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Top 10 Best Places for Brunch in Dutchess County

Who doesn’t love a good weekend brunch! To help you navigate the incredible food scene in Dutchess County, we compiled a list of the perfect places to gather and savor the best brunch dishes.

 Mother's Day Brunch 2023:

Heritage Food and Drink dining setup
Heritage Food + Drink, Wappingers Falls

Heritage Food + Drink, Wappingers Falls

Who's hungry for a classic, elegant Mother's Day brunch? Heritage serves its tasty weekend brunch fare on both Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Menu items include fried chicken and waffles, bistro steak frites, smoked salmon tostadas and specialty salads, among many others. To make a reservation and catch a glimpse of the menu, click here

McKinney and Doyle Fine Foods and Corner Bakery, Pawling

Imagine, if you, a traditional brunch menu with all sorts of gourmet twists. That’s what McKinney and Doyle has to offer at its Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. From the Lobster Chilaquiles (semi-crunchy corn tortillas, salsa verde, radish, tender lobster meat avocado, poached eggs, chipotle hollandaise and cotija cheese) to the Wagyu beef burger (bruleed Jarlsberg, pickled chayote, avocado crema, grilled country white, consome), there is something for everyone. Of course, there's plenty of omelets, pancakes and French toast to go around. For more information, click here.

Melzingah Tap House, Beacon

Another Beacon hotspot, Melzingah Tap House is an ideal gathering place for craft beer enthusiasts, cocktail connoisseurs and food fanatics alike. Plus, they even launched a line of zero-proof cocktails for those seeking fun flavors without the buzz. Dine in their atmospheric taproom or on their rustic patio. Brunch specials include a strawberry-kale salad, steak and eggs and a bourbon-caramel French Toast. To make reservations, click here.

The Tavern at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck exterior view
Beekman Arms, Rhinebeck

The Tavern at the Beekman Arms, Rhinebeck

Any trip to Dutchess County yields a ton of local history to discover. Of course, few settings are as memorable for a Mother's Day brunch than one of the oldest inns in America! The Tavern at the Beekman Arms is hosting a bountiful Mother’s Day buffet with brunch and dinner choices. There will be carving stations, fresh seafood and plenty of vegan and gluten-free options, as well as a kids buffet. The cost is $75 for adults and $29.95 for children. To explore the menu and make reservations, click here.

Reserva Wine Bar, Beacon

Take Mom to Beacon's beautiful wine bar, Reserva, for live jazz music and an incredible selection of curated wines. Local band Noise Ordinance 149 creates the perfect brunch atmospher from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Two Culinary Institute of America alumni helm the operation, infusing dishes with creativity and elegance. Chef Pedro Souza cooks up Brazilian specialties like pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread) with guava confit, yuca coconut cake, a Brazilian chicken pie and more for brunch. 

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Mill House Brewing Co., Poughkeepsie

This classic Poughkeepsie favorite is a phenomenal choice for brunch. CIA grad Chef Daniel Crocco's fun take on elevated bar food extends to brunch-time staples. A simple stack of pancakes gets an upgrade with a cinnamon sugar swirl, cream cheese icing, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and a healthy pour of New York State maple syrup. Try the omelet filled with braised short rip, bacon jam or opt for the wild mushroom and goat cheese bruchetta. Beer and mimosa flights are a must when celebrating at Mill House!

Villa Borghese, Wappingers Falls 

This elegant Italianate venue organizes a Mother’s Day brunch of its own from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be an assortment of chicken, fish and pasta entrees, along with breakfast dishes, carving stations and a kids buffet table, not to mention an expansive dessert table. The cost is $53 for adults and $25 for children ages 3-12. Call 845-297-8207 to make reservations, or visit the website by clicking here.

The Roundhouse in Beacon waterside seating
The Roundhouse, Beacon 

The Roundhouse, Beacon

Head to a charming corner of Beacon for an extra special dining experience with waterfall views. The Roundhouse in Beacon will serves its all-day menu—which includes steaks, seafood and several varieties of their signature mac and cheese, to name a few tasty options. However, Mother's Day specials sing, like Brioche French Toast Pain Perdu, smoked maple cheddar omelettes and crab eggs benedict. Dine anytime from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. However, the brunch specials will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy stunning views of Beacon Falls while you dine and then explore the many shops and galleries along Main Street when you’re through. To make reservations and browse the menu, click here.  

52 Main Bar and Tapas in Millerton street sign
52 Main Bar and Tapas, Millerton

52 Main Bar and Tapas, Millerton

Or, experience Spanish tradition with American flair for brunch. That’s what’s on the menu at 52 Main Bar and Tapas. Their menu includes plenty of seafood, meat and vegetarian options, along with countless bottled beers, wines and cocktails. Call 518-789-0252 to make reservations. To check out the eclectic menu, click here. Plus, spend Mother's Day in Millerton and take mom antiquing, for a ride on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail or for tea at Harney & Sons.

Essie’s, Poughkeepsie

Located in Poughkeepsie’s Little Italy, Essie’s is well-known for Chef Brandon Walker’s seasonings, specials dishes, and their local steaks. With a mix of Southern and Jamaican roots, Essie’s is a recipe for brunch eaters looking for amazing comfort food. Jumbalaya croquettes, roasted beet nachos, bison burgers and crispy plantains are just a few brunch specialties to sample. To explore the menu, click here.

Mother's Day Dinner:

Il Figlio Enoteca, Fishkill 

Craving contemporary Italian cuisine? Il Figlio Enoteca in Fishkill presents its standard dinner menu alongside Mother’s Day specials from noon to 6 p.m. Menu favorites include the pappardelle (white ribbon pasta, Tuscan-style duck ragu, herbs, tomato and grana padano cheese) and the branzino (sauteed Mediterranean sea bass, French lentils, herb-roasted cherry tomatoes and Castelvetrano-and-shallot tapenade). To make reservations, click here.

Serevan Restaurant, Amenia

Discover Middle Eastern and Eastern Mediterranean flavors at Serevan Restaurant in Amenia. Chef Serge Madikians, named the Best Chef in the Hudson Valley two years in a row by Hudson Valley Magazine, has put together a mouthwatering assortment of recipes inspired by his heritage. For instance, cample Moroccan-style chicken Bastilla with spices, golden raisins, wilted romaine and apricot-saffron broth—yum! There are two dinner seatings, one at 5 p.m. and one at 6:45 p.m. Call 845-373-9800 to make a reservation. For more information, click here.

Shadows on the Hudson river view seating
Shadows on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie

Shadows on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie

Treat Mom to a gourmet Mother’s Day dinner with a river view at Shadows on the Hudson. Enjoy some creative dishes by their executive chef, including sea scallops with purple cauliflower, beef short rib ragu pappardelle, seared shrimp with white polenta and more. Complete your meal with decadent desserts prepared by their in-house pastry team, including vanilla bean crème brûlée, mocha dark chocolate mousse and strawberry shortcake. Call 845-486-9500 to make reservations. To see the special Mother’s Day dinner menu, click here.

Terrapin, Rhinebeck

The dining room will open at 1 p.m. on Mother’s Day at Terrapin in Rhinebeck, and offered will be a prix fixe menu that includes a tapas platter and a choice of more than 10 savory entrees. The entrees include bowtie pasta with sweet sausage, garlic, cream, tomatoes and broccoli rabe, and asiago cheese-crusted chicken breasts with a whole-gran mustard sauce. Regular dining room menus will not be available, although children 12 and younger may order off the regular kids menu. Cost is $49 per person excluding beverages. Red Bistro, Terrapin’s more casual dining option, will also be open on a first come, first served basis, serving regular bistro menus. Red Bistro does not accept reservations. For more information (and to make reservations in the dining room), click here

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Bonus Brunch Options:

The Amsterdam, Rhinebeck

Located in an historic 1798 Dutch townhouse in the trendy Village of Rhinebeck, The Amsterdam offers elevated farm-to-table brunch specialties. From the classics to the delicious in-house made pastries and more, it will have your mouth watering with flavor and satisfaction. Click here for more.

Bread Alone, Rhinebeck

This long standing bakery and cafe offers patrons a homemade twist on brunch favorites. Featuring homemade breads and pastries, enjoy menu items like a Spicy Green Egg Sandwich, Vegan Breakfast Burrito or Herbed Chicken Salad. For more on Bread Alone, click here.

Charlotte’s, Millbrook

Set in the heart of Millbrook’s horse country, Charlotte’s is a wonderful brunch spot no matter the season. In the winter, enjoy the warmth and beauty of the oversized fireplace and in the summer, the perennial garden patio. Menus are always seasonally inspired and reservations are highly recommended at this local favorite. For the full menu, click here


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