Mom deserves a special brunch every weekend. But if you don’t step it up on one weekend in particular, you may be the deserved recipient of a little bit of maternal side-eye. Mother’s Day is one of the biggest dining events of the year, and many Austin restaurants will roll out the red carpet for Mom on May 12, with prix fixe menus and special buffets. Below are some of the notable offerings, and remember, if your favorite restaurant serves brunch most Sundays, it is serving brunch on Mother’s Day. For more Austin restaurants, including my Top 25 (most of which serve brunch), visit austin360.com/eats.
Brix and Ale. 1101 Woodlawn Ave. Georgetown. 737-444-2700, sheratongeorgetowntexas.com. The brunch buffet includes crab mac and cheese, a meat carving station with smoked beef tenderloin and cedar plank salmon and mini desserts and fresh pastries. Cost for the buffet that runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. is $55 for adults and $25 for children.
Café Josie. 1200 W. Sixth St. 512-322- 9226, cafejosie.com. The fixed menu at brunch is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Includes unlimited plates of espresso mascarpone banana bread, buttermilk pancakes with pecan praline syrup, grilled pork belly with lo mein noodles and more. Cost is $30.
Cannon & Belle. 500 E. Fourth St. 512-493-4900, cannonandbelle.com. The restaurant at the Hilton Austin serves a brunch that includes leg of lamb and omelet stations, grilled chicken and baked halibut. Cost is $65 for adults and $19.95 for children ages 6 to 12.
Carillon. 1900 University Ave. 512-404- 3655, thecarillonrestaurant.com. The buffet runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and includes more than 40 items, such as slow-roasted lamb shoulder, a cold seafood station and beef tenderloin. Cost is $68 for adults, $30 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger.
Carpenters Hall. 400 Josephine St. 512-675-5020, carpenterhotel.com. The restaurant at the recently opened Carpenter Hotel serves a brunch that includes milk bread French toast, blue crab omelet with green bean toasted almond salad, and housemade pastries. No fixed price.
Ciclo at the Four Seasons. 98 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-685-8300, cicloatx.com. The brunch spread includes furikake deviled eggs, short rib Benedict, Parmesan-crusted rack of lamb and more. Cost is $90 for adults and $45 for children 12 and younger. The brunch is hosted in the restaurant from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the ballroom.
Cru Food & Wine Bar. 238 W. Second St. 512-472-9463, cruwinebar.com. The wine bar serves a three-course brunch for $38 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids under 12 eat for $19. There will also be $3 mimosas, bellinis and ciprianis.
Emmer & Rye. 51 Rainey St. 512-366-5530, emmerandrye.com. Last year’s No. 1 restaurant in Austin serves a set Caribbean-themed brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring dishes like coconut French toast and caramelized bananas, jerk chicken with spicy tomato sauce, mangalitsa pork shoulder with sweet plantains and more. Cost is $50.
Greenhouse Craft Food. 1400 E. Old Settlers Blvd. 512-366-5567; 708 S. Austin Ave. Georgetown. 512-688-5282, greenhousecraftfood.com. The brunch buffet at the suburban locations of this restaurant includes options such as herb-roasted chicken with mustard sauce, seared salmon with spinach and Champagne cream and house-made kolaches. Cost is $17.99 for adults and $6.99 for children 12 and younger.
Hyatt Lost Pines. 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road. 512-308-4950, lostpines.regency.hyatt.com. Brunch will feature cast-iron cinnamon rolls, local cheeses and artisan cured meats and a carving station with prime rib and blackened salmon. Cost is $64 for adults and $28 for children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old.
Hideaway Kitchen & Bar. 4323 S. I-35. 512-527-3007, hideawayatx.com. The restaurant at the Wyndham serves a buffet with fresh fruit, brown sugar peach stuffed French toast and chicken and waffles with cane syrup honey butter. Cost is $35 and $15 for kids.
It’s Italian Cucina. 1500 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-482-8655, itsitaliancucina.com. The four-course menu is served all day, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and includes fried calamari, gnocchi with Parma rosa sauce and chicken scallopini. Cost is $45 and $60 with wine pairings.
Juniper. 2400 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-220-9421, juniperaustin.com. The Italian restaurant serves a prix fixe brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Options include the puffy potatoes, avocado bruschetta and grilled and chilled shrimp with green garlic, tenderloin and eggs. Cost is $45.
L’Oca d’Oro. 1900 Simond Ave. 737-212-1876, locadoroaustin.com. The Italian restaurant will serve a menu that includes options such as caprese salad, short rib confit, eggs and bottarga and lasagna. There will also be live jazz and complimentary mimosas, lattes and strawberry and cream donuts. Cost is $45 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under.
Mattie’s at Green Pastures. 811 W. Live Oak St. 512-444-1888, mattiesaustin.com. The Southern restaurant serves a brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that includes a raw bar, a carving station with prime rib and chile-rubbed salmon. Cost is $85 for adults and $40 for children ages 6 to 12. Kids 5 and under eat free.
Olive & June. 3411 Glenview Ave. 512-467-9898, oliveandjune-austin.com. The Italian restaurant serves brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the menu choices include biscuits with fonduta and honey butter, capellini with crab and Hollandaise and waffle with 'nduja sausage. Cost is $38, and there are special options for children 12 and under.
Le Politique. 110 San Antonio St. 512-580-7651, lepolitiqueaustin.com. Brunch buffet Sunday runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes cheese and fruit boards, a crepe station, prime rib and plain and chocolate croissants. Price is $55 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under.
Revue. 101 Red River St. 512-524-4813, revueatx.com. The restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel serves a build-your-own brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with options such as wild mushroom crepes, buttermilk waffles, scrambled eggs and more. Cost is $85 and $19 for children ages 5 to 12.
Russian House. 307 E. Fifth St. 512-428-5442, russianhouseofaustin.com. The all-you-can-eat buffet runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes pirozhki, eggs with red caviar, seafood salad, pork stroganoff and lamb plov. There are also unlimited mimosas for $5. Cost is $35 for adults and $15 for children ages 7 to 12. Kids under 7 eat free.
Second Bar + Kitchen at Domain Northside. 3121 Palm Way. 737-300-4800, sbkdomain.com. Brunch buffet includes grilled and chilled coconut shrimp, pimento cheese deviled eggs and a roasted spring lamb T-bone station. Cost is $55 for adults and $22.50 for kids. Buffet runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Stagecoach Inn. 416 S. Main St., Salado. 254-947-5111, stagecoachsalado.com. The renovated classic in Salado serves a buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring deviled eggs, poached shrimp, French toast, brown sugar-glazed ham and more. Cost is $44 for adults and $22 for children 6 and older. Children 5 and under eat free.
Trace at the W Hotel Austin. 200 Lavaca St. 512-542-3660, traceaustin.com. The special menu at the W Hotel’s restaurant includes choices such as summer corn soup, short rib Benedict and fried chicken breast. Cost is $50.
Truluck's. 400 Colorado St. 512-482-9000, trulucks.com. The special Mother’s Day menu includes lobster avocado toast, crab cake Benedict and Mediterranean seafood salad. Truluck’s will also celebrate dining mothers with a complimentary gerbera daisy plant. No fixed price.
Correction: A previous version of this list said mothers dining at Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House would receive a complimentary jewelry gift from Kendra Scott on Mother's Day. The restaurant now says the jewelry will not be included.