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1/10/23

Let's Do Brunch in Downtown Richmond

Find the best place for brunch in Richmond with our guide to downtown RVA's favorite brunch spots!

Best Places for Brunch in Downtown Richmond

1. 521 Biscuits & Waffles

521 E. Main Street

521 Biscuit & Waffles is RVA's go-to gluten-free stop for all things brunch. This family-owned spot can be found on Main Street in Monroe Ward 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.

Brunch Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 AM-11 AM | Saturday-Sunday, 8 AM-1 PM

Best Places for Brunch in Downtown Richmond

2. Bar Solita

123 W. Broad Street

Along Broad Street in the Arts District, Bar Solita has elevated the downtown Richmond brunch scene to a new level. The restaurant serves a Mediterranean-inspired menu featuring cuisines from Italy, France, Greece, Northern Africa and the Middle East. Their Flamingo Brunch features 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.

Brunch Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 10 AM-3 PM

Best Places for Brunch in Downtown Richmond

3. Capital Ale House

623 E. Main Street

When it’s not serving as downtown Richmond’s craft beer destination, Capital Ale House in the Financial District offers a regular brunch menu and an all-inclusive $25 brunch special where you can choose from up to 3 different cocktails ranging from 10 oz. beer pours to a classic mimosa or Bloody Mary with your choice of entrée.

Brunch Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 10 AM-3 PM

Best Places for Brunch in Downtown Richmond

4. Capitol Waffle Shop

1110 E. Main Street

With Capitol Waffle Shop, the combination of tastes are endless. The 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 and each one pairs perfectly with a $5 mimosa! The Financial District 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 all needs.

Brunch Hours: Monday-Tuesday, 9 AM-2 PM | Wednesday-Sunday, 9 AM-3 PM

Best Places for Brunch in Downtown Richmond

5. Godfrey's

308 E. Grace Street

Godfrey’s is not your ordinary Sunday brunch. Located in Monroe Ward, Godfrey’s is home to Richmond’s favorite drag brunch giving you live performances and brunch cocktails. For over 20 years, the entertainers at Godfrey’s have created the most electric and energetic brunch scene Richmond has to offer. Enjoy brunch beverages and banana-stuffed French toast while entertainers perform to your favorite diva vocalists of all-time. Plan ahead and make your reservations, seats fill up quick!

Brunch Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 11 AM & 2 PM

6. Henley on Grace

314 E. Grace Street

Henley on Grace, a wine bar in Monroe Ward, may be known for its collection of 100+ wines, but its brunch menu is nothing short of spectacular. With delicious offerings like garden fresh salads, sandwiches and egg-based entrees in a relaxed atmosphere, Henley on Grace makes the perfect low key Sunday brunch stop.

Brunch Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 10:30 AM-2 PM

Best Places for Brunch in Downtown Richmond

7. Hotel Greene

508 E. Franklin Street

Have you ever wanted your brunch with a side of mini-golf? Hotel Greene is the place for you. Their Brunch on The Links is only $20 and comes with your choice of entrée, coffee or tea and a round of mini-golf on their one-of-a-kind "highfalutin'" course in Monroe Ward.

Brunch Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 10 AM-2 PM

Best Places for Brunch in Downtown Richmond

8. Jefferson Hotel

101 W. Franklin Street

Every weekend, the Sunday Brunch tradition is hosted in the Rotunda lobby of the Jefferson Hotel in Monroe Ward with a smorgasbord of foods and live music from a jazz trio. The chef uses seasonal ingredients which create 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 meal.

Brunch Hours: Sunday, 10:30 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM & 1:30PM

Best Places for Brunch in Downtown Richmond

9. Lillie Pearl

416 E. Grace Street

With its offerings of West African and Southern-inspired dishes, Lillie Pearl has quickly become a fast favorite for RVA. Sunday Funday Brunch features Cheddar Biscuits with honey butter and housemade jam, Peach Cobbler French Toast and more! Nestled along Grace Street in Monroe Ward, you can find Lillie Pearl's delicious dishes, southern comfort and patio seating. Brunch reservations are highly recommended and all guests have 2 hours to dine at Lillie Pearl.

Brunch Hours: Sunday, 11 AM-2:30 PM

Best Places for Brunch in Downtown Richmond

10. The Lobby Bar

201 W. Broad Street

Located within Quirk Hotel in the Arts District, The Lobby Bar will add the perfect amount of whimsy with their indulgent brunch that features rustic and Mediterranean flavors with dishes like Spanakopita Frittata, desserts like baklava and drinks like bellinis.

Brunch Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 10:30 AM-2 PM

Best Places for Brunch in Downtown Richmond

11. LuLu's

21 N. 17th Street

Shockoe Bottom is home to one of downtown Richmond’s favorite brunch spots, LuLu’s. This industrial spot, located adjacent to 17th Street Market, has become an instant hit on weekend mornings in downtown Richmond. From the Shockoe Bottom Florentine to their popular red velvet waffles, there's no shortage of mouth-watering options to enjoy. Don't forget to complement any entree with a boozy brunch beverage like a bacon Bloody Mary or a Brazilian mimosa.

Brunch Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 9 AM-3 PM

Best Places for Brunch in Downtown Richmond

12. Maple Bourbon

1116 E. Main Street

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 Financial District, you'll find nothing short of delicous at Maple Bourbon.

Brunch Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM

Best Places for Brunch in Downtown Richmond

13. Millie's Diner

2603 E. Main Street

If you ask any local Richmonder, Millie's is a must-have for brunch. 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 hit of Sriracha. With patio dining, vegetarian options and a long-standing history in downtown Richmond, Millie's Diner is an iconic choice for brunch.

Brunch Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 9 AM-3 PM

Best Places for Brunch in Downtown Richmond

14. Parterre

100 E. Franklin Street

Located within Monroe Ward's Linden Row Inn, Parterre brings you elevated versions of classic brunch dishes like fried oyster eggs benedict, beignets and brunch cocktails. Combining an appreciation of Richmond’s history with a love of good food, drink, and conversation, Parterre's quaint space with a relaxed atmosphere is the perfect addition to your brunch line up.

Brunch Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 9 AM-2 PM

Best Places for Brunch in Downtown Richmond

15. Perly's

111 E. Grace Street

Experience Richmond’s favorite Jewish deli, Perly’s, located along Grace Street in the Monroe Ward neighborhood. Listed as the “Best Brunch Spot in Virginia” by Refinery29, Perly’s is a must-eat spot when you make the trip to downtown Richmond. 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 adorned with vintage photos that give it the retro vibe that has helped to establish it as a familiar favorite and Richmond staple.

Brunch Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 8 AM-3 PM

Best Places for Brunch in Downtown Richmond

16. The Riviere

506 W. Broad Street

Looking for a weekday and an all-day brunch option? The Riviere in the Arts District has got you covered with their selection of breakfast sandwiches, buildable make-your-own breakfast option and more. The Riviere is known for its infamous food and cocktails that are known to provide an experience of a lifetime.

Brunch Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 11 AM-3 PM | Saturday, 11 AM-4 PM (reservations required) | Sunday, 11 AM-6 PM (reservations required)

Best Places for Brunch in Downtown Richmond

17. Siné Irish Pub

1327 E. Cary Street

Siné Irish Pub in Shockoe Slip will have you feeling like a pot of gold with their $1 mimosas, eggs benedict offerings and range of classic brunch sides. Brunch is served both inside their cozy pub and outside on their open-air patio.

Brunch Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 11 AM-3 PM

Best Places for Brunch in Downtown Richmond

18. The Speakeasy Grill

526 N. 2nd Street

Located next to the Hippodrome Theater in the Historic Jackson Ward neighborhood, The Speakeasy Grill offers delicious weekend brunch. 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 a bit more boozy, make sure to check out their selection of moonshine cocktails and mo-tinis.

Brunch Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 11 AM-3 PM

19. Tarrant's Cafe

Remember the comfort of going to your mom's or grandmom’s house for Sunday brunch? While no one can ever quite cook like them, Tarrant’s Downtown will blow your mind with their large array of homestyle comfort foods packed with flavors that will take you back to your childhood. Located in Downtown Richmond's Art District, Tarrant's is convienantly accessible to many area attractions and VCU's Monroe Park Campus.

Brunch Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 10 AM-3 PM

Best Places for Brunch in Downtown Richmond

20. Urban Farmhouse Market & Café

1217 E. Cary Street

Urban Farmhouse is a long-standing breakfast spot and sunny café that can be found along the cobblestones in Shockoe Slip. The Farmhouse Brunch features Egg Scramblers, Fruits of the Farm bowls, Farmhouse Mimosas and more! If you're looking to dine solo, Urban Farmhouse is a great choice to enjoy a beautiful day downtown and start your morning off in the heart of the Slip.

Brunch Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 9 AM-2 PM