There are two times of the day in West Hollywood: brunch and texting your friends to see if they want to go to brunch. Nowhere in LA is this made-up meal taken more seriously than here. And with a mix of great restaurants serving casual daytime food and old favorites pouring as much champagne down your throat within a two-hour time frame as possible, any brunch scenario can be found here. Here are our favorite spots.
Breakfast By Salt's Cure
If you’re looking for an all-day boozy brunch fest with your friends, Breakfast by Salt’s Cure is not your spot. But if you need a quick brunch fix with good food and a crowd that doesn’t care who designed your kaftan, this is your place. This spinoff in the original Salt’s Cure location on Santa Monica is basically taking the old Salt’s Cure breakfast menu and serving it in an order-at-the-counter setup. It’s fast, affordable, and those signature griddlecakes are all we ever need on a Saturday.
Kings Road Cafe
Open every day at 6am, King’s Road is much more than just a weekend brunch spot. It’s an all-day caffeine therapy session, with some of the best coffee in LA and a sidewalk patio where the whole neighborhood congregates. The breakfast-y food is solid enough (we love the vegetarian-friendly garden scramble), but the reason this cafe is worth knowing about is that even during peak weekend times, you’ll never have to wait more than 10 minutes for a table.
This isn’t the coolest or most crowded place on the list and that’s why we love it. Come to Marco’s on a Saturday morning and it will be filled with people who actually live in West Hollywood. Expect a quality breakfast, great service, a really old man reading the newspaper, and $22 bottomless champagne seven days a week. Buckle up day-drinkers.
photo credit: Holly Liss
Across the street from the always raucous Hamburger Mary’s is the very not raucous Norah. They have a good 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 a little gem salad.
We love Hugo’s because it’s basically a diner, but one that also happens to serve really delicious vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Open since 1975, this neighborhood staple can get a little crowded on the weekends, but the atmosphere will always be more laid-back than the mimosa warzones happening elsewhere on the block. Whether you’re in the mood for chilaquiles, avocado toast, or steel-cut oatmeal, everything at Hugo’s is somewhat healthy, but will also fill you up and leave you happy until dinner.
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, plus both back and front patios. The brunch menu includes everything from ricotta toast to lobster hash to a $45 truffle pizza, as well as a la carte mimosas, bellinis, and Bloody Marys for $18.
There’s no shortage of hotel restaurants in Weho. One that stands out from the crowd is Short Stories, a breezy pan-Latin spot located in the Fairfax boutique hotel of the same name. Run by the chef behind Rosaline and Causita, Short Stories serves a Sunday-only brunch with coconut brioche french toast, shakshuka, and smoked fish boards, among other dishes. There’s a gorgeous courtyard patio of course, filled with fluffy white couches, bubbling fountains, and bushes of blooming flowers. Wear a whimsical dress and the smallest sunglasses you can find.
Though only open for a few years, this queer-owned French bistro at La Cienega and Hollyway has become one of the neighborhood’s top morning institutions. Weho Bistro doesn’t have a specific brunch service, but it opens at 10am on the weekends with a massive menu featuring everything from eggs benedict and quiche Lorraine to open-faced tartines and lamb burgers. If you’re thirsty, try one of the ten or so different mimosa flavors (we usually go for the mango or apple cider).
West Hollywood gay bars were disproportionaly devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes the arrival of Stache, the newest queer space in the neighborhood, so exciting. The restaurant/bar has fantastic programming throughout the week, including The Bearded Lady Cabaret on Wednesdays and a Friday night ’70s dance party. But come weekends, it’s all about the Wig & Waffles drag brunch. The menu includes everything from protein pancakes to breakfast burritos, plus $25 bottomless mimosas until 4pm.
As one of LA’s vegan institutions, Crossroads has long been a solid option for a plant-based brunch. The upscale West Hollywood restaurant has a great sidewalk patio that's usually packed, so be sure to make a reservation ahead of time if want to people-watch along Melrose. Inside, Crossroads feels more like a glitzy steakhouse than a trendy spot serving plant-based chicken and waffles, spinach and feta frittata, and fluffy pancakes.
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If you instinctively write off going to The Abbey for brunch, it’s your own loss. The most famous gay bar in LA serves good food, and the patio situation is surprisingly laid-back with a crowd mostly of locals. Just about every bar in Weho does a weekend drag brunch on the weekends, but The Abbey’s continue to be the most fun and well put together in the neighborhood.
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Thanks to a pandemic-born 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, plushy 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 $25 mimosas, and you can start to see why you should make a reservation beforehand.
Saddle Ranch Chop House
In an area with ample sloppy brunch spots, Saddle Ranch might just be the messiest of them all. But we suspect if you’re at this (in)famous Western-themed restaurant on The Strip, you probably already know that. Brunch runs Saturday and Sunday until 3pm with a big menu filled with even larger entrees like Texas toast and steak and eggs. Bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys are only $18.99 with a purchase of an entree, and in case you’re wondering, the bull is back up and running.
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Smack dab in the middle of West Hollywood, Cecconi’s is consistently filled with agents, fake 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. For healthier options, Cecconi’s has a full salad section, but if you want something more substantial, go for the steak and eggs or even a pizza.
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, but as long as you know what you’re getting yourself into (big floppy hats and the occasional, unironic fist bump), it can be pretty fun. The solid menu has everything from smoked fish platters and breakfast pizza to more lunch-y options like steak and fries.
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One of West Hollywood’s premiere spots to be seen and not eat, Eveleigh comes alive every Saturday and Sunday afternoon for one of the most popular brunch throw-downs in the city. Sure, the crowd is composed of the type of people you only thought existed on Instagram explore pages, but with a sun-drenched patio overlooking West Hollywood and a vodka-filled mason jar making its way around the table, you won’t hate it for a sloppy Saturday on The Strip.
Though you can find a Hamburger Mary’s anywhere from Ontario to Orlando these days, this West Hollywood original is a must-visit on anyone’s LA brunch journey. The food is passable, but if you came to eat your face off, you didn’t get the memo. You come for the party-like atmosphere, bottomless mimosas, and drag queens doing death drops to an ABBA mega-mix.
photo credit: Holly Liss
Full of models and bloggers taking pictures of food they have no plans to eat, brunch time at Gracias Madre is the biggest scene in the whole city. But if you just spent $150 on a blowout and want to show it off on their beautiful side patio, we support you. Is the food any good? Not really, but no one comes here with an appetite.
No Jealousy is where you head if you want to have brunch, but also end up in a scene that rivals 11:15pm in the Coachella Sahara tent. Open Sundays only, this over-the-top experience on the Sunset Strip (where else?) includes bottle service, giant fish bowl cocktails, dance floors, pyrotechnics, and servers in nurse’s costumes administering plastic syringe shots to whoever needs them. In other words, this place is a complete and utter mess, but if you’re in the market for a big group Vegas-style brunch situation, No Jealousy is your best option.