The Absolute Best Brunches in Austin

Get lost in the (hollandaise) sauce.

It’s the most important few hours of any poor hungover soul's weekend—we’re talking about brunch, of course, that irresistible portmanteau that lures so many out of bed with the promise of bottomless mimosas and greasy belt-busting goodness. Fortunately, those brunching in Austin won’t have to settle for a side of runny eggs and undercooked bacon to go along with their Champagne and juice—the city renowned for great food fails to miss the mark when it comes to satisfying all your lazy morning mealtime needs. Check out our picks below for the best places to dish over the details of the night before while chowing down on some life-giving grub.

Launderette
Launderette | Photo Courtesy of Launderette

Launderette

East Austin

Launderette is the place to go for elevated versions of all your brunch-time classics, from pork shoulder-laden hash to eggs Benedict doused in a truffle hollandaise. While the food may have high-end details, the restaurant itself emits the kind of breezy, welcoming vibes that make you feel like you’re grabbing a meal at your best friend’s house—the one with stellar taste in interior design, that is. Pro tip: No brunch here would be complete without sampling the Pastry of the Day—the exact item varies from weekend to weekend, but remains consistent in its deliciousness. 
How to order: You can make reservations online for dine-in or to-go.

Wu Chow
Wu Chow | Photo Courtesy of Wu Chow

Wu Chow

Market District

We got two words for you, Austinites: soup dumplings. Wu Chow’s boasts some of the best in the city, and that’s just one of the many items lining their Sunday Dim Sum Brunch menu that’ll have you licking the plate in hopes of soaking up every last bit of sauce-y goodness. From tried-and-true favorites like crispy-edged Scallion Pancakes to harder-to-find traditions like shrimp stuffed eggplant, the only thing not as easy as Sunday morning is deciding which inventive tropical cocktail pairs with your spread. 
How to order: Reservations are available online for dine-in, and you can also order brunch to-go

Comedor

Downtown

Tucked into the heart of Downtown, you might miss Comedor if you weren’t looking for it. But walk through the restaurant’s doors into its serene open courtyard and you’ll instantly feel like you’ve left the hustle and bustle of 6th Street far behind. That sentiment only grows stronger after downing one of their standout Micheladas, teeming with hair-of-the-dog spices. Dreamy cocktails aside, the food is the real star here, and few dishes shine quite as brightly as the carne asada y huevos—it’s what every hum-drum steak and egg combo aspires to be. 
How to order: Make a reservation online for dine-in, or order food to-go.

Elizabeth St. Café
Elizabeth Street Cafe | Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth Street Cafe

You can smell brunch radiating from Elizabeth Street Cafe before you even enter the front door—particularly, the scent of sweet morsels of doughy heaven, aka beignets. And while you could easily make a meal out of doughnuts alone (no judgement here), the savory options are not to be missed. The braised brisket phở bò is about as close as you’ll come to a miracle hangover cure and if that doesn’t cut it, the Dirty Chai Martini, with all the kick of rum and espresso, should sufficiently revive your weekend. 
How to order: For dine-in, you can make a reservation online. You can also order food online for takeaway.

Phoebe's Diner

South Austin

Serving breakfast, brunch, and lunch every day of the week, this charming and sunny spot on Oltorf has a menu that won’t quit. This is the kind of place where you can easily become a regular, hanging at the counter or plunking down in your favorite booth with a steaming coffee in hand. Their menu is loaded with deeply indulgent dishes like crab cake Benedict, fried chicken and grits, hatch migas, and the best hash brown casserole in the city. 
How to order: You can walk-up for dine-in or order online for pick-up.

Sawyer & Co.

East Austin

Sawyer & Co is one of those places that makes you feel good—there’s something about the inviting retro digs that encourages lingering brunches with pals. While it may have been awhile since you last traveled to the Big Easy, Sawyer’s menu brings all those N’awlins diner feelgoods right to your tastebuds. We’re talking crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, cheesy grits, muffalettas, the works. For a twist on the Cajun classics, try the Breaux Bridge Benedict, a take on the brunch staple featuring boudin and Creole hollandaise. 
How to order: For dine-in, you can make a reservation online here. You can also order their food to-go for pick-up.

Mattie’s has long been a cornerstone of the Austin brunch scene. Their decadent Southern-style dishes paired with one (or four) milk punches is just the thing for a lovely Spring weekend. Fluffy buttermilk biscuits, andouille and duck gumbo, brioche french toast with berries, Mattie’s finger-licking fried chicken, and more are all available for your Sunday Funday pleasure. Be sure to “sit and stay while” on the lovely grounds—if you do, you’ll be rewarded with a glimpse of their famous peacocks.
How to order: You can reserver a table for dine-in, order for pick-up, or place an order for delivery.

Tables at this North Loop long-timer are forever in high-demand, and for good reason. Once you sink your teeth into an order of cardamom cinnamon rolls, vegetarian benedict with creamed collards, fried chicken biscuit with red eye cream gravy, or any of their other tempting options, you’ll immediately understand the hype. And considering their logo is a pig, it would be a crime to overlook the crispy pork and grits, a dish that’s all but guaranteed to replace bacon as your new favorite breakfast meat. 
How to order: You can order food online to pick-up, or make a reservation for dine-in.

Halcyon

Warehouse District

With perfect 70-degree weather in full bloom, it doesn’t get any better than strolling around Mueller Lake Park, taking the dog on a little wander, and stopping into Halcyon for some brunch and a dose of caffeine. Not only does their cold brew hit the spot, their menu of alcoholic coffee-inspired drinks—such as the Insomniac, with vanilla vodka and fresh espresso—is perfect for those looking to get buzzed in more than one way. Compliment all that java with one of their breakfast burritos, which can be made vegan for those that are plant-powered. 
How to order: For dine-in, you can just walk-up, or call 512-400-0445 to place a to-go order.

Pacha

Rosedale

This unassuming Burnet Road mom-and-pop has a cult-like following and it only takes one trip there to see why. Their hearty breakfast and brunch menu covers all the bases: French toast, pancakes, tacos, omelettes, hashes, migas, and so much more. If your crew has a big appetite, go large with one of their family-sized platters and a half gallon (yes, you read that right) of their proprietary Pacha latte. And for the perfect sweet-savory kicker, try the Pear-Bacon-Scallion Pancake—there’s even a sprouted wheat version, which, as everyone knows, means it counts as healthy. 
How to order: You can just walk-in for dine-in, or order online for takeaway or delivery.

Fixe Austin

Warehouse District

Fixe is here to make your weekend hangover much, much more tolerable. Their biscuits are buttery and fluffy, the ideal pillowy platform for heaps of bacon, eggs, sausage, crispy fried chicken thighs, and other tasty accoutrement. Lean into the Southern theme by sipping on a Honey Badger cocktail made from whiskey, sweet honeycomb, and lemon—it may be a bit naughtier than plain sweet tea, but it will certainly put you in sweet mood. 
How to order: Make reservations for dine-in online, or call 512-888-9133 to place an order for pick-up.

Molly Moltzen is a contributor for Thrillist.
Kelly Stocker is a contributor for Thrillist.