Brunch isn't just a breakfast/lunch mashup, it might be the most important meal of the weekend. Marked by culinary creativity, hearty portions, Instagram-able presentation, and your pick of lavish midday alcoholic drinks, brunch is a sweet start to Sunday. For visitors like you, it’s a sweet sendoff after a long weekend getaway in Hershey & Harrisburg.

Check out our list of the 14 best spots for brunch in Harrisburg and Hershey

 

Brunch in Harrisburg

Café 1500

Where: Midtown Harrisburg
When: Saturdays & Sundays from 10 AM to 2 PM
Signature Item: The 1500 Famous Bloody Special

With a mouthwatering seasonal menu that rivals a NYC brunch, Café 1500 offers a fresh take on traditional breakfast foods like omelets and French toast. Their claim to brunch fame is their famous Bloody special, a rotating concoction topped with shrimp, chicken wings, watermelon, and just about anything the bartender dreams up. Café 1500 also has progressive gender-neutral bathrooms and reminds everyone to just wash their hands!

Home 231

Where: Center City (Capital)
When: Sundays from 9 AM to 2 PM
Signature Item: House Donuts

Nestled on a tree-lined street just a block from the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, Home 231’s farm-to-table fare includes some of the city’s freshest morning plates. Start with an order of House Donuts with chocolate, custard, and salted caramel sauces. Their quiche of the day is always a pleasant surprise, while the rest of the menu includes sweet and savory options like gingerbread pancakes and chicken & biscuits. On a warm, sunny morning, snag a seat in their outdoor courtyard!

Café Fresco

Where: Downtown Harrisburg
When: Saturdays from 10 AM to 3 PM
Signature Item: Champagne Happy Hour from Noon to 1 PM

Why wait until Sunday? Café Fresco gets the jump on brunch with upscale offerings like Oysters Rockefeller Benedict, Kobe Brunch Burger topped with a fried egg and bacon mayo, or The Big Buddha - a battered fried PB&J. Cheers to a great getaway with their Champagne Happy Hour or one of their creative morning cocktails like an espresso martini or a Wasabi Bloody Caesar!

Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar

Where: Downtown Harrisburg
When: Saturdays & Sundays from 11:30 AM to 3 PM
Signature Item: Chef’s Tasting Brunch

Go all in at brunch with the Chef’s Tasting Brunch, a spontaneous dining experience where you can kick back and let the food come to you. The chef at Ad Lib offers brunch favorites like eggs benny, pancakes, and oatmeal alongside culinary morning masterpieces like lobster omelets and duck confit hash. You can have it your way at the Build Your Own Bloodies and Mimosa bar. It’s up to you how you want to spice and garnish your drink with dozens of mix-ins like bacon and blue cheese stuffed olives for the Bloodies, and fresh fruit options for Mimosas.

Cork & Fork

Where: Center City (Capital) and West Shore
When: Saturdays & Sundays from 11 AM to 3 PM
Signature Item: Pizza & Meat/Cheese Boards

This place has one of the best locations in the city (right in front of the Capitol building) and one of the most robust brunch menus. Cork & Fork is known for their inventive Italian eats like pizza, so you know their Breakfast pizza with egg, bacon, jalapenos, and double cheeses is a winning choice. They also have a large selection of flavorful meat and cheese boards, a bold breakfast item you won’t find on just any brunch menu.

The Millworks

Where: Midtown Harrisburg
When: Sundays from 10 AM to 2 PM
Signature Item: Smoked Meats

The Millworks’ seasonal brunch menu is built on locally sourced items from organic or sustainable farms. From Local, grass-fed Wood Grilled Steak & Eggs to Wholesome Living Acres Farm Eggs any way you like them, you're in for a wholesome morning meal. The Millworks also smokes meats in their sidewalk smoker, so options like Smoked Brisket & Egg Tacos and Smoked Pit Ham Eggs Benedict are truly flavorful choices. For a unique take on a Bloody Mary, try the Michelada blended with lager, smoked tomato mix, barbeque spices, and lime.

Mangia Qui & Rubicon

Where: Center City (Capital)
When: Sundays from 10 AM to 2 PM
Signature Item: Eggs Benedict

Mangia Qui is known for its imaginative Italian entrees while embracing local ingredients, imported delicacies, and artisanal techniques. It’s sister restaurant – Rubicon – features French flair. Their brunch menu is adventurous yet approachable like their take on eggs benedict - The Benny Collection - classic, smoked salmon, surf & turf, crab or filet all served with house-made hollandaise and potatoes. You probably haven’t encountered a menu item like Italian Breakfast - Pecan Raisin Sweet Bread Dipped in Egg and Sautéed with Mascarpone and Peppered Bacon. Yum!

note. bistro & wine bar

Where: Midtown Harrisburg
When: Sundays from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

note. is the most charming location on this list, housed in a 1910 Victorian home marked by its warm and inviting atmosphere. Its menu is European inspired with fresh ingredients prepared from scratch. Start with a cup of gazpacho topped with marinated crab, leeks, and lime. Alongside their Omelette and Eggs Benedict du jour options, you’ll find impressive breakfast selections like brioche grilled cheese with braised duck, aged cheddar, gruyere, strawberry jam, arugula, or duck ragu with mushrooms over grits, poached eggs, shaved Grana Padano.

Greystone Public House

Where: Linglestown
When: Sundays from 10 AM to 3 PM
Signature Item: Cinnamon Bun Monkey Bread

Greystone’s menu is contemporary American with approachable breakfast options crafted with locally-sourced products. Share or not to share – their pull-apart Cinnamon Bun Monkey Bread with sweet butter and cream cheese glaze is a sweet start to your meal. For your brunch entrée, choose from delicious options like a Buttermilk Waffle with bourbon maple apples. Greystone is known for having some of the region’s most creative and flavorful handcrafted cocktails, and their selections spill onto their day-drinking brunch drink menu. Try a Joan Collins (Mint, Cucumber, Stateside Vodka, Hibiscus Syrup, Soda) or a Brunch Punch (Acai Juice, Campari, White Rum, Orange, Cranberry, Mint).

 

Brunch in Hershey

The Mill in Hershey

Where: Downtown Hershey
When: Sundays from 10 AM to 2 PM
Signature Item:

On Sundays, they brunch! The Mill in Hershey is one of the town’s best farm-to-table restaurants, housed in the renovated historic Curry Feed Mill. Their brunch menu is filled with hearty offerings like the Eastern Omelette with lump crabmeat, cooper cheese, onions, peppers, Old Bay hollandaise, and a side of cheesy tots. It’s hard to resist the call of Red Velvet French Toast, or a Monte Cristo made with egg-batter brioche, roasted turkey and ham, swiss cheese, and rosemary dijonnaise. Sweet or savory, there's something delicious waiting for you.

Tröegs Independent Brewing

Where: Hersheypark Drive
When: Sundays from 11 AM to 2 PM
Signature Item: Follow @troegsbeer on Instagram for brunch specials

You know Troegs' bold beers and creative craft kitchen menu, and on Sundays, they offer an exclusive brunch special that perfectly matches one of their refreshing brews. You might also find their ales on the ingredient list like [Troege]Nator-Braised Short Rib or their Christmassy Mad Elf French Toast. Their specials are seasonal, change weekly, and are derived entirely from the creative minds of their kitchen team, so hop on over to Instagram and follow @troegsbeer for more info!

 

Brunch Around the Region

Crostwater Distilled Spirits

Where: Lewisberry
When: Sundays from 11 AM to 3 PM
Signature Item: Savory Waffle Strata

A distillery might not be on the top of everyone's brunch list, but think how delicious your Bloody Mary will taste blended with housemade vodka! Crostwater Distilled Spirits offers an impressive sweet and savory brunch menu that includes hearty favorites like Chicken & Waffles with warm siracha maple syrup, and unique selections like Potato Pancakes with salmon mousse and fresh dill. Crostwater is new in town, so sample a flight of their spirits for $10.

Ever Grain Brewing Co.

Where: Camp Hill 
When: Sundays from 11 AM to 9 PM
Signature Item: See their monthly features

The Sunday Funday brunch menu at Ever Grain Brewing Co. is short and sweet (and available all day) with approachable, handcrafted morning favorites like quiches, breakfast sandwiches, and french toast. In addition to their brews on tap, you can compliment your meal with a little bubbly from a local vineyard!

 

We’re not saying come to Harrisburg & Hershey just for brunch. Or are we? Just don’t leave town without trying some!