The best Tacoma brunch spots can overlap pretty significantly with the best breakfast places in Tacoma—many of these places serve breakfast until the afternoon or even all day. If you’re seeking a brunch buffet, Tacoma has a few options, and if you just want a place to sit down, be served, and sip your mimosa, it has that too.
For sit down options, check out unique and tasty options like Southern Kitchen, Paddy Coyne’s, Puget Sound Pizza (yes, it’s a breakfast place too), The Hob Nob, Old Milwaukee Café, and Shakabrah Java—all among the best breakfast places in Tacoma.
Other options for Tacoma brunch restaurants include chain options. Along South Hosmer Street, IHOP and Elmer’s are both fine options. Elmer’s prides itself on all Northwest-sourced ingredients and the food here is quite good—they serve breakfast all day and prices are reasonable.
The Lobster Shop
The premier brunch buffet in Tacoma—and possibly the best brunch spot in general—is definitely The Lobster Shop. The brunch spread here is delicious and impressive, and features a seafood slant that is sure to please. Salmon in many incarnations, prawns, cod, and clam chowder are just the beginning—and especially popular are the shrimp cakes with sweet Thai sauce. The Lobster Shop is located along the Waterfront so the views here are also some of the best you’ll find for brunch here. Brunch is only offered Sunday morning, and reservations are a good idea.
4015 Ruston Way
Tacoma, WA 98402
Another Waterfront option is C.I. Shenanigan’s. Every Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and on special occasions such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Easter, Shenanigan’s offers one of the best brunch buffets in Tacoma. Buffets are often themed and always feature an array of seafood and meats at carving stations, as well as freshly made desserts. Also look forward to an oyster bar and reasonably priced champagne. It’s a good idea to make a reservation.
3017 Ruston Way
Tacoma, WA 98402
Ports of Call Restaurant
Perhaps a seemingly sterile choice for a brunch buffet, this restaurant located in the La Quinta Inn just off of Portland Avenue is still worth checking out in you are interested in a good brunch buffet. This buffet has a carving station and an omelet station, lots of fresh fruit, and more. The décor is the usual neutral hotel chic, but a perk is that this brunch buffet is much more reasonable in price than the others in town.
La Quinta Inn & Suites
1425 E 27th St
Tacoma, WA 98421
Babblin’ Babs Bistro
Babblin’ Babs in the Proctor District doesn’t have an official brunch hour, but is the quintessential brunch place anyway. Here, you won’t find a buffet—instead, you will find a quaint and comfortable dining room with amazing food. Inventive flavor combinations involve lots of seafood options, but plenty of meat and vegetarian choices as well. A nice array of creative mimosas and beverages are the perfect complements to your meal. Prices here aren’t cheap so keep that in mind when coming here. Be prepared to splurge a bit. Breakfast is served Tuesday through Friday from 8-11:30 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2724 N Proctor St
Tacoma, WA 98407
Emerald Queen Casino
Like the casinos of Vegas, the local Washington casinos offer buffets and often a brunch buffet as well! The Pacific Rim Buffet at Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino has brunch on Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Heading to ECQ, you will need to be smoke-tolerant as this is a smoking establishment. The food is good and there is lots of it—expect many buffet standards, seafood, crab, lobster, and more. Expect good food, but not amazing. You can, of course, also mix in some table games or some slots and make it a Sunday experience.
2024 East 29th Street