There’s never been a shortage of great brunch options in Los Angeles, which range from traditional Japanese breakfasts to classic French fare to some of the best modern Mexican food in the country. So grab your friends, reserve a table, and revel in this quintessential weekend ritual. From Walter and Marge Manzke’s beloved Republique to Lien Ta and Jonathan Whitener’s All Day Baby, here now are the 17 essential brunches to try in greater LA. For the hottest new brunch spots, check out this list.Read More
17 Essential Brunch Destinations in Los Angeles
Where to eat the ultimate weekend meal in LA
Petit Trois Le Valley
Come to the Valley outlet of Petit Trois on weekends from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a French take on brunch. While it’s tough not to fill up on pastries like croissants and caneles, save room for chef Ludo Lefevre’s signature omelette with Boursin cheese, the Mec muffin breakfast sandwich, and a napoleon for dessert.
Two words: ricotta pancakes. The clubby Los Feliz Italian restaurant has built a strong brunch following on that fluffy, blueberry-studded dish alone, but other daytime options include a breakfast pizza topped with speck; wood oven-roasted eggs with sourdough toast; and meatball sandwiches. Don’t forget a spritz or negroni, should boozy brunch be on the docket.
Clark Street Diner
Considering it’s owned by Clark Street Bread, anything served on a house-made loaf or that comes with toast is outstanding at this diner-style spot in the former 101 Coffee Shop in Hollywood. One can also make a feast of pastries, pancakes, eggs Benedict or Florentine, and hash browns. Wash it all down with strong coffee served in thick mugs.
The all-day menu at Yang’s Kitchen hits all the right sweet and savory brunchtime notes. On the menu are cornmeal mochi pancakes, a traditional Japanese breakfast, and plenty of Peads and Barnetts bacon and sausage. Be on the lookout for seasonal specials, too. Snag a seat on the outdoor patio and soak up some warm Alhambra rays.
Salt’s Cure prides itself on California-grown ingredients and brunch time is no exception. On chef Chris Phelps’s thoughtfully sourced menu are fantastic things like the restaurant’s iconic oatmeal griddle cakes, a wonderfully messy breakfast sandwich, and even a hearty grain bowl.
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All Day Baby
While brunch is technically offered all week at this Silver Lake stunner, come in on the weekends for a leisurely feast of fried chicken sandwiches, breakfast burritos (featuring a spicy longganisa sausage), and Belgian waffles with smoked maple syrup. Wash it all down with boozy milkshakes.
It’s never been easier to experience brunch at Republique. Order all the hits online, including Margarita Manzke’s incredible pastries, brioche French toast, and kimchi fried rice for takeout or delivery, or make a reservation far in advance for the chance to dine in.
Poppy + Rose
Grab a seat on Poppy’s patio on the rooftop of the Los Angeles Flower Market building from Friday through Sunday. The outdoor brunch features crowd-pleasing favorites like a buttermilk fried chicken and waffle, steak breakfast burrito, and biscuits and gravy. Reservations are highly recommended.
Damian’s excellent Mexican cooking translates beautifully to brunchtime. Served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the menu includes scallop aguachile, machaca chilaquiles, and a delightful array of pastries, like a blue corn concha and kouign amann with cajeta. Brunch cocktails like the smoked highball and daydream — with mezcal, Aperol, and watermelon — will stretch the afternoon even longer.
Post & Beam
Post & Beam, the celebrated Baldwin Hills restaurant from chef John Cleveland and Roni Cleveland, reopened last spring and brought on chef Martin Draluck, who previously cooked at Hatchet Hall and Milo & Olive. On the brunch menu are sweet and savory dishes including a braised oxtail hash, ribeye and eggs, and pecan pie French toast with bourbon caramel.
The Rose Venice
Join the crowd of good-looking Venice locals for brunch at the Rose on weekend mornings. Jason Neroni’s cooking is always solid, while the wide range of pastries pair nicely with the restaurant’s exceptional coffee. The all-day smoked radiatore carbonara satisfies as much before noon as it does in the evening.
Situated just across from the iconic Venice sign, Great White is lively most days of the week but especially on weekends when locals and visitors come out for sun, surf, and daytime fare. From avocado toast to ricotta hotcakes and tater-tot-stuffed breakfast burritos, there’s something on the menu for everyone.
Court Cafe is a collaboration between Taco Mell’s Jermelle Henderson, Bleu Kitchen’s Calvin Johnson, and Keith Garett of All Flavor No Grease. The brunch menu aims to please with original dishes like Garret’s ocho burrito with lobster, chicken sausage, shrimp, bell peppers, spinach, eggs, etouffee sauce, and smoked gouda cheese sauce.
The Serving Spoon
Going strong for nearly 40 years in Inglewood, the Serving Spoon is open for dine-in and takeout brunch. Settle into Southern classics like fried catfish, cornbread, and fried chicken in no-frills, diner-like surroundings.
Watts Coffee House
Desiree Edwards of Watts Coffee House has been fueling the neighborhood with soul food comforts like fried chicken, smothered pork chops, and buttermilk biscuits since 1997. Dine in or call ahead to place an order before swinging by for pick-up.
The Nest: A Breakfast Joint
The Nest’s expansive menu of hearty morning fare aims to please every palate. In addition to dishes like cinnamon-sugar-crusted churro waffles, shrimp and grits, and tangy chilaquiles, the menu includes options for those who are keto, vegan, and paleo.
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Manhattan Beach Post
The decade-old brunch menu at chef David Lefevre’s Manhattan Beach Post is as good as ever with bacon-cheddar biscuits, deep-fried chimichanga burritos, and cinnamon rolls on offer. It’s a South Bay favorite, especially for those who like to start their mornings on a breadier, pastry-centric note.