The term “brunch” – a combination of the words “breakfast” and “lunch” became popular in the early 20th century after British journalist Guy Beringer rightfully stated that it promotes “human happiness.” It was originally meant for “Saturday night carousers” said Beringer in his article, which was originally published in Hunter’s Weekly. “[Brunch] is talk-compelling,” he wrote. “It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” We agree. Without further ado, here are the top 5 brunch spots in Los Angeles. What are you waiting for? Go get happy.
1 Culina at the Four Seasons Los Angeles
Culina is a cornucopia of amazing food. It is one of the most popular brunches in LA - during awards season it is hands down the most frequented brunch spot in the City of Angels - but its allure certainly doesn't diminish when little golden trophies aren't on the table either. The options here are endless, from the gourmet omelette station to sushi, pancakes, Dim Sum stations, healthy salads, eggs benedict stations and a plethora of desserts for those who delight in sweet treats. This brunch is only available on Sundays and special holidays; a la carte items are also available for those who might get overwhelmed by the buffet set-up.
300 S Doheny Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (310) 860-4000
2 Soho House
Members and their guests can enjoy the Sunday brunch menu at Soho House, a private members club in West Hollywood. Enjoy the picture-perfect weather and opt to sit in the outside patio while enjoying options that range from the truly LA Quinoa Bowl and Homemade Granola to the more indulgent Cheeseburger or Breakfast BLT. And why not booze while you brunch? There are the traditional bellinis and mimosas, as well as a handful of designer craft cocktails; Clover juices are also available for those who have to drive.
9200 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (310) 432-9200
3 The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel
The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel tops our lists for just about everything. It is an elegant space that caters to the A-list and social set alike, and has amazing food. Their brunch is exquisite. On a nice day, definitely opt to sit outside in the secret garden-like atmosphere while enjoying your Kir Royale and fan favorite items like the McCarthy Salad - Grilled Chicken, Baby Romaine Lettuce, Tomato, Bacon Eggs Avocado, Red Beets, Aged Cheddar, Balsamic Vinaigrette - and the So-Cal Omelet - Mexican Chorizo, Avocado, Jack Cheese and Hash Browns.
9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 887-2777
4 Tres by Jose Andres
If you like the unconventional, and want a brunch with a twist, there's no better spot than Tres. In typical Jose Andres style, the items here are fusions of your favorite dishes, combined to make something new and exquisite. Try the Croissantini - a pressed croissant sandwich with eggs, chicken sausage and herb cream cheese - or the Olive Oil Mini Pancakes with honey or maple syrup and seasonal mixed berries. We also adore the 12 Quail Eggs Sunny Side Up with huevos a la cubana “andy garcia” and the fact that yes, even during brunch, there is a caviar station on hand. How haute.
465 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (310) 246-5551
5 One Pico at Shutters on the Beach
We love the brunch at One Pico, the upscale eatery at Shutters on the Beach, as much for its oceanfront location as we do its edible delicacies. Soak in the sight of the sea while you nibble on dishes like Pork Belly Hash with sweet onions, crispy potatoes, peppers and two eggs, or Belgian Waffles with local berries and whipped marscapone. Toast your good fortune with one of the eatery's delightful cocktails: we simply love the Starfish Mojito - coconut rum, mint, lemon, lime and cucumber, because it seems entirely appropriate that it should be consumed while sitting by the beach.
1 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (310) 587-1717