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 quarantine krewe 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 cast iron duck & fig hash). And let’s not forget the boozy brunch cocktails – their Bloody Mary is a must-try.
Tucked inside the Pontchartrain Hotel, Jack Rose offers a funky space with a killer menu. Partake in Sunday brunch with Veuve Cliquot bottle specials. The brunch menu includes a mix of seafood dishes and brunch classics such as shrimp and grits, steak and eggs, and chicken and waffles. Once you’ve finished your champagne, head to the rooftop bar at Hot Tin for an afternoon drink.
Brown Butter’s cozy atmosphere and classic Southern menu is ideal if you want to try lots of regional specialties, like biscuits and cornbread, bread pudding French toast, or shrimp and grits. 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.
Brunch is in their name, so you know it has to be good. From eggs and omelets to French toast, waffles to smoked sausage Benedict, the Fullblast menu has a little bit of everything for breakfast. They offer a variety of mimosa options. Choose between orange juice, mango or cranberry or get the trio for $16. Spike your coffee with their Irish cream cocktail if juice isn’t your style.
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.
Downtown/ Central Business District
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. They offer over 30 wines on tap.
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.
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.
Marigny and Bywater
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.