Mother’s Day Dining Options in SoCal

May 04, 2022

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, you might want to consider some other dining options in OC and LA. Here are some celebratory happenings featuring festive giveaways, special dishes, deals, and more such as Castaway, NORMS, Orange Hill, North Italia, and more.  

Water GrillSanta Monica, DTLA, & South Coast Plaza 

ABOUT: Keeping with King’s Seafood Company’s devotion to superior quality and sustainable product, Water Grill provides an elevated setting for a seasonally driven dining experience. Focusing on first-of-season seafood, Water Grill prides itself in offering the broadest selection of fish, oysters, and shellfish, which is provided daily from King’s Seafood Distribution.

CELEBRATORY OFFERING: Perfect for any seafood loving mom and in addition to the restaurant’s full regular menu, guests can enjoy a classic “Surf & Turf,” complete with an 8o.z. Double R Ranch filet mignon topped with a wild South African Lobster Tail ($76), or a seasonal Pan Roasted Wild Alaskan Halibut with lobster sauce, morel, fava beans, and gnocchi (&54). 

NORMS Restaurants | 22 Locations Across SoCal

ABOUT: Celebrating over 70 years of “great food, great service, and great value,” NORMS has cemented itself as an iconic mainstay in the Southern California casual dining scene. With homestyle hospitality, unbeatable value and time-honored Googie architecture, NORMS continues to grow in both presence and popularity as the place “Where Life Happens.” 

CELEBRATORY OFFERING: This year, forget breakfast in bed and take mom to NORMS for a menu full of tried & true, perfectly executed options such as the Bigger Better Breakfast ($10.99), a fresh stack of NORMS’ famous Hotcakes ($6.99), or the Chilaquiles Verdes ($10.99). Every mom who dines at NORMS from Friday, May 6th – to Tuesday, May 10th will also leave with a little something extra thanks to NORMS’ “Every Mom Wins” scratcher giveaway! Most scratchers will be loaded up with prizes such as $5 off your next visit & BOGO offers, but a few lucky grand prize winners will receive either a $500 shopping spree, an Apple Watch, a spa day, or one of five $150 NORMS catering gift cards. 

Castaway | Burbank, CA

ABOUT: Castaway has curated a whole new dining experience where everyone feels like a star, and every seat is magic. From the meat dry-aging room, floor-to-ceiling wine cellar, and charcuterie station, to the breath-taking views of the valley and Los Angeles Skyline, Castaway is ready to serve Angelenos. 

CELEBRATORY OFFERING: On Mother’s Day, 5/8 from 9:30 am- 4:00 pm, guests can enjoy a seafood-driven 4-course brunch spread ($92pp for adults, $35pp for children) or an A La Carte Dinner service from 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm. Must-try dish selections include the Marinated Tomato Ricotta Tartine, Little Gem Salad, Crispy Whole Local Snapper, and Strawberry Short Cake. Plus, $25Bottomless Mimosas will be offered if guests opt to spice up their brunch spread further! 

Whiskey Red’s | Marina Del Rey, CA

ABOUT: With a prime waterfront location in the bustling Fishermen’s Village in Marina Del Rey, Whiskey Red’s has evolved into an outdoor drinking and dining institution, known for its picturesque views of the bay. Available for occasions spanning celebratory private events to blissful weekend brunches, Whiskey Red’s seafood-focused menu and refreshing craft cocktails are the perfect combinations for memorable dining experiences.

CELEBRATORY OFFERING: This Mother’s Day from 10:00 am-5:00 pm, guests can enjoy a 4-course brunch spread ($65pp for adults, $35pp for children). Must-try dish selections include the Marinated Tomato Ricotta Tartine, Lobster Benedict, Fried Chicken & Waffles, Buttercream & Caramel Rum Sauce Carrot Cake. Guests can also enhance the festivities with a $38 bottle of bubbly!

Orange Hill | Orange, CA

ABOUT: A Hilltop Hideaway-Offering Prime Steaks and Primo Views. It is an ascension into the most memorable dining experience you will have. It is Orange Hill. Uniquely situated on the hills of Orange County, Orange Hill offers sweeping views of Catalina Island, Downtown Los Angeles, Disneyland's magical firework show, and our beautiful California coastline. Arrive to cascading waterfalls, koi ponds and a stunning fireplace guests can arrive at a new way to experience Orange County.

CELEBRATORY OFFERING: From 9:30 am- 4:00 pm on 5/8, Orange Hill will be offering a Mother’s Day-inspired 4-course brunch ($89pp for adults, $35pp for children) that will include Chilled Seafood selections, French Toast, Crispy Whole Local Snapper, and Triple Chocolate Layer Cake. Guests can add on $30 Bottomless Mimosas to round out their food comas! In the evening, Orange Hill will feature an A Le Carte Dinner from 5:00 pm-10:00 pm with dish highlights like the Wild Mushroom Pappardelle Pasta and the Faroe Island Salmon

Odyssey | Granada Hills, CA 

ABOUT: Nestled hilltop overlooking the San Fernando Valley, Odyssey is a farm-to-table restaurant that prioritizes seasonal menus and craft cocktails. Whether dining on the restaurant’s expansive outdoor patio, among the lemon trees in their on-site garden estate, or inside gazing through the floor-to-ceiling windows, Odyssey is a pillar of the Granada Hills dining community.

CELEBRATORY OFFERING: In honor of mom’s special day, guests can enjoy unparalleled views and a festive 4-course brunch spread ($75pp for adults, $35pp for children) from 9:30 am- 5:00 pm. Dish highlights include a savory selection of Charcuterie, Crab Cake Benedict, Steak & Eggs Benedict: choice of Filet Mignon or NY Strip Steak, and Chocolate Salted Caramel Tarts. $30 Bottomless Mimosas will be offered if guests opt to spice up their brunch spread further! 

North Italia | 3 LA/OC Locations 

ABOUT: North Italia is a modern Italian concept known for its handcrafted cuisine and cocktails. Using only the freshest ingredients, North Italia chefs create a variety of modern Italian dishes including fan-favorites like the Chef's choice daily pizza, Squid Ink Mafaldine and Red Wine Glazed Short Rib. For more information, visit northitalia.com.

CELEBRATORY OFFERING: Just in time for Mother’s Day, North Italia welcomes a taste of spring with four new dishes, seasonal changes to beloved menu staples and nine new cocktails on April 27. New standout brunch and dinner dishes include the Hanger Steak Tagliata with charred broccolini, roasted cipollini, Tuscan bean ragu; Caprese Sandwich with heirloom tomato, fresh mozzarella, torn basil, arugula, house pesto, calabrian aioli; and Sweet Corn & Fontina with Roasted corn, burro fuso, white polenta, grana Padano, in addition to creative cocktails such as the Tucano Punch made with Appleton 12 Year Jamaican Rum, Sfumato Aperitivo Blend, Pineapple, Fresh Squeezed Lime. These brand-new dishes and cocktails are best enjoyed on North Italia’s patio, celebrating warmer temperatures and fresh blooms with Mom. 

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