Whether people choose to stay home or dine out, Houston restaurants have Mother’s Day covered. Cook at home, order a feast that only requires reheating, or dine out on a decadent prix fixe — the options are numerous.
We’ve rounded over a dozen establishments that have a mix of appealing options. Choose whatever will make mom happiest.
Available for dine-in or to-go, chef Giancarlo Ferrara offers an extensive menu of appetizers, pastas, and entrees. Highlights include homemade gravlax salad, squid ink spaghetti with calamari and clams, risotto with shellfish, and salt-crusted whole branzino for two.
The River Oaks favorite is offering three-course meals for two that are designed to be heated at home. Entree options include salmon with chimichurri ($70), full rack of lamb ($100), and vegetarian paella ($60) — all served with choice of two sides. Wine and children’s meals available for an additional cost. Order by Wednesday, May 6 for pickup Saturday, May 9.
Customers have the option of either dining in at BCN from chef Luis Roger’s menu of classic Spanish fare or ordering to-go from MAD, which will serve a three-course menu for $75 per person. Dishes on the MAD menu include grilled octopus, Ibérico ham, chilled tomato soup, grilled lamb rack, and two paellas (pork or shellfish). Add a bouquet of flowers by David Brown for an additional fee (flowers must be ordered by Friday, May 8).
River Oaks' favorite see-and-be-seen spot has reopened for dine-in service with extra space between the tables on its patio. The restaurant's full menu will be available on Mother's Day, which means mom can slurp oysters while drinking a bottle of bubbles. Reservations required.
The bakery and cafe has a number of pre-order options available for at-home dining. Choose the simple brunch for two with croissants, prosciutto wrapped melon, and mimosa kit ($36) or a lox brunch with smoked salmon and avocado puree ($40). Sweeten things up with a “M-O-M” cake (pistachio dacquoise cake with pistachio diplomat cream), flower pot entremet, or DIY cookie kit. Preorder by Thursday, May 7 for pickup May 9 or 10.
Montrose Cheese and Wine
Treat mom to either a DIY breakfast kit that features an oven-baked Swedish pancake, berry compote, and Greenway Coffee ($40) or opt for the more decadent “Momma Snack Pack” that features 8-ounces of double cream brie, almond crisps, chocolate, honey, and a bottle of wine ($55). Pre-order for pickup Saturday, May 9 between 12 and 6 pm.
Guard & Grace
Downtown’s newest steakhouse returns with a four-course, $65 prix fixe menu. Start with chilled lobster, shrimp cocktail, or smoked salmon toast before choosing one of two salads. Entree options include an 8-ounce New York strip, 6-ounce filet mignon, or 6-ounce salmon filet. Finish with one of two desserts. Optional extras such as chocolate chip cookies, quiche, or a charcuterie board are also available.
The Museum District favorite has both dine-in and to-go options. Those who choose to eat at the restaurant will have a three-course, $35 prix fixe that includes choices such as watermelon salad, fried green tomatoes, chicken and waffle, lobster Benedict, and chocolate crepe cake. Designed for four, family to-go packs include fried chicken ($55), chicken and waffles ($70), braised short rib ($70), or roasted salmon. Order by Saturday for pickup Sunday.
The hand roll pack pictured above has sold out, but the Upper Kirby sushi restaurant will be open with its regular a la carte menu.
Kenny & Ziggy’s
In addition to its regular menu, the deli is offering four family packs: salad sampler, smoked fish (nova and whitefish salad), New York (nova, sable or sturgeon, whitefish salad) — all of which include bagels, chocolate babka, orange juice, sparkling wine, coffee, and more — as well as a deli option white pastrami, corned beef, turkey, trimmings, sodas, and dessert. Order by Thursday, May 7 for pickup Sunday.
Ouzo Bay/Loch Bar
The Baltimore-based seafood restaurants — one, a globally inspired fine dining restaurant with a lengthy wine list and the other, an East Coast-style tavern with lots of bourbon — are offering a $25 gift card to anyone who books a reservation this weekend, including brunch on Mother’s Day. First responders with proof of employment will receive 50 percent off their bill this weekend only.
Snooze: An AM Eatery
The brunch restaurant's take-and-bake meal kits allow mom to get all of those Snooze flavors without waiting in line. Designed for four to six people, choose from French toast ($50), hash brown, egg, and veggie casserole ($50), or "surf 'n turf" (shrimp and grits, steak medallions, $75). Entrees are also available a la carte for a lower cost. Call in advance to order for pickup at the restaurant.
State Fare Kitchen & Bar
The Memorial City restaurant has two packages available with all the ingredients necessary to prepare a feast at home. Choose either breakfast in bed — biscuits, eggs, potatoes, bacon, and sausage — or lunch — garden salad, chicken filets, salmon filets, asparagus, and seasoning — then add extras like a pancake kit with maple syrup, chocolate chip cookies, or cocktail kits (mimosa, Bloody Mary, or margarita). Pre-order by May 7 for pickup Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.