Where To Eat Brunch in Downtown Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | March 27th 2014 26824 0

Where do you want to go to brunch in downtown Memphis? I Love Memphis is here to help you answer this very important question. Below you’ll find a list of the best places for brunch in downtown Memphis, their hours, drink prices, and other tips. Everything’s subject to change, of course.

If you’re looking for a comprehensive Memphis and Mid-South brunch guide, check out this list of 80+ places to each brunch in Memphis. There’s also a Midtown Brunch Guide and an East Memphis Brunch Guide (which includes the suburbs) that’s under construction. Especially for downtown Memphis brunch, you’ll want to make reservations.

Automatic Slim’s (83 S. 2nd St.), Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., $3 Bloody Marys/Mimosas, small patio. They also offer a 100-ounce mimosa bong for $34.

Alcenia’s (317 N. Main St.), Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m, no booze, no patio. Read my full post on Alcenia’s lunch here.

Bardog Tavern (73 Monroe Ave.), Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., $4 Bloody Marys/Mimosas, no patio. 21+, Smoking allowed.

Bleu (221 S. Third St.) Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Drink prices subject to change, big patio. Three hour valet parking available for free with meal. Read the full post on Bleu’s regular menu here.

Blind Bear (119 S. Main St.), Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., $3 Bloody Marys/Mimosas, small patio. 21+, smoking allowed. Read the full post on Blind Bear here.

Pontotoc Lounge (314 S. Main St.) Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Drink prices vary. Read more about Pontotoc here.

Peabody Brunch at Capriccio Grill (149 Union Ave.) Sunday, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., no patio. Note: this is the famous Peabody brunch buffet, it’s absolutely a must-do at least once. As of March 2019, it’s $46.95 for adults, $14 for children ages 5-12, and free for kids 4 and under. Bottomless coffee and mimosas are included. Read more here.

Flight (39 S. Main St.), Sunday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., $8 Mimosas/$10 Bloody Marys, patio. Read more about Flight here.

Local Gastropub (95 S. Main St.), Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., $4 Bloody Marys/Mimosas, $15 Bottomless Mimosas, small enclosed patio.

Majestic Grille (145 S. Main St.), Saturday 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., $4 Bloody Marys/Mimosas, $15 mimosa bottle service, big patio, Fead the full post on Majestic Grille here.

Paulette’s (50 Harbor Towne Sq.), Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., no patio. Drink prices vary.

Pearl’s Oyster House (299 S. Main St.), Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., $5.50 Bloody Marys/Mimosas, small patio.

Rizzo’s Diner (492 S. Main), Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., small patio. Read the full post on Rizzo’s Diner’s brunch here.

South of Beale (361 S. Main St.), Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., $4 Bloody Marys/Mimosas, big patio. Read the full post on SOB’s brunch here.

*Tamp & Tap (122 Gayoso), Sat. and Sun., 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., $5.50 mimosas/$8 Bloody Mary, small patio. Tamp & Tap serves their full breakfast and brunch menu every day, so there’s not a special brunch menu.

Texas de Brazil (150 Peabody Place), Sunday, 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., dinner menu + salad area only with brunch items, no patio.

Trolley Stop Market (704 Madison Ave.), Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., only beer, no patio. They deliver brunch!

If you decide to go to any of these places, I’d love to see your brunch pics! Tag them #ilovememphis and they might show up on a future brunch guide or photo roundup.

Places To Eat Brunch In Downtown Memphis – Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is considered brunch?
For this list, the restaurant must have a Saturday and/or Sunday brunch menu different from their usual breakfast/lunch menu, and they should serve alcohol. Alcenia’s is one exception. I figure the Ghetto-Aid is strong enough to count.

2. You left off my favorite brunch/weekend lunch place and I am deeply offended. Why did you leave it off?
Y’all have to relax. No one was left off on purpose. Memphis is full of places to eat brunch, especially downtown, and the list changes all the time. If we missed something, please don’t be offended. It’s super easy to fix: Just leave a comment with a link to further information. I’ll add anything that fits the qualifications. There are loads of wonderful places for breakfast and lunch that also serve on weekends, but it needs to be a specifically “brunch” menu.

3. Why just downtown? I cannot believe that you left off midtown.
Please go back and read the first two paragraphs of this article. I Love Memphis has your back! 

If you have a favorite brunch spot in Memphis and the Mid-South, leave us a note in the comments.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Brittany says:

    Awesome list. Happy to have some new places to check out for my favorite meal 🙂 Some good ones outside of downtown are Side Street, Bayou, Jack MaGoo's, Half Shell, Celtic, Blue Monkey, Patrick's, Dan McGuiness, RP Tracks. And for non-alcoholic, you can't beat The Pancake Shop. 

  2. MarkB says:

    When you get to Midtown, don't miss Boscos, Bayou Bar & Grill, Bar Louie, Beauty Shop, Sweet Grass, Young Ave. Deli and Celtic Crossing.  Can you tell I like brunch?  Appreciate the downtown selections too…have been to many of them.  Also love the Flying Saucer's Bloody Mary Bar on Sunday.

  3. Brad says:

    Blind Bear has a small patio out front.

  4. Dana says:


  5. Jojo says:

    Great post. But I agree with what others have said – there are many terrific brunch options outside of Downtown. Half Shell has a fantastic brunch on Sat & Sun til 3. Owen Brennan's is also terrific. And Boscos is one of the best in the city. Really surprised (and disappointed) your list didn't include spots outside of Downtown. For many of is, brunch is one of those roll-out-of-bed and go to the nearest place where you can nurse your hangover kind of events. If you're living in East Memphis, the last thing you feel like doing is driving 30 minutes when you have amazing brunch spots right outside your front door.

  6. Holly Whitfield says:

    Jojo, please check number 3 under the FAQs.

  7. Skeptimist says:

    Let's talk about responsible commenting. Try reading the entire post before you talk about how disappointed you are in the coverage. Not only is it offensive to the poster, but it's misleading to the other readers who might also read your comments. 

  8. Kelli says:

    Maybe this is for a future post, but can we get a rating of the Bloody Mary at these spots? I find they are hit or miss. Too much pepper or not enough veggies or other things is a failed drink, IMO :). 

  9. markb says:

    Just my opinion Kelli, but the Absolut Pepper Bloody Mary at the Bayou Bar & Grill is the best one in the MidSouth.

  10. markb says:

    I hate spell check. Should be Absolut Peppar.

  11. melanie says:

    Awesome info. I can forward this to people coming into town for the upcoming April and May events in Memphis. I'm glad to see an expanded list. I mostly go to restuarants that my Memphis native friends suggest. Now i have a plethora of spots to try regardless if its downtown or where i reside in east memphis!!! Thanks Holly

  12. MrsNoLongerSINGLEton says:

    Thank you for this list!!!! Can't wait to see the list for other areas around town.

    A few places to consider Amerigos, Bonefish. I have seen the menu but haven't tried either. Owen Brennan's has a wonderful Jazz brunch full of seafood, omelet station and mimos!

  13. Gigi Ballester says:

    I live out near Lakeland/Wolfchase and is worth the drive to go Downtown.  My favorites are Capriccio and Paulette's!  Texas De Brazil is great for brunch or lunch also.  Looking forward to seeing a Wolfchase/Cordova/Germantown/Collierville listings. 
    Will be checking out Majestic Grille and eighty3 soon!



  14. Andria says:

    I don't care for Bosco's brunch. I love, love, love eggs and they can't seem to get the eggs right. It's also not very filling.

  15. Debbie steele says:

    Ellendale Grill in Bartlett has Brunch on Sunday from 10 to 3..it is really good, 4.00 bloody Mary and mimosas

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