Forget the flowers, the bath salts, and the foot soak. Indulge your mom, your wife (or yourself!) in the most glorious brunch of the year, a splurge-worthy meal to celebrate the fine art of motherhood. Boston’s special kid-friendly Mother’s Day brunches take it up a level with live music, cruises, crafts for kids, and decadent drinks.
Aura, Seaport Boston Hotel
Location: One Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02210
Contact and reservations: visit opentable.com or call 617-385-4315
Cost: Adults $65, Kids ages 5 - 14 $16, plus tax & service (kids under 5 free)
Brunch hours: 11 am - 3 pm
You can enjoy a lovely, leisurely meal at Aura while the kids make Mother’s Day crafts and a jazz quartet plays. If you forgot to get a gift for mom, not to worry: Karen Hallaby of Jewelry by Karel will be on hand with her custom jewelry collection. Take a look at highlights of the day’s brunch menu here.
Café Fleuri, Langham Hotel
Location: 250 Franklin Street, Boston, MA 02110
Contact and reservations: call 617- 451-1900, ext. 7125
Cost: $95 per Adult, $51 for Children 5-12, free for children 4 and under
Brunch hours: 11 am - 3 pm
The extensive Mother’s Day brunch menu at Café Fleuri speaks for itself. The dishes they have planned range from fresh seafood to a dessert buffet, and everything in between. My advice: Go on an empty stomach! The adults can sit back and relax with a mimosa and listen to the jazz band while the kids stuff their faces with made-to-order waffles and watch the balloon artist at work.
Aragosta Bar & Bistro, Battery Wharf Hotel
Location: 3 Battery Wharf, Boston, MA 02109
Contact and reservations: call 617-994-9901
Cost: A la carte
Brunch hours: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Have your brunch and cruise, too. Mother's Day Brunch features a Raw Bar, Filet Mignon and Eggs, Cinnamon Swirl French Toast, and Dessert Waffles. Take a 45-minute Harbor Cruise before or after brunch (included); departures at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Aragosta is also offering Tea By The Sea in the Battery Lounge from 2 - 4:30 pm featuring new spring afternoon tea offerings. Reservations are required.
Odyssey Boston Mother’s Day Cruise, Rowe's Wharf
Location: Rowe's Wharf, Gate B, Boston, MA 02210
Contact and reservations: Call 866-310-2469 or buy tickets online
Cost: $75 per adult, $55 per child age 3-12, plus fees
Hours: Board at 9 am, cruise 10 am – 12 pm
A Flower for Mom, sumptuous buffets, fun for the kids, an ice cream sundae bar, professional DJs for your dancing pleasure, fabulous views of Boston Harbor, the wind whipping through your hair on the open water – what more could you want?
The Beehive, South End
Location: 541 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116
Contact and reservations: Call 617-423-0069 or make a reservation on the restaurant's website.
Cost: $43 per adult, $15 per kid
Brunch hours: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
The decor is just the right amount of funky in this bohemian South End eatery, located at Boston Center for the Arts. Moms and their families can groove to the live music during The Beehive's Sunday Jazz Brunch while enjoying a special Mother's Day three-course prix fixe menu.
Originally published May 2012; updated April 2013, 2014 and 2015