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Where to Eat on Mother's Day

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In case you still need some ideas for Mother's Day dining (look alive, it's coming up on May 10), here are 17 great choices to consider. We've skipped the usual hotel-brunch suspects, in favor of an eclectic mix of favorite brunches and special services at places we usually only wish were open during the day. Also included are a few day-trip dining options, in case you'll be making a day or weekend of it and want to get out of the city. (It should go without saying, but it would be best to assume that reservations are required at all of these spots.)

For more brunch ideas, check out the Eater Philly Brunch Heatmap.

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Townsend

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Exquisite French newcomer Townsend isn't normally open for brunch, so we wouldn't blame you for jumping on this even if you won't be with your mom. Brunch will be served with reservations starting at 10 a.m., with a three-course meal going for $48 per person. (The first course consists of a pastry and bread basket served family style with assorted spreads, followed by a choice of starter and entree; menu here.) Townsend will also be open as usual for dinner. [Photo: Passyunk Post]
In lieu of the standard a la carte menu, Fork will serve a three-course brunch at $40 per person ($20 each for kids 10 and under) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu is here. [Photo: Bill Addison]

The Farm And Fisherman BYOB

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As a special treat, Josh and Colleen Lawler's beloved BYO will open early for lunch in honor of the holiday. An a la carte menu will be served all day, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Holiday or no, Noord is always one of your best bets for brunch, but that goes double if the mom in your life will appreciate being treated to something that feels fancy without being fussy. (Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday; BYOB.)

Osteria

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The Vetri family's service and food is always a treat, and whether you go for brunch or dinner on Mother's Day, a special dessert is included for all the moms.
This intimate East Passyunk favorite will open early for Mother's Day brunch, with a special menu and cocktail specials available.

La Peg

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Waterfront views and a dramatic space will set the mood for a special prix fixe Mother's Day brunch, served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included are a starter, entree, and dessert, with four choices available for each course. [Photo: Groundswell Design]

Fitler Dining Room

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This cozy, light-filled neighborhood favorite is a brunch staple, with a menu leaning toward lighter choices and a relaxed (but still special) atmosphere.
Jose Garces's flagship tapas restaurant is always luxe and refined, perfect for a special occasion, and the Spanish menu offers something a little out of the ordinary for brunch.

V Street

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If something a little funkier than the Mother's Day norm is called for, the globally influenced vegan brunch at this cocktail bar from the Vedge team might be just the thing. (Note: Though they don't usually take reservations, they're being accepted and recommended for the holiday.)
Estia is a special-occasion go-to for a reason, serving Greek favorites on a grand scale. Good for a group or something more intimate, they'll be serving their champagne brunch on Mother's Day, as well as being open for dinner as usual. [Photo: Facebook]

Dizengoff

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A cool casual option, Dizengoff goes beyond hummus one Sunday each month with a communal brunch feast featuring a changing menu built around dishes like shakshouka, pastries, and more. And this month, naturally, it falls on the biggest brunch day of the year. (Tickets required; $26 per person.)

Paris Bistro

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This swank Chestnut Hill spot (perfect if you want to spend your Sunday window-shopping or hitting the Morris Arboretum or the Woodmere) will serve a special three-course prix fixe brunch at $29.95 per person. (For dinner, it's back to a la carte.) [Photo: Paris Bistro]

Stockton Inn

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If a day trip out to New Hope and Lambertville is your idea of a nice Mother's Day, swing by nearby Stockton, NJ to check out this recently renovated spot whose history stretches back to the 1700s. No special brunches or set menus; just the a la carte menu offered from 2 to 8 p.m. [Photo: Paul Warchel]

Wyebrook Farm

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Get out to the country for a special brunch on the farm, with outdoor seating and a menu by chef Andrew Wood (of Russet here in Philly.) Yes, it's a hike, but an ideal choice if you're looking to make a whole weekend out of your celebration. (BYO; bloody Mary and mimosa mixers will be available. Reservations required.)
Worth a trip on its own, this rustic farmhouse BYO celebrating local cuisine is a must-visit if you'll be spending your day touring the nearby wineries or the Brandywine River Museum. Mother's Day brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a special holiday menu in addition to their regular menu.
Bufad normally only serves lunch and dinner, but for Mother's Day, they're accepting reservations for a special Italian brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Menu items include poached eggs on top of slices of their Roman potato pizza, a riff on eggs Benedict built on Roman gnocchi, French toast with strawberry rhubarb jam and vanilla goat cheese mousse, and more.

Townsend

Exquisite French newcomer Townsend isn't normally open for brunch, so we wouldn't blame you for jumping on this even if you won't be with your mom. Brunch will be served with reservations starting at 10 a.m., with a three-course meal going for $48 per person. (The first course consists of a pastry and bread basket served family style with assorted spreads, followed by a choice of starter and entree; menu here.) Townsend will also be open as usual for dinner. [Photo: Passyunk Post]

Fork

In lieu of the standard a la carte menu, Fork will serve a three-course brunch at $40 per person ($20 each for kids 10 and under) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu is here. [Photo: Bill Addison]

The Farm And Fisherman BYOB

As a special treat, Josh and Colleen Lawler's beloved BYO will open early for lunch in honor of the holiday. An a la carte menu will be served all day, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Noord

Holiday or no, Noord is always one of your best bets for brunch, but that goes double if the mom in your life will appreciate being treated to something that feels fancy without being fussy. (Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday; BYOB.)

Osteria

The Vetri family's service and food is always a treat, and whether you go for brunch or dinner on Mother's Day, a special dessert is included for all the moms.

Fond

This intimate East Passyunk favorite will open early for Mother's Day brunch, with a special menu and cocktail specials available.

La Peg

Waterfront views and a dramatic space will set the mood for a special prix fixe Mother's Day brunch, served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included are a starter, entree, and dessert, with four choices available for each course. [Photo: Groundswell Design]

Fitler Dining Room

This cozy, light-filled neighborhood favorite is a brunch staple, with a menu leaning toward lighter choices and a relaxed (but still special) atmosphere.

Amada

Jose Garces's flagship tapas restaurant is always luxe and refined, perfect for a special occasion, and the Spanish menu offers something a little out of the ordinary for brunch.

V Street

If something a little funkier than the Mother's Day norm is called for, the globally influenced vegan brunch at this cocktail bar from the Vedge team might be just the thing. (Note: Though they don't usually take reservations, they're being accepted and recommended for the holiday.)

Estia

Estia is a special-occasion go-to for a reason, serving Greek favorites on a grand scale. Good for a group or something more intimate, they'll be serving their champagne brunch on Mother's Day, as well as being open for dinner as usual. [Photo: Facebook]

Dizengoff

A cool casual option, Dizengoff goes beyond hummus one Sunday each month with a communal brunch feast featuring a changing menu built around dishes like shakshouka, pastries, and more. And this month, naturally, it falls on the biggest brunch day of the year. (Tickets required; $26 per person.)

Paris Bistro

This swank Chestnut Hill spot (perfect if you want to spend your Sunday window-shopping or hitting the Morris Arboretum or the Woodmere) will serve a special three-course prix fixe brunch at $29.95 per person. (For dinner, it's back to a la carte.) [Photo: Paris Bistro]

Stockton Inn

If a day trip out to New Hope and Lambertville is your idea of a nice Mother's Day, swing by nearby Stockton, NJ to check out this recently renovated spot whose history stretches back to the 1700s. No special brunches or set menus; just the a la carte menu offered from 2 to 8 p.m. [Photo: Paul Warchel]

Wyebrook Farm