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Get Out of Bed for These Brunches in Nashville

The bottomless mimosas, hot chicken and waffles, dosa pancakes, and drag shows are worth it

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There’s no better way to start 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 — brunch charcuterie boards, bottomless biscuits, and even a massive serving of frosé served in a seashell.

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Lou Nashville

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Buckwheat pancakes, salmon rillette, crispy potatoes with chili oil-fried eggs, and natural wine keep brunch fans coming back to Lou, the hip, Parisian-inspired East Nashville cafe from chef Mailea Weger. Interesting non-alcoholic drinks like an NA sparkling amaro and a variety of High Garden teas don’t hurt, either.

Sean Brock’s ode to Appalachia turns its sights to brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, delivering a menu studded with elevated Southern delights. Of particular note: the pillowy hearth souffle omelet that’s been whisked for 30 minutes with 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.

A fluffy omelette on a plate with dressed greens on the side and a cup of water above it. Emily Dorio

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.

A plate of two sunny-side up eggs, bacon, and hashbrown next to a plate with a round waffle topped with ube. Mick Jacobs

Roasted at The Local Distro

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This lively cafe on the border of Germantown has quickly gained a reputation for its DJ-fueled brunch and $30 special that includes an entree and three sides. Main courses include honey butter chicken, bananas Foster French toast, and catfish bites. On the side: sticky bacon, creamy scrambled eggs, and fluffy Belgian waffles. For $30 extra, throw in a mimosa tower which features five varieties of the ubiquitous brunch cocktail.

Butcher & Bee

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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 Bubie’s short stack, two griddled pancakes with chocolate tahini maple. 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 $2.50).

Ophelia's Pizza + Bar - Nashville

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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 cured meats and cheeses, french toast, olives, croissants, and fresh fruit.

The Hampton Social

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The Nashville location of this beachy chain is ground zero for boozy brunches 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 served in seashells, espresso martinis topped with edible gold glitter, and bloody marys. Meanwhile, Hampton Social’s food menu has both savory and sweet options, including seafood towers, avocado toast, and bananas foster French toast.

Pinewood Social

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Bowling lanes, dipping pools, and a broad weekend brunch menu darting from manchego-topped tots and pecan caramel sticky buns to 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

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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 veggie quiche.

Weekend brunch is a great time to visit the Nashville location of this Charleston-based gem — daylight allows diners to fully take in the homey surroundings (the restaurant is located in a historic home) 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

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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. You can also find a second location serving brunch in Berry Hill with an expansive patio for enjoying your meal al fresco.

Sunda Nashville

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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

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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.

Sinema.
Sinema

Roze Pony

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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.

Lou Nashville

Buckwheat pancakes, salmon rillette, crispy potatoes with chili oil-fried eggs, and natural wine keep brunch fans coming back to Lou, the hip, Parisian-inspired East Nashville cafe from chef Mailea Weger. Interesting non-alcoholic drinks like an NA sparkling amaro and a variety of High Garden teas don’t hurt, either.

Audrey

Sean Brock’s ode to Appalachia turns its sights to brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, delivering a menu studded with elevated Southern delights. Of particular note: the pillowy hearth souffle omelet that’s been whisked for 30 minutes with 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.

A fluffy omelette on a plate with dressed greens on the side and a cup of water above it. Emily Dorio

Noko

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.

A plate of two sunny-side up eggs, bacon, and hashbrown next to a plate with a round waffle topped with ube. Mick Jacobs

Roasted at The Local Distro

This lively cafe on the border of Germantown has quickly gained a reputation for its DJ-fueled brunch and $30 special that includes an entree and three sides. Main courses include honey butter chicken, bananas Foster French toast, and catfish bites. On the side: sticky bacon, creamy scrambled eggs, and fluffy Belgian waffles. For $30 extra, throw in a mimosa tower which features five varieties of the ubiquitous brunch cocktail.

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 Bubie’s short stack, two griddled pancakes with chocolate tahini maple. 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 $2.50).

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 cured meats and cheeses, french toast, olives, croissants, and fresh fruit.

The Hampton Social

The Nashville location of this beachy chain is ground zero for boozy brunches 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 served in seashells, espresso martinis topped with edible gold glitter, and bloody marys. Meanwhile, Hampton Social’s food menu has both savory and sweet options, including seafood towers, avocado toast, and bananas foster French toast.

Pinewood Social

Bowling lanes, dipping pools, and a broad weekend brunch menu darting from manchego-topped tots and pecan caramel sticky buns to 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 veggie quiche.

Husk

Weekend brunch is a great time to visit the Nashville location of this Charleston-based gem — daylight allows diners to fully take in the homey surroundings (the restaurant is located in a historic home) 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. You can also find a second location serving brunch in Berry Hill with an expansive patio for enjoying your meal al fresco.

Sunda Nashville

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

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.

Sinema.
Sinema

Roze Pony

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.

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