Breakfast/Brunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Breakfast/Brunch restaurants in Los Angeles and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at John O'Groats thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Campanile, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Breakfast/Brunch.

9 Marston's
This cottage-like eatery offers the best breakfast and brunch options in Pasadena. Delight in sourdough French toast rolled in corn flakes, spinach-and-bacon omelets, macadamia-nut pancakes, and chicken-cilantro sausage while taking comfort in the pleasant Western-themed decor and friendly service. There may be a wait on weekends, but the rewards are handsome. (626-796-2459)

8 John O'Groats
This cottage-style eatery in Rancho Park offers an array of breakfast treats, from traditional to downright unique. Delicious options include oatmeal, pancakes, and biscuits, plus some unusual, delicious egg-and-potato dishes. Breakfast specialties include huevos O'Groats, cilantro potato pancakes and eggs, and eggs benedict with crab cakes. Lunch is also a terrific prospect. Don't let the wait deter you from coming, and if you're alone, claim a seat at the counter. Near Rancho Park Golf Course. (310-204-0692)

7 Uncle Bill's Pancake House
Pancakes are the morning specialty at this surfers' hangout, and they come in enough varieties to please even the pickiest of morning eaters. From relatively tame multigrain and buckwheat to blueberry, strawberry, and pineapple, your cakes arrive with a choice of accompanying eggs and breakfast meats. Try the pancake sandwich, a hefty affair consisting of two buttermilk pancakes, two eggs, and bacon or sausage. Those wanting something on the sweet side can choose from an assortment of muffins or decadent chocolate chip pancakes. (310-545-5177)

6 The Raymond Restaurant
In the caretaker's cottage on the grounds of the old Raymond Hotel is a hidden treasure: a jewel of a restaurant simply named The Raymond. Start your experience with a fig appetizer whose main ingredients were fresh-picked from The Raymond's own trees. Brunch and lunch are elaborate affairs, and the well-heeled clientele opt for French toast with sliced bananas or maybe fresh fruit or sliced avocado on a bed of mixed greens. Desserts include a delightful crème brulée and an old-fashioned chocolate cake, both of which are, thankfully, offered at every meal. (626-441-3136)

5 Off Vine
This cheery yellow Arts & Crafts cottage opens its heavy oak door for a hearty brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast buffs are thrilled by a shrimp, tomato, and basil frittata and vegetarian eggs benedict with artichokes, while lunch-lovers appreciate a caesar salad with warm pecan-breaded chicken and a turkey burger of the day. Choices abound, and the menu changes between days, so don't be embarrassed to show up twice in a row. (323-962-1900)

4 Clementine
If you find yourself in this part of the city in the a.m., Clementine is the place to go. On-the-clock regulars love breakfast pastries and the Clementine breakfast sandwich — poached egg, shaved ham, and cheese on a biscuit. If you're in the mood for a more leisurely meal, then homemade granola, eggs Benedict, or a bagel with cream cheese and house-cured gravlax suit quite well. A variety of freshly baked cookies, scones, and muffins are available for take-out, as are a range of dinner entrees to heat up at home. Afternoon tea is $18.95 per person. (310-552-1080)

3 Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Boasting elegant style and service in a world-class hotel, this LA favorite is a top choice for any meal. The beautiful dining room is a relaxed, serene spot in which to start the day, or you may prefer the lush terrace for your morning meal. Breakfast and brunch menus offer excellent traditional options, along with more opulent choices like lemon soufflé pancakes with raspberries, and omelets with smoked salmon and asparagus. (310-472-5234, 800-648-4097)

2 The Griddle Cafe
Regulars at The Griddle Cafe are used to long lines and a distinct lack of atmosphere, but with delights like chili and cheese omelets or "Apple Cobbler" French toast in mind, patrons wait contentedly for tables. Portions are truly enormous, so think twice before ordering platters like a strawberries-and-cream waffle (topped with sour cream) or the Caballero — eggs, cheese, potatoes, chiles, and chicken chorizo stuffed in a huge tortilla. With delicious food and a menu with a sense of humor, this local standby is worth the wait. (323-874-0377)

1 Firefly Bistro
Sunny mornings make brunch at Firefly Bistro a glorious experience, thanks to a dining room "tent" that brings the outdoors in. Diners are sheltered, but the room has a distinctly open-air feel, perfect for a morning meal. Start off with a slice of old-fashioned coffee cake, rich with brown sugar and cinnamon, to balance your espresso. While there's plenty of meat on the menu, vegetarians will love choices like the Green Goddess omelet (with arugula, asparagus, artichokes, and parsley pesto) and the roasted red pepper and feta scramble. Shrimp and grits, grilled and marinated pork and eggs, and deviled Dungeness crab and brie on toast are a few other tempting options. (626-441-2443)


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Marston's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, California
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Pasadena
COST: $
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John O'Groats 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Catering, Counter Seating, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Century City
COST: $
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Uncle Bill's Pancake House 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: MANHATTAN BEACH
COST: $
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The Raymond Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, California
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Sommelier, Wine Cellar
COST: $$
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Off Vine 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, California
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Hollywood
COST: $
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Clementine 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery, California, New American
Dining Options: Catering, Delivery, Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Pastry Chef, Take Out
COST: $
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Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, California, European, French
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Chef's Table, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Sommelier, Wine Cellar
COST: $$$$
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The Griddle Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Hollywood
COST: $
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Firefly Bistro 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Live Music, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: SOUTH PASADENA
COST: $