10 Best Brunch And Late Breakfast Spots In Atlanta, Georgia

Photo of Marcelina Morfin
1 December 2016

Being Georgia’s capital and largest city, it should come as no surprise that Atlanta has an impressive brunch scene. Here’s our guide to the 10 best places to enjoy the best meal of the weekend – a hearty brunch.

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Café Jonah and the Magical Attic

Restaurant, American, $$$
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The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead | © Mark Wieland/Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
Nestled inside a quaint historic home, Cafe Jonah and the Magical Attic is a neighbourhood café featuring breakfast, lunch and a famous Sunday brunch. Opened by Jenny Levison and named after her son, this eatery procures the freshest ingredients from local purveyors, resulting in flavourful dishes that change daily. Within a friendly and comfortable home-style environment, guests can savour a variety of sweet and savoury items, which have included French toast casserole – steel-cut oatmeal with gogi, flax, chia seeds, vanilla, cinnamon, and honey – and roasted vegetable frittata with a house-made tomato sauce. A great place to start a lazy Sunday, they also offer delicious baked goods from local-area bakeries. After dining, guests can relax in the attic whilst browsing for unique gifts.

The Café at The Ritz-Carlton

Located inside the luxurious Ritz-Carlton in the Buckhead neighbourhood, The Café offers guests a truly decadent brunch service each Sunday. Serving American cuisine imbued with Italian, French, and Spanish flavours, the lavish brunch buffet features over 100 selections ensuring that there is something to suit every taste. Carving stations featuring succulent meats and fish sit alongside a made-to-order omelet station, whilst other offerings include baked goods, salads, chacuterie, antipasti, entrées and desserts to name a few. In addition to the delectable cuisine, there are brunch cocktails and a lovely ambiance complete with live music. An experience like no other, reservations are highly recommended for this treat.

The Café at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA, USA, +1 404 237 2700


Tucked away in an idyllic location along the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Canoe provides guests with delicious modern American cuisine and a lively environment. Within an elegant interior, guests can feast upon a host of dishes inspired by the freshest seasonal ingredients available. A relaxing spot for a Sunday brunch, highlights to note are the fresh baked goods, such as scones and Georgia pecan sticky buns; brioche French toast served with bourbon-cinnamon cream and a crispy smoked chicken biscuit with Southern collards, poached eggs and red eye gravy. Before or after their meals, guests are encouraged to stroll around the beautiful and peaceful outdoor space complete with walkways and lush landscaping.

Canoe, 4199 Paces Ferry Rd. SE, Atlanta, GA, USA, +1 770 432 2663

Joy Café

A daytime venue that serves lunch and takeaway meals, Joy Café also serves weekend brunch to hungry diners. Serving New American cuisine influenced by both European flavours and Southern fare, this café is a casual and friendly neighbourhood venue sure to appeal to a wide range of tastes, from carnivores to vegetarians. Featuring many recipes passed down from generation to generation, the culinary team make everything from scratch, ensuring ultimate freshness. Delicious brunch items to try include biscuits with sawmill gravy and scrambled egg, or the brunch classic eggs benedict with crab cakes, atop a house-made English muffin with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.

Joy Cafe, 316 Pharr Rd., Atlanta, GA, USA, +1 404 816 0306

Local Three Kitchen & Bar

Bar, American, Cocktails, Beer, Wine, Vegetarian, $$$
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A family owned venue established in 2010, Local Three Kitchen and Bar specialises in mouth-watering Southern cuisine served in an intimate atmosphere. Brunch aficionados are in for a real treat when visiting on Sundays – the eatery opens its kitchen to the public and provides a buffet sure to sate anyone’s daytime hunger. Procuring the freshest ingredients from local sources results in the menu changing each week, allowing the culinary team to flex their creativity. Past highlights included hazelnut buttermilk pancakes, butter poached shrimp served with black-eyed peas and roasted red pepper and roasted pumpkin macaroni and cheese.


Restaurant, American, Contemporary, Wine, Beer, $$$
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Brisket Sandwich
Brisket Sandwich | Courtesy of Lauren Rubenstein & Murphy's
A staple on Atlanta’s culinary scene for over 30 years, Murphy’s is a favourite local institution comprising of a restaurant, bakery and wine shop. Serving refined comfort dishes within a cosy environment, this eatery is known for its weekend brunch of tasty sweet and savoury items made from quality, locally sourced ingredients. Dishes not to be missed are the malted waffle served with warm maple syrup and cinnamon butter, Georgia white shrimp and grits with andouille stew and a poached egg and the Portobello frittata with goat’s cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and basil pesto. Order a brunch cocktail for the full late-breakfast experience and be sure to visit the bakery and wine shop for special treats to take home.

Ria's Bluebird

Restaurant, Vegetarian, Snacks, American, Coffee
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Founded by the late Chef Ria Pell and Alex Skalicky 14 years ago, Ria’s Bluebird is a hip and eclectic diner loved by locals and tourists alike. Located in the Grant Park area, this delicious eatery serves up Southern classic dishes to a diverse group of diners every day and it is the perfect brunch spot for early or late-risers, serving breakfast all day until 3pm. Brunch favourites include the brisket breakfast, which is 14-hour slow-roasted Angus beef shredded in a spicy tomato sauce and served with poached eggs; the famous buttermilk pancakes and the country-fried tempah with house gravy, grilled tomato and sautéed spinach. From carnivorous eaters to vegans, everyone will find something to tickle their taste buds at Ria’s.

South City Kitchen Midtown

Housed in a historic bungalow in Midtown, near top attractions such as the High Museum and Piedmont Park, South City Kitchen specialises in contemporary Southern cuisine. Within the lively and modern interior complete with an open kitchen, this eatery serves lunch and dinner plus a delightful weekend brunch featuring a host of sweet and savoury items, including gluten-free choices. Tasty options include the innovative smoke-roasted beef benedict with Creole mustard hollandaise, pickled jalapeños and Red Mule grits or the crab cake hash with fingerling potatoes, an over-easy egg, hollandaise and tomato relish. Finish the meal with a sweet treat, such as the signature pecan pie with buttermilk caramel and vanilla ice cream.

South City Kitchen Midtown, 1144 Crescent Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA, USA, +1 404 873 7358

Thumbs Up Diner

With six locations throughout the Atlanta region, breakfast lovers can be sure to find a Thumbs Up Diner in their area. A modern neighbourhood diner known for its delicious breakfast, this eatery serves up the most important meal of the day all day long, making it a great place for those wishing to sleep in. Every guest – from meat-eaters to vegans – will find something enticing on the menu, which features a build-your-own-breakfast plate with sweet and savoury choices and a build-your-own-omelette option. Whilst the possibilities are endless, diners can also choose to order a regular entrée, such as the chicken and waffle plate with eggs or the fried fish and grits.

Thumbs Up Diner, 573 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA, USA, +1 404 223 0690

Thumbs Up Diner, 826 Marietta St., Atlanta, GA, USA, +1 404 745 4233

Dining Room | Courtesy of West Egg Café
Dining Room | Courtesy of West Egg Café

West Egg Café

Cafe, American, Coffee, Gluten-free, $$$
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Nestled in the Westside area, West Egg Café is a multi-award winning eatery offering delicious Southern comfort dishes. Featuring an energetic atmosphere within a modern space, this café serves breakfast daily, plus weekend brunch with both sweet and savoury edibles. Mouth-watering choices include banana bread French toast accompanied by a caramel-banana sauce; fried green tomato BLT sandwich with pimiento cheese on toasted challah bread and the benedict burger, which is a custom grind double burger with a fried egg and hollandaise sauce on a honey wheat English muffin. They also offer vegetarian options, such as the tofu scramble with veggies and vegetarian sausage, making it place to suit many tastes.

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