Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Brunch restaurants in Long Island and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Polo Restaurant thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Fresco Crêperie & Cafe, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Brunch.

Known primarily as a bar, Painters' of Bellport also garners a loyal following for Sunday brunch (served until 3pm). Step inside, and the first thing to leap out is an extensive collection of original art, much of it for sale — after all, as the name suggests, Painters' is a gallery for regional artists. As for cuisine, in keeping with the creativity on display in the dining room, the kitchen thrills with a wide range of dishes, including huevos rancheros, eggs Florentine, cooked-to-order omelets, and steak and eggs. (631-286-6264)

Café Joelle
Versatile and creative, this comfortable eatery in the seaside hamlet of Sayville is a popular place to meet up with friends for homemade dishes, morning and afternoon. Indeed, owner-chef Steve Sands' innovative fare never fails to hit its mark, thanks to lunch delights like seafood and ricotta-stuffed ravioli with shrimp sauce and sinful brunch fare like seafood crêpes, the quiche of the day (always a tasty adventure!), and eggs benedict Joelle with filet mignon. (631-589-4600)

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Louis XVI
One of LI's most highly acclaimed restaurants, Louis XVI boasts a waitstaff dressed to the nines, opulent decor reminiscent of a French palace, and breathtaking views of the Great South Bay. First courses include canape of sautéed duck foie gras and hand-cut yellow fin tartare; main courses range from roasted, farm-raised Moulard duck breast with black truffle mashed potatoes to Wellington of venison with wild mushroom duxelles and morel sauce. A prix fixe Sunday brunch offers an array of tempting delicacies from brioche French toast to braised pulled suckling pig. Reservations are a must. (631-654-8970)

Cooperage Inn
Sunday dining is taken to the next level at this Baiting Hollow charmer, where Wine Region locals gather for mimosas, Bloody Marys, and a buffet brunch for the ages. Great care was taken to create an environment that recaptures the old-fashioned country grace that once marked this area of LI. Of course, the true measure of a restaurant is its cuisine, and regulars deem Cooperage's brunch feast as nothing short of sublime. It includes eggs benedict, homemade Belgian waffles, fresh-baked muffins, omelet and carving stations, pastas, and seasonal fruit. Reservations are a must. (631-727-8994)

Polo Restaurant
Signature restaurant of one of Long Island's more respected hotels, Polo gets high marks for its contemporary American cuisine and elegant, almost regal setting. Dark wood accents, original artwork, and silk-covered walls give the main dining room timeless elegance, and each table is smartly appointed with white linens and fresh-cut flowers. Sunday brunch at the Polo is a sophisticated affair, featuring stations for sushi, omelets, carved meats, and pastas, as well as fresh seasonal fruit, artisanal cheeses, cold salads, and pastries. Reservations are strongly encouraged. (516-877-9352, 877-549-0400)

Fresco Crêperie & Cafe
Long Beach denizens count themselves lucky to have this charming crêperie, where folks enjoy homemade "French pancakes" throughout the day. Stuffed with just about anything you can fathom — sausage, cheese, spinach, smoked salmon, cinnamon apples, tomatoes, and pepperoni — Fresco's crêpes are as versatile as they are scrumptious. What's more, Franco-inspired decor, contemporary but casual, provides the perfect environment for relaxing with a good cup of coffee or a glass of fine wine and chatting with close friends. (516-897-8097)

The Palm Court at The Carltun
Acclaimed by national publications — "Newsweek," "Wine Spectator," and the "New York Times" among them — the Carltun's elegant Palm Court restaurant takes opulence and luxury to a completely new level. The main dining room seems to have been taken from a Fitzgerald novel: French fabric panels, ornate light fixtures, and legendary "flying monkeys" (oil paintings adorning ceiling panels). In fact, aesthetics are bested only by cuisine, and Sunday brunch earns particular attention, with its complimentary Mimosas and Bloody Marys and impressive, four-course affair. Reservations are a must. (516-542-0700)

75 Main
Located on Main Street, this bistro-like space, lined with cozy banquettes and intimate cafe tables, provides a delightful atmosphere for cocktails and conversation. What's more, the highly regarded kitchen staff concocts enviable New American dishes, and the raw bar serves up some tempting bites. (631-283-7575)

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Cuisine: American, Continental
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Cuisine: Continental, European, French
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Cuisine: American, Continental
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Cuisine: American, New American
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Cuisine: European, French
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