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16 Essential Boozy Brunches in New Orleans

The city’s best spots for endless bloody marys and mimosas served alongside chilaquiles and French toast

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Brunch, that lazy, decadent meal that allows for sleeping in late and languishing over a full plate for hours, is still an ideal way to start the day. Add in generous pours of boozy cocktails and mimosas on a restaurant patio, and life is very good. Here are 16 New Orleans restaurants currently serving delicious meals alongside indulgent drink specials right now.

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Juniors on Harrison

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Lakeview’s chic new two-story restaurant has become a popular special occasion destination for its atmosphere and bright, stylish interior — so naturally, brunch is taken seriously here. A wide-ranging menu includes hearty breakfast burritos, chilaquiles and smoked salmon bagel platters, along with a ton of brunch cocktails and the mimosa party, a bottle of bubbles served with assorted fruit and juices. Still, the biggest brunch highlight might be the frozen brunch cocktail options — Irish coffee, satsuma screwdriver, and frose among them.

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Apolline

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A charming Uptown cottage with an upscale, romantic vibe, Apolline has a great brunch drink special, offering $20 bottomless mimosas and bloody marys (the deluxe bloody is also a favorite). The food is on point as well, with chef Bill Prat’s shrimp and grits, country fried chicken thigh and waffle, and eggs Apolline (biscuit, smoked andouille sausage, crawfish tails, poached eggs, and hollandaise) as enduring classics.

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Besides special eye openers like Pimm’s Cup and palomas, Vessel offers $25 bottle service that includes a bottle of cava Brut or rose and a carafe of orange juice. The gorgeous former church, with its covered landscaped outdoor patio, is the perfect backdrop for creative offerings like shrimp and Mexican street corn, a breakfast tartine with bacon and avocado, and an outstanding Benedict — bacon-wrapped, boudin-stuffed pork tenderloin and poached eggs atop a cheddar chive biscuit, drizzled with mustard cream sauce.

Vessel’s patio.
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Katie's

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The line out the door says it all. Katie’s is a neighborhood treasure, but folks come from all around New Orleans to enjoy this Mid City gem. On Sunday, chef Scot Craig cooks rib-sticking homey specialties including grillades and grits (his gravy is tomato based), eggs cochon, and oysters Benedict. Wash all that goodness down with an $18 bottle of bubbles; fresh orange juice comes with.

Soft shell crab Benedict
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Toups Meatery

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Toups Meatery wows with a hearty, Cajun-tinged menu. inventive brunch cocktails, and $15 bottomless mimosas on weekends. Dishes from celebrity chef Isaac Toups and chef de cuisine Jason Lambert include foie torchon with fruit confit and hot smoked salmon with creamed kale and poached egg, and those are just the starters — the list of entrees include crispy sweetbreads with poutin, a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, and fried redfish Benny with braised greens.

Fried redfish benny
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Atchafalaya

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The Lowcountry shrimp and grits helped put this rustic Irish Channel restaurant on the map: the Southern seafood favorite is served with andouille and Delta Grind Grits and bathed in a smoked tomato, creole-spiced shrimp broth. The DIY bloody mary bar didn’t hurt, either — better still, brunch isn’t just for weekends at Atchafalaya; it’s dished Thursday through Monday. All factors combine to make this is a longstanding top brunch destination.

Basin Seafood and Spirits

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This Magazine Street seafood joint from Edgar Caro, the chef behind Metairie steakhouse Brasa Churrasqueria and Uptown tapas spot Baru, is a bit of an overlooked gem, but in-the-know locals don’t mind. Saturday and Sunday bring a bottomless mimosa brunch, with beloved, seafood-heavy menu items like the blue crab beignets, fried oyster Benedict, and shrimp remoulade, as well as chicken and waffles and crispy pulled pork biscuits and gravy.

Copper Vine

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This is the place to take your momma for a birthday or Mother’s Day brunch — Copper Vine is particularly civilized, with a lush, pretty patio complete with a live plant wall and glass ceiling making for an idyllic setting. Chef Amy Mehrtens puts local spins on brunch favorites with dishes like a cornflake-fried chicken and waffle; Creole shakshouka; and cochon de lait eggs Benedict, served alongside bottomless bubbles.

Gris-Gris

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New Orleans chef Eric Cook pays homage to Southern comfort food at his restaurant Gris-Gris, perfecting classics like shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, and oyster pie. Add brunch specialties like blueberry bourbon French toast and chicken biscuits and gravy, pitchers of cocktails including Aperol spritzes, and balcony seating overlooking Magazine Street, and no wonder it’s such a draw on weekend mornings. Now serving Friday brunch as well.

Trenasse

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This hidden gem inside the Intercontinental on St. Charles delivers a powerful good brunch, with a range of savory oysters, from raw to Bienville and traditional chargrilled to one of the most satisfying gumbos in town. Trenasse Benedicts come three ways, with Chisesi ham, blue crab cake and beef grillades — the best option is the Benny!Benny!Benny!; half of each. Bottomless mimosas are a bargain at $15.

The Benny!Benny!Benny!
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Bakery Bar

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Sugar and booze: so simple, so needed. One wonders why it’s taken so long. Thanks to Bakery Bar, that need is filled in a charming, off-the-beaten-path building on an LGD corner. Until 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Bakery Bar functions as a brunch spot serving a biscuit breakfast sandwich, birria Benedict, and oh yeah, excellent cocktails.

Bakery Bar.
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Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard

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Broussard’s is a French Creole classic, a New Orleans favorite for nearly a century. The restaurant includes three interior dining rooms, the Empire bar, and an elegant courtyard, where you can enjoy brunch with bottomless mimosas or rose for $16 with the purchase of an entree. Highlights include fried oyster wedge, a crawfish omelette, and fried chicken and waffles. Served Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Broussard’s chicken and waffles with glazed chicken, buttermilk waffles, maple syrup, candied pecans, and whipped butter
Broussard’s chicken and waffles with glazed chicken, buttermilk waffles, maple syrup, candied pecans, and whipped butter
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SoBou Restaurant

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SoBou’s bottomless bella bellini’s ($25) really has legs. The restaurant’s legs and eggs brunch featuring burlesque artists offers two courses and plenty of adult beverages. Order the SoBou-zy brunch hooch punch for the table during the show: It’s a potent mash-up that changes seasonally and is served in a giant flask for the whole table to share. Chef Byron Halliburton kills it with crab cakes eggs Benedict, vegetable frittata, and bananas Foster French toast.

Cane & Table

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Long known for its cocktails, Cane & Table recognizes that brunch calls for mimosas — a bottle comes with endless fresh OJ. Entrees include avocado toast, biscuits and chorizo gravy, and an outstanding Cuban. While you’re there, though, it’s worth trying cocktails from its most excellent bar — Micheladas, bloody Marys, hurricanes, frozen palomas, etc. Courtyard dining is an option.

Morrow's

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Located on St. Claude Avenue in the Marigny, Morrow’s always has a crowd waiting on the weekends to eat at the hip spot that has remained popular since its opening in 2018. Classic brunch specialties include lobster mac and cheese, shrimp and grits, and chicken and waffles, and bottle service mimosas are $40 with a variety of juice options.

The Country Club

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Drag brunch is back at the Country Club, Bywater’s always-packed oasis for brunch. Eat and drink outside in the lush pool gardens or on the front veranda; there are plenty of boozy options. Bellinis and mimosas come six glasses to a carafe, there’s a house bloody mary and a potent brandy milk punch. Housed in a stunning circa-1884 Italianate manse in Bywater, brunch specialties include a silky corn and blue crab bisque and toothsome polenta and eggs. Lots of gluten free options.

Juniors on Harrison

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Lakeview’s chic new two-story restaurant has become a popular special occasion destination for its atmosphere and bright, stylish interior — so naturally, brunch is taken seriously here. A wide-ranging menu includes hearty breakfast burritos, chilaquiles and smoked salmon bagel platters, along with a ton of brunch cocktails and the mimosa party, a bottle of bubbles served with assorted fruit and juices. Still, the biggest brunch highlight might be the frozen brunch cocktail options — Irish coffee, satsuma screwdriver, and frose among them.

Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Apolline

A charming Uptown cottage with an upscale, romantic vibe, Apolline has a great brunch drink special, offering $20 bottomless mimosas and bloody marys (the deluxe bloody is also a favorite). The food is on point as well, with chef Bill Prat’s shrimp and grits, country fried chicken thigh and waffle, and eggs Apolline (biscuit, smoked andouille sausage, crawfish tails, poached eggs, and hollandaise) as enduring classics.

Vessel NOLA

Vessel’s patio.
Vessel

Besides special eye openers like Pimm’s Cup and palomas, Vessel offers $25 bottle service that includes a bottle of cava Brut or rose and a carafe of orange juice. The gorgeous former church, with its covered landscaped outdoor patio, is the perfect backdrop for creative offerings like shrimp and Mexican street corn, a breakfast tartine with bacon and avocado, and an outstanding Benedict — bacon-wrapped, boudin-stuffed pork tenderloin and poached eggs atop a cheddar chive biscuit, drizzled with mustard cream sauce.

Vessel’s patio.
Vessel

Katie's

Soft shell crab Benedict
Katie’s/Facebook

The line out the door says it all. Katie’s is a neighborhood treasure, but folks come from all around New Orleans to enjoy this Mid City gem. On Sunday, chef Scot Craig cooks rib-sticking homey specialties including grillades and grits (his gravy is tomato based), eggs cochon, and oysters Benedict. Wash all that goodness down with an $18 bottle of bubbles; fresh orange juice comes with.

Soft shell crab Benedict
Katie’s/Facebook

Toups Meatery

Fried redfish benny
Denny Culbert/Toups Meatery

Toups Meatery wows with a hearty, Cajun-tinged menu. inventive brunch cocktails, and $15 bottomless mimosas on weekends. Dishes from celebrity chef Isaac Toups and chef de cuisine Jason Lambert include foie torchon with fruit confit and hot smoked salmon with creamed kale and poached egg, and those are just the starters — the list of entrees include crispy sweetbreads with poutin, a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, and fried redfish Benny with braised greens.

Fried redfish benny
Denny Culbert/Toups Meatery

Atchafalaya

The Lowcountry shrimp and grits helped put this rustic Irish Channel restaurant on the map: the Southern seafood favorite is served with andouille and Delta Grind Grits and bathed in a smoked tomato, creole-spiced shrimp broth. The DIY bloody mary bar didn’t hurt, either — better still, brunch isn’t just for weekends at Atchafalaya; it’s dished Thursday through Monday. All factors combine to make this is a longstanding top brunch destination.

Basin Seafood and Spirits

This Magazine Street seafood joint from Edgar Caro, the chef behind Metairie steakhouse Brasa Churrasqueria and Uptown tapas spot Baru, is a bit of an overlooked gem, but in-the-know locals don’t mind. Saturday and Sunday bring a bottomless mimosa brunch, with beloved, seafood-heavy menu items like the blue crab beignets, fried oyster Benedict, and shrimp remoulade, as well as chicken and waffles and crispy pulled pork biscuits and gravy.

Copper Vine

This is the place to take your momma for a birthday or Mother’s Day brunch — Copper Vine is particularly civilized, with a lush, pretty patio complete with a live plant wall and glass ceiling making for an idyllic setting. Chef Amy Mehrtens puts local spins on brunch favorites with dishes like a cornflake-fried chicken and waffle; Creole shakshouka; and cochon de lait eggs Benedict, served alongside bottomless bubbles.

Gris-Gris

New Orleans chef Eric Cook pays homage to Southern comfort food at his restaurant Gris-Gris, perfecting classics like shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, and oyster pie. Add brunch specialties like blueberry bourbon French toast and chicken biscuits and gravy, pitchers of cocktails including Aperol spritzes, and balcony seating overlooking Magazine Street, and no wonder it’s such a draw on weekend mornings. Now serving Friday brunch as well.

Trenasse

The Benny!Benny!Benny!
Trenasse/Official

This hidden gem inside the Intercontinental on St. Charles delivers a powerful good brunch, with a range of savory oysters, from raw to Bienville and traditional chargrilled to one of the most satisfying gumbos in town. Trenasse Benedicts come three ways, with Chisesi ham, blue crab cake and beef grillades — the best option is the Benny!Benny!Benny!; half of each. Bottomless mimosas are a bargain at $15.

The Benny!Benny!Benny!
Trenasse/Official

Bakery Bar

Bakery Bar.
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Sugar and booze: so simple, so needed. One wonders why it’s taken so long. Thanks to Bakery Bar, that need is filled in a charming, off-the-beaten-path building on an LGD corner. Until 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Bakery Bar functions as a brunch spot serving a biscuit breakfast sandwich, birria Benedict, and oh yeah, excellent cocktails.

Bakery Bar.
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard

Broussard’s chicken and waffles with glazed chicken, buttermilk waffles, maple syrup, candied pecans, and whipped butter
Broussard’s chicken and waffles with glazed chicken, buttermilk waffles, maple syrup, candied pecans, and whipped butter
Broussard’s/Facebook

Broussard’s is a French Creole classic, a New Orleans favorite for nearly a century. The restaurant includes three interior dining rooms, the Empire bar, and an elegant courtyard, where you can enjoy brunch with bottomless mimosas or rose for $16 with the purchase of an entree. Highlights include fried oyster wedge, a crawfish omelette, and fried chicken and waffles. Served Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Broussard’s chicken and waffles with glazed chicken, buttermilk waffles, maple syrup, candied pecans, and whipped butter
Broussard’s chicken and waffles with glazed chicken, buttermilk waffles, maple syrup, candied pecans, and whipped butter
Broussard’s/Facebook

SoBou Restaurant

SoBou’s bottomless bella bellini’s ($25) really has legs. The restaurant’s legs and eggs brunch featuring burlesque artists offers two courses and plenty of adult beverages. Order the SoBou-zy brunch hooch punch for the table during the show: It’s a potent mash-up that changes seasonally and is served in a giant flask for the whole table to share. Chef Byron Halliburton kills it with crab cakes eggs Benedict, vegetable frittata, and bananas Foster French toast.