50 great brunch restaurants to try in San Diego, California

Check out these brunch restaurants, cafes, and diners in San Diego, serving a variety of egg dishes, mimosas, bloody marys, and more.

Morning Glory San Diego

Get thee to the pink “pancake church” that is Morning Glory.

Photo via @foundpleasures

In this town, brunchin’ ain’t easy but it’s necessary. Whether you’re on the hunt for fluffy eggs, fried chicken and waffles or mind-blowing bloody marys, the options can get as overwhelming as the lines at times. 🍳

Luckily, you have us to scout things out. We listed a whole bunch of brunch options (50 total), along with menu recs, pro tips, and an interactive map to track ‘em. Plan your weekend and pour those mimosas. 🥂

Hours listed are when brunch menus are available, while price estimates are based on general entrees, and don’t include drinks, tax, or tip.

$ ~ $20 or less per person
$$ ~ $20-40 per person
$$$ ~ $40+ per person

Hash House A Go Go san diego

Hash House A Go Go’s famous dish: Andy’s Sage Fried Chicken + Waffle Tower.

Weekday wonders

Morning Glory | Daily, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | $ | Dripping in velvet + Instagrammable vibes, this “it” spot is known for its soufflé pancakes; slide in during the week to avoid the weekend crowds.

Madi | Daily, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | This hip, colorful eatery on Adams Avenue makes brunch a whole lifestyle, and we’re not mad about it. Pro tip: Those Waffle Churro Sticks are game-changers.

Hash House A Go Go | Daily, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | $$ | Huge hankering for brunch? Hit up this farmhouse-focused eatery in Hillcrest, order the Sage-Fried Chicken + Waffles, and for sure share with a friend.

Crushed | Daily, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. | $ | Go for the sweet stuff — aka “Bresserts” — like the French Toast Sticks or Blueberry Cheesecake Pancakes at two locations: Pacific Beach + North Park.

Sheldon’s Service Station | Daily, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | This cute La Mesa café will help you fuel up with its mouthwatering menu — the Caprese Avocado Toast is calling our name.

Brockton Villa | Weekdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m, Weekends, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | $ | The Coast Toast — a soufflé-style twist on French toast — has been this La Jolla restaurant’s jam for 30+ years.

Queenstown Public House | Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Weekends, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | The New Zealand-inspired favorites shine here — including the Breakfast Poutine + Meat Pie.

SD Werewolf brunch

We’re howlin’ for brunch at Werewolf.

Photo via @werewolfsd

Werewolf | Daily, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | $ | Order a round of Breakfast Balls for the table — hush puppies with country gravy + bacon.

Pacific Del Mar | Daily, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | $$ | The brunch offerings are small but mighty at this upscale spot — we see you, Cinnamon Brioche French Toast + Sugar-Spiced Salmon Hash.

Truckstop | Daily, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | Classics like Country Fried Steak N’ Eggs and Biscuits + Gravy are calling our name on this robust breakfast menu.

The great maple san diego

Three words: Maple Bacon Donuts.

Photo via @thegreatmaple

Pastry paradises

The Great Maple | Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. + Sun., 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | $ | Elevated comfort food shines at the Hillcrest eatery — including those signature glazed Maple Bacon Donuts.

Sunny Boy Biscuit Co. | Daily, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; closed on Wednesdays | $ | The cute café’s name says it all — the southern-style biscuits with honey butter + jam should not be missed.

Blackmarket Bakery | Mon.-Sat., 7a.m.-7p.m., Sun., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | $ | Loaded croissant sandwiches, cookies, muffins, tarts + other treats make this menu a sweet one.

Sugar and Scribe Bakery | Daily, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | $ | Double-stacked Rice Krispie treats, cupcakes, cookies + pastries for days.

Claire’s Too | Mon.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Fri.-Sun., 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | $ | Don’t miss this sweet little Solana Beach spot — and its muffin tops.

Breakfast and bubbles san diego

Cheers to brunch.

Bottomless mimosas

Breakfast + Bubbles | Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. + Sun., 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | $ | Another Instagram-worthy brunch spot where the selfies + mimosas flow — and the menu shows up and shows out.

Duck Dive | Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. + Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | $ | The weekday + weekend brunch menus differ slightly, but the good times roll daily at this PB favorite.

Bootlegger | Sat. + Sun., 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | $ | Make your brunch extra bubbly with $25 bottomless mimosas — paired with plenty of solid eats.

GARAGE Kitchen + Bar | Daily, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | $ | Bottomless bubbly is a daily thing here — as is a menu brimming with variety — The Best Breakfast Sandwich Ever with wild boar sausage throws it down.

Baja Betty’s | Sat. + Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | Come for the yummy Mexican food + lively ambiance at this Hillcrest restaurant — stay for the $15 bottomless mimosas.

Flap your jacks San Diego

The kiddos will love Flap Your Jacks in North Park — you can make your own pancakes.

Photo via @FlapYourJacks

For the fam

Snooze: An A.M. Eatery | Daily, 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | $ | Three words: Signature Pancake Flight; don’t hit the snooze button — it’s worth getting up.

Flap Your Jacks | Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sat. + Sun., 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | $ | Each table is outfitted with its own pancake griddle, so you can flip your own pancakes — and add all kinds of toppings.

Breakfast Republic | Daily, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | $ | The kiddos will love the selection of pancakes — from Oreo Cookie to Churro — and French toast offerings at the eight locations across the county.

The Trails Eatery | Daily, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | This adorable café offers special dishes for kids 12 and under, including French toast + pancake combos, and a classic cheesy scramble.

Mama Kat’s | Monday, Thursday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. | $ | This restaurant + pie shop in San Marcos has a downhome family feel — and a great selection of comfort food and organic cold-pressed juices.

Veggie focused

Farmers Bottega Restaurant | Daily, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | $$ | Fruits + grains, omelets, frittatas, pancakes + French toast, anyone?

Second Nature | Weekends, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | The brunch menu at this spot in North Pacific Beach features fruits, grains, omelets, and scrambles — we see you, Cali Brah Omelet
with cilantro aioli and hemp seeds.

Kindred | Sat. + Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | So many veggie standouts on one menu — the Good Morning Captain featuring New England-style kimchi chickpea cakes has our attention.

Donna Jean | Sat. + Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | $ | We spy tofu + breakfast potatoes in The Motherload scramble, Chicken Fried Shrooms, and Biscuits & Gravy.

Cafe21 Gaslamp | Daily, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | $ | You had us at Veggie Power Bowl + Vegan French Toast.

The Presley San Diego

Decisions, decisions. Are you a savory or sweet brunch person?

Photo via @thepresleysd

Weekend musts

The Presley | Sat. + Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | This breezy Liberty Station restaurant with plenty of patio seating boasts savory + sweet offerings; start your meal with the Parker House Rolls.

Little Frenchie | Fri.-Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | $$ | A beautiful bistro on Coronado Island that’ll transport you to France — housemade pâtiserries and all.

Kettner Exchange | Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | This Little Italy hotspot offers a rotating brunch menu on Sundays only, always based on seasonal ingredients.

Kettner Exchange San Diego

The Sunday brunch menu at Kettner Exchange is back + revamped.

Photo via @jtran_photos

Verbena Kitchen | Sat. + Sun., 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | $ | Local, sustainable + seasonal — with a selection of must-try “Locals Only” dishes like Wagyu Beef Tartare make this a next-level experience.

Wolfie’s Carousel Bar | Sat. + Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | $$ | Yes, there’s a carousel in the middle of this hip hotspot, but it’s the French-inspired brunch menu that has us spinning.

Trust | Sat. + Sun., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | With shareable plates, Trust brings the closest friends closer through pancakes.

Voltaire Beach House | Sat. + Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | This breezy beach spot welcomes pups to its weekend brunch + the menu offers everything from breakfast burritos to bowls.

94th Aero Squadron Restaurant | Sun., 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | $$ | Like to graze? The unlimited champagne brunch buffet boasts a little of everything — breakfast classics, salads, seafood + more.

Cesarina | Sat. + Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | $$ | Quality over quantity with the brunch choices at this Italian favorite — the Bruschettone con L’Avocado is a masterpiece.

The Corner Drafthouse | Sat. + Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | $ | While you enjoy libations like the Drafthouse Tri-Tip and Hash, check out the 70 draft beers on tap.

Breakfast Bitch Restaurant

Brunch, with a side of attitude.

Daytime party

Breakfast Bitch | Open daily, times vary | $ | Good food, strong personalities, and good times at this casual hangout — don’t forget the mimosas.

Miss B’s Coconut Club | Daily, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | The sun is out and brunch is on with Miss B’s unforgettable Breakfast Tacos.

Urban Mo’s Bar and Grill | Sat. + Sun., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | Try the Hangover Burger to keep the party vibes going at this buzzy hangout in the heart of Hillcrest.

King & Queen Cantina | Saturday + Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | Mexican cuisine, mimosa flights, and even a Krispy Kreme Breakfast Sandwich — a brunch menu fit for royalty. 👑

The Local Pacific Beach | Saturday + Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | Enjoy a bubbly 3-liter Champagne Tower with your friends to top off your weekend daze. 🥂

Spill the Beans

Bagels + specialty coffee by the bay? Yes, please.

Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

Quick and easy

Parkhouse Eatery | Times vary, closed Tuesdays | $ | Savory scrambles + so much more in the cutest little café atmosphere.

Atypical Waffle | Tuesday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | Waffles in every which way.

Eggies | Daily, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | Stacked breakfast sandwiches + layered egg creations served in jars make this an egg-cellent spot to grab a laid-back brunch across four locations: PB, North Park, La Jolla, and East Village.

Spill the Beans Coffee and Bagel | Monday-Thursday, 6:30 a.m.- 7 p.m., Friday-Sunday, 6:30 a.m.- 8 p.m. | $ | Get there bright + early, order a bagel and specialty coffee (can’t go wrong with the Basic Sitch), and sit facing the waterfront.

Public Square Coffee House | Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. | $ | The Homemade Sugar Scones are always fresh — make sure you try the flavored butters.

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