For all the times your mom made you French toast even though cereal was quicker, for every event she ever picked you up from, or caravan-ed you to, for those moments when you messed up and instead of getting mad she laughed — your mom deserves to be celebrated. Treat her to brunch at one of these spots.
Alloy consistently appears on our list of the best restaurants in Calgary, so it won’t disappoint for Mother’s Day. The Mother’s Day a la carte brunch menu includes truffle gnocchi, chorizo hash, buttermilk pancakes, pulled short rib tacos, roasted steelhead trout, eggs Benedict and more. Brunch is served from at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
220 42 Ave. S.E., 403-287-9255, alloydining.com
Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant
Head to Fish Creek Provincial Park for brunch in this historic ranch house. It’s managed and operated by the Great Events Group, so you know the food and experience will be just as good as the setting. Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant is offering Mother’s Day brunch between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 and between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 12. Enjoy artisan mixed green salad, sweet Belgian waffles, sparks farms eggs Benedict, grilled asparagus, honey butter French toast and chickpea ragout.
15979 Bow Bottom Tr. S.E., 403-476-1310, bvrrestaurant.com
Buffo’s brunch will start your mom’s day off right with a complimentary mimosa and sweets for the table. With an extensive brunch menu that features Benedict-style erbazzone, lavender buttermilk pancakes and breakfast calzone, along with mainstays like calamari fritti and linguine carbanaro, Buffo is sure to have something for mom and everyone else at the table celebrating her. Buffo will be serving its Mother’s Day brunch during their regular weekend brunch hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
6455 MacLeod Tr. S.W., 403-351-2316, buffocalgary.com
The Calgary Zoo offers a Sunday Safari Brunch every week, but there will be a special menu for Mother’s Day. Held in the Destination Africa area, brunch includes blueberry buttermilk pancakes, eggs Benedict, oven roasted steel head trout and dessert offerings like roasted peach bread pudding and a chocolate fountain. It runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
210 St. George’s Dr. N.E., 403-232-9300, calgaryzoo.com
If your mom is a vegetarian, you may want to pay a visit to The Coup on Saturday, May 11 or Sunday, May 12. The local restaurant will be serving a tea-infused brunch menu to celebrate Mother’s Day, featuring dishes such as mushroom brined asparagus, BLT tartine, gingerbread pain perdue, eggs Benedict with rhubarb hollandaise sauce, potato doughnuts and more from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The brunch is $35 per person.
924 17 Ave. S.W., 403-541-1041, thecoup.ca
Breakfast tacos, a crepe station, eggs Benedict, charcuterie — these are just a few of the items you could find at Craft’s brunch buffet on Mother’s Day. Brunch is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is being held at both locations.
345 10 Ave. S.W., 403-514-2337 and Southcentre Mall, 100 Anderson Rd. S.E., 403-216-2337, craftbeermarket.ca
Cravings Market Restaurant
Two words: brunch buffet. That’s what you’ll find at Cravings Market Restaurant on Mother’s Day this year. Choose from options like pancakes, French toast, eggs Benedict, an omelette station, a carving station with roasted striploin roast, seafood casserole, pastries, desserts and more at either the 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. seating.
7207 Fairmount Dr. S.E., 403-252-2083, cravingsmarketrestaurant.com
If you’re spending Mother’s Day in the downtown area, make plans to stop in at Cucina for brunch. The Teatro Group restaurant will be whipping up grilled strip loin gnocchi, wild B.C. mushrooms and eggs on toast, eggs Benedict, French toast and more just for the occasion. Wash it all down with a mimosa, an Aperol spritz or a Monte Cristo.
515 8 Ave. S.W., 587-353-6565, eatcucina.com
For an elevated Mother’s Day dining experience, head downtown to the Fairmont Palliser’s Crystal Ballroom for a Sunday brunch buffet accompanied by live music. The historic hotel will be serving pastries, eggs Benedict, waffles, salads, Alberta beef, pork porchetta and much more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You also won’t want to miss dessert — there will be a doughnut wall, a chocolate foundation and other treats.
133 9 Ave. S.W., 403-262-1234, fairmont.com
This is your chance to experience a dim sum brunch made by a former Top Chef Canada contestant. Chef Jinhee Lee and her team will be whipping up a buffet featuring a Vietnamese crepe station, chilled seafood platters, steam and pan seared dumplings, chocolate mousse, coconut cake, macaroons and more. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
1011 1 St. S.W., 403-719-7288, foreignconcept.ca
Hotel Arts’ inaugural Mother’s Day brunch features a buffet that checks all the right boxes. Breakfast classics like eggs Benedict, fresh sausage, spiced hash browns and a pancake station will be offered alongside mini prawn cocktails, chicken cassoulet with poached egg and mushroom quiche. Be sure to leave some room for soft serve ice cream and the decorate-your-own-dessert station. The brunch will run from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on May 12.
119 12 Ave. S.W., 403-266-4611, hotelarts.ca
If dim sum is your mom’s style, check out Mister Chen’s “Moms with Mimosas” event. Start the meal off right with pink lemonade mimosas and top it all off with their featured dessert of flaming cotton candy creation that will surely impress. The event runs May 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2004 4 ST S.W., 403-764-2436, misterchensyyc.com
Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse
Pampa’s Mother’s Day brunch includes doce de leite French toast, beef crepes, beef lasagna, savoury bread pudding and, of course, grilled meats such as beef rumpsteak, pork sausage, crispy pork belly, leg of lamb and chicken drumsticks. In addition to their extensive menu, Pampa will be offering specials on mimosas for their Mother’s Day brunch, which is being served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 11 and 12.
521 10 Ave. S.E., 587-354-3441, pampasteakhouse.com
Q Haute Cuisine
This Mother’s Day, Q Haute Cuisine is treating Calgary moms to a next-level buffet experience. The restaurant is serving a brunch that any mother would love, complete with crepes, an omelette station, beef ribeye, French beignet and more. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on May 12.
100 La Caille Pl. S.W., 403-262-5554, qhautecuisine.com
Teatro is taking Mother’s Day brunch to the next level with three-course set menus for adults and children. The adult menu, which is $50 per person, gives guests a few choices for each course, including citrus cured salmon, a wild mushroom and egg skillet, stuffed French toast and chocolate cake. The children’s menu, which is $20 per person, features options like yogurt and fresh berries, baked macaroni and cheese, margherita pizza and ice cream with strawberries.
200 8 Ave. S.E., 403-290-1012, teatro.ca
Treat mom to a full day at Telus Spark, starting with a brunch buffet. There will be options like southern fried crispy chicken, Belgian waffles, smoked salmon eggs Benedict and plenty of choices for dessert. Entry to their 2019 traveling exhibition “Circus! Science Under the Big Top” is also included in the brunch price. Limited spots are available for the two seating times of 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m, so grab your tickets before they’re gone.
220 St. George’s Drive N.E., 403-817-6800, sparkscience.ca
Not only is Vin Room serving a three-course Mother’s Day brunch this year, but it’s also teaming up with a local brand to hold a fashion show during your meal. Both the West Springs and the Mission location are collaborating with Apt 22 for the fashion shows while bring varying menus at each. Plus, you’ll leave with a sweet gift bag.
2310 4 St. S.W., 403-457-5522 and 8561 8A Ave. S.W., 587-353-8812, vinroom.com
WinSport hosts a Mother’s Day brunch buffet with all the favourites including an omelette station, waffles, eggs Benedict, salads and desserts. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Be sure to make a reservation.
Markin MacPhail Centre, 88 Canada Olympic Rd. S.W., winsport.ca
[Ed. note: This article was last updated on May 8, 2019]