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The Best Breakfast Restaurants in Minneapolis

When diners need a great start to the day, it's time to hunt down the best breakfast in Minneapolis. From hash browns and bacon to pancakes and buttery biscuits with gravy, Minneapolis does breakfast right. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Love eggs Benedict? Head to St Paul to try the classic breakfast meal served with the genius addition of short rib. More of a pancake person? Then check out St Anthony's Park cafes. Order flappers, with apple or brie, and choose between traditional pork or adventurous bison sausages. Get a great start to the day with our guide to the absolute best breakfast in Minneapolis.

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9 Restaurants
Updated February 26, 2020
Restaurants:Bennett's Chop & Railhouse, JD Hoyt's, Italian Eatery
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Steakhouse, Italian
Neighborhoods:Saint Paul, Downtown / North Loop, South Minneapolis
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Bennett's Chop & Railhouse

$$$$
Steakhouse
Saint Paul
3.8
1084 reviews

A Saint Paul steakhouse might not be the obvious choice for breakfast, but Bennett’s happily makes an exception. Owners Joe and Meghan pride themselves on their outstanding hospitality. The ‘Railhouse’ part of the name comes from the location- based right on the city’s old railroad lines. Breakfast at Bennett’s can be as light or as luscious as required. A single slice of French toast is a great bite on the go, while a Mexican omelet could be the perfect Friday night antidote. Wash down breakfast with the signature Bloody Mary with beer chaser- an indulgent hangover cure, indeed!


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JD Hoyt's

$$$$
Steakhouse
Downtown / North Loop
4.8
1874 reviews

Sundays are the ideal time to hunt down the best breakfast in Minneapolis. Sunday Breakfast runs from 10 until 2 and includes a mammoth ‘all you can eat’ buffet, or several choices from the menu. Baked French Toast is one of the lighter options. Or for those who need a full refuel, they can load up on eggs, hash browns, hickory smoked ham and as much coffee and juice as the human body can handle. Just be sure to leave room for a perfectly sugared beignet.


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Italian Eatery

$$$$
Italian
South Minneapolis
4.9
1631 reviews

Italian Eatery, or simply ‘ie’ as it’s known locally, is moments away from the Minnehaha Creek and a short walk from Lake Nokomis. This neighborhood restaurant gets inspired by the joys of eating good food together; family, laughter, and a sense of togetherness. Breakfast is a weekend treat here. Check out the brunch menu for the Mediterranean inspired delights such as arancini with short rib, polenta pancakes with limoncello, or focaccia benedict. One of the only places to enjoy wagyu beef for breakfast.


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Thirty Bales

$$$$
American
Hopkins
4.7
644 reviews

Billed as ‘Spirited Midwestern Flavors’, Thirty Bales in Hopkins offers an all day menu from 11 am and breakfast choices from 9.30. Locals rave about the specialties from the main menu like forest toast: a veritable tapestry of asparagus, cheese, and hay roasted mushrooms. The breakfast menu itself includes hearty classics from bacon to burgers, plus more unusual options like the Red Flannel Hash, made with beets and arugula. Named after the insatiable appetite of Babe the Blue Ox, it’s worth bringing an appetite just as big when visiting Thirty Bales.


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Lola's Lakehouse

$$$$
Seafood
Waconia
4.7
1637 reviews

Is anything more relaxing than waterside dining? Fans of Lola’s Lakeside don’t think so, and there are plenty of them. This Waconia eatery looks right out across the marina; perfect for lazy mornings with a view. Lounge on the sunny deck or head inside to enjoy weekend treats like prime rib beef hash, or a generous breakfast BLT served in a croissant. Alternatively, keep it sweet and simple with a stack of Lola’s famous buttermilk pancakes. A filling and refreshing start to the day.


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Axel's River Grille - Mendota

$$$$
Steak
Saint Paul
4.4
1894 reviews

Axel’s River Grille, or simply Axel’s Restaurant, is regularly hailed as the top restaurant in Mendota. It’s no surprise then, that this is where diners can find some of the best breakfast in Minneapolis. The menu headed simply and succinctly ‘Breakfast Classics’ offers just that. Try the Sonoma Omelet, with baby spinach and cream cheese. Or opt for the ever-popular bull bites with eggs; blackened tenderloin tips with eggs done any which way. With cheesy hash browns on the side as standard, this is the Mendota way to fuel up for the day.


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Nicollet Island Inn

$$$$
American
Downtown / North Loop
4.7
2863 reviews

Quiet and tranquil, yet moments from Downtown Minneapolis, the Nicollet Island Inn has managed to create one of the most desirable destinations in the area. Filled with icons of a bygone age, the service and food are thoroughly modern and never fail to impress guests. Like all good hotels, the Inn has a select breakfast menu offering exquisite versions of timeless classics. If breakfast is a time to fuel the health kick, Sunrise Porridge filled with fruits and seeds can help with that. Or for those that want to relax and immerse themselves in the indulgent surroundings, there’s a full American Breakfast with the works.


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Axel's Chanhassen

$$$$
Steakhouse
Eden Prairie
4.5
875 reviews

Chanhassen might be famous for fishing and walking, but it also offers some of the best breakfast in the state. Axel’s is primarily known as a fine dining joint, “where traditions and memories are made.” One of those traditions is a brunch menu filled with old favorites that have some interesting twists. Eggs Royale becomes Eggs Oscar, swapping out salmon for Chesapeake Bay Lump Crab. Or how about a beef hash made with slow roasted prime rib and Cajun spices? All brunch dishes can come with a caramel pecan roll, so there’s always something to satisfy that sweet tooth, too.


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Downtowner Woodfire Grill

$$$$
American
Saint Paul
4.7
3136 reviews

Downtowner was a popular café in St Paul for many years. In 2001, it reopened as an American Bistro, with an open kitchen to allow guests to watch as their food was lovingly prepared. The owners didn’t want to lose the tradition of the original place though, so Downtowner still offers an extensive breakfast menu that keeps guests coming back again and again. All the classics are there: eggs, hash browns, bacon. But the menu item with the most buzz is Moe’s Cajun Breakfast. Ask for a half portion if it’s too much to handle!


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