For many, there’s no better way to spend a weekend afternoon than by partaking in a leisurely brunch. And while most brunches turn out to be pretty run of the mill — eggs Benedict or some French toast washed down with a couple mimosas, perhaps — there are some brunch buffets that are so lavish and opulent that they make you feel like royalty.
Yes, these are the fanciest, the most expensive, the poshest, and the most elaborate brunch buffets that you’re ever likely to encounter. They’re the ones that are hosted by the country’s finest hotels and restaurants, overseen by the nation’s leading fine dining chefs. They’re the Rolls-Royces of the brunch world.
It goes without saying that these brunches are of a completely different caliber than the ones you may be used to blinking your way into on a hung-over Saturday afternoon, possibly wearing the same clothes you had on the night before. These are special occasion brunches, ones that generally involve tuxedo-clad servers, white tablecloths, floral arrangements, perhaps a tableside harpist… you get the gist. These are also vacation brunches, the ones that are sadly out of the average American’s price range, but definitely worth the splurge.
In many ways, shelling out cash for a lavish brunch buffet is even more satisfying than saving up for an expensive dinner, because lavish brunches tend to involve free-flowing Champagne and all you can eat shellfish, and who doesn’t love free-flowing Champagne and all you can eat shellfish? These places will make you full and happy, and also have the added bonus of making you feel like a king or queen for a couple hours. Read on to learn which 12 brunch buffets are America’s most outrageous.