Breakfast is often hailed as the most important meal of the day, and for good reason. It fuels your body and mind, setting the tone for the day ahead. In Venice, Florida, a diverse array of breakfast options awaits your palate, whether you crave a classic American breakfast or something more upscale. This guide is your ticket to discovering the best breakfast spots in Venice, guaranteed to make your mornings deliciously memorable.
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As the sun rises and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee fills the air, it’s time to embark on a gastronomic journey to discover my favorite breakfast spots in this coastal paradise. After all, a day spent exploring the stunning beaches and historic downtown of Venice deserves a scrumptious start! From the quintessential American breakfast plate to inventive, gourmet creations, Venice offers an impressive variety of flavors and atmospheres to satisfy every palate. I’ve had the pleasure of savoring countless morning delights in this sun-kissed town, and today, I’ll be sharing my absolute favorite places to indulge in the most important meal of the day.
Where Do You Go For Breakfast in Venice?
As a passionate food enthusiast, I’ve made it my mission to seek out the hidden gems, the crowd favorites, and the must-try dishes that make Venice a true breakfast haven. Whether you’re craving a piping-hot stack of pancakes, a nutritious acai bowl, or a buttery, flaky croissant, my list of go-to breakfast spots will guide you through a world of culinary pleasure.
So, grab your fork and knife (or just your fingers, if you prefer) and join me as I take you on a tantalizing tour of the best breakfast spots in beautiful Venice, Florida. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!
Blu Island Bistro
625 S Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34285
Nestled into the front of a motel, Blu Island Bistro is located on Venice Island. This local favorite was originally owned and operated by Chef Alan Laskowski, from Philadelphia. He has had a very successful career including award-winning dishes and a feature on the Food Network. During the restaurant shutdown of 2020, new owners took over the restaurant, but have maintained the same quality and spirit that we fell in love with. While there is a menu that is available every day, the real treasures always lie on his specials that change on a daily basis. On the weekends, Chef Alan’s famous donuts are still being made, rolled in cinnamon sugar before being drizzled in icing and topped with fresh strawberries.
Jason: Whiskey Bacon with a side of biscuits and gravy – Jason read the description and could not pass it up, even if he did want his usual biscuits and gravy. The whiskey bacon is a thick slab of pork belly served crispy with a sweet whiskey glaze. I totally stole a bite because it just looked AMAZING (and it was). He also loved the biscuits and gravy, scraping as much as he could off the plate, not wanting to waste a bite.
Alyssa: Crab Cake Benedict – Thick cut, fluffy English muffins topped with a flavor-packed crab cake, a poached egg, and a slightly spicy remoulade hollandaise sauce.
400 Airport Ave E, Venice, Florida
We love hidden gems and Suncoast Cafe is no exception. It is located inside the Venice Airport and if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you could miss it. However, this is not a place to miss. Chef Tony brings Caribbean flair and a sunny personality that makes you feel like family as soon as you walk in the door. The kitchen is wide open so you can watch everything being prepared along with windows around the back and side of the restaurants to view planes that may be taking off or landing. They serve their own house blend made by Venetian Coffee Roasters for their coffee and it is full of flavor. The signature of this restaurant seems to be the artistic detail of the cucumber, which I just love looking at!
Jason: Biscuits and Gravy – This is Jason’s go-to meal for breakfast, as you’ll see through this post. This is a no-frills, stick to your ribs, southern staple at its finest. He doesn’t really care for garnishment, but I love how every dish has the signature cucumber decorative element.
Alyssa: The classic breakfast of crispy bacon, rye toast and perfectly cooked eggs. While it’s simple, it’s also a great breakfast!
Le Petit Jardin Cafe
1500 E Venice Ave, Unit 401, Venice, FL 34292
Take a trip out to East Venice Ave to find this cozy cafe, Le Petit Jardin, tucked into the Galleria Plaza. This is the place to go to find a high-quality meal without the high price tag. They have seating both indoors and outdoors, depending on your preference. For a real indulgence, start your meal off with a sweet, bubbly, refreshing peach bellini! From offerings including various crepes, quiche, french toast or a simple croissant, there is a little something for everyone.
Jason: As per his usual, he loved their special of biscuits and gravy served with scrambled eggs and a side of sausage.
Alyssa: The Le Crepe Delacroix! A scrumptious crepe filled with ham, eggs and melted swiss drizzled with a champagne mustard sauce that will have you fighting the urge to lick the plate clean.
Yummies Donuts & BBQ
2001 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34293
While this may not be a sit-down restaurant, Yummies does have tables inside to sit and enjoy a breakfast treat. Cases are filled with fresh-made donuts, bagels, loaves of bread and pastries as soon as you walk in the door. Owned by Allen and Karen Tines, they put their heart and soul into building this small town staple. Allen makes these delectable treats every day from scratch from only the highest quality ingredients. If you choose to come later in the day or on a Saturday, you can also get a taste of his BBQ sandwiches! One, in particular, is his claim to fame, the Sticky Pig, which was featured in Food Network magazine, is a pulled pork sandwich served on a glazed cinnamon bun.
Jason: You guessed it, Yummies has a signature biscuit bowl overflowing with sausage gravy. Not only is it his favorite breakfast, but our daughter also loves it even more than the donuts.
Alyssa: The apple fritters are unlike any you will find in other stores. Not only are they larger than your hand, but they are also soft and moist, with a sugary outer crust and juicy apple chunks inside.
810 E. Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285
When you’re looking for comfort food, Flapjacks Cafe is the place to go. The chef hails from my old stomping grounds in New Jersey, so that’s already a plus in my book. Family owned and operated We happened to win a gift card for breakfast and we enjoyed the small-town feel of this little cafe. As we were enjoying our breakfast, we witnessed another table paying for breakfast for a homeless couple sitting outside. This is the type of family restaurant for that you can walk in for breakfast and leave with a new friend!
Along with traditional breakfast dishes containing eggs, breakfast meats, and a side, there are also omelets, skillets, benedicts and breakfast sandwiches. Breakfast is served all day long, so if you are a late-night worker that starts their day closer to lunchtime than breakfast, you can still enjoy breakfast dishes when you are ready for them!
Jason: Have you figured out the theme yet? Biscuits and Gravy. “For a Jersey guy, that was a solid gravy, a lot like my mother made!” Coming from Jason, that is high praise.
Alyssa: The Jersey breakfast sandwich. Real TAYLOR HAM topped with a fried egg and cheese on a kaiser roll, the way it was always meant to be served. One bite and I felt like I was back at home sitting in a diner. The sandwich is served with fruit, but I opted for the homefries instead. A simple dish of cooked potatoes, slightly crispy and seasoned well.
Venice is home to an extensive list of restaurants, each one having a gem of their own on the menu. Trust me when I say that this list is far from complete, in fact, this is just a small sampling of what is available. If you try a restaurant for breakfast in Venice that is not on this list, write to me and tell me about it! Who knows, we might just end up there next!
A Complete Guide To Breakfast in Venice:
Traditional Breakfast Options A. Classic American breakfast plates
- Mitch’s Kitchen: Famous for their hearty portions and friendly service, Mitch’s Kitchen serves up classic breakfast favorites like omelets, pancakes, and biscuits with gravy.
- Flapjacks Cafe: Home to some of the fluffiest pancakes in town, Flapjacks Cafe offers a cozy atmosphere and delicious breakfast staples with Jersey Taylor Ham and Philly Scrapple that will leave you satisfied every time.
- Blu Island Bistro: A local favorite, Blu Island Bistro features a creative breakfast menu with unique takes on traditional dishes, such as their signature benedicts.
Diners and family-friendly establishments
- Suncoast Cafe: A casual, family-friendly diner with an extensive breakfast menu that includes everything from Eggs Benedict (Benny and the Jets) served either traditionally, topped with crab cakes or Chef Tony’s signature Cuban style with slow roasted pork to a St Lucian Breakfast Quesadilla with scrambled eggs, cheese, sauteed peppers, tomato, onions and roasted pork inside a grilled tortilla with salsa and sour cream. Don’t forget to indulge in a cup of coffee in their signature blend from another local, Venetian Coffee Roasters.
- Wee Blew Inn: A charming, old-fashioned diner with friendly service and classic breakfast dishes that will take you on a trip down memory lane. This is a true hole in the wall, local spot. It’s just good, down home cooking at reasonable prices.
- Original Word of Mouth: Renowned for its large portions and diverse menu, Original Word of Mouth is a local favorite for a satisfying and filling breakfast. The star of the show is the Jumbo Fresh Baked Cinnamon Rolls w/Raisins & Pecans.
- Burgundy Square Cafe: This cozy cafe offers an array of delicious breakfast dishes, from fluffy pancakes to loaded omelets, all served with a smile. Famous for everything lobster, go for the Seafood Eggs Benedict with Fresh Maine Lobster, Scallops and Gulf Shrimp.
- Abby’s on Miami: A family-owned establishment with a relaxed atmosphere, Abby’s on Miami serves up mouthwatering breakfast dishes like their popular Strawberry-Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast.
- Patches: Open daily until 2 PM, they serve breakfast all day, every day, and have been for almost 4 decades. Try the Georgia Pecan Belgian Waffles!
- Anita’s Family Restaurant: A friendly, family-owned restaurant that offers an extensive menu of breakfast favorites, from omelets to pancakes, all made from scratch. Indulge your sweet tooth with Crunchy French Toast made with fresh strawberries, blueberries, mixed berries or bananas, topped with whipped cream.
- The Breakfast Cottage: Stepping into this restaurant is like walking in to someone’s home, with each table decorated like someone’s breakfast nook off the kitchen. Dig in to their signature oatmeal topped with granola, berry compote, seasonal fruit and caramelized sugar.
- 124 Breakfast, Lunch & More: Open seasonally, follow their Facebook for updates to when they are open. They offer a simple menu of all the traditional breakfast staples.
Where To Find The Best Brunch in Venice
- Irma’s Tacos, Craft Beer and Tequila Bar: Known for their Mexican-inspired brunch, Irma’s offers a unique breakfast experience complete with delicious tacos and refreshing cocktails.
- Hotel Venezia – Brunch Buffet on Saturday: Treat yourself to a decadent brunch buffet at Hotel Venezia, featuring an assortment of breakfast classics, fresh seafood, and indulgent desserts.
- Pops Sunset Grill: Located on the water, Pops Sunset Grill offers a picturesque setting for a leisurely brunch, complete with delicious seafood dishes and refreshing cocktails
- Venice Ale House: Serving a Greek Brunch from Thursday to Sunday from 9 AM to 2 PM, grab one of their fabulous loaded Bloody Marys and treat yourself to a fun atmosphere and great food.
- Villani & Co – This new concept from Tommy Villani is already gaining popularity. Their special brunch menu is served Sundays from 10 pm to 2 pm.
- Shuck N’ Ale – Brand new Sunday brunch menu is being served with items like their French toast with a Caribbean flair. Coco bread dipped in coconut custard and served with a berry compote.
Healthy and Wholesome Alternatives A. Fresh and organic ingredients
- Mission Organics Smoothie & Juice Bar: A health-conscious spot offering a variety of smoothies, cold-pressed juices, and light breakfast options like acai bowls and avocado toast.
- Seed & Bean: With a focus on plant-based and organic ingredients, Seed & Bean serves up wholesome breakfast dishes such as chia pudding and hearty oatmeal bowls.
V. European-inspired breakfasts
- Le Petit Jardin Cafe: This quaint cafe features a beautiful garden murals on the wall and a menu filled with gourmet crepes and fresh baked pastries.
- Croissant & Co: A French bakery offering an assortment of freshly baked pastries, quiches, and gourmet sandwiches, perfect for a light breakfast or brunch.
- Upper Crust Cafe & Bakery: This cozy cafe serves up a variety of European-inspired breakfast dishes, including freshly baked pastries, quiches, and strudels.
- Joy’s Kouzine: Experience the flavors of the Mediterranean at Joy’s Kouzine, where you can enjoy a Greek-inspired breakfast complete with spanakopita and baklava.
- Shamrock Cafe: A popular spot for traditional Irish breakfast, Shamrock Cafe offers dishes like the Full Irish Breakfast, complete with black and white pudding.
Coffee Shops and Bakeries
- Black Gold Coffee Roasters: A locally owned coffee shop featuring freshly roasted beans and a variety of artisanal coffee drinks to jumpstart your day.
- Venice Island Coffee: This cozy coffee shop offers an inviting atmosphere and an impressive selection of espresso-based beverages, teas, and pastries.
- Yummies Donuts & BBQ: A unique combination of a donut shop and barbecue joint, Yummies offers a wide range of freshly baked donuts, perfect for a morning sugar rush.
- Brewza Bagels: A local gem, Brewza Bagels features a variety of freshly baked bagels, house-made spreads, and breakfast sandwiches that will keep you coming back for more.
- Cafe Bagel: With a cozy atmosphere and friendly service, Cafe Bagel is the perfect spot to enjoy a freshly baked bagel with a delicious cup of coffee.
As you can see, Venice, Florida is a breakfast lover’s paradise. From classic American dishes to upscale gourmet options, there’s something to suit every taste and mood. With so many fantastic breakfast spots to choose from, you’ll never have a dull morning in this beautiful coastal town. So go ahead, indulge your taste buds and start your day off right with a delicious breakfast in Venice.
Looking for lunch? Check out this post about 5 places to have a picnic lunch in Venice!