Best Breakfast Restaurants in Asheville
Welcome to our guide to the best breakfast in Asheville.
We had so much fun putting this ‘best-of-Asheville’ food guide together for you! As a reminder, we don’t take offers to be featured on our site. These are just places that we have tried, loved and want to share with you!
Overview of our Asheville breakfast guide
If you’re looking for the perfect spot to have a quick breakfast or maybe you want to check out a diner, this guide to Asheville breakfast will steer you in the right direction. We organized the best breakfast restaurants by type of restaurant to make things easy for you. See below for a table of contents to get started!
The following list features the best breakfast spots in Asheville. Make sure to check out our ultimate guide to brunch in Asheville— it includes several spots with weekend-only brunch specials.
1. Map of Asheville’s best breakfast restaurants
2. Best Table Service Cafes for Breakfast in Asheville
Kicking off this mega post with one of our favorites: breakfast cafes with table service! Sunny Point may be our favorite of the group, but all are great and definitely recommended by us.
Sunny Point Cafe
All-day, everyday breakfast in West Asheville
Without a doubt, Sunny Point Cafe is one of our favorite breakfast spots in Asheville. Their menu has something for everyone and they have great outdoor seating and a very laid-back cafe vibe. PS: their kids menus come with crayons.
What To Order: Their menu feels very brunch-y and is available all week. We definitely recommend carrot hotcakes with cardamom cream cheese for the table! Their bacon is also fantastic.
The huevos rancheros are a crowd favorite and can be made vegan with tofu chorizo. That dish alone makes it the perfect destination for vegan breakfast in Asheville.
Beverage Details: You’ll find coffee, fresh juice, teas, lattes, and a spicy bloody mary on their breakfast menu.
Parking: There is a very small parking lot at the restaurant as well as street parking available in the area.
Early Girl Eatery
Locally loved spot with fresh ingredients and an all-day breakfast menu
Early Girl Eatery is a great local spot for breakfast and brunch (and lunch and dinner!) in Asheville. They have a focus on fresh, local and organic bites and serve their breakfast/brunch fare all day.
Early Girl has a few locations around town, all of which have outdoor seating. Downtown is awesome if you can snag a spot outside!
What To Order: We love their Biscuit French Toast— you can get it with chicken fingers if you order the Bow to the King. Their organic grit cake with tons of vegetables is delicious.
Breakfast Availability: Early Girl Eatery serves breakfast daily 8 am to 8 pm.
Beverage Details: Coffee, juice, hot tea, Bloody Mary and several options for mimosas. You can either get just one, a mega one, a flight of four seasonal flavors or bottle service mimosas!
Parking: Downtown has pay-to-park street parking and garages. West AVL has a parking lot on the side of the building and street parking. South AVL has a large parking lot.
Weekday coffee + pastries with a weekend brunch offering
Note: Isa’s offers counter service Monday through Friday 7:30 to 10:30 and seated brunch on the weekends.
Isa’s French Bistro is a great spot to grab a housemade pastry on weekday mornings in downtown Asheville. They also have coffee, cappuccino, lattes, espresso and tea available in their counter service offering.
As far as breakfast food goes, you’ll find everything from a blueberry muffin to a scone, kringle and even fresh bagels and croissants. They also have fruit salad and a chia yogurt parfait.
If it’s the weekend and you are looking for a charming brunch restaurant, Isa’s is your place! You’ll love their sidewalk seating and French-inspired brunch menu.
Louisiana fare and discounted mimosa + bloody mary on Fridays
Note: Mayfel’s is only open Friday to Monday.
A slice of New Orleans in the heart of downtown Asheville! An excellent way to start your day at Mayfel’s is with an order of beignets, a cajun fried chicken biscuit and a bourbon peach iced tea.
Like many of the places on this list, Mayfel’s can get busy and they don’t take reservations. They have dog-friendly seating on their covered porch.
One of the most noteworthy things about Mayfel’s is that they offer half-off bloody marys and mimosas on Fridays. Plan accordingly! They also have a dog-friendly patio.
*You can make reservations for dinner at Mayfel’s but not for breakfast.
Breakfast Availability: Mayfel’s breakfast/brunch menu is available Friday to Monday from 10 am to 3 pm.
Beverage Details: Coffee, Bloody Mary, Mimosa (orange, grapefruit, pomegranate, passionfruit), other cocktails like a Pimm’s Cup and Hurricane, Beer and Wine.
Southern brunch with an epic breakfast cocktail menu
Tupelo Honey opened its doors in downtown Asheville and now has locations in over ten states, including a second location in South Asheville. They specialize in southern food with breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Breakfast is where they really shine, though.
What To Order: You’ll find Southern favorites like a fried chicken biscuit, shrimp & grits, traditional breakfast plate and even a pimento grilled cheese. They also have mac & cheese waffles with hot chicken if you are up for it!
Breakfast Availability: Breakfast is available at Tupelo Honey daily from 9 am to 4 pm.
Breakfast Beverages: They serve Summit Coffee and have an extensive breakfast cocktail menu. You’ll find a classic bloody mary, a spicy bloody mary, four different mimosas (try the bluberry lavender mimosa!) and several signature cocktails like their summer berry sangria and a lemon + lavender vodka drink. Tupelo Honey also has beer, wine and non-alcoholic cocktails.
Parking: Street parking and parking garages are available downtown. Their south AVL location has a large parking area.
3. Best counter service cafes for breakfast in Asheville
And now onto my favorite type of breakfast place: counter service cafes! We have two young kids, so anywhere I can order in advance and leave at the drop of a hat is definitely best for us. Below are several cafes that we absolutely love visiting, whether with kids or alone.
Liberty House Coffee and Cafe – North Asheville
Though there are several definite recommendations from us on this list, Liberty would be at the very top! You’ll find excellent food and coffee and the best outdoor seating in Asheville. They have live jazz music in the garden area on Sundays which is always a treat.
Read more about their food and seating in this spotlight on Liberty. And check out our Q+A with their pastry chef Logan about her favorite things to do eat and do in Asheville.
Liberty House Coffee and Cafe is featured on our Best Coffee Shops in Asheville List!
About Liberty House Cafe
Breakfast Details: Daily menu with a few specials. The sourdough pancake is awesome, as well as the breakfast plate and avocado toast. We also love their pastries!
Beverage Details: Coffee, espresso drinks, sparkling water, kombucha
Parking: Street parking is available but it fills up (Asheville Yoga Center is next door.) We can always find a spot on Orange St near the Liberty St intersection if there isn’t one on Liberty.
Tiger Bay Cafe – West Asheville
Another favorite of ours! Tiger Bay is a takeout-only cafe with an excellent breakfast menu featuring sandwiches, bagels and tacos. Tiger Bay is located in the same house as BattleCat Coffee (and it’s a match made in heaven!) We recommend ordering breakfast online and then getting an espresso drink from BattleCat when you arrive.
We wrote a spotlight article on Tiger Bay breakfast and BattleCat coffee if you want more details! BattleCat is also featured on our best coffee shops in Asheville list (and it’s partially because of the great breakfast from Tiger Bay!)
All Day Darling – Montford
A perfect neighborhood spot in Montford for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! All Day Darling is a popular spot for locals, especially neighbors who live close enough to walk. They have a pastry case as well as classic breakfast items like pancakes to shakshuka and a chicken biscuit with harissa aioli. Our kids love dining at All Day Darling just as much as we do!
All Day Darling is featured on our Best Coffee Shops in Asheville List!
About All Day Darling
Breakfast Details: Their menu includes pastries, a chicken biscuit with harissa aoili, pancakes, shakshuka with greens and feta, and a breakfast bowl with kale and chimichurri.
Beverage Details: Coffee, espresso drinks, lululemonade (citrus, matcha, chlorophyll, soda), sproda, cold brew, golden mocha and blended drinks like a yum yum with strawberries, blueberries, banana, almond butter and oat milk.
Parking: Street parking on Montford Ave and various side streets. It can fill up at busy times!
Ivory Road Cafe – South Asheville
A hidden gem cafe in South Asheville! Ivory Road is an excellent stop on the way to or from the NC Arboretum. You can order online and grab a picnic lunch to go. Their food is fresh and the menu includes everything from quiche to nutella and banana stuffed french toast. They have a great outdoor seating area complete with a Little Library.
The owners of Provisions Mercantile named Ivory Road their favorite spot for breakfast in Asheville in our Asheville Locals Love Q+A!
About Ivory Road Cafe
Breakfast Details: Ivory Road has an awesome menu that includes quiche, hash soul bowl with pulled confit duck, shakshuka, and nutella + banana stuffed french toast
Beverage Details: Drip coffee, espresso drinks, mimosa (including one with rosé), smoothies
Parking: Parking lot out front
Biscuit Head – Downtown Asheville, West Asheville, South Asheville
A favorite for locals and tourists alike. Biscuit Head has three locations in Asheville as well as one in Greenville, SC. You’ll find biscuits, of course, as well as an amazing jam and butter bar!
Biscuit Head is definitely an Asheville breakfast institution at this point. And for a great reason– it’s awesome! You’ll find a laid-back atmosphere at all three locations and excellent food.
About Biscuit Head
Location: Three locations in AVL!
- 733 Haywood Road | West Asheville
- 417 Biltmore Avenue | Downtown
- 1994 Hendersonville Road | South Asheville
Breakfast Details: They have a ton of fun biscuit sandwiches (think: fried chicken, sweet potato butter, sriracha slaw), biscuit donuts and biscuit french toast. They also have gravies and sides like eggs, bacon, pimiento cheese grits, jalapeno pimiento cheese and fried green tomatoes, so you can build a pretty epic plate!
Beverage Details: PennyCup coffee, espresso drinks, fresh-squeezed orange juice, maple bacon latte, sodas
Parking: All of their locations have parking lots
Ultra Coffee Bar – River Arts District
You’ll find some of the best bagel sandwiches in Asheville at Ultra in the River Arts District. They also have a great pastry section, but I typically always go for a bagel sandwich because they are just so good. Ultra has indoor seating as well as tables out front.
I love their drink selection– they have everything from a shakerato (espresso shaken with ice and strained) to a Rick James (espresso, Mexican coke + vanilla bean syrup.) And regular coffee and espresso drinks, too, of course.
Ultra Coffee Bar is featured on our Best Coffee Shops in Asheville List!
About Ultra Coffee Bar
Breakfast Details: Bagel sandwiches! I love the sunrise bagel (multigrain bagel with egg, garlic herb cream cheese, tomato, pickled onion and spinach) and the RAD bagel (everything bagel, arugula, cream cheese, cucumber, balsamic) is also delicious.
Beverage Details: Espresso drinks, cold brew, nitro, cafe au lait. Try the Rick James with espresso, Mexican coke and vanilla bean syrup if you need a good wake up!
Parking: Small lot out front with additional lots nearby.
Green Sage Cafe – Downtown Asheville, North Asheville, South Asheville
If you are looking for a healthy breakfast in Asheville, look no further than Green Sage. And the best part is that they have three locations in Asheville so you should be close to one no matter where you are. Their menu items are all so fresh and unique.
About Green Sage Cafe
Location: Three locations:
- 5 Broadway Street | Downtown
- 633 Merrimon Avenue | North Asheville
- 1800 Hendersonville Road | South Asheville
Breakfast Details: Green Sage has several breakfast bowls, all of which are great. We especially love the pura vida bowl with eggs, black beans, kale, onions, root hash, brown nice, avocado and salsa. Their apple sunflower oatmeal is a favorite of our kids. They also have omelets and smoothies.
Beverage Details: Smoothies, golden milk milkshake (!), cold-pressed juice, espresso drinks, tea, coffee
Parking: Parking lots available
The Rhu – Downtown Asheville
An excellent breakfast spot in downtown Asheville that will make you feel like you are in a much bigger city. The Rhu’s pastries are amazing and they have a fun all-day breakfast + lunch menu too. It’s a great spot to hop in for a quick breakfast while shopping around downtown.
We love working from The Rhu because they have an awesome space upstairs.
About The Rhu
Breakfast Details: Pastries! Plus bagels and biscuit sandwiches. Their pimiento cheese and collards is such a unique menu item and is delicious! We also love their ham and jam (two biscuits– one with ham, one with jam!)
Beverage Details: Espresso drinks, coffee (drip, pour-over & iced), tea, draft soda, hot chocolate
Parking: No street parking out front but there’s a pay-to-park lot across the street from The Rhu. There’s also a parking garage down the block.
La Bodega by Cúrate – Downtown Asheville
Just down the block from The Rhu is another great local Asheville restaurant: La Bodega by Cúrate. You can count on excellent breakfast sandwiches, like their croissant bikini with ham, mushrooms, caramelized onions, egg and manchego. They also have great baguette sandwiches.
La Bodega has an upstairs wine bar that opens for brunch/lunch Wednesday-Sunday at 11am. Counter service is available beginning at 8am on those days. I will say that La Bodega is not necessarily the first place take I’d take my kids for breakfast. We love to go sans kids, though!
La Bodega is featured on our list of the best on-the-go breakfast sandwiches in Asheville.
About La Bodega
Breakfast Details: We love their French-style omelette on a baguette and the croissant bikini sandwich. La Bodega also has excellent pastries.
Beverage Details: Counter Culture coffee and espresso drinks, orange juice, cold brew, sparkling water, Mexican soda
Parking: There is no street parking out front, but there’s a pay-to-park lot close by and a parking garage down the block.
Home Ground Coffee Bar – West Asheville
A great coffee shop and deli just across from Carrier Park in West Asheville. Expect a local feel and a wonderful breakfast, whether you are just grabbing a pastry or are ready to feast on one of their many breakfast offerings. You’ll find tons of outdoor seating at Home Ground in the back and everyone is always so friendly.
Home Ground is a sister restaurant to the much-loved HomeGrown in North Asheville.
About Home Ground
Breakfast Details: They have everything from pastries + granola and yogurt to hearty breakfast plates. We love their mountain scramble with sausage, onions, potatoes, veggies and cheddar. And the fried chicken breakfast sandwich on an English muffin is also great!
Beverage Details: Espresso drinks (a maple bacon latte!!), smoothies, soda, juice
Parking: Parking lot out front
Taco Billy – West Asheville
Ending this section of counter service breakfast spots with a great one: Taco Billy! They open at 8AM (except Mondays) and have the best breakfast tacos around! We love the Migas Taco with jalapenos and the Billy Ocean with home fries is also pretty great. Taco Billy is also a good choice for lunch and dinner, and they serve their breakfast tacos all day. We wrote an article about takeout from Taco Billy if you want additional detailsbom
Taco Billy is featured on our list of the best on-the-go breakfast sandwiches in Asheville.
About Taco Billy
Breakfast Details: The best breakfast tacos in Asheville! They have several options and you can also build your own.
Beverage Details: PennyCup Coffee, Buchi Kombucha, Tea, Agua Fresca (watermelon, hibiscus, pineapple, limeade, antelope), Topo Chico, soda
Parking: A few spots out front (not many!)
4. Best Diners and Comfort Breakfast in Asheville
The Med – Downtown Asheville
A diner in downtown Asheville! Excellent food in a laidback setting. You’ll find really unique breakfast dishes (think: catfish & grits, pulled pork over grits…) and classic breakfast offerings, as well. All delicious!! There may be a wait, but it’s worth it!
About The Med
Breakfast Details: The Pisgah Bowl with pulled pork over grits is such a unique and delicious menu item. You can also go for the classics (french toast, egg scrambles, biscuit sandwiches…) And you can’t go wrong! The Med is always fresh and tasty.
Beverage Details: coffee, cold brew, tea, soft drinks, orange juice, bloody mary, mimosa, Irish coffee, beer
Parking: Metered street parking (especially along Lexington Ave) and parking garages. The Rankin Avenue Garage is close by.
Abeja’s House Cafe – South Asheville
A hidden gem in South Asheville! Abeja’s is open for breakfast and lunch most days and has an amazing menu. They have a focus on fresh ingredients and a menu rooted in Latin cuisine (though they also homemade croissants and a Greek omelet!) We love their huevos rancheros, gluten-free chilaquiles and the ginger ricotta and coconut flakes pancakes are exceptional.
About Abeja’s House Cafe
Breakfast Details: They have a great menu with something for everyone. We can recommend the breakfast burrito (including an option for vegan), Mexican omelet, gluten-free chilaquiles and the ginger ricotta pancakes.
Beverage Details: Guatemalan coffee, orange juice, milk, hot tea, soda
Parking: Parking lot out front
Abuela’s Little Kitchen – South Asheville
An unexpected find on Long Shoals Road in South Asheville. And another one with great chilaquiles— they soak them in green tomatillo sauce and then cook them to perfection.
There are two tables out front that would be great to snag on a nice Asheville morning. Otherwise, tons of seating inside, everyone is super friendly and they serve breakfast until 3pm.
About Abuela’s Little Kitchen
Breakfast Details: Chilaquiles! If I can convince just one person to go there for these I will consider it a success. The Huevos Rancheros is also great. And the crepes! You also can’t go wrong with their breakfast quesadilla, Mexican egg benedict (!), omelets, breakfast chimichangas. And our son loves their french toast!
Beverage Details: Coffee, juice, soft drinks, licuados (like a smoothie but not as thick) and aguas frescas.
Parking: Large parking lot out front
5 Points Restaurant – North Asheville
If you are in need of some classic diner vibes, head to Asheville’s 5 Points Restaurant in North Asheville. There you’ll find a true diner with breakfast and lunch served daily.
Our kids love sitting in the booths that line the front wall, though they wish we would let them sit at the counter. We haven’t dared to do that with them yet!
5. Best Restaurants in Asheville for Weekend Brunch
Onto our final section of our guide to Asheville’s breakfast and brunch: weekend brunch. Most of these restaurants are located on hotel properties and offer daily breakfast and a special brunch menu on the weekends. Vivian, W.A.L.K and Strada (the first three on this list) are the only exceptions.
Vivian – River Arts District
Oh, brunch at Vivian. This is my ideal Sunday!! I’d start with the cake donuts or sticky bun and a cup of their house blend with PennyCup. And then I’d probably get the quiche and a mimosa (though the steak and eggs is also amazing!) I always feel like I’m on vacation at Vivian. It’s an excellent spot that is loved by locals and friendly to all!
Brunch Availability: Sundays 10:30 am – 1:30 pm.
Breakfast Details: They have an excellent and diverse brunch menu! You’ll find a homemade sticky bun, lobster parfait, quiche, steak ‘n eggs, lamb benedict and a classic 2 egg breakfast plate.
Beverage Details: PennyCup coffee + cold brew, tea, orange juice, mimosa, bloody mary, KY Cappuccino (bourbon, cream, cold brew, cinnamon)
Parking: Free street parking and a lot just across the street.
W.A.L.K. – West Asheville
You’ll find cheeseburgers for brunch at W.A.L.K! It’s a pub in West Asheville, after all. They also have all of the regular brunch items you’d expect, too. Like a classic breakfast plate and amazing biscuits and gravy. W.A.L.K is a really laid-back spot for brunch and would be an especially great option if in town for a guys’ trip!
Brunch Availability: Sundays
Breakfast Details: Great variety on the menu! They have migas, french toast, steak & eggs, shrimp & grits and a cheeseburger with a bun from Geraldine’s Bakery. The biscuits with Hickory Nut Gap sausage gravy is awesome!
Beverage Details: Coffee, Irish coffee, mimosa, bloody mary, hot toddy
Parking: Free street parking
The Blackbird – Downtown Asheville
A great brunch with everything from pulled pork eggs benedict to El Nica (toad in a hole avocado toast.) Their menu celebrates the ingredients and traditions of the Carolinas. The Blackbird is located at the bottom of the Aloft Hotel. They have large windows on Biltmore Avenue that are perfect for people-watching.
What I really appreciate about The Blackbird, though, is that they have a kids section on the brunch menu (french toast, sliders, breakfast plate and chicken tenders.) Our oldest loves their french toast!
About The Blackbird
Brunch Availability: Saturdays & Sundays 10:00 am – 2:30 pm.
Breakfast Details: Start with beignets and a boozy cold brew! We love their french toast with sweetened cream cheese and fruit. The steak & eggs is also a great dish and you can’t go wrong with their goat cheese omelet.
Beverage Details: Coffee, tea, fruit juice, Bloody Mary, Mimosa, Irish Coffee, a rum-based cocktail and boozy cold brew
Parking: Metered street parking and the Aloft Hotel parking garage (the first hour is free)
Strada – Downtown Asheville
If burgers for brunch aren’t your thing, maybe breakfast pasta is! Strada Italiano in downtown Asheville has just that– carbonara, ravioli and ziti ragu all make an appearance on their weekend brunch menu. You’ll also find fluffy ricotta pancakes and eggs benedict on the menu, so don’t fret if you need a classic breakfast!
Location: Metered street parking and the Aloft Hotel parking garage (the first hour is free)
Brunch Availability: Saturdays & Sundays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Breakfast Details: A wonderful and diverse breakfast menu. You’ll find breakfast classics (eggs benedict, pancakes), brunch plates (shrimp & grits, breakfast poutine) and even a few pastas. I myself love their Bombolina Monte Cristo!
Beverage Details: Coffee, ginger beer, tea, fruit juice, Bloody Mary, Mimosa, Peach Bellini, Irish Coffee, specialty cocktails
Parking: Metered street parking and parking garages close by
Benne on Eagle – Downtown Asheville
At Benne on Eagle you’ll find authentic Appalachian soul food on a quieter street in downtown Asheville. Benne on Eagle is located at the amazing Foundry Hotel property that encompasses the majority of a full city block. They serve breakfast daily and have Sunday Brunch specials.
Benne on Eagle is one of the few restaurants where I would recommend reading the about us page on their site. If their story and welcoming words don’t make you want to eat there, I don’t know what will!
About Benne on Eagle
Brunch Availability: Daily brunch!
Breakfast Details: The menu changes but you can always find something fantastic. We love their trout and grits and the benne breakfast sandwich with pepper jelly is always a crowd-pleaser! Even their oatmeal is good (it comes with granola by The Rhu and candied ginger.)
Beverage Details: Coffee, breakfast cocktails (mimosas, bloody marys, rum tea, and other house specialties.)
Parking: Metered street parking and garages nearby
Hemingway’s Cuba – Downtown
If you are looking for brunch at a rooftop with a view, Hemingway’s Cuba is the spot! They have an amazing view with a Cuban-inspired brunch menu. Hemingway’s is at the top of the Cambria Hotel in downtown Asheville. It’s another place with daily breakfast and a special menu for weekend brunch.
About Hemingway’s Cuba
Brunch Availability: Breakfast every day & brunch on Sundays
Breakfast Details: We love their Bistec a Caballo (marinated flank steak) and the Vaca Frita Hash con Huevos is another great dish. I always like to get an order of tostones!
Beverage Details: Coffee, espresso, cortadito, juice, mimosa, bloody mary and other breakfast cocktails
Parking: Metered street parking and garages close by
Bargello – Downtown
Another hotel restaurant with an absolutely awesome breakfast and brunch. Bargello is located at the Kimpton Hotel Arras in the heart of downtown Asheville.
They have a daily breakfast but we are focusing on their brunch because they have the MOST AMAZING rosewater glaze and pistachio donut holes. You’ll also find shakshuka on their brunch menu and lamb toast! Bargello is a great place if you are in the mood for a fancy brunch or want to celebrate something special.
Brunch Availability: Breakfast every day & brunch on Saturdays and Sundays
Breakfast Details: Start with the doughnut holes! We also love their BECA sandwich with sundried tomato aoili and their Korean BBQ fried chicken sandwich. The classic bargello breakfast plate is also great choice.
Beverage Details: Coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, espresso drinks, cold brew mimosa, bloody mary and specialty breakfast cocktails like the Blushing Botanist with gin, blood orange and campari.
Parking: Metered street parking and a parking garage close by