The Best Breakfast Restaurants in San Diego

The OpenTable Team

San Diego seems almost mythical with its white beaches, sunshine all year-round, and picture-perfect sunsets. Imagine what happens when those combine with foodie influences from around the world. Avocado-and-tomato eggs Benedict, Californian-inspired huevos rancheros, and traditional American flapjacks stand out as just some of the staples in "America's Finest City". Southern California's jewel stands alone in the dining world. The city's eclectic menus reflect its history as a melting pot of the world's cuisines: Mexican, Italian, American, East Asian, and every fare in-between has a home in San Diego. Add access to some of the finest seafood, local wines and a craft beer scene that goes toe-to-toe with the best of them. Indeed, San Diego has something for everyone. But when it comes to eating out, where is San Diego's best breakfast? Welcome to our Tastemaker List! Data from thousands of expert restaurant-goers show exactly where to find San Diego's best breakfast. Whether Broken Yolk's classic Golden State Benedict or Harbor Breakfast's famous Hangtown Fry, San Diego has it all. Read on to discover where to satisfy even the most eccentric of breakfast cravings!

Restaurants:Kairoa Brewing Company, La Bonne Table, Farmer's Table - Bay Park
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Brewery, French, Farm-to-table
Neighborhoods:University Heights, Hillcrest, Bay Park

Kairoa Brewing Company

$$$$·Brewery·
University Heights
103 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
Nestled in the center of University Heights, Kairoa is home to San Diego's finest New Zealand cuisine. The ample drink menu does not disappoint — craft beers, wine, and mimosas areRead more
100% recommended
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La Bonne Table

$$$$·French·
Hillcrest
742 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
LA BONNE takes the best of country French cuisine and brings it to the heart of San Diego’s Hillcrest neighborhood. This cozy French bistro offers one of San Diego’s most impressivRead more
93% recommended
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Farmer's Table - Bay Park

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Bay Park
450 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
Just a short jaunt down Claremont Drive from Mission Bay Park, Farmer’s Table takes the very best of the “farm-to-fork” attitude and brings it to life. An Italian eatery, Farmer’s Read more
84% recommended
Great for Brunch in San Diego
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Au Revoir

$$$$·French·
Hillcrest
577 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
A staple in the Hillcrest dining community since 2010, Au Revoir describes itself as a “typical Parisian French Bistro”. The truth is not so simple — Au Revoir is anything but typiRead more
92% recommended
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The French Gourmet

$$$$·French·
Pacific Beach
1,048 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
The French Gourmet sits at the north end of Pacific Beach, nestled against the base of the La Jolla Mesa. Part bistro, part winery, and entirely French, The French Gourmet has it aRead more
88% recommended
Great for Lunch in San Diego
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Cosmopolitan Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Old Town
330 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
Stepping into the Cosmopolitan Restaurant is like stepping back in time. Located in the heart of San Diego’s historic Old Town, the Cosmopolitan has existed in some form for over 2Read more
81% recommended
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Q'ero

$$$$·Peruvian·
Encinitas
980 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
San Diego’s Q’ero is home to some of the finest Peruvian food this side of the border. With a menu loaded with Peruvian-inspired classics, Q’ero is a shoo-in for any mention of theRead more
100% recommended
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Brigantine Escondido

$$$$·Seafood·
Escondido
1,212 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
The Brigantine is home to San Diego’s best surf-and-turf cuisine. This is California at its finest — fresh fish, eggs, omelets, and a dash of south-of-the-border flavor sprinkled oRead more
95% recommended
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Sugar and Scribe

$$$$·Breakfast·
San Diego
269 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Sunday Lunch
This Ja Jolla restaurant is everything diners need in the best breakfast in San Diego.. The all-day breakfast starts bright and early and lets diners select from a range of freshlyRead more
95% recommended
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SEA180 Coastal Tavern

$$$$·Seafood·
Imperial Beach
1,823 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
This beachside restaurant is the best of California cuisine and San Diego location. SEA180 is more than a prime location: the food is as impressive as the beachfront aesthetic. DinRead more
89% recommended
Scenic View in San Diego
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Parc Bistro-Brasserie

$$$$·French·
Banker's Hill
1,020 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Parc Bistro-Brasserie combines a French-inspired menu with an elegant interior to produce one of the best breakfasts in San Diego. The Parc offers traditional French crepes with a Read more
99% recommended
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Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mission Hills
554 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
The definitive “New American” restaurant, Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar adds a dash of simple elegance to contemporary restaurant design. Harley Gray epitomizes contemporary American cRead more
95% recommended
Contemporary American in San Diego
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Bleu Boheme

$$$$·French·
Kensington
2,700 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
This upscale French restaurant has it all: French cuisine, ample drink selections, and a Bohemian aesthetic. The menu is the best of French breakfast. Crepes, eggs Benedict, FrenchRead more
97% recommended
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The Red Door

$$$$·Italian·
Mission Hills
1,857 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
A true San Diego institution, The Red Door takes the farm-to-table mentality and elevates it to another level. This restaurant sources most ingredients from local suppliers. The ReRead more
98% recommended
Best Service in San Diego
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Piazza 1909

$$$$·Italian·
La Jolla
387 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
Piazza 1909 ranks highly for the best breakfast in San Diego. This Italian-inspired eatery combines the best of breakfast classics like French toast, blueberry pancakes, and smokedRead more
94% recommended
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94th Aero Squadron - San Diego

$$$$·American·
Kearny Mesa
2,751 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
Take a World War I-era aviation theme and apply it to a restaurant and the 94th Aero Squadron appears. Aviation relics and displays give the 94th Aero Squadron a unique ambiance anRead more
93% recommended
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Hunter Steakhouse - Oceanside

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Oceanside
618 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Hunter Steakhouse offers early dining options for the particularly famished visitor. With some of the best prime rib in San Diego, Hunter Steakhouse covers all the bases for a brunRead more
84% recommended
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Jayne's Gastropub

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
North Park
591 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
If French cuisine seems to dominate the San Diego breakfast scene, don’t worry — the English are not to disappoint. Jayne’s Gastropub is a throwback to the British pubs of yesteryeRead more
98% recommended
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