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 12, 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.

Buon Ricordo

This classic Italian restaurant has been kicking since 1987 and shows no signs of slowing down.

108 Boundary Street, Paddington

Chubby Cheeks

A modern Thai restaurant serving twice-cooked master-stock chicken and Wagyu brisket that takes four days to prepare.

437 Oxford Street, Paddington

Bopp and Tone

A solid lunchtime dining option in the CBD, with an alfresco plant-filled terrace and a whopping 900-kilogram wood grill.

60 Carrington Street, Sydney


An ambitious yet down-to-earth set-menu restaurant from former Farmhouse and Dead Ringer chef Tristan Rosier.

544 Bourke Street, Surry Hills


Step inside a Japanese fine diner, where a fish tank is built into the floor and shoji screens conceal sake.

58 Tennyson Road, Mortlake


You’ll find artfully presented Mediterranean-Australian fare to match the harbour views.

1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point

Social at Verandah

Take a crew and get the pig, with its head on.

55-65 Elizabeth Street, Sydney

Glebe Point Diner

A mature take on comfort food that mum and the whole family will enjoy.

407 Glebe Point Road, Glebe


Let star chef Tetsuya Wakuda guide you through eight stunning courses, while you gaze onto a peaceful Japanese-style garden.

529 Kent Street, Sydney

Bondi Trattoria

Extensive antipasti, breakfast, and a range of classics from a celebrated chef.

34 Campbell Parade, Bondi

Chiosco by Ormeggio

Italian street food served on a jetty makes for an ideal Mother's Day lunch.

The Jetty, The Spit Marina, Spit Road, Mosman


A Turkish take on Mother's Day.

79 Elliott Street (corner of Darling Street), Balmain

Golden Century

If you can get a table, Sydney's most famous Chinese restaurant won't disappoint for a large Mother's Day group.

393-399 Sussex Street, Sydney

Nomad Up The Road

If mum loves an Australian wine, you'd do well to prioritise Nomad for your Mother's Day choice.

85 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

The Dolphin Hotel Dining Room and Wine Room

Elevated Italian pub fare from the owners of Icebergs.

412 Crown Street, Surry Hills

A Tavola Bondi

Hearty Italian food in comfortable surrounds.

Shop 2 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi


Strong attention is paid to produce here, but don't expect the staff to brag about it.

83 Percival Road, Stanmore

LuMi Bar & Dining

If you're a family of seasoned degustation-eaters, take mum here for the Mother's Day meal.

56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont

The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

Best get booking soon. This will be one of the most sought-after Mother's Day restaurants in the inner west.

123 Ferry Rd, Glebe


Peter Gilmore's fine diner is a special occasion staple.

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point

Public Dining Room

If you're lucky enough to get a warm Mother's Day, have a swim before (or after) your meal here.

2A The Esplanade, Balmoral

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

Stuck for conversation? Just look out of the windows, and let the sweeping views do the talking.

Restaurant 1 Notts Ave, Bondi

Bistro Rex

This French-leaning bistro with North African influences is bound to find fans in every member of the family.

50-58 Macleay Street, Potts Point

Rockpool Bar & Grill

At this point, Neil Perry's restaurants are synonymous with special occasion dining. This one's no different.

66 Hunter Street, Sydney


Tastes like the best family meals do – only without the cooking and cleaning up.

137 Cleveland Street, Darlington

The Potting Shed

For a more laid-back Mother's Day meal, opt for a long lunch here.

4143 Bourke Street, Alexandria