While breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, we'll argue that brunch has a leg up. Boozy cocktails, fluffy pancakes, and eggs every which way—what's not to like? And when we're feeling extra fancy, we're headed to some of the best hotels in Los Angeles to sit down for the biggest spread of morning classics.
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LA's best hotel brunches
Imagine the quintessential hotel brunch—buffet trays of roasted meats, eggs, pastries—now turn up the luxe to a ten and you’ve got Beverly Hills' ritzy hotel's ode to the morning meal. Fresh juice stations, along with sushi, dim sum and quesadillas round out AM offerings from around the globe. Customized Bloody Mary mixers add boozy punch for adults, while kids can raid the sweets station complete with a chocolate fountain. Don't miss (and reserve ahead) special occasions such as Halloween and Easter, when the hotel decks out its buffet tables with themed decorations and foods.
When: Sundays 10am-2pm
Price: $75 per person, $37 for children under 12
The weekend destination for the hip crowd sits inside the boutique spot, Palihotel. For some pre or post shopping along Melrose Ave, stop in for brunch at the Hart and the Hunter restaurant, where you'll find biscuits, cornbread, shrimp and grits and fried oysters, as well as the obligatory kale salad (dressed with candied pecans, seasonal fruit and sheep's milk cheese) and a take on the BLT with chicken cracklings.
When: Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm
Price: A la carte ($5-$24)
The swans, the lush landscape, the celebrity chef, the Hotel Bel-Air is definitely for lovers. Wolfgang Puck’s brunch menu reads like the stuff of weekend morning fairytales: a Bloody Mary menu, egg dishes galore (we love the classic soft, French-style omelet with wild mushroom, applewood-smoked bacon, poatoes and Gruyère) and a to-die-for blintz (how Austrians do pancakes) filled with ricotta and topped with strawberry compote. Champagne kicks off the Sunday romance, while live music (think: jazz and world) adds to the get-you-in-the mood ambiance.
When: Sundays 11am-3pm
Price: $75 per person
"Just like how mama used to make it" is the sentiment behind the restaurant at Mama Shelter, a chic Hollywood hotel. Though one could almost say that the restaurant is Mama Shelter—walk into the lobby of the hotel and you are immediately faced with a bar on your left, a smattering of tables on your right, and entertainment all around you in the form of a fusbol table, TVs and more. Executive chef Giselle Wellman has put together a fantastic menu here, including drool-worthy brunch options: chia pudding, chilaquiles, a pastrami eggs Benedict and fried chicken. Indulge in a cocktail—or maybe a mocktail, perhaps—to take your meal up a notch.
When: Saturdays and Sundays 11am-3pm
Price: A la carte
Imagine being perched on a oceanside bluff overlooking the Pacific. Pair the picturesque view with a heavenly bread basket, warm coffee cake, cast iron-baked frittata and an egg white, cream and orange flower water-mixed Ramos Fizz. Mar'sel, one of Terranea resort's eight—count 'em, eight—restaurants is the poshest of the bunch with farm-to-table offerings and everything made in-house. So, stick to baked goods—overload on English muffins and croissants, served with homemade preserves—and farmers market-fresh omelets and salads. When you're ready to retire from your morning meal, extend your staycation with a hike nearby or nap by the pool.
When: Saturdays and Sundays 10am-2:30pm
Price: A la carte ($6-$36)
The Fairmont Miramar's Fig restaurant has been the destination for brunch lovers and farmers' market enthusiasts for a while now. In addition to a solid lineup of breakfast burritos, quiches. and steak and eggs, boozehounds can get their fix (or cure that wicked hangover) with Kegs and Eggs: any brunch dish served with bottomless draft beer.
When: Saturdays and Sundays 11am-2:30pm
Price: A la carte ($14-$29), Kegs & Eggs: $40
The Polo Lounge is an LA institution and Mecca for the power lunch set. You'll spot A-listers breaking bread (carb-less, of course) with agents, producers and other Industry movers and shakers. And for the ladies who lunch, there's enough charm on the patio, chopped salad options—the cobb-like McCarthy salad with beets is mandatory—and, of course, see-and-be-seen fancy. On Sundays, the idyllic, pink-hued restaurant is decked out with a live jazz band and enough booze-filled libations (Bellini or Kir would be the order for the sophisticated diner) to fill until happy hour.
When: Sundays 11am-4pm
Price: $67 per person, $30 for children under 10
Take the ocean view and the sophisticated vibe of a New England beach house and you've got the perfect setting for meet-the-parents and holiday brunches. Large groups should snag the table at the hotel's One Pico restaurant, in front of the fireplace, while two and four tops can take front row seats overlooking the water. But the scenery isn't the only draw here: The menu offers grown-up brunch classics (eggs Benedict, lox, et al) and, what else, seafood options from tuna Niçoise salad to lobster BLT.
When: Sundays 11am-3pm
Price: A la carte ($6-$33)