Brunch is always a good idea. When the calendar strikes Friday I’m already looking up some good spots for that “Weekend Brunch”. It’s always a struggle to find a place which has the perfect ambiance, food and bottomless mimosa to refresh your weekend. So, to all my fellow brunchaholics here is a compiled list of some of my favorite brunch spots with best views in LA.
1. BacariW 3rd
Location: 8030 W 3rd #3/4, Los Angeles CA 90048
Cuisine: American, Italian
It’s truly a hideaway patio hotspot. Even when the Uber dropped us off, I literally walked past it and did not notice the entrance. The entrance is like an alley way, which leads to a stylish modern Mediterranean vibe set patio with rustic wooden details and splashes of gold. There are huge trees growing out of the middle of the outdoor dining room and lights hanging from every branch, so it feels a bit like you’ve accidentally stumbled into a fairy tale. Popularly known as a wine bar, it also has a great brunch menu on the weekends.
Must order Brunch items: Chorizzo Pizza, Shawarma tacos and `Dutch baby` pancakes.
2. The Bunglow Santa Monica
Location: 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Going back in time to those good old college feels. An actual bungalow at Santa Monica—this place is a boho retreat decorated in Baja-Cali style, instantly making you feel like you stepped into a house party. Just a couple of steps from the ocean, it would be a great spot to witness the gorgeous pink-gold sunsets of LA with a craft margarita in hand. It also has a surf-themed billiards room, a firepit and outdoor ping pong table that adds to the college ambiance.
This place quickly turns into a Hollywood-style soiree during the weekend, where the classic tunes add to the romanticism of a seaside cottage with a beautiful patio.
Drink This: Bitchin’ Sangria, Mezcal based cocktails
3. Broken Shaker at Freehand LA
Location: 416 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Cuisine: Cocktail Bar, American
A rooftop oasis with sweeping views of the LA downtown. This rooftop bar with a pool offers an eclectic menu of handcrafted cocktails and small bites. Set with colorful beach chaises, fairy lights and Caribbean music this place immediately impressed me. If you get bored of going to the same rooftops in DTLA, this can be your new hub.
It gets really cold in the winter so dress warm (or not- they do give you cute little blankets if you’re really cold).
Drink This: Neon Nights
4. Gracias Madre
Location: 8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Cuisine: Plant based Mexican
If you’re thinking Vegan and Mexican, this place is your heaven. This restaurant on Melrose in West Hollywood has one of the best atmospheres for brunch, with a pretty courtyard and classy elegant crowd. If I was living close to west Hollywood this would be my go-to place after a yoga session to snack on some healthy options + a post workout margarita.
The food here is bomb!! The guacamole was refreshingly amazing and everything we ordered was super flavorful and perfectly seasoned. Their delicious dishes almost made me forget that it’s vegan.
The place and its surrounding areas are always crawling with celebrities so don’t fail to dress up.
Must order items: Cauliflower Frito, Young Coconut Ceviche, Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos
5. The Highlight Room
Location: 6417 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
A rooftop venue at the top of the Dream Hollywood; This place offers unobstructed, 360-degree views of Los Angeles, ranging from the Hollywood sign to the downtown skyline. Complimenting a great atmosphere, be sure to order some truly superb brunch with bottomless mimosa. It is a perfect getaway to relax by the pool, treat yourself to some delicious grill bites surrounded by lush greenery and those unforgettable views. (I almost dressed to blend in with all the green)
During the weekend at sundown, this place transforms into the best place to party under the stars in Los Angeles, while the swimming pool turns into a dance floor with the hydraulic technology.
Must order brunch items: Avacado Toast, Thai BBQ Chicken Chop
6. Mama’s Shelter
Location: 6500 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Cuisine: American, Cocktail Bars
A beach vibe right in the heart of Hollywood. Just an eight-minute walk from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, this funky rooftop place is a great stop to grab a couple of mules overlooking the flickering neons of Hollywood Blvd. The rooftop has colorful and comfy bed like seating for groups, with mexican blankets and umbrellas to provide cover on a sunny day. The inside of this place is quite an interesting piece of artwork with colorful walls and furniture.
This place resonates a happy and vibrant atmosphere and is a great spot to a spend a quintessential sunny LA day catching up with friends.
Drink: The Intruder and Irish Mule
7. Catch LA
Location: 8715 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Cuisine: Sushi Bar, Seafood
Beware: Entering your Instagram Paradise. Located on the corner of Melrose and San Vicente, Catch LA is rooftop haven sporting lots of greenery and a spectacular view of the Hollywood Hills. As you step out of the elevator lobby, you are whisked into a secret garden with pink and white flowers dropping down on you, as your walk down the brightly lit garden path illuminating the spirit of the city of Angels. Every corner of this place is so picturesque and if you are lucky you might even snag a photo with a celebrity. But that’s not all! To match these grand surroundings, be sure to devour some of their best sushi and signature cocktails.
We went in to celebrate Naveen’s birthday and absolutely fell in love with the place and service. With its signature open kitchen, set against such a lively atmosphere, this place provides the best blend of grandeur and yummy tummy. If I had to describe this place in one line: Instagram worthy, celebrity sightings and creative seafood-focused food & cocktails paradise.
Note: Be sure to make a reservation before you go in coz no kidding; this place is popular and always packed.
Must order items: The catch roll, Herb-roasted Branzino, #HitMe Chocolate Cake
Drink This: Pineapple Trainwrecks, Meatpacking Manhattan
8. Fig and Olive
Location: 8490 Melrose Pl, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Cuisine: Mediterranean, French
Located on the corner of Melrose Place & La Cienega, this spot is such an effortless escape to the French Riviera. Greeted by an outdoor patio decked with floral backdrop and bright-colored tables this is another one for the gram. As you step inside and walk through the bar you find yourself in an elegant orchard dining room, with a sprinkle of vegetation to add to the incredible bright and airy ambiance. There is a tree strung with lights behind the bar that goes up to the next floor. Everything about this place speaks elegance and upscale.
We came in here for brunch and enjoyed endless rosé while munching on some tastefully set signature crostini.
Originated in Provence, this restaurant pays tribute to both Mediterranean and Italian flavors which beams the perfect spot for food connoisseurs like Naveen and me. We ordered the Paella Del Mar and the Rosemary Shrimp Fettuccine to taste both the traditions. The paella was the perfect portion, came with a wide array of seafood, and had a creamy sauce on the side. The Fettuccine was topped with seasoned shrimp and cooked to such perfection that I could’ve eaten two plates; It was so good. But the desert topped it off, we ordered the Chocolate Obsession and the whipped truffle ganache on the chocolate cake with a glaze of raspberries was like a taste explosion with each bite.
Must order items: Paella Del Mar, Rosemary Shrimp Fettuccine, Chicken Tajine, Chocolate Obsession
Other places worth checking out:
- Nick’s on Beverly
- The Beverly Hills Hotel-The Cabana Cafe
- The Pump
- Perch LA
- Cliff’s edge
All opinions are my own.
What would you like to add to this list of best brunch spots in LA?
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