LA’s Essential Weekday Breakfasts

Brunch is always a welcome retreat on the weekends, but it’s a little bit harder to find places that serve a great breakfast during the week. Since this city hosts so many people who work from home or get to enjoy odd hours (read: actors, writers, etc), there seems to be demand for those looking to enjoy the morning meal at someplace better than the corner diner.

From stylish West Hollywood or Beverly Hills breakfast spots perfect for a morning meeting, or a relaxed Eastside spot like Millie’s Cafe or Little Dom’s, or perhaps the hipster central that is SQIRL, here’s a helpful guide to the best weekday breakfast spots in L.A.

1 Jon & Vinny’s

This restaurant from Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal and Son of a Gun has one surprise element: breakfast. While things like breakfast pizza show up on the menu, find their version of avocado toast, granola, and other various Italian-American-slanted sweets on the morning bill of fare.

412 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
+32 3 334 33 69

2 République

Possibly the most pleasant place to have breakfast in Los Angeles, the glorious light entering Republique in the mornings is hard to beat. Throw in pitch perfect pastries and bread from Margarita Manzke, plus a slew of other favorites like croque madame and wild mushroom toast, and you have a weekday winner for breakfast.

624 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 361-6115

3 Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery

This instant classic of a bakery and cafe in Santa Monica tends to endless crowds, especially on the weekends. Daily breakfast favorites include the fried egg sandwich, green eggs and ham (using arugula and pesto), brisket hash, and a house-cured salmon platter with all the deli-style fixin’s. Of course the usual array of pastries and breads, along with Caffe Luxxe coffee, is available.

1014 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-2311

4 Sqirl Kitchen

Jessica Koslow’s perpetually busy spot opens every morning at 6:30 a.m. with just coffee and pastries, then ventures on to classics like ricotta toast and sorrel pesto rice at 8 a.m., which works great for early bird Eastsiders. Don’t miss that crispy rice salad, either.

720 N Virgil Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(213) 394-6526

5 Cora’s Coffee Shoppe

Bruce Marder’s casual breakfast and lunch spot is the “affordable” way to get access to the ingredients and cooking of next-door’s Capo, the high-end Italian restaurant. The lovely wrap-around patio suits the high-quality plates coming out of the kitchen, like a Wagyu steak and eggs plate, artichoke tarragon omelette, vegetable frittata, and blueberry buckwheat pancakes.

1802 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 434-2467

6 Trois Familia

Ludo, Jon and Vinny have struck again, this time at the old Alegria space in Silver Lake. Though hours commence at 9 a.m. (which is basically breakfast for Eastsiders), the offerings are fantastic from the get go. Try the blueberry pancakes or chicken milanese slathered with maggi ranch.

3510 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 725-7800


Neal Fraser’s enduring all-day restaurant on Beverly still does a respectable breakfast (bld stands for breakfast, lunch and dinner). There’s a number of different benedicts, like the Ode to Butterfield’s, which is a flat-iron steak with poached eggs and a cabernet hollandaise. The house-made turkey sausage works well in the frittata.

7450 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 930-9744

8 Farmshop

Perhaps the most high-end breakfast spot in the city, Farm Shop serves near-perfect versions of dishes like French toast with blueberry marmalade, rolled omelets with soft herbs and fried potatoes, and pastrami and eggs served with green tomato ketchup.

225 26th St
Santa Monica, CA 90402
(310) 566-2400

9 The Rose Cafe-Restaurant

Jason Neroni’s all-day restaurant is bustling every morning for breakfast, which could include Verve coffee with house-baked pastries, or something more substantial like the epic breakfast sandwich with thick slabs of pork belly.

220 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-0711

10 Clementine

This beloved Century City cafe does great pastries and other quick bites that work well for office denizens in nearby towers, as well as local Westside residents. The house-cured gravlax, poached eggs, breakfast scrambles with smoked ham & leeks; and homemade granola are good picks.

1751 Ensley Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 552-1080

11 Milo and Olive

This bright, airy spot by the Huckleberry and Rustic Canyon folks does a fantastic breakfast with wood-fired asparagus with sunny-side up eggs, breakfast pizza with house sausage and potatoes, or a baked eggs skillet with pepperonata.

2723 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 453-6776

12 Square One Dining

Though ownership has changed over the years, the overall quality at this beloved East Hollywood breakfast nook (with a delightful patio) has remained the same, which means expert eggs benedict (smoked salmon is an option), terrific omelets, steel-cut oatmeal, and grits. There’s also Intelligentsia coffee to boot.

4854 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 661-1109

13 Millie’s Cafe

This classic Silver Lake breakfast spot serves the essentials, like the Hangtown fry, corned beef hash, chilaquiles, and chicken-fried steak, to go along with all the usual egg and scramble dishes. Service daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

3524 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 664-0404

14 John O’Groats

This old-time Westside diner does massive portions of favorites like pancakes, ham & eggs, huevos o’Groats using a biscuit-dough tortilla, a variety of egg scrambles, and of course signature Irish oatmeal.

10516 Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 204-0692

15 Nickel Diner

This new-school diner in Downtown is known for their bacon doughnut, but they also make blueberry pancakes, ham & leek egg scrambles, huevos rancheros, and a hangover helper, a useful thing in this part of town.

524 S Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 623-8301

16 Tavern Restaurant

This elegant Brentwood restaurant by chef Suzanne Goin has a few egg dishes like butter-crumbled eggs with parmesan and polenta, pancakes, French toast, as well as anything from the Larder, like croissants and muffins.

11648 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 806-6464

17 Little Dom’s

This Eastside Italian restaurant does a great daily breakfast, with dishes like the Nutella panino, oven-roasted French toast souffle, smoked salmon pizza, and black kale frittata with onions and goat cheese leading the way. There’s a breakfast pizza with speck, mozzarella, tomato sauce and sunny-side up egg, naturally.

2128 Hillhurst Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 661-0055

18 The OP Cafe

This Santa Monica favorite on the border of Sunset Park has been serving hearty breakfast dishes to Westside locals, like buttermilk pancakes, the affordable 2+2+2 with eggs, bacon or sausage, and two pancakes, and a Diablo burrito with chorizo, bacon, black beans, and home fries wrapped in a tortilla and served with a spicy sauce.

3117 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 452-5720

19 Ledlow

Josef Centeno has a tight breakfast menu at his newest Downtown restaurant inside the former Pete’s. Try the granola or avocado and cream cheese toast.

400 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-7015

20 Kings Road Cafe

This classic Beverly Blvd. destination roasts their coffee in house, which gives the place a cheerful, everyday quality. Find excellent french toast, eggs florentine, and benedict, among other popular dishes. And if the weather permits, hang out on that swell patio overlooking Beverly.

8361 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-9044

21 The Griddle Cafe

This uber-popular Hollywood breakfast specializes in pancakes, with varieties like red velvet and Oreo cookie being some of the more popular types. The place is jammed packed all the time, so get there early.

7916 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 874-0377

22 Grub

Betty Fraser’s enduring breakfast spot in a hidden part of Hollywood still makes a bit of an oasis, and neighborhood favorite. Placed in a 1920’s bungalow, dive into a hearty breakfast burrito or croissant French toast for the ideal weekday morning.

911 Seward St
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 461-3663

23 Viviane

Michael Hung’s restaurant inside the Avalon Hotel has an elegant daily breakfast that’s stylish enough for locals and familiar enough for tourists. Have a plate of poached eggs with warm farro and avocado to fuel your day in L.A.

9400 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90212
(844) 328-2566

24 Lodge Bread Co

The offerings aren’t very wide here, but what they do have will be both substantial and nutritious. Have a thick house-baked slice of toast slathered with nut butter and date-molasses syrup, or opt for a muesli bowl for something that feels more complete. If the shakshuka is available, nab it before anyone else.

11918 Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(424) 384-5097

25 Paramount Coffee Project

This Australian coffee outfit uses a rotating set of roasters to please any coffee aficionado, but their creative breakfast menu, chock full of trendy tartines and bowls, will satisfy anyone with a morning appetite.

456 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

26 Dudley Market

Jesse Barber’s all day eatery might be best early in the mornings, when the surfers are still out on the waves. Whether it’s a market breakfast with toast and seasonal fruit or eggplant pate baguette, everything is likely to have an extra degree of finesse.

9 Dudley Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(424) 744-8060

27 The Daily Dose

Tucked away into an alley in Arts District, the breakfasts here are both hearty and nutritious with a slant toward using a health-forward approach to cooking. The margot sandwich is a classic, mixing scrambled eggs with feta, avocado, and jalapeno on a crusty baguette.

1820 Industrial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 281-8300

28 Wexler’s Deli

Micah Wexler has brought his winning deli game to the Westside and the results are pretty amazing. With an East Coast vibe that reminds one of Russ & Daughters, the menu spans classics like pastrami, corned beef, matzoh ball soup, and lox on bagels. It’s about the most perfect kind of breakfast one can imagine.

616 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(424) 744-8671

29 Claudine Kitchen and Bakeshop

This expansive bakeshop in Encino brings great daily breakfast fare like malted milk pancakes, fried egg sandwich with Old Bay remoulade, and chilaquiles. And don’t forget to try some of the baked goods along the way.

16350 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 616-3838

30 Winsome

This gorgeous restaurant in Echo Park serves tidied up American classics like grains & eggs, duck egg toast, and a buckwheat and semolina pancake.

1115 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 415-1818

31 Gjusta

Possibly the best daily breakfast place in the city, if you can endure the general lack of seating (except the back patio) and crowds, the menu includes breakfast sandwiches, cured fish, steak & eggs, and multi-grain porridge. Yes, prices are a tad high, but it’s the quality you’re paying for.

320 Sunset Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 314-0320

32 Valerie Echo Park

This lovely cottage tucked away in Echo Park does some of the best pastries in Los Angeles, alongside more composed breakfast plates like muesli, soft scrambled eggs, croque madames, and kale & goat cheese bread pudding.

1665 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 739-8149

33 Bondi Harvest

This sweet Australian-style cafe in the heart of a Santa Monica office district makes seasonally-driven breakfast fare, including a great breakfast burrito and enough grain bowls to fulfill all of your healthy morning fantasies. Wash it down with a cup of Vittoria coffee, naturally.

1814 Berkeley St
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 586-7419
Source: Eater LA