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Best Brunch Spots in Oakland, California

Updated on August 27, 2010

The weeks are just a blur for us, so my partner and I like to enjoy some quality time together and some great food on the weekends. Here are our favorite brunch spots in Oakland and its vicinity. See the interactive map at the bottom for directions.

The Oakland Grill

Almost never a wait, probably because it's hidden among all the produce distributors around it. Their brunch menu is fantastic - the highlights are the huevos rancheros, if you ask me - $10 for great poached eggs with corn tortillas, a little cup of black beans, salsa and sour cream. They also feature $2 mimosas (both orange and strawberry) fairly often for brunch.

Reasonably priced, edgy (as in cool, not scary) setting, great traditional brunch fare.

Photo credit: pengrin
Photo credit: pengrin

Cock-A-Doodle Cafe

A more gourmet/foodie option than Oakland Grill, so a bit pricier and a longer wait on the weekends. Cool space, too, with a courtyard in the back that's great when it's warm out. Their egg dishes are great, including their Huevos Rancheros, but they also have a terrific vegetarian benedict as a special ("California Benedict", I think) often. Their graham-cracker french toast is divine (we're recreated it semi-successfully at home).

Great food, very much worth the wait, although get there before 11 if you want to wait less than a half-hour to get a table.

Photo credit: joebeone
Photo credit: joebeone

Mama's Royal Cafe

For the hipster option, we have Mama's Royal Cafe on Broadway near College Ave. It serves up very, very traditional American brunch food in a familiar setting. The wait can be atrocious, even before 11am, so we've only been there once, but if you want to have a diner-like breakfast experience from Small Town America (very popular with the hipsters), then this is the place to go to.

Photo credit: Noshzilla
Photo credit: Noshzilla

Brown Sugar Kitchen

On Mandela Parkway in West Oakland, you'll find the more modern, inventive Brown Sugar Kitchen. It's relatively new and never too hard to get a table, the food is a creative twist on soul food favorites, including cornmeal waffles and buttermilk fried chicken, and beignets with homemade jams. Their cheddar cheese grits, and homemade granola, are also terrific options.

The Egg Shop

Up in Montclair (yep, a shlep if you live closer to downtown) there is the perenially popular egg shop (translation: at least a half-hour wait on the weekends even though the place is huge). They turn out high-quality, reasonably priced brunch food. Naturally, their eggs are great - omelette options, including Salsa de Montclair (Mexican) and the chilaquiles (fried corn tortilla strips, eggs, and red sauce) are divine.

show route and directions
A markerOakland Grill -
301 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
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B markerCock-a-Doodle Cafe -
719 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
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C markerMama's Royal Cafe -
4012 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611, USA
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D markerBrown Sugar Kitchen -
2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
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E markerMontclair Egg Shop -
6126 Medau Pl, Oakland, CA 94611, USA
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    • livelonger profile image

      Jason Menayan 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks, everyone!

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      ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      always a great meal for the day. these look delicious.

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      India Arnold 7 years ago from Northern, California

      Great Google map! And as far as the Okland Grill goes,...$2 mimosas are to beat! Really nice hub for those of us who are looking for the Best Brunch Spots in Oakland, California.


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      Roberta Kyle 7 years ago from Central New Jersey

      well now I know where to go if I ever get to Oakland, or to California for that matter:-) Mouthwatering hub with great info. Thanks

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      Jason Menayan 7 years ago from San Francisco

      You're quite welcome, and welcome to the neighborhood!

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      Lorna Lorraine 7 years ago from Croydon

      Your timing for this hub is great as I am moving to the area soon. Thanks for sharing!