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Pittsburgh Sunday Brunch Guide

Fabulous Places for Brunch in Pittsburgh

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Do you like to sleep in? Tummy growling? Guests in town? Need a special meal for a special day, such as Mother's Day? A bit like breakfast, a bit like lunch, Sunday brunch is a popular Pittsburgh tradition. From buffet style to sit-down, and from less than $10 to well over $30, there are plenty of options for brunch in Pittsburgh.

1. Bar Marco

2216 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh (Strip District)
412-471-1900

Lemon ricotta pancakes with bacon and pears. Pork belly eggs benedict. Shallot, shitake and thyme quiche. What's not to like? Brunch at Bar Marco on Penn Avenue in the Strip District is offered on both Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

2. Casbah

229 S. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh (Shadyside)
412-661-5656

Renowned for its Mediterranean and Northern African cuisine, Casbah also offers a delicious, sit-down Sunday brunch with adventurous omelets, fluffy pancakes, and many other delicious items made-to-order. When it is warm enough, try the enclosed patio with electric heaters to take off the chill. Open for brunch on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

3. Café Phipps

One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh (Oakland)
412-622-6914

Known for its organic, local and seasonal fare, Café Phipps also offers a weekly gourmet, buffet-style Sunday brunch in the Phipps Special Events Hall, located in the Tropical Forest Conservatory. Menu items include made-to-order omelets, specialty crêpes, a grass-fed beef carving station, roasted vegetables, quiche, salad, fruit, pastries, coffee and juice. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are also available, such as tofu scramble with slow-cooked black beans and quinoa pumpkinseed oatmeal. Even better - your brunch ticket also includes admission to Phipps! Reservations required.

4. Coca Café

3811 Butler St., Pittsburgh (Lawrenceville)
412-621-3171

One of several great restaurants in Lower Lawrenceville, Coca Café is a popular Pittsburgh brunch spot, serving up 5–6 seasonal specials, along with featured items from the breakfast menu such as smoked-salmon omelet or goat cheese-stuffed French toast. Most items can be made vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten-free. Brunch is served from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sundays - be prepared to wait to get a table.

5. Cornerstone Restaurant

301 Freeport Rd., Aspinwall
412-408-3420

A-la-carte brunch at this family-friendly restaurant in Aspinwall offers an amazing variety of options, from benedicts and omelettes to waffles and french toast. There are plenty of savory options as well, including hash, risotto, salads, and sandwiches. The fresh, seasonal brunch menu is available from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

6. E2

5904 Bryant St., Pittsburgh (Highland Park)
412-441-1200

Doughnuts are so delicious here they get their own menu, along with beignets and zeppoli! And if that isn't enough, E2 also serves up fun brunch items such as white bean and kale hash, polenta peppernata, and seasonal frittatas. Outdoor seating is available during the summer months. Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

7. Eden

735 Copeland St., Pittsburgh (Shadyside)
412-802-7070

If you're craving something both healthy and delicious, then Eden in Shadyside is a must-visit. The creative menu covers the gamut of healthy eating, from raw to gluten-free, with delicious sweet and savory selections ranging from oat and almond pancakes (raw) to free-range eggs scrambled with arugula, curry, and local goat cheese. Open for brunch Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

8. Eleven

1150 Smallman St., Pittsburgh (Strip District)
412-201-5656

It's hard to do something unique for Sunday brunch, but Eleven Contemporary Kitchen in the Strip District manages it with their usual flair and polished service. Expect a wide variety of brunch offerings, from sweet to savory, on the a la carte menu, or you can choose an appetizer, entree and drink for a $25 prix fixe ($15 for kids). Sunday brunch is served from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

9. Grand Concourse

Station Square, Pittsburgh (South Side)
(412) 261-1717

A favorite of locals, the main dining room in the beautifully restored P&LE railroad station is packed each Sunday for its popular brunch. A wonderful place to take out-of-town visitors, the Grand Concourse is awe-inspiring with its beautiful stained glass ceiling and picture-perfect riverfront view of downtown. The all-you-can-eat buffet offers everything from fresh fruit and smoked fish, to carved roast beef and made-to-order waffles, omelettes, and pancakes. The most popular item? Banana's Foster.

10. Kaya

2000 Smallman St., Pittsburgh (Strip District)
412-261-6565

When upscale Caribbean/Latin American cuisine meets Sunday brunch, you're definitely in for an experience! Kaya's Sunday Brunch offers up some fairly traditional favorites, such as eggs benedict and huevos rancheros, alongside tropical paella and fish tacos. Enjoy brunch between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.

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