UPDATED: FEB 2019
Best brunch in Austin is a question I’m asked all the time – so I’ve created the ultimate brunch list showcasing the best hungover brunches, fancy brunches, cheap eats, and BBQ feasts.
MEXICAN BRUNCH IN AUSTIN: SUERTE
Suerte’s brunch is one of my new favorites! Mexican-inspired East Austin restaurant centered on craftmade masa dishes serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. LOVE the shrimp tostada, lengua taco, migas (oh gosh, those eggs with the hollandaise sauce is heaven and I don’t even like eggs), fresh donuts, and flautas. Freshly brewed hot coffee to wake you up, micheladas and mid-morning cocktails to cure your hangover.
1800 E 6th St, suerteatx.com
FROZEN MARGARITA BRUNCH IN AUSTIN: FRESA’S
If you ask me for the favorite brunch in Austin, I would say, “Fresa’s!” Sunny day while eating all the queso, sharable tacos, elotes (off-the-cob), and prickly pear frozen margaritas with salt on the rim at the colorful tables under the trees.
1703 S 1st St, fresaschicken.com
MEXICAN BRUNCH: El Naranjo
Located in the heart of Austin’s trendy Rainey Street, El Naranjo is known for its authentic Mexican cuisine. I love the chilaquiles, queso fundido, guacamole, and tacos de pescado at brunch!
85 Rainey St, elnaranjorestaurant.com
DIM SUM BRUNCH IN AUSTIN: NEW FORTUNE
If you’re craving dim sum, go to New Fortune in Chinatown. Dim sum is Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm. I recommend going earlier than later because the food is fresher and more carts are on rotation. New Fortune does not have soup dumplings, unfortunately.
10901 N Lamar Blvd, newfortuneseafood.com
FRENCH BRUNCH IN AUSTIN: LE POLITIQUE
When updating this best brunch in Austin city guide, Le Politique takes the top. The croque madame, Legation burger (best burger in Austin IMO), omelet with herbs, and Benedicte with Parisian ham are delicious. You’ll also want to try their pastries like the pain au chocolat, croissant, and ham & cheese croissant.
110 San Antonio St, lepolitiqueaustin.com
BARBECUE BRUNCH IN AUSTIN: LA BARBECUE
La Barbecue is still a solid brunch choice and yes you’ll have to wait in line but it’s so worth it.
2027 E Cesar Chavez St, labarbecue.com
ASIAN BRUNCH: AH SING DEN
Go to ancient Asia for brunch at Ah Sing Den. You’ll feel transported back into time in this beautifully designed space. Head to the back and you’ll feel like you’re dining on a fancy street in old Asia. The brunch menu features Chai tea French toast, congee (rice porridge), fried chicken & waffle, and egg foo young (Asian veggie omelet). The Thai curry green tea soba noodles in a coconut curry broth is my favorite item here. It’s a dinner item but you can order it during brunch.
1100 E 6th St, ahsingden.com
SOUP DUMPLING BRUNCH: LIN ASIAN BAR
For a fancier dim sum, go to Lin Asian Bar on West 6th for soup dumplings and all the bao. Pictured above is the gigantic seafood soup dumpling that’s the size of a bowl. I like the normal size soup dumplings more FYI.
1203 W 6th St, linasianbar.com
ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BRUNCH IN AUSTIN: CAFE JOSIE
All-you-can-eat brunch for only $25 at Cafe Josie! Here’s what’s on the menu: Pamp’s buttermilk biscuits & gravy, buttermilk pancakes, Mexican vanilla yogurt parfait, gulf shrimp & bacon cheddar grits, pumpkin roll, baby bok choy, grilled sourdough, bagel bites, pigs in a blanket, Brussels sprouts, Texas Ruby grapefruit, fried chicken, and pecan square benny.
1200 W 6th St, cafejosie.com
Photo credit: Girl Eats World
SOUTHERN BRUNCH IN AUSTIN: MATTIE’S
The iconic Green Pastures estates has finally reopened with its own restaurant called Mattie’s. This is one my new favorite brunch spots in Austin for it’s laid back Southern vibe, melt-in-your-mouth biscuits on the brunch menu, and classic cocktails. Linda & I spent 4 hours here for brunch catching up over food and cocktails and listening to the peacocks squawk. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to watch a wedding in session at Green Pastures like we did!
811 W Live Oak St, Austin, TX 78704, mattiesaustin.com
SUSHI BRUNCH IN AUSTIN: LUCKY ROBOT
Tokyo-inspired brunch at Lucky Robot while people watching on South Congress. Try the nomnomiyaki, rising sun with pork belly, tsukii chirashi bot with daily market fish sashimi, and the $2 mimosas. If you wake up early enough, take advantage of the brunch happy hour that is 30% off all food on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am to 11:30am.
1303 S Congress Ave, luckyrobotatx.com
BRUNCH BUFFET IN AUSTIN: GRIZZELDA’S
Start off Sunday Funday with Grizzelda’s brunch buffet with all-you-can-eat queso, guacamole, and tacos. BThe brunchbuffet is $28 per person every Sunday from 10am to 2pm.
105 Tillery St, Austin, TX 78702, grizzeldas.com
UPSCALE MEXICAN BRUNCH: LA CONDESA
Frozen margaritas at brunch make me very happy, and La Condesa has my favorite. Brunch at La Condesa is Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 3pm.
400 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701, lacondesa.com
HANGOVER BRUNCH IN AUSTIN: BANGER’S
Hungover? Banger’s serves up a meat-tastic brunch with sausages, pork belly benedict, bacon, and of course, manmosas to cure your hangover.
79 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701, bangersaustin.com
HEALTH(IER) BRUNCH IN AUSTIN: CAFÉ NO SÉ
For a health(ier) brunch, Café No Sé has ricotta pancakes, avocado toast, and crispy sunny egg with romesco toast. Brunch is both Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 3pm.
1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, cafenoseaustin.com
BEST BRUNCH IN AUSTIN: ELIZABETH ST CAFE
Ladies who brunch will want to brunch at Elizabeth St Cafe – the marble tables, egg porn dishes, and French macarons make for plenty of Insta-worthy pictures.
1501 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, elizabethstreetcafe.com
MEXICAN BRUNCH: ZOCALO CAFE
I love Zocalo Cafe for it’s airy space and fresh, Mexican brunch. The tableside guacamole and pozale soup is so good!
1110 W Lynn St, Austin, TX 78703, zocalocafe.com
FARM-TO-TABLE BRUNCH: EMMER & RYE
Looking to impress? Take your date to Emmer & Rye’s farm-to-table brunch on Rainey Street! It’s only on Sundays and starts at 11am.
51 Rainey St #110, Austin, TX 78701, emmerandrye.com
SUNDAY BRUNCH IN AUSTIN: FONDA SAN MIGUEL
Looking to indulge? Fonda San Miguel has an all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch buffet from 11am – 2pm for only $39. You can have all the queso, cochinita pibil, ceviche, and mole that you want.
2330 W N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756, fondasanmiguel.com
HEALTHY BRUNCH IN AUSTIN: THE STEEPING ROOM
Sundays best at The Steeping Room – the Take The B.A.T.E is my favorite. The Steeping Room has gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian brunch options!
4400 N Lamar Blvd #102, thesteepingroom.com
CLARKSVILLE BRUNCH IN AUSTIN: JOSEPHINE HOUSE
Start your Sunday in Clarksville at Josephine House with huevos rancheros, lemon ricotta pancakes, avocado toast, and steak & eggs.
1601 Waterston Ave, Austin, TX 78703, josephineofaustin.com
OUTDOOR BRUNCH IN AUSTIN: CONTIGO
Contigo’s farm-to-table Sunday brunch from 10am – 2pm has always been one of my top picks for best brunch in Austin! The duck hash with crispy potatoes is always my go-to.
2027 Anchor Ln, Austin, TX 78723, contigotexas.com
BRUNCH EVERY SINGLE DAY: SNOOZE
For the best deal on brunch, go to Snooze on North Lamar or South Lamar. The Snooze classic with 3 farm fresh cage free eggs, chorizo, crispy hash browns, and an English muffin is my jam. Be sure to ask for the crispy hashbrowns and a bottle of Cholula hot sauce.
3800 N Lamar Blvd #120 & 1700 S Lamar Blvd #301, snoozeeatery.com