clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile
A breakfast sandwich on a fluffy brioche bun, filled with shredded pastrami, arugula, and an egg.
The breakfast sandwich at Sabine in Ballard comes with pastrami, a runny egg, and caramelized onion aioli.
Sarah Heliker/Eater Seattle

Where to Find Satisfying Weekday Breakfasts in Seattle

With old-school diner food, perfectly executed pastries, and more

View as Map
The breakfast sandwich at Sabine in Ballard comes with pastrami, a runny egg, and caramelized onion aioli.
| Sarah Heliker/Eater Seattle

Seattle has plenty of standout brunch destinations perfect for leisurely weekends, including many higher-end restaurants where reservations are required weeks in advance. But the weekday breakfast scene, perfect for those grabbing a bite before work or for remote workers who want to start the day out of the house for once, is just as strong. The following restaurants and cafes are all great bets for weekday breakfasts, and are all open by 9 a.m., whether you’re looking for old-school diner favorites or elegant new-wave pastries.

Know of a spot that should be on our radar? Send us a tip by emailing seattle@eater.com.

For all the latest Seattle dining intel, subscribe to Eater Seattle’s newsletter.

Read More

Zylberschtein's

Copy Link

This Pinehurst Jewish-style deli is a go-to spot for decadent bagel breakfast sandwiches like the Frankel, decked out with house-smoked pastrami, two fried eggs, cheddar, and mayo. There are also sandwiches made with fluffy house-baked croissants like the super-satisfying 15th Ave., which is loaded up with bacon, eggs, cheese, and greens. There’s a plant-box-lined patio for onsite dining and a plethora of pastries for takeout.

The Fat Hen

Copy Link

This small neighborhood cafe in Ballard has drawn long lines in the past for its simple food, lovingly crafted. Some items on the current menu include salmon toast, buttermilk-fried chicken sandwich, eggs benedict, and shakshuka skillet.

Rachel's Bagels & Burritos

Copy Link

Formerly the much-loved Porkchop & Co, this Ballard shop was reborn as a bagel spot during the pandemic. The perfectly chewy bagels are excellent across the board, with offerings like bagels topped with za’atar and shichimi togarashi (a Japanese chili pepper and spice blend). There are also great bagel sandwich options, like the Nick and Nora, a riff on avocado toast with chili crisp. Beyond bagels, the shop serves a few satisfying one-pound breakfast burritos with fillings like Oaxacan cheese and guajillo chili salsa, and J Kenji López-Alt-approved biscuit sandwiches.

Sabine Café & Market

Copy Link

This all-day cafe, brunch spot, and bar on Ballard Avenue features a Mediterranean-inspired indoor space replete with white tile and sky-blue arches. Brunch-goers line up outside the door on weekends to get a seat in a greenhouse-like space to the side of the building decorated with palm fronds. On weekdays, most of the same menu is available — fresh-squeezed juices, shakshuka made with fermented chili, and mind-blowing gluten-free pancakes slathered with hazelnut dukkah and apple butter — without the crowds.

This U District biscuit shop offers the kind of folkloric biscuits that breakfast lovers dream of — warm, pillowy interior, crispy exterior, flaky bite — but ups the ante by making everything on the menu, including its staple baked good, gluten-free. The “fast break,” Morsel’s primary breakfast sandwich, is a behemoth stack of eggs, fatty bacon, and cheddar cheese on a biscuit of your choice that’s smeared with earthy tomato jam. You can also opt to grab one of its buttermilk biscuits plain with butter and jam on the side; there’s strawberry balsamic jam, chocolate hazelnut jam, and raspberry jam, among others. The restaurant has not reopened its dining room since the start of the pandemic; takeout hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saint Bread

Copy Link

This U District bakery has a religious devotion to dough, offering perfectly executed pastries like buckwheat furikake croissants, and Japanese melon pan (a sweet bread), and seasonal treats like local plums nestled in a bed of frangipane, circled by flaky croissant dough. Saint Bread also makes some heartier options to-order, like fried egg sandwich with American cheese, served on a house-made Hawaiian bun or melon pan, and an okonomiyaki-style tortilla with eggs, cabbage, sweet potato, green onion, ginger, mayo, bonito flakes, and Bulldog sauce.

Volunteer Park Cafe & Pantry

Copy Link

This new cafe from a pair of Canlis alums, Crystal Chiu and Melissa Johnson, has been impressing Capitol Hill diners with its perfectly executed pastries, many of which are gluten-free. In an elegant glass case in the cafe, creations like smoked black tea shortbread topped with a puffed kamut brittle line up next to classics like galletes filled with seasonal fruit. For something heartier, you can order an egg and cheese sandwich.

Glo's Pop Up at Captain Blacks

Copy Link

Glo’s, a Capitol Hill institution that’s been serving up hearty breakfasts since 1987, was displaced this summer when a fire destroyed the East Olive Way building it was located in. Glo’s is now serving its signature dishes at Captain Blacks bar near its original destination, Fridays through Mondays. You can’t go wrong with any of the eggs benedicts, biscuits, and vegetarian mushroom gravy, or stacks of buttermilk pancakes.

Rubinstein Bagels

Copy Link

Andrew Rubinstein has been baking his popular bagels around town for years. He opened a South Lake Union location in 2019, and added a spot on Capitol Hill last year. Head to any location for a choice of 13 bagel flavors and various combinations of smears, bagel sandwiches, and duck fat matzo ball soup.

Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge

Copy Link

In the Before Times, Lost Lake was Capitol Hill’s 24/7 diner, the perfect place to land after last call, or fuel up before a show. These days the restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to midnight (and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday), with impeccable breakfast and comfort favorites like corned beef hash, eggs benedict options, scrambles and pancakes. Current specials include a breakfast quesadilla stuffed with bacon, eggs, green peppers, and mozzarella.

Biscuit Bitch

Copy Link

Biscuit Bitch’s two downtown locations have made a name for the company’s “trailer park to table breakfast” biscuit offerings. The vibe is down-to-earth, sassy, and takeout-only for now. Standout items include the Hot Mess Bitch with sausage gravy, two eggs, cheesy grits, and a Louisiana hot link; and the Easy Bitch with sausage gravy and eggs.

Temple Pastries

Copy Link

The glorious array of baked goods at this bright bakery includes familiar items such as cookies, croissants, Kouign Amann, macarons, and breads, with flavors that are exceptional. Patrons might encounter combinations like black sesame yuzu, Jasmine green tea, and guava cream cheese, and the cruffin (croissant baked into a muffin mold) is a dream, particularly the cinnamon variety.

Easy Street Records & Cafe

Copy Link

There’s a not-so-secret diner inside the city’s iconic record shop that serves up music-inspired breakfast and lunch items. Check out the Notorious B&G, biscuits, eggs, and sausage gravy with hash browns; or the Dolly Parton Stack, a combo with pancakes, bacon, and eggs.

Geraldine's Counter Restaurant

Copy Link

This Columbia City classic is famous for its French toast. It also offers plenty more comfort fare like pancakes, omelettes, and biscuits and gravy. Geraldine’s has a covered outdoor patio and is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day.

Zylberschtein's

This Pinehurst Jewish-style deli is a go-to spot for decadent bagel breakfast sandwiches like the Frankel, decked out with house-smoked pastrami, two fried eggs, cheddar, and mayo. There are also sandwiches made with fluffy house-baked croissants like the super-satisfying 15th Ave., which is loaded up with bacon, eggs, cheese, and greens. There’s a plant-box-lined patio for onsite dining and a plethora of pastries for takeout.

The Fat Hen

This small neighborhood cafe in Ballard has drawn long lines in the past for its simple food, lovingly crafted. Some items on the current menu include salmon toast, buttermilk-fried chicken sandwich, eggs benedict, and shakshuka skillet.

Rachel's Bagels & Burritos

Formerly the much-loved Porkchop & Co, this Ballard shop was reborn as a bagel spot during the pandemic. The perfectly chewy bagels are excellent across the board, with offerings like bagels topped with za’atar and shichimi togarashi (a Japanese chili pepper and spice blend). There are also great bagel sandwich options, like the Nick and Nora, a riff on avocado toast with chili crisp. Beyond bagels, the shop serves a few satisfying one-pound breakfast burritos with fillings like Oaxacan cheese and guajillo chili salsa, and J Kenji López-Alt-approved biscuit sandwiches.

Sabine Café & Market

This all-day cafe, brunch spot, and bar on Ballard Avenue features a Mediterranean-inspired indoor space replete with white tile and sky-blue arches. Brunch-goers line up outside the door on weekends to get a seat in a greenhouse-like space to the side of the building decorated with palm fronds. On weekdays, most of the same menu is available — fresh-squeezed juices, shakshuka made with fermented chili, and mind-blowing gluten-free pancakes slathered with hazelnut dukkah and apple butter — without the crowds.

Morsel

This U District biscuit shop offers the kind of folkloric biscuits that breakfast lovers dream of — warm, pillowy interior, crispy exterior, flaky bite — but ups the ante by making everything on the menu, including its staple baked good, gluten-free. The “fast break,” Morsel’s primary breakfast sandwich, is a behemoth stack of eggs, fatty bacon, and cheddar cheese on a biscuit of your choice that’s smeared with earthy tomato jam. You can also opt to grab one of its buttermilk biscuits plain with butter and jam on the side; there’s strawberry balsamic jam, chocolate hazelnut jam, and raspberry jam, among others. The restaurant has not reopened its dining room since the start of the pandemic; takeout hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saint Bread

This U District bakery has a religious devotion to dough, offering perfectly executed pastries like buckwheat furikake croissants, and Japanese melon pan (a sweet bread), and seasonal treats like local plums nestled in a bed of frangipane, circled by flaky croissant dough. Saint Bread also makes some heartier options to-order, like fried egg sandwich with American cheese, served on a house-made Hawaiian bun or melon pan, and an okonomiyaki-style tortilla with eggs, cabbage, sweet potato, green onion, ginger, mayo, bonito flakes, and Bulldog sauce.

Volunteer Park Cafe & Pantry

This new cafe from a pair of Canlis alums, Crystal Chiu and Melissa Johnson, has been impressing Capitol Hill diners with its perfectly executed pastries, many of which are gluten-free. In an elegant glass case in the cafe, creations like smoked black tea shortbread topped with a puffed kamut brittle line up next to classics like galletes filled with seasonal fruit. For something heartier, you can order an egg and cheese sandwich.

Glo's Pop Up at Captain Blacks

Glo’s, a Capitol Hill institution that’s been serving up hearty breakfasts since 1987, was displaced this summer when a fire destroyed the East Olive Way building it was located in. Glo’s is now serving its signature dishes at Captain Blacks bar near its original destination, Fridays through Mondays. You can’t go wrong with any of the eggs benedicts, biscuits, and vegetarian mushroom gravy, or stacks of buttermilk pancakes.

Rubinstein Bagels

Andrew Rubinstein has been baking his popular bagels around town for years. He opened a South Lake Union location in 2019, and added a spot on Capitol Hill last year. Head to any location for a choice of 13 bagel flavors and various combinations of smears, bagel sandwiches, and duck fat matzo ball soup.

Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge

In the Before Times, Lost Lake was Capitol Hill’s 24/7 diner, the perfect place to land after last call, or fuel up before a show. These days the restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to midnight (and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday), with impeccable breakfast and comfort favorites like corned beef hash, eggs benedict options, scrambles and pancakes. Current specials include a breakfast quesadilla stuffed with bacon, eggs, green peppers, and mozzarella.

Biscuit Bitch

Biscuit Bitch’s two downtown locations have made a name for the company’s “trailer park to table breakfast” biscuit offerings. The vibe is down-to-earth, sassy, and takeout-only for now. Standout items include the Hot Mess Bitch with sausage gravy, two eggs, cheesy grits, and a Louisiana hot link; and the Easy Bitch with sausage gravy and eggs.

Temple Pastries

The glorious array of baked goods at this bright bakery includes familiar items such as cookies, croissants, Kouign Amann, macarons, and breads, with flavors that are exceptional. Patrons might encounter combinations like black sesame yuzu, Jasmine green tea, and guava cream cheese, and the cruffin (croissant baked into a muffin mold) is a dream, particularly the cinnamon variety.

Easy Street Records & Cafe

There’s a not-so-secret diner inside the city’s iconic record shop that serves up music-inspired breakfast and lunch items. Check out the Notorious B&G, biscuits, eggs, and sausage gravy with hash browns; or the Dolly Parton Stack, a combo with pancakes, bacon, and eggs.

Geraldine's Counter Restaurant

This Columbia City classic is famous for its French toast. It also offers plenty more comfort fare like pancakes, omelettes, and biscuits and gravy. Geraldine’s has a covered outdoor patio and is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day.

Related Maps