You might wager romantic restaurant dinners on Valentine's Day would outnumber reservations on Mother's Day. But the National Restaurant Association says Mom wins out over Cupid, projecting that 75 million American adults will dine out May 12.
Central Florida has many options for celebrating. Here is just a sampling of local restaurant specials. Prices do not include tax and gratuity:
The Bistro, Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway; 407-313-8650; thehiltonorlando.com: Mother's Day Brunch – with Shamu too! is the theme and the day will include a chef's table buffet of charcuterie, farm fresh salads, soups, an omelet station and bakery sweets; special events include a 'create-station' where children can make Mom a free card, special flower arrangement and create a chocolate covered strawberry treat to share; $32 adults, $12.95 children; noon-3 p.m.
Boheme Restaurant, Grand Bohemian Hotel, 325 S. Orange Ave., downtown Orlando (at Jackson Street); 407-313-9000; Grandbohemianhotel.com: Three-course lunch with glass of sparkling wine; $49 per person; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Bravo! Cucina Italiana, 7924 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando; 407-351-5880: Special menu items include stuffed French toast ($8.99), crab and shrimp cakes with eggs ($12.99) and bistecca Benedict ($13.99); 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
BRIO Tuscan Grille, 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando, 407-351-8909; 480 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 407-622-5611: Tuscany-influenced menu from $11.95-$28.95.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cafe Gauguin, Rosen Centre, 9840 International Drive, Orlando; 407-996-9840, Ext. 3593: Brunch features unlimited sparkling wine, chef stations, fresh seafood, sushi and desserts; $39.95 adults, $16.95 children ages 4-12; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Café Osceola, Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando; 407-996-3663: More than 10 food stations including desserts by award-winning pastry chef David Ramirez; $64.95 adults, $29.95 children 4-12 (Florida residents get 25 percent discount); 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Charley's Steak House, 2901 Parkway Blvd., Kissimmee, 407-396-6055; 8255 International Drive, Orlando, 407-363-0228: Regular menu plus free 10-ounce filet with salad, mashed potatoes and bread for mothers accompanied by another adult who purchases one adult entree of equal or greater value ($34.95), 4-9 p.m. (Kissimmee), 4-10 p.m. (International Drive)
Charley's WildFire Grille, 6107 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, 407-851-7130: Regular menu plus free 10-ounce filet with salad, mashed potatoes and bread for mothers accompanied by another adult who purchases one adult entree of equal or greater value ($29.95); noon-9 p.m.
Columbia, 649 Front St., Celebration; 407-566-1505: Regular menu plus specials such as mango mousse sponge cake ($7.95), mahi mahi with Gulf shrimp and a caper saffron sauce ($22.95) and grilled beef medallions topped with sherry béarnaise ($29.95); 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Emeril's Orlando, Universal CityWalk, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando; 407-224-2424: A la carte menu with specials such as New Orleans barbecue shrimp ($10.50), rotisserie chicken and andouille gumbo ($8), pan-seared crab cakes ($26) and bananas Foster pancakes ($16) with crumbled pralines, salted caramel and whipped cream; 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. lunch, 5-10 p.m. dinner.
Emeril's Tchoup Chop, Royal Pacific Resort, 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando; 407-503-2467: Regular dinner menu in addition to menu specials including ragoût of duck pastrami confit ($10), warm spinach salad with five-spiced pickled red onions ($8), firecracker fish "wok fry" ($26), pan-roasted jumbo sea scallops ($28), grilled steak ($32) and a $60 tasting menu; noon-9 p.m.
Enzian Theater and the Eden Bar, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; 407-629-0054: A brunch buffet followed by a screening of "Gone With the Wind"; $35 film and brunch ($20 children under 12); $110 brunch and film for two and a reserved table; $220 brunch and film for four with unlimited champagne mimosas and a reserved table; 10 a.m. brunch, 11 a.m. screening.
FishBones, 7005 County Road 46A, Lake Mary, 407-581-2399; and 6707 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, 407-352-0135: Regular menu plus free 10-ounce filet with salad, mashed potatoes and bread for mothers accompanied by another adult who purchases one adult entree of equal or greater value ($29.95), no substitutions or sharing; noon-8 p.m. Lake Mary, 4:30-9 p.m. Orlando.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 8030 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, 407-352-5706; and 933 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 407-699-9463; flemingssteakhouse.com: A three-course brunch plus mom's will a receive a $25 dining card valid for a future visit; $36.95 adults, $17.95 children age 12 and younger; 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and regular dinner hours.
Fogo de Chão, 8282 International Drive, Orlando; 407-370-0711: Brazilian steakhouse featuring a prix fixe menu showcasing 16 cuts of meat, an assortment of salads and desserts; $46.50; noon-9 p.m.
Johnnie's Hideaway, 12551 State Road 535, Orlando; 407-827-1111: Regular menu plus free 10-ounce filet with salad, mashed potatoes and bread for mothers accompanied by another adult who purchases one adult entree of equal or greater value ($30.95), no substitutions or sharing; 4:30-10 p.m.
Grand Bohemian Hotel, Johann Strauss Ballroom, 325 S. Orange Ave., downtown Orlando (at Jackson Street); 407-313-9000; Grandbohemian hotel.com: Buffet with live music and free sparkling wine; $69 adults, $25 children ages 4-12; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Hash House A Go Go, 5350 International Drive, Orlando; 407-370-4646; hashhouseagogo.com: In addition to the regular menu, holiday specials include roast chicken Betsy ($13.95), a biscuit with spinach and mushrooms crowned with scrambled eggs and trimmed with basil pesto cream; brunch is 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and dinner is 5-10 p.m.; reservations available 7:30-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m.
Islands Dining Room at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal, 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando; 407-503-3200: Brunch features iced raw bar, salads, omelet and waffle stations, sushi and stir-fry stations, oven-roasted prime rib, smoked ham, Florida snapper and desserts; entertainment includes face painters, balloon artist, strolling musician and hula dancers; all moms receive a DonorsChoose.org gift card to help support public school projects; $54 adults, $24 children ages 3-9; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Jack's Place, Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, Orlando; 407-996-1787: Regular menu plus specials such as white asparagus and smoked gouda bisque ($8.25), hoisin barbecued beef tenderloin ($35.25) and Mother Celia's summer trifle ($7.75); 5:30-10 p.m.
Luma on Park, 290 S. Park Ave., Winter Park; 407-599-4111; lumaonpark.com: Brunch menu plus a variety of bellinis and bloody Marys; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Mimi's Café, four locations including 3130 Daniels Road, Winter Garden; mimiscafe.com: $10 gift cards for all Moms who dine on May 12 and 50 percent off wine after 4 p.m.; 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Ming Court, 9188 International Drive, Orlando; 407-351-9988; ming-court.com: Regular menu plus orchid for Moms and complimentary peach cake for two with order of any Ming Court signature platter for two; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. lunch, 4:30-11 p.m. dinner.
MoonFish, 7525 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando; 407-363-7262. Regular menu plus free 10-ounce filet with salad, mashed potatoes and bread for mothers accompanied by another adult who purchases one adult entree of equal or greater value ($34.95), no substitutions or sharing; 4:30-9 p.m.
Ocean Prime, 7339 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando; 407-781-4880: Full dinner menu all day and a small a la carte brunch menu including short rib hash, blueberry French toast, crab and eggs and blackened salmon salad; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (brunch served until 3 p.m.)
Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, 1501 International Parkway, Lake Mary; 407-995-7053; Facebook: Buffet includes traditional breakfast as well as marsala braised beef tips, turkey piccata, poached shrimp and spiced mussels; $36 adults, $16 children 10 and younger; 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Prato, 124 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; 407-262-0050; prato-wp.com: Brunch menu plus a variety of bellinis and bloody Marys; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Rosen Plaza Hotel, grand ballroom, 9700 International Drive, Orlando; 407-996-0256: Buffet will include more than 39 dishes including fresh seafood and decadent desserts. Adult guests also can receive a glass of wine; $35.95 adults, $15.95 children ages 4-12; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Kitchen, Hard Rock Hotel at Universal, 5800 Universal Blvd, Orlando; 407-503-3463: Brunch includes omelet station, maple-glazed ham, smoked salmon, breakfast pizza station, chef-carved roast beef, pancake and cookie decorating station; $35 adults, $12 children 3-9; 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Trattoria del Porto, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal, 5601 Universal Blvd., Orlando; 407-503-1200: Brunch includes omelet and crepe station, soups, herb-marinated sirloin, rosemary roasted chicken, create-your-own pasta, special desserts and prosecco, plus a children's buffet; live jazz, flower for each mom and special offers at Portofino's harborside shops; all moms receive a DonorsChoose.org gift card to help support public school projects; $62 adults, $22 children ages 3-9; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Vito's Chop House, 8633 International Drive, Orlando; 407-354-2467: Regular menu plus free 10-ounce filet with salad, mashed potatoes and bread for mothers accompanied by another adult who purchases one adult entree of equal or greater value ($34.95), no substitutions or sharing; 4-9 p.m.
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