Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but brunch is by far the most fun. We think it’s because there aren’t any rules for brunch: You are not required to wake up early. You aren’t forced to choose between breakfast and lunch. And you are heartily encouraged to have a mimosa or bloody Mary to kick-start your weekend day.
Whether you dine after yoga, before a football game or in between nothing more pressing than The New York Times and a trip to the dog park, you’ll find the freedom to brunch without boundaries at these lovely local restaurants.
Brunch at 99 Park is the perfect post-script to a brisk morning walk in Bellevue Downtown Park, or as a launching point for shopping on Main Street. The contemporary brunch menu features Washington oysters, kale salad, eggs benedict, crepes, chilaquiles, a Wagyu burger, housemade donuts and banana brioche bread pudding. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Main Street’s favorite watering hole serves brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Alongside the house favorite Spanish burrito are traditional breakfast scrambles, French toast, and steak and eggs. And as you’d expect from the neighborhood purveyor of craft cocktails, the 520 mixes some creative libations for brunch, from the spicy Green Chile Mary to the exotic and fruity Tropical Mimosa.
At casual, comfortable Lot No. 3, brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choose from breakfast favorites like biscuits and gravy or pork belly benedict, or tuck into lunch specialties like fried chicken banh mi or the Cuban sandwich. The inventive brunch menu also features the daring Smoking Pig Bloody Mary, composed of jalapeno-bacon infused vodka and house Mary mix.
Cactus in Bellevue Square serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with festive preparations like Tres Leches French Toast, the legendary Migas and the vegetarian Santa Fe enchilada. You’ll also find all of your favorite southwestern-inspired main dishes, like fajitas, enchiladas and braised brisket tacos. Fuel up, then browse the 250-plus stores of the Bellevue Collection.
Blending traditional Vietnamese cuisine with Pacific Northwest innovation, Monsoon Bellevue on Main Street serves a unique dim sum brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Choose from such delicacies as shrimp dumplings, steamed barbecue pork buns, daikon cakes, banh mi and a delicious selection of rice noodle bowls. Linger in the chic dining room, or order online and take your order to-go.
This classy joint on Bellevue Way serves brunch with an Italian twist. Join them Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3pm for tasty italian sausage fritattas and smoked salmon pizze. Wash everything down with a bottomless mimosa and indulge in some cinnamon sugar beignets or one of Vivo 53’s signature “Insane Sundaes” to properly curb the sweet tooth.
If you like brunch with a side of sports, then spacious, flat screen-rich Tavern Hall should top your list of mid-morning weekend destinations. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and includes a bacon and ham strata, a fried egg sandwich, brick-oven baked eggs and a heavenly malted Belgian waffle. From 10 a.m. to noon, bloody Marys and mimosas will set you back just $3.
A visit to Eques at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue means distinctively Pacific Northwest flavors, all-you-can-eat style. This inventive breakfast and brunch buffet was named one of the best brunch restaurants in America by OpenTable, and features breakfast classics with a fresh twist. Think Dungeness crab eggs benedict and tiramisu pancakes. Get a taste Saturday from 7am to noon, and Sunday 7am to 1:30pm.
A burger joint that serves brunch? That’s just the kind of out-of-the-box thinking we love! Local Burger brings its commitment to local, sustainable food to the charmed hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Selections range from a spicy sausage, egg and jack biscuit to a seasonal vegetarian omelet and the restaurant’s signature Hillbilly and Seoul burgers.
Written by – Monica Fischer
Photo Credits, Top to Bottom – Crab Benedict Closeup via Pixabay, Pancakes and Coffee via 99 Park Restaurant, Brunch on the Patio via 520 Bar & Grill, Eggs Benedict via Lot No. 3, Brunch Spread at Cactus via Rachel Burch, Group Dining via Monsoon Bellevue, Smoked Salmon Pizze via Vivo 53, Tavern Hall Interior via Tavern Hall, Dungeness Crab Eggs Benedict via Eques, Local Burger Interior via Local Burger