Take Mom to brunch for Mother's Day.

Celebrate Mother’s Day in Atlanta with Brunch and Gifts

Mother’s Day is May 12. Atlanta restaurants are ready to make it a great day for telling Mom, “Thanks for all you do.” Take a look at what’s on the menus of Atlanta restaurants ready to fete the moms. Consider a tea instead of a full meal. And maybe add a gift.


5Church (Midtown and Buckhead)

A buffet for Mom will be served at 5Church. (Photo courtesy of 5Church)

Both 5Church locations, Midtown and Buckhead, invite you for a Mother’s Day brunch buffet starting at 10 a.m.  

Where: 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Midtown; 3379 Peachtree Road NE, Buckhead 

Alma Cocina, Downtown

Alma Cocina, Downtown, will be open on Mother’s Day for an a la carte brunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., and it will be open for dinner.

Where: 191 Peachtree St. NE


APRON, inside the Kimpton Overland Atlanta Airport, plans Mother’s Day brunch from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. on May 11 and 12. Featured dishes include Bananas Foster pancakes, sweet potato hash and blueberry cream cheese-stuffed French toast.

Where: 2 Porsche Drive


Aria, normally closed on Sunday and Monday, is opening especially for Mother’s Day from 4:30 until 8 p.m. and will continue the celebration into May 13 with a special opening at 5:30 p.m. for those honoring Emory University graduates. Aria will be closed on May 14 and 15, resuming regular business hours on May 16. This special schedule allows families celebrating Mother’s Day and graduation to enjoy Aria’s offerings.

Where: 490 East Paces Ferry Road

Ecco, Midtown and Buckhead

Ecco Midtown patio
If the weather is nice, you might dine on the patio at Ecco. (Photo by Fifth Group Restaurant, Ecco).

Both Ecco locations, Buckhead and Midtown, will serve a three-course prix-fixe Mother’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Ecco also will be open for dinner.

Where: 40 Seventh St. NE, Midtown; 3586 Peachtree Road NE in Phipps Plaza, Buckhead


Ela will be open during its regular brunch and dinner hours on Mother’s Day.

Where: 1186 North Highland Ave. NE

Hartley Kitchen & Cocktails

Who wouldn’t like Hartley Kitchen & Cocktails’ fried chicken and cornmeal cheddar waffles? (Photo courtesy Hartley Kitchen & Cocktails)

Hartley Kitchen & Cocktails, inside the Kimpton Shane Hotel in Midtown, plans a Mother’s Day brunch on May 12 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Among the menu choices are fried chicken and cornmeal cheddar waffles; Southern Benedict; shrimp and grits; sweet potato hash; steak and eggs; and strawberry-baked French toast. During brunch, you may treat Mom to bracelets and necklaces from Weld ATL. And the Shane will also offer complimentary flowers for Mom to take home. 

Where: 1340 West Peachtree St. NW

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern

All HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern locations invite guests to start Mother’s Day with brunch. Opening at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays, each tavern will feature mimosa specials to toast motherhood, accompanied by a selection of brunch favorites, including shrimp and grits, Nutella French toast, and steak and eggs served with breakfast potato hash.

Where: 245 Eighteenth St. NW. HOBNOB also has locations in Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Vinings and Peachtree City


Lure serves a tasty shrimp and grits bowl. (Photo courtesy of Lure)

Lure will serve an a la carte brunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Mother’s Day, and it will be open for dinner.

Where: 1106 Crescent Ave. NE


Select from Marcel’s regular menu on Mother’s Day, beginning at 3 p.m.

Where: 1170 Howell Mill Road

Marlow’s Tavern

Each Marlow’s Tavern location will feature a unique take on classic American tavern fare with an upscale twist. 

Where: 950 West Peachtree St. NW; Marlow’s Tavern also has locations in Brookhaven, Cumming, Duluth, Alpharetta, Dunwoody, East Cobb, Johns Creek, Kennesaw, Tucker, Peachtree Corners, Roswell, Marietta, Vinings and Woodstock.

No. 246

No. 246 invites you to celebrate Mom the Italian way favorites such as breakfast pizza, tagliatelle carbonara, and spaghetti and meatballs. No. 246 will serve Mother’s Day fare, family-style, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Where: 129 East Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur

The Optimist

The Optimist opens at noon on Mother’s Day. Reservations are encouraged 

Where: 914 Howell Mill Road

Ray’s in the City

Ray’s in the City will offer a family-style meal for $80 per person with dishes such as warm Maryland crab dip, herb-crusted New York strip, signature crab cakes, Southern-style baked mac and cheese, and strawberry shortcake.  All Ray’s locations will be open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Mother’s Day.

Where: Ray’s in the City, 240 Peachtree St. Rays also has locations in Alpharetta and Sandy Springs        

St. Cecilia

St. Cecilia serves plates that are appetizing and also pretty. (Photo by Andrew Thomas Lee)

St. Cecilia offers a special Mother’s Day-only brunch menu from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Where: 3455 Peachtree Road NE

Serena Pastificio

If Mom enjoys a beautiful setting, Serena Pastificio might fill the bill. (Photo by Angie Webb Photography)

Serena Pastificio plans a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on May 12. There will be coastal seafood, house-made pastas, assorted antipasto and more, alongside a Mimosa Special ($40) that includes one bottle of prosecco plus orange, blood orange and grapefruit juices. The brunch buffet will be available for $60 per adult and $25 per child (younger than 12).

Where: 1197 Peachtree St. NE

South City Kitchen

South City Kitchen in Midtown and in Buckhead will serve brunch and dinner on Mother’s Day. (Photo courtesy of South City Kitchen)

Both metro locations of South City Kitchen will be open for Mother’s Day. A two-course, prix-fixe brunch will be available from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. A three-course, prix-fixe dinner will be served from 5 until 9 p.m.

Where: 1144 Crescent Ave. NE, Midtown; 3350 Peachtree Road NE, Buckhead.

Your 3rd Spot

Your 3rd Spot plans a day of joy, games and culinary delights from noon until10 p.m. (21+ only after 8 p.m.). Highlights include unlimited access to activities for up to three hours, where families can dive into everything from nostalgic arcade games to cutting-edge interactive experiences. In a toast to moms, a “Mom”osa Bar will feature a selection of sparkling wines paired with a spectrum of fresh juices, allowing guests to craft the perfect celebratory drink. The culinary journey continues with a special brunch menu and a chef’s seven-course tasting menu. There will be a card-making station for kids to create mementos for their mom and a family photo booth. Admission is $25 per person, which includes an Experiences Pass to unlock the three hours of gaming. Entrance is complimentary for pint-sized patrons (younger than 3) and people 65 and older.

Where: 400 Chattahoochee Row NW


Mother and Me Afternoon Tea

The Swan Coach House invites Mom to tea. (Photo by Brian Patrick-tagalong/Unsplash)

The Swan Coach House plans Mother and Me Afternoon Tea on two dates, May 1 and May 9 from 5 until 7 p.m. The cost is $78 for adults and $42 for children ages 3 to 12 and includes gratuity. Reservations are required.


Sea Salt at Beautiful Briny Sea

If Mom likes to cook — or eat — this sea salt trio might be just the thing. (Photo courtesy of Beautiful Briny Sea)

Beautiful Briny Sea suggests a sea salt gift set that includes Magic Unicorn, French Picnic and Truffle. Magic Unicorn contains sea salt, smoked paprika, rosemary, garlic and celery seed. French Picnic is made up of sea salt, Dijon mustard, garlic and Herbs de Provence. Truffle is a mix of sea salt and Italian black truffle

Le Bon Nosh Gift Bag

Le Bon Nosh is making “Breakfast in Bed” gift bags for Mother’s Day. Each jute tote will include freshly baked layered biscuits (8); a 5-ounce jar of whipped European butter; a 12-ounce jar of strawberry jam; a dozen lemon shortbread cookies; biscotti (6); house-made granola; local coffee and tea by Methodical  Coffee roasters; and a bottle of champagne. Orders can be placed through May 10, and pick-up can be scheduled after noon on May 11 or May 12.

Candles from Italian Luxury Interiors

Travel without leaving home. All you need to do is light a candle and it will carry your imagination away. (Photo by Italian Luxury Interiors)

Assouline’s Travel From Home candle collection suggests a set of three individual mini-size candles. One sniff and you can travel in your mind to a tropical paradise, a winter wonderland or wild escape.

Grits Bits

Grits Bits features Georgia gift baskets, Georgia foods and, well, Grits Bits. A sampling of baskets include a Vidalia Onion Gift Basket and a Sip ‘n’ Snack. Georgia foods available include Peach Bites, Georgia Peanuts and Georgia Peach Preserves. Grits Bits choices include Cheddar Grits Bits, Vidalia Onion Grits Bits and a variety pack.

Where: 273 Eureka Drive NE

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If you are looking for fun things to do on Mother’s Day, check our calendar of events. For more dining suggestions, check our restaurant guide.

Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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