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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 2024:

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. Be sure to check out their Mother's Day prix fixe brunch and dinner offerings. 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

A 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, served Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., include a kohlrabi edamame bean salad, steak and eggs and a cinnamon sugar 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 serves brunch on Sundays between 11 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Enjoy classic brunch favorites, like omelets and eggs benedict, along with savory dishes, like the short rib hash and the Hudson Valley BLT. Click here to make reservations.

Reserva Wine Bar, Beacon

Take Mom to Beacon's beautiful wine bar, Reserva, for live jazz music and an incredible selection of curated wines. 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. Click here to see Reserva's schedule of live music performances.

Tip: Get our CIA Chef Finder passport to find other local eateries run by Culinary Insitute of America graduates.

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. Try the chocolate chip challah French toast with Nutella, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and fresh strawberries, or the breakfast bowl with scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage, bacon, rice and beans, tater tots, and pico de gallo. Beer and mimosa flights are a must when celebrating at Mill House! Create a bouquet centerpiece while enjoying brunch with bottomless mimosas at their Bouquets and Brunch event on Mother's Day starting at 9:30 a.m. hosted by Angela of Mira Mira Florals & Antiques. Click here for details.

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. Enjoy the Villa Borghese Tuscan Table featuring shrimp cocktail; carved ribeye and leg of lamb; a kids' buffet station; breakfast favorites and omelets made to order; and savory pastas and entrees; not to mention an expansive dessert table. 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.  

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

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. Mother's Day brunch specials include jerk pork fried rice and smoked salmon eggs benedict, while Mother's Day dinner specials include pan roasted salmon and sea scallops. To explore the menu, click here.

Mother's Day Dinner 2024:

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 (shredded beef short rib ragu, tomato and herbed ricotta) and the branzino (sauteed Mediterranean sea bass, fregola di sardegna pasta, fennel, haricots verts and roasted almond romesco). 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, Moroccan-style chicken Bastilla with spices, golden raisins, wilted romaine and apricot-saffron broth—yum! 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 delicious dishes by their executive chef, including seared Hawaiian ahi tuna, Alaskan king crab, grilled filet mignon and more. Complete your meal with decadent desserts prepared by their in-house pastry team, including coconut creme brûlée with chantilly cream and fresh berries, and mini peach cobbler cake with vanilla cinnamon chiffon, roasted peaches and brown sugar frosting. 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, 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. 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. 

Related: Looking for more activities? To see our top 10 Dutchess County events in May, click here. 

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 details.

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, a breakfast burrito or lentil and mushroom toast. For more on Bread Alone, click here.


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