Every mum is different, so there's no ideal restaurant to celebrate Mother’s Day. That said, there are a few traits worth seeking out when it comes time to reserve a table. And given this year's falls on Sunday May 13, that time is fast approaching.

Where possible, the restaurant should be on the quieter end of the spectrum. And service should be attentive and considerate – because no one's ever felt special waiting for their next drink. A classic cuisine such as French is often a safe bet and a touch of sophistication goes a long way.

We've assembled our list with all this in mind. Stick to the top dozen restaurants if you're keen to splash out and really make your mum's day. Look further down if your family is more relaxed when it comes to celebrating Mother's Day.

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You can't go wrong with this Flinders Lane staple.

Basement 141 Flinders Lane (corner Oliver Lane)
Melbourne VIC

La Luna Bistro

The steak here is house-aged.

320 Rathdowne Street
Carlton North VIC 3054

Bon Ap'

A relaxed Brunswick Street bistro.

193 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065