Who doesn’t love a good brunch spot? Whether you’re craving sweet or savory, a latte or mimosa, brunch really does have it all. Below are some of Eureka’s local favorites that offer a full breakfast to lunch experience.
Newer to town and owned by a Humboldt native, The Greene Lily is located in Old Town and features the perfect outdoor patio area to sit out and enjoy the energy of Eureka’s bustling, historic Old Town. Open daily from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., The Greene Lily boasts incredible breakfast, lunch, and champagne brunch. Menu items including Eggs Florentine, Biscuits & Gravy, and the delicious Bacon & Tomato Melt. There are also several options for vegan and gluten-free dietary needs. As it is a smaller restaurant, they do recommend reservations for parties of six or more. Be sure to plan ahead if you’re coming as a group.
Conveniently located right off Highway 101 as you enter town, Golden Harvest has been a Eureka staple for generations. As with many other local restaurants, they offer dine-in, curbside pick-up, and a limited menu through DoorDash delivery. The menu has a large selection, including many of your favorite classic brunch fare. From biscuits and gravy to breakfast burritos with house-made tortillas, you certainly will not leave hungry. For their guests choosing to dine in, many opt for a liter of their Harvest Mimosas for the table!
Housed in a building listed with the National Register of Historic Places and a recipient of the 1994 Governor’s Award of excellence in design, the Café Waterfront celebrates the history of the building well with its inspired brunch menu. The café is also a bed and breakfast, with two rooms available boasting a lovely view of the Humboldt Bay. Locals recommend coming on a Sunday to try their famous coffee cake!
If you’re looking for a true historical dining experience, be sure to plan for an all-you-can-eat brunch at Samoa Cookhouse. Out on the Samoa Peninsula, this unique restaurant celebrates its long history by continuing to serve hearty logger-style family food, all made from scratch. The Samoa Cookhouse serves a rotating menu that’s released every Thursday on their Facebook page, but whatever they’re serving that day, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed. While there, but sure to check out their museum to learn about the Samoa Cookhouse’s history during the early 1900s as the small logging town’s one cookhouse. And once you have finished your meal and tour, be sure to enjoy a walk in the Samoa Dunes after.
If it’s brunch with a view you’re looking for, Café Marina and Woodley’s Bar is the place. Located on Woodley Island, just a short drive from the City of Eureka, you’ll enjoy an incredible view of Humboldt Bay and Eureka across the way. The brunch menu is full of fresh, local ingredients and plenty of side options to create the perfect plate. Their menu includes incredible omelets, French toast, and even Swedish pancakes. After your meal, take some time to explore the small island — the iconic Fisherman Statue honors those “whom the sea sustained…and those it claimed” and is a worthy photo op.
This is a true local’s spot. With a more limited brunch menu that leans toward lunch, AA Bar and Grill is a great spot to enjoy a game on TV, drink delicious Bloody Marys, and have meaningful conversations. You may even be tempted to come back for dinner!