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6 Local San Diego Restaurants to Visit for Brunch

Updated: Apr 27

One of my favorite meals to eat is breakfast and there are a lot of great breakfast spots in San Diego. I'm going to give you my top 5 breakfast spots to try in San Diego along with one of the best items on the menu. The restaurants on this list are great places to take your friends and family when they come to town for a visit and are also nice to go to solo if you just want to eat high quality breakfast food all by yourself! So without further ado here is my list of the top 5 breakfast restaurants in San Diego!

Sugar and Scribe

Sugar and Scribe is a well-known restaurant located in La Jolla, California. It is a popular restaurant that offers a variety of breakfast and lunch options. They serve breakfast and brunch dishes such as omelets, pancakes, and avocado toast. When you go, try the delicious Kensington Benedict with poached eggs, smoked salmon, and a dill creme fraîche! You also need to try the blueberry love pancakes! The pancakes are the most ordered item on the menu! Lastly, I highly recommend the lemon lavender mimosa, it is dangerously good!

Best Dish: Blueberry Love Pancakes and the Kensignton Benedict

Best Drink: Lemon Lavender mimosa

Sugar and Scribe BBQ Brisket Sandwich, Blueberry Love Pancakes and the Kensington Benedict
BBQ Brisket Sandwich, Blueberry Love Pancakes and the Kensington Benedict

Fig Tree Cafe

Ever heard of Liberty Station? Well if not, now you have! Fig Tree Cafe sits in the heart of Liberty Station which is a beautiful neighborhood and shopping area located in Point Loma which is only a few minutes drive from the San Diego Airport. They offer some of the best French toast your tastebuds have ever tasted and are open for breakfast and lunch. Get there early because it fills up quick and the lines can get long. When we go we usually shoot for opening which is 7am sharp!

Best dish: Berry Sweet French Toast

Great Maple

The Great Maple restaurant offers a sleek modern inside with plenty of seating for friends and family. Couple that with a list of tasty entrees from tasty chilaquiles to some enormous but super soft French Toast logs and you have a foodies dream come true! Of course everything is served with pure maple syrup! There are 2 locations currently in San Diego: La Jolla UTC and Hillcrest with the former offering more parking and space for guest, but it is connected to a large mall so make sure you park close to where it's located. Another bonus is that the La Jolla location offers reservations for large parties.

Best dish: Maple Bacon Donuts

Photo Credit: Great Maple

Spill the Beans Cafe

This reastaurant offers a unique spin on bagel breakfast! Each bagel dish can be crafted with a sweet and savory cream cheese plus a handful of other tasty butters. Spill the Beans Cafe has bagel flavors like French Toast and Bacon and White Cheddar so you know you're in for a treat. They also offer some great coffee options having won an award from Ranch & Coast for best coffee 2022. It's located in Seaport Village which is right next to the beautiful San Diego Bay. You could walk down the edge of the bay in the early morning after getting full from of these bagels and enjoy the nice views of the ocean and pier.

Cafe 21

Cafe 21 is one of the most relaxing places to eat. They offer breakfast tapas that taste great. Whether it's the Lamb Kofta Omelette or their vegan French Toast there is at least on the menu for everyone. Oh and did I mention its Farm-to-Table?

Best menu item: Dutch Pancacke

Photo credit: Cafe 21


Photo credit: Cafe 21

Sunny Boy Biscuit Co.

Biscuits anyone? This little home grown shop is very popular amongst the downtown and North Park residents. If you enjoy warm buttery melt in your mouth biscuits then you have to try Sunny Boy Biscuit Co. Their biscuit entrees are bursting with flavor in every bite!

Best menu items: Veggie Benedict and the Biscuit Brûlée


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