Summer in L.A. There’s simply nothing better than a lazy weekend afternoon with friends, clinking mimosas, indulging in brioche french toast, bacon and eggs, and making the most of those precious days off work. Brunch happens to be one of my favorite pastimes, so I’ve spent a lot of hours (and calories) doing the hard research for you. Here are my ten favorite brunch spots you can find me at any given Sunday this summer.
If you like your brunch with a view, it’s hard to top Malibu Farm. Sitting on the end of the iconic Malibu Pier, perched above the Pacific Ocean, this casual spot is a beachlover’s dream. Think simple, fresh, organic foods — with a few Swedish influences. My personal favorite is the Swedish mini pancakes with whipped cream and berries.
As the central hub of the Brentwood Country Mart, Farmshop is a constantly buzzing artisan market-meets-eatery, perfect for both quick meals and leisurely Saturdays. My favorite items is the farm egg salad.
225 26th Street, Brentwood; 310-566-2400
If you want to spend the afternoon feeling like you’ve been transported to France, Terrine, the brand new Californian brasserie is the place for you. The patio is an ideal place to bask in the sun while indulging in some extra-outgrageous items like the Pain Perdu, two thick slices of vanilla-battered french toast topped with a big dollop of sea-salt caramel frosting.
8265 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood; 323-746-5130
This summertime staple owes it popularity to not only their beautiful Spanish style patio, but their extensive brunch menu that features things like bacon wrapped dates, grilled asparagus with polenta, and meyer lemon french toast with pistachio. Yum!
8700 W. 3rd Street, Beverly Grove; (310) 859-9859
What’s better than having brunch in a bright cheery restaurant in Venice? Close to nothing, especially with something like gravlax and a crispy poached egg or buttermilk blueberry pancakes to go along with it.
1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; (310) 396-9333
Eat your brunch in a magical treehouse in the heart of Silverlake. Cliff’s Edge’s food is as good as the setting is spectacular. Try the chicken and waffles and creamy grits.
3626 Sunset Blvd., Silverlake; (323) 666-6116
Republique’s rotating brunch menu includes items like kimchi fried rice with egg and short ribs, an oversized Belgian waffle, and an array of freshly baked pastries. Enjoy the food while marveling at the gorgeously intricate castle-like architecture.
624 S. La Brea Ave., Mid-Wilshire; (310) 362-6115
There is one simple reason that my sister threw my birthday brunch here last year – I absolutely love it and so do all of my friends. You cannot go wrong with Cecconi’s brunch, from the beautiful sun-drenched patio to the mouthwatering ricotta pancakes, everything aligns to make the perfect Sunday afternoon brunch.
8764 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood; (310) 432-2000
If you’re lucky enough to be a member, or know one, then the Soho House Sunday Brunch is not to be missed. Between the relaxed atmosphere, unbeatable views, and never-ending buffet, it’s easy to get lost on a Sunday and end up staying there until the sun goes down.
9200 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood; (310) 432-9200
A round-up of LA’s most extravagant brunches would not be complete without the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills topping my list. With it’s modern culinary twists and turns, this traditional Sunday brunch is the most elaborate brunch buffet you’ll probably ever see. The hotel’s restaurant, Culina Modern Italian, offers station after station with everything you could possibly hope for and more. Fresh juice bars, customized Bloody Marys, fresh sushi, dim sum, and sweet treats are only a few of items you can plan on over-indulding in.
300 South Doheny Drive, Los Angeles; (310) 273-2222