100 best places in the U.S. for brunch, including 16 in California

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Just in time for Mother’s Day, OpenTable has come out with its crowd-sourced list of what its users say are the 100 best brunch places in America.

New York topped the list of brunchable spots with 20 restaurants, and California came in second with these 16 (many of which have Mother’s Day menus, in case you’re still planning a Sunday meal out):

--Beachcomber Cafe at Crystal Cove in Newport Beach, which is a remodeled cottage at the beach-side spot;


--Dead Fish Crab House and Prime Rib in Crockett, on the water north of Berkeley;

--Geoffrey’s Malibu, a classic coastal spot with lots of ocean views;

--Gracias Madre, a plant-based menu of Mexican food in West Hollywood;

--The Great Maple in San Diego keeps the menu seasonal;

--Greens Restaurant, a famed vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco with a dreamy location in Fort Mason;

--The Ivy in West Hollywood, which features omelette concoctions and even lobster on its breakfast menu;


--Las Brisas in Laguna Beach is known for its Cal-Mex flair;

--Lulu California Bistro in Palm Springs, which adds grilled pork chop and curry chicken salad to the usual brunch fare;

--The historic Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly the Ahwahnee) in Yosemite National Park;

--Perch LA in downtown Los Angeles, a rooftop restaurant with views of the city;

--Champagne Brunch on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, which can include a pre- or post-brunch walk around the vintage ship;


--The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus allows you to add a brunch stop to your shopping;

--Town in San Carlos serves up steaks and seafood;

--Spencer’s Restaurant in Palm Springs, which says it serves “American cuisine with a French-Pacific Rim influence”; and

--Yank Sing at the Rincon Center in San Francisco for a dim-sum brunch.

OpenTable says the choices reflect the 5 million reviews on its restaurant reservation website. Here’s the rest of the list; keep it handy for when you’re on the road.

Acqua in Forest Lake, Minn.


Atchafalaya in New Orleans

Balthazar in New York City

Beatrix-River North in Chicago

The Beehive in Boston

Big Jones in Chicago

Blend on the Water in Long Island City, N.Y.


Brennan’s in New Orleans, La.

Brennan’s Houston, Texas

Bristol Seafood Grill (two locations) in Creve Coeur, Mo., and Leawood, Kansas

Brunch in Chicago

Cafe Luxembourg in New York City

Cafe Modern inside The Modern museum in Fort Worth, Texas


Cafe Monte in Charlotte, N.C.

The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park in New York City

Cheever’s Cafe in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Las Brisas in Laguna Beach.
Las Brisas in Laguna Beach.
(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times )

Chez Zee in Austin, Texas

City Cafe in Baltimore


The Clubhouse in Oak Brook, Ill.

Clyde’s in Chevy Chase, Md.

Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm in Broadlands, Va.

Clyde’s at Tower Oaks Lodge in Rockville, Md.

Cookshop in New York City

Corner Kitchen in Asheville, N.C.


Deerpark Restaurant at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.

El Chorro in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Farm & Table in Albuquerque

Farmers Fishers Bakers in Washington, D.C.

Fat Hen in Johns Island, S.C.

The Food Market in Baltimore


Founding Farmers (three locations) in Washington, D.C., Potomac, Md. and Tysons Corner, Va.

Gaslight in Boston

Georgia Brown’s in Washington, D.C.

Gertrude’s in Baltimore

Grand Concourse in Pittsburgh

Hau Tree Lanai in Honolulu


Iron Rooster in Annapolis Md.

Jane in New York City

Laduree Soho in New York City

Lafayette in New York City

Lake Elmo Inn in Lake Elmo, Minn.

Le Diplomate in Washington, D.C.


The Liberty Tavern in Arlington, Va.

Linger in Denver

Little Goat in Chicago

Marseille in New York City

Max’s Wine Dive in Houston

Meriwether’s Restaurant & Skyline Farm in Portland, Ore.


Oxford Exchange in Tampa, Fla.

Parc Brasserie in Philadelphia

Pier W in Cleveland

Poor Calvin’s in Atlanta

Print Works Bistro in Greensboro, N.C.

The Rainbow Room in New York City


Ray’s on the River in Sandy Springs, Ga.

Relish in Philadelphia

Rue 57 in New York City

Rusty Scupper in Baltimore

Salty’s on Alki Beach in Seattle

Salty’s on the Columbia in Portland, Ore.


Sarabeth’s (three locations) at Central Park South, Park Avenue South and Tribeca in New York City

South City Kitchen Midtown in Atlanta

The Southern Steak & Oyster in Nashville

The Smith (three locations) in the East Village, Lincoln Square and Midtown, New York City

Summer House in Chicago

The Standard Grill (in the Standard Hotel) in New York City


Sundy House in Delray Beach, Fla.

Tabard Inn in Washington, D.C.

Tavern on the Green in Central Park in New York City

Terrain Garden Cafe in Glen Mills, Pa.

Webster House in Kansas City, Mo.

White Dog Cafe in Wayne, Pa.


Willa Jean in New Orleans

Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore

X20 Xaviars on the Hudson in Yonkers, N.Y.

Yardbird: Southern Table & Bar in Miami Beach

Zingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor, Mich.



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