Published June 2021

After a long day enjoying all that Lake Erie has to offer, you’re bound to wake up hungry; and what better to fulfill that hunger than a hearty brunch at a beloved local spot? Whether you’re craving strawberry waffles, savory biscuits and gravy, sweet mimosas, or an endless breakfast buffet complete with eggs and home fries, Lake Erie Shores & Islands does not disappoint! The area offers a plethora of delicious brunch options sure to satisfy those of all ages, and we’ve compiled a list of our favorite brunch spots for you to enjoy, no matter where you’re coasting.


Berardi’s Family Restaurant

In the area since 1942, this family-owned and operated spot is a long-standing local favorite. Mimosa in hand, you can explore a large menu complete with sweet and savory options that promise something delicious for the whole family!

Old Fish House

Did someone say Bloody Mary Bar?! This Huron favorite offers this fun experience, accompanied by snacks, appetizers, and sandwiches, every Sunday morning.

Kelleys Island

Captain’s Corner

This beloved island favorite is a casual, family-friendly sit-down restaurant with a beautiful scenic view of Lake Erie. Enjoy a comforting, delicious home-cooked breakfast, complete with a Bloody Mary Bar on Saturday and Sunday!


Hotel Lakeside Dining Room

The amazing waterfront views and beautiful outdoor courtyard of this local favorite create the perfect environment to enjoy a satisfying meal. Brunch is offered every Sunday.

Port Clinton

Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet from in one of the area’s most historic buildings! With its original 1890s Italian-style architecture still intact, the Clinton House offers a unique dining atmosphere.

Tin Goose Diner

Built in the 50s, this unique spot offers breakfast every morning. Enjoy a plethora of unique dishes, included the GI Special S.O.S. Platter, a breakfast delight served on a real mess hall tray, or the delicious Rickenbacker country fried steak.



Since 1949, family-owned and operated Frosty’s has delighted locals and visitors alike. Enjoy a brunch cocktail while soaking in the beautiful views of DeRivera Park! Breakfast is served every morning.

Pasquale’s Cafe

This family-friendly island spot serves breakfast all day. Stop by to enjoy the fantastic views of the Put-in-Bay Harbor and the historic downtown while diving into your decadent American brunch, including the rich Mac Daddy breakfast sandwich and the Hot Mess, a delicious breakfast variety bowl.


OH Taco

Located inside the beautiful Hotel Kilbourne in downtown Sandusky, OH Taco offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Head on over to enjoy mojitos and sangria alongside your breakfast tacos or churro waffles!

The Maca Root

Head downtown to enjoy Sandusky’s top vegan-friendly café! This juice shop primarily uses organic, non-GMO ingredients to ensure the wellness of the community. The menu features delicious items including smoothies, acai bowls, and avocado toast to keep you fresh and energized!

Sandusky Bay Pancake House

Eat, drink, think…local! Family-owned and operated since 1966, this breakfast and brunch eatery incorporates numerous local farmers, small businesses, and purveyors to cater to people of all ages. Both sweet and savory cravings can be satisfied through the extensive offering of pancakes, egg dishes, crepes, waffles, sandwiches, salads, burgers, and more. Any morning of the week, enjoy a delicious menu of a variety of breakfast options complete with specialty coffees and breakfast cocktails!


This downtown spot is located in a beautifully historic building that has graced the streets of downtown Sandusky for decades. With a full coffee bar, artisan grocery store, and decadent bistro menu complete with paninis, bagels, and pastries, combined with the sleek, elegant architecture, Vita will be a unique experience you won’t soon forget! Please note, Vita is closed on Sundays.

Wake Up and Waffle

This delicious spot in the heart of downtown Sandusky offers a broad menu including sweet and savory waffles, delicious benedicts, homemade soup, and delightful sandwiches! Wake Up and Waffle is open to serve you seven days a week.


Brewed Awakening

Stationed in the beautiful historical section of downtown Vermilion is this family-owned and operated gathering place for locals and stopping point for tourists alike. Enjoy a warm cup of coffee and delicious bagels while taking in the essence of the quaint, friendly, and beautiful town!

Granny Joe’s

Stationed out of this beloved coastal town for the past 44 years, Granny Joe’s offers homemade breakfast all day. Whether you want to cool off in the air conditioning or soak up the sun on the patio, this charming local spot will not disappoint!

These delicious brunch spots are just a fraction of the delicious and inviting options Lake Erie Shores & Islands has to offer. Looking for meals beyond brunch? We’ve got you covered! Check out our complete lists of waterfront dining, meatless favorites, wineries, location-based dining, and more.