Peppered with Tex-Mex restaurants, cozy coffee shops, and family-friendly eateries, San Antonio is an excellent place for breakfast and brunch-lovers who love the first meal of the day. From dozen variations of breakfast tacos to fluffy omelets, egg scrambles, and decadent waffles topped with strips of roasted duck, the city has a wealth of excellent places to head to for breakfast.
1.5 Points Local
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5 Points Local is a rustic-chic counter-serve eatery on Flores Street that serves all-day gluten-free meals and casual café fare along with freshly roasted coffee and tea. Named after the historic Five Points neighborhood just north of downtown, 5 Points Local combines a restaurant with a yoga studio and offers healthy breakfast and lunch options as well as supports the work of local artisans. Signature dishes on the breakfast menu include light and fluffy gluten-free pancakes, hot-from-the-oven empanadas stuffed with chicken pot pie filling and served with gravy for dipping, freshly baked pastries, muffins, and banana nut bread with chocolate chips. Next read: cheap weekend getaways
1017 N Flores St, San Antonio, TX 78212, Phone: 210-267-2652
2.El Milagrito Cafe
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This humble family-run eatery serves traditional Mexican fare and tequilas in a bright and colorful setting with friendly service and a cozy ambiance. The café offers a hearty Tex-Mex all-day breakfast menu that has been satisfying customers since 1969 and features a variety of breakfast tacos with different fillings and breakfast plates served with refried beans, papas with chorizo and two hand-made tortillas. Other items include huevos rancheros, migas plates of crispy tortilla chips mixed with two scrambled eggs, chilaquiles plates, machacado plates, and huevos ahogados, along with pancakes, oatmeal, and an array of sides.
521 E Woodlawn Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212, Phone: 210-737-8646
© La Boulangerie
La Boulangerie is a charming family-owned French bakery that specializes in freshly baked pastries, croissants, bread, and made-from-scratch confectionary. The bakery is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week, and offers a menu of light French-inspired fare such as gourmet sandwiches and baguettes with a variety of fillings from Comté cheese and chicken to ham and tomato and fresh basil. Other delights on the menu include chocolate croissants, French omelets, raisin rolls, scrambled eggs, croque monsieur and croquet madames, and quiche Lorraine, along with freshly brewed house-roasted coffee.
207 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78205, Phone: 210-639-3165
4.Bill Miller Bar-B-Q
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Bill Miller Bar-B-Q is a casual Texas-based chain and family-run business that is famous for its mouthwatering pit-smoked meats, fried chicken, fresh pies, and home-baked bread. Currently operating 73 restaurants in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Austin, Bill Miller Bar-B-Q restaurants have modern dining rooms with comfortable decor and offer both food to-go and catering services. The breakfast menu features an array of the regular morning dishes such as omelets, egg scrambles, breakfast platters and sandwiches, stacks of syrupy pancakes and waffles, biscuits and gravy, breakfast wraps and tortillas, and more.
2405, 101 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205, Phone: 210-229-9519
© Courtyard Cafe
Situated in Leon Valley, the Courtyard Café prides itself on serving delicious, quality food in a relaxed and friendly setting. Using only the highest quality ingredients that are locally sourced from regional farms and producers, the Courtyard Café offers breakfast and lunch menus that feature old favorites and modern takes on traditional dishes. Boasting indoor and outdoor seating and a comfortable ambiance, the café is a favorite spot for breakfast, which features a variety of griddle specials such as pancakes, waffles, French toast and English muffins, egg scrambles and omelets with various fillings, breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, yogurt, and fresh fruit.
7600 Eckhert Rd, San Antonio, TX 78240, Phone: 210-370-3779
Eggspectation is a stylish Canadian breakfast chain established in the 1990s that specializes in all-day breakfast with a comprehensive egg-focused breakfast menu as well as lunch and dinner fare. Located along Loop 1604 near Blanco Road in San Antonio, Eggspectation boasts a menu with more than 100 items, including many selections of eggs and egg-based dishes such as Benedicts, scrambles, omelets, and French toast. Signature plates known as Great Eggspectations include the Uneggspected, a six-ounce New York strip steak served with two eggs in any style, and homemade Lyonnaise-style potatoes. Another favorite is the Montreal Benny with corned beef, Swiss cheese, and two poached eggs served on a toasted English muffin and smothered in hollandaise sauce.
402 N Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78232, Phone: 210-545-3199
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Established in 1995 as Lucy’s Kitchen and located on the corners of Blanco Road and West Hildebrand Avenue, Fina’s Kitchen was renamed and relocated to its current location at 914 West Hildebrand Avenue in 1994, where it has been serving delicious traditional Mexican fare ever since. The family-friendly restaurant has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere where families and friends can kick back and enjoy some of the finest Mexican food in the city for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Mexican delicacies included huevos rancheros with two eggs in any style and served with potatoes and ranchera sauce, chilaquiles mixed with eggs, cheese, and salsa ranchera, chicken fajitas with rice and beans, and nachos topped with beef or chicken fajita, beans, cheese, and guacamole.
914 W Hildebrand Ave, San Antonio, TX 78201, Phone: 210-735-2524
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Jim’s Restaurant is a popular chain that offers comfort food and friendly service at moderate prices. Young entrepreneur G. “Jim” Hasslocher began selling ice-cold sliced watermelon next to his bike stand in 1974, which then evolved into a drive-in that sold burgers, onion rings, and milkshakes. He named his business Frontier Enterprises, and with its loyal following it grew into the successful restaurant chain it is today with locations all over Texas. Homestyle breakfasts include the Texas Two Step Breakfast of two buttermilk pancakes, two eggs cooked in any style, and two strips of bacon, Texas French toast, cowboy waffles, and buttermilk pancakes.
Fredericksburg & Loop 410: 3319 Hillcrest, San Antonio, TX 78201, Phone: 210-732-5491
© La Panadería
La Panadería is a lauded Mexican bakery with several locations around the city that serves 30 different kinds of pan dulce along with a wide selection of homemade soups, fresh salads, tortas on fresh, long-fermented bread, and specialty coffees. The breakfast menu boasts signature dishes such as French toast with berries, eggs done in several ways, scrambled eggs, eggs Benedict, vegetarian scrambles with pickled jalapenos, and a variety of tortas. The menu also offers individual croissants for kids and a range of hot drinks, coffee, tea, fresh fruit juices, and sodas.
8305 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209, Phone: 210-375-6746
© Las Canarias
Located in the Omni La Mansion del Rio Riverwalk, Las Canarias is an elegant eatery that serves refined Southwestern cuisine and cocktails for lunch and dinner, and stylish champagne brunches over the weekends. The acclaimed restaurant is renowned for its romantic and relaxing atmosphere as well as its outstanding cuisine and spectacular views of San Antonio's festive River Walk. Set over three levels with beautiful surroundings of graceful palms, flowing waters, and scenic views, the restaurant is famous for Sunday brunch, which sees a chic crowd sipping mimosas, champagne, and Bloody Marys while dining on signature dishes like veal tenderloin, Lockhart quail, and eggs Benedict.
112 College St, San Antonio, TX 78205, Phone: 210-518-1063
© Le Peep
Le Peep is a casual breakfast and lunch chain that has been serving loyal customers for more than 45 years. The family-friendly chain features an extensive menu of American comfort food and coffee drinks with a focus on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients from surrounding farmers and producers. Open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week, La Peep serves a delightful breakfast of favorite dishes such as eggs done in several ways, breakfast sandwiches and burritos, scrambles and omelets, stacks of syrupy pancakes, Belgian waffles, French toast, and crepes. Breakfast combinations can also be enjoyed with platters of eggs, bacon, hash browns, and mushrooms accompanied by pancakes, waffles, and toast.
19141 Stone Oak Pkwy # 201, San Antonio, TX 78258, Phone: 210-499-0694
12.Madhatters Tea House & Cafe
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The Madhatters Tea House & Café is creative café and buzzing neighborhood spot that attracts an artistic crowd for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and high tea. The restaurant boasts eclectic interiors and a lovely outdoor patio for alfresco dining and serves a delightful menu of sweet and savory options, freshly baked pastries, bread, cookies, and homemade pies. In addition to delicious food, the Madhatters Tea House & Café also specializes in a variety of coffees and teas, including imported loose leaf teas and certified kosher, organic, gluten-free, fair-trade, and non-GMO tea options.
320 Beauregard St, San Antonio, TX 78204, Phone: 210-212-4832
13.Mama Margie's Mexican Restaurant
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Mama Margie's Mexican Restaurant is a family-friendly chain that offers Tex-Mex fare in several locations around the city. The breakfast menu boasts favorites such as French toast, frittatas, pancakes, omelets, breakfast sandwiches and wraps, scrambles, and freshly brewed coffee. Other favorite breakfast plates include huevos rancheros, menudo, pancakes with bacon, beef fajitas with eggs, and family meals such as the all-meat, one-pound Barbacoa served with refried beans, flour tortillas, and warm salsa ranchero. Mama Margie's Mexican Restaurant offers daily specials throughout the week, including Monday Mexican Plates, Tuesday Chicken Fajita Plates, Wednesday Beef Enchilada Plates, and Thursday Cheese Enchilada Plates.
7335 S. Zarzamora, San Antonio, TX 78224, Phone: 210-923-1600
14.NOLA Brunch & Beignets
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NOLA Brunch & Beignets is a New Orleans-inspired café that serves a variety of beignets and delicious brunch fare in a relaxed cafe with live jazz music. The brunch menu features signature dishes such as bread pudding French toast with Mexican chocolate tuile, Hennessy peach creme anglaise, Chantilly cream, and candied lemon, and bananas Foster buttermilk pancakes with banana brulee, chai rum caramel, and vanilla Chantilly. Other mouthwatering dishes include Uptown Eggs Bennie with buttermilk biscuits, fried green tomatoes, poached eggs, and shrimp Creole, oysters Rockafella, blue crab omelets, and shrimp and grits.
111 Kings Ct, San Antonio, TX 78212, Phone: 210-320-1572
© Pancake Joe's
Pancake Joe’s is a family-owned and operated restaurant and neighborhood favorite with a restaurant on Donaldson Avenue and a second larger location on Ingram Road. Situated in the creative Deco district, Pancake Joe’s serves a lengthy menu packed with tasty choices for breakfast and lunch along with handmade margaritas, craft beers, and wines from around the world. Breakfast items include three-egg omelets, frittatas, stacks of pancakes with sweet or savory toppings, waffles, breakfast sandwiches, and homemade quiche of the day. Signature pancakes include cinnamon roll, banana Foster, strawberry and blueberry, hearty granola, and bacon.
1011 Donaldson Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78228, Phone: 210-785-9007
16.Pete's Tako House
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Established in 1978, Pete’s Taco House is a family-friendly neighborhood restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch in a casual, relaxed setting. The beloved restaurant has recently moved to a larger location and boasts a spacious interior with modern decor and comfortable seating and a creative menu of American and Tex-Mex fare. The menu boasts breakfast plates such as chorizo and eggs, chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, fajitas and eggs, and country sausage and eggs, while other items on the menu range from fresh seafood dishes and burgers and fries to freshly prepared salads and soups, enchiladas, tacos, and nachos.
502 Brooklyn Ave, San Antonio, TX 78215, Phone: 210-224-2911
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© Schilo's Delicatessen
Schilo's Delicatessen is a long-standing, family-owned German deli that has been serving the community of San Antonio for more than 100 years. Owned by the Schilo family and located in a beautiful 19th century building with a pressed-tin ceiling and limestone walls, the deli serves authentic German fare such as meatloaf, chicken and dumplings, Wiener schnitzel, and gourmet sandwiches made with traditional German rye bread. Customers can build their own sandwiches with a variety of delicious fillings ranging from salami and smoked ham to liver and corned beef and an assortment of cheese, pickles, and salads. The deli’s signature dish, which has been on the menu since the restaurant’s opening in 1917, is a juicy Reuben on pumpernickel with split pea soup, served with a glass of homemade root beer.
424 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205, Phone: 210-223-6692
18.The Guenther House
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The Guenther House is a historic restaurant set in an Art Nouveau-style home at Pioneer Flour Mills that is a favorite spot for breakfast. Located within a 100-year-old building that is also home to a museum and gift shop, the restaurant serves a full traditional breakfast or a selection of smaller plates to begin the day, such as fresh seasonal fruit, oatmeal and cereals, and yogurt. The breakfast menu features favorite dishes such as stacks of pancakes, waffles and French toast, biscuits, and gravy, eggs, bacon and sausage, and is the San Antonio mainstay of breakfast tacos. The Guenther House restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
205 E Guenther St, San Antonio, TX 78204, Phone: 210-227-1061
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19.The Magnolia Pancake Haus
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Renowned for its fluffy buttermilk pancakes and other delicious breakfast fare, the Magnolia Pancake Haus is a favorite breakfast spot among locals who come to enjoy delicious home-style cooking. The breakfast menu features eggs dishes and omelets, scrambles, Belgian waffles and French toast, and stacks of pancakes with a variety of toppings such as bacon, bananas Foster, blueberry, and chocolate. Signature breakfast meats range from applewood smoked thick-cut bacon and smoked hickory ham to whole hog sausage and whole loin Canadian bacon, all of which can be enjoyed with eggs, hash browns, tomatoes, and toast.
606 Embassy Oaks, San Antonio, TX 78216, Phone: 210-496-0828
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20.The Original Blanco Cafe
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Established in 1974, the Original Blanco Café is an unpretentious café that serves a variety of Tex-Mex dishes, daily lunch specials, and an all-day breakfast menu of regular favorites. Boasting two locations around the city, the Original Blanco Café has a creative breakfast menu that includes dishes of multi-egg omelets and egg scrambles, bowls of oatmeal and cereals, yogurt and fresh seasonal fruit, stacks of sweet or savory pancakes, Belgian waffles, regular or stuffed French toast, and breakfast sandwiches and wraps. The Original Blanco Café is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
419 N St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78205, Phone: 210-271-3300
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21.The South Chicken & Waffles
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The South Chicken & Waffles is a bright and friendly restaurant that serves down-home Southern-style breakfasts and lunches along with Sunday brunches, dinner, and live jazz music. Located on Callaghan Road, the restaurant has an elegant yet warm and relaxed atmosphere with exposed brick walls and a hefty 100-year-old oak wood bar that serves an extensive list of libations. The menu at The South Chicken & Waffles includes various dishes from regions throughout the southern United States, including a mixture of country breakfast items, Cajun/Creole, and soul food. Signature dishes include Biloxi Benedicts with Gulf shrimp, poached eggs, fresh spinach, and hollandaise sauce, berry shortcake French toast, Carolina Blue hot cakes, and homemade biscuits and gravy.
5739 Callaghan Rd Ste. 100, San Antonio, TX 78228, Phone: 210-647-6677
22.Thyme for Lunch
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Located off the Stone Oak Parkway exit in northern San Antonio, Thyme for Lunch is a casual café that offers healthy fare for breakfast and lunch. The menu features an array of delicious dishes such as omelets, egg scrambles, eggs Benedict, French toast, breakfast sandwiches, savory oats and oatmeal bowls, salmon tartine, and waffles. Signature dishes range from pulled pork Benedict served with organic poached eggs, candied jalapenos, pickled onions, and Ancho chili sauce to the sweet potato chorizo hash with poached eggs, onions, sweet peppers, chorizo sausage, and sweet potatoes on a choice of sourdough or seeded wheat toast.
19141 Stone Oak Pkwy #509, San Antonio, TX 78258, Phone: 210-438-4963
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© Tito's Restaurant
Tito’s Restaurant is a bright and airy Mexican restaurant that is a favorite spot with locals for breakfast, lunch, and cocktails. Located in the Historic King William District, the eatery specializes in grilled fajitas and enchiladas as well as serves other Mexican specialties such as tacos, nachos, huevos rancheros, and quesadillas. Tortillas are handmade from flour and corn every day and served hot or cold with a variety of fillings, and a selection of breakfast specials and plates are also offered. Tito’s Restaurant has a full-service cantina that has an extensive menu of artisan and craft beers, signature cocktails, tequilas, and homemade margaritas.
955 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205, Phone: 210-212-8226
24.Tony G's Soul Food
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Tony G's Soul Food is a charming café-style diner on Hackberry Street that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week. The family-friendly restaurant has a comprehensive breakfast menu of American and Southwestern-inspired fare, such as multi-egg omelets and egg scrambles, bowls of oatmeal and cereals, yogurt and fresh seasonal fruit, stacks of sweet or savory pancakes, Belgian waffles, regular or stuffed French toast, and breakfast sandwiches and wraps. Customers can enjoy freshly brewed house-roasted coffee and tea, fresh fruit juices, sodas, and water as well as alcoholic beverages from the full-service bar.
915 S Hackberry St, San Antonio, TX 78210, Phone: 210-451-1234
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25.Twin Sisters Bakery & Cafe
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Loved by vegetarians and health-conscious diners, the Twin Sisters Bakery & Café is a quirky café adorned with local art and eclectic decor that serves breakfast, lunch, and brunch along with organic wine and local beer. The family-owned and operated bistro has been serving customers since 1981 and focuses on using fresh, locally sourced and natural ingredients such as stone-ground flour to prepare their menu. The restaurant offers delicious breakfast options such as tacos wrapped in whole wheat tortillas, homemade granola and yogurt, fruit muffins, three-egg omelets with different fillings, and a variety of coffee, tea, and other drinks.
6322 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209, Phone: 210-822-0761
25 Best San Antonio Breakfast Spots
- 5 Points Local, Photo: 5 Points Local
- El Milagrito Cafe, Photo: El Milagrito Cafe
- La Boulangerie, Photo: La Boulangerie
- Bill Miller Bar-B-Q, Photo: Bill Miller Bar-B-Q
- Courtyard Cafe, Photo: Courtyard Cafe
- Eggspectation, Photo: Eggspectation
- Fina's Kitchen, Photo: Fina's Kitchen
- Jim's Restaurant, Photo: Courtesy of Jon Schulte - Fotolia.com
- La Panaderia, Photo: La Panadería
- Las Canarias, Photo: Las Canarias
- Le Peep, Photo: Le Peep
- Madhatters Tea House & Cafe, Photo: Madhatters Tea House & Cafe
- Mama Margie's Mexican Restaurant, Photo: Mama Margie's Mexican Restaurant
- NOLA Brunch & Beignets, Photo: NOLA Brunch & Beignets
- Pancake Joe's, Photo: Pancake Joe's
- Pete's Tako House, Photo: Courtesy of FomaA - Fotolia.com
- Schilo's Delicatessen, Photo: Schilo's Delicatessen
- The Guenther House, Photo: The Guenther House
- The Magnolia Pancake Haus, Photo: The Magnolia Pancake Haus
- The Original Blanco Cafe, Photo: Courtesy of Fanfo - Fotolia.com
- The South Chicken & Waffles, Photo: The South Chicken & Waffles
- Thyme for Lunch, Photo: Thyme for Lunch
- Tito's Restaurant, Photo: Tito's Restaurant
- Tony G's Soul Food, Photo: Tony G's Soul Food
- Twin Sisters Bakery & Cafe, Photo: Twin Sisters Bakery & Cafe
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