The most important brunch of the year is coming up.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14, and reservations are still available at some of the Triangle’s most popular restaurants. Coming out of the pandemic, many restaurants have eased back into normal brunch operations, and we’ve collected a dozen special menus and services to help celebrate Mom.

For a full roundup of the Triangle’s best brunch spots, check out The News & Observer’s recent brunch bracket.

Here’s the list of Mother’s Day specials. Remember that will also be a college graduation weekend for some local schools, so reservations are recommended.

Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe & Biergarten

2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham. 919-401-2600 or guglhupf.com

This Durham bakery has a menu of Mother’s Day specials, including a strawberry-rhubarb tart, lime and strawberry meringues, french macarons and a strawberry trifle with strawberry mousse and lots of other seasonal strawberry sweets. The deadline to order is May 10.

Il Palio

1505 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-918-2545 or ilpalio.com

Serving up a three-course brunch including choices like buttermilk pancakes with strawberries, house-cured salmon, aged prosciutto, lobster Benedict, steak and eggs and sweet options like a trio of cannoli and cheesecake with sour cherries. The meal is $74 per person.

Irregardless Cafe

901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. 919-833-8898 or irregardless.com

If you’re looking to treat Mom to one of the Triangle’s most popular brunches, this is it. Owners say Easter and Mother’s Day are just typical Sundays at Irregardless, which is packed to the gills every weekend. In a poll, Irregardless was named the best local brunch by readers of The News & Observer.

La Farm

Three locations in Cary: 4248 NW Cary Parkway; 220 W Chatham St.; 5055 Arco St. lafarmbakery.com

This popular Cary bakery is offering a takeout brunch for Mother’s Day, including French toast casserole or quiche, seasonal fruit, candied bacon and marble cake. The package is $50 and is available for pickup May 13-14.


8111 Creedmoor Road, Suite 111, Raleigh. 919-846-9846 or margauxsrestaurant.com.

Offering a three course prix fixe lunch menu from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for $66 per person. Options include rock shrimp corn cakes with crab, salads or pimento cheese and country ham, spicy lobster pasta, a French Dip sandwich on a black truffle croissant or grilled mahi mahi and desserts like creme brulee and key lime pie.

Plates Kitchen

301 Glenwood Ave., Suite 100, Raleigh. 919-828-0018 or plateskitchen.com

Offering a bit of a departure from the Mother’s Day brunch, Plates is offering lunch and dinner service until 7 p.m., including a la carte options like pimento cheese hushpuppies, harissa roasted carrots, braised pork and roasted beef tenderloin. Plates’ very popular brunch dishes will also be served until 3 p.m.

Seasons 52

4325 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-787-3052 or seasons52.com

Serving a special brunch in the dining room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and offering a take-home meal for four to six people from $145 to $195, including options like cedar roasted salmon, glazed ham or wood-fired beef filet. Orders can be picked up May 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 pm.


4242 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, in North Hills. 984-200-8614 or stirraleigh.com.

Running a host of brunch specials Saturday and Sunday of Mother’s Day weekend.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

410 Glenwood Ave., Suite 100, Raleigh. 919-833-2888 or sullivanssteakhouse.com

Serving the full menu plus Mother’s Day specials.


500 Glenwood Ave., Suite 100, Raleigh. 919-803-6033 or vidrioraleigh.com

This Glenwood South spot is serving a Mother’s Day brunch buffet for $60. The Mediterranean menu includes salads and dips, baked salmon, roast chicken with olives, baked pasta with goat cheese, carved prime rib and ham and a table of desserts.

Vin Rouge

2010 Hillsborough Rd., Durham. 919-416-0466 or vinrougerestaurant.com

This legendary French restaurant in Durham is one of the busiest spot for Mother’s Day and graduation weekend. Vin Rouge is serving a three course prix fixe menu for $29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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