Mother's Day is right around the corner — Sunday, May 12 to be exact — and if you haven't picked a spot to celebrate mom yet, here are some local restaurants and attractions offering special brunches. Obviously, reservations are a must for most of these.
Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at the Brown Dog Cafe — From a tasty carving station featuring meats such as angus prime rib and brown-sugar-crusted ham to a dessert section dishing out seven different sweets, this brunch buffet features the option to add bottomless mimosas and bloody marys for $25. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $35 adults; $12 kids. 1000 Summit Park, Blue Ash. More info here.
Taft Museum of Art — Now showcasing the artworks of five great American painters such as Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe and Helen Frankenthaler, the Taft Museum of Art offers a colorful backdrop for your special day. On Mother’s Day, Taft will offer a brunch under the garden tent. Tickets also include non-alcoholic beverages, a dessert platter and a small gift for each mom. Seatings available noon, 12:45, 1:30 and 2:15 p.m. $26 Taft members; $30 non-members; $12 children aged 6-12 (free aged 5 and under). 316 Pike St., Downtown. More info here.
Mother's Day Brunch at Coney Island — The Coney Island Mother’s Day all-you-can-eat breakfast brunch is back for all of the family to enjoy in either Moonlite Gardens or Moonlite Pavilion. And luckily, right after, you can check out the history, culture, music and crafting at the Appalachian Festival right beside the Ohio River. There will be many attractions and entertainment for mom, dad and the kids. One ticket gets you access to the festival, the brunch or breakfast buffet, a cash bar and more. Mother's Day Brunch in Moonlite Gardens reservation time 11:30 a.m. Mother's Day Breakfast Buffet in Moonlite Pavilion reservation times 10, 10:30 and 11 a.m. $12.99-$49.99. 6201 Kellogg Ave., California. More info here.
Mother's Day Brunch Buffet at Forno Osteria & Bar — The brunch menu at both the Hyde Park and Montgomery locations features options like pancakes with whipped cream, biscuits and gravy, polenta and bolognese, breakfast pizza and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $27.50 adults; $12 children. 3514 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, RSVP Hyde Park 513-818-8720; 9415 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, RSVP Montgomery 513-231-5555.
Mother's Day Brunch at Via Vite — Via Vite will be serving an authentic Italian brunch buffet. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $30; $12 children. 520 Vine St., Downtown, RSVP to 513-721-8483.
Mother's Day Brunch at the Newport Aquarium — Make this Mother’s Day one she will not forget. Enjoy brunch inside the Riverside Room, and while enjoying the food, why not add a penguin to the mix? One of the African penguins will join the brunch and paint for the mothers. Moms will walk away with an amazing penguin experience and new piece of artwork for the home. Includes admission to the aquarium. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $37.99 adults; $27.99 child; discounts for passholders. 1 Aquarium Way, Newport. More info here.
Mother's Day Brunch at The Summit Hotel — Opened in 2018, this new hotel includes an art gallery, a kitchen and bar, and even a library. This Mother’s Day they will have a brunch buffet crafted by in-house chef Goebel, with specialty cocktails. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $39 adults; $29 seniors; $19 children ages 7-17; free under 7. 5345 Medpace Way, Madisonville. More info here.
Mother’s Day Brunch Buffett at Eddie Merlot’s — This buffet will have a salad station, carving station, made-to-order omelet station, shellfish bar and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $59.95 adults; $14.95 for children. 10808 Montgomery Road, Montgomery. More info here.
Coppin’s at Hotel Covington — This Mother’s Day, Coppin’s will be serving a brunch buffet with a grits station, Kentucky caviar, prime rib, goetta benedict, artisanal cheese, smoked salmon, pastries and more. There will also be bottomless Carabello drip coffee and one mimosa per adult over 21; additional beverages for purchase. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $60 adults; $50 seniors; $18 children ages 4-12. 638 Madison Ave., Covington. More info here.
Mother's Day Brunch in the Garden at Mecklenburg Gardens — On Sunday, Mecklenburg will host a brunch for all the special mothers featuring a buffet crafted by chef James Brown. There will also be a bottomless mimosa bar and create-your-own bloody mary for $13. Seatings at 11 a.m, 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. $25 adults; $15 children. 302 E. University Ave., Corryville. More info here.
Mother’s Day Brunch with Shoppe Smitten at MadTree — Celebrate mom at the MadTree taproom with a four-course meal thanks to Catch-a-Fire Café and a pop-up boutique featuring shoppe SMITTEN. One adult ticket includes one beer or wine, and additional drinks and mimosas will be available. Each mother and grandmother will also receive a small gift. Seating begins at 10 a.m., with plated courses starting at 11 a.m. $50 adults; $10 for children. 3301 Madison Road, Oakley. More info here.
Mother’s Day Southern Brunch at Out of Thyme Kitchen Studio — Started by chef Jaime Carmody in 2016, the Out of Thyme Kitchen Studio is an event space with a full-service commercial kitchen. For Mother’s Day, the studio will be having a Southern brunch featuring dishes such as fried chicken and waffles, spring spinach salad with bacon vinaigrette and blueberry lemon muffins. This is not your typical brunch, it is a hands-on cooking class so you can recreate this food with family. Noon-2 p.m. $55. 11915 Montgomery Road, Sixteen Mile Stand. More info here.
Mother’s Day Brunch and Paint Class — Painting, mimosas and your mom — what more could you ask for? At Uptown Art: Cincinnati, this two-and-a-half-hour class will also have fruit, pastries, wine and beer. Paint with your mom or paint a gift for your mom (no art experience required). 2-4:30 p.m. $28-$37. 7713 Beechmont Ave., Mount Washington. More info here.
The Phoenix — The Phoenix Mother’s Day Brunch will feature carving, omelet, and seafood stations and a waffle, pancake and dessert bar. Bloody marys and mimosas will also be available. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $15- $36. 812 Race St., Downtown. More info here.
Brunch and Ride on the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad — Spend this Mother’s Day on a beautiful train ride with the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad. After an informative, historic ride, indulge in a buffet-style brunch at the Warren County Conference Center with you and your mom. Departure times at 9:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. $45 adults; $35 seniors/children. 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon. More info here.
Mother’s Day Buffet & Craft Show at Vinoklet — This annual event features food and fun with an all-day buffet and craft show; shop before or after you eat. Buffet (in restaurant and by RSVP only) 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; craft show 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 11069 Colerain Ave., Bevis. More info here.