Who doesn’t love a good brunch? Everyone in San Diego does. Whether you live here or are just passing through for a weekend, definitely make sure to indulge in some yummy brunch cocktails and food that might be a little bit more creative than your classic diner food (not that I am hating on a good diner!).
There are endless brunch spots in San Diego, but here are some we love and frequent (in no particular order).
Prep Kitchen – always a favorite of ours – for dinner and drinks as well – you can find locations in Little Italy, La Jolla, and Del Mar. They have your classic mimosas and bloody mary’s, but the rest of their drink menu is definitely worth exploring. Pair your chilaquiles with some ricotta donut holes for the table and enjoy!
Little Italy: 1660 India Street, San Diego, CA
La Jolla: 1044 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA
Del Mar: 1201 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA
Fig Tree Eatery – another one with numerous locations, this place has a bit of an earthy crunchy feel. Order the breakfast sushi for something different, and definitely a side of man candy for the table.
Pacific Beach: 5119 Cass Street, San Diego, CA
Hillcrest: 416 University Avenue, San Diego, CA
Liberty Station: 2400 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 103, San Diego, CA
Great Maple – this is one of those few popular brunch spots I’ve found that actually takes reservations – major bonus. But their food is great too! Start with an order of beignets and then choose an entree – I’m a fan of their scramble melts. Then head over to the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market!
Address: 1451 Washington Street, San Diego, CA
Breakfast Republic – this place is so popular they’ve already opened numerous locations in San Diego. The wait can be long, but, hopefully, you’re able to grab a tasty cocktail while you wait. The entire menu is mouthwatering to me, so I don’t think you can really go wrong. I’d recommend going with a few people so you can try different things, and what’s an order or Oreo pancakes between friends?
North Park: 2730 University Avenue, San Diego, CA
Liberty Station: 2865 Sims Road, Suite 106, San Diego, CA
Encinitas: 251 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA
Backyard Kitchen & Tap – definitely a favorite of mine for 10am NFL games. The food is good no matter what time of the year, but when you’re trying to get a group of different people together on a Sunday morning during football season, this is a great place to check out. The $15 bottles of champagne don’t hurt either. Chicken and waffles is always a favorite of mine (and I’d have to say, stay away from the donuts – too sticky for my taste!).
Address: 832 Garnet Avenue, San Diego, CA
Mission – another place you can expect a wait, I recommend checking this place out if you are looking for something slightly healthier. They even have a gluten-free menu. Some of my favorites are the chicken apple sausage and soy chorizo.
Mission Beach: 3795 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA
North Park: 2801 University Ave, San Diego, CA
East Village: 1250 J Street, San Diego, CA
Cafe 21 – Two words: mimosa flights. If that doesn’t start your brunch off right, they have a variety of delicious omelets and crepes!
Gaslamp: 802 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA
University Heights: 2736 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA
Isabel’s Cantina – scrambles, hash and oh-so-good coconut french toast. Not to mention their lunch that includes single and double happiness (check out the menu to see what I’m talking about!). This place is great for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Address: 966 Felspar Street, San Diego, CA
There are many other great brunch spots out there – some that I’ve tried and others that I haven’t – this list really could be endless! Have a favorite brunch spot to San Diego? I’d love to check it out!