Brunch is that glorious period of sunshine and sunny-side up eggs between 10 AM and 2 PM in which foodies may indulge in breakfast and lunch. Not to mention that it is an acceptable time to get a lil boozy during the daytime, no judgment.

Whether you’re hankering for a hearty meal post-partying or searching for a classy place to bring the parental units, here is a compilation of Santa Barbara’s best brunch eats for every occasion. And if you’re wondering what you should order, we’ve got you covered there too.

If you want the ultimate brunch experience, grab a table at Scarlett Begonia.


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Scarlett Begonia delivers on the idyllic brunch experience. This hidden spot has the full package: amazing dishes and a pleasant atmosphere. May all your foodie dreams come true as you indulge in thoughtfully inventive dishes that will both surprise and delight your belly.

The attention to fresh and sustainable ingredients is just an extra plus. This modern culinary experience is paired with the delight of a beautiful, intimate courtyard. Oh, and your furry friends are welcome too – bless.

If you want an adorable atmosphere, check out Stella Mare’s.


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This enchanting restaurant was converted from a house in the 1800s achieving the perfect balance between vintage class and cozy vibes. I kid you not, charm is dripping from every wall (meaning plenty of Instagram-able ops).

Extra fancy schmancy points because the cuisine is French – mad praise for the Pain Perdu and Croque Madame.

#SpoonTip: Make a reservation for a coveted table in the greenhouse for the ultimate, magical brunch experience.

If you’re fiending for a hangover cure, mob to Cajun Kitchen.


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Nothing is better than sinking into an omelet the size of your face after a rough night out on DP. This is the quintessential place to hit for an uber homey meal that will leave you full for days after. We’re talking lots of melted cheese, homemade biscuits, and loads of bacon.

Brunch classics like eggs Benedict and French toast are served alongside staples from New Orleans. If the question is breakfast jambalaya, the answer is undoubtedly yes.

If you’re looking for a no-fuss brunch, try Jeannine’s.


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Solid food and drink with no strings attached. Tucked away from State Street, Jeannine’s offers a lovely destination to satisfy your brunch needs without any gimmicks. They have a loaded menu that won’t disappoint and a bakery for that extra somethin’ somethin’. Whether you want to sit down for a scrumptious scramble or grab a homemade muff’ to-go, you can never go wrong.

#SpoonTip: Order their mind-blowing Banana Kahlua French toast.

If your parents are in town, head to Finch and Fork.


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This hip spot is sure to please everyone, offering innovative twists on classic American dishes. A casual atmosphere with a lot of modern class will most definitely impress. The menu boasts a variety of delicious concoctions, all made with fresh and local ingredients. While appearing to be simple at first glance, each flavor is carefully crafted. Your tastebuds will notice, trust me.

If you’re ballin’ on a budget, venture to The Shop Café.


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Believe me, you are not sacrificing any flavor for the price. You can enjoy a casual, gourmet meal without breaking the bank. The crowd favorite, “In-YO-face” dish allows you to pick and choose which toppings will be slapped on a thick slice of toast. Avocado, poached eggs, and cured salmon? Um, please and thank you.

#SpoonTip: Be sure to try their other wicked sandwiches and salads as well.

If you want to feel at home, grab a table at Tupelo Junction Café.


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This is the brunch at home you’ve always dreamed of. Savory and sweet Southern style comfort food that might just put your mom’s choco-pancakes to shame… Sorry, mom. She’d definitely understand once she peeps a menu loaded with hush puppies, fluffy beignets, and deep-fried green tomatoes.

It’s always good news when the staff swears that you cannot go wrong with anything on the menu. Furthermore, the cozy atmosphere will have you munching away on every inventive classic that you just can’t find at a typical brunch joint.