For a while there, it looked grim for the brunch buffet. Would those colossal seafood towers ever come back? Could prime-rib-carving stations survive in a world where COVID-19 exists? Would we ever again get the pleasure of stuffing ourselves silly at an all-you-can-eat waffle bar? Luckily, reports of the brunch buffet’s death were exaggerated (or at least premature), and many over-the-top Front Range buffets have returned.
From the visual allure of seeing row upon row of smoothie shooters to the total lack of wait time between when you want those four Danishes and when you can eat those four Danishes, there’s no denying the appeal of the brunch buffet.
Thanks to new safety measures, the smorgasbords might even be more sanitary than ever. Some restaurants, like the Broadmoor’s Lake Terrace Dining Room, have installed protective guards and have staff dishing out food to reduce the number of germy fingers touching those tongs.
Here, six spots—from fancy hotel brunches to more casual buffets—where you can answer the question of just how many made-to-order omelets are too many made-to-order omelets.
With more than 100 offerings, the champagne Sunday brunch in the Garden Terrace is an exercise in good judgment. That doesn’t mean there are hard decisions involved: How do you choose amongst all the cheese? With how many sushi rolls and oysters should you load up your plate? Do you really need that seventh snow crab leg? One choice, however, should be easy: Add bottomless mimosas and Champagne for just $10. Sundays from 9 a.m.–1 p.m.; $65 adults, $32 kids; 200 Inverness Dr., Englewood
RiNo’s favorite Israeli breakfast buffet is back, featuring all-you-can-eat latkes, cheeses, roasted lamb, Rosenberg’s bagels, smoked fish, and more pastrami hash than you can shake a fork at. Brunch cocktails go beyond the basics with drinks like the Shadow of Equinox, a blend of cardamom, urfa, mezcal, and grapefruit. Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m.; $45; 3330 Brighton Blvd., #201
The options change weekly at this Greenwood Village eatery, but highlights include an omelet station, piles of shrimp cocktail, made-to-order Benedicts, pastas, and desserts. Add unlimited bloodys and mimosas, before congratulating yourself on making good life choices. Just don’t outstay your 90-minute time limit. Sundays from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; $40; 8310 E. Belleview Ave., Greenwood Village
Enjoy brunch with a view in the southern suburbs with ViewHouse’s mounds of seafood, fresh biscuits, meat-carving stations, strip after strip of bacon, and dessert display. Grab a group to share the $60 mimosa tower, with your choice of OJ, blood orange, or strawberry juices. Sundays from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; $34.95 adults, $12.95 kids; 7101 S. Clinton St., Centennial
The grandaddy of hotel brunch buffets is at the Broadmoor’s Lake Terrace Dining Room. There, you can indulge in a knockout spread of pastries, seafood, meats, cheeses, eggs every which way, and gorgeous desserts. There may even be decorative ice sculptures. For now, the iconic brunch is only open to hotel guests and club members, but the general public is sometimes allowed for special occasions such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Mother’s Day. Sundays from 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; $85 adult hotel guests and club members, $35 kids; 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs
Casinos and buffets go hand-in-hand, so if you’re going up to Black Hawk to gamble, you almost have to make a detour into one of the brunch buffets. Our favorite: the Lodge Casino’s, which happens every day and includes standard breakfast fare, made-to-order waffles, and what most people are there for: king crab legs. Daily starting at 10 a.m.; $19 Monday–Friday and $22 Saturday-Sunday; 240 Main St., Black Hawk