Where To Brunch Outside In West Hollywood

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Brunch in West Hollywood is more than just a weekend meal, it’s a way of life. All it takes is one quick drive down Santa Monica Blvd. on a Saturday afternoon to realize that. And now that things are opening back up and restaurants are expanding outdoor spaces, there’s never been a better time to partake in this completely made-up time of day. From old-school diners to rooftops lounges overflowing with bottomless mimosas, here are 24 places where you can get outdoor brunch in West Hollywood.

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Prior to the pandemic, brunch at The Abbey was one of the best-kept secrets in the neighborhood. These days, it might be the biggest social scene in West Hollywood. If you’re fine waiting in long lines, though, you’ll still be treated to a fantastic weekend afternoon. The all-day brunch menu has solid scrambles and omelettes (with egg white options, of course), and if you hang around long enough, a drag queen or two will stop by.

The art of the brunch date can be tough to execute, but as long as AOC is involved you’ll be successful. This upscale California-French restaurant has an ivy-covered patio with brick fireplaces and Juliet balconies that’ll make you feel like you’re on a date on a French provincial farm. Add in Dungeness crab omelettes and their famous Spanish fried chicken, and you’ll wonder why you ever attempted a date past 2pm.

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This (you guessed it) beach-themed gay bar does a rowdy weekend brunch with bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys, rosé kits, and frozen cocktails. Yes, they do serve food like omelettes and breakfast wraps, but you’re here because the drinks are strong and the boy who keeps looking at you is cute. Their expanded front sidewalk patio allows you plenty of room to experience all that.

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After what seemed like an actual decade of build-out, the massive new location of Bottega Louie in Boystown is open. The multi-concept space includes a restaurant, gourmet market, patisserie, and cafe, but when it comes to weekend brunch, you want to enjoy it on either the back or front patios. The menu includes dishes like lobster hash and a $45 truffle pizza, as well as a la carte mimosas, bellinis, and Bloody Marys for $15.

This won’t be your casual sweatpants kind of Sunday morning, but Cecconi’s will reward your choice to wear real pants with a very good brunch. The high-end Italian restaurant on Melrose serves dishes like black truffle pizza, ricotta hotcakes, and spaghetti with lobster to a crowd littered with entertainment power brokers, random celebrities, and out-of-towners who want to watch them eat. They’ve expanded their patio to include the entirety of the front valet area.

As one of LA’s vegan institutions, Crossroads has long been a fantastic option for a meatless brunch. And now, the upscale West Hollywood restaurant has built out a side patio on Sweetzer Ave. assuring that you’ll be both outdoors and socially distant. The chicken and waffles, spinach and feta frittata, and pancakes are some of our favorite dishes, but be sure to grab one of their Aperol spritzes as well.

This neighborhood Italian cafe on Beverly Blvd. does a low-key brunch on Saturday and Sundays from 10am-3pm. There’s everything from buttermilk pancakes to short rib benedicts to a smoked salmon pizza. Plus, they also do bottomless mimosas and bellinis for $15. There’s a large wrap-around sidewalk patio ideal for watching tourists realize they still have a long walk to the entrance of The Grove.

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Eveleigh is a Weho brunch staple that seems to go through wild swings in popularity, but always has decent food and one of the best patios of The Strip. Their brunch service runs on weekends from 10am-3pm, and while they don’t do bottomless mimosas, there are sangria and spiked lemonade pitchers for $45.

This wildly popular vegan Mexican restaurant has reopened, bringing with it one of the most sought-out patios in West Hollywood. Is it still a complete scene of influencers and Instagram models? Of course. But as long as you come here knowing that, you’ll have a good time drinking their strong margaritas and snacking on tacos and enchiladas.

Home to the world-famous Drag Brunch, Hamburger Mary’s in West Hollywood has taken over an adjacent parking lot complete with astroturf, plenty of shade (both kinds, henny), and yes, a lot of drag queens. Even though you don’t come here for the food, you’re going to need something to soak up those mimosas. And their menu filled with waffles, pancakes, and the egg white and turkey-filled “Circuit Boy” wrap will certainly do the trick. Reservations are a must.

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If you miss those rowdy LA brunches fueled by people-watching, optional bottle service, and great views, Harriet’s is your spot. Located on top of the 1 Hotel, this place is a complete scene. As long as you know what you’re getting yourself into, it can be pretty fun. The solid menu has everything from smoked fish platters to breakfast pizza to steak and fries.

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If you prefer your brunch to be less breakfast more lunch, head to Hi Tops in Boystown. This high school locker room-themed sports bar opens at noon on the weekends and has a menu filled with everything from nachos to corn dogs to grain bowls. There’s no denying this is a place people come to be seen, and if you aren’t ready for that, might we suggest one of their very well-made cocktails?

Open since 1975, Hugo’s is a West Hollywood staple that’s a great place if you or anyone in your group is vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free. Whether you’re in the mood for chilaquiles, avocado toast, or steel-cut oatmeal, everything at Hugo’s will fill you up while also being somewhat healthy. Their expanded sidewalk patio on Santa Monica Blvd. is a good place to throw back some mimosas and bellinis.

Joey’s is a casual West Hollywood standby and a great place to head when you have no interest in bottomless mimosas or crowds. The retro diner opens daily at 8am and serves comfort classics like pancakes, waffles, and eggs benedict. There’s also a “Protein & Fitness” section of the menu filled with options like egg white burritos and salmon filets.

When everything else in Weho is booked up, King’s Road is a great fall-back brunch option. A true neighborhood diner, King’s Road is one of those places that no matter how many people appear to be waiting out front, there’s always an empty table somewhere on their sidewalk patio for you. The menu is full of healthy breakfast standards like avocado toast and vegetarian scrambles, and their iced coffee is some of the best in West Hollywood and will actually keep you awake all day.

Thanks to a brand new patio in their adjacent parking lot, La Boheme has quickly transformed itself from a neighborhood French spot to a West Hollywood brunch powerhouse. The patio itself has all the essentials - astroturf, umbrellas, and plenty of foliage - plus big, plush-y lounge chairs that give the whole place a fun “somebody emptied their attic again” aesthetic. Add in a solid menu filled with croque madames, red curry mussels, and $23 mimosas, and you can start to see why you should make a reservation beforehand.

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This isn’t the coolest or most crowded place on this list, but that’s just how this low-key neighborhood trattoria prefers it. Come to Marco’s on a Saturday morning and it will be filled with people who actually live in the neighborhood. Expect an affordable breakfast (nothing on the menu is over $20), great service, a grouchy local reading the newspaper on the sidewalk patio, and $20 bottomless mimosas.

Across the street from the always raucous Hamburger Mary’s is the very not raucous Norah. They have a solid brunch menu filled with everything from oysters to pizza to pancakes, plus an expanded front patio built into Santa Monica Blvd. There’s also an entirely separate vegan menu with things like marinara pizza and little gem salad.

Many of Lisa Vanderpumps’s restaurants have been slow to reopen, but Pump is an exception. The massive side courtyard is back open for business, plus there’s a built-out front patio going along Santa Monica Blvd. as well. If you have someone visiting from out-of-town who loves Bravo!, Pump is where you should take them.

Even if you’ve only driven through Boystown once, you probably noticed Rocco’s. The massive sports bar is located on the prime corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and San Vincente, and feels like a de facto welcoming center for the debauchery that lies beyond it. There technically isn’t a separate brunch service, but they open daily at noon and have a massive menu filled with salads, burgers, Bloody Marys, and a lot of bubbles.

Made famous by countless movies, this long-standing diner on Beverly is probably most used as a reliable, late-night spot (though they’re only open until 10pm right now). That said, it’s a decent spot for a casual brunch when you’re simply too hungover to deal with any type of crowd. Their all-day breakfast menu has dishes ranging from steak and eggs to fried egg sandwiches. They don’t serve alcohol, but they do have solid ice cream shakes and fruit smoothies.

This popular pasta spot on Beverly Blvd. does a brunch service on the weekends from 10am-3pm. Their already great sidewalk patio has been recently expanded and the food menu includes dishes like brioche paninis, frittatas, and polenta with mushrooms. They do serve mimosas and Bloody Marys, but they aren’t bottomless.

Tesse is an upscale French restaurant on Sunset with one of the best deals on The Strip. For $18 per person, you get a pastry, a little gem salad, your choice of pancakes or an omelette, and a bottle of rosé (one bottle for every two people). Their expanded side patio also means you won’t be waiting for a table that long either.

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