Last Updated on October 10, 2023
Late nights enjoying Asheville’s nightlife with friends mean breakfast hours must push past a strict 10:30 AM cutoff. And at many restaurants around town, they do just that!
If your hunger for great breakfast foods (and cocktails!) extends into the early afternoon and beyond, we can help. Here are 23 places for the best group brunch in Asheville, NC.
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- Best places to get huevos rancheros in Asheville, NC
- Best French toast in Asheville, NC
- Best bloody Mary in Asheville, NC
- Best brunch places in Asheville with live music
- More of the best brunch places you need to try in Asheville, NC
Best places to get huevos rancheros in Asheville, NC
You may not think of the Blue Ridge Mountains as a good place to get a dish that originated on rural Mexican farms. But the Asheville area is home to many small mountain farms, and we see our share of fresh eggs, herbs, and other ingredients that go into this classic savory dish.
Here are a few of the best brunch places to get huevos rancheros in Asheville, NC.
Abeja’s House Cafe
Latin roots meet healthy options at Abeja’s House Cafe. Located on a main road across from Biltmore Forest, the restaurant uses local organic eggs, and antibiotic- and hormone-free products. Much of their menu is organic, gluten-free, and vegan—but that doesn’t mean it skimps on taste! Along with Mexican chilaquiles, their huevos rancheros signature plate is a big draw. It can even be made vegetarian or vegan upon request. Additional options include breakfast tacos and burritos, Mexican omelets, and traditional Southern staples like pancakes, French toast, and biscuits. Enjoy their outdoor seating on sunny days.
1550 Hendersonville Road #116, Asheville | (828) 505-3696
Start your weekend with Appalachian-grown comfort food sourced from small local farms. Haywood Common’s seasonal menu covers lunch and dinner in addition to weekend brunch. Options include everything from “basic breakfast” to avocado toast, chicken and waffles, or a tuna poke bowl. Their huevos rancheros include black beans, salsa verde, and preserved lemon crema. It can also be prepared vegetarian or gluten free. While you’re there, enjoy a full bar, natural and organic wines, craft cocktails, and local beers.
507 Haywood Road, Asheville | (828) 575-2542 | haywoodcommon.com
Sunny Point Cafe
Known for having one of the best breakfast (and brunch!) menus in the country, Sunny Point is a small West Asheville restaurant with a big menu. Locals were thrilled when they expanded their outdoor and heated patio space to accommodate more diners. And in addition to supporting local farms and vendors, Sunny Point offers some of the best people watching around. Come during brunch for the Huevos Rancheros or Stuffed French Toast, stay for the 16-ounce Mega-Mosa.
626 Haywood Road, Asheville | (828) 252-0055 | sunnypointcafe.com
Best French toast in Asheville, NC
Actually originating in Rome, French toast has been a breakfast staple for more than 1,700 years! In Asheville, local restaurants put their own spin on the dish by adding mountain ingredients or even creating boozy options. You can’t go wrong!
Here are a few of the best brunch restaurants for French toast lovers in Asheville, NC.
Lots of restaurants in Asheville serve farm-to-table menus. According to Corner Kitchen, the difference is what happens in between. Located in the heart of historic Biltmore Village, Corner Kitchen is known for its illuminated interior and comfortable cuisine, served in a nineteenth-century home-turned-restaurant. A five-hour brunch window gives you plenty of time to coordinate your visit with the whole crew. You can’t go wrong with any of their brunch choices, ranging from seasonal crumb cake to lobster rolls to shrimp and grits. But we recommend their boozy French toast: homemade brioche, Grand Marnier batter, bourbon sorghum, fresh berries, and applewood smoked bacon, dusted with powdered sugar. Yum!
3 Boston Way, Asheville | (828) 274-2439 | thecornerkitchen.com
Early Girl Eatery
Breakfast is served all day at this long-time Asheville staple! Since 2001, Early Girl has been serving the meals locals love, from the local sausage and sweet potato Yam Scram® for breakfast to the gluten-free chicken BLTA Salad salad, perfect almost anytime. For a special treat, we recommend one of their “biscuit French” options—light, fluffy, cinnamon-battered biscuits, soaked overnight in their 14-year French toast recipe, and baked fresh daily. Don’t forget to order a lavender mimosa with your meal! Now, Early Girl has three locations in town, plus one in Charlotte’s South End. Even so, we recommend making a reservation at this popular spot.
8 Wall Street, Asheville | (828) 259-9292 ext. 1
444 Haywood Road #101, Asheville | (828) 259-9292 ext. 2
1378 Hendersonville Road, Suite A, Asheville | (828) 259-9292 ext. 3
Located south of Asheville, Kostas Kitchen has become a Fletcher tradition for tasty, homemade breakfasts and lunches. Their private dining room makes it a great place for large groups. Enjoy all your favorite breakfast items, including buttermilk biscuits, omelets, and waffles. Many come just for their sweet stacks of various French toasts! Prefer a sweet and savory meal combination? The Frenchie Kombo includes two slices of French toast, two eggs, and your choice of bacon or sausage. Come back again and again to try their daily specials.
4055 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher | (828) 684-0279 | kostas.kitchen
The Market Place
Treat the crew to Chef William Dissen’s signature American farm-to-table cuisine! The Market Place’s menus are ingredient-driven and focus on the best of the season based on what’s fresh from local farms. And you’ll love their cozy location, tucked away on historic Wall Street in downtown Asheville. Their Saturday and Sunday brunch menu currently includes shrimp and Farm & Sparrow jalapeño cheddar grits, banana bread French toast with whipped crème fraiche, and Billy D’s fried chicken sandwich.
20 Wall Street, Asheville | (828) 252-4162 | marketplace-restaurant.com
If you’re looking for a great plate of French toast, it’s worth the effort to drive out to Wynn’s Diner. No matter when you go, you can expect to order whatever you want—their full menu is served all day! One order of French toast comes with four triangles of Texas-sized toast and a side. We recommend choosing one of their specialty flavors, including Cinnabon or banana pudding. Other Wynn’s Diner favorites include a bubble waffle, authentic country fried steak in gravy, and premium sides like fried green tomatoes. The only question you’ll leave with is, “Wynn” can I come back?
604 New Leicester Highway, Asheville | (828) 225-3772 | facebook.com/wynnsdiner604
Best bloody Mary in Asheville, NC
As they say after late nights in Beer City, sometimes what you need is the hair of the dog that bit you. And Beer City delivers, with a variety of cocktails from beer shandies and seasonal mimosas to the brunch classic that just won’t quit.
Here are some of the best brunch spots for a great bloody Mary cocktail in Asheville, NC.
Another Broken Egg Cafe
Another Broken Egg Cafe is passionate about delivering uncompromising, Southern-inspired, and “craveably” delicious dishes for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Sink your teeth into chef-inspired dishes, as well as hand-crafted cocktails, spiked cold brews, mimosas, and a full bar. Choose from five different bloody Mary options, including the bloody Molly, made with Irish whiskey and a splash of pickle juice. Walk around Biltmore Park Town Square after brunch to enjoy shopping and entertainment. Want the best brunch in Asheville, but also want to stay in? No problem! Order ahead for pickup or delivery.
27 Schenck Parkway, Asheville | (828) 676-2823 | anotherbrokenegg.com/locations/asheville-nc
Located under the Aloft Hotel in the heart of downtown Asheville, this award-winning restaurant’s menu features produce from local farms and seafood from the Carolina coast. Their Modern Southern menu changes seasonally to reflect the bounty of the area and the chef’s creativity. Their daily brunch menu ranges from pastry snacks like fresh beignets to a full farm breakfast. Parking is available in the Aloft deck, and you’ll be within walking distance to Asheville’s many art galleries, entertainment venues, and other attractions. That makes it easy to indulge in a Blackbird Bloody Mary, featuring Tito’s vodka, bloody mix, house-cured bacon, pork rinds, cornichon pickles, and a stuffed olive.
47 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville | (828) 254-2502 | theblackbirdrestaurant.com
Desoto Lounge is a neighborhood bar specializing in local craft-brewed beer on tap. But that’s not the only reason locals flock to this hip West Asheville locale! Their kitchen serves scratch-made food late every night, as well as a delectable weekend brunch. Enjoy a stocked bloody Mary and mimosa bar each Saturday and Sunday, along with great food offerings like chicken and waffles. DeSoto is also a great spot for tunes on the jukebox or a game of pinball, ping-pong, or foosball. If the weather’s nice, relax on the secluded patio.
504 Haywood Road, Asheville | (828) 255-1109 | desotolounge.com
Enjoy breakfast all day at this iconic diner, serving downtown Asheville since 1969. The Med is best known for their creative takes on classic breakfast and lunch plates in a comfortable setting. Food is always fresh and made in-house from scratch with locally sourced ingredients—and it’s served up quickly, too. Keep it as simple as you like, or try unique menu specials ranging from breakfast plates and omelets to French toast and pancakes, homemade hash browns, and biscuits. Lunch plate specials include sandwiches, gyros, burgers, or salads. If you plan to wander around downtown after your meal, don’t forget to indulge in one of The Med’s great bloody Marys, mimosas, or Irish coffees.
57 College Street, Asheville | (828) 258-0476 | themedavl.com
Stoney Knob Cafe
Sunday brunch at Stoney Knob Cafe runs 9:30 AM–3:00 PM, but you’ll want to get there early to avoid the wait. (Better yet: make a reservation!) This restaurant is famously known for its “cuisine from near and far,” encompassing American, Greek, and European fare, as well as their impressive wine list. The whole meal is set amid whimsical artifacts and artful decor for a truly unique dining experience. Stoney Knob’s extensive brunch menu features omelet dishes, French toasts, hot cakes, and unique classics like the Stoney Knob Crab Cake Benny. Don’t miss your opportunity to order mimosas and bloody Marys from the Tango Bar!
337 Merrimon Avenue, Weaverville | (828) 645-3309 | stoneyknobcafe.com
Best brunch places in Asheville with live music
Asheville’s music scene is on par with larger cities across the country. We have some of the best music venues in the world right here, but you don’t have to wait until dark to hear great tunes. Whether planned or spontaneous, great music is literally around the corner in this town.
Here are some of the brunch places with live music in Asheville, NC.
Bold Rock Hard Cider
Cider comes first at Bold Rock’s downtown Asheville location. But great food and mountain music do not fall far behind! Every Saturday and Sunday, they host a bluegrass brunch that everyone in your group will love. Delightful food offerings pair seamlessly with their cider selection. Buttermilk banana chocolate pancakes, fried egg BLTs, and breakfast cheesesteaks are among the options served with a side of Appalachian taters. For a treat, indulge in a cider-mosa, created with Champagne-style cider and OJ.
39 N Lexington Avenue, Asheville | (828) 552-3720 | taprooms.boldrock.com/bold-rock-asheville
Some restaurants bring in music on a set weekly schedule. But at Mayfel’s you can enjoy the surprising sounds of Asheville’s street music scene. From their dog-friendly outdoor dining areas, enjoy the songs of nearby buskers while you feast on Mayfel’s Cajun and Creole cuisine. Mayfel’s has brought a taste of the Bayou to the Blue Ridge for more than 20 years. Their brunch menu includes benedicts, po’ boys, muffaletta, and etouffee. With add-ons like Andouille sausage and gator bites, you’re sure to have a memorable meal!
22 College Street, Asheville | (828) 252-8840 | mayfelsavl.com
Enjoy the sounds of jazz guitar and the tastes of Italy at Strada’s Sunday brunch. This family-owned and -operated restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Asheville and serves as the city’s traditional neighborhood trattoria. Brunch features a variety of il dolce (sweet) and il salato (savory) options, as well as salads, pastas, and table bites. Their signature waffles are gluten- and dairy-free! And Strada offers a variety of coffee drinks, Continental cocktails, and non-alcoholic options. Strada adjoins the Social Lounge, Asheville’s original craft cocktail bar with a unique rooftop patio. The full Strada menu is always available at Social Lounge.
27 Broadway Street, Asheville | (828) 348-8448 | stradaasheville.com
More of the best brunch places you need to try in Asheville, NC
Everyone has their favorite brunch dish. But when you’re planning a brunch outing with friends, sometimes it can be hard to reach a consensus. That’s where these great locations come into play! Many Asheville restaurants offer something for everyone that’s sure to please.
Here are more of the best brunch places you need to try in Asheville, NC.
All Day Darling
Prepare to wait in line at All Day Darline, the historic Montford neighborhood’s popular standby for fresh-baked pastries, hearty breakfast plates, market-focused salads, and tasty sandwiches. Their family-friendly, cozy digs offer indoor and patio seating. Start the day with a signature hot or iced drink, like their Miel latte (honey, allspice, salt, espresso, milk). And enjoy a great conversation with community locals. All Day Darling is part of two-time James Beard Award nominee and acclaimed Chef Jacob Sessoms’s Perfectly Ad Hoc hospitality group.
102 Montford Avenue, Asheville | (828) 505-3701 | alldaydarlingavl.com
Put some South in your mouth at Biscuit Head! Named after the “cat’s head”-sized biscuits they churn out each day by the hundreds, this is a great group spot for breakfast, lunch, and everything in between. Each of their three Asheville locations (with a fourth in Greenville, SC) offers a different ambiance. But they each serve the same great daily menu, along with daily gravy and bacon specials. Join your friends for sake, Bloody Marys, and Mimosas, and explore their bar of different jams and butters. Feel good about what you’re eating—Biscuit Head sources as much produce and products from local farms and suppliers as possible.
417 Biltmore Avenue, Suite 4F, Asheville | (828) 505-3449
733 Haywood Road, Asheville | (828) 333-5145
1994 Hendersonville Road, Asheville | (828) 585-2055
Blue Ridge Buffet at the Omni Grove Park Inn
Worried about finding a brunch spot with something everyone will love? This farm-to-table artisan buffet includes two massive rooms filled with amazing breakfast and great gluten-free options. Make your way around the steamship or beef carving stations, composed salads, fresh seafood on ice, and your favorite brunch options, including an omelet station. Save room for one of the no fewer than 16 decadent dessert options, including several gluten-free choices. The Omni Grove Park Inn is an historic landmark hotel built in 1913 offering terrace views of the city skyline.
290 Macon Avenue, Asheville | (800) 438-5800 | omnihotels.com
The Dining Room at the Inn on Biltmore Estate
Over one million people visit Asheville each year to tour the palatial Biltmore House, known as the largest private home in America. Many visitors never leave the estate—and why would you need to when there are world-class restaurants, a winery, miles of trails, and never-ending entertainment options located on site? Located inside the Inn on Biltmore Estate, The Dining Room offers expertly prepared cuisine that emphasizes estate-raised and local ingredients. White tablecloth service echoes world-class service inspired by the Vanderbilts. The Dining Room has received Four Stars from Forbes Travel Guide for 22 consecutive years and has been recognized with the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 17 consecutive years. Resort casual attire is recommended for breakfast.
One Lodge Street, Asheville | (800) 411-3812 | biltmore.com/restaurant/the-dining-room
Five Points Restaurant
Eat where the locals eat! Sitting at the edge of Asheville’s historic Montford neighborhood, Five Points offers a casual brunch that’s sure to please. The delicious diner has been a community staple for more than 50 years. Locals have flocked there for classic American breakfasts and local fare, as well as fried seafood and Greek and Italian dishes, since 1972. And the third-generation Greek family that owns it sure knows how to serve up quality gyros, moussaka, pastitsio, and spanakopita. Yum!
258 Broadway Street, Asheville | (828) 252-8030 | 5pointsasheville.com
La Bodega by Cúrate
Owners Katie Button and Felix Meana, and Chef de Cuisine Matt Brown, have brought to downtown Asheville La Bodega by Cúrate, a Spanish restaurant, market, and bakery. Look through this window to daily life in Spain, inspired by leisurely meals and meeting up with friends for la hora del aperitivo. Each menu is a creative ode to thoughtfully sourced ingredients that results in a complex discovery of bold tastes. Brunch and lunch include Catalan fried, cream-filled pastries; charcuteries of cured meats and Spanish cheeses; and a collection of bocadillos (sandwiches), including the tortilla Francesa, which comes with a French-style omelet and tomate fresco on a baguette.
32 S Lexington Avenue, Asheville | (828) 630-0330 | curatetapasbar.com/la-bodega-by-curate
Travel to South Asheville’s Gerber Village neighborhood (named after the baby food factory that used to be there) for the perfect Sunday brunch! Once a local staple among downtown Asheville eateries, Tupelo Honey has expanded their flock in recent years to 21 locations around the nation (with 7 more on the way!). The restaurant offers scratch-made Southern food that fills bellies at breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner throughout the week. Many people go just for their biscuits, but you can’t miss their buttermilk fried chicken with hollandaise sauce. Don’t forget to save room for one of their delicious desserts!
12 College Street, Asheville | (828) 255-4863 | tupelohoneycafe.com/restaurant/downtown-asheville
1829 Hendersonville Road, Asheville | (828) 505-7676 | tupelohoneycafe.com/restaurant/south-asheville
Enjoy brunch every weekend in Asheville, NC
With a population of 90,000+, Asheville is the largest city in both Buncombe County and Western North Carolina. Asheville serves as the area’s economic and cultural nerve center in many ways. It’s a hub for education, healthcare, local arts and crafts, entertainment, night life, and innovative food and drink—including a great brunch! Throughout the city, Asheville’s neighborhoods are interconnected by our mountains and rivers, as well as by our local community centers—those intentionally created and those that have grown organically. What’s more, the four-season temperate climate makes year-round living easy. And the broad range of elevations and corresponding climates and plant growth make it one of the most biodiverse regions in the United States and the world.
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