Mother's Day Dining in San Diego

Dinner Special

She drove you to dance class and football practices, played taxi driver to all your play dates, and even took care of you when you had to stay home from school because you were “sick”. She was there through every school play and awards ceremony, and was your biggest cheerleader on the sidelines. With Mother’s Day fast approaching, what better way to show the most special woman in your life how much you appreciate her than by taking her out to one of the many fine restaurants San Diego has to offer?

Croce's Restaurant & Jazz Bar

Created as homage to Ingrid Croce’s late husband, musician and singer Jim Croce, Croce's Restaurant sits comfortably in the Gaslamp District on the corner of 5th and F, permeating the air with nightly live music to keep the memory of Jim alive. As Ingrid Croce did for her husband, show Mom how much you care by spending Mother's Day in an environment created in the remembrance of a loved one. Enjoy one of Executive Chef James Clark's carefully crafted breakfast, lunch, or dinner entrees along with a complimentary glass of champagne or dessert (limit two per table).

Melting Pot Gaslamp

Its dazzling location in the middle of the Gaslamp District in Downtown San Diego makes the Melting Pot a truly unique dining experience. Classy polished granite tabletops and dark wood paneling contribute to the modern, yet sophisticated ambience of the restaurant. For Mother's Day, the Melting Pot has crafted a top-notch menu to show your special lady (and her palate!) a wonderful time. All diners are treated to a four course meal, with the price depending on which entrée you select. Warm up your taste buds with a Broccoli Cheddar Cheese, Bacon and Jalapeno Swiss Cheese, or Pesto Walnut Swiss Cheese Fondue to start. Next, enjoy a light salad course with the option of a California Salad, Caesar Salad, or Shrimp Ceviche Salad. For the main course, opt for the $38.00 Vegetarian, which includes edamame or onion rings, artichoke hearts, portobello mushrooms, Thai peanut marinated tofu, asparagus, spinach artichoke ravioli and our big night out pasta, the $42.00 Signature Selection, which consists of Filet mignon, kiwi marinated shrimp, teriyaki-marinated sirloin, garlic chili marinated shrimp, and cedar plank salmon, the $48 Mom's Indulgence, featuring cold water lobster tail, Chimichurri sirloin, garlic Piri Piri shrimp, mole-marinated chicken breast, citrus-marinated pork tenderloin, fire roasted corn salsa ravioli, or the $10.00 Mom's Little Angel, composed of teriyaki sirloin, white shrimp, chicken breast and pot stickers. For dessert, treat yourself to the Caramel Nut Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Raspberry, or Pure Chocolate (choice of milk, dark, or white) Fondues with a variety of dipping items.

Mille Fleurs

Settled in the cozy Rancho Santa Fe neighborhood, Mille Fleurs celebrates the lighter side of French cuisine with a menu that changes daily according to the availability of fresh ingredients. From the animated fountain room, to the refreshing courtyard patio, to the aptly adorned dining room. Mille Fleurs offers a variety of dining options to make every Mom feel exceptional, whatever her preference may be. Begin your meal with an appetizer like the Lobster Bisque with poached shrimp, green zucchini julienne, and cream, or the French Lentil and Pasta Salad with chicken breast, multicolor beets, and grain mustard dressing. For the main attraction, choose from enticing entrees like the Spring Vegetable Frittata with baby artichokes, fresh peas, spring garlic, cherry tomatoes, and aged cheddar, or the Prime Filet and Steak duo served with caramelized onions, cognac sauce, and gorgonzola tart. Finally, choose from decadent desserts like the Hazelnut Chocolate Torte with Chantilly, candied orange, chocolate-espresso sauce, and the Lemon Tartlette with Chino's farm fresh berries and raspberry coulis to finish off your meal. Click HERE to see the menu.

Pacifica Del Mar

With a prime location that provides stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Pacifica Del Mar offers an upscale yet relaxed atmosphere to complement its light Southern California cuisine. The restaurant features contemporary décor complete with a large fish tank indoors to remind diners of the inspiration for the menu. Their exclusive Mother's Day menu features homemade breads and muffins, three courses, and a beverage for $35.00 per person plus tax and tip. Warm up your palate with a starter like the Japanese Clam Chowder with water chestnuts, leeks, and shiitake mushrooms and the Scottish Smoked Salmon served with toasted brioche, egg, capers, and lemon-chive vinaigrette. Sail through to the main course, choosing from options that include breakfast items served until 2:00pm such as the Brie and Asparagus Omelet with hollandaise and breakfast potatoes, or more traditional lunch and dinner entrees like the Pacifica's Angus Burger with horseradish aioli, blue brie cheese, and caramelized onions, or the Grilled Mahi Mahi with hoisin bbq glaze, bok choy, brown rice, and Kaffir lime vinaigrette. Save room for dessert, because with options of the Pacifica's Burnt Cream with vanilla bean custard with caramelized sugar, Three Layer Chocolate Mouse with almond tuile and port caramel sauce, and Blood Orange Sorbet with citrus-pistachio shortbread, you won't want to miss out.


Comfortably nestled in the heart of downtown La Jolla, Tapenade has established itself as the go-to French restaurant in the area. Complemented by award-winning Paris-trained Chef Jean-Michel Diot's menu laden with fresh, organic ingredients and an international selection of wines, Tapenade's warm atmosphere will make Mom think she walked right into a French bistro. Their special Mother's Day menu costs $40.00 per person, and $19.95 for children, featuring three extravagant courses and the option of a vegetarian menu. To start, choose from the Blue Crab & Spring Vegetables Salad, the Chilled Leek & Potato "Vichyssoise", or the Green & White Asparagus Salad with Citrus Dressing. Move on to the main course, with a choice of the Alaskan Salmon with Spring Onion & Tomato Tart, Raw Vegetable Salad, and Citrus & Tomato Broth, the Homemade Wild Mushroom Ravioli with port wine sauce and parmesan reggiano, the Duck Leg braised in California orange sauce, the Aged Sirloin Steak with black peppercorn sauce and pommes frites, or the Black Tiger Shrimp with Saffron Risotto and lobster sauce. Try not to over-stuff yourself with these Provencal-style entrees, because the dessert options will have you scrambling for more room. Choose between the Semi Sweet Dark Chocolate "Marquise", the Vanilla Crème Anglaise, and the Meyer's Lemon Tart.

No matter how you plan to celebrate the special day reserved just for that amazing woman in your life, you can’t go wrong taking her out to an extraordinary meal at one of San Diego's excellent establishments. Just be sure to make reservations in advance to keep Mom (and you) stress-free on her one day of the year.


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