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The 10 Best Breakfast Restaurants in New Orleans

You may know New Orleans for its wild nightlife, but have you heard about The Big Easy's signature breakfast? Whether you want to cure your hangover (or add to it) there are plenty of options available in New Orleans. From classic to historical to unique, there is a breakfast option for all. We have hole-in-the-walls and famous, widely-known breakfast venues. You want it, we got it!

At the Degas House bed and breakfast, we proudly give people an authentic New Orleans cultural experience. If you're looking for a vintage, beautiful place to stay, we cannot recommend our rooms enough.  That being said, and wherever you say, we want to make sure you treat yourself from the moment you get up. Nothing is better than starting the day off with a delicious meal and a steaming cup of coffee. It's time for you to taste the best that New Orleans has to offer.

Here are the top 10 breakfast venues in New Orleans.
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Breakfast at Russell's Marina Grill in New Orleans

#1: Russell's Marina Grill

Travel a little out of downtown to the Lakefront neighborhood to visit the warm and cozy environment at Russell's Marina Grill. Many people agree that Russell's Marina Grill serves one of the best traditional breakfasts in all of New Orleans. If you're looking for a traditional breakfast, Russell's Marina Grill is for you.

Russell's Marina Grill opened in the spring of 1985 by Russell Cuoco. His vision was to open a restaurant that served breakfast, lunch, and dinner foods throughout all open hours. Immediately after opening, his restaurant saw great success. The people of New Orleans loved Russell's Marina Grill back then and they love its reliable, flavorful dishes to this day. In 1989, the restaurant was sold to its current owner, Pavlos Petrou.

Russell's Marina Grill Menu:

Russell's Marina Grill is known for their variety. Every day they have a new daily special along with their breakfast, lunch, and dinner options that can be ordered all day long. You can order traditional items such as pancakes and french toast, or healthier items such as egg white scrambles and sweet potato pancakes. Check out their menu here!

Russell's Marina Grill Hours:

Monday-Sunday: 7 am to 3 pm
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Breakfast at The Ruby Slipper Café in New Orleans

#2 - The Ruby Slipper Cafe

The Ruby Slipper Cafe opened in 2008 in Mid-City New Orleans directly following Hurricane Katrina. Its founders Eric and Jennifer wanted to provide a gathering place for people to enjoy good food and community in the midst of the disaster. It was an immediate success! People love The Ruby Slipper Cafe for its open, inviting atmosphere and its awesome signature southern breakfast. Ruby Slipper has now expanded to 11 locations nationwide with three locations located in New Orleans in the Mid-City, Uptown, and Business District neighborhoods.

The Ruby Slipper Cafe Menu:

The Ruby Slipper Cafe is specifically known for its all-day brunch and its delicious cocktails. It is the perfect place to cure a hangover after a crazy night out. They serve a southern breakfast like none other. Try their Eggs Benedict, Chicken St. Charles, or Bananas Foster French Toast if you won't be disappointed. Check out the rest of their menu here!

The Ruby Slipper Cafe Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am to 2 pm
Saturday: 7:30 am to 3 pm
Sunday: 7:30 am to 3 pm
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Breakfast at Bearcat Café Uptown in New Orleans

#3 - Bearcat Cafe Uptown

The Bearcat Cafe is a full-service sit-down cafe with high-quality breakfast options located in the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans. The cafe always sources its coffees from local roasters. At Bearcat Cafe there is a large focus on micro-sourced and sustainable foods. Whether you want a light breakfast or a large breakfast, Bearcat Cafe has a delightful selection!

Bearcat Cafe Uptown Menu:

The Bearcat Cafe menu is divided into two sections. The first is the Good Cat section which offers light and delicate breakfast options. The second is the Bad Cat section which offers hearty breakfast options. They also have a variety of options available for those on vegetarian, vegan, paleo, and gluten-free diets. Check out their menu here!

Bearcat Cafe Uptown Hours:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Sunday: 7 am to 3 pm
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Breakfast at The Degas House in New Orleans

#4 - The Degas House

When in New Orleans, don't miss out on trying our very own traditional Creole breakfast! Here at The Degas House, you can try the tastiest one in New Orleans. The Degas House is the historic museum of Edgar Degas. When you visit The Degas House, you step back in time and experience a new side of New Orleans. After eating breakfast, you can explore the historic home and museum! Even better yet, book a night in our famous, romantic bed and breakfast and wake up to the meal of your dreams. 

The Degas House Menu:

The Degas House has a simple menu with Creole dishes. We are specifically known for their homemade waffles and french toast. They also make the most delicious omelets! You can enjoy your food inside the historic home or outside on the shaded patio. Check out their menu here!

The Degas House Hours:

Daily by reservation only
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Breakfast at Bywater Baker in New Orleans

#5- Bywater Bakery

Bywater Bakery was opened by Alton Osborne and Chaya Conrad in 2017. They were newly married and wanted to make New Orleans feel like home. Alton and Chaya have created a delicious bakery that rings true to their original intent. Home really is where the food is. The bakery is located on the corner of Dauphine and Independence. They offer a rotating selection of delicious breakfast items that you do not want to miss.

Bywater Bakery Menu:

At Bywater Bakery the menu changes regularly. Each time you go there will be something new to try! Each Friday you can enjoy their amazing bagel menu. Check out their menu here!

Bywater Bakery Hours:

Thursday-Monday: 8 am to 3 pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
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Breakfast at Brennan's in New Orleans

#6- Brennan's

Brennan's Restaurant offers a sophisticated breakfast experience. The New Orleans restaurant has been offering a fine dining experience since 1946. The menu is heavily influenced by the city's French and Spanish culture. If you are looking for elegance and sophistication and you like the idea of taking a waltz back to the dreamy early 1900s, Brennan's Restaurant is the place for you. 

Brennan's Menu:

Brennan's Restaurant has a large selection on their breakfast and drink menu. While you cannot go wrong with anything on the menu, people rave about the Eggs Hussarde and Bananas Foster. Check out their menu here!

Brennan's Hours:

Thursday-Monday: 9 am to 2 pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
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Breakfast at Toast in New Orleans

#7- Toast

Toast is a New Orleans restaurant that was opened in 2014 by Cara and Evan Benson. They met at the French Culinary Institute and live in New Orleans with their two sons. There are two locations in New Orleans: One on Gentilly Boulevard and another on Decatur Street. The Benson's also own Tartine, another restaurant in New Orleans on Perrier Street.

Toast Menu:

At Toast, all bread, biscuits, jams, custards, and curds are made in the house daily. The freshness is beyond description. Toast hands-down serves the best biscuits and jam in all of New Orleans. Check out their menu here!

Toast Hours:

Gentilly Blvd. Location

Monday-Friday: 6:30am to 2pm
Saturday: 8 am to 2 pm
Sunday: 8 am to 2 pm

Decatur St. Location

Monday-Sunday: 8 am to 3 pm
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Breakfast at Two Chicks Café in New Orleans

#8- Two Chicks Cafe

The Two Chicks Cafe was started by, you guessed it, two chicks. Two best friends started this cafe in New Orleans with the support of their families. They worked hard to make their restaurant dream a reality. Everything in the restaurant and on the menu was handcrafted by the Two Chicks. At Two Chicks Cafe, you are family.

Two Chicks Cafe Menu:

Two Chicks Cafe is known for its freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, and artisan sandwiches and salads. Check out their menu here!

Two Chicks Cafe Hours:

Convention Center Blvd. Location

Monday: Closed
Wednesday-Sunday: 8 am to 2 pm

Gravier St. Location

Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday-Monday: 8 am to 2 pm
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Breakfast at The Camellia Grill in New Orleans

#9- The Camellia Grill

The Camellia Grill is a must-visit for everyone traveling in New Orleans. This diner is located in Uptown New Orleans and has been open since 1946. At Camellia Grill, you can really taste the tradition. It is a diner-style restaurant with a southern charm. All the servers are dressed in retro uniforms to take you back to the good ol' days in New Orleans.

The Camellia Grill Menu:

At Camellia Grill, you really can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Camellia Grill is known for its omelets and has over 15 to choose from. Check out their whole menu here!

The Camellia Grill Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 8 am to 12 am
Friday-Saturday: 8 am to 2 am
Sunday: 8 am to 12 am
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Breakfast at Surrey's Café & Juice Bar

#10 - Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar

Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar is the oldest organic juice bar in New Orleans. There are two locations located on historic Magazine Street. It is a funky and trendy juice bar that serves local food items with a Latin twist. You'll just have to try it for yourself!

Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar Menu:

At Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar you can enjoy the breakfast menu all day long. They are known for their Shrimp & Grits, friendly staff, and Banana Fosters French Toast. Check out their menu here!

Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar Hours:

Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday-Monday: 8 am to 3 pm