7 Restaurants That Serve the Best Brunch in Portland

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In a city like Portland, brunch plays a crucial role in many people’s lives. Residents are known for their love of coffee and breakfast foods, after all. Because the city has such a fun and diverse restaurant scene, it’s easy to find a place that matches your tastes and preferences. Whether you want to dine at a restaurant with friends or order pick-up to enjoy at home, you can find the perfect brunch spots in Portland to satisfy your cravings. Not sure where to go? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Check out our list of the top 7 brunch spots in Portland now!

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1. Grain & Gristle

Charming bar known for its fresh, locally-sourced ingredients

Grain & Gristle earned the distinction for serving Portland’s Best Burger by the Willamette Week. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1473 NE Prescott St | Sabin, Northeast Portland | grainandgristle.com

Located in Northeast Portland, Grain & Gristle is a popular brunch spot for gathering with friends and family. This casual neighborhood restaurant serves savory dishes made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. 

The restaurant’s chefs do not limit themselves to any one particular cuisine, but they do tie the dishes together through their use of seasonal ingredients. What results is an appetizing brunch menu filled with creative dishes like the Winter Breakfast Bowl and Brioche Bombs. 

“Today's special fried trout with capers and lemon was the best trout I've ever eaten! Delicate and juicy — the batter was perfect! I wonder how they did it! The beer was spectacular as well as always. So quiet on a Monday we had the place to ourselves which was unexpected but really enjoyable. The bartender Michelle was sweet and kind and shared her knowledge which was very pleasant and appreciated! So glad we came in!” - Yelp Review

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2. Redwood

Rustic, laid back restaurant serving a fine selection of savory New American dishes

Treat yourself to a delicious weekend brunch at Redwood. Image courtesy of Yelp.

7915 SE Stark St | Montavilla, Southeast Portland | redwoodpdx.com

Located in the heart of Montavilla, Redwood is a charming and lively spot for a relaxing weekend brunch. On the menu, you’ll find savory dishes such as the Smoked Trout Hash and Fresh Mozzarella Sandwich. The menu changes frequently, so you can expect to come here numerous times and find new dishes on the menu every now and then. Feeling parched? Treat yourself to a Redwood Mimosa or Firebird Bloody Mary. 

“We went here several times since they opened and I have to say they have increased their game 150%. Food and service were excellent. Highly recommend the radicchio salad, NY steak and the Fried Chicken. We will def be frequenting more often! Bring a lap blanket for the outdoor seating, they have great mini propane heaters at each table.” - Yelp Review

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3. Cricket Cafe

Quirky little cafe that draws a large crowd for its hearty breakfast dishes

Start your morning off on the right foot with a breakfast burrito! Image courtesy of Yelp.

3159 SE Belmont St | Belmont, Sunnyside | cricketcafepdx.com

Cricket Cafe is a small and charming restaurant known for serving delicious breakfast plates that will fill you up for the rest of the day. Right now, the cafe is only offering takeout service. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy its famous breakfast dishes. Omelets, burritos, skillets, pancakes, and more classic breakfast dishes await you at this popular cafe. 

As for the drinks, the Cricket Cafe offers Bloody Mary pints, beers, mimosas, coffee, and juice. All of their Bloody Marys are vegan and made using Portland Potato Vodka. The bartender also adds a spiced salt made of smoked paprika and cayenne on the rim. 

“Cricket has always been one of our go-to brunch places. The Bloody Mary is my favorite in the city, and their food is great. I love the Rising Sun which is pork shoulder with a bunch of yummy roasted veggies, eggs and poblano sauce-served with tortillas. My husband gets the Cricket Omelet which is smothered in gravy and filled with their yummy pepper bacon, potatoes, onions and cheese.” - Yelp Review

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4. La Moule

French-inspired bistro known for its Belgian dishes and craft cocktails

La Moule offers a charming and artsy vibe. Image courtesy of Yelp.

2500 SE Clinton St | Hosford-Abernathy | lamoulepdx.com

Much of La Moule is a reflection of some of Portland’s best features. It’s charming, artsy, unique, and personable. While the cafe has temporarily closed down due to the pandemic, you can still purchase a gift card to help support them in the future. Until then, you can look forward to La Moule’s savory dishes such as the Butter Lettuce Salad and Chanterelle Vol au Vent. Beer, wine, and cocktails are also available at this well-known cafe in Hosford-Abernathy. 

“My drink was so freaking good. I went back the very next night to drink it again. I'm craving it now. Food was great too. They're very serious about sanitation, masks, and not sharing air AT ALL. They even take your credit card with one of those pieces of thin paper they use at donut shops. Seems a bit overboard but considering the precipitous ride in Covid.... probably wise!” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for La Moule. 

5. Kingsland Kitchen

Guests can enjoy some of the best breakfast sandwiches and omelettes in Portland at this popular cafe

Kingsland Kitchen offers some of the best breakfast food in Portland. Image courtesy of Yelp

301 SW Pine St | Downtown, Southwest Portland | kingslandkitchen.com

Since its humble beginnings in 2015, Kingsland Kitchen has quickly grown into one of the most popular breakfast spots in Portland. This family-owned restaurant started out as a food cart before moving into a traditional brick and mortar location in 2017. 

Only the freshest ingredients are used to make their famous dishes from scratch. On the current menu, you can find classic breakfast dishes such as the Bacon & Cheddar Omelet, Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes, and Steak & Eggs. Breakfast cocktails including the mimosa, Irish coffee, and Kingsland Bloody Mary are also available for your enjoyment. 

“The food was absolutely delicious. I had the Holli Hash Casserole and the meat was so tender and mouth watering. The French toast was also very fluffy, we were more than satisfied. The owner, Chris, was super amicable and had amazing service! We enjoyed chatting with him a little about the food and the city and it honestly made the experience so personable.” - Yelp Review

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6. The Original Pancake House

Popular chain restaurant serving delicious breakfast foods at an affordable price

Treat yourself to a hearty breakfast alongside your friends and family members. Image courtesy of Yelp.

8601 SW 24th Ave | Multnomah Village | originalpancakehouse.com

While The Original Pancake House is a chain restaurant, it does serve some of the best breakfast and brunch dishes in Portland. Located in Multnomah Village inside a country-style restaurant, The Original Pancake House will make you feel right at home. Specialty pancakes, waffles, crepes, omelettes, and other hearty breakfast dishes are served here. If you’re feeling a bit peckish, you can add a side dish or two and some fruit! As for beverages, the restaurant serves coffee, milk, tea, and hot chocolate.

“I don't know how they get their Dutch pancakes so puffy, but I think it's one of the best executed dishes on their menu. My mainstay is still the corned beef hash with their delicious potato pancakes. I've only had their Irish omelette once during takeout and it had a bunch of globby cheese in it like I've experienced while dining in.” - Yelp Review

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7. Lauretta Jean’s

Charming bakery known for its butter crust pies and beautiful pastries

Get ready to enjoy one of the best pies of your life at Lauretta Jeans. Image courtesy of Yelp.

3402 SE Division St | Clinton, Richmond | laurettajeans.com

Pies, cakes, cookies, pastries, and more await you at this popular bakery. Guests can take a peek inside the cafe’s walk-up window and order something right there at the window. Some of their most popular items include the Banana Cream Pie, Bourbon Pecan Pie, and Chocolate Cream Pie. If you’re looking for something more savory, Lauretta Jean’s also serves chicken pot pie, curried potato and greens vegetarian pot pie, and quiche. 

“The morning bun was so good, I love the citrus zest that they worked into the sugar, it paired incredibly well with the cinnamon. The blueberry danish was the stuff of dreams. I love a cheese and/or fruit danish, like my one true love, and this one was absolute perfection. The pastry was flaky and thin, the cheese flavor was pronounced and so creamy, the blueberries were sweet and delicious, and there was a perfect drizzle of icing.” - Yelp Review

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Portland boasts a wide selection of fun and quirky brunch spots. Which ones do you want to visit next? Let us know in the comments below!

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