*** Updated March 2017! ***
“Power Ranking” might be an ambitious phrase because I am ranking these Austin mimosa brunches on one thing and one thing alone: price.
Let’s get one thing straight. It’s not a real brunch without MIMOSAS. Preferably a lot of them. But nothing makes me more upset than settling down at my table, perusing the menu, and realizing that a mimosa is $8. Let’s get real, restaurants. You are pouring cheap champagne into some generic orange juice and calling it a day. How is that worth $8 or more?! It’s not. It’s just not. Plus you KNOW I’m about to drink at least four mimosas and I’m not trying to spend $25 on some Cook’s or Andre.
Luckily there are plenty of Austin brunch restaurants that have got it figured out and are luring in the crowds with promises of cheap mimosas. On this list of Austin mimosa brunch power players, no mimosa is over $4. You’re welcome.
Am I forgetting one of your major mimosa favorites? Leave the info in the comments and I’ll add it to the rankings!
Swift’s Attic / Downtown / 315 Congress Ave ste. 200 / 512.482.8842 / @swiftsattic
Brunch: Sunday only, 10:30am – 3:00pm
I love Swift’s Attic in general, and it is probably my… drumroll, please… #1 brunch in Austin. Their brunch entrees aren’t as cheap as some of the other places on this list – but clocking in at $11-22 they’re also not unreasonable, plus you’re balancing out your food cost with dollar freaking mimosas! My favorite brunch dishes at Swift’s are their Asian-comfort fusion options, cuz I like a spicy meal to start the day. I love the Forbidden Rice Bibimbap, or if you need a large helping of MEAT to beat the hangover, their Korean BBQ Flank Steak is topped with four, yes FOUR, runny fried eggs and it is absolutely glorious. (Photo above.)
TRACE / Downtown / 200 Lavaca St / 512.542.3660 / @traceatx
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Wait, whaaaat?! TRACE pulls a fast one on us and reduces their mimosas from $3 (in all years past) to $1 in 2017! (Cue airhorn here) I used to work with them and I’m outraged that it took them this look to take the leap to dollar mimosas. Enjoy the usual faves like omelets, migas, and benedict, or opt for more luxurious food investments like the lobster frittata. Music lovers take note: lovely DJ I Wanna Be Her is busting out brunch jams both days, as well.
Takoba / Eastside / 1411 E 7th St / 512.628.4466 / @takobaaustin
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am – 3:00pm
In my opinion the best time to hit up Takoba is brunch. While I find their lunch/dinner food to be a bit steeply priced for what you get, their brunch is super affordable. This is a Mexican joint so be prepared for lots of tortilla chips, beans, spicy sauces and salsas, etc. I really like the huevos motulenos with fried eggs, black beans, ham, peas, salsa roja, and fried plantains. You can also get a (fairly good-sized) carafe of mimosas for $7. (Photo directly below.)
Taverna / Downtown / 258 W. 2nd St / 512.477.1001 / @dinetaverna
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 9:00am – 10:00pm
$2 mimosas and bellinis?! Yeah boy! Be prepared to wait, though; Taverna doesn’t accept reservations for brunch and huge crowds of bros & girl-bros have been known to crowd the restaurant on weekend mornings, waiting for their turn at a sweet, sweet mimosa brunch. Taverna is an Italian restaurant but for brunch you can expect some classic favorites in the mix as well – eggs benedict, omelets, frittatas, french toast, and more. Heads up, Taverna just opened up in the Domain as well!
Russell’s Bistro / Rosedale / 1601 W 38th St. / 512.467.7877
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 9:00am – 3:00pm
While it feels slightly “grown-up” (like the kind of place you’d take your parents for brunch when they’re in town, and actually I did take my mom here for brunch last year – hi, Mom!) that doesn’t make Russell’s any less FUN. I mean it’s hard not to have fun when you’re guzzling $2 mimosas on a patio. The food here is solid brunch fare; I order the crabcake benedict every. single. time.
Mi Madres / Eastside / 2201 Manor Road / 512.322.9721 / @mimadres
Brunch: Technically this mimosa deal is good any time!
This isn’t a traditional brunch, you can get Mi Madres’ giant breakfast tacos any time of the week (and I bet if you asked them, they’d make you a breakfast taco at night during their dinner service). They also have my very favorite chips and salsa in Austin. If you and your friends know you’re going to get multiple mimosa rounds, might as well cut to the chase and pony up for a carafe of mimosas; it will only set you back $6.
Haymaker / Eastside / 2310 Manor Road / 512.243.6702 / @haymakeraustin
Brunch: Haymaker has the same menu all the time but $2 mimosas are all day Sunday!
This laid-back sports bar is right across the street from Mi Madres. They feature a menu of super-hearty MIdwestern-style sandwiches, poutine, and burgers. So if you’re looking for prime mimosa time but no traditional breakfast/brunch food, this could be the place for you.
The Hightower / Eastside / 1209 E 7th St. / 512.514.1448 / @thehightoweratx
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 11:00am – 2:30pm
I’ve had lunch, happy hour, and dinner at The Hightower, but full disclosure: never brunch! I’ve read they have $2 mimosas and they have my favorite peanut butter brussels sprouts (don’t knock ’em til you’ve tried ’em) from their regular menu available, so I’m there. The rest of the menu, with chicken & waffles, sweet potato scramble, dutch baby pancakes, etc. is also speaking my language.
Kerbey Lane Café / Multiple Locations / @kerbeylanecafe
Brunch: 24 hours a day!
Kerbey Lane is an Austin classic; a place you can hit up day or night for a solid, filling brunch (and yes, a cheap mimosa or two!). They’re known for their delicious, creatively flavored pancakes (gingerbread or cinnamon bun, anyone?) and their addictive Kerbey Queso.
Bouldin Creek Café / South Austin / 1900 S 1st St. / 512.416.1601
Brunch: Breakfast served erryday!
This Austin hippie mainstay is another one of my favorite places in the city. Yes, it’s all vegetarian, but their food is delicious for every kind of eater. Oh! And though I love eggs, Bouldin Creek’s tofu scramble is the bomb and I get it on everything, even salads. While their breakfast menu (including those sweet $2.50 mimosas) is available pretty much every time, they have certain brunchy specials that are only available on weekends, so many sure to ask your server. I recommend sitting on the cute little patio with your pup (if applicable) and enjoying some coffee and people-watching with your champs.
Revelry Kitchen + Bar / Eastside / 1410 E 6th St. / 512.322.5223 / @revelryatx
Brunch: Sunday, 11:00am – 4:00pm
I’ve recently written about the joys of Revelry’s brunch: $3 mimosas (or $10 carafes), $3 sangria, $5 build-your-own Bloodys, BRUNCH DJ (cue airhorn), super awesome chicken & waffles, big patio for people watching, 21+ only! Revelry’s brunch truly has it all and is basically one giant brunch par-tay.
Mongers Market + Kitchen / Eastside / 2401 E Cesar Chavez St / 512.215.8972 / @mongersaustin
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am – 3:30pm
Seafood brunch! Being from Seattle, I loooove my champagne with a side of shellfish and/or smoked salmon. Mongers has a lovely patio and equally appealing interior. I recommend the ahi poke and of course anything involving shrimp or crab. Know you’re gonna have more than a couple mi-mos? Spring for the $15 carafe.
Irene’s / Downtown / 506 West Ave /
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am til the booze & food runs out
Two amazingly themed “Biscuits and Booze” brunches at one of my favorite spots for a patio drink: Saturday is Rosé All Day (YES) and Sunday is Rare Grooves All Day. Both days feature $3 mimosas and tasty biscuits. Beware, this place can get packed, so if you want to get in on the fun, don’t procrastinate.
Cedar Door / Downtown / 201 Brazos St / 512.473.3712 / @Brunch: Sunday all day starting at noon
I’ve been to Cedar Door plenty, but unclear on if they have a special brunch menu or if/how it differs from their usual lunch menu… BUT either way, $3 mimosas all Sunday on one of the biggest, best patios in downtown Austin. Good for some serious day drinking and soak-up-the-sunning.
Searsucker / Downtown / 415 Colorado St / 512.394.8000 / @searsucker
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Searsucker’s brunch food is very “trendy new American” – think lots of pork belly, shrimp & grits, duck fat gravy. It’s all good, not mind-blowing, but solid food to soak up that hangover while you recap last night’s debauchery over some cheap mimosas. The atmosphere is airy, bright, and patio-like even though the restaurant is completely indoors. Plus brunch goes til 4:00on Sundays and 3:00 on Saturdays!
I first created this list because (a) ISN’T IT OBVIOUS, I LOVE CHEAP MIMOSAS!!!?!!??! and (b) to contribute some MUST-KNOW information to the Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide. I’ve been keeping up this Austin mimosa brunch list since 2015 and it hasn’t failed me yet! Check out the link (or click the graphic below) for more essential 2017 round ups from Austin’s top food bloggers. Happy mimosa-ing!