Dining Out on Mother's Day: 5 Kid Friendly, Splurge Worthy Feasts in Boston
Forget the flowers, the bath salts, and the foot soak. Indulge your mom, your wife (or yourself!) in the most glorious brunch of the year, a splurge-worthy meal to celebrate the fine art of motherhood. Boston’s special kid-friendly Mother’s Day brunches take it up a level with cruises, crafts for kids, and decadent drinks.
Seaport Boston Hotel
Location: One Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02210
Contact and reservations: visit opentable.com or call 617-385-4315
Cost: Adults $60, Kids ages 5 - 14 $20, plus tax & service (kids under 5 free)
Brunch hours: 11 am - 3 pm
You can enjoy a lovely, leisurely meal at Aura while Samara Lamm of The Kids Place 4 Fun keeps the kids entertained with Mother’s Day crafts. If you forgot to get a gift for mom, not to worry: Karen Hallaby of Jewelry by Karel will be on hand with her custom jewelry collection, or you may want to stop in the hotel’s gift shop. Take a look at highlights of the day’s brunch menu here.
Café Fleuri, Langham Hotel
Location: 250 Franklin Street, Boston, MA 02110
Contact and reservations: call 617- 451-1900, ext. 7125
Cost: $88 per Adult, $45 for Children 5-12, free for children 4 and under
Brunch hours: 11 am - 3 pm
The extensive Mother’s Day brunch menu at Café Fleuri speaks for itself. The dishes they have planned range from fresh seafood to a dessert buffet, and everything in between. The adults can sit back and relax with a mimosa while the kids stuff their faces with made-to-order waffles, smoothies and pecan sweet rolls. My advice: Go on an empty stomach!
Five Napkin Burger
Location: 105 Huntington Avenue (Prudential Center), Boston, MA 02199
Contact and reservations: call 617-375-2277, visit the restaurant’s website or go to Open Table
Cost: A la carte
Brunch hours: 11 am – 4 pm
Mom and kids alike will delight in the brunch offerings at 5 Napkin Burger in the Back Bay. Green Eggs & Ham, Fish Tacos, Brunch Burger (with a fried egg nesting under the bun!) and 5 Napkin Pancakes are just a few of your choices. Although alcoholic beverages abound, the restaurant is kid-friendly, with a Kids Menu to prove it.
Spirit of Boston Mother’s Day Cruise, Seaport World Trade Center
Location: 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA 02210
Contact and reservations: Call 866-310-2469 or buy tickets online
Cost: $60 per adult, $36 per child age 3-12, plus fees
Hours: Board at 11 am, cruise 12 pm – 2 pm
A Flower for Mom, sumptuous buffets, fun for the kids, an ice cream sundae bar, professional DJs for your dancing pleasure, fabulous views of Boston Harbor, the wind whipping through your hair on the open water – what more could you want? A deal, of course: Moms cruise free aboard the Mother's Day Lunch or Dinner Cruise with the purchase of 3 tickets. (Call 866-310-2469 to book your cruise with the special offer, which ends on April 28 and is limited to 25 moms).
Location: 541 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116
Contact and reservations: Call 617-423-0069 or make a reservation on their website.
Cost: $43 per adult, $15 per kid
Brunch hours: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
The decor is just the right amount of funky in this bohemian South End eatery, located at Boston Center for the Arts. Moms and their families can groove to the live music during The Beehive's Sunday Jazz Brunch while enjoying a special Mother's Day three-course prix fixe menu.
Originally published May 2012; updated April 2013 & April 2014
Photo: 5 Napkin Burger