Great Maple San Diego

4.7
2260 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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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Wonderful food but our waitress only took our order and then disappeared. Never saw her again until we flagged down second person to send her over with our bill.

c
San Diego
91 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was a brunch lunch. Portions are HUGE! Can be shared. We did the french sslad with shrimp (3 only). I think 4 would have been nice . Did the develed eggs ($8) for three 1/2 eggs.....they were good byut it was good that there were only 3 of us.

KG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I already left a review on their main page, but Great Maple is so good, I don’t mind doing it again. First off, thank you to Hilary, our server, who made excellent suggestions when we asked for help deciding what to order. The food was perfectly cooked, well seasoned and beautifully presented. We were able to eat outside with the mild weather and it made for a whole new experience. Everyone was so nice and laid back, very personable. The cost was surprising, in a good way! Our portions were enormous, we couldn’t finish everything. Granted, we only drank water but it averaged out to about 15-18 dollars a person.
The only downside to this location is the restrooms. They are clean, but there are only two. Sometimes you end up waiting in line. But it’s well worth the rest of the experience.

BN
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

For me, the most important thing about a restaurant isn't so much the food, but the service. Great Maple did not disappoint on either. Our server was Liseth, who was extremely friendly and charming with us. One of my group remarked that she was "the sweetest server [I've] ever had!" We hope she sees this message and gets the recognition she deserves for being the star she is. We will definitely come back!

DG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I liked everything but Miriam our server was really great.

JR
Boise
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

No waiting with reservations for Sunday brunch, even with a line of people at front.

AD
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was delicious as usual.
The maple bacon donuts were additionally yummy today.
Great service even with the power going out.

AC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

Way too loud and crowded

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent and we loved the ambiance, but the food was just okay. We started with a doughnut, which although very flavorful he just didn’t think it was worth the $20 that it cost. I ordered the fruity pebbles pancakes. It was very pretty, that’s for sure!! The pancakes were nothing special however. Not much flavor, not fluffy, and also a bit dry. The only redeeming factor was the fruity pebbles on top, but alas that’s all it was... cereal atop pancakes. We would probably give it a second go-around since our waitress was so great (and that’s hard to come by nowadays). Maybe we just caught the kitchen on an off day?

F
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was our anniversary. The hostess mentioned it in passing. Follow me, here you are, Happy Anniversary. All very monotone In fact, I missed it. My husband just laughed , it was so ridiculous.
Beyond that, our server was great. The food was great. It was just a bit loud in the dining room.

RO
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good, especially the french toast. Best in the city.

O
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ericka was a knowledgeable and awesome server. Our food was delicious and Great Maple never disappoints. Hillary is our favorite bartender. I had the smoked salmon and my partner had a wonderful and favorable pot pie! We sat outside on a beautiful day. Be sure to get reservations.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing comfort food, along with some not so traditional menu items. I would return to this restaurant time and time again. I cannot say enough about how delicious everything was that we ate. The French toast is on a whole different level. Keep in mind that the portion sizes are large. I recommend making a reservation; it can get crowded on the weekends.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joe was AMAZING!

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g
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to Great Maple for a couple of years, first brought there by friends. Everytime we come back, we love it just as much. Gourmet comfort food is consistently delicious, and we love the decor and atmosphere of the former diner. Service is always professional, and we'll definitely keep going back for the fantastic food and casual vibe.

JP
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This is my second time dining at Great Maple, San Diego. Overall, the experience was good with mixed reactions to the food.

My French Dip sandwich was a bit on the salty side, given the au jus. The crispy onions with the sandwich were good, and the salad that accompanied it was good as well. The horseradish sauce could have been better. Something overall was missing, but I can't exactly say that that "something" was. My husband had the beef bourguignon which was presented in a deconstructed manner. The name of the dish was misleading, as it was primarily sliced beef on top of mash potatoes, but he still enjoyed. Our guests had a hamburger, and fish and chips. There was some confusion on the type of fries that came with the fish and chips, but overall both the burger and fish were enjoyed. The only main complaint had to do with their charcuterie board and the deviled eggs - both of which were a disappointment. On the board, there was a very grainy pate of sorts, sliced cured meats—one of which was unidentifiable, and bread that was soggy. There were no cheeses as is generally the case with a charcuterie board. In the past when ordering these sorts of boards, the waiter or the chef will come out and tell you exactly what is being served. In this case it was simply put on the table. The deviled eggs were just "okay." I cannot recommend either of these starters.

The service was friendly, albeit a bit casual. The server could use some additional training, but was not rude, nor inattentive. Given the inconsistency of the food and the casualness, etc. the price seemed a bit high. I don't generally ever talk about menu pricing, but I didn't necessarily feel the value was there based on what we were charged. Not outrageous by any means, but like my french dip - something was off. Can I recommend Great Maple to a friend? I currently marked this as a "No," but only because I'm probably harder to please than most when it comes to dining out and our friends know that!

KG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, helpful! We had add a person to our group - host was nice and helpful. Hubby and will come at a better time. He can’t stand the noise in general.

MD
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought an out of town friend here. The maple bacon doughnuts are delicious and the stuff is kind. We stayed till after brunch was over at 2:30pm and they were very cordial.

I
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Erica our Server was fantastic!!

R
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

This visit, the service was.disappointing. Took 10 minutes to get a cup of coffee after we were seated.
We are big fans and make a point of dining at the Great Maple when we visit from Chicago, but this visit was below par. One breakfast came out cold. The manager replaced it immediately
We were a party of 5 and they "comped" the bad meal. Based on their past track record, I still recommend the Great Maple.
Everyone deserves a :Mulligan."

V
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Un lugar extraordinario cerca de Balboa Park para comer, muy recomendable hacer reservación ya que que muy popular, a nosotros nos gusta mucho para desayunar, todo estuvo muy rico

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Love the donuts

MS
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Tasteless food, overpriced and parking limited, service poor, tables and chairs unconfortable.

SH
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The maple bacon donuts were amazing. Service was great. Didn't care for the other food. It was under seasoned and just "okay". My group had the brisket hash, the cheeseburger sliders, blueberry muffins, and The Louisiana Purchase popover meal.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch place ever! You must try the maple bacon donuts!

WC
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first stop after we land. Great food and always superb service

SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the best French toast ever! It was big and delicious! A must have!

E
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good. Food was great and beautifully presented. A neighborhood gem. Service was very good.

I
Puerto Vallarta
13 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, the food is delicious, they have donuts with bacon that are espectacular

OT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent brunch food

AA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good but nothing outstanding.

SL
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a delicious brunch. Loved the Kentucky spirit cocktail. Couldn’t leave without sharing a slice of key lime pie (thanks to our waitresses suggestion). It was amazing.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place —— I think places that do brunch really need to do it well because it’s harder to make the food standout: this is one of our go tos that both parents and kids alike adore. Just make sure you have a reservation or you will be waiting for 40 min

s
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are becoming regulars a Great Maple. The food is consistently good, the service is great, they pour excellent drinks, and they have a good wine list. This has become our "go to" place after a movie at Hillcrest Landmark. But I have wondered, does the restaurant keep a list of their "regulars" like in the old days of fine dining or are those times over and done with? Would be specially nice to go to a place "where everybody knows your name."

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth the price!

MM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Great Maple has the best French toast! The mushroom spears are legit, too. Only issues: if you eat on the patio, there are so many flies/gnats, and the inside is crazy loud when busy.

M
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really fun place, with a great vibe and a very interesting menu. Quality of food very good, but prices are high. The salad we ordered was tasty, but very small, half a serving compared to most places. Other items were more generous.

u
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The scones, beignets and maple bacon donuts are unbelievable. Have dessert first. The rest of the menu is outstanding also.

KE
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is my absolute favorite brunch place in San Diego! It's so good and in a lovely part of town. Love it.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great just think about sharing as portions are large

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