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Whether you’re looking for ways to celebrate your own mother or you’re the mom in question, food is almost always a good answer, so we’ve rounded up 12 North Shore spots with menus and surroundings perfect for honoring the special women in your life. But keep in mind, most restaurants will require reservations, so book soon.

Eggs benedict at Davio’s


Enjoy breakfast treats like tiramisu French toast with espresso anglaise and beef tenderloin benedict, lunchy options like pork sausage pizza with spinach and ricotta, or dinner options from Davios’s regular menu. Complement your food with Davio’s own rosé, a spring cocktail, or a craft mocktail.

1250 Market St., Lynnfield, 781-944-4810,

Nathaniel’s at the Hawthorne Hotel, Salem

Elegant, historic surroundings, live music, and a luscious buffet make Nathaniel’s a perennially popular brunch destination. Select from a buffet stocked with baked goods, salads, teriyaki salmon, herb and garlic-roasted tenderloin, baked haddock, and an array of tempting desserts.

18 Washington Square W., Salem, 978-744-4080,

Crab cake benedict with truffle hollandaise at The Capital Grille

The Capital Grille, Burlington

The Capital Grille will serve up elegant brunch options like a 14-ounce bone-in dry-aged New York strip steak topped with a fried egg, or, new this year, crab cake benedict with truffle hollandaise. Mimosas and premium champagne will be available, as will a children’s brunch for $17.

10 Wayside Rd., Burlington, 781-505-4130,

Seasons 52, Burlington

For brunch, indulge in crab and cheddar quiche or upright French toast with applewood-smoked bacon, while sipping a rosé lemonade, or stop in for lunch and feast on apricot-glazed spiral ham with sweet potato mash and a strawberry hibiscus margarita. Family-style to-go ham meals are also available for pickup a day ahead, serving four to six people an entrée, salad, sides, and dessert.

6 Wayside Rd., Burlington, 781-272-5552,

Butter-poached lobster quiche at Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Burlington

Delve into Eddie V.’s prix fixe two-course brunch menu featuring a warm cinnamon roll starter and choices including butter-poached Maine lobster quiche Florentine and eight-ounce pan-seared steak paired with a mushroom and white cheddar frittata. A la carte options and a children’s brunch menu are also available.

50 South Ave., Burlington, 781-221-7151,

Beauport Hotel and 1606 Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Gloucester

Choose from two Mother’s Day options at Gloucester’s elegant waterfront hotel. Try a little bit of everything delicious and indulgent (think herb-crusted sirloin and a waffle bar) at the buffet in the hotel ballroom from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Or book a table at the 1606 Restaurant & Oyster Bar between noon and 6:30 p.m. for lunch or dinner. Start off with a complimentary Prosecco toast for the whole family (non-alcoholic bubbly will be available) then enjoy a prix fixe menu with choices including lamb persillade and spring asparagus risotto.

55 Commercial St. Gloucester, 978-282-0008,

Beauport Cruiselines Mother’s Day at Sea, Gloucester

Cruise Gloucester Harbor, enjoy the stunning views and live entertainment, and indulge Mom in a decadent brunch buffet including honey-baked Ham, eggs benedict, Gloucester’s favorite baked haddock, strawberry cheesecake, and plenty of pastries. Book online at

Chicken and waffles at 34 Park

34 Park, Andover

Relax in the contemporary dining room or eat at the Rose Garden bar under the outdoor tent, enjoying options from the sweet – stuffed French toast or waffles with chantilly cream and berries – to the savory – crispy arancini or prosciutto fritatta – and even a few items that bridge the two, like chicken and waffles with honey-fig syrup. Top it all off with a visit to the Bloody Mary bar.

34 Park St., Andover, 978-409-2445,

Danversport, Danvers

Known for its lavish buffets, Danversport will be serving up brunch in its grand ballroom and its more intimate garden level venue. You can look forward to choosing from a wide range of sweets and savories, including charcuterie, homemade waffles, slow-roasted prime rib, pasta with short rib ragu, and crème brulee (plus a whole lot more).

161 Elliott St., Danvers, 978-774-8622,

Halibut with spring pea and onion ravioli at Brine

Brine, Newburyport

Brunch on lobster benedict casserole or shirred eggs with mushrooms, leeks, and chili oil, or enjoy a later meal of halibut with spring pea and onion ravioli or salmon with broccolini and beurre blanc – this Newburyport favorite is open all day, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Credit cards required for reservations.

17 State St., Newburyport, 978-358-8479,

The Blue Ox, Lynn

Check out the Blue Ox for creative choices like smoked salmon flatbread with chive cream, grated hard boiled egg, pickled red onion, and “everything” seasoning, or hearty indulgences like shrimp and grits or chicken and waffles.

191 Oxford St., Lynn, 781-780-5722,

Photograph courtesy of Tonno

Tonno, Gloucester and Wakefield

With scrambled eggs and Belgian waffles available alongside egg-and-potato brunch flatbread and lobster benedict, Tonno’s menu offers something for traditional moms and the more culinarily adventurous. If brunch isn’t her thing, the full menu of Italian-influenced seafood, meats, and pastas will also be available.

2 Main St., Gloucester, 978-879-4795; 175 North Ave., Wakefield, 781-486-3606;