Top 10 Best Places in Denver for Breakfast/Brunch

Going out to eat is an experience and breakfast or brunch in Denver is overflowing with restaurant possibilities. Let 10Best help feed your soul and fill your belly by pointing you to the best Breakfast/Brunch restaurants in Denver.  10Best readers looking for a reason to dress up, a stuff-yourself-til-you-can’t-move-Sunday-brunch is best tasted at Ellyngtons. For a lighter mood, but equally yummy experience, put on your boogie shoes and sample Disco Brunch at the Corner Office Restaurant + martini bar. For a grab and go breakfast, Moe’s Broadway Bagel is the perfect caffeine fixer-upper -- complemented, of course, by a fresh-baked bagel.

10 Common Grounds
Local artwork adorns exposed brick walls in Common Grands, a Highland Park area coffee shop. Regulars know it as a good place to order a fragrant coffee drink and a pastry and spend time catching up with old friends. Live music and poetry readings are often scheduled in the evenings, and books abound so you can peruse one of your favorites while sipping a steaming cup of hot chocolate and munching on a bagel. WiFi available. (303-458-5248)

9 Second Home Kitchen & Bar
Second Home Kitchen & Bar is located in the JW Marriott Cherry Creek Denver hotel, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late night. Open air dining on their patio is perfect year-round! Warm your toes near its 15-foot fire pit or revel in the sun during Denver's perfect summer weather. Second Home serves homestyle cooking from its kitchen and large in-house rotisserie. Pulled from its brick oven are the popular piping hot artisan pizzas. Popular menu items include Mile High Meatloaf, Chicken + Green Chili Casserole, Colorado Lamb Ragu, and Rotisserie Colorado Chicken. (3032533000)

8 Moe's Broadway Bagel
Moe's Bagel keeps breakfast simple but interesting -- you'll find variety in both type of bread and in luscious spread. Try a plain bagel topped with lox spread or goat cheese, or opt for a poppy-seed bagel skimmed with honey. From whole wheat to chocolate chip, you're sure to find an offering to fit your taste buds and lifestyle. The bright interior and upbeat music will help get you going early in the morning. (303-733-7331)

7 Delectable Egg
The specialty here is eggs, believe it or not, and they really know how to cook 'em. An amazing variety of cheesy omelettes, sizzling skillets, and fluffy scrambles populates the menu, along with waffles, French toast, pancakes and smoothies. Although the full roster of breakfast meats is also on offer, it's still possible to eat a healthy meal here. Just stick with one of the HealthMark choices, such as an egg white omelet bursting with veggies, or whole wheat French toast. Lunch consists of sandwiches and salads, each one as tasty and satisfying as the last. (303-572-8146)

6 Lola Mexican Fish House
If you're for a Mexican variation to your weekend brunch, Lola is the perfect north Denver restaurant, especially during the summer months on the patio where you can dine with a view of downtown Denver. Brunch menu includes traditional favorites with Mexicano twist: Chicken fried Steak ladled chorizo gravy; Lola Huevos; Green Chili Hash, and Al Pastor Benedict -- Pork with pineapple salsa and red chili hollandaise. Garnering high praise in its early years, Lola quickly emerged as a force to be reckoned with. Innovative Mexican and Latin American fare, an emphasis on seafood, and a near-comprehensive selection of tequilas ensure a quality experience. Try fresh guacamole prepared tableside, sample seafood enchiladas, or choose from a wide variety of fish, grilled to perfection and adorned with tasty sauces. Desserts include homemade sorbet and blackberry almond masa cake. (720-570-8686)

5 Root Down
Located in the hip historic northwest Highland neighborhood in a converted 1950s service station, Root Down is Denver's hip answer to unique, sustainable casual dining. The first time you dine at Root Down, you'll uncover one of Denver's innovating and sustainable restaurants. Whether for Saturday or Sunday brunch, daily lunch or dinner, the patio and deck is always a bustle of crowds. Their sustainable dining experience is one of the most interesting in Denver. Fresh herbs and vegetables are harvested from the roof-top and patio gardens. Choose from creative dishes with creative names, such as Devils on Horseback -- Date & Goat Cheese stuffed Peppadews, wraped in Serrano Ham, Smoked Paprik-Sherry Gastrique. Other tasty menu items include Long Farm Pork Chops and Organic Butternut-Ricotta Gnocchi! The soup (Organic Carrot & Thai Red Curry OR Zucchini & Poblano) is always worth ordering. (303-993-4200)

4 Gunther Toody's Diner
Gunther Toody's serves up mornings diner-style. Enjoy the fun '50's era decor, complete with black-and-white checked floor, glass-topped counters, and resident Fonzie-style motorcycle. Heaping portions of classic favorites like buttermilk pancakes, chicken fried steak, and tasty omelets arrive piping hot, and service is always with a smile. As you can imagine, kids love this place! (303-399-1959)

3 Ellyngton's
Although its regular breakfast fare is delicious, Ellyngton's gets many accolades for its sumptuous Sunday brunch. The acclaim is well-deserved, as the champagne buffet ably indicates. A veteran waitstaff and live jazz work their magic, and the food has an allure all its own. Fresh fruit, shrimp, salmon, cheeses, and breads burden the buffet table while steaming dishes of light pancakes and perfectly prepared omelets top linen-covered tables. During the week, the business set populates Ellyngton's, located in the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa. (303-297-3111)

2 Snooze
In pajamas or business attire, Snooze has given Denver's early risers the perfect reason to get out of bed since 2005. Historically, the building once served as a 50s nightclub, and even today the atmosphere is very retro inside. Weekends the waiting list is often never-ending, so get there early and remember the wait is worth it. Don't skip this breakfast diner... especially in the morning. (303-297-0700)

1 The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar Denver
Boogie on down for Disco Brunch at the Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar, every Sunday Funday from 7 am to 3 pm -- no question the most fun you'll have at breakfast. A DJ spins records and the televisions let you get your "Soul Train" on. A Bloody Mary bar perfectly complements the sexy Disco Brunch Menu: you sexy thing, flip side french toast, far-out curry crepes, eggs benedict, real mean eat quiche...and more hip named items. Wear your own disco get-up or pick from the trunk overflowing with big hair and funky, bright Disco-themed clothing. Located inside the Curtis Hotel, the Corner Office Restaurant offers foodies great fun food seven days a week, breakfast-brunch-lunch-dinner and two happy hours. (3038256500)

Diana Rowe landed in Denver more than 25 years ago and has never tired of exploring the Mile High City with her family, her husband, or on her own. The nooks and crannies of Denver’s neighborhoods are as exciting as the tried-and-true attractions,  and Denver is always an adventure waiting to happen. As a travel writer for more than 14 years, Diana has explored many local and international destinations. But home is where the heart is, and Denver is forever etched as one of Diana’s favorite destinations.

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Common Grounds 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Live Music, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Highlands
Second Home Kitchen & Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: CHERRY CREEK
COST: $$$
Moe's Broadway Bagel 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: ALAMO PLACITA
Delectable Egg 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Lodo (Lower Downtown)
Lola Mexican Fish House 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Chef's Table, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Neighborhood: North Denver
COST: $$
Root Down 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Ethnic, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: COMMONS PARK
COST: $$$
Gunther Toody's Diner 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: EAST DENVER
Ellyngton's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$
Snooze 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Neighborhood: Downtown
The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar Denver 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: Ethnic
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$$