Best Brunch or Breakfast Restaurants to Start Your Day in San Diego

Katie Dillon

By , Local Expert, San Diego
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Wake up in San Diego, where the sun is probably shining, and make time to visit the 10 best restaurants for breakfast or brunch because these places are popular with locals for good reason.

For the times when an elaborate, champagne-filled brunch will do, the Crown Room at Hotel del Coronado is a top pick for it's multiple gourmet food stations, beachfront location and historic appeal. This brunch is often lauded as the best in San Diego by local publications and residents.

Try Hash House A Go Go in Hillcrest for interesting farm food in gigantic portions. Andy's Sage Fried Chicken Benedict with maple reduction, 2 eggs,...  Read more »

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    Searsucker Del Mar

    Stunning Asian decor with hard-to-miss accent pieces, zen patio seating and Asian twists on breakfast...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: ""Asian Cowboy" is a perfect way to describe the truly wild menu at Burlap that is full of east-meets-west options. If you can't make it for brunch, go for lunch or dinner. Just beware that the evenings turn into a singles scene."

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    Crown Room at Hotel del Coronado

    Sunday brunch here is constantly lauded as one of the best in San Diego for multiple gourmet food stations...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Kids 5 and under eat brunch here for free. Don't forget to dress smartly. Walk off your brunch by spending some time exploring this historic hotel, whose red roof has become a symbol of San Diego."

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    The Mission

    Breakfast favorites that are worth the wait, generous portions, and reasonable prices make The Mission one...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "If you like french toast, order it here. The banana pancakes are also good. Be prepared for a nap or to take some food home with you."

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    Creative twists on old classics make Sunday mornings a popular place to order brunch a la carte. Go healthy or not--it's all good!

    Local Expert Tip: "Champagne Sunday brunch is an excellent time to try Searsucker. The Dr. Seuss-inspired Green Eggs and Ham is a must order and if perhaps you had a bit too much the night prior, the Bacon and Egg Bloody Mary might right the ship."

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    The Cottage

    Locals love The Cottage for healthy and hearty favorites. It's probably one of the best places to dine alfresco in the seaside community of La Jolla.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't swap out the scone that comes as a breakfast side. The baked goods here are to die for. The raspberry-millet muffins are so good, you'll never believe there's a healthy grain inside."

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    Kono's Cafe

    Kono's Cafe has a beach location, cheap prices (mostly under $5) and huge portions for those craving a...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "The portions are enormous which makes the price a complete bargain. The ambiance is as casual as it gets--beachwear is totally acceptable."

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    Hash House A Go Go

    It's comfort food to the max. The portions may be huge, but these over-the-top presentations are also full of flavor.

    Local Expert Tip: "Plan to make this your only meal of the day or consider sharing. The portions are seriously enormous and you'll find yourself staring at other people's food, marveling at what you didn't order."

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    Brockton Villa

    It's cozy, like dining in someone's home, with a panoramic view of the ocean. Breakfast is hearty (recommend) or healthy, depending on how you feel.

    Local Expert Tip: "Plan a little extra time for parking on peak days, like weekends and in the summer time. The famous Coast Toast, made with french bread soaked in whipping cream, is worth a little extra time on the treadmill."

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    Mediterranean Room

    A popular place for special occasion all-you-can-eat brunches for stunning ocean views and fresh, perfectly...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Make a reservation as soon as you identify when you want to go. They have an expanded brunch menu on holidays that may include a few extras. For example, there's an egg hunt and bunny at the popular Easter brunch. Valet parking is available, which is extremely convenient on summer weekends."

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    Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

    It's retro and fun with good benedicts and selection of Bloody Mary's in the Hillcrest area.

    Local Expert Tip: "Snooze is relatively new but has already become extremely popular. Plan accordingly, if you are coming at a peak time. They can seriously spice up a Bloody Mary, so be mindful if that's not to your taste."



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