15 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Philadelphia

From bottomless mimosas and Benedicts to hearty stacks of pancakes, there's something for everyone.

Middle Child Clubhouse | Photo by Ian Shiver
Middle Child Clubhouse | Photo by Ian Shiver

Brunch in Philadelphia can fit anyone’s priorities. If you’re looking for a hearty sandwich on the go, you’re covered. A decadent multi-course affair that takes lingers into the afternoon? Got you. Something more casual but no less filling? We’ve got it, tenfold.

From lavish bottomless brunches at some of the city’s best restaurants to hearty breakfast burritos that make the perfect hangover cure, there are plenty of delicious ways to start your morning (or afternoon) with brunch in the city. So take a look at 15 of the best places for brunch in Philly right now.

Forsythia

Old City
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Forsythia is chef Christopher Kearse’s destination for modern French fare in Old City, and the spot’s brand new brunch menu offers something fresh to the neighborhood. Elevate your brunch game with items like a black truffle omelet, caviar and crêpes, and half a dozen oysters. You can also seek comfort in more familiar favorites, like the burger royale with raclette cheese. Like the rest of the menu at Forsythia, you expect brunch selections to be seasonal and ever-evolving, so there’s always something new to try.

Available for Reservations

Aqimero

Avenue of the Arts
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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.

Available for Reservations

TBD. The Breakfast Den

Graduate Hospital
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A mingling of American- and Vietnamese-style breakfast plates and comfort food means you can find fried egg rice bowls topped with crispy pork belly; a banh mi with fried eggs, bacon, and sausage; and smaller bites like spicy popcorn chicken and egg rolls with chili sauce. The cozy corner spot is also ideal for getting a delicious caffeine fix, with green tea matcha lattes, london fog tea lattes, and more alongside cold brew and La Colombe pours.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

The Dutch

East Passyunk
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Occupying the former Fond space, The Dutch is a new concept from the team that pays special attention to daytime brunch fare. Led by Executive Chef Kevin Watters, the menu features some classic staples from The Dutch’s former location in Pennsport, including Ana Banana Pancakes, a savory dutch baby with kielbasa, and more. On your way out, be sure to snag a pastry for the road, which are made daily in house.

Available for Reservations

The Love.

Rittenhouse
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Aimee Olexy and Stephen Starr have perfected the art of brunch with The Love. The eclectic modern American menu ranges from lemon poppy pancakes to sausage and gravy with maple butter, plus there are plenty of smaller dishes you should throw in the mix like the signature baby buttermilk drop biscuits and freshly baked mini scones. Save room for the myriad of brunch desserts too, including the dirty chai creme brulee with cinnamon crumble.
 

Available for Reservations

Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is kicking off 2022 with a brand new brunch menu to enjoy out of its historic hub in Fishtown. The Italian-influenced menu starts off with smaller plates like pistachio croissants and oatmeal brulee with caramelized banana. Other standouts include steak and eggs with crispy potatoes, mafaldine carbonara, and burrata margherita pizza—any brunch that includes pasta or pizza gets an A+ in our book.

Available for Reservations

Via Locusta

Rittenhouse
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Treat yourself to a stylish brunch of caviar, focaccia with whipped honey button and bee pollen, and an array of classic brunch plates and homemade pastas at Via Locusta. The Schulson Collective hotspot right by the park is ideal for neighborhood ambiance and people watching, but even better for handmade pasta made with fresh-milled flour and brunch favorites that are turned up a notch, like steak and eggs with tomato conserva.

Available for Reservations

Booker’s knows how to do brunch the right way. The laid-back spot offers brunch not only on the weekend, but Wednesday through Friday, too. Starting at 10 am five days a week, you can raise a glass to Wisconsin cheese curds, buffalo cauliflower, cheesecake French toast, and fried chicken with waffles. Try to save room for limoncello cake for dessert.

The Breakfast Boutique

Chestnut Hill
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Classic breakfast foods are all the better at the Breakfast Boutique thanks to an all-day menu that gives you a little bit of everything. Owners Desiree and Robert Pollard have a strong hold in the neighborhood brunch scene with delectable pancake options like red velvet and banana buckwheat. Even better, when you simply can’t choose what you want, you can spring for the sampler, which comes with a slice of French toast and two kinds of pancakes.

K'Far

Rittenhouse
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K’Far became a fast favorite when it opened in 2019, thanks in large part to its extra long oval-shaped Jerusalem bagel sandwiches, kubaneh toasts, and daily showing of pastries. Now you can get your K’Far fix to-go by ordering pistachio sticky buns, gluten-free walnut cake, and tehina chocolate chip cookies or grabbing a seat in the bright, airy space. On the beverage side, specialty lattes are the star, especially the Yemenite latte which features cardamom-steeped milk, cinnamon bark, and dried ginger root.

Middle Child
Middle Child Clubhouse | Photo by Ian Shiver

Middle Child

Midtown Village
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When the thing you want most for brunch is the perfect sandwich, Middle Child Clubhouse has your back. Stop by the Center City original location for a larger-than-life breakfast sandwich on the go, or make a morning of it at Middle Child Clubhouse for a sit-down meal of fluffy egg breakfast sandwiches on potato bread, Babka French Toast, sourdough cinnamon buns, and lots of lox.

Available for Reservations

Renata’s Kitchen & Bar

University City
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From hummus and other mezze to omelets, shakshuka, and plenty of sweets, you can have it all at this Mediterranean BYOB restaurant. The brunch menu, led by Executive Chef Yasser Aiq, shows off a massive selection of everything from gazpacho, apple crumble pancakes and chicken and waffles to six types of omelets, and much more.

Green Eggs Café

Various locations
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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.

48th Street Grille

Cedar Park
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Saturday brunch at 48th Street Grille is a perfect blend of Jamaican and Caribbean specialties alongside the usual suspects of pancakes and brunch burgers. The Jamaican French Toast comes with mascarpone cream and berries, while you can add collard greens to On the Bayou, which includes fried catfish over a cornbread waffle with gravy. Add fried plantain to the side and you have all the fixings for a no-nonsense brunch.

Ants Pants Cafe

Various locations
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Ants Pants is a go-to bruncherie with an Australian-influenced menu with a ton of “brekkie” options. If you have a hard time choosing between sweet and savory, you may have found the best of both worlds here with items like the bacon, egg, and cheese-stuffed French toast or comforting oatmeal with brown sugar, bananas, and walnuts. The Brekkie Burrito is another must, featuring scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, poblano peppers, and beef potato hash.

Marielle Mondon is a contributor for Thrillist.