Welcome to our Exploring Denver Series where we cover the best places around Denver to enjoy and bask in the culture of the Mile High City—follow this series to stay up to date on the hottest spots in our beautiful city. In this article, we check out each neighborhood to find the best brunch Denver has to offer.
Nothing chases away the Sunday scaries quite like a Sunday brunch with friends and fortunately for us, Denver has them in spades. So, whether you’re on the hunt for creamy eggs benny or in need of a bottomless Bloody Mary bar—we’ve got you covered.
Here’s a list of our top picks for the best brunch Denver has to offer. We separated things by neighborhood so you can find your new go-to spot, picking out spots that would even satisfy a even the nastiest recent New York transplant.
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Best Brunch in: LoDo
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
As winner of multiple awards in 2019, like “Best Breakfast Spot” and “Best Brunch”, Snooze serves up much more than pillowy pancakes and crispy sides of bacon. This innovative eatery’s brunch menu is something to write home about.
Each dish features delicious, unique ingredients that come together in wonderful, Instagram-worthy plates. Brunchers can kick back in the restaurant’s comfy, retro booths while pursuing the mouth-watering menu.
Sweet-tooths will rejoice in the eatery’s “Blueberry Danish Pancakes” or its “OMG French Toast”, which is stuffed with creamy mascarpone and topped with vanilla creme, caramel, strawberries and toasted coconut. (Our mouths are watering as we write this.)
Eggs Benedict aficionados can take a walk on the wild side of this staple breakfast dish by choosing from Snooze’s variations-on-a-theme. “Bella! Bella! Benny” features slices of prosciutto, Taleggio cheese, and a balsamic glaze for a sweet and salty creation while its spicy “Chile Verde” may just transport you south of the border.
Best Brunch in: RiNo
Got that travel bug, but don’t necessarily have the time or money to take a quick trip out of the country? We feel you there. Instead, head down to the quirky River North neighborhood and grab brunch at Stowaway Kitchen.
Its globally influenced breakfast and lunch fare can take you places way beyond Colorful Colorado. The menu is inspired by international adventure encountered by Stowaway’s two owners, Amy Cohen and Hayden Barnie.
Little slices of flavorful mementos, transported back to Denver from trips around the world, make their way to this global menu and into the hearts and bellies of Denverites.
As a testament to its skill and simple talent, this eatery elevates even the most humble breakfast item: a slice of toast. Its “spiced fruit toast” features toothy hunks of apricot and prune bread, baked to perfection and topped with warm, melting butter.
The “scram breakfast sandwich” is so much more than than eggs and bacon trapped between two buns—Kurobuta ham, expertly scrambled eggs, tomato chutney, and arugula unite in a brioche bun for a sandwich that is truly worth celebrating. Ignite your inner wanderlust and feed your soul at this communal eatery.
Best Brunch in: Cap Hill
City O’ City
You don’t have to be an herbivore to enjoy this vegetarian eatery’s brunch items; these dishes taste almost exactly like (if not better than) their meat counterparts. While this Cap Hill outpost earned praise for its vegetarian and vegan options, it has maintained its slot as one of the best brunch spots in Denver because of its creative, hearty brunch plates, and welcoming atmosphere— consistently garnering local awards like “2019 Best Vegetarian Restaurant” and “2019 Best Veggie Burger”.
Tempeh bacon hash features our state’s seasonal produce, ensuring freshness and sustainability in every bite! Chicken & Waffles boasts a bourbon-brined, fried cauliflower that is complemented by bourbon maple syrup, chive creme fraise, and carrot bacon.
City O’ City’s savory pancakes will make you completely rethink this staple breakfast item. Theirs are topped with spicy kimchi, pickled carrots, and topped with a sweet soy sauce syrup. You definitely won’t miss meat at this bohemian brunch spot.
Best Brunch in: Downtown Denver / Central Business District
Sam’s No. 3
You’ll earn a ton of Mile High City points if you squeeze into a booth at the exuberant and classic Sam’s No. 3 diner. Head down ASAP and patiently wait in line to get a table at this always-popping breakfast and brunch spot.
Bask in the kitchy, prohibition-era atmosphere and chat with table-neighbors who are sure to become friends at this neighborhood hotspot.
Sam’s No. 3 is considered Denver’s best diner for a reason and the menu is chock-full of comfort food classics. They believe that “a well-balanced diet is a burrito in each hand”, which is probably why they offer a variety of hand-held burritos on the cheap.
Grab a chorizo, bacon, or classic for a meal on the go or sit and linger over heaping plates of “The #5”, country fried steak and eggs, or “The #10”, bone-in pork chops with eggs. Cozy up as the snow falls with a spiked “Nutello” or “Mexican Coffee” featuring a rare but tasty coupling of tequila and Kahlua.
Best Brunch in: LoHi / Highlands
This Highlands restaurant seeks to connect its diners with the food they eat in a holistic, communal approach. As a winner of the “Best Gluten Free Menu” award, their menu items cater to diners of all dietary needs.
Root Down showcases seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients to ensure its dishes remain bright, fresh, and ecologically conscious. Not only will you be eating a delicious brunch but you’ll be contributing to Colorado’s agricultural community—It’s a win-win!
The “Bibimbap Steak and Eggs” is a new take on a western favorite and features coffee-rubbed callicrate sirloin, expertly-poached eggs, and gochujang BBQ sauce.
Root Down’s bottomless blood orange mimosas pair perfectly with this hearty dish making for a truly indulgent breakfast. This autumn and winter, treat yourself to Root Down—you deserve it!
Best Brunch in: Five Points
If you’re in search of a little hair-of-the-dog that bit ya, swing by The Lobby for the best brunch drink deal in town. Its wide variety of savory comfort food will soak up last night’s mistakes while its bottomless mimosas and bloody mary’s will nurse away any lingering regrets.
Over the past decade, this 5 Points gem has adapted and evolved to cater to Denver’s growing foodie culture. It’s current menu is reflective of our city’s residents’ desire to try new things and expand perspectives while enjoying a no-frills cuisine with a cold drink in hand.
The Lobby’s food fits all budgets and preferences—“Waffle Dippers” consist of heaping mounds of creamy pimento cheese, while on the other hand its “Shroom Scramble” offers a healthier brunch option (to offset your bottomless beverage selection).
There’s no judgement here at this relaxed locale—come as you are, order what you wish, stay for an hour or for an entire day.
Now that you’ve got the best brunch spots Denver offers mapped out, find an apartment nearby and make one your go-to Sunday Morning Spot. Finding your next apartment is easier than it sounds, and we’d love to help! At AptAmigo, we’re the matchmakers between you and your dream apartment. Simply reach out and tell us everything you’re looking for in your future place. Our local experts will compile a list that fits your desired specifications. Next, we’ll schedule tours and provide transportation to each so you’ll have someone helping you every step of the way. Too easy, right? Welcome to the future of apartment hunting.
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Abigail is a freelance writer who loves exploring new places - especially in the southwest - and moved into her van full time last fall. When she's not working on writing gigs to support her #vanlife endeavors, she loves packrafting alpine lakes, floating lazy rivers, and trail running.