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The Best Brunch Spots in New Jersey

The latest update for The Best Brunch Spots in New Jersey is written by Lindsay Podolak.

Just about everyone loves a good brunch outing. What’s not to like? It’s the perfect combination of everyone’s favorite lunch and breakfast dishes. Typically, the meal is enjoyed with family and friends, not to mention a cocktail and some good conversation. Lucky for us, NJ is full of great spots to enjoy brunch.

Whether you’re looking for a casual morning out or something more upscale, New Jersey has a brunch restaurant for everyone.

Read on to find the best spots for enjoying brunch in the Garden State.

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North Jersey

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Amanda’s Restaurant

Location: 908 Washington Street, Hoboken
Details: Who is Amanda? She’s the granddaughter of the restaurant’s original owner. The new owners liked the name and the girl, so they kept it. The restaurant credits its popularity to polite service and comfortable elegance. At brunch, you can order items like smoked salmon eggs benedict or spring lobster panzanella.
Why I like it: It’s a prime location in downtown Hoboken. This makes Amanda’s a great spot for people-watching on the weekend.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Country Pancake House and Restaurant

Location: 140 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood
Details: Doggie boxes are readily available at this always-packed, cash-only venue in downtown Ridgewood. Choose from more than 20 kinds of French toast, including Gouda cheese; there’s also the Monte Cristo (grilled ham, turkey and Swiss cheese). Peanut butter or sweet potato waffles are among the 50 versions of Belgian waffles.
Why I like it: There is something for everyone on the amazingly extensive menu. They have over 100 different types of pancakes, including Oreo cookie pancakes for the kids!
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Farmhouse Café & Eatery

Location: 15 East Madison Avenue, Cresskill
Details: The original Farmhouse Café, which serves American fare, was designed and physically built by the owners themselves over nine months. The old building was a house on a farm and they tried to incorporate this into the update. “[They] don’t serve to others what we wouldn’t serve to our family and friends,” is the family promise. Munch on trendy avocado toast on toasted seven-grain bread or try a homemade turkey or veggie burger. New is a second location with the same great menu in Westwood.
Why I like it: Don’t want to get off your couch? Farmhouse offers delivery service with Uber Eats.
More info: Visit the website or call their Cresskill or Westwood locations.


Franklin Lakes Country Café

Location: 436 Pulis Avenue, Franklin Lakes
Details: The café has been a go-to spot in Bergen County for decades. Breakfast burritos, French toast and other brunch staples find a home here. In fact, it’s been dubbed the “place where friends meet” by customers. Give your morning a kick with the horseradish, cheddar, and Taylor ham omelet; or fill your belly with baked apple pancakes.
Why I like it: Country Café uses ingredients from local farms whenever possible; so you’re actually supporting two local businesses for the price of one.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Liberty House Restaurant

Location: 76 Audrey Zapp Drive, Liberty State Park
Details: Here, you’ll find award-winning farm-to-table cuisine served next to views of the Manhattan skyline. Choose from s’mores French toast, maple and sriracha glazed chicken and waffles, or perhaps some stout glazed chicken lollipops. You might even spy a bride and groom at this popular wedding venue located in Liberty State Park. Brunch is only offered on Sundays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Why I like it: You simply can’t beat the view here!
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Sweet Basil’s Cafe & Grill

Location: 498 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston
Details: You’ll find fresh produce and 100-percent hormone-free meat here. Dishes include shrimp benedict and a southwest breakfast wrap. Choose from delicious pancake varieties such as the Whiskey “R&B” Pancakes, featuring whiskey-soaked raisins with caramelized bananas in a pomegranate caramel sauce, and Tiramisu Pancakes, layered with mocha espresso cream.
Why I like it: Sweet Basil’s has a host of menu items that can be tweaked; for instance, these options can become gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Verjus Restaurant

Location: 1790 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood
Details: Step into Verjus and you’ll feel a French vibe with some local style. All of the restaurant’s artwork is done by area artists; in other words, the restaurant supports local talent. The menu is steeped in local flavors, using fresh New Jersey produce whenever possible. Tasty brunch options include caramelized apple pancakes and baked eggs.
Why I like it: Let one of Verjus’ many fine wines (by the glass or bottle) complement your brunch. If you’re not into wine, beer and scotch are also available.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Central Jersey

table set with breakfast items


Mulberry House

Location: 415 Westfield Avenue, Westfield
Details: Located in a beautifully restored Victorian Home, brunch at the Mulberry House is truly a unique experience. With seating throughout the house, including the outdoor patio, you’ll feel right at home as you taste scones, eggs, and other delicious menu items. Bring champagne (it’s BYOB) if you’d like your server to serve up some mimosas with your meal.
Why I like it: Tea service is offered Tuesdays through Fridays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Rat’s Restaurant

Location: 16 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton
Details: This award-winning brunch spot is located at the beautiful Grounds for Sculpture. Dine amid Impressionist-inspired sculptures, a bridge, and a lily pond. Eat and relax as you sip on a handcrafted Bloody Mary. You’ll have a hard time deciding what to choose from the display of salads, artisanal cheese, iced seafood, and more.
Why I like it: The ambiance will make you feel as though you have traveled back in time; specifically, to Claude Monet’s home in Giverny, France.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Stone House at Stirling Ridge

Location: 50 Stirling Road, Warren
Details: Delight in spectacular views of the countryside in a setting that’s elegant and charming. This spot is nestled in the hills of the Watchung Mountains, surrounded by 10 acres of lush grounds. On Sundays, you can enjoy brunch fare such as crab cake benedict or a crispy chicken BLT. This rustic yet urban venue is open from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Why I like it: Executive Chef David Drake sources his ingredients from the property’s own Dancing Goat Farm. He creates a true farm-to-table experience.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Jersey Shore

dish with radishes and caramel ribbons


The Mad Batter Restaurant

Location: 19 Jackson Street, Cape May
Details: When the Mad Batter first opened, Cape May wasn’t home to the bustling gourmet scene it’s now famous for. Located in the Carroll Villa Hotel, The Mad Batter credits itself with starting the Cape May restaurant scene; this year marks the 43rd anniversary of the restaurant and hotel operating as a Cape May institution. Here, gluten-free guests will find an entire menu featuring items such as pizza, burgers, and soups. Brunch fans can enjoy oatmeal pancakes, Mad Batter Benedict, or the Morgan Rostie; three eggs, jumbo lump crabmeat, sun-dried tomatoes, crispy fried potatoes, herbs, and Swiss cheese.
Why I like it: It’s not every restaurant that has such an extensive gluten-free menu. It’s a perfect choice for members of your party with special dietary needs.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Molly Pitcher Inn

Location: 88 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank
Details: Enjoy their famous Sunday brunch every week from October through mid-June (including Mother’s Day and Father’s Day). You’ll dine on contemporary American cuisine in a room with views of the Navesink River. Sip on a free cocktail as you fill up on carved meats like roast turkey breast and marinated skirt steak. You can also load up your plate at numerous stations including waffles, pasta, antipasto, and omelets.
Why I like it: Special holiday brunch menus offer an alternative to cooking at home.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Toast

Location: 700 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair; 516 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park; or 45 Monmouth Street, Red Bank
Details: “Peace, Love, Pancakes.” was Toast’s mantra when it first opened the doors of its Montclair location in 2007. Try creative pancake dishes (made from the owner’s family recipe) in flavors like red velvet or carrot cake. Pancakes not your thing? You’ll find lots of great options to choose from, including sandwiches, wraps, salads, and omelets. Just try not to salivate over the Bella Nutella French toast.
Why I like it: In addition to the everyday brunch items, Toast concocts daily specials; these include Lucky Charms Pancakes or Hawaii Hash, a mix of ham, pineapples, potatoes, peppers, and more.
More info: Visit the website or call them in Montclair, Asbury Park, or Red Bank.


South Jersey

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Kitchen 519

Location: 200 East Evesham Road, Glendora
Details: A casual place with delicious, modern American food keeps Kitchen 519’s tables packed. Need a reason to look forward to the weekend? How does chicken and waffles, huevos rancheros, and a crabby benedict served with Old Bay home fries sound?
Why I like it: The menu changes with the seasons to allow the chef to incorporate the freshest local ingredients.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Robin’s Nest Restaurant

Location: 2 Washington Street, Mount Holly
Details: Visit Robin’s Nest for a brunch featuring diverse cuisine with a dash of French-American flair. Sit outside on one of the patios to fully take advantage of the area’s beauty. The best part about brunch at Robin’s Nest Restaurant? All entrees include their complimentary homemade scones.
Why I like it: Complete your meal with a delightful cocktail; options include the French Toast Martini, a mix of Fireball whiskey and vanilla vodka.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


The Telford Inn

Location: 145 Bridgeton Pike, Mantua
Details: Looking for a breakfast buffet that won’t break the bank? You’ll find exactly that at Telford Inn. For the price of $12.95 (including coffee) every Sunday, guests can enjoy a delicious spread; Belgian waffles, pancakes, eggs served any style, and more are all on the menu.
Why I like it: With an all-you-can-eat price, you get to try out a little of everything. (I recommend the Bananas Foster Station.) This is a place where you will not leave hungry!
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


The Tortilla Press

Location: 703 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Details: Add a little spice to your brunch by eating at this Mexican-influenced restaurant; they offer familiar meals and sides seasoned with sauces and herbs. In fact, you can build your own breakfast burrito or enjoy French toast, Mexican style.
Why I like it: This BYOB joint sells virgin margaritas by the glass or carafe, so don’t forget the tequila!
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


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Virjus Restaurant / Website
Mulberry House Restaurant / Facebook
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Robin’s Nest Restaurant / Website