The Ten Best Brunch Restaurants in Denver — 2016 Edition

Horchata pancakes at Lola.EXPAND
Horchata pancakes at Lola.
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5. Lola
1575 Boulder Street
720-570-8686
Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chicken-fried steak at a Mexican fish house? That's been a delicious brunch mainstay at Lola for years. You'll also find an amazing hamburguesa (get it with an egg and bacon on top), as well as chicken and waffles and more traditional breakfast dishes. And, yes, there's seafood, too, including trout hash and an assortment of ceviche coming from the raw bar. Come early and plan to stay for a while; the deck is a perfect place to while away a sunny summer afternoon and listen to the city's Best Sunday-Afternoon Shows.

Brunch at Old Major is the perfect hangover cure.EXPAND
Brunch at Old Major is the perfect hangover cure.
Danielle Lirette

4. Old Major
3316 Tejon Street
720-420-0622
Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Old Major's brunch menu, like its p.m. counterpart, is a meat-forward affair, but the kitchen excels at every style of breakfast-to-lunch dish. So guests can't go wrong with a breakfast pork burger piled high with bacon and a fried egg or a platter of fried chicken and waffles — but a light and delicious yogurt bowl with pecan granola is just as good. Still, we recommend that you stick with the restaurant's theme and tackle the Butcher's Breakfast — a meal of eggs, bangers, bacon, ham, beans, mushrooms and potatoes that wouldn't be complete without a cup of Novo coffee.

Postino's expansive patio faces downtown.EXPAND
Postino's expansive patio faces downtown.
Mark Antonation

3. Postino LoHi
2715 17th Street
303-433-6363
Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

How thoughtful: When you snag a seat at Postino at brunch (try for a spot on the patio), you'll find little cards on the table where you can deposit your gum — or write down your number for an attractive nearby diner. But the thoughtfulness doesn't end there: The brunch menu offers a smart array of traditional breakfast dishes as well as salads and sandwiches; ask for the $10.50 "Select Two" special and you can get a half-sandwich and a salad. Another $5 gets you a small pitcher of one of the restaurant's featured beers; there are also plenty of other $5 drink specials. If you can still move after all that, head next door to Recess Beer Garden for an afternoon of fun and games.

Banana-bread French toast is one of Root Down's more decadent brunch offerings.EXPAND
Banana-bread French toast is one of Root Down's more decadent brunch offerings.
Lauren Monitz

2. Root Down
1600 West 33rd Avenue
303-993-4200
Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Something feels healthy about brunch at Root Down, even when you're making your way through a plate of banana-bread French toast or some ramen deviled eggs. Like all of chef/owner Justin Cucci's menus, brunch here focuses on fresh, local ingredients with options for all manner of dietary needs and desires. So you can go hog wild for a pulled-pork omelette or keep it meatless with a masala tofu scramble. Big appetites will gravitate toward a hefty breakfast burrito, but there's also the Root Down Benedict, built on quinoa cakes instead of English muffins. No matter what you choose, bottomless mimosas and house breakfast cocktails beckon from the bar.

Brunch at Sarto's is like a mini-vacation.
Brunch at Sarto's is like a mini-vacation.
Danielle Lirette

1. Sarto's
2900 West 25th Avenue
303-455-1400
Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Italian brunch in the cool and airy dining room at Sarto's will leave you feeling sophisticated and satisfied. Start with bellinis or mimosas — both bottomless — and choose from duck-yolk ravioli or shrimp and polenta (no simple grits here), then finish with a pear tartlet or pillowy bombolini (that's a doughnut hole to you). Spritzes and Prosecco cocktails star on the drinks list, adding brightness and bubbles to the feast. You won't want to leave this Jefferson Park gem, where brunch feels like a weekend away at a villa on Lake Como.


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