The Absolute Best Brunch Spots in Atlanta

From sunny patios to a new chicken and waffles spot.

Brunch is no joke in Atlanta. Besides being one of the few good reasons to actually get up earlier on the weekend, brunch is a great excuse for anyone looking to kick their mornings off in a more bubbly and spirited fashion. Where past generations anticipated Sunday night feasts for days, Atlantans now look forward to brunch and all of the delicious food, flavorful mimosas, and fun memories that come with it. Even with the ongoing pandemic, there are still several local restaurants who have kept brunch alive by implementing new health and safety guidelines, so you can still enjoy your traditional weekend outing with friends and family. Mask up and prepare to social distance because these 15 brunch spots in Atlanta are calling your name.

Whoever decided that brunch had to be saved for the weekend wasn’t seeing the big picture, but Ms. Icey’s Kitchen & Bar definitely does. From 11 am to 4 pm every day from Wednesday to Sunday, this Black-owned restaurant in North Decatur hosts one of the best brunches in the city. With all-day mimosa specials and plenty of incredible menu options, brunch at Ms. Icey’s Kitchen & Bar will undoubtedly leave you impressed.
How to book: Grab a table with Resy or order takeout online.

With all of this gorgeous weather that Atlanta has been experiencing, nothing can beat having brunch outside, and luckily, Joe’s On Juniper has a nice and spacious outdoor patio. The popular LGBTQ+ restaurant and bar also offers brunch all day, so although it doesn’t officially open on the weekends until 1pm, you can still enjoy enjoy a late brunch with great menu items such as the Basic Bitch (eggs, bacon, specialty potatoes, and a homemade biscuit), Birds In A Blanket (Delia’s chicken sausage fried in waffle batter), and the Flaming Waffle Sandwich (Nashville hot fried chicken, egg, bacon, and a cayenne-maple drizzle).
How to book: Walk in for patio seating or order takeout online.

Nowhere nails breakfast quite as well as the South, so if you’re looking for a mouth-watering Southern take on the most important meal of the day, then Atlanta Breakfast Club is probably for you. Open every day from 6:30 am to 3 pm, the ABC is your perfect destination for an early morning eat as well as an afternoon brunch. Although you won’t find any mimosas on the menus, the Atlanta Breakfast Club’s food and coffee definitely make up for it, so if you’re more concerned with eating than day drinking, go ahead and give it a visit.
How to book: Walk in or order takeout online.

This restaurant from Chef Crystal Smith, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, and Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta veteran Karlie Redd officially opened this spring. As you’ve probably guessed by now, its specialty is a bonafide brunch classic: chicken and waffles. Johnny’s also offers other enticing menu items (including shrimp & grits and red velvet waffles) in addition to a full bar. Plus, unlike other restaurants that have a strict time limit on brunch, most of Johnny’s Chicken & Waffles’ menu is available all-day.
How to book: Walk in or order takeout or delivery on Grubhub.

As previously stated, brunch in Atlanta is an experience, so if you’re interested in taking your brunch outing to the next level, then head over to The Battery and visit Punch Bowl Social. From 11am to 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays, Punch Bowl Social invites Atlantans to enjoy brunch and a myriad of activities like bowling, billiards, and virtual reality games. Where else can experience a brunch that includes pancake burgers, apple pie mimosas, and bowling?
How to order: Make a reservation online.

Who in Atlanta hasn’t driven around an insane amount of time to find parking online to wait an insane amount of time to get their hands on those delicious biscuits? Good news: You can order Suzanne Vizethann’s famous biscuits to-go. If you’re feeling really hungry, may we suggest the chicken biscuit? It’s a buttermilk biscuit topped with fried chicken breast, house-made pepper jelly, and pickles and it’s pretty much the best. 
How to book: Dine-in or order takeout via Toast.

Canoe

Vinings

If only every Sunday morning could begin on Canoe’s heated patio overlooking the river. Brunch here is legendary, and it’s not just the view. The pastry basket, brioche French toast, and the duck n’beef burger are all satisfying treats that will chase the blues away.
How to book: Dine in and ready Canoe’s patio policy.

Murphy's

Virginia-Highland

Murphy’s has been serving brunch to hungover Atlantans for more than 30 years. They didn’t take reservations for brunch before the pandemic, but they do now. They also offer brunch to-go, which means there’s no excuse not to get your fill of their malted waffle or breakfast croissant sandwich. Even better, you can get brunch on Saturday or Sunday. Outdoor seating is available in case you do want to dine in. 
How to book: Make a required reservation through OpenTable or order takeout.

Muss & Turner’s is the place to go if you want brunch dishes that are capital-H-hearty. And at a time like this, who doesn’t want hearty? If anything, the menu names, like “chicky bisky” (chicken biscuit with sausage-poblano gravy) will make you chuckle. Don’t sleep on the breakfast burrito filled with scrambled eggs, bacon, roasted potatoes, pickled jalapeños, cheddar, red salsa, and lime cream.
How to book: Make a reservation through OpenTable or order takeout

You currently can’t dine in Le Petit Marché’s cozy dining room, but you can order takeout. The vanilla-rum battered French toast sandwich (excellent with Delia’s chicken sausage) is just as good in its takeout form as it is in the restaurant. Also consider the grits stack topped with scrambled eggs, cheddar, and marinated shrimp—and the best-ever oatmeal studded with almond pralines and fresh fruit. 
How to book: Order takeout or delivery through DoorDash.

Petit Chou

Cabbagetown

You can’t miss this darling locale—just look for the periwinkle blue building on Memorial Drive. The menu offers Southern-meets-French eats with standouts like the French toast crème brûlée combier, a heavenly dish of croissants soaked in heavy cream and spices that are griddled and topped off with vanilla bean whipped cream. For something on the more southern side, try the Cabbagetown breakfast bowl with grits, cheddar, choice of protein, and tomato concasse. 
How to book: Limited dine-in and patio seating or takeout via Toast.

The aptly named Sun In My Belly definitely makes you feel good on the inside. The Kirkwood charmer resides in a former hardware store, which adds to the overall appeal. Whether you dine in or take your brunch home with you, there are plenty of tempting options. The menu has been pared down for now but it has all the standbys like their quiche of the day, pimento cheese omelet filled with honey-glazed bacon, and French toast made with brioche and honey ricotta.
How to book: Dine in or order takeout.

West Egg Café

West Midtown

Churro waffle. Need we say more? Crave-worthy dishes are West Egg’s speciality which is why people have stood outside for hours to get a table there. Now you can make reservations or order your brunch to-go making the process even more enjoyable. Other can’t-miss items on the menu include the banana bread French toast, pimento cheese and bacon omelet, and the sour cream pancakes. 
How to book: Book a table through Resy (patio seating available) or order takeout.

The General Muir

Emory Point

Few things are more satisfying than sinking your teeth into Avenue A, which is a bagel topped with cream cheese, smoked salmon, grapefruit, red onion, and avocado. If that’s not your jam, then maybe a pastrami sandwich on house-basked rye bread is. Either way, there’s something for everyone at this Southern deli mainstay. 
How to book: Reservations via OpenTable highly recommended or order takeout.

This cafe is charming as hell and totally worth the drive OTP (what else are you doing, anyway?). Located in a cottage, Fellows serves up homey vibes and delicious offerings like banana-peanut butter toast, ricotta hotcakes with seasonal compote, and sweet potato eggs Benedict. The cafe takes reservations on weekdays but it’s fist come, first serve on weekends. You can order takeout any day of the week though. 
How to book: Grab a table through Resy (outdoor seating available) or order takeout.

Lia Picard is a contributor for Thrillist. 
Joshua Robinson is a contributor for Thrillist.