If you’re like many people visiting The Lodge in Lake Chelan, part of the excitement of vacation is dining out at new and notable spots! Brunch is one of our favorite meals on vacation, allowing for some extra shut-eye while still getting the best of both worlds between breakfast and lunch.
Here are our top tips for brunching out in the Lake Chelan Valley, featuring a winning combination of old and new brunch spots that are sure to tantalize the tastebuds.
Tips for Brunching on Vacation
Brunching in a vacation town may occasionally mean longer wait times and limited menus as the day progresses. Here are some things to keep in mind so that you have the right expectations going into your experience:
1. Prepare for Wait Times
Our small town is big on hospitality, which sometimes means taking a little longer to ensure everyone has a great experience!
With the influx of tourists during the summer months, you may have to wait a little longer for your meal. Mountain View Lodge and Resort offers a light continental breakfast so you can mitigate the hangries by having a little snack before you head out. And remember, good things come to those who wait!
2. Be Nice to the Staff 🙂
A little kindness goes a long way! If you find yourself in the midst of a brunch rush, be sure to extend a smile and some empathy to the hardworking staff at our local establishments. They will surely appreciate it, and it might even bring some good karma back your way!
3. Make Brunch the Activity
Pick a day where brunch can be the main event so you don’t feel pressured to rush to your next activity. It’s all about being on “lake time” in Manson and Chelan!
Now that we’ve reviewed the basic brunch ground rules let’s explore new and notable brunch options for your next trip to the Lake Chelan Valley.
North Shore Café
Start your day right with a visit to the North Shore Café, a quick walk from Mountain View Lodge & Resort!
The North Shore Café is located in the heart of the Village of Manson and has classic breakfast and lunch options. These include omelets, benedicts, pancakes, sandwiches, and burgers, with many vegetarian options! Eat there or take it to-go before a day out on the boat.
The North Shore Café is open Friday thru Tuesday from 8 am to 3 pm.
Crosswinds at 12 Tribes Casino
One of Manson’s best-kept secrets! The Crosswinds Restaurant at Manson’s 12 Tribes Lake Chelan Casino offers a traditional casino breakfast daily from 10am to 1pm as well as a Sunday buffet from 10am to 3pm.
Whether you’re hoping to hit a jackpot or simply enjoy a delicious breakfast in a lively and colorful atmosphere, the Crosswinds Restaurant promises tasty food and an exciting experience!
LoveAll Café is a seasonal brunch and smoothie spot located at the picturesque Harmony Meadows Tennis Resort in the hills of Manson. They focus on nourishing foods, including fruit and vegetable smoothies, yogurt and berries, avocado toast, and sandwiches and salads for the lunch crowd.
Catch them while they’re still open for the summer, Fridays and Mondays from 8 am to 1 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to 2 pm.
The Bistro is located in charming historic downtown Chelan and features a gourmet brunch menu from 11 am to 2 pm, Wednesday to Saturday, and 10 am to 1 pm on Sundays.
Try a diverse menu including crab cakes benedict, chicken and waffles, or delicious tuna niçoise salad, all set against a chic French café backdrop. We recommend booking a reservation as brunch spots go fast in the summer months!
Broken Compass Café
The Broken Compass Café is a new establishment in a long-loved location! Broken Compass opened its doors this summer in the previous location of the Riverwalk Café, tucked neatly within the Riverwalk Inn in downtown Chelan.
You can find many trusty favorites from the Riverwalk Café, such as giant cinnamon rolls, plus a diverse menu of hearty and healthful options. These include sweet potato waffles, breakfast burritos, the barnyard scramble, and various bagels and spreads. Open Thursday thru Monday from 8 am to 2 pm.
Located amongst the vines at the Italian-inspired Tsillan Cellars, Sorrento’s Ristorante offers sweeping views of Lake Chelan and the surrounding mountains. They serve a yummy brunch every Sunday from 11am to 2pm featuring french toast, a variety of omelettes and benedicts, fruit parfait, and a full lunch menu.
Give them a try on your next visit, and maybe even stick around for a wine tasting after!
Fill Up on Fun When You Stay at The Lodge
Mountain View Lodge and Resort is conveniently located within walking distance, or via a short drive, to many restaurants and brunch spots, making it an ideal home base for all of your Lake Chelanigans!
Check in with our friendly staff on the latest food and drink recommendations in town. There’s always something new going on in the Lake Chelan Valley, and we’re happy to be your go-to experts for all things dining and entertainment.