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Pancakes, hummus and pita, and a breakfast sandwich.
A spread of dishes from Sabine.
Sarah Noelle Helier

The Hottest New Brunches in Seattle

Steel-cut-oat pancakes, ube egg waffles and chicken, and more

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A spread of dishes from Sabine.
| Sarah Noelle Helier

Brunch in Seattle is a key part of the dining scene, whether it’s a weekend hangover cure, a pick-me-up, or just a leisurely way to spend the early afternoon. Given that this meal is perpetually oh-so-hot, Eater presents the Seattle Brunch Heatmap, collecting the restaurants that either opened recently with outstanding midday dishes and drinks, or are older establishments that have newly revamped their brunch game to great effect.

To suggest a restaurant to add to the list, email seattle@eater.com. As usual, this list is not ranked; it’s organized geographically.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Saint Bread

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Stained glass-lit Saint Bread is a Portage Bay shrine to carbs. Though the bakery doesn’t serve a dedicated brunch, there’s certainly no rule against late-morning weekend gorging on smoked trout toast, okonomiyaki tortillas, and all manner of pastries, not to mention the excellent steamed egg sandwich on melonpan.

Volunteer Park Cafe and Pantry

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This Capitol Hill mainstay recently reopened under new ownership as an all-day hybrid coffee shop, bottleshop, and corner market. The popular pastry case is still in place with a variety of intriguing treats from head baker Crystal Chiu (formerly of Canlis), and there are seasonal toasts galore, plus a hearty breakfast sandwich influenced by East Coast delis that’s a specialty from new manager Melissa Johnson.

Beacon Hill’s outstanding Filipinx restaurant is a veritable dining destination, and brunch is no exception. Served Wednesday through Sunday, the daytime “tanghalian” meal involves seasonally rotating dishes like adobong lechon kawali (pork belly with shishito) and totsong talong (fried eggplant with tofu and fermented black beans). The cocktails are excellent, too.

Ba Sa Restaurant

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Bainbridge Island’s modern Vietnamese restaurant might be the only Vietnamese restaurant in the area with a dedicated brunch menu, available Saturdays and Sundays only, 10 a.m to 3:30 p.m. Dishes include a passionfruit-cereal French toast, ube egg waffles with karaage, garlic fried rice with a fried egg, and a few types of congee with Chinese donuts. There’s a patio on the side of the restaurant for outside dining during warm weather.

Sabine Café & Market

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Ballard’s Sabine is a great spot to have brunch on Sundays before or after wandering the Ballard Farmers Market. There’s a covered, heated, patio with decorated with palm fronds, a Mediterranean-style indoor area with sky-blue arches behind the bar, and an excellent brunch menu. Food includes a shockingly complex gluten-free steel-cut oat pancake served with apple butter and hazelnut dukkah, satisfying breakfast sandwiches, house-baked pita, and hummus (which is often served as a breakfast food in the Levant.) Sabine also serves fresh-squeezed juices, espresso and coffee, and cocktails from a full bar.

Bake Shop

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This new all-day cafe in Lower Queen Anne (Uptown) makes breads and pastries — like yukon gold potato ham and cheese rolls, potato cinnamon rolls, and seasonal galettes — fresh every day. It also offers a breakfast sandwich made with a semolina roll, hot mayo, fritata with kale, leeks, gouda, pickled daikon, and local Olsen Farms ham. At night, it turns into a natural wine bar with drinking snacks.

Rachel's Bagels & Burritos

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Formerly the much-loved Porkchop & Co, this Ballard shop was reborn as a bagel spot during the pandemic. These perfectly chewy bagels are excellent across the board, with offerings like bagels topped with za’atar and shichimi togarashi (a Japanese chili pepper and spice blend). There are also great bagel sandwich options, like the Nick and Nora, a riff on avocado toast with chili crisp. Beyond bagels, the shop serves a few satisfying one-pound breakfast burritos with fillings like Oaxacan cheese and guajillo chili salsa, and J Kenji López-Alt-approved biscuit sandwiches.

Sea Wolf Bakers’ long-anticipated Montlake bagel shop is finally here, and though it’s only been open for two weeks, it’s already got a shout out from food writer and bagel expert J. Kenji López-Alt. The blistered, shimmering crusts on these bagels are sure to impress, and the shop is also serving a variety of spreads, quiches, pastries, and coffee to-go.

Saint Bread

Stained glass-lit Saint Bread is a Portage Bay shrine to carbs. Though the bakery doesn’t serve a dedicated brunch, there’s certainly no rule against late-morning weekend gorging on smoked trout toast, okonomiyaki tortillas, and all manner of pastries, not to mention the excellent steamed egg sandwich on melonpan.

Volunteer Park Cafe and Pantry

This Capitol Hill mainstay recently reopened under new ownership as an all-day hybrid coffee shop, bottleshop, and corner market. The popular pastry case is still in place with a variety of intriguing treats from head baker Crystal Chiu (formerly of Canlis), and there are seasonal toasts galore, plus a hearty breakfast sandwich influenced by East Coast delis that’s a specialty from new manager Melissa Johnson.

Musang

Beacon Hill’s outstanding Filipinx restaurant is a veritable dining destination, and brunch is no exception. Served Wednesday through Sunday, the daytime “tanghalian” meal involves seasonally rotating dishes like adobong lechon kawali (pork belly with shishito) and totsong talong (fried eggplant with tofu and fermented black beans). The cocktails are excellent, too.

Ba Sa Restaurant

Bainbridge Island’s modern Vietnamese restaurant might be the only Vietnamese restaurant in the area with a dedicated brunch menu, available Saturdays and Sundays only, 10 a.m to 3:30 p.m. Dishes include a passionfruit-cereal French toast, ube egg waffles with karaage, garlic fried rice with a fried egg, and a few types of congee with Chinese donuts. There’s a patio on the side of the restaurant for outside dining during warm weather.

Sabine Café & Market

Ballard’s Sabine is a great spot to have brunch on Sundays before or after wandering the Ballard Farmers Market. There’s a covered, heated, patio with decorated with palm fronds, a Mediterranean-style indoor area with sky-blue arches behind the bar, and an excellent brunch menu. Food includes a shockingly complex gluten-free steel-cut oat pancake served with apple butter and hazelnut dukkah, satisfying breakfast sandwiches, house-baked pita, and hummus (which is often served as a breakfast food in the Levant.) Sabine also serves fresh-squeezed juices, espresso and coffee, and cocktails from a full bar.

Bake Shop

This new all-day cafe in Lower Queen Anne (Uptown) makes breads and pastries — like yukon gold potato ham and cheese rolls, potato cinnamon rolls, and seasonal galettes — fresh every day. It also offers a breakfast sandwich made with a semolina roll, hot mayo, fritata with kale, leeks, gouda, pickled daikon, and local Olsen Farms ham. At night, it turns into a natural wine bar with drinking snacks.

Rachel's Bagels & Burritos

Formerly the much-loved Porkchop & Co, this Ballard shop was reborn as a bagel spot during the pandemic. These perfectly chewy bagels are excellent across the board, with offerings like bagels topped with za’atar and shichimi togarashi (a Japanese chili pepper and spice blend). There are also great bagel sandwich options, like the Nick and Nora, a riff on avocado toast with chili crisp. Beyond bagels, the shop serves a few satisfying one-pound breakfast burritos with fillings like Oaxacan cheese and guajillo chili salsa, and J Kenji López-Alt-approved biscuit sandwiches.

Oxbow

Sea Wolf Bakers’ long-anticipated Montlake bagel shop is finally here, and though it’s only been open for two weeks, it’s already got a shout out from food writer and bagel expert J. Kenji López-Alt. The blistered, shimmering crusts on these bagels are sure to impress, and the shop is also serving a variety of spreads, quiches, pastries, and coffee to-go.

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