Los Angeles—with its signature sunshine, laid-back vibes, and abundance of outdoor patios—was pretty much built for brunch. From impossibly hip bistros that'll convince you once and for all that avocado toast is anything but basic to hole-in-the-wall cafés serving up Instagram-worthy breakfast bowls, these are the healthy yet insanely delicious hot spots that live up to the hype. Don't let the lines deter you—ahead, discover the brunch spots in Los Angeles that are worth getting out of bed for.
One of the latest restaurants to hit the up-and-coming City Market South in the Fashion District is Rossoblu, chef Steve Samson's Italian eatery. Although the downtown Los Angeles hot spot only recently started offering brunch, it's quickly garnering favor with the weekend crowd, with signature dishes like frittata Bolognese and lemon ricotta pancakes gracing the menu. The pancakes are impossibly light and fluffy. This signature Rossoblu dish strikes the perfect palate-pleasing balance of sweetness and tartness.
If you're feeling indulgent, order the Rosato Pimm's Cup cocktail—made with Cocchi Rossa, lemon, mint, cucumber, and edible flowers—to complement the dish.
2. Best Girl
Located in the impossibly cool Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, Best Girl is a brunch destination for DTLA natives and visitors alike. We're partial to the bistro's Art Deco–inspired interior, but if the weather is particularly nice, ask to be seated on the patio to enjoy a leisurely Sunday breakfast while basking in the warm California sunshine. In Los Angeles, you can never go wrong with avocado toast. Best Girl's take on the West Coast brunch staple is made with seeded country bread as the base, and topped with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of Aleppo pepper. Order a freshly brewed coffee made with Stumptown beans to kick-start your day.
3. NoMad L.A.
The highly anticipated opening of NoMad Hotel's Los Angeles location has not disappointed, and the hip hotel's restaurants are no exception. We've waxed poetic about the dinner menu, but trust us, it's worth making a reservation at the lobby restaurant for brunch even if you're not a guest. The Italian-inspired interior offers an insanely luxurious backdrop for a leisurely weekend brunch.
NoMad's lobby menu boasts elevated brunch classics such as eggs Benedict served atop smoked salmon and a rye English muffin (pictured), and a breakfast burrito stuffed with suckling pig, eggs, potatoes, spinach, and chile de árbol. Believe us, the accompanying menu of Bloody Marys is not to be overlooked.
4. Honey Hi
Don't let the modest size of this charming Echo Park cafe fool you. Honey Hi's commitment to crafting breakfast bowls made with organic, gluten-free, refined sugar-free ingredients has earned this popular Los Angeles brunch spot praise from the likes of Goop and The New York Times.
Once you get to the counter, we suggest ordering Honey Hi's That Grain Bowl (pictured)—made with roasted sweet potatoes, rainbow cauliflower, sprouted quinoa, kale, cashew buckwheat dukkah, and a turmeric poached egg—for a seriously satisfying feel-good meal.
Frequently boasting a line around the block, République is a serious contender for the most popular brunch spot in Los Angeles. While chef Walter Manzke and pastry chef Margarita Manzke's French-inspired restaurant does take reservations for dinner, you'll have to brave the line if you want to enjoy brunch at this happening restaurant (but it's truly worth it).
République's smoked salmon tartine (pictured) takes the trend of elaborate breakfast toast to a whole new level of deliciousness. Topped with Meyer lemon, olives, and mint, this $16 menu item is worth ordering even if it's just to split as an appetizer with your brunch companion.
6. Love & Salt
A few miles down the California coast, chef Chris Feldmeier is serving up a delectable menu of Italian-inspired fare at Love & Salt, his Manhattan Beach outpost. If you're an early riser, you'll want to write this down: The first 15 guests who arrive for brunch on Saturdays enjoy a free early-bird breakfast sandwich featuring house-made chicken sausage, fontina cheese, fresh pesto, and scrambled eggs.
Along with brunch classics like steak and eggs (pictured), Chef Feldmeier's Love & Salt brunch menu includes mouth-wateringly delicious dishes like "cacio e pepe" eggs on toast with soft scrambled eggs and a duck-egg pizza topped with pancetta, not to mention that early-bird breakfast sandwich we described previously.
7. The Butcher's Daughter
Situated on the trendiest stretch of Abbott Kinney in Venice, The Butcher's Daughter is a beloved brunch spot for Angelenos living on the West Side. This plant-based café serves up an impressive array of vegetarian-friendly dishes (and cold-pressed juices) that even carnivores will find delicious.
Among all the tasty items on The Butcher's Daughter brunch menu, the buttermilk pancakes stand out. Thanks to the dish's decadent blackberry-coconut anglaise, house-made buckwheat coconut granola, and orange blossom syrup, you'll be scraping your plate to savor every last bite.
Sqirl, a small Silver Lake café, describes itself as "bacon-serving but vegan-friendly." Everyone else simply calls it delicious, which is probably why there's (almost) always a staggeringly long line to get in. Known for producing small-batch seasonal spreads like Moro blood orange marmalade and Gravenstein apple butter, Sqirl is worth braving the line—even if it's just for a piece of toast.
Beyond the toasts and spreads, there's a beautiful (not to mention tasty) bowl on Sqirl's breakfast menu that you'd be remiss to overlook. Made with short-grain rice, slices of avocado, and crispy bacon, and topped with an egg, it's a hearty yet healthy way to jump-start your Saturday.
9. Little Ruby
New York City's Ruby Café has (finally) opened a Los Angeles outpost—Little Ruby. The Santa Monica location serves up a selection of Australia-inspired dishes including Vegemite toast, chia muesli, and sweet corn fritters for "brekkie," which is best enjoyed overlooking the ocean from the restaurant's patio.
If you're craving comfort food, Little Ruby's breakfast BLT (pictured) features thick slices of crispy bacon, bright green lettuce, sweet tomatoes, and a fried egg sandwiched between slices of rustic bread. Late risers, take note: Breakfast is served until 4 p.m., so there's no need to rush out of bed (even though you might want to).
Boasting a breezy patio, Neighbor is an ideal spot for soaking up the sun on a lovely Los Angeles morning. Serving up blueberry-topped buttermilk pancakes, savory croque monsieur, and bircher muesli with matcha and green apple until 3 p.m., it's hard to find a reason not to eat at this Venice restaurant.
We had a feeling those blueberry buttermilk pancakes mentioned in the previous slide would pique your interest in this Abbott Kinney eatery. This Neighbor brunch favorite is deliciously topped with coffee butter before being drenched in maple syrup.