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A complete guide to brunch in Austin

Editor's note, March 2018: We've checked to make sure these brunch spots are still good.  Looking for other places to grab some food? Check out the best barbecue in Austin, the best Mexican cuisine and the best comfort food. See more of restaurant critic Matthew Odam’s picks across Austin.

(Note: this list does not include traditional breakfast places, trailers or bakeries.)

1886 Cafe & Bakery. 614 E. Sixth St. at the Driskill Hotel. 1886cafeandbakery.com

Scene: Small café offers a classic feel at Austin’s oldest hotel.

Brunch hours: 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

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Highlights: Texas pecan waffles, bread pudding French toast, Brazos huevos rancheros, smoked salmon and bagel 

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden. 79 Rainey St. bangersaustin.com

Scene: Sausage and beer heaven with massive outdoor seating area.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: Pastrami-styled cured salmon, six different sausages, Banger’s Benedict, Banger’s breakfast sandwich

Barlata Tapas Bar. 1500 S. Lamar Blvd. barlataaustin.com 

Scene: High ceilings, modern design and a convivial atmosphere.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Highlights: Tortilla Espanola, choriburger, poached eggs with jamon Iberico

Blue Star Cafeteria. 4800 Burnet Rd. bluestarcafeteria.com

Scene: Refined take on diner food.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Highlights: Quiche Lorraine, vanilla-battered French toast, open-faced egg sandwich

Chez Zee. 5406 Balcones Dr. chez-zee.com

Scene: Colorful neighborhood staple has been in business for more than 25 years.

Brunch hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Highlights: Crème brûlée French toast, Southern grilled pork chop and eggs, chicken and waffle

Clark’s. 1200 W. Sixth St. clarksoysterbar.com 

Scene: Jewel box restaurant feels like an ocean-side retreat.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Highlights: Oysters, crudo plate, beef tartare, wood-grilled shrimp toast, cioppino on grits, hangar steak and eggs

Contigo. 2027 Anchor Lane. contigotexas.com/austin 

Scene: Open-air environment, wood and iron décor, and large outdoor tables give restaurant ranch-like feel.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: Quiche, rabbit and dumplings, smoked trout, beef tongue hash, housemade breads

Eastside Café. 2113 Manor Rd. eastsidecafeaustin.com

Scene: Quaint restaurant built in an East Austin old house sources some ingredients from its on-site garden.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Highlights: Baked huevos Mexicanos, smoked salmon Benedict, apple-almond waffle, blueberry blintzes, garden vegetable enchiladas

El Naranjo. 85 Rainey St. elnaranjo-restaurant.com 

Scene: Fresh and elegant restaurant from Mexican chef Iliana de la Vega.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Highlights: Ceviche de la semana, three-egg omelet with queso oaxaca served with refried black beans, avocado, salsa verde and house baked fresh bread, braised beef tenderloin tips, chilaquiles con crema and queso

Elizabeth Street Café. 1501 S. First St. elizabethstreetcafe.com 

Scene: Adorable French colonial-style café and bakery with wrap-around patio seating.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: Croissant with Niman Ranch ham and gruyere; Nutella and banana stuffed crepe; brioche French toast; breakfast banh mi; sticky rice with ginger sauce and poached eggs

Enoteca. 1610 S. Congress Ave. austinvespaio.com

Scene: Vespaio’s laid-back kid sister on Austin’s showcase boulevard.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: Semolina-buttermilk pancakes, porchetta panini, croquet madame, poached eggs on focaccia with Niman Ranch ham or spinach and roasted tomato, crab cake with poached egg and hollandaise 

Epicerie. 2307 Hancock Dr. epicerieaustin.com

Scene: French-inspired neighborhood café.

Brunch hours: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: Scrapple, “Mad dog” pancakes, croque madame, eggs benedict

Fonda San Miguel. 2330 W. North Loop Blvd. fondasanmiguel.com 

Scene: Austin’s original expansive temple to the flavors of Mexico.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: Sprawling buffet includes black drum ceviche, cochinita pibil, chicken mole poblano, chicken mole verde, jicama fruit salad, beans and rice, housemade tortillas, arroz con leche, bread pudding, almond flan.

Frank. 407 Colorado St. hotdogscoldbeer.com 

Scene: Fun and irreverent lovers of encased meat, beer, and whiskey.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: Chicken and bacon waffles; shrimp and grits; Makers Mark toast with blueberry-bourbon syrup; pulled-pork Benedict

Freedmen’s. 2402 San Gabriel St. freedmensbar.com 

Scene: Historic building with great ambiance and cocktails and a large courtyard.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: Barbecue Benedict with choice of brisket, pulled pork, or sausage; jalapeño cheese grits; various smoked meat by the plate or pound

Hightower. 1209 E. Seventh St. thehightoweraustin.com 

Scene: Scruffy and personable neighborhood restaurant and bar.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Highlights: Boudin scramble, ricotta toast, carnitas sandwich, grit waffle

Holy Roller. 509 Rio Grande St. 512-502-5119. holyrolleraustin.com

Scene: Bold flavors, a strong sense of self and a devil-may-care attitude define this female-run rock-and-roll diner that specializes in brunch.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: The Casbah, migas kolache, pancakes

Hopfields. 3110 Guadalupe St. hopfieldsaustin.com

Scene: Rustic French bistro meets American pub.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily

Highlights: Corned lamb hash, hamburger on a French toast bun, Full English

Hyde Park Bar & Grill. 4206 Duval St. 4521 West Gate Blvd. hpbng.com

Scene: The original has been serving neighbors (and treating strangers like neighbors) for more than three decades.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Highlights: Eggs Benedict, migas, chicken and waffles

Iron Cactus. Multiple locations.  ironcactus.com

Scene: Standard Tex-Mex fare.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. (Stonelake location also offers brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.)

Highlights: Brunch buffet includes huevos rancheros, migas, scrambled eggs, and hickory smoked bacon.

Jack Allen’s Kitchen. Locations in Oak Hill, Round Rock and West Austin. jackallenskitchen.com 

Scene: Farm-to-table Texas comfort.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: Buffet includes layered enchilada casserole, chicken-fried chicken, tomato-basil pie, and eggs cooked to order.

Josephine House. 1610 Waterston St. josephineofaustin.com 

Scene: Bright and charming Clarksville café.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Highlights: Coddled egg with shaved cured ham; grits, mushrooms, duck confit, kale and poached egg; petit filet and egg; Lyonnaise salad.

La Condesa. 400 W. Second St. lacondesaaustin.com 

Scene: Vibrant restaurants nods to Mexico City from the heart of downtown.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Highlights: Roasted carrot salad, huevos Condesa with roasted chicken and fried eggs, chilangos, Cuban sandwich 

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue. 401 W. Second St. lambertsaustin.com 

Scene: Classic old building colored in handsome wood fixtures gives the feel of an upscale saloon.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: Buffet includes fruit and berries, classic new potato salad, jicama and cilantro slaw, house-smoked salmon, roasted garlic and rosemary crusted prime rib, brown sugar and coffee rubbed natural brisket, coriander and maple crusted Berkshire pork ribs.

Launderette. 2115 Holly St. launderetteaustin.com 

Scene: Eclectic and energized café with clean lines and bold flavors.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Highlights: Buttermilk pancakes, Bacon sticky bun, asparagus Benedict with truffle Hollandaise, pork and grits, fried oyster Florentine 

Manuel’s. 310 Congress Ave. 10201 Jollyville Rd. manuels.com

Scene: Serving quality Mexican food for more than 30 years.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: Huevos rancheros, three-egg omelet, grilled beef tenderloin with Mexican potatoes

Max’s Wine Dive. 207 San Jacinto Blvd. maxswinedive.com

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. Sundays.

Highlights: Fried chicken and waffles, fried three-egg sandwich with bacon and Gruyère, a bowl of jalapeño cheese grits with pulled pork called the SXSW.

Moonshine. 303 Red River St.  moonshinegrill.com

Scene: Historic home gives the feeling you’re dining at your grandparents’ house.

Brunch hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: Buffet includes King Ranch casserole, migas, green egg scramble, green chile cheese grits, deviled eggs, spiral ham with pineapple chipotle glaze, white chocolate bread pudding

North by Northwest Restaurant and Brewery. 10010 N. Capital of Texas Hwy. 5701 W. Slaughter Ln. nxnwbrew.com

Scene: Brew pub with a family-friendly vibe.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Highlights: Greek omelet, brunch pizza, poached eggs with shrimp-and-crab cakes

Odd Duck. 1201 S. Lamar Blvd. oddduckaustin.com

Scene: Farm-to-table restaurant centered around a wood-burning stove offers taste of the country in middle of the city.

Brunch hours: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: Spring salad with strawberries, avocado, feta, and snow peas; corn dog with chorizo verde; pork flank taco; kohlrabi tots with goat confit; French toast with pig face ($10)

Opal Divine’s. 2200 S. Interstate 35. 12709 North Mopac Expressway.opaldivines.com

Scene: Large beer bar with a taste for scotch.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

Highlights: Chicken fry and eggs, French toast combo, Austin omelet with tomatoes, sprouts and avocado on a bed of white queso 

Perla’s. 1400 S. Congress Ave. perlasaustin.com

Scene: Expansive patio offers great people watching while eating seafood on landlocked South Congress Avenue.

Brunch hours: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Highlights: Wood-grilled oysters, tomato and cucumbers gazpacho, oak-grilled branzini scramble, lobster omelet 

Punch Bowl Social. 11310 Domain Dr. punchbowlsocial.com/austin

Scene: Playhouse for grown-ups.

Brunch hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Highlights: Blintz, smoked brisket hash, huevos rancheros, cast iron burgers 

Red’s Porch. 3508 S. Lamar Blvd. redsporch.com

Scene: Casual hang with a country vibe.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Highlights: New Orleans beignets, shrimp and grits, steak and eggs, migas, fried chicken and waffles

Roaring Fork Stonelake 10850 Stonelake Blvd. roaringfork.com

Scene: Refined clubby vibe by the lake.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: Green chile pork, Elgin sausage migas, honey-dipped fried chicken, biscuits and gravy

Russell’s Bistro. 1601 W. 38th St. russellsbistro.com

Scene: Mellow and friendly neighborhood café.

Brunch hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: Banana-pecan pancakes, crème brûlée French toast, eggs Benedict, Russell’s migas 

Second Bar + Kitchen. 200 Congress Ave. 3121 Palm Way Suite 101. secondbarkitchen.com 

Scene: Consistency and a good time in one of the best locations downtown and in the Domain.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Highlights: Texas benedict with pulled pork shoulder, bacon-pecan bread pudding, veal meatball sub, grilled pineapple and berry salad

South Congress Café. 1600 S. Congress Ave. southcongresscafe.com

Scene: A popular pit stop for Southwestern fare amidst the South Congress shopping madness.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Highlights: Tuna tartare, crab cakes, very blue salad, goat cheese and bacon omelet, jalapeño venison meatloaf

Swift’s Attic. 315 Congress Ave. Suite 200. swiftsattic.com

Scene: The boisterous clubby atmosphere gives way to a more relaxing vibe during daylight hours.

Brunch hours: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: Turkey hash; poached eggs and pork cheeks; Korean BBQ strip steak with fried eggs; forbidden rice bibimbap, foie gras PB&J pancakes 

Tacos and Tequila. 507 Pressler Street Suite 400. tacosandtequilatnt.com

Scene: A boozy Tex-Mex brunch.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Highlights: Buffet includes a street taco bar, omelets and huevos ranchero, salads and guacamole, enchiladas and adope pie and dessert

Taverna. 258 W. Second St. 3120 Palm Way. 512-477-1001tavernabylombardi.com

Scene: A small taste of Italy, complete with sidewalk seating.

Brunch hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Highlights: Shrimp and asparagus omelet, vanilla French toast, pan-fried eggs with sausage and truffle oil

Texas French Bread. 2900 Rio Grande St. 512-499-0544texasfrenchbread.com

Scene: Quaint bakery and café is a fixture in the campus area, with good reason.

Brunch hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Highlights: Ham and egg sandwich; buckwheat crepe with ham, egg, and cheese; pork Milanese 

Threadgill’s. 301 W. Riverside Dr. 6416 N. Lamar Blvd. threadgills.com

Scene: A taste of Old Austin. Bluegrass Brunch (North Lamar), Gospel Brunch (Riverside).

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Highlights: Migas, grits, biscuits and gravy, omelet station, pancakes, fruit.

Trace. 200 Lavaca St. at the W Hotel Austin. traceaustin.com

Scene: Sophistication with a sidewalk view in the Second Street District.

Brunch hours: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Highlights: Farmer’s breakfast, croque madame, shrimp and crab Louis sandwich, golden malted waffle

Trio at the Four Seasons. 98 San Jacinto Blvd. triorestaurantaustin.com

Scene: Exceptional service in a calm and classy dining room.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: Amazing buffet includes crab claws, sushi, smoked fish, charcuterie, omelet station, cheese board, pastries, ceviche, eggs Benedict, pancakes, carving station, dessert station

Zocalo. 1110 West Lynn St. 512-472-8226zocalocafe.com

Scene: Airy dining space befitting the clean approach to Mexican.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Highlights: Chilaquiles, huevos verde, breakfast burrito, granola bowl with fruit

Z’Tejas. 1110 W. Sixth St. 9400A Arboretum Blvd. 10525 W. Parmer Lane. ztejas.com

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Arboretum and Sixth Street). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday (Parmer Lane).

Highlights: Barbacoa breakfast enchiladas, chicken-and-potato hash, migas, sweet pancakes

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