10 Best Breakfast and Brunch Restaurants in Tucson

We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Let's hope that's true, because Tucson boasts an impressive list of great breakfast and brunch spots.

Tucson's best breakfast and brunch spots specialize in fresh ingredients, made from scratch recipes, and inviting early-morning ambiance. Case in point: Frank's Restaurant, a cafe well known around town for its unpretentious atmosphere and great value. Food is served fast, hot and with a friendly smile. And if you get there before 9 am, you can order the popular Early Bird Special, two eggs, your choice of home fries or hash browns, with a side of toast, tortilla or muffin, all for less than two dollars.

If you want to start your day off on a charming note, head to Tucson's Fourth Avenue for breakfast at Blue Willow. The lovely patio at Blue Willow is the perfect place to enjoy a plate of sumptuous French toast with a side of fresh fruit.

For a shot of espresso and a gourmet crepes, head to Cafe Marcel, a charming cafe with a comfy outdoor patio and free Wi-Fi.

Looking for a cool brunch spot in downtown Tucson? Head to Nook - and don't miss their crumpet sandwiches!

For one of the most sophisticated breakfast menus around town, don't miss Prep & Pastry, where you can feast on a killer Bloody Mary and a duck confit hash. 



Formerly known as Cafe Zope, this excellent creperie and espresso bar serves Tucson's bustling university neighborhoods. The cafe is one of the best places in Tucson to enjoy traditional crepes. These scrumptious European-style pancakes are...  Read More



This beach-inspired neighborhood cafe brings the spirit and attitude of the beach to the sunny deserts of Tucson. Sunny Daze Cafe dishes out a great breakfast, with a huge selection of classics including hotcakes, french toast, waffles,...  Read More



The trendy Hotel Congress has a happening little cafe that serves what many consider to be the best breakfast around. All the familiar favorites are offered, along with some more creative options such as the Boom Boom (scrambled eggs, cheese and...  Read More



Baja Cafe is a hidden gem in midtown Tucson. The small cafe is only open for breakfast and lunch, but it's well worth seeking out when you're craving an authentic southwestern meal. The colorful cafe has indoor seating and a shaded patio with...  Read More



Corned beef hash and eggs is the favorite at Robert's, with good reason. It's the real thing! Of course there are other options, including just about every conceivable combination of eggs and breakfast meats is on the menu, along with plenty of...  Read More

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Tucked away in an old house, Blue Willow is renowned for its comfortable, home-style cooking and its charming patio. Shaded in the summer and heated in the winter, it's the perfect spot for a fun weekday lunch with friends or a relaxing weekend...  Read More



Bobo's Restaurant in Tucson offers home style and country breakfasts in a friendly neighborhood dining environment. This local greasy spoon is a favorite with breakfast-lovers looking for hot, tasty breakfast platters. You'll find the usual...  Read More



You won't find elegant dining rooms at Frank's, but that alone is part of this mid-century diner's charm. A long-time Tucson staple and one of the oldest diners in town, Frank's Restaurant is famous for its fast, friendly take on breakfast and...  Read More



Looking for a cool downtown spot to enjoy brunch with friends? Nook in downtown Tucson fits the bill to a tee. This New American "urban kitchen" offers an eclectic breakfast and brunch menu that runs the gamut from light offerings (a frozen...  Read More



Prep and Pastry opened in 2013, announcing itself as a "craft" breakfast, lunch and brunch destination in central Tucson. Essentially, this means dishes are made from scratch and crafted from locally sourced ingredients. The breakfast menu is...  Read More


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