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Time To Spoil Mom: 2016 Mother's Day Dining In Connecticut

Treat mom to a special brunch or dinner at one of these Connecticut restaurants

It's time again to spoil the mothers in your lives. These Connecticut restaurants host brunches, dinners and other dining specials on May 8, unless otherwise specified.

Kensington's at Norwich Inn, 607 West Thames St., Norwich, hosts Mother's Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with several stations: breakfast items, omelets, soups and salads, raw bar, carving station with prime rib and chipotle-rubbed pork tenderloin with cilantro chimichurri; hot entrees like crab-stuffed filet of sole and penne a la vodka, desserts and kids' meal options. Cost is $45.95 (plus tax and gratuity) for adults and $14.95 for kids 5 to 12; children under 5 are free. 860-425-3630, thespaatnorwichinn.com/seasonalevents.

Carbone's Ristorante, 588 Franklin Ave, Hartford, offers its regular menu with Mother's Day specials and half-price bottles of wine from the Captain's List from noon to 6 p.m. Specials include Nona's Sunday sauce with fresh ricotta cavatelli ($28); pan-roasted striped bass ($34) and veal chop Milanese ($42). Reservations are recommended. 860-296-9646, carbonesct.com.

Carbone's Kitchen, 6 Wintonbury Mall, Bloomfield, offers its regular menu with Mother's Day specials and half-price bottles of wine from the Captain's List from noon to 6 p.m. Specials include lobster ravioli ($25), grilled Atlantic swordfish ($27) and veal rollatini ($26.) Reservations are recommended. 860-904-2111, carboneskitchen.com.

River Tavern, 23 Main St., Chester, is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. An a la carte menu features slow-roasted Soeltl Farm ham with creamy pickled mustard dressing, warm potato salad, charred ramps and dill, and pan-seared scallops with a lentil, carrot and pea shoot salad, crab creme fraiche and fried shallots. Dishes are priced at $12 to $34. Reservations are highly recommended. 860-526-9417, rivertavernrestaurant.com.

Cure, 55 Mill St., Unionville, extends its regular Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will run dinner specials all day. 860-321-7821, curerestaurantct.com.

A'Vert Brasserie, 35A Lasalle Road, West Hartford, hosts brunch from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Offerings include breakfast items (Belgian waffles with blueberry compote, scrambled eggs with grated Gruyere); cold selections like salads, oysters on the half shell, cheeses and French charcuterie; and family-style dishes of coq au vin, salmon and roasted sirloin. Cost is $45 for adults, $23 for children 12 and under. 860-904-6240, avertbrasserie.com.

Treva, 980 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, offers a brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. The menu includes breakfast items (scrambled eggs, brioche French toast, frittata bianca); cold items like cured meats, cheeses, oysters, gravlax and salads, and entrees of pasta, turkey breast, prime rib and herb-roasted salmon. Cost is $45 for adults, $23 for children 12 and under. 860-232-0407, trevact.com.

Artisanal Burger Company, 1436 Pleasant Valley Road, Manchester, offers a free meal for mom all day May 8. The promotion is limited to one free entrée per table. 860-644-0046, artisanalburgercompany.com.

Barcelona Wine Bar hosts a Spanish-style brunch at all of its locations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a custom bloody mary bar and tapas like pulled pork Benedict, pork belly hash, mushroom fideos and buttermilk fried chicken. Restaurants will also offer dinner specials starting at 4 p.m. barcelonawinebar.com.

Angelico's Lake House, 81 N. Main St., East Hampton, offers a buffet with seatings at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. The menu includes breakfast items (omelet station, French toast, Belgian waffles) crab cakes, chicken pesto, seafood paella, baked rigatoni with sausage and peas, a carving station with roast steamship round of beef and pork loin, kids' meal options and desserts. Cost is $28.95 for adults, $13.95 for children ages 5 to 9 and free for kids under 5. 860-267-1276, angelicoslakehouse.com.

Mohegan Sun offers several Mother's Day dining specials at its restaurants, including Hash House A Go Go, Todd English's Tuscany, Michael Jordan's Steak House, Michael Jordan's 23.sportcafe and Seasons Buffet. Details: mohegansun.com.

The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 42 Century Drive, Bristol, hosts brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a complimentary mimosa. The menu includes pastries, breakfast items, a Belgian buttermilk waffle station, carving station with maple-glazed ham and herb-roasted top sirloin; main courses of fillet of lemon sole, roasted turkey breast and marinated grilled chicken; salads, vegetable sides and a dessert display. Cost is $39.95 for adults, $18 for children ages 5 to 12. Children 4 and under are free. Reservations suggested. 860-584-7673, doubletreebristol.com.

Mattabesett Canoe Club, 80 Harbor Drive, Middletown, serves a buffet with seatings at noon and 3 p.m. The menu includes a carving station with slow-roasted prime rib, assorted omelets, coconut green curry mussels, breakfast with eggs and Belgian waffles (with first seating); antipasto (with second seating), hot entrees like seafood paella, lobster ravioli, Atlantic salmon and barbecue chicken and a dessert table. Cost is $37.99 plus tax and gratuity for adults, $19.99 for children 5 to 12, $9.99 for children 2 to 5.

A plated barbecue meal, available from 1 to 6 p.m. on the patio and the first floor (weather permitting) includes baby back ribs, grilled salmon and chicken, and sides. Cost is $25 for adults, $12 for kids 10 and under (plus tax and gratuity.) 860-347-9999, mattabesettcanoeclub.com.

Prospect Café, 345 Prospect Ave., West Hartford, hosts brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrees include eggs Benedict, Belgium waffle with maple-cinnamon apples, carnitas with sunny-side egg, omelets, barbecue pulled chicken, Four Mile River Farm burger and ricotta ravioli. Items are priced at $8 to $15. 860-519-1048, prospectcafewh.com.

Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport, 1 Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, offers a brunch buffet with seatings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The buffet includes fruit and pastry displays, omelet station, breakfast items, crepe station, salads, cheese display, shrimp cocktail bar, carving station, macaroni and cheese bar, side dishes, dessert station, build your own bloody mary and mimosa bar and more. Cost is $39.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. 860-627-5311 or visit sheratonbradley.com/mothersday.

Vivo at Marriott Hartford Downtown, 200 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, offers a brunch buffet with seatings from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The buffet includes stations of chilled seafood, smoked salmon, fresh fruit, European meats and cheeses, carving station, omelets and waffles, pasta, breakfast favorites, side dishes, dessert station, and a child-friendly buffet. A balloon artist will visit tables in the restaurant and entertain guests in the lobby area. Cost is $39, plus tax and gratuity; $17 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for children 3 and under. Reservations are required. 860-760-2333 or visit vivohartford.com.

Courtyard by Marriott Cromwell, 4 Sebethe Drive, Cromwell, offers a brunch buffet with seating at 11a.m. The buffet includes breads and pastries, fresh fruit display, chef's special omelet and Benedict station, waffle and carving stations, breakfast meats and potatoes, stuffed fillet of sole with a lobster Newburg sauce, apricot chicken with balsamic glaze, side dishes, salads and dessert display. Guests will receive a complimentary mimosa or bloody mary at arrival. The event features fresh flowers for mom and family photos. Cost is $29.95 for adults; $14.95 for children ages 3 to 12, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. 860-894-5008 or visit whg.me/brunch.

Hilton Hartford, 315 Trumbull St., Hartford, offers a brunch buffet with seatings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The buffet includes bakery and pastries, fresh fruit display, fruit smoothies, omelets made to order, breakfast items, prime rib, Mediterranean chicken kebob, side dishes, dessert station and bloody mary and mimosa station for an additional cost. Cost is $32.92 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. 860-240-7222, mandmbistro.com.

Pond House Café, 1555 Asylum Ave., West Hartford, hosts brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The offerings include a carving station, omelet and Benedict station; waffles, French toast and pancakes; breakfast items; a savory station with jambalaya, cheese tortellini, pulled pork and sweet potato burrito and salmon Wellington; breads, desserts and candy. Juice, soda and coffee are included in the meal price. Cost is $47.58 for adults; $24.78 for children ages 3 to 11, plus tax and gratuity. 860-231-8823, pondhousecafe.com.

Lisa's Crown & Hammer Pub, 3 Depot St., Collinsville, is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and offers a $29 three-course prix-fixe menu in addition to its regular offerings. The special menu includes entrée selections of Maryland crab Benedict, corned beef hash with two eggs any style, grilled chicken pesto wrap or grilled salmon spring spinach salad. (These items are also priced separately at $15 to $17.) 860-693-9199, crownandhammer.com.

Tuscany Grill, 120 College St., Middletown, offers its regular menu, along with specials of seafood-stuffed shrimp ($28), grilled swordfish steak ($24,) filet mignon ($32) and grilled lamb chops with a rosemary and mint crust ($30). The restaurant will be open from noon to 6 p.m. 860-346-7096, tuscany-grill.com.

Baci Grill, 134 Berlin Road, Cromwell, hosts a buffet from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with chef-attended omelet station, carving station with prime rib and ham, eggs Benedict, waffles and French toast and entrees of penne a la vodka, ravioli marinara, pork bracciola, baked stuffed sole and stuffed chicken breast, with a dessert display. Cost is $32 for adults; $13 for children ages 4 to 11 and free for children 3 and under. Reservations are required: 860-613-2224, bacigrill.com.

Saybrook Point Inn, 2 Bridge St., Old Saybrook, presents a buffet from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The menu features breakfast items (malted waffles, local lobster crab cake with poached egg, breakfast meats); chef-prepared omelets, carving station, seafood, antipasto, salads, pastas, hot entrees and a dessert display. Cost is $49.95 for adults, $24.95 for children 5 to 12; free for children under 5. 800-243-0212, saybrook.com.

The Irons at the Hilton Mystic, 20 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, hosts Mother's Day brunch starting at 11 a.m., including breakfast pastries, omelet station, raw bar, salads, cheese and charcuterie, carving station with herb-roasted strip loin and maple-infused turkey breast, hot entrees like chicken piccata, salmon, PEI mussels and rigatoni and a selection of desserts. Cost is $39 for adults, $15 for children ages 5 to 11, free for kids under 5. 860-572-2504; hiltonmystic.com.

Mill on the River, 989 Ellington Road, South Windsor, offers a three-course prix-fixe dinner from noon to 6 p.m. Entrée choices include roast prime rib, grilled salmon, redfish Nouvelle, honey-glazed Virginia ham, oven-roasted Australian lamb, baked stuffed shrimp and more. Cost is $37.95, plus tax and gratuity. Items are available for children 12 and younger for $18.95. Parties of nine or more will be offered a Mother's Day buffet. The restaurant will not serve its traditional Sunday brunch on this date. 860-289-7929, themillontheriver.com/mothers-day-2016.

Millwright's, 77 West St., Simsbury, hosts Mother's Day with a three-course prix-fixe menu served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrée options include roasted chicken, lobster cake Benedict, gnocchi with spring vegetables, roast salmon and wagyu beef shoulder. Cost is $60 for adults; $25 for children under 12, and includes non-alcoholic beverages. 860-651-5500, millwrightsrestaurant.com.

Bee & Thistle Inn, 100 Lyme St., Old Lyme, hosts a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu includes soup and salad, entrée and dessert; entrée choices include pan-roasted salmon with tarragon beurre blanc, grilled beef tenderloin, free-range chicken breast and eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon or jumbo lump crab. Cost is $60 plus tax and gratuity; children under 12 are $30. 855-434-1667, beeandthistleinn.com.

Metro Bis, 731 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, offers a three-course menu from noon to 8 p.m. Entrée choices include grilled swordfish, braised short ribs, pan-seared salmon, grilled pork loin and pan-seared Maryland crab cakes. Cost is $46.95 (plus tax, gratuity and beverages) for adults; $16.95 for children 10 and younger. 860-651-1908, metrobis.com.

Arugula Bistro, 953 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, is open for brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended. 860-561-4888, arugula-bistro.com.

Vito's by the Park in Hartford and Vito's by the Park in Windsor serve annual Mother's Day brunches from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Offerings include omelets, pasta, a carving station, antipasto, raw bar, pastries and continental breakfast items, desserts and a bloody mary and mimosa bar. Cost is $38.95 for adults, $15.95 for children 10 and under. Tax, gratuity and beverages are extra. vitosct.com.

Rooftop 120, 120 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury, hosts brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu items include steak and eggs, Grand Marnier French toast, spinach frittata, pecan-crusted chicken sandwich and edamame burger. Entrees are $9.75 to $16.75. 860-430-9989, rooftop120.com.

Fire at the Ridge, 99 Powder Hill Road, Middlefield, serves brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The buffet menu features selections like lobster bisque, smoked salmon, a carving station and desserts. Mothers receive a complimentary glass of wine. Cost is $39.95 for adults and $12.95 for children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended. 860-852-5444, fireattheridge.com/event/mothers-day-buffet..

Apricots, 1593 Farmington Ave., Farmington, offers Mother's Day specials like grilled NY strip steak, grilled filet mignon, oven-roasted pork tenderloin, Frenched chicken breast, stuffed peppers, seared jumbo scallops and cedar-planked Atlantic salmon. Entrees are priced at $18 to $38. Seatings are available between noon and 7 p.m. 860-673-5405, apricotsrestaurant.com.

Barracuda Bistro & Bar, 1180 Chapel St., New Haven, serves brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with its full a la carte menu, bloody marys and a variety of mimosas. Specials include a lobster quesadilla, raspberry French toast and New York strip steak and eggs. Mom's first mimosa is free, and brunch also features live Brazilian samba guitar. 203-691-5696, barracudanewhaven.com.

Dish Bar & Grill, 900 Main St., Hartford, serves brunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with raw bar, a carving station with standing rib roast and roasted turkey, an omelet station, breakfast items, antipasto and dessert. Cost is $45 for adults, $20 for children 5 to 12 and free for children under 5. Tax, gratuity and beverages are extra. 860-249-3474, dishbarandgrill.com.

Madison Beach Hotel, 94 West Wharf Road, Madison, hosts brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a continental display of fruit, cheese and seafood; salads, cooked-to-order omelets; a carving station with prime rib and glazed ham; a selection of hot entrees and a dessert display. Mothers receive flowers and Madison Beach will also offer complimentary digital family photos. Adults are $49; children 5 to 12 are $24.50; children under 5 are free. 203-350-0014, madisonbeachhotel.com.

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