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 16 of the essential brunches to try in greater LA. For the hottest new brunch spots, check out this list.Read More
16 Essential Brunch Destinations in Los Angeles
Where to eat the ultimate weekend meal in LA
Petit Trois Le Valley
Come to 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 omelet 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 messy (in a good way) 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, biscuit sandwiches, breakfast burritos (featuring a spicy longganisa sausage), and Belgian waffles with smoked maple syrup. Wash it all down with boozy milkshakes.
Yardbird Table & Bar
A Southern weekend brunch feast by way of Miami, Yardbird does fried chicken and waffles with golden brown pieces and spiced watermelon cubes. Other Southern brunch dishes might go between shrimp and grits, eggs benedict, and buttermilk biscuits with honey butter. Expect generous portions, friendly service, and a heavy dose of Southern hospitality.
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 be prepared to wait in the long, but speedy, li
Pine and Crane DTLA
Taiwanese breakfast isn’t easy to come by in LA, but Pine & Crane’s newer Downtown location serves plenty of brunch-worthy items from fantuan and thousand-layer pancakes in a bright, indoor-outdoor space. Try the panfried pork buns and chive and egg pockets with some hot loose teas, including chrysanthemum and ruby black.
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Poppy + Rose
Grab a seat at Poppy + Rose for crowd-pleasing favorites like a buttermilk fried chicken and waffle, steak breakfast burrito, and biscuits and gravy. Reservations are highly recommended on weekends, but fans with some time to keep mid-week can also sneak in for a daytime meal as well, as brunch runs every day here.
On Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this Mid-City back yard becomes one of the most special places to get brunch in America. A true Oaxacan comedor prepared by a 76-year-old Indigenous cook, the homestyle fare reflects a soulful, casual eatery one would find in Oaxaca. The feast might include cafe de olla, higaditos (eggs poached with salsa), molotes, and menudo served in a covered outdoor patio.
Damian’s excellent Mexican cooking translates beautifully to brunch. 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.
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.
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.