The 10 Best Brunch And Late Breakfast Spots In Downtown Sacramento

Photo of Sierra Brown
25 November 2016

Downtown Sacramento is the central business district of Sacramento. We have listed the best restaurants for breakfast and brunch in this area.

Cito Espresso, Vancouver | © H. Michael Karshis/Flickr

Fluid Espresso Bar

Bakery, Bar, American, Coffee
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Fluid Espresso Bar was established in 2006, bringing to downtown Sacramento an extensive menu of beverages and locally roasted coffee. They later tapped into their many years of baking experience and added their micro-bakery. Fluid Espresso Bar serves fresh breakfast to its guests using not only fresh, but quality, local, and seasonal ingredients. Their breakfast items are simple, featuring bagels, croissants, and breakfast sandwiches, but the flavors that these meals possess are wonderful.

Perko's Farm Fresh

Cafe, American
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Spinach Salad with Raspberries
Spinach Salad with Raspberries | © Highcarbonsteel/WikiCommons
Perko’s Farm Fresh established its roots in California because it’s where their people were born and raised, as well as in little towns like Sanger, Reedley, and Selma. They use the freshest produce and livestock for their meals, which is why they added the tag ‘Farm Fresh’ to their name. This is apparent in their meals, from their fresh baked pies to their signature salads, steaks, and poultry. They receive the finest quality foods from farmers, cattlemen, ranchers, and local businesses.


Restaurant, French
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Crepeville: Peanut Butter and Nutella
Crepeville: Peanut Butter and Nutella | © Cam Evans/Flickr
Crepeville has received multiple awards including Best Breakfast, Best Dessert, Writer’s Choice Best Burger, and One of the Top 10 Lunches in Sacramento. This restaurant has been working hard to earn those awards since it was established in 1990. Crepeville is family-owned and, as the awards state, serves one of the best breakfasts in Sacramento. Their fresh meals are healthy alternatives to fast food at affordable prices. Crepeville serves both savory and sweet breakfast meals, including eggs, omelets, sandwiches, and bagels.

Waffle Square Country Kitchen

Restaurant, American
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This venue began with the vision of a young boy named Bill Johnson. At 14 he was hired at a hamburger stand, and in 1939 he and a friend rented an empty storefront and opened a restaurant. Their sign read ‘Country Kitchen,’ and they served burgers for a nickel and steak sandwiches for a dime. Johnson’s philosophy, ‘treat folks special,’ took him a long way. His restaurant expanded and the menu changed with the lifestyle of its guests. Today, they can enjoy a contemporary full-service restaurant that serves amazing breakfast meals from cream cheese pancakes to corn beef hash skillet.

Ambrosia Cafe

Pastry Shop, Pastries, Dessert, $$$
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French Pastries
French Pastries | © You As A Machine/Flickr
Ambrosia Cafe is a small, family-owned restaurant that serves fresh baked pastries, seasonal soups, salads, and sandwiches in addition to its famous breakfast. Located in the heart of Sacramento’s downtown, Ambrosia Cafe has been serving locals, travelers, politicians, government employees and more. Visit this restaurant and see why locals and travelers alike enjoy the crème brûlée, French toast, perfect morning panini, slow-cooked Irish steel oatmeal and much more. Ambrosia has also been called ‘the best place to people watch.’


Cafe, American, Vegetarian, Soup, $$$
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Steamers offers its guests refreshing choices for a quality breakfast or lunch meal, as well as a quick cup of coffee. This restaurant provides a casual and welcoming setting, with comfy seats and friendly staff. Steamers opened in 1994 as a coffee house and now satisfies all its customers by serving full breakfast and lunch meals, and also beer and wine. Their breakfast is the star, with meals like the breakfast taco, the full deal, buttermilk breakfast biscuit, and chilaquiles. They also serve traditional breakfast including a variety of flavored pancakes.

Vines Cafe

Bistro, Cafe, American, Vegetarian
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Vines Cafe is the perfect place to visit for breakfast and brunch. They serve traditional meals like corned beef hash and dungeness crab Benedict, but they also offer a breakfast buffet. Their chefs use only the freshest produce and seasonal ingredients to allow guests to experience the tastes of the rich culinary diversity in the California region. Vines Cafe is located in the Hyatt Regency Sacramento so guests can enjoy beautiful hotel views while discovering the tasty array of flavorful and healthy dishes that showcase the Hyatt’s dedication to sustainable and thoughtfully sourced meals.

The Golden Bear

Bar, Restaurant, American
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The Golden Bear, Sacramento
The Golden Bear, Sacramento | © Larry Miller/Flickr
If you’re looking for something different, stop by The Golden Bear for an impressive selection of breakfast and brunch items that you won’t find anywhere else. If you dine here, you can expect to enjoy meals like the TGB breakfast tacos, pineapple scramble, breakfast pizza, and breakfast Lucy, which is 1/2 pound of Angus Beef stuffed with cheese, bacon, egg, and spices. TGB serves food that gives a whole new meaning to breakfast and brunch. This restaurant is family-friendly. Don’t be afraid to try the Absolut Peppar Bloody Mary and ‘Nearly Bottomless’ Mimosa.


Diner, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Pilothouse serves breakfast Monday through Friday and brunch Saturday and Sunday. The meals include both traditional and nontraditional dishes, from your standard eggs Benedict to the exciting scrambled eggs and smoked salmon and crab cake eggs Benedict. Pilot only uses fresh, organic eggs for the meals. The restaurant is located in the Delta King Hotel in Sacramento, and is one of two outstanding restaurants offering casual dining. Another perk of dining here? After you’ve enjoyed a filling meal, you can enjoy the other features of the hotel like the theaters and wine school.

Iron Grill

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Tuna Melt
Tuna Melt | © mosespreciado/Flickr 
Iron Grill is an elegant restaurant, both inside and outside. The interior of the restaurant is bright and full of comfortable booths and tables. The hardwood floors and simple decorations top things off, making the restaurant warm and inviting. Iron Grill offers outside seating where guests are surrounded by lovely lights and plants, creating the perfect setting for a romantic meal. Speaking of meals, the food here is unforgettable. With meals like apple sausage scramble, seafood omelet, banana waffle, breakfast burger, garlic fried chicken, and tuna melt, you’ll never want to miss out on brunch again.

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