About Great Maple San Diego

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

1451 Washington St.
San Diego, CA 92103
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Farm-to-table

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast

Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:30am

Lunch

Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Dinner

Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Brunch

Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 2:30pm

Cross Street:
Cleveland

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 255-2282

Website:
http://www.thegreatmaple.com/

Entertainment:
Food Boards run through the room... Yes. Cool

Catering:
Speak to General Manager it based on a case by case basis.

Parking Details:
We have a parking lot and local street parking.

Public Transit:
Bus stop right in front and Hillcrest trolly stop near by.

Executive Chef:
Carmine Lopez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Great Maple San Diego Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Brunch (75)
Casual (54)
Neighborhood Gem (47)
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Comfort Food (43)
Fit for Foodies (42)
Sunday Lunch (36)
Fun (35)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Great for Lunch (29)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Worth the Drive (26)
Good for a Date (26)
Kid-friendly (23)
Good for Groups (22)
Hot Spot (22)
Authentic (19)
Special Occasion (19)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Cozy (16)
Local Ingredients (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Afternoon Coffee (10)
Healthy (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
People Watching (8)
Business Meals (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Organic (7)
Seasonal (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Romantic (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Great Beer (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent service. Mediocre food. I had chicken and fries - French fries not crispy, chicken ok.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Our server was great! A bit loud- food was tasty and had great eye appeal!

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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Love the popovers, I do. But the rest of it isn't all that special. That zucchini pancake is tired and wasn't particularly tasty when I tried it a few meals ago. The eggs were OK, hard to ruin poached. My partner's pancakes were adequate, she said, but probably reheated. I think there's need for some work in the kitchen. Not such a great value proposition. The service was very good.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Very creative limited menu, everything we tried was spectacular. Portobello Mushroom Fries with Aioli dipping sauce was great. Tried salmon with horseradish crust, pork ribs... both were delicious and the presentation was clean and upscale. Lemon Crush pie for dessert was very lemon-custardy with traces of lemon pulp. Would have preferred a shortbread crust instead of the apple pie crust for that dessert, though.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Tried the butternut/apple soup...spectacular!
Had the shrimp risotto, good.
Son had the carmel salted short ribs....he is the hamburgler and only eats hamburgers. He LOVES this dish. Cudos Great Maple!
We should stop eating dessert...but cannot resist the apple pie.
Too much good food with fun, friendly service.
One critique: Turn the a/c down....it's winter.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

As always, the staff was great. The waits are long, but with a reservation seating usually only takes 10-15 minutes. Bottom line, it's a popular place. Prepare to wait. Also, there are only 2 restrooms; 1 for men and 1 for women. I waited almost 20 minutes to go to the bathroom. So empty your bladder in advance. This visit I was very disappointed to see the menu had changed. The 2 dishes I get were both off the menu, including the Shrimp Polenta. When I found this out I almost left. But I stayed and had the delicious beignets! But with the menu changes it will definitely no longer be my go to for brunch. I hope to see some of the favorites return to the menu.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Brunch and Energy
Selecxted Great maple for a noonish Sunday Birth day brunch. Little did we know that the neighborhood flea market and farmers market were happening so parking was hard to come by. Good thing we had a reservation. our wait was apx 10 minutes. Oh yes, it was very noisy so turn down those hearing aids. Now: Bloody Mary's have choices that range from traditional to octopus. (yes octopus). French Toast logs big enuf to share. (and that maple bacon syrup!) The popover with goat cheese squash blossom is like a deconstructed eggs benedict. for vegans try the "stack". Did I mention the energy and noise? youngish crowd this sunday. Service was great considering the place was packed. By 1:30 the noise started to taper. enjoy!

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Always amazing!!! Went for breakfast, they never disappoint.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Comfort Food
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

The bacon maple doughnuts are fabulous! I have been pleased with everything I have ever eaten here.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The pork ribs with salted caramel were amazing and so was the burger!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

It has such a fun yet cozy atmosphere. The courteous waiters know the menu thoroughly. The delicious food presentation was eye pleasing. We love this place!!!

Tags: Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, Fun, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

The vegan hash had very little flavor but ended up, with tax/tip costing me $20. I’m sure other options would have tasted better.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The specials for New Years were delicious and the service was friendly and accommodating.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Took the family for an early dinner on NYE and wasn’t disappointed. Love the appetizers, main course and drinks. The desserts were amazing as well. Highly recommend the maple bacon donuts.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My son had been pestering me to take him to the Great Maple. But every time we passed, the place was flooded with people standing outside. So I made a reservation on Open Table, and we went for New Year's Eve brunch. Now I understand what all the hub bub is all about! PHENOMENAL! I love this place! The decor, the vibe, the people, the giant food. The server was very attentive and our food came right away, despite the place being packed at 9am. We ordered the maple bacon donuts, which were 3 giant donuts covered in sauce and bacon, YUM! My son had the french toast logs, and they were 2 giant thick mega french toast logs, unbelievable. He ate 1/2 of one, so I recommend sharing the logs and the donuts. I had the salted caramel dollar pancakes, and could only eat about 4 of them by then. They were absolutely delicious! The coffee was an excellent robust dark blend, which was a nice surprise after disappointing coffee at so many other breakfast places. I give this place a 10 out of 10 and highly recommend it. I will be coming back again and again!

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wonderful brunch!! We started with the beignets and maple bacon doughnuts (which were amazing!) and then each had our entree and spirited beverage. Favorites were the Chilaquiles (recommended by our fantastic waitress) and French toast sticks! Highly recommend Great Maple!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Delicious food and out libations! Such a treat visiting Great Maple every time.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Tasty food, but was so loud couldn’t hear waitress or have a conversation. You will be yelling to talk to people you tame here. Good to come with out of town friends to show once but extremely loud and a bit pricey to frequent.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I treated a friend to Brunch for his birthday. We both agreed Great Maple has the best breakfast/brunch in San Diego. It was very busy so the noise level was s bit high but we got adjusted to it. Our waitress was excellent. She was very attentive and informative. I look forward to going there again. Love those popovers!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Perfect for spot for brunch with the gals!!! It was very busy, but got ahead of the crowd with my Open Table reservations. Inside was very loud. I recommend sitting outside. There are plenty of umbrellas for shade and just enough sun and it’s not as loud. We all shared our meals..pop over with beef brisket, chilaquiles, salmon board, pop over with squash blossoms, and the famous bacon maple donuts! Only negative is that the squash blossom only came with 1 squash blossom! Recommend everyone to come try this place out!! Forgot my servers name, but he was so friendly!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Casual, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Love it!love the food and the jaaam!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

One of the best meals we have had! Going back tomorrow to try out dinner! Really appreciate they are so warm and friendly and they welcome kids :) happy family! Thank you!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Very disappointed with this location. Have been to the Fashion Island Mall location in Newport Beach and love it! The menu in San Diego was not the same and the food was dry and over cooked. The ambiance was like a diner but the prices on the menu were still the same as Newport Beach. Will not be returning ever again. Maybe a remodel is due?

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

We love this restaurant! Our group of five was treated to delicious food, a great atmosphere, and even a Friday night champagne toast. Our server was delightful and the whole room was filled with positive happy vibes. It was a great experience for us all. We will be returning for sure.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Happy Hour, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Busier than I’ve ever seen with people waiting in the parking lot, but had reservations and waited only five minutes. Food was good but I prefer the dinner menu because I really like the salmon. Went with a friend who was pleased with how her meal was prepared to her request.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Local favorite. The food and service are always excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2017

When it first opened the restaurant was great but over time it's declined in quality. What I've found is that for some reason the chef has an obsession with sweetness. Most of the food is just too sweet and that extends to the cocktails too.
From glazed this to sweet soup that, the food is sickly sweet to the point of being unpalatable.

Good quality ingredients can stand on their own, so when I encounter this type of cuisine I start to question what the kitchen may be trying to mask with sugar.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Guadalajara)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The best pancakes ever !!! The espresso was wonderful. Hostess are really nice and friendly even though they didn’t have our reservation ready...

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Went for Christmas Eve lunch. Food was creative and delicious. Will definitely go back

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We love the Great Maple. The best restaurant I've found in San Diego during the past two years I've lived here. Can't say enough. The food and cocktails are wonderful. We love brunch. The French toast is amazing. The Chilaquiles to die for. Begneits are a must. I drove past this restaurant for months and was so glad when I finally took my family there.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Visiting San Diego

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Food excellent as always, waitress courteous, knowledgeable of table manners.

Past 2 visit waitress very rude.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Food was great, good size portion, very tasty and nice presentation. Sat in the outdoor patio area which had a nicer feel for making conversation; it was quieter and less crowded. Service was awesome!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Every time I've been here its been a delicious experience. The lavender lemonade was yummy.
They are well known for their Bloody Mary's and Maple Donuts.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Ambiente muy vintage, la comida y servicio excelente

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 (México)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Wonderful place! The atmosphere, food, service.
Overall a great surprise, wasn’t expecting the food to be so tasty and good amount even to share.
Maple signature donuts Amazing!
Fast service and friendly from the hostess to the busboy.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always a fantastic place to have a meal. One of the best brunch places in all of San Diego.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

It was nice to have a reservation and be seated within a few minutes, but the restaurant is so crowded and loud during brunch that it was hard to even speak to the person next to me. Food was good but service was extremely slow. Our waiter was friendly, but we hardly saw him. I would only go here on weekdays in the future.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Friends and I came to Great Maple for my birthday brunch. This was the first time any of us had eaten there. It was very busy and we waited a few mins past our 9am reservations to get seated. We ordered three entrees and shared them. It was way more than enough. The service was friendly and timely. Prices are a little more on the expensive side for brunch, so I can't imagine going here regularly, but I would definitely go here again for a casual special occasion.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Wonderful unique food. Definitely going back

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