Eight Low-Key Brunch Spots in Denver Where You Won't Have to Fight the Crowds

Low-key brunch is my jam.EXPAND
Low-key brunch is my jam.
Lindsey Bartlett

Love brunch but hate to wait? Same here. That's why we've rounded up a few under-the-radar brunch spots around town. From low-key breakfast joints where you'll be seated right when you walk in to deep-dish pizza spots, from Greek eateries to classic diners, here are eight brunch stops that have yet to be overrun by the mid-morning, mimosa-swilling hordes.

Skip the line at the Curtis Club.
Skip the line at the Curtis Club.
Lindsey Bartlett

8. The Curtis Club
2100 Curtis Street
720-420-9898
If you're in the downtown area but cannot possibly stomach the hour-plus wait at Snooze or the Lobby, then head to the Curtis Club. Despite a mesmerizing mimosa tray that won Best Bottomless-Mimosa Presentation in our Best of Denver edition this year, there's almost never a wait. We recommend the patio on nicer days, but if that's a little too crowded and sunny for you,  hang out inside at the dark and cozy bar and enjoy the excellent eggy offerings. 

The healthy and line-free brunch at Stella's on Colfax.
The healthy and line-free brunch at Stella's on Colfax.
Lindsey Bartlett

7. Trattoria Stella
3201 East Colfax Avenue
303-320-8635
Trattoria Stella on Colfax is the go-to for east-side brunchers who don't want to wait. The original West Highland location of this Italian spot also serves brunch, but its longtime popularity means that neighbors flock there on weekends. Not so with the Colfax outpost. Must-haves include steak and grits, avocado toast and an array of bottomless-mimosa options. Brunch is served 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

The skillets are calling your name at Olive & Finch.
The skillets are calling your name at Olive & Finch.
Danielle Lirette

6. Olive & Finch
1552 East 17th Avenue
303-832-8663
This tiny all-day eatery on 17th Avenue is known for amazing egg skillets, elevated sandwiches and technically proficient French pastries. Although it's certainly a popular spot, the fast-casual concept works well enough here to keep lingerers from hogging tables all day; order at the counter and you can usually find a seat by the time your food is ready. And with warmer weather coming, you'll soon be able to find a chair even faster on the patio. 

The Breakfast Queen Special, a classic.EXPAND
The Breakfast Queen Special, a classic.
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5. The Breakfast Queen #2
3454 South Broadway, Englewood
303-761-9800
The beloved Breakfast Queen #2 is one of the favorite local diners in Englewood, and makes our list because of the exceptionally fast service and low wait time. It's a well kept secret, for now. Try the Queen's newest menu addition, a sweet variety of crepes, as well as our personal favorite, the classic Breakfast Queen Special. 

If you aren't counting calories, you should be eating brunch at Swift's.
If you aren't counting calories, you should be eating brunch at Swift's.
Lindsey Bartlett

4. Swift Breakfast House
930 Santa Fe Drive
303-623-9743

At this ancient diner, brunch is low-key, because it's just a late breakfast. Swift's is near and dear to our hearts — maybe too near, with all that cholesterol building up from so many visits. But it's delicious and a worthwhile trip nonetheless, as a slice of old-school Denver, if nothing else. There's no booze, but you can make up for it with endless rounds of coffee and the intoxicating smell of bacon and sausage frying on the flat-top. Choose your dish from the menu items on signs covering nearly every inch of wall space. Swift's is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day. 

Who knew an Italian restaurant would have such a great fried chicken and waffles?
Who knew an Italian restaurant would have such a great fried chicken and waffles?
Lindsey Bartlett

3. Shells & Sauce
2600 East 12th Avenue
303-377-2091

Shells & Sauce is a hidden gem in the tree-lined Congress Park neighborhood, where street parking may be at a premium, but that just makes for a pleasant walk to this Italian eatery. Here you'll find great breakfast burritos, chicken and waffles, and specialty brunch items that you're unlikely to find anywhere else — like funnel-cake fries and eggs carbonara. 

A proper English breakfast at Argyll.EXPAND
A proper English breakfast at Argyll.
Lindsey Bartlett

2. Argyll Whisky Beer
1035 East 17th Avenue
303-847-0850

Argyll has a fantastic brunch with a British twist that has mostly escaped the attention of destination brunchers, making it a closely guarded secret among Uptown residents, so you won't have a long wait to grab a table. The corned-beef hash is a fan favorite, as is the Scotch egg and the English breakfast (pictured above). Argyll opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday for brunch. 

A small deep-dish breakfast pizza at Denver Deep Dish.EXPAND
A small deep-dish breakfast pizza at Denver Deep Dish.
Mark Antonation

1. Denver Deep Dish
1200 West 38th Avenue
720-619-3337

At this Chicago-themed Highland spot, breakfast pizza means way more than just cold leftovers. Our Best of Denver winner for Best Chicago-Style Pizza this year has one of the most unconventional and low-key brunches in the city, with thick- or thin-crust pies topped with eggs, breakfast meats and a number of housemade sauces. Plus, during the month of April, the entire brunch menu is buy-one-get-one. Other attractions include bottomless Bloody Marys, mimosas, manmosas or screwdrivers for $12. Brunch happens on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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