Absolute Best Brunch in the East Bay: Top 5 Favorites We Wake Up To

Absolute Best Brunch in the East Bay: Top 5 Favorites We Wake Up To

If you’re looking for the best brunch in the East Bay – something either buzzy, boozy, scenic, or casual and definitely delicious – we’ve got you covered. We rounded up the top Sunday Funday brunch spots and found something for everyone. And as you can see in the video below, we did our due diligence with taste testing.


Best Brunch in the East Bay, 5 Ways

1. Tutu’s

Recommended by Abio agents Julianna Haase Jennifer Marchand

Tutu’s serves up organic brunch in cute downtown Lafayette every day until 4 p.m., so there’s no reason to jump out of bed early on a lazy Sunday morning. With lots of outdoor seating, Tutu’s is the perfect place to tuck into salmon hash or Julianna Haase’s fav – Marion’s pancakes with cottage cheese, lemon, and homemade raspberry sauce. 53 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette



2. The Berkeley Boathouse

Recommended by Abio agent Lee Nijmeh

If you want peaceful waterfront views while sipping a mimosa, The Berkeley Boat House is a wonderful casual spot for Saturday and Sunday brunch. Located on the Berkeley Marina, the restaurant is the centerpiece of the renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Enjoy all the brunch basics on the patio or indoors where floor-to-ceiling windows show off marina views, too. Omelets and waffles to wagyu burgers and green curry muscles. 200 Marina Blvd, Berkeley

Brunch in the East Bay with a Berkeley marina view


3. Brenda’s Soul Food

Recommended by Abio agent Tobias Riday & chief systems officer Vanessa McDonald

For New Orleans-style brunch in the East Bay, locals love Brenda’s Soul Food, located in the heart of Oakland’s vibrant Temescal neighborhood. Eggs benedict with Creole hollandaise, shrimp ‘n’ grits with spicy tomato-bacon gravy, fried chicken, hot beignets for dessert – yes, please! Reservations are highly recommended. 4045 Broadway @ 41st, Oakland

shrimp and grits, brunch in the east bay


4. Sunrise Bistro 

Recommended by Abio agent Eliza Bradley 

Winner of the “Best of Walnut Creek Brunch” award from Walnut Creek Magazine, Sunrise Bistro is beloved for its homemade pastries (cinnamon rolls!), avocado toast on house-made bread, hashes four ways, and griddle specialties. For a boozy brunch, there are mimosas and Bloody Marys accessorized with pearl onions. Located in cute downtown Walnut Creek, Sunrise Bistro has so much patio space! 1559 Botelho Dr., Walnut Creek

cinnamon rolls


5. Cafe Leila

Recommended by Abio agent Andrea Schlosser

Andrea tells us Café Leila’s main allure is its surprisingly large and sweet hidden garden, lush with potted plants and trickling fountains. This East Bay brunch spot feels almost private! Linger and sip delicious teas, coffees, and health-focused lattes from an extensive beverage menu. While Café Leila serves all the brunch basics, what makes this Berkeley spot extra special are the creative and restorative drinks – from the “Dulce Seaweed Matcha Latte” to the “Body Healer” smoothie with chlorella, moringa, goji berry, spirulin, cacao, camu-camu, and acai. The menu notes health benefits of each item, like immunity boosting, cleansing, inflammation busting, and calming. 1724 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley


Want to chat with us over brunch about how to find your dream home in the East Bay? The market is tight, so it's worthwhile to seek local expert guidance – with a mimosa in hand, of course. Call Abio Properties at 888-400-ABIO (2246) or email hello@abioproperties.com.