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 restaurants in Cincinnati and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Busken Bakery thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Marx Hot Bagels, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Breakfast.

First Watch
This is the place where the Cincinnati business breakfast happens. Convenient to the I-71 corridor. Specialties include turkey dill "crepegg" and light, fluffy pancakes. Breakfast is served all day. (513-721-4744)

Marx Hot Bagels
The sign on the door says, "This is not a restaurant, this is an experience!" And, indeed it is. You'll find every imaginable variety of bagel with any type of filling you choose. Jalapeno, chocolate chip, or tropical fruit bagels are among the treats you'll encounter, along with generous servings of flavored cream cheeses, eggs, and PB&J. Get ready for a self-serve counter that's usually jammed. (513-891-5542)

Busken Bakery
This full service catering establishment has been serving luscious items from their full-line bakery since 1928 — pastries, cakes and pies, as well as some of the hottest and freshest donuts in the city. Busken Bakery is guaranteed to deliver the goods — fresh. Service is excellent, and food is superb. (513-871-2114)

National Exemplar
National Exemplar is known around Cincinnati for its great breakfasts. You'll be mesmerized by them too when you get a taste of huge omelets, "Uncle Buck" pancakes, veggie frittatas, and lighter crepes, which satisfy even the largest of appetites. Delicious breakfasts at a very good price. (513-271-2103)

Hathaway's is reminiscent of a '40's-style diner, and counter seating is the order of the day. The menu features a delicious selection of early morning entrees for a light snack or a full meal. In fact, you can enjoy a great breakfast and be entertained by a staff who will know your first name by the time you pay the check. (513-621-1332)

Palace Restaurant
Austere paneling and the formal waitstaff are punctuated by bursts of freshly cut flowers and the reflections of silver serving trays. Just adjacent to the lobby of the 113-year old Cincinnatian Hotel, the Palace serves four-star traditional cuisine along with exotic menu items such as tempura quail, tuna medallion pyramids and breast of chicken with pesto couscous. Dining with companions is the way to go here, especially with the traditional "synchronized lifting" of the serving domes. (513-381-3000, 800-942-9000)

Echo Restaurant
With a track record of good eats and satisfied customers that exceeds sixty years, the Echo must be doing something right. Belly up to the counter on a weekday morning and see for yourself. Hotcakes, sausage, eggs, French toast, home fries, goetta (a German dish made with pork, onions, oats, herbs, and spices) can all be had. Try a Belgian waffle with peach or blackberry compote for a sweet, luscious treat. Many staff members have happily served customers for over 10 years; likewise, some regulars have made a decades-long commitment to the Echo's breakfasts. (513-321-2816)

Maps and Directions

First Watch 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $
Marx Hot Bagels 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: BLUE ASH
Cost: $
Busken Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Neighborhood: HYDE PARK
Cost: $
National Exemplar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Wooster Pike
Cost: $$
Hathaway's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
Cost: $
Palace Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Fountain Square Plaza
Cost: $$$
Echo Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Hyde Park
Cost: $
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