Where to Brunch in Downtown

Photo courtesy of Xochi

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

A mix of gorgeous Victorian buildings and modern mid-to-high-rises, the original founding point of the city is lined by soaring business centers, luxurious hotels, renovated and new housing, a plethora of bars and restaurants, a fantastic theater district, urban parks, art galleries and installations, sporting arenas, and even an entire underground tunnel system.

Obviously, there’s plenty to do in Downtown, including brunch.

Where to Brunch in Downtown

  • Brasserie du Parc – This classic French brasserie boasts an enclosed terrace (complete with a walk-up crêperie window) that overlooks Discovery Green. There, you’ll find Parisian-inspired brunch dishes—think ratatouille crépe, pain perdu with fresh berries, oeufs (eggs) Bénédicte with smoked salmon, and steak frites—alongside stellar handcrafted cocktails like the uber refreshing Sunny Side of the Parc, made with housemade limoncello, green Chartreuse, fresh lemon, and Champagne. Sunday 11am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • The Grove – Are leisurely, three-course brunch affairs your thing? You can indulge in one at this picturesque restaurant, which sits pretty right in Discovery Green. Start with redfish crostini or smoked salmon deviled eggs with dill picked straight from the rooftop garden, then move on to dishes like corned beef hash with soft poached egg, Tobasco honey chicken biscuit, and New Orleans-style bbq shrimp & grits. Just save room for the sweet stuff—meyer lemon and blueberry, Nutella and banana, or brown sugar-bourbon caramel pound cake. The three-course meal costs $20 per person or items are available a la carte. Sunday 11am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • Hearsay Gastro Lounge – Set right off of Market Square Park and rocking things like exposed brick and a dazzling chandelier, the original Hearsay is an absolute stunner. At brunch, the gastropub offers morning and afternoon pick-me-ups, including but not limited to huevos rancheros, lemon ricotta pancakes, Southern shrimp & grits, seared Ahi tuna salad, Angus cheeseburgers, and NY strip & eggs. Saturday 11am to 3pm; Sunday 10am to 3pm. Click here for directions (and be sure to check out Sunday brunch at its Discovery Green location, Hearsay on the Green, too).
  • MKT Bar – Adjoining Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown, this neighborhood café and bar offers weekend brunch with a global kiss. Start with knefe jbneh for the table (that’s shredded phyllo dough, layered with orange zest and sweet cheese and drizzled with orange blossom syrup, in case you were wondering); then move onto brunch plates like Hill Country fried chicken & waffles with Moroccan-spiced syrup, farmers MKT pizzas topped with kefalograviera cheese, and piperade with eggs (soft-cooked eggs in pepper-tomato sauce, served with pita). Saturday and Sunday 9am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • Quattro – With one of the most expansive brunch buffets in the city, this Italian eatery inside the Four Seasons Hotel makes for quite the relaxing Sunday. If your idea of relaxing is filling plate after plate with things like smoked salmon and seafood salad, omelets a-la-minute, griddled French toast and Belgian waffles, sous-vide egg and caviar, salumis and cheeses, freshly-carved Tuscan chicken and roasted ribeye, made-to-order pastas and all kinds of sweets. The buffet costs $65 per adult (including complimentary bloodys and mimosas) and $32 per child. Sunday 11am to 2pm. Click here for directions.
  • Xochi – Xochi is the latest concept from restaurateurs Tracy Vaught and James Beard-awarded Hugo Ortega (the minds behind spots like Backstreet Cafe, Hugo’s, and Caracol); and just like its predecessors, it makes a fantastic stop for brunch. On Sundays, that brunch comes in the form of an extravagant, Oaxacan buffet, a vibrant array of tastes featuring everything from poached eggs on masa cakes, elotes, and a variety of mole to duck enchiladas, costilla rostizada (roasted prime rib), and churros. Cost is $34 per person and $12 per child. Sunday 11am to 2:30pm. Click here for directions.
  • Other great options – Rise and shine with smoked salmon and latkes at The Honeymoon Café & Bar, breakfast burritos at Barnaby’s or bananas Foster French toast at Toasters; go for a big, bad, margarita-fueled brunch at El Big Bad, or a beer-fueled one at Bovine & Barley; sip moonshine cocktails over biscuits and gravy at The Moonshiners Southern Table + Bar; and share brunch tapas and half-off bottles of wine on Sundays at Batanga.