Choosing just one place to enjoy brunch can be tricky, which is why we’ve found these great spots for the Westwood foodie. Whether you’re looking for a bottomless mimosa brunch or a quaint café with patio seating, check out our list of the best brunch joints in this LA neighborhood.
Le Pain Quotidien
Cafe, American, $$$
Le Pain Quotidien has universal appeal with several cafés throughout Los Angeles. Stop by Le Pain Quotidien Westwood to pick up a selection of fresh, organic pastries, and you’ll find yourself wanting to stay to enjoy a coffee with your croissant. Le Pain features a diverse menu ranging from Parisian classics, try the popular ham and gruyere omelet, to fresh California-inspired options, such as fresh avocado toast sprinkled with citrus cumin salt. At its latest new location on Gayley, Le Pain has both rustic and modern elements such as a Euro-style wooden communal table and exposed ceilings with an industrial feel.
A favorite among Westwood locals, TLT began as The Lime Truck but secured its own restaurant after winning the Food Truck Challenge. Specializing in gourmet fast food that ‘pleases the palate,’ their daily menu features dishes one might find in a taquería with a notably Pan-Asian twist, such as the seared ahi tuna tacos and the beef short rib quesadilla. Their brunch menu, while only served on weekends, is equally tasty and innovative, with Spanish-inspired dishes such as the chimichurri steak scramble and a breakfast taco. With bottomless mimosas for $15, TLT is the ideal place to unwind with friends and enjoy an irresistible breakfast on a Sunday morning. TLT’s décor is modern and casual, with all dishes served on paper plates or in disposable food trays.
Surrounded by tropical trees and a modern swimming pool, Backyard at the W Hotel invites visitors who need to relax and recharge after a busy week. The hotel’s newly renovated modern main lobby sets the tone for an elegant dining experience. Their menu features well-executed classics such as eggs Benedict, as well as decadent dishes; indulge in lobster truffle grits or eggs W with fresh crab and spinach. The Backyard Restaurant is the perfect spot to grab brunch or an early lunch, whether you are staying at the hotel or in need of a few hours of vacation.
This café and pie shop inspires a bevy of lunch hour patrons to indulge; as they say, ‘life is short, enjoy the simplethings.’ While simplethings specializes in assorted mini pies, the menu also includes a variety of fresh salads, sandwiches, and soups. The menu expands on the weekends to include brunch classics such as chocolate chip pancakes and a veggie frittata. The Westwood location has limited inside seating, but their covered patio offers charming views of Westwood Village.
Located on Westwood Boulevard, this café has the casual ambience of a traditional American diner, complete with a crowd of neighborhood regulars. Mary and Robb’s has been a staple brunch spot in Westwood since 1977. They serve classics such as eggs Benedict and egg scrambles throughout the day, as well as assorted hamburgers, sandwiches and fresh salads. Visitors praise their excellent service and friendly staff. The café boasts plentiful booth seating and a diner counter as well.
Specializing in decadent Italian dishes in the evening, Skylight Gardens becomes a beautiful brunch spot on the weekends with timeless décor, two levels of seating, and natural light from the domed skylight above. Their bottomless mimosas are the perfect accompaniment to blueberry ricotta pancakes or short ribs Benedict. The restaurant has a slightly more formal feel, making it the perfect spot for a celebratory brunch with family or friends.
Located across from Novel Café and adorned with an ivy covered façade, Elysee offers a diverse menu of pastries and baked goods, as well as a café menu with breakfast classics, sandwiches, and salads. Enjoy a slice of their fresh ham and cheese quiche or the tasty salmon Benedict. All brunch dishes are served with potatoes, a croissant, fruit, and orange juice or coffee.