Whichever way your brunch preferences lean, there’s a table, booth, or countertop somewhere in Redwood City with your name on it. We’ve picked the 10 best brunch spots this town has to offer.
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Alana’s Café probably doesn’t intentionally suggest that brunch is a meal best served at home by basing itself inside and around a Victorian house that wouldn’t look out of place in a nice suburb, but it does make for unusual, and comfy, scenery for enjoying a late breakfast. Serving up the classics like French toast, pancakes, and granola, but if you’re really hungry try the Farmer’s Garden, which includes homefries, tomatoes, scallions, mushrooms, cheddar, and provolone cheese, sauteed and topped with 2 poached eggs
Well worth the drive (or walk, if you plan on enjoying mimosas or bloody Marys) away from the downtown areas of Redwood City, Squeeze In combines the graffiti of a dive bar with a curious fixation on tiny green aliens. It’s a fun place to grab a bite to eat, whether that means one of the unique sandwiches, breakfast staples like pancakes or English muffins, or getting adventurous with chocolate-covered bacon and one of the many, many omelets. If you’re picky you can customize your own egg-based food delivery system.
Located right next to Sequoia Station, the coming and going trains makes Franklin Street Café a little noisy, but the meals also make the restaurant perfect for a quick mid-morning meal before a day trip to San Francisco, San Jose, or anywhere in between. If you’ve still got room, try the delicious ice cream courtesy of Cascade Glacier.
Not to be confused with the gastropub of the same name, Martin’s is a delightful little joint on Middlefield for brunches in Redwood City. Sandwiches, soups, salads, burgers, eggs, pancakes, French toast, hues rancheros are all standbys, and all high quality at Martin’s.
Café la Tartine, has great atmosphere, great variety, and great food. The café’s brunch offerings are no exception, with expertly made sandwiches and breakfast fare and a large variety of delicious, high quality baked goods.
The Talk of Broadway has a unique diner atmosphere and a strong grasp on fundamentals like pancakes and fried eggs. The lunch half of brunch leans heavily towards the grilled and fried (though, when your burgers are as good as the Talk of Broadway’s, that’s by no means a bad thing), but the breakfast half is rock solid and rooted in the classics.
With exterior dining decorated with creeping plants, statues, and heat lamps and a snazzy lounge interior dining area complete with a bar and stage, it might surprise you to learn that Angelica’s is open before the sun sets, let alone that it makes a fantastic brunch. The restaurant brings the same effortless class of its atmosphere to its brunch offerings, with a special brunch cocktail menu, unique sliders, and crêpes to satisfy both the sweetest tooth or more protein-centric palate.
Easily the most remote venue on this list, The Patio Cafe takes full advantage of its northeasterly location with dining that offers a fantastic view of the placid, shining waters of the Redwood Shores Lagoon. Granted, the view wouldn’t be worth much if the food wasn’t up to snuff, but fortunately the café delivers, with a wide variety of delicious sandwiches and breakfast classics that can be paired with cold cuts.
The Breakers Café, as close to a hole-in-the-wall as you can get in Redwood City, serves up a delicious, hearty brunch menu. Fresh baked biscuits, French toast buried in powdered sugar, burrito-esque omelets, and melts covered in oozing cheese serve as delicious reminders that brunch is the best meal of the day.
Johnston’s Saltbox is a trendy restaurant, in many ways more reminiscent of a bustling Palo Alto joint rather than the more laid-back venues typical of Redwood City. Much of this trendiness comes from the décor, with a modern wooden outdoor dining area and sleek, smooth interior surfaces complemented by simple, elegant table decorations. The menu, too, is everything you’d expect from a top-of-the-line brunch joint, with home-baked goods, a variety of mimosas, and sandwiches slathered in slaws and aiolis standing side by side with old fashioned bacon and eggs.