If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, isn't that reason enough to get serious about weekend brunch? Whether you're craving a sweet start to your morning with the city's best pancakes, a savory plate of eggs or a healthy açai bowl, we've scoured the best brunch restaurants in Los Angeles. From the Westside to the Eastside and neighborhoods beyond, these are the city's best eateries for fueling up in the morning.
Best brunch restaurants in L.A.
Fighting the brunch crowds at Blu Jam Café, which has locations in Sherman Oaks, Hollywood and Woodland Hills, requires a special kind of patience. But with eggs Benedict that makes your shoulders slump with happiness and crunchy French toast that is hard to top, it's well worth the wait. Fantastic service adds a neighborhood feel to the chain, which opened its Melrose location in 2006.
This Culver City diner is the go-to spot for boozy brunching at its finest. The $7.99 bottomless champagne special (supplement that with $5 carafes of orange juice to make your own mimosas) keeps the casual eatery packed with low-key locals, though the noise level definitely ratchets up as the glasses are emptied, making it feel like a neighborhood bar on game day. Cornbread waffles and Huevos Divorciados—a spin on huevos rancheros, with two different sauces—only appear on weekends; both are worth a try, along with fluffy pancakes and an array of Benedicts.
Catch has made its way from New York City to a rooftop in West Hollywood, bringing fresh seafood and stunning views to well-dressed Angelenos. For brunch, the new celebrity hot spot has a raw bar and a brunch menu that includes a gluten-free waffle tower, eggs Benedict, omelets, a farro health bowl and more. The brunch menu also highlights its iced almond coffee, Catch Cold Brew and green juice for those who want to imbibe on the gorgeous rooftop patio.
What started as a preserves company is now one of L.A.'s most coveted eateries: Sqirl, a small nook of a restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch made with farm-fresh ingredients. Jessica Koslow is still churning out jams, but this time you can get it spread on thick cuts of brioche toast with Sqirl's house ricotta. If you're not ordering toast here, though, you're probably ordering one of the rice bowls, filled to the brim with the best ingredients L.A. has to offer: sorrel pesto and radishes, sheep feta and a poached egg, scallions and cilantro and house sausage. The only downside? Everyone loves it here, and Sqirl has a monstrous line to show for it at all hours of the day. Maybe bring a book?
Who doesn't like a little history with their brunch? Built in 1929, the building first served as Charlie Chaplin's office, then the birthplace of L.A.'s beloved Campanile and, after Campanile shuttered, La Brea Bakery. As République, it's thriving as a chic dining experience. Its weekend brunch menu (served until 3pm) includes fresh juices, Belgian waffles, brioche French toast, Chorizo & Papas and smoked salmon tartine. If you're on the go, we suggest picking up a chocolate banana croissant from the bakery counter.
The name says it pretty simply: Eat. Just eat. And with lines stretching down the street during weekend brunch hours, there's a considerable amount of fantastic dishes to eat here. Aside from the scrambles, breakfast sandwiches, pastas and more, EAT's french toast game is on point. Get the Killing Me Softly French toast—three layers of brioche stuffed with raspberries and nutella, and drizzled in homemade vanilla and raspberry sauce. Hot damn.
The idea behind Salt’s Cure is a noble one: every meal is made from ingredients grown and raised in California, all of which are carefully butchered and crafted in-house. And it's not just a tagline here; it's a way of life for the young chef/owners. You can always count on a great burger, and there's almost always a good steak of some sort. Black kale, mashed potatoes, grilled corn...you almost expect to see an old red farm truck parked out front. It's best to get there early because the dish you really want will surely sell out before the night is over. Speaking of early—make sure to pay them a visit for brunch, where an order of their oatmeal griddle cakes will make everything right in the world.
Just steps from the beach, brunching at Manhattan Beach Post (more affectionately known as MB Post) has become a South Bay right of passage. On weekend mornings, diners delve into ricotta-stuffed French toast and truffle honey-laced fried chicken; during the week, couples gaze at each other over family-style servings of squid ink tagliatelle and duck prosciutto. MB Post's biscuits are practically legend at this point: bacon cheddar buttermilk beauties, served with a side of maple butter. An extensive wine list, along with beer and handcrafted cocktails, ensures that this spot in the bubble is all you really need.
Located at The Elysian in Echo Park is Winsome, Marc Rose and Med Abrous' (The Spare Room) homage to the flavors of Southern California. Sit at either a communal or private table surrounded by greenery in the outdoor patio or inside with a view of the open kitchen, and enjoy executive chef Jeremy Strubel's menu of Los Angeles-inspired fare. For brunch, you can expect unique items like duck egg toast, a buckwheat and semolina pancakes and potato rosti with sunny side up egg.
Brunch, steak, truffle mac and cheese—Nick's on 2nd is the neighborhood spot that seems to know exactly what you're craving, no matter what time of day it is. Stop by for fried chicken and waffles or a California omelet before heading out to the shore. On a sunny day, the front patio is perfect for watching people stroll by on 2nd Street.