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May 6, 2009 09:42 AM

Sophisticated mother's day

Looking for a sophisticated but not stuffy mother's day experience (buffet preferred) in Boston or environs.

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  1. Buffet and sophisticated aren't two words that go together in my book, except maybe at The Pongal, an Indian restaurant in Billerica.

    If you haven't booked a table by now for what is the single worst day of the year to dine out, you may not have much choice, anyway. I'd be jumping on OpenTable and taking what I could get.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      Um, I think Aujourd 'hui is as highfalutin as it gets, and they hold a buffet, as does Meritage.

      1. re: observor

        Sorry, I should have guessed you were talking brunch. Brunch buffets are okay, especially at fancy hotels like the Four Seasons and the Boston Harbor. (They ought to be, for the $50-80/head tariff.)

        This might help:

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Try nearly $100 for Aujourd 'hui buffet.

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            Thanks for the redirection...wasn't aware of the special section at opentable. Doesn't seem like many buffets open.

        2. re: MC Slim JB

          Are you telling me Mothers Day is worse than Valentine's Day? Because I say no! yumyum says no!

          MD is usually brunch, a mimosa for the old gal, some flowers. Sure it's overpriced sometimes, but fancy brunch out usually is. VD is reliably overpriced, full of pressure, sad if you don't have a date, sometimes sadder if you do, and much better for eating at home. Don't get me started on New Year's Eve. Let's wait until around mid-December to trot out that old saw, okay?

          If I was taking my chowmom to brunch on Sunday I'd be trying to get into Sel de la Terre or Henrietta's Table. Both lovely and a tad sophisticated.

          1. re: yumyum

            Henrietta's Table doesn't have padded chairs, according to a photo on its Web site...could it really be very sophisticated?

            1. re: observor

              i've never eaten at henrietta's table but have had drinks at the bar a few times. it's noisy, the service is painfully slow and the place always feels like a zoo.

              mother's day is officially the biggest dining out day of the year. good luck.

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                Yeah, Sunday Aujourd'hui had 11:30 available, and by Tuesday they were booked until 5:30...that's probably booked now too. I guess the economy isn't preventing people from taking 100 dollar buffets.

        3. We're having brunch at Craigie on Main. Not a buffet, but they've got a Mother's Day event going on. Might still have tables . . . since they emailed again this week advertising it.

          1. Rocca just twittered that they've got availability still. Nice patio, if you can get on it. The meal I had there recently was also the best I've had there in a long time. They even managed to get our food to the table hot!


            1. Brunch buffets... eeeeeeeek. So unoriginal! We're going to Oishii!

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              1. re: SaraASR

                Ha! If only I could get my mom to try Oishii!
                Golden Temple is more her speed, I'm afraid.
                (But I wouldn't be caught dead dining out on Mother's Day; we're cooking for her.)


                1. re: SaraASR

                  Great, so you'll pay more than a lot of people and still be hungry...

                2. It's narrowed to Gibbet Hill Grille, 28 Atlantic ($80), Bridgeman's in Hull, and maybe Oceana. Anybody think any of those is the best?

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                  1. re: observor

                    For atmosphere, Gibbet Hill would be my choice. Are they having a special mother's day menu? I didn't know they had brunch.

                    1. re: JudyHP

                      While I have never had brunch at Bridgeman's I have had a lot of good lunches there, the dining room is extremely comfortable, with a nice view, and service has always been very pleasant.