If breakfast is the essential meal of the day, isn't that reason enough to buckle down about weekend breakfast? Whether you're yearning for a sweet start to your early morning with the city's finest pancakes, a tasty plate of eggs, or a healthy açai bowl, we have searched the best breakfast restaurants in Los Angeles. From the Westside to the Eastside and areas beyond, these are the city's finest restaurants for fueling up in the morning.
Before you dig in, a quick note: A few of our breakfast favorites-- such as Salt's Remedy, Little Ruby and Little Prince-- are momentarily closed for breakfast service, so we have briefly eliminated them from this guide (don't fret, it's just for the time being). All spots noted here are presently open in some form, though these days are unusual days for dining establishments, and some may just be using takeout service or minimal menus. Call or look online to check menus and accessibility before stopping by.
Of course, among the very best restaurants in Los Angeles would offer one of the best breakfasts. And fortunately, République serves its wide-ranging, something-for-everyone menu well into every day and the afternoon, providing us an adequate chance for kimchi fried rice with poached eggs; ricotta toast with wildflower honey; a perfect French omelet; and day-to-day quiche, not to mention elegant tarts, cookies, loaf cakes and early morning buns from one of L.A.'s most respected pastry chefs.
As you take it all in, do not forget to take in the legacy of everything: Integrated in 1929, the building first worked as Charlie Chaplin's office, then the birthplace of L.A.'s cherished Campanile and after that shuttered, La Brea Bakery-- so those Benedicts and croissants featured a side of history.
2. All Day Infant
Throughout The Day Baby is the modern restaurant of our dreams:
The pastries and pies in the event are influenced and fresh from the oven.
The eggs are runny.
The pancakes are fluffy.
While the group ends up classics to a T, they're never scared to get daring with them.
(The shrimp and grits are done as a seafood bolognese sauce? Excellence.) The breakfast burrito is the size of a kid, the biscuit sandwich comes slathered with strawberry jam for a vital sweet-salty bite, and meats get a thorough cook in the on-site smoker, loading intense flavor into every morsel. Proceed and get the negroni drift or the sangria or the boozy coffee; you have got up until 3 pm to stick around.
You might miss Gjusta if you don't know what you're looking for, though the typical line out the door might offer you an idea you remain in the best location. The iconic Venice pastry shop runs out of a nondescript storage facility, but action within, and you'll find a long, narrow corridor with glass cases of sweet and mouthwatering deals with on the left, a working bakeshop behind it.
On the sweet side, slices of fruit are folded into the sugar-glazed dough for a morning indulgence; however, Gjusta works as a sort of deli, too, where you can get cuts of meat and fish to go, and of course, the all-day fare consists of some severe breakfast and brunch treats like egg sandwiches on fresh English muffins.
Coffee, tea, and a couple of other drinks are offered; however, we suggest a rejuvenating shimmering limeade with mint, to be delighted in on among the benches or crates in the yard exterior-- sunshine and laid-back vibes guaranteed.
4. Orsa & Winston
Josef Centeno has more than stimulated the great-food motion in DTLA; however, his tasting-menu center is has set a stellar requirement for breakfast in the neighborhood and beyond. Duck into Orsa & Winston for yuzu-cream croissants and a rotating selection of other freshly-baked pastries, which you need to always start with, then go into options such as the omakase Japanese breakfast plate; grain pancakes; a rich, calming donabe for 2; a silky-smooth grain porridge bowl topped with local produce and house-cured fish; nor the handful of katsu sandwiches. Basically, order everything.
5. The Rose
The Rose serves a bruncher's breakfast: Jason Neroni's broad menu is loaded with both available and exciting eats for anyone looking to dig the heck in, whether they're in the mood for hearth-roasted brioche French toast, house-baked pastries, a raw bar, fresh-from-the-oven pizza, among the city's most addicting kale salads, handmade pasta, traditional egg meals or tartines and, of course, it's all served along with a full coffee shop. The California-inspired area keeps Venice humming and complete and keeps tables turning-- the big, sunny restaurant is usually loaded.
6. Foxy's Restaurant
Foxy's wood A-frame sets it apart, stylistically speaking, from most other retro diners in L.A.; the dark wood slabs, consisting of a dropped "V" rafted along the center of the ceiling, keep the interior cozily dim. The menu is a big, multi-page affair, with an image for nearly every meal and food that alters toward Mexican, especially when those meals include eggs. Locals understand this, so the wait times can get lengthy for weekend breakfast, so come early.
The Leaning Tower of Mexico is simply what you desire on a carbo-load day, with three corn tortillas layered with rice, black beans, and 2 over-easy eggs all topped with ranchero avocado, cheese, and sauce. In contrast, barbacoa and eggs are a bit more straightforward and saucy. You can't go wrong with anything here, classic diner or Mexican breakfast-- just make sure to bring a pang of hunger, whatever you select.
7. Manhattan Beach Post
Just actions from the beach and a cure-for-what-ails-you menu, brunching at Manhattan Beach Post has become a South Bay right of passage. On weekends restaurants dive into ricotta-stuffed French toast and Nashville-style hot chicken while slurping down bloody bacon Marys and mezcal sours. Even MB Post's biscuits are practically famous: These bacon-and-cheddar buttermilk charms come served with a side of whipped maple butter for that ideal sweet-savory balance.
Homesick Texans, eat your heart out. L.A.'s favorite breakfast-taco location has a couple of outposts across the city, so queso, Migas, and tacos aren't ever too far out of reach (and they're a lot nearer than the state of Texas, anyway). Fluffy scrambled eggs pile into fresh corn or flour tortillas with just about any filling your heart can picture and the casual atmosphere encourages taking it easy, while frozen margaritas and Palomas produce a too-easy slide from early morning into the afternoon if you're into day-drinking.
The weekend scene at Huckleberry can be extreme, so it deserves dropping in during the week to provide yourself sufficient time to browse the day-to-day specials in the pastry case and choose whether you wish to pair your tartine with a fruit-studded porridge bowl or something a little bit more mouthwatering, like pesto-y green eggs and ham on an English muffin. If you remain in the mood for umami, it's hard to go wrong with a breakfast sandwich that includes the trinity of gruyere, aioli, and Niman Ranch bacon. Much better purchase a little of everything to be safe.
10. Blu Jam Café
Battling the brunch crowds at Blu Jam Café at any place-- DTLA, Brentwood, Sherman Oaks, Hollywood, Tarzana, and Woodland Hills-- needs a special sort of persistence; however, that must idea you in: Blu Jam is a brunch to beat. Between the eggs Benedicts that make your shoulders drop with happiness and crunchy-coated French toast that's hard to beat, it's well worth the wait. Fantastic service includes a community feels to the local chain, which opened its Melrose location in 2006.
11. The Overland Cafe
Likewise, this Culver City restaurant known as Overland Tap + Kitchen Area is the go-to area for boozy brunching at its finest. The $8.99 endless champagne unique keeps the casual eatery loaded with low-key locals. However, the noise level certainly ratchets up as the glasses are cleared, making it feel like a neighborhood bar on video game day. (Pro pointer: Supplement the special with $6 carafes of orange juice to make your own mimosas.) A variety of Benedicts and especially the two-sauced huevos divorciados are all worth a try, along with those so-fluffy pancakes with fruit, nuts, or chocolate.