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An overhead view of plates from Babette including French toast and an open-faced sandwich. Lauren Saria

19 Excellent East Bay Brunch Spots

Start your weekend right with eggs, beignets, and dim sum

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Whether weekend brunch serves as your reward after tackling a long hike in the Berkeley Hills or just a chill way to ease into a lazy Sunday, East Bay restaurants have you covered. There’s a brunch spot for just about every mood from homey mom-and-pop spots where the menu brims with American classics to buzzy destinations where big groups can dig into shareable plates. Craving dim sum? There are plenty of great options on this side of the bridge.

And if you’re looking for brunch options in the city, here’s our guide to the hottest brunches in San Francisco.

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Bull Valley Roadhouse

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If you’re looking for a destination brunch spot, this one is it. If you’re feeling adventurous, follow the meandering roads to Port Costa, where Bull Valley Roadhouse is hosting its “Sunday Service” brunch on, well, Sundays. The selections rotate, but a recent option included the hangtown fry, that locally-famous scrambled egg dish featuring fried oysters, bacon, and hash browned potatoes.

Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant

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Saigon Harbor remains one of the East Bay’s strongest weekend dim sum options — the fried taro dumplings, steamed rice rolls, and sticky rice in lotus leaf all rank among the tops in the area.

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Sistory Thai Kitchen

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Sistory Thai Kitchen serves a menu that appeals to those who want the standardest of standard breakfasts — i.e. a proper buttermilk pancake or an eggs benedict — but it’s when the menu branches out that the food truly shines. For instance, the Get Up N Fly features crisp russet potato wedges (topped with a fried egg, it’s breakfast after all) with a yellow curry sauce perfect for re-dipping bites of potato. On the sweeter side, the pancakes with the Thai tea syrup might be up your alley.

This bright Berkeley spot does a bountiful weekend brunch, when diners can order table-sized mezze platters piled high with all sorts of fresh-baked breads, dips, and pickled vegetables. There’s a cozy outdoor patio and an airy indoor dining room which a view of the kitchen, where you may even spot chef Mona Leena artfully building each of the many platters for guests.

A platter of food including hummus, baba ganoush, pickled vegetables, fruit salad, and fresh breads. Lauren Saria/Eater SF

Babette

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It’s easy to get caught up in the breezy cheerfulness of Babette’s back patio, and thankfully the brunch menu gives diners many reasons to linger. The brunch menu is a mix of standards and items special to Babette. For the brunch traditionalists, order a French toast or waffles; for those who prefer something else, try the tomato, basil, goat cheese quiche. A group might enjoy sharing Mediterranean platter as well, which includes smoked salmon, beet hummus, lebnah and more.

An overhead view of plates from Babette including French toast and an open-faced sandwich. Lauren Saria

La Note

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The classic downtown Berkeley brunch spot, a favorite for generations of Cal students, is still welcoming long lines of diners to enjoy pain perdu, French-style omelettes, and combo plates like the “Cote Ouest”: a three-egg omelette with ratatouille, homefries, and a choice of toast. The garlicky breakfast potatoes alone are worth a visit.

Standard Fare

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Perhaps best known for its weekday focaccia sandwich brown bag lunches, Chez Panisse alum Kelsie Kerr’s West Berkeley breakfast and lunch spot also serves up a mean Saturday brunch. The menu changes every day, but keep an eye out for sticky buns, sourdough waffles, and picture-perfect fried eggs.

Lois the Pie Queen

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This North Oakland institution serves a mean fried chicken breakfast plate, with or without the waffle, but the real star of its breakfast and brunch menu is what’s probably the creamiest, most delicious side of grits you can find in the East Bay. No one will blame you if you finish your morning meal here with a slice of pie.

Kitchen Story

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This Rockridge restaurant is serves its brunch dishes every day. The menu aims to offer something for everyone, from pancakes and Benedicts to morning fare with Korean and other international influences: omurice, morning tacos with kalbi, and Korean fried chicken and waffles.

Alem's Coffee

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This cozy coffee shop across from the Temescal DMV serves some of the tastiest Eritrean breakfast dishes around. The shihan ful, a spicy fava bean dip that comes with two warm, crusty French rolls, is the must-order dish, but the cafe’s excellent Eritrean-style “frittata” (like an onion-y scramble) also has its fair share of devotees.

FOB Kitchen

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FOB Kitchen offers three-day-a-week brunch hours, which means you can snag one of their silogs (garlic rice breakfast plates) — try the one with tocino or a Filipino eggplant omelette — on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings.

Nibs Restaurant

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Huge classic American breakfasts are the calling card of this West Oakland diner, a reborn version of a beloved El Cerrito spot. Well-stuffed omelets and fluffy, buttery pancakes are the way to go here, but the Asian-leaning dishes (teriyaki plates and such) are worth trying too.

High 5ive

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If you’re looking for a brunch filled with the best breakfast and lunch standards, but with premium cocktails and a view, High 5ive is your place. The menu has something for everyone, from the lighter overnight oats and French toast options, to a heartier shrimp and grits, and brunch sandwich complete with turkey and egg whites. If you overdid it the night before and looking for a little “hair of the dog,” the staff is ready to let you order with your sunglasses on (really, it says so on the menu) and sip on a replenishing bloody mary, if you so choose.

Occitania

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If you prefer nice, stately surroundings for your weekend brunch, Occitania might be your best bet. With art floating overhead and filling the walls, plus a menu that skews both French and American, it’s a winner for when you’re looking for something that feels right for a special occasion. Head to the oeufs section, if a brunch isn’t complete without eggs, and feast on either a quiche sans croute (a wild mushroom quiche without crust), or try a more familiar “French” toast — their quotations, not ours — and croque monsieur.

Split has finally branched out to Oakland, and it’s possibly one of the best brunch menus to satisfy the varying appetites of a group. Not only is there a good selection of sweet and savory breakfast options, but now your “I don’t really eat breakfast” friend has some decent burger and sandwich choices — a buffalo crispy chicken sandwich being just one example — and your “I try to eat healthy at all times” friend will thank you for picking this spot, with its array of salads.

Grand Lake Kitchen

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By far the most popular brunch spot in the vicinity of Lake Merritt (the weekend lines are legendary), Grand Lake Kitchen has its all-day brunch menu that includes both sweet and savory versions of French toast. The restaurant has a second location in the Dimond that’s also open.

Bar Comal

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Bar Comal recently debuted its brunch menu and along with serving the hits you’ve learned to love from Comal Next Door, now you can have chilaquiles in a chipotle chile salsa and huevos a la Mexicana, a soft scramble made with green beans, tomatoes, and cheese.

Peony Seafood Restaurant

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You’ll find all the classics here, but also slightly more contemporary and hard-to-find options: Buried in the restaurant’s vast menu are gems like pan-fried daikon cake with XO sauce; crispy-garlic-topped “typhoon style” taro cake; and cute, Instagram-ready piggy-faced steamed custard buns.

Sequoia Diner

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The chic Laurel District diner is open for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch, Wednesday through Sunday. The waffles and biscuits are spectacular, as are the breakfast sandwiches, and there are plenty of vegetarian-friendly options — and bloody marys and Irish coffees to boot.

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Bull Valley Roadhouse

If you’re looking for a destination brunch spot, this one is it. If you’re feeling adventurous, follow the meandering roads to Port Costa, where Bull Valley Roadhouse is hosting its “Sunday Service” brunch on, well, Sundays. The selections rotate, but a recent option included the hangtown fry, that locally-famous scrambled egg dish featuring fried oysters, bacon, and hash browned potatoes.

Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant

takeout dim sum containers Luke Tsai

Saigon Harbor remains one of the East Bay’s strongest weekend dim sum options — the fried taro dumplings, steamed rice rolls, and sticky rice in lotus leaf all rank among the tops in the area.

takeout dim sum containers Luke Tsai

Sistory Thai Kitchen

Sistory Thai Kitchen serves a menu that appeals to those who want the standardest of standard breakfasts — i.e. a proper buttermilk pancake or an eggs benedict — but it’s when the menu branches out that the food truly shines. For instance, the Get Up N Fly features crisp russet potato wedges (topped with a fried egg, it’s breakfast after all) with a yellow curry sauce perfect for re-dipping bites of potato. On the sweeter side, the pancakes with the Thai tea syrup might be up your alley.

Lulu

A platter of food including hummus, baba ganoush, pickled vegetables, fruit salad, and fresh breads. Lauren Saria/Eater SF

This bright Berkeley spot does a bountiful weekend brunch, when diners can order table-sized mezze platters piled high with all sorts of fresh-baked breads, dips, and pickled vegetables. There’s a cozy outdoor patio and an airy indoor dining room which a view of the kitchen, where you may even spot chef Mona Leena artfully building each of the many platters for guests.

A platter of food including hummus, baba ganoush, pickled vegetables, fruit salad, and fresh breads. Lauren Saria/Eater SF

Babette

An overhead view of plates from Babette including French toast and an open-faced sandwich. Lauren Saria

It’s easy to get caught up in the breezy cheerfulness of Babette’s back patio, and thankfully the brunch menu gives diners many reasons to linger. The brunch menu is a mix of standards and items special to Babette. For the brunch traditionalists, order a French toast or waffles; for those who prefer something else, try the tomato, basil, goat cheese quiche. A group might enjoy sharing Mediterranean platter as well, which includes smoked salmon, beet hummus, lebnah and more.

An overhead view of plates from Babette including French toast and an open-faced sandwich. Lauren Saria

La Note

The classic downtown Berkeley brunch spot, a favorite for generations of Cal students, is still welcoming long lines of diners to enjoy pain perdu, French-style omelettes, and combo plates like the “Cote Ouest”: a three-egg omelette with ratatouille, homefries, and a choice of toast. The garlicky breakfast potatoes alone are worth a visit.

Standard Fare

Perhaps best known for its weekday focaccia sandwich brown bag lunches, Chez Panisse alum Kelsie Kerr’s West Berkeley breakfast and lunch spot also serves up a mean Saturday brunch. The menu changes every day, but keep an eye out for sticky buns, sourdough waffles, and picture-perfect fried eggs.

Lois the Pie Queen

This North Oakland institution serves a mean fried chicken breakfast plate, with or without the waffle, but the real star of its breakfast and brunch menu is what’s probably the creamiest, most delicious side of grits you can find in the East Bay. No one will blame you if you finish your morning meal here with a slice of pie.

Kitchen Story

This Rockridge restaurant is serves its brunch dishes every day. The menu aims to offer something for everyone, from pancakes and Benedicts to morning fare with Korean and other international influences: omurice, morning tacos with kalbi, and Korean fried chicken and waffles.

Alem's Coffee

This cozy coffee shop across from the Temescal DMV serves some of the tastiest Eritrean breakfast dishes around. The shihan ful, a spicy fava bean dip that comes with two warm, crusty French rolls, is the must-order dish, but the cafe’s excellent Eritrean-style “frittata” (like an onion-y scramble) also has its fair share of devotees.

FOB Kitchen

FOB Kitchen offers three-day-a-week brunch hours, which means you can snag one of their silogs (garlic rice breakfast plates) — try the one with tocino or a Filipino eggplant omelette — on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings.

Nibs Restaurant

Huge classic American breakfasts are the calling card of this West Oakland diner, a reborn version of a beloved El Cerrito spot. Well-stuffed omelets and fluffy, buttery pancakes are the way to go here, but the Asian-leaning dishes (teriyaki plates and such) are worth trying too.

High 5ive

If you’re looking for a brunch filled with the best breakfast and lunch standards, but with premium cocktails and a view, High 5ive is your place. The menu has something for everyone, from the lighter overnight oats and French toast options, to a heartier shrimp and grits, and brunch sandwich complete with turkey and egg whites. If you overdid it the night before and looking for a little “hair of the dog,” the staff is ready to let you order with your sunglasses on (really, it says so on the menu) and sip on a replenishing bloody mary, if you so choose.

Occitania

If you prefer nice, stately surroundings for your weekend brunch, Occitania might be your best bet. With art floating overhead and filling the walls, plus a menu that skews both French and American, it’s a winner for when you’re looking for something that feels right for a special occasion. Head to the oeufs section, if a brunch isn’t complete without eggs, and feast on either a quiche sans croute (a wild mushroom quiche without crust), or try a more familiar “French” toast — their quotations, not ours — and croque monsieur.

Split

Split has finally branched out to Oakland, and it’s possibly one of the best brunch menus to satisfy the varying appetites of a group. Not only is there a good selection of sweet and savory breakfast options, but now your “I don’t really eat breakfast” friend has some decent burger and sandwich choices — a buffalo crispy chicken sandwich being just one example — and your “I try to eat healthy at all times” friend will thank you for picking this spot, with its array of salads.

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Grand Lake Kitchen

By far the most popular brunch spot in the vicinity of Lake Merritt (the weekend lines are legendary), Grand Lake Kitchen has its all-day brunch menu that includes both sweet and savory versions of French toast. The restaurant has a second location in the Dimond that’s also open.

Bar Comal

Bar Comal recently debuted its brunch menu and along with serving the hits you’ve learned to love from Comal Next Door, now you can have chilaquiles in a chipotle chile salsa and huevos a la Mexicana, a soft scramble made with green beans, tomatoes, and cheese.

Peony Seafood Restaurant

You’ll find all the classics here, but also slightly more contemporary and hard-to-find options: Buried in the restaurant’s vast menu are gems like pan-fried daikon cake with XO sauce; crispy-garlic-topped “typhoon style” taro cake; and cute, Instagram-ready piggy-faced steamed custard buns.

Sequoia Diner

Sequoia Diner

The chic Laurel District diner is open for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch, Wednesday through Sunday. The waffles and biscuits are spectacular, as are the breakfast sandwiches, and there are plenty of vegetarian-friendly options — and bloody marys and Irish coffees to boot.

Sequoia Diner

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