35+ of the best places for brunch in Austin, according to locals.
When you’re ready for a lazy Sunday morning of mimosas, eggs benedict, and crispy waffles, head to one of these brunch restaurants in Austin for a feast.
Whether you’re looking for smoked pork hash, authentic chilaquiles, or a delicious farm-to-table breakfast, you’ll find something to fit the bill on this list. We’re excited to share the best brunch spots in Austin!
Here’s how it’s organized: check the map above if you’re looking by location. Lots of these are downtown Austin brunch spots, simply because that’s where a bunch of the best restaurants in Austin are located. If you want to explore brunch by cuisine, scroll down and use the menu to jump to the type of food you want: American brunch, diners, southern food, Mexican restaurants, all-you-can-eat, seafood brunch in Austin, Asian cuisine, fusion, or a coffee shop/walk-up window brunch.
This isn’t a comprehensive list of all of the brunch spots in Austin, but it is a solid list of 35+ options that are legit some of the best places to brunch in Austin. By the way, if you’re dining with a big group, we recommend these spots for brunching with a crowd in Austin.
The Best Brunch Spots In Austin
American Brunch Restaurants In Austin
Foreign And Domestic
Foreign and Domestic is a farm-to-table, nose-to-tail neighborhood restaurant tucked into North Loop. Their menu often rotates based on what’s in season, but expect to find elevated takes on classic brunch dishes, like pork & grits made with delightfully crispy berkshire pork and tomato gravy, and a veggie-heavy cast iron frittata with squash, scallion, mushroom, tomato, and gruyere.
WEBSITE | 306 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751
If a fun Austin ambiance is what you’re looking for, try getting brunch at Launderette. It’s an award-winning American restaurant that’s in east Austin (just a short distance from Rainey Street), and it’s in a beautifully renovated space that used to be a laundromat. Launderette has one of the best brunches in Austin, well-known for their delightful pastries and deserts, incredible plancha burger, and crispy fries.
WEBSITE | 2115 Holly St, Austin, TX 78702
Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden
This is the best brunch on Rainey Street, and the line of hungover party people waiting to get inside is the proof! There’s no reservation list, so you might have to wait a tad, but it’s well worth it for their house made sausages, massive beer list, and classic brunch menu of hash, benedicts, and pancake platters.
WEBSITE | 79 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
If you want a classic american brunch + cocktails, District Kitchen is a great option for folks who are far north or far south (there’s a north location on Anderson and one down south on Slaughter.) It’s a bright, chef-inspired kitchen with classics like chicken and waffles with cinnamon honey butter, a boudin omelet with chives and creolaise sauce, and a fiery shakshuka with housemade sausage.
WEBSITE | 7858 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78757
Located in the heart of downtown, right by Lady Bird Lake, Forthright is a darling little spot with a wonderful coffee program, a small patio, and big windows that let in lots of light inside. Their café serves classic American brunch dishes like pork shoulder hash, a pastrami eggs benedict and the best avocado toast in the city.
For starters, get one of their specialty coffee drinks, like their spiced lavender chai, + a pastry. The homemade pop tart is really fun. Dining with a few people? Try their absolutely delicious, fluffy biscuits. You can get a basket for the table!
WEBSITE | 35 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
Café No Sé
South Congress has several fun places to eat, and Café No Sé is definitely on our list of best brunch spots in Austin. The pastry program is led by James Beard Award-nominated chef Amanda Rockman, so be sure to start with a plate of pastries for the table.
The entire restaurant, which is located on the first floor of the south Congress Hotel, is just bright and pretty and picturesque, and you’ll feel happy just walking in! They have the fluffiest lemon ricotta hotcakes, really beautiful toasts, and some healthier options like a quinoa bowl, a yummy kale salad, and a yogurt and granola bowl.
WEBSITE | 1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
This Clarksville bungalow is one of the sweetest brunch spots, and if you’re enjoying brunch in Austin on a sunny morning, try to snag one of their coveted outdoor seats!
WEBSITE | 601 Waterston Ave, Austin, TX 78703
For a truly memorable Austin brunch, get a table at Dai Due in east Austin. This restaurant serves hyper-local Texas fare, including the crispiest Sunday fried chicken, antelope breakfast sausage, and wild boar boudin
WEBSITE | 2406 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Located in a 1950s drugstore, Hillside Farmacy is a chic space with seriously phenomenal American brunch dishes. From gulf shrimp to buttermilk pancakes (sooo thick and fluffy!) to the classic farm eggs bowl, you’ll find something absolutely delicious for your Sunday morning brunch.. Psst: you’ll definitely want to get that wasabi bloody mary.
WEBSITE | 1209 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
Rosedale Kitchen And Bar
Central Austin lucked out with this bright, airy restaurant with classic American brunch dishes, phenomenal pastries, and lovely brunch cocktails. It’s around the corner from Snooze, which always has a ridiculous wait, but Rosedale Kitchen is a much more sophisticated (and local!) brunch option.
WEBSITE | 3800 N Lamar Blvd #170, Austin, TX 78756
If Banger’s on Rainey Street isn’t really your vibe and you want to get a brunch reservation, try booking a table at Geraldine's! The contemporary American menu is served in their 6th-floor restaurant location that overlooks Lady Bird Lake. (Geraldine’s is located inside the fabulous Hotel Van Zandt.) Try short rib quesadillas or a smoked salmon benedict paired with a homemade pecan sticky bun and a mimosa carafe. It’s a fun, boozy, elevated brunch experience in ATX.
WEBSITE | 605 Davis St, Austin, TX 78701
Cute Diners In Austin
While it’s not technically a 24-hour diner ever since the pandemic hit Austin, 24 Diner still has long hours, a fun ambiance, and farm-fresh takes on classic diner food. Their crispy chicken and waffles, huge pancakes, and delicious drinks make this one of the most popular diner restaurant in Austin for a lively Sunday morning brunch.
WEBSITE | 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Phoebe’s serves all of the diner classics that you’d expect, but it's one of the best brunch spots in Austin because they just do them really, really well. Their tots are perfectly fried, with a nice crunch on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside. The omelets are fluffy and savory, and one of the most memorable dishes on the menu is the badass bacon and eggs, which comes with a thick, salty piece of slab bacon.
Pro tip: try to dine here on a weekday morning if you can - it’s always packed on the weekends!
WEBSITE | 533 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
Grab a stool and settle in for one of the most delicious brunches in Austin at Counter Cafe. They source local, organic food for both breakfast and lunch (their burger is amazing!)
Their Crab Cake benedict is a must-try menu item, as is their quail and eggs, made with grilled local quail.
WEBSITE | 1914 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
It used to be a popular food truck in Austin, and then Paperboy opened a beautiful brick-and-mortar at the same location on E 11th St. The menu is small, but it’s all really good.
A few favorites: the paperboy pancake with brown butter and sea salt, goat carnitas migas, and a super yummy maple sausage biscuit.
WEBSITE | 1203 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
Joann's Fine Foods
This retro diner on South Congress has a groovy little patio that’s perfect on a sunny Sunday morning. Joann’s makes fresh juice (but you can add a little somethin’ somethin’ to it if you want to make it more fun!) crazy good pastries from their sister restaurant Swedish Hill, and Tex Mex-inspired brunch plates like green chile enchiladas and red corn pancakes.
WEBSITE | 1224 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Southern Brunch Restaurants
You’ll have trouble finding a more beautiful brunch spot in Austin than Mattie’s in south Austin. It’s tucked into the Bouldin Creek neighborhood of south Austin, nestled underneath century-old live oak trees. The restaurant itself is a historic mansion, and there are peacocks that roam the grounds!
Their menu focuses on southern classics: really good biscuits and gravy, fried chicken benedict, and the crispiest home fires. Get one of those bloody marys with housemade pickled okra!
WEBSITE | 811 W Live Oak St, Austin, TX 78704
Jacoby's Restaurant and Mercantile
Jacoby's is a fun spot for an Austin brunch because they're located right on the Colorado River, but not the noisy downtown portion…this family-run restaurant is tucked away on the east side of Austin and it feels calmer and slower.
Their menu focuses on locally-sourced meat (it comes from their own family ranch) and southern favorites. They have some of the tastiest buttermilk biscuits with house sausage gravy, pimento grilled cheese (add bacon for sure!), and chicken fried steak and waffles. Get a slice of Grandma Hagler’s strawberry cake before you leave.
WEBSITE | 3235 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
This elevated southern restaurant in downtown Austin has some of the best biscuits in the city. It’s just a fact. And Fixe’s brunch menu, thankfully, is full of yummy biscuit sandwiches. They take those fluffy, salty, pillowy biscuits and pile them full of tenderbelly ham and mustard aioli, or crispy fried chicken and Goodflow honey, or just classic sausage/egg/American cheese.
Of course, there are plenty of other sophisticated entrees like their brioche french toast or heritage pork chop.
WEBSITE | 500 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
This southern-inspired restaurant feels like you’re walking into your aunt’s kitchen…if your aunt was Martha Stewart and had phenomenal style, sense of decor, and cooking skills. Colleen’s Kitchen is bright and colorful, always bustling on the weekends, and an absolutely wonderful place to grab a weekend brunch in Austin.
The skillet cornbread with whipped honey butter is a must-try starter, and good luck choosing just one entree. They’re all so tasty! The low country gulf shrimp + grits is a good option, as is their perfect full southern breakfast, which ahs a little bit of everything.
WEBSITE | 1911 Aldrich St STE 100, Austin, TX 78723
If you’re looking for a fun brunch in downtown Austin, check out Moonshine Grill. It’s a restaurant in a historic downtown mansion from 1852, and they’ve been serving southern classics since 2003. Start with their hot pretzel sticks and whipped pimento or some of those yummy cathead biscuits with honey butter, and then move on to their popular king ranch casserole, pulled pork and johnny cakes, or their iconic hoss’ deluxe biscuit with cornflake chicken.
WEBSITE | 303 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
Mexican Brunches In Austin
From James Beard Award-nominated chef Iliana De La Vega, El Naranjo is a Mexican restaurant that focuses on traditional interior Mexican cuisine. This means that diesh like rancheros or huevos benedictos or chilaquiles will be slightly different than dishes with the same name at a Tex Mex joint.
For instance, the rancheros are two fried eggs with a bright yolk, served over homemade corn tortillas and smothered with housemade salsa ranchera, a rich red sauce made from tomatoes and onions and all sorts of traditional herbs and spices. You’ll also get a serving of housemade bread and salty refried black beans, and it’s one of the most phenomenal brunch dishes in Austin.
WEBSITE | 2717 S Lamar Blvd STE 1085, Austin, TX 78704
If you’re looking for a bright, modern Mexican brunch with amazing tequila cocktails, this popular Mexican restaurant on east Sixth street is it! Suerte has a fun and lively Sunday morning brunch in Austin that’s definitely worth a try.
Just like the dinner menu, Suerte's brunch concept is based on fresh, homemade corn tortillas, shareable plates, “tacos and things,” and yummy pastries.
WEBSITE | 1800 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
The OG Mexican restaurant on E Sixth, Cisco’s has been serving breakfast tacos, huevos rancheros, and biscuits since mid century 1900s. It’s a bright blue building and you can’t miss it, and every Austinite needs to try this iconic Mexican restaurant!
Stop in for margs and mimosas, huge white oval diner-style plates of huevos rancheros, and some of the tastiest breakfast tacos around.
WEBSITE | 1511 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
The ultimate bachelorette party brunch spot, Gabriela’s Downtown (and their sister restaurant, the iconic all-pink Taquero Mucho) is your go-to for big boozy margs, amaaaazing tacos, and their popular “tipsy french toast.”
WEBSITE | 900 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
It’s memorable, it’s sophisticated, it’s visually pleasing…and that’s all before you even get to the food! Comedor, an upscale Mexican restaurant in the heart of downtown, has a lovely Sunday brunch service. They serve the type of unexpected, playful dishes that make you say “wooooww!!” every time something is brought to your table.
This is a great place for a special occasion brunch, like a birthday brunch or a fun way to finish up your weekend trip to Austin.
WEBSITE | 501 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
A Tex Mex restaurant in a fun east austin setting, Grizzelda’s is your go-to for girlfriend’s weekend brunch of queso, migas, and churros. It’s owned by the same team as Jacoby’s, meaning they have the hospitality, food, and ambiance down! It’s such a fun experience and the food is truly phenomenal.
WEBSITE | 105 Tillery St, Austin, TX 78702
Seafood Brunch Restaurants in Austin
This is one of the most beautiful patios in Austin! Perla’s seafood restaurant on South Congress is delightful on a beautiful Sunday morning to pre-game for some South Congress shopping. You can enjoy the outdoors while you sip your cocktail, people watch on SOCO, and enjoy a a big, fancy seafood brunch. Try the crab florentine or lobster and egg white frittata.
WEBSITE | 1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Salt Traders Coastal Cooking
If you don’t want something as upscale (read: expensive) as Perla’s, Salt Traders is a more casual option with equally amazing seafood brunch fare. They have a great scratch bloody mary, some yummy bacon maple fritters to share with the table, and a blue crab grilled cheese that you won’t want to miss.
WEBSITE | 1101 S MoPac Expy, Austin, TX 78746
Asian Brunch Spots In Austin
Lin Asian Bar
Elizabeth Street Cafe
There’s no doubt you’ve already heard of Elizabeth Street Cafe, and so has the rest of Austin…it’s why there’s always a wait for their tables! They serve French Vietnamese fare, so you can order Vietnamese coffee, spring rolls, and banh mi, as well as chocolate croissants and french macarons.
WEBSITE | 1501 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
It’s a farm-to-table modern Chinese restaurant, so they source locally and have incredibly fresh, tasty chinese brunch dishes served in their bright and airy downtown Austin location.
WEBSITE | 500 W 5th St #168, Austin, TX 78701
Fusion Brunch Spots In Austin
One of the OG food truck-turned-brick-and-mortar, Peached Tortilla is a fun fusion brunch spot in Austin. Kick off the weekend with their modern Asian/southern menu of bbq pork buns, Korean braised short ribs benedict, and avocado toast with miso scallion creme fraiche.
WEBSITE | 5520 Burnet Rd #100, Austin, TX 78756
Sister restaurant to Peached Tortilla, Bar Peached is closer to downtown and has a huge patio. Try their brunch udon noodles with bacon, egg, and cheese (so clever!) and absolutely delightful brioche french toast with strawberry yuzu.
WEBSITE | 1315 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703
Coffee Shops and Walk-up Counters
Better Half Bar
On our list of top 10 restaurants in Austin, Better Half Coffee & Cocktails is a good choice no matter what time of day or week. Walk up to the counter to order a cappuccino or cocktail and a brunch classic like pastrami toast or a shockingly good breakfast sandwich on a homemade english muffin, and then enjoy the large outdoor patio.
WEBSITE | 406 Walsh St, Austin, TX 78703
Little Ola's Biscuits
Located on the north side of Austin, Little Ola’s biscuits was a pandemic project from the team behind Olamaie that was so popular, it turned into a thriving brick-and-mortar.
Now you can get their delicious biscuits, hand pies, and other scrumptious pastries to-go or to enjoy on site on the weekends when you forgot to make brunch reservations.
WEBSITE | 14735 Bratton Ln # 310, Austin, TX 78728
Jewboy Sub Shop
The owner of popular burger spot Jewboy Burgers started this sandwich shop in north Austin that serves a quick and tasty weekend brunch. These clever brunch menu items are similar to the classics…but different. The “Jewish Migas” are a fun example: this dish is a full sheet of matzo that’s broken into cracker-sized pieces, soaked in egg, and cooked with onions and salami. Be sure to get it “border style” with hatch green chile on top.
WEBSITE | 6701 Burnet Rd Unit A3, Austin, TX 78757
No time for a sit down brunch? Grab one of Austin’s most popular bagels to-go at Rosen’s Bagels new brick-and-mortar in north Austin. These thick, chewy bagels have been a staple at most coffee shops around the city for years, but now that the restaurant space is open, you can order more bagel flavors, artisanal schmears, and house-cured lox from their own shop.
WEBSITE | 11101 Burnet Rd Ste A100, Austin, TX 78758
Sour Duck Market
Although popular farm-to-table restaurant Odd Duck isn’t serving brunch right, their sister restaurant is! Sour Duck Market is a fun walk-up-counter, seat-yourself style restaurant on east MLK. Everything is inspired by local farmers and purveyors, and they make their own..well, pretty much everything. It’s a beautiful place to enjoy local Austin brunch.
WEBSITE | 1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78702
This coffee shop on South Lamar is one of the best hidden gems for no-reservations brunch in Austin. Order your coffee at the counter, and there’s going to be a full menu of brunch food available that they prepare in the food trailer parked behind the coffee shop.
The pastries and brunch staples are seriously PHENOMENAL! It’s a small space, so the only challenge can be finding a table on the crowded weekends!
WEBSITE | 2159 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Bird Bird Biscuit
These biscuit sandwiches are going to knock your socks off.. They’re huge, so a single sandwich makes an entire brunch meal. Since you can order them ahead and pick them up, Bird Bird Biscuit is a great option if you’re in a time crunch. Or, stop by and enjoy the small patio or indoor space.
WEBSITE | 2701 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722