There's no wrong way to do brunch in Phoenix. But, if your perfect weekend starts off with a round of bloody marys, followed by indulgent plates of French toast and eggs Benedict, this is the to-do list for you.
In a city with so many scenic patios and other one-of-a-kind concepts, it's impossible to know where to start. So if you like to toast with your toast, we've narrowed the top brunch restaurants perfect for you.
From Southern-inspired sips and tropical teasers to bloody mary carts and champagne by the bottle, it’s bottoms-up at these boozy brunch spots.
Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar
Tucked in the Biltmore area’s swanky Camby hotel, Artizen is as cool and hip as you’d expect from a place where tongue-in-cheek art melds with modern and elegant design. Specializing in classic American cuisine, brunch offerings lean toward the familiar, but with an elevated approach.
Take the Dutch Baby, for instance, which features a traditional pancake served with vanilla whipped ricotta, mixed berries and Meyer lemon. But if it’s the drinks you’re after, the cocktail menu delivers. Try the Valley Julep (bourbon, grapefruit liqueur, simply syrup, mint), Skinny Dip (mescal, lime, punt e mes, pineapple, maple), or the Dry Heat (tequila, lime, agave, Cholula, grapefruit zest).
2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix
The Coronado PHX
Since 2015, The Coronado has been serving up Southwest-inspired, plant-based cuisine, including a selection of breakfast burritos, chilaquiles, scrambles (and more!) to complement the spirited cocktail menu, locally sourced beer and wine offerings. You're welcome to browse, but we'd be remiss if we didn't recommend the mimosa with Prosecco and cold-pressed orange juice — fresh-baked pastries, coffee and tea, too.
2245 N. 12th St., Phoenix
"Mornings done right," is how The Henry bills itself ... and we couldn't agree more. During brunch, specifically, you'd be wise to start with an introduction to the restaurant's bloody mary cart (or the multi-page beverage menu, if that's more your thing). As for the brunch menu, you'll find an unexpected twist on most of the staples, as well as appetizers that are worthy of the spotlight all on their own. Decisions, decisions.
4455 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix
Hula’s Modern Tiki
At this central Phoenix mainstay, island delights are served in retro style, making Hula’s one of the more unique brunch spots in town. The menu is filled with tropical takes on favorite brunch offerings, from the ahi or island eggs Benedict, to the Loco Moco, a Hawaiian specialty featuring a burger patty served with rice covered in brown mushroom gravy and sunny-side up eggs. Even such sides as Portuguese sausage, fried Spam, and the apple and plantain compote will make you feel like you’re brunching on an island paradise.
Cocktails—served in tiki glassware, of course—are inspired by the iconic Trader Vic’s and feature such signature drinks as Hula’s Mai Tai, Hula’s Hurricane and the Tropical Itch.
5114 N. Seventh St., Phoenix
7213 E. First Ave., Scottsdale
LON’s at the Hermosa
A Phoenix landmark, LON’s is the perfect place to brunch like a true Arizonan. With its history dating back to the 1930s, the restaurant—located in the historic Hermosa Inn—showcases the best ingredients Arizona has to offer. Dishes feature greens from McClendon’s Select, bread from Noble Bread, produce from Abby Lee Farms, and olive oil from Queen Creek Olive Mill.
The drink menu also showcases Arizona spirits, such as the infamous Bloody Marys, made with infused AZ Mission vodka. And for the perfect refresher, the “Margs, ’Mosas & Mules” are finished off with a fruity, frozen puree bomb to stave off the summer heat.
5532 Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley
Morning Glory Café
Brunch is the name of the game at Farm at South Mountain's morning patio joint. Seating is no-frills at this picturesque, outdoor dining destination — think: red checkered tablecloths and plastic lawn chairs — but the food is a labor of love, sourced from locally grown markets and the farm’s own organic garden. It fills up fast, so if you can't get a seat, you can pick up fresh sandwiches and lunch on the farm's other honorary patio: a pecan tree grove filled with picnic tables. Full disclosure: the only cocktails on the menu here are mimosas and bloody marys, which is fine by us!
6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix
You can’t get any more “brunch” than at Ocotillo, central Phoenix’s lovely oasis with sprawling grassy areas, shaded outdoor patio and stand-alone coffee bar with walk-up service bar giving patrons an up-close view of the brewing magic. The substantial brunch menu offers everything from sweet and savory items, to fresh salads and vegetables—all made with local ingredients. Treat yourself to the matcha green tea and buttermilk pancake, breakfast chimichanga, or the salt Koji country ribs served with a watermelon salad and fried egg. Then share the cocktail love with a frozen margarita, mimosa, or (our personal favorite) frosé. We’ll drink to that!
3243 N. Third St., Phoenix
Weekend brunch at Prado Restaurant at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia will transport your taste buds to Andalusia, Spain without the need for a passport. Offered Saturdays and Sundays, the Prado weekend brunch menu features the signature brunch punch, loaded Bloody Marys, acai Greek yogurt bowl with compressed watermelon, and Mary's organic chicken and waffle with muddled serrano and berries, ancho and cinnamon crema to name a few.
4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale
Sip and nosh the way all well-heeled Southern belles and gents do by brunching at Southern Rail located at The Newton in uptown Phoenix. Offered Saturdays and Sundays, the weekend brunch menu puts a Southern twist on American classics such as the fried green tomato Benedict, and bread pudding French toast.
For the full Southern experience, you can’t go wrong with the shrimp ’n super creamy grits, smoked chicken and grilled Andouille gumbo ya ya, or a traditional po-boy. Wash it down with a Nola milk punch (made with brandy, bourbon, milk, honey and vanilla) or a Creole lemonade (served in a Mason jar and made with rum, vodka, tequila, lemonade and hot sauce), and you’ll have Georgia on your mind all day long.
300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix
Home to farm-to-table, American fare with a Southern twist, Welcome Diner serves up no-nonsense flavors and super-cool atmosphere in the Garfield neighborhood near downtown. This ultra laid-back spot is perfect for late risers in search of comfort food, cocktails and people watching on the giant patio. While breakfast items are served all day, the special weekend brunch is worth waiting for — and best paired with booze. Read more about Welcome Diner here.
929 E. Pierce St., Phoenix