April 09, 2021

Cincinnati's 10 Best Brunch Spots Worth Getting Out of Bed For

CityBeat has been in the business of curating the Best Of Cincinnati® for more than two decades, highlighting the city’s most outstanding selections in Eats, Arts & Culture, Shops & Services, Music & Nightlife, Sports & Recreation and City Life. And the responsibility of selecting these exceptional entities is divided between our readers and staff. This year, readers logged on to the ballot site in droves to vote for their favorites in broad categories, including Best Brunch. Here are the winners.

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10. Grand Finale
3 E. Sharon Road, Glendale
This iconic Glendale eatery serves up tons of nostalgia — and nostalgic dishes — any time of day. Open for more than four decades, the people-pleasing menu is locally famous for both its homemade dessert options, which range from a creamy key lime pie in a hazelnut crust to bananas foster and delicious savory crepes. The menu also includes crab cakes, shrimp & grits, quiche and a 12-oz. roasted rack of lamb, served with a side of mango chutney. While Grande Finale is not currently offering their brunch buffet, they still offer a few brunch options like a variety of crepes and a daily quiche.
Photo: facebook.com/grandfinalerestaurant

10. Grand Finale

3 E. Sharon Road, Glendale
This iconic Glendale eatery serves up tons of nostalgia — and nostalgic dishes — any time of day. Open for more than four decades, the people-pleasing menu is locally famous for both its homemade dessert options, which range from a creamy key lime pie in a hazelnut crust to bananas foster and delicious savory crepes. The menu also includes crab cakes, shrimp & grits, quiche and a 12-oz. roasted rack of lamb, served with a side of mango chutney. While Grande Finale is not currently offering their brunch buffet, they still offer a few brunch options like a variety of crepes and a daily quiche.
Photo: facebook.com/grandfinalerestaurant
10. Grand Finale
3 E. Sharon Road, Glendale
This iconic Glendale eatery serves up tons of nostalgia — and nostalgic dishes — any time of day. Open for more than four decades, the people-pleasing menu is locally famous for both its homemade dessert options, which range from a creamy key lime pie in a hazelnut crust to bananas foster and delicious savory crepes. The menu also includes crab cakes, shrimp & grits, quiche and a 12-oz. roasted rack of lamb, served with a side of mango chutney. While Grande Finale is not currently offering their brunch buffet, they still offer a few brunch options like a variety of crepes and a daily quiche.
Photo: facebook.com/grandfinalerestaurant

10. Grand Finale

3 E. Sharon Road, Glendale
This iconic Glendale eatery serves up tons of nostalgia — and nostalgic dishes — any time of day. Open for more than four decades, the people-pleasing menu is locally famous for both its homemade dessert options, which range from a creamy key lime pie in a hazelnut crust to bananas foster and delicious savory crepes. The menu also includes crab cakes, shrimp & grits, quiche and a 12-oz. roasted rack of lamb, served with a side of mango chutney. While Grande Finale is not currently offering their brunch buffet, they still offer a few brunch options like a variety of crepes and a daily quiche.
Photo: facebook.com/grandfinalerestaurant
9. Orchids at Palm Court
35 W. Fifth St., Downtown
Nestled inside Carew Tower’s historic Art Deco Hilton hotel, Orchids hosts a breathtaking feast for the eyes — a perfect backdrop for the seasonally-attuned menu that takes advantage of seasonal produce and combines those ingredients with top-quality seafood and meat from a variety of sources. The AAA five-diamond menu features creative, fresh cuisine paired with an award-winning wine list and delicious desserts. Although Orchids at Palm Court is currently only focused on upscale dining in the evening, they do have a Mother’s Day brunch buffet event coming up on May 9. Brunch will include live music, specialty cocktails and an elaborate holiday buffet. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.
Photo: facebook.com/orchidsatpalmcourt

9. Orchids at Palm Court

35 W. Fifth St., Downtown
Nestled inside Carew Tower’s historic Art Deco Hilton hotel, Orchids hosts a breathtaking feast for the eyes — a perfect backdrop for the seasonally-attuned menu that takes advantage of seasonal produce and combines those ingredients with top-quality seafood and meat from a variety of sources. The AAA five-diamond menu features creative, fresh cuisine paired with an award-winning wine list and delicious desserts. Although Orchids at Palm Court is currently only focused on upscale dining in the evening, they do have a Mother’s Day brunch buffet event coming up on May 9. Brunch will include live music, specialty cocktails and an elaborate holiday buffet. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.
Photo: facebook.com/orchidsatpalmcourt
9. Orchids at Palm Court
35 W. Fifth St., Downtown
Nestled inside Carew Tower’s historic Art Deco Hilton hotel, Orchids hosts a breathtaking feast for the eyes — a perfect backdrop for the seasonally-attuned menu that takes advantage of seasonal produce and combines those ingredients with top-quality seafood and meat from a variety of sources. The AAA five-diamond menu features creative, fresh cuisine paired with an award-winning wine list and delicious desserts. Although Orchids at Palm Court is currently only focused on upscale dining in the evening, they do have a Mother’s Day brunch buffet event coming up on May 9. Brunch will include live music, specialty cocktails and an elaborate holiday buffet. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.
Photo: facebook.com/orchidsatpalmcourt

9. Orchids at Palm Court

35 W. Fifth St., Downtown
Nestled inside Carew Tower’s historic Art Deco Hilton hotel, Orchids hosts a breathtaking feast for the eyes — a perfect backdrop for the seasonally-attuned menu that takes advantage of seasonal produce and combines those ingredients with top-quality seafood and meat from a variety of sources. The AAA five-diamond menu features creative, fresh cuisine paired with an award-winning wine list and delicious desserts. Although Orchids at Palm Court is currently only focused on upscale dining in the evening, they do have a Mother’s Day brunch buffet event coming up on May 9. Brunch will include live music, specialty cocktails and an elaborate holiday buffet. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.
Photo: facebook.com/orchidsatpalmcourt
8. Hang Over Easy
13 W. Charlton St., Corryville
Hang Over Easy is in a perpetual state of brunch, offering breakfast and lunch options alongside a full bar every day of the week. Filling a breakfast void in Corryville, it now plays host to many young University of Cincinnati students experiencing their first ever hangover (they grow up so fast!). The menu doesn’t take any radical risks, plating up dependable diner fare found on most American breakfast and lunch tables. Bloody marys and mimosas are nothing fancy here, but are priced to fit collegiate budgets and expectations. 
Photo: facebook.com/hangovereasycincy

8. Hang Over Easy

13 W. Charlton St., Corryville
Hang Over Easy is in a perpetual state of brunch, offering breakfast and lunch options alongside a full bar every day of the week. Filling a breakfast void in Corryville, it now plays host to many young University of Cincinnati students experiencing their first ever hangover (they grow up so fast!). The menu doesn’t take any radical risks, plating up dependable diner fare found on most American breakfast and lunch tables. Bloody marys and mimosas are nothing fancy here, but are priced to fit collegiate budgets and expectations.
Photo: facebook.com/hangovereasycincy
8. Hang Over Easy
13 W. Charlton St., Corryville
Hang Over Easy is in a perpetual state of brunch, offering breakfast and lunch options alongside a full bar every day of the week. Filling a breakfast void in Corryville, it now plays host to many young University of Cincinnati students experiencing their first ever hangover (they grow up so fast!). The menu doesn’t take any radical risks, plating up dependable diner fare found on most American breakfast and lunch tables. Bloody marys and mimosas are nothing fancy here, but are priced to fit collegiate budgets and expectations. 
Photo: facebook.com/hangovereasycincy

8. Hang Over Easy

13 W. Charlton St., Corryville
Hang Over Easy is in a perpetual state of brunch, offering breakfast and lunch options alongside a full bar every day of the week. Filling a breakfast void in Corryville, it now plays host to many young University of Cincinnati students experiencing their first ever hangover (they grow up so fast!). The menu doesn’t take any radical risks, plating up dependable diner fare found on most American breakfast and lunch tables. Bloody marys and mimosas are nothing fancy here, but are priced to fit collegiate budgets and expectations.
Photo: facebook.com/hangovereasycincy
7. Nation Kitchen & Bar
1200 Broadway St., Pendleton; 3435 Epworth Ave., Westwood
Nation Kitchen & Bar, offering two Cincinnati locations, takes its name from axe-wielding Temperance warrior Carrie Nation and is known for its excellent burgers and bottomless weekend brunches. Come by and ask for an order of breakfast tater tots: tots loaded up with cheddar, sausage gravy and topped with a sunny-side-up egg. They also have an extensive selection of cocktails and craft beers. Try the Brunch Wrap Supreme. This pressed-tortilla dish is filled with smoked sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, pepper jack cheese, queso, tater tots and jalapeño relish.
Photo: facebook.com/NationPendleton

7. Nation Kitchen & Bar

1200 Broadway St., Pendleton; 3435 Epworth Ave., Westwood
Nation Kitchen & Bar, offering two Cincinnati locations, takes its name from axe-wielding Temperance warrior Carrie Nation and is known for its excellent burgers and bottomless weekend brunches. Come by and ask for an order of breakfast tater tots: tots loaded up with cheddar, sausage gravy and topped with a sunny-side-up egg. They also have an extensive selection of cocktails and craft beers. Try the Brunch Wrap Supreme. This pressed-tortilla dish is filled with smoked sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, pepper jack cheese, queso, tater tots and jalapeño relish.
Photo: facebook.com/NationPendleton
7. Nation Kitchen & Bar
1200 Broadway St., Pendleton; 3435 Epworth Ave., Westwood
Nation Kitchen & Bar, offering two Cincinnati locations, takes its name from axe-wielding Temperance warrior Carrie Nation and is known for its excellent burgers and bottomless weekend brunches. Come by and ask for an order of breakfast tater tots: tots loaded up with cheddar, sausage gravy and topped with a sunny-side-up egg. They also have an extensive selection of cocktails and craft beers. Try the Brunch Wrap Supreme. This pressed-tortilla dish is filled with smoked sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, pepper jack cheese, queso, tater tots and jalapeño relish.
Photo: facebook.com/NationPendleton

7. Nation Kitchen & Bar

1200 Broadway St., Pendleton; 3435 Epworth Ave., Westwood
Nation Kitchen & Bar, offering two Cincinnati locations, takes its name from axe-wielding Temperance warrior Carrie Nation and is known for its excellent burgers and bottomless weekend brunches. Come by and ask for an order of breakfast tater tots: tots loaded up with cheddar, sausage gravy and topped with a sunny-side-up egg. They also have an extensive selection of cocktails and craft beers. Try the Brunch Wrap Supreme. This pressed-tortilla dish is filled with smoked sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, pepper jack cheese, queso, tater tots and jalapeño relish.
Photo: facebook.com/NationPendleton
6. The National Exemplar
6880 Wooster Pike, Mariemont
National Exemplar is good any time of year but may be at its best in either spring or fall. With wood paneling and old-world vibes, the inside is cozy, like a Harry Potter movie marathon, making weekend mornings in fall a great time to visit this Tudor-style Mariemont mainstay. However, if you draw the lucky card and pick the right spring morning to visit, you get the patio experience of the season, with overhead sun, pretty trees and just enough foot traffic from the quiet neighborhood for quality people watching. With lots of egg dishes, pancake variations, and a variety of hashes, this brunch spot covers all the bases. 
Photo: facebook.com/NationalExemplar

6. The National Exemplar

6880 Wooster Pike, Mariemont
National Exemplar is good any time of year but may be at its best in either spring or fall. With wood paneling and old-world vibes, the inside is cozy, like a Harry Potter movie marathon, making weekend mornings in fall a great time to visit this Tudor-style Mariemont mainstay. However, if you draw the lucky card and pick the right spring morning to visit, you get the patio experience of the season, with overhead sun, pretty trees and just enough foot traffic from the quiet neighborhood for quality people watching. With lots of egg dishes, pancake variations, and a variety of hashes, this brunch spot covers all the bases.
Photo: facebook.com/NationalExemplar
6. The National Exemplar
6880 Wooster Pike, Mariemont
National Exemplar is good any time of year but may be at its best in either spring or fall. With wood paneling and old-world vibes, the inside is cozy, like a Harry Potter movie marathon, making weekend mornings in fall a great time to visit this Tudor-style Mariemont mainstay. However, if you draw the lucky card and pick the right spring morning to visit, you get the patio experience of the season, with overhead sun, pretty trees and just enough foot traffic from the quiet neighborhood for quality people watching. With lots of egg dishes, pancake variations, and a variety of hashes, this brunch spot covers all the bases. 
Photo: facebook.com/NationalExemplar

6. The National Exemplar

6880 Wooster Pike, Mariemont
National Exemplar is good any time of year but may be at its best in either spring or fall. With wood paneling and old-world vibes, the inside is cozy, like a Harry Potter movie marathon, making weekend mornings in fall a great time to visit this Tudor-style Mariemont mainstay. However, if you draw the lucky card and pick the right spring morning to visit, you get the patio experience of the season, with overhead sun, pretty trees and just enough foot traffic from the quiet neighborhood for quality people watching. With lots of egg dishes, pancake variations, and a variety of hashes, this brunch spot covers all the bases.
Photo: facebook.com/NationalExemplar