Sacramento is one of the nation’s most abundant agricultural regions, which gives it easier access to more fresh ingredients than any other city. Many of the restaurants on our list focus on being farm-to-table and serve meals made from organic, natural, and simple ingredients. The area’s food culture is thriving, and all the establishments mentioned below are a part of a boom that shouldn’t be missed, but special mention goes to the freshly baked cinnamon rolls drizzled with cream cheese frosting made in-house at 33rd Street Bistro. There are many great things to do in Sacramento.
1. The Waffle Experience
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The Waffle Experience gives you a whole new reason to fall in love with the delicious concoction over and over again. Food is made with the freshest ingredients, which are organic and locally sourced. The breakfast menu has a unique range of items no matter if you’re looking for something light or heavy. Popular choices are Praise the Lard, which is a house-braised pork belly served with arugula, ricotta, and eggs on a lardon-studded herb waffle, and the Farmyard Foghorn, which has honey buffalo free range chicken, cherrywood-smoked bacon, blue cheese crumbles, and a basil aioli that brings it all together.
4391 Gateway Park Blvd., Suite 650, Sacramento, CA 95834, Phone: 916-285-0562
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2. Bacon & Butter
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Renowned for their farm-to-fork cuisine, Bacon and Butter offers a wide array of breakfast and brunch options – all of which are made to order from scratch. Focusing on artisanal cooking, all the ingredients are sourced from local farms and vendors, many of whom were met at the farmers market. The menu changes throughout the year based on what’s seasonally available. Popular options include the breakfast burrito made with house chorizo, scrambled eggs, potatoes, and a flour tortilla, as well as the chicken and waffles, which comprise deliciously seasoned fried chicken breasts on Belgian-style buttermilk waffles.
5913 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95820, Phone: 916-346-4445
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3. Brookfields Restaurant - Sacramento
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Created in 1981 by Lee Manolakas, who was an accomplished chef with a lifetime of experience in the hospitality industry, Brookfields Restaurant serves family-favorite homemade recipes in a friendly atmosphere. They’ve since expanded to three restaurants, which are operated by Lee’s son, daughter, and a talented group of loyal employees. Customers can come in for a hearty breakfast that is fresh and delicious; the San Francisco Joe’s is only 450 calories and includes seasoned beef, onions, olives, spinach, and mushrooms scrambled into eggs and served with a fresh biscuit, breakfast potatoes, and a homemade scone.
4343 Madison Ave, Sacramento, CA 95842, Phone: 916-332-0108
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4. Sacramento Brunch: Cafe Bernardo
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With menus that change often based on what is seasonally available, Cafe Bernardo offers breakfast on weekdays and weekends. Those who don’t want to stray too far from the norm can have two eggs any style with herbed potatoes, jam, and toast; for an additional cost, you can add bacon, ham, or breakfast sausage. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, the yeast-raised pecan waffles come fresh and hot straight off the griddle and are topped with salted butter and pure maple syrup. The freshly baked pastries are a lighter breakfast option and are a delicious way to start the day.
515 Pavilions Lane, Sacramento, CA 95825, Phone: 916-922-2870, (website link)
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5. Cafeteria 15L
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One of Sacramento’s best places to spend time with friends and enjoy a delicious meal, Cafeteria 15L is a local brunch hotspot. The eclectic urban restaurant serves American comfort cuisine in a class yet laidback atmosphere that evokes the nostalgia of a home-cooked meal. Customers can dine in the classic indoor setting or get some fresh air on the large patio for the weekend brunch. Though there is a range of items on the brunch menu, special items that shouldn’t be missed are the malt waffles with fresh berries and pecan butter, the chicken-fried steak served with breakfast potatoes and a biscuit, and the breakfast waffle sandwich, which has a concoction of potatoes, fontina cheese, bacon, eggs, maple syrup, and can include the delicious house-made sausage patty.
1116 15th St, Sacramento, CA 95814, Phone: 916-492-1960
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6. Carol's Restaurant
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Carol’s Restaurant is a casual breakfast and brunch spot in which diners can relax and enjoy a delicious meal. Focusing solely on serving some of the best breakfast and brunch meals in the area, Carol’s is famous among both locals and visitors. The family-owned restaurant is set up like a family dining room, and casual conversation and good times are sure to be had. The comfort food ranges from eggs any style to more delicious concoctions; the Mexican breakfast specials shouldn’t be missed, especially due to the homemade salsa and enchilada sauce.
1201 W Capitol Ave, West Sacramento, CA 95691, Phone: 916-372-4631
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The Cornerstone Cafe and Bar is a great place to go to if you’re in the Sacramento area and looking for a delicious breakfast or brunch. The dining establishment is open from 6:00 am onward Monday to Saturday and 7:00 a.m. onwards on Sunday; closing times vary throughout the week, so check in advance if you’re heading over there later in the day. Serving classic American breakfast 365 days a year, even on holidays, you can indulge in eggs any style, chicken-fried steaks, corned beef hash, and a range of short stacks and waffles hot off the griddle. Vegetarians also have a range of options such as the vegetable platter, which is two eggs with tomatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and cheese.
2326 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816, Phone: 916-441-0948
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8. Sacramento Brunch: Crepeville
Family-friendly and full of delicious, heart-warming cuisine, Crepeville is the place to go if you’re in the mood for sweet or savory crepes. The breakfast spot is revered by locals and visitors alike, who come there for all the breakfast staples like pancakes, eggs, sausage, and hash browns, or for something a little more out of the ordinary. Sweet crepes like the strawberry and banana drizzled with Nutella pair well with a mimosa or a Mexican hot chocolate. The range of savory crepes is endless; a crowd favorite is one filled with prawns, roasted bell peppers, garlic mushrooms, and yellow squash and topped with a creamy pesto sauce and shaved parmesan.
1730 L St, Sacramento, CA 95814, Phone: 916-444-1100, (website link)
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9. Cricket Country Kitchen
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The Cricket Country Kitchen is a lovely little diner that offers fresh breakfast options all day long. The meals are made from the finest ingredients and the diner itself is a happy, friendly place in which people can feel at home. In fact, there’s a legend behind the kitchen: When the owner purchased the space, she came across a box that contained a story about a girl named Penelope who was granted wishes by a little cricket; under dire circumstances, one of her wishes led to her being stuck in a mannequin so that she would be a part of the restaurant forever. Now, customers can see Penelope as they enjoy breakfast favorites such as biscuits and gravy, sausage patty sandwiches, and the Special K, which is diced ham and scrambled eggs on a homemade biscuit covered with country gravy and served with country potatoes.
4745 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95841, Phone: 916-331-6405
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10. Dad's Kitchen
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Dad’s Kitchen is a fun and friendly restaurant filled with favorites that everyone in the family will enjoy. The extensive menu has a range of breakfast plates, omelets, burgers, sandwiches, and sides that both kids and adults love because they’re delicious and healthy. The Standard Breakfast Plate is delicious and has two eggs any style with biscuits, ham, home fries, and jalapeno mango chicken sausage. Other favorites are the organic turkey burger and the Hot Blonde panini made with organic chicken, spinach, and avocado and comes with sea-salted fries.
2968 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95818, Phone: 916-447-3237
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11. Fox & Goose Public House
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The Fox & Goose Public House is a replica of the original in Hebden Bridge, which has been in operation for over 200 years. Sacramento’s Fox & Goose may not be as old, but it does encompass the atmosphere and traditional qualities that have made the public house popular with everyone who comes there. The distinctive restaurant is reputed for serving “the best breakfast in San Francisco” and has won many awards over the years. Breakfast options include a choice of the full English, pub grills, or vegetarian pub grills, which combine tofu with potatoes, onions, bell peppers, and more.
1001 R St, Sacramento, CA 95811, Phone: 916-443-8825, (website link)
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12. Iron Horse Tavern
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The Iron Horse Tavern has a seasonal menu to ensure that everything they serve is as fresh as it is delicious. Created by the same people as Cafeteria 15L and the Firestone Public House, the Iron Horse Tavern is a sleek and sophisticated dining destination in Sacramento. The eclectic and fun menu can be enjoyed indoors or al fresco; popular choices are the Spanish frittata, the breakfast board, the oatmeal brulee, the stuffed French toast, the Korean fried chicken, and the loco moco.
1800 15th St, Sacramento, CA 95811, Phone: 916-448-4488
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13. Sacramento Brunch: Nopalitos Southwestern Cafe
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Serving the finest Southwestern cuisine in the Sacramento area, Nopalitos was created by trained chefs Dave and Rose Hanke. For over 25years the cafe has served their diners delicious cuisine, some of which has become legendary and has made the cafe a popular landmark. Breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.; the menu has a breakfast burrito that diners can build themselves with scrambled eggs, salsa, potatoes, chorizo, sautéed vegetables, bacon, chili verde, and machaca on a large flour tortilla. The Little Cactus Special is a favorite with younger diners and is a concoction of tortilla chips, eggs, cactus, corn, and cheese topped with salsa, ranchero sauce, and sour cream.
5530 H St, Sacramento, CA 95819, Phone: 916-452-8226
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Orphan is a lovely little eatery in Sacramento that has a generous breakfast menu and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The menu comprises dishes created from simple familiar ingredients that seamlessly integrate favorites with low-fat alternatives, making it one of Sacramento’s healthiest breakfast spots. The cuisine has subtle hints of Latin and Asian flavors as well, giving it a kick that is uncommon but welcome. The breakfast menu has a combination of sweet and savory options; popular meals include the blueberry cornmeal pancakes, the grande breakfast burrito, and the soy chorizo breakfast with eggs, cheese, chorizo, black beans, and scallions served on a crispy corn tortilla.
3440 C St, Sacramento, CA 95816, Phone: 916-442-7370
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15. Pushkin's Restaurant
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Priding themselves in being 100% gluten free and 100% all-natural, Pushkin’s Restaurant is a great place to enjoy brunch while in Sacramento. The brunch menu has a number of sandwiches, bowls, salads, and plates of eggs cooked in numerous styles. The quinoa bowl comes with cured salmon, a poached egg, and a mix of vegetables tossed in a lemon vinaigrette. The basket of vegan baked goods is a great item to add to the table and share with friends and family. All the meals go well when accompanied by one of Pushkin’s many drink options; choices include freshly squeezed drinks, espresso drinks, champagne, wine, and ciders.
1813 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811, Phone: 916-823-5520
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16. Natomas Black Bear Diner
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The unique diner offers a collection of hearty dishes in a woodsy, bear-themed setting that is half the fun. If you’re really hungry, go for the large portions provided in The Grizz, which has pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, and potatoes, or the Bigfoot Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs, with eggs, hash browns, potatoes, homemade biscuits, and fresh seasonal fruit. Their one-of-a-kind buttermilk and sweet cream batter makes the most delicious pancakes and waffles in the region. Kids will love eating off the special Cubs Menu while at Natomas.
2700 El Centro Rd, Sacramento, CA 95833, Phone: 916-641-2327
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17. Sarom's Southern Kitchen
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Sarom's Southern Kitchen
Sarom’s Southern Kitchen is a newer addition to Sacramento’s growing number of breakfast and brunch spots. It is the brainchild of Cambodian cook and businesswoman, Sarom Doeuk. The restaurant offers traditional Southern-style cooking with unique flavors infused into even the most common breakfast dishes. You can indulge in old-fashioned French toast or a waffle combo with applewood-smoked bacon straight off the griddle. Their two eggs any style options let diners combine popular favorites with their eggs, such as chicken-fried steak, country corned beef hash, beef brisket, black Angus New York steak, and mouth-watering smoked ham steak.
1901 El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA 95815, Phone: 916-571-5355
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18. Sacramento Brunch: Tower Cafe
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Since 1990 the Tower Cafe has been serving delicious cuisine influenced by flavors from around the world. The owner’s intention was to attract the hearts, and appetites, of the diverse people who call Sacramento home. Voted the “best breakfast in Sacramento” by the Sacramento A-List, their diverse menu has many award-winning dishes. The French toast served at Tower Cafe is famed and comprises a custard-soaked French bread topped with whipped butter. Other Tower specialties are the Mexicali breakfast burrito, huevos rancheros, the Greek pita scramble, and the Caribbean hash, which is a slow-roasted pork covered in Jamaican spices.
1518 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818, Phone: 916-441-0222
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