Great Maple San Diego

4.7
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2475 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
We Serve Dinner, Lunch, Brunch and Weekday Breakfast. We are a modern American eatery 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. Cheers
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.5
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San Diego
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was good, service good, don’t really have any complaints, I would definitely return.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s menu never fails.

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LM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food all the time! Love the ambiance, enjoy people watching and seeing what others are eating. Bacon donut is a must have. Kale salad like no other.
It’s often busy, but the servers are always attentive and so great job.
Coffee is excellent as well.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere food and ambiance ! Will come back next time I’m in California

S
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and good service. Very loud place. Make sure you have reservations before you go.

OT
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love that you can make a reservation. I met friends here on a Sunday morning and had forgotten that the Hillcrest Farmer's Market was going on. Thankfully I had made a reservation and we were seated promptly. Everything I have had is delicious. I love the scrambles. My friend had has with chimicurri. It was great. The star of the meal of course were the maple bacon donuts. I live for these. They are warm and sweet with saltiness added from the bacon.

MC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I was not impressed .
The food lacked a lot of flavor & it’s more presentation than anything .
The plates look very tasty but they are not !
I had a Smoked Brisket hash ...
The Brisket was cold , fried kale had a sauce that had no taste , the potatoes were good .
The beignets were good , but nothing extraordinary.
My son had chilaquiles , they were mushy .
We had coffee and didn’t like it .
The apple juice was very good .
The place was busy , so the service was poor .
I would not go back and I won’t recommend this place at all .

SD
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service!

j
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience3

I ordered a chicken sandwich. The chicken was incredibly dry and overcooked. Too much mayonnaise in the sandwich. Not good at sll

m
Minneapolis
100 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a neighborhood gem! Love everything about Great Maple. Food is excellent, love the burgers and fish specials as well as everything else on the menu. Customer friendly service in warm atmosphere. My favorite restaurant whenever I visit San Diego

BP
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Good food and pleasant,
efficient service. Reservations help enormously to diffuse wait times. The restaurant is over the top noisy making conversation very difficult. They could really use some acoustic help, as this detracts from overall experience.

OT
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

tough place to park on sunday brunch, but the food is worth the walk and wait
1 word - reservation

MS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE THIS PLACE SO MUCH. The food is great always and so are the cocktails. Staff is always friendly.
I recommend. THE BEST BLT anywhere.

VG
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The gnocchi was AMAZING!! Will definitely go back during dinner time for that dish!

a
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my husband to Great Maple for his birthday dinner and we had a great experience! We were in right after 5 p.m., so we took part in the amazing Happy Hour specials, including $5 glasses of wine (whaaat?). After ordering our food, our server delivered our meals in a flash — which was great, since we had somewhere to be. Then, our server surprised my husband with a birthday treat, which was extra special for him! We enjoyed the quiet, cozy ambience and delicious fare, and look forward to our next time at Great Maple!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great morning date

SC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great. The food was amazing. We'll definitely be back.

M
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been waiting to go to this spot for brunch for some time and finally was able to make it in with a couple of friends. It was packed, non-stop, while we there; however, the service was still excellent and the food and drinks came out within an excellent amount of time. We were NOT disappointed with any of the dishes we ordered, as well as the drinks! We'll definitely be back again and again!

S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the popover with two poached eggs with Hollande sauce and my grandson had the Vegan Hash. both dishes were delicious and plentiful! we will definitely eat here again!

R
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience2

My food was okay as it was dry, but the rest of the table enjoyed theirs. The interior was just okay as it reminded me of a coffee shop? I will try it again....

LW
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch! Great service! We could visit and enjoy our meal! Highly recommend!

CG
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent food! Good service. Busy brunch on a Saturday, server addressed our needs as quickly as she could but quite a bit of wait time. Looking forward to coming back, but never when we’re in a hurry.

We had the quiche, scones, kids pancakes... we loved everything that came out!

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went to Great Maple and debated having the SD Restaurant Week Menu but went with the standard menu.

Loved the whole midcentury aesthetic, from the chairs to the bar setting and even the napkins.

I had the House Brisket Hash while my girlfriend had the Seasonal Zucchini Scramble Melt. We both split an order of beignets.

The service was good, considering it was a busy Sunday brunch, but nothing to right home about.

But on to the food. My hash was delicious, a solid 8.5/10. Definitely a smaller portion then I was expecting as to why I give the value 4 stars out of 5.

My girlfriends melt was about an 8/10. The grilled bread (which was on both of our plates) was a nice touch, but the remaining sauces/yolk left over in our dishes didn't mean as well as I thought it would.

Nevertheless, the Great Maple was a brunch spot that I'd like to go to again, maybe not on a busy Sunday though.

4/5

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Making reservations is key. They sat us right away. Food & service were amazing. We got the French toast logs. Amazing! A little noisy but we could still hear each other so it wasn’t that bad. If anything the noise provided more conversation privacy at the table.

SK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We missed our flights flying out of San Diego so decided to Uber over to great maple. It was one of the first choices on open table, and they had availability, so we booked it. This was just what we needed. We were frustrated and wondering about how to spend our day until our flight, and this was the perfect start. We began with the maple bacon donuts and coffee and finished with the most magnificent breakfast scrambles We’ve ever had. I would definitely recommend. And, it’s just a quick Uber ride from the airport! Thanks to the staff for making us feel so welcome.

WC
New Orleans
30 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first stop when returning to San Diego. True gem

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every ingredient on each dish was delicious!

g
San Diego
56 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We took our visitor for restaurant week lunch...every bite was delicious. Kale/quinoa salad has so many good things in it (please cut the kale smaller) and French dip sandwich with crispy onion rings was perfect! Tiny cherry pie desserts were the perfect ending and delicious. All that food means the place is crazy busy so all servers are operating at max speed and it can take awhile to get your next need accommodated (not the server's fault).
For the third visit now, our bill was presented and desserts forgotten. Really, this has happened on 3 occasions with totally different servers...hmmm...when asked for, it takes awhile to get them but desserts eventually arrived and were delicious. I'm a dessert girl; I won't ever forget to ask for that course:)

OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably one of the best meals I’ve had in a while. Went here for restaurant week and was blown away by the food and drinks. Brown butter gnocchi was my favorite and wanted to lick my plate clean, it was so delicious! A shame they don’t offer their cioppino on their regular menu as I would have loved to go back for it - so yummy!

d
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

It happened to be restaurant week and so perhaps it was busier for lunchtime than usual, though I don’t think so. Our waitress was seemingly rushing around but was just not attentive. It took over 10-15 minutes once I was seated with the other person who had arrived earlier, for the waitress to even acknowledge I was there. She then gave me the wrong menus for what I asked adding to the delay.
I have not had such bad service at a restaurant in awhile. The delicious food exonerated the place!

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. I’m looking forward to my next meal there.

A
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

SERVICE WAS VERY SLOW MAINLY THE BAR. WAITED FOR OVER 15 MINS. FOR OUR ORDERED DRINKS. BARTENDER WAS CLEANING UP TABLES, TALKING WITH COLLEAGUES AND OUR DRINKS WERE NOT PREPARED. FOOD GREAT! VALUE OK. I AM A REGULAR AND ALWAYS ENJOY OUR DINNERS AT GREAT MAPLE. HEY CHECK DESSERTS, SUPER INTERESTING SMALL SELECTION. THE PIE!!!!

S
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This restaurant never disappoints. Restaurant week with a 3 course prix fixe meal. We ordered margaritas. A "clean" one and "spicy" one. The spicy margarita was absolutely perfect. My partner enjoyed his as well. The wedge was perfect with a lovely bleu cheese dressing and crispy bacon. Yum !! I had the crispy chicken risotto. Chicken cooked perfectly tender and the risotto was delish with the right amount of cheese, asparagus, and mushrooms. My partner ordered the pork ribs, knife not needed as meat fell off the bones. Served with mash potatoes and veggies. The desserts were a bit of a disappointment. Tasty, but the chocolate cake was on the dry side. The caramel sauce and whipped cream gave it a boost. The cheese cake was pretty tasty, I prefer a more delicate graham cracker crust. The atmosphere is fun, upscale diner. Our server and other staff members provided great service.

CM
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

If you decide to go to Great Maple, bring the great appetite too for portions are huge! Might be good on a hangover :-)

KD
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here due to all the reviews! Amazing food! Highly recommend the maple bacon doughnuts. I’m not a huge fan of bacon and maple flavored items but...OMG!

OT
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great deal for restaurant week allowing you each to choose from the set menu or ala carte. We did a combo of both, starting with tasty brie grilled cheese with honey off the main menu and a luscious creamy, winter squash soup, followed by the gnocchi starter and cioppino loaded with clams, a couple large shrimp and a tender piece of white fish. Cheesecake dessert and side of popovers were phenomenal. You can't go wrong with any baked item here - breads, pastries, pies and quiches are the stars but definitely worth checking dinner out here if you haven't. I also love the stylish interior with a mid-century modern meets diner vibe. Service was also on point.

L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

fabulous meals, just beware or be aware the serving sizes are Mega Huge!

KG
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was a nice woman named Annie - she we awesome!!
Loved our time there!

d
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular Food. Varied menu. Excellent service.

HM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet with family and friends. Wide selections of food. Had vegan options as well as. Vegetarian option.