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An Updated List of Mother’s Day Special Meal Options

By Diane Armitage

In Tuesday’s Stu News Laguna, I published the first round of Laguna restaurants that are offering special menus for Mother’s Day. This is a follow-up with many added options. 

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. 

Pre-order today (Friday) or Saturday

Just about every restaurant is asking for pre-orders so that they can control ordering and costs. You will see their specific instructions below. Now is the time to jump on it! 

All of the below 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

The Drake Laguna Beach is offering a prix-fixe menu of hearty options that feed up to four people. 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. 

An updated list lollipops

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Courtesy of The Drake Laguna Beach

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

I’m sure that pre-ordering is preferred by The Drake for Friday or Saturday, but I haven’t been able to confirm. Pick-ups begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Mother’s day). 

Skyloft is offering a special brunch or pre-ordered family meals for Mother’s Day. Pre-orders must be done by Thursday at 2 p.m. Brunch options are available same day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $9 each. Regular lunch and dinner menu options are also available all day long.

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.

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. 

Pre-order your brunch options 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 and 6 pm.

Sapphire, 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. Pre-order through Saturday between 2 and 8 p.m. and choose your day and time for pickup. 

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 salmon filets and two ribeye steaks. Family portions continue with mashed potatoes, sautéed vegetables, and oatmeal raisin cookies. Add a 6-ounce Alaskan halibut filet for an added $20. 

An updated list Sapphire

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Courtesy of Sapphire, Cellar. Craft. Cook.

Order Sapphire’s Mother’s Day meal package and receive gifts for Mom, too

As an added gift, every Sapphire Mother’s Day Meal Box also includes a gift package for Mom with a Sapphire gift card for $25 and Spa Gregorie’s goodies that include a facial mask, cell phone sanitizer, and a $20 Gregorie’s gift card.

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 8 before 8 p.m., with pickup only on Sunday, May 10, from 2 to 7 p.m.

The lamb dinner includes mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, and the Farmer’s Market salad, plus a choice between two bottles of wine. 

Reunion Kitchen is offering a “brunch feature” on Mother’s Day – short rib benedict 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.   

Oak Laguna Beach is offering a prix-fixe menu of options for up to four people for $175. Pre-order until Saturday at 3 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. 

Oliver’s first four-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.

An Updated list seabass

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Courtesy of Oliver’s Osteria

Oliver’s Osteria is offering two separately priced prix-fixe menus, one of which includes Chef’s best-selling whole seabass 

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. 

Nirvana Grille is offering a variety of a la carte options for Mother’s Day. Pre-order in advance for pickup and delivery on either Saturday or Sunday. Choose from salmon and 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.

An updated list Nirvana

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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 pickup on Saturday between noon and 8 p.m., and Mother’s Day dinner orders will be available for pickup on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 8 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. 

Dinner comes ready-made and priced at $85 with salad, a 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 pickup on Saturday or Sunday. 

An updated list appetizers

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Courtesy of GG’s Bistro

GG’s Bistro’s Mother’s Day combination plate includes popular Mediterranean appetizers, Turkish meze items, as well as a heaping plate of the restaurant’s best-selling kebabs (pictured below)

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, roasted pepper carpaccio, and eggplant dolmas).

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.   

An updated list kebabs

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Courtesy of GG’s Bistro

GG’s Bistro’s best-selling kebabs

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 8 before 4 p.m. Pick up any time on Mother’s Day between noon and 6 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 a choice of dessert. 

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

Every restaurant currently open in Laguna Beach is here for you on Mother’s Day. While the above restaurants have created specialty menus, you have plenty of options with regular brunch, lunch and dinner menus. 

Kitchen in the Canyon is now open for curbside and delivery orders Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Welcome back! 

Check out all the latest updates in my Laguna Beach Restaurant Directory©. Now in its 12th version, it’s updated weekly via my conversations with each of our restaurants offering to-go options. It’s now accurate through Friday, May 8.

Just go to my website, https://thebestoflagunabeach.com/, to download it.

Let’s get out and support our Laguna Beach restaurants and keep this community of amazing restaurateurs and chefs alive.    

The best-selling 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 https://thebestoflagunabeach.com/ and follow on Instagram @BestofLagunaBeach (look for Diane’s smiling face).

 

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