Top 10 Brunch Spots In Walnut Creek, California

The eggs benedict at Loudons Cafe and Bakery. Very, very tasty.
The eggs benedict at Loudons Cafe and Bakery. Very, very tasty.
Samantha Simonich

Located 30 miles from San Francisco, among the foothills of Mt. Diablo, Walnut Creek has become a local East Bay hub. For a great brunch that fulfills the desire both for tasty food and an energizing atmosphere, visit any of these great places to start the day off right.

The foothills of Mt. Diablo

1. Katy’s Kreek

Restaurant, American

Alamo Café
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A local favorite, Katy’s Kreek is a great spot to go any day of the week for an Iceland-influenced American breakfast. The restaurant has a cozy atmosphere with dim lighting, dark wood, and stone walls. It’s hard to go wrong with any of the 12 spins on the classic eggs Benedict that the menu offers. This popular spot tends to get crowded on the weekends, though, so plan ahead.

2. Alamo Café

Cafe, American

The Melt at Hubcaps
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This quaint restaurant is a hidden gem on the outskirts of Walnut Creek with dedicated regulars. The restaurant itself is relatively small with bar stools along the counter, a few four-person tables, and the griddle situated right behind the counter. The aroma of the amazing pancakes and country potatoes being prepared only a few feet away provides a comforting, homey feeling for all of the customers.

3. Hubcaps

Diner, Restaurant, American

Mel’s Diner
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For the classic, old-fashioned American diner experience, Hubcaps does a pretty good job. The friendly service and quality food has led Hubcaps to a place among the Best in the East Bay by Diablo Magazine for the past ten years. After breakfast, if you’re still not full, why not satisfy your sweet tooth with one of the classic milkshakes.

4. Original Mel’s

Bakery, Cafe, Diner, American

The eggs benedict at Loudons Cafe and Bakery
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Situated right downtown on Main Street, Original Mel’s boasts a retro feel with red vinyl booths and a jukebox in the corner. The Original Mel’s opened its doors in 1947, and the restaurants have held on to their old time feel over the years. From breakfast burritos to french toast, the menu has something for everyone, and the music and atmosphere will leave you longing for the past.

5. The Original Hick’ry Pit


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The Hick’ry Pit is one of the oldest restaurants in Walnut Creek, having opened its doors in 1928. It has been with the community for many generations. The restaurant has a big menu with a wide selection of delicious omelets and good-sized portions. With its welcoming, spacious environment, the Hick’ry Pit is a great place for families and big parties.

6. Sunrise Bistro

Bistro, American

Nutella Crepe
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Providing both great service and food, the Sunrise Bistro is always a reliable choice for an enjoyable brunch. It maintains sustainable practices using organic and fresh ingredients, obtaining products from local sources. The menu has a great selection, and whether you order the yogurt pancakes or the corned beef hash, you will walk away satisfied.

7. Crepes Ooh La La!

Crepes Ooh La La!

It may not be possible to squeeze a quick trip to Paris in for a weekend, but it is possible to satisfy a Parisian culinary craving at Crepes Ooh La La. Whether it is sweet or savory you are going for, Crepes Ooh La La provides a wide selection. The prices are reasonable and the food is delicious.

Crepes Ooh La La!, 1548 Locust St, Walnut Creek, CA, USA +1 925 944 5790

8. Buttercup Grill and Bar

Restaurant, Diner, American

Açaí Bowl
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The first restaurant of this small, family-owned chained opened in Walnut Creek in 1988. It has now grown to five locations throughout the East Bay. The Buttercup offers hearty breakfasts and large portions in a family-style setting. The welcoming environment and friendly service makes dining here a real pleasure.

9. Vitality Bowls

Vitality Bowls

If you are looking for an alternative to the full eggs, bacon, and pancake breakfast, Vitality Bowls is the place to go. It uses all-natural ingredients and fresh fruit to create açaí bowls that will give you energy for the rest of the day. The bowls take a little longer to make, because they are all fresh, but the wait is definitely worth it. Along with the açaí bowls, Vitality Bowls also offers a variety of salads, paninis, and soups.

Vitality Bowls, 1528 Locust St, Walnut Creek, CA, USA +1 925 464 7607

10. Denica’s


Denica’s offers a relaxed atmosphere, with orders taken at the counter and open seating. It is committed to serving organic and locally produced food and offers gluten-free options, as well. The menu is expansive, with a wide range of classic breakfast foods and a great selection of breakfast burritos. The big selection is sure to leave everyone in your party pleased.

Denica’s, 2280 Oak Grove Rd, Walnut Creek, CA, USA +1 925 945 6200

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