Linger over any one of these excellent weekend brunch locations, all convenient to downtown Seattle and our vacation rentals.
Seattle is definitely a foodie town. It has an array of restaurants crammed into every neighborhood that feature cuisines from around the globe. The most delicious part of being on vacation is the ability to sleep in, linger over coffee and then head out for a leisurely brunch to fortify yourself for a day of sight-seeing in this fun, eclectic city. We’ve rounded up some of Seattle’s best brunch spots that are all within walking distance of our vacation rentals, a short uber ride away or absolutely worth the schlep.
2619 1st Avenue (in Belltown, near our AVA and Belltown Court properties)
CJs is a classic diner that serves up consistently good breakfast at affordable prices. Known for their comfort food you can get a huge variety of brunch classics from eggs benedict to jam-packed omelets to East Coast favorites like latkes and blintzes. Their mimosas feature fresh-squeezed juices or organic strawberry-lemonade at only $5.50 a pop. Because their menu is so extensive, this is a good bet when traveling with kids. Note that weekends can be packed with tourists and locals alike so be prepared to wait, though the line usually moves along quite swiftly.
Open 7:00AM-3:00PM daily with breakfast served all day and lunch items starting at 11:00AM
1600 Post Alley (adjacent to Pike Place Market and near our Newmark Tower properties)
Toted as a classic Parisian brasserie in Seattle, Café Campagne outdoes the French flair with their scrumptious breakfasts. Their “French French Toast Brioche” is simply out of this world. The thick, airy bread is soaked in a brandy batter, fried until fluffy and golden and topped with fresh fruit. Another good bet is the “Omelette Choisy”— a rolled omelet stuffed with an herb-infused chevre, served with a juicy sausage, roasted potatoes and a hunk of warm baguette. A tasty dish that is a lighter option is the Quiche du Jour featuring vegetables and Comte cheese in a light egg batter, served with a green salad. For a truly decadent experience that almost transports you to France, order the “Oeufs en Meurette”—a dish of poached eggs with a red wine and foie gras sauce. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 8:00AM-4:00PM.
Tilikum Place Café
407 Cedar Street (in Belltown)
This cozy spot features fabulous food on a quaint street by the Space Needle. They’re known for their Dutch Babies—a dense, baked pancake that’s served either sweet with lemon and powdered sugar, carrots and crushed pineapple with a cream cheese frosting or savory; stuffed with lamb and feta cheese. They also have a great Baked Eggs dish that features butternut squash, caramelized onions and goat cheese. The café only has 12 tables and a small bar, so weekend brunch wait times can be exceedingly long. If you’d like to try this Belltown favorite, our tip is to make a reservation well in advance to ensure that you get to experience this local gem. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 8:00AM-3:00PM.
2318 2nd Avenue (in Belltown. Down the street from both our Moda and Belltown Court Properties)
Wakefield is the type of restaurant/bar that every neighborhood should have. It offers great food that is reasonably priced in a warm, friendly and laid-back atmosphere. Their specialty is Chicken Fried Steak that features a buttermilk-breaded tenderloin topped with a silky caramelized onion gravy. For a truly indulgent vacation meal, try the Bananas Foster French Toast. Although it may add to your waistline, priced at $12.00, it won’t take away too much from your food budget. Looking for a heathy alternative? The Veggie Scramble and the Avocado Toast are consistently good. For a flavorful twist on a classic, order the side of Herbed Latkes with chive yogurt. Their tasty libations include a fantastic Bloody Mary and the rich Beantown Coffee made with Madagascar vanilla-infused vodka. Brunch is served 10AM-3PM Saturday and Sunday.
1519 Pike Place (in Pike Place Market)
Don’t let Lowell’s motto: “Almost Classy since 1957” scare you off. The Market restaurant serves up delectable dishes made with local ingredients. Located in the center of the main arcade, it features three floors with spectacular Puget Sound views. For breakfast they offer tasty favorites like their much-raved about World Famous Dungeness Crab Omelet made with seafood fresh from the market (http://eatatlowells.com/press/). Try their Alderwood Smoked King Salmon Eggs Benedict served on fragrant rosemary bread or their light and airy Lemon Zest Ricotta Pancakes. Our tip is to head to the second floor to see the hostess to get a table by the window. If there’s a wait, you can grab a seat at the bar and enjoy one of their hand-crafted cocktails like the tangy Market Mule or one of their exceptional Bloody Mary’s that feature smoked salmon or bacon. Breakfast is served only until 11:30AM.
615 19th Avenue East (in Capitol Hill)
If your idea of brunch is more adventurous and features items like steamed dumplings and Pho, then Monsoon is a perfect spot for lingering over their flavorful Vietnamese cuisine. Their Dim Sum Brunch features shrimp and chive wontons and vermicelli noodle dishes in addition to the curious-named “drunken chicken.” They also have two outstanding ban mi sandwiches stuffed with pork or chicken, a friend egg and loads of pickled vegetables. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 10:00AM-3:00PM.
1936 Harbor Avenue SW (in West Seattle)
For a serious Pacific Northwest brunch experience, take the water taxi from the Seattle Waterfront to West Seattle to Salty’s on Alki Beach. This iconic Seattle restaurant offers the most extensive brunch buffet on the water. You can choose from an array of classy breakfast staples like eggs benedict and omelets. Or indulge in a spread of fresh seafood including Dungeness crab legs, peel and eat prawns, steamed clams and mussels and all the oysters you can eat from Washington’s own Taylor Shellfish. Then after you’ve eaten til your hearts content, coddle your sweet tooth with Salty’s chocolate fountain. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday until 1:30PM. Reservations are required.
Candi Canncel is Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals interior designer and when she is not shopping for our next fabulous vacation rental property, she is a food writer and world traveller