The Brunches in Columbus, Ohio that Everyone's Talking About
From classic egg scrambles with mimosas to alternative vegan and vegetarian brunch options, Columbus has a place for every taste!
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There’s no better way to spend your weekend mornings than enjoying a delicious brunch with friends or families. Designed as a boozy combination between breakfast and lunch, brunch started becoming popular in the US in the 1930s.
Now brunch is a weekend staple, especially in a city like Columbus, where the choices for amazing brunch are endless. With so many options to choose from, narrowing down where to eat can be the hardest part. That’s why we’ve curated a list of the top brunch spots in the Columbus area. We’ve even indicated what neighborhood each spot is located in, because we know having a clutch brunch place nearby is definitely a deciding factor on what neighborhood to move to in Columbus.
Southern comfort meets an upscale modern feel.
6628 Riverside Drive. | Dublin | 614.905.1666 | henquarterdublin.com
There is a reason that comfort food is often labeled as “food for the soul.” At Dublin’s Hen Quarter, you can enjoy a range of dishes that will surely feed more than just your stomach, with dishes like fried green tomatoes, chicken and waffles, or biscuits and gravy offering a bit of love with every bite!
Hen Quarter offers an expansive brunch menu alongside a hearty cocktail selection, making it an excellent choice for friends looking to have a fun afternoon alongside excellent food. Families can take advantage of their bottomless brunch offering where children can eat all that they would like for just $16!
“Sunday brunch, great both visits. Excellent service, quality food and menu options. Collard greens are to die for! Fried chicken, excellent! Cuban has great flavor. By the way, the music is awesome!! I'll be back soon!” -Yelp review
Super Chef’s Breakfast & More
Ever had Cinnamon Toast Waffles before? Try them here.
1344 Cherry Bottom Road | Gahanna | 614.532.8030 | mysuperchefs.com
If you are someone who loves a breakfast that more or less resembles a decadent dessert, then Super Chef’s Breakfast & More is for you! With a menu offering things like Reese’s Cup and pineapple upside down pancakes to Cinnamon Toast Crunch waffles, Super Chef’s is an amazing choice where you can try breakfast concoctions that no one else in the Columbus area can offer!
Super Chef’s is a great place for families to have an excellent brunch, as its sweet offerings and superhero theme are sure to appease any little one or picky eater. For a fun time with amazingly rich breakfast choices, make sure to head on over to Super Chef’s in Gahanna next time you want an especially sweet brunch!
“This place has AMAZING food. My husband had the baked Alaskan banana pancakes and I had the Cinnamon Toast Crunch waffles. Wow... this place never disappoints.” -Yelp review
With portions like mom used to serve you, all at an extremely reasonable price.
1052 B Mount Vernon Avenue | King-Lincoln | 614.372.3333 | https://www.creolekitchen.biz/
You may know Creole Kitchen for their great Creole selection for lunch and dinner, but this fantastic po boy place is a lot more than fried shrimp on a baguette. The joint is an excellent choice for anyone looking for an inexpensive and no-fuss breakfast that doesn’t skimp on portion size.
Creole Kitchen offers brunch classics alongside Creole inspired dishes like beignets, catfish, or a Creole take on the classic eggs benedict! The restaurant also prides itself on giving back to the community and greater Columbus area, making it an excellent local choice whose support will go much further than your plate!
“Awesome people and better food. Would highly recommend. I went for breakfast and had the catfish and eggs with grits. It was soooo good. Busy place but any questions, and the help was there.” -Yelp review
Third & Hollywood
Excellent food and environment make for a special occasion.
433 W 3rd Ave | Grandview Heights | 614.488.0303 | https://www.thirdandhollywood.com/
Brunch is a great way to celebrate a special occasion with family and friends. When you’re seeking a fancy feast, Third & Hollywood is the brunch spot for you. The attention to quality ingredients is unmatched here, as they only used sustainable high quality meats from the finest breeds, raised humanely and without antibiotics or growth hormones. Their remaining ingredients are sourced locally and organically or artisan produced. You can review the list of ingredient sources right on their website.
No visit to Third & Hollywood would be complete without an order of the Iron Skillet of Cheddar Herb Biscuits. We recommend following that with Deep Dish French Toast for the sweet tooths or Croque Madame for those seeking a savory treat.
“I adore Third and Hollywood. Their cheddar herb biscuits alone are worth 5 stars... Did I mention they bring you little cookies with your bill?” -Yelp review
This unique bakery doubles as your next brunch spot.
3335 N High St | Clintonville | 614.268.3662 | https://www.dough-mama.com/
Born in the kitchen of pastry chef Perrie Wilkof, Dough Mama originally offered their delicious baked concoctions at other local Columbus restaurants until the demand quickly outgrew her home oven. The menu is inspired by “stick-to-your-bones” Americana with a twist” while still aiming to provide delicious and innovative healthy options for a variety of dietary needs.
The menu is seasonal as the ingredients are locally-sourced, but you’ll likely find brunch staples with a twist like lox+avocado toast, handmade quiche, biscuits and gravy, and buckwheat Banana Pancakes.
"Why oh WHY WHY WHYYYY don't I make a point to stop at Dough Mama more often? Like, every day. I now can say, without hesitation, that DM is a superb, quality breakfast and lunch spot that any, and EVERY, dang person should try out.” -Yelp review
McCarthy’s Wildflower Cafe & Catering
A delicious bakery and brunch spot all in one.
3420 Indianola Ave | Clintonville | 614.262.2233 | https://www.wildflower-cafe.com/welcome
Voted “Best Breakfast in Columbus,” McCarthy’s Wildflower Cafe & Catering is another unassuming casual spot on our list with undeniable down home charm and eats. All the usual suspects of brunch menu items are in play, paired with a cozy atmosphere and friendly service.
Regulars recommend the Giant Belgian Waffles and their Bloody Marys with their special made-in-house mix.
“I stopped by "Wildflower" with my friend after a workout in Clintonville on a Saturday morning. I had never heard of this place, and I am so glad that she took me to this gem of a place! Wildflower is a small but cozy restaurant with such friendly service.” -Yelp review
Pat and Gracie’s
A classic American brunch done in style.
138 Graceland Blvd | Clintonville | 614.987.5147 | https://www.patandgracies.com/
Named after the infamous Clintonville couple, Pat and Gracie’s offers simple brunch time offerings that will satisfy any family or group of friends! Make sure to try their cinnamon rolls if you have a bit of a sweet tooth or their Hangover Casserole if you’re… well, you get the point!
Don’t just take our word for it, plenty of customers have their own reviews of Pat and Gracie’s, like Kaneeka, whose favorite dish was the loaded tots!
“Our favorite thing of the trip, the loaded tots! Not only were they huge, but they were perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. It seemed to me that the entire staff worked together to ensure customer satisfaction” -Yelp review
South of Lane
A charming vibe and appeal sets the stage for fantastic food.
1987 Guilford Rd. | Upper Arlington | 614.586.2233 | http://www.southoflanecafe.com
Waffle people may find their new favorite at South of Lane Cafe, located in the sprawling Upper Arlington neighborhood of Columbus. Try out their classic Belgian waffle either plain or with blueberries for an extra treat — you will not be disappointed!
The cafe also serves a variety of other breakfast and lunch options, such as a sweet potato hash or kale salad, making South of Lane a great choice for a group that likes a bit of variety!
“My vote is for anyone to visit South of Lane. Of course, I shade on the side of early mornings which usually means more room to taste the food and read the paper..... and chat. Good place, indeed!!” -Yelp review
Grand Day Cafe
You can never go wrong with a classic diner breakfast or lunch.
1284 West Fifth Avenue | Fifth by Northwest | 614.481.3363 | https://www.granddaycafe.com/
There is nothing like good old fashioned diner food. The classic white plates filled with simple dishes like omelettes with hashbrowns alongside that irresistible, bottomless cup of coffee make diners the staple destinations for anyone looking for a fantastic and reliable brunch. And Grand Day Cafe does the diner category right, featuring a simple but well-sized menu with all of the fixings a classic diner menu ought to have.
Whether you want classic egg dishes with or something more adventurous like shrimp benedict, Grand Day Cafe will surely meet and exceed your expectations!
“We come here whenever we get a chance to because their food is so good and so affordable.” -Yelp review
If you’re looking for a Mexican inspired breakfast, this may be the spot for you!
220 W Nationwide Blvd | Arena District | 614.715.8260 | https://www.eatdrinknada.com/
Bananas foster french toast with a drunken coffee? Huevos rancheros with a tequila sunrise? Yes, please! If these combinations sound like they’re your deal, then you should visit Nada, a self-proclaimed taco and cocktail spot that also serves a delicious brunch on the weekends.
For a fun — boozy or dry! — time with friends, make Nada your next choice whenever you’re in the Arena District!
“Possibly the best brunch spot I've been to in Columbus! Great friendly service without being overbearing, amazing food with big portions and strong drinks!” -Yelp review
A trendy and hip space with great brunch time offerings.
641 N. High Street | Short North | 614.227.0151 | https://thepearlcolumbus.com
The Pearl may be an oyster room, but even those too afraid to touch oysters will find something to devour at this trendy restaurant in the lively Short North Arts District of Columbus. This hip space offers so many great options, from fried PB&Js to pork cheek hash!
Their menu has plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian dishes as well, so you can rest assured if your party contains a few members with dietary concerns or restrictions!
“The best brunch! Neat joint! When in Columbus head north to the Pearl! Jalapeño cornbread and breakfast hash are both big hits with this family!” -Yelp review
You may get caught in a long line, but they’re long for a reason!
2973 N High St | Clintonville | 614.641.7501 | https://www.blunchcolumbus.com/
Blunch is not only becoming the go-to brunch spot in Columbus, with lines to prove it, they’re also reinventing the phrasing br-unch to b-lunch. They offer all the standard brunch fare from several eggs benedict options, pancakes (try the flight for a selection of speciality offering), and sandwiches plus their famous zeppoles and a plethora of bubbly cocktails (or Bloody Maries for something a little stronger!).
Don’t take our word for it, Blunch is beaming with 5 star reviews. Susan sums them up perfectly:
“Bright, cheery and pleasant atmosphere. Staff was very nice and accommodating. Weekend breakfast was delicious! We started with the HOT donuts, followed by egg dishes. Everything was flavorful, delicious and worth coming back for! Can’t wait for a second trip!” -Yelp review
Get a twist on the classic brunch staples at this Columbus favorite!
1105 Pennsylvania Ave | Harrison West | 614.294.2233 | https://www.katalinas.com
If you’re seeking a quirky and “hip” brunch, look no further than Katalina’s Cafe. Located in a hundred-year-old gas station near central Columbus in Harrison West, the cafe is famous for their pancake balls that people line up for miles to consume.
How can you go wrong with made-from-scratch goodies with a Latin-leaning/southern flair menu? You can pair your pancake balls with brunch favorites like avocado toast finished with a dash of North Market Spices Magnolia Fennel-Olive Sea Salt & pepitas, or indulge in the award-winning breakfast tacos.
“Perfect brunch spot to catch up with friends and of course you have to get an order of the Nutella pancake balls to share! The food is fresh and always hits the spot.” -Yelp review
Wolf’s Ridge Brewing
Ever had brunch at a brewery before?
215 N. 4th Street | Downtown | 614.429.3936 | http://www.wolfsridgebrewing.com/
If you’re seeking a particularly boozy brunch, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing is the spot for you. Patrons rave over the atmosphere, classy but casual, open and bright. They play up the brewery on the brunch cocktail menu, with options like the Beermosa and a Bloody Maria with Tequila, Scotch, and beer.
Enjoy unique treats like Poutine with duck confit and mole lamb, or try some brunch standards with an elegant touch like french toast with cinnamon bread pudding and chantilly or pig cheek hash.
“The hardest part was picking what I wanted to eat. Everything looked so good. I ended up picking the french toast and HIGHLY RECOMMEND. It was all I could ever want and more. The donuts are also delicious.” -Yelp review
101 Beer Kitchen
Stylish and rustic food with a great craft beer selection.
7509 Sawmill Road | Dublin | 614.210.1010 | https://www.101beerkitchen.com
If you’re in the mood for rustic food and craft beer, 101 Beer Kitchen in Dublin is your next brunch spot. In addition to a well curated beer selection, the brunch menu leans on the “unch” dishes including Butternut Squash Perogies and Huevo Ranchero Pizza.
Chow down on some breakfast staples like Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes, breakfast burritos and corn beef hash.
“This is by far my new spot for brunch in Columbus! First of all, the atmosphere is fantastic. A nice rustic feel and look. Second is top notch service. From the moment we sat down at the bar we were taken care of.” -Yelp review
Home cooking with a taste of southern classics.
3350 Allegheny Ave | Eastmoor | 614.237.5844 | http://www.lagloryscafe.com/home.html
Going out to brunch is great, but sometimes home cooking beats any place out? At LaGlory’s, you can enjoy a hearty meal that tastes like it’s straight out of your mother’s or grandmother’s kitchen!
For a more lunch-y side of brunch, you can indulge in some of the best southern cooking that Columbus has to offer, with southern staples like collard greens and fried chicken. But brunch lovers can enjoy a classic dish of chicken and waffles and other breakfast treats in their morning weekend hours!
“Came here for our first time for breakfast. We got the chicken and waffles and they were delicious! Hand breaded, juicy and flavorful. The staff was friendly. We will come again.” -Yelp review
To put it in Scotty’s own words: comfort food at its best.
2980 E Broad St | Eastmoor | 614.676.0074 | https://www.cafecolumbusoh.com
We may be cheating here, as Scotty’s Cafe serves breakfast all day every day, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great stop for your next brunch outing. Voted the #1 cafe in Columbus, they offer breakfast, brunch, lunch, catering and a deli. The menu is simple but satisfying with a variety of omelette options, pancakes and french toast on the breakfast menu, and a nice variety of deli melts from the grill.
Be sure to try the blintzes, regulars and newcomers alike can’t get enough of them. Patrons rave about the service, noting Scotty tries to meet every customer through the door. You don’t need to break the bank to have a great Brunch and the line at Scotty’s is a testament to that!
“Great place for breakfast & brunch! Not only was the food delicious and served quickly but the service was outstanding! The waitress constantly checked on us and the owner literally greets and meets ALL his customers!” -Yelp review
An elevated brunch experience for when you want to splurge.
1600 W Lane Ave | Upper Arlington | 614.487.0622 | https://hudson29.com/
When you’re seeking an elevated brunch experience, Hudson 29 is the place for you. A part of the Cameron Mitchell Restaurant Group, with 2 locations in Upper Arlington and New Albany, most guests extol their sushi. Even if raw fish isn’t your top choice for breakfast, you still should still try the Surf and Turf roll with filet and tempura shrimp, yum!
Don’t worry there are more traditional options like quiche, short rib hash, benedict with rosemary ham. Regulars will tell you your meal isn’t complete without the Cheese Stuffed House Baked Butter Rolls.
“Hard to believe this wonderful restaurant is nestled in little New Albany. My favorite is their brunch. Never a wait. Service is splendid. Food is great. Prices are very reasonable. I would highly recommend!” -Yelp review
The Whitney House
This Worthington favorite offers some truly special brunch dishes.
666 High St | Worthington | 614.396.7846 | http://www.thewhitneyhouserestaurant.com/
When you’re seeking a refined brunch with perfectly mixed cocktails and elevated comfort food, The Whitney House will meet your needs and then some. Located in Worthington, with Brunch served Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 1:30pm, and the menu is inspired by the nostalgia of Sunday family dinners with rustic fare.
Guests rave about the Cast Iron Sticky Buns, so be sure to start your Brunch with those! While they offer a limited menu, all the ingredients are fresh and high quality. Traditional breakfast items like Steak and Eggs and “Two by Two” (2 eggs your way + sausage and toast) are featured alongside unique options like Ramen (a favorite with guests!) and Flax & Quinoa Porridge.
“Personally I did Short Rib Scramble and besides their Ramen, it was the hit of the table. We also enjoyed Bloody Mary and mimosa cocktails that were possibly the best ever! Great day and thank you.” -Yelp review
Farm-to-table classics with an urban edge.
410 E Whittier St | Schumacher Place | 614.443.2266 | http://skilletruf.com
If you can’t decide if you’re in the mood for a rustic or urban meal, Skillet attempts to marry the two with their seasonal menu featuring farm-to-table classics “with an urban edge.” The flavors are complex but never complicated. While the menu changes regularly you can always find a unique variety of “Skillet Fare” served in, what else…. an iron skillet, that are praised by patrons.
“Amazing breakfast! Love this place. They have an always changing menu that is sourced with local ingredients. Everything is super fresh, which is why there is always a wait and it's a bit pricey for breakfast...I highly recommend this place!” -Yelp review
Valters at The Maennerchor
German cuisine with a bomb brunch menu.
976 South High Street | Brewery District | 614.444.3531 | https://valtersatthemaennerchor.com/
In the mood for a German meal? Valters at The Maennerchor will have you asking for, “Noch eins, bitte.” (That’s “Another please” in German.) Located in the historic Columbus Maennerchor, America’s largest and longest active German singing society and social club, Valters serves German beer and food with some American twists.
One of their most exalted dishes is the Breakfast Hangover bowl featuring bacon, bratwurst, egg, peppers, onions and cheddar cheese topped with old-fashioned spicy cream mustard and a warm baguette. Be sure to come hungry!
“One of the best brunch places that we've found in the Columbus area… The food was terrific. The Black Forest cheesecake was superb! We had a great experience and plan on returning soon! The service was quick and efficient.” -Yelp review
A regal eating experience fit for a king or queen.
169 E. Beck St. | German Village | 614.228.4343 | https://www.lindeys.com/
Brunch at Lindey’s could have you wondering if you’ve been transported to New York’s Upper East Side. The classic setting could be described as regal, with a traditional fine dining atmosphere. The patio is an extremely coveted outdoor dining destination.
You can’t go wrong with their classic eggs benedict dishes, fresh beignets, or fried chicken and biscuits.
“Want something delicious? Come for a meal - it's a great brunch spot, with warm beignets with a perfect compote that is just the right flavor without being sickenly sweet. The chicken sausage is flavorful. You really can't go wrong here. Delicious food is just what they do.” -Yelp review
Oddfellows Liquor Bar
1038 North High Street | Short North | 614.923.9631 | https://www.oddfellowsliquorbar.com/
Oddfellows may look like just a kitschy dive bar, but their brunch offerings from Foxfire Tacos are not to be missed. You can enjoy great music and Saturday morning cartoons while you nosh away in your PJs.
With their one of a kind “Cereal Mimosa” if you’re seeking a fun and quirky experience, Oddfellows is the brunch spot for you.
“Went for brunch on Sunday morning and loved the food from FoxFire Tacos! That was maybe the best burrito I've ever had in my life. Top 5, easily. Great ingredients, great execution, great taste.” -Yelp review
There you have it — the best brunch spots that Columbus has to offer. Have you tried any of these brunches? Did we forget your favorite brunch spot in Columbus. Let us know in the comments!