Our annual roundup of dining Mother’s Day restaurant specials starts below. In addition, if you need gift ideas for moms and dads and grads, check out our roundup of restaurant gift card deals from Cici’s, Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s and more restaurant chains.
Mother’s Day, which is Sunday, May 14, 2017, is the biggest day of the year for dining out, so make your plans early if possible. Here are the best Mother’s Day deals at the nation’s chain restaurants.
Arooga’s has a free meal for Moms at all 10 of its locations in Central Pennsylvania as well as its franchise locations in Uncasville, CT, Warwick, RI and Patchogue, NY. Arooga’s Moms Eat Free offer includes a free entrée with a purchase of equal or greater value (lesser value is discounted), is dine-in only, and does not include beverages. Beverage must be purchased to qualify for promotion. The offer cannot be used in conjunction with other offers or discounts, and is not applicable toward alcohol, or daily food or wing special purchases. There is a limit of one discount per check.
Baskin-Robbins has special cakes for Mother’s Day and a coupon for $3 off. CLICK HERE for your Baskin-Robbins coupon. Good for $3 off a cake when you spend at least $15 online or in-store. Good today through May 21, 2017.
The ice cream chain also announced a new Polka Dot Cake and returning Elegant Rosette Cake to celebrate Mother’s Day. The Polka Dot Cake is adorned with colorful polka dots and shows mom just how much she is loved in a fun and playful way. The Elegant Rosette Cake features a cascading bouquet of flowers. Both cakes are customizable with mom’s favorite ice cream flavor and her choice of white or chocolate cake, and are available for pre-order in-store or online at www.BaskinRobbins.com/OnlineOrdering
Boston Market has a $5 Off Family Meal coupon good on Mother’s Day. CLICK HERE for your Boston Market coupon. Good for $5 off a Family Meal for 4. Good only on May 14, 2017. In addition, every guest who dines at Boston Market on Mother’s Day will receive a coupon for a free cookie on his or her next visit (redeemable May 15 – 31, while supplies last).
BRIO Tuscan Grille has Mother’s Day features available until 3 p.m on Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14, 2017. (All BRIO restaurants will open early at 10 a.m. on May 14.) These dishes include:
- Sicilian Omelette: Ham, bacon, sausage, caramelized onions, roasted tomatoes, Mozzarella, brunch potatoes
- Berries & Cream French Toast: Cream cheese stuffed, bacon
- Shrimp & Grits: Black pepper shrimp, creamy smoked Gouda polenta, poached cage-free eggs ciabatta
- Chicken Sorrentino: Pesto marinated chicken, Romano crusted eggplant, tomato compote, whipped Ricotta, basil, lemon vinaigrette
- Fresh Catch with Seasonal Vegetable Salad: Lightly seasoned and grilled, shaved Brussels sprouts, asparagus, farro, grape tomatoes, arugula, Marcona almonds, Reggiano, lemon vinaigrette.
Moms who dine at Champps May 12-14, 2017 get a voucher for a free entree on a return visit. Champps announced the special at Mother’s Day at Champps.
Dickeys BBQ has a Kids Eat Free deal plus a free dessert on Mother’s Day. Get a free Kids Meal and free dessert with a $10 purchase. *One free kid’s meal with $10 purchase per adult on Sundays. Dine-in only. 12 and under. Must order from Kid’s Meals.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has their annual Mother’s Day Brunch for $47.95 from 10 am to 3 pm May 14. Entree selections include Signature Eggs Benedict, Baked Brioche French Toast, and Filet Mignon. Also offered is a 3-course children’s menu, available for $18.95. For more details see the Fleming’s Mothers Day Special website.
Fogo de Chao has a complimentary dining card for a free lunch or dinner on her next visit for all moms who dine in on Mother’s Day. Dining card is redeemable May 15 – July 13; one complimentary card per mom while supplies last.
Hooters has their annual Mothers Day celebration, a free meal for mom. Hooters treated more than 30,000 moms around the nation in 2016. At Hooters, mom can choose her favorite entrée from the special Mother’s Day Menu, including Wings, Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Salad or a Hooters Burger. Requires drink purchase. For more details visit the Hooters Mothers Day page.
In a unique Mother’s Day promotion, KFC is giving away a romance novella, “Tender Wings of Desire,” featuring Harland Sanders as the love interest.
The novella is an e-book that can be downloaded for free for a limited time on Amazon.com starting May 4, 2017. “The only thing better than being swept away by the deliciousness of our Extra Crispy Chicken is being swept away by Harland Sanders himself,” said George Felix, director of advertising for KFC U.S. “So this Mother’s Day, the bucket of chicken I get for my wife will come with a side of steamy romance novella. Dinner is taken care of and she’ll have the time to escape her busy schedule.”
Mother’s Day is KFC’s best-selling day of the year. The restaurant chain experiences a 40 percent sales jump on the holiday dedicated to celebrating mom, serving about 380,000 families each year on Mother’s Day.
KFC encourages customers to treat Mom to a $20 Fill Up that comes with eight pieces of Extra Crispy Chicken, a large cole slaw, four biscuits and two large helpings of mashed potatoes and gravy.
Macaroni Grill will offer a $19.99 per person prix fixe menu Saturday, May 13 and Sunday May 14, 2017. The special includes salad, choice of one entree and choice of one dessert. In addition, all Moms who dine at Macaroni Grill on Mother’s Day weekend will receive a coupon for a free appetizer with the purchase of an adult entrée to be used at their next visit to Macaroni Grill before May 31. Finally, if you’d like to send Mom a gift card instead, Macaroni Grill has 25% off electronic gift cards, Monday, May 8 through Sunday, May 14. For more details see: Mothers Day deals at Macaroni Grill.
Marble Slab Creamery has special cakes for Mother’s Day and $3 off an online order. Enjoy $3 off any 8-inch round or ¼ sheet Ice Cream Cake with online code MOM17. Good today through May 12, 2017. You can place your order at order.marbleslab.com
McCormick & Schmick’s will be hosting their traditional Mother’s Day brunch featuring favorites like Eggs Benedict and Bananas Foster French Toast. Entrees start at about $13, with a kids brunch plate available for $8.
The Melting Pot has Mother’s Day specials that vary by location. For the specials near you select your Melting Pot Location , click on Visit Restaurant Website, then click on Our Events.
Miller’s Ale House has a $10 bonus card for moms on Mothers Day. Moms get the bonus card by dining in on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Miller’s announced the special on Facebook.
Mimi’s will celebrate Mom with a special menu plus a coupon for a free entree on a return visit. For Mother’s Day beginning at 11 a.m., Mimi’s offers a three-course celebration menu for $18.99. Moms will also receive a coupon for a free entree good through May 28, Mother’s Day in France. More details are on the Mimi’s Home Page.
Morton’s The Steakhouse has a Mother’s Day Steak and Lobster Special for $56. More details are on the Morton’s Home Page.
Orange Leaf has free frozen yogurt for Mother’s Day. All customers who are moms will receive either one free beginner cup at all participating “fixed-priced cup” locations, or $3 off the purchase price of a small froyo at all participating” weigh-and-pay” locations. Cup options may vary by location. No coupon is required to receive discount. Limit one per guest, per visit. Orange Leaf announced the free yogurt on Facebook.
Outback Steakhouse has a Mother’s Day menu available from May 12 through May 14, 2017. Prices start at $18.99. Outback’s Mother’s Day meal will include:
- One signature entrée: Victoria’s Filet Mignon crowned with jumbo lump crab and Béarnaise sauce, Parmesan-Herb Crusted Salmon, Bone-In Natural Cut Ribeye or Slow-Roasted Prime Rib
- Two freshly made sides, like steamed broccoli or seasonal mixed veggies
- Cheesecake served with your choice of chocolate, raspberry of salted caramel topping.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House has Mother’s Day specials starting at about $50 plus each mom will get a $25 gift card. Moms who dine in on Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 will receive a complimentary, $25 credit to use towards a future purchase. Select locations open early at noon on Sunday, May 14 and will offer the following Surf & Turf Specials:
- 6-ounce Filet with Twin Cold Water Lobster Tails ($49.95)
- 8-ounce Filet with Twin Cold Water Lobster Tails ($56.95)
- 12-ounce Ribeye with Twin Cold Water Lobster Tails ($59.95)
- 16-ounce Ribeye with Twin Cold Water Lobster Tails ($68.95)
Guests are encouraged to make reservations for Mother’s Day weekend and can do so by either calling their nearest Ruth’s Chris Steak House or visiting https://www.ruthschris.com/promotions/mothers-day. Pricing, menus, special gift and hours may vary per location.
One $25 credit voucher will be handed out per table on 05/13/17 and 5/14/17 only. The voucher can be redeemed at participating locations from May 15 to July 2, 2017 with the purchase of an entree. It is not valid for takeout and may not be combined with coupons, discounts or other offers.
Shoney’s has their annual Mother’s Day buffet plus each Mom dining at Shoney’s will receive a FREE slice of Strawberry pie. Buffet offerings include slow-roasted turkey, home-style dressing, fried chicken, meatloaf, coconut shrimp, squash casserole, edamame succotash, mashed potato & gravy, green beans and more, including the Fresh Salad, Soup & Fruit Bar, all for $11.99 at participating restaurants.
Spaghetti Warehouse will give all moms a free Spaghetti and Meatballs to go with purchase of a Mom’s Meal.
TGI Fridays has bottles of wine for half price for Mothers Day. Half-Priced Bottle of Wine offer valid 05/08/2017-05/14/2017. All offers are valid at participating restaurants. Select items only, see restaurant for details. Dine-in only. For more details see the TGI Fridays Facebook page.
Wienerschnitzel has a free Chili Cheese Dog, small fries and small soda with proof of mom-bership on Mother’s Day. No purchase necessary. Offer valid Sunday, May 14, 2017 only. More details on the Wienerschnitzel Home Page.
Mother’s Day Dining Statistics
According to National Restaurant Association research, Mother’s Day is the most popular day of the year to dine out.
About 38 percent of consumers plan to dine out on Mother’s Day, with 62 percent of those consumers planning to enjoy their special meal in a restaurant.
When the National Restaurant Association asked moms what kind of meal they’d love for their special day, 34 percent chose steak, seafood or barbecue; 24 percent chose American cuisine; 21 percent chose ethnic cuisine (including Italian, Mexican and Asian); 19 percent chose a buffet; and 2 percent preferred other dining options.
About Mother’s Day (from Wikipedia)
Mother’s Day is a modern celebration honoring one’s own mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father’s Day and Siblings Day.
The celebration of Mother’s Day began in the United States in the early 20th century; it is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a celebration of the mother church, not motherhood). Despite this, in some countries Mother’s Day has become synonymous with these older traditions.