clock menu more-arrow no yes
Cinnamon rolls topped with ice cream.
Cardellino.
Kimberly Motos

19 San Diego Brunches Worth Getting Up For on New Year’s Day

Start 2022 off with a satisfied stomach

View as Map
Cardellino.
| Kimberly Motos

Brunch is a staple of American dining culture and a particularly popular phenomenon in San Diego — and honestly, what’s a better way to start off 2022 than with a hearty meal. Whether you’re hunting for smashed avocado toast with bottomless Bloody Marys or creative egg dishes, these 19 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.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Breakfast Mug

Copy Link
1401 S El Camino Real Suite 1108
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 231-1010
Visit Website

Serving breakfast daily including New Year’s Day, this Oceanside restaurant specializes in morning favorites like French toast, avocado toast, chorizo and eggs, and a variety of egg dishes. New to the menu are the breakfast boards featuring avocado toast, banana flambe, hash browns, sausages and bacon.

2. Dija Mara

Copy Link
232 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 231-5376
Visit Website

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

3. Toast Gastrobrunch

Copy Link
5970 Avenida Encinas
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 438-1212
Visit Website

This all-day brunch restaurant in Carlsbad is a popular spot in the area. Go here for a variety of toasts topped with everything from smoked salmon to pork belly, plus breakfast classics like pancakes and French toast. Don’t miss the house speciality, a coconut pistachio knafeh featuring shredded phyllo with a ricotta and mozzarella filling.

Egg baked in a round pastry. Crave Imagery

4. Waverly

Copy Link
2005 San Elijo Ave
Cardiff, CA 92007
(760) 230-1682
Visit Website

Brunch is an all-day affair at this Cardiff charmer from the group behind the GrassSkirt and Camino Riviera. Served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the standout daytime dishes from chef Brian Redizkowski include funfetti pancakes, creme brulee French toast, and a breakfast rice bowl with scrambled eggs, crispy yams, avocado, kale, broccolini, and curry aioli.

5. Parakeet Cafe

Copy Link
3745 Paseo Pl #820
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 345-1688
Visit Website

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

6. Medina

Copy Link
2850 El Cajon Blvd #4
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 230-5037
Visit Website

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

7. Great Maple - Hillcrest

Copy Link
1451 Washington St
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 255-2282
Visit Website

Head to either the Hillcrest and UTC locations for brunch with service starting at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. respectively. Great Maple classics that made the restaurant famous include Johnny’s Lolliwaffles served with salted caramel, lemon custard and raspberry coulis, pigs in a blanket, and the fruity pebble pancakes. Don’t miss out on the made-to-order doughnut served with maple bacon glaze.

8. Cardellino

Copy Link
4033 Goldfinch St
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 600-5311
Visit Website

Cardellino is celebrating the first of the year with a host of sweet and savory brunch options. Brunch runs from 9 am to 2:30 pm with new hits like Ultimate Cinnamon Roll topped with pecan ice cream, vanilla bean glaze, and currants. Reservations are highly recommended.

Cinnamon roll topped with ice cream in a cast iron pan. Kimberly Moto

9. Metl Bar Creamery & Cafe - North Park

Copy Link
2835 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 915-5572
Visit Website

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

10. Common Stock

Copy Link
3805 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 310-5298
Visit Website

Common Stock’s menu of boozy brunch libations outnumbers it solid offerings but 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.

11. Breakfast & Bubbles

Copy Link
425 Robinson Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 269-6281
Visit Website

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

12. Trust

Copy Link
3752 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 795-6901
Visit Website

Brunch is 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 stick bun with rotating flavors every week.

Dining room at Trust. Lyudmila Zotova

13. Sunnyboy Biscuit Co.

Copy Link
3749 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 915-5915
Visit Website

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.

14. Cesarina

Copy Link
4161 Voltaire St
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 226-6222
Visit Website

Weekend brunches, including New Year’s Day, at Point Loma’s Cesarina 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.

15. Matteo

Copy Link
3015 Juniper St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 432-1879
Visit Website

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

16. Morning Glory

Copy Link
550 W Date St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 629-0302
Visit Website

This dedicated brunch spot from nightlife specialists CH Projects was recently 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

17. Fig Tree Cafe

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

The Gaslamp 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

18. Cafe 222

Copy Link
222 Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-9902
Visit Website

This Gaslamp standby is open until 2 p.m. for those seeking the cafe’s signature waffles sporting flavors like pumpkin, chili and cornbread, strawberry shortcake and buttermilk. Other dishes to go for include pancake, egg dishes and host of other brunch classics.

19. Shake & Muddle

Copy Link
303 H St UNIT 109
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 816-5429
Visit Website

Visit this Chula Vista restaurant every day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch. The menu includes chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, a selection of egg Benedicts, and a breakfast burger complete with bacon and sunny side up egg.

Waffle topped with berries and whipped cream. Shake & Muddle

1. The Breakfast Mug

1401 S El Camino Real Suite 1108, Oceanside, CA 92054

Serving breakfast daily including New Year’s Day, this Oceanside restaurant specializes in morning favorites like French toast, avocado toast, chorizo and eggs, and a variety of egg dishes. New to the menu are the breakfast boards featuring avocado toast, banana flambe, hash browns, sausages and bacon.

1401 S El Camino Real Suite 1108
Oceanside, CA 92054

2. 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

3. Toast Gastrobrunch

5970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Egg baked in a round pastry. Crave Imagery

This all-day brunch restaurant in Carlsbad is a popular spot in the area. Go here for a variety of toasts topped with everything from smoked salmon to pork belly, plus breakfast classics like pancakes and French toast. Don’t miss the house speciality, a coconut pistachio knafeh featuring shredded phyllo with a ricotta and mozzarella filling.

5970 Avenida Encinas
Carlsbad, CA 92008

4. Waverly

2005 San Elijo Ave, Cardiff, CA 92007

Brunch is an all-day affair at this Cardiff charmer from the group behind the GrassSkirt and Camino Riviera. Served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the standout daytime dishes from chef Brian Redizkowski include funfetti pancakes, creme brulee French toast, and a breakfast rice bowl with scrambled eggs, crispy yams, avocado, kale, broccolini, and curry aioli.

2005 San Elijo Ave
Cardiff, CA 92007

5. 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

6. 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

7. Great Maple - Hillcrest

1451 Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103

Head to either the Hillcrest and UTC locations for brunch with service starting at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. respectively. Great Maple classics that made the restaurant famous include Johnny’s Lolliwaffles served with salted caramel, lemon custard and raspberry coulis, pigs in a blanket, and the fruity pebble pancakes. Don’t miss out on the made-to-order doughnut served with maple bacon glaze.

1451 Washington St
San Diego, CA 92103

8. Cardellino

4033 Goldfinch St, San Diego, CA 92103
Cinnamon roll topped with ice cream in a cast iron pan. Kimberly Moto

Cardellino is celebrating the first of the year with a host of sweet and savory brunch options. Brunch runs from 9 am to 2:30 pm with new hits like Ultimate Cinnamon Roll topped with pecan ice cream, vanilla bean glaze, and currants. Reservations are highly recommended.

4033 Goldfinch St
San Diego, CA 92103

9. 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

10. Common Stock

3805 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Common Stock’s menu of boozy brunch libations outnumbers it solid offerings but 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

11. 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

12. Trust

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

Brunch is 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 stick bun with rotating flavors every week.

3752 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92103

13. 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

14. Cesarina

4161 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107

Weekend brunches, including New Year’s Day, at Point Loma’s Cesarina 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

15. 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

Related Maps

16. 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 was recently 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

17. Fig Tree Cafe

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

The Gaslamp 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

18. Cafe 222

222 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

This Gaslamp standby is open until 2 p.m. for those seeking the cafe’s signature waffles sporting flavors like pumpkin, chili and cornbread, strawberry shortcake and buttermilk. Other dishes to go for include pancake, egg dishes and host of other brunch classics.

222 Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

19. Shake & Muddle

303 H St UNIT 109, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Waffle topped with berries and whipped cream. Shake & Muddle

Visit this Chula Vista restaurant every day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch. The menu includes chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, a selection of egg Benedicts, and a breakfast burger complete with bacon and sunny side up egg.

303 H St UNIT 109
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Related Maps