In Seattle, brunch is kind of a big deal. For a city with an active nightlife, it’s essential to have big plates of comfort food available well into the afternoon on weekends. With new restaurant menus popping up all the time, there’s no shortage of options—but how do you know what’s good and what’s not? Here’s a list of a few of the best Seattle brunch spots to get you started.
Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This cozy Paris-style café is located in Post Alley next to the Pike Place Market, so it’s the perfect place to have brunch if you need to do some shopping or sightseeing afterwards. They offer basics like the Omelette Choisy (served with house made chicken & pork sausage) and an amazing Croque-Monsieur, but more adventurous eaters should try the Oeufs en Meurette: Poached eggs on garlic croutons with onions and bacon in a red wine foie gras sauce, which comes with a basket of pomme frites so you can soak up every last bit of goodness. Bonus points: Really, really, really good coffee.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Decorated in dark woods with taxidermy and imposing portraits on every wall to watch you as you eat, Smith is both quirky and charming. This gastropub offers a variety of traditional brunch items and specials built around what’s in season. The Baked Egg dish changes ingredients frequently, but is always delicious—and if you’re craving something on the sweet side, try the Brioche French Toast with mascarpone and fresh berries. Need a few drinks to get your day started? Smith offers pitchers of mimosas to share. Bonus points: Most ingredients are sourced locally and sustainably.
Daily: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
This beautifully decorated New Orleans-inspired restaurant offers more than 50 brunch items, so there’s no problem finding something for everyone to enjoy. It’s an absolute must to start out with a plate of warm beignets, a French press filled with coffee (available in two, four or six cups), and one of their unique morning cocktails like the Breakfast Flip. To really bask in the NOLA atmosphere, the Crawfish Etouffée and Eggs, Biscuits and Spicy Creole Sausage Gravy, or “Big Easy” Andouille Scramble should follow. Bonus points: Discounted plates during Breakfast Happy Hour, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Volterra’s warm, inviting dining room is the perfect place for long, relaxing brunch with friends or a cozy morning date. The innovative menu marries local Pacific Northwest fare with Italian tradition, creating culinary masterpieces like the to-die-for Milano! Milano! (savory bread pudding with asparagus tips, eggs, and smoked Gouda cream), and the Wild Mushroom and Truffle Cheese Scramble. For those with a sweet tooth, the Challah Bread French Toast with Flambéed Bananas should not be missed. Bonus points: Their Peach Thyme Bellini is a refreshing twist on a classic brunch cocktail.
Operating out of a restored 1900s house, every bit of this café’s business is sustainable, from meal ingredients to the mismatched coffee cups, tableware and furniture, to the bar top made from salvaged schoolroom chalkboards. Try the Eggs Benedict with homemade hollandaise or the Surefire Thing Scramble with green chiles—both are served with their signature roasted garlic potato cakes. Bonus points: Their made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls (Saturday and Sunday only) are big enough for 2-3 people, and arrive at your table warm and dripping with cream cheese frosting.