Best Brunches In San Diego
Nothing pairs better with a SoCal scramble than a fizzy Mimosa or a spicy Bloody Mary. As San Diego’s dining scene rises, brunch is on everyone’s mind and at the top of Sunday’s agenda. There are a lot of wonderful things about brunch…for one, it can last all day if you’re at the right place with the right people, but it’s also a time to just catch up with friends, share memories from the night before, and wrap up your weekend on a good note.
101 Things To Do San Diego has put together a San Diego Best Brunch guide so you’re guaranteed to try only the best America’s Finest City has to offer!
If by Sea
Feel the breeze in your hair as you sail along the San Diego Bay on the Hornblower Champagne Brunch Cruise. Departing from North Harbor Drive, the $55, 2-hour yacht cruise features a full brunch buffet of seasonal dishes and desserts, ensuring quality and freshness, as well as bubbling champagne and sparkling cider. After a tasty meal, head up to the sun deck for a narrated tour of San Diego by the Captain himself, the best way to cap off your boating adventure! For 101’s valuable Hornblower coupon, click here! To make reservations, call (619) 686.8715 or book online at www.hornblower.com. Sundays year-round; also on Saturdays starting May 27 through summer.
Breathe in the fresh San Diego air in style on one of Flagship’s luxury yachts while sipping on mimosas and enjoying live music. Flagship’s San Diego Bay Champagne Brunch Cruise will take you around the beautiful Downtown San Diego bay for two hours while you enjoy a gourmet buffet, complimentary champagne, mimosas and live music all while soaking in gorgeous views of the harbor. Children and group rates (20 or more) are also available. For 101’s valuable Flagship coupon, click here! To make reservations, call (619) 234.4111 or book online at www.flagshipsd.com. Sundays year-round; Saturday cruises start memorial day weekend through summer.
Located on Shelter Island, the recently renovated Bali Hai offers guests an exotic dining experience with the San Diego Bay as its backdrop. New to the brunch scene, Bali Hai’s Sunday Champagne Brunch is served buffet style and includes a selection of breakfast items, various chicken dishes, ribs, seafood, and desserts all to be washed down with bottomless mimosas! From 9:30am-2pm, customers can kick back and enjoy the city skyline all while peelin’ some shrimp. It’s an added bonus if you have a boat; locals have started docking up early to enjoy the $28 steal of a meal ($15 for ages 5-12)! For directions and information call (619) 222.1181.
If on Land
Whether you like ‘em over-easy, scrambled or poached, there’s no denying that The Broken Yolk Café whips up a great egg. With multiple locations (Pacific Beach, Gaslamp, Eastlake, La Costa, and San Marcos) anyone can sample Broken Yolk’s delicious food in their casual feels-like-home atmosphere. Choose from 20 scrumptious omelets, juicy ½ pound Angus burgers, or even a classic grilled cheese (plus a ton more)! The Broken Yolk’s tasty comfort food is big in portion and satisfaction! www.thebrokenyolkcafe.com. Download The Broken Yolk Menu here.
At Brian’s 24, located in the Gaslamp, enjoy a fresh and tasty brunch at 9am, 11am, or even midnight! Yup, they’re open 24 hours, so come in any time for scrumptious pancakes, omelets, french toast, biscuits and gravy, corned beef and hash, burgers, and more. Feeling adventurous, try something unique like the Krab Cake Benedict or Brian’s famous Gaslamp Power Breakfast. They specialize in oversized portions of comfort food, so come hungry and enjoy their fun, outgoing atmosphere. Call (619) 702-8410 or visit www.brians24.com.
For amazing pancakes, you can’t go wrong with a place that has “pancake” right in its name. Richard Walker’s Pancake House, San Diego is an upscale fusion of traditional and gourmet breakfast and lunch favorites. Their favorite dish is the “Walker’s Apple Pancake,” oven-baked with fresh granny apples and sprinkled with cinnamon. All of the dishes are made with the finest and freshest of ingredients. If you’re not feeling pancakes, their menu has over 50 items to choose from! Richard Walker’s has been serving home-style breakfasts since 1948, trust us, they’ve had plenty of time to perfect their recipes! Click here for our valuable coupon! (619) 231-7777 or visit www.richardwalkers.com.
A health-conscious café with an artsy edge is the only way to describe The Mission (Mission Beach, North Park, and East Village). Described as a “Chino Latino” establishment, The Mission does an excellent job of intertwining Asian and Latino flavors to American classics like the “Zen Breakfast,” scrambled egg whites, braised tofu, brown rice, grilled zucchini, tomatoes, onion, and squash and the “Pappas Loco,” rosemary potatoes, grilled jalapenos, black beans, cheese, avocado, and sour cream. The café is known for serving simple and fresh ingredients all while giving their customer a great view; rotating art is strewn across the walls of the restaurants to showcase local talent. For more information call The Mission in North Park at (619) 220-8992.
Hillcrest is quickly becoming what some people consider the “Soho” of the west coast. It could be the plethora of restaurants to choose from or all the cute boutiques, but we’re thinking it’s the eclectic people that make the area so trendy. Two “get-there-early-or-forget-about-it” brunch spots are Hash House A Go Go and The Tractor Room.
Winning continuous accolades from local and national publications and soon to be featured on Food Network’s “Chef vs City,” Hash House A Go Go certainly knows their food. The Indiana-inspired joint prides itself on creating fun, exciting dishes by pairing fresh ingredients with traditional recipes, or as they call it “Twisted Farm Food.” Don’t be daunted by their sizeable menu, stick with their classics like “Andy’s Sage Fried Benedict” or the “Kokomo,” a griddled meatloaf sandwich with smoked mozzarella and roasted red peppers.
Hash House is also the parent company of The Tractor Room, which is conveniently located across the street. Dark brown décor and deer antler chandeliers make The Tractor Room a hunter’s paradise. Game meats, such as wild boar hash and elk sausage, are popular items but it’s the braised free range buffalo quesadilla that’s a Tractor Room favorite. They are also home to the largest bourbon stash in San Diego; their cocktail menu alone will make you googly eyed…literally! Whichever you choose, make sure you go hungry, portion sizes will have you thinking, “…only in America!”
For directions and information on Hash House A Go Go call (619) 298.4646; for directions and information on The Tractor Room call (619) 543.1007.
An Encinitas hot spot, Honey’s Bistro & Bakery stresses refined produce and values perfecting old-fashion recipes. Many, if not all, of their menu items are under $9 and are not served a-la-carte unless specified. Honey’s also features an array of flavored coffees that aren’t just extremely fresh & delicious, but organic and fair trade. Locals brag the bakery has that “old San Diego vibe” and has proven that it’s possible to maintain a laid-back atmosphere with quality food and a friendly wait staff. For directions call (760) 942-5433.
Atoll at the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa offers a decadent Champagne Sunday Brunch from 10am-2pm for $39.95 for adults and $18.95 for ages 5-12. The buffet includes bottomless mimosas to accompany the Fruit and Create-Your-Own Salad Bar; various chef salads such as chicken curry and shrimp salad; Grill Station serving chicken, fish and beef; Seafood Display of crab claws, chilled mussels, made-to-order sushi and much more; Hot food includes items such as eggs benedict, Italian sausage, and lamb; and finally a dessert table with delicious cookies, cobbler, crème brulé and more.
For reservations (recommended) and directions call (858) 539.8635.
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