One of San Diego residents favorite weekend activities is rolling out of bed, throwing on their comfiest attire and heading out to their favorite brunch spot. Luckily, San Diego is a foodie haven, offering delicious brunch spots across the county! With so many to choose from, it can be hard to try all of them. Here is a list of some of the top 10 brunch spots in San Diego.
Wonderland Ocean Pub
Located across the street from Ocean Beach, Wonderland Ocean Pub offers you gorgeous views of the ocean along with the fresh ocean breeze while you sip on mimosas and eat your favorite breakfast food. One of their brunch specials is a $12 bottle of champagne to pair with OJ to make mimosas! They offer a wide variety menu that includes everything from Chilaquiles over to Loco Moco and Islander inspired dishes. For those of you looking for more traditional American options, you have the choice of biscuits and gravy, omelets, French toast, freshly baked cinnamon rolls, and BLTs. Savor your breakfast then go enjoy the day across the street on the beach.
With locations all across San Diego, Breakfast Republic has become quite the chain restaurant in San Diego. This is one of the perfect brunch spots in San Diego for any pun enthusiast. Their décor includes egg-shaped chairs, egg salt and pepper shakers, and plenty of egg-citing egg puns on the menu. Not only is the décor fun, they have a wide food selection. Start off with one of their craft coffee drinks or cocktails and then move on to choose your favorite pancakes or French toast for a flight! Want to try Elvis’s favorite flavor? Enjoy peanut butter banana bacon French toast. If you prefer a savory breakfast option, they have everything from breakfast mac and cheese to omelets, scrambles, benedicts and breakfast burgers. You can visit Breakfast Republic in Point Loma, North Park, Encinitas, Ocean Beach, Carmel Valley and Pacific Beach.
Snooze an A.M. Eatery
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Snooze has made its way to San Diego and it’s definitely here to stay. With locations in Hillcrest and Del Mar, you can find the wait for a table to be over an hour on the weekend and there’s a good reason why. Their food is amazing! Snooze has a high reputation for their eggs benedicts and gives you the option to try lots of different flavors. Among these includes chili Verde, steak and eggs, and a spring harvest eggs benedict made with quinoa cakes instead of English muffins. Snooze also offers a variety of pancake flavors like sweet potato pancakes, peanut butter cup, pineapple upside down pancakes and more. If you can’t decide, they also offer pancake flights! Head over to Snooze on your next free morning to see what the hype is about.
You won’t find eggs or bacon here. Kindred is located in South Park/Golden Hill area and contains a completely vegan menu. You will still find traditional breakfast dishes like pancakes, scrambles (made with tofu), French toast, biscuits and gravy, and other healthy options! Their brunch drink menu contains several different drinks made with rosé such as mimosas. They also have bloody marys and house coffees and teas. If you are vegan or have a friend who is, or even gluten or dairy free, this is the breakfast option for you!
With locations in North Park and in Downtown San Diego, Café 21 not only serves dinner and lunch but a wide brunch option. Known for their unique menu, you can start your Café 21 experience off with a sangria or mimosa flight. Café 21 most recently introduced buttery sweet and savory crepes to the menu including Mary’s Chicken Cake, lemon meringue, and chocolate truffle. Other brunch options include omelets, French toast, and pancakes like their famous tiramisu pancakes. Brunch doesn’t have to be limited to breakfast food, Café 21 also offers a variety of sandwich flavors like chicken pesto and roasted eggplant as well as burgers. You can also choose from a wide selection of tapas!
Known for their famous maple bacon donuts, Great Maple is a modern American brunch restaurant in Hillcrest and La Jolla. Their menu is a wide range of both breakfast foods and lunch foods! Starting off, you can enjoy one of their dozens of different bloody marys or mimosas. Fresh from their bakery includes fresh scones, maple bacon donuts, and powdered sugar beignets. If you want to stay healthy, they also offer a variety of healthy options like a market berry and yogurt parfait, or egg whites on California toast. For those of you who enjoy more traditional breakfast options like pancakes, they have a variety of pancake flavors like peanut butter and fried banana, fruity pebble, chocolate bacon and fresh blueberry. For more savory options, you can choose from scramble melts, English popovers, and other options like Chilaquiles or house-smoked beef brisket hash.
West Coast Tavern
Located in North Park next door to The Observatory, West Coast Tavern is one of San Diego’s top favorite brunch spots due to their flavorful menu and welcoming environment. Start your breakfast off with a toast flight, pancake tacos, a house-made cinnamon roll or even wings. This isn’t your typical brunch spot as they have more savory options than sweet! You can also try their loaded burrito, short rib benny, or hot chicken waffle sandwich and wash it down with endless mimosas, bloody marys, or the house rosé. Grab brunch and then head over to the North Park flea market next door.
Hash House a Go Go
If you enjoy huge portions with pancakes bigger than your head, then Hash House a Go Go in Hillcrest is the brunch spot for you. The portions are large enough to feed two to three, so order with that in mind. Called Hash House for a reason, Hash House offers a variety of different hashes to choose from served with crispy potatoes, a biscuit, fruit and eggs. Some hashes include roasted chicken, meatloaf and ground turkey. If hashes aren’t for you, they also serve a variety of pancakes like brown sugar banana, mango coconut, Snickers hardwood smoked bacon, butterscotch almond and more! They also have waffles, biscuits and gravy, a variety of farm benedicts, and other tasty breakfast items.
With locations across San Diego, Swami’s is a San Diego native restaurant offering you breakfast and lunch items throughout the day. This is the type of restaurant where you order at the register and then serve yourself drinks (unless it’s a special order) and place the number on your table while you wait for your food. Food items include your traditional breakfast fare like omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast and other breakfast traditions. They have fun pancake flavors like sweet potato, banana walnut and pineapple upside down! If you’re not in the mood for breakfast, Swami’s also offers lunch items like salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers and other lunch favorites. If you’re looking for a shorter wait on the weekend and fast service with great food and prices, Swami’s is a great spot. Locations include: Carlsbad, La Mesa, Poway, Encinitas 101, Encinitas Inland, North Park, Oceanside, Escondido and Point Loma.
The last top brunch spot in San Diego on our list, Lucky’s Breakfast is one of the hidden gems of San Diego. Lucky’s Breakfast is a one-man show, featuring Lucky! Lucky used to own a Chinese restaurant in this same location, still with the same Chinese décor and converted it into a small diner where he does all the cooking and serving! This cash-only restaurant offers some of the best prices in town for a quick and delicious breakfast stop. The menu includes simple breakfast items like hash browns, eggs any style, toast, bacon, sausage, omelets and pancakes. Stop by their location in North Park to say hello to the friendly Lucky. Of course, you will receive a fortune cookie at the end of your meal!
Find Activities to Enjoy After Brunch
Don’t end your day with a food coma after enjoying the top brunch spots in San Diego, get out and explore San Diego. Check out the latest events going on, or even stop by an open house hosted by an Ascent Real Estate agent. View all of our open houses here or contact us to learn more.