45 great brunch restaurants to try in Raleigh

Check out these brunch restaurants, cafes, and diners in Raleigh, serving a variety of egg dishes, mimosas, bloody marys, and more.

Mandolin brunch from July 2018

Enjoy a farm-to-table brunch at Mandolin.

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In this town, brunchin’ ain’t easy but it’s necessary. Whether you’re on the hunt for fluffy eggs, fried chicken and waffles, or mind-blowing bloody marys, the options can get as overwhelming as the lines at times. 🍳

Luckily, you have us to scout things out. We listed a whole bunch of brunch options (45 total), along with menu recs, pro tips, and an interactive map to track ‘em. Plan your weekend and pour those mimosas.

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Hours listed are when brunch menus are available , while price estimates are based on general entrees, and don’t include drinks, tax, or tip.

$ ~ $20 or less per person
$$ ~ $20-40 per person
$$$ ~ $40+ per person

Weekend musts 🍳

Barcelona Wine Bar, 430 W. Martin St. | Saturday + Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Mediterranean, Spanish, and South American | $$ | This tapas restaurant features dishes like olive oil pancakes, chorizo hash, and serrano Benedict.

Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, 237 S. Wilmington St. | Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Southern | $ | What we’re ordering: Hot Chicken Eggs Benedict — poached eggs with bearnaise sauce and buttermilk biscuits.

Capital Club 16, 16 W. Martin St. | Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | American | $ | This restaurant, housed in a former men’s social and literary club, pays homage to its 1930’s roots but offers a modern take on brunch.

Cucciolo Terrazza, 4200 Six Forks Rd. | Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Italian | $$ | What we’re ordering: The Madame Cucciolo — Jambon ham, caramelized onion, provolone cheese, pesto mornay, and a sunny-side up egg.

Driftwood Cantina, 8460 Honeycutt Rd. | Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Mexican | $ | Try this: Tres Leches French Toast.

Irregardless Cafe, 901 W. Morgan St. | Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Global fare | $ | What we’re ordering: Shrimp and cheddar grits with a sherry cream mushroom sauce, diced tomato, scallions, and parmesan cheese.

Midtown Grille, 4421-115 Six Forks Rd. | Sunday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Contemporary American | $$ | There’s a great selection of lunch-leaning brunch options such as the Steak and Eggs, Crab Cake Sandwich, and Midtown Burger.

Parkside, 301 W. Martin St. | Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | American | $ | What we’re ordering: Breakfast burrito with tater tot hash.

Relish, 5625 Creedmoor Rd. | Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Southern | $ | Pro tip: Don’t skip Mama’s Chicken Biscuit (the pepper jelly is delicious).

Smokestacks Cafe, 701 E. Lane St. | Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | American | $ | Pro tip: Check Instagram for the daily menu; if the Smoked Buffalo Chicken Biscuit is being served, order it.

For the fam 🍳

Big Ed’s, 220 Wolfe St. | Tuesday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | American | $ | What we’re ordering: An omelet made with local farm fresh eggs.

First Watch, four Raleigh locations | Sunday-Monday, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | $ | American | This Florida-based breakfast chain features rotating seasonal menus and offers healthier options.

State Farmers’ Market Restaurant, 1240 Farmers Market Dr. | Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | American | $ | Pro tip: Start your morning with biscuits before shopping for local produce at the market.

The Kitchen Table, 5629 Creedmoor Rd. | Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Board game cafe | $ | Pro tip: Order a Pimento cheese board + choose a board game to play.

The Mecca, 13 E. Martin St. | Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | American | $ | What we’re ordering: Four pancakes with bacon.

The Shiny Diner, 1550 Buck Jones Rd. | Monday-Sunday, times vary | Diner | $ | Pro tip: Bring quarters for the mini jukeboxes at each table.

NoFo @ The Pig, 2014 Fairview Rd. | Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Cafe | $ | This quirky southern cafe located in a former Piggly Wiggly has great eats and great treats in their attached market and gift shop.

Great outdoors 🍳

Hummingbird, 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Rd. | Saturday, 10 a.m.-2:45 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | New Orleans-inspired | $ | What we’re ordering: Charbroiled oysters with lemon, chili, parmesan, herbs, and toast.

Taverna Agora, 326 Hillsborough St. | Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Greek | $ | What we’re ordering: Baklava Sticky Buns.

The Rockford, 320 1/2 Glenwood Ave. | Sunday, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Urban bistro | $ | Pro tip: Ask your server about the Tepuy donut flavor of the day.

Whiskey Kitchen, 201 W. Martin St. | Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | $ | American | Try this: Shrimp and Grits and Monkey Bread.

Wye Hill, 201 S. Boylan Ave. | Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Brewery | $ | What we’re ordering: Morning Glory Burger with bacon and a runny fried egg.

Young Hearts Distilling, 225 S. Wilmington St. | Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. | $$ | Pro tip: Sit on the rooftop patio and pair your meal with a breakfast cocktail — we recommend the YH Bloody Mary and Mimosas for Two.

For a special occasion 🍳

Coquette Brasserie, 4351 The Circle At North Hills St. | Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | French | $$ | What we’re ordering: Seafood Crepe and mimosas.

Mandolin, 2519 Fairview Rd. | Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Upscale farm-to-table | $$ | Pro tip: Fresh-squeezed orange juice mimosas are available by the bottle.

Rosewater, 110 Park at North Hills St. | Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | New American | $ | What we’re ordering: Breakfast Risotto.

Stir, 4242 Six Forks Rd.| Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | American | $$ | Pro tip: Start your meal with oysters and a cocktail.

St. Roch, 223 S. Wilmington St. | Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | New Orleans cuisine | $ | Start with mimosas, flame-roasted oysters, and Sinner Rolls for the table.

The Willard Rooftop, 9 Glenwood Ave. | Sunday, times vary | Lounge | $$$ | Be on the lookout for specialty events like jazz brunches.

Daytime party 🍳

Clouds Brewing, 126 N. West St. | Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Brewery | $ | Take your morning beverage to the next level at the Bloody Bar.

Good Day Good Night, 603 W. Morgan St. | Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. | American | $ | Try this: Boozy Milkshake.

Hibernian, 8021 Falls of Neuse Rd. | Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Pub | $ | Pro tip: Ask for the Pancake Battered Chicken Wings, an employee favorite.

Ruby Deluxe, 415 S. Salisbury St. | Sunday, 1-4 p.m. | $ | Bar | This weekly drag brunch features craft cocktails and rotating food trucks.

Salt & Lime Cabo Grill, 6006 Falls of Neuse Rd. | Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Mexican | $ | Margaritas for brunch? Yes please.

Weekday wonders 🍳

Another Broken Egg Cafe, 160 Park at North Hills St. | Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. | Cafe | $ | What we’re ordering: Vanilla spiked cold brew and strawberry pound cake French toast.

A Place at the Table, 300 W. Hargett St. | Tuesday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Cafe | Pay-what-you-can | Build your own breakfast sandwich and treat yourself to a cinnamon roll.

Brigs, 8111 Creedmoor Rd. | Tuesday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sunday-Monday, 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. | American | $ | This family-owned restaurant serves eight different types of Benedicts, all day.

Metro Diner, 6325 Falls of Neuse Rd. | Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. | Diner | This nostalgic spot serves breakfast all day.

The Flying Biscuit Cafe, 2016 Clark Ave. | Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m | Cafe | $ | This spot has been serving brunch all day, everyday since 2009.

Plates Neighborhood Kitchen, 301 Glenwood Ave. | Wednesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Globally inspired | $$ | Try this: Crab cake Benedict.

Quick and easy 🍳

Benchwarmers Bagels, 500 E. Davie St. | Tuesday-Friday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Cafe | $ | This shop takes bagel sandwiches to the next level.

Jubala Coffee, 200 Park at North Hills St. | Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. | Cafe | $ | Try this: The sweet drop biscuits are made from scratch and can be topped with anything from apple butter to country ham.

Rise, three Raleigh locations | Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. | Order at the counter | $ | Come hungry for biscuits, chicken, and donuts.

Sola Coffee Cafe, 7705 Lead Mine Rd. | Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cafe | $ | Pro tip: Arrive before 11 a.m. to order from the Toast Bar.

Union Special, 2409 Crabtree Blvd. | Sunday-Monday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | Bakeshop + Cafe | $ | Try this: Carolina Grit Co. Grits & Greens.

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