The Best Brunch Restaurants in San Diego

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 our Tastemaker list, 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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Crown Room Brunch at Hotel del Coronado, Sugar and Scribe, Kairoa Brewing Company
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Breakfast, Brewery
Neighborhoods:Coronado, San Diego, University Heights
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Crown Room Brunch at Hotel del Coronado

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Coronado
827 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups

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 brunches – has a rich heri...

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Sugar and Scribe

$$$$·Breakfast·
San Diego
270 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 all-day breakfast men...

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Kairoa Brewing Company

$$$$·Brewery·
University Heights
103 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 rooftop bar, with the overa...

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Humphreys SoCal Dining and Music

$$$$·American·
Point Loma
1,472 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Scenic View
  • Authentic

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 locally sourced, seasonal i...

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94th Aero Squadron - San Diego

$$$$·American·
Kearny Mesa
2,865 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • 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 airplane wings hang over the...

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Great for Brunch in San Diego

Farmer's Table - Bay Park

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Bay Park
691 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch

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 restaurant works closely with...

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Great for Brunch in San Diego

Great Maple San Diego

$$$$·American·
Hillcrest
3,253 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 “brunch classics” section...

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Great for Brunch in San Diego

Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mission Hills
905 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch

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 lobster, and a small-pla...

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Old Town Tequila Factory Restaurant & Cantina

$$$$·Mexican·
Old Town
833 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion

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 loves authentic Mexican c...

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Tom Hams Lighthouse

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown / Gaslamp
5,153 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 lighthouse incorporat...

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The French Gourmet

$$$$·French·
Pacific Beach
1,153 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem

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.m. to 3 p.m. The rest...

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Great for Brunch in San Diego

Cosmopolitan Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Old Town
330 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Special Occasion

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 and stagecoach offic...

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Jeune et Jolie

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Carlsbad
2,081 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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-down brunch menu offer...

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Parc Bistro-Brasserie

$$$$·French·
Banker's Hill
1,707 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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 weekends. The brunch menu i...

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The Med at La Valencia Hotel

$$$$·American·
La Jolla
1,073 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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, with incredible vie...

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Madison

$$$$·Modern European·
University Heights
1,818 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

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 plates such as waffle...

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Decoy Dockside

$$$$·American·
San Marcos
744 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date

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 brunch regulars is t...

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Bali Hai Restaurant

$$$$·Polynesian·
Shelter Island / San Diego Bay
4,790 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront

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 includes creative fu...

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Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant

$$$$·Californian·
Poway / Rancho Bernardo
1,815 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Lunch

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 healthy egg-white omelet ...

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Backyard Kitchen and Tap

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pacific Beach
203 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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 cocktails. The atmosphere is...

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