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. The restaurants below are just a few of our favorites-- there are plenty more to choose from here.
Atchafalaya’s jazz brunch is wonderful for so many reasons. The menu is delicious and has something for every taste palette (think: everything from chicken ‘n biscuits to an etouffee omelette). The ambiance is set by live jazz music, and most importantly, there’s a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, so you can create your boozy breakfast cocktail how you like it. When you order a Bloody, you’ll be served a glass filled with spirits, and then you head to the bar to choose from an extensive array of spices and garnishes.
Tucked inside the Pontchartrain Hotel, Jack Rose offers a funky space with a killer menu. On Sundays, their brunch includes bottomless Veuve Clicquot champagne for $25. To make things really fun, drink your bubbly through their chambongs. The menu includes a mix of seafood dishes and brunch classics such as shrimp and grits, quail and waffles, fried chicken parmesan and crawfish bread. 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 mimosa pitcher special for the group. If a pitcher’s too much, go for the $3 mimosa or $7 Bloody Mary by the glass. 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, grillades, and crab cakes 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 a trio for $16. Spike your coffee with their Irish cream cocktail if juice isn’t your style.
Celebrity chef Issac Toups prepares a decadent brunch full of Southern flavors. Star dishes include hot smoked salmon, foie gras torchon and hot fried quail. Wash down the heavy dishes with $15 bottomless mimosas or choose from their delicious cocktail list. You can also check out brunch at his other restaurant, Toups South, in Central City.
Downtown/ Central Business District
Every Saturday and Sunday, Maypop, a Southeast Asian-inspired restaurant in the Central Business District, hosts a dim sum brunch. Come here for your fix of innovative cuisine by a James Beard-nominated local chef, Michael Gulotta. Sample menu items include decadent brunch items like bacon scallion pancakes with oysters in cucumber kimchi and crabmeat toast. As for cocktails, the menu is just as unique - you’ll find standard brunch drinks like mimosas and Bloody Mary’s, but don’t overlook Maypop’s specialty Milk Punch or Java Freeze.
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 and $35 bottomless Veuve rośe.
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. Willa Jean’s menu pairs Kelly’s sweets with Yolanda Torres’ dishes to make a stellar brunch menu. Think fried chicken and tabasco honey biscuits, croque madames 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. For $45, you can order any entree and choose one of the brunch cocktails to be bottomless for two hours. Their signature drink is the daily punch which is always creative and refreshing. 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. Known for their Saturday drag brunch, the Country Club is a wild time on the weekend. Enjoy brunch classics and a bloody mary bar while the show goes on around your table. To enter the restaurant, you must be 21 years of age. Make sure to book well in advance!
Located on St. Claude Avenue, Morrow’s is a hip spot that has remained popular since its opening in 2018. The menu includes sweet potato pancakes, catfish benedict, red velvet waffles 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.