The Best LA Brunch Spots in Every Neighborhood
Go forth and find the bottom of those mimosas!
LA’s a brunch town. In 2019 BC (Before Covid), you could land in just about any LA neighborhood on the weekend and be witness to Angelenos brimming with the type of joy that only bottomless drink specials can provide as they gleefully stumbled down city blocks. And thankfully, with restaurants being given the clear to reopen for both indoor and outdoor dining (with modifications, of course), we can look forward to day drinking at brunch with the specific type of abandon that one acquires after a year of twiddling their thumbs at home.
But let’s not be too hasty. The not-quite-breakfast-but-not-quite-lunch dishes that accompany these drink specials are more than padding for your stomach. They’re carefully constructed plates that range from your favorite egg-driven breakfast staples to dessert-inspired pancake and waffle options, plus some unexpected items inspired by global cuisine. We’d even go so far as to say that some of our city’s most innovative dishes appear only on weekend menus between the hours of 10 am–3 pm.
So put on your outside pants (and a mask!) and get ready to takedown the best brunch menus in every neighborhood of the city, from DTLA to the beach.
This longtime neighborhood Italian favorite from Gino and Elizabeth Angelini is celebrating 20 years in business, an already impressive feat that’s now award-worthy given the events of the last year. Their brunch menu is available on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am–3 pm, with hearty options like a frittata with carbonara guanciale, lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry and raspberry compote, and scrambled eggs with white or black truffles on crunchy crostini bread, plus a Greek yogurt with honey, chia seeds, walnuts, almonds, and blueberries for those who prefer a lighter meal. Mimosas are prepared with freshly squeezed OJ and prosecco, but at $15 a pop, it might make more sense to bring your own bottle(s) and pay the $30 corking fee (the fee rises to $50 for the third corkage).
How to book: Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 323-297-0070 ext 1 or online via OpenTable.
The grand space that is chef Neal Fraser and restaurateur wife Amy Knoll Fraser’s Redbird once served as a rectory for the adjacent historic cathedral-turned-event-space Vibiana. It’s always been the perfect glam restaurant for lingering over a long brunch, and the menu is a varied one with influences from just about everywhere. This Easter, they’ve released a prix-fixe brunch menu with first-course options that include Kaya toast, tangerine beets, white asparagus, an everything bagel topped with smoked trout and caviar, or a Scotch egg with duck sausage; and main course choices between ricotta cavatelli, a frittata with Maine lobster, King salmon with nettle fondue, duck confit chilaquiles, or lamb belly hash. While they don’t have a suggested cocktail pairing for their Easter brunch menu, their wine, beer, and craft cocktail lists offer plenty of options.
How to book: via Tock.
True Food Kitchen
Promoting “craveable food that boosts your mood,” TFK specializes in seasonal offerings that take advantage of locally sourced fruits and veggies in their prime and it’s no surprise that the chain has expanded across the states in recent years. Available on weekends from 11 am–3 pm, TFK has a fairly simple brunch menu with plenty of vegetarian options, including a smashed avocado toast with a sunnyside up egg and smoked gouda on grilled whole wheat bread, or try their egg and chicken sausage sandwich with manchego, organic tomato, and smashed avocado with sweet potato hash if you prefer a meatier option. They employ the same commitment to freshness in their brunch cocktails, which includes a Prairie Mary made with organic vodka, organic tomato, an in-house spice blend, and lemon, and a classic mimosa with fresh squeezed OJ, as well as A is for Apples, a mimosa-inspired cocktail that replaces OJ with, you guessed it, apples.
How to book: via Opentable.
Go Get Em Tiger
As with the Larchmont, Arts District, Culver City, and flagship Los Feliz shops, expect tons of excellent single-origin caffeinated options at this GGET (like the popular almond macadamia latte). You'll also find fresh baked pastries (cardamom shortbread, anyone?). The venue is still doing a solid selection of its signature brunch fare including a chickpea frittata accompanied by seasonal veggies and pickled beets, chorizo-and-egg-filled breakfast burrito, yeast-raised waffles, and a sausage-and-egg breakfast sandwich on a housemade English muffin. The cafe doesn’t serve alcohol, but their menu is available daily from 7 am to 2 pm.
How to book: Order delivery or pickup online. Walk-ins welcome for patio seating.
Your favorite Los Feliz sidewalk cafe has reopened for outdoor dining, once again offering a prime spot for people-watching along Hillhurst Blvd and possibly the earliest brunch in town beginning at 9 am (it’s unclear when brunch ends, although diners are asked to respect the 90-minute dining limit). The obvious choice from their brunch menu is the house-smoked salmon with whipped burrata on brioche bread, though their buckwheat polenta with rich calabrese butter and sauteed kale and onions that are dusted with parmesan and topped with a fried egg is a close runner-up. Rounding out your brunch options are an egg sandwich with Wild Boar bacon, poached eggs fungi with fennel pollen hollandaise on toasted sourdough, eggs bruschetta, and a breakfast pizza. Their brunch cocktails include bottomless prosecco ($30) or mimosas with OJ or grapefruit juice ($35), plus Little Dom’s Bloody Mary, Aperol Spritz, and four bottled cocktail options.
How to book: via Resy.
Michelin-starred chef David LeFevre basically ignited the food world in Manhattan Beach, and his first outpost is still the best brunch spot in the South Bay. The brunch menu takes a departure from their dinner menu where small plates dominate, instead focusing on comforting and filling dishes like a benedict on a bacon cheddar biscuit with arugula, prosciutto, and hollandaise; truffle-honey laced fried chicken with kohlrabi slaw; and a massive chimichanga packed with scrambled eggs, chipotle chicken, pepper jack cheese, black rice, plantains, and spiced with salsa verde. Handcrafted brunch cocktails include the Last Rites, a tart sangria with lambrusco, peach, quince, and hibiscus, and a rye-inspired Bloody Mary called Blood & Smoke, both just $12.50 each.
How to book: via OpenTable.
This neighborhood newcomer and one of our fave women-owned spots in the city has been doing a daytime menu of globally-inspired breakfast, brunch and dinner items, with a full coffee bar, nice selection of pastries and a mix of sweet and savory dishes, like panko-fried chicken and waffles topped with truffle honey butter, a loaded bagel with Scottish smoked salmon smeared with scallion cream cheese and a slice of avocado, and mixed berry brioche French toast. Plus, all of their menus are available all day so you’re free to go wild with a Korean style Bulgogi burger or mahi mahi tacos before noon. Interstellar’s beverage menu stands out with a sake list, plus craft cocktails like a Pink Mimosa with pink guava juice and extra-dry prosecco, and a Spicy Bloody Mary with applewood smoked bacon and jalapeno. In a departure from a typical happy hour, Interstellar offers monthly drink specials, which in March featured a Michelob seltzer with cucumber lime and spicy pineapple for just $2.
How to book: Walk-ins accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
All Day Baby
The team behind Here’s Looking at You opened their Silver Lake eggs-all-day counterpart in late 2019 and it’s quickly become a favorite thanks to a creative comfort food menu. And even though Here’s Looking at You was forced to shutter due to pandemic shutdowns, All Day Baby has held on strong, with co-owner Lien Ta even co-launching the nonprofit, Regarding Her Food, in support of LA’s women restaurateurs. As the name suggests, breakfast items and the rest of the menu (including Southern-inspired sandwiches and burgers, a smoked half-chicken, and a half-rack of smoked baby back ribs) are available to order all day long. It’s easy to see why the ADB breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, American cheese, strawberry jam, bacon or sausage on a buttermilk biscuit is a favorite dish from the menu, but don’t disregard items like their hot crab sandwich, barbacoa burrito, or their sweet potato sticky bun that’s only available on weekends. For their cocktail menu, they’ve got boozy milkshakes, Bloody Marys and Micheladas, plus craft cocktails like the ADB Painkiller with aged rum, chinola passion fruit liqueur, coconut cream, pineapple and orange juices, and a strawberry puree float.
How to book: Walk-ins are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, but note that they are not doing table service and food is still served in a takeout format.
Now that guests’ faces are partially hidden behind masks, Venice’s favorite cafe to see and be seen is slightly less intimidating—plus the pandemic format of both requiring reservations and limiting those reservations to 90 minutes is good news for diners who were used to ignoring impatiently growling stomachs while they waited up to an hour for a table for two. But there’s good reason for Gjelina to draw this much attention: their weekend brunch from 8 am–3 pm has something for everyone, from buckwheat banana bread to a seven-grain porridge to duck confit with potato hash and a sunny side up duck egg to Moroccan baked eggs nestled between Merguez sausage, tomato sauce, cilantro, and yogurt. Their alcohol menu is limited to mimosas, Micheladas, and a Cappelletti spritz, but they do have a full coffee bar to meet your caffeinated needs.
How to book: via Opentable.
One of our essential Black-owned restaurants AND best new restaurants in LA, Alta’s gorgeous wood-paneled back patio with draping greenery and string lights just reopened in the last week, and the restaurant is also hard at work building an outdoor parklet with additional seating. Chef Keith Corbin, a Watts native, delivers an all-day Cal-fresh and Southern-inspired menu with standouts that include a market veggie-filled “California” gombo (with the option to add shrimp or smoked chicken), and a three-piece of juicy fried chicken with Fresno hot sauce (or get the combo with your choice of two sides), though you’ll want to order the crunchy black eyed pea fritters with spicy herb sauce and corn bread with a side of honey butter for the table. While the restaurant currently lacks a full cocktail menu, you’re welcome to purchase a bottle of wine (or two or three…) from their neighboring Adams Wine Shop, led by certified sommelier Ruben Morancy, whose program focuses on women and BIPOC wine producers around the globe, as well as affordable bottles under $30.
How to book: via Resy.
Only available on Sundays from 12–4 pm, Piccalilli’s brunch is worth planning ahead for. Chef-owners and BFFs Macks Collins and Bryan Kidwell have created a simple yet compelling menu that acts as a tribute to their Southern upbringings while also enveloping in Asian-inspired flavors. The result is dishes like their Thai chicken katsu with pickled bird chili, aromatic chicken fat, and market greens, and a wok-prepared crepe with maple cajeta, cinnamon apples, and house-made whipped cream. Brunch cocktails include a pineapple mimosa with fresh pineapple juice and OJ, a house Bloody Mary, and an iced Vietnamese coffee that’s spiked with bourbon.
How to book: via Resy.
Tiago Coffee Bar + Kitchen
With colorful seating on a patio that overlooks a palm tree-studded Hollywood Blvd, Tiago is the sort of breakfast/brunch place you take out-of-town visitors who want a touch of Tinseltown without the long lines or inflated prices. This breakfast cafe roasts their own coffee, fresh squeezes their own OJ, and only uses organic, locally grown ingredients. They recently released a new menu in conjunction with the reopening of their outdoor patio, which includes a hearty breakfast sandwich with two over-medium eggs, gruyere, bacon, and an heirloom tomato sandwiched between two slices of toasted sourdough bread, plus, what just might be the best stuffed French toast you’ll find in the city with whipped mascarpone dulce de leche spilling out of rich brioche bread. The restaurant doesn’t serve alcohol, but Hollywood Liquors is a quick walk away if you’re set on making the most of your Sunday Funday.
How to book: Order pickup or place your order in advance online. Walk-ins welcome.
With two brunch menus—one complete with items you’d expect like breakfast pizza, pancakes, and steak and eggs, while the other exclusively features vegan options—Norah is more than prepared to satisfy even the pickiest palette (and boy, can LA diners be picky!). The menu favors seasonal American dishes alongside a lengthy wine list and refreshing cocktails like a passion fruit margarita and Lady Bunny, a cocktail with vodka, pressed carrot, ginger, lemon, and lime that we’re pretty sure acts as their version of a Bloody Mary. Whatever you do, order the cast iron cornbread with rosemary-honey butter and half a dozen of that day’s oysters to get your brunch started off on the right foot. An added bonus? You can once again enjoy the restaurant’s chic industrial interior with limited-capacity indoor dining.
How to book: via Resy.