Known more for its jazz brunches than early morning breakfasts, New Orleans has a burgeoning breakfast scene that offers some true gems when it comes to morning fare. New Orleanians love nothing more than languishing over a long brunch with friends, drinking great coffee over good conversations, and sometimes even sipping cocktails during the most important meal of the day. For that reason, New Orleans has a wealth of stellar breakfast spots throughout the city, from trendy neighborhood cafés and chic bistros to greasy spoons and 24-hour diners with all-you-can-eat buffets. Here follow some of the Big Easy’s best spots to satisfy breakfast cravings and enjoy long, lazy, boozy, jazzy brunches.
© Stanley Restaurant
Located on the historic Jackson Square, Stanley Restaurant is an elegant restaurant with a beautifully appointed dining room with lovely views of the St. Louis Cathedral and downtown New Orleans. The stylish eatery serves all-day breakfast and brunch, a variety of gourmet sandwiches, and house-made ice cream desserts, and their old-fashioned a soda fountain serves non-alcoholic drinks. Chef Scott Boswell (of Stella! fame) helms Stanley and creates mouth-watering dishes like Bananas Foster French Toast, Fried Oyster Benedict, and a not-for-the-faint-hearted Breakfast Platter of cornmeal-crusted soft-shell crab and Louisiana oysters, poached eggs, Gulf shrimp, Canadian bacon, and creamy Hollandaise sauce on toasted English muffin.
547 St Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70116, Phone: 504-587-0093
Brennan’s, a stylish restaurant on Royal Street complete with elegant Old World-inspired dining rooms, presents a refined breakfast menu of Southern fare with Creole flavors. Serving the community for more than 70 years, Brennan’s is an iconic dining establishment and New Orleans institution that celebrates the history and heritage of the city through its cuisine. The innovative Creole menu features classic dishes such as Eggs Sardou, egg yolk carpaccio, Eggs Hussarde, and Rabbit Rushing, and don’t leave without trying a brandy milk punch. Brennan’s serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch seven days of the week.
417 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA, Phone: 504-525-9711
3.District Donuts Sliders Brew
© District Donuts Sliders Brew
District Donuts Sliders Brew is a casual, friendly café that focuses on house-roasted coffee, sweet and sticky donuts, and mouth-watering sliders. The restaurant serves classic breakfast dishes that have been recreated with a twist, like bacon and eggs on a miso-praline biscuit, pork belly breakfast tacos, croquenuts (croque madame meets a donut), and smoked salmon and cream cheese kolaches. Good old donuts take on new flavors like candied thyme, Sriracha-maple, and cereal and milk. Beverages range from house-roasted coffee to Vietnamese cold brews. District Donuts Sliders Brew is open for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner seven days a week.
2209 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130, Phone: 504-570-6945
4.The Ruby Slipper Cafe
© The Ruby Slipper Cafe
The Ruby Slipper Café is an award-winning café chain with five locations around the country that offer traditional Southern breakfast classics, brunch delights, and fresh lunch dishes with New Orleans flair. The family-owned and operated café serves classic dishes with a quirky twist such as the Festin' Benedict of poached eggs, fried green tomatoes, Louisiana crawfish, and three kinds of cheese on a buttermilk biscuit. The Dirtiest Pancake in the Game features a stack of buttermilk pancakes with Oreo crumbles, chocolate ganache, and cream cheese icing, and BuYa Honey Toast is a crispy French Toast-battered Brioche with a cream cheese filling, whipped cream, honey syrup, seasonal berries, and French toast croutons.
315 S. Broad, New Orleans, LA 70119-6118, Phone: 504-525-9355
© Cafe Beignet
Café Beignet is a charming, intimate bistro in the heart of the French Quarter that serves authentic Cajun fare in a warm and welcoming setting. With locations on Bourbon and Royal Streets, Cafe Beignet serves tasty fried beignets and other sweet treats, along with a full breakfast every day of the week. Diners line up to get a seat inside or on the lovely outdoor patio and tuck into fluffy omelets with various fillings like andouille sausage, bacon, cheese and spinach, French toast, and Pecan Nut Waffles. New Orleans specialties range from Jambalaya and Gumbo to Shrimp and Fish Po’ Boys and Shrimp and Grits, while beverages include a variety of coffee-based drinks, sodas, juices, and specialty cocktails. Café Beignet serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.
334 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, Phone: 504-524-5530
6.Biscuits & Buns on Banks
© Biscuits & Buns on Banks
Biscuits & Buns on Banks is a casual coffee shop with lovely sidewalk seating that serves all-American cuisine with Creole accents for breakfast and lunch. Located in a renovated house on a pretty tree-lined residential street in the heart of New Orleans, Biscuits & Buns on Banks is owned by a husband-and-wife team whose primary focus is – as the name states – biscuits, and of those, there are many selections. A variety of breakfast dishes and daily specials include French toast with caramelized bananas and pancetta, pulled pork breakfast nachos, pancakes with fresh peaches, and barbecue seafood etouffeé with crawfish or shrimp over house biscuit or creamy grits. The restaurant is BYOB and is open for breakfast and lunch, Wednesday through Sunday.
4337 Banks St, New Orleans, LA 70119, Phone: 504-273-4600
© Willa Jean
Managed by the renowned Besh Restaurant Group and helmed by James Beard-nominated pastry chef Kelly Fields, Willa Jean is a modern bakery and kitchen crafting Southern comfort food in an urban-chic environment. The stylish restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with freshly baked pastries and sweet treats, which are perfectly paired with signature Willa Jean blend Intelligentsia Coffee and specialty coffee drinks. Tuck into creative breakfast and brunch dishes of crawfish and grits with poached eggs and cheddar biscuits, biscuits with gravy, fried eggs, and pimiento cheese, and griddled banana bread. Willa Jean is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
611 Okeefe Avenue, New Orleans, LA, Phone: 504-509-7334
Atchafalaya is a hidden Irish Channel gem that serves an exceptional brunch of contemporary Louisiana cuisine and craft cocktails inside a comfortable, art-filled, high-ceiling space. A renowned establishment that embraces New Orleans’ culinary traditions, Atchafalaya presents innovative food, a smart cocktail program, and live music to create an unforgettable dining experience. Brunch features creative dishes like the namesake Eggs Atchafalaya (poached eggs, jumbo lump crab, fried green tomatoes and hollandaise), the Étouffée Omelette filled with crawfish, housemade tasso, bell peppers, parmesan cheese, and the duck hash of duck confit with poached eggs, blackberries, mangos, and hollandaise sauce. A perfect accompaniment is a cocktail from their fully stocked Bloody Mary bar.
901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115, Phone: 504-891-9626
© Cafe Fleur-De-Lis
Located in the heart of Historic French Quarter, Café Fleur-De-Lis is a cozy counter service café that serves hearty breakfast and lunch meals with ample portions in a casual, relaxed setting. They’re focused on Southern tastes and flavors, and breakfasters can enjoy a Creole Country Breakfast of grilled Boudin sausage, eggs cooked any style, homemade biscuits and a bowl of grits, eggs Benedict, and Farmer’s Omelets filled with mushrooms, bell peppers, and spinach. Other classic dishes range from breakfast platters, French toast, buttermilk pancakes, and breakfast sandwiches and wraps to shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy, eggs Florentine, and fresh fruit bowls. Things to do in New Orleans
307 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, Phone: 504-529-9641
10.Majoria's Commerce Restaurant
© Majoria's Commerce Restaurant
Majoria's Commerce Restaurant is an enduring, old-school neighborhood eatery that presents Southern comfort food and drinks for breakfast and lunch seven days a week. Located in the heart of the city’s CBD, the family-friendly restaurant serves classic breakfast dishes along with daily specials and signature plates. Standard breakfast dishes include three-egg omelets, egg dishes, meat and egg biscuits with gravy, and sides like grits and hash browns, while daily specials range from Breaded Pork Chops and Beans and Chicken Parmesan with Pasta to Barbecue Ribs with Shrimp-Fried Rice and Southern Fried Chicken with Baked Potatoes.
300 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130, Phone: 504-561-9239
11.Daisy Dukes Express
© Daisy Dukes Express
Daisy Dukes Express is a local family-friendly chain that serves a variety of all-American Southern and Creole fare in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The diner-style café is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week with hearty breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night bites, with classic dishes such as the Early Bird Breakfast with two eggs cooked in different ways, a choice of bacon, ham or sausage, hash browns or grits and biscuits and gravy. Special plates include shrimp po’ boys and all-you-can-eat crawfish (seasonal), as well as country fried chicken and eggs, steak and eggs, three-egg omelets with delicious fillings, including alligator, and griddle favorites like pancakes, waffles, and French toast.
123 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130, Phone: 504-522-2218
308 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130, Phone: 504-522-2233
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12.Eat New Orleans
© Eat New Orleans
Eat New Orleans is a bright and airy BYOB-friendly eatery that serves wholesome farm-to-table fare with Southern Cajun flavors, fresh seafood, locally sourced ingredients, and farm-fresh produce. Brunch menus feature a variety of egg dishes such as Eggs Dauphine, Eggs Cochon, Eggs de Provence, and Eggs Dumaine, grit bowls, bagels and lox, biscuits and gravy, homemade granola, fresh fruit, and yogurt, and a selection of omelets with sumptuous fillings. Hearty breakfast sandwiches range from chicken, blackened catfish, smoked salmon and egg, and fried green tomatoes, and starters include Crawfish Boullettes, Fried Chicken Livers with Pepper Jelly, and Spicy Deviled Eggs with Bacon or Smoked Salmon. Eat New Orleans is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday and for weekend brunch and dinner on the weekends.
900 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116, Phone: 504-522-7222
A culinary gem in the Upper Ninth Ward, Elizabeth's is a Bywater breakfast icon that does morning comfort food right and offers a fantastic spot for both breakfast and lunch. Located in a century-old building in the Bywater, Elizabeth's is open seven days a week and draws both locals and visitors for delightful morning fare such as breakfast po' boys, biscuits and gravy, blue cheese oysters, eggs Elizabeth, fried catfish and eggs, and omelets. Elizabeth's has several iconic dishes such as their calas, a New Orleans specialty of deep-fried rice balls, praline bacon, and Bloody Mary's that will rock any brunch.
601 Gallier Street, New Orleans, LA, Phone: 504-944-9272
14.Horn's Eatery and Catering
© Horn's Eatery and Catering
Set in a quaint corner bungalow on Dauphine Street, Horn's Eatery and Catering is a friendly neighborhood café with lovely sidewalk seating, and they serve hearty Southern fare in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Packed with regulars and newcomers alike, the restaurant is a bustling breakfast spot with a menu of classic and traditional food such as fluffy three-egg omelets with different fillings, egg scrambles, grits and étouffée, carrot waffles, and waffle couchons. Signature dishes include the Jewish Coonass with two potato latkes, two eggs, and freshly grilled spinach topped with crawfish étouffée and a homemade biscuit, and the Havana Omelet with seasoned black beans, salsa, and cheddar cheese.
1940 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70116, Phone: 504-459-4676
15.Jimmy J's Cafe
© Jimmy J's Cafe
Jimmy J's Café is a bright and cheerful eatery that draws a friendly crowd for breakfast and brunch. Located on Chartres Street, the casual restaurant has comfortable indoor seating and boasts a warm and welcoming ambiance with a menu to match. You’ll find a variety of egg dishes, omelets, and griddle specials such as pancakes, waffles, and French toast. Jimmy’s all-day favorites include Blueberry Brandy Glazed French Toast, shrimp and grits, smoked salmon bagels, Irish Oatmeal Bruleé, vanilla yogurt parfaits, and a selection of fresh fruit smoothies.
115 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, Phone: 504-309-9360
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Luke is an authentic French brasserie with contemporary décor that serves an innovative menu of Southern cuisine and fresh seafood in a trendy, convivial atmosphere. Add to that an extensive raw bar and top-notch service, and Luke provides an unforgettable dining experience for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Seafood-lovers and shellfish enthusiasts can tuck into fresh local oysters and littleneck clams. Other breakfast dishes range from a local crabmeat omelet made with three eggs, shrimp, and grits to fried chicken and waffles and organic grain bowls. The signature Southern Breakfast consists of two eggs cooked any style, bacon, house-made Andouille sausage, buttermilk biscuit, and grits.
333 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130, Phone: 504-378-2840
17.Meals From the Heart Cafe
© Meals From the Heart Cafe
Located in the French Market, Meals from the Heart Café is a quaint back-alley French Quarter café that serves a healthy variety of gluten-free and vegan dishes. Focused on serving delicious and tasty cuisine prepared from only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients and produce from artisanal farms, Meals from the Heart Café is a popular breakfast spot with food-lovers, vegetarians, vegans, and health-nuts. The menu features dishes such as crab cake passion, egg white omelets with a variety of sumptuous vegetarian and meat fillings, egg scrambles, breakfast sandwiches and wraps, freshly prepared salads and quinoa bowls, and homemade granola, yogurt, and fresh fruit bowls. Meals from the Heart Café is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week.
1100 N Peters St #13, New Orleans, LA 70116, Phone: 504-525-1953
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18.New Orleans Cake Cafe & Bakery
© New Orleans Cake Cafe & Bakery
The New Orleans Cake Café & Bakery is a quaint counter-serve café and bakery offering freshly baked bread, cookies, cakes, and pastries along with healthy and wholesome breakfast and lunch fare in a casual, family-friendly setting. Tucked amongst beautifully maintained 19th-century Creole cottages and restored shotgun houses in the picturesque Faubourg Marigny, this family-run neighborhood eatery is packed with breakfast-goers who come for chef/owner Steve Himelfarb’s unique take on Boudin and Eggs, Shrimp and Grits, or an unbelievable Crab and Brie Sandwich on homemade challah bread. Sweet treats hot from the oven include fresh bagels, croissants and scones and a daily variety of cupcakes that promise to bring smiles.
2440 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117, Phone: 504-943-0010
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19.Riccobono's Panola Street Cafe
© Riccobono's Panola Street Cafe
A quintessential New Orleans neighborhood spot on the corner of Panola Street and Burdette Street, Riccobono's Panola Street Café is located in the heart of Uptown and is well loved by locals and visitors alike. Food-lovers flock to this neighborhood café to tuck into classics like Crab Cakes Benedict, a host of specialty three-egg omelets with various fillings, Belgian waffles, huge stacks of pancakes, and breakfast sandwiches. Signature dishes include liver and onions and hearty breakfast plates of bacon, eggs, country ham, sausage patties, fried green tomatoes, hash browns, grits, English muffins, and toast.
7801 Panola Street, New Orleans, LA 70118, Phone: 504-314-1810
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© Satsuma Cafe
Boasting multiple locations around the city, Satsuma Café is focused on serving healthy, wholesome fare prepared from locally sourced ingredients and artisanal produce. The café is open daily for breakfast and lunch and offers a selection of daily specials, freshly squeezed juices, and fantastic coffee. Breakfast dishes include bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches, bagels and lox, avocado toast, Mexican and Satsuma breakfast plates, homemade granola and yogurt, and a vegan curry scramble. A variety of cold-pressed juices are available, as well as coffee and coffee specialty drinks such as iced mocha and soy lattes.
3218 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA, Phone: 504-304-5962
21.Slim Goodies Diner
© Slim Goodies Diner
Slim Goodies Diner might be renowned for their hangover helpers called “Slammers,” which are made with scrambled eggs, hash browns, and bacon, but they also serve a fantastic breakfast for those looking for healthier options as well. All-day breakfast dishes include crawfish étouffée with potato latkes, vegan-friendly veggie chili with hash browns, eggs, and smoked tempeh, fluffy omelets with various fillings, egg scrambles with bacon, ham, and country fried steak, and griddle specials like French toast, Belgian waffles, and buttermilk pancakes with fresh fruit and sweet toppings. Slim Goodies Diner is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week.
3322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA, Phone: 504-891-3447
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22.Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar
© Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar
A favorite with the locals, Surrey's Café & Juice Bar is a casual eatery that serves fresh-squeezed juices, organic, and specialty coffees and freshly baked pastries as well as light and healthy fare for breakfast and lunch. Boasting two locations – one in the lower Garden shopping district on Magazine Street and one on Napoleon Avenue in Uptown – Surrey's Café & Juice Bar’s menu has favorites such as huevos rancheros with eggs, black beans, tortillas, and plenty of chilies smothered in a richly flavored mole sauce and the signature muffuletta, which is packed with cheese, salami, ham, and olive salad. The family-friendly cafés are decorated with plush plants, whimsical artwork, and regional music, and they are open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week.
1418 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130, Phone: 504-524-3828
Toast is a friendly neighborhood bakery with several locations around the city that offer a comfortable spot for a quick coffee and warm croissant or cinnamon roll, a healthy plate of fresh fruit, homemade granola and yogurt, or a heartydishess of eggs, bacon, country fried steak, potatoes, grits, biscuits, and gravy. Patrons sit at the breakfast bar and dine on three-egg omelets and egg scrambles, toast with a variety of toppings from bacon to beef, and French toast. The café’s signature dish is pancake-like aebleskiveras that are served with a selection of homemade sauces such as lemon curd, blueberry sauce, and strawberry jam.
5433 Laurel Street, New Orleans, LA, Phone: 504-267-3260
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24.Two Chicks Cafe
© Two Chicks Cafe
The Two Chicks Café is a quaint, colorful café and favorite breakfast spot with a varied breakfast and brunch menu – you’ll find a range of gourmet sandwiches, along with fresh fruit juices and healthy smoothies. Diners can enjoy a variety of omelets with delicious fillings like andouille sausage, bacon and cheese, crab meat and shrimps, and turkey along with sweet and savory crepes, French toast, buttermilk pancakes, crab cakes Benedict, and chia pudding. Sides range from grits and roasted potatoes, home fries, bacon, sausage, and ham, and healthy options like yogurt.
901 Convention Center Blvd #109, New Orleans, LA 70130, Phone: 504-407-3078
25 Best Breakfast & Weekend Brunch Restaurants in New Orleans
- Stanley Restaurant, Photo: Stanley Restaurant
- Brennan's, Photo: Brennan's
- District Donuts Sliders Brew, Photo: District Donuts Sliders Brew
- The Ruby Slipper Cafe, Photo: The Ruby Slipper Cafe
- Cafe Beignet, Photo: Cafe Beignet
- Biscuits & Buns on Banks, Photo: Biscuits & Buns on Banks
- Willa Jean, Photo: Willa Jean
- Atchafalaya, Photo: Atchafalaya
- Cafe Fleur-De-Lis, Photo: Cafe Fleur-De-Lis
- Majoria's Commerce Restaurant, Photo: Majoria's Commerce Restaurant
- Daisy Dukes Express, Photo: Daisy Dukes Express
- Eat New Orleans, Photo: Eat New Orleans
- Elizabeth's, Photo: Elizabeth's
- Horn's Eatery and Catering, Photo: Horn's Eatery and Catering
- Jimmy J's Cafe, Photo: Jimmy J's Cafe
- Luke, Photo: Luke
- Meals From the Heart Cafe, Photo: Meals From the Heart Cafe
- New Orleans Cake Cafe & Bakery, Photo: New Orleans Cake Cafe & Bakery
- Riccobono's Panola Street Cafe, Photo: Riccobono's Panola Street Cafe
- Satsuma Cafe, Photo: Satsuma Cafe
- Slim Goodies Diner, Photo: Slim Goodies Diner
- Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar, Photo: Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar
- Toast, Photo: Toast
- Two Chicks Cafe, Photo: Two Chicks Cafe
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