For those of us lucky enough to have maternal figures in our lives — mothers, grandmothers, aunts, close family friends, godmothers — Mother’s Day is our chance to celebrate and show our appreciation for all they do.

Around Philadelphia, you can treat her to everything from a post-winery brunch flower fest to a baking class with her besties. Set sail together on a brunch cruise and take in the skyline, or call on Lady Luck during a play day at a local casino. The following 18 dining options are planned for May 8 unless noted otherwise. Book early and check mask, vaccination, and social-distancing mandates as they may vary by venue. Above all, enjoy your time together.


Heritage

In addition to its regular weekend brunch offerings, Heritage in Northern Liberties will add several special Benedicts including prosciutto, crab, and a vegetarian avocado. For $45, a make-your-own-mimosa kit includes a bottle of sparkling wine and choice of two juices, allowing you to tweak your own drinks at the table. Local pianist and jazz singer V. Shayne Frederick will perform, making the dining experience even more festive.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. 📍 914 N. Second St., 🌐 heritage.life

Sofitel Philadelphia

Fete Mom with a luxurious seafood spread (and more) at Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square. Offerings include a raw bar with jumbo cocktail shrimp, oysters, and clams; appetizers such as grilled vegetables and an artisan cheese board; entrées like pan-seared cobia, chicken breast, and braised short ribs; desserts, even a Bloody Mary bar. Tickets are $37.50 for children under 12 and $75 for all others.

Reserved seating is 12:30-4:30 p.m. 📍 120 S. 17th St., 🌐 sofitel-philadelphia.com

The Olde Bar

Kick-start brunch with a complimentary mimosa for moms at The Olde Bar. Eat in the new library nook-themed dining room and indulge in lobster Benedict, baked eggs, chicken fried turkey, smoked salmon, croque madame bread pudding, and more.

Noon-4 p.m. 📍 125 Walnut St., 🌐 theoldebar.com

Moe’s Southwest Grill

When casual dining out is the option du jour, Moe’s Southwest Grill offers free meals for children under 12 with the purchase of an adult entrée of $6 or more every Sunday, including Mother’s Day.

📍 1055 Nixon Drive, Mount Laurel, 🌐 moes.com

High Street Philly

Gift mom and five of her besties with High Street Philly’s Sunday afternoon baking classes for groups of six. Select from beginner, intermediate, or advanced skill levels to bake experience-appropriate goodies like quick breads, pies, layered cakes, and more — each participant will take home their baked goods. (Sharing is optional.) $300-$500 for all six.

3:30-5:30 p.m. Sundays now through July 31. 📍 101 S. 9th St., 🌐 exploretock.com

Sor Ynez

Mexican restaurant Sor Ynez will feature two menu additions for Mother’s Day: a pork platter with pickled vegetables, pinto beans, tortillas, cilantro, lime and habanero salsa, and a grilled cauliflower steak with black refried beans and salsa.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. 📍 1800 N. American St., 🌐 sorynez.com

South

Southern mamas, grandmothers, and aunties appreciate good soul food, so head to South for a bevy of southern-inspired dishes. Think skillet corn bread, shrimp and grits, mac and cheese, Bayou chicken or spicy vegetarian gumbo, and slow-roasted rosemary turkey wings. Leave room for one or more of the six desserts like pineapple brown sugar bread pudding and sweet potato cheesecake. À la carte.

📍 600 N. Broad St., 🌐 southjazzkitchen.com

SliCE

Send her a pizza your heart with heart-shaped pizza from SliCE, available with her favorite toppings for delivery or pickup. Order a salad, organic sugar doughnuts, or tiramisu, then pick up bottle of wine to make it easy dining at home. Prices vary.

📍 431 East Girard Ave. and 1180 S. 10th St., 🌐 slicepa.com

Square 1682 at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia

At Square 1682 at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, the weekend “Bubbles, Buckets and Biscuits” event is perfect for mom and pals. Guests receive a bottle of Prosecco, a bucket of fried chicken, house-made rosemary biscuits, and accoutrements like pickles and hot sauce. $44.

9 a.m.-3 p.m. 📍 121 S. 17th St., 🌐 square1682.com

Renault Winery

Reserve seating for a ballroom brunch at Renault Winery. Offerings include pastries, brioche French toast, cheesy grits, breakfast meats, honey dipped chicken, shrimp scampi, an omelet station, and more. Linger at the free-to-attend BLOOM Flower Festival on-site, featuring craft vendors and live music. Brunch, $25 for children 2-12; $62 for adults. Seating times: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Festival access is free.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 7-8. 📍 72 N. Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City, NJ, 🌐 renaultwinery.com

Garces Trading Co.

Order in with a curated heat-and-serve brunch package from Garces Trading Co., which includes tri-colored salad, avocado tartine, smoked salmon tea sandwiches, and roasted pineapple yogurt parfait. This easy-to-prepare meal is available for in-person pickup or delivery. For the latter, order by May 4. $40.

📍 300 S Broad St., 🌐 garcestradingcompany.com

Live! Casino and Hotel

Prime Rib at Live! Casino and Hotel will offer brunch with selections such as a lobster BLT sandwich, lemon blintz, classic steak and eggs, and a vegetable skillet frittata. The cocktail list features a build-your-own bloody Mary with add-ons like crab legs, shrimp, cheese stuffed peppers, bacon, and caviar. À la carte.

📍 900 Packer Ave., 🌐 theprimeribs.com

Franny Lou’s Porch

Franny Lou’s Porch is big on spreading love through food, drink, and community activism. Swing by Sunday morning to pick up tea or coffee and a turkey and egg sandwich called pro-love or a vegetarian medley with cheese and tomato called pro-liberation. Prices vary.

📍 2400 Coral St., 🌐 frannylousporch.org

The Goat Rittenhouse

The Goat Rittenhouse, a popular neighborhood bar, will offer brunch specials including a salmon avocado salad, two selections of quiche, and personal-size cheesecakes. À la carte.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. 📍 1907 Sansom St., 🌐 thegoatrittenhouse.com

Urban Farmer at The Logan Philadelphia

In addition to brunch and dinner specials, Urban Farmer at The Logan Philadelphia will offer a specialty cocktail, the festively purple First Friend, a concoction of pea flower tequila, Aperol, grapefruit, lime, agave, and cava that’s ideal for raising a glass. À la carte.

📍 1850 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., 🌐 urbanfarmerphiladelphia.com

Pound Cake Heaven

Round out the day by picking up dessert at Pound Cake Heaven which offers an assortment of pound cakes in lemon blueberry, sour butter cream, and sweet potato. Layered cakes and cupcakes by the dozen are also available. Prices vary.

📍 Multiple locations. 🌐 poundcakeheaven.net

City Cruises

Treat Mom to sweeping views of the Philly skyline from the Delaware River aboard City Cruises, which is offering a two-hour package, including specialty cocktails and a live DJ. ($50-$90). Boarding time is 2:30 p.m.; cruise departs at 3 p.m. from Penn’s Landing.

📍 401 S. Christopher Blvd., 🌐 cityexperiences.com/philadelphia

Amada at Ocean Casino and Resort

Getaway for the day and head to Amada at Ocean Casino and Resort for oceanfront dining and entertainment. Diver scallops, sea bass, Maine lobster, and lamb chops are popular choices, but diners can also opt for an individualized tapas menu curated by the chef. For entertainment, take your lucky lady to the casinos. Prices vary

📍 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ, 🌐 theoceanac.com