The Top 10 Brunches In Mountain View, California

Anna Medina

Ask Mountain View residents where they go for brunch and you may get a long pause and a short list. It’s true that Mountain View is not well known for its abundance of brunch spots, but it actually has some hidden gems for a scrumptious weekend meal – plus, wait times are actually reasonable. Here’s our top picks.

1. Crepevine

Crepevine

Located just a few blocks away from Mountain View’s CalTrain station, Crepevine is probably the most obvious place to have a casual brunch in downtown Mountain View. While Castro Street can be relatively quiet on a Saturday morning, there are bound to be people sitting at the tables just outside of Crepevine, enjoying brunch al fresco. There is something on the menu for everyone, but the sweet and savory crêpes are especially worth a try.

Crepevine, 300 Castro St, Mountain View, CA, USA +1 650 969 6878

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2. Bajis Café

Cafe, Diner, Restaurant, American

Bajis Cafe, Mountain View
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Bajis Café is known for its excellent service and classic, down home diner experience. It’s the type of place that makes you feel you could become one of those ‘regulars’ who is instantly recognized and known for their order. The menu is extensive and features everything from chicken and waffles to scrambled skillet combinations to biscuits and gravy. Plus, there’s fresh squeezed orange juice. This is a place where you can’t go wrong for a weekend — or weekday — brunch.

3. Scratch

Scratch

With its dim lighting and sleek interior, Scratch is known to be a swanky spot for dinner and drinks, but what most people don’t know is that it also offers a delicious weekend brunch. Come here when you’re craving some classy, swoon-worthy food: fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, crab cake brioche, vegetable egg white frittata, almond crusted French toast, you get the idea. For those of you who prefer the lunch side of brunch, Scratch also serves scrumptious lunch dishes like fish & chips and buffalo chicken pizza.

Scratch, 401 Castro St, Mountain View, CA, USA +1 650 237 3132

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4. Shoreline Lake American Bistro

Bistro, Cafe, American

Shoreline Lake American Bistro, Mountain View
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Picture a sunny day, a lakeside view, and you with latte in hand basking in the glory of it all before digging into a plate of Belgian waffles topped with caramelized apple compote, fresh whipped cream, and maple butter. It doesn’t have to be just a fantasy. Maybe you have tickets to a concert at the Shoreline Amphitheater, or maybe you’re going paddle boating in the lake, whatever your plans are, you’ll get off on the right foot with an idyllic brunch at Shoreline Lake American Bistro.

5. Paul Martin’s American Grill

Paul Martin’s American Grill

If you’d like to wake up to a solid brunch that’s been thoughtfully assembled for you, the prix fixe weekend brunch at Paul Martin’s American Grill is for you. Meals include fresh baked blueberry bread with lemon honey butter, seasonal fruit, your choice of entrée (French toast, eggs benedict, bacon omelet, and spinach mushroom and tomato omelet), and a beverage. Keeping things nice and simple.

Paul Martin’s American Grill, 545 San Antonio Rd #31, Mountain View, CA, USA +1 650 917 9941

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6. Stein’s Beer Garden

Restaurant, German, Pub Grub, American, Vegetarian

Steins, Mountain View
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Stein’s Beer Garden isn’t just a great place for beer, it’s a great place for brunch, too. For a twist on the traditional brunch, try the German-inspired fresh baked pretzels or the Stein’s Benedict, which comes with pork schnitzel on a pretzel roll and sweet and sour cabbage. Or, for a protein boost, start off with the grilled sausage plate, which comes with Stein’s house sausage, smoked Spanish chorizo, pickled peppers, giardiniera, and toast points. Sit in the patio and wash it all down with refreshing champagne punch.

7. La Fontaine Restaurant

Restaurant, French

La Fontaine, Mountain View
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If French toast is your go to brunch item, then La Fontaine is the place for you. Though the menu is subject to change, how could you not have faith in a place that offers a Bananas Foster French toast croissant. Each descriptor alone is delicious, but combined just blows your mind. While the menu isn’t extensive, it will satisfy those who have a preference for eggs Benedict, omelets, and tartines. Opt for sitting at a white clothed table inside or enjoy the morning at a table outside.

8. Stephen’s Green

Pub, Irish

St. Stephens Green, Mountain View
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Two words: Bottomless mimosas. Specifically, though, bottomless mimosas are served until 12PM and come with the purchase of any breakfast. An Irish pub, Stephen’s Green serves its version of a traditional Irish breakfast, complete with Irish sausage, Irish rashers(bacon), Irish pudding, eggs, Heinz baked beans, grilled tomato, and your choice of fries. Though the brunch menu doesn’t offer a wide variety, this is a good place for a casual, no frills brunch on the weekend.

9. Cocina Central

Cocina Central

Brunch at Cocina Central is relatively new, and you should get excited about it, because the menu is amazing. It features dishes like the breakfast torta, soy chorizo scramble, papas borrachas, and blackberry pancakes. The colorful, modern space, with its penchant for fresh Latino and Asian inspired flavors, is the perfect place to go to wake up on the weekend.

Cocina Central, 2590 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA, USA +1 650 397 5996

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10. Zareen’s

Restaurant, Halal, Indian, Pakistani

If you want to shake things up then head to Zareen’s which serves Halal, Indian, and Pakistani cuisine. The brunch specific meals include kabab-omelet-paratha and halwa-puri aloo-cholay. The kebab-omelet-paratha comes with two shami kababs, cilantro-onion omelet, and parathas or naan. (Paratha is handmade, layered, and fried whole-wheat bread). The halwa-puri aloo-cholay comes with a platter of aloo bhujia (potato), cholay (chickpea), sweet semolina halwa, and crispy puri-parathas. The cozy interior, with hanging books on display and signatures on the wall, will make you feel right at home.
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