Brunch isn’t just a meal — for many it’s practically a lifestyle. Unlike its siblings, breakfast and lunch, brunch conjures images of a leisurely weekend meal shared with friends, of indulging in dishes typically not on your daily diet plan, of lingering over a mimosa or Bloody Mary because there’s nowhere else you need to be.
But brunch isn’t a one-dish-fits-all meal. As these restaurants show, while there are certainly some staples, popular brunch dishes can vary wildly, taking influence from the season, the local produce, international cuisine, or the chef’s own imagination.
The following restaurants are the best for brunch in all 50 states, plus Washington, DC, according to Yelp reviews. All have at least four stars on Yelp based on hundreds of reviews, and many have won numerous other awards as well.