Welcome to our complete guide to the best breakfast & brunch spots in San Antonio. Compiled by three trusted San Antionio foodies, this list is a diverse, well-loved collection of places that every San Antonio foodie needs to try. From french toast to chilaquiles to buttermilk pancakes, there is something for every breakfast and brunch lover in this post!
Restaurants for our list of best breakfast and brunch in San Antonio were chosen based on two criteria: 1) Amazing, standout food. While we realize that there are several “good” breakfast and brunch options in San Antonio this is our list of absolute favorites. 2) We only selected breakfast and brunch restaurants that were open at least twice each week. There are several great Sunday brunch only options but we wanted to share spots that people would have access to at least twice each week. Leave a comment and let us know what your favorite breakfast and brunch spots are in San Antonio. Enjoy!
10. Pearl Farmers Market
Every Saturday and Sunday morning, vendors from San Antonio and its neighboring communities congregate on the Pearl campus to stage the city’s best farmers market, a unique, and fun alternative to traditional brunching. You’ll find over 40 stalls set up across the Pearl park, offering passerby’s everything from seasonal produce and grass-fed meat to specialty caramel and Texas wine. Stop by Crepelandia and grab a Soprano crepe, or swing by Ming’s Thing for a Chinese pulled pork ’sloopy’.
9. 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 if you want to enjoy an order of their beignets for dessert. A new menu item is the chicken wings with beignets, which is the best of both worlds. Their beignets come with a few options- there’s classic, lemon curd, chocolate and chicory, and seasonal favorites including pumpkin spice and orange cheesecake. NOLA is only open from 8am-2pm with the exception of Mondays when they’re closed. Be warned, it can get extremely busy on the weekends. It’s best to go either during the week or early on Saturdays and Sundays.
8. Magnolia Pancake House
7. Liberty Bar
A list of 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, serving everything from fresh baked breads and pies to custard french toast to chilaquiles (one of our favorites!). Say yes to the freshly squeezed juice and enjoy the Mexican chocolate cookies while you’re at it.
This homey hole-in-the-wall off Grayson St. brings grassroots American flavor to the Northern end of downtown San Antonio. Serving brunch all day (alongside a full menu of options), on both Saturday and Sunday, Grayze is one of our favorites for weekend eats in a rustic, down-to-earth setting. Think string lights under a barn-like patio with picnic tables. Try their popular menu staple The Cure with layered fried eggs, sausage, bacon, and cheese, or opt for their ever changing french toast of the day (we recently enjoyed the banana and rum…YUM)!
Multiple locations of this Parisian café make this patisserie a favorite among locals for breakfast and brunch in San Antonio offering French-American eats. Offering breakfast items every morning, Commonwealth offers a simple Saturday brunch with an assortment of Belgian waffles and specialty crepes. Order the croissant béchamel, or try Commonwealth’s take on San Antonio staple breakfast taco for a Texas twist.
4. Midnight Swim (Chisme)
Considered very “puro” (ask a local), Chisme is one of the best spots for breakfast and brunch in San Antonio. All of the menu items 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. What about a mix of sweet and savory? There’s the chicken and churros for those cravings. After eating here, you’ll want to spread this chisme, or gossip, with everyone you know.
3. La Panaderia
If self serve pastries and Mexican inspired breakfast hits your brunch spot, La Panaderia is the place for you. We admit it’s a little dangerous- this Mexican family knows how to bake! All the bread and pastries are top notch from crust to crumb. Texture, flavor and balance are all spot on and there’s a wide variety to try. They also have a handful of filling and creative sandwiches alongside their Mexican influenced breakfast plates. If you’re ever downtown touring friends and family around the Alamo and river walk, this is a 3 minute walk away…take them, get a giant bag of pastries to go and stroll downtown till your heart is content.
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.
1. 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!