Start Your Day Properly with One of San Diego's Best Breakfasts

Whether it's a power breakfast before work or fuel for a full day of visiting San Diego's best attractions, grab a newspaper and some friends and head out for the most important meal of the day.

San Diego is known as one of the fittest cities in the United States so those seeking a health-conscious breakfast are in luck. These establishments offer lighter fare such as the granola or grilled vegetable omelet with egg whites at The Cottage or vanilla almond oatmeal brulee at Snooze, an A.M. Eatery.

Calories not a concern? Go for it and order the Coast Toast (french bread soaked in eggs and whipping cream, then cooked on a griddle) at Brockton Villa or griddled meatloaf with eggs at Hash House a Go Go.

Pancake lovers will go bananas for the Clairecakes, fluffy pancakes spiced with cinnamon, at Claire's on Cedros. The apple pancake at Richard Walker's Pancake House, is more like an actual "cake" with heaps of glazed apples on top.

If you don't fee like dressing up, you're in luck. Breakfast, in line with our beach culture, is always a casual meal here in San Diego. It's also the most reasonably-priced meal of the day. Take advantage of these 10 best breakfast restaurants. Even if you sleep until noon, there are a few on this list that will still whip up an omelet for you.

Pacific Beach
Broken Yolk

As you might guess from its name, this lovely cafe specializes in omelets perfectly prepared with a wide variety of ingredients. The famous dozen-egg omelet comes topped with chili and a pile of potatoes on the side. Eat it all and you pay a...  Read More

Pacific Beach

Fig Tree Cafe is an unassuming house turned popular breakfast spot in the beach community of Pacific Beach. Ingredients are locally sourced or even home-grown and transformed into authentic California cuisine at a reasonable price. Try french...  Read More


Claire's on Cedros, located in Solana Beach, is an award-winning breakfast and lunch spot. The in-house bakery produces breakfast delights such as scones, cookies, muffins and more. The rest of the breakfast and lunch menu is made up of bistro...  Read More

Pacific Beach
Kono's Cafe

This Hawaiian-themed, no-frills eatery is revered for its hearty portions, low prices and amiable atmosphere. Late-risers appreciate that breakfast is served from open to close, and burgers get raves as well. If you're lucky, you'll snag a table...  Read More

It's hard not to relax over breakfast at Brockton Villa, while gazing out on to the gorgeous La Jolla Cove. This historic building maintains a casual, cottage feel reminiscent of dining at a friend's beach house. Go for the Coast Toast, Brockton...  Read More

Richard Walker's Pancake House, located in downtown San Diego near the Convention Center (just a quick walk away0, has received numerous local accolades for their breakfasts overall, with high praise for the pancakes, as the name might suggest....  Read More

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, located in Hillcrest, is sort of how you'd imagine breakfast with the Jetsons to be, with a retro interior full of vibrant colors. Try the Sandwich I Am, which is an Udi's soft pretzel roll with eggs, cheese and sausage...  Read More

Hash House A Go Go

Modern diner Hash House A Go Go specializes in BIG "Twisted Farm Food" so bring your appetite. For breakfast or brunch (served a la carte), indulge in a plate of hash with meatloaf, salmon, or corned beef. Try flapjacks such as the traditional...  Read More

Grab some complimentary coffee and coffee cake and leg out the weekend wait, because the food will be worth it. Recipient of accolades locally and nation-wide, breakfast, is what The Cottage is known for and is very popular with locals. The...  Read More

Balboa Park
The Mission

This is one place where waiting for a table proves worthwhile - The Mission is the local favorite for hearty, unusual breakfasts and lunches. Fill up on Chino-Latino and American dishes like the Zen Breakfast (scrambled egg whites, braised tofu,...  Read More


Meet Katie Dillon

Katie Dillon originally moved to the seaside community of La Jolla to attend UC San Diego. When the opportunity presented itself, she and her husband set off for a 7 year stint overseas as...  More About Katie

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