Keep your mom out of the kitchen this Mother’s Day and make a reservation at one of the many Atlanta restaurants pulling out all of the stops this weekend. When it comes to celebrating our mothers to the fullest, Atlanta’s top dining destinations provide an array of ways to make her feel special.

The Optimist

Treat your mom to a trip to the “coast” from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for the Optimist’s special, one-time brunch filled with celebration and a deliciously curated Mother’s Day menu. Dishes include savory smoked salmon toast, crab cake benedict, steak & eggs, shrimp & polenta, French toast, quiche and more!* The regular dinner menu will be available starting at 5 p.m. Reservations are encouraged and can be made here or by calling the restaurant at­ 404-477-6260. *Menu subject to change based on seasonality.

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Star Provisions

Notably known for its aesthetically pleasing space and elevated bites curated by chef-owner Anne Quatrano, Atlanta’s Star Provisions Market & Café not only shells out great food, but also serves as an enchanting store that has proven to be a great stop for holiday and specialty gift giving. The airy merchant space boasts shelves on shelves of Mother’s Day-friendly items ranging from cookware and kitchen tools, gourmet food items, cookbooks, and all the Instagram-friendly necessities for entertaining – unique linens and towels, handcrafted jewelry, coffee table books, etc. (Think: Chan Luu wrap bracelets and necklaces handcrafted in Vietnam, Fredericks & Mae scented incense, Coral & Tusk embroidered linen tea towels and napkins, cookbooks and coffee table books plus an heirloom Flower Press by June & December.)

For a more untraditional Mother’s Day…Star Provisions also shows up for all the dog mamas! Spawned from the love Anne has for her own (giant) pooch, Stuart, the store also houses a large collection of doggy gifts including fashionable ceramic food bowls, dog mugs, natural rawhide pet treats and luxury dog beds, toys, leash, and collar varieties from Harry Barker.  

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Gypsy Kitchen

If you feel like you owe your mom the world but can’t leave Buckhead, Gypsy Kitchen, with its regional Spanish influences, may be just the ticket. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., you’ll be treated to an endless tapas experience that features menu items such as chorizo and manchego plate, roasted beet salad, and garlic shrimp. The price per adult is $49 and children is $21. Those inclined toward many toasts may want to say yes to bottomless mimosas for $19. The restaurant will remain open for regular dinner service after brunch. 404-939-9840; gk-atl.com.

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The Southern Gentleman

Next door to Gypsy Kitchen, The Southern Gentleman will treat your mom like the fine lady she is with a prix fixe special she won’t soon forget.  After being served a pastry basket, diners can choose from specials such as lobster truffle mac and cheese, bbq roasted cauliflower steak, and buttermilk pie. The cost is $60 per adult and $21 per child. The restaurant will remain open for regular dinner service after brunch. 404-939-9845; thesoutherngentlemanatl.com.

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5Church Atlanta

Brunch with a view is on tap for mom at 5Church Atlanta from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost of a delicious buffet is $40 for adults and $18 for children 12 and under (tax and gratuity not included). Dinner service begins at 6 p.m. 5Church is participating in OpenTable’s #diningmode promotion encouraging diners to put aside phones and give the gift of being truly present over a great meal. 404-400-3669; 5churchatlanta.com.

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Truva Turkish Kitchen

Truva Turkish Kitchen is happy to take your mom on a trip around the world without ever leaving the confines of Virginia-Highland. The restaurant will be serving its traditional Sunday brunch menu from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. along with Mother’s Day specials of salmon cake, lamb stew, and Georgia pecan and apple cobbler. Dinner will be available until 10 p.m. All moms will be celebrated with a complimentary mimosa at brunch and a glass of champagne at dinner. Truva is also participating in OpenTable’s #diningmode promotion encouraging diners to put aside phones and reconnect this Mother’s Day. 404-288-1007; truvahighland.com.

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Ray’s Restaurants

Children who once took their mothers to Ray’s Restaurants for Mother’s Day are now being treated to the lavish brunch by their own children – the tradition is as long-standing as it is highly heralded. Ray’s on the River (770-955-1187) in Sandy Springs and Ray’s at Killer Creek (770-649-0064) in Alpharetta will be wowing guests from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Cost is $55 per adult and $27.50 for children ages 5 to 10. For those planning a day in the city, Ray’s in the City (404-524-9224) will be serving its buffet from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. The cost is $50 for adults; $25 for children ages 5 to 10.

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STK Atlanta

Known for its high-energy atmosphere and exceptional signature and seasonal offerings, STK Atlanta is celebrating Mother’s Day with a special brunch for all ages on Sunday, May 12, 2019.  From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m, the acclaimed Midtown  steak and seafood house will be treating guests to a chef-driven Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet featuring sweet and savory brunch essentials, a raw bar, a carving station, and a “dessert playground”.  A live DJ along with classic mimosas, a mimosa bar, Bloody Marys and classic brunch cocktails will only add to the experience. STK’s Mother’s Day Brunch Buffett will be available for $79 per person and $22 per child, plus tax and gratuity. STK’s full dinner menu will be available from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.  For more information or to make  a reservation, visit  https://stksteakhouse.com/venues/atlanta or call  404-793-0144.  

Atlas

Celebrate Mother’s Day with an unforgettable dinner at Atlas. Moms will be treated to a complimentary glass of bubbly, a single stemmed rose, and are invited to enjoy a spectacular three-course prix fixe menu for $75 per person created just for the occasion by Executive Chef Christopher Grossman and Pasty Chef Christian Castillo. The full chef-driven dinner menu, which changes daily, will also be available.  Guests are also invited to view the restaurant’s acclaimed art installation featuring 30 pieces from esteemed artists including Foujita, Monet, Chagall, Modigliani, and Soutine. Located within the St. Regis Atlanta, Atlas celebrates the very best in seasonal American cuisine combined with European influences. With a focus on curating fresh ingredients from local farms, this chef-driven restaurant brings unparalleled culinary experiences to the capital of the South. For more information or to make a reservation, visit atlasrestaurant.com.  

TWO Urban Licks

TWO Urban Licks is serving up a special brunch just for Mom this Mother’s Day featuring live music from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  While enjoying acclaimed Executive Che Michael Bertozzi’s fiery brunch and lunch creations including traditional favorites and signature items, guests can take advantage of a complimentary photo booth from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. where they can print off photos and post them to social media. Those looking for a later celebration can celebrate Mom with a delicious dinner between 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. TWO urban licks is conveniently on the Atlanta BeltLine in the Old Fourth Ward and boasts a completely renovated patio just in time for spring. To make a reservation, call 404.522.4622 or visit twourbanlicks.com.

Livingston Restaurant + Bar

The buffet’s the thing at Livingston Restaurant + Bar in the Georgian Terrace Hotel from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tastefully adorn your plate with menu items such as peach French toast, salmon and red wine butter, and chef-carved house-smoked turkey breast. The spread also features a selection of breads and pastries, omelet stations, a cold buffet with fruits and salads, a children’s buffet, and a dessert station. Price is $40 for adults and $15 for children ages 6 to 12 (children ages 5 and under are complimentary). In addition to the restaurant, The Grand Ballroom is also open for Sunday brunch. Three-hour parking is complimentary. 404-897-5000; livingstonatlanta.com.

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Enjoy!  Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mothers out there.

Ellie is a senior at the University of Georgia studying Advertising. She considers herself a bagel connoisseur, but enjoys trying any and all restaurants around Atlanta.
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