smoked salmon benedict, omelette, duck confit, strawberry and cream stack, and a dessert with a selection of cakes, pastries, tarts, and pies.

Only available between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Mother’s Day, spots for this brunch are selling fast. Reservations cost $135 ($55 for children 12 and under). 100 Front St W.

Staycation: ONE King West

The Mother’s Day brunch at ONE King West is open to those who aren’t just spending the night, but staycations are always in style if you’re really in the mood to spoil mom. The eloquent buffet includes a live egg station, breakfast classics, a seafood bar (shrimp cocktail, seafood salad, smoked salmon, baked salmon), antipasto and salad bar, soup station, pasta bar, carving station (prime rib, roasted chicken), and a sweet table of artisanal pastries and cakes.

Mother’s Day brunch at ONE King West runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $105 per adult and $35 for children 12 and under. 1 King St. W.

For those with loose purse strings: TOCA

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TOCA is making it easy to choose how you want to celebrate the motherly figures in your life, in a cozy, comfortable space. Exclusively held on May 12 at 2 p.m. and 2:30, the Ritz-Carlton Toront0 is hosting the return of their Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet. Including an exquisite seafood selection, the day will include a wide offerings and special time spent with mom. Brunch reservations cost $185 per person or $85 for children aged 2 to 12.

Prefer a set menu? Get a taste of the pre-set 3-course brunch menu intentionally made for Mother’s Day. This dinner is only available on May 11 for $75. 181 Wellington Street W.

For the refined: EPOCH Bar & Kitchen Terrace

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The exclusive Afternoon Tea at EPOCH will include no shortage of sweet treats and fine treats, combined with EPOCH’s rich and elegant ambiance. Held on both May 11 and 12, guests can make it their own by adding on champaign, sparkling wine, or signature cocktails. EPOCH’s Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea costs $90 per person.181 Wellington St W.

For the whole family: NODO Liberty

Mothers with a taste for Italian cuisine might be best suited for the Mother’s Day buffet found at NODO Liberty between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Mother’s Day. With many gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly options, this buffet is made for everyone with antipastos and oysters, pastas, pizzas, salads, and plenty of breakfast options, like croissants, pancakes, and an omelette stations. The brunch buffet costs $89 per person ($39 for children 4 – 12 and free for those under 4).   120 Lynn Williams St.

For more than food: The Drake

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Toast the mothers and mother figures in your life by raising your caesars and mimosas at The Drake Hotel on Mother’s Day. Chef McMeekin will serve up a multi-course brunch with the classics including mini blueberry scones, and Drake breakfast or bennys, combined with new dishes mushroom toast and finish it off with a house-made lemon meringue tart. The dinner will include a small gift for the mother of honour from Indigenous woman-owned business Roots + Raven, and guests can purchase a flower bouquet with a portion of proceeds benefiting Sistering, a multi-service agency for at-risk women and gender diverse individuals.

Brunch at The Drake costs $50 per person ($25 for children) with reservations available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. 1150 Queen St. W.

For a pampering: W Toronto

This Mother’s Day, W Toronto’s W Living Room is serving up a high te that is entirely beauty inspired. What does that mean? Strawberry edible lipsticks, ruby fudge ‘chapeaux’, clotted ‘night’ cream, and more all as sweet and savory petit fours. Delivered by a custom makeup case with floral loose-leaf teas, the bites at the High Beau-Tea treatment will have mom feeling ready to hit the runway. Champagne by bottle or the glass are available as an add-on. The beauty afternoon tea is priced at $95 per person and available Thursdays through Sundays.

While at W Toronto, visit the elaborate floral installation as part of Fleurs de Villes, a local floral trail throughout the Yorkville neighbourhood. Through the collaboration, W Toronto is also hosting Flower Power and Chocolate Paint and Wine workshops over Mother’s Day weekend. 90 Bloor St E.

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