From old-school greasy spoons to the pancake and waffle craze, Cleveland has been at the forefront of providing great spots for breakfast bites and great brunches. From all-day breakfasts of traditional dishes with all the toppings to fresh bowls of granola, fruit, oatmeal, and seeds, the “Rock ‘n Roll Capital of the World” has a plate for everyone. Dine in style on salmon and cream cheese bagels and yogurt parfaits at the elegant 1890 Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland, tuck into Ohio buckwheat granola pancakes at Jack Flaps, or savor hash plates with Cajun-seasoned potatoes and andouille sausage at the West Side Market Café. Here are some of Cleveland’s top spots for breakfast and brunch.
1.Urban Farmer Cleveland's Steakhouse
© Urban Farmer Cleveland's Steakhouse
Located in the upscale Westin Cleveland hotel in Downtown Cleveland, Urban Farmer Cleveland's Steakhouse is a modern steakhouse that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch in a relaxed, laidback setting. Exuding the style and atmosphere of a restored farmhouse with modern-day finishes, the restaurant presents a menu of dishes created with locally sourced and sustainable Midwest ingredients, including cuts of heritage breed beef, fresh seafood, and grass-fed, grain-finished, and corn-fed chicken and pork. The breakfast menu features classic dishes such as eggs Benedict, farm vegetable frittata, honey biscuits and gravy, house-made granola with almonds, berries and cinnamon, seasonal smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels, and granola waffles.
1325 E 6th St, Cleveland, OH 44114, Phone: 216-771-7707
TownHall is an innovative eatery and bar that serves locally sourced bites and organic fare in a contemporary setting. Boasting stylish interiors and a lovely outdoor patio, TownHall focuses on healthy cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients and produce from regional farms, and presents a non-GMO menu with a range of brunch dishes such as granola, fruit and yogurt, organic eggs and bacon, buttermilk biscuits and gravy served with poached eggs, breakfast burritos and sandwiches, hotcakes served with syrup and fresh fruit, huevos rancheros, burgers, and fresh salads.
1909 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113, Phone: 216-344-9400
3.The South Side
© The South Side
Boasting a beautiful patio in the heart of the arty neighborhood of Tremont, the South Side is a favorite spot that serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch in a casual, friendly atmosphere. The bistro-style eatery has a cozy fireplace for winter dining, a huge outdoor patio for summer dining, and plenty of large-screen televisions for catching up on sports games. Weekend brunch menus feature steak and eggs, omelets with bacon and cheese, chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy served with fried eggs, Benedict English muffins, enchiladas and eggs, and a breakfast pizza with scrambled eggs, bacon, chorizo, cheese, and tomatoes. Sweet plates include Belgian waffled and French toast with banana, pecan nuts, and cinnamon whip, while drinks include a signature mimosa and handcrafted cocktails.
2207 W 11th St, Cleveland, OH 44113, Phone: 216-937-2288
© Flying Fig
The Flying Fig is a hip locavore eatery that serves farm-to-table fare, innovative cocktails, and an ever-changing wine list in a comfortable, laidback environment. Established over 15 years ago, the Flying Fig offers critically acclaimed seasonally changing menus of New American cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients and products from regional farms. The brunch menu features hearty dishes such as biscuits and gravy, breakfast burgers, apple cinnamon pancakes, grilled eggplant, house-cured ham Benedicts, polenta bowls, and soft scrambled eggs. Breakfast sandwiches include fillings like turkey, maple-glazed bacon, cured ham, house aioli, Gruyere cheese, and arugula, chicken enchiladas, and corn and hot andouille cakes. The Flying Fig’s bar has diverse wine list and selection of craft cocktails prepared with local, fresh, and seasonal ingredients.
2523 Market Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113, Phone: 216-241-4243
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Set in the Hyatt Regency Cleveland in the Arcade, 1890 Restaurant is an elegant hotel dining room and lounge that serves New American cuisine with global influences and an extensive libations menu in a beautiful historical setting. Overlooking the stunning Arcade, the restaurant offers a tranquil place to enjoy a sophisticated breakfast and lunch menu, which features classic favorites alongside signature fare such as yogurt parfaits, salmon and cream cheese bagels, frittatas and omelets, eggs Benedict, and corned beef hash. The breakfast menu also features a variety of healthy smoothies, fresh fruit juices, imported teas, and freshly brewed coffee. The 1890 Lounge features an extensive beverage list, which can be enjoyed with the lunch menu or the light bar menu of hearty appetizers, salads, and sandwiches.
420 W Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114, Phone: 216-776-4576
6.Dante Next Door
© Dante Next Door
Dante Next Door is a casual, warmly decorated trattoria-style restaurant that serves lunch and brunch with a creative menu of Italian-inspired cuisine. The innovative menu features dishes prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and products such as home-spun pasta dishes, hand-tossed pizza, fresh salads, and gourmet sandwiches. The favorite brunch spot offers a range of delicious plates such as French banana toast, berry pancakes, breakfast calzone, braised beef croissants, cinnamon waffles, and steak and eggs. Dante Next Door also caters for business lunches and private parties throughout the week.
2253 Professor Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113, Phone: 216-274-1201
7.Fire Food and Drink
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Located in the historic Shaker Square, Fire Food and Drink is an award-winning hip haunt with stylish décor and an open plan kitchen that creates and serves upscale, locally sourced New American fare in a casual setting. The bistro-style eatery serves a brunch menu of sustainable cuisine prepared using locally sourced ingredients such as hand-rolled bagels with salmon and cream cheese, house-made sticky buns with cinnamon and toffee sauce, vanilla mascarpone French toast with brulee banana and raspberries, and lemon soufflé pancakes with blueberry compote and whipped butter. Hearty entr3es include shrimp and grits, crispy chicken livers with local greens and poached egg, shakshuka red pepper-tomato ragout, and a breakfast pizza topped with cheddar, mozzarella, bacon, and arugula.
13220 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120, Phone: 216-921-3473
© Al's Deli
Al’s Deli is a friendly neighborhood deli with casual décor and floor-to-ceiling windows that look over 9th Street in Cleveland and serves classic deli fare, such as gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, and hearty American entrees. A good spot for breakfast, Al’s Deli offers morning munchies of hot breakfast sandwiches, bagels with various fillings, French toast and pancakes, egg wraps and omelets, and healthy sides of fresh fruit, parfaits, granola, and yogurt. Al’s Deli offers breakfast specials every day of the week, ranging from scrambled eggs and ham burritos on Mondays to Philly cheese steak omelets on Fridays.
1717 E 9th St #101, Cleveland, OH 44114, Phone: 216-589-9223
© Grumpy’s Cafe
Located in the heart of historic Tremont, Grumpy’s Café is a colorful favorite that serves a menu of healthy fare that pays tribute to where it comes from with playfully named dishes like Tremont’s Favorite, a strip steak with eggs and their famous Cajun fries, and the West 14th St. Special, a corned beef hash with freshly baked bread. Classic dishes include pancakes, French toast, and omelets as well as eggs Benedict, yogurt and granola bowls, huevos rancheros, eggs Florentine, cinnamon cran-apple walnut oatmeal, and Veggin’ Out, in addition to gluten-free alternatives. Grumpy’s Café is open for breakfast and lunch Sunday through Thursday and breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays.
2621 W. 14th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113, Phone: 216-241-5025
10.Gus's Family Restaurant
© Gus's Family Restaurant
Located in the heart of Old Brooklyn, Gus's Family Restaurant is one of the oldest family restaurants in the area and has been serving comfort fare to the community for over 25 years. The family-friendly restaurant serves all-day breakfast and lunch menus of American comfort fare, such as burgers, gourmet sandwiches and gyros, fresh salads, and entrees like chopped sirloin steak, fish and chips, ham steak, liver and onions, rib-eye steak, chicken tenders, and pork chops. Breakfast plates range from multi-egg omelets and scrambles to breakfast sandwiches and croissants to bagels with salmon and cream cheese and corned beef hash. Things to Do in Cleveland
4377 State Rd, Cleveland, OH 44109, Phone: 216-661-5967
11.The Hotspot Cafe
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The Hotspot Café is a casual American breakfast spot that serves all-day breakfasts, burgers and fries, and hearty American entrees in a relaxed, laidback setting. The comprehensive menu features classics such as burgers and fries, hearty sandwiches, buttermilk pancakes and French toast, steel-cut oats and yogurt parfait, breakfast burritos, and biscuits and gravy. The Hotspot Café has several locations around the city and is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
1332 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115, Phone: 216-239-1141
12.Inn on Coventry
© Inn on Coventry
The Inn on Coventry is a casual and relaxed space in the heart of bohemian Coventry that has been serving delicious fare and drinks to the community for more than 35 years. The pint-size dining room features cozy décor and window seats where diners can watch the world go by as they tuck into hearty breakfast classics such as eggs and bacon, multi-egg omelets, banana and walnut French toast, eggs Benedict, sausage, gravy and biscuits, and stacks of Reese’s cup or lemon ricotta pancakes. The Inn on Coventry has a full-service bar with a comprehensive list of libations, including breakfast tipples such as fresh fruit juices and mimosas.
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd # 2, Cleveland, OH 44106, Phone: 216-371-1811
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13.Jack Flaps Urban Breakfast Shoppe
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Jack Flaps is a beloved local chain with small, seat-yourself cafés that are known for their wildly creative takes on breakfast and lunch. Jack Flaps Urban Breakfast Shoppe offers a menu of the usual classics, such as fluffy buttermilk hotcakes, with unusual alternatives like tiramisu cakes with salted brown sugar and peanut butter whip waffles with banana and bacon praline. Other Jack Flaps specials include Ohio buckwheat granola served with honey and whipped cream as well as lavender creme brulee, and the bacon is cured in-house, glazed with syrupy Mexican Coca-Cola, and served in fat, smoky slices with almost everything on the menu.
3900 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113, Phone: 216-961-5199
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Landmark Restaurant is an informal, bustling diner that serves breakfast and lunch menus of American classics like omelets, meatloaf, and burritos. Located on St Clair Avenue, the family-friendly restaurant has been hailed as having the “best breakfast in town” and serves a variety of classic breakfast plates in a casual and laidback atmosphere. Regulars tuck into three-egg omelets, steak and eggs, corned beef hash, French toast, blueberry pancakes, hot cakes, and biscuits and gravy along with freshly brewed coffee, tea, and fruit juices every morning. Landmark Restaurant is open for early breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
5380 St Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103, Phone: 216-881-5372
© Latitude 41n
Latitude 41°n is a charming, down-to-earth American café in the Gordon Square Arts District in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood and has been serving breakfast, lunch, and Sunday brunch to loyal regulars and visitors alike for more than 10 years. Surrounded by hip eateries in the center of the buzzing arts district, the timeless counter-serve café is open for breakfast and lunch every day of the week and serves creative offerings such as the Cure for a Hangover pizza topped with two sunny-side-up eggs, potatoes, house-made sausage, and fresh mozzarella. The Menage a Trois breakfast boasts two eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, toast, and a cup of coffee, and the omelets are huge and stuffed with all sorts of goodies, such as sweetened fried apple, ham, potatoes, and cheese.
5712 Detroit Rd, Cleveland, OH 44102, Phone: 216-961-0000
© Lucky's Cafe
Tucked neatly at the far end of Starkweather close to the center of historical, hip, artsy Tremont, Lucky's Café boasts quirky décor and original artworks on the walls and is a casual, stylish spot for creative breakfasts, freshly brewed coffee, and a relaxed ambiance. Set on the Tremont Art Walk route, the petite eatery serves an array of freshly baked pastries and treats, breakfast dishes such as in-house granola, yogurt and fresh fruit, lemon waffles and blueberry compote, and a hearty sausage and biscuits topped with scrambled eggs. The signature Shipwreck is a blissful blend of bacon, eggs, cheese, hash browns, and seasonal veggies served with house-baked Como toast and fresh fruit. Lucky's Café is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
777 Starkweather Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102, Phone: 216-622-7773
17.Moce Cafe & Bar
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Mocé Café & Bar serves a chef-inspired menu of casual fare with a creative twist in a relaxed, trendy atmosphere. Boasting comfortable indoor seating and seasonal outdoor patio dining with lovely views, Mocé Café & Bar serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner on a daily basis along with a wide range of libations from the full-service bar. Start the day with fresh fruit and granola, a multi-egg omelet stuffed with a variety of delicious fillings, a sunrise sandwich or wrap, or a stack of malted mini waffles from the breakfast buffet. Grab a coffee on the go or sip a cup at the Mocé Coffee Bar, which is open all day, or out on the seasonal patio after an evening out on the town.
8650 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106, Phone: 216-707-4221
18.My Friends Restaurant
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My Friends Restaurant is a homey storefront eatery that serves classic American fare 24 hours a day. Established in 1983, the family-friendly neighborhood restaurant features comfortable tables and cozy booths and a full-service bar that serves a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
My Friends Restaurant offers traditional dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, ranging from eggs and omelets to breakfast sandwiches and burritos to stacks of pancakes and waffles, freshly baked pastries and muffins, and 100% Colombian coffee, espresso, and cappuccino. Breakfast specials are offered every day and include Benedict Florentine, low-carb western wraps, bacon and egg paninis, and Greek wraps.
11616 Detroit Rd, Cleveland, OH 44102, Phone: 216-221-2575
REBoL is a contemporary space in the heart of downtown Cleveland with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating that serves all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner of organic, farm-to-table fare along with coffee, beer, and cocktails. Committed to sourcing organic, non-GMO foods, the restaurant serves an array of creative dishes for breakfast, such as Porky Picante, which consists of two scrambled eggs, cheese, and chorizo sausage on a brioche bun, or the Breakfast Bol, which features two fried eggs, sweet potato, goat cheese, mushrooms, kale and onion, and a choice of steak, bacon, chorizo, or vegan chicken. Healthier options include rolled oats with fresh fruit, almond milk, peanut butter, and pumpkin seeds.
101 W Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113, Phone: 216-505-5898
© Parker's Downtown
Based in the stylish Kimpton Schofield Hotel, Parker’s Downtown is a sophisticated restaurant that serves Northeast Ohio fare with a modern twist and a robust selection of libations. Boasting a modern industrial feel with concrete-look floors, warm wood finishes, and steel rivets that harken back to the early days of Cleveland, Parker’s Downtown is helmed by hometown chef Andrew Gorski, who presents an innovative menu of simple farm-to-table fare for breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner. Start the day with oatmeal, honey, and fresh fruit, a Parker’s breakfast of eggs and bacon, redskin potatoes and caramelized onions on sourdough toast, or a Parker’s breakfast sandwich on an English muffin and stacked with a fried egg, bacon, American cheese, redskin potatoes, and caramelized onions.
2000 E 9th St, Cleveland, OH 44115, Phone: 216-357-2680
© Big Egg
Boasting its nostalgic, egg-shaped menus, the Big Egg is a celebrated no-frills 24-hour eatery that serves casual all-American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Owned by brothers Jimmy and Ahmad Lababidi, the Big Egg offers breakfast staples including eggs and corned beef hash, porterhouse steak and eggs, hot skillets such as farmer’s, garden, gyro, and meat skillets, sunrise breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos, pancakes, chicken and waffles, Greek bagel sandwiches, and hot cakes. Light breakfast items include French toast, biscuits and gravy, and homemade crepes.
5107 Detroit Rd, Cleveland, OH 44102, Phone: 216-281-1600
22.TURN Bar + Kitchen
© TURN Bar + Kitchen
Located in the luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotel, TURN Bar + Kitchen is a stylish all-day/all-evening restaurant with dazzling interiors, a sophisticated bar, and nighttime entertainment that serves creative menus of Cleveland neighborhood-inspired cuisine. The restaurant features airy, open-plan spaces with contemporary décor and modern furnishings and a dramatically illuminated onyx bar that serves a comprehensive selection of libations. The restaurant attracts a power-breakfast crowd who start their day with Cattleman’s Goulash, which is served with lángos creme fraiche, cheese and eggs, house-made granola and steel-cut oats, healthy smoothies, and East Side Challah with sweet almond paste and seasonal fruit compote.
1515 W 3rd St, Cleveland, OH 44113, Phone: 216-623-1300
23.West Side Market Cafe
© West Side Market Cafe
The West Side Market Café is set on the West Side Market, Cleveland's oldest continuously operating market, which has been an institution in the historic Ohio City neighborhood for the past 105 years. The West Side Market Café is an old-school haunt with vintage photos of the market and Cleveland’s early days adorning the walls and comfy, retro décor. The café serves a creative menu of traditional dishes such as hash plates with Cajun-seasoned potatoes and andouille sausage, veggie frittatas, fresh blueberry-stuffed French toast, fried egg sandwiches, and chicken and waffles. Freshly roasted coffee is always hot and ready to sip in or on the go.
1979 W 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113, Phone: 216-579-6800
24.XYZ the Tavern
© XYZ the Tavern
XYZ The Tavern is a friendly pub in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood that serves American from-scratch comfort food and a range of craft beers, whiskeys, and easy-drinking wines. Located in the Gordon Square Arts District next to the Cleveland Public Theater and across from the Capitol Theater on Detroit Avenue, XYZ The Tavern is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week, and offers weekly specials and happy hours. The brunch menu features traditional fare such as corned beef hash, smoked salmon croissants, eggs Benedict, BLTs with a fried egg, chipotle aioli, bacon, lettuce and tomato, pancakes, and French toast. Other treats to start the day or cure a hangover range from XYZ breakfast wraps and veggie omelets to country fried chicken and waffles and cheese blintzes.
3011, 6419 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102, Phone: 216-706-1104
25.Yours Truly Playhouse Square
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Yours Truly Playhouse Square is a relaxed local chain that serves hearty fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual, laidback environment. Boasting several locations around the city, the family-friendly eateries offer great spots for breakfast with an array of traditional breakfast bites such as signature omelets with a variety of fillings, old-fashioned oatmeal served with brown sugar, raisins, and bananas, eggs bruschetta, and freshly baked muffins. Other sweet treats include buttermilk pancakes, savory French toast, corn beef hash, and Belgian-style waffles, and diners can enjoy hot coffee and tea along with mimosas and other libations.
1228 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115, Phone: 216-621-2700
25 Best Breakfast & Weekend Brunch Spots in Cleveland
- Urban Farmer Cleveland's Steakhouse, Photo: Urban Farmer Cleveland's Steakhouse
- TownHall, Photo: TownHall
- The South Side, Photo: The South Side
- Flying Fig, Photo: Flying Fig
- 1890 Restaurant, Photo: Courtesy of makistock - Fotolia.com
- Dante Next Door, Photo: Dante Next Door
- Fire Food and Drink, Photo: Fire Food and Drink
- Al's Deli, Photo: Al's Deli
- Grumpy’s Cafe, Photo: Grumpy’s Cafe
- Gus's Family Restaurant, Photo: Gus's Family Restaurant
- The Hotspot Cafe, Photo: Courtesy of Maksim Shebeko - Fotolia.com
- Inn on Coventry, Photo: Inn on Coventry
- Jack Flaps Urban Breakfast Shoppe, Photo: Jack Flaps Urban Breakfast Shoppe
- Landmark Restaurant, Photo: Courtesy of Sanja - Fotolia.com
- Latitude 41n, Photo: Latitude 41n
- Lucky's Cafe, Photo: Lucky's Cafe
- Moce Cafe & Bar, Photo: Moce Cafe & Bar
- My Friends Restaurant, Photo: Courtesy of xiaosan - Fotolia.com
- REBoL, Photo: REBoL
- Parker's Downtown, Photo: Parker's Downtown
- Big Egg, Photo: Big Egg
- TURN Bar + Kitchen, Photo: TURN Bar + Kitchen
- West Side Market Cafe, Photo: West Side Market Cafe
- XYZ the Tavern, Photo: XYZ the Tavern
- Yours Truly Playhouse Square, Photo: Yours Truly Playhouse Square
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