San Diego’s Best Breakfast & Brunch

All of these Restaurants have been Personally Recommended by San Diego’s Dean of Restaurant Reviewers, Barry Berndes. He went unannounced, paid for his own meals and on occasion inspected the kitchen to ensure that you will have the same great Breakfast & Brunch experience. Many of these places offer coupons which can save you additional money.


Carlsbad


  • Al’s Cafe in the Village

    795 Carlsbad Vilcasa lage Dr. Carlsbad (760-729-5448) Great Breakfast from ($5.95)


    The Broken Yolk Cafe

    Locations in Pacific Beach, Downtown, Point Loma, La Costa, San Marcos, Eastlake, La Costa, Oceanside 858.270.YOLK (9655)


    Carlsbad Danish Bakery

    2805 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad (760-729-6186)


    Casa de Bandini

    1901 Calle Barcelona Carlsbad (760-634-3443)Casa de Bandini offers Carlsbad’s most delicious selections for a mexican style breakfast or weekend brunch.


    Dini’s Bistro By the Sea

    3290 Carlsbad Blvd. Carlsbad (760-434-6000)Sunday Brunch from ($7.95), 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.


Coronado


  • Coronado Firehouse Bar & Grill

    Coronado Firehouse Bar & Grill 126 Orange Ave. Coronado 619-554-2900 Breakfast is served 9-12 Saturday and Sunday, with a delicious selection of breakfast food including Firehouse Hash, Country Biscuits and Gravy, Breakfast Wrap and Chef Dan’s Banana Creamed Pancake.


    Flagship Cruises & Events

    Romantic Balboa Park is the nation’s largest urban cultural park consisting of a forest of exotic trees, well-kept gardens, and a majestic lily pond, which is the most photographed site in the park. Here too is the renowned Old Globe Theatre and 17 outstanding must-see museums, art galleries and one of the largest planetariums in the entire country.


    Hotel Del Coronado

    1500 Orange Avenue Coronado (800-468-3533) Enjoy a Sunday Brunch unlike any other at The Hotel del Coronado’s famous Crown Room. Brunch is Sunday from 9:30am to 2pm. Cost is $72.50 for adults, $22.95 for children ages 6-12 and children under 5 eat for free.


    Peohe’s Restaurant

    1201 First St. Coronado (619-437-4474)Peohe’s Famous Sunday Brunch is $12.95 and offers breathtaking views of the downtown skyline and San Diego Bay. Dining is available inside and on the patio or in the dockside courtyard.


    San Diego Harbor Excursions

    1050 N. Harbor Dr. Downtown San Diego
    (619-234-4111)Flagship Cruises & Events offers the ultimate Brunch experience. You can enjoy two hours cruising onboard one of their luxury yachts, complimentary champagne and mimosas, an elaborate gourmet buffet, breathtaking views & live music for your listening enjoyment ($52.50/pp).


Downtown San Diego


  • The Broken Yolk Cafe

    1851 Garnet Ave.
    Pacific Beach
    Locations in Pacific Beach, Downtown, Point Loma, La Costa, San Marcos, Eastlake, La Costa, Oceanside
    858.270.YOLK (9655)


    Buster’s Beach House

    Buster’s Sunday Buffet Brunch features panoramic views of San Diego bay and is every Sunday in the Beach Loft from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Adults: $20.95 (includes Champagne) and Children: $9.95 – Children (age 3 – 11 years). Specialty items include pancakes, waffles, and stations for omeletees, pasta and carvings, as well as several other hot entrées and side dishes.


    Crossroads

    Their World Famous Sunday Gospel Brunch is back in San Diego, featuring a bountiful all-you-can-eat Southern inspired buffet and lively gospel performances. Call 619-299-BLUE(2583) for seating or to purchase tickets.


    Flagship Cruises & Events

    990 North Harbor Drive
    Downtown San Diego
    (619-522-6155) Flagship Cruises & Events offers the ultimate Brunch experience. You can enjoy two hours cruising onboard one of their luxury yachts, complimentary champagne and mimosas, an elaborate gourmet buffet, breathtaking views & live music for your listening enjoyment ($52.50/pp).


    Hob Nob Hill

    2271 First Avenue
    Downtown San Diego
    (619-239-8176) Hob Nob Hill has been serving delicious breakfast favorites since 1944. Their breakfast menu consists of local farm fresh egg entrées, Mexican favorites, assortment of omelettes, pancakes, French toast, waffles and house favorites. This San Diego favorite is a must for breakfast, lunch or dinner.


    Hornblower Cruises & Events

    1800 North Harbor Dr.
    Downtown San Diego
    Sales (619-686-8715) Reservations (619-686-8715) Weekend Brunch Cruises ($60)


    Panda Inn

    506 Horton Plaza
    Downtown San Diego
    (619-233-7800) Sunday Brunch from ($22.95)


    Richard Walker’s

    520 Front Street
    Downtown San Diego
    (619-231-7777) Starting at ($4.25), breakfast entrées include pancakes, waffles, omelets, crepes, flapjacks and more.


    San Diego Harbor Excursions

    1050 N. Harbor Dr.
    Downtown San Diego
    (619-234-4111) Flagship Cruises & Events offers the ultimate Brunch experience. You can enjoy two hours cruising onboard one of their luxury yachts, complimentary champagne and mimosas, an elaborate gourmet buffet, breathtaking views & live music for your listening enjoyment ($52.50/pp).


    The Mission

    1250 J St.
    Downtown San Diego
    619-232-7662 Rated Best Breakfast in San Diego, starting at $6.50. Breakfast is their specialty, so you won’t go wrong by ordering their blueberry cornmeal pancakes that are as big as the plate they come on.


East County


Embarcadero


  • Buster’s Beach House

    807 W. Harbor Dr.
    Downtown San Diego
    (619-233-4300) Buster’s Sunday Buffet Brunch features panoramic views of San Diego bay and is every Sunday in the Beach Loft from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Adults: $20.95 (includes Champagne) and Children: $9.95 – Children (age 3 – 11 years). Specialty items include pancakes, waffles, and stations for omeletees, pasta and carvings, as well as several other hot entrées and side dishes.


    Elephant & Castle

    1355 N. Harbor Dr.(619-234-9977) Breakfast from $8


    Flagship Cruises & Events

    990 North Harbor Drive
    Downtown San Diego
    (619-522-6155) Flagship Cruises & Events offers the ultimate Brunch experience. You can enjoy two hours cruising onboard one of their luxury yachts, complimentary champagne and mimosas, an elaborate gourmet buffet, breathtaking views & live music for your listening enjoyment ($52.50/pp).


    Hornblower Cruises & Events

    1800 North Harbor Dr.
    Downtown San Diego
    Sales (619-686-8715) Reservations (619-686-8715) Weekend Brunch Cruises ($60)


    San Diego Harbor Excursions

    1050 N. Harbor Dr.
    Downtown San Diego
    (619-234-4111) Flagship Cruises & Events offers the ultimate Brunch experience. You can enjoy two hours cruising onboard one of their luxury yachts, complimentary champagne and mimosas, an elaborate gourmet buffet, breathtaking views & live music for your listening enjoyment ($52.50/pp).


Kearny Mesa & Clairemont


  • The Broken Yolk Cafe

    1851 Garnet Ave.
    Pacific Beach
    Locations in Pacific Beach, Downtown, Point Loma, La Costa, San Marcos, Eastlake, La Costa, Oceanside
    858.270.YOLK (9655)


    Panda Inn

    506 Horton Plaza
    Downtown San Diego
    (619-233-7800) Sunday Brunch from ($22.95)


    Sloppy Joey’s Pizza & Pasta

    548 5th Avenue
    Downtown San Diego
    (619-525-9960) Most breakfast entrees are between ($3-$9), offering the only Breakfast Pizza in town. They also feature a great selection of Mimosas, Bloody Marys and more.


    94th Aero Squadron

    8885 Balboa Ave.
    San Diego
    (858-560-6771) Voted one of the Top Three Sunday Brunches in the 2005 through 2008 San Diego Union-Tribune Readers’ Polls, and San Diego’s #1 Brunch in the 2005, 2006, and 2008 AOL CityGuide Polls.


    China Max

    4698 Convoy St.
    Kearny Mesa
    (858-650-3333


    Phuong Trang Vietnamese Restaurant

    4170 Convoy Street
    Kearny Mesa
    (858-565-6750) They offer a great selection of Asian cuisine for breakfast.


    Studio Diner

    4701 Ruffin Rd.
    Kearny Mesa
    (858-715-6400) They offer a great selection of breakfast entrees including omelettes, pancakes and more!


    The Original Pancake House

    3906 Convoy St.
    Kearny Mesa
    Locations in Poway, Encinitas, Kearny Mesa, Vista & Temecula
    (858-565-1740) Breakfast starting at ($6.10). A memorable gourmet meal is the apple pancakes, which are baked instead of cooked in a skillet.


La Jolla


  • CrabCatcher Seaside Grill

    1298 Prospect St.
    La Jolla
    (858-454-9587) Impressive Sunday Brunch ($10-24).


    Girard Gourmet

    7837 Girard Ave
    La Jolla
    (858-454-3325) Come enjoy Girard Gourmets freshly baked croissants and muffins every morning. Breakfast starting from ($4.25).


    Harry’s Coffee Shop

    7545 Girard Ave.
    La Jolla
    (858-454-7381) Breakfast starting at $2.50, the oatmeal pancakes are especially popular, and of course, they’re topped with syrup and whipped cream.


    Humphreys Restaurant

    2241 Shelter Island Dr
    Point Loma
    (619-224-3577) Modern global cuisine at its finest in an unforgettable waterfront atmosphere! Visit Humphreys Restaurant on the San Diego Bay for their award-winning brunch!


Mission Bay & Pacific Beach


  • The Broken Yolk Cafe

    1851 Garnet Ave.
    Pacific Beach
    Locations in Pacific Beach, Downtown, Point Loma, La Costa, San Marcos, Eastlake, La Costa, Oceanside
    858.270.YOLK (9655)


    Pacific Beach Shore Club

    4343 Ocean Blvd.
    Pacific Beach
    (858-272-7873) Great for breakfast in pb with an enjoyable ocean view, from 8am to 3pm.


    Rubicon Deli

    3715 India Street
    San Diego
    Locations in Mission Hills & Mission Bay
    (858-488-DELI) At Rubicon Deli breakfast is served all day. Try any of their delicious breakfast specialties such as the Southwest Wrap, Late Riser with Ham or Turkey, Eggs, Bacon, Melted PepperJack, Tomato, Avocado, Chipotlé Cremé and be sure to try their popular Acaí Bowl or Smoothie.


    Saska’s Restaurant

    3768 Mission Blvd.
    Mission Bay
    (858-488-7311) Weekend Brunch from $3.95.


    The Eggery

    4150 Mission Blvd., Suite 121
    Pacific Beach
    (858-274-3122) Breakfast from ($3.95) The Eggery is hard to beat. They offer a quaint, country-style setting, reasonable prices and a location just steps from the ocean. Choose from fluffy, homemade pancakes, Belgian-style waffles or five varieties of eggs Benedict. It’s a great way to start your day.


    The Mission

    3795 Mission Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92109
    (858-488-9060)
    619-232-7662 Rated Best Breakfast in San Diego, starting at $6.50. Breakfast is their specialty, so you won’t go wrong by ordering their blueberry cornmeal pancakes that are as big as the plate they come on.


Mission Hills


  • Rubicon Deli

    3715 India Street
    San Diego
    Locations in Mission Hills & Mission Bay
    (858-488-DELI) At Rubicon Deli breakfast is served all day. Try any of their delicious breakfast specialties such as the Southwest Wrap, Late Riser with Ham or Turkey, Eggs, Bacon, Melted PepperJack, Tomato, Avocado, Chipotlé Cremé and be sure to try their popular Acaí Bowl or Smoothie.


Mission Valley


  • Adam’s Steak n’ Eggs

    1201 Hotel Circle So.,
    Mission Valley, San Diego
    (619-291-1103) Come in for an “Eye Opener” and stay for the Steak ‘N Eggs! Adam’s has been serving up breakfast at this local San Diego landmark since 1962. Their namesake “Steak ‘N Eggs” features top grade sirloin steak, two ranch fresh eggs, potatoes or buttered hominy grits, toast & jelly or flour tortillas for ($13). Breakfast ranging from $3.25 – $13.


    Bully’s East

    2401 Camino del Rio So. Mission Valley, San Diego (619-291-2665) Bully’s East features a great Saturday & Sunday Brunch menu including omelets, Kahlua French Toast & Prime Rib Hash. The best value is the “Game Day” breakfast, with 3 eggs, potatoes, bacon, ham or sausage and a choice of pancakes or french toast for $6.95.


    Phuong Trang Vietnamese Restaurant

    4170 Convoy Street
    Kearny Mesa
    (858-565-6750) They offer a great selection of Asian cuisine for breakfast.


    Studio Diner

    4701 Ruffin Rd.
    Kearny Mesa
    (858-715-6400) They offer a great selection of breakfast entrees including omelettes, pancakes and more!


    The Original Pancake House

    3906 Convoy St.
    Kearny Mesa
    Locations in Poway, Encinitas, Kearny Mesa, Vista & Temecula
    (858-565-1740) Breakfast starting at ($6.10). A memorable gourmet meal is the apple pancakes, which are baked instead of cooked in a skillet.


North County Inland


  • The Broken Yolk Cafe

    1851 Garnet Ave.
    Pacific Beach
    Locations in Pacific Beach, Downtown, Point Loma, La Costa, San Marcos, Eastlake, La Costa, Oceanside
    858.270.YOLK (9655)


    Casino Pauma

    777 Pauma Reservation Rd.
    Pauma Valley
    (760-742-2177) Daily breakfast special for ($3.95) in the Pauma Bay Cafe. Offered daily, from 8 a.m.-11 a.m.


    Harrah’s

    777 Harrah’s Rincon Way
    Valley Center
    (760-751-3100) Enjoy a great breakfast buffet at Harrah’s International Buffet.


    Buffet at Harrah’s Casino

    777 Harrah’s Way
    Valley Center
    760 -751- 3100


    Sand Crab Tavern

    2229 Micro Place
    Escondido
    (760-480-CRAB) The Sand Crab now has their “Big Easy” Sunday Brunch with live Blues music! It’s a 3-course, prix-fixe delight you won’t want to miss.


    The Original Pancake House

    3906 Convoy St.
    Kearny Mesa
    Locations in Poway, Encinitas, Kearny Mesa, Vista & Temecula
    (858-565-1740) Breakfast starting at ($6.10). A memorable gourmet meal is the apple pancakes, which are baked instead of cooked in a skillet.


North County Coastal


  • Aryana Restaurant & Bar

    1401 Carmelo Dr.
    Oceanside
    (760-231-7000)


    The Broken Yolk Cafe

    1851 Garnet Ave.
    Pacific Beach
    Locations in Pacific Beach, Downtown, Point Loma, La Costa, San Marcos, Eastlake, La Costa, Oceanside
    858.270.YOLK (9655)


    Chart House Restaurant

    2588 South Coast Hwy. 101
    Cardiff by the Sea
    (760-436-4044) The Chart House offers great breakfasts with a breathtaking ocean views.


    Hunter Steakhouse Oceanside

    1221 Vista Way
    Oceanside
    Locations in Mission Valley & Oceanside
    (760-433-2633) Hunter Steakhouse in Oceanside offers a delicious brunch every Sunday from 9:30am-1:30pm.


    Jolly Roger Restaurant

    1900 Harbor Dr.
    Oceanside
    (760-722-1831)


    Monterey Bay Canners

    1325 Harbor Dr., Oceanside Harbor
    Oceanside
    (760-722-3474) Monterey Bay Canners is a great restaurant with Marina views for Sunday Brunch.


    Rancho Valencia Resort

    5921 Valencia Circle
    Rancho Santa Fe
    (800-548-3664) Sunday Brunch from $17, well known for their lemon soufflé pancakes or huevos rancho valencia.


    The Original Pancake House

    3906 Convoy St.
    Kearny Mesa
    Locations in Poway, Encinitas, Kearny Mesa, Vista & Temecula
    (858-565-1740) Breakfast starting at ($6.10). A memorable gourmet meal is the apple pancakes, which are baked instead of cooked in a skillet.


Ocean Beach


Old Town & Mission Hills


  • Cafe Coyote & Cantina

    2461 San Diego Ave.
    Old Town San Diego (619-291-4695) One of Old Town’s best breakfast is available here starting at just $7.50, for an authentic and impressive Mexican breakfast. Makes for a great place to start your weekend or enjoy a relaxing Sunday brunch.


    Casa de Reyes

    2754 Calhoun St.
    Old Town San Diego (619-220-5040) Located in a lush garden setting, Casa de Reyes is warm and festive. Brunch Ole! takes place Sundays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and includes $3 margaritas, mimosas and champagne.


    Casa Guadalajara

    4105 Taylor St.
    Old Town San Diego (619-295-5111) This restaurant is an Old Town favorite for impressive breakfast and weekend brunch selections. If you’re looking for a great breakfast, there is no better Mexican restaurant.


    Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant

    2660 Calhoun St.
    Old Town San Diego
    (619-297-1874)


    El Indio Mexican Restaurant

    3695 India St.
    San Diego
    (619-299-0333) Breakfast from $5. Their Breakfast plates include Beans & Hot Corn or Flour Tortillas. Highly recommended for breakfast are their Huevos Rancheros and their Steak & Egg Burrito.


    Old Town Mexican Cafe

    2489 San Diego Ave.
    Old Town San Diego
    (619-297-4330) Breakfast from ($5). All their egg dishes served with tortillas, potatoes may also be substituted for rice and beans on all orders. Try their Machaca con Huevos: shredded beef, eggs, onions, bell pepper, chiles, and spices; served with rice and beans. A great meal any time!


    Rubicon Deli

    3715 India Street
    San Diego
    Locations in Mission Hills & Mission Bay
    (858-488-DELI) At Rubicon Deli breakfast is served all day. Try any of their delicious breakfast specialties such as the Southwest Wrap, Late Riser with Ham or Turkey, Eggs, Bacon, Melted PepperJack, Tomato, Avocado, Chipotlé Cremé and be sure to try their popular Acaí Bowl or Smoothie.


Point Loma, Shelter Island & Liberty Station


  • Bali Hai Restaurant

    2230 Shelter Island Dr.
    Shelter Island
    (619-222-1181) Every Sunday, many boat owners in the community come to the Bali Hai and dock to have Sunday Brunch. For some, it’s a Sunday ritual. If you own a boat, and are considering coming over for Sunday Brunch, we suggest you get there a little early to get a place on the dock. Sometimes boats get docked two deep on Sundays!! Good luck!!


    The Broken Yolk Cafe

    1851 Garnet Ave.
    Pacific Beach
    Locations in Pacific Beach, Downtown, Point Loma, La Costa, San Marcos, Eastlake, La Costa, Oceanside
    858.270.YOLK (9655)


    Country Waffles

    2323 Midway Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92110
    (619-220-8888)
    Locations in Chula Vista, Clairemont, El Cajon & Point Loma
    (858-223-2225) Breakfast from $3.99, They serve the best Waffles in San Diego and feature a wide selection of other breakfast specialties for you to choose from.


    Humphreys Restaurant

    2241 Shelter Island Dr
    Point Loma
    (619-224-3577) Modern global cuisine at its finest in an unforgettable waterfront atmosphere! Visit Humphreys Restaurant on the San Diego Bay for their award-winning brunch!


    Kaiserhof Restaurant

    2253 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
    Point Loma
    (619-224-0606) They offer a great Sunday Brunch, starting at ($8.50).


    Point Break Cafe

    2743 Shelter Island Dr.
    Point Loma
    (619-758-9870) Breakfast from $5.50.


    Red Sails Inn

    2614 Shelter Island Dr.
    Point Loma
    (619-223-3030) Breakfast from $5.95.


    TWENTYFIVE/92

    2592 Laning Rd.
    Point Loma
    (619-221-1900) Great for a breafast with a pristine bay view, on the coast of Liberty Station in Point Loma.


South Bay


  • The Broken Yolk Cafe

    1851 Garnet Ave.
    Pacific Beach
    Locations in Pacific Beach, Downtown, Point Loma, La Costa, San Marcos, Eastlake, La Costa, Oceanside
    858.270.YOLK (9655)


    Villa Manila Restaurant

    500 E. Eighth St.
    National City
    (619-477-8512) Best Filipino breakfast in San Diego.


  • Temecula


    • featured-smallPonte Family Estate Winery & Ponte Vineyard Inn

    • The impressive Ponte Family Estate Winery with its award winning outdoor vineyard view restaurant and top 10 ranked Ponte Vineyard Inn is ideally located in the heart of the picturesque Temecula Valley wine country surrounded by 300 acres of mature vineyards.