Weekends are a great time for trying new things. Like learning to surf. Or making dumplings. Or finding someone you like, taking a dance lesson together, and going to Griffith Park at sunset to recreate that scene from La La Land. Those all sound fun, but if you’re looking for something a little easier, you could go eat brunch somewhere from our Brunch Hit List. All of the places on this guide recently opened or just started serving brunch, and it’s sorted chronologically, so you’ll find the newest entries at the top.
There are a couple of Capital Seafoods in the SGV, and now this dim sum place has opened another location in Beverly Hills. The prices are a bit higher than at the original locations, but the service is great and the food is fantastic. They take reservations for any size group, but it’s best to come here with at least a few friends. You order off a checklist menu, and the boxes next to the shrimp and pork shiu mai, shrimp har gow, and barbecue pork bones might as well be permanently filled in. There are usually lots of families in the big dining room, mostly trying to decide if three orders of buns are enough for everyone to have leftovers to take home.
This Filipino spot in Silver Lake feels like a very well-designed jungle, complete with leafy wallpaper and vines hanging from the ceiling. The food is excellent, and if you for some reason drank a lot of chartreuse last night, Ma’am Sir is a great spot to recover. Rice porridge, sizzling pork sisig, and coconut pancakes might not fix your headache, but the never-ending coffee refills just might.
If you need some motivation to get out of bed on a Sunday, you might like to know about Rappahannock’s $1.50 oyster deal. And even if oysters aren’t your thing, there’s plenty of other reasons to like this place, like the lobster benedict and the very good shrimp and grits. For those adult people who are allergic to or inexplicably scared of seafood, the burrata and berries are fantastic as well. No matter what you’re eating, sit on the patio. It’s shaded by a couple of big trees that make you feel more like you’re on a movie set than in Downtown LA.
During brunch, Little Prince is filled with people who probably live down the street. It’s calm but not too quiet in here (the cocktails are pretty strong, after all), so it’s a nice place to come and catch up with friends over salmon hash and boozy horchata. You could even bring that one picky vegan friend who stopped coming to brunch months ago because there are plenty of healthy, egg-free options he’ll be happy with.
Cosa Buona in Echo Park isn’t a new restaurant, but they just started serving brunch, and they do it very well. The menu has all the pizzas from dinner, plus a brunch-only pie that comes with the healing properties of bacon, egg, and potatoes. It’s much easier to get a table during the day, but this place still feels like a party even without the crowd of people who tend to wait by the door at night. And to answer your most important questions: yes, the mozzarella sticks are available at brunch, and yes, they taste just as good at 11am.
The second location of Petit Trois is way bigger than the Hollywood original, and has something the first one doesn’t - brunch. And while this place feels a little corporate at night, mornings are a very pleasant time to hang out in the bright, bistro-style dining room. The croissants are textbook perfect, the Mec Muffin is approximately 1000 times better than anything you’ve had from a drive-thru, and the goat cheese-filled omelette is going to make you think twice about calling what you make at home an omelette.
Esters has been open for a few years now, but they only recently started serving brunch. Brunch here feels a bit like your designer sister’s wedding shower, with nice flower arrangements everywhere and people taking full advantage of the mimosas. There’s also a massive wine selection, which the servers will help you navigate to figure out what goes best with your smoked trout on a bagel.
A great option for a laid-back brunch, Highly Likely is an all-day cafe with truly interesting food. The menu doesn’t sound all that different from other coffee shops with real kitchens, but the vegetable sandwich has pickled eggs in it, there’s yuzu slaw on the fish sandwich, and while the breakfast burrito is pretty typical, it’s delicious. Whatever you order, sprinkle the hot sauce on everything. Weekends are pretty busy here, so come with a friend and let one person order while the other hovers near almost-done tables. This is called strategizing.
If the fact that Rob Reiner directed both This Is Spinal Tap and Stand By Me taught us anything, it’s that you can be good at two very different things. Orsa & Winston is sort of like that, because it has a fancy tasting menu at dinner and a casual brunch in the daytime. And the weekend menu is all over the place, but in a good way. There are pancakes, Japanese breakfasts, and eggs and bacon that come with a fantastic potato rosti. You might want to order the smoked fish plate too, considering how well it goes with the sake Bloody Marys you’ve already had two of.
Not all brunches have to end with you sending mimosa-fueled drunk texts to your landlord. If you want to have a relaxed morning outside with coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and no alcohol in sight, go to Doubting Thomas. The menu is pretty long and you’ll want to try a few things, so you should probably get a burrata and tomato toast plus a few of the excellent pastries on top of whatever you order for yourself.
Brunch at All Time feels like eating breakfast at that friend’s house who has their life figured out. Which means fantastic wine you haven’t heard of, freshly-baked bread, and salads made out of stuff from their own garden. All Time doesn’t tart serving wine until noon, so don’t be too early if you want some Gruner Veltliner to go with your crispy rice and pork belly.