Mother’s Day in Philadelphia
Thank mom with a day out in the city
Note: The information below is from 2014. Stay tuned for more information about Mother’s Day dining specials and events as they becomes available.
Mother’s Day was founded by Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia and first officially observed in 1908 to honor motherhood and family life during the early days of feminism. Supported by John Wannamaker, Mother’s Day was given federal recognition in 1914.
Celebrate the mom in your life this Mother’s Day with a decadent brunch, luxurious dinner or day out in the city.
Read on for our picks for Mother’s Day meals, events and festivals, below.
Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
Chez Colette at the Sofitel Hotel
From 12:30 to 4 p.m., treat Mom to a decadent lunch buffet at Chez Colette at the Sofitel Hotel. For $55 per person (and half-price for children under the age of 12), indulge in a meal of items from the raw bar, carving station, desserts and more. Lunch also includes a glass of complimentary champagne. The full lunch buffet menu is available right here.
Treat mom to sweeping city views as R2L hosts both a Mother’s Day brunch and dinner. From a 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., feast on an array of buffet-style items like a fruit, shrimp cocktail, cheese and ceviche followed by a decadent entree like Bananas Foster French toast, steak and eggs and eggs Benedict. For dinner, indulge in a three-course meal of menu items like beet and goat cheese salad, lobster bisque, roasted chicken and salmon. Brunch costs $65 for adults and $25 for children under 12 and dinner rings in at $75 for adults and $25 for children under 12; both excluding tax and gratuity.
Square 1682 at the Hotel Palomar
Square 1682 offers up its special weekend brunch addition, the Punch Brunch, in celebration of Mother’s Day. For groups over the age of 21, four different brunch entrees are on offer to enjoy while sipping bottomless coffee and enjoying a punch bowl full of an inventive cocktail. Brunch costs $100 total for a group of four.
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing
Treat mom to a decadent brunch buffet on the waterfront at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing. Held in the Columbus Ballroom, the special buffet includes hand crafted cheeses, bananas foster French toast, fresh seafood, a carving station and plenty of delicious desserts for $50 per person ($25 for children 5-12). Seatings are available between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Diners, bring a bottle of wine to Pumpkin BYOB, an eatery specializing in local and fresh fare. On Mother’s Day, a seasonal five-course dinner runs $40 per person.
In addition to its regular menu, Davio’s dishes out a three-course meal featuring a chilled spring pea soup, surf and turf and a selection of desserts for $55 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Bistro St. Tropez
Take Mom’s taste buds on a trip to France at Bistro St. Tropez’s Mother’s Day brunch. Enjoy three courses of French menu items including a lobster, lemon and goat cheese tart, filet mignon and crème brulée. Brunch rings in at $48 per person plus tax and gratuity and is available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel
All day long, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Mother’s Day, the Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel serves up a buffet of salads, omelets, waffles, desserts and freshly-carved meat for $105 for adults and $53 for children ages 5 through 12.
With a few special food and drink additions, Pennsylvania 6 in Midtown Village is a solid option for Mother’s Day brunch. Indulge in specials like a strawberry rhubarb crepe, smoked salmon hash and onion and mushroom quiche. Sip festive drink specials like a Bloody Mary made with shrimp, a non-alcoholic berry lemonade and a Sweet Flamingo, a fresh combination of champagne, watermelon and basil.
For $35, raise a glass to the woman who made you who you are today at Valanni’s three-course Mother’s Day brunch. Enjoy an array of fare including Cape May salt oysters, brie and granny smith apple crepe, butter poached lobster omelet, Bananas Foster French toast and berry soup.
The Twisted Tail
Enjoy The Twisted Tail’s regular menu offerings on Mother’s Day while Mom is treated to a complimentary box of house-made macaroons and a mini-cheese board.
Ballroom Brunch at The Hotel Monaco
Put on your Sunday best and head to the Hotel Monaco as it hosts an indulgent brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunch costs $55 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. A portion of the brunch proceeds benefit Dress for Success Philadelphia.
Dine aboard the Moshulu as it serves up a special Mother’s Day brunch complete with a buffet of surf and turf items from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner costs $55 for adults and $25 for children under 12. Top the afternoon off with an unlimited champagne pairing for just $10 more per person.
Take Mom on a trip through time as City Tavern serves up a delectable Mother’s Day brunch. Look forward to menu items like Martha Washington’s turkey pot pie, roasted duckling, mushroom barley soup, duck sausage and an array of desserts. Click here for the full Mother’s Day menu, which will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Celebrate Madre with a Spanish feast at Bar Ferdinand. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., fill up on a tapas-style brunch complete with menu items like gazpacho, smoked trout, lobster and shrimp hash and blood orange sorbet.
Granite Hill at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Treat Mom to a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and brunch at the museum’s Granite Hill restaurant. Fill up on brunch favorites like eggs benedict, omelets, crѐme brulée french toast and more. Brunch rings in at $45 for the general public, $40 for members and $25 for children, plus gratuity and tax.
Pair your make-your-own Bloody Mary or mimosa with a special Mother’s Day brunch at London Grill. Fill up on a three-course meal complete with menu additions like grapefruit brûlée, lemon-lavender pound cake, duck confit hash and more. Brunch costs $25 for adults and $15 for children.
City Tap House
For $25 plus tax and gratuity, enjoy a brunch buffet at City Tap House. Look forward to a carving station, omelet station and much more. Be sure to pair your brunch with the dozens of beers available at the restaurant, too.
Bring your own champagne and vodka (for mimosas and Bloody Marys, of course!) to Marigold Kitchen as it brings back its well-loved brunch for one morning only. Indulge in tried-and-true favorites like French toast, duck fat fries, quiche, eggs Benedict and more at the always-delicious Spruce Hill eatery.
From Friday, May 9 through Mother’s Day, May 11, Will BYOB promises a four-course prix fixe dinner for all Mother’s Day celebrations. Menu items include yellowfin tuna, asparagus and gem lettuce salad, sweet pea velouté (serve with lobster!), lemon pudding cake and additional options for vegetarians.
Manayunk Brewing Company
The Orchestra Wives Club supplies brunchers with live jazz this Mother’s Day as Manayunk Brewing Company dishes out a buffet fit for a queen. Groove to the live tunes while noshing on omelets, belgian waffles, freshly-carved meat and a slew of drink pairings. The buffet (sans alcohol) costs $21.95 for adults and $10.95 for children under the age of 10.
Festivals and Events
Mother’s Day Tea Party at the Betsy Ross House
Saturday, May 10, 4-5:30 p.m.
Travel back to the olden days as the Betsy Ross House hosts its annual Mother’s Day Tea Party on Saturday, May 10. Fill up on an array of warming teas and treats catered by City Tavern at the historic site’s outdoor courtyard. In addition to sipping and snacking, embark on a tour of the house, too. Tickets are $25 each and reservations are required.
Mother’s Day Brunch at Franklin Square
Franklin Square, the historic family-friendly park, hosts a Mother’s Day brunch buffet complete with a flower craft, tickets to the on-site carousel and access to the park’s well-loved mini golf course. Tickets are $25 per person.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K
In honor of mothers (and sisters, daughters and grandmothers) who have fought breast cancer, the Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure turns Eakins Oval at the Philadelphia Museum of Art pink on Sunday, May 11. The race departs from the Art Museum at 7 a.m. and runs its course through the city through noon.
Mother’s Day Tea Ceremony at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Sip green tea and enjoy an authentic sweet treat as the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park hosts a Mother’s Day tea ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for the general public and $30 for members. Tickets are available online.
Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair at Rittenhouse Square
May 9-11. For Moms who love one-of-a-kind jewelry, furniture, photography, sculptures and clothing, the Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair returns to Rittenhouse Square for all Mother’s Day shopping needs.
Fitler Square Spring Fair
On Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10, families are invited out to celebrate Fitler Square and the start of the spring season at the Fitler Square Spring Fair. Coinciding with Mother’s Day weekend, the fair brings a silent auction and flea market shopping to the alfresco park, so shopping for Mother’s Day has never been easier.
Art Star Craft Bazaar
Lovers of unique finds descend on the annual Spring Art Star Craft Bazaar, where the handmade goods include housewares, ceramics, clothing, art, paper goods and much more. The weekend-long sale at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing is punctuated with live music, food and art demonstrations all throughout Mother’s Day weekend.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
The whimsical Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is a fantastic family-friendly destination any day of the year, but on Sunday, May 11, the sparkling sculpture garden comes to life with Family Jams and make-and-take crafts inspired by renowned Mexican papier-mâché artist Joel Garcia The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. and is free with admission.
Dear Mom at the Penn’s Landing Playhouse in the Independence Seaport Museum
The Penn’s Landing Playhouse celebrates Mother’s Day all month long with Dear Mom, a play inspired by actual letters from daughters to mothers. The play is part-drama, part-comedy and tells real stories about the mother-daughter relationship. The curtain raises for Dear Mom at 2 p.m. on Mother’s Day, making for an ideal after-brunch activity. Tickets are $35 to $45 and are available online. Use the code “MOM” to donate a portion of your ticket sale to Breastcancer.org. The show runs through June 4.