The Mother’s Day Dining Guide

Stumped on what to get Mom this weekend? How do you buy for the woman who already has everything? Well, one thing you can count on for May 13 is her having an appetite. This directory gives you a taste on how Mom can come away from her holiday fully satisfied. Enjoy.

Café Buenos Aires

Café Buenos Aires features Argentine cuisine. Mom’s lunch and/or dinner includes a complimentary mimosa or dessert.

Sample Menu Items: Venado del Sur, oven-baked pork loin filled with spinach, sundried tomatoes, garlic and goat cheese, polenta cake, asparagus and smoked tomato sauce. Pescado Monje, medallions of monkfish served on a barley-quinoa and acorn squash herb salad, with sliced tear drop tomatoes, roasted fennel and saffron cream sauce.

When: 5 pm to 10 pm

Where: 1316 State Street

Reservations: 963-0242

Bistro Eleven Eleven at Hotel Mar Monte

Special Mother’s Day menu buffet: butternut squash bisque, cold seafood display, salad bar, omelet station prepared to order by chef, salad bar (mixed field greens, iceberg wedge topped with roasted vegetables, antipasto salad). Main courses: banana French toast, applewood-smoked bacon, farm fresh breakfast sausage, eggs benedict, smoked salmon, halibut, chicken breast riviera and much more), seasonal fruit collection and dessert delicacies.

When: 10 am to 2 pm

Where: 1111 East Cabrillo Boulevard

Cost: $36 per person

Reservations: 730-1111

Bella Vista Restaurant at Four Seasons Biltmore

Annual Mother’s Day brunch. Special brunch buffet menu created by executive chef Martin Frost. Guests choose from assortment of seafood and caviar, salads and cheeses, Asian specialties, made-to-order omelets, Belgian waffles, crepes and pastries, aromatic herb-crusted roasted rack of lamb, slow-roasted prime rib of beef with au jus and horseradish cream, plank-roasted sea bass with Ojai honey soy glaze, glazed smoked ham and mushroom raviolinis with toasted sunflower seeds, peas and cherry tomatoes. Desserts will also be offered, including a chocolate fountain with strawberries, dried fruits, marshmallows and coconut rocher for dipping.

When: 11 am to 2 pm

Where: 1260 Channel Drive

Cost: $95 for adults, $47.50 for children under 12

Reservations: 969-2261

Elements Restaurant and Bar

Mother’s Day brunch buffet serving: muffins and croissants, fresh fruit, custom omelets and scrambles, black forest ham, lox and bagels, bacons and gourmet sausages, fresh juices and much more. Also Elements’s bottomless mimosas for $15. A prix fixe dinner menu will also be available for the evening.

When: 9 am to 2 pm

Where: 129 East Anapamu Street

Cost: $35 per person

Reservations: 884-9218


A special Mother’s Day brunch menu with a Latin twist. Some special items offered are: fresh raspberry pancakes, with honey-maple syrup and grilled ham or sausages. Cava French toast, with sautéed bananas, honey-maple syrup and smoke bacon. Eggs benedict ole, grilled ham, poached eggs, manchego cheese and chile hollandaise on crisp English muffins). Huevos Rancheros, with corn tortillas, queso fresco, black beans, guacamole and roasted tomato salsa and much more.

Where: 1212 Coast Village Road

When: 8 am to 3 pm

Reservations: 969-8500

San Ysidro Ranch

Executive Chef John Trotta invites guests to a prix fixe Mother’s Day brunch at the San Ysidro Ranch. Starters: phyllo-wrapped baked brie, house-cured Scottish salmon, chilled cucumber melon soup, spring greens. Entrées: poached eggs on English muffins, Macadamia nut crusted brioche French toast, grilled filet of beef, tomato and herb-crusted halibut, Portobello mushroom ravioli. Dessert: chocolate terrine with hazelnut brittle, strawberry rhubarb crisp with crème fraiche sorbet, coconut cake with lemon sorbet.

When: 10 am to 1 pm

Where: 900 San Ysidro Lane

Cost: $75

Reservations: 565-1700

Veranda at Bacara Resort

Eggs benedict, applewood-smoked bacon, Yukon gold hash brown potatoes, freshly sliced fruit with raspberries, blueberries and strawberries, Belgium waffles, made-to-order omelets. Whole poached salmon with sliced smoked salmon, grilled asparagus with Parma ham and tomato confit, grilled marinated artichokes with lemon and roasted garlic aioli, ahi, nigiri and sashimi, shrimp, oysters on the half shell, crab legs, calamari salad, marinated mussel salad, seafood ceviche. Rosemary and garlic-crusted prime rib, salmon en croute with lobster tarragon sauce, Parma ham wrap with sea bass, crispy potato gnocchi, morel mushrooms and asparagus tips, breast of chicken with tarragon, pan-seared pork tenderloin. Assorted pastries and chocolate fountain.

When: 11 am to 3 pm

Where: 8301 Hollister Avenue

Cost: $85

Reservations: 571-3011

Miró at Bacara Resort and Spa

Special three-course prix fixe Mother’s Day dinner menu. Start with white asparagus bisque or fresh mozzarella salad; move on to an entrée of pan-seared Pacific halibut or papaya-glazed breast of free-range chicken; finish with lemon custard cake or seasonal fruit and berries.

When: 5 pm to 8 pm

Where: 8301 Hollister Avenue

Cost: $85 per adult; $25 per child under 12

Reservations: 571-3777

No Specialties But Still Special

The following restaurants don’t have specialty menus reserved for Mother’s Day, but keep them in mind come Sunday.

China Pavilion

Sample Menu Items: Crispy Walnut Shrimp (fried shrimp with crunchy candy glazed walnut). Kiwi Roasted Duck (slices of honey roasted duck with fresh kiwi fruit topped with lemon sauce). Kung Pao Three Flavor (shrimp, chicken & beef stir-fried with peanuts, water chestnuts in spicy chili pepper sauce).

When: 5 pm to 9:30 pm

Where: 1070 Coast Village Road

Reservations: 565-9380


Montecito’s most popular Steakhouse offers its regular menu.

Sample Menu Items: Steaks: New York Steak (bone-in and bone-out) Porterhouse, Filet Mignon (10-, 12- and 16-ounce), Beef Chop (bone-in ribeye), Special Ribeye, Veal Chops (all steaks served a la carte). Sides include hash Swiss, cream corn, cream spinach, sautéed spinach, half-and-half (Lucky’s fries and onion rings) and more. When: brunch 9 am to 3 pm, dinner 5 pm to 10 pm

Where: 1279 Coast Village Road

Reservations: 565-7540


Sample Menu Items: Peabody’s Famous Soft Tacos (corn tortillas, grilled onions and sweet peppers, topped with tomatoes, cilantro, mixed cheese, lettuce and guacamole, served with chicken, sirloin, salmon, halibut or veggie. California Burger, guacamole and jack cheese. Grilled Eggplant Sandwich, roasted bell peppers, marinated red onion, provolone cheese and house pesto on a warm ciabatta.

When: 7 am to midnight

Where: 1198 Coast Village Road

Reservations: 969-0834

Tre Lune

Sample Menu Items: Gene’s Spaghetti (Spaghetti with fresh spinach, broccoli and roasted garlic). Salmone Al Limone E Capperi (Fresh sautéed salmon with lemon and capers sauce. Costata Alla Fiorentina, grilled 16-ounce prime Porterhouse steak topped with a Porcini mushroom sauce.

When: Breakfast 7:30 am to 11:30, lunch 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, dinner 5:30 pm to 10 pm

Where: 1151 Coast Village Road

Reservations: 969-2646

Holdren’s Steakhouse

Sample Menu Items: Rosemary Bleu Cheese Sirloin, eight-ounce prime top sirloin covered with rosemary bleu cheese reduction). Australian Cold Water Lobster Tail, 10-ounce tail, charbroiled and served with drawn butter.

When: 4 pm to 10 pm

Where: 512 State Street

Reservations: 965-3363

Moby Dick Restaurant

Sample Menu Items: All-things-seafood, lobster, clam chowder, fish and chips.

When: 7 am to 8:30 pm

Where: 220 Stearns Wharf

Reservations: 965-0549

Olio e Limone Ristorante

Sample Menu Items: Risotto al Nero di Seppia (Arborio rice with shrimp, scallops, calamari and squid ink), Quaglie con Salsiccia, Polenta e Caponata (Roasted quails stuffed with sausage served with polenta and Sicilian “ratatouille”).

When: 5 pm to 10 pm

Where: 17 West Victoria Street

Reservations: 899-2699

Enterprise Fish Co.

Sample Menu Items: West Australian Lobster Tail, 12-ounce coldwater tail, steamed and served hot drawn butter. Alaskan King Crab Legs, one pound of Alaskan king crab legs steamed and served with drawn butter.

When: 11:30 am to 10 pm

Where: 225 State Street

Reservations: 962-3313