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Watson’s Counter in Ballard has one of the more sought-after brunches in the city.
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Where to Find Seattle’s Most Essential Brunches

Cereal-topped French toast, braised pork hashes, lemongrass bloody marys, and more

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Watson’s Counter in Ballard has one of the more sought-after brunches in the city.
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Welcome to Seattle’s essential brunch map, home of restaurants that have stood the test of time and come out on top, a companion to the hottest new brunch guide. These spots offer memorable meals, often with creative dishes or especially standout classics. Try eclectic, elevated brunch offerings like the Israeli Shakshuka, or Dutch Patat Oorlog at Nue, or nurse your hangover with biscuits, eggs, and sausage gravy at Fat’s Chicken and Waffles. These restaurants are an indelible part of the Seattle brunch scene, an even more important source of comfort as the days get shorter and the rain rolls in. Brunch destinations are listed from north to south.

All restaurants listed offer takeout and indoor dining. As of October 25, King County will require proof of vaccination for everyone ages 12+ at indoor establishments, restaurants, and bars. Studies indicate there is a lower exposure risk when eating outdoors, and the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. Please visit King County’s COVID website for resources and current information.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. El Parche Colombiano

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11740 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 407-6821
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This Colombian restaurant up in the Northgate area has an all-day menu of lovingly crafted comfort food. Among the items on the brunch side of things are the bandeja paisa, with grilled skirt steak, chicharron, chorizo, sweet plantains, and an egg. The empanadas are critically acclaimed as well.

A brunch dish of eggs, rice, beans, and avocado from El Parche Colombiano
El Parche Colombiano has a selection of satisfying brunch plates.
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2. Wayward Vegan Cafe

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801 NE 65th St
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 524-0204
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Seattle’s plant-based restaurants have taken a hit during the pandemic, losing long-time favorites Silence Heart Nest, which closed after 34 years, and Bamboo Garden Vegetarian Restaurant — a kosher, vegetarian Chinese restaurant founded in the 1990s — but the all-vegan Wayward Cafe is going strong. Since its humble beginnings in a residential space in 2004, the Wayward has inspired a following of plant-based, veg-curious, and plant-forward devotees. Having since moved to a spacious two-story location in the Roosevelt neighborhood, the Wayward continues to attract diners with its generous helpings of biscuits and gravy, pancake stacks, country fried seitan (a faux “meat” made from wheat gluten), and tofu scrambles. The Wayward is open for takeout and delivery via Doordash and Uber Eats only, Friday through Tuesday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

A plate of spiced tofu, black beans, and avocado on a tostada shell nestled beside potato homefries in the foreground, and a plate of homefries, green onions, and tofu slabs in the background.
The Wayward Cafe’s Tofuevos Rancheros (front) and Sunrise Poutine.
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3. Watson's Counter

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6201 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Ballard’s Korean-influenced restaurant serves swoon-worthy coffee and Instagram-ready French toast, which has the perfect combination of crunchiness and sweetness thanks to a cereal-coated crust. Those with a strong appetite may want to tackle the barbecue plate, with roasted pork, ssamjang, and various kimchi, or the tempting loco moco.

French toast crusted with Fruity Pebbles next to a dollop of whipped cream
Cereal-topped French toast.
Watson’s Counter

4. Stoneburner

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5214 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 695-2051
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This Ballard favorite’s brunch menu has a variety of more all-day fare dinner items (hearty salads, roasted veggies, pizzas), along with breakfast food. Standouts include the dutch baby, served in a cast iron pan and topped with orange chili agrodolce and the grilled porchetta with sunny eggs, salsa verde, and crispy potatoes.

5. Dreamland Bar & Diner

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3401 Evanston Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 402-4902
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From the owners of acclaimed drinks den Stampede Cocktail Club, comes this lively Fremont diner with a disco ball-packed hallway that serves all-day breakfast (biscuits, braised pork hash, bubble waffle with fried chicken and sweet pepper jam) and a selection of solid drinks, including guava Moscow mules and killer bloody marys. The portions are generous, too.

6. Bounty Kitchen

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7 Boston St
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 695-2017
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Juices, scrambles, breakfast sandwiches, and vegetable hashes are the focus at this charming Queen Anne spot, which also has locations in South Lake Union, and Capitol Hill. Brunch plates served all day lean toward the lighter end of the spectrum (gluten-free griddle cakes, granola bowls), but the food is always satisfying.

7. Simply Soulful

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2909-B E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 474-9841
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Those looking for fantastic biscuit sandwiches should seek out this Madison Valley gem, which serves them smothered in chicken sausage gravy (or in sandwich form). One must save room for dessert, though, as the shop is known for its sweet potato pies and tarts. A move to the Central District is coming soon.

A view of sweet potato pies lined up in tins
Sweet potato pies.
Simply Soulful

8. Olmstead

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314 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 557-4201
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The menu at this laid-back Capitol Hill spot focuses on homey brunch dishes with ingredients sourced locally, including shakshuka, toad in the hole, and a Nicky Farms sage sausage sandwich, with fried egg and bloody mary slaw. The Goose Me cocktail with vodka, pineapple, apricot liqueur, and bubbly, is a sparkling way to spend an early afternoon, too.

9. Tilikum Place Café

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407 Cedar St
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 282-4830
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Despite its proximity to Seattle Center and the Space Needle, this wildly popular cafe is no tourist trap, but rather a great neighborhood place that locals can enjoy. With a European feel and an eclectic menu, the restaurant also has one definitive star: the Dutch baby pancake, whose cast iron-baked goodness has earned fame, far and wide.

10. Dacha Diner

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1416 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 708-6855
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Capitol Hill’s acclaimed, cozy Eastern European restaurant has a weekend daytime menu that includes its popular khachapuri (Georgian cheese bread). There’s still no dine-in service, but contactless pickup is available with online pre-orders via the website, and there are all-day breakfast items on Saturdays and Sundays, including blintzes, latkes, and challah French toast.

11. Nue

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1519 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 257-0312
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International street food sensation Nue serves up a diverse brunch, and it’s a success across the board. As with the dynamic dinner menu, expect new dishes to appear constantly. Brunch currently involves stand-outs like the Filipino tosilog, with cured pork, garlic fried rice, a soy and vinegar sauce, and two sunny side-up eggs, and the Israeli shakshuka, along with stellar drinks.

12. Cafe Pettirosso

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1101 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 324-2233
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This Capitol Hill brunch destination focuses on hearty daytime dishes, such as chicken andouille sausage, duck confit hash, and pressed tofu with vadouvan coconut curry. There are also a few daytime drinks, including the “bartender’s breakfast” (Fernet, amaretto, coffee, and cream), which should hit the spot.

13. Fat's Chicken and Waffles

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2726 E Cherry St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 602-6863
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The stars at this Central District favorite (which recently reopened for dine-in) are the honey butter chicken biscuit sandwich and the restaurant’s namesake sampler, with two pieces of chicken served alongside fried green tomatoes, cheese grits and garlic toast. Brunch is popular and the restaurant can feel hectic, but the warm service and fantastic food are worth it.

14. Luna Park Cafe

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2918 SW Avalon Way
Seattle, WA 98126
(206) 935-7250
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Luna Park Cafe is a funky local favorite near the historic site of the amusement park from which it took its name (the park closed in 1913, but the cafe opened in 1989), and the still-closed West Seattle bridge. Luna Park serves American diner food like omelettes, steak and eggs, hashes, french toast, pancakes, milkshakes, and more. Eat on the patio on a sunny day, or check out the retro memorabilia indoors, including old-fashioned jukebox selections at every booth. Luna Park offers dine-in, takeout, and delivery through Doordash. Breakfast is served all-day, every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

15. Easy Street Records & Cafe

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4559 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 938-3279
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This not-so-secret diner inside West Seattle’s iconic record shop serves what’s perhaps the neighborhood’s best breakfast and brunch menu — and possibly its most affordable too. Music-themed items available for pickup include for the New Wave-Os Rancheros, the Notorious B&G (biscuits and gravy), and the Johnny Cash special (steak and eggs).

16. Geraldine's Counter Restaurant

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4872 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 723-2080
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This Columbia City classic is renowned for its French toast, but its scrambles, omelets, and hashes are no slouches either. The diner also has some brunch cocktails, as well as crab Benedicts and chicken fried steak with pork sausage gravy to soak up the booze. If there’s a long wait, diners may want to consider to-go orders to eat on the neighborhood’s nearby outdoor patio.

17. Super Six

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3714 S Hudson St
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 420-1201
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The brunch at this well-loved Hawaiian-Korean restaurant (part of the Marination family) serves up delectable dishes, such as fried chicken on bubble waffles, loco moco, pancakes with toasted macadamia butter, and some fine malasadas, best enjoyed on the expansive patio. Don’t forget about the lemongrass bloody marys, which are seriously strong.

Fried chicken thigh on bubble waffles, with haupia syrup, hot honey, Sriracha, and basil
Fried chicken thigh on bubble waffles, with haupia syrup, hot honey, Sriracha, and basil.
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1. El Parche Colombiano

11740 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125
A brunch dish of eggs, rice, beans, and avocado from El Parche Colombiano
El Parche Colombiano has a selection of satisfying brunch plates.
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This Colombian restaurant up in the Northgate area has an all-day menu of lovingly crafted comfort food. Among the items on the brunch side of things are the bandeja paisa, with grilled skirt steak, chicharron, chorizo, sweet plantains, and an egg. The empanadas are critically acclaimed as well.

11740 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

2. Wayward Vegan Cafe

801 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115
A plate of spiced tofu, black beans, and avocado on a tostada shell nestled beside potato homefries in the foreground, and a plate of homefries, green onions, and tofu slabs in the background.
The Wayward Cafe’s Tofuevos Rancheros (front) and Sunrise Poutine.
Tami Blanchette

Seattle’s plant-based restaurants have taken a hit during the pandemic, losing long-time favorites Silence Heart Nest, which closed after 34 years, and Bamboo Garden Vegetarian Restaurant — a kosher, vegetarian Chinese restaurant founded in the 1990s — but the all-vegan Wayward Cafe is going strong. Since its humble beginnings in a residential space in 2004, the Wayward has inspired a following of plant-based, veg-curious, and plant-forward devotees. Having since moved to a spacious two-story location in the Roosevelt neighborhood, the Wayward continues to attract diners with its generous helpings of biscuits and gravy, pancake stacks, country fried seitan (a faux “meat” made from wheat gluten), and tofu scrambles. The Wayward is open for takeout and delivery via Doordash and Uber Eats only, Friday through Tuesday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

801 NE 65th St
Seattle, WA 98115

3. Watson's Counter

6201 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
French toast crusted with Fruity Pebbles next to a dollop of whipped cream
Cereal-topped French toast.
Watson’s Counter

Ballard’s Korean-influenced restaurant serves swoon-worthy coffee and Instagram-ready French toast, which has the perfect combination of crunchiness and sweetness thanks to a cereal-coated crust. Those with a strong appetite may want to tackle the barbecue plate, with roasted pork, ssamjang, and various kimchi, or the tempting loco moco.

6201 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

4. Stoneburner

5214 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

This Ballard favorite’s brunch menu has a variety of more all-day fare dinner items (hearty salads, roasted veggies, pizzas), along with breakfast food. Standouts include the dutch baby, served in a cast iron pan and topped with orange chili agrodolce and the grilled porchetta with sunny eggs, salsa verde, and crispy potatoes.

5214 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

5. Dreamland Bar & Diner

3401 Evanston Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

From the owners of acclaimed drinks den Stampede Cocktail Club, comes this lively Fremont diner with a disco ball-packed hallway that serves all-day breakfast (biscuits, braised pork hash, bubble waffle with fried chicken and sweet pepper jam) and a selection of solid drinks, including guava Moscow mules and killer bloody marys. The portions are generous, too.

3401 Evanston Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

6. Bounty Kitchen

7 Boston St, Seattle, WA 98109

Juices, scrambles, breakfast sandwiches, and vegetable hashes are the focus at this charming Queen Anne spot, which also has locations in South Lake Union, and Capitol Hill. Brunch plates served all day lean toward the lighter end of the spectrum (gluten-free griddle cakes, granola bowls), but the food is always satisfying.

7 Boston St
Seattle, WA 98109

7. Simply Soulful

2909-B E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112
A view of sweet potato pies lined up in tins
Sweet potato pies.
Simply Soulful

Those looking for fantastic biscuit sandwiches should seek out this Madison Valley gem, which serves them smothered in chicken sausage gravy (or in sandwich form). One must save room for dessert, though, as the shop is known for its sweet potato pies and tarts. A move to the Central District is coming soon.

2909-B E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112

8. Olmstead

314 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102

The menu at this laid-back Capitol Hill spot focuses on homey brunch dishes with ingredients sourced locally, including shakshuka, toad in the hole, and a Nicky Farms sage sausage sandwich, with fried egg and bloody mary slaw. The Goose Me cocktail with vodka, pineapple, apricot liqueur, and bubbly, is a sparkling way to spend an early afternoon, too.

314 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

9. Tilikum Place Café

407 Cedar St, Seattle, WA 98121

Despite its proximity to Seattle Center and the Space Needle, this wildly popular cafe is no tourist trap, but rather a great neighborhood place that locals can enjoy. With a European feel and an eclectic menu, the restaurant also has one definitive star: the Dutch baby pancake, whose cast iron-baked goodness has earned fame, far and wide.

407 Cedar St
Seattle, WA 98121

10. Dacha Diner

1416 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122

Capitol Hill’s acclaimed, cozy Eastern European restaurant has a weekend daytime menu that includes its popular khachapuri (Georgian cheese bread). There’s still no dine-in service, but contactless pickup is available with online pre-orders via the website, and there are all-day breakfast items on Saturdays and Sundays, including blintzes, latkes, and challah French toast.

1416 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122

11. Nue

1519 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

International street food sensation Nue serves up a diverse brunch, and it’s a success across the board. As with the dynamic dinner menu, expect new dishes to appear constantly. Brunch currently involves stand-outs like the Filipino tosilog, with cured pork, garlic fried rice, a soy and vinegar sauce, and two sunny side-up eggs, and the Israeli shakshuka, along with stellar drinks.

1519 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

12. Cafe Pettirosso

1101 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

This Capitol Hill brunch destination focuses on hearty daytime dishes, such as chicken andouille sausage, duck confit hash, and pressed tofu with vadouvan coconut curry. There are also a few daytime drinks, including the “bartender’s breakfast” (Fernet, amaretto, coffee, and cream), which should hit the spot.

1101 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

13. Fat's Chicken and Waffles

2726 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122

The stars at this Central District favorite (which recently reopened for dine-in) are the honey butter chicken biscuit sandwich and the restaurant’s namesake sampler, with two pieces of chicken served alongside fried green tomatoes, cheese grits and garlic toast. Brunch is popular and the restaurant can feel hectic, but the warm service and fantastic food are worth it.

2726 E Cherry St
Seattle, WA 98122

14. Luna Park Cafe

2918 SW Avalon Way, Seattle, WA 98126

Luna Park Cafe is a funky local favorite near the historic site of the amusement park from which it took its name (the park closed in 1913, but the cafe opened in 1989), and the still-closed West Seattle bridge. Luna Park serves American diner food like omelettes, steak and eggs, hashes, french toast, pancakes, milkshakes, and more. Eat on the patio on a sunny day, or check out the retro memorabilia indoors, including old-fashioned jukebox selections at every booth. Luna Park offers dine-in, takeout, and delivery through Doordash. Breakfast is served all-day, every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

2918 SW Avalon Way
Seattle, WA 98126

15. Easy Street Records & Cafe

4559 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

This not-so-secret diner inside West Seattle’s iconic record shop serves what’s perhaps the neighborhood’s best breakfast and brunch menu — and possibly its most affordable too. Music-themed items available for pickup include for the New Wave-Os Rancheros, the Notorious B&G (biscuits and gravy), and the Johnny Cash special (steak and eggs).

4559 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

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16. Geraldine's Counter Restaurant

4872 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

This Columbia City classic is renowned for its French toast, but its scrambles, omelets, and hashes are no slouches either. The diner also has some brunch cocktails, as well as crab Benedicts and chicken fried steak with pork sausage gravy to soak up the booze. If there’s a long wait, diners may want to consider to-go orders to eat on the neighborhood’s nearby outdoor patio.

4872 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

17. Super Six

3714 S Hudson St, Seattle, WA 98118
Fried chicken thigh on bubble waffles, with haupia syrup, hot honey, Sriracha, and basil
Fried chicken thigh on bubble waffles, with haupia syrup, hot honey, Sriracha, and basil.
Super Six/Instagram

The brunch at this well-loved Hawaiian-Korean restaurant (part of the Marination family) serves up delectable dishes, such as fried chicken on bubble waffles, loco moco, pancakes with toasted macadamia butter, and some fine malasadas, best enjoyed on the expansive patio. Don’t forget about the lemongrass bloody marys, which are seriously strong.

3714 S Hudson St
Seattle, WA 98118

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