The Best Brunch Spots In Seattle

Whether you’re looking to faceplant into some pancakes or host a birthday brunch, here are the best places in Seattle for your favorite weekend meal.
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There aren't too many things worth springing out of bed before 11am on the weekends (parents, we salute you). A great brunch is one of them—our list has our favorite spots in town, including newer additions to the city and classics we've loved forking pancakes at for years. Even if you’re the kind of person who hates waiting an hour for a breakfast burrito you could make at home in five minutes at a fraction of the cost, there's a spot for you on this guide.

Looking for weekday breakfast? We have a guide for that, too.


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When there’s a tableside cart involved at brunch, interest levels multiply—it’s a scientific fact, we’re pretty sure. And the mimosa cart at this always-packed Mexican restaurant on Capitol Hill is a fun addition to the serious breakfast plates you’ll eat here, like crisp rioja-sauced chilaquiles and braised beef with melty potatoes. Loaded with bottles of chilled bubbles and carafes of passionfruit, orange, guava, and raspberry juices, the whole cart schtick provides enough party vibes as is appropriate for a Sunday. And when the meal’s over, there’s a second cart with hot chocolate stirred to-order and sweet pastries like cream-filled churros and mini princess-pink conchas.

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By night, this Wallingford bar serves things like fried chicken, brisket, and open-faced sandwiches. By day, you’ll find all of the above, only topped with an egg or alongside a big waffle. That, plus a never-crowded woodsy space full of large booths, makes Union Saloon a great last-minute option that doesn't feel like an afterthought. Their braised pork cheek on grilled focaccia is only improved by a poached yolk, and if you’re more of a mix-and-match orderer, you can do no wrong with a side of shatteringly crispy bacon, some fried potato chunks, and the city’s best biscuit. There’s usually never a long wait for a table, either.

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This funky little bistro on Beacon Hill is the best spot in town for sparkling wine, whether you casually enjoy bubbles or your phone’s lock screen is currently the French countryside. Their brunch menu is a fantastic accompaniment to all of that carbonated grape juice, even if you only split an order of tempura-battered cream puffs and a round of passionfruit champagne punches. You won’t find three-egg breakfasts or pancake stacks here. Instead, you’ll find braised duck benedict with perfect poached eggs and tangy hoisin butter, griddled garam masala-kicked bread pudding with serious pumpkin spice energy (PSE), and our favorite dish, a custardy-crispy roasted cauliflower frittata. Not everyone in town is in on this place yet, so waltz right in to secure a table. Or make a reservation online.

This rickety little ship in the ID solely serves Vietnamese fried chicken rice and waffles—a dynamic duo we’ve replayed in our minds over and over again like the Napoleon Dynamite dance sequence. The fried cornish hens are super moist, blasted with sizzled garlic, and topped with a crackly glazed exterior. On the side, there’s yellow rice, an optional runny egg (exercise that option), chrysanthemum greens, and phở broth. That’d be enough for the brunch of the century, but then they go and add crisp-and-fluffy pandan waffles with salted whipped coconut and a peanut sesame crumble. Pair it all with stiff-and-sweet iced coffees, and we can’t think of a better early weekend lunch. Despite being seemingly small from the outside, the boat has plenty of four-tops where you can kick back with friends on a Sunday.

If you got less vitamin D this winter than one of those organisms that live near the ocean floor, a brunch on Terra Plata’s rooftop garden should help you feel like a functioning human again. The Spanish-leaning menu is excellent across the board, though be sure to prioritize manchego biscuits with tangy chorizo gravy or tender green chili pork with hominy and feta. If there ever were a brunch worth getting a shoulder sunburn for, it’s this one. (Please wear SPF.)

For an easy special occasion brunch, or a daytime date powered by natural wine and herbs de provence-infused omelettes, Fremont’s Le Coin is the French bistro you should seek out. Covered in a velvety mustard seed polka-dotted hollandaise, their eggs benedict with smoky thick-cut ham and a side of potatoes fried to the ideal shade of Pantone 18-0940 TCX is pretty mandatory. So is a round of mini apple fritters. But their breakfast sandwich, layered with pork belly, peppery arugula, pepperoncini, fresh radish, and runny fried eggs on a big seedy bun is great, too.

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This Ballard counter-service operation serves everything from avocado toast and griddled pastrami egg sandwiches to shakshuka and apple butter oat pancakes with hazelnut dukkah. As for drinks, they range from fresh-pressed green juice to one of the best espresso martinis in town. It’s all done in a bright and airy space complete with a covered patio, high-end pantry staples for sale, and a surplus of calming sky-blue paint. If all of that makes this place sound popular, that's because it is—show up early to avoid a wait.

If you find yourself craving savory things while everyone else is knee-deep in a stack of pancakes, head to El Moose. This Mexican restaurant in Ballard serves great food all day, but their brunch stands out above the rest. Floral oilcloths and papel picado brighten the space, while café de olla—an earthy spiced coffee served in clay mugs—livens up the out-late-last-night crowd. Order the alambres, a hot plate of shredded beef, spicy chorizo, and grilled poblano peppers and onions, topped with slices of cheese that melt on contact. Add a fried egg on top to appease the brunch gods, and swaddle it all inside tortillas. And while the horchata latte refills and warm energy may make you feel like the only customer in the entire city, they do get busy, so arrive early.

Brunch can be a way to enjoy something you might not have every morning, like crusty herb-loaded fried chicken on top of thin waffles slathered in Hennessy-infused butter. That’s why we love Fat’s in the Central District. There’s something about the way that their sweet syrup swirls with bits of fallen breading and a bracing cognac bite that just improves a Saturday or Sunday. Reserve the sad bowlful of stale cereal for Monday through Friday.  

This Fremont diner’s Dreamgirls Drag Brunch is probably the most difficult Seattle drag show to get into. You'll need to book well over a month in advance, but the hassle is worth it. There's the Xanadu-meets-Jurassic-Park patio, exemplary Jell-O shots, excellent caramel macchiato french toast, one of Seattle’s best burgers, and strawberry watermelon margaritas served in disco balls. Oh yeah, and the queens: Irene The Alien and Arietty are mainstays along with special guests that rotate (both physically and metaphorically).

If you like your waffles a little on the thicker side, you should make it a priority to visit Bebop Waffle Shop in West Seattle. Their belgian-style wedges are fluffy and yeasty on the inside, with a golden crust that still stands up to maple syrup and their phenomenal salted cinnamon butter. Their breakfast sandwich, layered with a thick patty of egg, cheddar, bacon, and a zippy turmeric mustard aioli, is also a great morning meal route to take. Pair it with a cold brew banana smoothie, an iced mocha topped with Cocoa Puffs, or a carafe of mimosas, and enjoy them in their retro diner-inspired space that has a flower shop in the back.

Don’t come to this Columbia City Tex-Mex spot searching for benedicts and french toast. Instead, what you will find are breakfast tacos with cheddar jalapeño sausage and huevos rancheros topped with dripping BBQ brisket picadillo. Really, just the thought of eating bacon-infused refried beans at 10am is enough to get us out of bed even after watching The Great British Bake Off all night. And for a place where a slow-smoked meats and eggs over easy come together, it might not be Austin-level here, but it's pretty damn close.

We all have personal demons. Like being forced to get along with a difficult boss, jump squats, or what Wordle opener to use. If gluten is yours, brunch can be tough, so keep Bounty Kitchen on your shortlist. It’s a casual all-day cafe on Queen Anne that serves excellent gluten-free pancakes with cinnamon butter and fruit compote, as well as egg and vegetable hashes. Order some standout avocado toast or the braised beef bowl if wheat, barley, rye, and related species are your friends.

If you’re meeting out of town guests somewhere Downtown before diving headfirst into the Pike Place chaos, Cafe Campagne’s a great place to start. It’s a French classic that still holds up, and is perfect for a special occasion or solo brunch at the bar—both scenarios that could benefit from an order of quiche Lorraine and a bottle of bubbles. To be clear, don’t come here without getting quiche. And sure, you’re in Seattle and not Paris, but Cafe Campagne—with its white-tableclothed sidewalk seating and abundance of French posters—feels pretty close to a European adventure.

North Star is the coolest diner in the city. It has gold glittery booth cushions as well as an entire wall dedicated to framed portraits of real astronauts. Most importantly, their breakfast food—particularly the terrific buttermilk pancakes—are some of the best in Seattle. Pair your biscuits and gravy or scrambled egg chimichanga with a Pimm’s cup or Irish coffee, and in the warmer months, trade your view of several dozen space-suited cadets for fresh air on their patio.

One of Seattle's best dim sum spots, Harbor City is an ID institution where you can gather some friends around a huge circular table, grab some dumplings from the carts being wheeled around, and repeat. We’re fans of the pan-fried chive and shrimp cakes, but Harbor City’s sticky-sweet BBQ buns and oversized potstickers prove that pork is indeed the best brunch meat.

This Rainier Beach cafe has the kind of warm energy where you might spark up a conversation with someone reading a Roxanne Gay book, and suddenly you’re trading family banana bread recipes. Not to mention that the dining room is bursting with great vegetarian and vegan food. There are savory biscuits topped with thick thyme gravy that screams “November.” The vegetable hash is a hodgepodge of whatever’s in season finished off with a drizzle of vibrant herb-infused oil that looks like green watercolor. And if the sit-down brunch you had planned turns into a quick coffee and pastry because life gets busy, that works at Redwing too. Join the groups of cyclists who had the same idea, and grab an orange roll or cayenne mocha. 

When you feel like ordering Mickey Mouse pancakes and egg foo young for breakfast, Young's comes in handy. This White Center diner serves American classics alongside a full lineup of Chinese and Thai dishes, and it’s perfect for a Sunday morning when no one can agree on what to eat. There’s powdered sugar-topped french toast and omelettes with hash browns. But then there’s also Mongolian beef and crab rangoons. The best thing is hidden in fine print on the menu—the “loco moco style” option on the hamburger steak entree. It’s an extra two dollars, but that’s a small price to pay for greatness in the form of a charred patty over soft white rice and topped with grilled onions, a runny egg, and brown gravy that floods the entire plate.

If Frasier Crane lived in Seattle and was a real person, Lola is definitely where he would eat brunch with Niles and commit some kind of social faux pas. While it’s casual enough for a meal with your friends, it would also be the perfect place to bring your family to meet your new significant other over some Mediterranean breakfast. And if things get awkward, order the cinnamon donuts with vanilla bean mascarpone and fruit compote, and shove a whole one directly into your mouth. You can’t say the wrong thing if you’re too busy enjoying pristinely fried dough holes coated in warm baking spices.

Enduing the waitlist at Oddfellows can test one's stamina, but you’ll be rewarded with charming bistro surroundings and ridiculously good soft-scrambled eggs swirled with cheese and herbs. Those eggs are served with a big biscuit and tart homemade jam that we’d like to petition to have bottled. And if you’re still sad about Tallulah’s 2019 closure, you can get the same plate-sized pancake topped with honey-whipped ricotta and sour lemon curd.

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