Brunch may be Seattle’s most hallowed meal, capping off a couple of big nights out or fueling up for a busy afternoon outdoors.
Where to Find the Best Brunch in Seattle
You’ll find a full range of flavors at these top spots for brunch in Seattle—and you can be assured of great coffee, of course.
With a cheery nautical dining room nudged right up against Lake Union, Westward could coast on its location. Instead it builds on it, with an inventive brunch menu that makes you never want to leave: lamb shoulder hash, bagel and house-cured gravlax, and a Pacific oyster roll are among the temptations, along with plenty of bubbles and day drinks to enjoy in the Adirondack chairs outside.
Tarsan i Jane
Valencian touches infuse the wildly ambitious dishes of Spanish-born chef Perfecte Rocher. Brunch may be the best introduction, a five-course affair that culminates with a slow-cooked, perfectly crafted paella that reflects the best ingredients available. The name, Tarsan i Jane, is a nod to his grandfather’s restaurant in Valencia, proof that his culinary roots run deep.
Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge
This Queen Anne favorite brings a New Orleans-inspired joie de vivre to brunch in Seattle, with an enormous menu that includes spicy Creole andouille hash, Dungeness crab eggs Benedict, crawfish egg scramble, creme caramel French toast, and, of course, beignets. It all happens in a boisterous room lit with hundreds of votives.
Portage Bay Cafe
Portage Bay succeeds in its simplicity, namely egg dishes and other breakfast staples done right: organic eggs, homemade breads, homemade granola, and locally grown sustainable vegetables. And don’t forget the killer breakfast bar: Order up pancakes or French toast, then top ‘em off with a bar full of fresh fruits, nuts, whipped cream, and pure, organic maple syrup. Some call it the best brunch in Seattle, served seven days a week at its Ballard and 65th Avenue locations.
Rockcreek Seafood and Spirits
The vibe is warm and woodsy, a northwoods fishing lodge transplanted to Fremont. James Beard nominee Eric Donnelly consistently delivers, with a wide-ranging menu that takes you from the Pacific Northwest to the Deep South. Not that you need another reason to visit, but every last Sunday in the summer months, a DJ spins turntables for Rock Creek’s hip-hop brunch … because that’s how brunch in Seattle rolls.
Named for its street address next to the Amazon headquarter “spheres,” 2120 brings Latin flavors to brunch in Seattle without a breakfast burrito in sight. Instead, tuck into donuts made with dulce de leche and agave whip, pork belly migas, poblano scramble, and a bloody Maria with tequila and house bloody mix.
Palisade keeps alive the traditional all-you-can-eat brunch, with a lavish buffet that features a seafood and oyster bar, egg dishes, assorted salads, meats and cheeses, housemade pastries, and seasonal fruits. There’s even an “endless mimosa” bar. Add to that a dining room that arcs out along the waterfront with views stretching across Elliott Bay, and you have one of the best brunches in Seattle.
French and Vietnamese flavors blend beautifully at Stateside, where the brunch menu includes classics like brioche French toast and lemongrass soup alongside less-expected treats like charcoal waffles served with coconut syrup and mango jam.
All Water Seafood and Oyster Bar
Just blocks from Elliott Bay, All Water celebrates Seattle’s maritime tradition in its decor (worn wood, portraits of fishermen) and its menu, with specialties like the salmon- and crab-stuffed Pacific Northwest frittata. You’ll find plenty of terra-firma flavors, too, like a pulled-pork eggs Benedict and the tempura cinnamon roll with apples compote and maple-bacon glaze.
The Wandering Goose
Chef and North Carolina native Heather Earnhardt brings Southern comfort foods to Capitol Hill at Wandering Goose. Fried chicken stars on Friday nights; homemade biscuit sandwiches star in the mornings, filled with country ham, poached egg, sawmill gravy, and other delights.
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—Original reporting by Tina Lassen