Bagels, bacon, grit, and granola and, of course, coffee of every kind. Seattle packs a punch when it comes to breakfast and has a plethora of places to go to feed the soul. Here are a few of the city’s best restaurants and eateries to enjoy the first meal of the day.
1.Tilikum Place Cafe
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Tilikum Place Café is a European-style bistro and bar that serves an eclectic, seasonal menu in a casual, relaxed setting. The Belltown neighborhood café is famous for their Dutch Baby pancakes – a popover-like breakfast food inspired by the German Pfannkuchen. A Northwest classic believed to have originated with European and Scandinavian immigrants, Dutch Baby pancakes are baked in a cast iron pan and can be sweet or savory with different toppings. Options include sweet creations like the blueberry-lemon ricotta, and a savory bacon-broccoli-cheddar, with a signature pancake studded with duck confit and dried local cherries. Tilikum Place Café is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, and breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner on the weekends.
407 Cedar St, Seattle, WA 98121, Phone: 206-282-4830
© Bacco Café
Located in the Pike Place Market, Bacco Café is a casual breakfast and lunch spot serving a blend of Pacific Northwest cuisine with modern fare. Open for Monday through Sunday for breakfast, brunch, and lunch; the friendly café boasts a breakfast menu of favorites such as egg plates, omelets, eggs benedicts, breakfast sandwiches, cereals and oatmeal, pancakes, French toast, and waffles. Special breakfast places include Brioche French Toast brioche, Ratatouille, Lox & Bagel, Quiche Lorraine, Biscuits and Gravy, Breakfast Burritos, and the Bacco Breakfast of two eggs, herb roasted potato, biscuits, breakfast sausage, and bacon. Freshly brewed coffee is always on the go, along with fresh fruit juices and other drinks.
86 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101, Phone: 206-355-8887
3.Bang Bang Cafe
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The Bang Bang Café is a casual counter-serve pit stop in Belltown for enormous breakfast burritos, huge warm scones, and house-made fennel-turkey sausage, along with a variety of vegan and vegetarian options. Owned by sisters Yukiko and Miki Sodos, but this Belltown lunchtime gem is a favorite hangout for neighborhood residents and workers, serving up bagels, breakfast burritos, grilled sandwiches and coffee from Seattle’s Lighthouse Roasters. Freshly baked pastries are made every morning displayed in the case up front, and signature dishes include the hearty “Bang Bang” breakfast burrito with eggs, potatoes, beans, cheese, and a green-and-red Hatch chili sauce.
2460 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, Phone: 206-448-2233
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Beth’s Café is a 24-hour breakfast and diner-style eatery that is renowned for its ‘greasy spoon’ burgers, sandwiches, egg scrambles and their famous six and 12-egg omelets. Established in 1954 by Beth and Harold Eisenstadt as a nickel slots gambling parlor, and the all-day eatery has been serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, ever since. Also, on the breakfast menu which is served all day are hash browns and eggs, French toast, stacks of pancakes, waffles and griddle cakes, as well as the signature Southwestern Exposure which was featured on MAN VS FOOD ( Man Lost) and is packed with house-made three-bean chili and salsa, fresh red and green peppers, sour cream and cheddar cheese.
7311 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, Phone: 206-782-5588
5.Blue Star Cafe & Pub
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Blue Star Café & Pub is a laid-back eatery in Wallingford that serves classic American fare such as unique egg dishes, hearty burgers, sandwiches, sides and 22 rotating microbrews on tap. The perfect spot to meet, eat and be social, the Blue Star Café & Pub is famous for their extensive breakfast menu which features over unique egg dishes, Norwegian pancakes and eggs, brioche French Toast, scrambles, omelets, and breakfast specials. A variety of waffles such as homemade oatmeal, buttermilk, toasted pecan, bacon, banana and berry waffles are on offer, as well as specials such as three eggs scrambled with diced bacon, grilled red potatoes, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and herb biscuits or scones.
4512 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103, Phone: 206-548-0345
© Café Campagne
Located in the historic Post Alley of the Pike Place Market, Café Campagne is one of Seattle’s foremost classic French restaurants. Serving traditional French cuisine and wine in an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere, Café Campagne evokes all the aspects of a classic Parisian brasserie from the beautiful décor to the mouthwatering menu. In keeping with French standards, dishes are made with only the finest locally and internationally sourced ingredients, many of which are handcrafted in-house, such as the charcuterie, duck confit, smoked salmon and preserved items. Brunch dishes include French-inspired plates such as French-rolled omelets with herbs, scrambled eggs with fresh herbs, and poached eggs with a red wine-foie grass sauce with pearl onions, bacon, and champignons.
1600 Post Alley, Seattle, Washington 98101, 206-728-2233
7.Citizen Coffee Creperie
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The Citizen Coffee Creperie is a charming neighborhood brick-walled café that serves a menu of casual cuisine, including Reubens, crêpes, fresh salads and brewed coffee, coffee-based drinks and inexpensive casual wines. Located in the eastern part of lower Queen Anne, the menu features a wide variety of breakfast items including oatmeal, yogurt parfait, breakfast baguettes, biscuits and gravy, cowboy casserole, huevos rancheros, a variety of breakfast tacos, and the signature Henry’s Scramble of scrambled eggs, black beans, minced onions, jalapeños, rustic herb potatoes and corn tortillas. The Citizen Coffee Creperie is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
706 Taylor Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, Phone: 206-284-1015
© CJ's Eatery
Located in the Belltown neighborhood in the heart of Seattle, CJ's Eatery is a bustling café known for its generous servings of homecooked comfort food for breakfasts and lunch. Serving the community for the past 18 years, the friendly neighborhood café features a comfortable sit-down restaurant and take out services and serves a menu of quick, tasty meals. The breakfast menu features favorites such as egg plates, scrambles, omelets, and benedicts, frittatas, pancakes, skillets, and French toast, along with specials like biscuits and gravy, corned beef and hash, blintzes, bagels and lox, latkes, tofu veggies sauté, and chicken fried steak and eggs. CJ's Eatery is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week, with breakfast served all day and lunch served after 11h00.
2619 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, Phone: 206-728-1648
9.The Dish Cafe
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The Dish Café is a family-owned business that serves a creative menu of delicious fare prepared with ingredients sourced from local artisans, farmers, and vendors. Boasting two locations in North Seattle, the Dish Café offers a delicious breakfast menu of morning bites such as eggs, burritos, scrambled eggs, breakfast sandwiches, huevos Verdes, and eggs benedicts. Specials include Jim’s Grandé with three eggs any style, two sizzling sausage patties, avocado, and tomatillo sauce; Corned Beef Hash served with two eggs any style; Biscuits & Gravy with grilled red potatoes; and Chicken Fried Steak and eggs. All breakfast plates are served with whole wheat, white, sourdough, or rye toast, English muffin, two corn tortillas or grilled red potatoes.
4358 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107, Phone: 206-782-9985
10.Geraldine's Counter Restaurant
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Geraldine's Counter Restaurant is a bustling all-day American diner that serves hearty comfort food for breakfast, brunch, and lunch in a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. Located in the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle, the eatery offers a menu of delicious food prepared with locally sourced ingredients from regional artisans, farmers, and producers. The breakfast menu features steel-cut oats with fresh fruit, house-made granola with almonds, dried fruit, coconut and vanilla bean yogurt, French toast, pancakes, waffles, biscuits and gravy, corned beef hash, and breakfast sandwiches stacked with scrambled eggs, bacon, arugula, avocado, and hash browns. Geraldine's Counter Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
4872 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118, Phone: 206-723-2080
Glo’s is a homey, neighborhood diner that serves all-day breakfasts and late-night meals on the weekend. Established in 1987 by Gloreen Raineri as a classic breakfast and lunch diner, the warm and welcoming eatery still serves the same of menu of breakfast favorites and fresh homemade specialties, such as flagship eggs benedict variations, egg scrambles, home-style corned beef hash, seasonal pancake and egg scramble specials, buttermilk biscuits and creamy gravy, and freshly brewed coffee and tea. Signature dishes include home braised corned beef hash, lox and bagels, huevos rancheros, grilled vegetarian frittata, and Aaron's Special with sautéed zucchini, red bell peppers, avocado, spinach, green onions, and garlic served over hash browns. Glo’s is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
1621 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98102, Phone: 206-324-2577
Lola is a lively eatery on 4th Avenue owned and managed by author-chef Tom Douglas that serves modern, Greek-influenced dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients. The cozy restaurant serves a menu that features classic Pacific Northwest fare inspired by the cooking styles of Greece with modern Mediterranean and North African riffs on local ingredients such as fresh Penn Cove shellfish, Anderson Valley lamb, and wild Bristol Bay sockeye salmon. Signature breakfast plates include Greek scramble eggs with spiced lamb and beef, kasseri cheese and smashed garlic fried potatoes; omelet lacinato kale with white cheddar; Bavarian eggs benedict with ham and dill; and Tom’s favorite breakfast Mediterranean octopus, with bacon, Aleppo yogurt, soft poached eggs, and radicchio. Lola’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
2000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, Phone: 206-441-1430
13.Lowell’s Restaurant & Bar
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Located in the Pike Place Market, Lowell’s Restaurant & Bar was established over a century ago as a combination coffee and peanut roaster and cafeteria for visitors to pick up some coffee and snacks when visiting the market. The cafeteria known as Mannings Cafeteria became Lowell’s in 1957 and has served delicious cuisine and libations for the community ever since. Spanning three floors of seating, the restaurant boasts beautiful views of the Olympic Mountains and the ferries crossing Puget Sound and the Port of Seattle. The casual seafood-centric restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with an extensive list of cocktails, ales, and wines. The breakfast menu features favorites such as egg plates, scrambles, omelets, and benedicts, frittatas, pancakes, skillets, and French toast. Lowell’s Restaurant & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner, seven days a week.
1519 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101, Phone: 206-622-2036
Ludi’s is a casual, family-friendly restaurant that serves breakfast favorites all day, along with other American fare. Located on Pike Street, Ludi’s boasts a breakfast menu of favorites such as egg plates, omelets, eggs benedicts, breakfast sandwiches, cereals and oatmeal, pancakes, French toast, and waffles. Ludi’s is open breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
200 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101, Phone: 206-682-2324
15.Planet Java Diner
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Located in Pioneer Square, Planet Java Diner is a family-friendly diner that serves classic breakfast fare, casual plates such as burgers and hearty sandwiches, and fresh salads in a hip space with retro décor. The comfortable neighborhood eatery serves a range of delicious breakfast dishes such as eggs benedict variations, egg scrambles, home-style corned beef hash, pancakes, buttermilk biscuits, and creamy gravy, French toast, waffles, and freshly brewed coffee. The restaurant also serves a range of lunch dishes such as burgers, deli, and hot sandwiches, salads, soups and wraps, bowls of chili, and more. Planet Java Diner is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
72 S Washington St, Seattle, WA 98104, Phone: 206-340-8859
16.Portage Bay Cafe
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Portage Bay Café is one of Seattle’s favorite places to enjoy a hearty breakfast, lazy brunch or languid lunch or intimate dinner for two. With four locations across the city, Portage Bay Café serves a delicious menu of made-to-order meals, using only the freshest local ingredients sourced from surrounding farms and producers. From pancakes, eggs, and organic granola for breakfast to crisp garden salads, homemade soup, and jam-packed sandwiches, shwarmas, and burgers for lunch, Portage Bay Café has something for everyone. The café also provides a cold lunch delivery service and can be booked for private events in the evenings.
4130 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, Phone: 206-547-8230
391 Terry Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109, Phone: 206-462-6400
2825 NW Market, Seattle, WA 98107, Phone: 206-783-1547
© Skillet Diner
Located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, the award-winning Skillet Diner is a hip eatery and bar that serves locally sourced comfort food along with a range of handcrafted cocktails, craft beer and casual wines from a local food truck team. The bright and airy diner has a relaxed ambiance with approachable food and friendly service and offers breakfast plates like Fried Chicken and Waffles, House-Made Biscuits and Sage Gravy, Deconstructed Corned Beef Hash, the Breakfast Sammy of rosemary-brown sugar breakfast sausage, bacon, and American cheese on a potato roll. Other favorites include Breakfast Burrito, Chilaquiles, Pork Belly and Waffles, and Avocado Breakfast Burritos. Skillet Diner is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
4150, 1400 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122, Phone: 206-512-2001
18.Sweet Iron Waffle Bar
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Boasting two locations in Seattle, the Sweet Iron Waffle Bar specializes in Belgian-style street waffles. The café serves signature, European cast iron waffles made with yeasted, brioche-style dough and artisan pearl sugar and other local, organic, and all-natural ingredients, and pressed to perfection. Waffles are smothered with sweet or savory toppings, such as Nutella®, berry compote and whipped cream, bruleed bananas with salted caramel, chocolate, brie and basil, prosciutto, crème Fraiche and green onions, and herbed goat cheese, hazelnuts and honey. Waffles are served for breakfast, lunch or dessert, and the Sweet Iron Waffle Bar offers catering services.
1200 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101, Phone: 206-682-3336
19.The 5 Point Cafe
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Established in 1929 as a family-owned and operated eatery, the 5 Point Café is a long-standing American diner that serves hearty all-day breakfasts, classic burgers, and gourmet sandwiches. Today, the café is longest run family eatery and the oldest bar in Seattle and is renowned for being a dimly-lit working-class dive that serves hearty, inexpensive; unpretentious eats fare in a crowded, bustling atmosphere. The café serves an all-day breakfast with favorites like home-style corned beef hash, eggs benedict variations, egg scrambles, buttermilk biscuits, and creamy gravy, pancakes, French toast, waffles, and freshly brewed coffee. The 5 Point Café is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
415 Cedar St, Seattle, WA 98119, Phone: 206-448-9991
20.The Fat Hen
Ballard’s The Fat Hen is a trendy restaurant on 70th Street with whitewashed wainscoting, a honeycomb-tile backsplash, and a glass case of mouthwatering cake and desserts that serves classic Italian and American cuisine in a relaxed, rustic setting. Light, bright and cheerful, the friendly neighborhood eatery serves a delicious breakfast menu of a variety of dishes such as baked eggs on stewed tomato sauce, homemade English muffins with butter and honey; fresh cod with fried potatoes and a tomato-caper salsa; eggs with mozzarella and basil; and breakfast sandwiches packed with homemade ricotta and sautéed mushrooms. Don’t miss the mouthwatering, buttery lemon tart topped with bronzed pine nuts.
1418 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117, Phone: 206-782-5422
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Located in Fairmont Olympic Hotel, the Georgian is an award-winning, AAA 4 Diamond restaurant that serves gourmet contemporary Pacific Northwest cuisine in an elegant and luxurious setting. Seattle's premier dining room, the Georgian is open for breakfast, lunch and traditional British Afternoon Tea with delectable house-made pastries and sandwiches, along with champagne, mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. A mouthwatering array of breakfast and brunch plates are served such as eggs benedict, house-made granola and steel cut oats with fresh fruit, yogurt, and honey scrambled eggs and salmon, and freshly baked scones, jam, and heavy cream. The Georgian is also home to an exclusive private dining room with seating for up to 12 guests, which is perfect for an intimate gathering.
411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101, Phone: 206-621-7889
22.The Wandering Goose
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The Wandering Goose is a small restaurant that exudes a rich history and classic Southern charm. The shabby-chic Capitol Hill café that serves a menu of creative cuisine with North Carolina influences with signature dishes such as fried oysters, pimento mac ‘n’ cheese, collard greens, fried chicken, and biscuit sandwiches and thick gravy. Southern-style breakfast items include Bubble and Squeak, Grits and Grillades, Biscuits and Gravy, Veggie Hash, House-made Granola and Greek yogurt, and Fried Chicken and Grits. The Wandering Goose is open for breakfast, and lunch, seven days a week.
403 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112, Phone: 206-323-9938
© 5 Spot
The 5 Spot on Queen Anne is an airy restaurant and bar that serves an ever-evolving menu of American regional foods, featuring dishes inspired by frigid Klondike and the seasonal Northwest to the southernmost reaches of South America. Adorned with Americana, the comfortable dining space boasts a warm and welcoming ambiance and serves a breakfast packed with the regulars – omelets, egg plates, pancakes, waffles, griddle cakes huevos rancheros, and French toast, along with specials like a breakfast sandwich with hot chicken thigh, bacon jam, vinegary greens, and eggs on Ciabatta, and short stacks of sweet potato flapjacks with candied pecans, whipped butter and boozy bourbon-maple syrup. 5 Spot is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
1502 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109, Phone: 206-285-7768
© Toulouse Petit
Toulouse Petit is an award-winning restaurant that brings the Big Easy to Seattle with a cozy, New Orleans-influenced dining room that serves authentic Cajun-Creole cuisine and fresh seafood, along with an extensive wine and cocktail list. Boasting beautifully decorated interiors with rich textiles and intricate elements, the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a renowned happy hour with signature cocktails and imported spirits. Signature breakfast items include Toulouse Petit Beignets with powdered sugar, house-smoked salmon and asparagus hash with fingerling potatoes, seasonal greens and caramelized shallots, and fresh roasted Sumatra coffee in a French press.
601 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, Phone: 206-432-9069
24 Best Seattle Breakfast Spots
- Tilikum Place Cafe, Photo: Tilikum Place Cafe
- Bacco Cafe, Photo: Bacco Café
- Bang Bang Cafe, Photo: Bang Bang Café
- Beth's Cafe, Photo: Chansom Pantip/stock.adobe.com
- Blue Star Cafe & Pub, Photo: Blue Star Café & Pub
- Cafe Campagne, Photo: Café Campagne
- Citizen Coffee Creperie, Photo: Citizen Coffee Creperie
- CJ's Eatery, Photo: CJ's Eatery
- The Dish Cafe, Photo: The Dish Café
- Geraldine's Counter Restaurant, Photo: Geraldine's Counter Restaurant
- Glo's, Photo: Glo's
- Lola, Photo: Lola
- Lowell’s Restaurant & Bar, Photo: Lowell’s Restaurant & Bar
- Ludi's, Photo: Ludi's
- Planet Java Diner, Photo: Planet Java Diner
- Portage Bay Cafe, Photo: Portage Bay Café
- Skillet Diner, Photo: Skillet Diner
- Sweet Iron Waffle Bar, Photo: Sweet Iron Waffle Bar
- The 5 Point Cafe, Photo: The 5 Point Café
- The Fat Hen, Photo: weedezign/stock.adobe.com
- The Georgian, Photo: Alexander Borisenko/stock.adobe.com
- The Wandering Goose, Photo: The Wandering Goose
- 5 Spot, Photo: 5 Spot
- Toulouse Petit, Photo: Toulouse Petit
- Cover Photo: zhu difeng/stock.adobe.com