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 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.

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

Crown Room Brunch at Hotel del Coronado

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Coronado
829 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
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
86% recommended
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Sugar and Scribe

$$$$·Breakfast·
San Diego
269 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Sunday 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
95% recommended
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Kairoa Brewing Company

$$$$·Brewery·
University Heights
103 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
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
100% recommended
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Humphreys SoCal Dining and Music

$$$$·American·
Point Loma
1,619 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Scenic View
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
100% recommended
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

94th Aero Squadron - San Diego

$$$$·American·
Kearny Mesa
2,751 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • 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
93% recommended
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Farmer's Table - Bay Park

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Bay Park
450 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
86% recommended
Great for Brunch in San Diego
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Great Maple San Diego

$$$$·American·
Hillcrest
2,717 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
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
97% recommended
Great for Brunch in San Diego
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mission Hills
554 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
96% recommended
Contemporary American in San Diego
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Old Town Tequila Factory Restaurant & Cantina

$$$$·Mexican·
Old Town
645 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • 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 lovesRead more
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Tom Hams Lighthouse

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown / Gaslamp
4,340 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • 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
95% recommended
Scenic View in San Diego
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

The French Gourmet

$$$$·French·
Pacific Beach
1,048 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
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
90% recommended
Great for Lunch in San Diego
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Cosmopolitan Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Old Town
330 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
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
81% recommended
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Jeune et Jolie

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Carlsbad
1,327 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • 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-doRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in North San Diego
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Parc Bistro-Brasserie

$$$$·French·
Banker's Hill
1,020 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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 weekendRead more
99% recommended
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

The Med at La Valencia Hotel

$$$$·American·
La Jolla
684 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
  • 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,Read more
92% recommended
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Madison

$$$$·Modern European·
University Heights
1,179 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
96% recommended
Most Booked in San Diego
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Decoy Dockside

$$$$·American·
San Marcos
744 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
  • Scenic View
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
90% recommended
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Bali Hai Restaurant

$$$$·Polynesian·
Shelter Island / San Diego Bay
4,320 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • 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
92% recommended
Most Booked in San Diego
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant

$$$$·Californian·
Poway / Rancho Bernardo
1,218 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 healtRead more
94% recommended
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Backyard Kitchen and Tap

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pacific Beach
203 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
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
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability
Discover our curated lists