Who doesn’t love Sunday brunch?! Our family’s recent routine has been to get in a little breakfast before heading to church on Sunday morning, and then come home after Sunday School and make a big meal of pancakes, eggs, waffles, breakfast meats, vegetables, and fruits while listening to music on the radio. My five-year-old loves the idea of a meal combining “breakfast and lunch,” especially since it means he usually gets a little larger snack in the mid-afternoon before supper!
Sometimes, however, I just don’t feel like cooking. When it’s a holiday and we have family visiting, we sometimes want something fancy. Of course, there are always chain restaurant options like IHOP, Village Inn, or Perkins, which are tasty but not particularly unique. Luckily, the Iowa City area has a ton of local options for getting your brunch fix! Here are some of our reader favorites!
Time: Sundays 9-1
Cost: $16.99 per adult, $8 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under 5
Reservations: Required. Call 319-857-4300.
Location: 1441 Marak Rd NW, Swisher
Good things to know: Fills up quickly for big weekends like Easter and Mother’s Day. Includes bottomless mimosas and sangria, and a gourmet coffee and juice bar!
Time: Sundays 9-2
Cost: $17 for adults, $6 kids ages 6-12, 5 and under free
Location: Coralville, Iowa City East, Iowa City South, Iowa City Dodge Street
Good things to know: Buffet available including items from the Chinese and Italian areas, salad bar, and made-to-order omelets. Menu ordering also available.
Time: Sundays 10-1:30
Reservations: Highly recommended. Required for special dates such as Easter or Mother’s Day. Call 319.351.1904 or use their website to reserve advance dates.
Location: 501 1st Avenue, Coralville
Good things to know: Fills up very quickly for big dates like Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Graduation. Best dessert bar in town!
Time: Sundays 9-1
Cost: $16.99, children ages 5-10 $9.99, children under 5 $3.99. Holiday rate is $19.99.
Reservations: Recommended, call 319-622-3441 or reserve online. Online reservations not available for Easter, Mother’s Day, and Thanksgiving.
Location: 4420 220th Trail, Amana
Good things to know: This spring, they are hosting “Gospel Brunch,” which includes Sunday Brunch followed by a 10:30 lively gospel music show! Cost is $40 plus tip, and advanced reservations are required. April 2-May 7 (No show on Easter Sunday).
Time: Sundays 10-1:30
Cost: $22/person, Children 5-10 $1 per year of age (example 6 years old = $6). Bottomless Mimosas $4
Reservations: Not required but highly recommended, especially for groups larger than 6 and for everyone for holiday weekends and home football game weekends. Call 319-337-3000
Location: 516 2nd St., Coralville
Good things to know: Pricing and included options have recently changed from website listing; call for current information!
Ala Carte Menu:
Sunday hours: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Location: 327 E Market St., Iowa City
Phone number: 319-358-2836
What’s special?: Handmade food, fresh ingredients, and family recipes
Sunday hours: 10 a.m. – close, brunch menu 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: 575 Cameron Way, North Liberty
What’s special?: Bloody Mary bar, and 36 self-serve beer taps available! Online orders available through website.
Sunday hours: Sundays 10 a.m. – 1:30 a.m., featuring a limited a la carte menu; regular menu 1:30 p.m. -10 p.m.
Location: 503 Westbury Drive Suite 1, Iowa City
Phone number: 319-338-1770
What’s special?: Reservations accepted. Famous buffet available on Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, home football Sundays, and graduation. Reservations for the buffet highly recommended!
Sunday hours: Breakfast menu 8-11, Lunch/Dinner menu 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: 11 S Dubuque St., Iowa City
Phone number: 319-338-6860
What’s special?: Features craft brews, handmade craft cocktails, and the best eggs benedict around!
Sunday hours: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: 112 E. Main Street, Solon
Phone number: 319-624-2081
What’s special?: Locally owned restaurant, all food made from scratch and locally sourced! Eggs from Salt Fork Farm are also available for purchase! Salt Form Kitchen works with many local farms to buy as many ingredients as possible from area growers and producers. Check out the list of their suppliers here.
With all of the cuisine available in the Iowa City area, I’m sure there are many more great options out there.
Share your favorite Sunday brunch location in the comments!