Best Brunch in Portland

10Best restaurants for brunch in Portland, Oregon

Brunch tends to be many Portlanders favorite meal of the day and somewhat of an event, so it's no surprise that there is a wide assortment of restaurants to chose from in Portland, Oregon. From upscale establishments to the neighborhood cafes there is one thing each of these of in common and it is an excellent brunch.

No two eateries are alike on our list. They all have their own vibe and special spin on brunch. Jam, for example, makes their own jam and is vegan-friendly. La Petite Provence is half-French bakery and half quaint cafe. Little Griddle is the eggs Benedict master. Harlow is ideal for vegetarians. Canard has a fun bar overlooking the kitchen where you can watch them prepare food over a unique cocktail. Screen Door has legendary chicken and waffles. 

No matter where you brunch, we hope you enjoy sleeping in and partaking at one of the places on our list!


Jam on Hawthorne is known for delicious breakfast served in huge portions, lunch on weekdays, and exceptional cocktails from our full bar. At Jam, you can enjoy breakfast plates like Wild Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict or lemon ricotta pancakes. Many of their offerings are vegetarian or vegan including their gravy and sausage. Jam features a full bar, so you enjoy a specialty mimosa, an original bloody Mary's, or a Steve McQueen" made with Bulleit, peach purée, cranberry, and topped with soda. For kids, there is a kid menu as well as a nice size play area including a chalkboard.

Recommended for Brunch because: Jam on Hawthorne is the ultimate breakfast/brunch destination in Portland.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure and find out what the special of the day is, it's usually something creative!

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Harlow is a vegetarian restaurant in the Hawthorne district that even meat lovers will enjoy. They pride themselves on providing fresh conscious gluten-free cuisine. For those that are strictly vegan, you will find lots of choices here. They offer a variety of juices and smoothies in addition to their many food options. Food creations like the Mercy Blues, a bed of steamed kale topped with garlic herb polenta, black beans, corn, slow-roasted tomatoes, chipotle cashew hollandaise and scallions and their jack fruit rancheros have people coming back for more. Harlow happens to be the sister restaurant to Prasad, another popular vegetarian restaurant in Portland.

Recommended for Brunch because: Harlow is a fantastic place for a vegetarian or vegan brunch.

Meagan's expert tip: Try the Mercy Blues: a bed of steamed kale topped with garlic herb polenta, black beans, corn, slow-roasted tomatoes, chipotle cashew hollandaise and scallions.

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Alphabet District

Comfortable and easygoing, this neighborhood cafe makes for a great destination any time of day. Even so, it's well-known for its breakfast fare, and you may wait in line for the privilege of sampling the eggs, Benedict. A wealth of great options makes sure any diner is pleased, and you can't go wrong with a plate of airy pancakes or a plentiful helping of scrambled eggs, studded with luscious morsels of whatever's fresh that day. Regular specials also make good alternatives. Besaw's simply offers good food in a great atmosphere.

Recommended for Brunch because: Besaw's serves breakfast 7 days a week from early morning until 3 PM.

Meagan's expert tip: Before you decide to share a plate remember that Besaw's charges a $2 fee for sharing an entree.

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Canard is a cozy French bistro open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. The dishes are on the small side, so plan to order a few things to share. If you are unsure what to try, consider the French toast made with Cadillac oranges, walnuts, and créme Anglaise, it's divine. No matter what you decided to order be sure to pair it with a side of breakfast potatoes loaded with chorizo, manchego, and green onion. They offer happy hour twice a day from 4 to 5 p.m. and from 10 p.m. to midnight. During that time, expect various discounts like half-off oysters and $5 aperitifs.

Recommended for Brunch because: Canard is a delightful place to grab brunch with a friend.

Meagan's expert tip: Canard does not take reservations, but there is typically no wait.

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Northeast Portland

Warm cheese brioche and light, airy croissants with homemade berry jam? Oui. Superb salmon hash drizzled with fresh lemon dill sauce? Oui, oui! This charming French boulangerie offers a mouthwatering array of buttery pastries as well as delectable dishes for every meal, although brunch is particularly popular. Elegant yet inviting, the family-friendly bakery delights with cheerful service, wonderful coffee, grapefruit mimosas and exquisite dishes like the mouthwatering Meurette Benedict with roasted potatoes and butternut squash. They offer a variety of small plates during lunchtime for $4 - $7 each. It's almost like French tapas. They have indoor and outdoor seating, making it a great place to go on a sunny day.

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Northeast Portland

Little Griddle is a hidden gem in North East Portland open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week. They offer a variety of eggs Benedict like their savory huevos benedictos and the hearty country Benedict. Their biscuit sandwiches are just as good too. They have a variety of egg sandwiches available with pork, fried chicken, or bacon. You can wash it down with a standard cup of coffee or a cocktail. Vegetarians will appreciate options like polenta bowls, shakshuka, pancakes, and a seasonal, and fruit-stuffed breakfast salad. If you have a large group make sure they can accommodate you before heading that way because their space is quite small.

Recommended for Brunch because: Little Griddle is dishing up amazing breakfast every day of the week.

Meagan's expert tip: If you enjoy Eggs Benedict this place is a must-visit, because of the variety of Benedicts offered.

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Northeast Portland

Hunnymilk is a phenomenal breakfast restauarant. For one flat price of $20, you get a drink, one savory item, and one sweet item. Drink options include teas, coffee, hot chocolates, and juices. The chef loves sugar and that shines through in the sweet selections like the vanilla bean crepe with lemon-orange curd, whipped ricotta cream, almond shortbread and astronaut strawberries or the gingerbread waffle dipped in honey butter with malted milk mousse, brûléed bananas and cocoa drizzle. Savory selections are just as good with choices like crispy pork ribs with cheesy garlic grits, soft egg, and avocado topped with chimichurri sauce.

Recommended for Brunch because: Hunnymilk is one of the best places for brunch in Portland, Oregon when you are craving something sweet and something savory.

Meagan's expert tip: Hunnymilk now has multiple locations, including some that are open every day! This particular location is only open on weekends.

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Walking into this bright, cheerful bistro, patrons are greeted by the mouthwatering aromas of mom-approved comfort foods. Created by chef and mother Lisa Schroeder to showcase authentic cooking from moms around the world, Mother's Bistro proves that if there's one meal mothers do best, it's breakfast. Patrons sip stellar French press coffee before diving into made-from-scratch biscuits and gravy, creamy wild salmon hash, fabulous cornflake-crusted French toast and thick Belgian waffles topped with fresh fruit. Don't be surprised if there is a wait. Mother's is considered by locals to be the place to take out of town guests for breakfast.

Recommended for Brunch because: Mother's Bistro & Bar is the go-to place for brunch in Portland.

Meagan's expert tip: If you have a large party make a reservation ahead of time. They take a few reservations each day by phone.

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North Portland

Gravy is cranking out killer breakfast every day all day long in North Portland on Historic Mississippi Avenue. The vibe is fun at their old school diner turned hipster. The bowls of oatmeal served here look like they are on steroids, in a good way. And the Bloody Mary's here are like those you would find in Vegas, over the top and packed with a punch! All the portions here are incredibly large and easily sharable. Breakfast options include Chili Verde with eggs and hash browns, biscuits and gravy, French toast, Monte Cristos, and much more. They also serve lunch after 11 AM.

Recommended for Brunch because: Gravy is one of the best places to grab brunch in Portland, Oregon

Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order we recommend the chili Verde.

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Southern cooking is done right at the Screen Door Restaurant. Considered one of the best weekend brunch spots in Portland, Screen Door is also open for dinner five nights a week. Preparing the best of southern food without pretense, the menu caters to palates with the most simple to most sophisticated tastes. Some southern classic dishes include fried buttermilk-battered chicken, Low Country shrimp and grits and Carolina pulled pork. But there is also an extensive menu of salads and vegetable dishes which changes according to availability. Screen Door offers great comfort food creatively prepared. If possible make a reservation or get there early to beat the crowd.

Recommended for Brunch because: Screen Door is the most popular weekend brunch in Portland.

Meagan's expert tip: Be prepared to wait for seating for the weekend brunch, it's worth it. If you have a party of six or more you can call and be added to the wait list.

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Meagan Wristen is an Oregon resident by choice and thinks Portland is a tremendous city that everyone should visit. Originally a Texas girl, she has lived all around the United States,...  More About Meagan