San Luis Obispo Breakfast Places
Start Your Day off Right With a SLO Breakfast
Who doesn’t love breakfast? It’s not only the most important meal of the day, but it has the potential to be the yummiest, as well. Of course, breakfast means different things to different people, so what’s your style? Eggs benedict with a Bloody Mary? A piping hot stack of pancakes replete with sausage, eggs and hashbrowns? Maybe a cup of joe and a muffin gets you all set for the day to come. Whatever you like, these SLO breakfast places deliver daily in delicious Central Coast style.
Breakfast: It’s SLO Fancy
Want the full sit-down experience with hot dishes prepared just for you? Hey, you’re our kind of people, then! We love nothing more than to take in the ambiance at San Luis Obispo breakfast spots where you’re greeted by a host, escorted to the perfect table and served up a hot breakfast that ticks all the right boxes on our morning meal checklist.
That in mind, take it SLO and easy with these breakfast options, which range from upscale to hearty American fare.
If upscale is your preferred gear at breakfast time, head over to Novo Restaurant (on Sundays) for a trio of tasty Benedicts or Belgian waffles, huevos rancheros, french toast and other delights. Or take in the maximalist atmosphere at the Madonna Inn’s Copper Cafe for classic American egg dishes, pancakes and freshly-squeezed juices.
Sleeping in and dreaming of a late breakfast? Winner of the Best Breakfast in the annual NewTimesSLO poll, Louisa’s Place is the place to get breakfast or lunch daily from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pop over to East Foothill Blvd. where Charlie’s Place serves up full American breakfasts until 1 p.m. or 2 p.m., depending on the day.
When was the last time you had country fried steak for breakfast? If it has been a while, beat a path to Budget Cafe where you’ll also find French toast, waffles and more on the menu. Feeling spicy? The linguica at Del Monte Cafe can not be beat.
Experience farm-to-table goodness at Big Sky Cafe, where dishes such as Shaksouka and vegetarian lentil stew with poached eggs rule the roost every morning. Let the good times roll at Bon Temps Creole Cafe, with a menu so vast you’ll need days to get just a sampling of everything they offer.
Quick and Easy SLO Breakfasts
Maybe you’ve got plans for a big lunch or dinner in SLO and don’t want to linger over breakfast too long. Perfect! These options will let you grab and go or otherwise offer a smaller menu of breakfast staples, pastries, coffee drinks and more. For a quick, no-fuss SLO breakfast experience, swing by these local favorites for a quick fuel-up before a busy day of exploring everything San Luis Obispo has to offer.
Joliene Bakery inside the Creamery at 570 Higuera St. features fresh, artisanal baked goods such as bear paws, croissants, muffins and more. Don’t miss the breakfast sandwich on a homemade English muffin, a local favorite.
The newly-opened SLO Delicious at 1129 Garden Street serves up specialties such as overnight oats, frittatas, pastries, pies and much more starting at 7 a.m. each day (closed on Tuesdays).
With two locations, Nautical Bean offers a smaller breakfast selection, but more than makes up for it with coffee options aplenty. Speaking of coffee, Scout Coffee at 880 Foothill and at 1130 Garden St. is a local go-to for a morning jolt of joe and assorted baked goods. Great news for Scout devotees — a new location is set to open soon on the Cal Poly campus.
Perhaps known more for brunch, Seeds has a toast selection that’s unrivaled anywhere and also features signature acai bowls to get your day started off right. Find Seeds at 1133 Garden St. Mint & Craft at 848 Monterey serves up biscuits, bowls and everything in between from 8:30 a.m. to noon daily (extended to 2 p.m. on Sundays).
Other quick options include Sally Loo’s Wholesome Cafe with a walk-up coffee stand; SLO DO CO Donuts for — you guessed it — 100 different donut options; Kreuzberg Coffee Company for quick, to-go breakfasts and java; SLO Provisions for indoor/outdoor seating; and House of Bread for pastries galore.
For more dining options in SLO, check out our complete guide to area restaurants, featuring a filter that lets you choose exactly what you’re in the mood for.