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Mother’s Day Brunch: 10 Detroit Restaurant Options to Treat Mom

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11, and it’s a day to honor your mom, grandma, aunt, godmother and any motherly figure in your life.

You can start by singing the Michael Jackson classic, “The Lady in My Life,” but you want to also pamper her on her special day. Are you going to let her cook? Nope. Are you going to watch as she cleans dishes or runs the dishwasher? No way. Pick up the phone and tell her to wear her favorite dress. Arrive with a bouquet of flowers or a corsage and have her hop in your ride and hit the town.

Detroit has a variety of restaurants featuring impressive décor or views of the cityscape or riverfront. Not sure where to go? I’ve pulled together 10 restaurant options for brunch:


  • Atmosphere: Enjoy a casual approach to fine dining, with local ingredients used to create classic American dishes. Fine wines can be enjoyed in an elegant bar space that reflects the original style of the historic Westin Book Cadillac Hotel.
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. options remain
  • Price: $36 (adults); $18 (children 6–11); Free (kids 5 and under)
  • Location: (The Westin Book Cadillac Hotel) 204 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, 48226
  • Reservations: (313) 964-3821

Angelina Italian Bistro

  • Atmosphere: Wood and brick outline the windows to views of Grand Circus Park, while artistic glass lighting adds ambience to this restaurant located in the historic Madison Building. Enjoy twists on classic dishes like ravioli and risotto, and finish your meal with cannoli, mascarpone cheesecake and more.
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Price: $10–$24 for a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner options; children’s options also available
  • Location: 1565 Broadway St., Detroit, 48226
  • Reservations: (313) 962-1355

Cliff Bell’s

  • Atmosphere: Take a step back in time to a jazz club where art deco details, eclectic menu options, signature cocktails and live music create an ambience reminiscent of 1930s Detroit.
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Price: $40 per person; $10 for children 12 and under
  • Location: 2030 Park Avenue, Detroit, 48226
  • Reservations: (313) 961-2543

Coach Insignia

  • Atmosphere: Thanks to ceiling-to-floor windows, an amazing panoramic view of Detroit and Windsor can be had from the top of the Renaissance Center. Sophisticated décor, contemporary cuisine and a wine list with more than 800 wines are designed to impress.
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Price: $44.99 (adults); $17.99 (children 6–12); Free (kids 5 and under)
  • Location: (71st and 72nd floor) 100 Renaissance Center, Detroit, 48243
  • Reservations: (313) 567-2622

Joe Muer Seafood

  • Atmosphere: Nestled at the ground level of the Renaissance Center, views of the Detroit riverfront and Windsor skyline make devouring seafood specialties even more delightful. The classy dining space offers a Raw Bar with oysters, and you can even have a seat at the robust Sushi Bar, which is sculpted of blue granite.
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Price: $42.99 (adults); $19.99 (children 6–14); Free (kids 5 and under)
  • Location: 400 Renaissance Center, Suite 1404, Detroit, 48243
  • Reservations: (313) 567-6837

La Musique

  • Atmosphere: Reflecting the Hotel St. Regis’ style, La Musique offers a chic, elegant and timeless experience as the French doors of the restaurant open to a cozy space. Featuring contemporary American cuisine and special cocktails, their chefs change the menu a few times per year to feature ingredients that are in season.
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Price: $38.99 (adults); $14.95 (children 5–12); Free (kids 4 and under)
  • Location: (Hotel St. Regis) 3071 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, 48202
  • Reservations: (313) 873-3000, ext. 117


  • Atmosphere: The ambience is elegant and traditional at Mario’s, reflecting its 1948 inception and old-school charm. From the vegetable/relish tray you receive when you sit down, to the dapperly-dressed wait staff, this is how Mom remembers being treated when she was growing up. From pasta entrees to hearty soups and more, the selection showcases Italy’s finest. Bonus: On Mother’s Day, Mom gets a complimentary mimosa!
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Price: $28.95 (adults); $12.95 (kids 12 and under)
  • Location: 4222 Second Ave., Detroit, 48201
  • Reservations: (313) 832-1616


  • Atmosphere: With private dining rooms, the Grill Room, the patio and garden terrace as seating options, picturesque views abound at the Rattlesnake inside the Stroh River Place complex. Seasonal ingredients make for creative cuisine, offering twists on traditional meat, vegetable and seafood dishes.
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Price: $40 (adults); $13 (children 4–10); Free (kids 3 and under)
  • Location: (Stroh River Place complex) 300 River Place Dr., Detroit, 48207
  • Reservations: (313) 567-4400


  • Atmosphere: A space only used for special and private events, the Roostertail offers elegant rooms with beautiful riverfront views. An extra treat is this year’s Motown Mother’s Day theme with Larry Lee & Back in the Day as the live musical entertainment!
  • Time: Two limited seatings: 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Price: $59.95 (adults); $29.95 (kids 3–12)
  • Location: 100 Marquette Dr., Detroit, 48214
  • Reservations: (313) 822-1234 ext. 0

Santorini Estiatorio

  • Atmosphere: Step inside and be transported to a Greek island oasis! Start a meal saying “Opa” with saganaki, and choose from an array of meat and vegetarian specialties while admiring the décor of cool blues, bright whites and authentic Greek music for a full Mediterranean experience.
  • Time: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Price: $27.99 (adults); $12.95 (kids 12 and under)
  • Location: 501 Monroe, Detroit, 48226
  • Reservations: (313) 962-9366

Just a heads up – a few of the places I planned to include were already sold out, but these restaurants still have spaces available. It’s best to make a selection and call for reservations as soon as possible.

If you’ve taken Mom to any of these restaurants for Mother’s Day in the past, how was your experience? Where are you taking her this year?


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