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The Best Spots for Weekend Brunch in La Jolla- San Diego, CA

Updated: May 28

Nestled along the beautiful shores of Southern California, La Jolla, affectionately nicknamed "the jewel," welcomes visitors and locals with its unparalleled beauty and coastal charm. Located approximately 14 miles north of downtown San Diego, this coastal community boasts breathtaking ocean views, dramatic cliffs, and playful sea lions along its rugged coastline. Each year, over 2 million people journey to La Jolla to relax, unwind, and explore.

For me, La Jolla holds a special place as one of the city's premier destinations, offering a wide range of activities to suit every taste. From scenic hiking trails that wind along the coastline to the vibrant culinary scene that awaits, there's no shortage of experiences. La Jolla has a delicious selection of brunch eateries serving up mouth-watering dishes. Whether you're a local or a visitor planning your next excursion, join me as I unveil my top four favorite brunch spots in La Jolla, each promising a culinary experience to remember.

Nestled in the heart of La Jolla's charming village, this beloved eatery boasts a cozy and inviting atmosphere, with its quaint cottage-style exterior. Inside, guests are greeted by a rustic yet elegant dining space adorned with vibrant floral arrangements and vintage décor. The Cottage is renowned for its farm-to-table cuisine, showcasing fresh and locally sourced ingredients in every dish. From fluffy buttermilk pancakes drizzled with maple syrup to savory crab cake benedicts, the menu offers a delightful blend of classic brunch favorites and innovative creations. Whether you're enjoying a leisurely breakfast on the patio or gathering with friends for a hearty brunch, The Cottage is definitely a brunch spot to check out. 

Morning Glory Sandwich

Located just around the corner from The Cottage, is a cute little cafe called The Blue Whale. This cozy cafe recently opened its doors in 2023 and joins the list of delicious La Jolla breakfast restaurants. Their breakfast menu includes favorites like French toast, breakfast burritos, and chicken and waffles. They also offer specialty lattes and smoothies.  You can grab a seat inside or enjoy some fresh air while you eat on the outdoor seating located on the patio. When I went I tried the UBE pancakes which were fluffy, flavorful and delicious. If you are unfamiliar with what Ube is, it is a purple yam that is native to the Philippines. 

ube pancakes

Located a little over half a mile from the La Jolla Cove is Sugar and Scribe (my personal favorite) a culinary gem beloved for its delectable pastries, artisanal bread, and inventive brunch fare. Stepping into this cozy bakery and café feels like entering a quaint European bistro. The brunch menu features an array of brunch classics with a creative twist, such as bread pudding French toast, Kensington eggs benedict, and breakfast skillets bursting with flavor. Guests can indulge their sweet tooth with a selection of freshly baked pastries and desserts, including buttery croissants, flaky fruit tarts, and rich chocolate eclairs. With its warm hospitality and culinary expertise, Sugar and Scribe offers delicious food and an unforgettable brunch experience that keeps guests coming back for more. This is one of the best restaurants for brunch in San Diego.  My favorite items on the menu include the blueberry love pancakes and the lemon lavender mimosa!

Blueberry Love Pancakes

mimosa flight

Come for the food, stay for the views! Nestled amidst the lush greenery of the iconic Scripps Institution of Oceanography, this hidden gem offers a serene and picturesque setting for brunch with a great view.  Guests can dine al fresco on the expansive outdoor patio, where panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean stretch as far as the eye can see. The menu features an enticing selection of brunch favorites, including fluffy buttermilk pancakes and freshly baked bagels.  Whether you're enjoying a leisurely brunch with friends or fueling up for a day of exploring La Jolla's natural wonders, Caroline's Cafe is a great place to start your adventure with a delicious meal. 

Blueberry Pancakes



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