Nothing calls for a long, lingering brunch with cocktails like the holiday season. Here are some of the most fun spots, new and old, for weekend indulging around town.
We have to celebrate long-standing local spot The Luggage Room Pizzeria and La Grande Orange, which has an array of choices—from lemon ricotta pancakes to a green chili burger and swordfish tacos. Plus, the historic 1934 Del Mar train station setting always feels like a special occasion.
Hotel Figueroa’s flagship, Sparrow, just launched a brunch menu developed by chef A. J. McCloud, with coastal Italian-inspired options on a stunning patio overlooking the pool. Don’t miss the caprese omelet with vine-roasted tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and pesto, or the tiramisu waffle featuring espresso, zabaglione custard, and Frangelico.
Speaking of carbs, Poppy + Rose in Downtown L.A. is one of the best options for a chicken-and-waffle sandwich, shrimp and grits, or pulled-pork hash and cocktails, which you can order for breakfast-brunch every day until 3 p.m.
LA Cha Cha Chá in the Arts District now has an expansive brunch menu by chef Paco Moran, with huevos purgatorio and chilaquiles, along with brunch cocktails to be enjoyed on the patio from green juice with rum, to Spicy Baby mango with vodka.
Vegetarian spot Olivia in Koreatown is now serving brunch on weekends with quinoa corn cakes, “crab” toast with hearts of palm and avocado aguachile, or a burrito with coconut rice, black beans, jackfruit, and salsa verde.
Superba in Hollywood has a lovely, shaded patio, great for lingering before a nearby show or art exhibit. Order a Moroccan breakfast with eggs and honeycomb pancakes or a keto plate with applewood smoked bacon and grilled Halloumi, or a Hippie Burger with a fava-chickpea patty.
In Beverly Hills, Ella’s new brunch features cozy cornbread, PB&J overnight oats, and kimchi Bloody Marys. Be sure to head to the Sixty Thompson rooftop lounge afterward to continue the party. Or go underground to The Hideaway in the Rodeo Collection, now offering lunch-brunch daily starting at 11 a.m. Graze on the patio with margaritas, lobster tempura tacos, and filet mignon with chimichurri and tortillas.
For a rooftop pool-party vibe, the Canopy Club at The Shay Hotel in Culver City just added an all-day menu by chef Michael Santoro (formerly of the Beverly Hills Hotel). Private cabanas flank the dining area, where you can order spritzes and kombuchas or a Frenchie omelet, crunchy avocado tacos or whole lobster for two.
Interesting new brunches in Santa Monica include Cobi’s for BLT banh mi and Hainan rice congee or Tallula’s Mexican for the “Pooches & Palomas” dog brunch. For ocean views, Casa del Mar’s new patio offers plenty of seafood options, from lobster rolls to Dungeness crab toast. Nearby, SALT at the Marina del Rey Hotel features views of the boats, mimosa flights, and plenty of oysters.