May 11, 2017

Top Spots for Mother's Day Brunch & Activities in Southern California

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so naturally, we've been on the hunt for the best of the best places to brunch on Mom’s special day. Here’s our list of the top places to brunch and some fun ways to treat mom for the perfect Mother’s Day in and around Orange County.

Plums Café and Catering
369 E 17th St
Ste 7
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Whenever we think of brunch in the Newport Beach/Costa Mesa area, we always come back to Plums Café . Whether you are looking to start your day here, or take a midday break from shopping at Fashion Island, Plums is the perfect place to brunch on Mother’s Day. Plums is our top pick because they offer a modern luxury feel, the best service, and the highest quality food. Try the Smoked Salmon Hash, Hazelnut Pancakes, or Eggs Benedict. Hidden in a casual strip mall, Plums also offers plenty of parking. Be sure to make a reservation to secure a spot in this crowded Café!

Activities nearby: Plums Cafe is conveniently located between the Balboa Peninsula and the Upper Newport Bay, so if you haven't planned your mother's day yet, there are lots of options around here! If your mom loves nature, why not take a walk or book kayak tour through the Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve. Better yet, book a gondola tour with Gondola Adventures of Newport Beach !

La Galette Creperie
612 Avenida Victoria
Ste E
San Clemente, CA 92672

Looking for some brunch by the beach? San Clemente’s La Galette Creperie offers a wide variety of delicious breakfast foods in a small, quaint setting. Be sure to get there early. On a day like Mother’s Day, there will be a crowd. Also, make sure to bring cash! Try the Nutella Crepe or Chicken Apple Sausage Crepe paired with a cup of coffee for the perfect laid back breakfast by the beach!

Activities nearby: La Gallette is a perfect choice if you're staying nearby in one of our San Clemente vacation rentals , or if you're planning to visit the San Clemente pier before or after. For a casual, laid-back Mother's Day at the beach, this pier bowl cafe is a winner!

Café Topes
3091 Roosevelt
Carlsbad, CA 92008

If you are planning to be in the Carlsbad area this Sunday, be sure to make it to Café Topes for brunch. Before a day in the Carlsbad Flower Fields, Carlsbad State Beach, or the strawberry fields, this is the perfect place to enjoy a great meal. Order at the counter, and then choose where to be seated. Try their ‘dirty’ cinnamon roll (more frosting), House Smoked Hash, or Lavender Mocha Latte, among other crowd favorites. Café Topes is the place to try for a delicious breakfast with the whole family!

Activities nearby : We've already mentioned a few. The Carlsbad Flower Fields are open through May 14, so if you've been planning to visit, Mother's Day with be your last chance to treat mom to incredible views of colorful blooms at the flower fields. The Carlsbad Strawberry Company also offers a fun experience for the whole family, picking fresh strawberries. Why not make a strawberry shortcake for mom later that day? And of course, you can't go wrong with a walk on the beach! Carlsbad State beach offers spacious stretches of sand perfect for a relaxing stroll.

Stacks Pancake House
34255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Ste 110
Dana Point, CA 92629

Dana Point’s Stacks Pancake House is home to a slew of homey and creative breakfast options for Mother’s Day or any special occasion. From Nutella French Toast, to Kahlua Pork Eggs, and Spicy Chicken and Waffles, Stacks Pancake House offers it all. Customers call Stacks ‘epic’, ‘tasty’, and at ‘excellent prices.’ For a fun and affordable brunch experience, Stacks is our top pick for Mother’s Day brunch! Like so many of our other top picks, when you arrive at Stacks you might find yourself facing a crowd - that's because Stacks is just so good!

Activities Nearby: Stack's Pancake House is located just minutes from the Dana Point Harbor and Doheny State Beach so you can easily take a stroll on the sand, or even plan in advance and book a boat charter or a whale watching cruise!

Rose Bakery Café
3536 E Coast Hwy
Ste C
Corona del Mar, CA 92625

Simple and sweet, this Corona Del Mar bakery is a crowd favorite and offers dining in and to-go options for your Mother’s Day morning meal. Though Rose hosts a consistently large crowd, their quick service and satisfying food will be sure to make it worth your while. Choose from seating in their outside patio, or take your food to go and stroll over to the beach for a simpler, more quaint Mother’s Day affair. Try their California Breakfast Burrito, Apple Fritter, or any breakfast sandwich from their simple and friendly menu!

Activities Nearby: Rose Bakery is just a few blocks from Corona Del Mar State Beach. Take mom to Lookout Point or Inspiration Point for stunning ocean views, or spend some time exploring the tide pools at Little Corona Beach.

The Breakfast Bar
70 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

Long Beach is one of our favorite California Beach Towns to visit. Home of the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, and a fun downtown area, Long Beach also has many popular places to eat. Just a few steps from the beach, the Breakfast Bar offers friendly customer service, a casual urban atmosphere, and delicious food for a great brunch experience. Try ‘The Hung Over’- a pile of fries with sausage gravy eggs and cheese, the gluten-free Buck-Naked Cakes, the famous Rosemary Bread, or Chicken and Waffles; then pair it with a cucumber margarita or watermelon lemonade!

Activities Nearby: The Breakfast Bar is just a couple of blocks from the Long Beach Waterfront, making it a great choice if you want to spend the day exploring Long Beach. The Aquarium of the Pacific, shopping at Shoreline Village, the Long Beach Museum of Art, and sandy stretch of Alamitos Beach are all just minutes from this top brunch spot!

Looking for even more local recommendations?
You might also like:

Have a Question?
Let us know by filling out the form below:

Whoops! There are errors with your submission. Please correct the errors below and resubmit.
Sent! Thank you for submitting your contact request. We have received your request and will be in touch with you shortly.
Tell us your name.
Tell us your email. This is not a valid email.
Tell us your phone number.
Start Planning
Take a look at some of our top vacation rental picks: