So, the little ones have made the obligatory cards and clay radishes for Mom’s special day on Sunday, May 13. And they’re so looking forward to making her breakfast in bed! Instead of all the hustle of getting up early and making a complicated breakfast, make reservations at one of Greater Palm Springs' local restaurants.
The restaurants, resorts and casinos will offer buffets or special menus for the day, with a few offering both options. And the options range from the grand ballroom buffets of large resorts or the more intimate patios found across the Coachella Valley.
Make your reservations early (unless noted), as many of these special celebrations of the Moms in Greater Palm Springs tend to fill up quickly. Prices do not include tax or gratuity, while some include a glass of champagne. And, really, doesn’t the whole family deserves this celebration!
Grand Palms Buffet | Spa Resort Casino
Both the Grand Palms Buffet at Spa (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) and the Oasis Buffet at ACC (11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.) offer a Mother’s Day Brunch for $34.99. There are carving stations with glazed ham and beef, seafood, salads, personalized omelets and sweet treats to end the meal. But if you prefer something a bit more intimate, The Steakhouse in Rancho Mirage, which recently started offering Sunday Brunch, is upping the ante with a special menu. The entrée offerings include a Wagyu steak and eggs ($50); Gold-dusted duck eggs and prime rib ($47); Crab cake Benedict ($24); a Seafood Tower for Two ($45) stacked with shrimp, Ahi poke, oysters and dipping sauces. Reservations are accepted at The Steakhouse; the buffets are on a first come basis.
Fresh Grill Buffet | Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
Brunch offers all the yummy, brunch-y goodness you crave including individual omelets, carved meats, breakfast breads, waffles and blintzes, plus fresh fruits and salads, carving stations and bagels, lox and cream cheese. The dinner buffet includes carving stations, chilled seafood, chef’s specialties, Asian, Latin and Italian stations and a dessert table to please every palate. No reservations.
Capitata Buffet Spotlight 29
Start with a glass of champagne and then enjoy the salad, Italian, Oriental, Latin and All-American sections, carving station with freshly roasted meats sliced to order, salads and fresh fruits, seafood and desserts. No reservations. $23.95.
Workshop is setting out its best Sunday brunch Mom’s Day. Known for its to-die-for house-made dishes like the Maine lobster breakfast burrito, Blue crab eggs Benedict, duck eggs huevos rancheros and pasture bird chicken and waffles, the restaurant is located in one of Palm Springs’ historic buildings. Dine al fresco on the enclosed patio and enjoy one or two of the bar’s hand-crafted cocktails Dishes range in price from bacon and eggs, $12, to the extravagant brunch burger with wood-grilled Iron House Ranch beef, fried egg, avocado, Hopscotch cheddar, little gems lettuce and heirloom tomato, $21.
Set in an historic house a block off Palm Canyon Drive, you’ll feel transported to the South of France in the enclosed garden. Mother’s Day Brunch offers a selection of appetizers, entrees and dessert for $75 for adults and $39 for age 8 and older. What sets this brunch from any other? You can indulge in either Kolikof Russian Ossetra 0000 "De Gigantesques Oeufs” ($160/ounce) or Kolikof Russian Ossetra Caviar ($125/ounce).
Looking for a throwback to the rollicking days of the Rat Pack in Palm Springs? Bernie’s in Rancho Mirage offers just the thing. The Mother’s Day a la carte menu offers a back-in-the-day items such as baked egg and lobster gratin ($16), eggs benedict ($13), fish and chips ($15) and prime rib sliders ($16).
Brunch under the patio trees or in the cozy dining room at this bit of France in La Quinta. The three course, prix fixe Mother’s Day menu offers selection of salads for appetizers; entrees that include Madras shrimp curry, Belgian waffle, rack of lamb and flatiron steak; and yummy dessert options. $67.
A classic prix fixe brunch ($53; $29.50 12 and younger) that starts with freshly squeezed orange juice, champagne (or Mimosa) and a croissant. That’s followed by soup, salad, entrée and dessert courses. The menu, created by chef/owner Bernard Dervieux, includes Seabass Feuilleté, Smoked Salmon Benedict, Roasted Lamb Chops with Confit Gigot or a chilled seafood platter. Top it off with chef’s blueberry bread pudding or chocolate cake with Anglaise sauce for a perfect meal.
Now owned by the PlumpJack Group, Melvyn’s has retained its Old World charm with table-side service and the menu that Mel Haber made famous for more than 40 years. The Mother’s Day prix fixe menu ($50) includes sole piccata, poached salmon salad, Steak Venetian with poached eggs and a crab AND shrimp Louie salad, along with a selection of desserts. Classic Palm Springs!
Both restaurants owned by Barbara and Jerry Keller offer the same Mother’s Day menus. The buffet from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. is enormous. There is also a four-course prix fixe menu, offered from 8-11 a.m., which offers soup and salad courses, choice of entrée and dessert. The entrees include Alaskan sockeye or Atlantic salmon, breakfast pizza, coconut shrimp and Chef Arturo’s classic meatloaf. Top it off with one of six desserts. Either option is $39.99 adults and $19.99 for 12 and younger.
The Vue Grille and Bar offers great views and food to go with them. For Mother’s Day, the popular dining spot in Indian Wells offers a generous buffet for $59.95 for adults and $24.95 for ages 6-11. The buffet includes all the usual states from omelets and Belgian waffles, salads, chilled seafood, a carving station and, of course, an amazing selection of desserts.
Carrying on a tradition that goes back at least 30 years, Rancho Las Palmas’ opulent Mother’s Day Brunch is a filled with something for everyone. Fresh salads, fruit, cheese and charcuterie trays, an assortment of entrees from around the world, carving stations, made-to-order omelets, waffles and bottomless mimosas. There’s even a kids’ buffet with favorites like pizzas, mac and cheese and burgers. Adults, $62; 6-12, $28; 5 and under, 5.
Café Palmetto | Riviera Palm Springs Resort
The resort is where Elvis stayed one his early excursions to the Greater Palm Springs Area. The three-course prix fixe brunch in the Café Palmetto ($45, plus $8 for bottomless mimosas). Entrée choices include avocado tartin, smoked salmon Benedict, lobster ravioli or shrimp and grits with poached eggs and Andouille sausage.
Citrus & Palm Restaurant | Miramonte Indian Wells Resort and Spa
Garden beds dotted around the grounds of the Miramonte resort provide herbs, citrus and veggies for Citrus & Palm. Mother’s Day brunch will feature a cheese and charcuterie table; carving stations; made-to-order omelets; salads; pastas; tons of seafood; and desserts to keep you coming back for seconds. The buffet is $69 for adults and $34.50 for kids and is served from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and includes a mimosa or bloody mary.