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The Best Brunch Restaurants in San Diego

The OpenTable Team

Spanish for Saint Didacus, San Diego sits in southern California along the Mexican border. It earned the nickname "the Birthplace of California" because San Diego marks the first location that European explorers visited along the West Coast. The historical city boasts a thriving economy, attracting millions of visitors from around the world to its glistening Pacific beaches. When it comes to brunch in San Diego, diners enjoy a universally delightful experience filled with sunshine, ocean views, and the finest farm-fresh produce and seafood. The city's hip, casual vibe mixes with diverse cultural influences creating a hyper-local cuisine in a style of its own. But where do the savviest, smartest diners go for the best brunch in San Diego? Discover the Tastemaker 20, a list of the top venues among OpenTable's thousands of restaurants, compiled using data from our knowledgeable, seasoned diners. Book a table at these San Diego brunch spots offering bay views, Old Town heritage, and fabulous fusion food.

Restaurants:Crown Room Brunch at Hotel del Coronado, Sugar and Scribe, Kairoa Brewing Company
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Breakfast, Brewery
Neighborhoods:Coronado, La Jolla, University Heights
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Crown Room Brunch at Hotel del Coronado

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Coronado
796 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Sunday Lunch
Hotel del Coronado is an iconic San Diego landmark, a sprawling beach resort that's welcomed visitors for over 130 years. Its Crown Room – the venue for lavish, Sundays-only brunchRead more
88% recommended
Great for Brunch in San Diego
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Sugar and Scribe

$$$$·Breakfast·
La Jolla
206 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
Sugar and Scribe is a bakery and restaurant in one, the brainchild of chef-owner Maeve Rochford, winner of the Food Network's “Holiday Baking Championship.” The restaurant has an aRead more
98% recommended
Great for Brunch in San Diego
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Kairoa Brewing Company

$$$$·Brewery·
University Heights
90 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Bar Seating
Along with its line of craft beers, Kairoa Brewing Company presents New Zealand comfort food with a SoCal spin. The venue resembles a modern farmhouse and features a lovely rooftopRead more

Humphreys SoCal Dining and Music

$$$$·American·
Point Loma
1,591 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
Humphreys SoCal Dining and Music presents its award-winning buffet brunch on Sundays only. The contemporary cuisine is SoCal-inspired with global influences, prepared using locallyRead more
91% recommended

94th Aero Squadron - San Diego

$$$$·American·
Kearny Mesa
2,545 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Special Occasion
With a vintage aviation theme and home inside a replica WWI French farmhouse overlooking Montgomery Field Airport, 94th Aero Squadron is a unique space for brunch. Vintage airplaneRead more
85% recommended

Farmer's Table - Bay Park

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Bay Park
297 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Local Ingredients
Brunch is available daily at Farmer's Table, a farm-to-table restaurant in Bay Park that thoroughly embraces the “farm” part of that concept in its decor and cuisine. The restauranRead more
84% recommended
Healthy in San Diego

Great Maple San Diego

$$$$·American·
Hillcrest
2,392 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
Great Maple, a small regional chain of upscale eateries, presents creatively elevated versions of classic American comfort food, including brunch seven days a week. Under the “brunRead more
96% recommended
Great for Brunch in San Diego

Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mission Hills
426 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Bar Seating
The popular Mission Hills restaurant Harley Gray Kitchen and Bar presents an a la carte brunch on weekends. The menu includes a list of Benedicts including classic, veggie and lobsRead more
85% recommended
Best Value in San Diego

Old Town Tequila Factory Restaurant & Cantina

$$$$·Mexican·
Old Town
526 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
On a sunny day, the rooftop of the Old Town Tequila Factory Restaurant and Cantina is a delightful place to enjoy what is probably the best brunch in San Diego for anyone who lovesRead more

Tom Hams Lighthouse

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown / Gaslamp
3,781 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
Tom Ham's Lighthouse has welcomed San Diego diners since 1971, and today the second generation of the Ham family runs the restaurant. It's a landmark of San Diego, with a working lRead more
92% recommended

The French Gourmet

$$$$·French·
Pacific Beach
998 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
Brunch at The French Gourmet, a Pacific Beach restaurant, wine bar and French bakery in one, combines separate a la carte breakfast and lunch menus, both available daily from 8 a.mRead more
98% recommended
Romantic in San Diego
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Cosmopolitan Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Old Town
314 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Cosmopolitan Restaurant claims a remarkable heritage, occupying an adobe home built in 1927, now inside Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. The building served as a restaurant Read more

Jeune et Jolie

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Carlsbad
743 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
A chic, Art-Deco-inspired space in Carlsbad, Jeune et Jolie is a 90-seat bistro adorned in blush tones with modern art on its walls. The cuisine is nouvelle French, with a pared-doRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in San Diego

Parc Bistro-Brasserie

$$$$·French·
Banker's Hill
755 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Sophisticated French-inspired bistro fare prepared with fresh ingredients is the specialty of Parc Bistro-Brasserie near Balboa Park, which presents an a la carte brunch on weekendRead more
92% recommended
French in San Diego

The Med at La Valencia Hotel

$$$$·American·
La Jolla
632 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View
The Med is the flagship restaurant of the historic La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, an iconic local landmark of pink-hued Mediterranean architecture built in 1926. A coastal setting,Read more
Outdoor Dining in San Diego

Madison

$$$$·Modern European·
University Heights
896 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Madison presents sophisticated, Mediterranean-influenced cuisine in a beautifully designed space full of wood and light. Its weekend brunches are a la carte and feature shareable pRead more
97% recommended

Decoy Dockside

$$$$·American·
San Marcos
708 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
Decoy Dockside, a two-story, lodge-inspired venue at Lakehouse Hotel and Resort in San Marcos, presents a Sunday brunch buffet that includes bottomless Champagne. A favorite among Read more
Scenic View in San Diego
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Bali Hai Restaurant

$$$$·Polynesian·
Shelter Island / San Diego Bay
3,806 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
The Sunday brunch buffet at Bali Hai Restaurant on the San Diego Harbor comes with free-flowing Champagne to accompany Polynesian-inspired cuisine. The comprehensive buffet spread Read more
93% recommended
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Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant

$$$$·Californian·
Poway / Rancho Bernardo
830 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Casual
Veranda Fireside Lounge and Restaurant, one of four dining venues at the chic Rancho Bernardo Inn, offers an a la carte brunch on Sundays only. Breakfast highlights include a healtRead more
83% recommended
Great for Brunch in North San Diego

Backyard Kitchen and Tap

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pacific Beach
194 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
Weekend brunches at Backyard Kitchen and Tap in Pacific Beach are among the best brunches in San Diego for those who appreciate all-American cuisine, local beers and craft cocktailRead more
Good for Groups in San Diego
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