Food & Beverage

Best Brunch in San Diego Money Can Buy

February 8, 2018

When it comes to brunch, nobody can do it like San Diego. Brunch with friends and family is the perfect complement to a weekend of rest and relaxation. Most of the hot spots serve everything from omelets and bacon, to waffles and pancakes, and just about anything in between. Pair those good eats with mimosas and Bloody Mary’s, and what’s not to love about brunch?

It is one of the most versatile meals that offers a little something for everyone, no matter where you go. But, because we love to make your life a little easier, we thought we’d compile a list of some of the best breakfast in San Diego locations we could find. Warning: you won’t be able to resist trying them all!

First in the lineup is:

Duke’s La Jolla

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Duke’s offers a beautiful ocean view with a touch of island flavor, transporting you from the mainland to a tropical island far, far away. Considered one of the best places for brunch in San Diego, don’t forget to try their top-selling drink, the PPOG Mimosa, on your next visit. If you like champagne flavored with a blend of orange, pineapple, passion, guava juices, you’ll love it! Also, try the Loco Moco for a flavor-packed, hearty meal you won’t find anywhere else.

The Mission

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What’s a brunch date without a trip to The Mission? Boasting three locations to stuff your face at, The Mission offers a wide selection of lunch and breakfast classics for your next San Diego brunch date. Just be warned that there is often a small wait for seating, no matter which locale you choose. Other than that, you really can’t go wrong with this pick!

Great Maple

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Considered one of the best breakfast places in San Diego, Great Maple serves classic brunch favorites with creative flair, such as peanut butter and fried banana pancakes, or (even yummier), maple bacon donuts served fresh and warm from the oven. However, weekends can get hectic, so if you want to avoid a long wait, you’ll need to arrive early or try out their brunch during the week instead of the weekend.

Paipa’s Buffet Inside Sycuan Casino

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In the mood for a little gambling with your brunch? Try Paipa’s Buffet – the best casino buffet San Diego has to offer – for a premier experience. Considered one of the best places for brunch, Paipa’s, located inside of San Diego’s best casino, offers all your savory breakfast favorites. Chow down on eggs Benedict, quiche, and tamales. They even have a carving station and specialty international food stations to mix things up. We guarantee you will leave stuffed to the brim, full of good eats and fun times.

Snooze an A.M. Eatery

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This is a popular eatery that serves brunch in San Diego every day until closing time, which is early afternoon. Come early or be prepared for a line out the door. But, with a fun and tasty selection, this is one brunch eatery that’s well worth the wait. If you want recommends on what to try, the breakfast pot pie is a crowd fave.

Breakfast Republic

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No, that’s not the clothing store! The Breakfast Republic is a somewhat recent addition to the list of best breakfast in San Diego options, and they serve brunch until 3PM, when they shut down for the day. You can find everything from tried and true favorites like pancakes (we suggest the cinnamon roll pancakes), to specialty items like shrimp and grits. This makes the Breakfast Republic a hot spot weekend brunch lovers, so be prepared for a wait.


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If you’re looking for some down-home, hearty breakfast eats, you won’t want to miss out on Truckstop. For those of you that are lovers of all things spice, try the Tri-Tip Benedict with a side of rosemary potatoes. The flavors are to die for. You can top off your meal with a Bloody Mary or a mimosa, while enjoying a little taste of Southern hospitality.

Cody’s La Jolla

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Cody’s serves amazing breakfast in San Diego all day long until closing time, so you can even eat breakfast for dinner if you’d like. One of their specialties is the veggie hash, which is loaded down with mushrooms, asparagus, onions, red peppers, arugula, and potatoes. This veggie goodness is topped with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce for a perfect (and filling) vegetarian meal you’ll be raving to all your friends about.

Barrio Star

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In the mood for a little Mexican soul food for brunch? Try Barrio Star, featuring yummy dishes like breakfast tacos loaded with scrambled eggs, avocados sauce, cheese, chipotle cream, corn salsa, and cilantro, coupled with a side of black beans. Not in the mood for lunch? Try their homemade, grilled cinnamon bread as a unique spin on French toast, and topped with blackberry purée. Total deliciousness.

Bottega Americano

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Can you say endless mimosas? And all for a mere 15 bucks. This is a great brunch spot if you like to do things Italian-style, featuring tasty, fresh-baked pastries, frittatas, and savory dishes like Tuscan shrimp and grits. They even offer a signature breakfast pizza. Did we mention they have espresso? This is one great brunch experience you won’t want to miss.

Hanna’s Gourmet

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Hannah’s offers a little African feel for your next breakfast adventure, with eggs a la Africana and fava beans. Cooked in tomato yogurt sauce and African spices, this is one dish you won’t want to miss. But, if you feel for more traditional food like pancakes, Hannah’s got you covered there too. Try their blueberry pancakes coupled with lemon curd cream for a flavor palate that will make your taste buds (and your tummy) smile with gladness.


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Kindred is a little South Park gem that offers a limited (yet tasty) brunch menu catering to those who like a little weird with their meal. Try the caramelized banana pancakes for a sweet breakfast you won’t forget anytime soon. Just be sure to balance out the sweet flavors with a savory Bloody Mary, and you’ll be able to chalk Kindred up as one of the best places for brunch in San Diego you can find.

West Coast Tavern

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Although their name may not be the most creative on the block, this place is home to bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s, and graced with an atmosphere geared towards comfort. You can choose breakfast and brunch classics like steak and eggs, or you can get a little crazy and try their short rib Loco Moco. If you’re not a fan of beef, they make a mean, hot, chicken waffle sandwich.

Cafe Chloe

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This is a Euro/French bistro that offers popular dishes like moules frites in a spicy chorizo broth, and pancetta gratin, which is the Euro/French version of mac and cheese. So, if you want brunch with a little French and European flair, this is a top pick for your next weekend jaunt.


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Campfire boasts a pleasant outdoor-chic decor and serves up slightly left of normal dishes like smoked beef hash and red-eye, rubbed brisket served with chimichurri, rice, and a fried egg. Another popular favorite is the smoke-braised, pork shoulder, Cubano sandwiches. You can also find spiked coffee and flavor it up with smoked sugar and ancho chile cream. Just pair it with sourdough cinnamon buns if you’re not in the mood for a heavy meal, and you’ll be golden.

Cafe Topes

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This is a popular little brunch spot that you’ll want to arrive at early, because lines form quickly. However, they do move fast, which is a bonus. Cafe Topes also features a delicious house cinnamon roll, and serves up brunch sandwiches like the Rustic breakfast sandwich with eggs, bacon, pesto, and avocado on ciabatta bread. Yum!


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For another Italian-inspired brunch menu, try Catania. They feature a self-service coffee bar which is great for those of you that suck it down like water, plus they offer peasant-inspired dishes like Eggs All’Amatriciana, made of baked eggs, white beans, stewed tomatoes, guanciale, and kale. If you’re in the mood for sweeter fare, their sweet pancakes with huckleberry sauce are also delicious, especially when topped with lemon simple syrup.

Urban Solace

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If you like a little bluegrass with your brunch, check out this little spot in Northpark for your next Sunday outing. Try the butter pecan French toast, or if you prefer a more low-carb friendly option, consider the pork belly Benedict. Either way, it’s considered one of the best breakfast places in San Diego, so make sure you add it to your list of spots to hit.

Fig Tree Cafe

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A sister restaurant to the Breakfast Republic, Fig Tree is spread out across three locations in San Diego. Within its walls, you can find your standard pancakes and French toast for breakfast, as well as more intriguing dishes like breakfast sushi and man candy. You might also try the Wally Burrito loaded with homemade potatoes, or upgrade it to the arugula, parmesan cheese, and truffle oil potatoes instead. They also offer unique antioxidant mimosas to wash it all down with, making it a San Diego brunch hotspot.

PB Shore Club

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For a premier beach brunch experience with a killer view of the Pacific Ocean, try PB Shore Club. Dine out on their patio area and soak up the fresh air, while consuming delicious food
that can’t be beat. One of the top favorite dishes is Mass Confusion, a nifty spin on biscuits and gravy, loaded down with scrambled eggs, cheese, tater tots, plus bacon and sausage. Another perk that only the locals know is that they deliver if you decide you want to do brunch at home instead.

Green Dragon Tavern and Museum

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Spice up your Sunday brunch at a colonial-era history Museum. This place is great for a family outing, or a get together with friends, it’s so versatile. Plus, they offer $10 bottomless mimosas when you buy an entrée at regular price. Crowd favorites (of course) are the Bloody Mary’s, and they offer three different types of eggs Benedict, just in case one wasn’t enough.

Another fan favorite is their brioche French toast smothered in chocolate hazelnut sauce, bananas, candied pecans, and whipped cream. The dish comes with a side of maple bourbon burre blanc syrup, or you can ask for regular old maple syrup if you are feeling a little less adventurous. Add in the inviting atmosphere featuring two stone fireplaces and several large screen TVs, and Green Dragon easily offers the best breakfast in San Diego you’ll find.

Sandbar Sports Bar and Grill

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Sandbar offers a premier beach experience, allowing you to eat on the boardwalk and making them one of the best breakfast places in San Diego you’ll find. They are only a hop, skip, and a jump away from the waves, and feature upbeat vibe. Plus, they serve up amazing food, which makes them a local favorite. One crowd pleaser dish to try is the S.O.B. Scramble, loaded with carne asada, cheddar and jack cheeses, salsa fresca, and cilantro. One bite and you’ll be hooked. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

As you can see, there’s no end to the San Diego brunch options. Grab some friends and start making the rounds, we are sure you will love them all.

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