The best Tacoma brunch spots can overlap pretty significantly with the best breakfast places in Tacoma—many of these places serve breakfast until the afternoon or even all day. If you’re seeking a brunch buffet, Tacoma has a few options, and if you just want a place to sit down, be served and sip your mimosa, it has that too.
For a sit down brunch, check out unique and tasty options like Southern Kitchen, Puget Sound Pizza (yes, it’s a breakfast place too), The Hob Nob, Old Milwaukee Café, and Shakabrah Java. Chain options include IHOP and Elmer's along South Hosmer Street. Elmer’s prides itself on all Northwest-sourced ingredients, they serve breakfast all day and prices are reasonable.
The premier brunch buffet in Tacoma—and possibly the best brunch spot in general—is definitely The Lobster Shop. The brunch spread here is delicious and impressive, and features a seafood slant that is sure to please. Salmon in many incarnations, prawns, cod, and clam chowder are just the beginning. Along with seafood galore, there's also plenty of bakery treats, omelets, bacon, carved meats, traditional breakfast fare, and more. The Lobster Shop is located along the Waterfront so the views here are also some of the best you’ll find. Brunch is only offered Sunday morning and reservations are a good idea.
Another Waterfront option is C.I. Shenanigan’s. Every Sunday morning and early afternoon (and on special occasions such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Easter) Shenanigan’s offers one of the best brunch buffets in Tacoma. Buffets are often themed and always feature an array of seafood and meats at carving stations as well as freshly made desserts. You can also look forward to an oyster bar and reasonably priced champagne. It’s a good idea to make a reservation.
Like the casinos of Vegas, the local Washington casinos offer buffets, including those for brunch. The Pacific Rim Buffet at Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino has brunch on Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Heading to ECQ, you will need to be smoke-tolerant as this is a smoking establishment. The food is good (not amazing) and there is lots of it—expect many buffet standards, seafood, crab, lobster, and more. You can, of course, also mix in some table games or some slots and make it a Sunday experience.
While many brunch buffets and menus will be off-limits to anyone with dietary restrictions, there's a strong choice in the Proctor District for vegans, people who are gluten sensitive, people with Celiac's, and those with other restrictions. All menu items are gluten-free, dairy-free, organic, GMO-free, and vegan. However, as restricted as this might sound, the food is actually very good and many non-restricted diners will enjoy the menu as well. Brunch highlights rotate and new menus come out periodically, but expect dishes such as pancakes, veggie hash, and veggie scramble (all "egg" dishes are made with tofu). Breakfast items are served until 1:00 p.m. on weekends and the full menu is served all day.
Dirty Oscars Annex serves breakfast and brunch on weekends until 2:00 p.m. If what you seek is a boozy brunch, it's tough to do better. The cocktails here feature the usual suspects like a bloody Mary, but also a full lineup of cocktails made with moonshine, one of Dirty Oscar's specialties. The menu takes breakfast and brunch favorites and elevates them to become creative and tasty masterpieces. Try the Chicken and Waffle with honey poppy seed butter, Biscuits and Gravy, or the Seafood Scramble.
Pacific Grill is a solid choice for an upscale, fresh and often locally-sourced brunch. Start the experience off with some bottomless mimosas or bloody Marys (as their website states: "Brunch without booze is just a sad, late breakfast"), and then choose your own adventure from there. Start with some oysters on the half shell or tempura bacon. For the main attraction, go traditional with something like steak and eggs or salmon and a bagel, or get something a little different. The menu features creative takes on French toast, a number of egg dishes, seafood, and more.
Tucked into a cute neighborhood in South Tacoma, Tibbitts@FernHill is not in a trendy part of town, but the strong menu and delicious food is drawing diners from all over. Breakfast is served from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on weekends and reservations are required. The menu currently includes unique fare such as the candied bacon-wrapped burrito, carmelized mushroom omelet and the steak stack, but watch for menu changes as owner Shawn Tibbitts works with local farmers to use only the freshest, farm-to-table ingredients.