The Hunt: The Best Brunch Spots in Seattle

By Stephanie Yoder,

Seattle, with its endless variety of food and meticulously crafted coffees, is the perfect city for a leisurely and gluttonous brunch. It’s a great way to gear up for a day of outdoor activity, or to nurse the remnants of last night’s hangover. Everyone has their own favorite spot, but here are eight of the best brunch spots in Seattle to check out on your next lazy Sunday in Seattle.

Portage Bay Cafe

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Locally-loved, Portage Bay Cafe. Photo by Jessica Spengler CC BY

Like many of Seattle’s restaurants, Portage Bay Cafe specializes in dishes made with local, organic and sustainable ingredients. They prove their commitment by printing a list of their local vendors directly onto the menu. The cafe has three locations: one in the University District, one in Ballard and one in South Lake Union and all are incredibly delicious. Everything is good, but the stars here are the decadent pancake and waffle options, finished off with a trip to the breakfast bar, which features a variety of syrups, nuts and fresh fruit.


Eggs Benedict in Seattle

The weekend means its brunch time are Glo’s. Photo by the author.

You can’t tell from its unassuming storefront on Olive Way in Capitol Hill, but the line of customers waiting to get into Glo’s on a Saturday or Sunday morning is a good indication that this is a one of the best brunch spots in Seattle. Glo’s is a true rarity for Seattle: an old-fashioned diner style restaurant. You won’t find fancy brunch cocktails here but you will find expertly made omelets, corned beef hash and a selection of tasty eggs Benedict. Don’t miss the close-to-perfection hash browns.


Stoneburner pizza brunch

Unexpectedly delicious: Pizza for brunch. Photo by Alexis Lamster CC BY

Pizza for breakfast? Why not, especially if it’s expertly made wood oven pizza from Stoneburner in Ballard. They offer a selection of breakfast pizzas featuring potato, house made bacon and eggs. If that still doesn’t sit right with you they also have a full non-pizza menu that includes a fried egg and porchetta sandwich and lamb hash. Regardless, its a sure contender for one of the best brunch spots in Seattle.

Local 360

Rabbit Sausage Biscuit Local 360

Rabbit Sausage Biscuit. Photo courtesy of Local 360. 

Another Seattle favorite that embraces fresh local ingredients, Local 360 gets its name from their boast that 90% of their raw ingredients come from within 360 miles of the restaurant. The atmosphere evokes a rustic but comfortable farmhouse. The brunch menu includes staples like omelets and biscuits paired with unique items like rabbit sausage and PB&J bon bons.


Best Brunch Spots In Seattle

A contender for the best Eggs Benny at Smith’s. Photo by the author.

The first thing you’ll notice at this pub style restaurant in Capitol Hill are the dozens of animal heads on the wall, but the real attraction here is the great food and cocktail menu. Smith’s brunch menu includes a seasonal eggs Benedict (featuring asparagus this summer), a brisket and egg sandwich, and fried chicken and waffles. You can’t miss the brunch cocktails, including several powerful versions of the Bloody Mary and orange, grapefruit or pomegranate mimosas available by the pitcher.

The Fat Hen

The Fat Hen Brunch Seattle

Breakfast is served at the Fat Hen. Photo courtesy of the Fat Hen.

Buried in the posh neighborhood of Phinney Ridge, The Fat Hen serves a mix of Italian and New American cuisine in a cozy communal atmosphere. Their best offerings are the egg dishes – a variety of eggs Benedict and egg bakes along with homemade pastries and fresh squeezed juices. Simple, well done food. Arrive early to grab a seat – the restaurant only seats 25 at a time and prime time waits can be an hour or more.

Harbor City

Harbor City Seattle Brunch

Dim Sum shrimp dumplings to die for. Photo by Calgary Reviews CC BY

You can’t write about brunch in Seattle without mentioning dim sum. Assemble a group on a Saturday morning, snag a table at Harbor City in the International District and let the food, carts of dumplings and other Chinese specialties, come to you. The ambiance here is practical and straightforward without much elegance, but you’re here for the food: barbecue pork buns, shrimp cakes, pan fried radish cakes and more.

Have you brunched in Seattle? Where are your favorite spots?


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* Cover photo by Isabelle Hurbain-Palatin CC BY