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
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 | Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. + Weekends, 7:30 a.m.-3 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. (PB brunch hours) | $ | Go for the sweet stuff — aka “Bresserts” — like the French Toast Sticks or Blueberry Cheesecake Pancakes at two locations: Pacific Beach + North Park (open weekends only, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.).
Claire’s Too | Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Friday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | $ | Don’t miss this sweet little Solana Beach spot — and its muffin tops.
Breakfast + Bubbles | Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. + weekends, 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 | Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. + weekends, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | $ | The weekday + weekend brunch menus differ slightly, but the good times roll daily at this PB favorite.
Bootlegger | Weekends, 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 | Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. + Weekends, 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 | Weekends, 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 | Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. + weekends, 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.
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. (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) | $ | This restaurant + pie shop in San Marcos has a downhome family feel — and a great selection of comfort food and organic cold-pressed juices.
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 | Weekends, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | So many veggie standouts on one menu — for its summer 2023 selections, the Doom Bloom dish with fried mushrooms has our attention.
Donna Jean | Weekends, 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 Vegan French Toast. The Gaslamp location is closed for renovations, but the University Avenue location is open.
The Presley | Weekends, 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.
Verbena Kitchen | Weekends, 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 | Weekends, 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 | Weekends, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | With shareable plates, Trust brings the closest friends closer through pancakes.
The Whiskey House | Friday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | $ | This downtown San Diego spot holds the Guinness World Record for the most varieties of whiskey/whiskey commercially available — and it also serves up a mean brunch. If you’re looking for savory, try the Breakfast Enchiladas; for a sweet treat, try the Trio of Pancakes Plate.
Voltaire Beach House | Weekends, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | $ | This breezy, dog-friendly beach spot welcomes pups to its weekend brunch + the menu offers everything from breakfast burritos to bowls.
The Smoking Gun | Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. + Sundays, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | This trendy downtown eatery offers a 1980s-themed weekend brunch dubbed “Wake Me Up Before You Yolk Yolk,” which focuses on stacked sandwiches inspired by songs of the decade. Try the “Loxxane” with smoked salmon and cream cheese, the “Don’t Stop Brielieving” stuffed with brie and cranberry, or the “You Smoked Me All Night Long” featuring Wagyu brisket with au jus.
Cesarina | Weekends, 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 | Weekends, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | $ | While you enjoy libations like the Drafthouse Chilaquiles, check out the 70 draft beers on tap.
Breakfast Bitch | Open daily, times vary | $ | Good food, strong personalities, and good times at this casual hangout — don’t forget the mimosas.
Parkhouse Eatery | Monday, Wednesday, Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. + weekends, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (closed Tuesday) | $ | Savory scrambles + so much more in the cutest little café atmosphere.
Atypical Waffle | Thursday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | Waffles in every which way — don’t miss the Waffles & C.R.E.A.M.
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.