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25 Spots With The Best Brunch In Austin, Updated 2021

October 05, 2021

UPDATED: October 2021

Best Brunch Spots In Austin

This blog post has been updated to feature restaurants that have reopened with brunch hours during COVID-19 for dine-in and takeout. Please note that A Taste of Koko is not encouraging readers to go out to dine by any means but this blog post is meant to serve as a resource for those that have requested this updated list and to help support our local restaurants that have reopened to keep their business alive and pay their staff.

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 for all your brunching needs.

SEE ALSO: 17 Best Patios In Austin To Wine & Dine

Most restaurants on this list are closed for brunch so I’ve added some new options! 

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MEXICAN/TEX-MEX BRUNCH IN AUSTIN

 

Tamale House in Austin Texas

Tamale House

Tamale House is one of the oldest restaurants in Austin since 1958 with the best tamales and migas in the city. All the tamales are made from scratch – the pork and chicken are my favorites but the bean is really good too. Make sure you add on one of their homemade sauces – the pork tamale smothered with mole sauce is my favorite. You have to also get Mom’s migas and queso – fresh eggs scrambled with pan-fried corn tortillas, queso, and salsa ranchera.

Tamale House also serves margaritas on the rocks and frozen with 13 different kinds of tequila.

What to order: Pork tamales with adobe sauce, chicken tamales, and Mom’s migas and queso (also good in taco form). 

Hours: Saturday & Sunday from 9am – 4pm

1707 E 6th St, tamalehouseeast.com

 

Grizzelda's Sunday brunch

Grizzelda’s

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

 

El Alma

El Alma has re-opened their dining room and patio with limited seating. The entire El Alma property has been professionally sanitized by Clean Advocate, a fellow AIBA member business, before reopening and on a recurring schedule moving forward. Enjoy a beautiful view of downtown Austin on El Alma’s famous patio.

Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 3pm.

1025 Barton Springs Rd, elalmacafe.com/brunch/

 

Suerte Austin

Suerte

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 11am – 3pm

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 + Sunday from 11am – 3pm

1800 E 6th St, suerteatx.com

RELATED: 9 Reasons Why Austin Texas Is The No. 1 Best Place To Live

 

Brunch at Comedor restaurant in downtown Austin Texas

Comedor

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

 

Fresa's Austin Frozen Margarita

Fresa’s

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 in Austin, Texas

El Naranjo

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: Sunday from 11am – 2pm

2717 S Lamar Blvd STE 1085, elnaranjorestaurant.com

SEE ALSO: Best Breakfast Tacos In Austin 

 

La Condesa - best restaurant in Austin

La Condesea

Margaritas at brunch make me very happy, and La Condesa has my favorite classic margarita. Plus, signature cocktails are half-off all day.

What to order: lengua tacos, huevos rancheros, chilaquilas, and chips & salsa.

Hours: Sunday from 11am – 3pm

400 W 2nd St, lacondesa.com

 

Gabriela's in South Austin

Gabriela’s

Gabriela’s opened in South Austin earlier this year with their iconic Instagrammable space, food, and cocktails. 

Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 3pm

9600 S I-35 Frontage Rd Ste. B-500, gabrielasdowntown.com

 

Sunday brunch at Fonda San Miguel

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

Magnolia Cafe in Austin Texas

Magnolia Cafe

The most iconic brunch spot in Austin is probably Magnolia Cafe that’s been open for 42 years and open 24/7. Sadly they closed their Lake Austin location last year but the South Congress location is still open!

1920 S Congress Ave, magnoliacafeaustin.com

 

Launderette - brunch in Austin

Launderette 

I’ve had a lot of meals recently but Launderette took me by surprise by how good the food was. The Americana with oyster mushrooms, bacon, sunny eggs, and sourdough toast was my favorite. The little gems salad with smoked trout was also delicious. 

You can also order the brunch at Launderette to-go with curbside pickup. 

What to order: Americana plate, fried chicken sandwich, and little gems salad with smoked trout.

Hours: Saturday & Sunday from 11am – 2:30pm

2115 Holly St, launderetteaustin.com

 

Sawyer & Co - brunch in Austin

Sawyer & Co

Sawyer & Co is open for indoor dining and outdoor dining on their outdoor patio that’s also dog-friendly! The outdoor patio is super cute and makes you almost forget you’re in Austin. The fried Catfish Orleans fried (or blackened catfish) with crawfish étouffée over rice and fried chicken biscuit were delicious. 

Sawyer & Co is also selling cute pouch cocktails to-go

What to order: fried Catfish Orleans and fried chicken biscuit.

Hours: Saturday & Sunday from 10am – 3pm

Happy Hour: dine-in for happy hour from 3:30pm – 6:30pm for food and drink specials!

4827 E Cesar Chavez St, sawyerand.co

SEE ALSO: 19 Best Dog Friendly Restaurants In Austin

 

TLC Austin seafood boil - brunch in Austin

TLC

If you’re craving seafood and specifically seafood boils, TLC is the spot. For the seafood boil, you can pick as much seafood you want and how many lbs. I got snow crab, Alaskan red king crab, shrimp, and potatoes with cajun spice and lemon butter. 

Your friend doesn’t like seafood but you do? TLC also has brunch items like eggs benedict, breakfast tacos, shrimp & grits and French toast.

TLC tries their best to get wild-caught, sustainable seafood, and local ingredients whenever possible too!

What to order: seafood boil, bacon flight, fried pickles, fried orka, and fried oysters. 

Hours: starts at 12pm

1100 S Lamar Blvd Ste, tlcaustin.com

 

Easy Tiger patio

Easy Tiger 

Brunch is back at Easy Tiger! Enjoy their ultra-popular Breakfast Sandwich, plus a few new items like our Smoked Salmon Baguette, Breakfast Bowl, Croque Madame, and more. Easy Tiger just opened on the east side at the previous La V space.

No reservations required; first come, first served. Limit 10 guests per table.

Easy Tiger Linc Brunch hour: Saturday & Sunday from 7am – 3pm

6406 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd Suite 1100, easytigerusa.com

 

Hillside Farmacy in Austin Texas

Hillside Farmacy

Hillside Farmacy has reopened their dining room and patio for weekend brunch! 

What to order: mac & cheese, eggs in a bowl and big brekkie

Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 3pm (no reservations, walk in only)

1209 E 11th St, hillsidefarmacy.com

 

Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile

For good ol’ Southern comfort food, go to Jacoby’s on East Caesar Chavez. Dine on the outdoor patio overlooking the Colorado River. I love the chicken fried steak & waffles and steak & eggs here. 

What to order: mac & cheese, eggs in a bowl and big brekkie

Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 2pm

3235 E Cesar Chavez St, jacobysaustin.com

 

Perla's Restaurant Austin

Perla’s

Perla’s has one of the biggest patios on South Congress and they’ve reopened during this time!

Happy Hour is every weekday from 3 – 6pm with 50¢ off oysters and $2 off house cocktails & beer.

Hours: Saturday & Sunday from 10:30am – 9pm

1400 S Congress Ave, perlasaustin.com

 

June's Breakfast

June’s All Day

Just down the street from Perla’s is their sister restaurant, June’s All Day. You can dine-in for brunch or order for curbside pickup. 

Hours: Saturday & Sunday from 9am – 3pm 

1722 S Congress Ave, junesallday.com

 

Provision restaurant in Austin Texas

Provision

Provision has reopened its dining room at 50% capacity. Reservations are encouraged but not required and can be made HERE through OpenTable. Patio seating is available as well, although the bar is closed at this time. Curbside pickup is available and orders can be placed online HERE. Please note that cash payment is not accepted at this time.

Hours: Saturday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (brunch); 3-10 p.m. (dinner) and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (brunch)

4200-B, W Braker Ln, provisionaustin.com

 

Irene’s

Irene’s is kicking off Pride Month with a special Pride edition of Drag Brunch complete with rainbow Rice Krispies Treats. $1 from each sold will be donated to Kind Clinic during the month of June. Follow Irene’s on Instagram for all the Smoking, Drinking, Gambling fun to come – do you hear me, Lizzo Brunch?

COVID-19 BRUNCH HOURS: Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 10 pm

506 West Ave, irenesaustin.com

 

24 Diner

24 Diner has reopened their dining room and patio at 50% capacity so you can enjoy their signature dishes like the chicken and waffles and Wagyu burgers! Join Chef Andrew Curren for summer cookouts in the parking lot with Father’s Day and Fourth of July specials.

Hours: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily.

600 N Lamar Blvd, 24diner.com

 

Mattie's brunch in Austin Texas

Mattie’s

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, Milk Punch French Toast with candied pecans, and Mattie’s breakfast plate

Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 2pm

811 W Live Oak St, mattiesaustin.com

 

Brunch at Emmer & Rye

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

 

Brunch at Banger's 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.

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

 

Josephine House

Josephine House

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: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 3pm

1601 Waterston Ave, Josephine House brunch menu

 

Contigo

Contigo

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

 

Snooze

Snooze Am Eatery

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: Weekdays 7:00AM – 2:00PM & Weekends 6:30AM – 2:30PM

North Lamar, East 6th, and South Lamar, snoozeeatery.com


HEALTHY BRUNCH SPOTS IN AUSTIN

 

Brunch at Cafe No Se

Cafe No Se

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

SEE ALSO: 24 Best Healthy Restaurants In Austin, Updated 2020

 

The Steeping Room Brunch

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: Open 11 am to 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday for curbside to go only.

4400 N Lamar Blvd #102, thesteepingroom.com


EUROPEAN BRUNCH SPOTS IN AUSTIN

 

Uncle Nicky's - brunch in Austin Texas

Uncle Nicky’s

European all-day dining experience reminiscent of the cafes of Northern Italy at both Uncle Nicky locations in Hyde Park and East Austin.

What to order: Eggs Nicky, truffled egg, Italian omelettes, mini ricotta pancakes, and garibaldi.

Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am – 2pm

4222 Duval St + 1123 E. 11th St, unclenickys.com

 

Intero Italian Austin

Intero

Intero is a sustainability-focused farm-to-table Italian restaurant in East Austin with housemade pasta and chocolates.

COVID-19 BRUNCH HOURS: Sunday brunch for carryout and call-ahead patio seating from 10-30 a.m. – 2 p.m. for brunch.

2612 E Cesar Chavez St, interorestaurant.com

 

Bouldin Creek Cafe

Locally owned and women-owned healthy cafe on South 1st. Currently only open for curbside. 

1900 S 1st St, bouldincreekcafe.com


BARBECUE BRUNCH SPOTS IN AUSTIN

La Barbecue in Austin Texas

La Marbecue

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.

2401 E Cesar Chavez St, labarbecue.com


DIM SUM BRUNCH SPOTS IN AUSTIN

 

QI Austin

Qi

Qi is the fanciest dim sum brunch that’s located in downtown Austin with a big outdoor patio.

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. Reservations encouraged.

SEE ALSO: My Favorite Asian Noodles & Ramen In Austin

 

Jumbo soup dumpling

Lin Asian Bar

The original spot is 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. Reservations encouraged.

1203 W 6th St, linasianbar.com


ASIAN BRUNCH SPOTS IN AUSTIN

Lucky Robot

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.

Hours: Saturday and Sunday at 11am – 3pm

1303 S Congress Ave, luckyrobotatx.com

 

Elizabeth St Cafe

Elizabeth St Cafe

Ladies who brunch will want to brunch at the French-Vietnamese cafe, Elizabeth St Cafe – 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

1501 S 1st St, elizabethstreetcafe.com

SEE ALSO: Best Asian Food in Austin


This guide is part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s 2021 City Guide. Check out more of the best eats in Austin, curated by Austin food bloggers, on the full list of guides.

WRITTEN BY:

Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.

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