Updated with COVID-19 information as of October 2020.
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.
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.
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.
With Capitol Waffle Shop, the combination of tastes are endless. Brunch is available here every day at any time until 2 a.m. with $5 mimosas 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 everyone individual’s needs. Capitol Waffle Shop is located downtown at 1110 E. Main Street and is open every day of the week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Hannah is an intern at Venture Richmond & senior at VCU studying Public Relations.