A cleverly-disguised boozy breakfast-lunch hybrid, brunch has become a great American dining institution and cultural culinary tradition. Whether hunting bottomless Bloody Marys or smashed avocado toast and eggs sunny-side-up, these 15 spots around San Diego will make brunch plans a winner thanks to good food, coffee, and maybe a few cocktails. In the midst of an ongoing pandemic, this list includes a mix of spots offering bunches to-go as well as outdoor patio dining, but please check directly on a restaurant’s status before making plans. Read on for places, both new and old, to get your brunch fix.Read More
Where to Brunch Right Now in San Diego
Dependable spots serving brunch for takeout plus a few onsite dining options
1. Dija Mara
This Oceanside Balinese-inspired restaurant has been offering takeout since the start of the pandemic and its brunch, available 11 am - 2:30 pm on the weekend, is also available. Some brunchtime hits to order include grilled roti, Thai sausage hash and the restaurant’s memorable kaya French toast.
2. Toast Gastrobrunch
This all-day brunch eatery in Carlsbad outdoor dining area 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 kanafee featuring shredded phyllo with a ricotta and mozzarella filling.
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3. Parakeet Cafe
Walk in ordering from all four locations (Del Mar, La Jolla, Little Italy and Coronado) is available but for big orders, consider ordering brunch online for pickup or delivery. Family-sized waffles, eggs and pastries are some reliable breakfast standbys. Parakeet Cafe also serves a variety of toasts, fruit bowls and juices to get your morning started.
With four locations in San Diego — East Village, Pacific Beach, Liberty Station and La Jolla — you’re never too far from egg-centric dishes. Sandwiches as well as French toast and potato hash layered with other breakfast ingredients packed in a mason jar, are available every day until 3 pm.
Madison on Park’s open air dining promises sights of University Heights and lots of fresh air during brunch service. Order waffle churro sticks as sweet starts and continue the meal with specials like breakfast tacos, huevos rancheros and black bloody Marys to wash it all down.
Moroccan-inspired weekend brunches start at noon at this El Cajon restaurant but there’s plenty of outdoor dining as well as takeout and delivery. 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 housemade preserved lemon-ginger-honey simple syrup, white wine, and hard apple cider.
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7. Sunnyboy Biscuit Co.
Head to Hillcrest or order online for biscuit-based brunches. The all-day menu includes biscuits and gravy, a sunrise clucker with your choice of rosemary-fried chicken or steak, cheesy egg ‘n’ bacon biscuit plus meatless versions of some of the more popular offerings.
Weekend brunches at Point Loma’s Cesarina begin at 10 am and the restaurant has lots of al fresco dining on the premises. Everything from breakfast skillets, Benedicts, bowls, French Toast and waffles grace the menu. There’s a trendy avocado toast with the chance to go big by adding a sunny side up egg and Prosciutto di Parma.
9. The Presley
The mostly-outdoor restaurant in Liberty Station has reopened for patio dining. Its weekend brunch menu, served starting at 11 a.m. to Saturday and Sunday, includes hearty egg-based dishes like steak and eggs Benedict and schnitzel and eggs as well as lighter salads and grain bowls.
10. Zinqué [Zin-Kae]
Brunch on French-leaning favorites - tartines, brioche French toasts, ham and cheese croissants - at this hip LA transplant at its sole San Diego location in Little Italy. Order quinoa breakfast burritos, one egg white frittatas, Croque-Madame greens and more online.
11. Cafe Gratitude
If you need to start your day off with a healthy start, order from Cafe Gratitude’s brunch menu. Available everyday 9 am- 1pm, the menu’s brunch is meat-free. There’s multi-grain turmeric oatmeal, chicken-fried oyster mushrooms and waffles, and housemade tofu scramble with roasted strawberries, alongside the old trusty smashed avocado toast with micro-greens.
12. Provisional Kitchen
Onsite dining has been temporarily suspended but the online menu available for takeout or delivery is still going strong. Breakfast, available 7 am to 1 pm features signature plates like the Pendry breakfast, create-your-own-oatmeal, a breakfast burrito and breakfast pizza.
13. Little Frenchie
“Le Brunch” is served Friday through Sunday (8 am to 3 pm) at Little Frenchie. New highlights to the 2021 menu is a chocolate cherry cronut filled with milk chocolate ganache and cherry mascarpone, topped with a cherry glaze and chocolate drizzle, and salmon burger. Coffee is complimentary with any pastry purchase.
Highlights from the Hotel Del Coronado’s California-focused brunch menu range from a buttered Maine lobster roll and eggs Benedict with Serrano ham to a farmers market vegetable frittata and shakshuka with tomato poached eggs and chickpeas.
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15. Mexipino Craft
Limited outdoor dining is available at this Chula Vista eatery but if you prefer takeout, it’s also available during its daily operating hours 8 am to 3 pm. The menu is limited to breakfast hashes, pancakes a few sandwiches infused with Mexican and Filipino flavors.