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18 San Diego Brunches Worth Getting Up For

Weekend mornings are made for these decadent meals

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Brunch is a staple of American dining culture and a particularly popular phenomenon in San Diego. 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.

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1. The Breakfast Mug

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1401 S El Camino Real Suite 1108
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 231-1010
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Serving breakfast daily, 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

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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 weekend. 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

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5970 Avenida Encinas
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 438-1212
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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.

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4. Waverly

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2005 San Elijo Ave
Cardiff, CA 92007
(760) 230-1682
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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

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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

6. Swagyu Chop Shop & Burger

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966 Felspar St
San Diego, CA 92109
(619) 349-3850
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Wagyu burgers are the star at this Pacific Beach restaurant and butcher shop, but seek it out on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a small but mighty brunch menu that includes an A5 wagyu chicken fried steak, American waygu birriaquiles, and a souffled French toast.

Plates with chicken fried steak next to a plate of potatoes. Swagyu Chop Shop & Burger

7. Smokey and the Brisket BBQ

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5465 Lake Murray Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 439-6544
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If barbecue for brunch is more your thing, head to La Mesa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. The menu includes morning favorites combined with smoked meat, including Texas burnt ends omelettes, Texas sausage burritos, and pulled pork pozole.

8. Arlo

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500 Hotel Cir N
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 908-5058
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Head in on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for executive chef Josh Mouzakes’s take on brunch. Items include starters like smoked salmon toast and larger plates like hash brown egg Benedict or chocolate pancakes served with a goat cheese creme anglaise. The patio seating is expansive and parking is free.

A plate of toast topped with smoked salmon, hardboiled eggs and greens. Arlo

9. 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

10. Black Radish

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2591 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104

North Park’s new French-California spot serves up Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choose from duck sausage, French toast with cardamom maple syrup, or a French omelet.

11. 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.

12. 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

13. Cardellino

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4033 Goldfinch St
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 600-5311
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This Mission Hills spot serves brunch from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the weekend. Warm banana bread and vanilla banana pancakes as well as a double stack of plain pancakes will satisfy the sweet tooth. Options like the roasted wild mushroom omelette, seared ahi tuna crostini, and Cardi burger fill out the savory side of the menu.

14. 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 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. 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 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

16. Fig Tree Cafe

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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

17. 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

18. Shake & Muddle

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303 H St UNIT 109
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 816-5429
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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, 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 weekend. 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. Swagyu Chop Shop & Burger

966 Felspar St, San Diego, CA 92109
Plates with chicken fried steak next to a plate of potatoes. Swagyu Chop Shop & Burger

Wagyu burgers are the star at this Pacific Beach restaurant and butcher shop, but seek it out on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a small but mighty brunch menu that includes an A5 wagyu chicken fried steak, American waygu birriaquiles, and a souffled French toast.

966 Felspar St
San Diego, CA 92109

7. Smokey and the Brisket BBQ

5465 Lake Murray Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942

If barbecue for brunch is more your thing, head to La Mesa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. The menu includes morning favorites combined with smoked meat, including Texas burnt ends omelettes, Texas sausage burritos, and pulled pork pozole.

5465 Lake Murray Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91942

8. Arlo

500 Hotel Cir N, San Diego, CA 92108
A plate of toast topped with smoked salmon, hardboiled eggs and greens. Arlo

Head in on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for executive chef Josh Mouzakes’s take on brunch. Items include starters like smoked salmon toast and larger plates like hash brown egg Benedict or chocolate pancakes served with a goat cheese creme anglaise. The patio seating is expansive and parking is free.

500 Hotel Cir N
San Diego, CA 92108

9. 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

10. Black Radish

2591 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

North Park’s new French-California spot serves up Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choose from duck sausage, French toast with cardamom maple syrup, or a French omelet.

2591 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104

11. 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

12. 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

13. Cardellino

4033 Goldfinch St, San Diego, CA 92103

This Mission Hills spot serves brunch from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the weekend. Warm banana bread and vanilla banana pancakes as well as a double stack of plain pancakes will satisfy the sweet tooth. Options like the roasted wild mushroom omelette, seared ahi tuna crostini, and Cardi burger fill out the savory side of the menu.

4033 Goldfinch St
San Diego, CA 92103

14. Cesarina

4161 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107

Weekend brunches 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. 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

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16. 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

17. 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

18. 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

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