With all that moms do every day, they deserve something special on Mother’s Day. These Philadelphia spots will make sure that this Sunday, May 11 is unforgettable. From beautiful gardens to spectacular views of the city and even a boat ride, these brunches go beyond the ordinary.

Compton Café
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
100 E. Northwestern Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 247-5777

With 92 acres of beautiful gardens, the Morris Arboretum is a wonderful spot to spend Mother’s Day with the family. Begin the holiday with brunch at the Compton Café. Offering dishes made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients under Chef Josh Hunter, the café will host a buffet brunch with seatings at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Sunday, May 11. The menu will include options such as ham, omelet and egg stations, bagels, salmon, pastries, caramel French toast, bacon, sausage and more. Along with coffee, tea and juice, complimentary mimosas will be available to guests with a valid ID. Tickets must be bought in advance and cost $32.50 for adults and $12 for children under the age of 12. Arboretum members may purchase discounted tickets for $26 and $10. Tickets for the Morris Arboretum are required.

Longwood Gardens (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
(610) 388-5290

With breathtaking flowers, extraordinary fountains and opulent architecture, an afternoon at Longwood is a wonderful way to spend Mother’s Day. To make it even more special, enjoy brunch in the ballroom of the main conservatory. Events such as this are not typically open to the public, making it a real treat. The buffet brunch will be held on both Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and May 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with live music by flute duo Monica Buffington and Lynne Cooksey from noon to 3 p.m. Highlights of the brunch include Longwood Gardens’ famous mushroom soup, a meatloaf station, stir fry and omelets made to order, a kids station, desserts and more. Tickets are priced at $60 per person for ages 12 and over, $32 for children ages five to 11 and $5 for children ages one to four, with discounted prices for Longwood Gardens Members. All mothers will be given a rose as a small gift. In addition, Longwood Gardens’ fine dining restaurant 1906 will be serving weekend brunch as usual. Reservations will go quickly for the entire weekend, so be sure to call or place reservations using OpenTable now. Admission to Longwood Gardens is included in the ticket price.

M Restaurant (Credit, Michelle Hein)

M Restaurant

Morris House Hotel
231 S. 8th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-6666

Located in Society Hill, M Restaurant at the Morris House Hotel makes you feel like you’re miles away from the city. A wrought iron gate, brick walkway, tiny white lights and beautiful flowers create a “Secret Garden” atmosphere that’s perfect for celebrating Mom. Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with a special a la carte menu featuring a selection of egg dishes, seafood and salads along with classic entrees such as brioche French toast and croque monsieur and plenty of sides and smoothies. The average plate price is $13. In addition, M Restaurant is offering a four-course tasting dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are required for both events.

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Grounds for Sculpture (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Peacock Café

Grounds for Sculpture
18 Fairgrounds Road
Hamilton, NJ 08619
(609) 890-6015

Spring is the perfect time to explore Grounds for Sculpture, a 42-acre beautifully landscaped sculpture garden, located just a short drive from Philadelphia. Before strolling through the park, enjoy a Mother’s Day brunch at the Peacock Café, the casual alternative to Rat’s Restaurant. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 11 and will include pastries, waffles and more. While the café is typically walk-up service, reservations are required for this special event. Park admission is required to dine. Admission costs are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors over 65 and $8 for children ages six to 17. Members and children under the age of five are free.

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View from R2L (Credit, Michelle Hein)


50 S. 16th St., 37th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 564-5337

Located on the 37th floor, Chef Daniel Stern’s chic R2L offers amazing views along with innovative American cuisine. Mom will love dining while watching the hustle and bustle of Philadelphia below. Brunch begins buffet style, with an exquisite raw bar featuring oysters, shrimp cocktail, crab salad and tuna sashimi, steak tartare, beet and goat cheese salad, smoked salmon and assorted breads, pastries and egg custards. From there, diners choose their main course: French toast, eggs Benedict, steak and eggs or halibut. The meal ends on a sweet note with family-style desserts such as cheesecake and peanut butter pops. Brunch is priced at $65 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Spirit of Philadelphia
401 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 923-4354

On Sunday, May 11, enjoy a morning aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia with a lavish buffet brunch, interactive DJ, dancing and unbeatable views of Philadelphia’s historic waterfront from the large outdoor deck. The buffet includes both breakfast and lunch options such as bacon, sausage, eggs, salads, rotisserie chicken, tilapia and more. Boarding for the cruise begins at 9:30 a.m. and the cruise runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tickets are $54.90 for adults and $32.95 for children ages three to 12. Every mom will receive a flower.

Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn’t pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer fiance would love to open.
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