Brunch in Austin is quite the event. Many of the popular places will have hours-long queues and folks scrambling to get tables, but once you’re seated, you’re in luck: brunch means booze before noon, sweet or savory bites for any appetite and a lazy start to your Sunday.
Here are 24 tried-and-true brunch spots in Austin that every foodie needs to try at least once.
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24 Tried-and-True Brunch Spots in Austin
This is the newest restaurant on the list, but Suerte fits the “tried-and-true” theme because this Mexican East Austin restaurant has been winning national awards left and right and has been recognized by big names like New York Times and Bon Appetit. This is already an Austin hot spot and it’s sure to become a staple in the Austin brunch scene.
WEBSITE | 1800 E 6th St
Jacoby’s serves ranch-to-table fare, so the food you’re eating at Jacoby’s was actually raised at Jacoby’s ranch! The burger, hash, pancakes, duck migas, shrimp and grits, and buttermilk biscuits are all hearty and delicious and I can’t. Get. Enough. Of. It.
If you order dessert, be sure to try a slice of that strawberry cake. It’s my favorite strawberry dessert in Austin!
WEBSITE | 3235 E Cesar Chavez
Sway Thai’s brunch has quickly become one of my favorite in the city! The moo sway congee is great for savory brunch fans, and the fried chicken and waffle (thai basil waffle, togarashi fried chicken, thai herb butter, tamarind + ginger maple syrup, pickled fresno) is a little sweet and packed with flavor.
WEBSITE | 2 locations
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4. Fonda San Miguel
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This is one of the brunch kings in Austin! An all-you-can-eat brunch buffet will leave you absolutely stuffed. To be honest, I could fill up on the dessert table alone, which is overflowing with dozens of types of Mexican cakes, cookies, and puddings. The mole, cochinita pibil, and ceviche are all show stoppers. WEBSITE | 2330 W North Loop
5. Josephine House
Josephine House is easily one of the prettiest brunch spots in Austin, but the food matches the hype. Those lemon ricotta pancakes are SO thick and fluffy, and the breakfast burger is served with those tasty little frites that we all love so much…
Psst: they have a weekday breakfast, too!
WEBSITE | 1601 Waterston
6. Better Half Bar
Part coffee shop, part bar, part restaurant, and Better Half is one of the most popular weekend hangs in Austin. Come for the food and stay for the ambiance! Try breakfast staples like a pastrami hash, egg and hash brown breakfast sandwich, and banana pancakes. Enjoy it all on the outdoor casual patio!
Psst: they’re near downtown but they have a full parking lot, which is very significant in Austin!
WEBSITE | 406 Walsh St
7. Bouldin Creek Café
It’s a vegetarian restaurant, but the brunch doesn’t feel especially veggie-heavy. I love getting a Joe’s Smokin Omelet (cheddar-jack cheese, sautéed organic spinach & onion topped with chipotle-pecan pesto), an earl grey latte, and a vegan oatmeal cookie sandwich to go. 😉
WEBSITE | 1900 S 1st St
8. Dai Due
Dai Due serves the ultimate local Texas fare, and it’s one of my very favorite dinner and breakfast restaurants in Austin. The menu has a couple regular items (try the biscuits and gravy with venison breakfast sausage; the biscuits taste smoky from being heated over an open flame) and lots of rotating items based on what’s in season.
WEBSITE | 2406 Manor Rd
9. Café no Sé
Get your camera ready – Café no Sé, the healthy(ish) restaurant on the ground floor of the South Congress Hotel, was made for photos. The delicious food is all insta-worthy (as are the walls/floors/tables/EVERYTHING!), and the pastries, made by badass pastry chef Amanda Rockman will absolutely blow your mind. Please don’t finish your brunch without trying at least one pastry!
WEBSITE | 1603 S Congress Ave
10. Fixe Southern House
One word: BISCUITS.
(But also try some of the other southern food, like the fried chicken sandwich or the lobster and crawfish pot pie.)
WEBSITE | 500 W 5th St
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11. Odd Duck
Odd Duck is a staple in the Austin brunch scene. The small plates of farm-to-table fare are made for sharing, and expect to be tempted by lots of delicious pastries! Servers walk around with them on platters, offering them to hungry guests.
WEBSITE | 1201 S Lamar Blvd
12. Banger’s Sausage House
This Rainey Street restaurant easily has one of the longest waits for brunch in Austin, but you can sip on a “manmosa” (a mimosa made with an entire bottle of sparkling wine) while you wait for your brunch feast!
WEBSITE | 79 Rainey St
13. Texas French Bread
They’ve been around since 1981, baking delicious bread and pastries and, more recently, serving hearty breakfast and lunch dishes to hungry locals. The challah French toast, bistro breakfast, and French omelette are all lovely.
WEBSITE | 2900 Rio Grande St
14. Hillside Farmacy
Can’t get enough of this place! Hillside Farmacy is a renovated drug store in East Austin with ALL OF THE CHARM. All of it. It’s been lovingly renovated, and now you can stop by and enjoy tasty bites like green onion biscuits & sausage gravy or blueberry pancakes.
If you’re looking for a contemporary American brunch with a view, Geraldine’s is a hard one to beat! It’s located at the top of the Hotel Van Zandt where you can enjoy a view of the Colorado River while you sip mimosas.
WEBSITE | 605 Davis St
Cisco’s Mexican bakery has been a staple in Austin since 1950s. It’s a great little place to stop by for a casual meal of breakfast tacos, huevos rancheros, and biscuits. Super casual, kind of a diner feel, and really cheap and filling and delicious.
WEBSITE | 1511 E 6th St
17. Mattie’s at Green Pastures
The historic Faulk mansion, which has been a restaurant for many decades but was only recently renovated into its current version, is also home to proud peacocks, strutting around on the lush green carpet. Dine inside the mansion in one of the many unique rooms, or enjoy brunch outside on the patio underneath the giant Live Oak trees.
WEBSITE | 811 W Live Oak St
18. Counter Cafe
I love this cute, casual, East Austin cafe for their giant pancakes, locally sourced eggs and meat, and all-around yummy breakfast! Try their giant blueberry pancakes, the crab cake benedict, and the tasty biscuits and gravy.
WEBSITE | 1914 E 6th St, Austin
19. Foreign and Domestic
Foreign and Domestic is tiny but mighty. The kitchen takes up about 50% of the restaurant space, but there are counter seats surrounding the kitchen if you like a front row seat while you dine. They serve farm-to-table fare, and Guy Fieri kinda sorta made their fried chicken biscuit famous.
WEBSITE | 306 E 53rd St
20. Rosedale Kitchen and Bar
A stunning interior with a great patio, classic American brunch dishes, and a bright, upscale feel. I love every single pastry they offer!
WEBSITE | 3800 N Lamar Blvd
This upscale, modern Mexican restaurant has a spectacular Sunday brunch. Think dishes like pancakes with cajeta and brown butter, carne asada and eggs, and cochinita pibil tacos on heirloom corn tortillas.
This American brunch is a hot spot in Austin! The restaurant is an award-winning favorite that was converted from an old laundromat (yep!), and now they serve some of the best American brunch dish in Austin. The patio is small but charming, and the buttermilk pancakes and pork shoulder hash have my whole heart.
WEBSITE | 2115 Holly Street
23. 24 Diner
It’s open early early early every day, so you can head here for “brunch” any day of the week! I always get their chicken and waffles because they are KILLER, but they also have some healthier options and lots of American brunch classics. Definitely a favorite in Austin.
WEBSITE | 600 N Lamar Blvd
24. Lin Asian Bar
If you want a dim sum brunch in Austin, go to Lin Asian bar. Their soup dumplings are the best! They also have lots of fried and steamed buns, eeggrolls, veggies, and so many more tasty morsels.
WEBSITE | 1203 W 6th St
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