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The monkey bread at Sawyer, a Ballard restaurant that serves brunch with influences from all over the globe.
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Where to Find Seattle’s Most Essential Brunches

With cereal-crusted French toast, short rib kare kare, lemongrass bloody marys, and more

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The monkey bread at Sawyer, a Ballard restaurant that serves brunch with influences from all over the globe.
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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.

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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. And the empanadas, made with shatteringly crisp fried corn dough, are also supremely satisfying.

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. 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 its cereal-coated crust. Those with a strong appetite may want to tackle the barbecue plate, with roasted pork, ssamjang, and various kimchi, or the satisfying loco moco.

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

3. Rachel's Bagels & Burritos

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5451 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 257-5761
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A recent menu revamp at the former Porkchop and Co. has birthed Rachel’s Bagels and Burritos. The straightforward name belies the menu’s indulgences: one-pound burritos stuffed with eggs, cheese, meats, and more, and bagels sporting flavors like togaroshi (a Japanese spice blend) and za’atar. Vegetables get similar over-the-top treatment, from the celery root “al pastor” to the sumac onions. Most everything is thoughtfully sourced, or made in house, reflecting the restaurant’s ethos of respecting food sources and the people behind them. And the bagels here — crackly on the outside and chewy on the inside — are some of the best in the city (recently, there’s been stiff combination from a host of newcomers).

4. Sawyer

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5309 22nd Ave NW suite a
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 420-7225
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Anything goes at this sprawling, boisterous restaurant in Ballard serving dishes like loco moco with crispy char siu pork, shrimp and grits with bell pepper sofrito, and pork belly steam buns with gochujang mayo. The creative twists to classics continue with the drinks menu, where sake makes an appearance in the bloody mary, and Coca-Cola blends with cherry wine and vanilla tincture for a boozy version of a childhood favorite. The food here is well worth some jockeying, but it’s best to get a reservation beforehand.

5. 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 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 fried eggs, salsa verde, and crispy potatoes.

6. Hattie's Hat Restaurant

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5231 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-0175
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This Ballard institution for greasy-spoon, hangover-cure brunches has been in business a mind-boggling 118 years. The interior exudes mid-century charm mixed with some cool historical elements, like the ornate 1904 bar back and century-old nature paintings. The fried chicken is always excellent, whether you get it on the sandwich, on a waffle, or smothered in country gravy. Otherwise, think classic diner food, done well: burgers, scrambles, biscuits, hash browns, and benedicts. There’s a wide selection of bloody marys and mimosas, too.

7. 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.

8. China Harbor Restaurant

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2040 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 286-1688
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The massive black rectangle next to Lake Union on Westlake Avenue is instantly recognizable — if not a little out of place. A new chef is breathing fresh life into the nearly 30-year-old restaurant inside, turning it into a veritable dining destination. Chef Danna Hwang puts her own twists on classic Chinese dim sum dishes, crafting beautiful bites that are as ornate as the dining room decor: deep-fried taro balls filled with abalone, pan-fried chive dumplings, crispy pork belly in shrimp sauce, and more.

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, but a favorite among locals. 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. 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.

11. COMMUNION Restaurant & Bar

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2350 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 391-8140
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Should you manage to score a coveted spot at one Seattle’s buzziest restaurants, your hard work will be well rewarded. The brunch here reflects chef Kristi Brown’s perspective on Seattle soul food, an artful combination of Southern, Asian, and Northwest fare. Prawns and cheese grits and corn bread French toast are a couple of the highlights. The food, drinks, and service are without pretention despite the restaurant’s growing list of accolades — which is just how chef Brown and her son, Damon Bomar, want it to be. 

12. Cafe Campagne

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1600 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 728-2233
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This Pike Place Market mainstay pays obsessive attention to classic French cuisine. Even the decor exudes the spirit of a Parisian cafe, down to the people-watching patio in front. Brunch is long and leisurely, with tables available from 9 a.m. to 3 and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, respectively. There are loads of simple pleasures here, like the baguette with French-style butter and jam, and more decadent wonders, like the Oeufs en Meurette, a dish of poached eggs, red wine-foie gras sauce, pearl onions, and bacon.

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. Musang

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2524 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 708-6871
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The flavors of the Philippines meet Northwest ingredients at this nationally recognized Beacon Hill restaurant set inside a craftsman house. Brunch wields these flavors with the same expertise as dinner, and servers patiently educate anyone unfamiliar with the dishes. The short rib kare kare, with eggplant, okra, and peanut butter, is one recurring standout. And the silog — a classic breakfast dish of fried rice and heaps of garlic — comes with two rotating variations each week. There’s also a good selection of vegetarian, vegan, and dairy- and gluten-free dishes, too.

15. 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.

16. 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. 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).

17. 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. If there’s a long wait, diners may want to consider to-go orders to eat on the neighborhood’s nearby outdoor patio.

18. 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.
El Parche/Facebook

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. And the empanadas, made with shatteringly crisp fried corn dough, are also supremely satisfying.

11740 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

2. 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 its cereal-coated crust. Those with a strong appetite may want to tackle the barbecue plate, with roasted pork, ssamjang, and various kimchi, or the satisfying loco moco.

6201 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

3. Rachel's Bagels & Burritos

5451 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

A recent menu revamp at the former Porkchop and Co. has birthed Rachel’s Bagels and Burritos. The straightforward name belies the menu’s indulgences: one-pound burritos stuffed with eggs, cheese, meats, and more, and bagels sporting flavors like togaroshi (a Japanese spice blend) and za’atar. Vegetables get similar over-the-top treatment, from the celery root “al pastor” to the sumac onions. Most everything is thoughtfully sourced, or made in house, reflecting the restaurant’s ethos of respecting food sources and the people behind them. And the bagels here — crackly on the outside and chewy on the inside — are some of the best in the city (recently, there’s been stiff combination from a host of newcomers).

5451 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

4. Sawyer

5309 22nd Ave NW suite a, Seattle, WA 98107

Anything goes at this sprawling, boisterous restaurant in Ballard serving dishes like loco moco with crispy char siu pork, shrimp and grits with bell pepper sofrito, and pork belly steam buns with gochujang mayo. The creative twists to classics continue with the drinks menu, where sake makes an appearance in the bloody mary, and Coca-Cola blends with cherry wine and vanilla tincture for a boozy version of a childhood favorite. The food here is well worth some jockeying, but it’s best to get a reservation beforehand.

5309 22nd Ave NW suite a
Seattle, WA 98107

5. Stoneburner

5214 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

This Ballard favorite’s brunch menu has a variety of 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 fried eggs, salsa verde, and crispy potatoes.

5214 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

6. Hattie's Hat Restaurant

5231 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

This Ballard institution for greasy-spoon, hangover-cure brunches has been in business a mind-boggling 118 years. The interior exudes mid-century charm mixed with some cool historical elements, like the ornate 1904 bar back and century-old nature paintings. The fried chicken is always excellent, whether you get it on the sandwich, on a waffle, or smothered in country gravy. Otherwise, think classic diner food, done well: burgers, scrambles, biscuits, hash browns, and benedicts. There’s a wide selection of bloody marys and mimosas, too.

5231 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

7. 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

8. China Harbor Restaurant

2040 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

The massive black rectangle next to Lake Union on Westlake Avenue is instantly recognizable — if not a little out of place. A new chef is breathing fresh life into the nearly 30-year-old restaurant inside, turning it into a veritable dining destination. Chef Danna Hwang puts her own twists on classic Chinese dim sum dishes, crafting beautiful bites that are as ornate as the dining room decor: deep-fried taro balls filled with abalone, pan-fried chive dumplings, crispy pork belly in shrimp sauce, and more.

2040 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

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, but a favorite among locals. 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. 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

11. COMMUNION Restaurant & Bar

2350 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122

Should you manage to score a coveted spot at one Seattle’s buzziest restaurants, your hard work will be well rewarded. The brunch here reflects chef Kristi Brown’s perspective on Seattle soul food, an artful combination of Southern, Asian, and Northwest fare. Prawns and cheese grits and corn bread French toast are a couple of the highlights. The food, drinks, and service are without pretention despite the restaurant’s growing list of accolades — which is just how chef Brown and her son, Damon Bomar, want it to be. 

2350 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122

12. Cafe Campagne

1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

This Pike Place Market mainstay pays obsessive attention to classic French cuisine. Even the decor exudes the spirit of a Parisian cafe, down to the people-watching patio in front. Brunch is long and leisurely, with tables available from 9 a.m. to 3 and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, respectively. There are loads of simple pleasures here, like the baguette with French-style butter and jam, and more decadent wonders, like the Oeufs en Meurette, a dish of poached eggs, red wine-foie gras sauce, pearl onions, and bacon.

1600 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101

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. Musang

2524 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

The flavors of the Philippines meet Northwest ingredients at this nationally recognized Beacon Hill restaurant set inside a craftsman house. Brunch wields these flavors with the same expertise as dinner, and servers patiently educate anyone unfamiliar with the dishes. The short rib kare kare, with eggplant, okra, and peanut butter, is one recurring standout. And the silog — a classic breakfast dish of fried rice and heaps of garlic — comes with two rotating variations each week. There’s also a good selection of vegetarian, vegan, and dairy- and gluten-free dishes, too.

2524 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

15. 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

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16. 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. 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

17. 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. 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

18. 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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