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5/25/21

Brunch is Always a Good Idea

Explore our guide of the best brunch spots you'll find in downtown Richmond!

Updated with COVID-19 information as of May 2021

1. Godfrey's

COVID-19 Update: All events have limited seating with social distancing guidelines strictly enforced. Temperature checks and mask required to enter. We are following all social distancing and health guidelines to make sure we can party safely.

Godfrey’s is not your ordinary brunch setting. Located at 308 E. Grace Street, Godfrey’s is home to Richmond’s favorite drag brunch filled with entertainment and great food. For many years, the entertainers at Godfrey’s have created the most electric and energetic brunch scene Richmond will ever experience. Perfect for any birthday or celebratory event, Godfrey’s will exceed anyone’s expectations. Enjoy brunch beverages and banana-stuffed French toast while entertainers perform to your favorite female vocalists of all-time. The 18-and-up venue offers showtimes starting at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, but don’t forget to make a reservation because spots fill up quick.

2. Saison Market

COVID-19 Update: Saison Market is open for in-store pick-up, delivery and offers limited, outdoor seating

Saison Market is the perfect casual cafe for everyone's lazy Sunday plans. Dine-in for a relaxed and delicious brunch hosted by Saison Market every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. Their menu selection includes their prized fried chicken biscuit and the ultimate breakfast burrito filled with eggs, potatoes, cheddar, black beans, red bell, salsa verde, and cilantro. Saison Market also includes a boutique wine and craft beer bottle shop, espresso bar, and full cocktail bar. The market is located in Historic Jackson Ward at 323 N. Adams Street and has created a gathering place for the community in the area. Take a walk around the neighborhood after brunch at Saison Market and experience the mix of shops and art galleries that surround the market.

3. LuLu's

COVID-19 Update: LuLu's is open for dine-in brunch Tuesday-Sunday from 9AM-3PM and also offers delivery and take-out.

Shockoe Bottom is home to one of downtown Richmond’s favorite brunch spots, LuLu’s. This industrial spot, located adjacent to 17th Street Market at 21 N. 17th Street, has become an instant hit on weekend mornings. LuLu’s offers some of the best Southern brunch food in downtown. From the Shockoe Bottom Florentine to their popular red velvet waffles, there's always a mouth-watering option to enjoy. Complement any entree with a brunch beverage like a bacon Bloody Mary or a Brazilian mimosa. The restaurant is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays and reservations can be made online at Opentable for up to 8 people.

4. Capitol Waffle Shop

COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in, take-out and delivery

With Capitol Waffle Shop, the combination of tastes are endless. Brunch is available here every day until 2 a.m. with $5 mimosas offered all day and a never-ending assortment of waffles. Their menu includes a variety of sweet and savory signature waffles, like their Brunch Waffle that is topped with scrambled eggs, queso, bacon, chorizo, and arugula. The restaurant also offers you the option to build-your-own waffle, allowing each customer to satisfy any and every craving. To top it off, every item on the menu is under $10, offering vegan options to accomodate every patron’s needs. Capitol Waffle Shop is located in the City Center section of downtown at 1110 E. Main Street and is open every day of the week.

5. Bar Solita

COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in, take-out and delivery

One of Broad Street's newest additions, Bar Solita, has elevated the downtown Richmond brunch scene to a new level. Known for their woodfire pizza oven and creative cocktails, Bar Solita has become the perfect weekend spot for any group. The restaurant includes a Mediterranean-inspired menu featuring tastes from Italy, France, Greece, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. Their “Flamingo Brunch” starts at 10 a.m. on weekends and feature breakfast empanadas, Mediterranean omelets, and crepes. Enjoy a Flamingo “extravagance” cocktail served in a ceramic flamingo, or the seasonal mimosa flight that can complete any brunch. Reserve a table at Opentable and bask in the Mediterranean paradise that is Bar Solita. Located next to the Quirk Hotel at 123 W. Broad Street, Bar Solita is the perfect place to start your day downtown.

6. Perly's

COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in and curbside pick-up

Experience Richmond’s favorite Jewish deli, Perly’s, located at 111 E. Grace Street. Listed as the “Best Brunch Spot in Virginia” by Refinery29, Perly’s is a must-eat spot you need to try. Some of their most popular brunch items include their corned beef hash topped with two eggs and Russian hollandaise and the cinnamon babka French toast topped with maple syrup, apples, raisins, and pecans. The restaurant is decorated with vintage photos that give it the retro vibe that has helped to establish it as a neighborhood spot. Perly’s is open for brunch at 8 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, but make sure to get there early for the perfect brunch experience.

Millie's Diner

7. Millie's Diner

COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in, take-out and delivery

If you ask any local Richmonder, Millie's is a must-have. Their most popular dish, the Devil's Mess, is an open-faced omelette with curry-style spices, sausage, eggs and tomatoes, topped with melted cheese and garnished with avocado and accompanied by their spicy home fries and a flourish of Sriracha. With patio dining, vegetarian options, and a long-standing history in downtown Richmond, Millie's Diner is an iconic choice for brunch.

8. Lillie Pearl

COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in, take-out and delivery

Lillie Pearl is the newest restaurant on our list of places to brunch in RVA. Their Sunday Funday Brunch features Cheddar Biscuits with honey butter and housemade jam, Peach Cobbler French Toast and more. Nestled along Grace Street, you can find Lillie Pearl at 416 E. Grace Street where they offer southern comfort and patio seating. Brunch is only offered on Sundays from 11AM to 2:30 PM. Reservations are highly recommended and all guests have 2 hours to dine at Lillie Pearl.

9. 521 Biscuits & Waffles

COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in, take-out and delivery

521 Biscuit & Waffles is RVA's go-to gluten-free choice for all things brunch. This family-owned spot can be found at 521 E. Main Street and offers familiar favorites like buttermilk biscuits, blueberry pancakes, fresh-squeezed OJ and more. You can rest easy knowing that 521 is a gluten-free facility offering quality food and a family atmosphere.

10. Salt & Forge

COVID-19 Update: Open for take-out and delivery. Indoor dining coming soon, stay tuned.

Salt & Forge's gourmet and handmade breakfast sandwiches are guaranteed to leave you feeling satisfied. From the classic Chicken Biscuit to the bolder Breakfast Croque Monsieur, all served with a side of fruit. Their breakfast menu is served weekdays until 10:30AM and weekends until 2PM. You can find this Jackson Ward spot on 2nd Street at 312 N. 2nd Street.

11. Maple Bourbon

COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in, take-out and delivery

Maple Bourbon's specialty is serving up southern hospitality. Their weekend brunch menu has it all: breakfast plates, five different mimosa flavors, a kids menu and much more! Maple Bourbon offers two housemade syrups: Maple Bourbon Syrup and Brown Sugar Butter Syrup to help you sop up their signature waffles. Located on Main Street in the heart of downtown's City Center, you can find Maple Bourbon at 1116 E. Main Street.

12. SWITCH

COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in and take-out

Downtown's only rotating pop-up bar, SWITCH is now offering RVA's biggest (and longest) brunch party! Every Saturday enjoy Saturday Brunch Live from 12-5PM and for $20 you'll receive your choice of entree and a side. Cajun Shrimp N' Grits, Avocado Toast, Biscuits & Gravy and more are on SWITCH's brunch menu. As for drinks, SWITCH boasts Richmond's largest brunch drink program, offering mimosa towers, loaded Bloody Marys and a Build-Your-Own Spiked Hot Chocolate Bar. SWITCH can be found in the Arts District along Broad Street at 13 W. Broad Street. Reservations are required and can be made here.

13. Urban Farmhouse

COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in, take-out and delivery

Urban Farmhouse is a long-standing breakfast staple in Shockoe Slip. This sunny cafe can be found along the cobblestones at 1217 E. Cary Street. Their Farmhouse Brunch happens every Saturday and Sunday from 9AM to 2PM and features Egg Scramblers, Fruits of the Farm bowls, Farmhouse Mimosas and more. Enjoy a beautiful day downtown and start your morning off right and in the heart of the Slip.

14. The Speakeasy Grill

COVID-19 Update: Open for dine-in and take-out

The Speakeasy Grill offers Saturday and Sunday Brunch from 11AM to 3PM at 526 N. 2nd Street in the Historic Jackson Ward neighborhood. Their brunch classics range from an Eastern Shore Crab Omelet and BEC Burger to their Famous Yardbird & Waffle. If you're interested in making your brunch boozy, make sure to check out their selection of moonshine cocktails.

15. Jefferson Hotel

COVID-19 Update: Sunday Champagne Brunch at The Jefferson is suspended until 2022, but offering Brunch @ Home Weekend Brunch Boxes!

While Sunday Champagne Brunch has been put on pause, the Jefferson's talented brunch team has created a comforting Brunch @ Home box featuring some of your favorite Sunday Brunch at The Jefferson dishes that are perfect for reheating and enjoying at home. Experience one of Richmond’s favorite traditions, Sunday Champagne Brunch at The Jefferson Hotel. Every weekend, the Sunday Brunch tradition is hosted in the Rotunda lobby with a smorgasbord of foods to choose from, live music from a jazz trio, and the pleasure of guests’ company. The chef uses seasonal ingredients for brunch which creates a rotation of new dishes that are served for every occasion. From poached egg specialty options to beautifully selected seafood and meat entrees, the hotel provides a variety of culinary options throughout the event. The cost of the elaborate and epic Sunday Champagne Brunch is $45 throughout the year and $65 during holidays, but reservations fill up fast, so plan in advance to get the most out of your Sunday at The Jefferson, located at 101 W. Franklin Street.

16. Lucy's

COVID-19 Update: Lucy's is closed until further notice.

Take a trip to Lucy’s, located at 404 N. 2nd Street in the Historic Jackson Ward Neighborhood, for your weekend brunch plans. This cozy and delicate restaurant is the perfect brunch spot with offerings like their signature bacon donut holes and garlic and veggie cream cheese crostinis for only $4 each. Their house-made biscuits and Witte’s Huevos that sit on a mix of beans and edamame show off the restaurant’s creative (and appetizing) abilities. Lucy’s has become a destination for the community since 2014 and always offers a welcoming environment. Brunch starts at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, but get there quick because their cozy space fills up fast!

Explore all of downtown's restaurants via our map here!