The Best Brunches in San Diego

You can't go wrong starting your weekends at these top places
October 3, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

We think brunch is the most important meal of the day. At San Diego restaurants with a selection of brunch favorites like waffles, savory sides, or, perhaps, a build-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar, why wouldn't you have brunch every weekend? If you're looking for the best and brightest brunches in San Diego, read below for the top 10 places to hit, plus must-order dishes.

Bottega Americano
East Village · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

Fans “can’t rave enough” about this “stylish” East Village Italian with its "delicious" modern fare and "accommodating" service in a "cool" , all-white space that includes an on-site gourmet marketplace offering lots of options to go; it can get a bit “pricey” , but there's a "fabulous happy hour" where the drinks and snacks “outshine the price tag.”
The Mission Mission Beach
Breakfast · Mission Beach · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

Wholesome ", " tasty " breakfasts and lunches for both the gluten-free and “ sugar-and-carbs ” crowds can be found at this " hip " trio, where the " Mexican-inspired " menu comes in " huge portions " and is affordable to boot; it's ever-" popular ", so expect “ noisy ” acoustics and “ arrive early” on weekends or expect to wait.
Great Maple
Breakfast · University Heights · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

From the folks behind Hash House a Go Go comes this "lively" , well-priced University Heights American offering an "inspired" menu with "loads of different delicious dishes” paired with cocktails in a “Mad Men–chic” setting with a light-strung patio; “warm, friendly” service increases the appeal, and it's also "fun for breakfast" and brunch with “amazing” maple bacon donuts made "fresh" for the table.
Breakfast Republic
Brunch · North Park · $$

One-of-a-kind " breakfast fare with " humor and heart, " like s’mores French toast, pancake flights and candied bacon (plus specialty cocktails, beer flights and kombucha) is offered at this " charming " restaurant with " eclectic" decor elements like greenery-covered walls and whisk lighting fixtures.
Mister A's
French · Bankers Hill · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

Bertrand Hug's "elegant" French-American perched on the 12th floor of an office building in Bankers Hill is a “classic" spot to take visitors or celebrate a “special occasion” thanks to the "spectacular" bay and skyline views – particularly from the outdoor terrace; the "excellent" French-inflected fare is ferried by "polished" , “attentive” staffers, and though bills are "expensive" , it's "worth it for a special day.
Fig Tree Cafe Liberty Station
American · Liberty Station · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

This “cute” , “casual” mini-chain with outposts in Liberty Station, Hillcrest and Pacific Beach provides "creative” Californian cuisine with a noteworthy breakfast and brunch (think breakfast sushi, latte flights and crab cake bennies); affordable bills and greenery-filled patios in Liberty Station and Pacific Beach complete the package.
Davanti Enoteca
Brunch · Little Italy · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

Amazing " " modern takes on Italian food " are served with " great " wine and cocktails in " fun, exciting " surroundings at these Chicago imports in Little Italy and Del Mar, with almost " too many " small and large plates to choose from on their midpriced menus; " accommodating " service and attractive settings with " beautiful " patios earn kudos, as does the “ impressive ” “ build-your-own Bloody Mary bar” during weekend brunch.
Urban Solace
American · North Park · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

The cheddar biscuits are a must " at this " hip ", " foodie " New American in North Park famed for its " comfort food with a twist " paired with " fun cocktails " and " local craft beers " in a " wonderful renovated building " with indoor and outdoor seating; moderate pricing, " friendly " service and a " fabulous Sunday brunch" with bluegrass top things off.
Snooze an A.M. Eatery
Brunch · Hillcrest · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

Not-your-everyday pancakes ", " mix-and-match Benedicts " and " unique " Bloody Marys lead the lineup at this " fun ", " popular " daytime chain pumping out its " delicious " eats " fast " in " airy ", " playful " spaces with a " Jetsons vibe "; prices are affordable too, but " don't go there too hungry as the wait can be a killer.
Harbor Breakfast
Brunch · Little Italy · $$

True to its name, this Little Italy breakfast specialist serves the most important meal of the day, all day. A black-and-white striped awning and cheery blue walls are a pleasant setting for early-morning classics like flapjacks, biscuits and gravy and the Hangtown Fry, an old Gold Rush favorite of scrambled eggs, oysters and eggs.