If you are looking for a special place to enjoy an extravagant Sunday brunch in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area, look no further than these popular options. From bottomless brunches to opulent hotel restaurant feasts, the following restaurants serve up expensive yet decadent meals the whole family can enjoy.
You don't have to wait until Sunday to enjoy one of the finest brunches in the Valley of the Sun because SumoMaya offers brunch on Saturday, too. SumoMaya offers a prix-fixe experience that combines an à la carte, full-service menu with its all-you-can-eat "Bottomless Brunch" shared small plate selections.
During this special feast, indulge in unlimited shared plates like tres leches oatmeal brûlée; yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit; black bean hummus; bread migas and chorizo; and huevos revueltos al Albañil (scrambled eggs with serrano, tomato, onion, and cilantro). Then, choose one of the main entrees followed by a shared family-style dessert. Mains include cinnamon French toast, coconut pancakes, a Cuban Benedict, huevos rancheros, and pork "al pastor" pad Thai. Additionally, brunch cocktails are available as an add-on to the prix-fixe brunch.
SumoMaya is unique because you can see into the open kitchen while you enjoy the variety of culinary delights served here. All dishes are prepared to order, so you can have the best of all brunch worlds: freshly prepared and beautifully presented foods, served at your table and suitable for sharing, along with your own entrée choice. However, SumoMaya is a bit noisy and costs about $30 per guest.
Nellie Cashman's is located within The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, which is noted as one of the finest resorts in the Phoenix area. It's modern and stylish with tables arranged in different rooms that have separators to minimize noise and is known for its Sunday "Bubbles & Brunch" service.
The menu at Nellie Cashman's changes daily and hot specials are announced on paper inserts in the regular menu. However, you can always expect to find house-made loaves of bread, muffins, and rolls to complement the hot meats and sides as well as cold seafood, cheese, and salad offerings in the Sunday buffet. For dessert, you'll also find a delicious selection of cakes, fruit and custard tarts, chocolate-covered strawberries, brownies, and mousses.
Nellie Cashman's is a nice option for groups if some people want a buffet and others don't since you can also order off the regular menu on Sundays. Additionally, the variety of seating options makes for a great experience no matter when you come. While some tables have a view of the courtyard, with flowers in the garden, some have a view of the lake and the golf course with mountains in the background, and patio dining is also available.
A premier dining experience at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain awaits at elements (with a lower case "e"). The elegance at this resort and spa is actually quite understated—no huge mirrored lobbies or grand entryways. Similarly, elements is a medium-sized dining room adjacent to jade bar, a smallish, popular spot with live music on Friday nights, and both elements and jade connect to the outdoor patio. The dining room decor is stylish and modern but warm with comfortably spaced tables and booths and a wonderful exterior view.
Anyone who regularly dines in the Valley of the Sun will recognize the name of Executive Chef Beau MacMillan, a regular on the Food Network television programs. Known for his preparation using local, organic ingredients and creating his gourmet dishes with an Asian influence, the Sunday seasonal à la carte brunch menu does not stray.
Along with antipasti, fruit, salmon, chilled shrimp, and salads, there's also the Spa Bento Box special featuring miso salmon, barbecue tofu, roasted chicken, or grilled shrimp, each served with brown rice, steamed vegetables, and pickled cucumber salad. Your server will deliver warm and delicious cinnamon rolls to your table, which are complimentary with your meal. On certain holidays, such as Easter and Mother's Day, elements restaurant also offers a more elaborate buffet brunch.
A visit to LON'S always invokes a strong sense of Southwest spirit. You'll find it at The Hermosa Inn, a luxury boutique hotel off the beaten path in upscale Paradise Valley. The brunch menu includes à la carte items as well as the Hacienda Brunch prix-fixe meal, and prices are a bit more reasonable compared with other luxury resort brunches.
The chef at LON'S describes the food here as comfort cuisine with Arizona flavors created with European techniques. Don't even consider eating here without starting with the fresh-baked monkey bread. Although this is not one of your deluxe all-you-can-eat buffet brunches (LON'S sometimes offers those on holidays), you can certainly have a special meal here for brunch. It just goes to show that gourmet food doesn't have to break the bank.
The restaurant was named for artist Lon Megargee, whose artwork incorporating cowboys and ranch life of the Wild West graces the walls. The patio at LON'S is one of the loveliest places for al fresco dining. Additionally, the restaurant doesn't even feel like it's inside a hotel—in fact, you may come and go without even noticing that there is a hotel here at all.
Wright's at the Biltmore is the signature dining experience at the renowned Arizona Biltmore in Central Phoenix. Although it is a hotel restaurant, it has a unique style that is appealing and comfortable, and the Sunday brunch is uniquely structured, with the menu changing weekly.
Sunday brunch offers guests both a buffet and a selection of small plates of hot entrees. The buffet includes cold appetizers and seafood, fruits, cheeses, artisan bread, salads, and desserts. You could do very well just opting for the cold buffet, but the small plates are an extra special treat. What's great about this Sunday brunch is the absence of steam tables—the hot foods are served directly from the kitchen while only the cold foods, fruits, bread, and desserts are on the buffet.
In this classic setting with a modern nod to architect Frank Lloyd Wright, light pours in through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows and tables are arranged in smaller, multilevel sections to give a more intimate feel to the dining room. The servers are clad in black uniforms—no jeans or T-shirts here—and are experienced and professional, which combine to make for a truly decadent dining experience.
The dining room at Wrigley Mansion sits about 100 feet above street level, and, with its large glass windows, is acclaimed for the lovely views of the Valley of the Sun. Wrigley Mansion was built in 1929 by William Wrigley Jr. of chewing gum fame, as a gift for his wife, and it served as their home complete with 24 unique and elegant rooms.
The objective of the mansion's restoration is to maintain that era of charm and sophistication, so to some, it might seem old or antique. Certainly, it appeals to people who have lived in the Valley for many years, those who appreciate a perspective from the past, or those who enjoy a bit of unique history sitting in the middle of one of the largest cities in the country.
That said, it can be a challenge just getting there. After you figure out how to get up the hill, parking can be an issue. You can self-park and then walk up the hill, or you can valet park for a fee. Once you make it to the buffet area and dining room for brunch, you will be rewarded with a gorgeous view, tablecloths, immediate offers of mimosas, and live jazz music.
Note that some diners prefer to sit in the large dining room early in the day to avoid the sun that shines into the smaller dining room on the southwest side. The downside of brunch in the main dining room is the noise, and while this isn't the most extravagant or luxurious brunch, it is reasonably priced and includes items that you might not find elsewhere.
When making Sunday brunch reservations, you can also arrange to take a guided tour of the Wrigley Mansion. There is an extra charge for the tour, but it makes for an interesting addition to your meal.
Located inside the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in northeast Phoenix, T. Cook's serves up a delicious Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. that offers a combination of buffet items and plated selections. T. Cook's truly embodies elegance and taste, offering a Mediterranean-inspired menu with seasonal selections announced throughout the year.
The Sunday Market Brunch allows guests to select one entree in addition to the spread of bakeshop specialties, sweets, seafood, and sides. Favorites include pan-seared branzino, half-roasted Mary's chicken, grilled smoked ham steak, farmhouse omelets, and mussels with Spanish octopus.
While you're there you can also book a reservation for a spa treatment or enjoy one of T. Cook's famous "Ultimate Bloody Mary's."