Philadelphia’s food scene is vibrant, creative, and filled with surprises, with the city's restaurants offering great brunch fare that keep foodies returning over and over. From traditional favorites to mouth-watering, inventive dishes, you'll be sure to find a memorable late-morning meal in the City of Brotherly Love. And don’t worry if you indulge a bit too much—Philly is a great walking city, so it’s easy to burn off those calories after your scrumptious brunch.
The French bistro vibe draws avid fans to this sophisticated park-side restaurant destination. It’s always lively at brunch, and patrons range from business movers and shakers to international tourists with their children. A few delicious favorites include the eggs Benedict, avocado toast, salade Lyonnaise, and fresh pastries. Be sure to make a reservation and arrive early for an outdoor table. Scoring a table on the street, with its beautiful views of Rittenhouse Square, is considered prime real estate here.
Whether you’re vegan or not, Bar Bombón—with its plant-based specialties highlighting flavors and spices from Puerto Rico—is sure to tantalize your taste buds. A few standouts at this cozy eatery are the chocolate banana pancakes, strawberry and cream French toast, and tacos. Featuring a bar that serves up craft cocktails with fresh juices and herbs, Bar Bombón is guaranteed to satisfy your hunger for a fantastic brunch, every day of the week until 3 p.m.
Located in Old City, High Street on Market has been a foodie favorite for several years. Serving up inventive egg sandwiches, whole-grain sourdough waffles, and ginger yogurt sprinkled with pistachio nuts, it’s no wonder that this restaurant is a go-to brunch spot. Don’t miss out on the fantastic variety of unique breads and pastries baked fresh here every day (the selection is astounding and equally delicious). On weekends, they serve breakfast all day with lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. They don’t take reservations, so be sure to arrive early.
For a truly impressive brunch with a stunning view of leafy Rittenhouse Square, head to Lacroix on any given Sunday. This upscale restaurant is located in the posh Rittenhouse Hotel and features a raw bar, omelette and carving stations, and a seemingly endless amount of pastries. Popular for special occasions—and considered by many to be the best brunch in town—it’s best to make reservations.
On weekends, head to Bud and Marilyn’s for a lively and robust brunch. With plenty of delectable offerings—and a vast assortment of craft cocktails and “mocktails”—this corner eatery has become a neighborhood favorite since it opened in 2015. Can't decide what to order? Try the fried chicken special, crunchy almond French toast, lemon ricotta pancakes, or shrimp po' boy Benedict. It's a good idea to make a reservation if you don't want to wait too long.
With several locations in the city, Green Eggs Cafe has earned a stellar reputation as a go-to destination. Featuring all things brunch, this casual and laid-back eatery offers a massive selection of delicious classics, plus modern twists on traditional brunch faves. Some tasty standouts include the breakfast burrito, chicken and waffles Benedict, and ultimate tofu scramble. Those with a sweet tooth will adore the red velvet pancakes and pecan French toast.
Open until 3 p.m. every day, The Dutch serves up a delectable menu that includes over-stuffed sandwiches, crispy salads, generously-sized omelettes, and house-made pastries. This is a relaxed, friendly spot for residents and tourists alike. If you need help narrowing down your options, we recommend ordering the ring bologna eggs Benedict (creamed chipped beef and sunny side up eggs served on a pretzel roll), or the cast-iron cooked Dutch baby bread.
Located in Fishtown, Suraya offers an extensive brunch menu of Middle Eastern delights on weekends until 2 p.m. Food lovers from across the city flock to this award-winning restaurant to devour a variety of traditional and modern fare, such as mezze and kebab plates, baba ganoush, and Lebanese flatbread. In warmer months, Suraya opens its patio so guests can enjoy dining al fresco. It also just so happens to be one of the few restaurants in the area to have a parking lot.
Showcasing Southern specialties, Khyber Pass Pub is situated in the heart of Old City and takes its brunch seriously—so there’s no surprise that it’s usually crowded with hungry patrons seeking some hearty and satisfying fare. You might fall into a food coma when you enjoy brunch here, but enthusiasts say that it’s worth it. Crowd-pleasers include the bananas foster French toast and West Louisiana hash, which comes with two eggs any style, brisket, sweet potatoes, and collard greens.
Brunch is served up seven days a week at this cozy, hip café in the bustling Callowhill neighborhood. The unique restaurant has become a foodie favorite; it's known for its generously-sized portions of beloved classics as well as its modern specialties, like the Polish Benedict (served with smoked kielbasa). You'll feel like a local when you enter Cafe Lift, as most of the patrons are regulars.