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The Best Brunch Restaurants in Houston

Houston's food scene has been hitting the mark these days. From gourmet places serving decadent meals to cozy homes dishing out Southern comfort food, diners can find it all in this Lone Star city. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. In a city known for sausage gravy, gigantic steaks, and fried chicken, it gets hard to know where to start, but when looking for the best brunch spots—this list has it covered.

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19 Restaurants
Updated October 01, 2021
Restaurants:Grace's, Brenner's Steakhouse on the Bayou, Sorrento Ristorante Italiano
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Steakhouse, Italian
Neighborhoods:Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor, River Oaks, Midtown / Montrose
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Grace's

$$$$
American
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
4.8
3370 reviews
It’s hard to make a list of where to go for the best breakfast in Houston without including Grace’s, the casual elegant dining spot founded by Johnny Carrabba. He set out to start a restaurant to honor his grandmother Grace, a Sicilian woman known for making her break from scratch every weekend. Grace was also born in Louisiana so dining here means you get a complex fusion of Italian specialties with a Cajun flair! Brunch is arguably the best meal, with chicken fried chicken biscuits, sausage gravy, waffles and wings, and other Southern specialties.

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Brenner's Steakhouse on the Bayou

$$$$
Steakhouse
River Oaks
4.6
4862 reviews
Located on a wooded retreat on Houston’s Buffalo Bayou near Memorial Park, Brenner’s Steakhouse is a perfect setting for an amazing dining experience. A lovely escape from the city, their two-story dining room offers breathtaking views from every table. One trip here might convince you they serve the best brunch in Houston! The menu features a selection of salads and appetizers, an Angus Burger, a classic Texas Breakfast, Country Fried Chicken and Biscuits, and other local specialties as well as omelets, steaks, and a smattering of Southern sides. Pair your meal with a Mimosa or Bayou Bloody Mary.

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Sorrento Ristorante Italiano

$$$$
Italian
Midtown / Montrose
4.8
2838 reviews
Located on the lower Westheimer strip, Sorrento Ristorante offers a complete Italian experience for those missing the tastes of Italy. They serve sophisticated, creative and contemporary Italian food along with an extensive wine list — and the restaurant even features live piano music, the perfect soundtrack for the best brunch in Houston. The brunch is a prix-fixe that offers a soup or salad, choice of entree, and choice of dessert or you can choose items a la carte. They feature Texas treats like a Double Berkshire Pork Chop with Three Eggs, Candied Bacon, and Ranchero Sauce, Filet of Steak and Poached Egg, Jumbo Crab Cake Benedict and other Italian-influenced specials. They also serve Tex-Mex Migas and Huevos Rancheros that are worth trying for some local flavor.

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State of Grace

$$$$
Contemporary Southern
River Oaks
4.8
2628 reviews
State of Grace opened in the classic, refurbished Lamar-River Oaks Shopping Center and chef Bobby Matos invented a fabulous menu blending Southern, American, Latin, Gulf Coast, German, and Asian cuisines. They have a casual yet elegant vibe that makes a great destination for families, groups of friends, or a date. The menu includes a selection of small starters such as deviled eggs, hush puppies, and warm cinnamon rolls. The standards feature Huevos Rancheros, Chicken Fried Chicken, Kimchee Fried Rice, and a Lobster Roll, among other treats. It’s an eclectic menu with something for everyone.

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Seasons 52 - Westheimer

$$$$
American
Galleria / Uptown
4.7
3013 reviews
Seasons 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar with a seasonally changing menu inspired by the idea of a local farmers market. The restaurant sources the freshest ingredients and uses rustic cooking techniques like brick-oven roasting and open-fire grilling over oak and mesquite wood. The menu features a wide range of items, including shakshuka, brick oven brioche French toast, braised beef short rib hash, the S52 Eggs Benedict, and more. They also have an accompanying cocktail menu with classic brunch cocktails like mimosas and Bloody Marys.

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Truluck's - Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab - Houston

$$$$
Seafood
Galleria / Uptown
4.7
3350 reviews
Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House in Houston is one of the best places to get fresh Florida Stone Crab. They source it right from their own fisheries on the Gulf of Mexico so you can be sure you are getting the freshest fish. The restaurant sits on two levels directly across from Carnegie Library in a tavernous space that makes a great place for groups to dine. The Lunch and Brunch menu features Fresh Florida Stone Crab Claws and hot appetizers like Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, as well as sandwiches, Chef Selects, and soups and salads to round out the meal.

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Damian's Cucina Italiana

$$$$
Italian
Midtown / Montrose
4.8
2624 reviews
Damian’s has been serving authentic Italian cuisine for over 30 years and has a worldwide reputation as one of the city’s best restaurants. The interior is rich and lavish yet still warm and friendly, and diners get to choose from extensive menu offerings and weekly specials from Chef Napolean Palacios. The antipasti menu features classics like Gnocchi Verdi and Sweet Potato Ravioli. There are a number of delicious fish, chicken, and meat dishes to choose from and a very extensive pasta menu featuring some of the Old World favorites. They also feature over 100 wines to pair with your brunch plate.

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Masraff's

$$$$
Contemporary American
Westside
4.9
3355 reviews
Masraff’s on Post Oak Blvd is a casually elegant upscale restaurant owned by Tony and Russell Masraff. The restaurant has quickly become a local favorite with delicious American cuisine and sleek, refreshing ambiance. The menu features seafood, fowl, homemade pastas, lamb, beef, and seasonal game among plenty of delicious starters and sides. Decadent appetizers like the Pan Seared Foie Gras or Chef’s Daily Risotto are a great way to start the meal. You can follow it up with a seafood or beef entree or one of the savory sandwiches or pasta dishes. They also have a stellar wine list and cocktail menu if you want a drink to go along with your meal.

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Grotto - Downtown Houston

$$$$
Italian
Downtown
4.6
1208 reviews
Inspired by classic Southern Italian cooking, Grotto is the place to go for the best brunch in Houston featuring veal, chicken, seafood, and housemade pastas. The restaurant itself has breathtaking decor with spectacular hand-blown glass chandeliers, whimsical murals, and custom-made polished iron scrollwork. Located in the Galleria area, they draw in both visitors and tourists alike. The brunch menu features a wide range of options like Italian-Style French Toast, the Grotto Benedict with Poached Eggs and Prosciutto Crisop, and a Linguine Carbonara, among other specialties.

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Killen's STQ

$$$$
American
Westside
4.8
1336 reviews
If you’re looking for an excellent steakhouse to hit up for brunch, check out Killen’s STQ. Chef Ron Killen, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu, is in charge of the kitchen and he has a menu full of hand-cut steaks cooked to perfection in their infrared broiling system. The food is all prepared fresh daily, including the rich desserts! Start with a homemade biscuit, smoked short rib ravioli, bone marrow, or a cup of gumbo before moving on to big Maine Lobster, fried chicken, or one of the wood-fired steaks. They're a great place to make sure you’re getting a hearty brunch before heading back out into the city.

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Monarch @ Hotel Zaza

$$$$
Contemporary American
W. University / Med Center
4.5
757 reviews
Monarch is a posh, fine-dining restaurant with a terrace serving refined New American fare in the trendy Hotel ZaZa. The atmosphere is fun and lively and a great spot to head for brunch with a group. The menu features some highlights of Southern cuisine, such as the Honey Butter and Crispy Chicken Biscuit, Roasted Chicken Chilaquiles, and a Crab Cake Eggs Benedict. They use only the top ingredients, like the Hereford Beef Tenderloin, and have a fantastic cocktail menu to top it all off.

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Bloom & Bee

$$$$
American
Galleria / Uptown
4.5
1061 reviews
Located in the Post Oak Hotel, the Bloom and Bee is one of Houston’s most opulent brunches. Take a seat in the gorgeously decorated dining room and peruse the menu of options made from sustainable, locally sourced ingredients. Start with the baked goods and then choose from one of the decadent entrees, like the brioche French toast, corned beef hash, or the caviar with capers, creme fraiche, and egg whites. They have one of the most exquisite dining experiences in the whole city.

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Osso & Kristalla

$$$$
Italian
Downtown
4.2
516 reviews
If you’re heading downtown to find the best breakfast in Houston, check out Osso and Kristalla, a contemporary Italian Trattoria run by the owner of the Houston Astros. The brunch is pretty simple with options like chicken parm sandwiches, strawberry waffles, and wood-fired pizzas that are all solid choices. But many people saunter in here for the brunch cocktails, like the mimosa carafe, bloody marys, frozen limoncellos, and bellinis. They have a cool, chic industrial vibe that gets bustling during the brunch hour so come early to grab a seat.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Rainbow Lodge

$$$$
American
Heights / Washington
4.7
4154 reviews
Rainbow Lodge is Houston’s perfect blend of fine dining and lodge-style relaxing. The 100-year-old log cabin is a comfortable but refined setting for succulent wild game including elk, bison, venison, pheasant, antelope, duck, and quail. They also serve up seafood and steaks along with a selection of seasonal fresh produce. The brunch menu includes a tasting of wild game, Fried Texas Quail Bites, Smoked Duck Gumbo, plenty of seafood and fowl selections, and meaty favorites like the North American Elk Chop and Wild Game Mixed Grill.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Liberty Kitchen Treehouse

$$$$
American
Westside
4.3
176 reviews
The Liberty Kitchen in Memorial City is a modern American restaurant that serves up bold, rich dishes with unique twists on flavor. The brunch here is serious — they go heavy on delicious Southern cooking so don’t expect anything light and frilly from the kitchen. The menu includes items like Dixie fried chicken sliders covered in sweet jalapeno, bacon jam, and creamy gravy, and the pork belly carnitas benedict, red velvet waffles, or the “Placerville Fry Omelet,” an omelet stuffed with smoked bacon and fried oysters served up with toast and crispy potatoes.

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Dish Society - San Felipe

$$$$
American
Galleria / Uptown
4.6
10 reviews
Dish Society is one of Houston’s trendiest brunch spots. The restaurant has a lot of character and draws in a fun and lively crowd. They have an outdoor seating area that is perfect for warm weather days and the ambiance is perfect if you’re in the mood for a boisterous brunch. The menu features items like the Southwest Scramble, House Beignets, Chimichurri Steak Tacos, and more traditional items like Chicken and Biscuits and an Apple Pecan Salad. They even have a significant kid's menu with delights like a Nutella and Jelly Sandwich and Quesadillas — something for everyone!

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Quattro - Four Seasons Hotel - Houston

$$$$
Italian
Downtown
4.4
1209 reviews
Quattro at the Four Seasons Hotel serves one of the best breakfasts in Houston. It features a menu of bold, authentic Italian dishes with a local flair and the ambiance is a warm, inviting retreat in downtown Houston’s business and financial districts. Indulge in contemporary Italian cuisine and enjoy the fantastic service here during brunch. You can choose from an American Breakfast or a Healthy Start if you don’t want a big feast. If you’re in the mood for a local favorite, opt for the Huevos Rancheros or Javy’s Meat Omelet that comes with chicken apple sausage and pork sausage.

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Yauatcha Houston - Permanently Closed

$$$$
Chinese
Galleria / Uptown
4.6
1167 reviews
Yauatcha is a Chinese dim sum teahouse that offers a unique dining experience in a beautiful, open space fit for couples, groups, or families. The menu has a wide selection of traditional dim sum as well as 30 types of tea. The restaurant also makes famous handmade petits gateaux and macarons. They feature a selection of delicious brunch cocktails, including a Bloody Mary with Sriracha and fresh ginger. You can order dim sum off the a la carte menu in order to try a sampling of some of the house favorites.

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Poitín Bar & Kitchen

$$$$
Contemporary Southern
Heights / Washington
4.1
296 reviews
Tucked away in Sawyer Yards, this brunch spot offers a down-home Southern menu with a twist. Options include dishes like BBQ Shrimp and grits, hand-cut Texas wagyu on Texas toast served with sunny side up eggs, and a meal of chicken thighs, shaved cabbage slaw, and hot sauce aioli. Some of the choice drink options include the Hare-o-Dog, a beer and tomato juice cocktail, and the Bromosa, a towering supply of juices and champagne for the table.

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