Whether you consider yourself more of a breakfast, lunch, or dinner person, it seems we’re all in agreement that life wouldn’t be complete without brunch! It’s that perfect tide-you-over-until-dinner meal and the best wake up call after a late Friday night out. We have put together a list of the best brunch in Phoenix that is sure to satisfy egg eaters, croissant connoisseurs, and anyone who is bonkers for bacon!
The absolute best brunch in Phoenix
Scramble is a fast-casual, kid-friendly restaurant that’s a great place to start in your search for the best brunch in Phoenix. Since Scramble is a popular Phoenix dining destination with a lot of first-come-first-served options, the earlier you get here the better. What do we recommend? Get your hands on one of Scramble’s incredible homemade cinnamon rolls topped with a giant scoop of cream cheese frosting. They’re served warm and oh-so-gooey. For a more unique experience, check out one of Scramble’s Brizzas, their signature breakfast pizzas made with hand-tossed dough, hollandaise, and toppings like smoked gouda and jalapeno cream cheese. Pizza for brunch is always a good idea in our book!
9. Snooze an A.M. Eatery
Snooze is a crowd favorite here in the desert and is always recommended as a must-brunch spot when you ask AZ locals. For all of our foodies with a sweet tooth, we have just one word for you: pancakes! Snooze has a wide variety of pancake options, including a special flavor of the day each day. Can’t pick just one? With Snooze’s Pancake Flight, you don’t have to! Select up to three flavors for a perfect, well-rounded meal (see what we did there?). For more savory-inclined eaters, Snooze’s Breakfast Sammies are simply to die for. The Sandwich I Am is built with scrambled eggs, sausage, and cheddar cheese on a salty, buttery pretzel bun. Plus, it’s served with a side of smoked cheddar hollandaise. What’s not to love?
8. Essence Bakery Cafe
Essence Bakery is serious about serving up some of the best brunch in Phoenix! This quaint little bakery features amazing, Euro-style brunch dishes that pack major flavor. One must-try is Essence Bakery’s Sausage Turnover filled with local sausage, mushrooms, and gruyere cheese. The pastry is unbelievably flaky, buttery, and perfectly complementary to the juicy sausage that’s tucked inside. The turnover is served with organic eggs and Tomato Provençale. Absolutely delicious. Chef Eugenia hand selects all of the ingredients for her dishes and pastries at Essence and it shows. The way she creates familiar flavors with a unique twist will have you coming back for more. Don’t forget to grab an almond chocolate croissant or raspberry tart on your way out!
7. La Grande Orange Grocery & Pizzeria
LGO is a restaurant that has a little bit of everything: sweet, salty, crunchy, greasy, fresh, and cheesy. For brunch, we’re obsessed with their warm homemade English muffins. LGO also starts serving pizza by 11 a.m., if you’re into that sort of thing for brunch. Their pizza is thin, crispy, full of flavor, and made fresh in front of you. Don’t forget to save room for dessert (yes, dessert after brunch is a thing)! They have a case full of baked goods and gelato! Aside from some of the best brunch in Phoenix, LGO also has a general store filled with souvenirs and cute little gifts to take home. The perfect opportunity to shop while you wait for your food!
6. Matt’s Big Breakfast
Matt’s Big Breakfast is one of those restaurants that actually lives up to the hype. Their menu features mostly standard brunch options that have been elevated to delightful new heights. You can’t go wrong here, but we really love the Belgian-Style Waffle served with thick-cut bacon. To be honest, we’re pretty much always dreaming about that bacon! Another fan favorite is The Five Spot sandwich. That sandwich is HUGE, full of flavor, and the perfect meal to put you into your afternoon coma. There are several locations throughout the Phoenix area so you can get your Matt’s fix wherever you roam.
5. Perk Eatery
Perk Eatery is an overall great brunch experience. The staff is super friendly and the service is always great. They even ask how you like your bacon (crispy please!). As for the food, Perk Eatery’s French Toast is some of the fluffiest and tastiest we’ve ever had the pleasure of sinking our teeth into. Get it filled with lemon curd and honey-whipped ricotta, then topped with fresh strawberries. It’s tangy, sweet perfection. If you are feeling something lighter, Perk has plenty of salad options that are all served with warm, freshly grilled pita bread. Get the Classic Greek Salad and add chargrilled chicken breast. It comes with their “world-famous” Goddess Pink Dressing that’s making us drool at the thought of it. Perk Eatery easily slides into our list of the best brunch in Phoenix.
4. Original Breakfast House
If you want to eat at Original Breakfast House, you better get there early, because so does the rest of Phoenix! The crowds come early and huuuungry. OBH is deeply loved in the area because they have out of this world fried chicken and San Francisco-style French Toast (aka fried). But don’t sleep on the homemade biscuits and gravy! As a side – because there can never be too much brunch – get the home fries. They’re crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and seasoned with the perfect spices. On your way out, don’t forget to grab a muffin or brioche cinnamon roll from the bakery. It’s obvious Original Breakfast House deserves a spot on our best brunch in Phoenix list!
3. Fàme Caffe
This small, cozy café can be found in the heart of Phoenix serving up classic French-inspired dishes that immediately transport you out of the desert heat and into a Parisian bistro. A signature dish of theirs that we love is the Croque Madame. A glorious ham and cheese sandwich covered in béchamel sauce and topped with an over-easy egg. It’s creamy, savory, crunchy goodness. If you prefer something sweet, we highly recommend the Frenchie Toast. “Pain perdu”-style country bread topped with berries, powdered sugar, cinnamon, and 100% whole maple syrup. Are. You. Kidding?!
2. Butters Pancakes + Cafe
Butters is here to provide anything your brunch-loving stomach desires. They are known for their light and fluffy pancakes, which you can keep simple and top with maple syrup, or get creative with Chocolate Chip, Banana Cream Pie, Berry Bliss, Oreo Smores, or (our personal favorite) Cinnamon Roll flavors. Butters isn’t just for pancakes though. Their brunch menu offers delicious sandwiches, salads, and juicy burgers that don’t get the attention they deserve. They are phenomenal and come with fries that have just the right amount of saltiness and crunch. Though they have a huge menu, Butters puts effort into every single dish they serve, making it some of the absolute best brunch in Phoenix.
1. The Henry
The Henry is a quaint, chic restaurant serving up the very best brunch in Phoenix. Though the ambiance, complete with plenty of greenery and a cozy fireplace, is what dreams are made of, it’s not what you’re here for. You truly cannot go wrong at The Henry – there are delicious options for even the pickiest eaters in your crew. Try the Chicken Fried Chicken served with homemade biscuits and gravy for a comforting classic. We also obsess over the Quinoa Breakfast Burrito, because anything wrapped in a tortilla is a win in our book. While you wait for your food, order a Brown Butter Salted Caramel Roll, because YUM.