Where to Brunch in River Oaks

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State of Grace | Photo: Julie Soefer

In our Where to Brunch series, we search Greater Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods and communities for the very best brunch offerings.

Though River Oaks is actually residential community spanning 1,100 acres, locals consider its boundaries to expand beyond the homes. The classy neighborhood is home to upscale shopping districts, beautiful gardens, the classic River Oaks Theatre, and a wealth of awesome places to brunch.

Note: For the purposes of this list, River Oaks is bound by Buffalo Bayou to the north, Westheimer to the south, Dunlavy to the east, and 610 to the west.

Where to Brunch in River Oaks

  • AméricasThe Sunday brunch buffet at this Latin American hotspot is quite the feast. Dine on paella, empanadas, carnitas, ceviche, whole-roasted pig, beef tenderloin, and breakfast favorites like waffles, French toast “torrejas,” and made-to-order omelets and crêpes. Just save room for the tres leches. Cost is $35.95 per person. Sunday, 10:30am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • Backstreet CafeYou’ll want to start with fresh-from-the-oven orange chocolate brioche buns and pillowy buttermilk biscuits at this elegant (yet totally cozy) Houston institution. If that doesn’t set the tone for a great meal, live jazz and a few eye-opening morning cocktails certainly will. Brunch plates offer a range of tastes, with Southern, Gulf, Creole, and Mexican influences. Get house-cured salmon and avocado toasts, wood-grilled shrimp and cheesy stone-ground grits, and slow-roasted carnitas tostadas with perfectly poached eggs. Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • Brasserie 19For a people-watching experience that’s as enticing as the food, hit this chic brasserie set in the trendy River Oaks Shopping Center. Come dressed to impress and nosh on egg-topped croque madames with pomme frites, brioche pain pardu and savory crepes that will transport you to the streets of Paris. Tack on coffee and bubbly service for good measure. Sunday 10am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • Eloise Nichols Grill & LiquorsThis neighborhood bistro set out to create an easy-going, inviting vibe and living room feel with its 120-seat space, and it seems as though the vision was a success. All are welcome to dig into locally-inspired brunch fare and cocktails with a twist, from a pulled pork buttermilk biscuit Benedict to challah French toast with horchata custard. Mimosas can be ordered by the pitcher, with flavors including orange, peach, carrot, and blackberry. Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • Liberty Kitchen & OysteretteIn addition to its excellent oyster offerings, Liberty Kitchen is known for its fresh, inventive fare; and brunch just may be the best way to experience that. Breakfast dumplings are a thing, here; as are Frosted Flake-crusted French toast with Mexican coffee crème anglaise and a mac’ and cheese omelet complete with bacon, poblano, and shrimp. Wash it all down with bubbles by the glass and bottle. Saturday and Sunday 9am to 2:30pm. Click here for directions.
  • State of GraceStart your Sunday with beignets and hushpuppies from this trendy, Gulf Coast-kissed favorite; then move on to chicken-fried-chicken and eggs, fajitas con huevos served with bacon fat tortillas, and a beautiful, hearth-baked Dutch baby pancake that is almost too good to eat. We said almost…Sunday 10am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • Other great options – Get French plates and a see-and-be-seen vibe at Toulouse Café & Bar; at Ouisie’s Table, it’s all about classy takes on comfort fare; and be sure look out for the launch of brunch services from new spots like Relish Restaurant & Bar and California-import Bosscat Kitchen & Libations.