Food & Drink

The Very Best Brunches in Austin Right Now

Updated On 02/06/2019 at 06:09PM EST Updated On 02/06/2019 at 06:09PM EST
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Arlo Grey

South Congress

In-hotel, lakeside eatery from Top Chef winner Kristen Kish
Arlo Grey just launched brunch and the menu is in line with the eatery’s MO: modern spins on classics. According to executive chef Kristen Kish, “The brunch menu offers a variety of fried, carb-heavy items, but is also balanced with healthier options like a wild rice, quinoa, and fermented vegetable grain bowl that is finished with avocado, cilantro, and sunflower seeds.” We love the warm, crispy-outside-soft-inside ricotta beignets served with bacon jam and sour cream, as well as the hearty burger served with cheesy, whipped Aligot potatoes.

Allison Narro

The Cavalier

East Austin

Neighborhood dive bar with comforting, Cajun-inspired offerings
The Cavalier serves as cozy watering hole and hangover-curing comfort food destination on weekends from 11am to 3pm. The menu consists of a mash-up of Cajun and Southern classics with a twist, like southern poutine, housemade fries topped with cheese and white gravy, and chicken on a biscuit served with a side of guajillo honey. Plus, every second Sunday of the month The Cavalier hosts a drag brunch from 12pm to 2pm with $3 mimosas; reservations are recommended.

Suerte

East Sixth

East Austin eatery making modern Mexican cuisine with local ingredients
East Sixth hotspot Suerte announced late last year that it would launch brunch, much to the delight of its many, many patrons. On weekends from 10:30am to 2:30pm, Suerte serves dishes familiar to most Austinites -- like migas, only the Suerte version involves hollandaise and chile piquin salsa, as well as Mexican pastries and more elevated brunch offerings, all featuring fresh-made masa. And since no brunch is complete without a Bloody Mary, the Bloody Maria is made with agave-based raicilla, fresh tomato, citrus, and spicy, fermented chiles.

Carpenters Hall

Carpenters Hall

South Lamar

Texas-inspired cuisine in new Zilker boutique hotel
The stylish and much-buzzed about Carpenters Hall restaurant in the newly erected Carpenter Hotel offers an all-day menu including Austin’s favorite meal, brunch. Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm, enjoy a unique mix of upscale retro, South Texas, and diner-inspired dishes from Chef Grae Nonas -- co-founder of Olamaie -- and an all-star restaurant group. Dig into breakfast-y fare, like heart-shaped waffles with huckleberry butter and maple syrup; or savory picks, like the grilled pimento cheese sandwich.

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Last Straw

East Sixth

Cocktail bar with a tiki-forward menu, shareable punch bowls, and tropical vibes
East Sixth tiki bar Last Straw offers generously late brunch hours (11am to 4pm) for the more, errr… rough crowd. Start with a little hair of the dog; a tart and spicy house kimchi Bloody Mary with your choice of spirit, or opt for a banana-nut frappe made with Plantation pineapple rum, banana, almond milk, honey, cinnamon, and Chameleon cold brew. The menu offerings are in line with the bar’s deliciously carb-heavy menu available later: Tex-Mex favorites, like the breakfast burrito and chilaquiles, are joined by jerk chicken & waffles and kimchi fries.

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Ciclo

Downtown

Lakeside Latin American restaurant with terrace dining at Four Seasons Hotel
This newly revamped concept at Four Seasons Hotel Austin offers regular brunch on Saturdays, and a brunch buffet on Sundays with traditional breakfast favorites, carved meats, fresh seafood, decadent desserts, and $1 mimosas. The restaurant terrace overlooking Lady Bird Lake and Four Seasons’ tall oak trees is the perfect spot to dine al fresco on a weekend morning and afternoon. Brunch hours are 11am to 2pm on Saturday, and 10am to 2pm on Sundays.

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The Brewer’s Table

East Fifth

Elevated, rustic cuisine with a thoughtfully integrated relationship with in-house brewery
Available from 11am to 2pm every Saturday and Sunday, The Brewer’s Table brunch menu focuses on using a crossover of ingredients between the kitchen and brewing process. Favorites from the menu include the pear and pumpkin soup served with a crispy grilled cheese sandwich, apple butter, and maple foam, as well as the hearty fried chicken sandwich with sweet and spicy peppers and a fried egg on a mesquite buttered roll.

Allison Narro

Better Half

West Fifth

Hip counter-service cafe with an all-day menu, coffee, and cocktails
On weekends, starting at 8am and ending at 3pm, Better Half serves a brunch menu of updated diner fare like the Better Half breakfast sandwich: an English muffin filled with hash brown, fried farm egg, arugula, and smoked paprika aioli, made even better with the addition of bacon or sausage. Our favorite pick is the filling and flavorful waffle iron hash browns, smothered in coffee and cream gravy, Mexican cheese, a farm egg, pickled onions, and scallions. The savory michelada is a hungover person’s dream, but if that isn’t your tempo, the CFT brunch cocktail will be: Cold brew coffee, Fernet-Branca menta, aztec chocolate bitters, and fresh mint add up to the perfect eye-opener.

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Launderette

Holly Street

Eastside hotspot housed in a former launderette, open all day
Launderette is a go-to brunch destination for many, and for good reason; regulars love the sunny space, attentive service, and the perfectly elevated and accessible menu. Start with a Bloody Mary or coffee alongside a breakfast pastry before diving into Launderette’s full brunch offerings. Try the seasonal winter benny, an English muffin topped with a poached egg, celery root puree, spicy nduja sausage, winter greens, and piquillo hollandaise, or go for the ever-popular plancha burger. Brunch hours are 11am to 2:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Julia Keim

Pitchfork Pretty

East Cesar Chavez

Local ingredients and a talented culinary team create balanced and surprising flavors
Pitchfork Pretty is without argument, one of the best restaurants in Austin, and the Eastside gem also serves a Sunday brunch with something for everyone. Craving breakfast pastries? Or grilled, oysters bubbling with paprika butter and garlic? Done. Dishes like the caldo de pollo frito (fried chicken soup) with red chile broth, carrot, radish, and herbs feature veggies grown just down street at Pitchfork Pretty’s garden. In need of heavier fare? You’ll will love the breakfast sandwiches. Check out brunch at Pitchfork Pretty every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.

Robert Lerma

Holy Roller

Downtown

Comfort food served with punk rock flair
Mixing punk rock swagger with a sprinkle of Grandma’s-house-style religious kitsch, Holy Roller is the best place in town for Sunday brunch, whether you’re heading over after church or just pulling your hungover carcass out of bed.  The menu is loaded with greasily sin-absorbing gut bombs, like the Casbah, crispy fried chicken and an egg served over flaky biscuits and doused in syrup and a mysterious concoction called comeback sauce. It’s gonna be hard to save room for their homemade Choco Taco or the butter thick banana pudding, but hey, you gotta at least try.

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Paperboy

East Eleventh

Breakfast sandwiches served from a food truck
Paperboy is the newest addition to the East Eleventh corridor that's also home to Hillside Farmacy and Quickie Pickie. The trailer serves a small menu of tried-and-true breakfast/brunch sandwiches, bowls, and open-faced (sweet and savory!) toast, with ingredients sourced from local farms and bakeries, and locally roasted coffee. You can’t go wrong with the Texas hash, made with roasted sweet potatoes, poached egg, pork shoulder, onion, kale, and pecan mole. Even better: They serve it all up on weekdays, too.

Amira Jensen

Sway

South First

A Thai street food take on American breakfast classics
Sway’s just introduced a brunch menu -- much to the delight of anyone who's dined with them -- that incorporates traditional Thai flavors done with Sway’s modern touch. The take on brunch classics here include unexpected combinations, as in the fried chicken and waffle (Thai basil waffle, togarashi fried chicken, Thai herb butter, tamarind and ginger maple syrup, pickled fresno), and the the French toast (toasted rice and mango bread custard, caramelized banana, salted maple rum sauce, toasted white sesame seed, coconut cream). Wash your food down with a refreshing hibiscus and grapefruit mimosa made with hibiscus tea, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, and sparkling wine.

Wu Chow

Wu Chow

Downtown

Stylish and perennially popular dim sum brunch service
This is not your basic brunch, this is Wu Chow’s Sunday dim sum brunch. The bright and busy space is perfect for meeting up with your whole crew and sharing like a million Chinese dumplings and small bites. Try the savory bean curd with oyster sauce, pork & shrimp shumai, scallion pancake, and everyone’s favorite, the Shanghai pork soup dumplings -- eaten by gently lifting with your soup spoon, puncturing and slurping the broth out, then eating the pork-filled dumpling in one bite. Wu Chow’s dim sum menu also includes sweet treats like egg custard tarts and pineapple puffs.

Jin Chu-Ferrer

Emmer & Rye

Rainey Street

Acclaimed hyperlocal spot where everything’s done in-house
Emmer & Rye is a far cry from the party scene literally one block away. Its executive chef, Kevin Fink, was named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs in 2016, and the creative, forward-thinking Sunday menu reflects his talent and vision. At Emmer & Rye, you can order a la carte from the pastry dim sum-style cart -- try the Marquis kolache filled with preserved lemon, and cream cheese -- or from the brunch menu. We like the sourdough bagel, topped with trout roe, tomato, gooseberry capers, dill, crème fraîche, and pickles, as well as the elevated Texas toast with bacon, egg, pork fat hollandaise, avocado, pea shoots, and Swiss chard. Make sure to try the Bloody Mary, whose flavor is kicked up thanks to fermented tomato, horseradish, Thai chili, and shrimp powder.

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Geraldine's

Rainey Street

Jazz brunch and a well-curated cocktail menu
To get to Geraldine’s, enter the lobby of the super-chic Hotel Van Zandt and take the elevator to the fourth floor; what awaits you is badass. The huge and gorgeous dining room boasts an open kitchen, wraparound bar with an insanely good bar program, a stage always occupied by Austin’s best musicians, and a pool patio with views of Downtown. The Sunday brunch has a lot of options ranging from light (salt roasted beets, crab toast) to let’s-do-this (brioche French toast, smoked short rib quesadilla). Cocktails we can’t get enough of: the chocolatey Muddy Waters (Pierre​ Ferrand 1840 cognac, Averna, orgeat, cold-brew coffee, condensed milk, nutmeg) and the tangy Sunday Bloody Sunday (Vida mescal, seasonal sangrita, chili-lime salt rim).

Robert J Lerma

Grizzelda's

East Cesar Chavez

Modern Mexican cuisine and margaritas in a playful/beautiful-to-behold space
Available on Sunday from 10:30am to 2:30pm, the brunch selection features breakfast enchiladas, migas made with winter veggies and queso ranchero, Grizzelda’s famously delicious guacamole with house chips, and so much more. And, because this is Grizzelda’s, the cocktails will be a-flowing; try the Queen Bey margarita, with Herradura Ultra tequila, lime juice, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, and Grand Marnier served in a silver disco ball.

Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

Jacoby's Restaurant and Mercantile

Govalle

Updated Southern favorites in a an elegant, rustic space
With it’s eclectic, 21 Club-meets-Pinterest decor and expansive backyard patio, Jacoby’s would be a perfect spot to down a couple of late-morning mimosas even if the food wasn’t great. Fortunately, Jacoby’s menu is as much substance as it is style, with a menu of updated American classics like the delicious crab cake Benedict (crab cake, sous vide egg, English muffin, arugula, and horseradish hollandaise). An emphasis on shared plates, like three-cheese mac and cheese with a crispy pistachio crust, makes it an ideal spot for meeting up with your entire brunch squad.