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Where to Take Mom for Brunch in Philly This Mother’s Day

Impress your mom with these top brunch restaurants.

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching (Sunday, May 9th) you’ll want to be sure you have something planned. What better way to celebrate your mom than taking her out to brunch in Philly?

Philadelphia is a great spot to take mom out to brunch. Each restaurant on our list is mom approved, and there are parks and local attractions within a few blocks of each restaurant to checkout once brunch is over. And, thanks to prohibition-era alcohol laws, a lot of restaurants are BYOB. So, don’t forget to grab a bottle of your mom’s favorite bubbly. Oh, and do not forget to grab her some flowers!

mother and daughter enjoying brunch in philadelphia

Whether you’re looking for a classic brunch meal, or maybe something a little different and out of the box, Philadelphia has plenty of brunch options to choose from. If you’re looking to impress mom this year, you can’t go wrong with one of the restaurants on our list. 

Best Mother’s Day Brunch in Philadelphia

  1. Talula’s Garden
  2. Parc
  3. Harp & Crown
  4. Dandelion
  5. Harper’s Garden
  6. Via Locusta
  7. The Love
  8. Fork
  9. Barcelona Wine Bar
  10. Winkel
  11. Hawthornes

Talula’s Garden

210 W Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-592-7787
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When searching for an amazing brunch for Mother’s Day, look no further than Talula’s Garden. My own mom comes to visit me just to stop here for brunch, so it’s definitely Mom approved. 

Right on Washington Square Park, Talula’s specializes in classic farm-to-table American brunch, with seating options both inside their dining room, and outside in their covered garden.

After brunch, make sure to take a stroll around Washington Square Park, or maybe head over to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, just a few blocks away.


Parc

227 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-545-2262
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Parc is modeled after a French Bistro, right on Rittenhouse square in the heart of Philadelphia. They are an all day restaurant, so you and mom can get brunch or lunch (or both!) no matter what time of day.

If the weather is nice, try and snag one of the outdoor tables that look right over Rittenhouse Park, so you and Mom can enjoy the views while sipping on some of Parc’s well known Frose.

Parc is one of the best known restaurants for brunch in Philadelphia, and for good reason, so if you plan on going, make sure to make a reservation in advance.


Cafe La Maude

816 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone: 267-318-7869
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Located in Northern Liberties, this is a Philly fave brunch destination. With the authentic feel of a Parisian cafe, serving French Lebanese inspired dishes, Cafe La Maude will not disappoint. They are first come first serve, so get there early with a bottle of your favorite bubbly (they are byob) and prepare to be amazed with their food and friendly atmosphere.

Make sure to try their apple pie banana pancakes, or if you’re in the mood for something more savory, check out some of their other European inspired dishes such as shakshuka, croque madame, or chicken cordon bleu.

Cafe La Maude is family owned and run, with dishes that have rich family history, and are made with the best ingredients. You’ll definitely impress mom if you take her to Cafe La Maude.


Dandelion

124 S. 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-558-2500
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Looking for a different kind of brunch experience within the Rittenhouse area of Philadelphia? Be sure to check out the Dandelion. Modeled after a British pub, their brunch features classics such as brioche french toast and eggs benedict, as well as some English favorites like lamb shepherd’s pie and fish and chips.

The Dandelion is part of the Starr restaurant group, so you know customer service will always be top-notch, and you and Mom will leave with bellies full.


Harper’s Garden

31 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 267-886-8552
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Want to have brunch within your own private greenhouse? Then be sure to visit Harper’s Garden. Featuring New American cuisine, with a focus on fresh ingredients, Mom will definitely be impressed with this high-class brunch spot.

Be sure to enjoy the brunch cocktails as well, featuring a fun spin on an espresso martini, as well as other in house made classics such as Bloody Mary’s and an Aperol Spritz.

Located right off of Market Street, within Center City Philadelphia, this is an ideal place to take a post-brunch walk through Love Park, or take Mom on a stroll down the parkway, towards the Art Museum, past the many museums Philadelphia has to offer.


Via Locusta

1723 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-642-0020
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Another brunch spot located within a block of Rittenhouse Square, Via Locusta is the premiere Italian style brunch spot in Philadelphia, where you can have anything from whole wheat style pancakes to a huge dish of pasta for brunch. I would also 100%, not leave this restaurant without getting the burrata. The focaccia it comes with alone will leave your mouth watering.

You will most likely be eating within one of their fully heated outdoor dining setups, so be sure to check out the inside of the restaurant as well if you get a chance. Featuring a full bar the length of the restaurant, outfitted in white subway tile, you and Mom will be transported to an Italian eatery at this local fave.


The Love

130 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-433-1555
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The Love is just steps away from beautiful Rittenhouse Square, featuring a one-of-a-kind beverage program inspired by the chef’s personal travels that are as equally enticing as the cuisine. Your Mom will fall in love with The Love’s beautiful interior, as well as their take on classic OG brunch entrees such as lemon poppy pancakes, Nashville hot fried chicken, and a “posh brunch,” featuring Italian truffle scented scrambled eggs.

If you have a large group celebrating Mother’s Day, make sure to inquire about their 20 person private communal dining table located on the second floor of the restaurant.


Fork

306 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-625-9425
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Looking for a place within Old City to take Mom out for brunch? Then check out Fork! Just steps from Independence Hall, it was recently voted one of the best brunch places in Philadelphia. Be sure to try their scrambled eggs and crab, or if looking for something on the sweeter side, the french toast with coconut and almonds.

If mom is in more of a take-out mood, be sure to check out Fork Etc, which features main dishes and sides, complete cocktail kits, and full dinner boxes designed and prepared by Fork meant to be enjoyed at home. 


Barcelona Wine Bar

1709 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Phone: 215-515-7900
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Who doesn’t love brunch tapas-style? If you want a little bit more of an unconventional Mothers Day brunch, check out Barcelona, and both you and Mom can choose both sweet and savory dishes, guaranteed to satisfy everyone. Located in the heart of South Philly’s Passyunk Square, Barcelona has dozens of tapas to choose from. 

Make sure to try the olive oil pancakes, or try more classic Spanish tapas such as patatas bravas and empanadas. Don’t forget to browse the wine list for a wide selection of Spanish wines, or just go for the carafe of sangria, which we all know never disappoints.

After brunch, make sure to take a walk around Passyunk square. Filled with cute shops, and local businesses, there will definitely be a store or two that Mom will want to stop in and browse.


Winkel

1119 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 267-639-3453
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Brunch that gets right to the point? Welcoming and warm atmosphere? BYOB? If these are all things you’re looking for in a Mother’s Day brunch, make sure to visit Winkel. Located within the Gayborhood, they only do brunch; and they do it the best. With a menu full of indulgences such as deep-fried french toast, or a classic breakfast sandwich, you can’t go wrong at Winkel.

With a close relationship to the Scandinavian restaurant Noord, Winkel also features some Nordic traditional brunch plates utilizing their house-smoked salmon in several dishes, as well as an open-faced ham and cheese with eggs.

Make sure to check out Winkel, just don’t forget to bring a bottle.


Hawthornes

738 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: 215-627-3012
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Doubling as a bottle shop, Hawthornes offers the perfect brunch spot for you to take Mom. Having taken over a large part of the street, there is plenty of outside seating to enjoy the sunshine, or if the weather turns cold, take advantage of one of their warm private igloos.

Be sure to try my personal favorite, “potato mess,” with eggs, sharp cheddar, and hot sauce, over their in-house home fries, or if Mom is looking for something a little sweeter, check out their selection of pancakes and waffles.

Before leaving brunch, make sure to check out their wine and bottle shop. Offering a full selection of wine, beer, and cocktail mixers to go, Hawthornes also offers delivery within the Bellavista neighborhood.


Final Thoughts

Philadelphia is a Mother’s Day brunch destination, and there is sure to be a restaurant that both you and Mom will enjoy. 

We recommend getting a head start with your Mother’s Day plans this year, as many restaurants are at limited capacity, but hopefully, our list can point you in the right direction!

Do you or your mom have a fave brunch spot? Let us know in the comments below!

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Written by Kyle Green

Kyle lives in Center City, Philadelphia, and never passes up the opportunity to try a new restaurant. As a former New Yorker of 7 years, he enjoys regular trips up to NYC to visit friends and enjoys all the restaurants and activities both cities have to offer.