Mother’s Day Brunch Guide

Show your mom you love her on May 12.

Show your mom you love her on May 12.

We all love our mommas. The woman who raised you, loved you, or otherwise had some important role in your life. You know, your mom. And that annual tradition of showing this special lady just how much we appreciate her is once again at hand. This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 12th. And Mother’s Day brunch is a holiday tradition all unto itself. But where do you turn for a delicious and booze filled brunch? That depends on what you and Mom want. Some place super trendy, and just deal with a wait. Or some place a little bit slower, or with reservations. Or something a little more off the beaten brunch path? We here at the Wagon have some ideas for you.

Want to take mom some place really cool? Be prepared for a wait, but also be ready for some delicious grub when you do finally get a chair.


Jelly is one of Capitol Hill’s worst kept secrets since opening in early 2011. Jelly’s weekend brunches regularly have a pretty serious wait (at least 30 minutes, usually close to an hour or more during peak times). And for good reason. Their food is always excellent, the doughnuts with 8 different fillings are amazing, and the full bar never leaves one wanting. Expect a special dish and a fun drink special, although specifics are TBA. Be aware that they still plan on closing at 3 PM. For you more in the southern areas of Denver, check out their location near the University of Denver (University and Evans) for the same great food and (maybe?) a shorter wait.

Sam’s No. 3

This Denver landmark is another place that many folks know and love for brunch. If you want to take Mom here, you should definitely use their ‘call ahead seating’ service. Give them a buzz about an hour before you want to have a seat and save yourself some waiting. They don’t have any plans for something special that day, but their location is nice for all your downtown types.


A favorite of the ultra-cool Uptown crowd, Steuben’s is usually packed for breakfast-as-lunch. They plan on keeping regular hours (10 AM til 3 PM) and when I called, they had nothing cool for Mom planned. While their reservations are already booked, those are only for large groups and they will have plenty of room for walk-ins. If this is your destination, I’d recommend trying to get there early.

Ale House at Amato’s

Known more for their impressive tap lists and upstairs patio, the Ale House none the less has a brunch that is delicious. There will likely be a wait of at least 30 minutes during peak times and they aren’t taking reservations, so get yourself a bottomless bloody mary, hang out, and catch up with Mom a little. That’s the point, after all.

For those of you that want to check out someplace that feels more chill, these are some ideas for around town that should fit that bill. Unlike the above, most of these places will have a special menu item or drink special to make Mom feel like the queen she is.

Parallel 17 (AKA P17)

One of my personal favorite spots, P17 is located in Uptown and always a great, classy time. For Mother’s Day, they are offering a special menu which includes pork belly pot stickers and a fruit and pastry buffet. These guys also have a great bottomless mimosa and bloody mary special. They are taking reservations and plan on serving brunch from 10 AM til 3 PM.

Jonesy’s EatBar

Another fun spot in Uptown, these guys always do great stuff. For your Mom, they plan on being open from 11-3 and offering a selection of breakfast sliders and benedicts. When I called, they had not decided on if they were going to offer a drink special, but I sincerely hope they do. Mainly because they offer call ahead seating, and reservations for groups of 5 or more.

City O’City

City O’City always does something really fun for holidays, such as May the Fourth and Anti-Valentine’s Day and it is consistently a great time. For Mom, they are almost certainly going to have some fun menu items and drink specials, starting at 7 AM but specifics are TBA. And, as a bonus, they are accepting reservations so you won’t have to hang around the bar too long (and look like a lush to Mom).

Want something even more off the beaten path? Something really different and fun to do with Mom? Check out this:

House Of Commons

In the ultra-chic Platte Park (Think Paris on the Platte, and Denver Beer Company) there is the super cute little tea shop, House of Commons, that offers a High Tea. Think Brown Palace, but without the highfalutin-ness. For $20 a person, you each get a pot of tea, a selection of finger sandwiches, and  scones with house made jam and lemon curd. No booze, but lots of fun and something that your mommy dearest may never have done before. Reservations are a must here, as space is pretty limited.

Finally: The Denver Zoo is offering a host of neat things on the 12th from 9 AM to 5 PM, including lots of animal demonstrations and talks with the zoo keepers. And, they totally have cupcakes for moms, in addition to a selection of special dishes designed with her in mind. This would obviously be a great way to spend the day with the kiddos and still celebrate the hard-working mother in your life.

This guide if obviously not an all inclusive list to whats going on around town that day, but we will keep this space updated as menus are finalized and/or cool other places come to our attention. Where do you plan to brunch with Mom? And don’t forget the super sappy-sweet card! Mom’s love that sort of thing (at least, mine does!)

About Nikki Minette

An uppity minx who loves beer, bourbon, politics, kitties, naps, and Firefly. Tap room bartender at River North Brewery. Follow her on twitter @whiskeynikki.