Brunch in Seattle: Top Spots for a Delicious Weekend Meal

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From one brunch enthusiast to another, you’ve hit the jackpot. This is your ultimate guide to the mouthwatering world of brunch in the city that knows how to serve it up right — Seattle. From Fremont to West Seattle, from the Central District to Queen Anne, it's a city where the food scene sizzles and pops, much like the perfectly cooked bacon adorning your brunch plate. 

In Seattle, brunch isn't just a meal; it's a weekend ritual, a culinary affair to remember. Ready to dive into a sea of eggs Benedict, fluffy pancakes, and artisanal toasts? Well, grab your napkins because you're in for a treat.

Why Brunch? It’s Not Even a Real Meal!

First of all, how dare you! Before we embark on this delicious journey, let's take a moment to appreciate what makes brunch…well, brunch! Born from the lazy weekend mornings of the British upper class and later adopted by Americans nationwide, brunch is the perfect combo of breakfast and lunch. It's the sweet spot between early bird tendencies and the leisurely pace of a day off. 

From the chic urbanites sipping on mimosas to the families digging into towering stacks of pancakes — brunch is the meal that brings everyone together. Picture this: sunshine filtering through the cafe window, a steaming cup of artisan coffee in your hand, the irresistible smell of maple syrup in the air, and the sound of light chatter and laughter all around. 

That's the magic of brunch. It's more than just a meal; it's a lifestyle.

How We Picked the Top Spots

Before we tantalize your taste buds with the top brunch spots in Seattle, you might be wondering how we made our selection. Well, it wasn't just about the food — though that was a significant part of it. A fantastic brunch spot isn't just about the perfectly poached eggs or the freshest of avocado toasts. It's about the experience!

We considered a few essential factors. The quality of food, of course, tops the list. We're talking fresh ingredients, a variety of options, and a mastery of flavors that make your palate sing. But we also paid attention to the ambiance. Whether it's a cozy corner cafe or a sunlit, spacious eatery, the atmosphere plays a vital role in your brunching experience.

Service with a smile? Absolutely crucial. Brunch is a leisurely affair, and there's nothing like friendly, efficient staff to make it more enjoyable. With these factors in mind, let's dig into Seattle's top brunch spots — the eateries that will make you want to jump out of bed and say, "Let's brunch!"

The Best Brunch Spots Seattle Has To Offer

Let's get into the juicy part, the reason you're here — our top brunch picks in Seattle. Prepare to be swept off your feet and onto a barstool at one of these delightful spots.

The Fat Hen

Let's start with The Fat Hen. Nestled in the Ballard neighborhood, this charming spot knows how to make you feel at home. Their eggs Benedict is a thing of beauty, with perfectly poached eggs resting on a soft bed of smoked ham, all crowned by a dreamy hollandaise. And their avocado toast? Yes.

You don’t have to brave the crowds on Ballard Ave NW to get the brunch of your dreams. The Fat Hen is so good you could write poetry about it. 

Tilikum Place Cafe

Next up is Tilikum Place Cafe in Belltown. Known for its European-inspired menu and cozy ambiance, this place makes you want to sit down, relax, and savor every bite. 

Their Dutch baby pancakes, sweet or savory, are a must-try. Crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside…and the flavors? Oh honey, you're in for a ride.

Portage Bay Cafe

Portage Bay Cafe in Roosevelt takes brunch to a whole new level. From the moment you walk in, you're greeted by the mouthwatering aroma of organic, locally-sourced dishes. Their slogan, "Eat Like You Give a Damn," rings true in every bite. 

But the real show-stopper here is the breakfast bar — a smorgasbord of fresh fruits, nuts, and all kinds of syrup to customize your pancakes or French toast. Talk about indulgence! From breakfast burritos to crispy hashbrowns, this spot has it all. And don’t sleep on their mimosa and Bloody Mary menu. Who doesn’t love a brunch cocktail? 

Oddfellows Cafe + Bar

In the heart of Capitol Hill, you'll find Oddfellows Cafe + Bar. This lively, always bustling spot offers a mix of classic and unique dishes, making it a local favorite. 

Their biscuits and gravy dish is the stuff of legends — buttery, flaky biscuits smothered in a hearty, savory gravy. Wash it down with their deliciously tangy blood orange mimosa, and you've got a brunch for the books.

El Parche Colombiano

Located in Seattle’s thriving Northgate area, this Colombian restaurant offers an impressive, all-day menu filled with stunning Colombian comfort food. Whether you’re looking for a platter fit for a king, including skirt stake, chicharron, chorizo, plantains, and an egg, or just a perfect, flaky empanada to whet your whistle, there are so many things to love about this local gem.

China Harbor Restaurant

If you want to try something a little less standard than the usual weekend brunch fare, China Harbor Restaurant is always there to fill your plate with seafood delights, pan-fried dumplings that will make your heart sing, and crispy pork belly that you’ll order seconds of. 

If having dim sum for brunch is wrong, then we don’t want to be right. You don’t have to brave the South Lake Union tech crowds to eat on the water!


The fusion fare of this Capitol Hill hot spot is sure to take your brunch game to the next level. Try some Chengdu-style fried chicken and waffles or a mouth-watering shakshuka alongside a wide range of other foods and a seriously impressive cocktail menu. 

Although we’re going to talk about some specific recommendations for our gluten-free and vegan friends, Nue has something for every dietary concern.

Communion Restaurant & Bar

Looking to catch a seat at the city’s buzziest brunch spot? This Seattle restaurant and bar will pile your plate high with expertly done shrimp and grits, cornbread french toast, and a wide range of other stunning creations that will excite your taste buds and blow your mind just as much as they will make you feel right at home. 

And when you pair that with the uber-trendy but the ultra-chill vibe of the restaurant itself, it’ll be easy to see why this place is called Communion when you’re in the middle of a brunch so good it’s almost spiritual.

Brunch for Cuties With Specific Dietary Concerns

A round of applause for Seattle, where brunch isn't just for the eggs-and-bacon crowd. This city knows how to cater to every palate and dietary preference.

Wayward Vegan Cafe

The Wayward Vegan Cafe in Roosevelt deserves a standing ovation for their vegan renditions of classic brunch dishes. Their “Eggs” Benedict, made with tofu and a killer vegan hollandaise, will leave you wondering if it's actually vegan — yes, it's that delicious. 

And if you’re looking for more vegan options, check out Cafe Flora down the road!

Capitol Cider

For those living a gluten-free life, Capitol Cider on Capitol Hill is your brunch destination. It's a 100% gluten-free kitchen, and they do a stellar job. 

Their brunch menu ranges from cider-braised corned beef hash to chicken and waffles. And you can't miss their cider-tasting flight — it's the apple of our eye!

Best Times To Brunch

It's always a good time to brunch, but if you're not an early riser or a fan of weekend crowds, timing can be a game-changer. Most popular brunch spots start to fill up around 10 a.m., so if you're craving some morning peace with your pancakes, try to get there by 9 a.m. 

On the other hand, if you love the hustle and bustle, dive into the noon wave — just be prepared for a bit of a wait. And remember, brunch isn't a sprint; it's a leisurely walk through Flavor Town, so take your time, enjoy the experience, and let the brunch vibes flow.

But here's a hot tip — don't limit yourself to the weekends. Many spots offer weekday brunch menus that are just as delicious and often less crowded. Now, that's what we call a brunch win!

The Final Bite

From charming corner cafes to bustling bistros, Seattle's brunch scene is as vibrant and varied as the city itself. Each spot offers its unique blend of food, ambiance, and service, promising a brunch experience to remember.

Let's not forget our plant-based and gluten-free pals, with cafes catering to a variety of dietary preferences. Because in Seattle, brunch is for everyone. Each spot delivers a delightful culinary experience that is sure to tickle your taste buds and brighten up your weekend.

So whether you're a seasoned brunch enthusiast or a brunch newbie, Seattle's got a spot for you. Remember, brunch isn't just about the food. It's about lazy weekend mornings, about catching up with friends, about savoring the moment — one bite, one sip at a time. So go ahead, take a bite out of Seattle's brunch scene, and let the city's culinary magic wash over you. 


The Birth of Brunch: Where Did This Meal Come From Anyway? | Smithsonian Magazine

Capitol Cider

Wayward Vegan Cafe

Oddfellows Cafe + Bar

Portage Bay Cafe

Tilikum Place Cafe

The Fat Hen

China Harbor Restaurant


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