Seattle is known for its vibrant culinary scene showcasing the Pacific Northwest finest. However, the breakfast meal is often overlooked, which is a shame since it is the most important meal of the deal, right? But we’re here to tell you that the Emerald City’s breakfast scene is just as bright.
Just as every neighborhood has its own vibe, so do the breakfast joints. From cozy neighborhood cafés and bustling brunch venues to artisanal bakeries and unique culinary experiences, we’ve got it all. Just keep in mind that menus can change at any time.
500 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98109
In the charming Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, Konvene Coffee is Seattle’s best-kept secret, boasting a stellar 4.9-star rating on Google and a perfect five stars on Yelp with over 300 combined reviews. Hidden on the mezzanine level of a QFC, this cozy gem presents a thoughtfully curated menu, including breakfast burritos, sandwiches, salads, avocado toasts, and baked goods. Their coffee is also remarkably delightful. With its warm atmosphere and attentive service, Konvene Coffee is the perfect spot to begin your morning adventure near the iconic Space Needle. My personal favorites are the burrito bowl and Lil Pepper lemon toast.
Known for: Delicious breakfast options and outstanding coffee in a quaint, hidden setting
Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge
601 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109
Also in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge is a stylish Cajun-Creole eatery with a New Orleans-inspired dining room that transports you to the vibrant French Quarter. This trendy spot has become one of Seattle’s top brunch destinations, providing an impressive variety of dishes, including their famous beignets served with a tasty coffee sauce for dipping. In addition, the beautiful and exquisitely decorated dining area elevates the overall experience, making it an essential stop for breakfast lovers in the city.
Known for: Beignets, Cajun-Creole Breakfast Dishes, New Orleans-inspired Ambiance
Meet The Moon
120 Lakeside Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
A personal favorite, Meet The Moon is a delightful spot after a morning run along Lake Washington Boulevard. The dog-friendly outdoor patio encourages alfresco dining in a vibrant setting. The diverse menu features a must-try cinnamon roll, spiced steak skillet, and smoked salmon benedict. Keep in mind that weekend brunches can be busy, so arrive early to avoid waiting. With flavorful, wholesome food, gluten-free and vegetarian options, and friendly staff, this eatery creates a welcoming experience.
Known for: Tasty brunch dishes, cinnamon rolls, dog-friendly patio, and diverse dietary options
1400 E. Union St., Seattle, WA 98122
Popular among food enthusiasts, Skillet Diner serves locally sourced comfort food in an upbeat atmosphere. Born from a successful food truck, this trendy eatery is known for its delicious dishes and exceptional service. Indulge in their renowned chicken and waffles or savor the rich flavors of the Chilaquiles. The fried chicken breakfast burrito is another top choice, ensuring satisfaction throughout the day. Ample portions, attentive staff, and a diverse menu make Skillet Diner a must-visit for a memorable Seattle breakfast experience.
Known for: Local comfort food, lively atmosphere, and excellent service
5000 University Way NE, Suite D, Seattle, WA 98105
Morsel has been a cherished breakfast spot since my University of Washington days, thanks to its convenient location near the campus. Right on the Avenue where the bustling U-District Farmers Market takes place (especially busy on Saturdays!), Morsel has captured the hearts of biscuit lovers. The interior boasts an industrial vibe with vintage touches, creating a unique and stylish ambiance. Though seating is limited, it’s worth the wait! Morsel serves up an array of mouthwatering breakfast sandwiches and biscuits, with their Cheddar Chive being a standout favorite. My personal choice is the biscuit smothered in rich mushroom gravy, which is simply divine. Be sure to also try the Spanish Fly sandwich, featuring prosciutto, manchego, and arugula—an absolute must!
Known for: Tasty biscuits, breakfast sandwiches, and distinctive atmosphere
Tilikum Place Café
407 Cedar St., Seattle, WA 98121
Tilikum Place Café, a well-known and beloved breakfast spot in Seattle, offers European-style bistro fare in a casual yet stylish atmosphere filled with natural light streaming through large windows. With its fantastic food and friendly staff, this bustling café may require you to make reservations a few days or even weeks in advance. To ensure a spot at this popular eatery, book in advance using OpenTable and prepare to be delighted by the memorable experience crafted by their attentive staff. Situated in an ideal location, Tilikum Place Café boasts a stunning view of the Space Needle, adding to its charm. The Dutch babies, a classic dish at this establishment, are an absolute must-try, and people also rave about the baked eggs. Their desserts are just as delightful. Be prepared to be inspired by the unique and exceptional food at this charming café.
The Fat Hen
1418 NW 70th St., Seattle, WA 98117
Nestled in the charming Ballard neighborhood, The Fat Hen is a trendy restaurant that boasts a delightful array of Italian and New American breakfast dishes served in a relaxed, rustic setting. With a focus on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, popular choices include Eggs Benedict and house-made granola. My personal favorite is their tasty shakshuka. The Fat Hen consistently delights guests with its delicious food, top-notch service, and a great vibe, making it a true gem in Seattle’s breakfast scene. The attentive staff and commitment to scratch-made cuisine only add to the appeal. Best suited for small groups of 2-3, reservations are highly recommended, though walk-ins are welcome with a possible wait. Featuring a concise, thoughtful, and high-quality menu, The Fat Hen also offers excellent coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice that should not be missed.
4872 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118
In the vibrant Columbia City neighborhood, Geraldine’s Counter offers the best Americana comfort food, focusing on delectable breakfast dishes. This bustling spot exudes a charming diner ambiance and takes pride in its crowd-favorite French toast, perfectly caramelized and crisp. In addition to the French toast, the menu features tasty omelets, biscuits, and daily pancake flavors, ensuring a satisfying meal for every palate. Though you may need to wait, the mouthwatering food is well worth it. While waiting, take the opportunity to explore the surrounding neighborhood. With its friendly, accommodating staff and classic breakfast dishes complemented by rotating specials, Geraldine’s Counter has become a cherished staple in the community.
118 Broadway E., Seattle, WA 98102
Founded in 1987 by Gloreen Raineri, Glo’s has moved to Capitol Hill after many years off E. Olive Way. This charming diner continues to cook from scratch, using top-notch ingredients to craft fresh homemade specialties. With its cozy atmosphere, delectable food, affordable prices, and exceptional service, Glo’s has become a cherished breakfast spot among locals. Their signature Eggs Benedict variations steal the show, but the home-style corned beef hash, freshly made buttermilk biscuits, and creamy vegetarian mushroom gravy are also worth mentioning. Due to the limited seating, expect a bit of a wait – but rest assured, the mouthwatering food makes it well worth your time.
86 Pine St., Seattle, WA 98101
Conveniently located downtown, this inviting café presents a delightful fusion of American and Mediterranean-inspired breakfast dishes. Catering to a variety of tastes, Bacco Café offers everything from omelets to shakshuka. Patrons rave about the sizable portions, excellent service, and delicious food. Favorites include crab benedict, French toast, and corned beef hash. Enhance your meal with one of their superb fresh juices, prepared to order, or enjoy a cup of their fantastic coffee. Bacco Café is undoubtedly a top choice for a memorable breakfast experience in Seattle.
South Lake Kitchen + Bar
2125 Terry Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
Serving up Pacific Northwest fare, cocktails, and local wines in a classy setting, this gem also offers a patio with captivating Space Needle views. It’s the perfect go-to spot for Sunday brunch, with consistently fast, friendly service and delectable food. South Lake Kitchen + Bar remains a hidden gem, as patrons seldom experience a wait. Located in the lobby of Pan Pacific, the restaurant exudes a quiet, pleasant, and refined atmosphere. Savor outstanding menu items such as the Goat Cheese Omelette, Dungeness Benedict, French Toast, and the scrumptious Biscuits and Gravy. South Lake Kitchen + Bar is undoubtedly a must-visit breakfast destination in Seattle.
The Hart and the Hunter
111 Pine St., Seattle, WA 98101
This charming restaurant is known for its creative and flavorful dishes, catering to meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. The trendy downtown hotel venue adds a chic and sophisticated atmosphere, making it an ideal spot for a memorable breakfast experience. Guests seem to love the mushroom omelet, corned beef hash, homemade jams, biscuits, and their exceptional service. The menu features a variety of innovative dishes, delighting patrons with their unique culinary creations. To elevate your meal, try the refreshing grapefruit mimosa. With great decor, a lively atmosphere, and a unique take on food, The Hart and the Hunter is a must-try destination for breakfast in Seattle.
4737 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Introducing Bakery Nouveau as our next top breakfast destination in Seattle. This exceptional bakery is a delightful assault on the senses. With locations in West Seattle and Capitol Hill, the alluring aroma of freshly baked goods entices you from blocks away, luring you into a culinary wonderland. Their twice-baked almond croissants have reached legendary status, boasting a crisp, buttery exterior and a delectable almond filling. Their savory junction croissants don’t disappoint either, combining tantalizing flavors with outstanding pastry craftsmanship. Bakery Nouveau’s extensive selection includes pastries, sandwiches, cake slices, and macarons, each thoughtfully prepared with the finest ingredients and meticulous attention to detail. The welcoming and well-informed staff enhance your experience at Bakery Nouveau, making it an essential stop on your Seattle breakfast journey.
2200 Alaskan Way #120, Seattle, WA 98121
Tucked away just a short walk from Pike’s Place and right across the street from the Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Café Opla is a hidden gem that should not be missed. This funky counter-serve eatery offers a delightful fusion of American and Vietnamese flavors, served in mouthwatering skillets and complemented by an array of espresso drinks, tea, and kombucha. With its cozy ambiance, friendly service, and exceptional value, Café Opla has become a favorite breakfast spot for locals and visitors alike. The skillets, which are consistently delicious and highly recommended, provide a unique and satisfying way to start your day in Seattle. Don’t be deterred by its slightly off-the-beaten-path location – this little gem is well worth the visit!
235 Summit Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98102
B-Side Foods, nestled within the trendy Analog Coffee shop, is a delightful neighborhood breakfast spot in the vibrant Capitol Hill area. Open daily from 8 am to 2 pm, this cozy, pocket-sized space may have a less extensive menu, but their homemade dishes are genuinely excellent. B-Side Foods has gained a reputation for serving some of the most delectable breakfast sandwiches in Capitol Hill, with their crowd-pleasing breakfast sandwich as the star. The menu, while concise, emphasizes the high quality of their ingredients. With a focus on nutrition and flavor, the eatery generously incorporates colorful vegetables into its dishes and offers two enticing vegan options. Don’t miss the veggie toast and rice bowl – they’ll have you coming back for more.
Portage Bay Cafe
391 Terry Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109
900 NE 65th St., Seattle, WA 98115
4130 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
4725 42nd Ave.SW, Seattle, WA 98116
2821 NW Market St., Seattle, WA 98107
Since 1997, the folks at Portage Bay have been telling us to “eat like you give a damn.” (It’s even trademarked!) But they make a good point offering dishes made from food items that are organic, sustainable and available locally. Now with five locations, they must be doing something right!
Each of the restaurant’s own chef’s offer a list of monthly specials in addition to the chain’s regular menu which includes a variety of Benedicts. Each are made with two poached eggs, a house-made English muffin, herb roasted potatoes or a simple green salad. You can even substitute fresh berries or sauteed heavy greens for an additional charge.
The menu also offers breakfast sandwiches, breakfast bowls, whole grain pancakes, biscuits & gravy, huevos rancheros and more. But perhaps the most popular is the Breakfast Bar where you order a plate of pancakes or french toast and then you top them off yourself with a buffet of fresh items including fruit, whipped cream, nuts and coconut. Delish.
1909 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
621 3rd Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
2303 3rd Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
Uncothe as ever, Biscuit Bitch boasts the best food from “trailer park to table.” But what makes this eatery so worthwhile is Kimmie’s Spice’s love for people. “I vowed that no customer would ever enter my business and feel the “Seattle Freeze” like I did when I first moved here,” she says on her website. Biscuit Bitch shows off her version of Southern hospitality with tasty food that she admits is not “fancy” but homemade and reasonably priced.
All three locations feature “Bitchwiches” – buttered biscuits filled with yummy stuff like eggs, cheddar cheese, port sausage patties, bacon, Spam, Louisiana hot links, Canadian bacon or even veggie sausage. Add a side of garlic or cheesy grit and an espresso beverage, and you have meal that will satisfy you for a good long time.
2000 4th Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
Owned by Tom Douglas and his wife Jackie Cross, Lola’s is named after Jackie’s mother who is described as “formidable woman” from Kentucky who married Louis, a Greek immigrant only a few hours after meeting him! The restaurant’s menu is inspired by the long-married couple.
The breakfast menu offers a great mix of flavors with a Greek flair including The Greek Scramble (made with fresh eggs, Greek sausage, graviera cheese and roasted peppers), Prosser Pepper Shakshouka (baked eggs, tomato and feta) and the truly unique Octopus Hash (braised octopus, asparagus, kale, potatoes, garlic, yogurt, bacon, pepitas and a sunny-side-up egg).
Lola also offers made-to-order doughnuts (with Dahlia Bakery jam and vanilla mascarpone) and Dahlia Bakery granola (with Greek yogurt, fruit and honey).
1502 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109
Located at the top of Queen Anne Hill, 5 Spot is your classic diner with fresh coffee and counter service (comfy couches and table service is available as well). Having been in business for many years, the “spot” recently changed owners with a fresh new perspective that also celebrates the past continuing to serve breakfast until 2 p.m. each day.
The menu features a large list of “Homestyle Classics” like the 5 Spot Breakfast which includes two eggs (cooked any style you prefer), hashbrowns or spicy red jacket potatoes, biscuit or toast and your choice of ham steak, sausage, bacon or veggie sausage. Other favorites here are the Chicken N’ Waffles, Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs and Griddle Cakes or Waffles served topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream.
Ironically, despite its name, 5 Spot is actually a cashless restaurant!
5501 6th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98101
Fonte Coffee Roaster is a micro-roaster who have started branching out with new cafes with good buzz to match! Everything made at the Fonte Cafe is made fresh daily. Start your meal with an Aztec Mocha (espresso made with chocolate, cayenne, black pepper and cinnamon), Maple Cinnamon Latte, Turkish Latte (with cardamom and vanilla bean syrup) or your favorite brew of your choice.
With breakfast served Monday through Friday, enjoy some fantastic-sounding dishes like the Captain Crunch-Berry Waffle (made with Captain Crunch cereal and real blackberries), the Kalua Pork and Sriracha Benedict (slow roasted kalua pork, poached eggs, English muffin and sriracha hollandaise sauce) and the Smoked Salmon Scramble (with wild Alaskan King Salmon, boursin cheese and chives).
Easy Street Records & Cafe
4559 Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116
You wouldn’t expect to find a cafe located at a record store, but here you have it. Adorned with album covers and nostalgia, Easy Street Records Cafe offers an eclectic menu and is one of the more popular brunch locations in Seattle. Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day, the cafe’s menu has a long list of dishes named after musicians and number one tunes. Come for the atmosphere, stay for the food.
From the simple Hall and Oats (cup of oatmeal, side of fruit, two strips of bacon and toast) to the New Wave O’s Rancheros (traditional Huevos Rancheros with corn tortillas, eggs over easy, cheese, refried beans, sour cream, salsa and guacamole) there is something here for everyone. Most of the breakfast dishes include three eggs and hash browns. You’ll find frittatas, hash, breakfast steaks, french toast, pancakes, omelets, biscuits and gravy – you name it, they’re here.
2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121
Located at the iconic Edgewater Hotel, Six Seven is an award-winning restaurant located over the water and features fantastic views. They promise the best meals made with the freshest organic ingredients. If the weather is good, consider dining alfresco on the deck overlooking the Puget Sound with the Olympic Mountains serving as a beautiful backdrop.
Begin your breakfast with Half Grapefruit Brûlée with brown sugar, a Lox & Bagel Plate (with grilled onions, capers, caramelized onion and porcini cream cheese) or assorted house-baked pastries. All egg dishes are served with herb-roasted potatoes. Choices include the Smoked Salmon Omelet, Veggie Omelet, Dungeness Crab Benedict or the Pearl Jam Breakfast Sandwich (a bagel with egg, ham, smoked cheddar cheese and bacon jam). You’ll also find Belgian waffles, Brioche French toast and a lot of sides on the menu as well.
Luna Park Cafe
2918 SW Avalon Way, Seattle, WA 98126
Long ago from 1907 to 1913, Luna Park was a boardwalk amusement park located on the northern side of Alki Point in West Seattle. Today, the Luna Park Cafe not only celebrates the park’s history, but other pop culture finds in a 1950’s type diner atmosphere. Here you’ll find a 1958 Seeburg Jukebox, old Coca-Cola signs, vintage lunchboxes, etc.
The menu here is nostalgic as well with choices like Eggs Benedict,, Eggs Florentine (like a Benedict with fresh spinach), biscuits and gravy and large cinnamon rolls. How do you want them eggs? You can have them made into an omelette, “piled” over hashbrowns or scrambled altogether as a “hobo.”
1519 Pike Pl., Seattle, WA 98101
Located within the Pike Place Market, Lowell’s Restaurant has been “almost classy since 1957.” The restaurant offers not one, not two but three floor of waterfront view seating offering views of the Olympic Mountains and the ferries cross the Puget Sound. Not to mention a few hungry seagulls. Known to some as the market’s “living room” the restaurant has a classic look with black and white checkered tiled floors covered bar stools. If you’re in a hurry, the first and third floors allow you to order with the cashier and then your food will follow you shortly thereafter. Otherwise, opt for the second floor “full service” dining.
Lowell’s specializes in three different Eggs Benedicts served on grilled rosemary bread instead of English muffins. Choose from Dungeness Crab, Alderwood Smoked Fresh King Salmon or the more familiar Canadian bacon version. Each are served with crispy hashbrowns on the side.
Other breakfast choices include Breakfast tacos (housemade chorizo, scrambled eggs, green onion and cotija cheese on soft, double corn tortillas), Slow Braised Corned Beef Hash, House Brined & Cured King Salmon Lox & Toasted Bagels, omelets, scrambles, buttermilk pancakes and French Toast.
Athenian Seafood Restaurant and Bar
1517 Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA 98101
Also located at the Pike Place Market, the Athenian has been around since 1909, but may be most known for starring in the movie “Sleepless in Seattle”. The seafood restaurant is open for breakfast on the weekends only.
Start out with an espresso beverage, Bloody Mary or mimosa. The most unique offering here is the Seafood Omelette made with Alaskan cod, prawns and salmon served with hash browns and an English muffin. Like Lowell’s, they offer three different Eggs Benedict (Dungeness Crab, Smoked Salmon and the classic Canadian bacon version). You’ll also find scrambles, breakfast burritos, breakfast bagel sandwiches and a traditional three egg breakfast.
Volunteer Park Cafe
1501 17th Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98112
Open for breakfast every day of the week except Mondays, the Volunteer Park Cafe is “all about celebrating the fresh, local and seasonal bounty of the Pacific Northwest.” They even have a backyard garden that grows many of the herbs, greens and vegetables used in the cafe. Inside, the restaurant has a homey and warm atmosphere. Almost like an old general store.
They say they offer Americana with a contemporary twist. Sounds good to us! Pastries are made every day as is the daily meat-and-veggie quiche and stratas. Delicious choices include two type of panini sandwiches (Brie & Apple and Bacon & Egg), a Banana Brioches French Toast (caramelized bananas, vanilla orange ricotta filling and toasted pecans) and the house made granola with organic yogurt, seasonal fruit compote and lavender honey.