Top Mother's Day Brunch Spots in Northern New Jersey
Enjoy a farm-to-table Mother's Day brunch buffet with a side of springtime fun at Alstede Farms' weekend-long Mother’s Day celebration. Advanced tickets are required and sold per time slot. There are select time slots available for Saturday, May 13 (10am and 12pm) and Sunday, May 14 (9am, 11am, and 1pm). Mother's Day brunch is sold per table with options for a table of four, six, or eight seats. Enjoy fruit and salads, a carving station, and breakfast options such as eggs, frittatas, sausage, and more. Lunch options, including chicken and pasta, are also available. Add an Alstede activtity to your ticket so your kids can burn off some post-brunch energy with a pony ride, wagon train ride, or a visit to the bounce house.
A Hoboken staple for more than 25 years, Amanda's serves one of the best weekend brunches in town. The menu has all your favorites, like Belgian waffles, eggs Benedict, omelets, sandwiches, and more. Saturdays and Sundays, 11am–3pm.
Make a reservation at The Architect's Club for a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet (10am-3pm) that's open to the public. You'll find an omelet station, hot chafing dishes with breakfast and lunch items, a carving station, kids' options, and tons of desserts (including an ice cream sundae station). Pre-payment is required for all reservations.
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Enjoy live music and brunch overlooking the water at Batello.
Mother's Day brunch at the Spring Lake Manor promises a very special meal. Enjoy eight chafing dishes with favorites like French toast, scrambled eggs, chicken florentine, and shrimp & scallop scampi. Plus, there's an omelet station, a carving station, a waffle station, and more. Reservations are required.
This Italian restaurant is hosting a grand Mother's Day brunch buffet with five seatings from 10am to 4pm. In addition to continental breakfast options, enjoy made-to-order omelets, a carving station with four different types of meat, and more than a dozen hot buffet items from scrambled eggs and pancakes to penne vodka and calamari. And, of course, don't miss the dessert table.
This Hoboken standby is well-loved by locals and does a great brunch every weekend, including Mother's Day. Enjoy two courses plus a drink. Choose from banana French toast, a breakfast tostada, steak and eggs, sandwiches, and more.
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The sweeping views from the patio make Liberty House a favorite for Mother's Day brunch.
The restaurant's Hudson River view isn't the only sight to behold. The Mother's Day brunch buffet (11am-6pm) offers a delicious variety including waffles, salads, seafood, and pasta entrees, a carving station, and an omelet station. Dine outside and enjoy some spectacular views of NYC.
Opening early just for moms, the Capital Grille Mother's Day brunch—featuring steak and eggs, lobster frittata, and more—runs from 10am-2pm. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Feeling French? Dining at Faubourg instantly transports mom to a chic brasserie along the Champs-Élysées. Typical weekend brunch hours are 11am-2:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The two-course prix fixe Mother's Day brunch menu starts with a choice of fruit, parfait, salad, or a duck terrine, with French toast, croque-monsieur, and beef bourguignon available for entrees. A la carte items include lobster rolls, eggs, and seafood dishes.
10. Fire & Oak – Jersey City, Montvale
Brunch at this swanky, modern restaurant feels special on any weekend, but especially on Mother's Day. Starters include warm doughnuts with dunking sauces plus savory options like spinach and artichoke dip and tuna tartar tacos. There are many great brunch plate options, too, including sandwiches, salads, eggs, pancakes, and French toast.
11. Grillestone – Scotch Plains, Old Bridge
Grillestone's Sunday brunch menu does not disappoint. Mother's Day bunch seatings are from 11am-2pm. Enjoy a three-course meal for a queen with plenty of family-friendly options. Dine inside or on the patio.
12. Halcyon – Montclair
If mom is a seafood lover, Halcyon is the place to go for Mother's Day brunch. Start with oysters or a jumbo shrimp cocktail. There are also spicy tuna tartare mini tacos, crab cakes, and paella. The kids' brunch menu offers sliders, tenders, and even a Shirley Temple!
13. Ivy Inn – Hasbrouck Heights
Looking for a special spot? Bring the family to this historic inn for delicious brunch fare in a cozy, quiet atmosphere. The sit-down brunch boasts a great selection of drinks and appetizers as well as entrees that include omelets, avocado toast, and eggs Benedict.
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Enjoy a jazz brunch at Madison Bar and Grill.
The brunch at Madison includes pancakes, crab cake Benedict, and a popular favorite: creme brulee French toast. Don't forget to save room for dessert.
Lorena's is an ideal spot to celebrate Mother's Day brunch. This seasonally-inspired French-American restaurant offers a three-course menu starting at 11am. With salads, French toast, seafood, and a short rib sandwich on the menu, it's a meal mom won't forget.
This buffet is truly a feast! Plan to indulge in a pasta station, a breakfast station (with eggs, meats, waffles, pancakes, French toast, and potatoes), a carving station, several lunch entrees, and a dessert table.
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Have a spot of tea with mom at the Mulberry House.
This spot is perfect for a multigenerational Mother's Day brunch. Enjoy tea time with scones, tea sandwiches, salad, and sweets. Reservations are required.
Located within the South Mountain Recreation Complex, McLoone's Boathouse sits on the banks of the reservoir, offering a Mother's Day brunch buffet with a spectacular view. Try the shrimp, clams on the half-shell, and oysters at the raw bar. Design your own omelet, or feast on bacon, sausage, or meats from the carving station. French toast, scrambled eggs, and home fries round out the breakfast assortment, but there's also hot lunch entrees along with cookies and desserts.
Celebrate at Brook Hollow Winery and Event Facility with live music, flowers for the moms, an open all-you-can-eat brunch buffet, and a build-your-own sangria bar.
Craving an Irish Mother's Day brunch? The Shannon Rose has you covered. Order from the a la carte brunch menu, which includes favorites like breakfast pizza, steak and eggs, chicken & waffle sandwiches, avocado toast, and an egg-topped burger, There's also a traditional Irish breakfast with all the fixings.
21. Stage House Tavern – Somerset, Scotch Plains, Mountainside
You won’t go hungry at this fun pub that's known for its large brunch portions. On Mother's Day, order up chicken and waffles, sausage and biscuits with gravy, stuffed French toast, and several types of eggs Benedict.
You simply can't go wrong with a diner, and Tops is the best in the state. Recently renovated with an upscale, retro vibe, snag a coveted table here for mom to dine on classic brunch items, such as huevos ranchero, fruit-topped waffles, churro French toast, and eggs served a multitude of ways.
For a memorable start to Mother's Day, brunch in the Seaglass Ballroom at ICONA Avalon. The menu eggs, bacon, pancakes & other breakfast favorites plus carving stations, entrees, and desserts. Kids 4 and under are free,
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A version of this article was first published in 2015; it is updated annually.