4 Places for the Best Breakfast or Brunch Santa Barbara, CA

Spots for the Best Brunch or Breakfast Santa Barbara – whether you are looking for a quick breakfast fix on the go in an affordable cafe or are splashing out on a more leisurely brunch for a special occasion, we have a list of suggestions for the best brunch or breakfast in Santa Barbara.

El Encanto at The Belmond

800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, California, 93103 USA

A sublime dining experience is guaranteed at El Encanto. “Playing host to some of the best restaurants in southern California, our passion for artisanal ingredients and exceptional flavors matches the region’s culinary abundance. Expect in-season herbs from our ocean-facing garden and fresh seafood caught daily from the shores below.”  Breakfast dishes include Eggs Benedict
(English muffin, Canadian bacon, hollandaise, crispy hash brown potatoes), House-Made Granola (Old fashioned rolled oats, nuts, seeds, Santa Barbara, pistachios, shaved coconut, dried cranberries, agave), Dairy Free Yogurt Parfait (Seasonal berries, El Encanto house-made granola) and Smoked Salmon Plate (Cream cheese, tomato, capers, cucumber, red onion, choice of bagel).  For something sweet you could try Vegan Pancakes (Blueberries, Vermont maple syrup) or Gluten Free French Toast (Seasonal berries, Vermont maple syrup).

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Panera Bread

3851 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Panera Bread is a counter service restaurant that serves breakfast before 11am.  “At Panera, we invite you to experience freshly prepared, wholesome meals in a warm and welcoming environment, served by people who care. To us, this is what good eating is all about and why we love what we do.  Our approach to good food is guided by our values: We believe in ‘food as it should be;’ we are transparent; we deliver freshness; and we serve food that we feel good about serving our own families.”  Breakfast options include Chipotle Chicken, Scrambled Egg & Avocado Wrap, Sausage, Scrambled Egg & Cheese on Brioche, Avocado, Egg White & Spinach sandwich, Spinach and bacon souffle and Greek Yogurt with Mixed Berries Parfait.


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Denny’s has always been a brunch favourite.  They have a seriously huge breakfast/brunch selection.  You can go all in with a ‘Slam’ like the LUMBERJACK SLAM® (Buttermilk pancakes, grilled ham, bacon strips, sausage links, eggs*, hash browns and choice of bread), ALL-AMERICAN SLAM® (Three scrambled eggs with Cheddar cheese, bacon strips, sausage links, hash browns and choice of bread), or the FIT SLAM® (Egg whites scrambled together with fresh spinach and grape tomatoes, plus turkey bacon strips, an English muffin and seasonal fruit.) which can be made gluten-free.  For those with a sweet tooth you could opt for pancakes like the DOUBLE BERRY BANANA PANCAKE BREAKFAST (Buttermilk pancakes cooked with blueberries and topped with fresh seasonal berries, bananas and whipped cream) or SALTED CARAMEL & BANANA CREAM PANCAKE BREAKFAST (Buttermilk pancakes cooked with shortbread pieces and topped with vanilla cream, bananas and more shortbread pieces. Served with a pitcher of warm salted caramel for drizzling).  There are some fabulous Crepe choices too such as BANANA CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT (One crepe folded with vanilla cream and topped with fresh seasonal berries, strawberry sauce and powdered sugar) or what about the vegetarian option of the LOADED VEGGIE OMELETTE (Fresh spinach, sautéed mushrooms, sautéed zucchini & squash, tomatoes and Swiss cheese).


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1701 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

IHOP serves more than 14 different varieties of pancakes including Buttermilk, Chocolate Chip, Harvest Grain ‘N Nut®, New York Cheesecake and its famous fruit-topped pancakes. Other signature breakfasts include the Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity®, International Passport Breakfast and premium omelettes such as the Big Steak Omelette and the Colorado Omelette.  IHOP restaurants also offer delicious desserts including Fruit Crepes and Ice Cream Sundaes.

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