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 a restaurant on 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 or Spring Guide. For more dining inspiration, see our guide to family-friendly dining on Long Island.
The Cheesecake Factory—Westbury
This popular chain restaurant serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Adults get to choose from such items as lemon-ricotta pancakes, bruléed French toast, and fried chicken and waffles, while kids have a brunch menu all their own. Suffolk County locations include Huntington, Bay Shore, and Lake Grove.
Garden City Hotel (Polo Steakhouse) — Garden City
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.
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Mom can indulge in the Oreo pancakes at Left Coast Kitchen & Cocktails.
Left Coast Kitchen & Cocktails — Merrick
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.
The Library Café — Farmingdale
Home of the village's original library, here you will be treated like the queen you are (or should be) on 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.
Enjoy a Mother's Day buffet at the cottage at Milleridge. Sit-down options are available at the larger inn.
Milleridge Inn — Jericho
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.
Novita — Garden City
In addition to this popular wine bar/trattoria’s regular menu, a special Mother's Day brunch features dining specials and a complimentary brunch cocktail. The restaurant's regular a la carte dinner menu is also available.
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A diverse menu for Mother's Day awaits at The Savoy Tavern.
The Savoy Tavern — Merrick
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.
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Dine by the pond in Roslyn at Thyme.
Thyme Restaurant — Roslyn
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.
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Tony Cuban's in Freeport offers unlimited Mother's Day brunch drinks, including bloody marys.
Tony Cuban Cucina & Cocktails — Freeport
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.
Wall’s Wharf — Bayville
Serving customers for more than 60 years, this restaurant is located right on the beach. The brunch menu includes breakfast items, including an omelet station, eggs Benedict, marinated angus, and of course, an array of seafood items. One complimentary bloody mary or mimosa is included.
Babalu in Huntington specializes in Cuban-American options.
Babalu — Huntington
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, huevos rancheros, chorizo scramble, Babalu pancakes, and Babalu Benedict. Homemade sangria and beer are available, and mimosas are complimentary for Mother's Day. There's a special menu for the kids.
Black & Blue Seafood Chophouse — Huntington
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
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.
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WAVE Seafood Kitchen at Danfords offers not-to-be-missed views of Port Jefferson Harbor.
Danfords Inn (WAVE Seafood Kitchen) — Port Jefferson
Children 4 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
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
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
Enjoy Irish-American cuisine in a family-friendly setting. The brunch menu includes 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
This popular restaurant group offers an all-day breakfast/lunch menu that includes eggs, omelets, breakfast burritos, French toast, pancakes, waffles, and more.
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.
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Enjoy a majestic setting at Windows on the Lake.
Windows on the Lake — Lake Ronkonkoma
Surrounded by views of Lake Ronkonkoma, this brunch destination boasts a smoked salmon and bagel station, made-to-order omelete station, a kids corner, breakfast and lunch selections, and an international cheese display. Ice carvings take it over the top. Children 2 and younger are FREE. Enjoy unlimited hot and cold beverages, including mimosas, tap beers, and wine.
This article was originally posted in May 2014 and is updated annually. Photos courtesy of the restaurants.