Welcome to our complete guide to the best breakfast and brunch spots in San Antonio. This list is a diverse, well-loved collection of places that every foodie who finds themselves in San Antonio needs to try. From french toast to chilaquiles to buttermilk pancakes, there is something for every breakfast and brunch lover in this post!
Enjoy the Best Breakfast and Brunch in San Antonio
Restaurants for our guide to the best breakfast and brunch in San Antonio were chosen based on two criteria. 1. Amazing, standout food. While we realize that there are plenty of good breakfast and brunch options in San Antonio, this guide is comprised of only the very best. 2. We only selected breakfast and brunch restaurants that were open at least twice each week. There are several great Sunday-only brunch options but we wanted to share spots that people would have access to at least twice each week. So without further ado, here are the best breakfast and brunch spots in SATX!
One of San Antonio’s best places to get pizza also happens to have an awesome weekend brunch option that of course includes a brunch pizza. Small and iconic, known for pizza by the slice and happy hour, Barbaro doesn’t stop there. The small but punchy brunch menu includes a fun hashbrown pizza, fried chicken and sweet zeppole, and a rich focaccia-based benedict. Ordering multiple items is highly encouraged!
14. NOLA Brunch & Beignets
NOLA Brunch and Beignets delivers exactly what’s in its name. The bananas foster buttermilk pancakes have just the right amount of sweetness, which is good because you can still enjoy an order of their beignets for dessert. A new menu item is the chicken wings with beignets, which is truly the best of both worlds. Their beignets come in a few different varieties—classic powdered sugar, lemon curd, and seasonal rotating favorites including flavors like pumpkin spice and orange cheesecake. NOLA is open daily from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. with the exception of Mondays when they’re closed. Be warned, it can be extremely busy on the weekends, so get there early or go during the week!
13. Pharm Table
Pharm Table continues to offer the best and most delicious breakfast options in San Antonio for those preferring plant-based eats. Their patio is beautiful and relaxing, offering a respite of calm in Southtown. Their weekend brunch offers gluten-free pancakes, too many pickled things to count, and the best veggie farm-to-table tacos. The huevos con mole, which is best heaped into their corn tortillas, is a perfect balance of creaminess thanks to the beans, eggs, and avocados, plus the sharpness of the pickled onions and verde sauce. A meal here is pure San Antonian brunch bliss.
12. Magnolia Pancake House
Magnolia Pancake Haus is known by many to serve some of the best breakfast and brunch in San Antonio. They make delicious sweet breakfast items including pancakes, french toast, and waffles, and have also mastered the art of smoking and curing their own meat. For something a bit sweet and savory, the Calico Hash is one of our favorites. It features smoked pulled pork and a sweet potato hash topped with eggs and served with a side of pancakes. All the classics here are worth a try as well, especially the Denver frittata and Southern Bennie.
11. Geunther House
If you’re ever touring San Antonio’s Southtown, the Guenther House is a must-stop for great breakfast and some fun SA history. Home to the iconic Pioneer Flour Mill, The Guenther House offers a wide selection of their famous house-milled and made waffles, pancakes, and biscuits for all-day breakfast on their patio or in the basement of the historic home. The strawberry sweet cream waffles are the star of the show here, but we also love to pair the waffle with fried chicken if you need a more savory midday meal. Honorable mention goes to the biscuits and gravy—hearty, flavorful, and so comforting. The restaurant still includes the original kitchen, tea room, dining room, and the outdoor green spaces of the Guenther House that flank a quiet section of the famous Riverwalk.
10. BOSS Bagel
BOSS (Bagels on Southern Soil) Bagel brings some of the very best breakfast and brunch to San Antonio. Chef Brannon Soileau brings the perfect mix of New York and Montreal-style bagels to the heart of the Alamo City with a seriously extensive menu full of bagel options. This little shop carries everything from rosemary, red chili, and olive oil bagels, to breakfast sandwiches like the beloved Country Ham Hangover Cure or the Drunken Chicken that are chock full of everything you need to fuel your morning. We guarantee you will not find better bagels anywhere else in San Antonio.
9. Liberty Bar
A guide to the best breakfast and brunch in San Antonio wouldn’t be complete without mention of Liberty Bar on Alamo Street. Here you can expect brunch classics in a beautifully restored convent with floor-to-ceiling windows. At Liberty Bar the food is as good as the atmosphere, and you can count on everything from freshly baked breads and pies to custard french toast and chilaquiles (one of our favorites!). Say yes to the just-squeezed juice and enjoy the Mexican chocolate cookies while you’re at it. Clearly, it’s important to come here hungry!
8. The Hayden
The latke and fried chicken waffle from The Hayden is a super innovative, fun, and delicious take on chicken and waffles. It’s also one of the best breakfasts you can find in San Antonio. This incredible dish is comprised of a crispy, savory potato waffle topped with perfectly juicy fried chicken, beautiful baked apples, a dollop of sour cream, and fresh herbs laced with plenty of dill. Bonus: it’s served in an eclectic mid-century vibe on the north side of downtown. Sheer perfection!
Nestled within the historic Hotel Emma lies Supper, an American eatery specializing in wholesome and seasonal fare. Supper serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, and the breakfast is unquestionably some of the best in San Antonio. Classic breakfast items contemporized by Chef John Brand, make up the simple yet healthful menu, highlighting local Texas ingredients. Dine on the bistro’s San Antonio Riverside patio and try the buttermilk pancakes with lemon curd, whipped ricotta, and fresh blueberries. Don’t forget a side of millionaire’s bacon—it’s as rich as it sounds.
Multiple locations of this charming Parisian café make this patisserie a favorite among locals for breakfast and brunch in San Antonio. While they offer French-American breakfast items every morning, Commonwealth also offers a simple Saturday brunch with an assortment of Belgian waffles and specialty crepes. Order the croissant béchamel, or try Commonwealth’s take on the San Antonian breakfast staple, the breakfast taco.
5. Midnight Swim (Chisme)
Considered very “puro” (ask a local), Midnight Swim (formerly known, and still known to many, as Chisme) is one of the best spots for breakfast and brunch in San Antonio. All of the menu items here are inspired by traditional Tex-Mex favorites with a twist. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the tres leches pancakes or the horchata french toast. In the mood for something meaty? Get the chorizo and potato hash. Wanting a little bit of both? Go for the chicken and churros for the sweet and savory combo. After dining here, you’ll want to spread the chisme (gossip) about your delicious breakfast with everyone you know.
4. Bakery Lorraine
Bakery Lorraine is among a sea of great food at The Pearl but most definitely stands apart. You won’t find a croissant like theirs anywhere else in town and their breakfast is truly some of the best in San Antonio. Menu favorites include the quiche Lorraine or the sausage and egg croissant sandwich. Be sure to grab at least one of their delectable pastries too (the pop tarts are an undeniable favorite) and if you didn’t have a croissant with your breakfast make sure to enjoy one of those too!
Cappy’s is another well-deserving spot to find some of the best brunch in San Antonio. The most savory and filling take on eggs benedict can be found here in a rendition that includes polenta cake topped with tender pot roast, creamy eggs, and velvety gravy hollandaise. Truth be told though, all their eggs benny options are worth a try, as are their specials. We’re also big fans of the pancakes here, which are the perfect blend of fluffy and thick, and come in a few different varieties. The atmosphere of this fine dining establishment will remind you of an art gallery in the best way. Come here for an upscale and outstanding brunch!
2. Full Belly
Quiet and tucked away in a strip mall near Trader Joe’s you’ll find Full Belly. While so many restaurants are only open for breakfast on the weekends, Full Belly serves up some of the best brunch and breakfast in San Antonio every day of the week. At the top of the must-try list here are their baked eggs—two eggs nestled into a creamy, roasted garlic and thyme sauce, ham, and a drizzle of house hot sauce. All served with toast slices for dipping and scooping. It’s one of the finest breakfast indulgences you can find in SA! Their apple strudel pancakes are also noteworthy and served perfectly with a crumble topping, a sticky-sweet sauce, baked apples, and whipped cream piled on top of the hotcakes. Their menu is concise but leaves nothing out, covering all your breakfast cravings from biscuits to benedicts.
1. La Panaderia
If self-serve pastries and Mexican-inspired breakfasts speak to you, head straight to La Panaderia, the best breakfast in San Antonio. This place knows a thing or two about baked goods—all the bread and pastries are top-notch from crust to crumb. Texture, flavor, and balance are all immaculate here and there’s a wide variety of offerings to try. They also have a handful of creative and hearty sandwiches alongside their Mexican-influenced breakfast plates and pastries. If you’re ever downtown showing friends and family around the Alamo and Riverwalk, this is a three-minute walk away. Take your group, get a giant bag of pastries to go, and stroll downtown ’til your heart and stomach are content.