Breakfast meetings can be a tough proposition - there are a lot of things you have to get right at a time when no one’s had any coffee yet. Ideally there should be a little bit of a scene, but not so much of one that confidential information has to be shouted. Tables should be big enough to spread some papers around. And while the food should be good, it’s also not really the main event. We can help. Next time you’re setting up a breakfast meeting for your boss, make it at one of these spots. Whether you can convince them to bring you back some pastries is on you.
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Smack dab in the middle of West Hollywood, Cecconi’s is consistently filled with agents, wannabe agents, and people with plenty of money but highly vague occupations. So yeah - it’s a scene. Having said that, mornings are generally more low-key. If healthy options are a must, Cecconi’s has a section of the menu devoted to fruit and cereal (because paying $15 for a bowl of seasonal fruit and greek yogurt is the ultimate power move). If you want something more substantial, you should probably go for the egg white omelette with kale sprouts. It’s just not worth having to explain that you eat bacon.
If there’s a place that invented the power breakfast, it’s probably The Polo Lounge, despite the fact that the food here is now downright terrible. This restaurant in the Beverly Hills Hotel was where Old Hollywood came for pancakes and eggs, and it’s still a favorite of producers, directors, and stars who order $37 lobster eggs benedict (just kidding, no one who works in Hollywood would willingly eat that much butter). If your boss thinks they’re the next Ari Emanuel, you should just book every breakfast meeting here.
For fancy breakfast on the Westside, it doesn’t get much better than Gjelina. Weekday mornings are more laid-back than the insanity of dinner here, which means stupidly young millionaires and Venice locals who “freelance” are the types of people you’ll be eating next to. You can go big on duck confit for the first meal of the day, or stick to the classics - eggs, bacon, and pancakes are all present.
If restaurants could win Oscars, Republique would sweep the Best All-Purpose Eating Place award. That said, weekday breakfast is possibly our favorite time to be here, when you order at the counter before finding a spot in the giant, beautiful dining room. This is definitely better for more casual meetings (you will not be fawned over by the waitstaff), but any excuse for their kouign amann is a good excuse.
There’s always one. That person who won’t leave the Westside, and also hints not very lightly that they need a place to accommodate their vegan, gluten-free, fun-free diet. The Butcher’s Daughter makes things easy - the bright space has big booths that work for meetings, and a menu that will make both picky eaters and everything eaters happy.
For every Westsider scared of crossing the 405, there are three Eastsiders for whom the thought of leaving the Los Feliz-Silver Lake-Echo Park vicinity is a fate worse than death. But those people also have Little Dom’s, so we can’t really blame them. This is a relatively low-key option, to the extent that you consider having a breakfast pizza at a work meeting low-key.
Not a whole lot happens in Brentwood, but given the high ratio of studio executives/movie stars to normal people that live here, power breakfasts are to be expected. And the best spot for them is Farmshop in the Brentwood Country Mart. Breakfast starts early at 7:30am (but you should probably get to your Tracy Anderson class beforehand) and sticks to upscale classics. If you don’t give a sh*t about Tracy Anderson, direct your attention to the baked goods here.
Beverly Hills is power breakfast central, but at first look, Nate ’n Al is not one of them. The Jewish deli on N. Beverly Drive has an enormous menu, brown leather booths as far as the eye can see, and waitresses who’ve been working there for 20 years and call you “Hon,” but is also a favorite hangout of studio execs who miss New York and like to wear leisure suits to breakfast. Nate ’n Al is where you get business done over a giant plate of matzo brei.
Breakfast meetings aren’t really about the food. Most of the time they’re about convenience (generally measured in the number of steps from your office), and the need to show another human that you are cool/intimidating/very important. All of which makes Bottega Louie the perfect place for a breakfast meeting in DTLA. The space is big and pretty, and the food is fine and priced at company card-appropriate levels.
Does your boss (or the person they’re meeting with) have a dog they refuse to be separated from at any time? Fritz, and pretty much anyone/thing else, can be accommodated at Tower Bar. The menu has everything you’d expect for human breakfast, but it also has a dog menu, complete with a dog-sized New York strip (served rare, of course). Also worth noting: no photos allowed, so when your boss has a meeting with Reese, this is the place for it.