10 for Brunch Last Updated: August 2021

When did brunch become such a thing? In recent years it seems that many Connecticut restaurants have begun putting Bloody Marys, omelets, photo-worthy waffle creations and much, much more onto their menus.  So let’s raise a toast to the weekend and enjoy!

Just be sure to check with each location before venturing out as hours may change due to COVID-19.

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1| Pond House Café, Hartford

Brunch is served within the pleasant confines of Elizabeth Park. On offer: three Benedicts (eggs, smoked salmon and Pond House), along with a breakfast quesadilla, Roman omelette and crème brulee French toast.

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2| Elm Street Diner, Stamford

If you're really going for wow-factor, look no further than Elm Street Diner. This spot offers zany, inventive dessert creations that make "photo-worthy" sound like an understatement. Enjoy delicious twists on brunch favorites like smoked salmon eggs benedict, churro french toast, skirt steak omelets, and of course, their Insta-famous waffle towers. Bring your appetite and your camera!

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3| Abigail’s Grille & Wine Bar, Simsbury

On Sundays, this historic and elegant restaurant puts on a brunch special you won't want to miss. Choose from delicious entrees like buttermilk waffles and filet mignon benedict, select desserts from house-made chocolate mousse to New York style cheesecake, and top it off with your choice of breakfast cocktail!

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4| The White Horse Country Pub, Marbledale

Here’s a cheerful roadside tavern where the brunch menu is high, wide and handsome, ranging from bacon, cheddar & tomato quiche and crab cake Benedict to steakhouse shepherd's pie and Persian lamb koftas.

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5| The Corner Restaurant, Milford

The Corner specializes in noteworthy individual brunch dishes from smoked gouda poached eggs, to peaches and cream French toast, to a South Indian spiced bacon-wrapped duck dish that made the Food Network! They’re also currently offering brunch boxes for at-home enjoyment.

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6| Bella's Cafe, New Haven

Not only can you brunch your cares away at Bella's, you can eat breakfast all day long! Their brunch menu changes weekly, but expect to devour unique and scrumptious dishes like sour cream coffee cake pancakes, pumpkin pecan pie French toast, Sicilian eggs benedict, and speciality sausages from pineapple & bacon to chicken & apple.

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7| Fresh Salt, Old Saybrook

How about brunch with a saltwater view? The buffet includes omelet, sushi, pasta and pancake stations, fresh seafood (including shrimp cocktail), roasts and desserts.

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8| The Mill on the River, South Windsor

Here’s one of the best brunch deals in the state - $21.95 gets you two cocktails, an assortment of pastries, fruit, coffee or tea and an entrée that could be filet mignon Benedict or seafood crepe or sole Francaise.

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9| Terrain Garden Café, Westport

The setting, within a gorgeous, high-end home-and-garden emporium, is a part of the takeaway here. Brunch is served every day with things like brioche pumpkin pie French toast or farmer’s market gnocchi and steak frites.

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10| Sugar & Olives, Norwalk

Nearly all the menu items come from within Connecticut or nearby. Brunch items include a morning trifle, the sugar-and-olives crepe, English breakfast and a grass-fed, home-schooled, church-going jam burger.