Houston Restaurants Serving Mother’s Day Brunch for 2024

Peruvian Ceviche at Chimichurri's South American Grill. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.

Houston’s vibrant culinary landscape has countless restaurants worth visiting every day, and the surplus of options can become overwhelming when trying to narrow down a list of dining options for special occasions. For this one, I’ve put together 15 locally-owned, Houston-area restaurants that offer memorable Mother’s Day brunches and other dining experiences that your mom will be talking about for years to come. All menus are subject to change, and pricing does not include tax or gratuity.

Houston Museum District 

Le Jardinier's Ora King Salmon with quinoa, agrumes and broccoli florets. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.
Le Jardinier’s Ora King Salmon with quinoa, agrumes and broccoli florets. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.

Le Jardinier, 5500 Main: This stunning space located at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston is featuring a three-course brunch menu for Mother’s Day with spring favorites curated by chef de cuisine Felipe Botero, executive pastry chef Salvatore Martone and pastry chef Tiffani Gkaris. The menu is available on Sunday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $125 per guest. A $55 child’s menu is also offered. Reservations are available via Resy.

As a first course, choose from scallop crudo, burrata with strawberry and rhubarb, mango, arugula coulis and toasted pine nuts, Boston lettuce with herbal cream dressing, gruyère, croutons and jamon Iberico or poached white asparagus with orange and passion fruit reduction, puffed grains and confit kumquats. Second-course options include Arctic char with spring lettuce, herbal dressing and smoked trout roe, Carolina gold rice risotto with crab, crispy leeks and preserved lemon, heritage chicken au jus served with morels, green asparagus and Vin Jaune and Wagyu beef bavette au jus with soubise, black garlic and broccolini.

The dessert course includes La Rose, strawberry cheesecake mousse with pineapple compote and chiffon cake, Valrhona Guanaja dark chocolate crémeux with salty caramel sabayon, Le Jardinier plant-based ice creams and lemon tart with tarragon ice cream.

Lucille's Fried Chicken & Waffles with fresh chilies and bourbon and Texas pecan-infused syrup over a sweet potato waffle. Courtesy photo.
Lucille’s Fried Chicken & Waffles with fresh chilies and bourbon and Texas pecan-infused syrup over a sweet potato waffle. Courtesy photo.

Lucille’s, 5512 La Branch: Brothers Chris and Ben Williams co-founded this restaurant in the heart of Houston’s Museum District to honor the legacy of their great-grandmother, Lucille B. Smith, who was an educator, entrepreneur and culinary innovator who inspired the restaurant’s “well-refined Southern cuisine.” It’s continually improved over the years, with executive chef Chris Williams earning James Beard Award nominations in 2022 and 2023 for Outstanding Restaurateur. Last month, Lucille’s Hospitality Group opened Late August restaurant at the Ion to positive reviews, and was noted in our April 2024 new restaurant hit list.

Lucille’s is celebrating Mother’s Day with live jazz music on the patio, drink specials and a brunch menu available from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday, May 10 through Sunday, May 12. The menu includes watermelon salad, baked mac and cheese with truffle oil, Salmon Cake Benedict and chocolate cake for dessert. Guests can also opt for other iconic Lucille’s brunch dishes, such as Gulf shrimp and grits with andouille and sherry-tomato broth, oxtail omelet with pulled oxtail meat, caramelized onions, white cheddar, crispy shallot salad and braising jus, and chicken and waffles with fried chicken, fresh chilies and bourbon and Texas pecan-infused syrup over a sweet potato waffle. All moms will also receive a complimentary mimosa or glass of sparkling wine. Reservations can be made through the website.

Washington Avenue Coalition / Memorial Park

Hokkaido Sea Scallop Crudo with with yuzu kosho from Aiko. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.
Hokkaido Sea Scallop Crudo with with yuzu kosho from Aiko. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.

Aiko, 1902 Washington Avenue: Houston has been blessed with a number of world-class omakase experiences of late, and this Mother’s Day you can treat okaasan to one of the best! Aiko is offering a 14-course Omakase Mother’s Day Dinner with an assortment of nigiri, crudo, handrolls, dessert and more, as well as all-day drink specials. The restaurant comes from lauded chef-owners Patrick Pham and Daniel Lee, along with co-founders Andrew Lin and C.J. Short, who also own two locations of sushi and yakitori concept Kokoro in Downtown Houston and Dubai, Montrose and Heights locations of temaki sushi bar Handies Douzo, Himari Japanese restaurant in Garden Oaks and the forthcoming Japanese-inspired Bar Doko at Autry Park.

The omakase is $150 per person and is available from Wednesday, May 8 to Wednesday, May 22 from 5 p.m. to close each day. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made via OpenTable. Aiko is open for dinner daily from 5 to 10 p.m. or later and recently debuted lunch service from noon to 3 p.m. seven days a week. 

The dining room at Flora Mexican Kitchen. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.
The dining room at Flora Mexican Kitchen. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.

Flora Mexican Kitchen, 3422 Allen Parkway: This visually sumptuous Mexican kitchen from The Big Vibe Group overlooks Buffalo Bayou Park, offering breathtaking views with a wraparound terrace and patio. The interior beautifully contrasts and compliments its surroundings, with works of art and splashes of color throughout the dining area with over 40 chandeliers hanging overhead. The “Oohs” and “Aahs” you’ll get from Mom about the space are worth the price tag alone, but the food, craft cocktails and service are equally exceptional. The worthy dishes include the head-turning Flora’s Parillada comprised of a sizzling selection of seafood and meats served with house-made tortillas, refried beans, Spanish rice and a salsa flight, charred octopus carved at the table with chorizo, roasted sweet potato, salsa macha and sour cream, and the bone-in pork shank bathed in mole rojo with black sesame seeds, refried beans and a black bean tamal. 

This year, Flora is also offering a special Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday May 12. On the brunch menu you’ll find classics such as huevos rancheros, huevos Benedictinos and chilaquiles as well as the splurge-worthy Frutas del Mar, which includes East Coast oysters on the half shell, cold boiled shrimp and ceviche served over ice with tortilla chips on the side. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made online. To match such an experience, the dress code ranges from snappy casual to dressy.

Greenway Plaza

Tony's Branzino on the Rocks with puttanesca bianca and crisp Kennebec potatoes⁣. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.
Tony’s Branzino on the Rocks with puttanesca bianca and crisp Kennebec potatoes⁣. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.

Tony’s, 3755 Richmond: For over 50 years, Tony’s Italian restaurant has been one of Houston’s premiere dining destinations. The impeccable service is a rare and beautiful thing in this day and age, and is sure to make your entire party feel like stars. Executive chef-partner Kate McLean carries on the legacy of the late Tony Vallone while keeping the menu fresh and exciting, and longtime wine director Scott Banks demystifies an esteemed wine list with an approachable demeanor. This is the place to splurge on that special bottle, as his mastery of symphonious wine pairings delivers memorable culinary “aha” moments that will stick with you long after you leave.

On Sunday, May 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, Tony’s is offering a three-course prix fixe menu for $80 per adult and $30 for children 12 and younger. Choose from eight different starters such as lobster bisque, salmon gravlax and linguine alle vongole. Main course options include pan-seared dover sole meunière, Mediterranean branzino with salsa verde and gigante beans, truffled filet of beef with Umbrian black truffle essence and garden asparagus, Tony’s Traditional Eggs Benedict and French toast. A Caviar & Spritz add-on option is available to lock in your status as the favorite child. For dessert, there’s almond fruit cake with Lyle’s Golden Syrup and fresh whipped cream. 

Tony’s has also introduced live musical performances from Latin vocalist Miguel Delabarca in the main dining room starting at 7:30 p.m. on select weekend dates in May. Visit OpenTable to view the available dates and make reservations. 

Montrose

Echoes’ brunch dishes. Photo by Rebekah Flores.

Echoes, 900 Richmond: For the moms who prefer to cut loose a little on their special day, this high-energy Greek café is offering a Mother’s Day brunch on its second-floor terrace that is about as close as it gets to re-capturing the hallowed La Strada Sunday Funday brunch experience of yore. Echoes originally opened as a music-focused bar, but expanded its kitchen offerings late last year with noshable tapas and mezedes, influenced from the owners’ Greek heritage, as well as casual Mexican and American fare.

For Mother’s Day, it will feature live music, complimentary mimosas for all mothers and a brunch menu featuring chicken chilaquiles, souvlaki plates with your choice of grilled pork, salmon or chicken skewers, breakfast tacos, tortilla Española and more.

The cocktails are both stout and whimsical, with choices such as Frosted Krusty Flakes with bourbon, Golden Grahams-infused oat milk and Giffard Vanille de Madagascar, Wild Women Don’t Get The Blues with Soon Hari yogurt soju, dry vermouth, St. Germaine, kiwi and lemon, Lavender Peach Bellinis and Bloody Marys.

Midtown

Brennan’s of Houston’s Famous Snapping Turtle Soup. Courtesy photo.
Brennan’s of Houston’s Famous Snapping Turtle Soup. Courtesy photo.

Brennan’s of Houston, 3300 Smith: A Creole institution that has been in Houston since 1967, Brennan’s is celebrating Mother’s Day with a festive Jazz Brunch on Saturday, May 11 and on Sunday, May 12. An à la carte brunch menu is being offered on Saturday. You can make reservations online for that one, but for Sunday, you must call  (713) 522-9711, as Brennan’s does not take online reservations for holidays.

On Sunday, a three-course menu will be available for $72 per person that includes your choice of a starter, entrée and dessert with eight flavorful options in each category.

To begin, choose from Brennan’s favorites such as Snapping Turtle Soup with a touch of sherry, Jose’s Bayou Gumbo with alligator sausage, Gulf oysters, crawfish tails, Jazzmen Rice and filé and Shrimp and Tasso Henican with crispy Gulf shrimp, thick-cut tasso, pepper jelly sauce and pickled okra. As for entrees, there’s roasted quail with cornbread dressing, field pea ragout and pearl onions, Pecan-Crusted Snapper with Creole meunière, wood-grilled filet mignon and more. For dessert, I recommend Brennan’s Banana Foster flambéed tableside, but the Creole Bread Pudding is a close second.

River Oaks

The spread at Eugene’s. Photo by Leah Wilson.
The spread at Eugene’s. Photo by Leah Wilson.

Eugene’s Gulf Coast Cuisine, 1985 Welch: The successor to Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood, which closed in 2019, Eugene’s manages to capture the same familiar essence of a Gulf Coast eatery from decades past. The vibe immediately draws me to the bar where I want to slurp down oysters on the half shell alongside an ice-cold martini before moving to the main dining area. There’s a little something for everyone, with a wide selection of po’boys and sandwiches, Gulf Coast seafood, steaks and slow-cooked, dark roux gumbo

For Mother’s Day, Eugene’s is offering a brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. which includes shrimp and poblano grits, French toast, Eggs Benedict Tasso with fried oysters, scallops en brochette over crab cakes, and Eggs Benedict Boudin. The full dinner menu will be available from 3 to 9 p.m. with Cajun-style favorites such as seafood courtbouillon, stuffed redfish with red beans, rice and sausage, soft-shell crab with dirty rice and mixed veggies and Cajun Sea Scallops with okra, tomatoes and yams. Reservations can be made through the website. According to owner Kyle Teas, brunch reservations are filling very quickly, so hurry if you want one. That said, you can also visit for a beautiful Mother’s Day dinner. Expect to valet park (it’s complimentary; gratuity only), and wear your Sunday best.

Greater Heights

Rainbow Lodge's Rainbow Trout with lump crab, pecan brown butter, crispy sweet potato curls and garlic spinach. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.
Rainbow Lodge’s Rainbow Trout with lump crab, pecan brown butter, crispy sweet potato curls and garlic spinach. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.

Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella: Rainbow Lodge is serving Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The restaurant, located in a historic log cabin along the banks of White Oak Bayou, is known for exotic wild game, fresh seafood and for having one of Houston’s best restaurant patios.

The Mother’s Day menu includes three courses for $60 per person. Choose from six different appetizers, including Smoked Duck Gumbo with andouille sausage and wild rice pilaf, and Taste of the Wild, a mixed grill plate with coffee-rubbed elk with mole amarillo, sweet-and-spicy wild boar rib and Texas fallow deer with squash blossom salsa. Ten different entrées are available, including lobster and corn risotto, Braised Bison Short Rib Benedict, seared rainbow trout with lump blue crab and pecan brown butter and South Texas Nilgai Antelope Loin. Three seasonal desserts are included: warm croissant bread pudding, lemon tart and chocolate macaron. Reservations can be made on the website. If you prefer something a little more casual and quiet or are not available for brunch, look into reserving for Sunday Supper.

Chinatown

Mother's Day Lobster Tail and meats ready for the grill at Hongdae 33 Korean BBQ. Courtesy photo.
Mother’s Day Lobster Tail and meats ready for the grill at Hongdae 33 Korean BBQ. Courtesy photo.

Hongdae 33 Korean BBQ, 9889 Bellaire: This colorful Korean BBQ spot named after Seoul’s lively cultural district is located on the second floor of Dunh Huang Plaza and offers a hip, interactive all-you-can-eat dining experience that comes to life at night with glowing neon and lively K-Pop. Whet your appetites with soju-based cocktails, frozen margaritas and signature makgeolli drinks, then grill up as much galbi, miso flat-iron steak, spicy Ika squid, garlic jumbo shrimp and bulgogi as you can handle within the 90-minute time limit. The All Day Deluxe costs $33 per person and includes unlimited sauces and banchan. For Mother’s Day, it is offering a Lobster Tails for Moms feature,  which is a free lobster tail upgrade to Mom’s all-you-can-eat meal. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. until midnight and seating is first come, first served. 

Spring Branch West

Loaded tables during Sunday brunch at Wild Oats. Photo by Abbie Arnold.
Loaded tables during Sunday brunch at Wild Oats. Photo by Abbie Arnold.

Wild Oats, 1222 Witte: Underbelly Hospitality’s fun and unpretentious ode to Texas cuisine is offering a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet on Sunday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Choose from Caesar salad, elote salad and brunch staples such as scrambled eggs and thick-cut bacon, French toast, biscuits and gravy, cheesy breakfast potatoes with peppers and onions and yogurt parfait with fresh fruit. Texas-sized main courses include chicken fried steak “with all the fixings”, blackened snapper with cheddar-poblano grits and a prime rib carving station.

Mom can unwind with a frozen Cadillac Margarita or with one (or more) of Wild Oats’ $15 seasonal cocktails, like the Bless Your Heart with blanco Tequila, grapefruit cordial, lime and Aperitivo Rosato, Temper Tantrum with vodka, raspberry brandy, lemon, lychee and pomegranate, or the Mutton Buster with gin, lime, strawberry, Aperol and mint. 

Brunch buffet tickets are $40 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Reservations can be made via Resy.

Katy

Hainanese Chicken at Phat Eatery. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.
Hainanese Chicken at Phat Eatery. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.

Phat Eatery, 23119 Colonial Parkway: Founded by the late, beloved chef Alex Au-Yeung, who tragically passed away in March, this highly acclaimed Malaysian street food restaurant in Katy Asian Town continues on in the safe hands of Directors of Operations Kevin Lee and Marvin He. A favorite of Houston Food Finder mom, Phaedra Cook, the restaurant is hosting Mom is Queen Bee at Phat Eatery specials on Mother’s Day. All moms get a complimentary glass of chardonnay or Champagne and a free entrée with the purchase of an entrée of equal or greater value. (One free entrée per table, dine in only.) Reservations are available through Resy.

Those wishing to get Phat at home can pre-order the Mom Eats Big at Home deal featuring a five-course prix fixe menu that includes two orders of flaky roti canai, jasmine rice, plus appetizers and mains. Start with your choice of kerabu prawns with cold mango and papaya slaw, black sesame and peanut nyonya sauce or chopped salad with yuzu ginger vinaigrette, then pick a beef dish such as sweet basil beef, beef rendang or black pepper beef. The poultry course includes your choice of comforting Hainanese chicken, mango chicken or garlic chicken. The final course includes chili prawns and calamari, sizzling tofu or garlic stir-fried green beans. The to-go package serves six adults and costs $99. Order through the website by 10 p.m. on Friday, May 10 for pick up from noon to 1 p.m. or 4 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 12. 

The Woodlands

Tandoor Pork at Amrina. Photo by Ryan Kasey Baker.
Tandoor Pork at Amrina. Photo by Ryan Kasey Baker.

Amrina, 3 Waterway Square: The name translates to “princess”, and the restaurant, led by brothers Surpreet and Preetpaul Singh and executive chef Jassi Bindra, “pays homage to the extraordinary women who have graced our lives with their beauty and strength”. Chef Bindra’s innovative, Indian-inspired menu tantalizes the senses with aromatic spices, vibrant flavors and eye-popping plating and presentation. 

Amrina is known for extravagant dishes such as Ostrich Seekh Kebabs with avocado-cilantro chutney and masala onion, Chilean sea bass with Brussels sprout foogath and kokum coconut sauce, Queen’s Duck, a whole roast duck served with rumali (wheat-flour flatbread) pancake, tamarind hoisin and house pickles, and a selection of steaks, including A5 Miyazaki ribeye, with your choice of rub, basting and sauce.

Amrina will be offering Mother’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 12 featuring à la carte dining along with an exclusive ghewar a sweet, round cake with a honeycomb-like texture made from ghee, maida and sugar syrup — for dessert with mascarpone rabri and strawberry chhena. Reservations can be made via OpenTable.

Kingwood 

A goofy food journalist and his family dining at Chimichurri's South American Grill. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry's server.
A goofy food journalist and his family dining at Chimichurri’s South American Grill. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry’s server.

Chimichurri’s South American Grill, 1660 West Lake Houston: This stylish, family-owned and -operated waterfront restaurant has remained popular since the early aughts for good reason. It boasts a timeless Latin American menu, an approachable wine list with options priced for any occasion and a romantic, covered patio which overlooks Lake Houston. For Mother’s Day, the regular menu is available all day long, and a four-course Mother’s Day menu is being offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The Mother’s Day menu begins with tuna tartare, followed by a choice of Mother’s Day Sunshine Salad with blueberry, peach and cucumber topped with feta and basil dressing or Melon Gazpacho with bacon and mint relish. For the main course, choose from Bife de Chorizo, a 12-ounce New York strip steak with shitake mushroom-red wine sauce, Fruta del Mar, halibut filet topped with tarragon-white wine ginger sauce, or Pollo a la Parrilla, grilled chicken served with guajillo sauce, mashed potatoes and vegetables. Rum bread pudding is being offered for dessert. The cost is $72 per person.

Reservations can be made through the website. After your meal, I highly recommend taking a walk along the surrounding greenbelt trails in the shade of the Liveable Forest to take in the surroundings.

Bay Area Houston

Wood-Grilled Oysters on the Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House patio. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.
Wood-Grilled Oysters on the Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House patio. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.

Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House, 113 6th Street: Take Mom on a day trip to sunny San Leon this Mother’s Day to take in Galveston Bay views, azure skies and tide-to-table Gulf coast cuisine. On Sunday, May 12, it’s hosting Special Pours at Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House. Toast on the coast with half-priced bottles of Telmont Champagne and Hess Wines while enjoying executive chef Joe Cervantezweekend brunch menu selections, including a spicy-sweet Hot Chicken Donut, Lobster Benedict with caviar hollandaise, New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp and grits and cold seafood platters. Wash it down on the expansive, sun-soaked patio with a Baller Bloody Mary filled to the gills with shrimp, oysters, olives, celery, pickled carrots and green beans and a salted rim, or try a mimosa flight with grapefruit, pomegranate, pineapple and orange juice. With every Champagne purchase, moms will receive a lovely flower purse as a gift. Reservations can be booked through Resy or by calling the restaurant at (281) 339-1515.

I recently covered Pier 6’s new Wine Down Wednesday Yacht Cruises, which my own mother was over the moon about.

A local mother thoroughly enjoys Pier 6's new Wine Down Wednesday Yacht Cruise. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.
A local mother thoroughly enjoys Pier 6’s new Wine Down Wednesday Yacht Cruise. Photo by Mario-Sebastian Berry.

I hope everyone has a splendid Mother’s Day!

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