Breakfast and brunch are always the answer, and you may never have to wake up early for it. Nothing beats starting your day with a warm hot cake (or two) topped with fresh fruit or a perfectly fluffy biscuit that’s smothered in gravy. This is our updated and unbiased guide to the best breakfast and brunch spots in Salt Lake City, from quick and easy breakfast tacos to sit-down spots where you can truly enjoy your weekend. Get ready to brunch in Salt Lake City the best way we know how!
The Very Best Breakfast and Brunch in Salt Lake City
Note: this guide is by no means a collection of the most popular spots for breakfast & brunch in Salt Lake City. If your favorite isn’t on here, there’s a 99% chance that we’ve tried it (more than once) and didn’t love it. At Female Foodie we pride ourselves in only recommending restaurants that we feel are truly worth your time and money, because life is too short to eat bad food.
21. Avenues Proper
If you’re looking for a great weekend brunch spot in Salt Lake City tucked away in our favorite neighborhood (The Avenues), then a meal at Avenues Proper is a must. From french toast to eggs benedict to chicken and waffles there is something for all breakfast lovers here. The menu does tend to change from time to time so check out their website for the latest details.
20. Hub & Spoke Diner
Hub and Spoke is a great diner that comes from the same creators of Finca, Pago, and East Liberty Tap House serving breakfast and lunch 7 days each week. It’s a great spot for comfort food items, and their breakfast items can be enjoyed during any of their operating hours. Order the crab salad eggs benedict for something you can’t find anywhere else or the Kentucky hot brown (pictured) for the perfect savory conglomeration of turkey, bechamel, bacon, tomato, Swiss cheese, sourdough toast, and a sunnyside egg. Save room for some of their homemade donut holes to cap off your meal.
19. Trolley Cottage Cafe
Relatively new and cozy Trolley Cottage Cafe is one of our new favorite spots for some of the best brunch in Salt Lake City. Located across the street from Trolley Square, it’s the perfect little place for your favorite brunch foods that will instantly transport you to Europe. Offering breakfast staples you’ll love, each plate is French-inspired with an American twist. You’re here for the pain perdu served with an orange Grand Marnier butter sauce, berries, and mascarpone cream. We also recommend the avocado sourdough toast smothered with hummus, tahini, herb aioli, everything bagel seasoning, pickled onions, spicy oil, grape tomatoes, and arugula. It’s a mountain of goodness that leaves you feeling full and energized.
18. Café Niche
Café Niche is one of the best places to enjoy a minimalist breakfast in Salt Lake City. Situated just a stone’s throw from downtown SLC, this cozy and brightly lit cafe is a great place for breakfast and brunch with your significant other or girlfriends. The signature Niche Breakfast is our favorite order here, made with eggs, bacon or sausage, and two sides of your choice (get the avocado & hash browns), it’s well rounded and delicious. If you’re dining later in the day, the whiskey bacon burger is rich and savory and has amazing depth of flavor.
17. Pig & A Jelly Jar
Pig & A Jelly Jar is an often forgotten fantastic breakfast and brunch spot in Salt Lake City, with additional locations in Ogden and Holladay. They have a great menu with scrambles and southern specialties and serve some of the best homemade biscuits in town served with locally made jams like strawberry rhubarb and blueberry lavender. Our favorite entree here is the ham hash, made with diced country ham, potatoes, red peppers, onions, local bacon, and sautéed greens, topped with lemon aioli and two sunny side eggs.
16. Lazy Day Cafe
If you are in search of a great down-to-earth, locals-only, diner experience for breakfast or brunch in the Salt Lake City area with great food, then Lazy Day Cafe is your place. The food here, simply put, is delicious, and the menu covers all of the classics from pancakes to biscuits and gravy to chicken and waffles, with a good selection of vegan offerings as well. The made-from-scratch lemon pancakes are the absolute star of the show and are served with a house-made buttermilk syrup that is so good you could drink it (get our homemade version of this recipe here). Our favorite savory menu items are the pork chile verde burrito, the shrimp and grits, and the classic eggs benedict.
15. The Rose Establishment
Welcome to one of the most gorgeous coffee shops serving some of the best breakfast and brunch in Salt Lake City. The Rose Establishment serves a fantastic no-fuss selection of savory and sweet breakfast and lunch entrees. Their avocado tartine is something we dream of, made with smashed avocado topped with candied lemon chips, olive oil drizzle, and fleur de sel served on Eva’s Bakery 5-seed bread. Make sure you also try the Standard, made with two herbed potato cakes, two free-range soft-cooked eggs, and pork belly bacon with house-smoked tomato jam.
14. Oasis Cafe
Certainly a local gem, we haven’t seen a morning where Oasis Cafe wasn’t packed with loyal patrons. Using local fresh produce, Oasis Cafe specializes in fresh, whole ingredients that will make you feel good. Their brunch menu is served daily until 3:00 p.m., so you have more than enough time to down your fair share of appetizers, eggs benny, and pancakes. You really can’t make a wrong move ordering anything on their menu but we’re partial to their German buttermilk pancake. Covered in fresh blueberry compote and baked in a skillet, you need this hotcake in your life immediately. We also recommend their huevos rancheros for a killer and substantial savory breakfast.
13. Beaumont Bakery & Cafe
For some of the most satisfying and consistently delicious breakfast in the Salt Lake Valley, head straight to the Beaumont Bakery. This photogenic bakery and cafe serves breakfast daily, and whether you’re dining in or swinging through their drive-thru (one of the best in town) their food will leave you satisfied. Their avocado toast is one of the best avocado toasts you will ever consume, made with roasted corn, cotija cheese, fresno chiles, and microgreens (make sure to add an egg), and both the breakfast croissant and breakfast burrito completely hit the spot when you’re in the mood for fluffy, velvety eggs wrapped in a tortilla or sandwiched between a housemade buttery, flaky croissant.
12. Sweet Lake Biscuits and Limeade
One of the most classic, iconic breakfast spots in Salt Lake City is Sweet Lake Biscuits and Limeade. Originally started as a limeade stand at the Salt Lake City Farmers Market, this family-owned business serves fantastic breakfast and brunch Tuesday through Sunday. With locations in Salt Lake City, Draper, and American Fork, you’re never too far from this SLC staple. If it’s your first visit, order The Hoss, a homemade biscuit with fried chicken breast, egg, bacon, cheddar, sausage gravy, and a green onion garnish, and wash it all down with one of their delicious homemade limeades. The classic mint limeade is the absolute best, with the second being the raspberry and orange limeade.
11. La Barba Coffee & Breakfast Tacos
More than just a state-of-the-art coffee roaster, La Barba in Salt Lake City is known for their delicious, fresh, and made-from-scratch breakfast tacos. Located downtown, this small cafe is surprisingly spacious and offers plenty of seating for you and anyone else who enjoys tacos for breakfast. Everything here is made from scratch, including the heavenly flour tortillas and the undeniably flavorful house-made salsas. Swing by for both of our favorites– the bacon, egg, and cheese taco or their black bean, potato, and pickled red onion taco. These breakfast tacos are refreshingly simple, cooked on the spot, and are always delicious– just the way we like it.
10. Tulie Bakery
One of our favorite bakeries in SLC, Tulie Bakery not only makes some of the very best pastries in town, but also serves a modest but unforgettable breakfast menu. Whether you’re visiting their original location on 700 south, or their newer spot in the 15th and 15th neighborhood, you are in for a treat. Aside from their incredible assortment of freshly baked French pastries, they serve breakfast every morning including steel cut oats with fresh fruit, a variety of homemade toasts with different toppings and spreads, and their unforgettable brioche french toast, made with their housemade brioche bread, whipped creme fraiche, and fresh fruit.
9. Blue Gene’s
Formerly known as Rye, Blue Gene’s is a restaurant recently transformed into neighborhood bar, situated on 500 East in Salt Lake City. They serve brunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9-3 with a delicious menu full of classic American favorites with a modern Asian-fusion twist. We’re head over heels for the brioche french toast with lemon curd, and the pork belly breakfast bowl served with pork belly, rice, house kimchi, green onion, nori, and a basted egg. Please note that Blue Gene’s only permits diners that are 21 years of age and older.
8. Les Madeleines
Between their breakfast menu and their immaculate pastry selection, Les Madeleines is one of our go-to’s in Salt Lake City. Specializing in French pastries, flaky croissants, and seasonal surprises, you’re bound to find a menu item that will hit the spot here. The seating is minimal inside, so if you visit during peak hours, be prepared to grab your favorites and eat them on the go. Available from 8-11 a.m., are their lovingly made, hot and fresh breakfast sandwiches. We’re huge fans of the MadMuffin, a homemade English muffin with a lightly scrambled egg, avocado, wild boar bacon, and chives. The made-from-scratch English muffin is a game-changer and will keep us coming back forever.
7. Tradition SLC
Tradition SLC is one of the most underrated restaurants in the Salt Lake City foodie scene, and their brunch menu is no exception. Think contemporary, made-from-scratch comfort foods enjoyed in a cozy, laid-back spot. Don’t miss their fried green tomatoes, made with a chili jam, chipotle aioli, and cilantro pesto, which is truly perfection. We also recommend their chicken and pancakes for something sweet, or the seasonal hash for something wholesome and hearty.
6. SLC Eatery
SLC Eatery is just a few years old in the Salt Lake City restaurant scene but they serve some of the very best brunch in town. The menu offers a variety of both small plates and bites and full-fledged entrees, so come hungry to try a couple or few things (you won’t regret it). Menu favorites include the Okonamiyaki Benedict, the tres leches french toast, or the Eatery burger (one of the best in town) if you’re in the mood for a something savory and substantial.
5. Oquirrh Restaurant
Oquirrh is an extraordinary restaurant in the downtown area of Salt Lake City, and although most people come here to enjoy their stellar dinner menu, their brunch is nothing to sleep on. Every dish is packed with flavor, elegance, and that can’t-get-enough-of-this factor, which is exactly why we can never eat here too many times. For something sweet, get the bread pudding french toast, topped with seasonal fruit and maple syrup. If you’re down for something savory, try the eggs benedict (both the classic and crab are killer) or order the Oquirrh burger for one of the best burgs in town.
4. Feldman’s Deli
Feldman’s Deli is the only authentic Jewish deli for miles within the SLC area and serves some of the best breakfast and brunch in Salt Lake City. We’re typically here for their swoon-worthy sandwiches during their lunch and dinner hours, but the breakfast menu is not to be missed. Breakfast offerings are almost exclusively savory, with menu items like salami and eggs, the Feldman’s omelet, or corned beef has. You’re here for the eggs benny (our favorite), served on a Jewish latke with Taylor ham and to-die-for hollandaise sauce.
3. Pago On Main
We are huge fans of Pago on Main for their upscale brunch filled with delectable entrees, each laced with incredible flavors. Relatively new to SLC and under the same ownership as their original Pago on 9th and 9th, Pago on Main has a modern and edgy feeling with plenty of seats to feed your group. Start with the market bite burrata, which is served with warm pumpkin bread, olive oil, and a pepita and chile crumble. If you’re in the mood for a savory brunch, be sure to order the croque madame, a griddled brioche slice topped with Niman Jambon Royal (Euro-style ham), bechamel sauce, a sunny up egg, served with brunch potatoes. Have a sweet tooth? Dive headfirst into their french toast– griddled brioche served with lemon curd, blueberries, powdered sugar, and maple syrup. The menu rotates regularly based on seasonal ingredients, so don’t hesitate to ask your server for recommendations.
Manoli’s is one of the best restaurants in Salt Lake City, but often overlooked is their brunch, offered Saturday and Sunday every weekend. Manoli’s is a Mediterranean restaurant, so you can expect a great mix of traditional and unconventional brunch dishes, from biscuits and gravy, to loukaniko (Greek sausage) and eggs, to myzithra pancakes. Menu favorites include the made-to-perfection house greek yogurt (served with local honey and seasonal toppings), the aforementioned light and fluffy myzitrha pancakes, and their classic and completely satisfying eggs benedict.
1. Roots Cafe
Situated away from downtown in Millcreek, Roots Cafe has everything you want in a great neighborhood breakfast establishment: the perfect cozy and laid back environment, warm and friendly service, and (above all) fantastic food that will leave you satisfied and beyond. Roots Cafe serves fresh and flavorful menu items, so whether you’re enjoying a green smoothie with scrambled eggs or biscuits and gravy, you’ll always leave feeling happy and contented. Start with one of their fresh juices (we love “the cleanser”), and order the huevos rancheros, the eggs benni, the mixed berry crepes, or one of their delicious and filling buckwheat pancakes or the “pancake of the day” special. Roots Cafe is no secret, so show up right when they open or be prepared to wait, especially on weekends.