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Mom’s picky but she’s the perfect 10. Here are 10 places to treat mom, grandma, and/or your aunt on Mother’s Day:

Mari Vanna

Enjoy brunch at one of DC’s finest Russian eateries. The Tolstoy-meets-teahouse restaurant will host a special brunch with a free Mimosa or Bloody Mary for each guest and a front row seat to a live accordion show playing all the Eastern European classics. Mom approved. Mari Vanna 1141 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, DC 20036 (202) 783-7777


You love it during happy hour but she’ll love it on Mother’s Day. Enjoy an all you can eat menu by Chef de Cuisine Jason Streiff along with seven distinctive brunch cocktails. Make her feel extra special with a copy of award-winning Chef Richard Sandoval’s latest cookbook, Richard Sandoval’s New Latin Flavors: Hot Dishes, Cool Drinks, which offers more than 125 vibrantly seasoned Latin dishes. The restaurant will throw in a $20 gift card to be used at any of his DC restaurants. Mom also gets a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and a rose. Zengo 781 7th Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 (202) 393-2929

Station 4

Take her to see the new and improved Southwest Waterfront. Feast at Station 4 with a three-course tasting menu devoted to mom. How does Crudo of Tuna Salad with watermelon, watercress, a rice cake, and ponzu, Ricotta & Corn Tortellini, Grilled Mediterranean Branzino, Boneless Leg of Lamb sound? Station 4 1101 4th St, SW Washington, DC 20024 (202) 488-0987
< h3>The Oval Room

Gotta fancy mommy? She’ll enjoy the pre fixe three-course menu at The Oval Room. Executive Chef John Melfi will be showcasing spring flavors in his main dishes such as Chilled Cucumber Soup, Citrus-Cured Salmon, Miso Marinated Japanese Eggplant, and Ricotta Bomboloni  served with lemon curd, burnt caramel, violets, and buttermilk ice cream. Don’t forget to have mom try the new cocktail Aerheart’s Envy, made with gin, cava, lemon, a floral syrup of lavender and thyme and Crème Yvette. The Oval Room 800 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, DC 20006 (202) 463-8700

Dolci Gelati Cafe

If you happen to be strolling through Shaw, stop by Dolci Gelati Cafe and buy yourself a regular frosty treat to receive a free mini gelato pop for mom. Dolci Gelati at CityMarket at O 1420 8th St, NW Washington, DC 20001 (202) 518-1287

Et Voila!

Show her you’ve made it and head up to Et Voila! in the Palisades.  Order show-stopper dishes off Executive Chef/Owner Claudio Pirollo’s menu including classics like their Lobster Pot Pie, Asparagus and Porcini Risotto, Lobster Burger, and Framboisier. Et Viola! 5120 MacArthur Blvd, NW Washington, DC 20016 (202) 237-2300


Mom knows best, eh? Put her wine knowledge to the test at DCanter’s Bouquet of Wine: Distinguishing Wine Aromas class from 4PM-5PM. DCanter  545 8th St. SE, Washington, DC 20003 (202) 817 – 3803


Is mom visiting? Does she want a tour of The Hill? Nip two birds with one stone and take her to DC’s first Balkan restaurant. Try something different this year with their popular menu featuring unlimited mezze, soups, salads, sandwiches, egg dishes, pastries, crepes and sweets prepared by Executive Chef Ivan Zivkovic. Choose to imbibe from the brunch cocktail menu or a choose one of  Ambar’s 33 varieties of Rakia, a popular Balkan alcoholic beverage produced by the distillation of fermented fruit. Ambar 523 8th Street, SE Washington, DC 20003 (202) 813-3039