Looking to Brunch in the ‘Burgh? These 11 Must-Visit spots

January 28, 2019
Food & Drink
jason wolfe

If your week isn’t complete without Sunday (or Saturday) brunch, make sure you sample the fare at these top spots

Brunch, that glorious meal that combines both breakfast and lunch. It has become quite popular lately, and more and more restaurants are jumping on board, looking to draw Pittsburghers in with amazing eggs, bountiful pancakes, and endless Bloody Marys.

Sunday (and sometimes Saturday) brunch menus can vary, from the traditional, to gourmet, to eccentric.

Depending what you’re in the mood for, Pittsburgh can boast of all of these and more. These are the best spots right now to satisfy your brunch fix.

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Now let’s talk brunch. In this article we’ll give you the inside scoop on:

1. Bar Marco

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2216 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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Brunch Sat-Sun 10am-3pm

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412-471-1900

Consistently listed as many Pittsburgher’s favorite brunch destinations, the brunch served out of this restaurant located in the former No. 7 Engine Company is just spot on.

Just THE BEST. Staff, ambiance, and food is simply delightful.

Serving brunch on both Saturday and Sunday, many of the locals stop in after visiting the shops in the Strip District. With a mix on the menu of the traditional, like soft scrambled eggs with shallots and herbs, to the decadent, with pancakes and medjool dates, ricotta, honey and walnuts, you simply can’t go wrong. The menu changes according to what’s in season, so be sure to visit often!

“The bacon is a MUST if you dine at Bar Marco. It might be the best bacon in the history of brunch.” - Yelp Review

2. Point Brugge Cafe

Point Brugge Cafe
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401 Hastings St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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Brunch Sun 11am-2pm

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412-441-3334

A lovely little taste of Belgium located in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

...a delightful neighborhood spot with incredible staff, delicious food and a warm, cozy atmosphere...

Their menu has a nice mix of traditional and European-inspired favorites sure to please any appetite.

In keeping with their continental style, they also offer a prix fixe brunch, and for a set price you have your choice of an entree, side dish, and beverage, including some favorite brunch cocktails. C’est magnifique!

“...The menu is so tempting, each of our party of 4 ordered something different so we could share. Everything was top notch in terms of flavor, presentation and portion size.” - Yelp Review

3. Coca Cafe

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3811 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

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Brunch Sun 9am-2pm

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412-621-3171

If you’re in the mood for local and seasonal recipes to tempt your palate, look no further.

"Always enjoy a great breakfast here, this day was no different...Service was quick, friendly, and intuitive to when i needed my check." - Yelp Review

Coca Cafe is located in Lawrenceville and has quickly grown into a must-visit Sunday brunch stop.

Taking some items off their breakfast menu and adding a couple of seasonal specials keeps customers wanting more. How can you go wrong with specialties such as Cap’n Crunch crusted French toast?

4. Meat & Potatoes

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649 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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Brunch Sat-Sun 10:30am-2pm

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412-325-7007

Hearty American cuisine is a good way to describe the brunch offerings at downtown Pittsburgh’s first gastropub.

“This make-your-own Bloody Mary bar gave me life!...

Focusing on fare that recalls the Prohibition area, you’ll find everything from Huevos Rancheros to Croque Madame on the menu.

Be sure to check out the Bloody Mary bar and long list of “Libations.”

...Everything else was great, too - quick service, seated immediately (with prior reservations), and a fun atmosphere. Did I also mention their brunch menu is amazing?! “ - Yelp Review

5. Paris 66

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6018 Centre Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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Brunch Sun 10am-3pm

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412-404-8166

If you’re leaning towards a French-inspired brunch, make sure to visit Paris 66 in East Liberty.

“Amazing brunch, gorgeous pastry and perfect service! Highly recommend! We loved every meal and ordered the pastry basket!” - Yelp Review

With a menu full of savory and sweet crepes, quiches, omelettes, and goodies from the patisserie, you’ll feel ready to start speaking French!

The owners and most of the staff are French, so you can be sure these items are authentic Parisienne. Bon appetit!

6. Zenith Tea Room

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86 S. 26th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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Brunch Sun 11am-2:30

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412-481-4833

Definitely not just for tea!

“...one of my favorite brunch spots ever. Not only is the food fantastic, but the restaurant doubles as a unique antique shop and there are tons of things to look at.” - Yelp Review

This hidden gem is located in the Southside and boasts of not just being a vegetarian/vegan cafe but also a wonderful treasure trove of antiques, art and other random items.

Many customers do brunch then browse the large adjoining store room for quirky items.

The Zenith’s Sunday vegan brunch is a well known spot amongst Pittsburghers, so get there early because seating is limited, but thankfully sharable!

7. Grand Concourse

Grand Concourse
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100 W. Station Square Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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Brunch Sun 9am-3pm

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412-261-1717

This is the granddaddy of all lunch spots in the ‘Burgh, and is consistently one of the most popular.

“We attended Sunday brunch here and we really loved the look. We had an amazing table with a super view.” - Yelp Review

Their brunch buffet menu is large and encompassing, which includes carved prime rib, salmon pate, and a waffle and pancake station. You can be sure even picky eaters will find something they like.

Located in the historic Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Station, the ambiance is unmatched for dining.

8. Piper’s Pub

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1828 East Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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Brunch Sat-Sun 8:30am-3pm

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412-381-2797

Piper’s is known throughout Pittsburgh as a great Scottish-style place in the Southside where you can get awesome pub food and catch the latest European soccer (football?) game.

“Piper's food is pure comfort food. The perfect pairing with a pint (or several). Don't go in looking for a light meal. Everything is large, filling and delicious.” - Yelp Review

It also offers a fantastic brunch menu that includes the more traditional, such as boxty, and mixes it with something completely American, like chicken and waffles.

You can be sure to wash it all down with one (or maybe two) of the 39 drafts they have on tap.

9. The Commoner

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458 Strawberry Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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Brunch Sat-Sun 9am-3pm

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412-230-4800

Nestled into the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, The Commoner has a simple but solid brunch menu.

“Hands down this is my favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh...

Taking staples like brisket hash and giving it a twist by using a duck egg is just what they’re known for.

Changing with the seasons, the menu reflects the local produce, meat and cheeses available in Western PA.

...This gastropub does everything right; aesthetically pleasing, knowledgeable staff, interesting menu, and delicious food.” - Yelp Review

10. Round Corner Cantina

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3720 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

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412-904-2279

A little bit of sunny Mexico, right in the heart of Lawrenceville.

“Great for groups, tacos, and margaritas! Casual atmosphere with great food options...” - Yelp Review

A very popular spot for happy hour is also one of the best places to get brunch in Pittsburgh.

How can anyone say no to churros and bacon? Also one of the best Bloody Marias (a Bloody Mary, only made with tequila) to be had anywhere.

11. Eleven

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1150 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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Brunch Sun 11am-2pm

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412-201-5656

Housed in a rehabilitated warehouse in the Strip District, Eleven is known for their upscale, but casual, atmosphere.

“...Eleven's Prix Fixe menu included an appetizer, an entree, and a free cocktail or juice for $29...

They have a large but eclectic brunch menu, including steak and eggs, fried chicken and biscuits and polenta waffles.

You can order off of a prix fixe menu as well, that includes an appetizer, an entree and a choice of brunch cocktail.

While we waited we enjoyed croissants, cornmeal muffins and biscuits with honey butter and pineapple jam that was utterly fantastic!” - Yelp Review

Brunch is quickly becoming the 4th official meal of Sunday. And who doesn’t enjoy the luxury of ordering from both the breakfast and lunch menus until mid afternoon? Grab a personalized GiftYa card to any of these top brunch spots in Pittsburgh. Have you had brunch at any of these places? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!

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