When it comes to Mother’s Day, there’s no tradition stronger than a sit-down family brunch.

But the popularity of no-reservation brunch restaurants has put a kink in the tradition — most moms don’t want to stand in an endless line waiting for a meal on what’s supposed to be their special day. Luckily, some special occasion restaurants do accept reservations, making for a seamless family experience. Here are some notable Alberta restaurants that hold special Mother’s Day brunches, and do indeed take (and strongly recommend) reservations.

Heritage Park’s Selkirk Grille

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Heritage Park is offering two brunches on Mother’s Day: brunchers looking for a buffet can attend a special Mother’s Day brunch in the Gasoline Alley Museum, while those who’d prefer a sit-down a la carte meal should reserve in the adjacent Selkirk Grille. For Mother’s Day, the Selkirk’s Chef de Cuisine Tobias Larcher is introducing some new spring items to his regular brunch menu, as well as special dishes designed for the big day.

“My inspiration for the new brunch menu is Canada’s 150th and local ingredients,” Larcher says. “We’re bringing classics back with a little twist. Our Mother’s Day menu will feature a salmon en croûte with a light garden salad and truffle vinaigrette, a classic dish with locally sourced ingredients and Heritage Park’s own garden greens. We’ll also have a new apple pie French toast, which was inspired by my wife and mother to my baby twins.”

Reservations for Selkirk Grille can be made at 403-268-8607. For more information or to buy tickets to the Gasoline Alley brunch, visit heritagepark.ca.

Bow Valley Ranche

The setting at Bow Valley Ranche is unparalleled — the historic house in Fish Creek Provincial Park is the ultimate special occasion spot, and Chef Jenny Kang’s impeccably crafted food doesn’t get nearly as much fanfare it deserves. BVR’s regular weekend brunch menu is outstanding as it is — Kang focuses on Alberta ingredients reflecting the restaurant’s surroundings, with locally made sausage, house smoked salmon, elk and other game meat.

For Mother’s Day, Kang is bringing in some new dishes as well, focused on a theme of springtime and flowers to pay tribute to both the season and the moms in the crowd. For reservations, call at 403-476-1310 or book through Open Table.

Chateau Lacombe Hotel

Take the mom in your life for a spin and a spectacular view of the river valley with a brunch at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel. The hotel’s 24th floor revolving La Ronde Restaurant does a Mother’s Day brunch, complete with swanky items like prime rib, eggs benedict, baked salmon with orange butter sauce, and a wide array of desserts. To accommodate more guests, Chateau Lacombe also hosts a second Mother’s Day brunch with the same buffet menu in its Alberta Ballroom on the main floor.

To extend family celebrations, the hotel is also offering guests a chance to participate in special Mother’s Day activities on its main floor promenade. Kids and parents can spend some time colouring, checking out roving balloon artists, or hamming it up in the family photo booth. Reservations can be made at 780-420-8366 or online at chateaulacombe.com.

Union Bank Inn

A downtown Edmonton boutique hotel, the Union Bank Inn offers the pomp and luxury of a high-end hotel on a more intimate scale. The hotel’s restaurant only seats 60, making reservations for either the 10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Mother’s Day brunch seating an absolute must. The Union Bank Inn offers a $39.95 à la carte menu, where diners will be treated to a four-course meal, starting with pastries and breakfast parfaits, then followed by a choice of entrée and a family-style selection of desserts.

The entrée selection consists of a couple of breakfast items and more lunch-like choices so guests can choose something that suits their tastes (not everyone loves eggs in the early afternoon). Because the room is so small, the hotel asks for a credit card number to hold tables — call 780-401-2222 to reserve.

The Lake House

Known as one of Calgary’s most romantic restaurants, The Lake House is an elegant locale to take moms to indulge in some Canadian-inspired cuisine. Chef Thomas Neukom’s elevated à la carte brunch menu includes favourites like lobster and prawn benedict; a wild mushroom, kale and duck omelette; and a careful selection of Canadian cheese.

“The inspiration for our Mother’s Day Brunch menu originates from the opportunity to gather all your loved ones around one table,” Neukom says. “Our menu focuses on creative twists on classic brunch items that pique the curiosity of each guest, while still staying true to our renowned Rocky Mountain cuisine and use of fresh and locally sourced ingredients.”

Reservations can be made through Open Table or at 403-225-3939.

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