100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America

100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America

In celebration of Mother’s Day, the most popular day to dine out for brunch, OpenTable today unveiled the 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

From restaurants serving traditional dishes and lavish buffets to those making fried chicken and waffles and plant-forward fare synonymous with brunch, the complete list features winning restaurants in 26 states and Washington, D.C., and includes Balthazar in New York, Gracias Madre in West Hollywood, and Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in Miami Beach. New York, arguably the birthplace of brunch as we have come to know and love it, comes out on top with 20 winning restaurants, followed by California with 16, Maryland with nine and Illinois with six. Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. boast five apiece, while North Carolina and Texas have four each. Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Virginia all have three winners, and Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, and Oregon have two each. Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington state are also represented.
American fare, which is closely associated with local farm-to-table ingredients, is extremely popular at the winning restaurants, as are French and seafood-driven menus. However, a variety of cuisines are present including dim sum, Creole, Hawaiian, Latin/Spanish, Low Country, Mexican, and vegetarian.

“Brunch is a delicious way to savor the day on Mother’s Day or any weekend,” said OpenTable Chief Dining Officer, Caroline Potter. “Whether it’s for diners seeking kid-friendly food for their families or a fun, relaxing meal with friends, restaurants are putting out some of their most sublime creations during the day, and more and more, we’re seeing seasonal and on-trend ingredients making their way into mouthwatering brunch dishes and refreshing daytime cocktails.”

The 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America list is generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then sorted according to a score calculated from each restaurant’s average rating in the “brunch” category.

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America according to OpenTable diners.

2016 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America

ACQUA – Forest Lake, Minnesota
Atchafalaya – New Orleans, Louisiana
Balthazar – New York, New York
Beachcomber Cafe – Crystal Cove – Newport Coast California
Beatrix-River North – Chicago, Illinois
Beehive – Boston, Massachusetts
Big Jones – Chicago, Illinois
Blend on the Water – Long Island City, New York
Brennan’s – New Orleans, Louisiana
Brennan’s of Houston – Houston, Texas
Bristol Seafood Grill – Creve Coeur, Missouri
Bristol Seafood Grill – Leawood, Kansas
Brunch – Chicago, Illinois
Café Luxembourg – New York, New York
Café Modern – Fort Worth, Texas
Café Monte – Charlotte, North Carolina
Central Park Boathouse – New York, New York
Cheever’s Café – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Chez Zee – Austin, Texas
City Café – Baltimore, Maryland
The Clubhouse – Oak Brook, Illinois
Clyde’s of Chevy Chase – Chevy Chase, Maryland
Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm – Ashburn, Virginia
Cookshop – New York, New York
Corner Kitchen – Asheville, North Carolina
The Dead Fish – Crockett, California
Deerpark Restaurant-Biltmore Estate– Asheville, North Carolina
El Chorro – Paradise Valley, Arizona
Farm & Table – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Farmers Fishers Bakers – Washington, D.C.
Fat Hen – Johns Island, South Carolina
The Food Market – Baltimore, Maryland
Founding Farmers-DC – Washington, D.C.
Founding Farmers-Montgomery County – Potomac, Maryland
Founding Farmers-Tysons – Tysons Corner, Virginia
Gaslight – Boston, Massachusetts
Geoffrey’s Restaurant – Malibu, California
Georgia Brown’s – Washington, D.C.
Gertrude’s – Baltimore, Maryland
Gracias Madre – West Hollywood, California
Grand Concourse – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Great Maple – San Diego, California
Greens Restaurant – San Francisco, California
Hau Tree Lanai – Honolulu, Hawaii
Iron Rooster – Annapolis, Maryland
The Ivy – West Hollywood, California
Jane – New York, New York
Laduree SOHO – New York, New York
Lafayette – New York, New York
Lake Elmo Inn – Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Las Brisas – Laguna Beach, California
Le Diplomate – Washington, D.C.
The Liberty Tavern – Arlington, Virginia
Linger – Denver, Colorado
Little Goat – Chicago, Illinois
LuLu California Bistro – Palm Springs, California
The Majestic Yosemite Hotel – Yosemite Village, California
Marseille – New York, New York
MAX’s Wine Dive Houston-Washington Ave. – Houston, Texas
Meriwether’s Restaurant & Skyline Farm – Portland, Oregon
Oxford Exchange – Tampa, Florida
Parc – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Perch LA – Los Angeles, California
Pier W – Cleveland, Ohio
Poor Calvin’s – Atlanta, Georgia
Print Works Bistro – Greensboro, North Carolina
Queen Mary Champagne Sunday Brunch – Los Angeles, California
The Rainbow Room – New York, New York
Ray’s on the River – Sandy Springs, Georgia
Relish – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus – San Francisco, California
Rue 57 – New York, New York
Rusty Scupper – Baltimore, Maryland
Salty’s on Alki Beach – Seattle, Washington
Salty’s on the Columbia – Portland, Oregon
Sarabeth’s Central Park South – New York, New York
Sarabeth’s Park Avenue South – New York, New York
Sarabeth’s TriBeCa – New York, New York
South City Kitchen Midtown – Atlanta, Georgia
The Southern – Nashville, Tennessee
Spencer’s Restaurant – Palm Springs, California
The Smith-East Village – New York, New York
The Smith-Lincoln Square – New York, New York
The Smith-Midtown – New York, New York
Summer House Santa Monica – Chicago, Illinois
The Standard Grill – New York, New York
Sundy House – Delray Beach, Florida
Tabard Inn – Washington, D.C.
Tavern on the Green – New York, New York
Terrain Garden Café – Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
Tower Oaks Lodge – Rockville, Maryland
Town – San Carlos, California
Webster House – Kansas City, Missouri
White Dog Café – Wayne, Pennsylvania
Willa Jean – New Orleans, Louisiana
Woodberry Kitchen – Baltimore, Maryland
X20 Xaviars on the Hudson – Yonkers, New York
Yank Sing-Rincon Center – San Francisco, California
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar – Miami Beach, Florida
Zingerman’s Roadhouse – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Diners can also read more about the 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America for 2016 by visiting the OpenTable Blog.