Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and moms everywhere will be celebrating with a fabulous brunch. Whether you’re looking for a laid-back vibe or you prefer something fancy-shmancy, the Jersey Shore has plenty of delicious options to choose from. Check out one of these local favorites for a wonderful meal the whole family will love, no cooking or clean-up required. Relax, enjoy yourself, and have a very happy Mother’s Day!
Unless otherwise noted, reservations are recommended.
Dine on French-influenced fare at Avenue, where the view is beautiful inside and out.
Avenue – Long Branch
If you’re hoping for a truly luxurious experience this Mother’s Day, you can’t go wrong with brunch at Avenue. This top-rated restaurant boasts stunning décor, beautiful ocean views, and an exquisite French-influenced menu. Begin with hors d’oeuvres such as onion soup gratinee or baked beets, followed by main courses including omelets and steak frites. And make sure you leave room for a scrumptious dessert—profiteroles and apple tarte tatin are among the choices. Bon appetit!
Is it really brunch without biscuits? Photo by lexx via Instagram.
The Buttered Biscuit Café – Bradley Beach
The Buttered Biscuit is a Bradley Beach favorite. With its quaint atmosphere and delectable culinary choices, this Main Street eatery is a great choice for Mother’s Day. Options include a seasonal fresh fruit bowl with homemade granola and yogurt, the Buttered Biscuit Scramble, and the Bradley Breakfast Burrito.
The Engleside Inn – Beach Haven
Located in the heart of Beach Haven, the Engleside is beloved by locals and visitors alike for its great ambiance, excellent seafood, and attentive service. After brunch, take a leisurely stroll on the beach with the kiddos and breathe in the ocean air.
Klein's – Belmar
Dine on fresh seafood while overlooking the Shark River Inlet at this Belmar gem, which will offer a special Mother's Day brunch with seatings at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Call for reservations.
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The cozy Labrador Lounge has a laid-back vibe and doggie decor.
Labrador Lounge – Normandy Beach
Known for its vacation-inspired cuisine, the Labrador Lounge is a Shore favorite with a cozy, laid-back atmosphere. Don’t miss its seafood specialties and yummy desserts. Bonus: The pooches on display throughout the restaurant will delight your kids.
Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park offers an eclectic menu and creative cocktails.
Langosta Lounge – Asbury Park
This well-loved restaurant comes highly recommended—half the friends I surveyed mentioned it as a top choice. Located on Asbury Park’s Boardwalk, it’s a great option for moms looking for an eclectic menu that goes beyond the usual eggs and pancakes. Try one of the creative cocktails (pomegranate sake-tini anyone?) and unwind while enjoying the ocean view.
The Mad Batter is an award-winning spot in the heart of Cape May.
The Mad Batter Restaurant – Cape May
The charming Mad Batter Restaurant is located in the Carroll Villa Hotel on historic Jackson Street. This year-round destination is the recipient of many awards, including “Best Brunch” and “Best Restaurant” in Cape May. Its menu is filled with a variety of options, so everyone’s taste buds are bound to be satisfied. No reservations are accepted.
McLoone's Pier House – Long Branch
This Jersey Shore fave will offer a Mother's Day brunch from 10am to 3:30pm, featuring everything from omelets and waffles to a raw bar and crab cake station.
The Spring Lake Manor – Spring Lake
Make Mother's Day an extra-special event at this grand seaside hotel/restaurant. Mother's Day brunch is served from 10:30am to 2pm, and kids under 3 are free.
Turning Point – Various NJ Locations
This local chain, with seven locations scattered throughout New Jersey, is a homey and kid-friendly option for Mother’s Day—or any day of the year. Its menu boasts yummy choices such as pancakes, omelets, sandwiches, and salads. A special children’s menu is available as well. No call-ahead or reservations will be accepted.
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Uncle Bill's chocolate chip pancakes are a sweet Mother's Day treat. Photo by Judy Stepeck via Instagram
Uncle Bill’s Pancake House – Various Jersey Shore Locations
Uncle Bill’s is a Jersey Shore tradition—they’ve been cooking up pancakes for more than 53 years! Celebrate Mother’s Day at several locations, all of which will offer their regular menu of breakfast favorites all day long. Choose from classics like waffles, egg dishes, and more than 15 types of pancakes. Banana nut? Peanut butter? Chocolate chip? You can’t go wrong whatever you decide. No reservations will be accepted. Please note that Uncle Bill’s is cash only.
Windansea – Highlands
Windansea is a kid-friendly favorite with a perfect location right on the Shrewsbury River. Enjoy your meal indoors and get comfortable next to the fireplace, or dine alfresco and take in the panoramic views of Sandy Hook. The brunch buffet includes plenty of breakfast and lunch options, as well as a carving station and homemade desserts.
Originally published 2013; updated for 2018.
Top photo: Windansea. Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the restaurants.