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The Eater Seattle Brunch Heatmap, a Sizzling Update

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Brunch can get a bad rap. Some restaurants attempt to follow a late Saturday night of service with a bleary-eyed brunch service the next morning. Other places view this leisurely weekend meal as a grim but profitable slog, dishing out uninspired pancakes and eggs while reserving more creative efforts on the dinner menu.

And then there are those restaurants that have become Seattle brunch standards, or simply put as much thought into the morning menu as the nighttime fare. Here now for your weekend consideration are some brand new picks for brunch in Seattle.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Agrodolce

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709 N 35th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-9707
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Bread pudding bites, brandy maple waffles, and fried soft boiled eggs are some of the treasures that await at Maria Hines’ Italian-inspired restaurant. If you are not into standard brunch items, the lamb burger will do you real good. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 2:30.

2. Ba Bar

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550 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 328-2030
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Ba Bar serves hot breakfast Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8 am. You'll find a mix of classic egg dishes and Vietnamese influenced morning dishes like congee. Pastries and coffee are still served daily beginning at 7 am.

3. Boat Street Cafe

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3131 Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 632-4602
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Where else can you get pate, tomato soup, and a cornmeal rustic cake that likely gives all other pancakes a complex? Renee Erickson has since moved on to open Walrus & Carpenter, The Whale Wins and more, but Boat Street remains a trusty favorite. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10:30 to 2:30.

4. Brass Tacks

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6105 13th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 397-3821
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One of the few places in Georgetown to grab a proper Sunday brunch, Brass Tacks ups the ante with a DJ who spins classic R&B hits while patrons enjoy chicken & waffles (which usually sell out), stuffed brioche French toast and pork belly & grits. There's also the house infused bloody Marie's and fresh squeezed (generous) mimosas. It's a family affair here, so bring the kiddos! Brunch is served Sunday only, 10 to 4.

5. Cafe Campagne

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1600 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 728-2233
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There's a reason this Market fixture is perpetually packed for brunch: the oeufs en meurette has legions of devoted fans across the city, though the unfussy French menu is lovely all around. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 8 to 4.

6. Dot's Delicatessen

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4262 Fremont Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 687-7446
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This informal, yet overachieving butcher shop/French bistro counteracts a great hangover with its house made buttermilk biscuit sandwiches, generally filled with some meat (herb crusted steak, bacon), egg and cheddar.

7. The Fat Hen

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1418 NW 70th St.
Seattle, WA
(206) 782-5422
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Many believe this north Ballard farmhouse spot has the best brunch in town. The Eggs Benedict (a weekends-only brunch special) are a standout. Brunch is served Tues-Sun 8 to 3.

8. The Harvest Vine

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2701 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 320-9771
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Some say Harvest Vine hasn’t been the same since co-owner/executive chef Joseba Jimenez de Jimenez departed, but dishes such as the tortilla espanola and Huevos a la Flamenca (baked eggs with chorizo, jamón serrano, peppers, fried tomato sauce and béchamel) indicate otherwise. For lovers of the Basque region, this spot will make you think you are back in Spain. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 2.

9. Joule

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3506 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-5685
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Joule is a brunch lover's delight. For $17, you get access to a rotating buffet (October's featured items such has a chocolate haupia danish, Spam Hawaiian sweet roll and macaroni salad with smoked hazelnut), plus an entree-sized breakfast dish of your choice. Try the porchetta wrapped with house bacon. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 2.

10. La Bête

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1802 Bellevue Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 329-4047
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Any restaurant that puts two kinds of waffles on their menu (both sweet and savory quinoa waffles) gets a special place in brunch heaven. Biscuits, eggs, and other decadent offerings are also much raved about. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 3.

11. Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky

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4437 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 935-1075
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House corned beef hash, fatty saimin, and French toast with fried chicken nuggets & sausage gravy (not to mention bottomless mimosa) have been giving folks a solid excuse to cross the West Seattle Bridge for years. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 2.

12. Mistral Kitchen

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2020 Westlake Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 623-1922
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The thoughtful brunch menu feels a bit more rustic than chef William Belickis's elegant dinner fare. It's a distinction that seems exactly right on a weekend morning. Perfect place for a power breakfast or brunch, as well. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 11 to 2.

13. Rock Creek Seafood & Spirits

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4300 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 557-7532
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A super newcomer to the brunch scene, RockCreek has been killing it on weekends with their scrambles, beet hash (don't miss this dish!), bacon and oyster benedict, pancakes, and lots of other things that are not as remotely seafood-centric as their dinner menu. Surprisingly, there's no line out the door...yet. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 9 to 3.

14. Schooner Exact Brewing

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3901 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 432-9734
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One might think they are getting hazed when they are taken to a tap room for brunch. Yes, there’s beer, but there are also waffles and scrambles to go along with your adult beverage. The savory waffle, prosciutto, goat cheese, chives, is a favorite. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 11 to 2.

15. Sitka and Spruce

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1531 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 324-0662
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This quintessential Seattle restaurant can take something as simple as a bowl of peaches and yogurt and make it somehow transcendent. However, the menu also contains more intricate, inventive items that showcase grains and seasonal Northwest ingredients. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 2.

16. Stoneburner

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5214 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 695-2051
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Released just this past July, Stoneburner's brunch menu offers a bunch of the same dinner items (grains, veggies, pizzas), with the addition of some tasty egg dishes, like polenta hash with chard, sweet onions and poached eggs; porchetta with spicy cauliflower and a fried egg; and baked eggs with prosciutto, red sauce and mozzarella. Bonus: they take reservations. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 3.

17. Sushi Kappo Tamura

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2968 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 547-0937
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This Eastlake sushi spot's dive into brunch happened last November, but a lot of folks don't know about it. Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm, SKT offers a lunch platter with three kinds of nimono (a stewed dish), sashimi, entree, miso soup, steamed rice and dessert for $25. There's also a Japanese breakfast platter that consists of the above, but instead of sashimi and an entree, diners are treated to an "egg dish of the day" and broiled wild Alaskan sockeye for $18. Nobody leaves hungry. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 11 to 2.

18. TanakaSan

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2121 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 812-8412
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If you're looking for a morning meal off the beaten brunch path, but just slightly (because it's brunch and this is not a time to be adventurous), Tanakasan is a surefire bet. The dim sum-inspired menu is perfect for sharing (if you're Starvation City, population one, order two of everything — trust!). Must eats: buttermilk pancakes with bacon, tea smoked duck sausage, and any of the ramens. There's also a ton of drinks ranging from cocktails to juice to coffee and sake slushies. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 9 to 2.

19. Tilikum Place Café

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407 Cedar St
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 282-4830
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The Dutch babies are the signature items here, but really, everything on the brunch menu is homey and hearty. And the high-ceilinged, lofty space was made for easy breezy brunches. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 8 to 3.

20. Westward

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2501 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 552-8215
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Feel like driving your Donzi to brunch? Even if you’re not a boat owner excited about dock privileges, waterfront views are still in play. The new brunch menu hits it hard with winners such as the wood-oven fired Montreal-style bagel served with salmon gravlax and labneh and the bloody mary with savory dill aquavit. Save room for the bread pudding. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 4:30.

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1. Agrodolce

709 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Bread pudding bites, brandy maple waffles, and fried soft boiled eggs are some of the treasures that await at Maria Hines’ Italian-inspired restaurant. If you are not into standard brunch items, the lamb burger will do you real good. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 2:30.
709 N 35th St
Seattle, WA 98103

2. Ba Bar

550 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Ba Bar serves hot breakfast Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8 am. You'll find a mix of classic egg dishes and Vietnamese influenced morning dishes like congee. Pastries and coffee are still served daily beginning at 7 am.
550 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

3. Boat Street Cafe

3131 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Where else can you get pate, tomato soup, and a cornmeal rustic cake that likely gives all other pancakes a complex? Renee Erickson has since moved on to open Walrus & Carpenter, The Whale Wins and more, but Boat Street remains a trusty favorite. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10:30 to 2:30.
3131 Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

4. Brass Tacks

6105 13th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
One of the few places in Georgetown to grab a proper Sunday brunch, Brass Tacks ups the ante with a DJ who spins classic R&B hits while patrons enjoy chicken & waffles (which usually sell out), stuffed brioche French toast and pork belly & grits. There's also the house infused bloody Marie's and fresh squeezed (generous) mimosas. It's a family affair here, so bring the kiddos! Brunch is served Sunday only, 10 to 4.
6105 13th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

5. Cafe Campagne

1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
There's a reason this Market fixture is perpetually packed for brunch: the oeufs en meurette has legions of devoted fans across the city, though the unfussy French menu is lovely all around. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 8 to 4.
1600 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101

6. Dot's Delicatessen

4262 Fremont Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103
This informal, yet overachieving butcher shop/French bistro counteracts a great hangover with its house made buttermilk biscuit sandwiches, generally filled with some meat (herb crusted steak, bacon), egg and cheddar.
4262 Fremont Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103

7. The Fat Hen

1418 NW 70th St., Seattle, WA
Many believe this north Ballard farmhouse spot has the best brunch in town. The Eggs Benedict (a weekends-only brunch special) are a standout. Brunch is served Tues-Sun 8 to 3.
1418 NW 70th St.
Seattle, WA

8. The Harvest Vine

2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112
Some say Harvest Vine hasn’t been the same since co-owner/executive chef Joseba Jimenez de Jimenez departed, but dishes such as the tortilla espanola and Huevos a la Flamenca (baked eggs with chorizo, jamón serrano, peppers, fried tomato sauce and béchamel) indicate otherwise. For lovers of the Basque region, this spot will make you think you are back in Spain. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 2.
2701 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112

9. Joule

3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103
Joule is a brunch lover's delight. For $17, you get access to a rotating buffet (October's featured items such has a chocolate haupia danish, Spam Hawaiian sweet roll and macaroni salad with smoked hazelnut), plus an entree-sized breakfast dish of your choice. Try the porchetta wrapped with house bacon. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 2.
3506 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

10. La Bête

1802 Bellevue Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Any restaurant that puts two kinds of waffles on their menu (both sweet and savory quinoa waffles) gets a special place in brunch heaven. Biscuits, eggs, and other decadent offerings are also much raved about. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 3.
1802 Bellevue Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

11. Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky

4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
House corned beef hash, fatty saimin, and French toast with fried chicken nuggets & sausage gravy (not to mention bottomless mimosa) have been giving folks a solid excuse to cross the West Seattle Bridge for years. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 2.
4437 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

12. Mistral Kitchen

2020 Westlake Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
The thoughtful brunch menu feels a bit more rustic than chef William Belickis's elegant dinner fare. It's a distinction that seems exactly right on a weekend morning. Perfect place for a power breakfast or brunch, as well. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 11 to 2.
2020 Westlake Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

13. Rock Creek Seafood & Spirits

4300 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
A super newcomer to the brunch scene, RockCreek has been killing it on weekends with their scrambles, beet hash (don't miss this dish!), bacon and oyster benedict, pancakes, and lots of other things that are not as remotely seafood-centric as their dinner menu. Surprisingly, there's no line out the door...yet. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 9 to 3.
4300 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

14. Schooner Exact Brewing

3901 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
One might think they are getting hazed when they are taken to a tap room for brunch. Yes, there’s beer, but there are also waffles and scrambles to go along with your adult beverage. The savory waffle, prosciutto, goat cheese, chives, is a favorite. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 11 to 2.
3901 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134

15. Sitka and Spruce

1531 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
This quintessential Seattle restaurant can take something as simple as a bowl of peaches and yogurt and make it somehow transcendent. However, the menu also contains more intricate, inventive items that showcase grains and seasonal Northwest ingredients. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 2.
1531 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

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16. Stoneburner

5214 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Released just this past July, Stoneburner's brunch menu offers a bunch of the same dinner items (grains, veggies, pizzas), with the addition of some tasty egg dishes, like polenta hash with chard, sweet onions and poached eggs; porchetta with spicy cauliflower and a fried egg; and baked eggs with prosciutto, red sauce and mozzarella. Bonus: they take reservations. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 3.
5214 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107

17. Sushi Kappo Tamura

2968 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
This Eastlake sushi spot's dive into brunch happened last November, but a lot of folks don't know about it. Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm, SKT offers a lunch platter with three kinds of nimono (a stewed dish), sashimi, entree, miso soup, steamed rice and dessert for $25. There's also a Japanese breakfast platter that consists of the above, but instead of sashimi and an entree, diners are treated to an "egg dish of the day" and broiled wild Alaskan sockeye for $18. Nobody leaves hungry. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 11 to 2.
2968 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

18. TanakaSan

2121 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
If you're looking for a morning meal off the beaten brunch path, but just slightly (because it's brunch and this is not a time to be adventurous), Tanakasan is a surefire bet. The dim sum-inspired menu is perfect for sharing (if you're Starvation City, population one, order two of everything — trust!). Must eats: buttermilk pancakes with bacon, tea smoked duck sausage, and any of the ramens. There's also a ton of drinks ranging from cocktails to juice to coffee and sake slushies. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 9 to 2.
2121 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

19. Tilikum Place Café

407 Cedar St, Seattle, WA 98121
The Dutch babies are the signature items here, but really, everything on the brunch menu is homey and hearty. And the high-ceilinged, lofty space was made for easy breezy brunches. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 8 to 3.
407 Cedar St
Seattle, WA 98121

20. Westward

2501 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
Feel like driving your Donzi to brunch? Even if you’re not a boat owner excited about dock privileges, waterfront views are still in play. The new brunch menu hits it hard with winners such as the wood-oven fired Montreal-style bagel served with salmon gravlax and labneh and the bloody mary with savory dill aquavit. Save room for the bread pudding. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 4:30.
2501 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103

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