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Great Maple
Great Maple

Great Maple Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thegreatmaple.com
  • Phone: (619) 255-2282
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast
    Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:30am
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Executive Chef: Carmine Lopez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Speak to General Manager it based on a case by case basis.
  • Entertainment: Food Boards run through the room... Yes. Cool

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cleveland
  • Public Transit: Bus stop right in front and Hillcrest trolly stop near by.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a parking lot and local street parking.
A word from Great Maple
We Serve Dinner, Lunch, Brunch and Weekday Breakfast. We are a "European Dinette" featuring seasonal fare, fresh house made pies, and local produce cocktails. We have a full bar and a social wine list. Outdoor dining, counter bar, food bar, and full room dining. Cocktail cart for special cocktails and tostas delivered on a 7 foot board. CheersContinued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "One of the best overall meals we have had in a long time. Popovers were awesome. Lamb chops perfectly cooked. Super tender scallops and a strawberry salad that was amazing! Leave room for dessert! Raspberry peach pie and marscapone cheesecake were fantastic! The ambiance is nice but a bit loud. But, after a drink and some appetizers, we were loudly proclaiming our love for this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Went on a Friday(7/25) for lunch/breakfast with friends, waiter was friendly and helpful and we got two of his recommendations - French Dip and the Chorizo Scramble Melt. Both were excellent. Nice to have a spot that does both lunch and breakfast items. The only drawback is that parking can be challenging - they have a lot which fills quickly, but there is street parking in the area."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "A great breakfast. everything come out as ordered. always a tough choice due to the eclectic offering. Always forget the portions are big here. Makes it impossible to order the beignet (delicious) unless there are enough people to share."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Had the most amazing dinner at Great Maple with my daughters. The service was outstanding and rivaled only by the delicious food. The menu selections were eclectic and diverse. They offer very fresh seasonal selections that appeal to varied tastes. Their cocktails are handcrafted with very fine ingredients. The dessert selection is made fresh by their in house pastry chef. Word of warning if two or more are dining out here the desserts are so wonderful that you may want to each order your own. The desserts are so ample that you are better off sharing because they are so good you will eat it all."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Tried the portobella mushroom fries as a starter and what a treat they are! I then had the Terrific Pacific sandwich that was also a delight. This is one of our "Go To" places."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Great to go to a place where everyone is smiling and enjoying their eats. Definitely not your "run of the mill" menu. Great choices for anyone."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "It really helped to use Open Table for a last minute breakfast reservation! This place gets packed after 9am. It was quick & convenient. Food is always good and service is excellent. I like that they have their own parking lot, free coffee if you have to wait, nice decor, friendly and welcoming attitude, decent prices, fresh coffee & food. Can't go wrong with Great Maple."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Great ambience, delicious food and cocktails, and great service too. Never lets me down!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a lb burger, hamburger and kale salad. It was all great! Dessert was perfect to share"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Visited SD for a friend's birthday and we were running late. Called to push reservations back an hour, and the hostess was friendly and accommodating. Service was definitely better than average, despite our tardiness and the fact that it was raging brunch hour. Maple Bacon Donuts were worth EVERY calorie. Drinks were cold and strong, food was savory and amazing."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Every taste would be well satisfied here! The patio decor is modern and vibrant."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Polenta, and apple pie....get them Suggested this place to my boss and coworkers for a dinner meeting. They were very impressed and all said they would revisit. We were in the middle of the room, little too noisy there for good conversation. Great food and drinks."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Lunch was thoroughly enjoyable and you must have dessert! The desserts are superb, especially the apple pie and bacon/maple doughnuts! Definitely recommend this place!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food is good ... not great, but on a challenging scale, good. It's very fashionable to be there right now, the place is packed, and servers are overwhelmed. Good place to say you've gone to, not a good place to relax, so you decide what kind of scene you want. I had a scramble with fired oysters and thick cut bacon, nice dish, served with a kinda mushy potato pancake, and some tasteless bread. I know I'm being hard on them, just telling it like it is."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I went to brunch/lunch on Sunday with a friend. I made reservations online in advance in case it was crowded. And it was VERY crowded! Since there was just the two of us, we could have also sat at the bar, as there were about 5 empty seats there. The place was bustling! The food was delicious! I behaved (or so I thought) by ordering the two egg breakfast so I could try the bacon-maple donuts. The sausage was seasoned to perfection, the potatoes were very good (though I prefer breakfast potatoes or hash browns) and the bread was fab. My friend ordered the breakfast hot dog and he was in heaven. Absolutely superb! And the donuts should be illegal. Enough said!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This place was AWESOME. Now I understand why there was a line out the door and folks hanging around the parking lot. I HIGHLY recommend reservations. They actually got us in a little earlier than the 11:15 reservation time. We started with maple bacon donuts which we sweet, salty rounds of deliciousness. My hubby had the fried oyster scramble and I had the brisket popover. The food was expertly prepared and every bite was divine. We chose this place on a recommendation from close friend and now we are telling everyone...when you stay in San Diego eat at The Great Maple."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I absolutely love this place and will be back next month for a group brunch. Fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Overpriced. $20 for a french dip sandwich and a small bowl of salad? No."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Great food and service. We went for dinner, but I hear their brunches are one of the best. Reservations are a must!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The restaurant is a winner. We enjoyed the patio area, the food, and waiter. The waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. My mother asked the waiter to lower the music on the patio and he did. It was greatly appreciated."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Glad we had a reservation! The restaurant was crowded and loud (Saturday Brunch, what can you expect). I was not terribly impressed with what I ordered. I ordered the Turkey scramble and thought it was overcooked and the potatoes were under-seasoned. Perhaps it would have been better if we chose a less busy time to visit...we probably won't be back though. The price did not really match what we received"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Very good food! No waiting time with very convenient on line reservation"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I will definitely come again, but bring more friends :)"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This is a must do for breakfast! The benets are incredible and the eggs with portabella fries and delightful. Array I bloody Mary's is impressive as well! Don't miss this place!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great Maple was a treat -- it always is. We love the food, we love the servers, we love the look. We've had breakfasts, lunches and dinners here, but this is the first time we came on the early side of an evening - our mistake I guess. Arriving at 6:45, the room was busy but not packed. We noticed that 5 tables had at least one child present. Not a deal breaker - we had kids once, and it was always fine. It was always fine because we expected our children to behave. One table of 4 adults and 6 kids by the back wall was holding the entire place hostage -- only one woman was paying attention to those awful kids who cried, stomped, yelled, and screeched for the entire time we had our meal. GM servers were appalled but helpless."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The service was agonizingly slow. We waited 30 minutes for drinks and an hour and a half for the food. However, the food was outstanding. Unfortunately they forgot to put down that their pesto sauce was actually a peanut pesto sauce. I ate so much of that past so fast that my peanut allergy didn't flare up until it was far too late. I ended up in the ER and the whole night pretty much sucked. I later found out that even after all of that they didn't comp anything but the pasta. So if you want to wait 2 hours for good food and you don't have a peanut allergy this is the place for you. To be fair though I have to say that had we been a party smaller than 7 people the service probably would have been fine."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I really like Great Maple. The staff, environment, feel, are all great. Last time I was here the food was great, this time, the food was just pretty good. My girlfriend had the burger, which is probably one of the better burgers in San Diego, which is a tall order. Main entrees are a little pricey, so it's a once-in-a-while sort of place, but highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "While visiting San Diego I wanted a good brunch and Great Maple did not disappoint. Started with the Table side powered sugar beignets with English lemon curd which was divine. For my main I went with the breakfast flatbread with Prosciutto Di Parma, Two Poached Eggs, Truffle Oil and Market Onion which was amazing. Service was great would definitely recommend it for brunch."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Good food, a fun atmosphere, and good service. They were good at working with us as group."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "...even if only for the maple bacon donuts. Excellent menu of a variety of creative options. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great Maple was a great find for us. Our food was amazing, the service was outstanding and the ambience was different than I expected from this repurposed dinner, The positive energy at the Great Maple added to our experience, almost forgot to mention, loved the desserts, the Maple Bacon Donuts are a must."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Mussels, steak salad, vegetarian portobello,mushroom sandwich with other goodies, and the turkey burger and fries were all excellent. Wine was good.( we brought it and were only charged a $10.00 corkage fee). The silk pie was the only disappointment. It was good, but not melt in your mouth good. The noise level was manageable. The four us were able to hold a conversation without continually asking people to repeat what they said. I would definitely recommend it for well prepared food and the pleasant, comfortable, atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I have been to The Great Maple for dinner and lunch and I much prefer it for lunch. The quinoa and kale is absolutely delicious but if you want something more substantial then go for the burger or flatbread as neither will disappoint"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Very popular with the locals. My wife is a professional chef who noted that many of her local colleagues often eat here. Reason: Is the quality of the food. The service staff is impeccably trained and naturally friendly people. If you are doing an important business meeting, you will find the noise levels not conducive for clear understanding. This is a great little restaurant to bring an out of town guest. Bravo!!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Amazing, unique food...always a delight. Recommend always having a reservation. The restaurant is very respectful of those who have made them"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This is our second time to Great Maple and it was better than the first and we had two toddlers with us this time. The food was delicious especially the donuts and beignets! I had a pork belly sandwich, we also had the portobello fries and the quiche of the day - all of which were DELICIOUS! I highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "From the outside it doesn't look like a nice place, it actually looks like a diner (it was previously a diner). Don't judge a book by its cover! It was a Saturday night, but we were greeted right away. The room was packed. Some were families, some were couples on a date and there were also groups of friends. It was a relaxed vibe. A server accidentally dropped and broke some glass near us. Normally it would've been awkward and annoying, but the entire room clapped and cheered mocking her, but she just bowed like she was on stage. It was funny and cute. It just showed how cool the place was. Oh the food; I had the pork chop. There was a sweetness to it that I enjoyed. My friend kept raving about her seabass. Have the bacon doughnuts!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our server Jaime and mixologist Mike were both great. And the to-go pie was a hit with my partner"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "My husband and I had previously experienced brunch at Great Maple, which we liked, but not dinner. This time I went for dinner with my girlfriends and we really enjoyed it! The food was very good, we had a great bottle of wine, and our server was wonderful, making it a very enjoyable experience. I had the Rainbow Trout, one of my friends had the Free Range Chicken, and the other had the Seared Scallops. All 3 meals were great. Our server, who was very enjoyable to talk with, gave us suggestions for the whole meal. For dessert which we wanted to share, we picked the Chocolate Truffle Cake and he advised us to have it a la mode. It was a huge piece of cake, with a large scoop of ice cream and whip cream, a perfect dessert to share. Yum!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Great Maple has become one of my favorite restaurants to share with friends when they visit town. The food is always consistently great, and the Maple Bacon donuts are always a delicious way to start the experience. I haven't been disappointed with anything I've ordered and the staff is pretty good about being attentive even though it is a very popular place to brunch even on weekdays. Keep this up and you keep me going back!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014