Augusta has a multitude of options for weekend activities, and just like so many other cities in the United States, brunch is one of the top picks for locals. Augusta boasts a variety of restaurants, so thereâ€™s somewhere for everyone, no matter what else you have planned…
Here are 7 of the best brunch spots in Augusta that keep me returning as a customer with my family and friends.
|Restaurant||Type of Food||Unique Feature|
|Oliviana’s||Italian||The A La Carte menu allows guests to create an American-style meal if they choose.|
|Manuel’s Bread Cafe||French||Located in Hammond’s Ferry, one of the area’s most vibrant riverfront communities|
|Metro Diner||American/Southern||$3.39 mimosas & Bloody Mary’s|
|Bodega Ultima||International blend||Puerto Rican coffee with rum and coffee liqueur|
|World of Beer||American||$14 bottomless mimosas, beermosas, & Bloody Mary’s|
|New Moon||American||Locally roasted coffee and homemade bread and pastries|
|The Brunch House||Southern||#51 on Yelp’s Top 100 US Restaurants 2022|
Sunday Brunch in Augusta
Sunday’s look different for everyone, depending on what stage of life you are in, your interests, lifestyle, etc. Who can resist Sunday brunch, though?
Oliviana’s (Surrey Center, Augusta)
Oliviana’s is the perfect spot for a brunch date, meal after church, or special occasion. Their menu has a variety of Italian dishes such as pizza, frittatas, and meatballs as well as traditional brunch options including pancakes, grits, and bacon.
They also have an extensive selection of wines if you are looking to venture beyond the basic mimosa.
Located on the fountain level of beautiful Surrey Center, Oliviana’s has an elevated, yet friendly atmosphere. With both indoor and outdoor seating, and also a menu with tons of options, guests can create the experience they want to have, making this a top pick for brunch in Augusta.
Manuel’s Bread Cafe (Hammonds Ferry, North Augusta)
Manuel’s Bread Cafe, while technically located across the river in North Augusta, earns its spot on this list because of both its food and atmosphere. This quaint French cafe serves brunch classics, as well as French-inspired dishes.
Menu highlights include creme brule French toast and the goat cheese scramble, served on a slice of artisan bread.
Manuel’s sits in the heart of Hammond’s Ferry, one of the area’s most vibrant riverfront communities. Many who dine at Manuel’s take a walk around the neighborhood after their meal to admire the houses, green spaces, and, of course, the Savannah river.
Metro Diner (Washington Rd., Augusta)
Metro Diner’s casual atmosphere and hearty portions make this a local favorite for brunch after a night on the town. They have pretty much everything someone with an appetite could crave, from chicken and waffles to french toast to eggs benedict and more.
Donâ€™t forget about the $3.39 mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and select beers! Check out their menu here. If you’re looking to get a lot of bang for your buck, be sure to check out Metro Diner.
Bottomless Mimosas & Brunch in Augusta
A “best of brunch” list wouldn’t be complete without featuring restaurants that offer bottomless mimosas! Both establishments featured require that guests purchase food along with beverages to ensure that they are consumed responsibly.
Bodega Ultima (Surrey Center)
Bodega Ultima, also located in Surrey Center, is owned by the father and son team behind Takosushi, another popular brunch spot. What separates Bodega, though, is the homage it pays to the corner stores in larger cities, both in the United States and internationally. There is a sense of familiarity and hospitality, all while enjoying handcrafted food and beverages.
Enjoy bottomless mimosas (OJ, grapefruit, & pineapple) for $30/person. If you are more of a coffee drinker, try the Puerto Rican coffee with rum and coffee liqueur. View all of their menus here.
World of Beer (Washington Rd., Augusta)
World of Beer really can’t be beat if your main priority is bottomless. Only $14 buys your choice of bottomless mimosas, beermosas or Bloody Mary’s. The beermosa is a white wheat beer with orange juice and the Bloody Mary is made with New Amsterdam Original Vodka and Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix.
The variety of drink options beyond just bottomless combined with reasonably priced brunch and bar food make World of Beer a popular place to watch sporting events on the weekends. Come in the afternoon and stay into the evening for the perfect â€œSunday Funday!â€
Brunch Spots in Downtown Augusta
Downtown Augusta has had quite a comeback in the last decade. From the restoration of numerous historic buildings to the openings of dozens of locally owned restaurants and shops, one could spend an entire afternoon in the heart of downtown Augusta.
New Moon Cafe
New Moon Cafe is one of the most casual spots on this list. Located in the historic J.B. White’s Building on Broad Street, this funky, female-owned restaurant not only has locally roasted coffee and homemade bread and pastries but also sells local art and gives Augusta-based businesses the opportunity to leave flyers to attract customers.
While it may not serve alcohol, New Moon is one of the few places in Augusta to serve both outstanding coffee and brunch food. The downtown mess grits bowl and the smoked salmon bagel are two local favorites. View the downtown Augusta location menu here.
The Brunch House
The Brunch House is a newer restaurant in downtown Augusta that recently made Yelp’s Top 100 US Restaurants 2022. The article describes the Brunch Houseâ€™s menu as, â€œAll-homemade comfort food with a Southern flair, including shrimp and grits or chicken and waffles. A bevy of burgers, sandwiches, and pasta bowls round out the lunch offerings.â€
Even if you don’t really like brunch food, The Brunch House is guaranteed to have something you like, with the patty melt, chicken alfredo bowl and Brunch House chopped salad serving as strong alternatives to traditional brunch fare. See all that The Brunch House has to offer here.
Fun Fact: The location was formerly a restaurant called The Whistle Stop Cafe.
Brunching at Home
Sometimes there’s just nothing like cooking for your family and friends! If you are serving brunch at home, be sure to check out the Junior League of Augusta‘s Tea Time at the Masters cookbook series for classic Southern brunch recipes, as well as recipes for any occasion! The original, Second Round, and Par Three are all available on Amazon.
Pro Home Cooks has some fast and delicious breakfast recipes too.