New Jersey Restaurants Striving for a Special Mother’s Day

Looking for a special meal this Mother's Day? These New Jersey restaurants are sure to delight Mom and the rest of the family.

La Mer Beachfront Resort
Enjoy brunch at La Mer Beachfront Resort this Mother's Day. Photo courtesy of La Mer Beachfront Resort

This Mother’s Day, enjoy brunch, lunch and dinner specials at a diverse array of New Jersey restaurants.

B2 Bistro + Bar, Multiple Locations

All five locations are offering special menus for Mother’s Day. Toms River is serving a buffet from 10 am-4 pm, while Point Pleasant and Red Bank offerings include chicken cordon bleu, scallops, strawberry ricotta bruschetta, and more. At the new Bayville location, a buffet is being served at 10 am and 1 pm, in addition to a 4 pm dinner seating. Reservations can be made online.

Bistro d’Azur, South Orange

Enjoy a two-course prix fixe ($79 pp) on Mother’s Day. First course options include lobster crepes, mushroom risotto, and roasted beet salad. Main courses include roasted duck breast, pecan-seared scallops and filet mignon. Children’s menu $29. Reserve online or order carryout and celebrate at home.
14 Academy Street, South Orange; 973-327-9725

Black Swan Public House, Asbury Park

Indulge in a classic pub breakfast on Mother’s Day from 10 am-3 pm. Along with the regular brunch menu (which includes full English breakfast, steak and eggs, and corned beef hash) comes an array of specials. The Asbury Park spot—which was named one of New Jersey Monthlys Best New Restaurants of 2021—is also serving dinner.
601 Mattison Avenue, Asbury Park; 732-361-7159

Blue Grotto, Oceanport

Lunch and dinner at this modern Italian restaurant is being served in the dining room and (weather permitting) outside. The Italian menu includes General Tso’s calamari, short rib meatballs, spaghetti and crab aglio olio, branzino filet, and more. Diners can also enjoy handcrafted cocktails, wine, beer and mocktails. Open 1-8 pm.
200 Port Au Peck Avenue, Oceanport; 732-571-700

Charley, Harrison

This new bistro has introduced brunch just in time for Mother’s Day. Dishes include classics with a twist, including bratwurst and eggs, kaiserschmarrn (caramelized pancakes with raisins and blueberries), Hapsburg martini egg (two soft boiled eggs in a glass with avocado toast), and more. Espresso martinis, Bloody Marys, mimosas and other cocktails are perfect to pair with brunch. Open Sunday 11 am-8 pm.
202 Angelo Cifelli Drive, Harrison; 973-268-8000

Chickie’s, Jersey City

Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am-4 pm, this Italian spot offers brunch. On Mother’s Day, indulge in brunch pizza (sausage, egg and mozzarella), eggs Benedict, yogurt with fresh berries, truffled home fries, ricotta toast with fig jam, and more. Cocktails include Bloody Marys, Bellinis, screwdrivers and frozen OJ margaritas. Reservations can be made via phone.
236 Pavonia Avenue, Jersey City; 201-610-0027

The Circle, Newton

Enjoy an elegant lunch or dinner at The Circle, one of New Jersey Monthlys Best Restaurants in the state. The menu includes appetizers (soft-shell crab, asparagus soup, burrata with toasted focaccia), entrées (scallops, king salmon, cauliflower with coconut curry) and pasta dishes (purple potato gnocchi, rigatoni, agnolotti with prosciutto). Reservations suggested. Open 2-8 pm on Mother’s Day.
310 Route 94, Newton; 973-862-6410

Corbo & Sons Osteria, Shrewsbury

From 11 am-4 pm, families can enjoy Mother’s Day brunch at this BYO. The special menu includes brick oven pizzas, fresh pastas and other Italian classics. Reservations can be made online.
555 Shrewsbury Avenue, Shrewsbury; 732-704-3289

Exit Zero Filling Station, Cape May

From noon to 9 pm on Mother’s Day, Exit Zero is offering a free bottle of bubbly when you order two entrées. Dishes include Indian and Thai curries, burgers, hot chicken sandwiches, and an array of handcrafted cocktails. Reservations can be made online.
110 Sunset Boulevard, Cape May; 609-770-8479

Grain & Cane, Berkeley Heights

Grain & Cane is offering Mother’s Day brunch and dinner specials. The all-day menu from executive chef Louis Bayla features East Coast oysters, warm cinnamon rolls, mega crunch soft shell crab, and more. Special cocktails are the lychee martini (Lichi Li liqueur, raspberry vodka, Brooklyn gin, lemon) and the blue velvet (Ketel One cucumber & mint, violet, cherry, lemon). Brunch available 11 am-3 pm, dinner 5-9 pm.
250 Connell Drive, Berkeley Heights; 908-897-1920

Hearth & Tap Co., Montvale

It’s all about brunch this Mother’s Day. Dishes include flatbreads, avocado toast, sandwiches, salads and more. Bloody Mary and mimosa kits are available for dine-in and pickup. Brunch served 11 am-2:30 pm, reservations required. Dinner 3:30-9:30 pm.
125 N Kinderkamack Road, Montvale; 201-307-6300

La Mer Beachfront Resort, Cape May

On May 7 and May 8 (8 am-3 pm), diners can enjoy brunch and cocktails. The menu includes stuffed French toast, lump crab eggs Benedict, truffle macaroni and cheese, Waldorf chicken salad sliders, and more. Cocktails include classics like mimosas and Bloody Marys. Call to make a reservation.
1317 Beach Avenue, Cape May; 609-898-2244

Orchard Park by David Burke, East Brunswick

From 10 am-3 pm, Orchard Park is offering a three-course prix fixe ($65 pp). Choices include asparagus & potato frittata, silver dollar pancakes with lemon ricotta, braised short rib cavatelli, shrimp and grits, mushroom & truffle pizza, lemon meringue tart, matcha cake with chocolate buttercream, and more. An a la carte menu is also available from 5-9 pm.
670 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick; 732-554-5714

Red Horse by David Burke, Rumson

A prix fixe brunch (10:30 am-2:30 pm) and a la carte dinner (4-7:30 pm) will be offered at this modern-American steakhouse. Brunch ($49 pp) includes lobster dumplings, banana pecan pancakes, tempura chicken and waffles, and pastrami salmon. There are also cocktails, beer and wine. For dinner, guests can enjoy steaks, seafood, salads and more.
26 Ridge Road, Rumson; 732-576-3400

Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, Galloway

A buffet-style Mother’s Day brunch is available from 10 am-3 pm. The buffet includes seafood, breakfast staples, entrées and more, including Yukon potato bisque, Dijon crusted pork tenderloin, broiled Florida snapper, and honey glazed ham. Reservations can be made online.
401 South New York Road, Galloway; 609-652-1800

Salt Creek Grille, Rumson

Enjoy an upscale Mother’s Day dinner headed by executive chef Chef Cesar Cardenas. The a la carte menu includes appetizers (spinach dip, lobster bisque), entrées (coffee-crusted New York Strip, Ponzu salmon, cauliflower steak) and desserts (carrot cake, flourless chocolate cake). Children’s menus are offered. Reservations can be made from 12-7 pm.
4 Bingham Avenue, Rumson; 732-933-9272

Town Grill, Manasquan

This cozy café is serving breakfast and lunch specials on Mother’s Day. The menu includes shrimp and grits, eggs Benedict, apple cinnamon pancakes, biscuits and gravy, shrimp po’boys, and more. Specials are updated every Wednesday. The café is open 8 am-8 pm Sunday.
168 Main Street, Manasquan; 732-676-4914

Click here to leave a comment
Read more Eat & Drink articles.

By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly.

Required not shown
Required not shown