12 Best Brunch Restaurants in Buffalo

Craving a delicious weekend meal that’s not quite breakfast, not quite lunch? Buffalo’s got your back. From classic comfort food to creative twists, this city offers a brunch scene as diverse as its neighborhoods. Whether you’re craving fluffy pancakes, savory crepes, or a classic egg Benedict, here are the 13 best brunch restaurants that are sure to make your taste buds sing.

Beef on Weck Eggs Benedict.
Beef on Weck Eggs Benedict. Photo credit: Jenn Allen

From cozy cafes serving up fluffy pancakes to elegant bistros offering French-inspired delicacies, Buffalo offers a brunch scene that will satisfy any craving, and I’ve tried a bunch of them! With plenty of insider tips, I’ll help you pick the best spot for your next brunch! 

1. Cheesecake Factory

You know it, you love it. The Cheesecake Factory is a reliable brunch destination for a reason. Their massive menu offers everything from fluffy omelets and decadent pancakes to juicy burgers and lighter salads. I always save room for a slice (or two) of their legendary cheesecake — it’s practically a Buffalo brunch tradition!

Cheesecake Factory - Buffalo
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2. Break’n Eggs Creperie

Forget everything you think you know about crepes. Break’n Eggs takes this classic French dish to a whole new level. Their savory crepes are stuffed with everything from pulled pork to roasted vegetables, while their sweet options feature seasonal fruits, decadent sauces, and even ice cream! I highly recommend their crepes Benedicts. These tasty twists on a classic feature their homemade crepes instead of an English muffin.

3. Sophia’s Restaurant

Sophia’s Restaurant is an Elmwood Village gem that serves up classic American comfort food with a generous helping of Buffalo charm. Their brunch menu features all the usual suspects — fluffy pancakes, savory omelets, and hearty breakfast platters — done to perfection. Plus, their friendly staff and cozy atmosphere make it feel like brunch at a friend’s place.

4. Panorama on Seven

Panorama on Seven - Buffalo
Photo credit: Jenn Allen

Craving a view with your brunch? Head to Panorama on Seven, situated on the 7th floor of the Buffalo Marriott LECOM HARBORCENTER. This upscale spot offers stunning views of Canalside while you indulge in gourmet brunch fare. I always order the Beef on Weck Eggs Benedict (that horseradish hollandaise is incredible!!), creative avocado toast options, and mouthwatering steak and eggs. My daughter loves the stuffed French toast – now that’s a hearty serving!

Beef on Weck Eggs Benedict
Photo credit: Jenn Allen

5. Betty’s

Calling all vegans and vegetarians! Betty’s offers a delightful brunch experience that caters to all dietary needs. Their menu offers plant-based takes on brunch classics, like tofu scrambles, vegan sausage links, and fluffy gluten-free pancakes. I’d suggest trying the biscuits and gravy – their homemade buttermilk biscuits are legendary!

6. Campfire Grill

This laid-back spot in Allentown is a favorite among locals. Campfire Grill’s brunch menu features hearty portions of classic breakfast fare, with some unique twists on pancakes. Be sure to ask what the special is!

Stuffed French Toast - Panorama on 7
Photo credit: Jenn Allen

7. The Poked Yolk

This vibrant spot in North Buffalo offers a taste of sunshine on your plate. The Poked Yolk’s Hawaiian-inspired brunch menu features poke bowls bursting with fresh ingredients, alongside breakfast sandwiches with a tropical twist. They even have a “build-your-own” mimosa bar, perfect for creating your perfect brunch beverage. You can’t go wrong with their signature dish, the Poked Yolk — spicy chorizo home fries topped with eggs and cheese.

8. The Howling Rooster

Get ready for a brunch experience that’s as stylish as it is delicious. The Howling Rooster offers a chic atmosphere and a menu that elevates classic dishes. Think lobster omelets, duck confit hash, and eggs Benedict with smoked salmon. When I visit The Howling Rooster, I always order the ROO-ben Omelet, their signature omelet stuffed with slow roasted corned beef, sauerkraut and swiss cheese.

9. Owl Eyes Cafe

Friends enjoying their burgers.
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Nestled in Elmwood Village, Owl Eyes Cafe offers a sophisticated brunch with a European flair. Their menu features French pastries alongside savory omelets, decadent quiches, and smoked salmon platters. Their breakfast sandwiches are legendary!

10. Swan Street Diner

This iconic diner is a Buffalo institution. Swan Street Diner’s no-frills atmosphere and friendly service are as much a part of the experience as their delicious food. Their extensive brunch menu offers all the diner classics, from fluffy omelets and crispy bacon to giant pancakes and steaming hot plates. I always order their house corned beef hash — it’s chunky, flavorful, and everything you want in a classic diner dish.

11. Toutant

Tucked away in Allentown, Toutant is a haven for those seeking a unique and delicious brunch experience. This bakery-cafe hybrid offers a wide selection of fresh-baked breads and pastries alongside a menu of creative brunch dishes. Think breakfast tacos with house-made chorizo, smoked salmon toast with avocado crema, and decadent French toast variations. You’ve also got to try their Buttermilk Fried Chicken — it’s crispy, juicy, and bursting with flavor!

Mature woman and her child enjoying their food
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12. Alton’s Restaurant

This family-owned and operated restaurant has been serving up delicious food to Buffalonians for generations. Alton’s Restaurant has a brunch menu that offers something for everyone, with kid-friendly options like buttermilk pancakes and chocolate chip waffles alongside more grown-up fare like eggs Benedict and steak and eggs. I had the Chicken Souvlaki Breakfast there and it was by far the best in town!

Final Words

Hungry yet? There’s my pick of the 12 of the best brunch restaurants in Buffalo. Whether you’re craving classic comfort food, trendy innovations, or a taste of something entirely new, this city has a brunch spot waiting to tantalize your taste buds. Gather your brunch buddies, make a reservation, and get ready to go on a brunch adventure you won’t soon forget!

Bonus Tip: Many brunch spots get busy, especially on weekends. Consider making a reservation in advance, particularly if you have a large group or a specific restaurant in mind. Now go forth and brunch like a true Buffalonian!

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