Brunch-a-Palooza: 13 of Our Favorite Brunch Places in Downtown Norfolk

Downtown Norfolk knows brunch and knows how to do it right. We've rounded up a baker's dozen of our favorite brunch places in Downtown Norfolk to get your mouth watering and get you ready for Sunday Funday.

1. Four Eleven York

411 West York Street
757-963-7000
Brunch Hours: Sunday, 10:30am-3pm

If you want brunch and you're feeling a little fancy, the Restaurant at Four Eleven York is the place to be. There's beautiful outdoor patio space just begging for you to sip a mimosa on.

Classic Brunch Item: Who can say no to the decadence of Brioche French Toast? It comes with a tart cherry compote and maple syrup.

Something A Little Different: The Blue Crab Benedict, with avocado, red onion, hollandaise, and baby lettuces.

 

2. The Stockpot

215 East Plume Street #100
757-227-3337
Brunch Hours: It's always brunch at The Stockpot, Monday-Friday, 8am-7pm; Saturday, 8am-4pm; Sunday, 9am-3pm

With the perfect table tops just made for the ultimate Instagram brunch photo, The Stockpot is a deliciously fresh way to start your day. Plus, there's always mouth-watering baked goods on display at the counters if you want to grab something sweet for later.

Classic Brunch Item: A classic Lox Plate including smoked salmon, horseradish lebneh, hardboiled egg, arugula, tomato slices, rye, capers, and red onion.

Something A Little Different: Fried Rice with brown basmati rice, chicken, carrot, cabbage, red onion, seared kale, tamari-ginger sauce, topped with 2 fried eggs and house kimchi.

 

3. Hair of the Dog

250 Granby Street
757-500-7435
Brunch Hours: It's always brunch at Hair of the Dog, Monday-Thursday, 7am-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 7am-11pm; Sunday, 7am-8pm

Hair of the Dog has quickly become a favorite in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, and we can see why. With generous portions and creative spins on classic comfort foods, it is an ultimate brunch destination.

Classic Brunch Item: The Freemason, a delicious, full breakfast of two eggs, two pancakes, bacon or sausage, and stone-ground grits or house potatoes.

Something A Little Different: The Chicken N' Waffles is to die for, with a fried chicken thigh and candied bacon piled high atop a bacon-infused waffle and covered  in sausage gravy and bourbon maple syrup. 

 

4. Green House Kitchen

345 Granby Street
757-452-5889
Brunch Hours: Sunday, 11am-3pm

When you think Green House Kitchen, you think fresh. Their brunch menu certainly doesn't disappoint with its bright, sunny options. 

Classic Brunch Item: The GHK Bowl has it all: fresh cut fries, candied bacon, a sunny egg, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and scallions. 

Something A Little Different: The Guatemalan Bowl is a spicier way to start the day, including pureed black beans, queso fresco, sunny egg, and chicken tamale with habanero salsa.

 

5. Brick Anchor Brew-House

241 Granby Street
757-431-7063
Brunch Hours: Saturday-Sunday (and Holidays), 11am-3pm

Steampunk vibes and lots of beer to choose from make Brick Anchor Brew-House a solid brunch destination.

Classic Brunch Item: An Egg White Frittata loaded with onions, spinach, tomatoes, and swiss is a classic guilt-free brunch option.

Something A Little Different: On the other side of that, we have three words for you: Chocolate. Bacon. Truffles. Flavors include Raspberry Madness, S'more, and Drizzled Caramel.

 

6. 219 Bistro

219 Granby Street
757-416-6219
Brunch Hours: Saturday 11am-3pm; Sunday, 10am-3pm

Upscale but casual, 219 Bistro is a classic Downtown Norfolk setting with some wonderful brunch options.

Classic Brunch Item: 219's Build Your Own Omelet menu is extensive, so you can create your own perfect brunch experience. 

Something A Little Different: Try a Breakfast Flatbread as a fun breakfast twist, featuring basil cream cheese, grilled tomato, prosciutto, and a fried egg atop a toasted pita.

 

7. Commune

759 Granby Street
757-962-2992
Brunch Hours: It's always brunch at Commune, Monday-Thursday, 8am-3pm; Fri-Sun, 8am-4pm

Farm to table in the heart of the NEON District, Commune has a loyal following, so get there early or expect a bit of a wait.

Classic Brunch Item: Commune's Classic Breakfast Sandwich has classic right in the name, featuring sausage or bacon, a sunny side up egg, sharp cheddar, and organic greens on a sourdough brioche bun.

Something A Little Different: The Spaetzle with diced country ham, mustard greens, diced onion, and fall herbs sautéed with a pan butter sauce and topped with a poached egg is unlike anything else you'll find Downtown.

 

8. Omar's Carriage House

313 West Bute Street
757-622-4990
Brunch Hours: Sunday, 10am-2pm

Eclectic and delectable, Omar's Carriage House is such a fun spot for brunch and an institution Downtown. And really, truffle fries are perfect for any time of day.

Classic Brunch Item: Who doesn't love waffles for brunch? Omar's has a few different waffle options for you to try, like the bananas foster or even lobster.

Something A Little Different: We've got to go with the Moroccan Tagine here, poached eggs in chermoula (a light tomato sauce) with merguez (lamb sausage) and breakfast potatoes.

 

9. Freemason Abbey

209 West Freemason Street
757-622-3966
Brunch Hours: Sunday, 9:30am-2pm

Speaking of Downtown institutions, the building that currently serves as the Freemason Abbey restaurant was opened in 1873 as a Second Presbyterian Church. Today it is the restaurant that Downtowners know and love, well-known for their She Crab Soup.

Classic Brunch Item: If you want a hearty brunch, the Chicken Biscuit 'n Gravy is for you, with a fried chicken breast and cheddar cheese on a buttermilk biscuit, smothered with milk gravy and served with a side of scrambled eggs.

Something A Little Different: The Seafood Quiche is chock full of shrimp, crab meat, mixed peppers, spinach, and Swiss cheese, topped with hollandaise and served with a side of fresh fruit.

 

10. Saltine

100 East Main Street
757-763-6280
Brunch Hours: Saturday, 10am-3pm

A newer addition to the Downtown Norfolk dining scene, Saltine is putting Saturday brunch on the map. Where else in Norfolk can you get a cinnamon bun as big as your head?

Classic Brunch Item: Saltine is known for its great seafood, and its Jumbo Lump Crab Bennie does not disappoint. 

Something A Little Different: If you have never tried a Dutch Baby pancake, consider this your prime opportunity. A huge, sweet, puffed-up pancake cooked in its own pan and filled with creme chantilly, apple, and shaved walnuts.

 

11. Spirit Cruises

Otter Berth
757-625-1748
Brunch Hours: Brunch Cruise times vary. Check schedule online for availability.

What's better than brunch? Brunch on the water! Spirit Cruises has an amazing brunch buffet for you to nosh on as you see all of the beauty the Elizabeth River has to offer.

Classic Brunch Item: You will find an assortment of breakfast pastries aboard your cruise. Why not try them all?

Something A Little Different: We love an interesting salad, so we have to suggest you snag some of the Red Beetroot Salad aboard your cruise before you hit that dessert buffet.

 

12. Southern Eats

435 Monticello Avenue
757-937-3957
Brunch Hours: Sunday, 10am-3pm

Sunday Brunch is a great time to be at Southern Eats and enjoy that famous fried chicken. There is also a great kids brunch menu for the little ones.

Classic Brunch Item: The My Daddy's Biscuits & Gravy is a classic Southern brunch item that will keep you full. House-made fresh buttermilk biscuits smothered with whole hog sausage cream gravy and served with 2 fried eggs.

Something A Little Different: Sunday is the only day you can get Grandma's Sunday Fried Chicken, brined for 24 hours, lightly breaded and fried to a golden brown. Served with potato salad, Granny's Greens, and 2 mini sweet potato biscuits. 

13. Wisteria Cafe

One Memorial Place
757-333-6291
Brunch Hours: Saturday-Sunday, Noon-4pm

Why not make your brunch a destination? Enjoy delicious food in the bright atmosphere at Wisteria Cafe inside the Chrysler Museum of Art, then enjoy browsing through everything the Museum has to offer! Admission to the Museum is free. Specials at Wisteria rotate regularly and are often inspired by an exhibition on view at the Museum!

Classic Brunch Item: You cannot go wrong with Mini Sweet Potato & Ham Biscuits, an absolute fan-favorite.

Something A Little Different: We love to order the Green Chili Migas, with scrambled eggs and green chilis layered with corn tortillas, and topped with verde sauce and Jack cheese.