30+ great brunch places to try in San Jose, CA

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In this town, brunchin’ ain’t easy but it’s necessary. Whether you’re on the hunt for fluffy eggs, fried chicken + waffles, or mind-blowing Bloody Marys, the options can get as overwhelming as the lines at times.

Luckily, you have us to scout things out. We listed a whole bunch of brunch options, along with menu recs, pro tips, and an interactive map to track ‘em. Plan your weekend + pour those mimosas.

Hours listed are when brunch menus are available, while price estimates are based on general entrees, and don’t include drinks, tax, or tip.

  • $ ~ $20 or less per person
  • $$ ~ $20-40 per person
  • $$$ ~ $40+ per person
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Enjoy a classic, American brunch at The Farmers Union. | Photo via @paigetakestheworld_

🍳 Downtown

The Farmers Union, 151 W. Santa Clara St. | Upscale diner | Saturday + Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | $$ | What we’re ordering: The all-American breakfast sandwich with a peach Bellini, of course.

Café Rosalena, 1077 The Alameda | Cafe | Mon.-Sat., 6 a.m.-2 p.m., Sun., 7 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | Pro tip: Anyone can indulge in their famous breakfast burritos — even vegetarians + vegans.

Fountain, 170 S. Market St. | Buffet-style | Daily, 6:30-10:30 a.m. | $$$ | Pro tip: Take to the buffet to get eggs, charcuterie, and even sushi, or opt to order from their regular breakfast menu.

Flames Eatery & Bar, 88 S. Fourth St., Ste. 150 | Diner | Daily, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | $ | What we’re ordering: A bloody mary + the Downtown scramble — made with chorizo, avocado, and fresh salsa.

Whispers Café & Crêperie, 150 S. Second St. | Cafe | Daily, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | $ | No matter sweet or savory, you can’t go wrong with one of their 14 freshly made crepes.

🍳 East San Jose

The Waffles, 1640 Story Rd. | Diner | Sun.-Thurs., 1 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-11 p.m. | $ | Pro tip: With large portions, and even larger mimosas, enjoy brunch with a group — and don’t forget to bring cash.

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Along with gorgeous decor, K Cafe serves up delectable + IG-worthy dishes. | Photo via @myhunyboba

🍳 West San Jose

K Cafe Patisserie & Tea House, 923 S. Bascom Ave. | Asian-French fusion | Tues.-Fri., 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | $$ | Pro tip: Check out the menu before you arrive, as this cafe is counter service + lines can be long.

Park Station Hashery, 1701 Park Ave. | Diner | Daily, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | $$ | Pro tip: You can’t skip the Hashery Huarache with fresh griddle masa, or the Pan Keki — Japanese sweet pancakes.

Crepevine, 1100 Lincoln Ave., Ste. 180 | Cafe | Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.-9 p.m. | $ | What we’re ordering: The Kyoto savory crepe with grilled tofu + Shiitake mushrooms, and for dessert — the Jamaican, with caramelized bananas and caramel rum sauce.

The Breakfast Club, 1432 W. San Carlos St., Ste. 80 | Mexi-Cali | Daily, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | $$ | What we’re ordering: The Chilaquiles with braised beef — oh, and don’t forget to add a morning cocktail.

Mimosas of Willow Glen, 800 Willow St., Ste. 100 | Diner | Thurs.-Tues., 8 a.m.-9 p.m. | $ | Pro tip: Come here to celebrate with a group of friends, because you can’t say no to the Super Mimosa — complete with a whole champagne bottle.

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Get your classic Mexi-Cali breakfast at Toast Cafe & Grill. | Photo via @yeu.mmy

Toast Cafe & Grill, 1411 Bird Ave. | Mexi-Cali | Daily, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | $ | What we’re ordering: The Very Berry Belgium Waffle, and since we can’t decide — a mimosa flight with four different flavors.

Café San José, 1583A Meridian Ave. | Cafe | Daily, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. | $$ | What we’re ordering: The San Jose Scramble — made with chorizo, diced ribeye, fresh thyme, jalapenos, and feta cheese.

The Table, 1110 Willow St. | Upscale diner | Daily, times vary | $$ | Pro tip: There are a lot of vegan options — we recommend the ricotta beignets with lemon curd.

Rose Café & Donuts, 994 Saratoga Ave. | Counter-service | Daily, 5 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | $ | Pro tip: Try the freshly squeezed orange juice + fresh salsa — be sure to bring cash.

Left Bank Brasserie, 377 Santana Row, Ste. 1100 | French | Saturday + Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | $$ | Pro tip: This place can be spendy, so save for a fancy brunch and try dishes like the duck confit hash.

Flights Restaurant & Bar, 368 E. Campbell Ave. | Daily, times vary | $ | What we’re ordering: The strawberry, banana, and apple cinnamon french toast flight + the Michelada, spicy mary, and classic bloody mary flight.

🍳 South San Jose

Benedict’s Café & Bar, 5365 Camden Ave. | Cafe | Daily, 1 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | $ | Pro tip: Per the name, the cafe is known for its benedicts, so you gotta try the popular chicken waffle benedict.

Scramblz, 5055 Almaden Expy. | Diner | Daily, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | Pro tip: Sunday brunch is busy, so come earlier to skip the crowds.

La Foret, 21747 Bertram Rd. | French | Sunday, 10:30-1 p.m. | $$$ | Pro tip: This place is on the more expensive side, so save up for some adventurous options like elk cooked in a Portebello Cognac Demi Glaze Reduction, or the quail roasted in Huckle-berry-Brandy sauce.

Mimosas Gourmet, 2270 Monterey Rd. | Cafe | Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 7 a.m.-4 p.m. | $ | What we’re ordering: The mimosas of course, but out of the 14 flavors, we recommend papaya or passionfruit.

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Tostadas offers a wide range of vegetarian + vegan options, like these soyrizo tostadas. | Photo by SJtoday staff

🍳 Multiple locations

Tostadas, Midtown + Downtown | Mexi-Cali | Sun.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 8 a.m.-11 p.m. | $$ | Pro tip: During peak hours, you can expect a 20-30 min. wait, so come before you’re too hungry.

Uncle John’s Pancake House, Campbell + The Alameda | Diner | Daily, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | Pro tip: The kitchen welcomes any customizations or special orders.

Bill’s Cafe, various locations | Cafe | Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | $ | Enjoy the homey atmosphere with large portions and freshly-squeezed orange juice.

iJava, Downtown + South SJ | Hours vary | Cafe | $ | Pro tip: Enjoy a range of vegetarian, vegan, keto, halal, kosher, or gluten-free options.

Mo’s Breakfast & Burger Joint, Campbell + Morgan Hill | Diner | Hours vary | $ | What we’re ordering: The nutella + bacon stuffed french toast — and an order of the bottomless mimosas.

The Funny Farm Restaurant, East SJ + West SJ | Diner | Hours vary | $$ | Pro tip: This is a carnivore’s paradise, so expect minimal vegetarian options.

Black Bear Diner, Milpitas + Sunnyvale | Diner | Hours vary | $ | Pro tip: Enjoy a classic American breakfast, and save room for a hearty Bear Claw at their pastry counter on your way out.

Mimosas Cafe, The Alameda + South SJ | Cafe | Hours vary | $ | What we’re ordering: The Banana Walnut pancakes and the Lotta Colada mimosa.

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The Sweet Potato Shishito Hash is a unique + delicious spin on the classic. | Photo by SJtoday staff

🍳 Beyond SJ

Bloom Eatery & Spirits, 202 Saratoga Ave., Santa Clara | All-American | Wed.-Sun., 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | $$ | What we’re ordering: The Sweet Potato Shishito Hash, homemade + mixed with caramelized onions

Yeganeh Bakery & Cafe, 3275 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara | Persian | Sun.-Mon., 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Tues.-Sat., 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. | $ | What we’re having: The ‘Nargesi’ omelette — made with spinach, grilled onion, and three poached eggs — and the lavender latte.

Los Gatos Cafe, 15662 Los Gatos Blvd., Los Gatos | Cafe | Daily, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | $$ | Pro tip: Home of the infamous half-pound cinnamon roll — make sure to catch it when it’s available on the weekends only.

Sara’s Southern Kitchen, 27 E. Main St., Los Gatos | Southern | Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | $$ | What we’re ordering: The signature shrimp + grits, served with a side of buttery corn bread.

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