Best Breakfast in the East Bay

Best Breakfast in the East Bay

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Sure, San Francisco racks up most of the accolades when it comes to many regional things, but the East Bay is nothing to scoff at. With a population of roughly 2.5 million in 2010, it is the most populous subregion in the Bay Area, and features some of the most impressive food around. Here you can find countless restaurants serving everything from boozy brunches to bagels to hard-to-find African specialties. That said, here are our East Bay Best Breakfast winners for 2023, selected by our editors — look for our readers’ choice winner, selected by our audience.

In and Around Berkeley

A plate of eggs, sausage and potatoes for brunch in Berkeley
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Berkeley Boathouse

Located at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Berkeley Marina, The Berkeley Boathouse offers great views of the San Francisco skyline on the East Bay side. Enjoy an innovative menu of contemporary California cuisine highlighting fresh, local ingredients that pay tribute to purveyors from California and the Bay Area. We recommend ordering a plate of the Boathouse Benedict and dining outside so that you can enjoy the Berkeley sunrise.

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Berkeley Social Club

Located in the heart of Berkeley’s University Avenue, Berkeley Social Club specializes in Korean- American cuisine for unique takes on Asian fusion breakfast and lunch dishes. Like thick cut Millionaire’s bacon scramble or the Morning Pizza with a Korean-style pancake crust… the flavors will surprise and amaze you. Top it all off with bottomless mimosas, but note, it’s just for one hour!

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Boichik Bagels

According to the New York Times, the best bagels aren’t in NYC, they are here in Berkeley, California. Need to bulk order bagels? Make sure you get on the waitlist 1-2 weeks in advance. Try out their pink label whipped cream cheese, it’s one of those, if you know, you know, things.

A plate with an egg scramble and toast for brunch at Oceanview Diner in Berkeley

Oceanview Diner

1807 Fourth Street, Berkeley

This employee-owned and run diner up serves up breakfast classics with a twist like banana rum soufflé pancakes. Long lines are the norm here on the weekends, so get here early if you aren’t keen on waiting and take advantage of the unlimited coffee refills that makes waking up early on the weekends even more worth it.

A bagel from Saul's Restaurant in Berkeley
Photo: @sauls_delicatessen

Saul’s Restaurant & Deli

A taste of New York in California. Known for their pastrami, latkes, matzo ball soup, and other Jewish food staples. Their friendly atmosphere and staff will draw you right in. We recommend ordering a Pastrami Reuben with a side of their lightly-dressed coleslaw and enjoying it there.

In and Around Oakland

A bagel with tomato and onion for the best breakfast in the East Bay
Photo: @thetastetess

Alem’s Coffee

An Eritrean-run breakfast and lunch spot, known for its authentic East-African dishes and community-oriented atmosphere. Cordial staff and large portions are Alem’s staples. We recommend ordering the Fata, especially if you appreciate a decent amount of spice.

Best Breakfast Brunch in East Bay Oakland Berkeley
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Brotzeit Lokal

1000 Embarcadero, Oakland

This wharf-side spot serves authentic German food and German beer on tap. With an enclosed outdoor biergarten, rain or shine, Spatezl will be served. All tables are first come, first served so make sure to get their early for prime views and brews. Pro-tip, if you’re coming for or after sunset, bring a blanket with you, it can get a bit chilly.

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