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The Best Brunch Restaurants in Baltimore

The "Charm City" of Baltimore stands out as one of America's most engaging and entertaining cities, mixing its long, colonial history with a growing economy, thriving cultural scene, and ocean-inspired cuisine. Many eateries contend for the coveted title of best brunch in Baltimore, an integral part of the local lifestyle. Hungry morning diners can take advantage of Baltimore's trademark seafood combined with regional, coastal flavors (Old Bay seasoning anyone?). But where do Baltimore's savviest diners head to for the best brunch in town? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We've gathered information from in-the-know diners throughout the city to create this list of the best brunches in Baltimore. From harbor-side breakfast joints with pancakes and bacon to downtown, upscale establishments with plates of eggs Benedict, the best brunch in Baltimore has something for everyone.

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20 Restaurants
Updated October 01, 2021
Restaurants:By The Docks, Iron Rooster - Canton, Backfin Blues
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Seafood, Breakfast, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Essex, Canton, Port Deposit
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By The Docks

$$$$
Seafood
Essex
4.6
1492 reviews
This Middle River local favorite offers a weekend special that takes its place among the best brunch in Baltimore. Grab some of the restaurant's bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys and pair them with some of the famed seafood meals. Try the chilled all-you-can-eat peel and eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell, or marinated mussels on the half shell. A hot breakfast buffet features chef's scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, and thick-cut bacon. For meat lovers, try the hand-carved cured ham or chipped beef and sausage gravy with biscuits.

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Iron Rooster - Canton

$$$$
Breakfast
Canton
4.5
539 reviews
In the heart of The Shops at Canton Crossing, Iron Rooster delivers some of the best brunch in Baltimore. This local hot spot provides a creative "breakfast all day" menu with plenty of hearty dishes. The house-made roostart comes in a variety of special flavors and prices, and the chorizo macaroni and cheese bites come with spicy chorizo and queso gravy. The breakfast nachos are another favorite. These treats come with sausage and bacon crumbles, queso gravy, avocado, and pico de gallo. Try the "angry pig" omelet, with Canadian bacon, sausage, and chopped jalapenos.

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Backfin Blues

$$$$
Contemporary American
Port Deposit
4.7
799 reviews
This Port Deposit restaurant is a seafood-special local favorite with some of the Best Brunch in Baltimore. Grab a table in the intimate dining room and enjoy a full selection of Maryland-driven Chesapeake brunch selections. Try the blackened barramundi with chef's lemon aioli or the twin home-made "super" lump crab cake with chef's sauces. A char-grilled Scottish salmon comes garnished with a balsamic glaze. Oysters imperial come hand-breaded and topped with crab and sauce. For a seafood-styled omelet, go for the Oscar with jumbo lump crab meat and shredded aged Asiago cheese.

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Gertrude's - Baltimore

$$$$
American
Charles Village
4.6
6254 reviews
Pair a trip to the Baltimore Museum of Art with one of the best brunches in the city with a visit to Gertrude's. This classic Baltimore favorite is one of the top places in the town for prime Chesapeake crab dishes. Go for the Black Creek Inn crab quiche with Swiss and red onions, or a crabmeat omelet with mornay sauce, fresh herbs, and home fries. For some Southern tastes, go for the breakfast platter with cheddar pearl hominy and scrapple, Virginia ham, or chicken sausage.

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Iron Rooster

$$$$
Breakfast
Annapolis
4.5
890 reviews
The Annapolis installment of this Baltimore-area favorite delivers a creative "breakfast all day" menu full of Southern- and Mexican-inspired cuisine. The house-specialty "iron queso" is a must-get, made with chicken, bacon, onions, and garlic. Breakfast tacos come with scrambled eggs, spicy chorizo, and Cojita cheese. The classic eggs Benedict features Parmesan butter and hollandaise. For a lighter option, try smoked salmon avocado toast or steel-cut oats with berries, butter, and brown sugar.

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The Light House Bistro

$$$$
American
Annapolis
4.7
350 reviews
An intimate spot on Light Street in the heart of Baltimore, this neighborhood gem is the place to go for all-day breakfast and some of the city's best brunch. Stop in for one of the Bistro's famous Benedict plates, with the classic ham and hollandaise or the "California" with tomato and avocado. The Maryland Benedict includes crab cakes and fried green tomato. For something spicy, try the Wild, Wild West omelette, with home-made hot sauce alongside peppers, onion, and home fries.

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Iron Rooster - Hunt Valley

$$$$
Breakfast
Hunt Valley
4.6
606 reviews
Trek out to Hunt Valley for some of the best brunch in Baltimore at the local outpost of the Iron Rooster. This Baltimore-area favorite has an eclectic menu of Southern/Mexican favorites. Go for the restaurant's famous fried chicken, with chicken and waffles or chicken and pancake options. There's also a "rooster and a biscuit" special. For a Baltimore seafood special, try the "crab hash" bowl, with lump crab meat, home fries, bacon, and poached eggs. Biscuits and sausage gravy come with black pepper gravy and house-made buttermilk biscuits.

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Mountain Branch Grille & Pub

$$$$
Contemporary American
Joppa
4.1
838 reviews
Grab some brunch and some lovely views at Mountain Branch, a relaxing spot on the Mountain Branch Golf Club. Relax in the dining room with the greens of the course and enjoy some of the best brunch options in town. The Sunday brunch buffet includes a smoked salmon carving station and weekly specials. Pair the brunch and get experimental with Sunday drinks at the mimosa and Bloody Mary bar.

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Twist Fells Point BYOB

$$$$
Mediterranean
Fells Point
4.5
582 reviews
Right in the middle of the lively Baltimore section called Fells Point, Twist is a creative and intimate spot with a Mediterranean-American combo menu. It's also a spot for some of the best brunch in Baltimore. Go for the Southern favorite chicken and waffles, with a savory fried drumstick drizzled with bourbon and bacon maple syrup. The roasted Atlantic salmon comes with roasted red skin potatoes, and Maine lobster ravioli features a brown butter sage sauce. For a healthy Baltimore-style meal, go for the crab and avocado salad with microgreen and roasted red pepper dressing.

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The Elkridge Furnace Inn

$$$$
Contemporary American
Elkridge
4.6
2529 reviews
This exquisite 18th-century manor home is an upscale spot for some of the best brunch in Baltimore. Right on the waterfront, the Elkridge Furnace Inn is a prime spot for events and an excellent place for a meal with friends and family. The comprehensive brunch menu includes warm pastries and a selection of traditional favorites. Try the piquillo pepper almond bun or french toast slice with butter syrup. There's also house-cured gravlax with dill lemon cream and cucumber salad. Main courses feature a crab dip sandwich with applewood bacon and a fried egg and shrimp and grits with spicy Tasso pork.

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Blackwall Hitch - Annapolis

$$$$
American
Annapolis
4.4
1990 reviews
A longtime Inner Harbor Baltimore favorite, the Blackwall Hitch is a relaxing place for a meal in the heart of Baltimore's trendiest district. Stop in before or after a day sightseeing around the Inner Harbor for some of the best brunch in Baltimore. Brunch selections feature fried chicken and Belgian waffles with seasonal fruit and berry toppings, alongside applewood-smoked bacon and country sausage. Try one of the made-to-order omelets with lump crab meat, country sausage, and plenty of other vegetables and meats. For a Chesapeake meal, go for the fresh-shucked oysters or smoked True North salmon with red onions and capers.

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SoBo Cafe

$$$$
American
Federal Hill
4.9
936 reviews
Trek to Federal Hill in the middle of Baltimore for the acclaimed brunch at SoBo cafe. Drinks are one of the brunch specialties at SoBo. Try the "Near Royale" with sparkling wine and grape syrup, or a Michelada with lager, clamato, and lemon. A house-made cinnamon roll features a sweet cream cheese frosting. The cold honeydew serrano syrup comes with Greek yogurt and mint. Scratch-made pancakes have the option of plain, chocolate chip, or grilled banana with peanut butter. There is also a bacon and egg flatbread with cheddar or a house-smoked salmon omelet with capers and toast.

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Black Eyed Suzie's

$$$$
American
Bel Air
4.2
259 reviews
The cuisine of the state of Maryland is on full display at Black Eyed Suzie's. Take a seat on the patio in this Bel Air establishment for some of the best brunch in Baltimore. The menu features a mixture of Maryland seafood and barbecue favorites. Sunday brunch boasts avocado toast with fried eggs and hash browns and "The Works" grilled cheese with scrapple, sausage, and American cheese. Steak and eggs feature an eight-ounce sirloin and fried eggs. The Maryland crab Benedict comes with the local specialties on English muffins with hollandaise.

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Severn Inn

$$$$
Seafood
Annapolis
4.3
2203 reviews
A local favorite in the middle of Annapolis, The Severn Inn offers some of the best views in this region of Maryland. Grab a table on Sundays for the Inn's fabled brunch buffet and take in views of the Naval Academy and the Severn River. The buffet offers made-to-order omelets and eggs benedict alongside a raw bar with local oyster, salmon, and steamed shrimp. Try some of the local crab dip with Old Bay potato chips or vegetable crab soup. There is also a vegetable and gruyere cheese quiche and applewood-smoked bacon. The Severn also boasts a carving station with prime rib and beignets.

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The Tilted Row

$$$$
American
Bolton Hill
4.5
155 reviews
New American cuisine comes to the fast-rising neighborhood of Madison Park at The Tilted Row. This sleek breakfast spot draws a hip crowd for drinks, dinner, and some of the best brunch in Baltimore. Try the French toast with graham cracker crust or a crab cake sandwich with caper remoulade and duck fat fries. Ratatouille features fried egg and Aleppo oil, and a hanger steak and eggs dish includes jalapeno chimichurri. Pair brunch with a local craft beer like the D.C. Brau pilsner or Manor Hill "Citra splendor" IPA.

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The Blackwall Barn and Lodge

$$$$
Farm-to-table
Gambrills
4.5
1382 reviews
A rustic restaurant and event space in the upscale suburb of Gambrills, The Blackwall is an excellent venue for brunch in a lush setting. Head in on Saturdays to try the acclaimed brunch menu. The Blackwall features omelette and waffle stations along with a farm-fresh egg station. A menu highlight is the country chicken and waffles, breaded in house seasonings with apple-cider cinnamon waffles and pumpkin maple syrup. The farmer's breakfast skillet is another favorite. This dish pairs sausage, peppers, and onions with mozzarella and a sunny-side-up egg.

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State Fare

$$$$
American
Catonsville
4.4
721 reviews
The State Fare restaurant in Catonsville is an exciting sports bar in the heart of town with some of the best brunch in Maryland. The locally-driven menu takes immense pride in Maryland-style creations. Go for the Chesapeake omelet, made with lump crab, poached egg, and Old Bay hollandaise sauce. Home-made cinnamon buns include layers of cinnamon and sugar with vanilla icing, and the shrimp and grits include sauteed wild mushrooms, scallions, and crumbled bacon. The Maryland club sandwich comes with shrimp salad, boiled crab cake, and bacon on rustic white. Get a cup of Maryland crab soup to go alongside the brunch selection.

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Creole de Graw

$$$$
Creole
Havre De Grace
4.5
487 reviews
The Havre de Grace favorite called Creole de Graw brings authentic Cajun tastes to Maryland. This lively and colorful restaurant features some of the best brunch in Baltimore. Grab a reservation and try some of the Cajun-style brunch favorites. These include Creole french toast with butter and powdered sugar or a Creole omelet with andouille sausage. A Tasso omelet comes with cheddar jack cheese and Tasso ham gravy, and a crab omelet features cheese with mushroom and a jumbo lump crab. Don't miss the traditional blackened catfish po'boy or the crab cake sandwich on a brioche bun.

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Ida B's Table

$$$$
Southern
Downtown
4.5
836 reviews
One of the most famous restaurants in Baltimore, Ida B's table is an acclaimed soul food restaurant with a hearty brunch. Grab a table at the prime location near the Baltimore waterfront in an upscale warehouse space. Try the "B'more Breakfast," two eggs with turkey bacon or pork bacon, with home fries and white or wheat toast. The fabled smoked fried chicken comes with a honey drizzle and traditional Old Bay seasoning. Along with those favorites, go for the brisket Benedict with wilted kale, a fried egg, and red-eye gravy.

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Cava Mezze - Baltimore - Permanently Closed

$$$$
Greek
Harbor East
4.6
664 reviews
The Baltimore location of this local-favorite chain is a neighborhood hot spot for good brunch and great times. In the Harbor East neighborhood of the city, Cava Mezze delivers a Mediterranean-style brunch to locals and visitors. The all-you-can-eat meal includes favorites like biscuits with honey butter and pork belly with eggs. Try the Brussels sprouts Benedict with Canadian bacon and harissa hollandaise, or the hickory-smoked salmon Benedict with capers and dill.

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