Best brunch in the West End

Jun 15 2016, 12:41 am

West End residents are not only spoiled with beautiful tree-lined streets, but they also have access to a great number of restaurants, many of which serve up delicious brunch spreads come the weekend.

Featuring pancakes, eggs, bacon, and more, here are our picks for where to find the best brunch in the West End.

Beach Bay Cafe

Weekend brunch at Beach Bay Café (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

Weekend brunch at Beach Bay Cafe (Jess Fleming/Daily Hive)

Located on Denman Street, a stone’s throw away from the sandy shores of English Bay, Beach Bay Cafe is the ideal weekend brunch destination. Not only does the refurbished corner spot grant patrons ocean views, but it also serves up a knockout brunch. The menu ticks all the right boxes; there are breakfast items including a Yogurt Parfait, Smoked Cheddar Omelette, Two Eggs Your Way, a Smoked Salmon Sandwich, an array of Beach Bay Eggs Benny plates, and endless mimosas to complete the meal.

Address: 1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-685-7337
Twitter: @beachbaycafe


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Breakfast pizza (Jess Fleming/Daily Hive)

Since opening its door late last year, Grotto continues to deliver classic Italian-inspired eats to the West End. During the week patrons can expect to find an uncomplicated menu, featuring antipasti, pasta, pizza, and a variety of enticing main plates. From 10:30 am on both Saturday and Sunday the restaurant offers a casual brunch menu listing an array of delicious options, like a crisp breakfast pizza topped with bacon bits, potato chunks, and a gorgeously runny fried egg.

Address: 1725 Davie Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-1998

La Brasserie

Brasserie Burger (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

Brasserie Burger (Jess Fleming/Daily Hive)

Back in the brunch game after a lengthy hiatus, La Brasserie has something unique to offer its guests for this adored breakfast/lunch hybrid. Indeed, many of La Brasserie’s dishes take their cue from the restaurant’s Franco-German roots. Options include the Chicken Mornay Crêpes (featuring pulled rotisserie chicken, mushrooms, a rich Mornay sauce, and Gruyère), and the Breakfast Poutine, which offers a fresh take on the Canadian favourite and features the standard fries, gravy, and cheese curds, with the addition of bacon, a poached egg, and a creamy Hollandaise sauce.

Address: 1091 Davie Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-379-5400
Twitter: @La_Brasserie


Pulled pork eggs benny (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

Pulled Pork Eggs Benny (Jess Fleming/Daily Hive)

While Buckstop’s weekday menu is dominated by Southern staples like hush puppies, cornbread, pulled pork sandwiches, Memphis-style ribs, smoked brisket, and more, these items are not excluded to the eatery’s dinner service. Indeed, come the weekend, Buckstop dishes up an array of BBQ delights for brunch.

Address: 833 Denman Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-2528
Twitter: @BuckstopDenman


Buttermilk pancakes (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

Buttermilk pancakes (Jess Fleming/Daily Hive)

Brunch goers searching for a hearty morning meal should look no further than Forage. Situated on the West End/Downtown border, this well-established eatery prepares a range of sweet and savoury offerings, including Buttermilk Pancakes topped with blueberries, Eggs Benedict, Corned Bison Hash, and more.

Address: 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-661-1400
Twitter: @forageVancouver


This new kid on the block is not only making waves because it is the first certified living wage restaurant in Vancouver and has implemented a no-tipping policy, but also because it delivers great tasting food. Ritual offers a concise weekend brunch menu, featuring Huevos Rancheros, a Daily Benny, a Cornbread Waffle Sandwich, and The Standard, a dish composed of two eggs any style, bacon, ciabatta toast with jam, and organic greens.

Address: 774 Denman Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-7722

Joe Fortes

Atlantic lobster benedict (Joe Fortes)

Atlantic Lobster Benedict (Joe Fortes)

This iconic restaurant on the edge of the West End and Downtown border is open for weekend brunch and offers patrons a huge selection of brunch plates to happily feast upon. With a particular interest in seafood and steak, brunch at Joe Fortes not only features a range of classic brunch favourites like chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, and Eggs Benny renditions, but it also offers a myriad of tempting seafood dishes.

Address: 777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-669-1940
Twitter: @JoeFortesVan

Score on Davie

Patrons making the most of Score on Davie’s sun laden patio on the weekend will be able to enjoy a laid-back brunch. Diners will find a variety of classic brunch time eats like Buttermilk Chicken Benny and Flapjacks on the menu, as well as a range of outlandish Caesars. Although the $60 Checkmate Caesar (think everything but the kitchen sink atop a Caesar) is not available at brunch, Caesars that come topped with mac and cheese balls, tempura prawns and onion rings, and grilled cheese triangles are.

Address: 1262 Davie Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-632-1646
Twitter: @SCOREonDaVIE

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