After record-breaking low temperatures all throughout April, Seattle is more than ready to get outside and enjoy spring. There’s no better way to do that than by indulging in a leisurely brunch out in the fresh air and sunshine. Luckily, there is no shortage of outdoor brunch spots in Seattle.
No matter which neighborhood you find yourself in, you’ll be able to take your pick of patios to on which to sip coffee (or a cocktail!) and chow down on chicken and waffles while people-watching and soaking up that rare Seattle sun. In fact, it wasn’t easy narrowing it down but we prioritized the places with the most delicious food, picturesque patios, and hottest buzz. Then we grouped them together by neighborhood for your convenience.
Here are our top 20 picks for brunch spots with outdoor seating in Seattle:
1. Sabine, Ballard
You can’t beat the atmosphere at Sabine. This romantic cafe will have you wondering if you’re actually in Paris. Highlights of their brunch menu include fresh juices and their Turkish eggs. Many of their dishes can accommodate vegan and gluten-free requests.
Sabine’s weekend cafe is open from 9 AM to 3 PM on Saturday and Sunday and does not accept reservations. Check out their menu here.
Where: 5307 Ballard Ave NW
2. Sawyer, Ballard
This rustic new American restaurant knows how to do upscale comfort food. If you have a sweet tooth you’ll have a tough time choosing between their cinnamon roll monkey bread and bananas foster skillet pancake. There’s plenty of savory options on their brunch menu as well, including shrimp and grits and pork belly steam buns—and, of course, the Sawyer Bloody Mary.
Sawyer is open for brunch on Sundays from 10 AM to 2 PM. Patio seating is limited and by reservation only. Find more information here.
Where: 5309 22nd Ave NW
3. Stoneburner, Ballard
Located in the stunning Hotel Ballard, Stoneburner has a jaw-dropping interior but also offers outdoor seating that you’ll want to take advantage of on sunny days. They are particularly well-regarded for their pizza but you may also want to consider the hearth fired Dutch baby. Note that their brunch menu is seasonal and changes frequently.
Stoneburner is open for brunch on Sundays from 10 AM to 3 PM. Make a reservation here.
Where: 5214 Ballard Ave NW
4. The Flora Bakehouse, Beacon Hill
The Flora Bakehouse (sister restaurant to the vegan Cafe Flora) opened a new rooftop patio last summer and we can’t wait to take advantage of it again this season. The rooftop patio offers shaded seating and a view of Mount Rainier. You can choose from a selection of gluten-free and vegan treats in addition to espresso drinks and buttery pastries. See more here.
The Flora Bakehouse is open daily from 7 AM to 5 PM but their goods are baked fresh daily and can sell out. Also note that their savory menu is only available from 11:30 AM until sold out.
Where: 1511 S Lucile St
5. Skillet, Capitol Hill
This iconic Capitol Hill diner serves up comfort food like no other. You’ll find all of the brunch classics on their menu that is filled with food from local farms, in addition to cocktails and local brewery beers on tap.
Skillet opens at 7 AM for all-day breakfast every day. Their outdoor seating is limited, however, so if it’s a gorgeous Sunday and you want to enjoy your mimosa outside you might want to make a reservation.
Where: 1400 E Union St
6. Terra Plata, Capitol Hill
You can’t beat Terra Plata’s rooftop patio for a sunny weekend brunch. This farm-to-table offers delicious Mediterranean fare. Its heated rooftop patio is fully covered in case of rain but also has open air sides for airflow, so you’ll be comfortable no matter what the weather.
Brunch is served at Terra Plata on Saturday on Sunday from 10 AM until 2 PM. Make a reservation here.
Where: 1501 Melrose Ave
7. Nue, Capitol Hill
Nue’s globally-inspired menu is just as eclectic as their indoor decor (which is worth taking a peek at even if you’re sitting outside). We recommend their signature spicy Chengdu fried chicken wings with waffles and their South African Sunny Bunny, which is chicken, Indian masala, and an egg served in an epic bread bowl. And don’t forget to order the Vietnamese coffee.
Nue offers brunch seven days a week: from 10 AM to 3 PM on Sunday and Saturday and from 11 AM to 3 PM the rest of the week. They save most of their seating for walk-ins but you can also make a reservation here.
Where: 1519 14th Ave
8. Barrio, Capitol Hill
Serving up modern Mexican food influenced by the northwest, Barrio offers a lively patio with umbrellas for shade on sunny days. Their brunch menu is packed with hangover cures such as tres leches French toast, crispy fish tacos, vegan nachos, and breakfast enchiladas.
Barrio opens at 11 AM on Saturday and Sunday for brunch. Check out their full brunch menu here.
Where: 1420 12th Ave
9. Communion, Central District
Named Seattle Met’s restaurant of the year and one of the top 12 new restaurants in the world in 2021, Communion has garnered a lot of well-deserved buzz. Their menu is full of soul food classics such as mac and cheese, buttery cornbread, hush puppies and as well as vegan and gluten-free options.
Brunch at Communion is every Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM. No reservation is necessary but you may want to make one anyway here, or at least show up early to snag a seat.
Where: 2350 E Union St
10. Super Six, Columbia City
Super Six blends Asian flavors with Pacific Northwest staples in a vintage garage space. Their menu includes drool-worthy items like a Hawaiian version of French toast, Filipino bacon and eggs, and Liliko’i coffee cake.
Super Six serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 3 PM. To ensure a seat, you can make a reservation here.
Where: 3714 S Hudson St
11. Le Coin, Fremont
A charming spot for the sophisticated palette, this high-end French eatery in Fremont offers a brunch version of its dinner menu. You probably have no choice but to try their “world famous” apple fritters, but the lamb hash is supposed to be delicious too. In addition to classic brunch cocktails such as the mimosa and Bloody Mary, they also offer a couple of creative non-alcoholic cocktail options.
Le Coin serves brunch from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday and Sunday. There is limited outdoor seating so make your reservation here.
Where: 4201 Fremont Ave N
12. Meet the Moon, Leschi
This relaxed New American eatery sits right by the marina, making it the perfect brunch spot before a day spent on Lake Washington. Their outdoor dining area is heated and covered, making it a comfortable experience even on chilly or wet days. The Rotating Benedict has a new flavor every weekend so no two brunches will be the same!
Meet the Moon serves brunch from 9 AM to 3 PM on Saturday and Sunday. You can peruse the full menu here.
Where: 120 Lakeside Ave
13. The London Plane, Pioneer Square
Featuring outdoor seating on the charming red brick streets of Seattle’s oldest neighborhood, The London Plane offers more than just brunch. After enjoying your quiche or quinoa bowl, you can wander inside their store and purchase wine, specialty foods, care packages, and flowers. They also offer private floral workshops.
The London Plane is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM, with patio seating on a first come first serve basis (order at the counter inside). See more information here.
Where: 300 Occidental Ave S
14. Bounty Kitchen, Queen Anne
With locations in both Queen Anne and Capitol Hill, Bounty Kitchen supplies Seattle with fresh, local, organic meals. Best of all, their brunch is served all day, every day. Whether you order a hearty breakfast sandwich or the gluten-free griddle cakes, you’ll leave feeling truly nourished.
Bounty Kitchen is open from 11 AM to 7 PM during the week and from 10 AM to 3 PM on the weekends (hours subject to change). Find more details here.
Where: 7 Boston St / 550 19th Ave E
15. Portage Bay Cafe, South Lake Union and more
A popular brunch mainstay in Seattle, Portage Bay Cafe boasts not one but four locations. Its South Lake Union location is an easy walk from downtown. Their expansive brunch menu includes mimosas, a breakfast bar, and a monthly specials addition from each chef. On a sunny day you’ll want to take advantage of their outdoor seating and, after your meal, set out on a stroll around the lake.
Find the hours for the Portage Bay Cafe’s various locations and make a reservation here.
Where: 391 Terry Ave N (South Lake Union location; see other locations here)
16. The White Swan Public House, South Lake Union
If you want to brunch by the water, your best bet is the dockside patio at The White Swan Public House. Their sustainable seafood menu is great for when you want to liven up your brunch routine with a smoked salmon bagel or some comforting seafood chowder.
The White Swan Public House is open for brunch from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday and Sunday. They will no longer be accepting reservations after May 1st so you may want to show up early to snag an outdoor table. Check out their brunch menu here.
Where: 1001 Fairview Ave N
17. Pablo y Pablo, Wallingford
This popular PNW-inspired Mexican restaurant and bar has a generous amount of covered outdoor seating for sunny weekend brunch. It’s also worth noting that their patio is very dog-friendly! After scarfing down a brunch of Mexican-inspired staples, you’ll want to take your furry friend over to nearby Gasworks Park to continue enjoying the nice weather.
Pablo y Pablo opens for brunch at 11 am on Saturday and Sunday. See their brunch menu here.
Where: 1605 N 34th St
18. Union Saloon, Wallingford
This cozy neighborhood pub near Gasworks Park offers delicious cocktails, small plates, and hearty comfort food for brunch. This is the place to go if you’re craving fried chicken and biscuits. The atmosphere inside is known to be warm and inviting but you can also find plenty of outdoor seating.
Union Saloon is open for brunch from 9:30 AM to 2 PM Saturday and Sunday. You can peruse their brunch menu online.
Where: 3645 Wallingford Ave N
19. Luna Park Cafe, West Seattle
Of course we couldn’t leave out West Seattle (even with the bridge still out of commission). Luna Park Cafe is known for its kitschy retro interior but you may want to take advantage of their outdoor seating on nice days. This is the place to go for nostalgic, diner-style comfort food.
Luna Park Cafe is open daily from 8 AM to 9 PM, with breakfast being served all day (pancakes and French toast are the only exception). Get more information here.
Where: 2918 SW Avalon Way
20. Harry’s Beach House, West Seattle
Another fantastic brunch option for our West Seattle friends, Harry’s Beach House is located on Alki Beach. You can enjoy the scent of the Puget Sound while sitting at one of their outdoor tables. The menu matches the nautical theme, with oysters, shrimp cocktail, and smoked salmon Benedict joining more traditional brunch classics.
Harry’s Beach House opens at 9 AM on the weekend. You can see their full hours and make a reservation here.
Where: 2676 Alki Ave SW
Happy brunching, Seattle!