Brunch is no ordinary meal. It is an invitation to spend a Sunday morning slowly sipping coffee or champagne, overindulging on gourmet foods and savoring time with family or friends. You can rush through breakfast, lunch or dinner, but not brunch. Connecticut has many fine brunch places—restaurants, hotels and even a historic rose garden—that make Sunday brunch a meal to remember. Here are some of the best places to "do brunch" in Connecticut including some that serve brunch on Saturday, too.
The price is a splurge, but rest assured: Sunday Brunch at Fresh Salt at Connecticut's Saybrook Point Inn is the only meal you'll need to eat all day. Prepared by a passionate team of chefs devoted to using the freshest local ingredients in innovative, ever-evolving ways, this buffet spread is a foodie's nirvana... both plentiful and superbly prepared. Carving and omelet stations are just the start. Design your own waffles or pasta, and watch as chefs bring your creations to life. Heap your plate with salads, hot entrees and sushi or raw bar selections. Save room for a generous line-up of desserts just baked by the restaurant's pastry chefs. The brunch menu changes frequently, enticing fans to return season after season. Be sure to make reservations in the summertime especially. As of 2018, the adult price for brunch is $39.95. 860-388-1111
Water's Edge Resort has scored top accolades for its brunch buffet in statewide polls, and the crowds that fill the dining room, especially on holidays, are testament to the Sunday spread's enduring appeal. You won't know whether to belly up to the crepe bar or hang around the carving station. What really makes brunch fabulous here, though, is the spectacular water view. The brunch price as of 2018 is $38 for adults. Holiday prices are higher. 860-399-5901 / 800-222-5901
Inventive, healthy foods are a signature of the Pond House Cafe in beautiful Elizabeth Park, and brunch follows the same formula. All brunch menu items feature organic eggs from Connecticut farms and other fresh ingredients. A la carte ordering makes this a more affordable choice than some of the state's all-you-can-eat brunch offerings. The Pond House brunch menu is available on Saturdays and Sundays. During the blooming months, allow plenty of time to explore the park—home to America's oldest municipal rose garden. 860-231-8823
For a price of $19.95 as of 2018, Sunday Brunch at Mill on the River includes coffee or tea, one entrée selection, a continental brunch buffet and TWO cocktails. That's a pretty good deal. Add in a scenic location on the shores of the Podunk River and a kid-friendly atmosphere, and it's hard to go wrong with this brunch choice the next time your family has something to celebrate. 860-289-7929 / 888-344-4414
Looking for one of the state's biggest, best and most popular Sunday (and Saturday) brunches? You can be certain of two things when you plan on brunch at Dakota restaurant in Rocky Hill, Connecticut: You'll probably wait in line for a table, and you won't leave hungry. The all-you-can-eat brunch price is $24.95 for adults as of 2018. Holiday prices are higher. 860-257-7752
The wildly popular Sunday brunch at The Brewhouse Restaurant in South Norwalk, Connecticut, is no more. But, don't cry in your beer. The Brewhouse's owners have revived this tradition at their new craft beer and tapas restaurant—Hub and Spoke—in Bridgeport. Their all-you-can-eat brunch, priced at $35 for adults as of 2018 (holiday prices may be slightly higher), features two carving stations, a raw bar, a waffle station, pastries, egg dishes, hot entrees, a Viennese table with homemade desserts and unlimited complimentary Mimosas and Bloody Marys. 203-345-9110
Sunday brunch at this historic inn has been elevated to a true gourmand experience since Wolfgang Puck protege Francois Kwaku-Dongo arrived on the scene. Expect to agonize over the acclaimed chef's a la carte menu of seasonally inspired brunch dishes, from brioche French toast with stewed apples and vanilla mascarpone to grilled Atlantic salmon.