The 41 Best Brunch Spots in America
Enjoy long-standing diners and new bistros on the block.
Sure, breakfast is great. It’s the jumpstart meal, a tone-setter for the rest of your day. But often it’s eaten in haste and not really meant as a time you linger over. That’s where brunch comes in—with its decadent French toasts, runny egg dishes, and, of course, plenty of bottomless drinks in between.
After all, brunch is your most unhurried meal of the week. You can have a drink or two. You can enjoy the bounty of savory dishes and donut holes and biscuits that the restaurant has to offer. And we sure are grateful, after these last couple of years, for an hour or two to sit back, relax, and really enjoy our meal. From long-standing diners to new bistros on the block, these are the 41 best places to eat brunch in America right now.
Los Angeles, California
One of our essential Black-owned restaurants in LA, Alta’s dining space includes a light-filled interior with windows that overlook Adams Blvd, plus a gorgeous wood-paneled back patio with draping greenery and string lights. Chef Keith Corbin, a Watts native, delivers an all-day Cal-fresh and Southern-inspired menu with standouts that include a market veggie-filled “California” gumbo, Oxtails and Rice, and Fried Chicken served with Fresno hot sauce, but you’ll want to order the crispy Black Eyed Pea Fritters with spicy herb sauce and corn bread with a side of honey butter for the table. The bar program features LA-inspired creations like the Angeleno with bourbon, Montenegro, cacao-spiced bitters, and Luxardo cherry.
Annette chef/owner Caroline Glover is former Food & Wine Best New Chef, and she’s cleverly packing each dish with nuanced, unexpected treats. One sandwich is stacked with pork loin from the sous chef's family pig farm and covered in raclette. The waffle is yeasted, and each light, airy bite is topped with whatever’s in season, like peaches and an oat crumble or strawberries and whipped cream. A grilled cheese features an interplay between a seasonal jam (it’s apricot and onion now) and Chandoka cheese, a cow/goat blend that lends your morning meal a touch of funk. If you’re from Texas like Glover, the relatively rare-in-Denver kolaches are a special treat, with rotating fillings like sour cherry and cream cheese. They only make 14 for Sunday brunch. Arrive early.
This Mediterranean showstopper from the team behind Pilsen’s critically acclaimed S.K.Y. has wasted no time establishing themselves as the best brunch peddlers in the South Loop. The kitchen’s global influences show their stripes via a concise yet sophisticated morning spread, with standouts like Wood Fired Brussels Sprouts with piquillo agridulce, housemade Bucatini Carbonara, Steak and Eggs in Purgatory with fiery Calabrian chili, and Deviled Eggs Florentine leading the charge. Save room for Banana Budino Cake alongside signature espresso drinks courtesy of Sparrow Coffee.
If you’re brunching at the Ritz-Carlton, you’re probably already expecting the best. Aqimero lives up to the challenge with a la carte and bottomless brunch options that satisfy, whether you’re opting for piña colada French toast made with caramelized pineapple, or going all-out for a four-course meal with endless bubbly for $70. The prix-fixe option starts with a cheese plate, baked goods, or a parfait and assorted toasts before moving on to main courses like bananas foster pancakes or a brunch burger and churros for dessert. Aqimero also sets its brunch hours for the sleepy heads among us, kicking off at noon and running until 3 pm.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Arnaud’s is one of the more unique, old-school spots to enjoy said music while eating your first meal of the day. And we do mean old-school—it opened in 1918 and has the stately white tablecloths and fancy chandeliers to prove it. Families have been going there for so long that they have dedicated waiters and regular tables. While the three-piece jazz band plays upbeat tunes over the course of the 4.5-hour brunch, the food is an essential part of the experience. You're locked into a four-course prix fixe menu, but you won’t mind. If you know what’s good for you, for the first course, it’s the signature shrimp Arnaud, which is boiled shrimp with a tangy, delicious remoulade. For the third course, ask for the eggs Sardou, which are poached eggs with artichoke and creamed baby spinach. And for the last course, ask for the crazy-decadent bananas Foster for two—prepared tableside with a pan and a burner and everything.
With “bacon” in the name, it’s clear why you’re paying this place a visit. Many of the menu items feature bacon, from the bacon Cheddar biscuits loaded with peppery sausage gravy to the hash loaded with thick-cut bacon, sweet potatoes, hatch chiles, and caramelized onion—you can even get bacon-infused vodka in your Bloody Mary. But whatever you do, don’t skip the signature bacon flight which comes with six flavors of bacon and a pair of shears so you can share with the table…if they ask nicely. And now, with its location on South Broadway, there are three options for getting your bacon fix in town.
When it comes to bar brunches, Corktown favorite Bobcat Bonnie’s is ahead of the pack. The Cap'n Crunch French toast is an absolute must-try, made on luscious house-made apple bread and served with homestyle potatoes. The real stars of the brunch hour though are the build-your-own Bloody Marys and mimosas: Get creative for only $3 with a glass half-filled with vodka or Champagne, plus a variety of garnishes, sauces, and juices.
New York, New York
Known as a comfort food stalwart, a visit to Bubby’s is welcome any time of day—but brunch is when this Tribeca restaurant really shines. You’ll know you’re there when you spot the line stretching down Hudson Street, but the wait is well worth it for classic diner breakfast dishes like a Turkey B.A.L.T. and Huevos Rancheros. On the sweet side, Bubby’s pancakes are top notch and come in the James Beard variety, which are light and fluffy, or 1890 Sourdough, which come thin and chewy. Both options can be topped with blueberry compote, caramelized bananas and toasted walnuts, or other toppings. Even better, you can order the Pancake Flight and try all of the options.
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Don’t bother coming here with a hangover. You’ll want all your faculties for a meal at Central Provisions, which was nominated for a James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant when it initially opened. The concept here is small plates, so bring your squad. This is the kind of place whose brunch menu beautifully straddles the line between "br" and "unch," with an explosive breakfast burger topped with miso mayo, egg, and bacon holding court next to fontina-craped bone-marrow toast, and a cornbread skillet served like a sizzling, open-faced bacon, egg, and cheese. It's the kind of place where the menu is just a series of nouns (“foie gras parfait, custard, buddha’s hand gelee”) and the food looks like art and tastes the way it probably feels to be George Clooney. Just make sure you’ve got some funds in your account, those lobster fritters, when available, don't come cheap, and you'll definitely want two orders.
Arguably one of Arizona’s most scenic, and romantic, restaurants, El Chorro serves up a weekend brunch with an unbeatable panoramic view of nearby Camelback Mountain. Sure, you’ll take your Sunday brunch with a side of postcard-worthy desert scenery, but don’t miss the actual sides and starters, like El Chorro’s famous sticky buns—an entire basket of cinnamon roll goodness that’s all yours to relish over. When the table’s cleared, take some time to explore the scenic grounds. This historic property is brimming with bits and pieces of Arizona history and Western flair.
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Communion is the kind of restaurant with a line out the door, especially on Sundays, which is the only day this place does brunch. Hot tip: Order the shrimp and grits, which is made even more delicious than usual with the addition of the same homemade bloody mary mix used at the bar. Also on deck are Communion classics, like the PTL Wings, Fried Catfish Po’Mi, Better Than Yo Grandma’s Mac & Cheese, and an incredibly buttery cornbread.
For the ultimate brunch experience, look no further than Ciclo. This breezy downtown darling pedals modern Texan cuisine with a Latin influence through a unique collaboration with famed chef Richard Sandoval. Come on a Saturday for a la carte options like the Huevos Rancheros (eggs, chorizo, bell pepper, black beans, and the condiments on crispy corn tortilla), and nutritious morning squeezes of berry & chia, or green agave. Alternatively, join the party on Sunday, where live music plays alongside a full buffet with omelet and carving station, and best of all…dessert bar. You’re in sugar heaven as you load that plate up with the chef's seasonal selection of decadent bite-sized desserts, from crème brûlées to cheesecakes, and so much more. Be sure to plan ahead—both brunch services are routinely booked solid.
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If you’ve had your fill of shrimp and grits and stuffed French toast, it may be time for a brunch destination with international flair. Known for its flavorful Middle Eastern cuisine, Inman Park favorite, Delbar recently launched its brunch menu. On the brunch menu, hungry patrons will find Turkish-style breakfast platters to share, house-baked sweets and savory treats, and brunch cocktails. Our recommendation? Start off with the Masabacha Hummus and work your way up to the Delbar Breakfast Platter—it feeds four!
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San Diego, California
Eclipse Chocolate has their fabulous brunch menu available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with signature dishes that infuse traditional favorites with flavors of cacao, caramel, and vanilla. An Avocado Benedict is napped in a deliciously balanced chile burnt caramel hollandaise, as is the custardy roasted tomato, artichoke, and feta puff pastry quiche. Cocoa mole dresses up a Crispy Vegan Quinoa and Corn Fritter, while subtle hints of roasted white chocolate and vanilla spark up the Biscuits and Sausage Gravy. The to-go brunch kit serves four to six people, and comes with pancakes, scones, quiche, waffles, fruit, and all the necessary toppings.
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A DC brunch mainstay, Farmers & Distillers is known for having a ridiculous array of menu items that all lend themselves to hangover busting. Luckily, the restaurant has reopened for indoor and outdoor dining, plus the Brunch at Home package is designed to feed two and includes everything from baked goods and eggs to housemade pasta and meat from their carver’s table.
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When chef Lance Fegen—who also backs Liberty Kitchen—brought this immaculate ode to classic Italian-American eats to the Heights, we were immediately obsessed. This spot has a little of everything, not to mention, a hearty brunch menu that will have you counting the days until their Steak and Poached Eggs return. Other highlights include omelets brimming with cheese and bacon, buttermilk pancakes with grilled bacon, berries, and warm maple syrup, and burgers complimented with toppings like fried eggs, hash browns, gravy, and you guessed it—more bacon. Even better, diners can down all these treats alongside half-off mimosas.
New York, New York
At this spot from chef Sam Yoo, nostalgic diner classics and renditions inspired by its Chinatown neighborhood are served up in a picturesque location below the Manhattan Bridge. The brunch menu features signature items like the Chinatown Egg and Cheese Sando; Honey Butter Pancakes; and Homemade Granola & Yogurt with pumpkin seeds and orange zest. Korean-inspired drinks include a Soju Bloody Mary and Makgeolli Horchata (with Korean rice wine and a housemade horchata blend).
All six locations of this Philly brunch staple offer decadent offerings like short rib Benedict and French toast dipped in creme brulee batter, and the weekly specials are just as over the top. Choose from sweet options like s’mores egg rolls or go the savory route with birria empanadas. The all-encompassing Kitchen Sink skillet features scrambled eggs, gruyere, potatoes, sausage gravy, and jumbo biscuit in a cast iron skillet.
Henrietta Red is best known for its work with seafood, and there are certainly some ocean delights on the brunch menu from roasted oysters to citrus-cured salmon. But weekend mornings are when the kitchen plays with other fun dishes like internationally inspired breakfast treats and sweet pastries. The decor of the lovely dining space is a treat for the eyes, the pleasant buzz of excited diners provides the soundtrack, and a list of brunchy cocktails provides the buzz.
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This little bungalow decked out in French-inspired antiques and velvety furniture is so gorgeous you’ll want to move in. The haus of chef Manuel Rocha recently launched Sunday brunch, a sophisticated way to heal the hangover. The menu features decadent dishes like biscuits and foie gras gravy with duck carnitas and sunny eggs; seafood towers with east coast oysters and gulf shrimp; caviar with crème fraîche; and of course brunch cocktails (our fave is the refreshing Honey Moon Spritzer). The brunch service runs till 3:30pm, and don’t worry if you miss it, dinner’s just as scrumptious.
Kitchen Table continues to be a hot destination for the brunch crowd in Henderson (Thursday-Monday) with a menu by chef Javier Chavez that often mixes inventive modifications with south of the border touches. The chilaquiles, served with a choice of sauces, combines scrambled eggs, Oaxacan cheese, tortilla chips, and black beans with tender, flavorful pulled pork that's smoked on the patio for ten hours over mesquite, and braised with chile verde. The taquitos come stuffed with chorizo, potatoes, and poblanos for a savory, spicy bite. The Cinnamon Monkey Bread is a popular starter, served on a skillet with a salted caramel sauce. When it comes to drinks, ask for the "Chef’s Bloody" (a Michelada with a choice of Mexican beer) or a latte with milk soaked in Apple Jacks cereal.
Modern French brasserie Le Diplomate is well-known among DC brunch goers for its charming sidewalk seating, which is now lined with stylish enclosed booths. Try one of the delicious egg dishes off the “Les Oeufs” menu, like a lobster omelet or the eggs basquaise, or go for classic French fare like steak frites and trout amandine. Don’t forget to add some mimosas or a refreshing Le Dip Spritz.
Yes, Lincoln serves brunch on both Saturday and Sunday, but what makes this place special is that it offers some manner of brunch every day of the week. Monday through Thursday, satisfy your hankering with the smoked salmon Benedict or the fruity pebble pancakes. The Brunch Test Kitchen from 10 am to 3 pm on Fridays is where chefs experiment with a new brunch menu every week and then offer up a few favorites over the next two days. Past winners have included Nutella s’mores pancakes, wake and bake tater tots, and the insane Cinnamon Toast Crunch boozy milkshake. Brunch on your lunch hour? All the kids are doing it.
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This Boulder-based family business has built a mini-empire out of the impeccable Creole food it's been dishing out for over three decades (they’ve got locations in Boulder, Longmont, Ft. Collins, and Littleton along with the Denver-area University and Speer neighborhoods). For Southern transplants—or anyone who can appreciate brunch with a side of hot pepper vinegar-doused collards—Lucile's should be your no. 1 pick. From the giant, flaky buttermilk biscuits that accompany most plates to favorites like po’boys, crawfish etouffee, eggs Rockefeller (like the oysters, but with eggs), and shrimp & grits, Lucile's is the move when your stomach is running on empty.
Totally unrelated to the Denver staple (I guess Lucille must know a thing or two about breakfast food) is this Southern spot in Houston. Here, brunchers can stroll through a tropical paradise with a cocktail—we’re talking orange and lavender surprises, a classic Margarita, and an explosive Firecracker concoction that positions the heat first, citrus second. Then, dig into delights like Chicken and Sweet Potato Waffles engulfed in pecan-laced syrup and chilis, Grits laden with either plump shrimp or catfish, French Toast drizzled with berries, and a light Eggs Benny with all the veggies. Southern hospitality indeed.
San Diego, California
Cozy banquette seating against sleek, polished wood plank walls and a high arched ceiling provide the backdrop for an eye-popping array of mimosas, like the cobalt Blue Dream and silky, ebony Black Magic, available by the glass or pitcher. Hearty, savory dishes include White Bean Shakshuka and a Carnitas Waffle Stack with manchego, potatoes, pinto beans, and a poached egg, or indulge your sweet tooth with Churro Waffle Sticks with maple cream cheese sauce, or strawberry banana Nutella French Toast. Brunch is served weekends from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Thai and Vietnamese cuisines may not seem like they’d translate well to brunch, but anyone doubting the deliciousness will be thoroughly convinced from the very first bite. Awaiting your stamp of approval: Thai Eggs Benedict with coconut biscuits and Thai chili hollandaise, Congee with chicken and egg, and Banh Mi French Toast. In fact, request those dishes in that exact order and you’ll have one of the best three-course meals imaginable. All-day Sunday happy hour is just a bonus.
Chef Jonathan Brooks is serving breakfast and lunch in a former garage space in Indy, and it's because of the Dutch, baby. Sorry, it's because of the place’s ever-changing take on the brunch dish known as the Dutch baby pancake—right now it’s served with local pears, honey almond yogurt, caramel corn, and puffed rice. Other times of the year it’s served with berries and lemon curd. And for a new twist on a Southern staple, try the blue corn grits and slow-poached egg. Don’t forget to pair whatever you order with any of the more inventive brunch cocktails in the land. We’d recommend the eye-popping $25 Beermosa, made with Hamm’s and fresh-squeezed OJ, just to balance out all that fancy food with something a little more lowbrow.
If you’ve longed for just the smallest bite of Ms. Iceys’ famous skillet cornbread, you’re in luck. After being on hiatus for several months, the contemporary Caribbean restaurant has re-opened, and they’ve even introduced a handful of new menu items. Among the new additions are steamed fish wrapped in a banana leaf (served with fresh veggies) and sweet potato fritters that might just give the skillet cornbread a run for its money.
Brunch is best enjoyed with friends. Especially when those friends have four legs and bushy tails. This brewery and nano-distillery has a reputation as one of the friendliest dog-friendly dining outposts around town. Its casual, laid back vibe and shaded outdoor patio make a more-than-ideal scene to sip seasonal craft beers while noshing your way through a plate of cereal-covered French toast. After the bill comes, snag a complimentary gourmet treat for your doggo on the way out.
With the music pumping and the dining room teeming with uproarious laughter, Paradiso has the brunch party atmosphere mastered. The outdoor patio is one of the most beautiful in the city, too, so bring your friends and order up a batch cocktail that serves four to six thirsty souls while deciding what you’d like to eat. If you want to keep the sharing vibe going, try the Breakfast Pizza with sausage, leeks, and roasted potatoes, the Rosemary Ham Hash, and the French Toast Bread Pudding.
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Perhaps South America’s most celebrated hangover cure is Sancocho, a hearty stew of meat, potatoes, tubers, and other vegetables best experienced the morning after a rough night down south. Cesar Zapata puts his spin on it as part of Phuc Yea’s brunch setup with a Sancocho Pho, harnessing the traditional Vietnamese broth along with Sriracha, rice noodles, and other Asian influences. There’s also a fantastic Fried Chicken Banh Mi and a coconut rum-drizzled Croissant French Toast, if you’re feeling like something more substantial than soup.
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Los Angeles, California
Chefs and owners Walter and Margarita Manzke are responsible for whetting Angelenos’ appetite for French-inspired delicacies with this all-day restaurant that’s housed in a historic building originally erected by actor Charlie Chaplin. Republique remains a favorite for weekend brunches that feature seasonally changing dishes, as well as Margarita’s famous pastries. The menu spans veggie-friendly items like a pupusa stuffed with mushrooms, zucchini blossoms, black beans, and Oaxacan cheese, that’s topped with a fried egg and avocado, as well as hangover-busting dishes like a Croque Madame. Carafes of mimosas and sangria are on offer, as are brunch cocktails like Bloody Marys and a Papa Hemingway Spritz with a grapefruit aperitif, rum, passion fruit, maraschino, lime, and soda.
Portland super chef John Gorham's Tasty & Sons—which shuttered to make way for Tasty & Daughters—helped elevate Stumpton to a brunch-lover’s heaven thanks in large part to its show-stopping shakshuka, so it only makes sense that the stewed-tomato icon made its way onto the menu at his new-ish Israeli street food outpost. In fact, there are multiple variations at Shalom, including the Shakshuka Royale loaded with house-made lamb merguez. Mezze plates and hummus here are among the city’s best, while beef bacon and za’atar eggs make up a monstrous breakfast plate. Do not skip the khachapuri, a cheesy bread boat crowned with a baked egg that’s already a candidate to be Portland’s next brunch icon.
Spoon and Stable’s James Beard-award winning chef Gavin Kaysen is known for his crepe cake—seemingly endless layers of those super-thin pancakes piled high, topped with seasonal berries. You can order the cake and other pastries to go, but you’re going to want to get a table. After all, brunch should be about more than millions of crepes. Since you’ll get your fair share of sweet stuff after raiding its pastry selection, balance your brunch order out with fried quail atop chickpea flatbread or, if you want to keep things more traditional with snag biscuits covered in bratwurst scallion gravy and topped with quail egg. But lest you think it’s all tiny bird-based cuisine, you can also get a duck egg omelet filled with smoked trout and farmer’s cheese.
BKC stands for bottle, kitchen, and cup, and it sells retail wine and beer while also operating a coffee bar and an all-day restaurant. Brunch is served every day and includes some unique options like shakshuka, a take on the Middle Eastern dish of eggs baked in a tomato and pepper sauce that includes lentils and goat cheese. There’s also a full lineup of crepes highlighted by a house special loaded with smoked loin bacon, kale, and baked eggs kissed with chili maple syrup. You really can’t go wrong, unless you skip the Chocolate Caramel Nut Roll. Don’t do that.
Housed across the street from a bar and an organic grocery, right next to a record store, this tiny counter-service place feels like it could have landed in the PNW after a tornado hit the heartland. The counter where you order after an inevitable line is stocked with Mason jars of pickles and display cases of pies, leading to an open kitchen where you’d half expect to see grannies running coffee. Only here, that fresh-baked heartland cookin’ is served with a (slightly hippie) chef’s touch and much better coffee. Think deeply satisfying corn cakes and fresh-baked rye to go along with the mellow smoked trout. Everything’s fantastic, but do not skip the honey pie, a slice of sticky-sweet bliss on a flaky crust that has managed in a few short years to achieve a legendary status that most Southern grandmothers could only hope for.
This genre-defying Logan Square hit is back in action for indoor dining, expanding its prowess to a fully loaded Indian-influenced brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm. Supercharge your tastebuds with everything from light-as-a-feather Fruit Salad with mint syrup and candied pistachios and Uttapam with Klug Farm peas and Thai chili to heftier dishes like the Breakfast Dosa Hash and Achari Pulled Pork Sandwich slathered with tamarind chutney. No matter what ends up tickling your fancy, definitely throw in some Chaat Masala Potato Chips for good measure and take advantage of the booze lineup (Chai Coconut Milk Punch is the pro move, with the Cumin Bloody Maria pulling in as a close second).
Not that brunching on Cauliflower Nachos and a Michy’s Fried Chicken sandwich was ever really a lacking experience, per se, especially when paired with the Absinthe-and-cucumber-juice hair of the dog that is the Green Beast. But throw in a drag show led by bearded bombshell Karla Croqueta and you’ve got a South Beach experience fit for everyone from tourists to industry types.
New York, New York
This Ukrainian coffee shop and eatery is one of the East Village’s most iconic culinary institutions. Located on a stretch that’s also known as Little Ukraine, its name translates to “rainbow” and has served the community for more than 60 years. Whether you visit for late-night Pierogies and Borscht or recap the night before over brunch, the popular restaurant is a true destination. In addition to the eatery’s famous Pierogies, brunch brings Salmon and Latkes Eggs Benedicts and Blintzes with toppings that change with the season to complement your mimosa.
From breakfast burritos to the Mr. Potato Head Casserole, the menu at Wild Eggs will take you a minute to look over, but trust us when we say that anything you pick, you’ll be more than happy with. If you want to keep it simple, you can simply order some granola or oatmeal. But if you are daring enough to try the Mr. Potato Head, you’ll be awash in hash brown potatoes baked with sour cream, diced onions, Cheddar-Jack cheese, eggs, sausage, diced tomatoes, poblano peppers, roasted mushrooms, queso, and…yeah, that about covers it.
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