Where To Brunch In West Hollywood
Nowhere in LA is brunch taken more seriously than West Hollywood. Here's how to do it right.
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. 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.
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Connie & Ted's
Over the years, Connie & Ted's has simmered down from ultra-sceney celebrity hotspot to what it was always meant to be: a neighborhood restaurant. On sleepy Saturday mornings, this retro East Coast seafood spot is filled with parents feeding their young children clam chowder and disheveled friends mending a hangover with mimosas and a dozen oysters. And besides smoky linguiça-stuffed clams and buttery lobster rolls with big lumps of meat, the weekend brunch menu offers less fishy dishes like a perfectly cooked steak and eggs and French omelet drenched in a tangy herb cream.
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If your brunch plans prioritize party ambiance over food, Soulmate is your place. Some highlights on this Spanish-inspired menu include creamy chicken croquettes, the not-too-sweet, custard-soaked french toast, and the crispy huevos rotos––poached eggs and smashed potatoes topped with chili oil and jamón serrano. All of these dishes are solid at best but ultimately get overshadowed by the up-tempo crowd sipping passion fruit cocktails on Soulmate's beautiful patio. Expect reggaeton and ABBA remixes at 11am.
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Blue Daisy Melrose
Brunch in Weho doesn't have to be a weekend-only activity, especially when there are convenient options like Blue Daisy. Located inside the Palihotel, this cozy, low-ceiling restaurant serves brunch every day with a mix of staples like french toast and smoked salmon bagels, along with Middle Eastern-leaning dishes like shakshuka and za'atar-dusted eggs with spicy sujuk sausage. And for a place right off traffic-filled Melrose, Blue Daisy feels noticeably zen, making it a great place to catch up with someone over scrambled eggs and Turkish coffee.
Brunch at Ardor is a grown-up affair. This dark and moody tropical-ish restaurant on the ground floor of the West Hollywood Edition offers a slightly over-the-top $85 prix fixe menu that’s perfect for special occasions. It begins with a range of shareable starters like a pastry basket, raw seafood sampler, and crispy short rib croquettes. Then you’ll get to choose an entree, followed by treats from their all-you-can-eat dessert station full of macaroons, cream puffs, and mini soufflés. They have a full cocktail list, but most people here share bottles of sauvignon blanc and talk about who showed up at Soho House the night before. If you're looking for somewhere to get dressed up for a Weho brunch without feeling out of place, this is it.
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The Butcher's Daughter
Whenever we need to make vegan brunch plans, Butcher's Daughter tops the list. Weekends here are crowded and a bit chaotic, but the tater tot-stuffed breakfast burrito and jackfruit "crab cake" benedict are worth any hassle. Just put your name in and go wander around a nearby boutique full of overpriced candles until your table is ready. They also have an all-you-can-eat breakfast bar on weekdays for just $28, which includes coffee, cold-press juices, "chicken" & waffles, and frittatas. If you can, grab a table on their tiny front patio for some of the best people-watching on the Westside.
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.
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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.
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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.
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The Abbey Food & Bar
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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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.
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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.