Where to Brunch in Clear Lake & the Bay Area

Photo courtesy of Bakkhus Taverna

In our Where to Brunch series, we search Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods for the very best brunch offerings. Originally published in 2017, we are now refreshing, updating, and adding to this series, including new neighborhoods and destinations.

Running along the coastline, this charming bayside region is a breezy escape from the city. The area is surrounded by bodies of water including Clear Lake, Clear Creek, and Galveston Bay; and while you should definitely consider renting a boat or jet ski and getting out on the water itself, you can also check out some local gems for brunch.

Note: For the purposes of this list, the Bay Area covers neighborhoods including Clear Lake, Dickinson, Kemah, League City, Nassau Bay, San Leon, Webster, and Seabrook.

Where to Brunch in Clear Lake & the Bay Area

  • Bakkhus Taverna – Located near the Kemah Boardwalk, this vibrant Greek tavern boasts a Mediterranean Sunday brunch. Sip on mimosas and Greek coffee while you nosh on eats like baklava French toast, build-your-own omelets, and breakfast burgers. Sunday 11am. Click here for directions.
  • Barge295 Sitting right on Clear Lake over in Seabrook, this floating bar and grill offers two levels of full bars, patios, and views of the lake. Head here for a fun-filled weekend brunch, with eats from shrimp & grits and biscuits & gravy to giant cinnamon rolls and steak fajita skillets. Open at 9am on weekends. Click here for directions.
  • Grazia Italian Kitchen Clear Lake – Unwind with a leisurely weekend brunch at this Italian-Southern kitchen, with brunch plates including smoked short rib omelets, crab cake benedict, and thick-cut French toast stuffed with bananas and mascarpone. Weekends 10am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • Marais Head to Dickinson and you’ll find a bayou-front, multi-venue oasis complete with an elevated “treehouse” terrace, waterfront deck, and outdoor beer garden. On Sundays, the hotspot hosts a Jazz brunch buffet ($32) complete with prime rib, chef-made omelets, French toast, and Cajun eats from oysters and gumbo to etouffee. A la carte offerings are also available. Sunday 10:30am to 2pm (live jazz starts at 11am). Click here for directions.
  • Nobi Public House – One of Houston’s coolest craft beer pubs lies in an unassuming strip mall in Webster. Even better? Not only does Nobi Public House play host to a killer 200+ bottle & draft beer program that rivals any in the loop, it also dishes out fantastic Vietnamese-fusion pub grub. That means you can sip your suds with char-grilled pork fries topped with a yolky fried egg, sweet chili and butter-garlic wings, a fiery breakfast banh mi, Vietnamese iced coffee, and Sunday-only pho. Monday through Saturday opens at 11am; Sunday opens at noon. Click here for directions.
  • Snooze an A.M. EateryThe Bay Area outpost of this breakfast haven is the perfect choice for pancake lovers. Get a pancake flight, with flavors from sweet potato and chocolate chip to peanut butter cup and blueberry danish; or go savory with a lineup of benedicts, omelets, tacos, and hash. Daily 6:30am to 2:30pm. Click here for directions.
  • Top Golf – Get spicy bloody marys and build-your-own mimosas at this Webster-area Top Golf. While you’re at it, tack on breakfast burritos, bruleéd French toast, and weekend eats like carrot cake waffles and carnitas egg benedict. Oh, and maybe play some actual Top Golf. Breakfast daily from open to noon; Weekend brunch Saturday and Sunday from open to 2pm. Click here for directions.
  • Villa Capri – This garden restaurant set on Clear Lake boasts picturesque views and a decadent Sunday brunch buffet ($23.95). Indulge in Italian coffees and mimosas; fresh salads and pasta spiked with cheeses and tomato, butter, cream, and wine sauces; housemade crepes and omelets; succulent chicken, roasts, and seafood; and Italian-style desserts, from cannoli to tiramisu. Sunday 11am to 3pm. Click here for directions.

More Great Brunch Options in Clear Lake & the Bay Area

Sip coffees and teas at Art of Coffee in Kemah, mimosas and bloodys at Cabo Bar & Grill in Clear Lake, or a cup of Joe alongside Belgian Liège waffles at Seabrook Waffle Company; chill out and fill up on Southern and coastal eats at T-Bone Tom’s; hit the Sunday brunch buffet at Paradise Reef; get the Bay area’s best burgers at Tookie’s; grab doughnuts and coffee at Webster’s Cafe Dew; get breakfast and a Sunday brunch buffet at Bacliff bar and grill Noah’s Ark, or try League City favorites Main St. Bistro and Red Oak Cafe; go for all-day breakfast at Black Bear Diner and First Watch; slurp char-grilled oysters at Gilhooley’s; taste the aromas and spices of India at Clear Lake’s Cuisine of India; watch boats on the bay and enjoy a waterfront seafood feast at Flying Dutchman Restaurant & Oyster Bar; or sip mimosas and bloodys on weekends at Sam’s Boat.

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Brooke Viggiano is a food and lifestyle writer residing in Houston. When she's not contributing to publications like 365 Things to Do in Houston, Thrillist Houston and the Houston Press, she's on the hunt for the coolest happenings in the city. You can follow her musings on Twitter @BrookeViggiano .