Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11th, which leaves you plenty of time

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11th, which leaves you plenty of time to make brunch reservations, right? In Seattle? Not so much. Most iconic brunch spots have already started taking reservations, and favorites like Salty’s, which CitySearch called the “nation’s best Sunday brunch,” are already booked for large parties and almost full for smaller parties. “When our reservation lines opened at 8:30 a.m. the day we started taking Mothers’ Day reservations, all ten lines were booked all day,” said one of Salty’s reservations reps.Volterra co-owner Michelle Quisenberry says Mother’s Day is always one of the busiest brunch days of the year. Her restaurant books up a few weeks in advance, leaving only the bar area open to walk-ins.A reservationist at Etta’s told me they also fill the books completely by 3 or 4 days before Mothers’ Day, but recommended that 2- or 4-tops hoping to get in at the last minute show up the second doors open for business.If you’re an early riser or especially gifted with intimidation techniques, another option is choosing a place like Chinook’s, where reservations are never taken.You can also ask your favorite spots if they are doing events on other days. At The Georgian at the Fairmont Olympic, popular seating times for the $125 Mother’s Day “Feast” often fill up a month or so in advance, so they’ve expanded to offer a Mother’s Day tea on Saturday, as well as free brunch for new moms at Shucker’s.Get on the horn.Salty’s, Various Locations.Volterra Restaurant, 5411 Ballard Ave. NW, 789-5100.Etta’s Restaurant, 2020 Western Ave., 443-6000.Chinook’s at Salmon Bay, 1900 West Nickerson St., 283-4665.The Georgian, at The Fairmont Olympic, 411 University St., Mother’s Day reservations only at 287-4049.


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