If there’s one thing about brunching in Austin, it’s guaranteed you’ll most likely see both avocado toast and huevos rancheros on the same menu. We are known for being Tex-Mex lovers as well as healthy eaters here in the 512. So don’t be surprised if the waiter says they’re known for their blueberry ricotta pancakes and chicken tamales…
1618 Asian Fusion’s Scallop Rainbow Dumplings are topped with caviar. Photo by Laiko Cayanan
If savory brunch is more your speed, Dim Sum Brunch at 1618 Asian Fusion is to die for! Honey, it doesn’t even feel like Austin anymore. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, they go old-school Dim Sum cart style and blow your mind with the flavor pairings and soft bao buns. Of course, mimosas are still available. It is brunch, after all! The Xiao Long Bao soup dumplings are a crowd favorite. 1618 E. Riverside Drive
The drip coffee is a must, and yes, there is a reason you can never get a reservation here on the weekend. Cafè No Sè is an excellent spot with twists on classics such as a salmon burger, hibiscus syrup hotcakes, kimchi hash, and more. This trendy spot offers a patio on So-Co and a beautiful interior in the gorgeous South Congress Hotel… You can’t go wrong. Their hours are perfect for you early risers. 7 a.m.-3 p.m., 1603 S. Congress Ave.
If you want to overlook the lake and enjoy a delicious creamy lobster benedict while toasting Champagne at the Four Seasons, this is your chance. Ciclo is the most formal brunch option with the best view in the 512. If you enjoy a Sunday tried and true brunch buffet, this is your winner. Though the odds of folks wearing slacks and ties in Austin are slim, the food will surely be delicious. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun., 98 San Jacinto Blvd.
If you are a proper, “It’s brunch. Where are my biscuits and gravy?” person. This is your go-to. This is your “southern brunch spot” that will have you asleep by three and happy as can be. Shrimp and grits and bananas foster French toast? Get outta Town! 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. and Sun., 615 S. Lamar
The brunch counter at Josephine House awaits. Photo courtesy of Josephine House
This darling cozy blue house is known for its brunch and aesthetically pleasing patio. This is your classic brunch spot with many options, such as delicious lox, steak and eggs, and lemon ricotta pancakes. They have an array of baked goods with a unique twist, such as a roasted bell pepper and feta scone. An absolute must! 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 1601 Waterston
Junes is an Austin staple. Any time of day, hence the name “Junes All Day,” but brunch is when you see the locals in their true colors emerge. No frills, no fluffy drinks, no need—just good ole’ Junes. Any of their snacking plates to share are scrumptious, while the croque madame is a true delight. You could sit here all day and get lost in the scrumptious bites and South Congress people-watching scene. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 1722 S. Congress
If you woke up craving a tostada or chilaquiles, it sounds like you need some La Condesa. All Austinites know and love La Condesa. It’s a tried and true favorite that offers a plethora of flavors. From the incredible margaritas to the quesadilla short rib, it’s all amazing. The vast high ceilings and colorful decor will captivate you as you settle in for a yummy brunch. This is a must-add hot spot, and you will be back for dinner. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat and Sun., 400A W. 2nd St.
Instagram’s newest favorite, the Texas hash with roasted pork, sweet potato, kale, and poached egg, appeals to meat eaters, while offerings like mushroom po boy and tomato Tostado are more vegetarian-friendly. Dare I say I even saw a gluten-free coffee cake? This is East Austin’s new favorite brunch spot, and with its variety and modern aesthetic, It’s understandable why. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Fri.-Sun., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 1203 E. 11th
A modern spot with your classic BLT? Summer House on Music Lane is an oxymoron. This is a stunning place to brunch and will bring you back to life if you need a hair-of-the-dog brunch. The eggs in purgatory really bring a special something to the table. And it’s a prime real estate location with aesthetically pleasing decor will not disappoint. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fri.-Sun., 1101 Music Lane
This darling literally “tiny” spot roasts it’s own delicious coffee. If that doesn’t have you making a reservation, I can’t help you. The patio is stunning and in stark contrast to the clean white interior. Their morning coffee and tea drinks are all delicious, and as mentioned previously, their most popular selections are chicken enchiladas and avocado toast—quintessential Austin. Not to mention they sell their baked goods next door, score! 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. and Sun., 1503 W. 35th St.