The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Santa Monica

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Santa Monica is known for having local businesses that are passionate about bringing fresh, local foods and a quality experience to the table. The beachy aesthetic and inviting atmosphere are all part of the vibrant energy that makes Santa Monica so iconic. Here are 5 of the top brunch spots in Santa Monica that will set the tone for your whole weekend. Enjoy!

Little Prince LA, Santa Monica, CA

Little Prince LA, Santa Monica, CA

1. Little Prince LA

Every time I walk into Little Prince, I just want to move right in. This place is a full experience of the senses. Once you try their food, you’ll already be planning your next trip back. Their menu is unique, local, and eclectic which compliments the earthy elements of their beachy, Australian-inspired decor. They have communal seating down the middle of the restaurant, 2 counters lining the bar and wood-fire oven, and small tables throughout.

Simple Tips: You will love their market fruit plate with coconut yogurt and honey, and their off-the-menu sticky bun (top right). I’ve literally had dreams about it.

Manchego, Santa Monica, CA

Manchego, Santa Monica, CA

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2. Manchego

I’m lucky enough to live walking distance to this Spanish tapas and wine bar. This is my favorite place for the best shared plates, mimosas and sangria. Especially with bottomless brunches on weekends, it’s the kind of place where where you’ll want to hang out and stay awhile. The restaurant has an intimate feel and it’s thoughtfully decorated with charming Spanish accents. I like to split the Brussels sprouts, bacon wrapped dates, and deviled eggs with a glass of red sangria.

Simple Tips: Ask for wine tastings, and you’ll get to try their recommendations for boutique Spanish wines.

Èlephante, Santa Monica, CA

Èlephante, Santa Monica, CA

3. Élephante

This place tops my list on the “LA Scene,” and it’s great for birthdays and groups on a weekend afternoon. Natural wood, clay pots, woven baskets, copper accents, and handmade pottery are the perfect pairing to their Southern Mediterranean cuisines. You’ll leave feeling inspired to redecorate your whole home. I like the whipped eggplant, breakfast pizza, and green eggs.

Simple tips: Their cocktails are fancy and worth it. I’m talking it might be the-best-drink-you’ve-ever-had type of drink. Each cocktail is thoughtfully unique and carefully handcrafted.

The Butcher’s Daughter, Venice, CA

The Butcher’s Daughter, Venice, CA

4. The Butcher’s Daughter

I had to sneak Venice onto my list to celebrate this plant-based bohemian juice bar and cafe on Abbot Kinney Blvd. They don’t take reservations for small parties, so come a little early and enjoy a juice or coffee while you wait for a table. This lively brunch spot has an open and airy energy with natural wood accents, hanging plants, industrial copper lighting, and exposed white bricks.

Simple Tips: Their Margarita pizza is my go-to, and they’re known for having the best avocado toast. Their iced chai with almond milk is fantastic!

Urth Caffé, Santa Monica, CA

Urth Caffé, Santa Monica, CA

5. Urth Caffè

An organic coffee and tea house with delicious fresh pastries and a full breakfast menu. Urth Caffè always feels like the place to be at any hour. I love their coffee, iced teas with boba, homemade seasonal soups and oatmeal with berries.

Simple Tips: Have someone in your group save your table while you order at the table. This place gets busy - especially on weekends.

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