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11 Best Breakfast Spots in San Jose

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Discover the flavors of San Jose at daybreak with our guide to the top breakfast spots in the city. Start your morning with a delicious meal as we weave our way through a tapestry of morning treats, from little cafés to crowded dining. Every item on our carefully selected list reflects the variety and delicious morning dining options that characterize the city’s culinary scene. Join us as we explore well-known restaurants and hidden gems that satisfy every morning craving, whether you’re in the mood for decadent pastries, hearty classics, or inventive morning fare. From delicious coffee to delicious meals, our journey offers an enthralling culinary adventure that invites you to savor the essence of morning dining in the heart of Silicon Valley. Get ready to enjoy the customs that these restaurants have that make morning meals unique.


Bill’s Cafe

Multiple Locations
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Bill's Cafe San Jose
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You can find Bill’s Cafe in multiple locations in San Jose, such as on Willow Street, Cottle Road, or Middlefield Road. The restaurant chain has a comfortable and casual atmosphere with an extensive breakfast menu. The laidback restaurant was a real treat to visit and check out the range of delicious foods. My favorite dishes here included the fresh lox and eggs, the mini crab cakes benedict, and fresh fruit pancakes. I enjoyed splitting a few different dishes with my family members. Here, the bloody mary also makes a great drink if you’re enjoying a late brunch. Otherwise, you can enjoy a large mug of coffee.


Scrambl’z

5055 Almaden Expy, San Jose, CA 95118
408-269-2900
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Scrambl'z San Jose
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Scrambl’z stands right in the middle of Robertsville Square with the Dollar Tree, Perfect 10 Nail Spa, and Bogey’s Pizza right nearby. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining as well as take-out. The restaurant has a relaxing and laidback atmosphere with a casual dining feel.  One of my favorite dishes here was the French toast platter. I also loved the taste of the blueberry waffle.My good friend also enjoyed the biscuit scramble, which came with pork gravy, eggs, sausage, and a biscuit. Other patrons seem to love the lox bagels, fresh strawberries, and eggs benedict.


iJava Cafe

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iJava Cafe San Jose
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You can find iJava Cafe at two separate locations in San Jose. If you’re looking for a great cup of coffee, go to 387 Delmas Avenue or 2306 Almaden Road #150. Those who enjoy unique food and think of themselves as coffee lovers should grab breakfast at iJava Cafe. The place is a rather trendy restaurant with fresh and flavorful food. Some of the best dishes I enjoyed at the cafe include:

  • Salmon benedict
  • French toast with blueberry compote and seasonal fruit
  • Oatmeal with honey and fruit
  • A gourmet avocado toast with a poached egg
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You can also build your own crepe using three toppings, ranging from strawberries and bananas to whipped cream and Nutella. Enjoy a latte, caramel macchiato, or cappuccino with your breakfast.


Cafe Rosalena

1077 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
408-287-2400
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Cafe Rosalena San Jose
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Cafe Rosalena has a trendy and laidback feel. You can find the eatery near a used book store called Recycle Bookstore, an Art Boutiki Music Hall, and a Whole Foods Market down the street. The Greenlee’s Bakery and the School of Visual Philosophy, an art studio, are found next door. Some of the best meals here are veggie burritos, sausage burritos, and Mexican Fiesta salad. Personally, my favorite dish was the breakfast sandwich with the signature brewed iced tea. Other delicious drinks include a sweet and creamy cappuccino, chocolate mocha, and vanilla latte.


Café San José

1583A Meridian Ave, San Jose, CA 95125
408-265-3020
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Café San José
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The Café San José restaurant sits right by Surrey Square Apartments and Willow Glen Shoe Repair. Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church sits up the street from the coffee shop. The eatery is generally casual and has a mostly laid-back feel. Personally, I really loved the Sunrise Breakfast dish, which came with two pancakes, two sausages, two eggs, and seasonal fruit. For a hearty breakfast, I also suggest the Huevos Rancheros, which comes with two eggs, black beans, salsa, and avocado, all gathered in corn tortillas. You can also sip on some hot tea, black coffee, or grapefruit juice with your breakfast.


Peanuts Deluxe Cafe

275 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95112
408-998-9778

Peanuts Deluxe Cafe San Jose
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The Peanuts Deluxe Cafe often serves college students since the San Jose State University stands right down the street. You can see El Dorado Apartments right down the street from this cafe. The Peanuts Deluxe Cafe has a relaxed and laidback atmosphere with a diner feel. My favorite dishes here include the Western omelet and the French toast with bacon or sausage. If you grab lunch here, then try the turkey sandwich with fries. Try their orange juice with your breakfast. The Pikes Peak dish is also worth trying since their thick and tasty hotcakes are mouthwateringly good.


Rose Café & Donuts

994 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
408-379-3299

Rose Café & Donuts San Jose
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The Rose Café & Donuts has a laidback feel with a trendy atmosphere. The lighting fixtures are unique, and the donuts are on full display. You can find the coffee shop right by West Valley College and a few blocks away from Autumn Leaf Apartments. The donuts here include a variety of types, such as:

  • Tropical cake
  • Rainbow cake
  • Devil’s food cake
  • Vanilla glazed
  • Chocolate fudge
  • Jelly filled donuts
  • Sugar raised donuts
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You can also choose a bear claw, apple fritters, butter croissant, danish, or a blueberry muffin. My favorite food here included the chocolate fudge donut and the banana nut loaf. I also loved trying the very berry smoothie.


Benedict’s Café & Bar

5365 Camden Ave, San Jose, CA 95124
408-269-1005
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Benedict’s Café & Bar San Jose
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Benedict’s Cafe & Bar sits right by the Almaden Valley Church of Christ and The Jungle Island, which is an indoor play area for children. If you want to get some exercise, go to the fitness studio known as the Cakery by Marfit. You can find it a few stores down from Benedict’s Cafe & Bar. The coffee shop is somewhat classy, trendy, and upscale. You won’t regret checking out the cafe for your breakfast. If you’re having brunch, try the bloody mary or the mimosa. Personally, I loved having the strawberry mimosa with the french toast combo and a side of country potatoes.


Holder’s Country Inn

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Holder's Country Inn San Jose
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You can find Holder’s Country Inn at 998 South De Anza Boulevard. This laidback yet fun and trendy restaurant has bottomless mimosas and many different omelet souffles. Personally, I enjoyed trying the Denver omelet with a side of hash browns and a bowl of fresh fruit. I sipped on the raspberry iced tea while enjoying the hustle and bustle of the restaurant. My kiddos loved the chocolate pancakes off of the kids’ menu with a glass of juice.


The Breakfast Club at Midtown

1432 W San Carlos St #80, San Jose, CA 95126
408-564-7150
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The Breakfast Club at Midtown San Jose
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The Breakfast Club at Midtown sits across the street from SpaceCat, a fun comic book store. You can find the Midtown Linear Park right behind the restaurant. Enjoy your breakfast before spending an afternoon walking around the park. The restaurant serves all types of omelets and egg scrambles. My favorite dish here was the crab cake egg benedict. I also loved trying the banana Nutella crepe while sipping on some hot tea.


The Table

1110 Willow St San Jose, CA 95125
408-638-7911
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The Table San Jose
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The Table sits right in the midst of a restaurant district with eateries like Peet’s Coffee, Jack in the Box, and Sweet Mango right nearby. The eatery has a rather fun, trendy, and laidback atmosphere. My favorite dishes at The Table include the smoked salmon and potato rosti as well as the classic breakfast of two eggs and chicken apple sausage with toast. With brunch, I ordered the sparkling rosé, and it was a tasty drink to sip while munching on savory smoked salmon, eggs, and sausages.

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Why Trust Us?

When it comes to local restaurant recommendations, we pride ourselves on being a reliable and trustworthy resource. Our suggestions are not just based on our personal experiences, ensuring a more authentic and well-rounded perspective, but also on extensive online research. We diligently searched the internet and reviewed 6 credible sites and blogs, including Hilton and If Eater.

We compiled all the findings in one location and sorted them by the frequency of mentions to ensure you receive top-notch recommendations. We strive to present you with a curated list of establishments that truly stand out, allowing you to enjoy the best dining experiences possible. 

Interested in the sources we consulted? Check out the list of all 5 sites we referenced below this paragraph, offering transparency and an opportunity for our readers to explore further. Our commitment is to deliver trustworthy and unparalleled recommendations, helping you make informed decisions on your culinary journeys.

https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/sjcsmsa-signia-san-jose/dining/
https://sf.eater.com/maps/best-brunch-san-jose-south-bay
https://familydestinationsguide.com/best-breakfast-in-san-jose-ca/
https://foursquare.com/top-places/san-jose/best-places-breakfast-food

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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