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Diners' Choice: Great for brunch restaurants in North San Diego

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are great for brunch in North San Diego? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Veranda Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1424)
$30 and under
Californian
Fallbrook
About the restaurant
While dining at the most atmospheric restaurant in Fallbrook, you can gaze at our sparkling lake and gorgeous grounds while enjoying a delicious meal prepared with seasonal produce from our on-site vegetable and fruit gardens. We offer patio heaters during the winter months and fans during the warmer months. Reservations are recommended. Enjoy a stroll through our many gardens before or after you dine at The Veranda.
Top review
DOROTHYJ
Dined on May 10, 2024
Just wonderful. This was an outing for my birthday and it was great. We were seated immediately, greeted with a veggies/fruit plate and water. Both of us ordered the avocado omelette with potatoes and fruit. Food was great. Received a birthday ice cream with candle. We walked the grounds afterwards
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4.7
4.7 (1597)
$30 and under
Californian
Poway / Rancho Bernardo
About the restaurant
AVANT is the signature restaurant at Rancho Bernardo Inn, offering elevated contemporary California cuisine that unites culinary influences and flavors from Baja California with French techniques and inspiration. Crafted by Chef de Cuisine Sergio Jimenez, the seasonal menu uses the freshest local ingredients and produce from The Inn's on-site garden. Regional Sommelier & Cellar Master Joe Baumgardner has curated an award-winning wine cellar for AVANT, from limited production wines around the globe to bio-dynamically farmed selections, offering the perfect pairing for each course. AVANT's cocktail program, created by mixologist Jason Sorge, serves up imaginative libations ranging from light to direct, all complemented by playful presentations and artistic touches. The essential San Diego dining experience is set in inviting indoor and outdoor spaces with stunning views of the surrounding resort.
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LorraineAvip
Dined on May 12, 2024
The food was delicious, creative and an amazing. Our server was a bit slow but we enjoyed the atmosphere and support of management was very gracious.
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4.7
4.7 (968)
$30 and under
Californian
Cardiff By The Sea
About the restaurant
During these trying times, we are trying to adjust our service so that customers feel safe but still have a great Ki's experience. Daytime service is as it always has been: order at the counter and the food will be brought to you in the seating area we have created outside under the tents. Night-time is full service. Sunday through Thursday is upstairs. The tables are spaced far apart and there is an option of being out on the front deck for parties of two. On Friday and Saturday, we will be offering full service in both seating areas of upstairs and under the tents outside.
Ki's is a perfect fit for its local beach community culture. We provide food options that serve the needs of people who enjoy the outdoors and have a high degree of awareness for their health, fitness and well being. And Ki's is more than just a 'health food' option for many. It is simply great food for anyone-professionals, families looking for a home-cooked meal or friends hanging out enjoying some tasty eats.

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Ki’s is one of my very favorite places! Ocean view, delicious food at a very fair price and always excellent service provided by a friendly staff!
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4.6
4.6 (2579)
$30 and under
Seafood
Del Mar
About the restaurant
A San Diego tradition since 1969, the Brigantine has received many accolades in our 40+ year history. "BEST SEAFOOD", "BEST CASUAL SEAFOOD", "BEST HAPPY HOUR", and even "BEST SWORDFISH IN THE WORLD", according to USA Today.

Well-known for our signature Clam Chowder, Grilled Swordfish, and Crème Brûlée, the Brigantine is a favorite among locals for consistently fresh seafood, succulent steaks and grilled meats.

Perched between the spectacular Pacific Ocean and the hills of Rancho Santa Fe, the Del Mar Brigantine sits high above the action of the Del Mar racetrack.

A lushly landscaped garden offers an unparalleled setting for weddings and outdoor-themed events. Indoors, a formal dining room looks out to the garden through floor-to-ceiling french doors. For more casual dining, the glass-enclosed deck is a year-round favorite.

The Del Mar Brigantine serves dinner 7 nights a week, lunch Monday-Saturday, and brunch each Sunday.

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BarbaraMvip
Dined 6 days ago
Really needed to be updated. Place looks great. Great good great service great view
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4.6
4.6 (974)
$50 and over
Californian
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
Immerse yourself into a refined modern setting featuring Baja-inspired cuisine and specialty cocktails composed of mezcal and tequila. Enjoy a show kitchen allowing you to get an inside look behind the scenes bringing Chef's creations to center stage. Locally sourced cuisine with a coastal flair is the cornerstone of this fine dining Baja-inspired experience.


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KarenE
Dined 4 days ago
The food was fabulous. I recommend the smoked tenderloin appetizer, the paella, and the Branzino for two. The dessert menu looked great but we were full. Service was excellent
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4.6
4.6 (59)
$31 to $50
American
Encinitas
About the restaurant
For a true “vaga”, the journey is never-ending; the spirit and palate, always curious. Drawing ingredients and inspiration from near and far, VAGA explores San Diego’s ever-changing confluence of culture and wanderlust. From its perch on a coastal bluff in Encinitas, California, VAGA keeps one hand in the ocean, one hand in the farm, and both eyes on the horizon.
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KorbyS
Dined 3 days ago
Truly remarkable food. Unique and delicious, from starters through dessert. The wait staff is terrific as well, especially Alexis. We loved our vegetarian choices. We sat outside, with views of the ocean. It was so good we went two nights in a row and ordered different things each time. Next trip we will eat there again for sure.
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4.5
4.5 (59)
$30 and under
Breakfast
Solana Beach
About the restaurant
WELCOME TO SUNNY SIDE SOLANA.
WHETHER YOU ARE STOPPING BY FROM FAR AWAY,
OR YOU ARE ONE OF OUR BELOVED LOCALS.
WE OFFER SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.
A WARM WELCOMING SPOT,
WITH A FRIENDLY STAFF,
SERVING FOOD YOU LOVE TO EAT.
IN THE BEAUTIFUL SUNNY SOLANA BEACH.
COME ALONE, BRING A FRIEND, A FAMILY
OR A WHOLE HAPPY BUS LOAD.
THE COFFEE IS HOT
AND THE JUICE IS FRESH AND SWEET.
SO JUST DIRECT YOUR FEET
TO THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET !

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TracyS
Dined 4 days ago
Food was good! Great service. Will definitely return.
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4.4
4.4 (37)
$30 and under
American
Oceanside
About the restaurant
We opened our doors in August 2014 with a vision of greatness: great drinks, food, and atmosphere, with a chill, unassuming vibe. A come-as-you-are locale, where everyone — from local to the traveler — is welcomed. Insider or outsider, there’s a seat at the bar just for you.

Located just blocks from the Oceanside Pier, join us in our industrial-chic lounge with two large garage doors which make you feel like you're dining outside, or on our heated and dog-friendly patio, from lunch to late night. Be sure to check our daily happy hours, midweek lunch specials and weekend brunch. Come see us. Pull up a seat and make yourself at home.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Enjoyed it and exactly as advertised. The buffalo style wings were a good twist for the better.
A photo of Vue - Omni La Costa Resort & Spa restaurant
4.2
4.2 (126)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
VUE is a lively and contemporary restaurant with an outdoor dining patio and magnificent “VUEs” of Omni La Costa Resort & Spa's championship golf courses and lush green rolling hills. This signature restaurant features creative dishes from our talented culinary team, a unique selection of craft brews, wines and cocktail offerings. Start or end your day with a leisurely meal the whole family will enjoy.
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rdamannvip
Dined on May 11, 2024
Food at a resort should not be this good. I mean it SHOULD BE but rarely if ever is - until this place. 6 of us sat for brunch and we ordered 9 entrees to try and every single one was fantastic. Eggs Benedict were sublime. Grain bowl was amazing. Pancakes fluffy and chewy - tossed BLTA salad was divine. Smoothie: excellent. Cali-Cheese steak uses proper amoroso rolls from Philly! C’mon - absolutely ridiculously good food service and setting. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
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4.1
4.1 (675)
$30 and under
American
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
The Canyons Restaurant is located inside the clubhouse of The Crossings at Carlsbad Golf Course in North County San Diego, offering breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean! With our unique culinary flare, stone clubhouse, vaulted ceilings, rustic feel, multiple patios, and private dining rooms, The Canyons is perfect for any occasion. We are located right next to Legoland and the Sheraton/Westin Carlsbad Resorts!

*Please note that the Canyons Restaurant is open until 3pm daily and Player's Lounge is open after 3pm. Player's Lounge seating is outdoors with the exception of bar seating. There is heaters and fireplaces outside as well as a wind wall for guest comfort.

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CaliStardust
Dined on May 11, 2024
Our experience at the Canyons was great. We went for brunch, and even though we arrived over 30 minutes early, they were able to seat us pretty quickly. The food was exceptional, and the view was beautiful. It was the perfect setting for our early Mother's Day celebration. The servers were friendly and helpful. The service was a little slow, but it was not an issue since we were not in a rush and enjoying the ambiance. Definitely will return!
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