There’s no better way to start off a Saturday or Sunday in Nashville than with a good (and yes, maybe boozy) brunch — just ask all the bachelorettes in matching tank tops. Following a long night crawling the Broadway honky-tonks or dancing in an East Nashville dive, revive yourself with this guide to the city’s best brunch restaurants. You’ll find a little bit of everything to suit just about anyone’s tastes — from hot newcomers serving brunch charcuterie boards and spicy bloody marys to tried-and-true classics offering bottomless mimosas and biscuits.Read More
Get Out of Bed for These Brunches in Nashville
The bottomless mimosas, hot chicken and waffles, dosa pancakes, and drag shows are worth it
Buckwheat pancakes, salmon rillette, blueberry tartines, and natural wine keep brunch fans coming back to Lou, the hip, Parisian-inspired East Nashville cafe from chef Mailea Weger. Invigorating non-alcoholic drinks like lavender honey cold brew and turmeric-infused wellness elixirs don’t hurt, either.
Sean Brock’s ode to Appalachia has finally turned its sights on brunch with a Saturday and Sunday menu studded with elevated Southern delights. Of particular note: the pillowy hearth souffle omelet that’s been whisked for 30 minutes with Saint-Paulin cheese and butter, the crab and grits served with sorghum-cured egg yolk, and a gluten-free biscuit that tastes as good as the ones your aunties used to make, if not better.
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East Nashville’s minimalist den of wood-fired Asian dishes has opened up both its indoor dining space outdoor patio for Sunday brunch service. You’ll find some of Noko’s greatest dinnertime hits on the menu (i.e. the hamachi crudo and salmon carpaccio), along with new dishes like the Japanese fried chicken and waffles and the Noko All-Star Breakfast with Filipino sweet sausage, eggs, waffle, and hash browns. Check out the ube colada — a riff off the piña colada with coconut ube cream, pineapple, and rum.
Butcher & Bee
A Charleston-born restaurant that has become an East Nashville destination in its own right, Butcher & Bee has a lovely patio for brunch. It’s best to start with the crowd-favorite whipped feta; from there, move on to the Fluffo-Nutter with hot honey peanut butter, bananas foster, and marshmallow on Dozen bakery’s sourdough bread. Or opt for another Butcher & Bee specialty, the avocado crispy rice with collards, peanuts, and serrano chiles (for a brunch-y twist, add an egg for an additional $1).
Ophelia's Pizza + Bar - Nashville
Ophelia’s Pizza + Bar offers an extended brunch service that’s available Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dishes include french toast with breakfast sausage, avocado toast on fresh-baked flatbread, and a brunch pizza with Gifford’s smoked bacon and a farm egg. The downtown cafe, which is also known for its antipasti and charcuterie, will offer a brunch board featuring a variety of house-made pastries, cured meats and cheeses, french toast, olives, croissants, and fresh fruit.
Frothy Monkey coffee houses have been favorites for casual gatherings and remote work since the first location opened in 2004, growing since then to nearly double digits across Tennessee and beyond. The Nations location nearly doubles the size of the original 12 South location, providing plenty of space to relax and recover. The company roasts its own beans and bakes its own bread and pastries, so a cup of coffee and a breakfast sandwich is an obvious choice — though tea, wine, beer, soups, and salads all work well too.
The Hampton Social
The Nashville location of this beachy chain is ground zero for boozy brunch and bachelorette-watching near Broadway — complete with a swinging bed, a rooftop, and endless Instagram photo ops. For instance, you can order large-format frosés, espresso martinis topped with edible gold glitter, and bloody marys in giant seashells. Meanwhile, Hampton Social’s food menu has both savory and sweet options, including seafood towers, avocado toast, and bananas foster French toast.
Bowling lanes, dipping pools, and a broad weekend brunch menu darting from manchego-topped tots and sticky buns to smashed avocado toast and a hot coffee cocktail make Pinewood Social a favorite for roving bachelorette parties. Don’t let them chase you off, though; this place inside the historic Trolley Barns is easy to love and fairly spacious.
Suzy Wong's Drag’n Brunch
Suzy Wong’s Drag’n Brunch puts it all out there in the name: The boisterous restaurant does drag shows with brunch. And you can thank chef Arnold Myint — aka Suzy Wong — for it. Make reservations for one of two seatings per weekend day and you’ll simultaneously secure shared apps (like beignets and biscuits and gravy), a non-alcoholic drink, and mains such as katsu chicken and waffles or fried rice. Note: Suzy Wong’s is a cashless operation, so make sure you’re prepared for that.
Weekend brunch is a great time to visit the Nashville location of this Charleston-based gem — daylight allows diners to fully take in the stunning surroundings while getting their fill of savory fare from executive chef Ben Norton. Highlights include the sweet potato bread with brown sugar toffee, cornmeal fried catfish, and the Husk cheeseburger, though the menu changes weekly.
Common Ground - Sylvan Park
The vibe at Common Ground isn’t fancy or over-the-top, and that’s okay — the focus is on the food landing on your table. The carrot cake French toast is a crowd favorite here, but the short ribs and eggs hit the spot when you’re in a more savory mood. A former Patterson House bartender and Yolan sommelier run the show at this Sylvan Park hang — i.e., order a cocktail with brunch, like the AM Smash with bourbon, apricot, mint, lemon, and sparkling rose.
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Billy Dec’s pan-Asian Sunda, a chic Chicago import in the Gulch, offers a refreshing outside-the-box brunch option, moving beyond Music City’s usual hot chicken biscuit suspects. Try Filipino-inspired ube waffles, silog breakfast plates, creative sushi rolls, and an utterly absurd splurge cocktail: the massive 32-ounce Sumo Mary topped with tocino grilled cheese, a pork belly bao bun, a baked snow crab hand roll, lumpia egg rolls, and more.
The Butter Milk Ranch
One of 12 South’s busiest brunch spots, the Butter Milk Ranch offers both a walk-up counter for decadent pastries and a full-service dining room serving brunch all day. The charming setting and dishes — including brown butter beignets and a Wagyu croissant burger — are worth the wait for a table. But you can also grab a latte and a croissant to go if you can’t handle the crowd.
Sinema’s weekend brunch has no a la carte option for food; the sleek Melrose restaurant serves bottomless brunch at a set price, so arrive hungry. There’s no standing in a buffet line scooping from trays, either — fried chicken, biscuits with gravy, barbecue pork, and cinnamon roll pancakes come to the table fresh for family-style feasting. You can even add bottomless mimosas or bloody marys for the ultimate all-inclusive meal.
Julia Jaksic’s beloved all-day Cafe Roze in East Nashville now has a West Nashville counterpart in Roze Pony. This French-inspired hidden gem in Belle Meade serves breakfast and brunch favorites daily. Start with the creamy banana shake before segueing into heartier fare like the soufflé pancakes with blueberry syrup and the shaved prime rib sandwich with fries on the side. Pair the meal with one of their daytime cocktails or a cup of coffee.