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Breakfast rice bowl at Kettner Exchange.
James Tran

18 San Diego Brunch Spots to Try Right Now

Weekends are made for brunching

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Breakfast rice bowl at Kettner Exchange.
| James Tran

Brunch is a staple of American dining culture and a particularly popular phenomenon in San Diego. Though every weekend brings new brunching opportunities, one of the biggest brunch days of the year is Easter, which falls on Sunday, April 17, so make your reservations now.

Whether you’re hunting for smashed avocado toast with bottomless Bloody Marys or creative egg dishes, these 18 spots around town will make choosing where to brunch an easy decision with tasty food, strong coffee and maybe a few cocktails.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dija Mara

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232 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 231-5376
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This Oceanside Balinese restaurant serves brunch, available 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on the weekends. Some brunch hits to order include grilled roti, Thai sausage hash, and the restaurant’s memorable kaya French toast.

Indonesian breakfast plate with steak, eggs and rice. Dija Mara

2. Communal

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602 S Tremont St Suite 100
Oceanside, CA 92054
(619) 376-5710
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Already a favorite daytime hangout in North Park and South Park, the newer Oceanside outpost of the cafe has a spacious back patio on which to enjoy its all-day breakfast menu, which ranges from a salted maple sausage sandwich to Turkish eggs and a large selection of sweet and savory toasts.

Creme brulee toast topped with berries.
Creme brulee toast.
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3. Parakeet Cafe

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3745 Paseo Pl #820
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 345-1688
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All four locations — Del Mar, La Jolla, Little Italy and Coronado — specialize in brunches that focus on organic ingredients. Choose from options such as overnight oats with chia pudding and fruit preserves, a cacao waffle, and almond butter toasts. There are also family-sized menu items featuring waffles, eggs, and pastries.

Mushroom and poached egg-topped toast. Parakeet Cafe

4. Medina

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2850 El Cajon Blvd #4
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 230-5037
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Moroccan-infused weekend brunches start at noon at this El Cajon restaurant. Order the Medina breakfast skillet, North African-style shakshouka, or chef/owner Alia Jaziri’s chilaquiles with housemade merguez sausage. For cocktails, try the Casablanca with preserved lemon-ginger-honey simple syrup, white wine, and hard apple cider.

Chilaquiles in a cast iron pan. Medina

5. Verbena Kitchen

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3043 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 269-5776
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With its popular Sunday brunch now extended to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., there are now two weekly opportunities to order decadent plates like bistro steak and eggs, French toast with whipped Nutella, and its luscious cinnamon roll (available in limited quantities)/

A plate of deviled eggs.
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6. Metl Bar Creamery & Cafe - North Park

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2835 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 915-5572
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Metl is known for its boozy ice creams and its North Park cafe offers an extension of that plus morning favorites for its brunch. Notable items on the morning menu include shrimp grits, and biscuits and gravy. Don’t miss out on the Metl cake featuring black cocoa pancakes, cream cheese and black cocoa syrup.

Skillet omelette at Metl Bar Metl Bar

7. Common Stock

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3805 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 310-5298
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Paired with a lineup of boozy brunch libations, the restaurant is a great first morning option in the Hillcrest area. Avocado toast, hot chicken and waffles, chilaquiles and a breakfast burrito packed with beef machaca and cheesy eggs complements the entire range of cocktails including a mimosa kit.

8. Breakfast & Bubbles

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425 Robinson Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 269-6281
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Touting its all-day champagne breakfast, this restaurant is open seven days a week and offers an extensive bubbly selection sold by the glass or bottle, as well as beer, Bloody Marys, and more. As for food, choose from a variety of egg dishes, pancakes, and waffles, plus an impressive tower of sweetness packed with a chef selection of Italian pastries.

A dish with waffles, another with eggs, another with pancakes. Breakfast & Bubbles

9. Trust

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3752 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 795-6901
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Brunch is insanely popular at Trust so reservations are highly recommended. Order up smoked salmon toast, braised bacon grilled cheese and don’t forget the restaurant’s ultimate sticky bun with rotating flavors every week.

Dining room at Trust. Lyudmila Zotova

10. Sunnyboy Biscuit Co.

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3749 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 915-5915
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Head to Hillcrest or order online for biscuit-based brunches. The all-day menu includes biscuits and gravy and a cheesy egg ‘n’ bacon biscuit, plus meatless versions of some of the more popular offerings.

Biscuit breakfast sandwich with fruit surrounding it. Sunnyboy Biscuit Co.

11. Cesarina

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4161 Voltaire St
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 226-6222
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Weekend brunches at Point Loma’s Italian charmer begin at 10 a.m. and the restaurant has lots of al fresco dining on the premises. Breakfast skillets, Benedicts, bowls, French toast, and waffles grace the menu including a few vegan options.

12. Matteo

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3015 Juniper St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 432-1879
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Buona Forchetta’s non-profit restaurant serves up morning meals every day of the week. Head to South Park for a variety of toasts, eggs Benedicts, hot cakes, burritos, sandwiches, and a breakfast combo with all the classics. Save room for a pastry to enjoy later.

Fork cutting into an egg Benedict. Matteo

13. Pali Wine Co.

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2130 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 569-1300
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The Santa Barbara-based winery’s Little Italy tasting room has a rooftop patio that’s the perfect perch for a weekend brunch menu that features dishes like street corn frittata, a “bennie bowl” with house-smoked salmon, and cast iron-cooked cornbread served with crispy pork belly, mole rojo, and a poached egg.

14. Kettner Exchange

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2001 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 255-2001
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Sunday brunch has returned to the Little Italy hotspot where prime brunching can be had on the rooftop patio or in one of its reserved cabanas. Pulling popular items from sister spot Waverly, including the Japanese-influenced breakfast rice bowl and “Pig Mac” bao, the brunch menu features cocktails like the Razzle with mezcal, Fernet Branca, ginger, lemon, and raspberry and the Thin Mint-inspired Scout’s Honor, a mix of Cacao Run and Creme de Menthe with crushed cookie bits.

Pancakes with a side of syrup. Kettner Exchange

15. Morning Glory

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550 W Date St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 629-0302
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This dedicated brunch spot from nightlife specialists CH Projects has been given Bib Gourmand designation from the Michelin Guide for its menu made up of eye-catching global dishes like breakfast carbonara and khachapuri as well as accomplished cocktails spiked Thai iced tea and a boozy Orange Julius.

Pink velvet booths at Morning Glory sit under a large chandelier shaped like a pink flower. Morning Glory

16. Punch Bowl Social San Diego

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1485 E St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 452-3352
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Gather with a group and share a punch bowl filled to the brim with mimosas in between sets at this bowling alley/entertainment hub that recently added new Sunday brunch bites like chicken and biscuits and brought back popular plates like its carnitas tacos and chicken and waffles.

A punch bowl of mimosas. Punch Bowl Social

17. You & Yours Distilling Co.

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1495 G St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 955-8755
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On Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the stylish East Village distillery serves up a seasonal brunch menu that currently features Texas-style breakfast tacos, lemon poppyseed pancakes, and a fried chicken biscuit. Pair it cocktail made with a house spirit, from the invigorating gin-spiked Sunday Bunny with ginger, carrot, and turmeric to the Verde Mary that mixes vodka with a refreshing blend of cucumber, celery, and lime.

18. Fig Tree Cafe

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695 Sixth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 349-4890

The East Village houses the newest outpost for Fig Tree Cafe, which joins the other locations in Pacific Beach and Liberty Station. Brunch specialties include breakfast sushi, a sweet and savory bacon roll creation, and French toast sampler.

Plate of pancake with sliced bananas on top. Fig Tree Cafe

1. Dija Mara

232 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Indonesian breakfast plate with steak, eggs and rice. Dija Mara

This Oceanside Balinese restaurant serves brunch, available 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on the weekends. Some brunch hits to order include grilled roti, Thai sausage hash, and the restaurant’s memorable kaya French toast.

232 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

2. Communal

602 S Tremont St Suite 100, Oceanside, CA 92054
Creme brulee toast topped with berries.
Creme brulee toast.
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Already a favorite daytime hangout in North Park and South Park, the newer Oceanside outpost of the cafe has a spacious back patio on which to enjoy its all-day breakfast menu, which ranges from a salted maple sausage sandwich to Turkish eggs and a large selection of sweet and savory toasts.

602 S Tremont St Suite 100
Oceanside, CA 92054

3. Parakeet Cafe

3745 Paseo Pl #820, San Diego, CA 92130
Mushroom and poached egg-topped toast. Parakeet Cafe

All four locations — Del Mar, La Jolla, Little Italy and Coronado — specialize in brunches that focus on organic ingredients. Choose from options such as overnight oats with chia pudding and fruit preserves, a cacao waffle, and almond butter toasts. There are also family-sized menu items featuring waffles, eggs, and pastries.

3745 Paseo Pl #820
San Diego, CA 92130

4. Medina

2850 El Cajon Blvd #4, San Diego, CA 92104
Chilaquiles in a cast iron pan. Medina

Moroccan-infused weekend brunches start at noon at this El Cajon restaurant. Order the Medina breakfast skillet, North African-style shakshouka, or chef/owner Alia Jaziri’s chilaquiles with housemade merguez sausage. For cocktails, try the Casablanca with preserved lemon-ginger-honey simple syrup, white wine, and hard apple cider.

2850 El Cajon Blvd #4
San Diego, CA 92104

5. Verbena Kitchen

3043 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
A plate of deviled eggs.
Deviled eggs.
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With its popular Sunday brunch now extended to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., there are now two weekly opportunities to order decadent plates like bistro steak and eggs, French toast with whipped Nutella, and its luscious cinnamon roll (available in limited quantities)/

3043 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104

6. Metl Bar Creamery & Cafe - North Park

2835 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
Skillet omelette at Metl Bar Metl Bar

Metl is known for its boozy ice creams and its North Park cafe offers an extension of that plus morning favorites for its brunch. Notable items on the morning menu include shrimp grits, and biscuits and gravy. Don’t miss out on the Metl cake featuring black cocoa pancakes, cream cheese and black cocoa syrup.

2835 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104

7. Common Stock

3805 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Paired with a lineup of boozy brunch libations, the restaurant is a great first morning option in the Hillcrest area. Avocado toast, hot chicken and waffles, chilaquiles and a breakfast burrito packed with beef machaca and cheesy eggs complements the entire range of cocktails including a mimosa kit.

3805 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

8. Breakfast & Bubbles

425 Robinson Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
A dish with waffles, another with eggs, another with pancakes. Breakfast & Bubbles

Touting its all-day champagne breakfast, this restaurant is open seven days a week and offers an extensive bubbly selection sold by the glass or bottle, as well as beer, Bloody Marys, and more. As for food, choose from a variety of egg dishes, pancakes, and waffles, plus an impressive tower of sweetness packed with a chef selection of Italian pastries.

425 Robinson Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

9. Trust

3752 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103
Dining room at Trust. Lyudmila Zotova

Brunch is insanely popular at Trust so reservations are highly recommended. Order up smoked salmon toast, braised bacon grilled cheese and don’t forget the restaurant’s ultimate sticky bun with rotating flavors every week.

3752 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92103

10. Sunnyboy Biscuit Co.

3749 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103
Biscuit breakfast sandwich with fruit surrounding it. Sunnyboy Biscuit Co.

Head to Hillcrest or order online for biscuit-based brunches. The all-day menu includes biscuits and gravy and a cheesy egg ‘n’ bacon biscuit, plus meatless versions of some of the more popular offerings.

3749 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92103

11. Cesarina

4161 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107

Weekend brunches at Point Loma’s Italian charmer begin at 10 a.m. and the restaurant has lots of al fresco dining on the premises. Breakfast skillets, Benedicts, bowls, French toast, and waffles grace the menu including a few vegan options.

4161 Voltaire St
San Diego, CA 92107

12. Matteo

3015 Juniper St, San Diego, CA 92104
Fork cutting into an egg Benedict. Matteo

Buona Forchetta’s non-profit restaurant serves up morning meals every day of the week. Head to South Park for a variety of toasts, eggs Benedicts, hot cakes, burritos, sandwiches, and a breakfast combo with all the classics. Save room for a pastry to enjoy later.

3015 Juniper St
San Diego, CA 92104

13. Pali Wine Co.

2130 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

The Santa Barbara-based winery’s Little Italy tasting room has a rooftop patio that’s the perfect perch for a weekend brunch menu that features dishes like street corn frittata, a “bennie bowl” with house-smoked salmon, and cast iron-cooked cornbread served with crispy pork belly, mole rojo, and a poached egg.

2130 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

14. Kettner Exchange

2001 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Pancakes with a side of syrup. Kettner Exchange

Sunday brunch has returned to the Little Italy hotspot where prime brunching can be had on the rooftop patio or in one of its reserved cabanas. Pulling popular items from sister spot Waverly, including the Japanese-influenced breakfast rice bowl and “Pig Mac” bao, the brunch menu features cocktails like the Razzle with mezcal, Fernet Branca, ginger, lemon, and raspberry and the Thin Mint-inspired Scout’s Honor, a mix of Cacao Run and Creme de Menthe with crushed cookie bits.

2001 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

15. Morning Glory

550 W Date St, San Diego, CA 92101
Pink velvet booths at Morning Glory sit under a large chandelier shaped like a pink flower. Morning Glory

This dedicated brunch spot from nightlife specialists CH Projects has been given Bib Gourmand designation from the Michelin Guide for its menu made up of eye-catching global dishes like breakfast carbonara and khachapuri as well as accomplished cocktails spiked Thai iced tea and a boozy Orange Julius.

550 W Date St
San Diego, CA 92101

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16. Punch Bowl Social San Diego

1485 E St, San Diego, CA 92101
A punch bowl of mimosas. Punch Bowl Social

Gather with a group and share a punch bowl filled to the brim with mimosas in between sets at this bowling alley/entertainment hub that recently added new Sunday brunch bites like chicken and biscuits and brought back popular plates like its carnitas tacos and chicken and waffles.

1485 E St
San Diego, CA 92101

17. You & Yours Distilling Co.

1495 G St, San Diego, CA 92101

On Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the stylish East Village distillery serves up a seasonal brunch menu that currently features Texas-style breakfast tacos, lemon poppyseed pancakes, and a fried chicken biscuit. Pair it cocktail made with a house spirit, from the invigorating gin-spiked Sunday Bunny with ginger, carrot, and turmeric to the Verde Mary that mixes vodka with a refreshing blend of cucumber, celery, and lime.

1495 G St
San Diego, CA 92101

18. Fig Tree Cafe

695 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Plate of pancake with sliced bananas on top. Fig Tree Cafe

The East Village houses the newest outpost for Fig Tree Cafe, which joins the other locations in Pacific Beach and Liberty Station. Brunch specialties include breakfast sushi, a sweet and savory bacon roll creation, and French toast sampler.

695 Sixth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

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