The Best Brunches in Austin
When it comes to brunch, some of our favorite restaurants are serving up creative and classic plates with tasty cocktails and locally-roasted coffee. If you’re looking for your next spot for the perfect weekend brunch, these are your best bets.
901 West Live Oak St.
At Mattie’s, delicious southern fare is served in a picturesque and historic setting — what more could you want for a weekend brunch? Situated in a South Austin farmhouse previously owned by Henry and Martha “Mattie” Faulk, the property’s stunning trees frame an expansive outdoor seating area, where diners can enjoy the Fried Chicken Eggs Benedict, Lobster Cobb, Cinnamon Sugar Brioche Doughnuts and other delightful dishes.
1209 East 11th St.
Quaint and quirky Hillside Farmacy uses freshly-sourced ingredients from local vendors to bring their scrumptious plates to life. The building, which was previously a pharmacy owned by pharmacist Doc Young, is a Texas Historical Landmark. The Young family still owns the building, and the Hillside Farmacy team renovated the space in 2011. Beyond that, the food is always wonderful, and the soda fountain drinks bring all the nostalgia.
2307 Hancock Dr.
The Sunday Brunch at épicerie is an ideal way to experience all that the French-American cafè and grocery has to offer. The non-waste farm-to-table eatery is constantly changing its menu with the seasons, but no matter the current offerings, you must try their authentic and unbelievably tasty pastries, especially the Pain Au Chocolate and Kouign Amann.
1120 West 6th St.
A deli, bakery and café wrapped up in one aesthetically-pleasing space, Swedish Hill serves an all-day menu every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. We love to visit at brunch time to sip on a Figure 8 coffee and share the Cured Fish Board with bagels. The breakfast offerings, served until 11 a.m. and weekdays and 3 p.m. on weekends, are more typical items, like a breakfast sandwich and granola bowl, but each dish is elevated to a gourmet level.
Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum
1203 West 6th St.
Served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, the Dim Sum Brunch at Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum is more than your average brunch. The traditional Chinese meal from Chef Ling Qi Wu features a full lineup of potstickers, bao and more. Be ready to share with a group and don’t forget the signature soup dumplings!
5811 Berkman Dr.
At Hank’s, the expansive patio and contemporary interiors provide a perfect setting to relish in an extensive list of breakfast and lunch options. Go all out with the Mimosa Carafe or Surf ‘N’ Turf Bloody Mary for the beverage portion of your meal. As for your main course, keep it light with the Garden & Goat Salad or fully indulge with the Eggs Benedict or Hot Fried Chicken Sandwich. Hank’s is a crowd pleaser, perfect for birthdays, family gatherings and special occasions.
Bouldin Creek Cafe
1900 South 1st St.
This woman-owned restaurant is one of our favorite vegan and vegetarian spots in town, and they make a mean brunch! Their made-from-scratch breakfast menu is served all day so visitors can sit for the meal anytime they please. The eatery is a neighborhood favorite, full of regulars who keep coming back for the organic coffee, fresh dishes and friendly staff.
Elizabeth Street Café
1501 South 1st St.
A Vietnamese café and a French bakery all in one! That’s Elizabeth Street Café. The bright, sunny restaurant brings the best of those cuisines together in its brunch offerings, which ranges from Bánh Mì sandwiches on house-baked baguettes to slurp-worthy Pho and sweet and savory crêpes. We also recommend the creative brunch cocktails and tasty Iced Vietnamese Coffee. And if you’re an early bird, you’re in luck because brunch is served from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the weekends.
501 Colorado St.
A modern Mexican mecca led by Chef Phillip Speer, Comedor is a can’t-miss culinary destination no matter the meal, but let’s talk about the brunch. You might not expect it, but the pancake is delicious, served with cajeta and brown butter to make a delectable treat to kick off your day. Looking for something more savory? Get a little bit of everything with the Plato Comedor, featuring a chorizo verde and black beans.
Honey Moon Spirit Lounge
624 West 34th St.
The vibes are top-notch at Honey Moon, a newer addition to Austin’s culinary scene. The 34th Street spot offers a decadent range of brunch plates, ranging from the humble but tasty Honey Moon Biscuits, served with beetroot butter and honey, to the epic Seafood Tower, complete with a dozen oysters, Argentinian prawns, crab claws and more delicacies from the sea. The lounge’s colorful, moody design will dazzle guests, along with its terrific drinks and dishes.
Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar
1400 South Congress Ave.
Founded in 2009 by hospitality industry giants Larry McGuire and Tom Moorman, Perla’s is known for its epic seafood offerings. Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, and there’s options for everyone! Get something from the Oyster Bar for that classic Perla’s bite, or go for a more breakfast-inspired plate with the Perla’s French Toast. This hotspot is reliably delectable with every visit.
1920 South Congress Ave.
Magnolia Cafe is an Austin institution. The original Lake Austin Boulevard location unfortunately closed in recent years, but thankfully, locals can still catch all their faves at Magnolia Cafe South, perched on South Congress Avenue. The family-owned business offers breakfast anytime, plus Tex-Mex plates, sandwiches and a myriad of heavenly pies.
Better Half Coffee & Cocktails
406 Walsh St.
Casual, trendy and great for a crowd, Better Half is an ideal spot for catching up with pals. Order at the counter and grab a table by the bar or in the ample seating area outside. Shareable plates include the famous Cauliflower Tots, crispy Waffle Iron Hashbrowns and signature Better Half Breakfast Sandwich. All the beverages are amazing as well — cheers to a fun weekend meal!
1800 East 6th St.
Best known for their masa-inspired menu, Suerte creates a brunch that pays homage to Tex-Mex classics in the form of Chilaquiles and Huevos Tejanos, but also breaks the breakfast norm with dishes like Lengua Hash and Pozole Rojo. Plus, the eatery’s specialty brunch cocktails add an extra flair to the already fantastic meal.
1601 Waterston Ave.
Clarksville’s Josephine House will make you feel right at home. The cozy blue cottage house serves brunch all week, not just on the weekends, so you can get those wonderful Lemon Ricotta Pancakes any day you want. This is also a perfect venue for events thanks to restaurant buyout options and The Apartment, a private space located right above Jeffrey’s, Josephine House’s sister restaurant.
1503 West 35th St.
Houston mainstay Tiny Boxwoods expanded to Austin several years ago, quickly gaining a legion of local fans who love their signature chocolate chip cookies, classic brunch offerings and date night-worthy dinner menu. With chic interiors and a plant-filled nursery, Tiny Boxwoods is the place to be on weekend mornings.
1203 East 11th St.
Paperboy started as a food truck before opening as a brick-and-mortar on East 11th Street. The well-designed eatery has something for everyone. There’s the Classic Breakfast for basic brunch lovers, the Pho Grits for more adventurous eaters and the Paperboy Pancake for those with a sweet tooth. Plus, Paperboy’s baristas and bartenders are constantly whipping up amazing coffees and cocktails.
Foreign & Domestic
306 East 53rd St.
Chefs Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley focus on creative dishes made from Texas-grown ingredients at North Loop’s Foreign & Domestic. The restaurant partners with vendors like Village Farms, 44 Farms and Barton Springs Mill to ensure the impeccable taste of their brunch, which is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., only on Sundays.
600 North Lamar Blvd.
24 Diner has been in the Austin brunch game for years and it’s the place to go for all things classic. Their Belgian yeast-raised waffles are particularly amazing, featured in the Waffle Breakfast and Chicken & Waffle dish. Chef Andrew Curren, a two-time nominee for Food & Wine’s “People’s Best New Chef,” is elevating diner dishes to new heights. The best part? Breakfast is served all day, every day so enjoy your brunch whenever you please.
2115 Holly St.
Helmed by Chef Rene Ortiz, Launderette is one of our favorite spots in East Austin. The covered outdoor patio is an ideal setting to partake in the satisfying goodness of each of their menu items. We recommend trying something sweet and something savory for the best of both worlds.
Kerbey Lane Cafe
3704 Kerbey Ln.
It’s a classic for a reason. Kerbey Lane Cafe is a comfort food mecca, bringing the goods to Austin eaters since 1980. A go-to for college students, families and the late-night crowd, Kerbey Lane is 100% family-owned and sources many of their ingredients from independent farms like HeartBrand Beef and Pederson’s Natural Farms. Now with eight locations across Austin, this beloved café is worth a visit.
1900 Simond Ave.
L’oca D’oro serves up mind-blowing Italian food at their bright Mueller location. Their brunch menu (available every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) includes the likes of panzanella with grilled peaches, egg salad toast on sourdough brioche, french toast sticks with cherry sorghum and whipped mascarpone, and classic pasta dishes. Everything is rich and fresh — a perfect blend of authentic Italian with some local flare.
1886 Cafe and Bakery
604 Brazos St.
A visit to this charming Victorian-style café tucked within the historic Driskill Hotel, is always a treat. The quaint downtown restaurant serves up delicious traditional Texas comfort foods that combine time-honored original recipes with brunch served daily, no reservations required. Indulge in their famous Texas Shaped Pecan Waffle and Quiche Lorraine.
600 W 2nd Street
The Peacock Mediterranean Grill located in the chic Austin Proper hotel serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but their new brunch menu is a standout on weekends. The menu is inspired by Mediterranean cuisine with delicious shareable options such as the delicious toasted almond muhammara with warm pita, wood fired kebabs, or grilled prawns. Choose from an amazing brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays, offered until 4 p.m., that features an indulgent french toast banana brûlée, a Greek omelette, and lamb meatballs with soft eggs, as well as light fare such as avocado toast with tomato jam.
705 Gunter St.
Nestled in the east side of Austin, Lynny’s offers quirky, laid-back brunch fare Wednesday through Sunday from their diner-inspired food truck. Signature items include the Cartoon Latte (sprinkled with Lucky Charms), the Deli Breakfast served on an everything biscuit, and the Toaster Pancakes that come in seasonal flavors. They also have a board of rotating specials, so there’s always something new to try.