UPDATED: FEB 2020
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/TEX-MEX BRUNCH IN AUSTIN
Weekend brunch at Grizzelda’s is on both Saturday and Sunday so you can pick which day you want to sleep in. P.S. $5 mimosas, house margaritas, Bloody Mary’s, Micheladas, and beer during brunch too!
What to order: Churro chicken & waffles with beer-battered chicken with habanero syrup, migas, horchata French toast, and huevos rancheros.
Hours: Saturday & Sunday 11AM – 3PM
105 Tillery St, grizzeldas.com
Suerte’s brunch is one of my new favorites! Mexican-inspired East Austin restaurant centered on homemade tortillas with their homemade masa. Brunch is on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
I LOVED 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.
What to order: shrimp tostada, nana’s pozole, chilaquiles, and any of the pan dulce.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10:30AM to 2:30PM
1800 E 6th St, suerteatx.com
You’re going to see several Mexican restaurants on this Austin brunch list and the newest one is Comedor. The menu does change every month at Comedor.
What to order: papas fritas, carnitas tacos, and carne asada y huevos
Hours: Sunday from 11am -3pm
501 Colorado St, comedortx.com
If you ask me for the favorite brunch in Austin, I would say, “Fresa’s!” Even though Fresa’s doesn’t have a separate brunch menu, it’s just their regular lunch and dinner menu, I still think it’s a great spot to spend weekend brunch.
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.
What to order: chimichurri skirt steak or achiote & citrus chicken wood-grilled meal is my absolute favorite. It comes with corn tortillas, marinated jalapeno, Mexican rice, grilled onion, and charro beans.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 8AM–10PM
1703 S 1st St, fresaschicken.com
SEE ALSO: Best Margaritas in Austin
El Naranjo recently moved from Rainey Street to South Lamar and added an extra brunch day, Friday. My go-to brunch dishes are the chilaquiles, queso fundido, guacamole, and tacos de pescado.
What to order: Queso oaxaca fundido, huevos rancheros, andchilaquiles con crema y queso.
Hours: Friday to Sunday from 11AM to 2PM
2717 S Lamar Blvd STE 1085, elnaranjorestaurant.com
SEE ALSO: Best Breakfast Tacos In Austin
Margaritas at brunch make me very happy, and La Condesa has my favorite classic margarita.
What to order: lengua tacos, huevos rancheros, chilaquilas, and chips & salsa.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 11AM–3PM
400 W 2nd St, lacondesa.com
FONDA SAN MIGUEL
Looking to indulge? Fonda San Miguel has an all-you-can-eat Sunday Hacienda brunch that features an extensive array of regional Mexico dishes, displayed beautifully and served from gorgeous pottery in the center of the dining room.
The Sunday brunch buffet is from 11am – 2pm is $42.95 per person (cocktails are extra). You can have all the queso, cochinita pibil, ceviche, and mole.
What to order: Since this is a buffet, I’d say eat everything but the cochinita pibil with pickled red onions is my favorite 🙂
Hours: Sunday from 11AM – 2PM
2330 W N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756, fondasanmiguel.com
AMERICAN BRUNCH SPOTS IN AUSTIN
Photo credit: Girl Eats World
The iconic Green Pastures estates reopened with a new restaurant, Mattie’s. Mattie’s has a 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 catch a wedding in session at Green Pastures as we did!
What to order: buttermilk biscuits, pimento cheese, fried chicken eggs benedict, and Mattie’s breakfast plate
Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 11AM–2PM
811 W Live Oak St, mattiesaustin.com
EMMER & RYE
Of all the brunch spots, you don’t want to miss this farm-to-table brunch on Rainey Street! Emmer and Rye does change up their brunch menu every three months so you have an excuse to keep coming back.
Bottles of bubbles are 50% off during brunch as well.
What to order: Croque madame with a fried egg, French omelet, and steak au poirve
Hours: Sunday from 11AM–2PM
51 Rainey St #110, emmerandrye.com
Hungover? Banger’s serves up a meat-tastic brunch with sausages, pork belly benedict, bacon, and of course, manmosas to cure your hangover.
What to order: Go with the bacon steak, eggs, and toast (half a pound of house-made bacon) or go home with the Lolo’s corned beef hash. Don’t forget the manmosa.
Hours: Sunday from 10AM – 4PM
79 Rainey St, bangersaustin.com
Start your Sunday in Clarksville at Josephine House with huevos rancheros, lemon ricotta pancakes, avocado toast, and steak & eggs. If you’re not super hungry, order the kouign amann or the vegan blueberry banana bread with a cappuccino.
What to order: Huevos rancheros with sunny side up eggs, chicken and waffles, steak & eggs, or the breakfast burger.
Hours: Saturday & Sunday from 10am – 3pm
1601 Waterston Ave, Josephine House brunch menu
Contigo’s farm-to-table Sunday brunch from 10am – 2pm has always been one of my top picks for best brunch in Austin especially if the weather is nice. Sit at the picnic tables and soak up the sun while sipping a cocktail.
Contigo is also dog-friendly! I recommend heading to the Mueller Farmer’s Market beforehand and just walking over. Or you can walk around Mueller Lake Park and burn off all those brunch calories.
What to order: Fried chicken biscuit with honey butter or the burger and fries.
Hours: Sunday from 10AM – 2PM
2027 Anchor Ln, Contigo brunch menu
You can brunch every single day at Snooze! 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 or Yellowbird hot sauce.
If you like French toast, try the funky monkey French toast with griddled slices of banana bread with white chocolate chips and topped with caramel sauce – yeah, it’s practically dessert. If you’re with a group, order the pancake flight that comes with Pineapple Upside Down, Blueberry Danish & Sweet Potato pancakes.
If you like Bloody Mary’s, you’re in luck because Snooze has four different Bloody Mary cocktails that you can choose from including a bone broth bloody.
What to order: Funky monkey French toast, pancake flight, and The Snooze Classic.
Hours: Every day from 6:30AM–2:30PM
Location on North Lamar, East Austin, and South Lamar, snoozeeatery.com
ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BRUNCH IN AUSTIN: CAFE JOSIE
Brunch at Cafe Josie is referred to as “The Experience” – the unlimited chef’s tasting menu where you can order as many plates as you like as many times as you’d like for only $30 per person.
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.
Hours: Sunday from 10:30AM–2PM
1200 W 6th St, cafejosie.com
HEALTHY BRUNCH SPOTS IN AUSTIN
High Note just opened next to the Zach Scott theatre by the owners of Kerbey Lane and I was so impressed by their new healthy concept! The food is healthy but really good.
High Note doesn’t have a separate brunch menu from their main menu so you can order both breakfast and lunch options on the weekend.
What to order: Sweet potato migas, breakfast sandwich, or breakfast skillet. I haven’t had the cauliflower waffle benedict but it looks interesting.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 9AM–10PM
300 S Lamar Blvd Suite A, highnoteatx.com
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.
What to order: avocado toast, cafe scramble, or sweet potato hash
Hours: Sunday and Saturday at 7AM
1603 S Congress Ave, cafenoseaustin.com
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! The Steeping Room’s iconic tea services like the Century Oaks and Scone Set are available on Sunday brunch too.
What to order: If you want something healthier for brunch, try the veggie spinach, tomato, and goat cheese omelet. I personally love the Chai spiced French toast or the Take the B.A.T.E. If I’m dining with someone else, I like getting the Morning Tea Service to share.
Hours: Sunday from 10AM – 2PM
4400 N Lamar Blvd #102, thesteepingroom.com
EUROPEAN BRUNCH SPOTS IN AUSTIN
I love Le Politique in downtown Austin for their croque madame, Legation burger (best burger in Austin IMO), omelette with herbs, and Benedicte with Parisian ham. You’ll also want to try their pastries like the pain au chocolat, croissant, and ham & cheese croissant.
What to order: Royale with cheese (burger), steak frites, eggs benedict, and the pain au chocolat.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10:30AM–3PM
110 San Antonio St, lepolitiqueaustin.com
BARBECUE BRUNCH SPOTS IN AUSTIN
La Barbecue is still a solid brunch choice and yes, you’ll have to wait in line but it’s so worth it.
Koko Tip: go inside Quickie Pickie and pay for a beer to sip on while you wait in line.
What to order: brisket, beef ribs, jalapeno sausage, and the shells and cheese.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday at 11am
2027 E Cesar Chavez St, labarbecue.com
DIM SUM BRUNCH SPOTS IN AUSTIN
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.
What to order: shrimp and pork dumplings, steam bbq pork bun, steam egg cream bun, pan-fried turnip cake, and fried sesame ball
Hours: Saturday to Sunday 10AM–3PM
10901 N Lamar Blvd, newfortuneseafood.com
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 do think the normal size soup dumplings are better.
What to order: scallion pancake, turnip cake, chicken potsticker, egg cream bun, sticky rice, BBQ pork bun, baked pineapple bao, and egg custard tart.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10:30AM – 3PM
1203 W 6th St, linasianbar.com
ASIAN BRUNCH SPOTS IN AUSTIN
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.
Wake up early enough to take advantage of the brunch happy hour that is 30% off all food on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am to 11:30am.
What to order:
Hours: Saturday and Sunday at 10:30AM–3PM
1303 S Congress Ave, luckyrobotatx.com
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.
What to order: House baked brioche French toast, sticky rice with ginger sausage and poached eggs
Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 2:30pm
1501 S 1st St, elizabethstreetcafe.com
SEE ALSO: Best Asian Food in Austin
COCKTAILS FOR BRUNCH
Star Bar has brought back their infamous Hail Mary – it’s a bloody mary with an appetizer, an entree, and dessert for $35. The skewers have everything from powdered donuts to cheese and pickled okras.
The star topping this month is Schaller’s Stube’s glorious fried chicken sandwich.
What to order: Hail Mary
Hours: Every Sunday from 11AM – 3PM
600 W 6th St, starbartexas.com/food