Your Guide to Mother’s Day Dining 2023

From sweeping brunch buffets to special menus, these restaurants are pulling out all the stops to celebrate moms.

Fluffy omelets. Crispy bacon. Piles of pastries. What’s not to love about a delicious brunch? From ordering off the menu at neighborhood hang-outs to fine-dining buffets at fancy hotels, Milwaukee hosts several signature and unique options for Mother’s Day brunch that go beyond their regular weekend menu. This year Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14. Just don’t wait too long to make a reservation as tables do book up. 

1. ARIA at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel

9 A.M.-1 P.M. AND 2 P.M.-9 P.M. | 139 E. KILBOURN

For the Mother’s Day brunch, executive chef Paul Funk’s three-course, prix-fixe menu selections include avocado toast or roasted cauliflower and orange salad (two of the four starters) and a crab and corn benny or fried chicken and waffles (two of the eight entrees), with caramel and sea salt coffee cake or blueberry upside-down cake for dessert. A kid’s menu makes this family-friendly. At 2 p.m., a Mother’s Day lunch and dinner menu skews savory with an option of chicken breast, pan-roasted salmon or char-grilled steak for the main, as part of a three-course menu. 

Reservations recommended. 



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2. Canal Street Café 

8 A.M.-4 P.M. | 1721 W. CANAL ST. 

At this eatery inside Potawatomi Casino Hotel, the Mother’s Day buffet is as larger-than-life as the gaming floor, featuring a carving station for meats as well as omelets made to order by the chef. This restaurant’s tall windows invite lots of natural light inside – and it’s just off the hotel lobby, making it a breeze to enter. $40 per person. 

Reservations recommended. 

3. Eldr + Rime 


Treat mom to a Scandi-style feast (including the décor and its interior plant-scape) at this Mother’s Day brunch buffet. Eats include a raw bar, carving station and “sweet stations.” $80 per person ($35 for children 14 and under). 

Online reservations required.

4. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 


Serving a three-course menu on Mother’s Day, as well as the day prior, the dining experience includes a choice of two salads, choice of two entrees (petite filet mignon with either lobster tail scampi or crab-stuffed shrimp scampi), and dessert (New York cheesecake or chocolate gooey butter cake). 

Reservations recommended.  

5. Lowlands Group  


For Mother’s Day as well as the day prior, this restaurant group is rolling out brunch specials on the menu that include baked strawberry shortcake (at Bucktabon Tavern & Supper Club) and tomato prosciutto benedict (Café Benelux). Moms get a free mimosa or beer with their order. 

8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Café Benelux, Café Hollander and Centraal Grand Café & Tappery, Milwaukee

9 A.m.-3p.m. | Bucktabon Tavern & Supper Club, Wauwatosa 

Reservations recommended. 

6. Motor Bar & Restaurant 

11 A.M.-2 P.M. | 400 W. CANAL ST. 

On the Harley-Davidson Museum campus, this restaurant’s Mother’s Day celebration includes bottomless mimosas ($20 per person) and menu items that include Hog Wild Breakfast Bowl and Bacon Avocado Toast. If it’s nice, the patio will be an option as well.

Online reservations recommended.

7. SALA 

11 A.M.-CLOSE | 2613 E. HAMPSHIRE ST. 

Staying true to its Sicilian theme, this East Side restaurant’s five Mother’s Day specials include burrata antipasto, prosciutto con funghi and rack of lamb (served with polenta wedges and oyster mushrooms). 

Online reservations recommended.

8. Sanford 


This farm-to-table fine-dining restaurant is doing something different this Mother’s Day. It’s offering a curbside carry-out package that requires minimal prep at home before serving. It serves four people and costs $255, including heating instructions and seven different dishes, from slow-roasted prime rib of beef to lemon pound cake with blueberry preserve and ginger lemon syrup.  

Reserve your package by Wednesday, May 10, and pick up Saturday, May 13, between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. 

9. Shaker’s Cigar Bar 

3 P.M. | 422 S. 2ND ST. 

Dubbed “Mums & Mimosas,” this Walker’s Point cigar bar will be pairing mimosas with a four-course meal for $65 per person. Perfect as a merge between lunch and dinner, the meal consists of quiche Lorraine, Alaskan salmon, filet-mignon medallions over risotto and crème brulée with dark-chocolate ganache.  

Reservations required. 

10. The Bartolotta Restaurants 


This fine-dining restaurant group offers something different at each location, whether it’s a three-course brunch menu at Bacchus ($65 per person), Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro ($55 per person) or Ristorante Bartolotta dal 1993 ($55 per person); or a brunch buffet at The Grain Exchange ($75.95, adults; $29.95, children) or The Italian Community Center ($64.95, adults; $19.95, children). One can also order off the brunch menu at Harbor House, Joey Gerard’s and both Mr. B’s locations. 

9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Joey Gerard’s – A Bartolotta Supper Club, Mr. B’s A Bartolotta Steakhouse – Brookfield

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Mr. B’s A Bartolotta Steakhouse – Mequon

10 a.m.-2 p.m. | The Italian Community Center

10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Bacchus – A Bartolotta Restaurant, Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro and Ristorante Bartolotta dal 1993

10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | The Grain Exchange

11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Harbor House

Reservations recommended. 

11. The Capital Grille 

10 A.M.-2 P.M. | 310 W. WISCONSIN AVE. 

The Mother’s Day brunch menu at this downtown steakhouse skews indulgent with lobster frittata (with butter-poached lobster tails, asparagus and hash browns), 14-ounce bone-in dry-aged New York strip with eggs, an 8-ounce filet mignon and smoked salmon with caviar. Mimosas and wine by the glass can be tacked on. 

Reservations recommended. 

12. The Itis Food and Catering 

11 A.M.-2:30 P.M. | 6241 W. FOND DU LAC AVE.  

In honor of Mother’s Day, this catering company is hosting its Mother’s Day Empowerment Brunch ($35-$60). The event includes music, a guest speaker (Lawanda Chambers) and guest performer (spoken-word artist Brit Nicole), as well as bottomless mimosas. 

Online reservations required.

13. The Melting Pot 


For this fondue-focused restaurant, the Mother’s Day menu ($65 per person but only $32 for Mom, and $25 for children under 12) goes the whole nine yards with a four-course feast that even includes a photo op. Add on roses for an extra fee. In addition to an entrée, enjoy choice of a cheese fondue, salad and chocolate fondue.  

Online reservations recommended.

14. The Social American Tavern 

11 A.M.-3 P.M. | 611 E. N. BROADWAY 

This buffet-style brunch’s menu, costing $55 per person, with an additional $25 for bottomless mimosas or bloody marys, doesn’t leave anything out. There’s a carving station, made-to-order omelets, pastries, fruit, sausage, pancakes, bacon, seafood display (featuring shrimp cocktails, oysters and ceviche shooters) and a dessert station. 

Online reservations recommended.



A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine),, and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.