Who has the best brunch in Asheville? As locals, we have plenty of suggestions boasting stellar drinks, breakfast classics, and twists on favorites. While Tupelo Honey Cafe, Biscuit Head, and Early Girl Eatery are fantastic popular selections, we want to give you even more great options with local vibes.
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Our Top 5 Picks For Brunch In Asheville
We live for weekend brunch. Show us all of the eggs, French toast, seasonal cocktails, and freshly brewed coffee, especially after a fun night out bar and brewery hopping. As locals and avid foodies, our absolute personal favorite Asheville brunch spots include:
With so many places to choose from – Asheville is known as “Foodtopia,” after all – find even more great places to grab a hearty breakfast in Asheville throughout the week here. Think huevos rancheros, breakfast tacos, American comfort food, and more.
17 Places For The Best Brunch In Asheville
While we update our lists frequently and eat out even more, please note that menus may be seasonal and are subject to change. We also added a few places to grab brunch near Asheville but nothing over 25 minutes away.
1. Social Lounge
Highlights: Rooftop Seating | Downtown Asheville | Weekends Only | Gluten-senstive & Vegan Options
For Saturday and Sunday brunch in Asheville, Social Lounge has a fantastic seasonal cocktail list and delicious brunch options. As Sicilian Americans, we champion all of Chef Cerrato’s creations.
Choose from Social Lounge’s lighter fare like vegan lox or eggs, salads, and pastries. Or, order waffles, cannolis, shrimp and grits, egg platters, sweet pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and French toast.
You might just catch light live music from a guitarist.
Social Lounge also boasts one of the quaintest rooftop bars in Downtown Asheville. While the rooftop may not be as tall or as glamorous as Capella on 9, you still get those breathtaking mountain views.
A brunching party next to us best described the rooftop as a scene out of Better Homes and Gardens – with booze.
A few more tips about dining at Social Lounge:
- Great cozy spot for couples
- Boasts a jumping late-night bar
- Sister restaurant to Strada Italiano (and Gemelli; more below) with indoor seating and bar
- Make advanced online reservations
- Park in the numerous Downtown garages; we prefer the Civic Center Garage, but it is a bit of a hike
- For us, Social Lounge is our go-to before heading to a festival or fair in Pack Square. It’s a great way to beat the parking crowds and fuel up
- We love taking out-of-town visitors here
Social Lounge Asheville | 29 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801
2. ELDR Restaurant
Highlights: Fairytale Cottage | Grovewood Village | Weekend Brunch & Weekday Breakfast/Coffee | On-site Parking
Newer to North Asheville in Grovewood Village (2022) and across from the historic Omni Grove Park Inn, ELDR is one of the not-to-miss Asheville brunch restaurants. In fact, it’s one of our favorites.
Managed by the owners of Pulp & Sprout and the (former) Over Easy Cafe, find a wide variety of breakfast and lunch items, including one of the best burgers in town, handhelds, egg dishes, and pancakes.
We love the pork schnitzel with egg and beet shavings along with the incredible selection of delicious handcrafted cocktails. Also, find coffee, tea, and an extensive wine list. ELDR’s menu changes daily.
ELDR easily modifies dishes for our food intolerances – especially lactose – and they have gluten-free items and bread.
Enjoy indoor dining in one of two rooms, at the bar, or on the outdoor patio. They also sell pottery and small souvenirs at the hostess stand.
Although we tend to snag a seat without reservations – after the brunch rush – we highly suggest making advanced reservations, especially if you have your heart set on eating here.
More pros and tips for dining at ELDR:
- During the week, enjoy coffee and pastry service, lunch, and dinner
- ELDR Restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (always double-check hours on their website)
- Find free on-site parking
- Be sure to explore Grovewood Village; we enjoy Grovewood Gallery and Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum (free)
- Move your car to the Vanderbilt Garage and dip into the historic Omni Grove Park Inn. The Great Hall Bar has more drinks and floor-to-ceiling fireplaces; or, head outside toward Sunset Terrace for beautiful mountain views
Discover even more of North AVL’s happening restaurant scene.
ELDR Restaurant | 111 Grovewood Rd, Asheville, NC 28804
3. Haywood Common
Highlights: Local Ingredients | West Asheville | Weekend Brunch | Outdoor & Shared Pet-friendly Patio
They are a terrific go-to spot for casual, fresh, and budget-friendly eats. We especially love their iced lattes, and the handcrafted cocktails are delicious.
For Saturday and Sunday brunch in Asheville, Haywood Common’s menu features huevos rancheros, waffles, sandwiches, yogurt with granola, and salads.
Think chicken biscuits with gravy, Thai buffalo chicken, portobello burgers, tuna or tofu poke, chicken and waffles, egg and hash platters, and avocado toast.
Haywood Common also serves lunch and dinner with menu items like poke bowls, burgers, sandwiches, and salads. For a snack, order boiled peanuts.
If it is nice outside, sit at a picnic table with friends, family, or the pooch. Haywood Common shares this seating area with The Whale, a great AVL bar with a large beer selection.
More Haywood Common tips:
- Find gluten-free bread and a designated gluten-free fryer (but always double-check this)
- Enjoy cozy but limited seating inside, which grows busier on chilly weekends
- Haywood Common does not take reservations
- Order at the counter and seat yourself
- Extremely limited on-site parking; use the Park Mobile app and park at the church next door (pay attention to signs) if the church isn’t in session – or around the surrounding streets
- Cell phone reception is a bit spotty; download all parking apps in advance – although the restaurants have Wi-Fi
Dine at even more of the best West Asheville area restaurants for lunch and dinner.
Haywood Common | 507 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 2880
4. The Market Place
Highlights: A Bit Fancier | Downtown Asheville | Weekend Brunch | In The Heart Of It All
If you love people-watching, The Market Place is a great spot for brunch in Downtown Asheville. We highly suggest making advanced reservations if you don’t want a one to two-hour wait, though.
Dining on the outside patio feels a bit like a European cafe. The inside is classy and sleek.
The Market Place has a local and seasonal draft list as well as stellar brunch cocktails. They specialize in farm-to-table American cuisine.
Enjoy shrimp and grits as well as handhelds and eggs. Think burgers, French toast, and steak and eggs.
Or, choose from salads, mac and cheese, yogurt and granola, a twist on lox, and biscuits and gravy. Seasonally, you’ll occasionally find seafood dishes.
The Market Place dining tips:
- While The Market Place doesn’t have a large selection of gluten-free and lactose-free options, they can modify a few dishes
- This is also a great Asheville fine-dining spot for a special occasion, especially at dinnertime
- Park at the Wall Street Garage
- Nearby, head to Trade and Lore, one of the most whimsical and delicious Downtown Asheville coffee bars
The Market Place | 20 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801
5. La Bodega by Cúrate
Highlights: Spanish Tapas & Wine Bar | Downtown Asheville | Brunch/Lunch Combined | Atmospheric
It’s no surprise that La Bodega by Cúrate (opened in 2022) serves the best brunch in Asheville along with a terrific wine list. Technically, they serve brunch/lunch – which we combine all of the time.
Félix Meana and Chef Katie Button opened this Spanish café, market, and wine bar.
You might recognize them for their famous Spanish restaurant, Cúrate. Cúrate won the 2022 James Beard Award for outstanding hospitality.
Unlike Cúrate, find more moderate as well as budget-friendly prices. We appreciate that diners can try unique wines by the glass without breaking the bank.
Open all day, enjoy that highly curated wine list, Spanish tapas like olives and melons with meat and cheese, and breakfast omelets and sandwiches.
La Bodega’s menu changes seasonally but features dessert croissants, charcuterie, soups, salads, burgers, and of course, Spanish-inspired desserts. They have gluten-free options.
If the menu seems intimidating, especially that wine list, don’t worry. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly.
Plus, brunch in Asheville never felt so cozy and inviting. Fall in love with those beam ceilings and brick walls.
More great things about La Bodega:
- So far, we’ve never had to wait for a table – although you can make reservations – and La Bodega has downstairs café seating and upstairs table service
- Also downstairs, shop for your favorite meats, cheeses, wines, and olives; this is our personal version of heaven, perfect for making an at-home charcuterie board
- Nearby, grab an iced coffee at The Rhu, another low-key Downtown Asheville brunch spot
- Drop into Lexington Glassworks for gorgeous blown glass creations that you can watch them make
- Devour ice cream sandwiches at Sunshine Sammies – vegan options included
- Park in the Biltmore Garage or pay lots across the street
Discover even more delicious Downtown Asheville restaurants for all budgets and cuisines.
La Bodega by Cúrate | 32 S Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
6. Leo’s House Of Thirst
Highlights: Tapas & Wine Bar | West Asheville | Friday/Saturday Lunch (No brunch menu) | Quaint, Pet-Friendly Patio
Along with La Bodega, Leo’s House of Thirst is one of the best non-traditional brunch places in Asheville that serves wine and tapas. You won’t find plates filled with sausage and eggs.
Instead, order meat and cheese charcuterie – gluten-free crackers are available – olives, deviled eggs, sandwiches, and usually vegan soups.
The menu is smaller but absolutely delicious. Plus, you cannot beat the ambiance.
Sit outside at a picnic table on the lawn (with heaters for fall) under the trees. Inside, find cozy tables and a small bar.
They usually modify gluten-free and dairy-free dishes for us.
Tips for dining at Leo’s House Of Thirst:
- The outdoor picnic table area is pet-friendly
- Leo’s has its own parking lot behind the building
- There is also street parking; please just pay attention to all posted parking signs as some lots will tow you
- While in West Asheville, look for the Dolly & RuPaul mural, get coffee at Odd’s Cafe, and shop for books at Firestorm
- Leo’s is no longer open to the public on Sundays
Leo’s House Of Thirst | 1055 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
7. Sunny Point Cafe
Highlights: Local Southern Hot Spot | West Asheville | Everyday Breakfast/Brunch | Great Kid-friendly Option
With lines around the block, Sunny Point Cafe is a classic for locals and visitors. They serve up the best brunch in Asheville that’s budget-friendly, local, and casual. Encounter simple food with great service.
Sunny Point specializes in Southern classics including chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, fried green tomatoes, and shrimp and grits.
Sunny Point Cafe also has French toast, hotcakes, huevos rancheros, avocado toast, and breakfast burritos. They offer gluten-free bread options and dole out large portions with local drinks.
Their kids’ breakfast menu features eggs with a meat choice, hotcakes, and French toast.
Sunny Point must-knows:
- Sunny Point Cafe serves breakfast and lunch (they stopped dinner service)
- Eat outside on the patio or dine indoors
- They do not take reservations
- We typically find street parking on State Street when their lot is full
While in West Asheville, if you love all things donuts, be sure to head to Hole Doughnuts. They are one of the best restaurants for coffee and “elemental” doughnuts.
Sunny Point Cafe | 626 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
8. Jerusalem Garden Cafe
Highlights: Unique Moroccan & Mediterranean Cuisine | Downtown Asheville | Weekend Brunch | Great For Brewery Hopping
For brunch in Downtown Asheville, Jerusalem Garden Cafe boasts authentic Middle Eastern cuisine in a great location.
Select from omelets, Shakshuka, lamb and eggs, falafels, hummus, salads, and gyros. Find traditional breakfast foods like French toast, shrimp and grits, and chicken and biscuits too.
Of course, we enjoy their brunch mimosas and appreciate that they have vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options.
Enjoy a space filled with vibrant lamps and colors. We have never made brunch reservations, but you can online.
Tips for dining at Jerusalem Garden Cafe:
- We most appreciate their prices and location
- Also great for lunch in Downtown Asheville
- We prefer to park at the Coxe Ave. garage
- Nearby bars & breweries to try: Thirsty Monk, Asheville Pizza & Brewing, Times Bar, and Asheville Club
Jerusalem Garden Cafe | 78 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
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9. Bold Rock (Downtown)
Highlights: Popular Cidery | Downtown Asheville | Weekend Brunch | Live Music (Bluegrass)
Who knew that one of the city’s most famous cideries also served up a fun brunch in Asheville?
Located in the former Collaboratory Brewing building, Bold Rock hosts a Saturday and Sunday Bluegrass brunch with live music.
We always appreciate an Asheville brunch spot where you don’t always need reservations (although you can make them), and their brunch menu specializes in Southern classics.
Select from items like fried chicken with gravy biscuits, burgers, french toast casserole, apple pancakes, and nachos.
For vegan diners, Bold Rock usually has a Beyond Burger option, and find sharables including buffalo wings, fried okra, and loaded fries.
Of course, Bold Rock Downtown has brunch cocktails and cider mimosas.
Tips about Bold Rock in Asheville and Mills River:
- This is a family-friendly space
- As a lactose-intolerant family, it is a bit harder for us to eat here
- Bold Rock also has a cidery location near the Asheville airport. Find a large indoor taproom and outdoor beer garden with a food truck, Bold Bites Mobile Kitchen
- If you are visiting their Mills River location, explore the breweries around the Asheville airport
Bold Rock Cidery | 72 School House Rd, Mills River, NC 28759 & 39 N. Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
10. Twisted Laurel (Weaverville)
Highlights: Budget & Family-Friendly | Downtown Asheville & Weaverville | Sunday Brunch In Weaverville
For the best Sunday brunch in Asheville, head just 10 minutes north of the city into Weaverville. Twisted Laurel is a go-to spot if you are craving a local craft beer selection, cocktails, and sandwiches.
They also have a Downtown Asheville location that serves lunch (no brunch and is closed on Sundays).
The Weaverville location is terrific for escaping those Downtown AVL crowds, and Weaverville has plenty of things to do including a dog park bar, lake, and shops.
Twisted Laurel features creative Mediterranean-inspired Southern comfort food. Their Sunday brunch menu showcases breakfast platters, biscuits and gravy, and all-day Bloody Marys.
Twisted Laurel | Downtown Asheville 130 College St, Asheville, NC 28801 | Weaverville 10A S Main St, Weaverville, NC 28787
11. Isa’s Bistro
Highlights: Picturesque French Bistro | Downtown Asheville | Weekend Brunch | Elevated Dining Experience
Located in Asheville’s trendy and gorgeous Downtown hotel scene, Isa’s French Bistro is a part of the Haywood Park Hotel.
You’ll recognize this picturesque French bistro in engagement and wedding photos.
If you are looking for a fancier brunch in Downtown Asheville, head to Isa’s. They have a small outdoor patio and a spacious indoor dining room.
For brunch, Isa’s serves up a hash skillet, eggs, sausage, and French toast. Find items like lox and waffles, cinnamon buns, and yogurt parfait.
Or, select from French onion soup, Caesar salad, a French dip sandwich, and burgers. Isa’s will also have a few vegan and gluten-free options.
Don’t miss that Bloody Mary or their mimosas.
Isa’s French Bistro | 1 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
12. Corner Kitchen
Highlights: Historic Victorian Cottage | Historic Biltmore Village | Brunch Every Day | Pair With A Biltmore Itinerary
Extremely popular, Corner Kitchen serves up the best brunch in Asheville near Biltmore Estate. This is especially great after an early morning attending a Biltmore special event or exhibit.
Located in Biltmore Village, sit inside a historic home that was part of George Washington Vanderbilt’s property. Like Biltmore’s gardens, Frederic Law Olmstead designed this gorgeous neighborhood.
Brunch at Corner Kitchen features sandwiches, eggs, lox, Southern bowls, soups, and salads. Their mouthwatering cocktails and mimosas incorporate some of Asheville’s finest spirits.
Corner Kitchen’s children’s menu boasts waffles, grilled cheese, eggs, and mini-sandwiches for breakfast, brunch, and lunch.
In the winter, enjoy the heated outdoor patio.
Tips for Corner Kitchen dining & visiting Biltmore:
- This is a pet and kid-friendly Asheville brunch restaurant
- Make advanced reservations; even in traditionally quieter times, you may see people swarming to get in
- Park anywhere along Biltmore Village’s streets
- Be forewarned that this a congested area
- Find even more fun Asheville restaurants near Biltmore Estate for lunch and dinner, including Apollo Flame and Juicy Lucy’s
Also, be sure to check out Biltmore Village’s restaurants including Well-Bred Bakery, Andaaz, and Hillman Beer.
Corner Kitchen | 3 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803
13. Rosetta’s Kitchen
Highlights: Vegan Comfort Food | Downtown Asheville | No Specific Brunch Menu | Extremely Allergy Friendly
Rosetta’s Kitchen is one of the best vegan and vegetarian places for brunch in Asheville. This is vegan soul food, after all.
Even if you aren’t vegan, Rosetta’s Kitchen serves up mouthwatering dishes and specializes in Kombucha with their Buchi Bar.
We crave Rosetta’s chips with vegan queso and mashed potatoes with gravy. Think vegan kimchi and peanut butter tofu. Some of their dishes are spicier than others.
Rosetta’s isn’t just a Downtown Asheville brunch place, though; find anything from small plates to vegan entrees and sandwiches.
The vegan grilled cheese, “Reuben,” and veggie burger are stellar, not to mention those buffalo cauliflower wings.
Tips for dining in and around Rosetta’s:
- Rosetta’s Kitchen serves soups and salads, making it a great lunch spot
- The menu is labeled for sensitivities to gluten, soy, alliums, and peanuts/tree nuts
- Afterward, head to Rowan, one of our favorite but simple Downtown Asheville coffee shops
- For more vegan and vegetarian places in Asheville, try Laughing Seed, Pulp & Sprout, and Plant
Are you cozy in bed and hoping to stay in for the day? See where to get delivery and takeout instead.
Rosetta’s Kitchen | 68 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 (new location after 20 years!)
14. 5 Points Restaurant
Highlights: Local Greek Diner | Historic Montford Neighborhood | Everyday Breakfast | Great For Families
For the best brunch in Asheville – where the locals go – 5 Points is a must if you seek out casual diners and classic greasy but delicious breakfast spots.
Located at the intersection of Downtown, Historic Montford, and North Asheville, enjoy a no-frills, budget-friendly, and third-generation family diner.
Serving up Greek and Italian breakfast, brunch, and lunch, encounter a never-ending bustle of hungry locals dipping in and out after the gym, meeting up with friends, or before starting the day.
The coffee keeps coming. Select from breakfast sandwiches, omelets, eggs paired with meats, Southern grits, and corned beef hash.
Five Points serves breakfast all day – until their mid-day closing. Or, order lunch – including gyros, sandwiches, and meat and seafood dishes.
Tips for dining at 5 Points:
- This is a family-friendly restaurant with quick and friendly service
- Although not the easiest Asheville brunch spot for food intolerances and allergies, find a gluten-free biscuit and dishes that can be modified
- Park in the lot out front – just know that it gets a bit tight if you drive a large vehicle
5 Points Restaurant | 258 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801
Highlights: Italian Cafe | West Asheville Area | Everyday Breakfast/Brunch | Gluten-sensitive & Vegan/Vegetarian Options
While we try and diversify our lists, we have to give Chef Cerrato of Strada and Social Lounge another shoutout. We cannot head to Earth Fare without dipping into Gemelli – and vice versa.
For the best brunch spots in Asheville, start with bakery items like Italian donut holes paired with fresh coffee.
Then, select from benedict hash, Tuscan poached eggs, Italian-inspired breakfast sandwiches, and sauteed vegetables.
Depending on the time of day, we also splurge for a mushroom risotto or vegan pasta. For food intolerances without sacrificing flavor, Gemelli’s is a must.
Find casual and colorful decor and a delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink selection. The London Fog latte is our go-to.
Tips for dining at Gemelli:
- Located in a large shopping plaza, find plenty of parking
- No reservations for breakfast; make advanced reservations for dinner
- Gemelli has a kids’ menu with pizza, pasta, and fruit
- Shop at Earth Fare afterward; this is a healthy/specialty supermarket and our favorite
Discover more great dairy-free-friendly restaurants in Asheville.
Gemelli by Strada Italiano | 70 Westgate Pkwy, Asheville, NC 28806
16. Cecilia’s Kitchen
Highlights: Latin American Restaurant | North Asheville | Weekend Brunch | Gluten-sensitive & Vegan/Vegetarian Crepes
Since moving here, Cecilia’s Kitchen relocated a few blocks down on Merrimon Avenue, and we love their new location. The character-filled space with a bar and outdoor patio is the perfect addition to the North Asheville neighborhood.
Find a surprisingly extensive menu with a unique blend of Latin American creations and crepes, both sweet and savory. Think empanadas, tamales, soups, and salads along with local beer and cocktails.
Specifically for brunch, select from huevos rancheros, omelets, and eggs, salmon, or Latin benedicts.
However, Cecilia’s doesn’t just serve up the best Asheville brunch on the weekends; technically, you can grab crepes any time of the day – perfect for breakfast or lunch.
Or, as one of the best food trucks the city has to offer, catch Cecilia’s Kitchen at a local brewery like New Belgium.
Pros for dining at Cecilia’s Kitchen:
- Gluten-free and vegan crepe options
- On-site parking
- Terrific service
- We love coming here after a session at the Asheville Salt Cave (under 10 minutes away)
- Nearby, walk the Botanical Gardens at Asheville or Beaver Lake
Cecilia’s Kitchen | 870 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804
17. Cousins Cuban Cafe (Black Mountain)
Highlights: Authentic Cuban cuisine | Black Mountain | Everyday Breakfast/Brunch (Closed Wednesdays) | Local vibes in a beautiful nearby mountain town
We just love the restaurants in the Black Mountain area and couldn’t leave off one of the best for brunch near Asheville. Cousins Cuban Cafe is about a 20 to 25-minute drive from the city.
So why would we extend our list a bit? For mouthwatering Cuban cuisine!
Plus, Black Mountain is another great Western North Carolina town to explore with a lake, a walkable downtown filled with shopping, and beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain views.
Cousins Cuban Cafe serves breakfast/brunch and lunch.
They specialize in tapas, breakfast bowls, fluffy scrambled eggs, salads, and sandwiches. They label their menu for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diners.
Grab a unique guava mimosa or mango iced tea. Or, select from Cuban coffees, sangria, local beer, and hot or iced coffees. We will never decline yucca fries.
Tips for enjoying Cousins Cuban Cafe:
- This is a small establishment that will grow busy on weekends
- They kindly ask for no modifications or substitutions
- We have an entire Black Mountain exploration guide for what to do in the area; Oak & Grist is a must for cocktails and head to Dripolator for coffee
Cousins Cuban Cafe | 108 Broadway Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Still hungry? Head this way:
- Where to find the best desserts and pastries in Asheville – Satisfy your sweet tooth with these delicious dessert spots, including cafes, coffee shops, and bakeries.
- All things chocolate in Asheville – We have some pretty delicious and dare we say “famous” chocolate businesses in Asheville. See who makes the best bonbons, hot chocolate, cakes, and truffles. You might even find a chocolate bear sculpture.
- Tacos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – Did you know that some of Asheville’s best restaurants serve breakfast tacos? Head to taco joints like Taco Billy and Mamacita’s Taco Temple.
Where do you love to get Sunday brunch in Asheville?
If we had to pick the best places for brunch in Asheville as locals, we’d go with Social Lounge, ELDR, Haywood Common, Jerusalem Garden Cafe, and La Bodega.
For breakfast in Asheville, we also recommend checking out:
For food trucks with breakfast and brunch, try newer Guajiro – delicious Cuban cuisine.
We’d love to know what brunch places in Asheville you personally love too. Please let us know in the comments.
Christine (pronouns: she/her) is the owner and lead writer of Uncorked Asheville. After falling in love with those gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, Christine and her husband Tom decided to call Asheville, North Carolina home. When her pointy Italian nose isn’t stuck in a book, Christine is adopting all of the kitties, getting lost in the forest, and drinking an ESB. She has a BA in English and History from Smith College, her MLIS from USF-Tampa, and is a former U.S. Fulbright Scholar - Indonesia. Christine also owns The Uncorked Librarian LLC with books and movies to inspire travel.