For so many active adults all across Central Florida, trips into Orlando are a beloved way to get their fix of world-class dining, culture, and entertainment. And if you're headed into town on a Saturday or Sunday, there's no better way to kick things off than a fun, sociable, relaxing, delicious brunch with a few friends—and probably a few mimosas. Or maybe some sangria or a Bloody Mary or two...
Below is a quick roundup of 10 of the absolute best restaurants for a weekend brunch in Orlando. Every one is a must-try!
Best Saturday and Sunday Brunches in Orlando
Dexter's Thornton Park (website)
There are multiple Dexter's locations, and they're all good for brunch, but the Thornton Park spot is a standout place to eat—and drink. And conveniently, it's just a few blocks from the Sunday Orlando Farmers Market at Lake Eola. Do yourself a favor and have the blackened shrimp and jack cheese grits or Belgian waffle with country fried chicken and bacon jam. Head over Saturday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm or Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Maxine's on Shine (website)
Literally a hidden gem, this restaurant is tucked away in a primarily residential area between the Thornton Park and Mills50 districts. It's a fun and fabulous restaurant serving some particularly indulgent brunch items taking creative approaches to classic Southern comfort food. You'll definitely be glad you discovered it. Brunch on Saturday goes from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm; on Sunday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Osprey Tavern (website)
Offering adventurous, imaginative, and particularly fresh and high-quality fare, this Baldwin Park restaurant is heaven for true foodies. You can't go wrong with any order here, with every item easily qualifying as a work of culinary art. And don't miss out on the excellent cocktail menu. Brunch is available Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Santiago's Bodega (website)
The antique shops in the charming Ivanhoe Village neighborhood make it a great weekend destination, and so does bottomless food and drink for brunch at this popular Spanish restaurant. Sit out front on the patio and consider ordering the French toast or a fantastic custom-made omelet. The service and atmosphere are as exceptional as the food. Dig in Saturday or Sunday between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
This bakery in the Milk District neighborhood never disappoints. Brunch has a decidedly Southern comfort flair, and its biscuits are some of the best you'll ever have. We really can't gush enough about this place, and it's impossible to recommend just one or two dishes—everything is amazing here. Don't worry... no matter what you pick, you'll be back to try more. Saturday and Sunday brunch is served from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
If you're on or near Restaurant Row in the Dr. Phillips section of the city, this is the place to go for an exceptional meal and all around exceptional dining experience. There's a fairly diverse menu that even includes a few upscale pizzas. Enjoy some of the most flavorful brunch items you'll find anywhere from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Soco is short for “Southern contemporary,” an appropriate description of the cuisine at this Thornton Park restaurant. The food is interesting, quite tasty, and on the meat-heavy side, and there's an exciting selection of brunch cocktails. A meal here can also coincide with a trip to the Sunday Orlando Farmers Market at Lake Eola, held just a block away. Weekend brunch is served from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Teak Neighborhood Grill (website)
Hands-down one of the best places to get a burger in Orlando, this MetroWest restaurant is also a leader in the weekend brunch scene. The dishes are simple but imaginative, and the menu is especially appealing if you want some meat with your meal. The Bloody Mary menu and craft beer selection are big draws too. Stop in for weekend brunch between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
The Boheme (website)
For an upscale, unforgettable jazz brunch featuring an Imperial Grand Bösendorfer piano worth about a quarter-million bucks, head to the restaurant inside the gorgeous Grand Bohemian Hotel in downtown Orlando, right across the street from the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The prix-fixe, all-you-can-eat-and-drink brunch runs from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
White Wolf Cafe (website)
For perfectly prepared, simple, standard brunch dishes, visit this Ivanhoe Village institution. The crab cakes Benedict are particularly delicious. As mentioned, this neighborhood is an antiquing destination, and you're right around the corner from Loch Haven Park's museums and theaters. You can get an earlier start here than other places, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays and 3:00 pm on Sundays.