There are two times of the day in West Hollywood. Brunch and recovery from brunch. It’s no secret the once in-between meal is now front and center throughout most of LA, but nowhere is it taken more seriously than West Hollywood. And with a mix of great restaurants putting out casual afternoon food and old staples dumping as much champagne down our throats within a two hour time frame as legally possible, any and all brunch scenarios can be had in our city’s most social neighborhood. So let’s get to church people. Here is where you should be brunching in West Hollywood.
The guys behind Rock N’ Reilly’s opened Pearl’s directly next door as the unpretentious, all-day hang out the Sunset Strip desperately needed. Mission accomplished. Home to one of the most underrated rooftop patios in the whole city, Pearl’s is also turning into a weekend brunch titan. Mix and match any of their egg benedicts or go all-out with the “Mimosa Kit”: a tableside, make-your-own-mimosa laboratory that comes with the purchase of any champagne bottle.
An all-around excellent new addition to the WeHo dining scene, Terrine brings a laid-back brunch to a glorious back patio ideal for sitting around and drinking the day away. The menu is surprisingly broad, with everything from brisket hash to a croque monsieur. That said, we’d be hard-pressed to order anything else besides that spicy fried chicken and grits. There’s no specific drink special at Terrine but the Campari-infused Italian soda might be our ideal afternoon cocktail.
Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Open everyday at 6am, King’s Road is much more than just a weekend brunch spot. It’s an all-day caffeine therapy session, serving some of the best coffee in LA in a space dedicated to doing nothing more than providing for its neighborhood. The food is solid, but nothing to write home about. That said, come on Saturday morning and you’ll be seated within 5 minutes, which goes a long way.
The shining starlet of the West Hollywood brunch scene, Gracias Madre opened a few years ago to immediate crowds, hungry for that plant-based menu and the best new patio in Los Angeles. It all gets to be a bit sceney on a late Saturday morning, but what else is new? While it’s a bummer Gracias Madres doesn’t have any bottomless drink options (seriously, please change that), the pricey drinks are among the best in town.
A well-seasoned neighborhood hotspot (and a great place to see Amy Poehler getting hammered), Taste On Melrose keeps bringing in the crowds because of their accessible, comfort-food menu and a great front porch on a nice stretch of Melrose. Oh, and that $19 2-course prix-fixe brunch menu and bottomless mimosas certainly doesn’t hurt the cause either.
Everybody’s favorite kinda-sorta-dim-sum-restaurant makes our list because that sporadic cart service of theirs is actually put to great use in the daytime. There’s something very thrilling about reaching out and grabbing a canned bloody mary with celery and jalapeno-flavored ice cubes as it whizzes by at 11am. In other news, their $13 bottomless mimosa situation is the best deal you’re gonna find on The Strip.
This isn’t the flashiest place on the list and that’s just how Marco’s prefers it. Come to Marco’s on a Saturday morning and it will be filled with (gasp!) people who actually live in West Hollywood. This a neighborhood joint that has earned the loyalty of its patrons through good food, good service and $10 BOTTOMLESS CHAMPAGNE EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK. Buckle up day-drinkers.
Two words: BEYONCE BRUNCH. OK, in reality this doesn’t occur very often but it has happened here at least once. But whether or not Beyonce’s hits are blaring in the background, this cocktail bar puts on a mighty great effort for brunch. The food is nothing surprising, but you come for the cocktails anyways at Harlowe and that bacon-infused whiskey is calling your name. And your Uber.
With a European, gossip-shrine-for-housewives setting, this isn’t your casual sweatpants kind of Sunday morning. Run by the Soho House, Cecconi’s actually does an excellent brunch. The menu is great, the valet is free, and the bloody mary cart will have you regretting everything.
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 girls you stopped talking to after college, but with a sun-drenched patio overlooking West Hollywood and those pisco punch bowls making their way around the table, it’s all doable for a sloppy Saturday on the town.
Everyone’s favorite neighborhood bar to spot a Marc Jacobs model at also does a solid brunch. The vibe is much more relaxed than its late-night frenzy and while all the centerfolds have gone home, it’s still littered with people who at least have impressive portfolios. To be honest, beautiful people never really leave here. The food is good and the $12 mimosa carafes are still a deal.
Though you can find a Hamburger Mary’s anywhere from Ontario (CA) to Orlando these days, this is a WeHo staple and a must-visit on anyone’s LA brunch journey. The food is passable, but if you came for the food, you didn’t get the memo girl. You come for the atmosphere, the bottomless mimosas on Sundays, and drag queens doing power-splits.
This shrine to Southern comfort food is a brunch spot mecca and its butter-laden menu provides the perfect cure for all your mid-morning spins. You won’t be able to stop eating those biscuits and there’s no need to judge yourself for it. And the rest of the food ain’t too shabby either. Also, the $15 bottomless Kool-Aid mimosas are where it’s at.
Though we miss the original Fatty’s, Open Air is basically the same thing and one of the few places on the list where you can eat your breakfast and watch the game on TV at the same time. In fact, Saturdays and Sundays in the Fall here are all but built around sports enthusiasts, so if that’s not your thing, probably don’t come. But otherwise, this upscale bar has a great open air patio and $15 bottomless mimosas for two hours.