10 Spots for the Best Brunch in Los Angeles Every Angeleno Ought to Try at Least Once

August 14, 2014 by Christina Champlin

What kind of town would Los Angeles be without the quintessential brunch spots?

The places that offer you the best of both worlds. The savoriness of breakfast with the sweetness of a midday dessert. The only meal where it’s appropriate to have pancakes  and brisket and champagne all in the same sitting.


Well, next time you’re in the mood for a mid-morning to early afternoon culinary feast (a.k.a. brunch), consider one of the spots below that we deem ten of the best brunches in Los Angeles.

And, as always, enjoy!

Blu Jam Cafe

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You can’t miss the line at Blu Jam Cafe driving down Melrose avenue on the weekends. Why go through all the trouble right? Well at Blu Jam Cafe you can get something called the Crunchy French Toast and its crunch-tastic! Another fan favorite are the eggs benedict which come in a variety of forms. We suggest going on a weekday (if possible) for brunch if you want to avoid the wait.

7371 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 951-9191
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The Grub

This popular eatery serves “California Comfort Food”. They also greet guest with a bowl of cereal, the 90’s variety! a.k.a. captain berry crunch and coco puffs. Top Chef alumni Betty Fraser claims to make some “Friggin’ Amazin’ French Toast” a buttery croissant coated with vanilla batter and cooked till golden brown. Be sure to order the “crack bacon” everyone who tries it gets hooked.

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

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Nestled in the adorable Larchmont Village there is a place that serves red and blue velvet pancakes. Everyone orders these, and yes, they’re amazing. If you choose to join in with the rest of the masses you absolutely won’t regret it.

However if pancakes aren’t your thing rest assured they also have a huge brunch menu and tasty coffee drinks on the side. Seating can get tough on the weekends, so go early and hit the Sunday Farmers Market to walk off the food.

107 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 461-1528
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CaCao Mexicantessen

Johnathan Gold, Zagat and Los Angeles Magazine have all written rave reviews on this Eagle Rock eatery, and with good reason. They serve a variety of unique meat dishes ranging from duck, rabbit, venison to boar. The brunch is something special too… you can find Churro French Toast! A brioche dipped in vanilla batter and fried golden brown.

1576 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 478-2791
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Square One Dining

Fresh and mostly organic ingredients are the focus at Square One Dining. Great for the food conscious LA crowd. The restaurant only serves breakfast and lunch but they do it very well. Try a hormone free fluffy egg dish, or the fan favorite breakfast potatoes. They even have super fresh grits!

4854 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 661-1109
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Alcove Cafe & Bakery

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Walking into Alcove’s garden set up might have you feeling like you’ve gone to the countryside for brunch. A hip hanging out for people looking to dine outdoors. The set up is perfect for brunch if you can stand the weekend rush. Luckily the service is quick and the food comes out moderately fast. Now that Big Bar is conjoined with Alcove you can enjoy your crepes with a bloodily mary! We won’t judge you if you order a big beautiful slice of cake from their showcase either.

1929 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-0100
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Joan’s On Third

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This American market, bakery and dining spot is located on 3rd street in the Beverly Grove district. The popular spot is high in quality and prices are reasonable. Try the mouth watering breakfast sandwich it’s a fan favorite. If you are in the mood for a salad the Chinese chicken is a great choice. Summer time tip… they are serving Lobster Rolls for brunch!!!

8350 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-2285
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Eat This Cafe

What started as a sandwich shop now serves one of the best brunches in Los Angeles. Patrons love the corned beef hash and if you are really feeling fancy the crab cake benedict is a solid choice. Did I mention there was a omelet bar? Don’t forget to order bottomless mimosas too!

6547 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 999-2003
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Urth Cafe

Urth makes this list for one big reason: the drinks.

If you like specialty tea and coffee drinks Urth Cafe is the place for you. The most popular drinks here are the Spanish latte and Green tea boba. On the food side of things, they serve up American fare with a California twist. They even make a breakfast burrito look healthy! And If you have a sweet tooth, the baked goods have their own cult following, especially the pies.

This place is popular and can fill up pretty fast but keep in mind there are five locations to visit (West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Downtown, Santa Monica, Pasadena).

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Famous for serving over sized portions Doughboys is also home to Oprah’s favorite red velvet cake. Their talent for baking really shines during brunch. Try a variety of french toast and pancake creations, with the most popular pancake of course bring the red velvet. Luckily this place remains a local favorite on the down-low there is plenty of seating during brunch hours on the weekend. Enjoy!

8136 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 852-1020
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Obviously we know there are more than just 10 great brunch locations in Los Angeles, so let us know what your favorite is in the comments below so we can create an honorable mention list!

Honorable mentions:

Madame Matisse
JiST Cafe
Amandine Patisserie