Sometimes breakfast consists of hotel coffee and a granola bar that now looks more like an Airhead after spending 24 hours at the bottom of your bag. But sometimes you want a better start to the day, one that includes chocolate chip pancakes and a side of bacon because you’re on vacation and you can do what you want. A lot of people might lecture you on how it’s the “most important meal of the day,” or try and confine it to a certain time frame. We’re just here to tell you about the best spots in the city to eat it whether you’re looking to dress up and drink out of champagne flutes, or you’re awake and in need of eggs at 4am because breakfast doesn’t have rules.
This guide spans across Las Vegas, with spots near or on the Strip and some others that will require a drive just long enough to wake you and your friends up to start the whole Vegas process all over again. At least this time, it won’t be on an empty stomach.
Breakfast: Mon-Thurs 7am-1pm; Brunch: Fri-Sun 7am-2pm
There are very few guarantees in Las Vegas, but something you can always count on is that brunch at Bouchon will be the best of your trip. This is definitely a blow-out place where you’re going to spend a lot, but if you choose one spot to do that, this should be it. It’s great for large groups that want to start the day on a high note, before things inevitably get less classy. The brunch menu is classic French, but make sure you order the sausage hash or at least get a plate of it to share.
Breakfast: Tues-Fri 7am-8pm, Sat-Mon 7am-5pm
You won’t be the first person to walk into The Bagel Cafe, see the pastry case, and forget that you came here for bagels. But that won’t last long once you sit down and look at the menu (printed as a newspaper). Get any of the 20 different types of freshly baked bagels at this New York-inspired cafe paired with one of their spreads or as an egg sandwich, just make sure you get at least one order of potato pancakes for the table. It’s the ideal place to bring a group of friends together to complain about the heat and start planning the day.
Breakfast served 24 hours
Places open and serving breakfast 24 hours a day usually bring to mind fluorescent lighting, brightly colored uniforms, and syrup in plastic-sealed containers. Thankfully that’s not the case in Vegas, and especially not at Lucky Penny in the Palms. The space is bright, with blue chairs and lots of colorful artwork and plants. Their menu includes everything from omelets to chicken-fried steak and eggs to an avocado tostada, but the cinnamon swirl pancakes are the one thing you can’t miss. Get an order of these huge cinnamon buns masquerading as pancakes for the table and wonder why more places don’t let you eat dessert for breakfast at 4:30am.
Breakfast buffet: Sat-Sun 8am-1pm
We aren’t doctors, but we are confident (through many non-FDA approved trials) that the freshly-made mini donuts at Veranda can cure any hangover. With its location inside the Four Seasons, you might worry about being underdressed for this brunch buffet, but thankfully for everyone, the atmosphere is more come as you already are. (Though you might want to remove your new collection of bead necklaces and the bridesmaid sash that definitely doesn’t belong to you.) You’re likely to find yourself sitting next to another group of friends, all still in their pajamas, trying to get rid of last night’s stupor over a skillet of chilaquiles.
Breakfast served 24 hours
Remember the joy you’d get as a child when you’d pass by a donut shop and see the hot light sign glowing? That sign never disappointed, unlike your parents as they continued driving to your soccer practice. The Henry, located in The Cosmopolitan and open 24/7, can help you recapture that feeling of excitement. Get the made-to-order beignets with fresh lemon curd and the warm signature donuts with bananas foster filling and salted caramel glaze.
Brunch: Sundays 11am-2pm
There’s never a bad time to visit Lola’s, but the best time is on Sundays during football season. Brunch is served from 11am-2pm at the Summerlin location, and if there’s a New Orleans Saints game on, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better place to watch - even if you can’t name anyone on the team. This Cajun-Creole restaurant serves things like shrimp and grits and jambalaya, and even if the Saints lose, the baked french toast and Hangover Po’boy (always add ham and cheese) will ensure that you’ll still have a good time.
Breakfast: Daily 7am-7pm
When you want to eat somewhere that will look nice in your inevitable photo with seven wedding hashtags, Cafe Breizh, an all-white, bright French cafe in Spring Valley (an area west of the Strip) is where you should go. It’s known for its long list of pastries (get the almond croissant and nutella brioche) and crepes, but if it’s a different kind of morning and you just finished hiking at Red Rock, you can come here for a lighter breakfast, too.
Breakfast: Mon-Fri 6am-2pm, Sat-Sun 6am-3pm
We know that you were assigned The Count of Monte Cristo at some point in your life. We also know you probably never finished it and somehow passed the test by only watching the movie. We’re not entirely sure what the book and a ham and cheese french toast sandwich have to do with each other, but we do know that you can make up for your childhood laziness by ordering one at The Cracked Egg. There are five locations and they all feel super familiar, probably because they look like every comfortable diner you’ve ever been to and have menus of breakfast classics to match.
Breakfast: Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat-Sun midnight-7pm
Bringing your friends somewhere called Eggslut might be met with more confused looks than that time you picked an Airbnb with a chicken coop in the backyard. But once you go to the second floor of The Cosmopolitan and your friends see the line that has now reached the elevator, they’ll begin to take you and your decision-making skills more seriously. You can’t go wrong with any of the sandwiches on the menu but we almost always go with the Fairfax. It has caramelized onions and Sriracha mayo, and is the type of recommendation that will have you back in charge of the hotel reservations in no time.
Breakfast: Mon-Fri 7:30am-3pm; Brunch: Sat-Sun 7:30am-3pm
Pulling up to Kitchen Table, you’ll wonder how so many people could know about a breakfast place this small. This spot in Henderson (a suburb southeast of the Strip) fills up pretty quick so you’ll probably end up waiting, but you’ll understand why it’s worth it once you get inside. If you ask your server or the table next to you - or even if you don’t ask anyone - odds are someone will lean over and tell you to order the monkey bread with salted caramel for the table because it’s amazing. From there it’s hard to go wrong, but we like the pork belly benedict with jalapeño hollandaise and the chorizo omelet with Oaxacan cheese. They also have seven different mimosas and a “liquid breakfast” section of the menu if it’s that kind of morning.
Breakfast: Daily 7am-3pm
Nowadays, seeing chicken and waffles on a menu is as common as having an ad pop up on your browser for that air fryer you put in your cart 45 seconds ago. But Gritz Cafe is a reminder of how good this dish can be - though their menu covers a lot more ground, with things like po’boys, grits, and hot-link omelets. When you need to feel like you’re not in Vegas for an hour or two, head here for the large portions, kind service, and food you usually find on a different coast.
Breakfast: Tue-Sun 7:30am-3pm
Located about 20 minutes from the Strip in Desert Shores, Rooster Boy is a small cafe serving breakfast all day. It’s the type of place you set an early alarm and sneak out with one other person for, because seating is very limited - there’s basically just one table, a few counter seats on the inside, and one table directly outside. The chilaquiles are outstanding and the dutch oven pancake with seasonal fruit (served all day until close at 3pm) is our favorite thing here. And when your friends do wake up, tell them that you went on a run and figured no one would want to join anyway. Just make sure you get all the powdered sugar off your face first.
Breakfast served 24 hours
This 24-hour lounge on the Strip is always packed, and once you and your friends endure the inevitable 20-minute wait and see the massive plates of food pass you by, you’ll begin to understand why. The all-day breakfast menu can be a bit overwhelming, but just stick with the omelet side - especially the Maserati omelet with meat sauce and parmesan cheese that’s exactly as good as it sounds - and you’ll be all set.
Breakfast: Daily 7am-2pm
Most bachelor/bachelorette parties in Vegas follow a similar mold of drinking, sleeping so you can drink more, and eating so the drinking won’t end poorly. But if you’re on a different type of trip where the person of honor can’t stop talking about how great dry air is for physical activity, your trip probably involves a hike up Mount Charleston. If that’s the case, Lulu’s should be your last stop before you start the journey. The bacon, gruyere, and mushroom frittata or the Sloppy Jose, with roasted chicken and an egg, are two dishes unlike anything else you’ll find on most breakfast menus. Another option is the Benecio Del Porko, though we don’t recommend eating it before a hike unless your plan is to be airlifted back to civilization.
Breakfast: Mon-Fri 7-11am (lunch menu includes breakfast options); Brunch: Sat-Sun 7am-5pm
You stumble out of the insanity of Fremont Street’s bars and street performers and realize that the sun is rising. It’s 7am and you can’t be held responsible for your actions if you don’t put some coffee into your body soon. You can find an excellent cup and some great breakfast options at PublicUS. The chimichurri steak and eggs are great, but our favorite dish is the Mahalo Special, which has eggs, spam, sausage, rice, and kimchi. Once you’re done, you’ll forget that you came here for just a cup of coffee.
Brunch: Sat-Sun 9am-3pm
There’s that moment on weekend mornings when a decision has to be made: add to your sleep deprivation to make it to brunch or go back to sleep and annoy your Type-A friend who made all the reservations. Echo and Rig, an upscale butcher and steakhouse in Tivoli Village, makes your decision a bit easier by serving brunch until 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Focus on the small plates portion of the brunch menu with things like portobello fries and half-inch-thick bacon, but make sure you order the challah french toast with cinnamon crunch.
Breakfast: Mon-Fri 9am-3pm; Brunch: Sat-Sun 9am-3pm
It’s been a dull business trip where every breakfast has been spent either at a buffet or in your room with dry toast and bitter coffee. But now you finally have a free day and the company card at your disposal. Order a car and check out Served in Henderson. The tiny spot is about 20 minutes from the Strip and can feel a bit cramped when busy, but once your bread pudding french toast and chicken adobo and eggs hit the table, you won’t mind.
Breakfast: Mon-Fri 8am-3pm; Brunch: Sat-Sun 8am-3pm
Sleepovers growing up meant watching hours of TV and waking up to the smell of pancakes. Eat might be the closest restaurant you’ll find that can replicate that feeling of excitement tinged with the fear that they won’t include the chocolate chips. The pancakes at this Downtown Vegas spot are some of our favorites in the city, though the rest of the Southern brunch menu is just as good. Now the only things missing are the sleeping bags that were definitely never washed and the occasional call to “keep it down” that no one ever listened to.
Breakfast: Daily 8am-2pm
If one of your friends insists on driving out to the Hoover Dam because they did a school project on it when they were 14, use the trip as an opportunity to visit Weiss Deli. It’s located in the Green Valley Plaza, right on the way to the large collection of water you’re about to go stare at. This Jewish deli is almost always full, but after the usual wait time of 10-15 minutes, you’ll be able to get your hands on one of their excellent breakfast sandwiches. Having to endure listening to your friends as they see who can make the most “dam” puns will be a little easier with some food in you.
Breakfast: Mon-Sat 8am-4pm, Sun 9am-4pm
Like when you offhandedly add a pre-packaged croissant to your coffee in the morning, sometimes breakfast is an afterthought. Thankfully, that’s not the case at Makers and Finders, a coffee shop in the Arts District. Their excellent coffee is good enough that they could get away serving that alone, but their South and Central American breakfast dishes deserve just as much attention. From a tres-leche waffle to an arepa benedict, their morning menu is one of the most creative in Vegas.
Breakfast served 24 hours
There are the days in Vegas when you plan to splurge and spend the next year replenishing your savings account. And there are also days when you need to at least attempt to be economical so you can return home with enough cash to purchase that posturepedic you’ve been eyeing on TV. If you’re looking for something that falls into the second category, visit the Grand Cafe inside of the Red Rock Hotel and Casino. Their reasonably-priced breakfast menu is available 24 hours a day, but their all-nighter menu, available from 11pm-6am, is really the best deal. It has everything from burgers to biscuits and gravy, though once you see the steak and eggs for under $10, your decision will have been made.