The Omelette Parlor is on Main Street, in Santa Monica. It’s one of the most popular breakfast and brunch restaurants in Santa Monica, and there is almost always a big line waiting for their fix on the weekends.
There are a few main areas of Santa Monica, which is a distinct city from Los Angeles (despite being surrounded on three sides by LA, with the Pacific Ocean marking the end of the fourth side). The Omelette Parlor is on Main Street in the Ocean Park area, a neighborhood that is closer to Venice in both geography and feel. My family has brunch at the Omelette Parlor once every couple of months, and we’ve never been disappointed yet.
There is quite a bustle here during weekend brunch, and there have honestly been a few times wherein our orders have been mixed up with another table’s. Things usually get straightened out pretty quickly at The Omelette parlor, though, and it’s not a big disaster to have to wait a few extra minutes for your brunch. The outside dining area in the back is sunny (with umbrellas) and relaxing, while the interior’s booths and barstool seating can (and do) feel more cramped. There are a LOT of egg dish choices here, of course (it’s called The Omelette parlor for a reason)! Some entrees are named after Hollywood
luminaries, or other famous types. I’m partial to the Merlin omelette, for example, whereas my husband likes the Schwarzenegger and the lox scramble. All omelettes come with great breakfast potatoes and a nutty buttered muffin; that muffin is so tasty that I occasionally wonder if it’s the main reason I go with the omelette options.
For brunch lovers who are interested in a meal leaning more towards the lunch end of the scale, the Gregory Hines salad is light, fresh and tasty. The entrees here are pretty large, but the Gregory Hines salad is so light that you may want to add chicken breast. The tuna melt is really satisfying, with a large serving of tuna fish and melted cheddar over sourdough. Last, I recommend the fresh squeezed orange juice. It’s not served in a 3-oz
glass like it is in some pretentious, overpriced restaurants. The Omelette parlor fresh squeezes that juice and pours it in a regular-size glass the way it’s meant to be. The food is fresh at the Omelette Parlor on Main Street, Santa Monica, and the outdoor dining feels terrific. No wonder there’s always a wait to get in for weekend brunch.
The Omelette Parlor
2732 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA