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18 Essential Brunch Destinations Around Nashville

A guide to the city’s best and newest brunch spots and tried-and-true mimosa-making classics

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Chicken and waffles from Liberty Common.
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Just ask the bachelorettes in matching tank tops — there is certainly no better way to start off a Saturday or Sunday in Nashville than with a good, hearty (and yes, maybe boozy) brunch. To help in the imminent difficult decision-making process following a rough night on Broadway or in an Eastside dive, hours have been spent plowing through spicy bloody marys, biscuits, and Benedicts to highlight some of the city’s best and newest brunch spots, alongside some tried-and-true mimosa-making classics.

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The Riverside Village cafe from chef Mailea Weger makes breakfast cake paired with breakfast wine a very intriguing weekend morning option. Starting at 10 a.m. on weekends, find refreshing new Nashville brunch dishes like baked egg cazuela or roasted banana buckwheat pancakes. To drink, $8 glasses of wine poured from the previous night’s open bottles, lavender honey cold brew, and turmeric-touched wellness elixirs.

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Cafe Roze

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Julia Jaksic’s all-day cafe opened in 2017, on the corner of Porter Road and Greenwood Avenue on the East side of town. A marble-lined bar and soft touches of pink might lead visitors to think this is just another pretty place — but the consistency and excellence of the food, from standout country ham toast or a hearty egg sandwich with Gifford’s bacon, tomato jam, and avocado — prove otherwise. Lighter favorites include the roze bowl or coconut yogurt topped with Julia’s granola.

Maiz de la Vida at Chopper

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Brunch drinks like the breakfast colada at Andy Mumma’s Eastside robot-themed tiki lounge pair well with brunch delights from tortilla savant Julio Hernandez’s Maiz de la Vida. The food truck parks outside the East Nashville drinking destination all day on Saturdays and Sundays, with offerings like negros enchiladas, chorizo tacos, elotes, and tlacoyo on the menu. 

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Henrietta Red

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Dine in the airy and bright dining room at Henrietta Red for a pleasant weekend brunch experience, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu covers a lot of territory, with dishes ranging from sweet monkey bread and cinnamon rolls to savory wood-roasted oysters, smoked trout toast, and mushroom polenta. The brunch cocktails are don’t-miss.

Butcher & Bee

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A Charleston-born restaurant that has become a Nashville destination in its own right, Butcher & Bee’s brunch is best enjoyed on its light and airy patio. It’s best to start with the crowd-favorite whipped feta, and from there move on to the green shakshuka, mushroom breakfast tacos, or the brunch twist on another Butcher & Bee specialty, avocado crispy rice with collards, peanuts, and the option to add an egg.

The Hampton Social

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This is ground zero for boozy brunch and bachelorette-watching near Broadway — complete with a swinging bed and, of course, a rooftop and Instagram photo ops galore. Serving brunch until 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Hampton Social’s food menu offers everything from avocado toast and breakfast burritos to lobster rolls and a sunrise quinoa bowl. Wash it down with an ombre rainbow of rosé options, coffee-spiked cocktails, or large format mimosa kits or bellinis served in a giant seashell.

Café Intermezzo - Nashville

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Dessert-focused European-style coffee shop Café Intermezzo offers brunch all day every day of the week, beginning at 11 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on weekends. Feast on pastries alone, or add some savory flavors like eggs Benedict or a seafood crepe or croque-monsieur.

Liberty Common

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Downtown’s Southern brasserie offers a Saturday/Sunday brunch beginning at 9:30 a.m., with fried chicken biscuits and cinnamon walnut pancakes, alongside brunch burgers and a waffle madame crowned with a sunny side egg all on the menu. There’s plenty of patio dining space for good weather days and people watching, too.

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Pinewood Social

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Pinewood’s bowling lanes and dipping pools make it a favorite for roving bachelorette parties, but its vast menu and cocktails for brunch doesn’t hurt. Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., brunch options include bruleed grapefruit, sticky buns with pecan caramel, huevos rancheros, and smashed avocado toast.

“Things on toast” at Pinewood Social
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Chauhan Ale and Masala House

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Only on Sundays, score a daytime reservation at Maneet Chauhan’s eponymous Gulch restaurant and feast on a fresh brunch menu feauting a stellar brunch burger, gulab jamun monkey bread, and hot pakora fried chicken alongside regular classics, curries, and meat-and-three tiffin.

The Mockingbird

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The Mockingbird is one of the prettiest places to brunch in the city (on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), a time to dine on classic American breakfasts, pastrami hash, or pillowy cream cheese frosting-sopped brioche cinnamon rolls inside or on the patio. The church punch, champagne in a pouch, and sparkling wine with Tang (remember that?) all make for great brunch sippers.

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Suzy Wong's House of Yum

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Drag brunch with a side of brunch-y fried rice or scrambled egg rolls, anyone? Plan ahead by making reservations for brunch and a show. Drag’n Brunch performances run Saturdays and Sundays, with seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Brunch at this outpost of the Charleston favorite is a great time to visit — with daylight allowing diners to take in the stunning surroundings while getting their fill of savory midday fare from new executive chef Ben Norton. The menu changes every weekend, but highlights are the New Orleans-inspired barbecue shrimp, the plate of southern vegetables, and the long and widely celebrated Husk cheeseburger.

Sunda Nashville

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Billy Dec’s pan-Asian restaurant in the Gulch offers another refreshing outside-the-box brunch menu — giving brunch-goers more than the usual hot chicken biscuit suspects we often tire of in Music City. Chef Mike Morales’ menu highlights here include ube waffles, “silog” island breakfast plates, and spicy avocado crispy rice. One can’t miss splurge: the massive 32-ounce “sumo” bloody mary, taken completely over the top with tocino grilled cheese, a bao bun, baked snow crab handroll, karaage fried chicken, and lumpia.

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Earnest Bar & Hideaway (formerly Hemingway's)

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Feast on traditional brunch items like steak and eggs, huevos rancheros, and French toast at this refreshing Wedgewood-Houston oasis — or branch out to poutine Benedict or a legit hot chicken-topped mac and cheese. Bottomless mimosas (available only with the purchase of a brunch entree) run $28 at Earnest and are also available during weekday lunch.

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Josephine

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At the popular 12 South dinner destination, brunch also shines with dishes like the Josephine Benedict with scrapple, country ham, and brown butter Hollandaise, or pecan sticky buns. Chef Andrew Little also serves a serious Josephine steak and eggs, with perfect fries and herb butter, on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Bottle Cap

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The 12 South neighborhood hang offers plenty of TVs for weekend game watching alongside a bang-up brunch on Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Standout buttermilk pancakes and bottomless mimosas are highlights, as is the creamy cheddar grits and short rib “recovery bowl”, topped with fried jalapeno bottle caps and a poached egg.

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On weekends starting at 10 a.m., Sinema offers up a generous ‘bottomless brunch’ (and also the option to tack on bottomless booze to a la carte brunch too). Fried chicken, biscuits with gravy, chilaquiles, and cinnamon roll pancakes are served straight to the table for family-style for feasting without the jaunt through the former buffet lineup in pre-COVID times. (Due to high demand, reservations are recommended at least two weeks in advance).

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View from the front of the freshly white coated craftsman style home Sam Angel / Eater Nashville

The Riverside Village cafe from chef Mailea Weger makes breakfast cake paired with breakfast wine a very intriguing weekend morning option. Starting at 10 a.m. on weekends, find refreshing new Nashville brunch dishes like baked egg cazuela or roasted banana buckwheat pancakes. To drink, $8 glasses of wine poured from the previous night’s open bottles, lavender honey cold brew, and turmeric-touched wellness elixirs.

View from the front of the freshly white coated craftsman style home Sam Angel / Eater Nashville

Cafe Roze

Julia Jaksic’s all-day cafe opened in 2017, on the corner of Porter Road and Greenwood Avenue on the East side of town. A marble-lined bar and soft touches of pink might lead visitors to think this is just another pretty place — but the consistency and excellence of the food, from standout country ham toast or a hearty egg sandwich with Gifford’s bacon, tomato jam, and avocado — prove otherwise. Lighter favorites include the roze bowl or coconut yogurt topped with Julia’s granola.

Maiz de la Vida at Chopper

Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

Brunch drinks like the breakfast colada at Andy Mumma’s Eastside robot-themed tiki lounge pair well with brunch delights from tortilla savant Julio Hernandez’s Maiz de la Vida. The food truck parks outside the East Nashville drinking destination all day on Saturdays and Sundays, with offerings like negros enchiladas, chorizo tacos, elotes, and tlacoyo on the menu. 

Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

Henrietta Red

Dine in the airy and bright dining room at Henrietta Red for a pleasant weekend brunch experience, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu covers a lot of territory, with dishes ranging from sweet monkey bread and cinnamon rolls to savory wood-roasted oysters, smoked trout toast, and mushroom polenta. The brunch cocktails are don’t-miss.

Butcher & Bee

A Charleston-born restaurant that has become a Nashville destination in its own right, Butcher & Bee’s brunch is best enjoyed on its light and airy patio. It’s best to start with the crowd-favorite whipped feta, and from there move on to the green shakshuka, mushroom breakfast tacos, or the brunch twist on another Butcher & Bee specialty, avocado crispy rice with collards, peanuts, and the option to add an egg.

The Hampton Social

This is ground zero for boozy brunch and bachelorette-watching near Broadway — complete with a swinging bed and, of course, a rooftop and Instagram photo ops galore. Serving brunch until 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Hampton Social’s food menu offers everything from avocado toast and breakfast burritos to lobster rolls and a sunrise quinoa bowl. Wash it down with an ombre rainbow of rosé options, coffee-spiked cocktails, or large format mimosa kits or bellinis served in a giant seashell.

Café Intermezzo - Nashville

Dessert-focused European-style coffee shop Café Intermezzo offers brunch all day every day of the week, beginning at 11 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on weekends. Feast on pastries alone, or add some savory flavors like eggs Benedict or a seafood crepe or croque-monsieur.

Liberty Common

Waffle madame
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Downtown’s Southern brasserie offers a Saturday/Sunday brunch beginning at 9:30 a.m., with fried chicken biscuits and cinnamon walnut pancakes, alongside brunch burgers and a waffle madame crowned with a sunny side egg all on the menu. There’s plenty of patio dining space for good weather days and people watching, too.

Waffle madame
Liberty Common

Pinewood Social

“Things on toast” at Pinewood Social
Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

Pinewood’s bowling lanes and dipping pools make it a favorite for roving bachelorette parties, but its vast menu and cocktails for brunch doesn’t hurt. Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., brunch options include bruleed grapefruit, sticky buns with pecan caramel, huevos rancheros, and smashed avocado toast.

“Things on toast” at Pinewood Social
Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

Chauhan Ale and Masala House

Only on Sundays, score a daytime reservation at Maneet Chauhan’s eponymous Gulch restaurant and feast on a fresh brunch menu feauting a stellar brunch burger, gulab jamun monkey bread, and hot pakora fried chicken alongside regular classics, curries, and meat-and-three tiffin.

The Mockingbird

Sam Angel

The Mockingbird is one of the prettiest places to brunch in the city (on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), a time to dine on classic American breakfasts, pastrami hash, or pillowy cream cheese frosting-sopped brioche cinnamon rolls inside or on the patio. The church punch, champagne in a pouch, and sparkling wine with Tang (remember that?) all make for great brunch sippers.

Sam Angel

Suzy Wong's House of Yum

Drag brunch with a side of brunch-y fried rice or scrambled egg rolls, anyone? Plan ahead by making reservations for brunch and a show. Drag’n Brunch performances run Saturdays and Sundays, with seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Husk

Brunch at this outpost of the Charleston favorite is a great time to visit — with daylight allowing diners to take in the stunning surroundings while getting their fill of savory midday fare from new executive chef Ben Norton. The menu changes every weekend, but highlights are the New Orleans-inspired barbecue shrimp, the plate of southern vegetables, and the long and widely celebrated Husk cheeseburger.

Sunda Nashville

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Billy Dec’s pan-Asian restaurant in the Gulch offers another refreshing outside-the-box brunch menu — giving brunch-goers more than the usual hot chicken biscuit suspects we often tire of in Music City. Chef Mike Morales’ menu highlights here include ube waffles, “silog” island breakfast plates, and spicy avocado crispy rice. One can’t miss splurge: the massive 32-ounce “sumo” bloody mary, taken completely over the top with tocino grilled cheese, a bao bun, baked snow crab handroll, karaage fried chicken, and lumpia.

Sunda/Facebook

Earnest Bar & Hideaway (formerly Hemingway's)

Earnest Bar & Hideaway/Facebook

Feast on traditional brunch items like steak and eggs, huevos rancheros, and French toast at this refreshing Wedgewood-Houston oasis — or branch out to poutine Benedict or a legit hot chicken-topped mac and cheese. Bottomless mimosas (available only with the purchase of a brunch entree) run $28 at Earnest and are also available during weekday lunch.

Earnest Bar & Hideaway/Facebook

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Josephine

Josephine

At the popular 12 South dinner destination, brunch also shines with dishes like the Josephine Benedict with scrapple, country ham, and brown butter Hollandaise, or pecan sticky buns. Chef Andrew Little also serves a serious Josephine steak and eggs, with perfect fries and herb butter, on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.