Portland is packed with a variety of great options for breakfast and brunch, from health bars and casual cafés to greasy spoons and fine dining establishments. From casual weekday breakfasts that can be enjoyed in or on the go to long, to lazy weekend brunches with handcrafted cocktails and live music, Portland has a spot for every preference.
1.Mother's Bistro & Bar
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Mother’s Bistro & Bar is a cozy and comfortable eatery in the heart of downtown Portland that features traditional, home-style cooking in a casual and welcoming environment. Owned by Lisa Shroeder, whose dream was to bring the people of Portland delicious, home-cooked fare, Mother’s Bistro has grown by leaps and bounds from a small, unassuming restaurant to a veritable Portland institution. By day, the bistro serves guests in the sunny lunchroom, which is decorated in shades of yellow and green, while at night the restaurant’s sultry bar, the Velvet Lounge exudes an elegant and romantic ambiance for late-night dining with gilded mirrors, crystal chandeliers and an extensive cocktail menu.
212 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97204, Phone: 503-464-1122
2.Tasty n Sons
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Tasty n Sons is a friendly neighborhood restaurant in North Portland that serves inventive New American cuisine. Owned by restaurateur-chef John Gorham, the sprawling, family-style eatery has a lively atmosphere and serves daily brunch and dinner dishes with diverse origins from the east coast. Tasty n Sons is one of the city’s Portland’s go-to brunch spots with a menu of international breakfast fare with a Pacific Northwest twist. Diners can sit at the at the lively bar, the active open-kitchen counter, classic dining tables or seats with great views of the bustling North Williams Street.
3808 N Williams Ave C, Portland, OR 97227, Phone: 503-621-1400
3.Pine State Biscuits Alberta
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Take the freshest local ingredients straight from the farm; add a splash of old-style Southern goodness and a dash of Portland foodie sensibility, and you have the unrivaled Pine State Biscuits. Making its first appearance at the Portland Farmers Market in 2006, founders Walt, Kevin, and Brian went on to open a small shop on Belmont Avenue and haven’t looked back since. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week, the menu includes creamy buttermilk biscuits served with an array of delicious toppings, fried chicken, thick chunks of bacon and egg, sausage or mushroom gravy and a variety of grits and preserves. Pine State Biscuits can be found at the Portland Farmers Market, as well as NE Alberta and the SE division.
2204 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, Phone: 503-477-6605
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Screen Door is a renowned Southern and soul food restaurant in Portland’s Kerns neighborhood that has been serving traditional Southern fare to the community for years. Specialties include crispy buttermilk-battered fried chicken, sweet potato waffles, biscuits and gravy, fried green tomatoes, grit and pulled pork, and brisket. The restaurant serves a famous weekend brunch which has dishes such as Bananas Foster French toast and biscuits and gravy, both sausage or vegetarian options. Screen Door is open for breakfast, brunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
2337 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214, Phone: 503-542-0880
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Established in 2007, Broder Café is a small, Scandinavian eatery and bakery specializing in breakfast and Bloody Marys. The simple Scandi eatery is the older sibling of Border Nord and serves a range of unique European-inspired dishes such as lefse (Norwegian potato crepes, with various filling options), pytt I Panna(hash), and köttbullar (Swedish meatballs), as well as regular favorites like seasonal fruit fritters, baked egg scramble, Danish pancakes, and Applewood bacon. Broder Café is open for breakfast and lunch, Monday through Sunday.
2508 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202, Phone: 503-736-3333
6.Cheryl's on 12th & As Good As It Gets Catering
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Cheryl's on 12th & As Good As It Gets Catering is a combination gourmet café and market that provides delicious cuisine for daily dining, delivery and special events and functions. The restaurant is open for breakfast and brunch, lunch and dinner, as offers full-service catering with menus of creative New American cuisine and homemade sweets. Breakfast and is served all day and includes complimentary light, fluffy beignets, Steel-Cut Oatmeal, House-Made Granola and specialties such as Apple Frittwich, Huevos Rancheros, French Toast, Croque Monsieur and Corned Beef Hash. Cheryl's on 12th is open
1135 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205, Phone: 503-595-2252
Gravy is a trendy little joint on Mississippi Avenue that serves classic American breakfasts and hearty comfort food for lunch during the week in a relaxed, understated space. Breakfast is taken seriously here with mouth-watering dishes such as the Dalise, a heart-stopping combination of bacon, sausage, ham, onions, sweet peppers, mushrooms, and Cheddar cheese; all smothered with thick sausage gravy. Other menu favorites include some of the biggest and best omelets and scrambles in town, granola topped with berries and banana, fried egg sandwiches, and corned beef hash. Gravy is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
3957 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227, Phone: 503-287-8800
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Established in 1978, Bijou Café is a long-standing eatery that serves breakfast, lunch and occasional jazz dinners in a bright, airy space. The historic dining venue is located in the landmark Skidmore District of downtown Portland and boasts a lively dining room filled with natural light that is always warm and welcoming. Bijou Café supports local farmers and foragers by using locally sourced organic ingredients to prepare fresh, creative dishes such as French-style omelets, griddle cakes, tofu scrambles, egg dishes and Benedicts, steel-cut oats, housemade granola, and brioche French toast. Bijou Café is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
132 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, Phone: 503-222-3187
HunnyMilk is a unique dining option and pop-up restaurant on 28th Avenue that is based inside La Buca Restaurant. The eatery serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday with a walk-in the only service with delicious breakfast plates such as flights of made-to-order sweet and savory mini donuts, amaretto funnel cake rhubarb puree, raspberry, butterscotch meringue, and banana and almond graham crumble, and poppy seed crêpes with coconut-yogurt semifreddo, key lime curd, brûléed kiwi, white chocolate magic shell, and fresh blueberries. The food menu is accompanied by dark roast coffee and fun mimosas.
3145, 40 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232, Phone: 503-320-7805
10.La Provence & Petite Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie
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La Provence & Petite Provence Boulangerie and Patisserie is a chain of bakeries and cafés with lovely, petite dining areas and pastry cases filled with mouth-watering pastries, cakes, and biscuits. The French-inspired bistro serves breakfast and lunch daily with light bites such as croissants, croque monsieur and madams, omelets and egg scrambles, and house-made granola with yogurt. Specialties include Wild Northwest Salmon Hash, Corned Beef Hash, Risotto Cakes & Eggs, Eggs Provençal, and Meurette Benedicts with two eggs. The bistro also serves freshly brewed, house-roasted coffee, loose-leaf teas, healthy smoothies, and fruit juices.
4834 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97206, Phone: 503-233-1121
11.The Good Earth Cafe
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Located on the bottom floor of the Justice Center on the corner of Madison Street, the Good Earth Café is a friendly neighborhood café with a 50-seat dining room and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Open for breakfast and lunch, Monday through Saturday; the Good Earth Café is a popular spot for breakfast with morning favorites such as biscuits and gravy, southern fried chicken, eggs benedict, French toast, pancakes, and breakfast sandwiches.
1136 SW 3rd Avenue, corner of Madison Street, Portland, OR. 97204, Phone: 503-206-8214
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Zell’s Café is a bustling, old school breakfast spot on Morrison Street that is renowned for its egg Benedicts, huevos rancheros, and a variety of hashes, with the star of the menu being the German pancakes, which are available in flavors such as classic apple or smothered in rhubarb compote. The cozy café has as much window space as wall space and is a favorite spot for breakfasters who come to enjoy press pots of fragrant loose black tea with incredible angel-light miniature scones, creamy omelets, and frittatas including the signature Hangtown Frittata, which is packed with plump ocean-fresh oysters, salty bacon, and a sprinkle of scallions. Once seated, diners are treated to a free order of house-made scones and jam to enjoy with coffee before the meal arrives.
1300 SE Morrison Street, Portland, OR 97214, Phone: 503-239-0196
© Slappy Cakes
Slappy Cakes is a unique dining concept and pancake house where diners can make their pancakes. The family-friendly eatery serves a made-from-scratch menu, a variety of fresh juices and craft cocktails, prepared with regionally sourced ingredients and inspiring flavors. In addition to do-it-yourself pancakes, the diner also offers hearty entrées and weekly specials such as breakfast burritos, pork belly benedicts, forest mushroom scrambles, chicken fried bacon and vegetable hash. Other breakfast plates include egg dishes and omelets, biscuit and gravy, steel-cut oatmeal, loaded potatoes, fruit bowls and platters, and avocado toast.
4246 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215, Phone: 503-477-4805
© Genies Café
Located at the heart of the Institute for Molecular Biology and a short stroll from the Great court, Chancellor and Student Services Buildings, Genies Café boasts a friendly, neighborhood vibe and is a favorite spot for breakfast. Open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch every day; the café serves a range of breakfast options until 10:30 am, which include biscuits, Benedicts, and bloodies, along with secret weapons such as mysteriously way-more-crisp-than-ordinary breakfast potatoes, haloumi vegetable stacks, and pumpkin feta omelets.
1101 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97202, Phone: 503-445-9777
15.Jam on Hawthorne
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Jam on Hawthorne is a welcoming neighborhood breakfast café in southeast Portland that is renowned for its delicious breakfasts, which are served in huge portions, lunch on weekdays, and exceptional cocktails from a full-service bar. The restaurant is also the largest non-gallery art space in the city and supports local artists by showing and selling their artworks. Named for their delicious homemade jams, the eatery serves a hearty breakfast menu of favorite dishes such as old-fashioned hash browns, buttermilk scones, fluffy omelets, biscuits and gravy, corned beef hash, and Grand Marnier French Toast. Drinks include creative cocktails, mimosas, and Bloody Marys.
2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, Phone: 503-234-4790
16.Pepper Box Cafe
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The Pepper Box Café is a New Mexican food cart-turned-brick-and-mortar that serves hearty Southwestern-style breakfasts, housemade tortillas, breakfast tacos, and another Southwestern eats. Boasting cozy surroundings, Pepper Box Café has a creative breakfast menu of dishes such as huevos rancheros blanketed in red and green chile, breakfast tacos packed with chorizo, bacon, Carne adobada, and avocado, stuffed sopapilla, miga with free-range eggs, and cornmeal pancakes. The food is accompanied by freshly brewed coffee, tea, fruit juices, and soft drinks.
932 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214, Phone: 503-841-5004
17.Tin Shed Garden Cafe
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The Tin Shed Garden Café is a small, dog-friendly café that serves fresh, organic fare prepared with locally sourced and sustainable ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Signature plates include The Cure featuring scratch-made buttermilk biscuits topped with apple-wood smoked bacon gravy, the Benni Hill with poached free-range eggs over a toasted English muffin covered with house-made hollandaise, and a Big Hit Burrito with pork sausage, roasted sweet potatoes and garlic, onions, mushrooms, and seasonal greens. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available.
1438 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, Phone: 503-288-6966
18.Cameo Cafe East
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Cameo Café East is a small eatery on Sandy Boulevard that serves globally inspired fare for breakfast and lunch in a casual, eclectic setting. The breakfast menu features regular favorites and specialty dishes, such as buttermilk or Korean pancakes with beans, rice, and fresh vegetables, sausage and egg omelets, onion and ham Denver omelettes, country fried steaks, breakfast sandwiches, waffles with syrup, eggs Benedict, and the ever-popular Eggs Jerusalem, which features a grilled English muffin, two poached steaks, artichokes, olives, and mushrooms.
8111 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213, Phone: 503-284-0401
Besaw’s is a 1903-era restaurant that has been serving American comfort food to the Northwest Portland community for the past 110 years. Helmed by former Wildwood chef Dustin Clark who took over the kitchen in 2016, the restaurant is a popular breakfast spot with a menu of interesting dishes such as cider-braised oatmeal, zucchini bread French toast, heritage sourdough short stack buttermilk pancakes with seasonal fruit. Boasting a high-ceilinged, posh dining space, the restaurant serves breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
1545 NW 21st Avenue, Portland, OR 97209, Phone: 503-228-2619
20.The Daily Feast
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Based in the former Leo’s Non-Smoking Coffee Shop in the West End, The Daily Feast is a friendly neighborhood café and gathering place for quick and affordable eats with a menu of classic, food-from-scratch American cuisine with a healthy twist. Boasting a lunch counter which occupied the space for 30 years, the eatery has a relaxed, laid-back ambiance and is open for breakfast Monday through Sunday. The menu features wholesome breakfast plates such as bagels and lox, egg dishes and omelets, traditional English muffins, gluten-free potato latkes, vegan spicy tofu scramble, hearty breakfast sandwiches, and a range of coffee and specialty coffee drinks.
837 SW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205, Phone: 503-206-7836
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Kingsland Kitchen is a downtown English breakfast and lunch spot that specializes in British specialties such as heaving plates of bacon, eggs, sausages, and black pudding, and bacon-wrapped naan rolls. Helmed by British chef Chris Payne and his wife and partner, Holli Payne, Kingsland Kitchen’s menu features English breakfast plates such as English muffin breakfast sandwiches, Full English breakfasts, avocado toast, and Heinz Baked Beans on Toast. Also on the menu are several new dishes such as the Double Decker Burger and Spicy Fried Chicken Burger, and a full menu of non-alcoholic, drinks, cocktails, and beers.
319 SW Pine St, Portland, OR 97204, Phone: 971-300-3118
22.Gateway Breakfast House
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The Gateway Breakfast House is a low-slung diner known for its large portions and famous for serving President Obama on an unscheduled visit there during his presidency. Located on NE Halsey Street, the unpretentious little spot serves hearty portions of American cuisine and breakfast staples such as pancakes, waffles and French toast, and egg scrambles. Other plates include fluffy omelets and breakfast sandwiches, chicken-fried steak, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, beef cutlets and eggs, toasted and English muffins, and German sausages.
11411 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97220, Phone: 503-256-6280
Harlow is an all-gluten-free and vegan restaurant managed by Karen Pride and Brittney Galloway of Prasad fame. Based in the renowned SE Hawthorne space that once housed the Bridgeport Ale House, Harlow is a friendly, counter-service restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a beautiful vintage-inspired dining room. The breakfast menu features lemon poppy quinoa pancakes with a choice of vegan or dairy butter, classic oatmeal and homemade granola, rice or quinoa scrambles, huevos rancheros with housemade tortillas, and maple-roasted veggies with polenta and eggs.
3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, Phone: 971-255-0138
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Nel Centro is spacious, hip Italian eatery based in the Hotel Modera with a warm atmosphere and convivial ambiance. Featuring Italian white marble floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, plush, leather booths, Douglas Fir table tops, and blown-glass lighting, the eatery offers cozy indoor seating and a great outdoor patio with fire pits and a living wall. The restaurant two private dining rooms, namely Nizza and Genova that can accommodate up to 30 guests, as well as a games room, and hold up to thirty-two executive boardrooms for private functions. Nel Centro’s cuisine is inspired by the French and Italian Riviera using fresh herbs, salads, vegetables, and ocean-fresh seafood, along with golden olive oil, and other Ligurian delights.
1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201, Phone: 503-484-1099
25 Best Portland Breakfast & Weekend Brunch Spots
- Mother's Bistro & Bar, Photo: Mother’s Bistro & Bar
- Tasty n Sons, Photo: Tasty n Sons
- Pine State Biscuits Alberta, Photo: Pine State Biscuits Alberta
- Screen Door, Photo: Courtesy of Heater - Fotolia.com
- Broder Cafe, Photo: Broder Cafe
- Cheryl's on 12th & As Good As It Gets Catering, Photo: Cheryl's on 12th & As Good As It Gets Catering
- Gravy, Photo: Gravy
- Bijou Cafe, Photo: Bijou Cafe
- HunnyMilk, Photo: HunnyMilk
- La Provence & Petite Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie, Photo: La Provence & Petite Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie
- The Good Earth Cafe, Photo: The Good Earth Cafe
- Zell's Cafe, Photo: Courtesy of karinrin - Fotolia.com
- Slappy Cakes, Photo: Slappy Cakes
- Genies Cafe, Photo: Genies Café
- Jam on Hawthorne, Photo: Jam On Hawthorne
- Pepper Box Cafe, Photo: Pepper Box Café
- Tin Shed Garden Cafe, Photo: Tin Shed Garden Café
- Cameo Cafe East, Photo: Courtesy of Youril - Fotolia.com
- Besaws, Photo: Besaws
- The Daily Feast, Photo: The Daily Feast
- Kingsland Kitchen, Photo: Kingsland Kitchen
- Gateway Breakfast House, Photo: Courtesy of tataks - Fotolia.com
- Harlow, Photo: Harlow
- Nel Centro, Photo: Nel Centro
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