Your mom would love any of these 9 places for brunch on Mother's Day

But make your reservations soon!
Your mom would love any of these 9 places for brunch on Mother's Day
Posted at 11:00 AM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-12 07:58:47-04

Want to know how to really win Mom over?

Take her out to brunch and let someone else clean up.

Get your reservations quickly, though, because Mother's Day is an extremely busy time for restaurants.

Here are nine spots in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to get you started.

Terrace Cafe at Cincinnati Art Museum

(953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams; 513-639-2986)

For the mom who loves museums and art, Terrace Cafe is the perfect spot. Situated inside the Cincinnati Art Museum, this art-inspired cafe includes seating on the outdoor terrace, which looks out to a picture-perfect courtyard.

Terrace Cafe will serve a three-course prix fixe brunch of apple, prosciutto and brie flatbread; marinated flank steak with shrimp-and-crab-stuffed avocado; and candied-bacon French toast.

After brunch, walk over to the new exhibition "Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China." It's a first in Cincinnati and includes pieces never seen before outside of China.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 13. $40 adults; kids a la carte $5-$6; museum members receive a 10 percent discount.

La Petite Pierre

(7800 Camargo Road, Madeira; 513-808-9897)

With executive chef Eric Polhamus at the helm, this charming spot in Madeira serves French-inspired food with contemporary touches.

La Petite Pierre is offering a buffet featuring nearly 20 different items, including gravlax, shrimp cocktail and Alaskan king crab legs. Crepes with gruyere bechamel, wild mushrooms and spinach, and ham biscuit "croque monsieur" will join the lineup, along with globally inspired fare such as shakshuka (baked egg dish) and beef barbacoa with grits and pico de gallo.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 13. $40 adults; $12 children (ages 6-11); free for children age 5 and under.

Asian Food Fest

(Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine)

Why settle for one restaurant when you can treat Mom to food from more than two dozen eateries? The food, beer and entertainment at this annual festival will showcase the cuisine and culture from a broad swath of Asian countries, including Cambodia, China, India, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam.

Let your mother in on the "secret dishes," too -- the "secret menu" will return this year with more homestyle dishes prepared by amateur cooks and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Noon-10 p.m. May 12 and noon-8 p.m. May 13. Admission free; food ranges from $2-$6.

Troy's Cafe

(322 Reading Road, Mason; 513-701-9367)

Troy's Cafe exudes the kind of charm that mirrors the idyllic feel of downtown Mason. If the weather is good, the outdoor seating, nestled among mature trees, is a great way to dine. The food is fresh and chef-driven, making this unassuming spot a wonderful brunch destination.

The cafe will offer a buffet of about a dozen different items for Mother's Day, including an omelet station, vegetable and goat cheese frittata, shrimp penne and vodka sauce, seasonal vegetables and assorted salads.

10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 13. $22 adults; $10 children. Reservations required.


(1000 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout; 513-620-8777)

Located in the space formerly occupied by Nectar in Mount Lookout Square, Muse is on a mission to serve good food that's also good for you. The food is seasonal and locally sourced -- most from within 100 miles of Cincinnati.

Muse will serve a brunch buffet of about 10 different items, including a yogurt bar; eggs made to order; gluten-free blueberry pancakes; frittata with spinach and goat cheese; and green salad with edamame, watermelon radishes and avocado deviled egg. You also can get a bottomless bloody mary and mimosa bar for $15.

9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 13. $25 adults; $15 children age 12 and under; kids age 5 and under free with adult.

Chef Jared Bennett at his fireplace oven at Metropole downtown.


(609 Walnut St., Downtown; 513-578-6660)

This open-hearth restaurant tucked inside 21C Museum Hotel will serve a two-course prix fixe brunch. For the first course, choose from starters such as the smoothie bowl, chilled pea soup and the signature burnt carrot salad. The second course will include choices such as quinoa hash, grilled asparagus strata and challah bread pudding.

Mom can even test her mixology prowess by creating her own mimosa. For $50, a bottle of prosecco will be brought to the table along with a tray of cocktail ingredients and garnishes. The mimosa "building blocks" include orange blossom water, cherry-rose green tea, blood orange juice, candied flower and wine gummies.

9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 13. $30 adults, a la carte children's menu. "Mimosa experience": first bottle of prosecco: $50; second bottle: $30. Each bottle serves two to four people.

Coppin's Restaurant and Bar

(638 Madison Ave., Covington; 859-905-6600)

The restaurant, located inside Hotel Covington, is curated to feature the best of what's local from both sides of the Ohio River.

The brunch buffet will feature an impressive spread of food that spans hot entrees, cold selections, a meat-carving station and even a grits station. There also will be plenty of house-made desserts, fresh fruit, pastries and breads.

Complimentary drinks will include juice, milk, bottomless Carabello drip coffee and one mimosa per adult over age 21.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 13. $60 adults; $50 seniors; $18 children (ages 4-12); kids under age 4 eat free.

A table at Forno Osteria + Bar in Hyde Park.

Forno Osteria + Bar

(3514 Erie Ave., Hyde Park; 513-818-8720)

The wood-burning oven ("forno" in Italian) anchors this rustic osteria that transports dishes from chef Cristian Pietoso's hometown in Florence, Italy, to east Hyde Park. On Mother's Day, indulge in a buffet that includes classic Italian dishes such as ribollita, a classic minestrone with smashed bread and fried egg; frittata made with leeks, Parmigiano-Reggiano and tomato; and polenta with Bolognese sauce. The very Tuscan "coccoli" -- dollops of fried pizza dough -- served with Nutella is sure to sweeten Mom's day.

9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 13. $25 adults; $10 children ages 12 and under.

Large, round tables are suitable for large groups inside the Churchill room at Parkers Blue Ash Tavern.

Parkers Blue Ash Tavern

(4200 Cooper Road, Blue Ash. 513-891-8300)

This Blue Ash staple will celebrate Mother's Day all day long with brunch and dinner buffets. The brunch buffet will be available until 3:30 p.m., after which the dinner buffet will begin and remain available until 7 p.m. Pricing for both buffets is the same.

More than two dozen items will grace the buffets, including a carving station, seafood bar and a variety of bread and pastries.

Brunch: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 13; dinner 3:30-7 p.m. $42 adults; $20 children (ages 5-10) kids age 4 and under free.

Grace Yek writes about food for WCPO Digital. She is a certified chef-de-cuisine with the American Culinary Federation, and a former chemical engineer. Questions or comments? Connect with her on Twitter: @Grace_Yek.