Mother's Day Dining in Bethesda

Take mom out for a meal or find that perfect food gift.

Imagine making your own meals on Mother’s Day. The horror....Well, for all you moms out there who usually stay home and cook, I want to reassure you--it’s not TOO CROWDED to eat out. I polled fifteen of my mom-friends, all of whom have perfectly wonderful husbands, and almost no one said they went out for Mother’s Day. Here are some comments: 

"I've never actually dined out on Mother's Day - my husband always cooks!!"  --Jessica 

"We don't go out that night since everyone else does!"


"I must admit I usually work or run to my son's baseball games!!  We used to take my mom to the buffet at the Marriott on Democracy."


"I've never eaten out on Mother's Day; however, I have eaten Sunday lunch at the Irish Inn at Glen Echo and loved it."


"We usually end up grilling out, because I hate crowded restaurants.  Sometimes we go out for breakfast at the though.  My favorite is the lemon crepes."


"I don't eat out for Mother's Day (although last year, I did manage to make the boys take me to breakfast at the in Bethesda after the morning soccer game)."

-- Andrea 

Like my friends, I too have shopped for groceries and my husband and I cooked--usually for my mother or mother-in-law. But with the results of this (unscientific) study, I’m convinced I should make a reservation this year. Below is a list of Bethesda restaurants hoping to host your Mother’s Day event--places waiting to pamper you, and protect your husband from singeing his eyebrows on the grill. Most of the local restaurants have their usual a la carte menu, but I am pretty sure they won’t be uncomfortably crowded. Below is a list of restaurants who offered information on Mother's Day menus and specials:

Assaggi Mozzarella Bar A la carte menu and specials.

Cesco Trattoria A three course prix fixe menu.

Black’s Bar & Kitchen $40 brunch, $12 for kids, $50 Dinner buffet, $15 for kids from 10a.m. to 3p.m.

Chef Tony’s A multi-course brunch menu from 11a.m. to 3p.m.  and a multi-course dinner menu from 3-10p.m, including seafood.

Daily Grill  A brunch with specials including crab cake benedict, texas french toast with fresh berry compote, and slow roasted prime rib.

Geppetto Restaurant Brunch will be served alongside the regular menu. Complimentary champagne or mimosa, along with Lindt chocolate and roses for mom.

Grapeseed A three course family style brunch for $22 ($15 for kids) with bottomless bloody marys and mimosas. A $40 four-course menu is also being offered for dinner.

Guardardo’s Serving Mother's Day a-la-carte brunch from 11 am – 3 pm

Lebanese Taverna - Bethesda  Serving an la carte menu, seasonal specials, or thre-course prix fixe  menu for $29. Free juice, champagne or mimosas for moms.

Le Vieux Logis Opens at 11a.m. and closes with a three-course dinner for $48. Enjoy a strolling violinist and accordion player after 5p.m.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Bethesda All moms will be offered a free chocolate truffle trio dessert on Sunday. Custom menu messages and flowers also available -- ask the staff.

Mon Ami Gabi Mother's day brunch will be served from 10a.m. to 4p.m. with  sweet or savory waffles and butternut squash and leek quiche. An a la carte menu is optional.

Morton's The Steakhouse - Bethesda Choose from a special menu for $59 per person or the full diner menu.

Oakville Grille and Wine Bar Serving brunch along with the regular menu. Free champagne or mimosa, Lindt chocolate or roses for mom.

Redwood A special holiday buffet brunch will be accompanied by bottomless mimosas and bloody marys.

Steamers Seafood Bar and Grill  Serving up casual, beach-style Eastern Shore fare.

Tragara Buffet brunch from 11a.m. to 2.30p.m. at $38 for adults and $20 for kids.  Regular menu will be served from 3p.m. to 9p.m.

Other Food Events and gifts in Bethesda for mom:

L’Academie de Cuisine Check out a Mother’s Day lunch participation class May 7 for $80, complete with champagne.

Georgetown Cupcake If you want to bring home a surprise for Mom, check out Georgetown Cupcake's special “Mom Box” with dark-chocolate, red velvet and lemon cupcakes.

 Cacao  A multitude of lucious chocolate candies bagged and ready for mom.

Being a Mom is such a rewarding, amazing job, but we all appreciate a day off now and then. I hope you and your family have a great Mother's Day. 


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