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These Are The 16 Best Brunch Spots In San Diego

By Kelsey Marie

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Brunch has solidified itself as part of American culture. Weekends aren’t the weekends unless there’s a mimosa in hand and good conversation over brunch. A city that does brunch right is San Diego. 

Not only are the brunch spots delicious in this West Coast city, but the dishes are also diverse and you can find places to satisfy everyone’s tastebuds.

Here are the 16 best brunch spots to try when in San Diego. 

The Westgate Hotel 

Located in the Fontainebleau Room on the 2nd floor of the Westgate Hotel is a brunch experience like no other. You can choose from mimosa, Bloody Marys, margaritas, and champagne to go with an endless amount of food options. Whether you’re craving sushi, seafood, meat or breakfast food, The Westgate Hotel has it all. Not to mention, there are about twenty choices of desserts!

Farmer’s Table

Bring your friends and indulge in the Barn Yard. Designed for four or more people, this order comes with all of the specialty Bloody Mary’s in one pitcher and it’s even topped with a whole roast chicken. There are other choices such as pancakes, waffles, omelets and frittatas that are all equally delicious. 

JRDN

This boardwalk restaurant is perfect for strolling along the beach before or after a great meal. Head to JRDN for build-your-own mimosas and short rib has with eggs, potatoes and pepper jack fondue…yum!

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Tom Ham’s Lighthouse

Buffet, anyone? For only $54 you’ll be able to indulge in champagne, juices, a raw bar featuring crab legs, shrimp, oysters, and ceviche. You’ll also have access to the made-to-order omelet and pasta stations, breakfast dishes, salads and more hearty choices like brisket and Moroccan fired chicken. The restaurant also allows for gorgeous views of the San Diego skyline. 

Eclipse Chocolate

This spot is for those who have an insane sweet tooth. The dishes here are a merge of traditional brunch dishes with cacao, caramel, and vanilla. There are also a dozen different drinking chocolates served up at this establishment.

Kindred

Plant-based eaters unite with meat lovers at this weekend brunch spot. Dishes like the Wayfarer (sourdough French toast with banana nutmeg custard, blackberries, and maple tahini cream) brings together every type of eater. 

Little Lion Cafe

You can find brunch here from Tuesday through Sunday but arrive early because there’s often a long line! Whether you’re gluten-free, vegan or an avid meat eater, there’s definitely something for you to enjoy here.

Great Maple

Known as one of San Diego’s favorite brunch spots, Great Maple is great for traditional brunch dishes such as Benedicts. When dining here, you have to try the maple bacon donut…simply divine. 

Madison 

This spot is Instagram friendly with stylish decor and colorful cocktails. You can choose from the Blue Dream mimosa or the ebony Black Magic in either a glass or a pitcher. The food here is also interesting with dishes like white bean shakshuka, carnitas waffle stack or churro waffle sticks. 

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Breakfast Bitch 

This new spot has food choices ranging from ‘Skinny Bitch’ to ‘Main Bitch’ and ranges from vegan pancakes to croissant sandwiches filled with eggs and steak. ‘Thirsty Bitches’ can choose from bellinis, mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Jeune et Jolie 

This French establishment is open for brunch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. You can expect to dine on oysters from the raw bar, steak frites, omelets and more. 

The Florence

Dishes at The Florence are inspired by food around the world. From Broken Rice Porridge (chicken broth, ginger, sous vide egg, scallions, spicy chili oil, chicken meatball, cilantro) to Moroccan Baked Eggs to a Classic Diner Breakfast, The Florence will take you on a journey through food. 

Fort Oak

We hear that Fort Oak is home to one of the best burgers in San Diego. The burger is made up of dry-aged beef, aged cheddar cheese, truffle onion jam, fried egg, and aioli…sounds like a dream. They have other great brunch dishes as well such as smoked lamb shoulder hash, breakfast meatballs or Tahitian vanilla waffles.

Little Frenchie

Find a bit of Paris in San Diego with Little French. There’s a Champagne and cheese bar, pastry basket and delectable smoked salmon rillettes.

Morning Glory 

It took $4 million to get this beautiful pink interior. It’s usually very crowded and they don’t take reservations, so get there early. Food choices include chilaquiles, Omelet Sando with katsuobushi (dried tuna flakes) on Wonder Bread, the Egg McFunnin and various pancake varieties. 

Homestead

Located in Solana Beach, this spot has really great waffles. All of the dishes here are made from scratch using local and organic ingredients. There are also lavender lattes worth traveling for at this amazing restaurant. 

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Kelsey Marie

Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @kelseydashmarie

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