Mother’s Day Dining
It’s that time of year again in Newport Beach this Spring, where the sun is shining, the ocean water glistening, and restaurants all around the city dedicate their Sunday to honor mother’s with a unique dining experience on this special occasion — Mother’s Day. Here is a round-up of some participating restaurants from all corners of Newport Beach who are prepared to make this Mother’s Day a memorable one!
This upscale Newport Coast restaurant, located at the beautiful Resort at Pelican Hill, takes Mother’s Day dining to a whole new level offering a special 3-course pre-fixe lunch or dinner instead of the usual celebratory brunch, known at Andrea as the “Fiesta Della Mamma”. Known for their luxurious atmosphere, quality service, and fresh local ingredients, they’ll be offering a unique authentic Italian menu, at $120 a person, to honor the special mother in your life this Sunday. The special Italian Mother’s Day menu is aptly inspired by Chef Marco’s own mother from Puglia, and encompasses a decadent selection ranging from items such as the slow-cooked Veal and Ahi Tuna Carpaccio appetizer to the Wild Boar Bolognese pasta, with creative entrées such as the White Asparagus and Spinach Flan or the roasted Prime Beef Tenderloin. Finish things off with a Chambord Sabayon and Meyer Lemon Cake or the Almond Semi Fredo, both served with a complimenting berry sorbet.
Providing the perfectly relaxing and awe-inspiring Mother’s Day setting, Pelican Grill sits nestled into The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast with sweeping ocean-views, al fresco dining in the sunset, and a day-long Mother’s Day dining event. Pelican Grill is holding a three-course pre-fixe brunch, lunch, or dinner, out of their open-concept kitchen from 10:30 AM until 10 PM, this Sunday for $110 per adult, and $55 for children. Start things of with an “amuse-bouche” course of Tiger Prawn Ceviche, and from there enjoy selections such as the Live Soft Shell Crab with fingerling potatoes, or the Warm Asparagus with Marcona almonds. Entrées include the Columbia River King Salmon with a cold-pressed lemon oil and fresh herbs, or the Aspen Ridge Beef Tenderloin featuring a sherry-oregano reduction, among other inventive plates. Finish the meal off with one of their delicious desserts, such as the Almond Peach “Daisy” Cream Puff or the classic Rhubarb Frangipani.
Settle into this Corona del Mar favorite this Sunday, anytime between 11 AM and 4 PM, for a classic savory Mother’s Day celebratory brunch. Five Crowns will be serving up a tempting variety of classic brunch dishes such as the french-inspired Croque Madame, a Goat Cheese and Mushroom Frittata, Pork Belly Hash, and a Lobster Benedict — just to name a few. Wrap things up with an equally decadent desert selection ranging from a Meyer Lemon Steamcake with Champagne Berries to a Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée with Raspberry accent. Get your reservation in now by contacting the restaurant at (949) 760-0331.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Conveniently located in the Fashion Island Shopping Center, Flemings provides the perfect atmosphere for a pre- or post-shopping Mother’s Day brunch. Offering staple brunch classics, featuring a Lobster Bisque, Modern Caesar, and Seasonal Fruits as appetizers, followed by your choice of a Filet Mignon or Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, Baked Brioche French Toast, or a Prime Rib entrée. Fleming’s will also be offering featured Mother’s Day brunch cocktails such as the creative Bacon and Blue Cheese Bloody Mary or the refreshing Sonoma Sparkler. Enjoy their three-course adult menu for only $39.95, while children can enjoy their own special meal selection for only $18.95.
Fig & Olive
A restaurant founded on the inspiration between it’s creator, Laurent Halasz, and his mother from the South of France, might just be the most appropriate place to hold a Mother’s Day brunch or dinner celebration. However, that is not the only reason to visit this Sunday because their food is delightfully light, fresh, and all-around delicious. Join executive chef, Pascal Lorange, for a $40 brunch featuring menu items in the fashion of a Truffle Mushroom Croquette, Rosemary Lamb, and a Nougat Glacé. For a $52 dinner, he will serve up options such as the Octopus a la Gallega, Fig & Gorgonzola Risotto, and a Panna Cotta a l’Orange. Take a wonderful mother here to enjoy the true essence of the Mediterranean, with a calming design and a fantastic dining experience.
Down near the Balboa Island, a popular Sunday spot for families on any given week, Bayside Restaurant serves up fresh quality Italian-Inspired food. Thankfully, their Mother’s Day brunch selection is no exception. This Sunday Bayside is serving up three-course Mother’s Day meals with a serious wide variety of delicious menu items, for only $54.75 per adult and $18.75 per child. Bayside truly has something to fill everyone’s belly this Mother’s Day, serving up soups, salads, or seafood as a first course, and a luxurious endless variety of second course entrées, such as the Main Lobster “Bayside Benedict” or the Spring Lamb Loin with a Red Wine Reduction. As for the desserts, they will be offering a Flaky Strawberry Bavarian Puff Pastry, or a Dark Chocolate Cake with Fresh Raspberries.
Waterline Newport Beach
Treat mom to a waterfront brunch this Sunday from 11 AM until 2 PM at the Balboa Bay upscale restaurant, Waterline. Boasting a commitment to serving natural and organic produce, utilizing fresh local California products in their dishes, their Mother’s Day menu upholds the quality that they are known for, while offering flawless yet simple fresh selections. Starting off with the family-style served home-made almond brioche with pickled strawberry jam and a fruit and yogurt platter, followed by a three-course brunch selection. Offerings such as the Tuna Carpaccio, Bloody Mary Halibut, or the Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, topped off with a red velvet cake, are sure to satisfy any hungry mother. In addition, Waterline also has live musical entertainment during Mother’s Day brunch. Dining at Waterline will only cost $60 per adult, and $30 per child.
Balboa Bay Resort
Bring mom to the relaxing champagne Mother’s Day brunch at the Balboa Bay Resort Grand Ballroom for a memorable day. Enjoy complimentary champagne and mimosas, as well as live entertainment, all while you dine buffet style from 10 AM until 2 PM for $82 per adult and $40 per child. Balboa Bay Resort will be offering traditional breakfast selections, a chef station, a carving station, seafood, salad, bread, cheeses, and of course, delectable pastries. Honor a special mother with oceanfront views, a warm atmosphere, and a satisfied appetite at the Balboa Bay Resort this Sunday.
The Cannery Seafood of the Pacific
A local favorite, the Cannery is situated on the Balboa Peninsula overlooking the water, where you can either dock-and-dine or watch the beautiful boats pass by as you eat — providing the perfect place for a sunny Mother’s Day brunch. Serving up starters such as endive with shaved pear, dry figs, Humbolt goat cheese, candied peanuts and hazelnut dressing and clam chowder with apple wood smoked bacon and brioche croutons, entrées such as a petit filet with Brussel sprout and fingerling potatoes and house-made garganelli pasta with sweet Argentinian shrimp in salted butter and parmesan, all finished off with a vanilla panna cotta with fresh berries, lace tuille, and strawberry sorbet dessert. This decadent brunch will cost patrons a total of $55 per person, and only another $10 for bottomless champagne.
It is certainly that time of year, where we give back to the woman who has given us the most — our mothers. Newport Beach restaurants and scenery provide the undeniably perfect atmosphere to spend time with loved ones, and celebrate the incredible person that is a mother.
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