|Rialto in Cambridge|
Aura: Moms and children alike will enjoy the buffet brunch at this American in the Seaport Hotel, complete with a chocolate fountain and The Kids Place 4 Fun, an area where children can create a keepsake craft for mom on the spot. The menu will include salmon cake Benedict, ricotta blintzes, French toast and a variety of pastries and much more (11 AM-3 PM; $55 per person; $13 kids 12-14, kids under 12, free; 617-385-4300).
Blue Room: An all-time favorite for brunch anytime, this Eclectic in Kendall Square, Cambridge, will make mom's day extra special with a menu that includes buttermilk pancakes and scrambled eggs with crème fraîche. Plus, there’s outdoor seating (10 AM-2:30 PM; $35 per person, $17 kids 12 and younger; 617-494-9034).
Bergamot: This elegant New American in Somerville is only open twice a year for brunch, so take advantage of their three-course prix fixe brunch while you can ($33 per person; call for times 617-576-7700).
Deuxave: Decadence is in order, and this Back Bay New American has it covered with an all-day affair. The three-course prix fixe includes choices of nine-hour French onion soup; pork belly with chicken livers; butter poached Scituate lobster; elderflower panna cotta and more (11 AM-7 PM; $65 per person; 617-517-5915).
Harvest: Take it slow with an elegant all-day three-course brunch at this New Englander in Cambridge, where choices run from smoked river trout crostini; gulf shrimp cocktail; braised spring lamb; and citrus cheesecake (10:30 AM-8 PM; $60 per person; add $15 for half-glass pairings, and $25 for full-glass pairings; 617-868-2255).
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: Not only do you get a lovely brunch from this Park Square steakhouse, but mom walks away with a $25 dining card to use in the future. The three-course prix fixe brunch includes filet mignon Benedict, and Fleming’s New Orleans-Style French toast made from thick slices of rich brioche bread soaked in Grand Marnier-flavored cinnamon batter, topped with Chantilly and fresh berries (11:30 AM-3 PM; $34.95 per person; children’s menu is $16.95 per child under 12; 617-292-0808).
Moksa: On May 12, this Pan-Asian izakaya in Central Square, Cambridge, is kicking off Mother’s Day weekend with a “Mommy and Me” cooking class with chef Patricia Yeo, who will teach kids how to make French toast and huevos rancheros - and learn the art of serving breakfast in bed ($25 per child; call for times; 617-661-4900).
Rialto: Jody Adams is presenting an elegant three-course brunch at her breezy Italian in the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square, Cambridge, with mom in mind. The menu includes asparagus with house smoked char; Peeky Toe crab omelet; and pistachio cake with lemon glaze and lemon curd cream (11 AM-2 PM; $65 per person; a children’s menu is available for $30; 617-661-5050).
Sea Crest Beach Hotel: Head to Cape Cod to give the treat of an elegant brunch overlooking the ocean in Falmouth. The three-course brunch includes grilled East Coast salmon, omelets, Belgian waffles, bacon, sausage and more, plus a long-stem rose for mom (11:30 AM-4 PM; $45 per person, children under 12, $19; 508-540-9400).
Upstairs on the Square: Always a lively spot, this Cambridge New American offers a three-course prix fixe brunch, including a basket of housemade breads and pastries; smoked salmon; cast-iron French toast with organic blueberry compote; and rhubarb vanilla ice cream with Lillet-poached strawberries and a creamy biscuit (10 AM-3:30 PM; $50 per person, with a children’s menu at $25 for 12 and under; 617-864-1933).