Only at Brunch: San Diego's Extravagant Buffets, Innovative a la Carte Menus

Brunch in San Diego isn’t just for holidays and special occasions. This popular meal can be enjoyed on any weekend, and even some weekdays, in hotels and trendy restaurants across the county. It’s family-friendly, ranges from casual to upscale, and might just cure your hangover blues. Wasabi Bloody Mary? Bring it on, but save room--San Diego chefs have turned brunch into quite a culinary event that isn't just about eggs and bacon.

Find San Diego brunches in all-you-can-eat buffet style, such as the seven stations at the Crown Room where you may also partake in bottomless mimosas. Or, perhaps you'd just like to try an Ultimate Sticky Bun at Trust Restaurant where the brunch menu is a la carte.  

The venues on this list are where San Diegans head to when the idea of brunch is on the table. We’ve done our best to list when brunch is offered but call ahead as things can and do change. It would definitely behoove you to make a reservation in advance, too.

Allow enough time for a post-brunch nap. These innovative brunches are so good that you’ll surely want to indulge.

Hash House A Go Go


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



With a farm-to-table approach, Whisknladle succeeds in making simple food taste extraordinary. The menu changes with the season and is void of fuss. Everything is made from scratch, including the tonics and purees for the artisanal cocktails....  Read More



Owned and operated by Chef Matt Gordon and his wife, Urban Solace in North Park offers brunch-goers two options. "Blunch" on Saturdays includes breakfast-type items such as Kitchen Sink Biscuits and Gravy, Fried Green Tomato Benny (house...  Read More



THE MED evokes the feel of charming villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea but in the Village of La Jolla. Its claim to fame is threefold: ocean views, impeccable service and a superb Coastal Mediterranean menu that emphasizes the best of...  Read More



Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey of TLC's Mega Bites and Bravo's Top Chef opened Searsucker in the heart of San Diego's trendy Gaslamp Quarter. Sunday brunch is an excellent time to try this popular venue. The creative and witty New American menu...  Read More

North Park


Located about 1.5 miles away from Qualcomm Stadium, Cafe 21 is a great option for any reason. This extremely popular restaurant is Turkish and if you don't order the baklava... well, let's just say you should. The restaurant is so popular that...  Read More



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

Le Fontainebleau


The Westgate Hotel is meant to be a re-creation of an anteroom in the Palace of Versailles with antiques, Baccarat crystal chandeliers, plush carpets and brocade chairs. Le Fontainebleau, the hotel's modern-French restaurant, hosts an...  Read More



Trust Restaurant is a community restaurant in Hillcrest with a menu of seasonal, shareable plates that is especially popular at brunch time. Look out for favorites such as Rolled Tacos con Huevos (two eggs, black beans, chorizo, potatoes, salsa...  Read More



Legendary Sunday brunch in the Crown Room at the Hotel del Coronado has been a long-time local favorite and award-winning year after year. Patrons dine under Victorian-era, dark vaulted ceilings and stunning crown chandeliers. Seven dining...  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