In a city known for classic cocktails and Southern breakfasts, boozy brunch is a necessity. Whether you’re looking for a fancy jazz brunch or a funky, local spot, we’ve compiled this list of delicious recs by neighborhood, so you can explore (and imbibe) everywhere from Uptown to the Bywater. So grab your crew and your snazziest face mask and get ready to indulge. The restaurants below are just a few of our favorites-- there are plenty more to choose from here.
Atchafalaya’s brunch is wonderful for so many reasons. The menu is delicious and has something for every taste palate (think: everything from low country shrimp & grits to classic quiche Lorraine). And let’s not forget the boozy brunch cocktails – their Bloody Mary is a must-try. Also, Atchafalaya is one of the only places that extends their brunch offerings outside of the weekend. Enjoy their brunch menu Thursday-Monday from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Located along the bustling six miles of shops, art galleries, restaurants, and bars that is Magazine Street, Apolline is a delight for those that take their brunching seriously. Bottomless mimosas and bloody marys are only $18 and pair fabulously with a menu that includes cinnamon pecan bacon, smoked pork enchiladas, and shrimp and grits made with Abita beer, cremini mushrooms, and smoked andouille sausage.
Tucked inside the Pontchartrain Hotel, Jack Rose offers a funky space with a killer menu. Brunch is offered on Sundays and includes menu items like calamari, chicken and waffles, and duck and andouille gumbo. Make it a party with their disco punch, which serves up to 10 people and comes served in an actual disco ball!
Columbia native Edgar Caro sought to open a restaurant where our abundance of fresh, local seafood is celebrated. Basin is his second of three restaurants in New Orleans, but the only one that offers brunch. Fish tacos, chicken and waffles with cayenne honey butter, and brioche French toast are a few favorites. Bottomless mimosas are also offered every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Outdoor dining is also available (sidewalk and courtyard).
Brown Butter’s cozy atmosphere and classic Southern menu is ideal if you want to try lots of unique dishes, like the brunch burger with brie on a brioche bun or the brunchy salad with cornbread croutons, boiled egg, and sugared bacon. Make it boozy with the restaurant’s $15 bottomless mimosas or Bloody Mary’s. The casual spot is a great end to your weekend trip.
Located across the street from the picturesque City Park, the ambiance at Ralph’s is second to none. Enjoy $20 bottles of bubbly with your choice of juice to sip in between bites of crab and avocado toast, turtle soup, and steak and egg hussarde with hollandaise, roasted mushrooms and poached egg. Outdoor dining available.
Esplanade Avenue is located on the back end of the French Quarter and runs all the way to City Park--it’s a must-see when visiting New Orleans. Esplanade is also home to Lola’s, an adorable Spanish tapas restaurant with outside seating and a brand-new brunch menu. Bottomless mimosas are only $15 and the menu is full of goodies like shrimp and grits, Belgian waffles, and a veggie omelet with a Spanish twist featuring caramelized onions, artichokes, sofrito, spinach and goat cheese. Order some manchego cheese grits for the table and you’re in business!
Celebrity chef Isaac Toups prepares a decadent brunch full of Southern flavors. Star dishes include foie gras torchon, fried catfish Benny and Louisiana blue crab claws. Wash down the heavy dishes with a delicious brunch-time cocktail and save room for a slice of doberge cake!
Downtown/ Central Business District Brunch
Just a few blocks from the Mercedes Benz Superdome, you’ll notice a lush patio full of greenery. Copper Vine is the ideal spot if the weather is lovely, although the interior is also absolutely gorgeous. From brunch classics to flat breads and sandwiches, there is plenty to choose from. Not to mention, they offer over 30 wines on tap, plus pitchers of four different types of sangria.
Award-winning chef Kelly Fields creates out of this world desserts and pastries, which made her a natural choice for the winner of the 2019 James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef. The brunch menu doesn’t disappoint, either. Think fried chicken and tabasco honey biscuits, BBQ shrimp toast and monkey bread. Their drink menu is just as exciting with various boozy coffees, frosé, aperol spritz and more.
Named after Miss Sofia Loren, this Italian-inspired restaurant on Julia Street is one of the most upbeat dining scenes in town. You won’t find traditional brunch fare on their menu, but you will find a breakfast pizza with creamed leeks, crispy speck and fontina. The mainstays like meatballs, ricotta with grilled bread, pasta alla vodka and cacio e pepe are available for brunch, as well. Enjoy your choice of bottomless aperol spritzes, pomegranate mimosas, or classic mimosas.
French Quarter Brunch
Stanley overlooks iconic Jackson Square, so come here for the quintessential NOLA brunch experience. Plus, the restaurant serves breakfast and brunch all day, so no need to worry about making it to breakfast on time - you can sleep in. The menu includes Creole classics that never disappoint, and the boozy drinks here include the brunch standards - mimosas, Bloody’s, etc. - but also include specialty Stanley milkshakes like a White Russian Milkshake, an Irish Coffee Milkshake, and a Brandy Milk Punch Milkshake. Sip on a boozy shake, or grab one to-go and stroll by St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square.
Known for their cocktails, it is no surprise that Cane and Table is great for a boozy brunch. Caribbean-inspired cocktails are always creative and refreshing. Indulge in sweet plantains, empanadas or a Cuban sandwich for brunch. Sit inside or out, but you’ll definitely feel like you are in the historic French Quarter.
This 100-year-old French Quarter restaurant is a stunner in more ways than one. With a beautiful courtyard that’s home to the oldest wisteria vine in the city, immaculate private dining rooms, and a menu that boasts some classic Creole and French cuisine, you’ll want to put Broussard’s on your list. We love their brandy milk punch, and crawfish and brie omelet with oyster mushrooms and Lyonnaise potatoes. Bottomless mimosas or rose are just $15 with purchase of an entrée.
Marigny and Bywater Brunch
Elizabeth’s is a stand-out boozy brunch for so many reasons. The atmosphere is cheerful and bright, since the walls of the restaurant are lined with Dr. Bob’s iconic artwork (pro tip: pay a visit to his studio down the street after brunch). The menu is decadent and full of dishes made from scratch. Elizabeth’s has daily rotating specials, but one dish you can’t miss out on here is the praline bacon. Sugar-coated bacon is best accompanied by a cocktail, so treat yourself to one of the drinks or specialty cocktails on the menu from the full-bar.
This is not your typical Country Club. Overflowing with Southern and New Orleans classics, indulge in boudin boulettes, fried green tomatoes, shrimp & grits and other favorites. Add a carafe of mimosas or a brandy milk punch to your meal and you’re dining in New Orleans style.
Located on St. Claude Avenue, Morrow’s is a hip spot that has remained popular since its opening in 2018. The menu includes lobster mac & cheese, gumbo ramen and more. For $22, enjoy a 33-ounce pitcher of mimosas for the table. The swanky restaurant plays 90’s R&B music throughout the day.
Every neighborhood wishes they had a Paladar 511, but it’s the Bywater dwellers that get easy access to this culinary gem. House made pastas, pizzas, and more with seasonal, fresh, and local ingredients. Brunch includes a Farm Egg Pizza with applewood bacon and braised collard greens, huevos rancheros, lemon ricotta pancakes, and their twist on the classic eggs benedict with lump crab, jalapenos, and cornbread. Classic brunch cocktails, like a bloody marys, mimosas, or brandy milk punch are available by the glass.