We've got breakfast and brunch down to a science in L.A., but we also have a habit of sticking to the regulars: Sqirl. Gjelina. Blu Jam. Why not take it up a notch? Our penchant for boozy cocktails, fluffy pancakes and eggs every which way can be found in the form of a stellar hotel brunch or breakfast, even when you're not staying overnight. Head to some of the best hotels in Los Angeles for a sizeable morning spread.
L.A.'s best hotel brunch and breakfast options
The Four Seasons offers plenty of breakfast and brunch options within its selection of restaurants, from breakfast at Culina—Italian skillets, huevos rancheros, Belgian waffles and smoothies—to the popular Four Seasons brunch, which occurs on Sundays (10am-2pm; $85 for adults, $39 for children under 12) and showcases a buffet filled with roasted meats, eggs, pastries and fresh juice stations, along with sushi, dim sum and quesadillas to round out AM offerings from around the globe. There are also customized Bloody Mary mixers for the adults, while kids can raid the sweets station complete with a chocolate fountain.
Designed like an artist's studio with shelves of old books, exposed brick walls and custom-designed leather furniture, every suite at Palihouse comes equipped with a microwave, two-top burner and dishware—but you'll be wanting to skip all of that and head downstairs to Mardi for breakfast or brunch instead. During breakfast hours, indulge in buckwheat pancakes and ricotta toast with walnut butter and jam. For brunch (Sat and Sun, 10am-3pm), diners can choose from dishes like eggs Benedict and breakfast sandwiches, grilled salmon with fried potatoes and, of course, avocado toast—all within Palihouse's beautiful courtyard.
The swans, the lush landscape, the celebrity chef—Hotel Bel-Air is definitely for lovers. Wolfgang Puck’s brunch menu (Sun 11am-3pm, $75 per person) 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 filled with ricotta and topped with strawberry compote. On weekdays, stop by for breakfast, where you can dive into baskets of freshly baked pastries, egg white frittatas and acai bowls.
"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. It's the perfect place to grab a casual breakfast—chilaquiles, maybe, or potato latkes with smoked salmon—or stop by for brunch on the weekend (Sat & Sun, 7am-3pm), which boasts a similar menu plus heartier dishes like fried chicken and a Wagyu burger.
Imagine being perched on an 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, serves brunch (10am-2:30pm) with a spread of 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. Looking for more of a breakfast situation? Stop by Catalina, Nelson's or one of Terranea's other restaurants for early AM breakfasts and sunrise specials.
The Fairmont Miramar's Fig restaurant has been the destination for brunch lovers and farmers' market enthusiasts for a while now. For brunch (Sat & Sun 11am-2:30pm), diners can get their fill of breakfast burritos, quiches, and steak and eggs, while boozehounds come for the Kegs and Eggs: any brunch dish served with bottomless draft beer. Breakfast options run the gamut from cereals and fruit bowls to tofu scramble and lemon ricotta pancakes.
The Polo Lounge is an L.A. institution and Mecca for the power lunch set, but you'll find as many denizens here for breakfast and brunch (Sun 11am-4pm, $79 per person) as well. 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. Breakfast at the Polo Lounge consists of standbys like steel-cut Irish oatmeal, French toast and plenty of egg dishes.
Shutters on the Beach offers a couple dining options for both breakfast and brunch; take your pick between the New England-chic One Pico and the beachy Coast. At One Pico, large groups should snag a table in front of the fireplace, while two and four tops can take front row seats overlooking the water. The menu offers grown-up morning classics (eggs Benedict, lox, et al) and seafood options from tuna Niçoise salad to lobster BLT; brunch is on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Coast's breakfast menu offers a number of healthy options, from smoothies and yogurt parfaits, while brunch (Sat & Sun 11am-4pm) also incorporates sandwiches and pizza.
L.A. Chapter isn't messing around with their breakfast and brunch. Their famous Five Leaves granola, avocado toast, breakfast tartine and Moroccan scramble make starting any day of the week here a solid choice, while brunch includes oysters, burgers, a kale and seaweed salad and a kickass crispy chicken sandwich. Make sure you order a boozy beverage as well—the Jitter Bug is available after 10am in all of its rum, coconut and cold brew glory.