The 10 Best Breakfasts And Brunches In San Jose, California

Lemon ricotta pancakes | © Gail/Flickr
Lemon ricotta pancakes | © Gail/Flickr
Photo of Helen Silverstein
12 December 2016

Want to start your day off right in the lively Californian city of San Jose? Read on to find out the best places for breakfast or brunch in this dynamic metropolis.

Lemon ricotta pancakes | © Gail/Flickr

The Table

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Vegan, $$$
Eggs benedict
Eggs benedict | © Isabelle Hurbain-Palatin/Flickr
The Table is a rustic, American style restaurant that uses mostly local ingredients in their foods and makes all of their own juices, syrups, and purees for their drinks on site. For brunch, The Table offers bottomless mimosas for only 10 dollars, as well as bitter sweet hot chocolate to go with their various dishes. The Table serves many popular items for brunch, including French toast with vanilla custard, mushroom with smoked ricotta cheese tartine sandwiches, omelets, and lemon ricotta pancakes with date butter.

Café Gourmet

Cafe, Restaurant, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
Latte | © WikiCommons
Café Gourmet, owned by California Culinary Academy graduate Chef John Stratton, aims to serve high class, gourmet foods at more affordable café prices. Café Gourmet serves many unique items for their breakfast, including fried chicken eggs Benedict, french toast stuffed with bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate, a fried chicken pancake sandwich, and Jamaican banana nut flambé, a twist on banana fosters served over pancakes or french toast and doused in Jamaican rum. Café Gourmet also serves more traditional breakfast items such as eggs, omelets, pancakes, and breakfast burritos.

iJava Café

Cafe, Coffee, Tea , Vegetarian, American
Cinnamon Roll
Cinnamon Roll | © Steven Depolo/WikiCommons
iJava Café was the first coffeehouse in the small Delmas Park neighborhood of downtown San Jose, and still serves good breakfast and other eats to visitors today. Everything on the menu at iJava Café is affordable at under $10 for each item, and breakfast is served all day. iJava Café displays local art on the walls, adding to the café’s fresh vibe, as well as helping the local artist community by selling their work. They serve substantial foods like breakfast burritos and waffles, as well as a variety of coffee drinks.

Bill’s Café

Restaurant, Belgian, Cocktails, American, Vegetarian, $$$
Nestled in the Willow Glen area of San Jose, Bill’s Café is a breakfast and lunch eatery that is known for their homemade croissants and cinnamon rolls as well as their soups which they make from scratch. Bill’s opens early for breakfast at 6:30 am and serves a giant variety of options such as various types of omelets, creative french toasts, belgian waffles, different combinations of eggs Benedict, egg scrambles, and San Jose classics like breakfast burritos and chilaquiles. Bill’s Café also serves a variety of boozy breakfast cocktails at its bar.


Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
Biscuits and gravy
Biscuits and gravy | © Pixabay
Everything at Scrambl’z, from their pancakes to their butter, is made from scratch. The restaurant has a fun, loud, retro vibe, with a converted VW bus parked in the middle, pictures of movie stars and random signs on the wall, and other quirky decor. The Scrambl’z menu has traditional breakfast favorites like eggs Benedict, blueberry pancakes, and french toast, as well as creative items like campfire potatoes, the hot cheesecake waffle, and oatmeal banana brûlée.

Southern Kitchen Coffee Shop

Restaurant, American, Mexican, Fusion
Located right on the Monterey Highway, Southern Kitchen Coffee Shop is a cozy Mexican and American fusion diner. The most popular item at Southern Kitchen Coffee Shop is their Swedish pancakes, a stack of thin, lacy pancakes that come with lingonberry butter sauce and stretch over the plate. Southern Kitchen Coffee Shop also serves other breakfast favorites like French toast, waffles, pancakes, chicken fried steak, and biscuits with gravy. Southern Kitchen Coffee Shop has a large variety of egg dish options such as deep fried clams and eggs, teriyaki chicken and eggs, and grilled calamari with eggs.

Top Nosh

Restaurant, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
Chorizo breakfast burrito
Chorizo breakfast burrito | © JeffreyW/Flickr
Top Nosh Café is a quaint restaurant in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and homemade pastries, baked on site from scratch. Some of Top Nosh Café’s most popular breakfast items are their brioche french toast with a berry compote, spinach strata with gruyere cheese, and frittata, and they also offer creative hot pressed sandwiches like their Fuji apple and brie cheese sandwich with apricot chutney and their fig with olive tapenade sandwich. Top Nosh Café also has a variety of pastries.

Café Rosalena

Restaurant, American, Fast Food, Vegan, Vegetarian
Huevos Rancheros
Huevos Rancheros | Elchavobeer/WikiCommons
Café Rosalena, right on The Alameda in San Jose, is a Mexican American eatery that serves breakfast all day. Café Rosalena is known for their signature orange salsa, a home made, secret ingredient filled concoction that goes well with every item on their menu. The café also offers other home made salsas to go with their dishes. For breakfast, the restaurant offers a variety of breakfast burritos, such as their chorizo burrito, veggie florentine burrito, or bacon burrito. Customers even have the opportunity to build their own breakfast burrito.

Café San Jose

Restaurant, American
Café San Jose is a relaxed, friendly restaurant that is a perfect place to go for breakfast or brunch. Café San Jose has a large breakfast menu including a long list of different types of eggs Benedict dishes, such as corned beef hash Benedict, woody Benedict, and carne asada Benedict. Café San Jose also has many variations of egg scrambles and omelets. In addition to egg dishes, Café San Jose serves other breakfast classics such as waffles, pancakes and a Swedish pancake, and French toast.

Peanuts Deluxe Café

Cafe, Diner, Coffee, Tea , Fast Food, Vegetarian, American
Right next to San Jose State University, Peanuts Delux Café is a cozy diner that serves breakfast and brunch to college students and San Jose residents alike. For breakfast, Peanuts Delux Café serves the traditional combinations of bacon, eggs, and sausages, as well as a variety of omelets including their avocado, tomato, bacon, and cheese omelet as well as a mushroom and cheese omelet. All breakfast items come with hot hash browns and toast. Be warned: this diner only takes cash.

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