Where to eat out for Mother's Day in Tampa Bay

From upscale to casual, here's a quick guide to local Mom's Day dining options.

click to enlarge Treat Mom to blood orange mimosas at Ocean Prime and more on her special day. - Ocean Prime
Ocean Prime
Treat Mom to blood orange mimosas at Ocean Prime and more on her special day.

OK, we know it's kind of last minute. But for those still trying to decide where to dine out with Mom on Sunday, follow this quick guide to worthy suggestions throughout the area. Don't forget to call ahead, like now, to make sure reservations aren't filled up.

Beach Bar & Restaurant Mother’s Day brunch with a twist: Mom can sip mimosas while the kids play at a carnival. Brunch will consist of omelet and carving stations, baked honey ham, roasted turkey and entrees like Caribbean chicken and pan-seared tilapia. $35, $15 extra for bottomless Bloodys and mimosas. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 7700 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, 813-281-0566, beachtampa.com.

Brasa & Pisco In addition to the regular Peruvian menu, moms can try Bandeja Brasa or ají de gallina. The Bandeja Brasa ($60) serves at least two people and is presented on a personal grill with applewood and whisky wood chips, while the classic ají de gallina ($18) features roasted chicken in a Peruvian sauce. 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. 8347 Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, 941-360-0300, facebook.com/brasapisco.

Brew Brunch The Mom's Day edition of this recurring meal at Green Bench Brewing Co. will showcase a variety of brunch grub from Empamamas alongside beverages like beer cocktails from Squeeze Juice Works, Tidal Boar Ginger Beer and Mother Kombucha. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 1133 Baum Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-800-9836.

The Cider Press Cafe An all-vegan, gluten-free, raw food brunch, including banana maple pancakes stuffed with fruit and vanilla cream, banana nut bread, cinnamon rolls, fruit and granola parfait, and mimosas, Bellinis and Bloodys. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 601 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-914-7222, ciderpresscafe.com.

FarmTable Kitchen If you'd rather let Locale Market's casual upstairs eatery do the cooking for the holiday, treat Mom to one of three brunch seatings. The bill of fare will highlight craving stations with prime rib and rotisserie chicken, as well as other seasonal favorites. A free sweet treat will also be presented tableside or to take home. Reservations are highly recommended. $49 for adults, $29 for children ages 12 and under. 10:30 a.m., noon or 1:30 p.m. 179 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-523-6300, localegourmetmarket.com/reservation.

GameTime Moms get one entree or appetizer free with the purchase of one entree, appetizer or kid's meal. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 1600 E. Eighth Ave. #A147, Tampa, 813-241-9675, gametimeplayers.

Mother Kombucha This St. Petersburg-based company will serve up complimentary pours of its small-batch living tea at six of its local retailers. Check out more details on the offer. All day. Various locations, Tampa Bay, 727-409-8806, motherkombucha.com.

Ocean Prime Think blueberry French toast, braised short ribs and a blood orange mimosa. Other highlights include crab and eggs and smoked salmon. Entrees range from $14 to $19. Each Mom gets an exclusive artisanal candle. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 2205 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, 813-490-5288, ocean-prime.com.

Pollo Tropical Spoil Mom with Caribbean cuisine through Pollo Tropical's $9.99 deal, which features two entrees of a small create-your-own TropiChop or a quarter chicken meal with rice and beans, one regular order of yuca sticks, sweet plantains, and two regular fountain drinks. To land the dine-in or takeout deal, offered at all company-owned locations, text "MOM2016" to 52198. All day. Various locations, Tampa Bay, pollotropical.com.

Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel A lavish brunch buffet with complimentary sparking wine (one per person). Reservations are encouraged and come with free valet parking at the hotel entrance. Diners who make reservations between 10 a.m. and noon or 5 and 7 p.m. receive a discount. $54-$60 for adults, $25 for children 5-10. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa, 813-877-9200.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino The in-house Grey Salt, Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, Fresh Harvest and Rise Kitchen & Bakery will serve up special Mom's Day menus. Call for times. 5223 Orient Road, Tampa, 813-627-7625, seminolehardrocktampa.com.

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Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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