Top brunch (and lunch) hangouts in Rome

Top brunch hangouts in Rome

The top spots for classic American brunch, or traditional Italian buffet-style lunch in Rome.

Italians have welcomed the popular tradition of brunch with open arms, and Rome has several brunch spots that do the classic American brunch justice. But here’s the thing, Italians also have an enduring history of the long lunch, “Sunday lunch” to be exact, a cultural institution, a weekly tradition, a time to be with family and friends.

Lucky for you, these two concepts live beside one another in perfect harmony- so whether you miss bacon and eggs, or you want to dive into the Italian lifestyle and enjoy the unlimited-choice of a buffet lunch, you can have the best of both worlds in Rome.



Coromandel BrunchCoromandel

Via di Monte Giordano, 60 (Navona)
Sat-Sun, 11am-3pm
Price: à la carte menu

At Coromandel you can order from a tasty range of buffet foods, including bagels, croque madame, pancakes, eggs benedict, and scrambled eggs alongside teas and fruit juices. Your chosen treats will be served on dainty china in the restaurant’s cosy setting. This is one of the best in town.

Ex Circus

Via della Vetrina, 15 (Navona)
Sunday, 11.30am-3.30pm 
Price: €16 including one drink (juice and coffee)

Sunday brunch at Circus offers a wide selection that hits all those American comfort spots. Enjoy stacks of fluffy pancakes, drizzled in Aunt Jemima maple syrup, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and topped off with a strawberry. Not only are there pancakes, but the brunch buffet also includes zucchini quiche, cornetti, prosciutto, cheeses, apple cake, salad, and yogurt with granola. Coffee or juice is also included in the price. It’s truly a brunch fit for king (or queen).

Brunch at Bakery HouseBakery House

Corso Trieste 157 (Nomentana)/ Via Riano, 11 (Ponte Milvio)
Sat-Sun, 11am-4pm
Price: à la carte menu

The brunch at Bakery House adheres to the traditional US style, with a menu that includes scrambled eggs and bacon, ham and cheese omelettes, pancakes, French toast, bagels, and stuffed sandwiches. Every dish is accompanied by fresh orange juice and American coffee.

Brunch at BabingtonBabington’s

Piazza di Spagna, 23
Everyday, 10am-9pm
Price: à la carte menu

It’s one of the only (if not the only) places in Rome where you can have freshly baked and authentic English muffins, a proper Eggs Benedict with imported Scottish salmon or the classic ham, and a traditional English breakfast spread with poached eggs and crispy Irish bacon. Try their homemade cheesecake, add a glass of champagne, and you’ll be in brunch heaven-also known as Babington’s.


Top brunch hangouts in RomeLa Veranda

Via borgo Santo Spirito, 73 (Vatican)
Sunday, 11.30am-3pm
Price: €15 – 27

La Veranda is a place which reminds you that you are in Rome. A couple of steps from the Vatican, the elegant setting promises a positive atmosphere thanks to its beautifully frescoed ceiling. It offers a choice between four types of brunch: big, light, baby or vegetarian brunch, with a menu that is updated every Sunday.





Top brunch hangouts in RomeBabette

Via Margutta, 1 (Piazza del Popolo)
Sat-Sun, 1-3pm
Price: €28 for buffet

Homemade pastries are the specialty in this elegant and sweet bistro. A range of pasta, meat, soups, and desserts complete their Italian brunch. However it is the outside courtyard that makes Babette stand out, offering the perfect space to enjoy a relaxed brunch buffet during summer. Despite its all-you-can-eat philosophy, it still respects Italian culinary traditions.

Hotel Eden Roma - Il Giardino Ristorante & BarIl Giardino Restaurant & Bar @ Hotel Eden

Via Ludovisi, 49 (Spagna)
Mon-Sun, 12.30pm – 3pm
Price: €80 for buffet

Come treat yourself to a dreamy brunch buffet at the luxury 5-star Hotel Eden. Till May 27th, Michelin-starred Chef Fabio Ciervo will dazzle you with an extensive buffet to meet any taste and desire. Ciervo’s buffet ranges from cold dishes, including carpaccios, a first-class selection of cured meats, salads and rustic cakes, to hot dishes such as parmigiana, mini burgers, soups, risottos, pasta, meat and seafood. And of course, an American touch to brunch couldn’t be missing: pancakes, waffles, muffins, cupcakes and much more await you! And to set the tone, live jazz music will be floating in the background.

Sunday lunch at GustoGusto

Piazza Augusto Imperatore, 9 (Via del Corso)
Sunday, 12-3.30pm
Price: depends on weight

This restaurant has a more modern feel than the others on this list, and the Italian buffet covers a wide range of food from meat, seafood, pizza and pasta to familiar favourites such as bacon and eggs. There is also a variety of vegetarian options. Be sure to leave room for a dessert of cheesecake, doughnuts and cupcakes!

brunch-marguttaIl Margutta Vegetarian Food & Art

Via Margutta, 118 (Popolo)
Daily 12pm-3.30pm
Price: weekdays €15, weekend €25 buffet

For those more health-conscious amongst us, Il Margutta offers a surprisingly wide variety of dishes, and you can indulge guilt-free in the knowledge that the dishes are vegetarian and organic. Brunch is available daily, but at weekends you’ll be able to enjoy an unlimited buffet accompanied by live music.

Sunday lunch at 'na Cosetta‘Na Cosetta

Via Ettore Giovenale, 54 (Pigneto)
Sun 1pm-4pm
Price: €14 buffet with alcohol beverage, €12 without

Coining the literal translation of brunch in Italian, Na Cosetta’s “Colanzo” offers sweet and sour treats, accompanied by live music and jazz concerts. It has two types of buffet with or without alcohol beverages, depending on how you’re feeling from the night before!

Sunday lunch at NecciNecci

Via Fanfulla da Lodi, 68 (Pigneto)
Sat-Sun 11am-3:30pm
Price: à la carte menu

Bar Necci is a funky diner made famous by the Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini, who shot parts of his 1961 film “Accattone” here. The lunch is specifically Italian, and offers specialty house-made pasta dishes as well as lots of cakes, such as the Sunday brunch specialty: cheesecake!


Queen Makeda

Via di San Saba, 11 (Aventino)
Sun 12pm-3pm
Price: €19 buffet or à la carte menu

On Sunday, Queen Makeda offers an International brunch buffet plus a variety of meats from the typical English Sunday Roast; including rotisserie lamb, chicken, pork, and beef. Let’s not forget the sweets: brownies, muffins, cupcakes, pancakes with maple syrup and other delightful cakes created in the Makeda kitchen.

Sunday lunch at RostiRosti

Via Bartolomeo D’Alviano, 65 (Pigneto)
Sat-Sun 12pm-4pm
Price: €20

Rosti’s interpretation of brunch, entitled “Nonna’s lunch” invokes memories of a delicious Italian homemade lunch from grandma in the company of family. The dishes remind diners of familiar places and the comfort of home. There are 30 different dishes from entrée, mains, and sweets including seasonal vegetables, meats, pasta and homemade desserts: the perfect way to feel at home when away from home.


Brunch at HopsideHopside

Via Francesco Negri, 39/41 (Ostiense)
Sun 12-3pm
Price: €16

Hopside has turned itself from an old warehouse to a funky little brewery that attracts not only home brewers but also brunch aficionados. Their brunch style is Italian and American with a variety of sour and sweet dishes. At this brunch you can taste handmade beers to match your choice of a range of dishes. There is “Eggs Corner” (Eggs Benedict, Croque Monsieur, Omelette, or personalize your eggs by choosing from a list of additions from the “Pimp my eggs” menu) to Burger Bar with their own list of pimped up additions.

Sunday lunch at Doppio ZerooDoppio Zeroo

Via Ostiense, 68 (Ostiense)
Sat-Sun 12:30pm-3:30pm
Price: €20

This menu is a mix of American and Italian brunch and lunch options. There are entrees, pasta, and salads, as well as omelets, meats and of course, lots of cakes and fresh fruit. It has a classic brunch-lunch fusion with a stylish atmosphere and an friendly and eclectic crowd.

Brunch at Porto FluvialePorto Fluviale

Via del Porto Fluviale, 22 (Ostiense)
Sat-Sun 12:30pm-4pm
Price: €19 buffet plus drinks

Porto Fluviale has an American diner-style atmosphere. It welcomes the pace of the weekend with a selection of 60 dishes including entrees, mains, and some indulgent and tantalizing desserts. The only difficulty with Porto Fluviale is what to choose.

Sunday lunch at RossoRosso

Viale Aventino, 32 (Aventino)
Sat-Sun 11:30am-3:30pm
Price: €18 plus drink

Another fusion brunch between American and Italian this brunch spot offers classic American dishes and Roman specialties: pancakes to pasta amatriciana. There is also a range of sweets: pastries, cakes, French chocolates, cheesecake, and more. Unlimited food making the price worthwhile, but drinks are not included.


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