Top 8 Best Brunch Places in Richmond, Virginia

February 7, 2022
Food & Drink
jason wolfe

Known for it’s well-preserved historical sites, Richmond has more to look forward to on the breakfast sphere. From homestyle breakfast to vegan and gluten free options, Richmond has everything that you can think of to offer. Richmond is also a great place for people to settle down, whether it be for college at the University of Richmond or to find a charming place to live, there’s plenty to explore. People enjoy visiting local canals and the James River. Alongside these sites is a vibrant nightlife and beautiful neighborhoods and other residential areas.

Whether you're looking for the perfect breakfast to enjoy while visiting Richmond, are hoping to take your college student out for a much needed break from studying or want to gift a friend or family member who lives here a gift card for a meal out, any of these breakfast locations might be a great fit for your inner foodie. With a GiftYa virtual gift card, you can choose an amount, add a personalized note, hit send, and your friend or loved one can get a meal that will hit the spot for their most important meal of the day. You can link the card directly to your own Visa or Mastercard to optimize payment. 

Here are some of our recommendations for breakfast or brunch in Richmond, Virginia. 

The Fancy Biscuit

A contemporary vegan and vegetarian brunch spot.

1831 W Cary St. | Richmond |

Order online or in person at this contemporary hipster vegan restaurant with a southern style flare. If you’re looking for coffee, brunch, and have a knack for fancy dining with gluten free and vegan options, this is the place for you. Their restaurant has unique choices for their decor, including their penny wall, semi-outdoor fireplace, plenty of plants, and mason jar light fixtures.

People don’t generally visit a restaurant only for their decorations, though. Highlights on their menu include their signature Big Poppy, Funky Fresh, and Got Your Goat biscuit sandwiches, quiches and tomato pies. You can also bring your own biscuit – hence the gluten free – for your own unique concoction. Pair these with your favorite handcrafted beverage, including lattes, espresso, or a classic cup of joe for a hearty and filling meal. 

Hours are Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., are good times to grab a Fancy Biscuit.

“We came here before leaving Richmond after we were here for the marathon… The food was really good. The Got Your Goat was huge and delicious. It needed to be eaten with a fork and knife for how big it is. The sweet potato hash was also really tasty.” - Yelp Review

First Watch

Popular breakfast restaurant chain that offers traditional American meals.

5310 W Broad St Ste 100 | Richmond |

First Watch specializes in traditional style breakfast food that will leave your mouth watering. Although First Watch is a restaurant chain, each individual location prepares food fresh each morning, and they only use ingredients that are local and nutritious. 

Their menu consists of egg white omelets, pancakes, salads, sandwiches, fresh fruit crepes, their signature Power Wrap, and breakfast bowls. They also have vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options for those who need it. Some of their staples include the Chickichanga and classic BLTE sandwich. Their restaurant makes you feel right at home with a rustic, yet modern, take on farmhouse decor.

Open daily after dawn from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. you can grab breakfast or brunch at the optimal time. 

“They have great customer service and the scenery is very nice and gives me a modern barn in the morning like feel. Their juices are banging and the food is very good, it gives me veryyyyy middle class gourmet dish style with a laidback, modern, southern twang.” - Yelp Review


Family-owned mediterranean-style brunch restaurant.

1012 Lafayette St | Richmond |

If you’re looking more for the lunch side of brunch, Stella’s honors Rustic & Modern Greek cuisine to try. This family-owned Greek restaurant satisfies all cravings. With outdoor and indoor seating, take out, and delivery via ride-sharers, you can order anytime. Their prices are reasonable, with an average of $10 per plate. They offer cocktails, and a full-fledged menu for any time of day. The decor favors those who enjoy marble and ceramics, and stone pillars.

For those with a sweet tooth, try their baklava with orange-rosewater rosemary syrup and crushed pistachios; for more of a savory taste, try their chicken souvlaki, moussaka or the roast chicken with Greek-style seasoned potatoes. 

Although closed on Sundays, they are open Mondays through Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., closing for an hour to prepare for the dinner rush again to open at 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“We had the saganaki to start. Oh. My. Goodness. This came out flaming hot and what a cool presentation. The cheese was perfectly salty and sprinkled with lemon; just the right amount of citrus to complement the salt. Definitely share this with others in your party..” - Yelp Review


Swanky breakfast joint in the Richmond Area.

21 N 17th St | Richmond |

Located around the corner from Richmond’s main street station, Lulu's is a great place to go if you're looking for a family restaurant with plenty of variety. People are knocking down the door here with plenty of reservations so make sure to call ahead of time before stopping by to see how busy they are. With decent prices and delicious presentation, it’s no wonder tourists and locals alike are swarming the place! 

Their dishes have an authentic American style. They offer a variety of meals and events, including brunch, dinner, private parties and events (buyout), a live music venue, corporate catering, and they accept reservations. They’re open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, during prime brunch time.

“We went there for Sunday brunch. The food was amazing. You have to get the house potatoes on the side. They use a local seasoning that is made in Petersburg and incredible. It was a packed house but we still got great service. We will definitely be back!” – Yelp Review


Breakfast bar chain that exceeds your wildest expectations. 

9202 Stony Point Pkwy | Richmond | 

Though eggs are the main focus, there’s more dishes to try that exceed your wildest Eggspectations, such as pancakes, waffles, french toast, signature breakfast potatoes entrees, drinks, and more. 

Sometimes there's nothing better than having a breakfast pizza alongside a glass of wine early in the morning to do some decompressing. If this is what you're looking for, then search no further because you found the right place. With diner style decor and a classic take on brunch you'll feel right at home when you visit Richmond's location of Eggspectation. 

Open weekly on Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. all the way to 8 p.m., you can have breakfast all day long and hit up the wine bar at any time of day.

“Looking for a great brunch location with fair pricing? Definitely check this place out. I've introduced it to my friends in Virginia and they always went back for seconds.

It's primarily a brunch place. I love their breakfast foods, especially their blueberry pancake with their lemon glaze.!” - Yelp Review

Lunch or Supper 

Southern style breakfast all day long. 

1213-1215 Summit Ave | Richmond |

With a traditional southern style breakfast, what could go wrong? At least, unless you get their signature Train Wreck sandwich, that is. With a large menu and a plethora of different options, it’s no wonder that people go all throughout the day. You can order some of their staples, including Chicken and Waffles, the Double Barrel Breakfast Bowl, Fried Oysters, or their Supper French Toast serving during any time of day.

Closed on Mondays, open Tuesdays through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. for breakfast, Lunch or Supper. 

“My first time here but I really enjoyed it. The atmosphere is cool, albeit I visited early on a weekday, and the staff are great. Delicious fried oysters and crab dip. Fried chicken, shrimp and grits, all wonderful. Lots of drinks to choose from..” - Yelp Review

The Village Cafe 

A good pit stop: Dive bar and traditional American breakfast.

1001 W Grace St | Richmond |

What can be better than going to a traditional hole in the wall dive bar during your brunch escapade? If you happen upon the Village Cafe, you're in for one of the best traditional American breakfasts in the area. Their expansive menu offers an array of sandwiches and breakfast options that will leave your mouth watering. 

Guy Fieri himself recommended that people try their “killer calzones” during his pit stop. Their menu also offers pancakes, omelets, breakfast sandwiches, french toast, burgers, onion rings, fries, and other entrees. Closed on Mondays, open from Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., you can grab breakfast all day. 

“Village Cafe will always hold a special place in my heart. I've been here a lot during my VCU undergrad and they always have the best dinner food! From the sandwiches to breakfast you really can't go wrong. My favorite is the chocolate pancakes! They are the size of your head and absolutely delicious!” - Yelp Review

Salt & Forge

Gourmet sandwich, breakfast and brunch spot for takeout and dine-in.

312 N 2nd St. | Richmond |

Whether you want to order on-the-go via their food truck or from inside the restaurant for a dining experience, Salt & Forge offers plenty of gourmet breakfast and brunch options for those who want to hit the road. From biscuits and gravy to biscuit bento boxes, ham & jam, avocado toast and more, their menu is a drive by success.

With a modern-style interior design inside their restaurant, and their food truck popping up in random locations across Richmond, there’s a chance you might spot their name driving by. Their restaurant is open Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. weekly. 

“Just stop scrolling the reviews and go. You won't be sorry. Breakfast or lunch is delicious. The egg and cheese biscuit is like your favorite fast food meal on steroids. Everything is amazing. Just get going. And if you need a fast spot on your way through Richmond then place a to go order and drive in bliss.” - Yelp Review 

If you find yourself in town, think about stopping by one of these optimal locations for a quick brunch before hitting the road. Who knows, you might want to visit again just to get your taste buds flowing!


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