The Best Brunches in Buckhead

Hungry for brunch? Head to Buckhead.
  • Enjoy Yebo's unique South African twist on brunch... then go shopping at Phipps Plaza.
    Enjoy Yebo's unique South African twist on brunch... then go shopping at Phipps Plaza.
  • Joy Cafe is a perfect spot for families.
    Joy Cafe is a perfect spot for families.
  • Goldberg's sable fish is rich and buttery and perfect with house-made bagels.
    Goldberg's sable fish is rich and buttery and perfect with house-made bagels.
  • Fried oysters over Sambuca creamed spinach and poached eggs? Sign me up!
    Fried oysters over Sambuca creamed spinach and poached eggs? Sign me up!

It doesn't take much to twist my arm for a delicious and hearty brunch. Here are some of my favorite spots in Buckhead to get my brunch on, from high end to no-frills, come-as-you-are spots. 

  • Cinebistro – Slightly north on Peachtree Road, you’ll find Cinebistro. Unlike many dine-in movie theaters, food is NOT an afterthought. Plus, Cinebistro does brunch. Choose from frittata or short rib hash and other tasty entrees that you can enjoy prior to your movie or order to enjoy at your reserved movie seat.

  • Dantanna’s – Looking for some fuel to get through a day of shopping at one of the nearby malls? Look no further than Dantanna's, adjacent to Lenox Square Mall. The restaurant features seafood flown in daily. Dantanna's has an excellent build-your-own bloody Mary bar, but we recommend you let the bartender make yours, complete with the made-from-scratch mix. Our favorite entree? The poached eggs with fried oysters with Sambuca creamed spinach. Parking is free. 

  • Davio’s – Located in Phipps Plaza, you know Davio's for its delicious Italian fare, but Davio's also does a killer brunch. Along with the unique savory spring rolls like chicken parm and Reuben, enjoy the gnocchi or Bolognese, or get traditional brunch favorites like waffles, pancakes, frittata and more.

  • Goldberg’s Deli – If you are Northerner who has relocated to the South, never fear. We’ve got a traditional Jewish deli that has all your favorites. Goldberg’s makes its bagels on site and has delicious smoked salmon or sable fish. Top yours with a schmear of cream cheese. The incredibly filling Reuben is perfect for a late brunch.

  • Highland Bakery – This has been a long time Atlanta go-to spot for brunch. You can’t go wrong with the sweet potato or ricotta pancakes. However, the cowboy Benedict or the cilantro corn pancakes are signature favorites as well. 

  • Joy Café – If a fantastic made-from-scratch brunch without the fanfare of getting dolled up is your thing, then Joy Café is for you. Joy offers a hearty breakfast and brunch with free parking. The philosophy behind Joy is to have everything possible made from scratch. Just one taste of the ginger sausage and you’ll be hooked. Don’t miss out on amazing biscuits to pair with eggs.

  • Ritz-Carlton – While not something most of us would have on a regular basis, the Ritz-Carlton’s brunch is magnificent. With carving stations and omelet stations and gorgeous displays of seafood and vegetables, you could eat your weight in the serene surroundings.

  • Watershed on Peachtree – Does it get better than a Southern-inspired brunch? It does when that brunch is prepared by a Chopped Winner. Chef Zeb Stevenson’s brunch includes items like beignets or shrimp toast. Then have the chicken and dumplings or city ham hash as entrees.

  • Yebo – Yebo means enthusiastically, "Yes!" That's exactly what I exclaimed after taking a bite of the South African dish the bobotie crepe. Made with a slightly sweet beef, hollandaise and apples, you won't find this brunch dish anywhere else. The hash – duck or boerewors (spicy beef) – is also excellent. 

Malika Bowling is the author of Food Lovers' Guide to Atlanta, Food Blogging 101 and founder of Atlanta Restaurant Blog. She has been a contributing writer to USA Today and has been featured on HGTV, Huffington Post and About.com. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. She is the president of the Association of Food Bloggers and her podcast, Just a Byte, can be downloaded from iTunes. Follow her on Twitter @MalikaBowling and Instagram

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