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Where to Eat Brunch in New Orleans Right Now

The best new brunch menus in town offer Northern Italian, contemporary Creole, Latin American tapas, and more

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Crispy short rib dish from Gianna.
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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, 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 15 exciting new brunch destinations in New Orleans, arranged by neighborhood.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Larder Gourmet Market + Eatery

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3005 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 766-6157
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The Larder is the gourmet market and breakfast/lunch spot from Alison Vega-Knoll (Station 6) and and Chris Wilson. They now serve Sunday brunch, offering more than a dozen entrees, sangria, seasonal mimosas, and bloody marys with add-ons like bacon, pickled okra, green beans, and olives. Highlights from the food menu include pistachio, lime, and ricotta pancakes; chocolate hazelnut croissant French toast; and a smoked salmon and caper quiche with Cajun caviar (one of the items the market stocks).

2. 14 Parishes

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8227 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 264-7457
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This Oak Street destination for Jamaican specialties serves brunch Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering an exciting menu of smaller items like fried green tomatoes, cornmeal porridge, and French toast bites; and bigger plates of ackee and salted cod served with yam, banana, and dumplings; beef stewed oxtails with scrambled eggs; and a vegan option of sautéed callaloo peppers and onions with fried green plantains. The restaurant’s delicious fresh juices will fix you right up the morning after a late Saturday night.

3. Ciao Tapas Bar & Lounge

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4033 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 520-0130
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Formerly known as Bar Culture, Ciao is the newest incarnation of the Tulane Avenue building that was once a Mid City gas station, reopened as a tapas bar and lounge in February. At Ciao, owner Nicholas Reed is maintaining the neighborhood destination vibe, and “brunch is a lifestyle,” with Chris Malachi cooking up a concise menu that puts fresh spins on classics — seafood deviled eggs, a fried chicken biscuit with maple buffalo Mornay sauce, and shrimp and grits.

4. Mister Mao

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4501 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 345-2056
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After experimenting with special brunches for a few months, Uptown’s most exciting restaurant now serves weekly Sunday brunch. 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 Vidalia onion gravy and sunny eggs and Thai shrimp cake with sunny eggs, mustard greens, red curry, and fish sauce vinaigrette. Don’t miss the enticing brunch cocktails.

A spread of brunch dishes from Mister Mao including a hot chicken Benedict
Mister Mao brunch spread.
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5. Flour Moon Bagels

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457 N Dorgenois St
New Orleans, LA 70119

Breanne Kostyk’s Flour Moon Bagels pop-up now has a permanent home on the Lafitte Greenway — and the city is rejoicing. Finally, a second dedicated bagel shop in town, one that offers an array of flavors like cacio e pepe, pumpernickel, rosemary or sage sea salt, and more, in addition to breakfast sandwiches and tartines served on bagels. There will be more breakfast and brunch offerings added in the months to come, in addition to bloody marys and mimosas, but already serves as a worthy weekend brunch destination.

Inside Flour Moon.
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6. Commons Club New Orleans

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550 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70113

The Virgin Hotels New Orleans restaurant, led by local chef Alex Harrell, now serves weekend brunch, a menu of contemporary seasonal Southern cuisine with Mediterranean touches — think a Dutch baby served with whipped cream cheese, fruit compote, and cane syrup; pimento cheese toast with crispy Benton’s Ham, freezer pickles, and dill; and Gulf shrimp and Bayou Cora grits. That, and a menu of brunch cocktails, are served Saturday and Sunday.

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7. Bésame

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110 S Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 308-0880
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Nanyo Dominguez’s charming downtown restaurant dazzles with fresh, bright Central and South American specialties, flavors Dominguez has extended to weekend brunch, served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ceviches; chilaquiles; breakfast tacos; a Spanish omelette with chorizo and potato; and perhaps most excitingly, a cornmeal sope with braised pork and poached eggs make up some of the menu. Besame’s fresh cocktails, particularly the margarita, are a highlight.

8. Birdy's Behind The Bower

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1320 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 302-2992
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The latest spot from the folks who opened the Bower and Claret Wine and Cocktail Bar, both part of the new Framework development on Magazine Street, is a classy breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot with a sprawling patio. The extensive brunch menu is full of hearty and light dishes alike; ranging from a fried chicken biscuit and huevos rancheros to a mushroom Benedict and smoked salmon toast; as well as sweet plates, pastries, and salads, and a shareable brunch board for $35.

9. Palm&Pine

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308 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 814-6200
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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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10. Jewel of the South

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1026 St Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 265-8816
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French Quarter cocktail destination Jewel of the South has always served lovely food to accompany the star of the show, Chris Hannah’s award-winning concoctions, and now it counts brunch among its offerings. Expect Sunday brunch dishes like eggs Florentine, baked beans on toast, and French toast with rum syrup and chantilly. Make reservations for the romantic courtyard or cozy dining room between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Jewel of the South

11. Gianna Restaurant

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700 Magazine St #101
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 399-0816
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For the first time in the three years it’s been open, Donald Link and company’s modern Italian stunner in the Warehouse District is serving brunch, and unlike many spots that have recently introduced the meal, it’s serving brunch Saturdays and Sundays. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., try Louisiana strawberry semolina pancakes (it’s strawberry season!); lamb sausage gravy with creamy polenta; eggs alla Gianna (with chilies, tomato soffritto and fried ciabatta); and brunch cocktails. Reservations are a good idea.

12. Peacock Room

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501 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 324-3073
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Brunch at Peacock Room is the best new bet in town for an indulgent, celebratory meal. Most importantly, there is the Peacock Tower: think a shareable seafood tower but with deviled eggs, lobster toast, salt and pepper shrimp, and pimento cheese and crostini. There’s huevos rancheros with chorizo cured pork belly and mole verde and a chicken biscuit with American cheese and jalapeno cane syrup; as well as a slew of creative brunch cocktails — no surprise given the bar program — including a “High Tea Punch for 2,” served in a pretty tea set and changing weekly.

The Peacock Tower and High Tea Punch for 2
Randy Schmidt/Peacock Room

13. Miss River

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2 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 434-5701
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The city’s newest special occasion splurge destination is Miss River, the main restaurant in the new Four Seasons hotel. The waterfront 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.

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14. Saint John

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1117 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 581-8120
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At Eric Cook’s newly-opened Saint John, well-composed Creole dishes rule the day, and that includes brunch. The menu includes the classic eggs sardou, crispy Gulf oysters with spinach and artichokes with bernaise; a blue crab omelette; and Creole eggs in purgatory, eggs baked in spicy Creole sauce with andouille and French bread.

Oysters Sardou
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15. Barrilleaux's Restaurant and Wine Bar

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2000 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 717-3441
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This newly opened Italian restaurant is an outgrowth of the Burgundy House in the Marigny, a family run event space and catering kitchen that’s done wonders to upgrade the block. Barrilleaux’s is open for dinner Thursday through Saturday, and on Sundays its drag brunch time and a wide-ranging menu including a veggie frittata, chicken and waffles, an Italian skillet, and for dessert, cannoli-stuffed beignets. There’s a good brunch cocktails menu, too.

Inside Barrilleaux’s
Barrilleaux’s

1. The Larder Gourmet Market + Eatery

3005 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70002

The Larder is the gourmet market and breakfast/lunch spot from Alison Vega-Knoll (Station 6) and and Chris Wilson. They now serve Sunday brunch, offering more than a dozen entrees, sangria, seasonal mimosas, and bloody marys with add-ons like bacon, pickled okra, green beans, and olives. Highlights from the food menu include pistachio, lime, and ricotta pancakes; chocolate hazelnut croissant French toast; and a smoked salmon and caper quiche with Cajun caviar (one of the items the market stocks).

3005 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70002

2. 14 Parishes

8227 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118

This Oak Street destination for Jamaican specialties serves brunch Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering an exciting menu of smaller items like fried green tomatoes, cornmeal porridge, and French toast bites; and bigger plates of ackee and salted cod served with yam, banana, and dumplings; beef stewed oxtails with scrambled eggs; and a vegan option of sautéed callaloo peppers and onions with fried green plantains. The restaurant’s delicious fresh juices will fix you right up the morning after a late Saturday night.

8227 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

3. Ciao Tapas Bar & Lounge

4033 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Formerly known as Bar Culture, Ciao is the newest incarnation of the Tulane Avenue building that was once a Mid City gas station, reopened as a tapas bar and lounge in February. At Ciao, owner Nicholas Reed is maintaining the neighborhood destination vibe, and “brunch is a lifestyle,” with Chris Malachi cooking up a concise menu that puts fresh spins on classics — seafood deviled eggs, a fried chicken biscuit with maple buffalo Mornay sauce, and shrimp and grits.

4033 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. Mister Mao

4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115
A spread of brunch dishes from Mister Mao including a hot chicken Benedict
Mister Mao brunch spread.
Paprika Studios/Mister Mao

After experimenting with special brunches for a few months, Uptown’s most exciting restaurant now serves weekly Sunday brunch. 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 Vidalia onion gravy and sunny eggs and Thai shrimp cake with sunny eggs, mustard greens, red curry, and fish sauce vinaigrette. Don’t miss the enticing brunch cocktails.

4501 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115

5. Flour Moon Bagels

457 N Dorgenois St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Inside Flour Moon.
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Breanne Kostyk’s Flour Moon Bagels pop-up now has a permanent home on the Lafitte Greenway — and the city is rejoicing. Finally, a second dedicated bagel shop in town, one that offers an array of flavors like cacio e pepe, pumpernickel, rosemary or sage sea salt, and more, in addition to breakfast sandwiches and tartines served on bagels. There will be more breakfast and brunch offerings added in the months to come, in addition to bloody marys and mimosas, but already serves as a worthy weekend brunch destination.

457 N Dorgenois St
New Orleans, LA 70119

6. Commons Club New Orleans

550 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70113
Sam Hanna/Virgin Hotels New Orleans

The Virgin Hotels New Orleans restaurant, led by local chef Alex Harrell, now serves weekend brunch, a menu of contemporary seasonal Southern cuisine with Mediterranean touches — think a Dutch baby served with whipped cream cheese, fruit compote, and cane syrup; pimento cheese toast with crispy Benton’s Ham, freezer pickles, and dill; and Gulf shrimp and Bayou Cora grits. That, and a menu of brunch cocktails, are served Saturday and Sunday.

550 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70113

7. Bésame

110 S Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Nanyo Dominguez’s charming downtown restaurant dazzles with fresh, bright Central and South American specialties, flavors Dominguez has extended to weekend brunch, served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ceviches; chilaquiles; breakfast tacos; a Spanish omelette with chorizo and potato; and perhaps most excitingly, a cornmeal sope with braised pork and poached eggs make up some of the menu. Besame’s fresh cocktails, particularly the margarita, are a highlight.

110 S Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70112

8. Birdy's Behind The Bower

1320 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The latest spot from the folks who opened the Bower and Claret Wine and Cocktail Bar, both part of the new Framework development on Magazine Street, is a classy breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot with a sprawling patio. The extensive brunch menu is full of hearty and light dishes alike; ranging from a fried chicken biscuit and huevos rancheros to a mushroom Benedict and smoked salmon toast; as well as sweet plates, pastries, and salads, and a shareable brunch board for $35.

1320 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. Palm&Pine

308 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70112
A bowl of shrimp Creole with jalapeño cream cheese grits, corn, and tomato
Shrimp Creole from Palm & Pine
Randy Schmidt/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.

308 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70112

10. Jewel of the South

1026 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Jewel of the South

French Quarter cocktail destination Jewel of the South has always served lovely food to accompany the star of the show, Chris Hannah’s award-winning concoctions, and now it counts brunch among its offerings. Expect Sunday brunch dishes like eggs Florentine, baked beans on toast, and French toast with rum syrup and chantilly. Make reservations for the romantic courtyard or cozy dining room between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

1026 St Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70112

11. Gianna Restaurant

700 Magazine St #101, New Orleans, LA 70130

For the first time in the three years it’s been open, Donald Link and company’s modern Italian stunner in the Warehouse District is serving brunch, and unlike many spots that have recently introduced the meal, it’s serving brunch Saturdays and Sundays. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., try Louisiana strawberry semolina pancakes (it’s strawberry season!); lamb sausage gravy with creamy polenta; eggs alla Gianna (with chilies, tomato soffritto and fried ciabatta); and brunch cocktails. Reservations are a good idea.

700 Magazine St #101
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Peacock Room

501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The Peacock Tower and High Tea Punch for 2
Randy Schmidt/Peacock Room

Brunch at Peacock Room is the best new bet in town for an indulgent, celebratory meal. Most importantly, there is the Peacock Tower: think a shareable seafood tower but with deviled eggs, lobster toast, salt and pepper shrimp, and pimento cheese and crostini. There’s huevos rancheros with chorizo cured pork belly and mole verde and a chicken biscuit with American cheese and jalapeno cane syrup; as well as a slew of creative brunch cocktails — no surprise given the bar program — including a “High Tea Punch for 2,” served in a pretty tea set and changing weekly.

501 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. Miss River

2 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans/Official

The city’s newest special occasion splurge destination is Miss River, the main restaurant in the new Four Seasons hotel. The waterfront 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.

2 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. Saint John

1117 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Oysters Sardou
Saint John/Official

At Eric Cook’s newly-opened Saint John, well-composed Creole dishes rule the day, and that includes brunch. The menu includes the classic eggs sardou, crispy Gulf oysters with spinach and artichokes with bernaise; a blue crab omelette; and Creole eggs in purgatory, eggs baked in spicy Creole sauce with andouille and French bread.

1117 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

15. Barrilleaux's Restaurant and Wine Bar

2000 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Inside Barrilleaux’s
Barrilleaux’s

This newly opened Italian restaurant is an outgrowth of the Burgundy House in the Marigny, a family run event space and catering kitchen that’s done wonders to upgrade the block. Barrilleaux’s is open for dinner Thursday through Saturday, and on Sundays its drag brunch time and a wide-ranging menu including a veggie frittata, chicken and waffles, an Italian skillet, and for dessert, cannoli-stuffed beignets. There’s a good brunch cocktails menu, too.

2000 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70116

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