There’s no denying breakfast in bed can be sweet on Mother’s Day. But this year, why not suggest your family go out for a delicious brunch at one of many restaurants across Long Island? You can sip a mimosa or bloody mary, enjoy a scrumptious meal, and best of all, you won’t have to clean any dishes.
We’ve rounded up 20 restaurants across the Island that offer brunch options, from traditional omelets and pancakes to more creative dishes that feature local produce and international flair. Some spots offer more than just a meal, with free entertainment and activities for the whole family. Call ahead for reservations since places tend to book up quickly on this special day.
For other family-friendly happenings on Mother's Day weekend, check out our Event Calendar, May GoList, or Spring Guide.
Garden City Hotel (Polo Steakhouse) — Garden City
45 Seventh Street
This classic Garden City setting offers a "Legendary Sunday Brunch." Along with fresh fruit, cheese platters, salads, muffins, pastries, and other desserts, the menu includes made-to-order omelets and carved meats, plus a raw bar and sushi. Also includes mimosas, bloody marys, coffee, and tea.
Glen Cove Mansion — Glen Cove
200 Dosoris Lane
Another classic site, this mansion offers a meal inspired by menus of Long Island’s historic Gold Coast era. Offerings include salad, shrimp, pasta, and carving stations, as well as a hot buffet, pastry desserts, and a complimentary mimosa. The mansion offers a 15 percent discount on brunch with an overnight package.
Indulge in Oreo pancakes at Left Coast Kitchen & Cocktails.
Left Coast Kitchen & Cocktails — Merrick
1810 Merrick Road
Owned and operated by husband and wife Chris and Heather Randell, the combination of breakfast and lunch/brunch items at this hip location features more than 15 kinds of sweet and savory pancakes, omelets and house plates such as biscuits and gravy and chicken and waffles.
Enjoy brunch, and the entertainment, at Milleridge Inn.
Milleridge Inn — Jericho
585 North Broadway
Choose from either the sit-down, prix-fixe menu at the inn or the buffet option at the cottage. Both options let families take advantage of a host of free outdoor activities, including a petting zoo, stilt walkers, inflatables, face painters, and balloon twisters. New this year is a Mother’s Day-themed tea party setting in Milleridge Village, where families can take photos.
Novita — Garden City
860 Franklin Avenue
In addition to this popular wine bar/trattoria’s regular menu, a special Mother's Day brunch menu features dining specials and a complimentary brunch cocktail. The restaurant's regular a la carte dinner menu is also available.
The Library Café — Farmingdale
274 Main Street
Home of the village's original library, here you will be treated like the queen you are (or should be) this Mother's Day. Brunch includes unlimited champagne and mimosas. Food choices include Texas-style French toast, buttermilk pancakes, eggs Benedict, home fries, and a decadent dessert assortment.
A diverse menu awaits at The Savoy Tavern.
The Savoy Tavern — Merrick
16 Merrick Avenue
Slip into a cozy leather booth at this Merrick eatery. From its eclectic menu choose from stuffed French toast, seared veggie burgers, a Jack’d Up chili cheese omelet, steak and eggs, a breakfast burrito, and more.
Thom Thom — Wantagh
3340 Park Avenue
An extensive brunch menu includes an omelet station and sushi bar along with hot chafing stations that feature scrambled eggs, Scottish salmon, meatballs, and roasted chicken, plus dessert platters of mini-cupcakes, cream puffs, rainbow cookies, and more.
Dine by the pond at Thyme in Roslyn.
Thyme Restaurant — Roslyn
8 Tower Place
At this beautiful restaurant overlooking Roslyn pond, baskets of tasty breakfast pastries are served with typical brunch entrees as well as pasta, crab cakes and more. Children's menu options include Challah French toast, pasta, and chicken fingers. Craft brunch cocktails are available in addition to bloody marys, bellinis, mimosas, and orange juice.
Tony Cuban's in Freeport offers unlimited Mother's Day brunch drinks.
Tony Cuban Cucina & Cocktails — Freeport
507 Guy Lombardo Avenue
This hip, Cuban restaurant on Freeport’s famed Nautical Mile features an extensive prix-fixe brunch menu that includes a choice of appetizer, brunch menu item and unlimited mimosas, bloody marys and sangria.
Pretzel croissants stuffed with guava and cream cheese are a Babalu specialty.
Babalu — Huntington
286 New York Avenue
One of Huntington’s newer restaurants, Babalu’s chef and owner Alan Gotay is a retired professional boxer whose menu features dishes that harken back to his family’s Cuban roots. Brunch items include a classic Cuban sandwich, chorizo scramble, tortilla, Babalu Benedict and, for the kids, a freshly baked pretzel croissant stuffed with guava and whipped cream cheese.
Black & Blue Seafood Chophouse — Huntington
65 Wall Street
All brunch entrees include bottomless mimosas or bloody marys. Menu items include a raw bar, appetizers, salads, create-your-own-omelets, French toast, as well as grilled sandwiches, burgers, and wraps. Gluten-free items are available.
Captain Bill's — Bay Shore
122 Ocean Avenue
Located on the harbor in Bay Shore Marina, Captain Bill’s brunch menu includes carving stations, made-to-order omelets, smoked salmon, hot chafing dishes, cold salads and platters, and more. Fresh fruit and desserts are included along with unlimited bloody marys, mimosas, and champagne.
WAVE Seafood Kitchen offers enticing views of Port Jefferson Harbor.
Danfords Inn (WAVE Seafood Kitchen) — Port Jefferson
25 East Broadway
Children 3 and younger eat free at this famed waterside location. The buffet brunch offers gourmet items, including made-to-order omelets, carving and soup stations, assorted cheeses, salads, fresh fruit and freshly made breads and pastries.
Land's End — Sayville
80 Browns River Road
Situated on Great South Bay, Land’s End's Mother's Day brunch features an array of seafood and pasta, and a carving board with ham, beef and turkey. There is also a cold and hot buffet, and homemade desserts. After brunch, take a stroll around the gardens.
Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center — Riverhead
431 East Main Street
Head out east for a buffet brunch that features a diverse menu. Held in the Sea Star Ballroom with beautiful water views, children 2 and younger eat free here and all brunch attendees receive admission to the aquarium. Ask about its "Mom Sleepover" at the adjacent Hyatt Place Long Island/East End.
Shandon Court — East Islip
115 East Main Street
Enjoy Irish-American cuisine in a family-friendly setting. Brunch menu items include a salad station, buttermilk pancakes, Texas-style French toast, omelets to order, a carving station, pasta, and more plus a dessert station. Mimosas are included.
Toast Coffeehouse — Patchogue, Port Jefferson
46 East Main Street, Patchogue
242 East Main Street, Port Jefferson
This popular restaurant group offers an all-day breakfast/lunch menu that includes eggs, omelets, breakfast burritos, French toast, pancakes, waffles, and more. A third location in Bay Shore is expected to open soon.
Vittorio's Italian Steakhouse — Amityville
Located in the heart of Amityville, Vittorio’s brunch includes traditional breakfast items, plus a host of other dishes such as meatball sliders, lox and latkes, fish tacos, and specialty sandwiches, including the muffalata and reuben.
Windows on the Lake — Lake Ronkonkoma
235 Lake Shore Road
Surrounded by views of Lake Ronkonkoma, this brunch boasts a smoked salmon display, made-to-order Belgian waffle station, a kids corner, breakfast and lunch selections, and an international cheese display. Ice carvings take it over the top. Children younger than 3 are FREE. Enjoy unlimited mimosas.
Top photo: Enjoy a drink by the waterfront at WAVE Seafood Kitchen in Port Jefferson.
This article was originally posted in May 2014 and was updated in April 2017.