20 great brunch restaurants to try in Lakeland

Check out these brunch restaurants, cafes, and diners in Lakeland, serving a variety of egg dishes, mimosas, bloody marys, and more.

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In this town, brunchin’ ain’t easy but it’s necessary. Whether you’re on the hunt for fluffy eggs, fried chicken and waffles or mind-blowing Bloody Marys, the options can get as overwhelming as the lines at times. 🍳

Luckily, you have us to scout things out. We listed a whole bunch of brunch options (20 total), along with menu recs, pro tips, and an interactive map to track ‘em. Plan your weekend and pour those mimosas.

Note: All times listed are brunch-only.

Price estimates are based on general entrees, and don’t include drinks, tax, or tip.

$ ~ $10 or less per person
$$ ~ $10-20 per person
$$$ ~ $20+ per person

Two pieces of avocado toast with a micro salad

Munch on some avocado toast while enjoying your bottomless mimosas at Frescos.

Bottomless mimosas

Frescos Southern Kitchen & Bar, 132 S. Kentucky Ave. | Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Southern comfort food | $$ | Our perfect brunch lineup includes fried green tomatoes, apple bourbon monkey bread, and spicy chicken and waffles.

Garden Bistro, 702 E. Orange St. | Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Bistro | $$ | Enjoy your brunch with a scenic view of Lake Mirror.

Nineteen61, 215 E. Main St. | Sunday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Latin American cuisine | $$ | Try the Pollo Benedict aji verde + a side of sweet plantains.

The Terrace Grille's dining room has plush orange chairs, large windows, and two glasses of white wine on the table.

Celebrate your next special occasion at The Terrace Grille’s newly renovated dining room.

For a special occasion

Cob & Pen, 1221 Florida Ave. S. | Saturday + Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Bistro | $$ | Peruse the menu for everything from french toast to smoked fish dip — try the “My"-Mosa bar to build your own mimosa using orange, pineapple, or pom-cran juice.

Terrace Grille, 329 E. Main St. | Sat.-Sun.,10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Fine dining | $$ | We recommend the Terrace Frittata: Eggs filled with asparagus, red peppers, mushrooms, and cheese.

The Back Nine, 7331 US Hwy. 98 N. | Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | $$ | Whether you’re ordering up a breakfast quesadilla or shrimp + grits, feast with the whole family while competing in simulated sports like golf.

A cinnamon roll, egg bake, and other pastry on a table

Are you team sweet or team savory when it comes to your Born and Bread order?

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Pastry paradises

Born & Bread Bakehouse, 1113 Florida Ave. S. | Wednesday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m. | Bakery | $ | This carb-lover’s happy place is known for sandwiches, cakes, croissants, and creative creations like the cruffin. Plus, it’s vegan-friendly: Try the Banana Nate Muffins and B+B granola.

Divicious Deli & Coffee Shop, 128 E. Main St. | Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-5 p.m. (closes at 4 p.m. on Saturday) | Delicatessen | $ | This spot offers pastries + breakfast sandwiches all day long — try the Western Omelet with ham, tomatoes, peppers, and onions.

Quick and easy

Britt’s Cafe, 3662 Harden Blvd. and 6617 N. Socrum Loop | Days and times vary by location | Cafe | $$ | Choose from savory Benedicts, breakfast sandwiches, bowls, and more.

Egg Station, 1625 Shepherd Rd. | Daily, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (stays open until 7 p.m. on Friday) | Diner | $ | We recommend the Southern French Toast (made with biscuits) + a side of home fries if you’re feeling extra hungry.

Fat Jack’s Deli & Pub, 2940 Florida Ave. S. | Sat. 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. + Sun. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. | Delicatessen | $ | This is a cozy hole-in-the-wall scene where you want to be a regular.

Waffle House, 2312 Florida Ave. S. + 3244 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. + 4210 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | Open 24 hours | Diner | $ | You can’t go wrong with this classic eatery serving the goods all day every day.

A table with biscuits and gravy and other dishes at Biscuits and Benedicts

Whether you’re craving biscuits or benedicts, you can stop by to get your fix.

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For the fam

Biscuits and Benedicts, 1212 Florida Ave. S. | Tues.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Fri.-Sun., 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | Southern comfort food | $$ | Grab a seat on the patio and peruse the full menu — did we mention there’s a special vegetarian menu, too?

The Brunch Box, 735 E. Memorial Blvd. | Daily, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. (Opens at 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday) | Diner | $ | Whether you’re looking for a light bite or a hearty burger, The Brunch Box can deliver what you’re craving.

Charlie’s Family Restaurant, 2614 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Ste. 8 | Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-2 p.m. | Diner | $ | This family-style diner has been serving up Southern comfort foods for over 25 years.

Cozy Oaks, 1201 E. Orange St. | Daily, 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | Diner | $ | We recommend The Hulk — two pancakes, two slices of french toast, two eggs, home fries, grits, bacon + toast.

Keke’s Breakfast Cafe, 3615 Florida Ave. S. | Daily, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Cafe | $$ | Looking for something sweet? Try the Banana Split Waffles with banana, pineapple, strawberries, chocolate fudge syrup + pecans.

Sorrel Bistro, 1560 Town Center Dr. | Tues.-Sun., 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | Caribbean fusion | $$ | Order up classic brunch items — like breakfast burritos, waffles, and sandwiches — with a Caribbean flair.

The Egg Factory, 1533 S. Combee Rd. | Daily, 6 a.m.-2 p.m., (opens at 7 a.m. on Sunday) | Diner | $ | In addition to breakfast bowls and other brunch options, this spots offers weekly dinner deals.

Highland City Diner, 5221 US-98 | Daily, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Diner | $ | Try the Traffic Jam — four scrambled eggs, sautéed green peppers, onion, mushrooms, bacon, sausage, and melted cheese on top of hash browns or home fries.

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