If you haven’t heard, Sunday brunch is the new Friday night—or at least that’s what we parents of small children tell ourselves. And here’s the silver lining: even the nicest versions of brunch are generally more affordable than dinner; other restaurant-goers tend to be more tolerant of the occasional wailing tantrum; and if you time it just right, brunch doesn’t interfere with anyone’s sleep schedule. With Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day just around the corner, we rounded up our favorite spots for Sunday brunch that are a bit fancier than your local diner, but definitely kid-friendly (and all take reservations!). Scroll down to see our picks.
Owner Linda Derschang named this place after her now-grown daughter—she designed it to be the kind of chic neighborhood cafe you could bring the whole family, but wasn’t a “kiddie” spot. Parents love the plentiful Caffe Vita espresso drinks and morning cocktails—more than just your standard mimosas and Bloody Mary—and kids love the simple, delicious food (and giant fluffy white cat painting near the entrance). A small meal can be made of the house-made toast, with toppings like house-made Nutella, avocado with sunflower seeds or slathered with butter and cinnamon sugar.
Good to Know: Tallulah's also serves their delish brunch on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., if you can't wait until Sunday. View their brunch menu online.
Brunch hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Salty’s on Alki Beach
This one is definitely a splurge: an adult ticket to this lavish all-you-can-eat brunch buffet tops $60 on Sundays—more on holidays. But you get what you pay for, and here the sky’s the limit: an array of fresh seafood, omelets made to order, dozens of breads and sweet treats, an island of hot dishes, and every toddler’s dream come true: a chocolate fountain with marshmallows, fruit and cookies for dipping. The epic view of the Seattle skyline is nearly worth the price alone. And if the cost is still a bit of a sticker shock, keep in mind that kids 4 and under are free and discounted deeply until age 13. Reservations are very much recommended, especially on holidays.
Good to Know: Salty's also serves their scrumptious brunch on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., if you can't wait until Sunday or want to save a few bucks. View their brunch menu online. If you live in the South Sound, Salty's at Redondo Beach also offers a scrumptious brunch that is a bit cheaper ($39.99 for adults) on the weekends from 9:15 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday brunch hours: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Sunday brunch hours: 8:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
28201 Redondo Beach Dr. S.
Des Moines, Wa 98198
Brunch hours: 9:15 a.m.-1 p.m.
Portage Bay Cafe
Weekend brunch at this family favorite used to mean planning on an hour-plus wait for a table—not something that’s enjoyable with hangry little people (or big ones, for that matter). But two words kept bringing people back: "Breakfast Bar,” that Willy Wonka-esque buffet of seasonal fruits, nuts and all the whipped cream you can eat. And now—rejoice!—all four Portage Bay locations take reservations, so there is less time separating you and your mile-high pancakes. Portions are big enough you could likely share with tinier appetites, but the kid’s menu of scrambled eggs, French toast, pancakes and grilled cheese is so good they’ll want their own.
Good to Know: These guys open at 7:30 a.m., for those extra early risers. Brunch is served all day, every day at the Ballard & Sixty-Fifth locations and all day Saturday & Sunday and weekdays until 11:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt and South Lake Union locations. View their brunch menu online.
900 N.E. 65th St.
Seattle, Wa 98115
4130 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98105
2821 N.W. Market
Seattle, Wa 98107
391 Terry Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Sunday brunch hours: 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; daily all day at the Ballard & Sixty-Fifth locations
This Ravenna restaurant has been the toast of the town since it opened its doors in 2015. And while they insist they want to be considered a neighborhood joint, the fact is that weekend dinners here are probably more a date night destination than somewhere you’d want to bring a rowdy kiddo. Brunch, however, is fair game. The food is still on point: sophisticated dishes like Pork Hash made with peperonata, green garlic, Yukon potatoes and a fried egg and Eggs Benedict with pork rilette, spinach, english muffin, poached egg and hollandaise, but enough sides (warm brioche, scones, a single fried egg, buckwheat-quinoa pancakes, house-cured slab bacon) that you can put together a meal for a picky eater as well. View their brunch menu online.
Good to Know: Salare also serves brunch on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., if you can't wait until Sunday.
Brunch hours: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Fried chicken for breakfast? Yes, please! Chef Mark Fuller loves Hawaiian food, so you’ll notice that much of the menu at this West Seattle restaurant (formerly Spring Hill) has a little aloha flavor: coconut topped French toast, baked oatmeal with macadamia nuts, Spam musubi, saimin, Portuguese sausage and more. But those in the know choose Fuller’s fried chicken again and again —for brunch, a whole chicken comes with biscuits, sausage gravy and maple syrup, enough to feed a family of four.
Good to Know: Ma'Ono also serves brunch on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. View their brunch menu online. And a Ma'ono counter, serving chicken and sides, is now open inside Rachel's Ginger Beer at University Village.
Brunch hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
If you’re looking for a brunch with a bit of a Northwest seafood flare, the Daniel’s Broiler locations on Lake Union and Leschi both serve a weekend brunch where you can pick from specialty main dishes such as the Dungeness Crab Benedict made with house-made hollandaise sauce or the Seafood Omelet with Dungeness crab, bay shrimp, tomatoes, cream cheese and cheddar. Is your mouth watering yet? Daniel’s has special brunch considerations for the kids, too. Your sidekick can choose from menu favorites like buttermilk pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs with bacon or a yogurt parfait with fresh berries, golden fruit and granola.
Good to know: Daniel's Broiler also serves brunch on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at their Leschi and Lake Union locations. View their brunch menu online.
200 Lake Washington Blvd.
Seattle, Wa 98122
Lake Union Location
809 Fairview Pl. N.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Brunch hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Eques – Hyatt Regency Bellevue
From Tiramisu pancakes to grits with Beecher’s cheese, Eques is known for serving up some seriously good eats seven days a week. And for brunch, you can expect high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients featuring classic comfort dishes with exciting Northwest flavors. Indulge in one of Eques' signature dishes like the Cedar Plank Salmon Benedict or Smoked Salmon Egg White Omelet or enjoy more usual breakfast fare (think pancakes, waffles, French toast, corned beef hash) alongside a selection of baked goodies. For the little ones, the buffet always includes kid faves like mac ‘n cheese and fruit salad and did we mention the mimosas and the Bloody Mary bar? Need we say more?
Good to Know: Eques also serves its award-winning brunch on Saturdays from 7 a.m.-noon
900 Bellevue Way N.E.
Bellevue, Wa, 98004
Sat. brunch hours: 7 a.m.-noon
Sun. brunch hours: 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cafe Flora is Seattle’s premier spot for dynamic vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free cuisine, and on weekends it's a go-to for delicious brunch fare. Popular menu items include Cranberry Apple Waffles, Butternut French Toast, Gingerbread Pancakes and their oh-so yummy Biscuits and Gravy along with their Hoppin' John Fritters and Northwest Lox Scramble. For the kids, Cafe Flora has plenty of fun, fresh and flavorful options including animal-shaped pancakes and fresh fruit. And don't forget about their famous cinnamon rolls and their delish beignets.
Good to know: Cafe Flora also serves brunch on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The full brunch menu can be found online. Reservations for six or more can be made by calling 206-325-9100.
2901 E. Madison St.
Seattle, Wa 98112
Brunch hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Do you have a favorite destination for a special Sunday brunch? Share your go-to spot in the comments below.
— Kristina Moy & Chelsea Lin