As health experts say, you should never go without breakfast – unless, of course, you decide to have brunch instead. Whichever meal you choose, you can find the perfect place in Pacific Palisades to get that much needed morning fuel for your body.
Here are some of the top breakfast and brunch spots in the neighborhood.
- Casa Nostra Ristorante
Brunch becomes truly special at Casa Nostra Ristorante, a cozy, unpretentious restaurant serving home-style Italian dishes. Using a combination of imported Italian products and fresh local produce, this restaurant’s take on classic Italian fare, such as pizzas, pastas, piccatas, and other entrees will make you want to visit more often. Its patio seating gives you relaxing views of the Palisades Hills, making your brunch experience even more special.
- Café Vida
This restaurant caters to the growing demand for delicious healthy food, with its menu of low-fat California and Latin dishes. Using fresh ingredients and avoiding heavy oils and sauces, Café Vida offers the recommended slow-burning fuel to get you through the rest of the day without feeling sluggish. Located next to Temescal Canyon, it’s also a great place to wind down after an energizing morning walk.
- Taste at the Palisades
Offering weekend brunch, this award-winning restaurant serves Californian comfort food using fresh local ingredients. Its extensive breakfast and brunch menu includes its own version of classic breakfast fare such as buttermilk pancakes, steak & eggs, and cinnamon French toast. The restaurant also offers a 2-course brunch set and boasts a fresh pressed juice bar – all at moderate prices.
- Taj Palace Indian Cuisine
If want something out of the ordinary for brunch, check out Taj Palace Indian Cuisine. This family-friendly restaurant has an extensive menu of classic Indian favorites, such as curries, keema, and masala, and gives you a wide range of flavors to choose from – from mildly spiced to wildly hot.
- Pure Energy Café Pacific Palisades
This beachside café delivers what its name promises – energy-giving food and drinks to start your day on a high note. Its “healthy food” menu that includes salads, sandwiches, and “healthy specials” is perfect after a morning run on the beach, giving you the right amount of pep just before embarking on another busy day.
- Palisades Garden Café
What is breakfast without freshly baked pastries and freshly brewed coffee? At Palisades Garden Café, you get these timeless breakfast staples, and more. This cozy restaurant in the heart of the neighborhood also serves hearty morning fare like Breakfast Burrito, American Breakfast Plate, and Omelet with Toast with your choice of toppings.
- Matthew’s Garden Café
If you’re looking for a tranquil breakfast/brunch restaurant, this is the place to go. Set amid a hidden garden with a fountain, brick flooring, and charming European-inspired décor, Matthew’s Garden Café is a welcoming urban oasis where you can get high-tea breakfasts and luncheons. It’s well known for its paninis and vegan offerings using organic ingredients, as well as delicious imported coffee.
Casa Nostra Ristorante is located at 1515 Palisades Dr. and opens daily at 11:30 a.m.
Café Vida is located at 15317 Antioch St., and opens at 8 a.m. daily.
Taste at the Palisades is located at 538 Palisades Drive, and opens at 11:30 a.m. from Tuesday to Friday, and 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Taj Palace Indian Cuisine is located at 15200 W Sunset Boulevard, and opens daily at 11:30 a.m.
Pure Energy Café Pacific Palisades is located at 17383 W. Sunset Blvd., and opens from Monday to Saturday at 8 a.m., and on Sundays at 9 a.m.
Palisades Garden Café is located at 15231 La Cruz Dr., and opens at 6:30 a.m. from Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. on Sundays.
Matthew’s Garden Café is located at Pacific Palisades Village, 859 N. Swarthmore Ave., and opens daily except Mondays at 8 a.m.