The 9 Best Brunches in Philly

Cocktails and eggs every which way
December 7, 2016
by Zagat Staff

A relaxed weekend brunch is perfect in theory. After all, what could be better than sitting down to daytime cocktails and perfectly poached eggs with friends? To optimize your plans, we’ve lined up a roster of old favorites and dreamy newcomers.

Lacroix Restaurant at The Rittenhouse
Eclectic · Rittenhouse Square · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.7

"Superlatives" flow for the Rittenhouse Hotel's "elegant" Eclectic whose "lovely" cuisine, "over-the-top" (but "not stifling” ) service and “amazing views” of the Square create the "memory of a lifetime" – especially during "magnificent" Sunday brunches when you tour the kitchen to select your main course; it’s predictably “pricey” , but most agree it’s "worth every penny."
American · Old City · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

This "elegant" , “iconic” Old City New American offers a "sublime" menu "full of interesting dishes" , paired with “unparalleled” service; some find it a "bit pricey" , but "worth it" when you want to entertain clients or be "sweet to your sweetie."
Parc Restaurant
French · Rittenhouse Square · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.4

Stephen Starr "out-bistros most Parisian bistros" with this "très jolie" "people-watching" perch, where those lucky enough to nab an "outside table facing Rittenhouse Square" feel "transported" to the "Champs-Élysées" (but "without the smoking" ); inside, the "happening scene" can reach "daunting noise levels" , but given the "first-rate" French classics – from "sophisticated brunches and lazy lunches to fancy dinners" – and "polished" service, to most it's a "delightful experience" all the same.
Kanella South
Greek · Queen Village · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.3

At this "casual" Greek-Cypriot in Washington Square West, the cuisine is “flavorful and intense like the owner” , Konstantinos Pitsillides, who "cooks a mean octopus" and other “flavors of home” , all served by an "attentive" staff; “nice outdoor seating” alleviates what some say is a “tight squeeze” indoors.
Khyber Pass Pub
Pub · Old City · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.0

This “cozy” “dive bar” in Old City “transports you” to an “outdoor BBQ pit in the South” with “guilty pleasures” ( “smoky meats that don't need their homemade sauce” , “decadent” mac ’n’ cheese) that “taste like home” , backed by an “astonishing beer selection” ; the staff may “take a minute to warm up” , but its “punk (in a good way)” attitude goes over well with the “lively” clientele.
Day by Day
American · Rittenhouse Square · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.1

"Weekends aren't official until you've had brunch" at this long-running “casual" Rittenhouse American where there's good reason "you may have to wait awhile for a table" – namely, “fresh” , "delectable" morning-through-lunchtime fare and "baked goods that sell out fast" ; "energetic" servers who are "like family" make it a "friendly place."
Chinese · Rittenhouse Square · $$$

Chef Susanna Foo, who blazed trails in Center City for decades, is back in town with a take on modern Chinese cooking in a slick, smart-looking bistro in a Rittenhouse storefront. Her son Gabriel minds the front of the house, whose bar features riffs on Asian cocktails.
Kensington Quarters
American · Fishtown · $$$

Set in a repurposed Fishtown warehouse, this "amazing" , "unpretentious" American kitchen from Michael and Jeniphur Pasquarello (Cafe Lift, Bufad) offers "outstanding" , "perfectly executed" dishes matched by "well-made" cocktails and "amazing" wines; the "open, warm" surrounds are minimally decked out with wood tables and industrial-style lamps and while tabs run "a little pricey" , the experience "exceeds all expectations."
Nom Wah Philadelphia
Dim Sum · Chinatown · $

NYC's circa-1920 dim sum landmark plants an offshoot on an out-of-the-way Chinatown strip, serving classics like fried shrimp balls and pan-fried dumplings – but don't expect to see carts roaming the dining room since the small bites come out to order. The setting is cozy, decorated with antique furnishings, lantern lights and wood tables.