Top 10 Places for a Boozy Brunch in WeHo

Fabulous brunches from caviar to seafood to Southern style comfort food

Brunch at Taste on Melrose with Bottomless Mimosa | Photo: @nicqueen, Instagram


Of all the cities and suburbs throughout Los Angeles, West Hollywood can rightfully be named the most prominent area for brunch—and most definitely, the perfect place for a boozy brunch. The city limit extends as far east as La Brea and as far west as Doheny, with Beverly and Sunset Boulevards to the north and south.

For this brunch list, we’re sticking to a more condensed area affectionately called WeHo, with a list of ten restaurants that provide just a taste of what’s available—ranging from rooftops to southern comfort to a drag queen brunch. Cheers!

Detox Retox at CATCH L.A. | Photo: CATCH L.A.

CATCH L.A.



With locations in New York, Las Vegas, Dubai, and Playa del Carmen, CATCH L.A. epitomizes this city's glamour and lifestyle. Perched above Melrose and San Vicente, this retractable rooftop restaurant with a globally influenced seafood focused menu and Asian specialties has a view that stretches from the Pacific Design Center to the Hollywood Hills - and on a clear day, to Downtown L.A. Step out of the elevator into a walkway surrounded by colorful flowers. The dining area for 340 is complete with greenery and an open kitchen amidst rustic wood tables, brick walls, and leather chairs.

Choose from the a la carte brunch menu, which offers seafood towers to waffle towers, or order the best bet— the brunch prix fixe for two with a complimentary bottle of champagne ($85). Share an appetizer (crispy shrimp, salmon belly Carpaccio, or roasted beets); choose two entrees from classic eggs benedict, cinnamon roll pancakes, and a fresh seafood dish; chose a side of apple smoked bacon or chicken sausage; and share seasonal sorbets for dessert. As for the drinks menu, the sky's the limit—from cocktails to mezcal and almost any spirit you can imagine.

Crab & Egg "Sandwich” at Connie & Ted's | Photo by Karen Young

Connie and Ted's



Conjure up a lazy weekend on the New England seaboard with brunch at this upscale seafood “shack” from acclaimed restaurateur Michael Cimarusti. You can’t miss the modernist space situated on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard just west of Crescent Heights, with a patio that begs for an oceanfront and a buzzy interior with an open kitchen. The brunch menu includes choice seafood selections: crab cake lovers can't miss the Crab & Egg "Sandwich” with sunny side egg, topped with a lemon beurre blanc on house-made Pullman bread; Biscuits & Gravy served with lobster; the ubiquitous avocado toast gets a twist with smoked black cod; while the main omelette is called Peekytoe Crab & Lobster. Not to be left out, carnivores will enjoy the Steak & Eggs or the Nor’easter Breakfast sandwich with Nueske’s bacon, egg, clam strips, and Hook’s cheddar on a house-made English muffin. Wash it all down with brunch cocktails—Bloody Mary, Michelada, Mimosa, or the Rhode Island coffee (the official state drink of Rhode Island) and add rum for a kick. Other specialties include: ginger, grapefruit, and cucumber juice—virgin, or add spirits. Don’t forget to grab cinnamon salt-water taffy at the host stand on your way out.

Gracias Madre | Photo: Gracias Madre

Gracias Madre



Since opening in 2014, this Mexican plant-based restaurant from the Café Gratitude group endures as one of the most stunning and chicest venues in Los Angeles. Located on Melrose Avenue west of Robertson, the bright, whitewashed space stars trussed ceilings, wood floors, colorful embroidered fabrics, imported Oaxacan tiles, carved wood, and hand-woven chairs. An impressive bar fills the interior amidst chairs and banquettes, while two olive trees anchor the brick patio.

Brunch is an especially sunny affair with a menu that begins with Mexican mimosas (habanero infused elderflower liquor) by the glass or pitcher, and a Madre Maria (a Bloody Mary with mezcal). Gracias Madre is a place for sharing—or go for the tasting menu ($30 per person) with guacamole and escabeche (spicy vegetables), followed by starters that include a choice of scone, fruit salad, avocado toast, and “tower of spuds.” Entrees include a squash tamale, quesadilla with cashew nacho cheese, and a chimichanga.

Mary's Leg at Hamburger Mary's in WeHo | @clubmaggie, Instagram

Hamburger Mary's



Go bottomless every Saturday and Sunday—with mimosas, that is, at Hamburger Mary’s. The flagship of a 17-location nationwide chain, this one-of- a-kind WeHo landmark is tinged with neon and shades of red, pink, and purple. You’re not going for the food as much as for the entertainment and the atmosphere. There are weeknight events such as bingo and RuPaul’s Drag Race, but come the weekend it’s the The Brunchettes drag show—full of humor, music, and just plain outlandish bawdiness. Of course burgers are the stars of the menu, with 14 customizable options including organic angus, ostrich, buffalo, Kobe beef, ahi, chicken, salmon, quinoa and other vegan varieties. Desserts are among the most fun in town, including a deep-fried Twinkie, deep-fried Oreo, and Mary Tyler Moore S’mores. The cocktail list is as long as it is fun. If you want more than bottomless mimosas, order souvenir drinks like the Coco Head Mary in a coconut, or Mary’s Leg or Big Leg—a cup masquerading as a leg clad in a fishnet stocking and pump. Trivia: Bernie Sanders made a stop for brunch n 2016 to much hoopla.

Bloody Mary and Mimosa Cart at The Henry West Hollywood | @partysima, Instagram

The Henry West Hollywood



This elegant all-day eatery has a posh air upon first sight, yet its blend of classic and mod décor lends toward a casual air with a buzzy atmosphere and a globally inspired menu. Open since March 2018, the Robertson Plaza restaurant took over the longstanding Newsroom, and is the second location for the Phoenix-based restaurant group. Breakfast is offered daily, but the weekend brunch is highlighted by a Bloody Mary and Mimosa cart. The cocktail list is pure fun and has more than a dozen choices, such as the aperol spritz, French Paloma, and mezcal sour. The brunch menu covers all the basics— breakfast dishes with a healthful edge, such as an egg white sandwich to a quinoa breakfast; to more substantial dishes, including caramel apple French toast and a Ranchero breakfast bowl. Appetizer highlights include black truffle cheese fondue, avocado hummus, and short rib potstickers. A few salads grace the menu, plus entrees, which include Jidori chicken, king salmon, and turkey pastrami on pretzel bread.

Mimosa Kit at Pearl's Rooftop | Photo: @pearlsrooftop, Instagram

Pearl's Rooftop



Two words: Mimosa Kit—or as the restaurant calls it —“Pearl’s Version of Mimosa Nirvana.” Buy any bottle of champagne (starting at $90 with Perrier-Jouet Brut, all the way up to Cristal for $1,000). The kit comes with OJ, white peach puree and strawberry puree, sides of berries, flowers, apple slices, and cinnamon. This indoor/outdoor restaurant is a Sunset Strip fixture, located just down the street from The Roxy in the middle of rock n’ roll paradise. A 1920s theme runs through the three bars and three decks, that includes a fireplace and miles of views. Other specialty cocktails include the Blood Orange & Sand with orange vodka, and Tijuana In Flames, with Cazadores tequila and chili, of course. Although the theme is vintage, the menu veers towards "now"— with ingredients that include avocado, kale, quinoa, and cauliflower. Go decadent with Cinnamon French Toast Crunch, Steak & Eggs, and Pearl’s Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich. There are also gluten-free and vegan options.

Brunch at Petrossian WeHo | Photo: @mybelonging, Instagram

Petrossian Restaurant & Boutique



Feel like royalty at this cozy sophisticated French restaurant and boutique with sidewalk seating on Robertson Boulevard. Best known internationally for its caviar, Petrossian has a refined menu that surprisingly stretches across price points. Brunch is served daily with a la carte items, such as brioche French toast with dulce de leche; croque madame; mousse of foie gras with truffles, salade nicoise, and the Petrossian Sampler (two soft boiled eggs, caviar, trout roe, salmon roe, hand-sliced smoked salmon and toast points). Go all out decadent with a $65 per person signature 3-course brunch that includes buckwheat blinis with Shassetra caviar and crème fraîche; hand-sliced smoked salmon with toast points,; caviar scrambled eggs; and for dessert, choose a galette with seasonal fruit; dark chocolate ganache; brûlée; banana and peanut butter mousse with peanut toffee. Also included are sipping options— coffee, iced tea, and homemade lemonade, as well as a cocktail choice—Bloody Mary, lavender mimosa, or Bellini.

Chicken & Picarones at Rosaline | Photo: @mxmlla, Instagram

Rosaliné



Ricardo Zarate opened his modern Peruvian hot spot on Melrose, just east of La Cienega, in the former Comme Ca spot in May 2017. The airy, bright space is designed with gorgeous woods, hanging plants and an open pitched ceiling. It’s perfect for Sunday brunching with a menu that stands alone in this part of town. The most familiar breakfast dish is steak & eggs, but it takes a spin from there, accompanied by quinoa toast and an apple ginger tamarind soy dressing. Other interesting dishes include the mamacita bowl with choice of protein or mushrooms over brown rice quinoa. The pan con chicharron topped with pork belly and sweet potato should not be overlooked, nor should the chicken and picarones with sweet potato pumpkin beignet and a fig chancaca sauce. If porridge is your thing, don’t miss the aguadito with Peruvian rice congee, poached duck egg, and confit duck leg. The cocktail hit list includes the Persimmon Chicha with corn chicha, pisco, and persimmon; and the Bellicose Warrior—mesquite-smoked pisco, aji amarillo, pineapple, lemon, curacao and kümmel.

Brunch at Taste on Melrose with Bottomless Mimosa | Photo: @nicqueen, Instagram

Taste on Melrose



This Melrose mainstay located east of La Cienega is a general brunch pleaser with bottomless mimosas or bubbles for $21, but note the 90-minute all-you-can-drink limit. There is also a choice of pomegranate basil sangria, sparkling wine, Bloody Mary, and the daily Bellini. Kick back on the exterior seating areas, or hang out in the cozy interior. The eclectic menu insures there is something for everyone. The brunch prix fixe is a deal with a choice of starter and entrée for $19. A la carte entrees include the breakfast sandwich, huevos rancheros, brioche cinnamon French toast, and the “Kobe” brunch burger. Make your table really happy and start with the white truffle oil & mushroom mac n’ cheese and the warm cinnamon roll.

Lewellyn’s Fine Fried Chicken at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar L.A. | Photo: @therealjohnher, Instagram

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar



Looking for Southern hospitality or craving classic Southern cooking? Then the 6,000 square-foot Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, which opened on the bottom of the Beverly Center in April 2018, is the place to be for brunch. Warning: the menu might induce FOMO—how can one choose between maple bacon donuts, blueberry pie pancakes, three types biscuits, or peach cobbler—or “snacks” like cornbread, mac & cheese, and grits. The restaurant is famous for Lewellyn’s Fine Fried Chicken—a century old family recipe, prepped for 27 hours and dredged in cayenne-spiced flour, served with a puffed cheddar waffle. If meat is your thing, don’t miss the smoked brisket huevos rancheros or the burger with wagyu and house-smoked pork belly. The spirits list includes more than 100 bourbon and whisky options, but for brunch look towards a whimsical selection of cocktails, including a Bloody Mary (with bacon), PB & J in a glass with Wild Turkey 81 and creamy peanut butter mixed with concord grape reduction and topped it with brioche foam; and choices of mimosas and Bellini, of course.