The 21 Hottest Brunch Spots in Los Angeles, Late Fall 2015
There’s nothing better than a great brunch to either kick off, or cap the weekend’s festivities. Saturday and Sunday mornings (and often afternoons) are prime time for weekend dining warriors to grab a bloody mary, mimosa, or bellini, and drink away the hours with friends and family under the SoCal sun. Here now, a mix of some of the best brunch spots in Los Angeles, updated for for late fall.
1 Dudley Market
This brand new restaurant just steps from the beach comes via chef Jesse Barber, preparing a handy brunch menu boasting pancakes with lemon curd, a spicy harissa and creme fraiche potato hash, or a French omelette with softshell crab. Come as early as 8 a.m. on weekends. [Photo: Wonho Frank Lee]
Nyesha Arrington’s bright beachside restaurant has the kind of casual elegance that Venice loves. And her brunch, highlighted by a Korean homage to Jewish potato pancakes, is the talk of the Westside. Go before the tables become impossible to nab.
3 The Anchor
This Venice eatery has all the makings of an ideal neighborhood restaurant, right down to the weekend brunch. Running 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the menu boasts a black truffle laden lobster roll, a frittata, french toast, and croque monsieur. Wash down the meal with bottomless micheladas or mimosas for $14.
4 Fishing with Dynamite
This fantastic little seafood hangout in Manhattan Beach just launched a new brunch menu that boasts everything from pork shoulder chilaquiles to crab benedict. The bites extend to a nueskes bacon and waffle with black pepper butter and bourbon maple syrup, while a Pace Car, mixing cocci Americano, Racer 5 IPA, Aperol, and agave is perfect for washing it down.
5 Love & Salt
This sunny Manhattan Beach spot just launched a new brunch menu this past weekend with thick-cut ciabatta nutella toast, toasted zucchini bread, and olive oil-poached albacore tuna salad. Some highlights from the dinner menu show up as well, such as the pizzas and housemade pastas like bucatini with fennel sausage and bread crumbs. Caffe Luxxe french presses and a “Morning After Mary” bloody mary from consultant Vincenzo Marianella will be sure to round out the brunch at this seaside spot.
With a revamped brunch menu from Austin Itri, this see-and-be-seen brunch spot on West Third has everything from steak & eggs to a fried chicken sandwich. Oh, and the burger is pretty darn epic too.
7 LA Chapter
This stylish spot becomes a hub for Downtowners on weekends, with an all-day menu that offers everything from arugula and fennel salad or a heftier plate of ricotta pancakes with bananas and berries. Other brunchy items include a Moroccan scramble, made with house merguez sausage, or a pork steak & eggs, sure to kill any hangover from the night before.
8 Olive & Thyme
This cheerful Burbank spot only does brunch on Saturday, but it’s worth it for locals who want a refined alternative. Served 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., try a breakfast sandwich loaded with bacon, egg, and white cheddar, or a chorizo-laden breakfast burrito.
Roy Choi’s bright greenhouse has a solid brunch serving comfort fare like chorizo and eggs to brioche eggs benedict. Plates extend to a smoked salmon platter, buttermilk pancakes, and a hearty breakfast sandwich. Brunch runs weekends until 3 p.m. [Photo: Wonho Frank Lee]
Already a fantastic place for weekday brunch, Josef Centeno’s newest Downtown eatery has a more extended morning (and early afternoon) menu on the weekends that highlights everything from ricotta cornmeal pancakes to deviled eggs and ham. A more substantial shrimp & grits or fried chicken club sandwich is available for those who want to forgo eating for the rest of the day.
11 Ostrich Farm
This stylish Eastside eatery now has brunch every day (except Mondays), offering sweet cinnamon brioche buns and lemon ricotta pancakes, plus the requisite bowls, sandwiches, and more. Brunch runs daily (except Monday!) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
12 Bottega Louie
Though it’s loud, bright, and sometimes rambunctious, Bottega Louie has been a popular Downtown brunch spot for years. It’s time to head back and try the lobster hash or Italian scramble, loaded up with sausage and sorpressata. This crowd pleaser has just the right light to snap a perfect Instagram brunch photo.
This Hollywood spot doesn’t do a traditional brunch, so don’t come before noon. But between noon and 4 p.m. on weekends, chef Brendan Collins does a great British-style “roast” that includes a platter of roast beef, yorkshire pudding, and more, or a hearty “proper” English breakfast with sausage, blood pudding, roasted tomato, beans, and fried egg.
This Fairfax restaurant finally has an epic brunch on weekends, with everything from a breakfast sandwich to their classic foie gras biscuits and gravy.
15 The Rose
This bright new Venice restaurant doesn’t have a specific brunch menu, just both breakfast and lunch menus that play perfectly with the expansive space. Bring a few friends and take down some of chef Jason Neroni’s great daytime fare.
16 Sangers & Joe
This Pasadena restaurant believes in breakfast and lunch, and of course, weekend breakfast. They have everything from chicken & waffles to breakfast sandwiches to satisfy your brunch cravings.
17 Gardner Junction
With a throwback railroad motif, Gardner Junction is a sleeper place for weekend brunch. Chef Steve Brown prepares a classic set of brunch dishes like pancakes, eggs, and eggs benedict to power your weekend. Brunch runs Sundays while Saturdays offer a slightly different “daytime” menu.
This Santa Monica spot features a Southern-style brunch with shrimp & grits (of course), french toast, and a Spanish omelette in a bright dining room that’s just a few steps from the ocean.
19 Trois Familia
Ludo, Jon, and Vinny have the perfect answer to brunch: a little Mexican and a little French, all through the lens of classic weekend daytime fare. The waits will likely be long on the weekends, but they serve brunch every day, so you could always come Monday to Thursday.
20 Paramount Coffee Project
This stylish new Fairfax spot boasts one of the best coffee setups in town, but that’s all paired with delicious and innovative food that ranges an addictive new breakfast sandwich to brunch-friendly bowls.
Michael Hung’s brunch fare works perfectly with this redesigned space inside the Avalon Beverly Hills. From poached eggs with warm quinoa or lemon ricotta pancakes, there’s something for everyone.