Take Mom out to one of many area restaurants for Mother's Day brunch or dinner. Martha Thorn
Take Mom out to one of many area restaurants for Mother's Day brunch or dinner. Martha Thorn (Martha Thorn)

She gave you life. Show your thanks (in part) by taking her out for a great meal.

Mother’s Day is May 12, and area restaurants are offering brunch and dinner specials to mark the occasion. Some include live jazz; others, free salt scrubs. Many require reservations. Here’s a sampling of what’s available. All events take place on Mother’s Day.

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18th and 21st in Columbia will serve the brunch menu from neighboring Cured from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday. Featuring live jazz music. 10980 Grantchester Way, Suite 110, Columbia. 667-786-7111. cured1821.com

Aida Bistro and Wine Bar will be serving their three-course prix-fixe menu for $46 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday. Each mom gets a dining certificate. 6741 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. 410-953-0500. aidabistro.com

Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano in Little Italy will serve decadent offerings like their BLT (Bacon, Lobster, Tomato) Benedict from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday. It’s one of only two times per year that the restaurant serves brunch, according to chef Sergio Vitale, and books up fast. Dinner will be served from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. 306 S High St., Little Italy. 410-727-0700. AldosBrunch.com

Bar Vasquez in Harbor East will serve a Mother’s Day menu with specials like shrimp ceviche, Patagonian salmon and chocolate flan. 1425 Aliceanna St., 410-534-7296, barvasquez.com

The Blue Moon Family Grill in Randallstown is advertising “all-you-can-eat” brunch with waffles, scrambled eggs, biscuits and grits for $40. 9036 Liberty Road, Randallstown. 240-313-8563. bluemoonfamilygrill.com

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Charleston in Harbor East will offer a four-course menu for $85 from noon to 7 p.m. on Mother’s Day. The menu includes options such as she-crab soup, jumbo lump crabcakes and a strawberry rhubarb tartelette. 1000 Lancaster St., Harbor East. 410-332-7373. charlestonrestaurant.com

Chez Hugo is serving a two-course Mother’s Day brunch with offerings like smoked salmon, merguez sausage and steak frites. 206 E. Redwood St., downtown. 443-438-3002. chezhugobistro.com

Cinghiale will serve brunch and dinner on Mother's Day, including its a la carte menu plus brunch specials such as poached eggs with lobster and strawberry semifreddo with chocolate balsamic. 822 Lancaster St., Harbor East. 410-547-8282. cgeno.com

Cosima will serve a Sicilian-influenced brunch, with offerings like Sicilian doughnuts, pizza pancetta and fettuccini primavera from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 3000 Falls Road, Mill 1. 443-708-7352. cosimamill1.com

Fleming’s Steakhouse is serving their signature three-course brunch and an all-day dinner menu starting at 10 a.m. 720 Aliceanna St., Harbor East. 410-332-1666. flemingssteakhouse.com

The Four Seasons will serve brunch in their Cobalt Ballroom overlooking the Inner Harbor with live music and a raw seafood bar. Kids will be able to make mom a special Mother's Day card at the arts and crafts station. $95 per adult or $110 including bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys. Price includes tax and gratuity. 200 International Drive, Harbor East, 410-576-5800. fourseasons.com/baltimore

Germano’s Piattini is hosting brunch with live music by Swing Set, a band headed by mandolinist Joel Michael-Schwartz. Seating at noon. Cover charge is $15. 300 S. High St., Little Italy. 410-752-4515. germanospiattini.com

Gunther & Co. will offer a two-course brunch for $28 per person. Menu options include Gulf shrimp and grits, French toast and eggs Benedict. 3650 Toone St., Brewers Hill. 443-869-6874. eatatgunther.com

Il Palio in Owings Mills will be serving their Sunday brunch buffet. 10090 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills. 410-363-0292. paliofoundryrow.com

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Johnny’s in Roland Park is offering a brunch buffet with mini crab cakes and prime rib carving station. Prices are $33 for adults and $19 for children under 12. 4800 Roland Ave., Roland Park, 410-773-0777, johnnysdownstairs.com

La Fontaine Bleue in Glen Burnie is offering brunch with classic items like crab cakes, pork loin and mashed potatoes starting at 1 p.m. on Mother’s Day. $39 for adults. Guests sit at tables of 10; there’s an extra fee for private tables. 7514 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie. 410-760-4115. lafontainebleue.com

The Mount Washington Tavern is serving Mother’s Day brunch buffet with an a la carte menu also available. $25 per person and $12 for children under 12. All moms get a free herbal scrub. 5700 Newbury St., Mount Washington. 410-367-6903. mtwashingtontavern.com

Petit Louis Bistro in Roland Park will offer its regular a la carte menu plus Mother's Day specials. The restaurant will serve brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 4800 Roland Ave., 410-366-9393, petitlouis.com

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The Prime Rib at Live! Casino & Hotel will serve brunch from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., complete with carving station, omelet bar and seafood. The cost is $65 in advance or $75 the day of and includes $10 in free slots. 7002 Arundel Mills Circle, #7777, Hanover. 443-445-2970. livecasinohotel.com

Rec Pier Chop House at the Sagamore Pendry in Fells Point will host brunch from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., featuring items like breakfast spaghetti and ricotta pancakes. 1715 Thames St., Fells Point. 443-552-1300. recpierchophouse.com

Sam’s on the Waterfront in Annapolis is hosting Mother’s Day brunch from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., followed by dinner from 3:45 p.m. until 9 p.m. Prix-fixe brunch costs $32 per person and dinner is $44 per person. 2020 Chesapeake Harbour Drive East, Annapolis. 410-263-3600. samsonthewaterfront.com

For those of us who have always wanted to cook for our moms but can barely boil water, Schola Cooking School is hosting a $59.99 brunch class where students (and their moms) prepare a three-course meal that starts off with salmon and ends with panna cotta. What’s not to like? 916 N. Charles St., Mount Vernon. 443-714-7516. scholacooks.com

Sotto Sopra will be offering their Northern Italian a la carte dinner menu along with specials from noon until 8:30 p.m. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., singers from the Peabody Conservatory will perform. 405 N. Charles St., Mount Vernon. 410-625-0534. sottosoprainc.com

The Star Bright Farm in White Hall will serve a six-course seated brunch by chef Kevin Miller of Copper Kitchen, complete with pastries, tea sandwiches, deviled eggs and dessert. $75 per adult and $35 for kids under 12; carafes of mimosas and Bloody Marys will be available for an extra charge. 2950 Garrett Road, White Hall. 410-303-8030. starbright-farm.com

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Sullivan's Steakhouse in the Inner Harbor will serve a three-course brunch on Mother’s Day from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $45 per person. Offerings include crab cakes, eggs benedict and bananas foster. 1 E. Pratt St. #102, Inner Harbor, 410-962-5503, sullivanssteakhouse.com

The Turn House in Columbia will serve a brunch buffet ($50 per adult and $25 per child) from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an oyster bar and a free mimosa for Mom. They’re also running dinner specials on Friday and Saturday evenings. 11130 Willow Bottom Drive, Columbia, 410-740-2096, theturnhouse.com

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