San Diego’s Best Brunch Spots

Brunch: that long, leisurely meal that usually involves copious amounts of food and hangover-killing cures — or enough daytime drinking to get a start on the next day’s hangover.  Many restaurants try to lure the brunch bunch, but some definitely do it better than the rest.

Here are San Diego’s  best brunches:

  • 94th Aero SquadronKearny Mesa-  The bottomless Champagne is almost as exciting as the front row seat to watching WWII-era airplanes takeoff and touchdown at adjacent Montgomery Field!
  • Cabo CantinaPacific Beach-  $9.95  gets you bottomless mimosas, heaping plates of egg-topped, green chile-drenched chilaquiles, and steak & jalapeño-stuffed Diablo omelettes.  ñam  ñam!
  • Cafe 21Gaslamp Quarter-  The boozing options are plentiful with six kinds of mimosas (like a ginger beer-spiked “Gingermosa”), Bloodys with 6oz beer chasers, and pitchers of sangria. Fortifying your stomach with the likes of tiramisu pancakes with maple espresso syrup and cast-iron omelets like the Salmon Diamonds topped with feta, pesto, and avocado.
  • Claire’s on CedrosSolana Beach-  Have your way with spiced pear-stuffed French toast, Salade Croque Madame (really just an excuse to eat a bunch of brioche, prosciutto, Fontina, and runny eggs under the guise of frisee), and braised short rib hash.  Bonus: the back patio’s dog friendly if Fido also has a taste for short rib hash.
  • The Crown Room Coronado- The $80 price tag might give you pause, but know that you’ll be brunching in one of the world’s coolest hotels.   And by the way, it’s haunted!
  • Mediterranean RoomLa Jolla-  Who could turn down Hollandaise and hash browns with the ocean in sight?  The view of the Pacific from this 7th floor dining room at La Valencia is downright enchanting.
  • Tom Ham’s LighthouseHarbor Island-  Located on Harbor Island with views of downtown San Diego, Tom’s operates as a working lighthouse.  Devour a buffet of fresh crab legs, smoked salmon, and oysters, not to mention bottomless champagne and incredible house ceviche.
  • Westgate Hotel Downtown- Westgate delivers bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys, and margaritas.  You’ll probably make multiple trips to the crepe station, but make sure you’re also prepared to mow through some of their house-made donuts.

Don’t see one of your favorite San Diego brunch spots?  Be sure to share in the comments! 

Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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