Breakfast in Los Angeles: 6 of the Best Spots in L.A. in the A.M.
From classic breakfast favorites and Cali fare such as huevos rancheros to breakfast pizzas, here's where to find the best breakfast food in Los Angeles to help you start your day right.
Tired of having the same breakfast every day? While some people are satisfied with a quick cup of coffee, a bowl of oatmeal or cereals, you're obviously not one of them, or you wouldn't be reading this article.
Whether you've just rolled out of bed and you just want to eat everything in sight, or coming home from a wild night of debauchery, living in Los Angeles means a lot of different ways to gorge oneself with great food, even in the wee morning hours. From classic breakfast favorites like biscuits and a stack of delicious pancake, and Cali fare such as huevos rancheros to breakfast pizzas, here are some of the best spots in Los Angeles where you can get a scrumptious breakfast, and make sure that that smile you get on your face after the first bite will remain there for the rest of the day.
1. Undergrind Cafe
Undergrind Cafe has a fantastic selection of coffee and teas that will bring joy to any caffeine lover! With a wide variety of non dairy options, they cater to those who prefer to not drink milk. If you go, try the Americano or a soy milk latte, they are both fantastic! My heart can easily be won with some Eggs Benedict, the English Benny at the Undergrind Café are perfect. It has just the right amount of hollandaise sauce. And how can you go wrong with a little sausage to go with it? Most people find that the Undergrind Cafe isn’t the quietest of locations, you may not be able to study or get any work done. But why not meet some new people while you are getting your breakfast and learn about the area a bit?
2713 S Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Phone Number: 310-730-6392
Mondays to Fridays, 7am - 6pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 8am - 4pm
This restaurant has the most entertaining name and I know that it sounds kinda odd, but hear me out, this place has got some great food! It's usually pretty busy so if you are going to give the EggSlut a try, I do suggest that you get there early. I can’t recommend the bacon, egg and cheese sandwich highly enough, it has all the three ingredients for happiness in it. Make your stomach happy and give this a try!
317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Daily, 8am - 4pm
3. Blu Jam Café
The Blu Jam Café has a rich history. This location was previously used as a blues and jazz club. It is a very homey location where everyone feels welcome. Their french toast is definitely a favorite, with a little crunch and some brightly colored fruit on top, it looks as good as it tastes. And for all you caffeine lovers out there, they have some pretty good coffee, and great latte art as well. There is a little bit of a wait to get your food, but the taste is so good that it is worth every minute. And for anyone out there who is concerned, this location is vegetarian friendly! Go check it out and revive your love of Blues and Jazz music!
Blu Jam Café
7371 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone Number: 323-951-9191
Daily, 8am - 4pm
4. Bottega Louie
This is the perfect location to get something sweet! Their macaroons are bright, colorful and tasty—and easy on your wallet! If you are going to check this place out, you gotta check out the Smoked Salmon Benedict. I’d never would have thought to pair smoked salmon with Eggs Benedict, but it is one of the best versions I have ever had. Fear not vegetarians, there are a wide variety of options for you here, too.
700 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone Number: 213-802-1470
Mondays to Thursdays, 6:30am - 11pm
Fridays, 6:30am - midnight
Saturdays, 8am - midnight
Sundays, 8am - 11pm
5. Natural Selection
I first was drawn to this spot because of the name, I figured that it would be a fun and healthy location to get some great food—and it was! Natural Selection is a great place to stop by if you're looking for quick healthy options. Personally, I love the idea of portable food, and the breakfast burrito was great. It gives a healthy spin on the breakfast burrito with turkey bacon, and adds a little bit of a kick with some pico de gallo. The ambiance of the restaurant is very organic and fun. It makes for a spicy way to start out your day.
646 S Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Phone Number: 213-265-7470
Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 8pm
Saturdays, 9am - 3pm
Closed on Sundays
6. Walter’s Cafe
A friendly local restaurant based out of Beverly Hills, Walter’s Cafe caters to casual diners, their furry friends and delivers their freshly made food to your home or work place. My only complaint about this restaurant is that you can only get their Eggs Benedict before 11am, but they are worth getting up for. If you aren’t in the mood to leave your house or your office to get yourself some grub, they do deliver! A convenience that is not typical of many cafes in Los Angeles. If you’re in the area, drop on in and give them a try! Their oatmeal is a great, healthy and filling way to start your morning and it's topped with some fruit to give it some sweetness.
153 Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone Number: 310-275-5505
Mondays to Fridays, 7:30am - 7:45pm
Saturdays, 8:30am - 3:45pm
Sundays, 9am - 2:45pm
7. Square One Dining
This gem in the East Hollywood area called the Square One Dining is a breakfast nook that has been loved by locals for years. What makes Square One Dining special—besides the tasty food and friendly service they provide—is they have a great patio where you can people watch and just pass the time.
Square One Dining sources their ingredients locally and their motto is "Natural is always best and basic is not a trend.” All of their meat products are hormone free, which they source from small organic farms.
The food at Square One Dining is not only healthy but scrumptious as well. Breakfast is served all day, delicious entrees such as Egg Benedict ("poached eggs, portabello mushroom, frisee, and feta cheese on a Tuscan roll with hollandaise”), the French Toast ("with bourbon pecan topping and vanilla whipped cream with banana-citrus caramel"), and lastly, Stone Ground Grits with butter. You may opt to add bacon and cheddar to that as well.
TIP: Don’t miss their Steel Cut Oats that they only serve until 11:30 AM, which you may choose to add maple syrup and bourbon pecans to for an additional $2.
For those who can't start their day with coffee, Square One Dining offers an amazing array of coffee and beans that will surely go along with your delicious breakfast.
Square One Dining
4854 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Daily, 8:30am – 3pm
8. Cora's Coffee Shoppe
Up early and looking for a beautiful, quiet spot that serves great breakfast dishes, complete with iron arbors covered with beautiful bougainvillea? I highly recommend that you start your day at Cora's Coffee Shoppe, where they have all your breakfast cravings.
Now if you love the Italian restaurant, Capo, then you will surely love this place as well. Chef Bruce Marder generously incorporates the organic and high quality ingredients, and lovely flavors of Capo into the dishes at Cora’s Coffee Shoppe, and all ingredients are locally sourced in the farmers market in Santa Monica.
The bestsellers of Cora's Coffee Shoppe: if you are looking for something light, I suggest you go for the bagel with burrata cream cheese, fruit salad and a freshly squeezed fruits juice. But if you’re the type that likes a heavy breakfast, like this writer, I highly recommend the Buckwheat Blueberry Pancakes with Vermont maple syrup, or the organic grass fed “Vegas” Steak and Eggs, served with mashed potato, or the Egg White Frittata— which "feta, arugula omelets, salsa verde". Egg lovers will appreciate the Artichoke Tarragon Omelet, and the Burrata Caprese Omelet.
Begin the day with great food, in a beautiful garden-like space. I really can’t think of a better way to start your day.
Cora's Coffee Shoppe
1802 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica CA 90401
Phone Number: 310-451-9562
Sundays and Mondays, 7am – 3pm
Tuesdays to Saturdays, 7am – 10pm
9. Millie's Cafe
Millie's Cafe has been dishing out classic essential breakfast dishes that generations of Angelenos love for 90 years! Using only the finest ingredients for your meals, Millie's Cafe is a true believer of organic farming and the old fashioned way in which everything is done by hand, and made from scratch.
Millie's Cafe grinds their coffee beans daily for your fresh pot of hot brew and they also bake their own bread daily, and nothing is better than a bite of freshly baked bread, is there?
Favorite breakfast classics here are the Chicken Fried Steak—"Certified 'Texas Size' steak, pounded until thin and tender, served with fresh, country style gravy, and served with two eggs cooked in any style you want, and toast or biscuit.” Do also try the Heavenly Hash—"homemade corned beef hash, with two eggs any style served with toast or biscuit”. If you like a spicy breakfast to wake you up, don’t miss the Spanish Omelet (avocado, black beans, cheese and ranchero salsa), which packs on the heat.
A true cornerstone when it comes to breakfast spots in Los Angeles, Millie's Cafe will surely make your day with their lovely dishes.
3524 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone Number: 323-664-0404
Daily, 7am – 4pm
If you are looking for something different, why not head on over to Cecconi's—an Italian restaurant, but this time, focuses on Venetian-style. With its classy retro Roman interior and superb service, this jewel in West Hollywood has become one of the go to spots for customers who want breakfast with an Italian flare.
They have quite a number of branch nationwide, and you might say Cecconi’s is an international food chain, but they do not sacrifice quality over quantity. Cecconi's only uses the finest and freshest ingredients with their dishes, and prepares them with the utmost care.
Best sellers in Cecconi's are the Porchetta Ham Benedict, Spinach and Pancetta Frittata, Baked Eggs “Arrabbiata” served with sour dough, Ricotta Hotcakes with blueberry compote. For something sweet to begin your day, the crêpes here are amazing. They have different flavors, but definitely don’t miss the Hazelnut Chocolate & Banana.
Cecconi's also serves great coffee and fresh fruit juices that will go along great with your meal.
8764 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone Number: 310-432-2000
Mondays to Thursdays, 8am – midnight
Fridays, 8am – 1am
Saturdays, 9am – 1am
Sundays, 9am – 11pm
11. Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery
When Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery opened, it instantly became a classic and a well-loved place for locals and tourists in Santa Monica. You know this place is good because Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery is always packed with people.
One breakfast favorite at this café and bakery is the playfully named Green Eggs and Ham, which is served with arugula and pesto sauce (thus the name). Other crowd pleasers include the Fried Egg Sandwich, Brisket Hash served with two eggs and toast, and lastly, their house cured salmon platter, paired with cream cheese and freshly baked bagels, is a luscious way to start your day.
Don’t forget to drop by the bakery for their pastries and breads, and whatever you do, you should not miss the Coffee Cake and Banana Bread—both are deliciously superb. Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery also serves Caffe Luxxe coffee that you can enjoy with your breakfast.
Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery
1014 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310-451-2311
Mondays to Fridays, 8am – 8pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 8am – 5pm
Considered as one of the best farm to table restaurants in Los Angeles, Farmshop serves near perfection dishes and believes in true farm to table cuisine—no gimmicks here! Farmshop sources their fresh ingredients locally whenever possible, and they highly believe in using the produce of independent farmers, butchers, cheese-mongers, bakers, and charcutiers.
The breakfast menu is only from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM and it gets packed here, so do come early if you don’t want to wait in line. What to order here in Farmshop are the Rolled Omelet, House Made Pastrami & Poached Eggs, Farmer's Classic (two farm eggs in any style you want cooked, ham, bacon, fried potatoes, buttered toast and house made preserves, French Toast, and Smoked Salmon. Diners also have the option of building their own breakfast meal.
This writer though will stick to his favorite Shirred Eggs, which is a plate filled with spinach, medjool date, lamb merguez, yogurt and chermoula. Delicious!
Located inside Brentwood Country Mart
225 26th St #25
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Phone Number: 310-566-2400
Mondays to Fridays, 7:30am - 2:30pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 8am - 2pm
Mondays to Saturdays, 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Sundays, 5pm - 9pm
Clementine is the place to go to for great pastries and quick bites for those who are on the go. For example, if you skipped breakfast because you didn't have enough time, Clementine is the perfect place to swing by for scrumptious breakfast sandwiches and pastries.
Clementine's must-tries are scrambled eggs with smoked ham and leeks, home made granola, house-cured gravlax and poached eggs.
1751 Ensley Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone Number: 310-552-1080
Mondays to Fridays, 7am - 7:30pm
Saturdays, 8am - 5pm
Closed on Sundays
14. Milo and Olive
If you are looking for a breakfast spot where you can just relax, head on over to Milo and Olive. This bright and airy spot with the distinctive rustic-industrial decor is a great spot to spend some time alone having weekend breakfast or brunch, or to have a weekend date with your S.O.
Must tries here are the baked eggs skillet with pepperonata, breakfast pizza with house sausage and potatoes, and lastly the wood-fired asparagus served with sunny-side up eggs.
Milo and Olive
2723 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone Number: 310-453-6776
Daily, 7am - 11pm
15. Maison Giraud
If you love French pastries—or croissants, to be exact—Maison Giraud is the perfect spot to fulfill your cravings. This bakery's Croissant au Beurre is voted at the best croissant in Los Angeles, and Maison Giruad is revered for its delicious breakfast menu. Be sure to come here early as they run out quickly, especially their pastries.
Now the must tries and local favorites are the flaky and buttery Croissant au Beurre, the decadent Pain au Chocolat, Blueberry Danish, Florentine Benedict, and my favorite dish in the breakfast menu, "Croque Madame". Maison Giraud is a mecca for French pastries and croissants.
1032 Swarthmore Ave.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Phone Number: 310-459-7561
Tuesdays to Sundays, 8am - 3:30pm
Tuesdays to Thursdays, 5:30pm - 9pm
Fridays, 5:30pm - 10pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 5:30pm - 9pm
Closed on Mondays
16. Nickel Diner
This diner, located in downtown Los Angeles, is a new age type of diner where the menu still has the classics, but at the same time, features new and creative dishes like the well-loved bacon doughnut. (Oh drool!)
Nickel Diner is always packed, so I suggest you come here early. They also have some great hangover dishes which is a great picker upper after a crazy night out in the city.
Nickel Diner bestsellers are the bacon doughnut (of course, who doesn't love bacon?), Flat Iron Steak, Egg Mc Nickel, Blueberry Pancakes, Huevos Rancheros, and the Hangover Helper, which is "scrambled eggs with bacon, Italian sausage and potatoes, topped with pepperjack cheese, avocado and salsa served with toast." If that doesn't help you dispel those hangover clouds, I don't know what else will.
524 S Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone Number: 213-623-8301
Tuesdays to Sundays, 8am - 3:30pm
Tuesdays to Saturdays, 6am - 10pm
Closed on Monday
17. Tavern Restaurant
Tavern Restaurant is a dining room for delicious food, bar with artisanal wines and craft cocktails, and a market place for various items, all under one roof. Chef Suzzane Gion and Caroline Styne teamed up and ventured out to open up the Tavern Restaurant.
Tavern Restaurant must tries are the Chorizo and Eggs with fried potatoes and sofrito sauce, the Butter-Crumbed Eggs with parmesan, polenta and arugula, the Turkey Breakfast Sandwich, Pecan Sticky Bun, and my one of my absolute favorite dishes: Tavern Restaurant's Slow Roasted Salmon with goat cheese, tomato and soft egg served with toast.
Looking for a beautiful, casual neighborhood place to relax or meet friends over great food? Look no further, Tavern Restaurant is the place for you.
11648 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone Number: 310-806-6464
Sundays to Thursdays, 8am - 9:30pm
Fridays and Saturdays, 8am - 10:30pm
18. Little Dom's
Little Dom's is located in the East side of Los Angeles, and this Italian restaurant is famous for their breakfast, and they do it good! The interior is no-frills and straight to the point, but the food more than makes up for a lack of atmosphere.
Little Dom's best sellers are the Nutella Panino, oven-roasted French toast souffle, smoked salmon pizza, black kale frittata with onions and goat cheese, just to name a few. Don't miss out on their breakfast pizza with speck, mozzarella, tomato sauce and sunny-side up egg.
Little Dom's a spot where you can get both your breakfast and your Italian fix.
2128 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone Number: 323-661-0055
Mondays to Thursdays, 8am - 3pm; 5:30pm - 11pm
Fridays, 8am - 3pm; 5:30pm - midnight
Saturdays, 8am - midnight
Sundays, 8am - 11pm
19. The OP Cafe
The OP Cafe is a hub for memorable hearty breakfast meals. This cozy, sunny spot serves Californian fusion breakfasts and lunch, such as the Diablo Burrito ("three eggs scrambled with chorizo, crispy bacon, black beans, and home friend encased in tortilla served with OP Cafe's spicy diablo sauce"), the 2+2+2 ("2 eggs, 2 pancakes, 2 bacon strips"), and their famous buttermilk pancakes.
This cafe, located in a vintage bungalow, pays homage to the "early heroes of the Santa Monica Lifeguard Service." The vibe here is relaxing and friendly. As the cafe motto goes, "It's personal."
The OP Cafe
3117 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone Number: 310-452-5720
Daily, 7am - 3pm
20. Kings Road Cafe
Opened in 1990 by a young inspiring entrepreneur who wanted something different at that time—your quintessential neighborhood cafe. I guess you can say that Kings Road Cafe is one of the pioneers in this restaurant concept.
Kings Road Cafe is the place to go to for breakfast and a heavenly cup of coffee. Exuding a cheerful, friendly vibe (your friendly neighborhood cafe, indeed!), it's a great spot to enjoy California breakfast favorites like the breakfast panini, eggs benedict, chorizo omelet, and the most scrumptious spinach and goat cheese omelet. Whatever you do, do not forget to try their coffee. You'll thank me later.
Kings Road Cafe
8361 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048, United States
Phone Number: 323-655-9044
Mondays to Saturdays, 6am - 6pm
Sundays, 6am - 5pm
21. The Griddle Cafe
One of the most popular cafes in Hollywood is The Griddle Cafe. They specialize in crazy but great tasting, out of this world pancakes. A word of warning: this place gets jam packed, so do go as early as possible.
Some of the favorite quirky creations here are the Red Velvet Pancakes, the Good Ol'Fashioned ("original buttermilk recipe, griddle cooked to perfection"), the Addicted to Noisella, which is (chocolatey hazelnut spread stuffed between a stack of their mind blowing 'Mom French Toast!'"), and lastly, the mouthwatering Chocolate Chip Cookie Crusted French Toast. If those won't have you come running to The Griddle Cafe, I don't know what will.
The Griddle Cafe
7916 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone Number: 323-874-0377
Mondays to Fridays, 7am - 4pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 8am - 4pm
République is another one of the best breakfast spots in Los Angeles, and possibly my favorite of them all. Beautifuly designed interior with gorgeous decor, and impeccable service. The food? Gorgeous. Will make you crave for them over and over again.
Everything they serve is organic and fresh from the farmers market or local producers, which also promotes sustainable trade. Best sellers here are Breakfast Sandwich ("fried egg, pork belly sausage, mayonnaise, american cheese"), the Croque Madame ("house-cured ham, gruyere cheese, fried egg"), Brioche French Toast "served with Vermont maple syrup", Shakshouka ("fried egg, stewed tomatoes & peppers, black kale, yogurt, cilantro, baguette"), and one of the best fried rice I have ever had is their Adobo Fried Rice ("stewed pork belly, fried egg"). If you have never tried this dish before, I urge you to. Trust me, you will fall head over heels in love with it, just like I did. You're welcome.
624 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone Number: 310-362-6115
Mondays to Sundays, 8am - 3pm
Mondays to Saturdays, 5:30pm - 11pm
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