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16 of the Hottest Places to Eat Brunch in New Orleans Right Now

An up-to-date guide to the city’s best new options for daytime weekend dining and drinking

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Brunch is a New Orleans pastime — it’s the birthplace of the meal, after all. From extravagant jazz brunches to essential boozy brunches and of course, drag brunches, restaurants take the meal seriously. As dining out becomes more comfortable, there are fresh menus all around town, at brand new restaurants as well as tried-and-true classics.

To help in the difficult decision-making process as the weekend nears, the Eater New Orleans brunch heat map is tracking the newest options for that special weekend meal, whether at restaurants new to the city’s dining scene or favorites launching brunch for the first time. Here are exciting new brunch destinations in New Orleans, arranged by neighborhood.

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Mister Mao

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After experimenting with special brunches for a few months, Uptown’s most exciting restaurant now serves both Saturday and Sunday brunch weekly. The menu will change frequently, as does the dinner menu, but will always include gluten-free options — expect mashup dishes like hot chicken Benedict served on a Hawaiian pineapple roll with onion gravy or a Thai shrimp cake with sunny eggs, mustard greens, red curry, and fish sauce vinaigrette. Don’t miss the enticing brunch cocktails, or $35 bottomless mimosas.

A spread of brunch dishes from Mister Mao including a hot chicken Benedict
Mister Mao brunch spread.
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Scrambled

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Uptown has a sunny new breakfast and brunch destination housed in the former Toast on Laurel Street. Steven Green’s menu is creative and fun, not to mention vast given the current trend toward five-item lists — a pretty shakshouka and fresh scrambled tofu bowl mix with over-the-top plates of peanut butter mousse waffles and cannoli French toast to offer something for everyone. It’s open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Shakshouka from Scrambled.
Scrambled

Bakery Bar

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Brunch is served Tuesday through Sunday at this LGD neighborhood gem, now with a menu from former Bacchanal chef Lydia Solano. Both dinner and brunch got a revamp, with the former offering a succinct handful of classic and over-the-top dishes. There’s chia seed pudding with custard cardamom strudel, an oxtail cake eggs Benedict, and Spanish-style torrijas, topped with blackberry compote and plantain custard.

Oxtail croquette eggs Benedict.
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Beggars Banquet

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This charming, beautiful new restaurant in the LGD is a delight — family-owned, friendly, and elegant. It’s also already serving brunch, a rarity for most new restaurants. On Saturday and Sunday, the normally seafood-centric menu gets a mid-day makeover with dishes like stuffed French toast, boneless short ribs with poached eggs, crab meat eggs Benedict, Gulf shrimp salad, and a BLT.

Plates Restaurant & Bar

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Less than a month after opening in its elegant, soaring Warehouse District space, Plates is serving brunch — a good move for a sprawling downtown space in close proximity to the Convention Center and World War II museum. The regular lunch and dinner menu adds items like chorizo hash, a Spanish tortilla, and steak and eggs, or for something on the lighter side, greek yogurt with granola or a bocadillo.

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Easy Virtue

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There’s a brand new, seven-day-a-week brunch spot in the Warehouse District — that also specializes in whiskey. The menu is whimsical and creative, from the dishes to the brunch cocktails — for instance, a Pig Pop Tart with cochon de lait stuffed inside a pastry drizzled with a Crystal Hot Sauce glaze (there’s also quiche, biscuits and gravy, a Creole omelet, avocado toast, and more). For cocktails, the Cereal Milk Punch, Y’all is pure nostalgia: bourbon shaken with cereal-infused milk and rimmed with crushed cereal. Brunch is served 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

The Pig Pop Tart from Easy Virtue.
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Compère Lapin

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Great news: Sunday brunch has returned to Nina Compton’s hugely acclaimed Compère Lapin. From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Compère serves items like an everything bagel with tuna tartar and chili cream cheese, braised pork with polenta, confit tomatoes, and sunny egg; and smothered rabbit with biscuit croquette. Don’t miss trying one of the restaurant’s delicious brunch cocktails, like the In the Valley Below (Cimmaron tequila, coffee-infused mezcal, Campari, cherry, and cacao), or opt for the bottomless brunch punch for just $20. Sweet endings include buttermilk pie with strawberry compote and zeppole with pecans and rum caramel. 

Hot fire chicken.
Compère Lapin

Emeril’s Brasserie

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Emeril Lagasse has a new restaurant downtown in New Orleans’s soon-to-be Caesars Casino, marking the celebrity chef’s first foray into French food. The elegant space serves dishes synonymous with a splurge, like a seafood tower, along with classic brasserie staples like French onion soup, tarte flambée, and steak frites au poivre. Beginning December 23 it opens for brunch on Saturday and Sunday (and Mondays during the holidays only), beginning at 10 a.m.

Miss River

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The city’s newest special occasion destination is Miss River, the main restaurant in the new Four Seasons hotel. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, featuring creations like duck eggs Creole; beignets and ham; and poached eggs and creamed spinach on toasted brioche bread with hollandaise and caviar. Of course, the cocktails are just as over-the-top: Bloody marys with garnishes like pickled quail eggs, okra, and steamed shrimp; and mimosas served from a roving mimosa station.

Scrambled egg toast with shaved black truffles and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Scrambled egg toast with shaved black truffles and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
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Couvant at The Eliza Jane Hotel

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Couvant, the elegant French brasserie in downtown’s chic Eliza Jane Hotel, serves brunch Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Refined, technique-driven dishes merging French and American South flavors include a berry pain perdue; duck confit and waffles with foie gras butter; and a crawfish hash with sweet corn, rosemary garlic potatoes, and a sunny-side-up-egg. Couvant is also offering a handful of $25 unlimited brunch cocktails — bloodys, Palomas, sangria, mimosas, or brunch punch.

Brunch cocktails from Couvant.
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Sun Chong

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This French Quarter hotspot with a high-touch design and great vibes has introduced brunch — bulgogi and grits, anyone? Brunch offerings follow the same flavorful mashup formula as the regular menu — Asian-American and Korean-centric, but with a good dose of New Orleans flair. The breakfast potatoes are outrageous, a great side to pair with crawfish and grits or the baco breakfast tacos and extravagant cocktails. Served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Chapter IV

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This is the new restaurant from Edgar “Dook” Chase IV, grandson of the legendary Dooky Chase’s restaurant founder and culinary icon Leah Chase and her husband Dooky Chase. While the Chase family may be best associated with gumbo, fried chicken, and shrimp Clemenceau, Chapter IV aims to do something different while honoring its legacy. The daytime spot celebrates brunch on weekends with live music, lively cocktails, fried oyster BLTs, fish and grits, and fried chicken sandwiches, to name a few dishes.

Palm&Pine

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Sunday brunch is a highlight at Palm & Pine, the inventive French Quarter restaurant that blends flavors from the Caribbean, Southern U.S., and Central America. An oft-changing brunch menu might include a duck boudin omelet, Texas wagyu and eggs, or chilaquiles. Cocktails are top-notch.

A bowl of shrimp Creole with jalapeño cream cheese grits, corn, and tomato
Shrimp Creole from Palm & Pine
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Justini Cocktails

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This new cocktail bar in a beautiful Bywater space opened at the beginning of June, marking the building’s first occupant since Oxalis closed in 2017. Justini’s is the brainchild of Jessica Robinson, serving a menu of colorful, pretty cocktails as well as bar snacks like tacos, salmon bites, and wings. For brunch, served Saturday and Sunday, there’s a small menu of dishes like avocado toast, fried chicken and French toast, beignet sticks, a hot sausage croissant, and catfish Dauphine.

The Elysian Bar

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At this hotspot located in a renovated former church complex, sit outside on the courtyard or inside in the kitschy rectory with its happy colors for dishes like a classic French rolled omelet, eggs baked in tomato, ricotta, and chimichurri; and fried grits with chorizo gravy and a sunny side egg. It’s a great spot for brunch cocktails.

Cocktails from the Elysian Bar.
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Garrison Kitchen + Cocktails

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This swanky new Metairie restaurant with a country club feel and individual gazebo dining serves upscale American cuisine using ingredients from an onsite herb and vegetable garden and beef from a local cattle farm. The new weekend brunch menu is best enjoyed outdoors (now that it’s fall), specializing in housemade pastries and biscuits, shareable dips and snacks, and hearty breakfast sandwiches. Served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mister Mao

After experimenting with special brunches for a few months, Uptown’s most exciting restaurant now serves both Saturday and Sunday brunch weekly. The menu will change frequently, as does the dinner menu, but will always include gluten-free options — expect mashup dishes like hot chicken Benedict served on a Hawaiian pineapple roll with onion gravy or a Thai shrimp cake with sunny eggs, mustard greens, red curry, and fish sauce vinaigrette. Don’t miss the enticing brunch cocktails, or $35 bottomless mimosas.

A spread of brunch dishes from Mister Mao including a hot chicken Benedict
Mister Mao brunch spread.
Paprika Studios/Mister Mao

Scrambled

Uptown has a sunny new breakfast and brunch destination housed in the former Toast on Laurel Street. Steven Green’s menu is creative and fun, not to mention vast given the current trend toward five-item lists — a pretty shakshouka and fresh scrambled tofu bowl mix with over-the-top plates of peanut butter mousse waffles and cannoli French toast to offer something for everyone. It’s open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Shakshouka from Scrambled.
Scrambled

Bakery Bar

Brunch is served Tuesday through Sunday at this LGD neighborhood gem, now with a menu from former Bacchanal chef Lydia Solano. Both dinner and brunch got a revamp, with the former offering a succinct handful of classic and over-the-top dishes. There’s chia seed pudding with custard cardamom strudel, an oxtail cake eggs Benedict, and Spanish-style torrijas, topped with blackberry compote and plantain custard.

Oxtail croquette eggs Benedict.
Bakery Bar/Official

Beggars Banquet

This charming, beautiful new restaurant in the LGD is a delight — family-owned, friendly, and elegant. It’s also already serving brunch, a rarity for most new restaurants. On Saturday and Sunday, the normally seafood-centric menu gets a mid-day makeover with dishes like stuffed French toast, boneless short ribs with poached eggs, crab meat eggs Benedict, Gulf shrimp salad, and a BLT.

Plates Restaurant & Bar

Less than a month after opening in its elegant, soaring Warehouse District space, Plates is serving brunch — a good move for a sprawling downtown space in close proximity to the Convention Center and World War II museum. The regular lunch and dinner menu adds items like chorizo hash, a Spanish tortilla, and steak and eggs, or for something on the lighter side, greek yogurt with granola or a bocadillo.

Randy Schmidt/Plates

Easy Virtue

There’s a brand new, seven-day-a-week brunch spot in the Warehouse District — that also specializes in whiskey. The menu is whimsical and creative, from the dishes to the brunch cocktails — for instance, a Pig Pop Tart with cochon de lait stuffed inside a pastry drizzled with a Crystal Hot Sauce glaze (there’s also quiche, biscuits and gravy, a Creole omelet, avocado toast, and more). For cocktails, the Cereal Milk Punch, Y’all is pure nostalgia: bourbon shaken with cereal-infused milk and rimmed with crushed cereal. Brunch is served 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

The Pig Pop Tart from Easy Virtue.
Easy Virtue

Compère Lapin

Great news: Sunday brunch has returned to Nina Compton’s hugely acclaimed Compère Lapin. From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Compère serves items like an everything bagel with tuna tartar and chili cream cheese, braised pork with polenta, confit tomatoes, and sunny egg; and smothered rabbit with biscuit croquette. Don’t miss trying one of the restaurant’s delicious brunch cocktails, like the In the Valley Below (Cimmaron tequila, coffee-infused mezcal, Campari, cherry, and cacao), or opt for the bottomless brunch punch for just $20. Sweet endings include buttermilk pie with strawberry compote and zeppole with pecans and rum caramel. 

Hot fire chicken.
Compère Lapin

Emeril’s Brasserie

Emeril Lagasse has a new restaurant downtown in New Orleans’s soon-to-be Caesars Casino, marking the celebrity chef’s first foray into French food. The elegant space serves dishes synonymous with a splurge, like a seafood tower, along with classic brasserie staples like French onion soup, tarte flambée, and steak frites au poivre. Beginning December 23 it opens for brunch on Saturday and Sunday (and Mondays during the holidays only), beginning at 10 a.m.

Miss River

The city’s newest special occasion destination is Miss River, the main restaurant in the new Four Seasons hotel. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, featuring creations like duck eggs Creole; beignets and ham; and poached eggs and creamed spinach on toasted brioche bread with hollandaise and caviar. Of course, the cocktails are just as over-the-top: Bloody marys with garnishes like pickled quail eggs, okra, and steamed shrimp; and mimosas served from a roving mimosa station.

Scrambled egg toast with shaved black truffles and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Scrambled egg toast with shaved black truffles and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans/Official

Couvant at The Eliza Jane Hotel

Couvant, the elegant French brasserie in downtown’s chic Eliza Jane Hotel, serves brunch Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Refined, technique-driven dishes merging French and American South flavors include a berry pain perdue; duck confit and waffles with foie gras butter; and a crawfish hash with sweet corn, rosemary garlic potatoes, and a sunny-side-up-egg. Couvant is also offering a handful of $25 unlimited brunch cocktails — bloodys, Palomas, sangria, mimosas, or brunch punch.

Brunch cocktails from Couvant.
Couvant/Official

Sun Chong

This French Quarter hotspot with a high-touch design and great vibes has introduced brunch — bulgogi and grits, anyone? Brunch offerings follow the same flavorful mashup formula as the regular menu — Asian-American and Korean-centric, but with a good dose of New Orleans flair. The breakfast potatoes are outrageous, a great side to pair with crawfish and grits or the baco breakfast tacos and extravagant cocktails. Served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Chapter IV

This is the new restaurant from Edgar “Dook” Chase IV, grandson of the legendary Dooky Chase’s restaurant founder and culinary icon Leah Chase and her husband Dooky Chase. While the Chase family may be best associated with gumbo, fried chicken, and shrimp Clemenceau, Chapter IV aims to do something different while honoring its legacy. The daytime spot celebrates brunch on weekends with live music, lively cocktails, fried oyster BLTs, fish and grits, and fried chicken sandwiches, to name a few dishes.

Palm&Pine

Sunday brunch is a highlight at Palm & Pine, the inventive French Quarter restaurant that blends flavors from the Caribbean, Southern U.S., and Central America. An oft-changing brunch menu might include a duck boudin omelet, Texas wagyu and eggs, or chilaquiles. Cocktails are top-notch.

A bowl of shrimp Creole with jalapeño cream cheese grits, corn, and tomato
Shrimp Creole from Palm & Pine
Randy Schmidt/Palm & Pine

Justini Cocktails

This new cocktail bar in a beautiful Bywater space opened at the beginning of June, marking the building’s first occupant since Oxalis closed in 2017. Justini’s is the brainchild of Jessica Robinson, serving a menu of colorful, pretty cocktails as well as bar snacks like tacos, salmon bites, and wings. For brunch, served Saturday and Sunday, there’s a small menu of dishes like avocado toast, fried chicken and French toast, beignet sticks, a hot sausage croissant, and catfish Dauphine.

The Elysian Bar

At this hotspot located in a renovated former church complex, sit outside on the courtyard or inside in the kitschy rectory with its happy colors for dishes like a classic French rolled omelet, eggs baked in tomato, ricotta, and chimichurri; and fried grits with chorizo gravy and a sunny side egg. It’s a great spot for brunch cocktails.

Cocktails from the Elysian Bar.
Randy Schmidt/Hotel Peter and Paul

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Garrison Kitchen + Cocktails

This swanky new Metairie restaurant with a country club feel and individual gazebo dining serves upscale American cuisine using ingredients from an onsite herb and vegetable garden and beef from a local cattle farm. The new weekend brunch menu is best enjoyed outdoors (now that it’s fall), specializing in housemade pastries and biscuits, shareable dips and snacks, and hearty breakfast sandwiches. Served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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