Top Spots in Cincinnati for Sunday Brunch (According to Locals)

Next time you’re in the mood for Sunday brunch, try the fare at these popular options!

Yummy! Toast with two poached eggs and some fresh herbs.

Ah Sunday brunch, that amazing mix of both breakfast and lunch items, meant to be enjoyed on a lazy afternoon. Brunch in Cincinnati is very popular, and not just among the Millennials or Gen Z, and restaurants have taken notice. A lot of places offer brunch on both Saturday and Sunday, and some even offer brunch fare throughout the week--but most people still prefer the fun of taking the time to enjoy a Sunday brunch. It’s a great way to wind down from the weekend, and get your week off to a good start. Regardless if you prefer savory or sweet brunch options, these places will have you coming back for more each and every week.

If you know someone who loves to try out the newest brunch spot, consider getting them an electronic GiftYa gift card to use a brunch. They can use it any one of their favorite Cincinnati brunch spots, and you can even send it over in a fun personalized message! Bon appetit!


Come and have a brunch experience like no other!

A group of friends sit on the patio during brunch at Aster
The cocktails pair perfectly with Aster’s elegant brunch options. Image courtesy of Aster. | 8 E 4th St. | Downtown

There are a lot of choices for residents of Cincinnati when it comes to brunch options, but one choice that keeps popping up among locals is Sunday brunch at Aster. This interesting place calls itself a “Social Sippery,” where people are encouraged to come together and make new friends over delicious meals and creative libations. 

If you’re stopping in for brunch you must try out their wonderfully simple grilled cheese sandwich, or choose to share a couple of smaller plates to go with your brunch cocktail instead.

“There is a combination of seating from high tops, sofas, and the bar. The drink selection was on point for brunching.” -Yelp Review

Commonwealth Bistro

An uncommonly good brunch a short distance from downtown Cincinnati

A packed restaurant filled with people brunching
Experience the fun of enjoying brunch at this lively restaurant. Image courtesy of Commonwealth Bistro. | 621 Main St. | Covington, KY

Just a hop across the Ohio River puts you in Covington, KY where brunch is taken very seriously. A great farm to table option to try here is the Commonwealth Bistro, which teams up with local farmers from Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky to bring fresh and creative seasonal menu items to their patrons. These people treat everyone like a guest in their home, and you’ll immediately feel a welcoming and homey vibe to this low key brunch spot. 

In addition to their must-try bourbon cream coffee, consider trying one of their hearty biscuit sandwiches or a delicious deep dish quiche!

“I was in brunch heaven when a group of friends came here to celebrate a birthday. The decor and set up of Commonwealth Bistro has a warmth to it that reminds me of a cozy home.” -Yelp Review

Grand Oriental Restaurant

Bring a little dim sum into your Sunday brunch experience!

A delicious table of sticky buns, dumplings, and other dim sum
Dim sum on Sunday is a great way to try a lot of Chinese menu items not typically offered! Image courtesy of Grand Oriental. | 4800 Fields Ertel Rd. | Sharonville

A great way to try something different for Sunday brunch in Cincinnati is to try out dim sum, which operates like an a la carte service--you’re seated at your table as you await carts and carts of delicious menu items that can range from the sweet to the savory. One of the best parts is that the portions are typically smaller, which means you can try more options! It’s a fun experience and many of the menu items are not typically available on Grand Oriental’s everyday menu.

You can share with your table all the different options you choose, or you can stick to your favorites until you’re full. Tea is also served along with dim sum and pairs perfectly with the Sunday selections. 

“Their dim sum option is quite extensive and freshly made from the kitchen. From time to time, they will have a few special items that get featured and bring it out separately.” -Yelp Review

The Littlefield

This cozy Northside restaurant is sure to impress you with its variety of brunch options

The fanciest egg on a stack tortillas, ever!
Stop here for brunch if you’d like to treat your tastebuds to something new. Image courtesy of Littlefields. | 3934 Spring Grove Ave. | Northside

A fun brunch spot that likes to keep the menu changing, The Littlefield could become your new favorite spot for Sunday brunch. They pride themselves on sourcing from local farms and growers, and the quality really shows up in their fresh menu options. 

Serving up New American classics, this spot also showcases local art from the Cincinnati and northern Kentucky area. Consider trying their popular smoked salmon scramble or the shrimp and grits for something a little different. Don’t forget to try one of their signature brunch cocktails as well, which tend to lean on the regional bourbon influence!

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“The Chef here at Littlefield puts out amazing dishes! The creativity and presentation of these dishes is so remarkably brilliant!” -Yelp Review

Northside Yacht Club

Come sail away into a delicious Sunday brunch!

A plate of hash with a delicious over easy egg covered in herbs and spices

Choose a brunch cocktail from one of their many options to accompany their eclectic menu of dishes. Image courtesy of the Northside Yacht Club. | 4231 Spring Grove Ave. | Northside

Don’t let the name fool you, this is not your grandfather’s yacht club! This is a fun Northside establishment known for serving up fantastic menu items no matter what time of day--whether early for brunch, or late into the evening. It’s also one of the best places in Cincinnati to catch a live show, or to sing your heart out on their popular karaoke night. 

If you’re going for brunch, you must try the famous bloody Mary, which comes with a whole plate of fixings and add-ons to make it like no other bloody Mary you’ve had before! This spot is also known for serving up perfect poutine (oui!) as well as delicious Freedom (French) toast.

“We decided to check out Northside Yacht Club! We were not disappointed. The hot mess was the right ratio of eggs and meats, extremely savory.” -Yelp Review

Red Feather Kitchen

Enjoy your favorite brunch items in this welcoming Cincinnati restaurant

Warm syrup dripping over pancakes

If you’re looking for fresh and homemade brunch specials, Red Feather will be your new go-to place. Image courtesy of Red Feather Kitchen. | 3200 Madison Rd. | Oakley

If a rustic brunch is something you’ve been wanting to try, then look no further than then the Red Feather Kitchen. As the name implies, the owners and chefs here work hard to keep sustainable relations with their suppliers, and support local businesses in the area as well. Their menu items focus on a smaller selection, but it more than makes up for it in the quality of the dishes they offer for Sunday brunch.

For brunch, you just can’t go wrong with eggs benedict that features local ham and fresh made Hollandaise sauce, or the mushroom omelet that includes three types of cheese and locally sourced mushrooms. 

“An excellent dinner spot but they really shine for brunch, for the quality of food, service and ease of making a reservation it has to be one of the best brunch spots in Cincinnati.” -Yelp Review

Taste of Belgium

Let the sweet smell of waffles guide you to this favorite brunch spot

Chicken and waffles are delicious

Whether you’re in the mood for crepes, waffles, or omelets, this favorite Cincinnati spot has you covered. Image courtesy of Taste of Belgium. | 1135 Vine St. | Over-the-Rhine

If you prefer the sweeter side of brunch, look no further than the Taste of Belgium, which has a couple of locations in the Cincinnati area. Although you can sample brunch items on their Brunch All Day menu, there’s no problem with showing up on Sunday hungry for brunch! They have quite an extensive menu of crepes, waffles, sandwiches, omelets, and galettes, which are similar to crepes. 

If you go, you have to try their Belgian chocolate and cream waffles, or the savorite pig and fig galette, which are the perfect mix of the sweet and savory. Wash it down with Belgian-inspired cocktails such as the beer-mosa or the Kahlua, cream, and espresso.

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“In my opinion, you can't go wrong with anything here, from omelettes, crepes, sandwiches and more ... just gotta save room to try one of their 'dense' fresh waffles.” -Yelp Review  

Parkside Cafe

Classic cafe serving up hot coffee and all your diner favorites

Exterior of cafe
You can’t go wrong with any of the brunch options at this local favorite. Image courtesy of Parkside Cafe. | 1026 E McMillan St. | Walnut Hills

If you’re looking for a classic diner experience where you can get all your favorite brunch items, then the Parkside Cafe is definitely worth a visit! This cute cafe has been making people happy with their amazing menu selection, and reasonable prices, for years and always seems to be packed on weekends. 

You can get almost anything off their menu, no matter what time of day it is, so go ahead and enjoy that burger at brunch, after all, it is meant to be a mix of breakfast and lunch items! Other popular Sunday brunch options are their hot coffee that’s made all day, as well as their steak and eggs, or the famous Parkside Pancakes. You won’t be disappointed!

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“So we have lived in Cincinnati most of our lives and came to the Parkside for the first time. Food was amazing.” -Yelp Review

No matter which of these top brunch spots you choose, you’re definitely going to be in for a delicious and filling meal. What are your favorite places to grab brunch in the Queen City? Let us know in the comments!

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