Best Breakfast Restaurants in Connecticut for Families
Pull up a high chair and put on a bib—we're highlighting the best breakfast restaurants in Connecticut for families. These great breakfast places in CT offer varied and delicious menus that are great for kids and parents alike. Sometimes it can get a little messy dining out with little ones, but these cute cafes and mom-and-pop spots understand the struggle and cater to the needs of families with young children.
Best Breakfast Places for Kids Near Hartford
Harvest Bakery and Cafe - Simsbury
This breakfast menu includes an assortment of egg dishes cooked in all different ways, hash browns, English muffins, and croissants. Kids may want to try the Luscious Lemon Crepes, pancakes, or French toast. Indoor seating with lots of light and a small-town feel make Harvest Bakery and Cafe one of the family favorite breakfast restaurants in Connecticut.
Order up! Photo courtesy of the Cosmic Omelette, Facebook
The Cosmic Omelette - Manchester
Open every day of the week except Tuesday, The Cosmic Omelette serves breakfast all day long. This cafe has of cool vibes, arcade games, and a yellow brick road. The huge menu includes biscuits, pancakes, bacon, sausage, and of course lots of different omelettes.
Dom's Broad Street Eatery - Windsor
A town-wide favorite that's always hopping during breakfast hours, Dom's is a family-run business that serves meals diner-style. It opens every morning around 7am and has all the favorite breakfast dishes including eggs, pancakes, and even Chicken and Waffles.
The pancake parfait with caramel sauce, photo courtesy of Josie's Corner
Josie's Corner - Berlin
Delicious muffins like butter-rum, banana nut, corn, and an option called Morning Glory are available, as well as more interesting dishes like the Aloha omelette and French toast with peanut butter chips. Tables can seat two or four and there are plenty of toddler seats.
Hot Cakes - East Windsor
Hot Cakes is an adorable, family-style restaurant with counter service. Sit at a table near the country-curtained windows and eat with a view. This is definitely a stop for locals and big Red Sox fans.
Saint's Restaurant - Southington
Saint's is famous for its hot dogs, but they serve a tasty breakfast too. Choose from platters like the Saint's Sampler, Eggs Irish, and even a platter called Keto Mountain for Keto followers. Kids have their own menu to choose from with pancakes and eggs and their choice of meat. It's a hopping, busy location with counter service and tables too.
Best Breakfast Places for Kids in Fairfield County
It's all about the pancakes, people! Photo courtesy of Chip's
Chip's Family Restaurant - Multiple Locations
It's all about the pancakes, people. Chocolate Chip Banana. Coconut Crunch. German Apple. You get the idea. It's no wonder these flapjacks have been voted best in the state by Connecticut Magazine three years running. Chip's has been a landmark in Orange for decades and has five locations across Fairfield, New Haven, and Hartford counties. Breakfast is served all day long.
Locals love Harborview Market. Photo courtesy of Harborview Market
Harborview Market - Bridgeport
This neighborhood spot has legit written all over it. A friendly, in-the-know crowd huddles around community tables checkered with the day's papers. Collect your fresh croissants, imported coffee, and kids' drinks before moseying up to the front counter to order. The scrambled eggs and toast passed this mom's dairy-free test. Take a stroll through charming St. Mary's by the Sea to walk off your meal.
Chef's Table - Fairfield
There are so many things to choose from for breakfast at this casual dining experience with local, smiling people. Bring the kids in just to try the multi-colored bagels!
Wake-Up-Coffee - Fairfield
This beloved cafe isn't so much a full breakfast as it is a nice, quick bite to eat with a great cup of coffee for mom or dad. Kids will love the Bavarian pretzels and sweet pastries. Parents can get a much-needed java boost. Don't forget to try the hot Nutella drink!
Sherwood Diner - Westport
Locals flock to this Post Road landmark for tasty dishes and super fast service, so you shouldn't have to wait terribly long even if it's prime chow time. Prices are a little higher than average for diner fare, but it's worth it for the pancakes piled high with chocolate chips, waffles and strawberries, and huge cinnamon rolls the size of your head!
Best Breakfast Places for Kids in New Haven
Bella's Cafe - New Haven
A Best Restaurant Award Winner in 2022, Bella's is a step up in dining. Breakfast options include buttermilk pancakes, Italian French Toast, omelettes, and more. It's located in the heart of Whalley Avenue culture.
Pop's Family Diner - Milford
Diner-style potatoes, bacon, and pancakes for the whole family. Pop's serves fun silver dollar pancakes or French toast sticks for the kids.
Who doesn't love avo toast? Photo courtesy of Claire's Corner Copia
Claire's Corner Copia - New Haven
In the heart of downtown New Haven, Claire's is a well-established healthy eatery. If you're concerned about whole grain, organic eating, Claire's is a must. Organic eggs, Vegan whole grain pancakes, organic oatmeal, and tofu scramble are all on the menu. Claire's opens at 9am.
Is that enough whipped cream for ya? Photo courtesy of Nick's Luncheonette
Nick's Luncheonette - West Haven
Breakfast is served all day at Nick's, an old-fashioned but up-styled breakfast joint with a huge menu and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. There's also counter service and tables or booths for families.
Best Breakfast Places for Kids in Eastern Connecticut
Dog Lane Cafe - Storrs
For breakfast, grab a Best Evah Egg Sandwich, pulled pork, or a Spicy Cowboy. To wash it all down select from their extensive smoothie list. This Connecticut breakfast restaurant opens daily at 8am.
Chicken and waffles, photo courtesy of Hash House a Go Go
Hash House a Go Go - Uncasville
Located at Mohegan Sun, Hash House serves breakfast all day long. This is a step up from your local breakfast eatery with tasty menu items like hickory bacon and farm-style dishes. Your hash browns are served in a cast iron pan with eggs and biscuits. Kids might like to try a bacon waffle or buttermilk flapjacks.
When Pigs Fly - Waterford
If you have a family of early risers, you can head down to When Pigs Fly starting at 7am. Choose indoor seating or outdoor seating (when the weather is nice). The daily menu is posted on their Facebook page.
This article was last updated in 2022.