As one of most charming, and quirky, cities in the United States, Portland has become known as a great city to spend with friends or vacation with kids. With so family-friendly Portland restaurants, visitors and locals have plenty of options for dinner and lunch. But what about that all important meal of brunch – casual, fun, and all about the mimosas and pancakes? Yup, Portland has plenty to offer in this realm, too. Take your kids to the Portland art museum, then reward the whole crew with a Bloody Mary for mom and dad and French toast with piles of whipped cream for the kids. Or if you’re out with friends, grab a round of mimosas and a patio on the deck for a relaxing weekend afternoon. More of a morning person? Try these restaurants for the best breakfast in Portland.
No matter who you roll up with, these Portland brunch restaurants will have something on the menu to love. Here’s where to make a reservation.
Get ready to wait, but it’s worth it. Mother’s Bistro is the fan favorite of Portland for brunch. Sip French press coffee while perusing the homemade food with locally-sourced ingredients that make the menu special. From biscuits to hash, and of course waffles, the menu is a classic breakfast lovers’ dream.
This adorable space, filled with lush plants, soft couches, with wood floors and a wooden bar, has strong cozy vibes. There are small and large sized brunch cocktails, and while the menu offers savory options, it’s the pastries you’ll want to try. Right now the menu is doughnut inspired so look out for the sourdough pancake doughnut and the apple pie churro.
HunnyMilk: 1981 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
Technically a tea room, The Hazel Room offers so much more than tea: Think creative breakfast cocktails, eggs benedict made with biscuits, and poutine. Classic drinks like mimosas and Bloody Marys are also on the menu. You might also want to try the brioche toast topped with tea-infused fruit.
This classic breakfast and brunch cafe offers the usual scrambles and benedicts alongside more unexpected dishes like Portuguese fried rice and an egg sandwich served on an apple fritter. Bring your appetite because the proportions are notoriously big – we’re talking a “jumbo” egg sandwich and “colossuel” biscuits and gravy.
This restaurant’s nickname is The Brunch Club, so if you’re here for late breakfast know that you’re in good hands. Some of the dishes are inspired by British fare, pancakes topped with Eton Mess – chantilly cream and strawberries and cotton candy made in house – and a full English breakfast. But there’s also breakfast tacos filled with brisket, and eggs benedict topped with fried chicken. Get the mimosa to share while you’re deciding what to eat.
Wait in line for an hour for a biscuit? Trust us, it’s worth it. The original farmer’s market stop was so bustling that after two seasons that it was time to get a location to serve these scratch-made towers of flaky, buttery perfection. Originally from North Carolina, the trio behind Pine State Biscuits have it on lock with the classics to top that home-style biscuit: fried chicken, bacon, and cheese. Go big with an order of biscuits and gravy (heck, try the vegetarian mushroom gravy) or keep it simple with classic jam or honey spread.
Showing some love to the Lowcountry cuisine, Screen Door serves huge portions of buttermilk fried chicken, hot link po' boys, and perfectly fried hushpuppies. And what would a Lowcountry menu be without a proper shrimp and grits? If you're feeling extra hungry, try the Screen Door praline bacon waffle, made with, of course, their house-made praline bacon in a classic yeasted waffle. Everything is made fresh with organic produce sourced locally.
Screen Door: 2337 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
If you are looking to get a fantastic view of Portland, make sure to make a reservation and get a table at the only restaurant on the Colombia River. Go for the view, stay for the seafood. There's a reason Salty's wins awards year after year; the menu, including a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, is an all-you-can-eat buffet overflowing with a wild Northwest seafood selection and classic brunch pastries. Sit and watch the boats come in as you sip casually before the work week swings back around.
Mix it up and try some Nordic fair for breakfast. Yes, Nordic -- everything from seasonal fritters to crepes, porridge, and of course, smoked salmon. Broder is one of those places you are going to go when you are craving something savory and comforting.
Broder Söder: 2508 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202
Wake up hungry? Head to Jam on Hawthorne. Known for their crazy big portions and house-made jams, you can't leave disappointed. The walls are decked in local art, tunes are playing, kids can enjoy their own play area, and the full cocktail bar may even be calling your name. Dive into the scrambles (don't miss out on El Beardo) and don't skimp on the chai blueberry pancakes. Jam is the kind of place you are going to be headed back every time you're passing through Portland.
We have three words for you; house-cured ham. That's right. Chef Adam rejoices in American food heritage and it shows in healthy portions of pork chili and grits when you order the Slow Burn or hand-cut beef jerky. And just in case that didn't get your mouth watering, order a basket of cinnamon rolls. Yes, that's on the menu at The Country Cat, a basket of cinnamon rolls. The Country Cat: 7937 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215
Go for the pies, stay for the brunch. Order at the counter and be sure to try the egg sandwich -- it elevates this staple to a whole new level. Grabbing a spot and enjoying your brunch is just the start. Next, you'll want to bring home a classic Sweedeedee pie (go for the salted honey pie). They are guaranteed to make you come back for more. We're not joking, check into your plate deposit. Bonus, returning the empty plate gets you $5 towards your next pie.
Sweedeedee: 5202 N Albina Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Whether you’re in Portland to try every brewery and brunch restaurant with your friends, or there for a low key vacation with your kids, everybody needs somewhere comfortable to call home during their stay. From stylish designs to cozy bedrooms, these highly rated Portland Airbnbs are the perfect place to rest your head at night.
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Polished wood floors, tan leather chairs, and sleek olive green velvet couch give this home a stylish look. A good choice for families, it sleeps six people, and there’s a full kitchen which should come handy if you and your crew like to cook. The neighborhood is near some fun thrift stores that are worth checking out, too.
Stay here if you plan to attend a soccer game in Portland. Just three blocks from the city’s outdoor soccer venue, Providence Park. But there’s lots more to love about this rental: It’s also near the Alphabet District, so you’ll always be close to a good restaurant. And the mint green velvet couch looks soft enough to sleep on.
This tiny house is located in the Division District, which is well known as the home of some of Portland’s best brunch restaurants. The interior is outfitted in minimalist, but stylish, decor that will make you feel like you’re staying in one of the coolest places in Portland. Inside, there’s a soaking tub and lots of natural light, so it will truly feel like an oasis.