Where to go on Mother’s Day in Santa Cruz & Bay Area: Restaurants, Part 1

Mother’s Day is around the corner – better make dining reservations if you haven’t already; some places including Cocoanut Grove are fully booked – but here are details on other restaurants in Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay, and one in Glen Ellen. I’ll post more tomorrow.

Santa Cruz & Aptos Restaurants

Bonny Doon Vineyard’s Cellar Door Restaurant

Cellar Door in Westside Santa Cruz is serving Mother’s Day brunch beginning at 11am. Menu highlights include smoked fingerling potatoes with aioli ($6), fried padron peppers and smoked chevre ($9), warm cabbage salad with a fried farm egg and pork belly ($16), and banana pain perdu ($8). Call (831) 425-6771 for reservations.

328 Ingalls Street (in Swift Street Courtyard), Santa Cruz


Mint, a Scotts Valley restaurant and wine bar, will be serving brunch on Sunday from 11am-3pm. Offerings include Crab & Shrimp Louie, Chicken Curry Salad, Tri Tip Salad or Sandwich, Grilled Rack of Lamb, and Shrimp w/Cheese Tortellini and Creamy Basil Mint Pesto Sauce. Call (831) 438-5900 for reservations.

4652 Scotts Valley Dr., Scotts Valley

Ma Maison Restaurant

Ma Maison in Aptos is offering a sit-down Mother’s Day brunch menu from 10am-1pm. For reservations call (831) 688-5566. The menu includes Eggs Benedict, omelets, fresh fish, and filet mignon.

9501 Soquel Drive, Aptos

Johnny’s Harborside

Santa Cruz restaurant Johnny’s Harborside is offering special dishes for both brunch (10am-2:30pm) and dinner (2:30-9pm) in addition to its regular menu. Mother’s Day brunch specials include crab, caramelized onion and asparagus omelet with choice of roasted potatoes, hash browns, fruit, or polenta ($14), vegetarian quiche ($11), and crepes filled with mixed berries and cream cheese ($9). Dinner specials include Bay Shrimp Salad with White Truffle Vinaigrette, Mixed Greens, Walnuts & Grapes ($8) and Grilled Halibut with Mimosa Vinaigrette, Asparagus & Root Vegetables ($28).  Call (831) 479-3430 for reservations.

493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz

Out of Town: Glen Ellen
Interested in making Mother’s Day a big event with a longer journey? Travel to the Glen Ellen Inn for Mother’s Day brunch. And check out the cottages while you’re there – you may be enticed to stay the night or make future plans for a weekend getaway. The brunch menu features a broad variety of items such as Eggs Benedict, oysters, House-Cured Lamb Pastrami Sandwich, Artichoke & Stilton Ravioli, Salmon Nicoise Salad, and Snake River Kobe Burger. Call (707) 996-6409 for reservations.


13670 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen

Half Moon Bay


Cetrella is offering a three-course prix fixe Mother’s Day brunch from 10:30am-2:30pm for $40. Reservations are recommended; call (650) 726-4090. For each course, guests choose one selection. First course choices are Leek Soup with green onion-truffle croquette or Goat Cheese Quiche with mixed field greens. Second course choices include Lobster Ravioli with corn nage and roasted cherry tomatoes. Desserts include Sweet Cream Panna Cotta with strawberry and rhubarb compote.

45 Main Street, Half Moon Bay 94019.

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