Alongside a love for coffee and craft beers is Portlander’s famous love for brunch. In fact, it’s one of the must-do activities in the city, and some of the city’s cool cafes are famous just for their brunch.
There is something to suit everyone’s tastes in the city so from traditional American comfort food to Dim Sum, here are the best places to eat brunch in Portland, Oregon (in no particular order)...
1. Jam On Hawthorne – award-winning brunch in a cool hipster-friendly cafe
Located on SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Jaw on Hawthorne is one of Portland’s best neighborhood cafes. It’s popular for being kid-friendly, family-friendly, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly – basically an overall friendly and welcoming spot.
This cafe serves traditional American breakfast and lunch items in huge portions and has an exceptional cocktail menu. At Jam, you can enjoy breakfast plates like wild smoked salmon, eggs benedict, or lemon ricotta pancakes, accompanied with mimosas or bloody Mary’s.
The restaurant also has a delicious kids’ menu as well as a nice size kids’ play area, with a chalkboard.
- Address: 2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
2. Off the Griddle – best for a great vegan brunch
Started in 2010 as a food cart and has changed names and locations since, Off the Griddle is, now, a vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurant that serves an amazing array of American-style brunch.
Located on SE Foster Road, the restaurant serves brunch with unique daily specials and a tasty Bloody Mary menu. It’s famous for offering some of the best brunches in Portland.
The menu includes several traditional brunch dishes, with gluten-free options. Known for its amazing veggie burger-and-fries combo, Off the Griddle is a great comfort food restaurant with a relaxed vibe and retro decor.
- Address: 6526 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206
- Off the Griddle
3. Petite Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie – best for French-style brunch
La Provence & Petite Provence is a relatively new chain of small restaurants across Portland and Vancouver, known for its French Bakery and Breakfasts.
With three locations in Portland, Petite Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie in Portland offers dine-in, takeaway, and delivery options. The restaurants have both outdoor seating and a quaint indoor dining section.
The menu includes French tapas and delicacies a French onion soup, a variety of quiche, salads, a warm cheese brioche, omelets, egg benedicts, airy croissants, with home-made strawberry jam, healthy pancakes, and mini chocolate tarts.
The coffee is amazing, but the mixed fresh juices are even better!
This charming French boulangerie offers a mouthwatering selection of buttery pastries, baked bread, and gourmet desserts as well as delectable dishes for every meal, although brunch is particularly popular.
This charming family-friendly bakery, with its warm hospitality, is a must-visit for brunch that will not disappoint.
- Address: 1824 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
- La Provence & Petite Provence
4. Milk Glass Mrkt – best for farm-to-table brunch
Situated on N Killingsworth St, Portland, Milk Glass Mrkt is a bright and welcoming cafe that serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch all week, except Mondays.
This elegant spot is known for its responsibly and locally sourced ingredients and farm-to-table concept.
Dishes include seasonal ingredients and are prepared from scratch in-house, every day. The dishes are both fresh and delicious and include small savory places, eggs, baked goods, cheddar biscuits, and more.
Visitors can purchase a selection of baked specialties both in-store and online.
- Address: 2150 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217
- Milk Glass Mrkt
5. The Waffle Window – best for waffles for brunch
Voted as one of Portland’s top five Breakfast and Brunch spots by KGW News, The Waffle Window, as its name suggests, is an amazing spot for a waffle brunch.
This hole-in-the-wall offers dining in as well as window-serve takeaway options for its sweet and savory Belgian offers.
The restaurant became famous for its Liege-style sugar waffles that were served with unique twists and interesting homemade toppings. A must-try is the hot apple pie waffle.
This fun, quirky and relaxed spot is ideal for kid brunches or to satisfy any sugar cravings. The Waffle Window was also voted twice as of one of Yelps Top 100 Restaurants in the country.
- Address: 2150 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217
- The Waffles Window
6. Broder Soder – best for a Nordic-style brunch
Broder’s Soder is one of Portland’s hidden gems and offers some of the tastiest brunches in Portland. This charming restaurant has a modern architectural design, with connections to nature that is typical of the Scandinavian style of design.
The restaurant has large windows that open to beautiful woodlands and positive sunlight flows in to brighten the space.
In summer, the cafe opens its patio for outdoor seating so visitors can bask in the sunshine. Located near Nordia House, this space exudes energy, warmth, and humility.
The staff is friendly and patient as they passionately explain specialty dishes on the menu. Fresh juices and typical brunch items can also be found on the menu.
- Address: 8800 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, OR 97223
- Broder Soder
7. The Original Pancake House – best for pancakes
The Original Pancake House is a second and third-generation family business that is renowned for its traditional and signature pancakes.
With over 100 franchises across the country, this restaurant chain has received local and national acclaim for its classic American all-day breakfast menu.
The Original Pancake House is designed to create a casual setting and relaxed atmosphere.
The menu includes a variety of pancakes and other sweet and savory dishes. A signature dish is the Apple Pancakes with rich cinnamon sugar glaze, the mushroom omelet topped with homemade rich mushroom sherry sauce, and the cherry crepe that is a blend of tart cherries and sweet Danish cherry wine.
There are several other interesting and mouthwatering dishes to choose from, all of which are made using the finest quality of ingredients.
The restaurant makes its batters and sauces fresh in each restaurant’s kitchen. The Original Pancake House is truly celebrated for its quality, tasty, innovative pancakes, and dishes.
- Address: 8601 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
- Original Pancake House
8. Besaw’s – best for American comfort food
Besaw’s is a 1903-era restaurant, with charming interiors and a mahogany bar. This popular weekend brunch spot is comfortable, casual, and easygoing. Besaw’s has a hearty brunch menu with an attractive fare.
Visitors often line up to sample the delicious egg benedict, but there is a large selection of eating options and dishes to choose such as scrambled eggs, fluffy pancakes, French toast, hash browns, breakfast burrito, cinnamon rolls, tarts, and more.
Since the cafe serves its brunch menu all day, Besaw’s is a great spot to visit at any time of the day! Besaw’s simply offers good food in a great atmosphere.
- Address: 1545 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209
9. Tusk – best for a Middle Eastern-style brunch
Tusk serves Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine in Portland’s Buckman neighborhood, since 2016. Named “Restaurant of the Year” by Food & Wine and one of the “Best New Restaurants in America” by Bon Appétit, Tusk uses fresh seasonal produce to create innovative and interesting Middle Eastern dishes, with unique flavors.
In particular, the hummus plate and vegetarian sides are exceptional.
There is a variety of both classic dishes and daily specials that are worth trying! Tusk has a lively and fun vibe.
This buzzing brunch spot offers indoor and outdoor dine-in seating, takeaway as well as delivery options.
- Address: 2448 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
- Tusk Portland Oregon
10. Lazy Susan – best for family-friendly brunch
Boasting the best breakfast in Cannon Beach, Lazy Susan is the perfect place to start your day. This family-owned eatery serves delicious breakfast, lunch, and dessert options.
Choose from an array of omelette options like country ham and cheese, shrimp, or mushrooms served with your choice of sautéed potatoes or fresh fruit. Or try the hot buttered waffles, with homemade maple syrup.
The menu is vast and includes dishes like shrimp sandwiches, seafood stew, salads, and soups. You can also find breakfast favorites like muffins, granola, cereal, and yogurt.
Besides the amazing food selection, the cafe is known for its warm hospitality and friendly staff. The Lazy Susan Cafe is definitely a great place for a fun and filling brunch with family.
- Address: 7937 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215
- Lazy Susan
11. Hunnymilk – best for a creative brunch menu
Hunnymilk is a remarkable breakfast restaurant that provides an unrivaled breakfast buffet at an amazing price. For a flat price of $20, you can get one drink, one savory item, and one sweet item. Drink options include teas, coffee, hot chocolates, and juices.
Sweet options include vanilla bean crepe with lemon-orange curd, almond shortbread, gingerbread waffle in honey butter with malted milk mousse, brûlée bananas, and cocoa drizzle.
Savory selections are just as good and extensive and include crispy pork ribs with cheesy garlic grits, soft eggs, and avocado topped with chimichurri sauce.
Brunch at Hunnymilk to satisfy your sweet and savory cravings all at once!
- Address: 1981 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
12. Sugar Street – best for a bakery brunch
Sugar Street is a boutique bakery on SE Water Avenue in Portland that specializes in upscale sweets, wedding cakes, gourmet cupcakes, and mind-blowing lunch dishes!
The bakery prides itself in using high-quality flours and flavor and locally sourced ingredients to maintain its premium quality. This elegant artisanal bakery has a lunch menu consisting of fresh salads, sandwiches and healthy bowls.
The bistro also offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Dine at this bakery bistro to sample some of the freshest and tastiest food you can find!
- Address: 1430 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214
- Sugar Street
13. HK CAFE – best for a Dim Sum brunch
Situated in southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood, HK Cafe is a restaurant that specializes in dim sums. This bustling restaurant has a crowded dining room that is brightly lit and gaudily decorated with murals, hanging paper lanterns, and parasols.
The restaurant is known for its wide selection of small dishes and special menu items such as bok choy, cha siu bao, custard buns, noodles, radish cake, and shumai.
Besides dim sums, the restaurant also serves a type of “Chinese sushi” wrapped in seaweed that is worth trying. This no-fuss restaurant may not be fancy, but its dishes and teas are definitely delicious.
- Address: 4410 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266
- HK CAFE
14. Radar – best for English-style brunch
This romantic one-of-a-kind candlelit restaurant is run by a lovely couple. The duo has created a warm and welcoming neighborhood spot to dine at with a special loved one.
The atmosphere is calm and charming, and the staff is friendly and helpful. The menu has several authentic English dishes and is ideal for sharing with a variety of small and larger plate options.
Small plates include deviled eggs, three ways, while large plates include the chicken fried trout and trout chicharrons. Radar has stylish, open brick interiors, inventive tapas, and amazing craft cocktails.
This cute spot offers an indulgent brunch, with a special menu, only on weekends; and we recommend that it is not to be missed!
- Address: 3951 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
15. The Eastburn – best for brunch on an outdoor patio
Eastburn Public House is a 2-story establishment, for dining and entertainment. The restaurant comes with two full bars that have 16 rotating taps and make novel cocktails.
There is a lovely patio with fun swing chairs and fire tables. Weekends feature live music on the main floor along with alternating between DJs, open mic nights, and live comedy shows in the lower Tap Room.
While a night at the Eastburn is amazing, brunches here at equally as incredible. The Eastburn has an extensive brunch menu as well as an intriguing cocktail list.
Looking to enjoy a sunny Sunday? Spend your afternoon with a yummy burger and a large pint as you ravel on the patio at Eastburn under the sun!
- Address: 1800 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
- The Eastburn
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