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Fit for a Queen - Celebrate Mom Downtown

May 05, 2014


Mom may say “don’t bother” but you know she wants to be treated like a queen in the Queen City on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, and it’s easy to do downtown.   

Start with a decadent brunch or end the day with a fabulous dinner from one of the great restaurants listed below.

Finding the perfect gift for mom is easy, too. You'll find great suggestions for one-of-a-kind presents, and you can pick up a Downtown Cincinnati Gift Card. She can use the Gift Card at more than 200 shops, restaurants and attractions throughout downtown and Over-the-Rhine, and it’s easy to buy at Findlay Market or online.

Give mom the royal treatment this year in Downtown Cincinnati. 

Dining Out Options

Boi Na Braza

Carew Tower, 441 Vine St., (513) 421-7111
Open noon – 8 p.m.
Open for lunch and dinner, with a three-course meal. Choose from 15 cuts of sizzling meats, gourmet salad bar, and delicious desserts. Adults $48.95, Children 6-12 $19.95 and salad bar only, $19.95. Reservations and information at

175 Joe Nuxhall Way, The Banks (513) 241-8600
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Grand Buffet offers both hot and cold options including fresh baked pastries, fresh salads, egg strata, seasonal vegetables, and specialties including pasta, seafood and chicken dishes. $19.95 for adults, $9.95 for kids under 12, and FREE for kids under 5. Reservations and information at
First Watch
700 Walnut St., (513) 721-4744
7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Serving breakfast favorites, including omelets, pancakes, frittatas, and skillets, along with soups and sandwiches. Find more information at
The Grille at the Palm Court
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza  (513) 721-4744
7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind brunch experience, with carving stations, made-to-order waffles and omelets, and a 20-foot dessert display. The cost is $29.95 for adults, $24.95 for seniors 65+, $13.95 for children 5-12, and free for children 4 and under. Reservations and information athttp://www.orchidsatpalmcourt.cpm.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood 
21 E. Fifth St.,  (513) 721-9339 
10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Enjoy classic brunch favorites like eggs Benedict and bananas Foster, along with the regular menu, plus all moms receive complimentary chocolate-covered strawberry. Reservations and information at

609 Walnut St., (513) 578-6660
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Chef Michael Paley offers a farm-to-fireplace feast featuring all brunch favorites, plus brunch cocktails like the House Bloody and the Morning Glory mimosa. Reservations are recommended as space is limited. More information at

Moerlein Lager House
115 Joe Nuxhall Way, (513) 421-2337
3 – 9 p.m.
Does Mom love Reds baseball, or beer, or great food? Bring her to the Moerlein Lager House and she can enjoy all three. More information and reservations at

Morton’s The Steakhouse
441 Vine St., Carew Tower (513) 621-3111
12 – 10 p.m.
Pre-fixe menu featuring steak and lobster, for $55. Reservations and more information at
Nicholson’s Tavern & Pub
625 Walnut St., (513) 564-9111
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Brunch buffet featuring caramel raisin French toast, vegetable quiche, pan seared salmon, duck fat fries, salads, and desserts. Adults $23.95, children $10.95. The regular menu will also be available. Reservations and more information at

645 Walnut St., (513) 720-9170
11 a.m.  – 3 p.m.
The new brunch menu includes small bites bites, like saffron pancakes , potato and sausage hash with eggs, and biscuits and sausage gravy, and sweets from French Crust. Plus there are brunch cocktails. Reservations and more information at

The Palace at The Cincinnatian
601 Vine St., (513) 381-3000
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Enjoy a traditional brunch buffet with pastries, carving and crepe stations, made-to-order omelets, salads and desserts. Cost is $42.95 adults, $32.95 seniors, $22.95 for children. Reservations and more information

505 Vine Street, (513) 381-1300
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Delicious selections featuring an omelet station, pasta bar, carving station, kid’s build your own pizza, and gelato sundae bar. Every Mom will receive a special gift and be entered to win a Queen for a Day package. Cost is $34 for adults, $12 for children. Special Mother’s Day dinner menu available after 3 p.m. Reservations and more information
The Phoenix
812 Race St., (513) 721-8901
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Menu includes raw bar, carving stations, salads, house made granola, omelet and waffle stations, and pastries. Reservations and more information at

Ruth's Chris Steak House
100 E. Freedom Way, (513) 381-0491
Treat mom to a day and a steak dinner she won't forget. Reservations and more information at

Taste of Belgium
1133 Vine St., (513) 381-4607
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The menu offers the chance to “brunch like a Belgian” with goetta hash, ‘Nati burger, and the omelet du jour, plus waffles that made them famous. More information at
Via Vite
520 Vine St., Fountain Square (513) 721-8483
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Enjoy an Italian buffet for Mother's Day, including a carving station, raw bar, quiche, penne Bolognese, and cocktails. Cost is  $45 for adults, $15 for children. Reservations suggested. For more more information visit
Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant
1000 Elm St., (513) 421-0110
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Buffet carving station, breakfast items, fried chicken, salad bar, pasta, pastries, and dessert, with jazz from the Mike Sharfe Trio. Reservations and more information at

Gift Ideas

Booksellers on Fountain Place, 505 Vine St. – Find a great selection of books, plus perfume, bags, and Cincinnati T-shirts. More information at or call (513) 258-2038

Cincinnati Reds, Great American Ball Park – Take Mom to the old ballgame as the Reds take on the Colorado Rockies. The first 10,000 mom get a special Reds Mother's Day Cosmetic Bag. Tickets and information at

Macy's at Fountain Place, 505 Vine Street. – From Martha Stewart kitchenware to designer bags and shoes, find everything you need for Mom. Call (513) 361-4200, browse online before you visit

Michael Bublé at U.S. Bank Arena – Grammy Award-winner Michael Bublé returns to Cincinnati with a show at U.S. Bank Arena on July 29 but tickets go on sale May 9, for a great Mother's Day gift. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 9 at 10 a.m. at the U.S. Bank Arena box office, all Ticketmaster locations, or online at

Peter Pan, Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., – Re-discover the magical adventures and relive the childhood memories as Wendy, Michael and John fly away with Peter Pan and Tinker Bell to Neverland, presented by Cincinnati Music Theatre. Tickets and information at

Saks Fifth Avenue, 101 W. Fifth Street – Spoil Mom with designer gifts, luxury skincare, and more great gifts. Call (513) 421-6800 or

Two Noble Kinsmen, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St. – Originally derived from Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, don’t miss this production, as CSC presents the final story in its quest to Complete the Canon – performing all of Shakespeare’s 38 plays. Tickets and information at


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