Now that our dear city has essentially been “closed” through St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Eastern Orthodox Easter, Earth Day, the First of Ramadan and May Day, you’d better believe that our Laguna restaurants have Mother’s Day wrapped and ready to rock for you.

We all know that moms, aunts, nieces, sisters and dog/cat/turtle moms love to get out of the kitchen on Mother’s Day – it is easily the busiest day in restaurants all year long. This year, the scenery is a little different. You may be stuck in the house, the backyard or in a park somewhere, but you can still rescue that dear woman from cooking.

I still have Mother’s Day options coming in from our Laguna restaurants. Stay tuned to my social media and weekly email blast to my opt-in readers from on Wednesday (instead of Friday) with any additional restaurant news.

Please note that all of these restaurants – and many of their Laguna restaurant compadres who didn’t necessarily put a specific Mother’s Day menu in place – are OPEN ON SUNDAY with regular menu offerings.

All of the below Mother’s Day Menu options are priced with tax and tip being additional. This time, I’m starting with last in the alphabet first, because we’re all about fairness here:

Restaurants with Special Menus

For one of its Mother’s Day options, The Drake is offering lamb “lollipops” and Mother’s Day cocktails to go.

The Drake Laguna Beach is offering a prix-fixe menu of hearty options that feed up to four people. No pre-order required. The springtime chopped salad starts the party, with main course options being filet mignon ($195), ribeye steaks ($195), Alaskan halibut ($220) or a mixed grill of pork chops, lamb “lollipop” chops, two filets, and two Jidori chicken breasts ($240). Three sides accompany each order as well as dark chocolate Budino (Italian custard). A slew of craft Mother’s Day specialty cocktails are available to go as well. Pick up on Saturday from 3 p.m. forward and on  Mother’s Day starting at 2:00 p.m.

Skyloft is offering a special brunch or pre-ordered family meals for Mother’s Day. Pre-orders must be done by Thursday, 2:00 p.m. Brunch options are available on same day from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for $9 each. Regular lunch and dinner menu options are also available all day long. And, Pre-Ordered Family Meals for Mother’s Day feed four to six people with dinner options that include prime rib ($175), oven-roasted salmon ($160), cajun pasta ($130) and Beyond Meat stuffed bell peppers ($100). All selections come with house salad, Texas toast, red velvet cake and a choice between two bottles of wine. Click to: Skyloft for more details. 

Selanne Steak Tavern is offering two remaining options: Order from an a la carte brunch menu of nine popular items plus sides. Or, pick and choose options in their family-style Mother’s Day Brunch for Two priced at $130. The Selanne brunch options recommend a pre-order through Saturday afternoon. Pick up your brunch items on Mother’s Day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and pick up Mother’s Day Dinner between 3 p.m. and 6 pm.

Sappphire, Cellar. Craft. Cook, our newest entry to Laguna Beach, is offering yet another peek into its coming menu with a Mother’s Day meal package priced at $169 for four to six people.

Sapphire, Cellar. Craft. Cook is giving a sneak peek into its coming menu with this Mother’s Day Family Meal option.

Pre-order through Saturday between 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. and choose your day and time for pick up. Start with a large family style salad of butter lettuce, hothouse tomatoes and herbed goat cheese. Your primary proteins are an even split between two 8-ounce filets of herb-grilled salmon and two 24-ounce ribeye steaks. Family portions continue with mashed potatoes, sautéed vegetables and six homemade oatmeal raisin cookies. Add a 6-ounce Alaskan halibut filet for an added $20. As an added gift, every Sapphire Mothers Day Meal Box will now include a gift package for mom. See my quick story here on those details … 

Reunion Kitchen is offering a “brunch feature” on Mother’s Day – short rib benedict (oh my) with a poached egg and chipotle hollandaise. Or, order the Mom’s prime rib dinner for $30, which includes a 4-ounce boneless cut with blue cheese mashed potatoes and asparagus. No pre-ordering is necessary

Royal Hawaiian Fire Grill is re-introducing its Easter success, a full rack of Australian wood-grilled lamb dinner for $89, which feeds three or four people. Pre-order by Friday, May 8th before 8:00 p.m., with pickup only on Sunday, May 10th, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The lamb dinner includes mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus and Farmer’s Market salad, plus two bottles of wine, a sparkling and a white wine.

Oak Laguna Beach is offering a prix fixe menu of options for up to four people for $175. Pre-order until Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Choose from two different salad options and a choice of two of three “main events,” that include herb-roasted chicken, grilled baby back ribs or broiled salmon. Choose two sides, too, and enjoy fresh-based cornbread and house-baked cheesecake for dessert.

Oliver’s Osteria is offering two surf and turf menu options in its “Menu Della Mamma.” Each menu is priced for individuals as well as for a family meal that feeds four.

One of two menu options includes Chef Erik’s best-selling whole seabass baked in sea salt and herbs.

Oliver’s first 4-course menu option is $60 per person or $200 for the family meal and starts with Chef’s best-selling beef meatballs stuffed with fontina cheese. Then, it’s a “primo” course of ribbon pasta with mascarpone cheese and porcini mushrooms. The third course offers sautéed chicken breasts in artichoke sauce with a fourth-course finish of house made Tiramisu.
Oliver’s second menu option starts with a salad of octopus, apples and celery. The second course is spaghetti with fresh mixed seafood, with the third course being whole Seabass filet baked in a bed of sea salt and fresh herbs. Tiramisu finishes the meal. This second menu option is $75 per person or $260 for four people. Click to: Oliver’s Osteria for more details.

Nirvana Grille
is offering a variety of a la carte options for Mother’s Day. Pre-order in advance for pick-up and delivery on either Saturday or Sunday. Choose from salmon & bagel boards for starters, consider more than 10 appetizers, four salads, eight sides and eight desserts. Proteins on Mother’s Day include steelhead salmon, herb-grilled whole Loup De Mer, rack of lamb, grilled filet and Herbs de Provence pork. Click to: Nirvana Grille for more details.

On Mother’s Day, Nirvana Grille is offering a variety of a la carte specialties, including grilled filet.

Lumberyard is offering both brunch and dinner options for four. Pre-order by calling the restaurant. Brunch orders will be available for pick up on Saturday between noon and 8:00 p.m., and Mother’s Day Dinner orders will be available for pick up on Sunday between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Brunch, priced at $70, is more of a fun craft kit, starting with smoked salmon and herbed creme fraiche, and then throwing in everything you could possibly need for a make-at home brunch including artisan bread, house made pancake batter, a dozen farm eggs and a bottle of Prosecco. Syrup and churned butter are included, too. Lumberyard Mother’s Day Dinner comes readymade and priced at $85 with salad, whole rotisserie chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn bread, apple cobbler and a choice between two bottles of  wine.

GG’s Bistro is offering two options – one for up to five people, and another for a party of two. Pre-order by Saturday morning for pick up on Saturday or Sunday. The larger option is a Mediterranean mixed grill platter entrée that serves up something fun for everyone. Priced at $95, the combo includes GG’s best-selling kebabs, a variety of Mediterranean appetizers, and added Turkish meze items (i.e. house made hummus, roaster pepper carpaccio and eggplant dolmas). Click to: GG’s Bistro for more details. 

GG’s Bistro is offering a party of appetizers and best selling kebebs (both photos combined) for Mother’s Day. Feeding 4-6 people, it’s $95.

For smaller parties, enjoy GG’s popular Avocado Crevette appetizer and the same mixed grill platter described above, sized for two. It sells for just $45.

Broadway by Amar Santana is offering three specialty menus, each of which serves two or four people. Pre-order can be placed through this Friday, May 8th before 4:00 p.m. Pick up any time on Mother’s Day between noon and 6:00 p.m. From Broadway, choose from Roasted Chilean Seabass Cioppino ($150-$280), Braised Lamb Pappardelle ($95-$180) or Beef Chateaubriand ($150-$280). Each includes starters, salads and choice of dessert.


Consult my Restaurant Directory for all to-go options for Mother’s Day

The 11th version since I started compiling this directory 10 weeks ago, the Laguna Beach Restaurant Directory is updated weekly via my conversations with each of our restaurants still offering to-go. It’s accurate through Friday, May 1st. Just go here to download it.

Please use this directory to order your favorite menu items online for curbside pickup or delivery. Let’s get out and support our Laguna Beach restaurants and keep this community of amazing restaurateurs and chefs alive.

The bestselling author and blogger on The Best of Laguna Beach™, Diane Armitage is on an endless quest for the most imaginative adventures in Laguna’s restaurants, events, and lifestyle. Check out chef interviews, retail and restaurant news, and favorite events at and follow on Instagram @BestOfLagunaBeach (look for Diane’s smiling face).

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