Written by | Derek Carlson

8 Must-Try Breakfast Restaurants in Bend

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Whether you’re looking for a down-home diner breakfast or a farm-to-table brunch served in the middle of a working farm, Bend has you covered.

From cozy diners to trendy bistros, Bend offers a variety of must-try breakfast restaurants that are sure to please any palate. Join us as we explore eight must-visit breakfast spots, each showcasing the city’s culinary creativity and commitment to local ingredients.

The Best Breakfast Spots in Bend

Here are our 8 favorite breakfast and brunch spots in Bend to settle down for a morning meal.

The Lemon Tree

The Lemon Tree is a relative newcomer to the Bend dining scene. Well actually, scrap that, they’ve been around for 6 years now! I guess time flies when you’re enjoying, in our opinion, the best brunch in Bend.

Brunch cocktails at The Lemon Tree in downtown Bend, Oregon

The Lemon Tree focuses on fresh, international cuisine which allows them to serve both traditional brunch dishes like the tasty Mt. Bachelor Breakfast Sammy as well as international dishes like Lemon Tree Nasi Goreng. The latter is the national dish of Indonesia!

If you’re looking for a table at the Lemon Tree plan on showing up early to add your name to the list. This place is busy and for good reason!

We love starting off our meals with a cinnamon roll which is served warm and is luxuriously soft and decadent.

Bo’s Falafel (Bagels)

Bo’s is one of our favorite spots in town for a quick breakfast as their bagel breakfast sandwiches are to die for!

Originally known for their inexpensive and tasty falafel bowls, Bo’s has since added a breakfast menu with a focus on handmade bagels.

Breakfast at Bo's in Bend, Oregon

My personal favorite is the sausage/egg/cheese with a salty honey rosemary bagel. Drool.

Give their hashbrowns a shot as well. You won’t regret it!

This is also a great spot for grabbing a bite to eat on your way up to the mountain for some skiing.

Jackson’s Corner

Jackson’s Corner is a Bend institution that focuses on approachable dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.

The restaurant was recently sold and that brought about some handwringing as there was some worry about whether the new owners would keep the original owner’s focus on providing well-crafted food sourced from local farms.

Breakfast at Jacksons Corner in Bend, Oregon

Luckily that seems to be the case as the new owners have committed to leading Jackson’s Corner forward while maintaining a local focus. They’ve already brought back some old favorites like the breakfast burritos so their future is looking bright!

We love their seasonal breakfast hash and usually leave with a fresh loaf of bread which is some of the best in town!

McKay Cottage

McKay Cottage has always struck us as the place you bring your parents when they are in town visiting for the weekend. There must be a lot of parents visiting Bend as there is almost always a wait for a table on weekend mornings!

Breakfast at McKay Cottage means you can dig into some classic favorites like hashes, scrambles, and french toast. We love the mascarpone stuffed french toast topped with a berry compote!

Story Time: Last year (2023) I dropped off my wife and daughter at McKay Cottage so they could have a mommy/daughter brunch date while I went for a 10-ish mile run. When I got back from the run I found that they had brought me back an order of the stuffed french toast. As I recall it was the most delicious meal I have ever eaten and I finished it in approximately 2 minutes.

If there’s a wait you can always head across the street to Sawyer Park and watch the fly fishermen trying their hand at catching one of the elusive trout that live in this stretch of the Deschutes River.

Chow

Chow Restaurant in Bend, Oregon

Chow is another Bend breakfast institution that is a favorite among the locals during the winter months and Airbnb crowds during the summer.

Full disclosure – we used to really really love Chow but feel that their quality has gone down a bit in recent years. Their french toast used to be up there on a pedestal with some of the best we’d had anywhere!

With that said the brunches at Chow are still delicious and we always enjoy our meals there. The French toast, biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits, and corned beef hash are on a regular rotation for us.

On a warm spring day grabbing breakfast and locally roasted coffee at one of the patio tables is tough to beat! Although sitting inside amongst the Big Lebowski art is also an experience to behold!

Confession: Much to the chagrin of my friends and family I have never seen The Big Lebowski. Please email me at [email protected] to express your disappointment with my life choices.

Cafe Sintra

Cafe Sintra is one of those places that seems to always fly a bit under the radar on the Bend breakfast scene. We have never quite understood why but will gladly take advantage when we can quickly grab a table when other nearby spots have long waits.

All of the classics are available and are always well-made. We love grabbing a breakfast burrito or the Luna omelet and the kids have never complained about getting the pancakes.

Mother’s Juice Cafe

Mother’s Cafe is known for its cold-pressed juices and smoothies but they also offer several healthy and delicious breakfast options.

And no matter where you are in town you’ll be close by as they have locations on both the west and east sides of town.

We recommend grabbing a Sambazon Bowl and Perfectly Sunny to satiate the sweet and savory fix.

Rainshadow Organic Farm

Rainshadow Organics isn’t technically in Bend but the brunch experience at their organic farm located 40 minutes north of town is so incredible that we have to include it on the list.

Rainshadow Organic Farm is a local farm selling incredible produce to local restaurants and at our amazing downtown farmers market. They also employ a chef who uses their produce to create farm-to-table meals that are served right in the middle of the farm.

Note that these events sell out well ahead of time so if you want to check one out we recommend booking early! You can make reservations on the Rainshadow website.

The meals are all served family style at communal tables so half the fun is getting to know your fellow diners and exchanging stories between courses.

Many of the meals are centered around a culinary theme so check out the upcoming meals to find one that fits your style!

A Few Bonus Bend Breakfast Spots

We’d be remiss in mentioning a few of our other go-to grab-and-go breakfast dishes in and around Bend.

The Pantry in Bend, Oregon
  • Ocean Roll and Bacon Breakfast Sandwich at Sparrow Bakery
  • The Hog Breakfast Burrito at Burrito Sunrise
  • Green Chile and Sausage Breakfast Burrito at Sol Verde (only open during the warmer months)
  • Oregon Roll at Cafe Des Chutes
  • Kouign-Amann from The Pantry

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