Sunday brunch is serious business — it only comes around once a week, after all. In L.A., it’s an institution, where it seems like every restaurant tries to outdo the others with vast buffets, farm-fresh ingredients and indulgent dishes.
When it’s time to clink bubbly-filled flutes with friends and chat over eggs Benedict, check out these extravagant spreads in the City of Angels.
Weekends are for seafood at this elegant Five-Star stay. The Beverly Hills hotel’s Sunday Brunch at The Belvedere, a Four-Star indoor-outdoor restaurant with a lovely, tree-shaded patio, features an immense selection of responsibly sourced local catches, from freshly shucked oysters and coveted snow crab claws to lavish tarragon and lobster waffles.
If you’re not in the mood for fish, indulge in dishes like hand-carved roasted leg of lamb or try plant-based plates like spring pea risotto or herb balsamic-marinated tofu.
And if bottomless bubbles are a brunchtime prerequisite, rest easy knowing that Nicolas Feuillatte champagne is the featured pour here.
The lavish weekend feast at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star retreat is a fit for Marie Antointette and her indulgence-as-a-sport Versailles court.
But it’s not just the diverse selection of global cuisine (dim sum, sushi, Italian charcuterie and more) that takes the cake; it’s also the sheer size. The Beverly Hills hideaway’s buffet is so large, it takes up three whole rooms in Culina restaurant and Windows Lounge.
Other Hollywood-caliber standouts here include a juice bar curated by celebrity wellness coach Kimberly Snyder and a luscious molten chocolate fountain.
From chef Teresa Montaño comes a scrumptious weekend tribute to Catalan and Valencian cuisine at this new Highland Park Spanish restaurant.
To start, order a selection of cold tapas, such as jamón Ibérico and Valencia-orange-marinated olives. Pair these satisfying nibbles with a gin and tonic. These sips are served Spanish-style: in a huge copa de balon glass topped with fresh flowers or herbs.
Next, try an array of indulgent small plates like esparragos ajo negro (milk-poached asparagus with black garlic butter), huevos revueltos (scrambled eggs with buttery tetilla cheese), croqueta de jamon (a fried ham fritter) or tortilla Española (Spanish-style caramelized onion and fried potato omelet).
Be sure to save room for the piping-hot churros served with a side of dark chocolate dipping sauce.
Sitting on this sky-high hotel’s 69th floor, all-day restaurant Dekkadance dishes out an elegant Sunday brunch paired with epic bird’s-eye views.
To do it right, partake in classics like lobster mac and cheese, chilled seafood selections (crab claws, mussels, shrimp cocktail and clams) and made-to-order crepes. While you’re at it, make a place on your plate for dessert. There’s an entire buffet dedicated to petite treats, from chocolate ganache tarts to bomboloni (Italian doughnuts).
This elevated experience also comes with bottomless sparkling beverages, including mimosas, peach bellinis and kir royals (crème de cassis black raspberry liqueur and champagne). Request a window-side table to toast the breathtaking vistas of downtown L.A.
A favorite for California cuisine for more than 40 years, this SoCal eatery recently launched a Sunday brunch menu. Hearty homestyle plates include cornmeal blueberry pancakes, thick pork belly and egg sandwiches, and locally sourced blue prawns and grits.
Snag a seat on the lush covered patio for a chance to spot local celebrities. Speaking of which, founder and restaurant namesake Michael McCarty is usually on the floor welcoming guests.
Part of the fun of this new Los Feliz brunch spot is finding it. Tucked behind a theater, a small street-front walkway leads you to an expansive space that looks like a grand barn-ballroom hybrid with exposed beams overhead, green velvet booths and a peculiar live tree in the center of the dining area.
The search is worth it — the menu is as arresting as Atrium’s dramatic décor. The kitchen delivers flavorful plates such as the green pozole (a traditional Mexican soup) bowl, grilled peach and burrata toast, guava-jam-topped waffles, and fried egg banh mi.
The indoor-outdoor venue is known for its stellar craft cocktail program in the evenings, and weekend mornings follow suit with creative low-alcohol alternatives.