Our Favorite San Diego Brunch Spots

Nothing says the weekend like a leisurely brunch with family or friends, especially in gorgeous San Diego! From classic egg omelettes and Bloody Marys to pastries and house-made sweet treats, these local restaurants are serving up all the best breakfast fare. Enjoy a leisurely Sunday morning at one of these essential San Diego brunch spots – and maybe a mimosa or two!

Farmer & the Seahorse

10996 Torreyana Rd.
San Diego, CA 92121
Farmer & The Seahorse offers al fresco brunch with amazing views and live music every Sunday morning/afternoon. It’s a popular spot for brunch near La Jolla, as it’s just a few minutes’ drive north. Menu favorites include multi-grain pancakes, chilaquiles, and a Moroccan scramble. Also: try one of their flavored mimosas, which come with unlimited bottle service for $20. Guests can choose from five juices to accompany each bottle of bubbly: triple rosemary berry, pineapple mango, traditional orange juice, grapefruit, and blood orange. Farmer & the Seahorse offers mimosa bottle service on Sundays from 10am-2pm.

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Madison

4622 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92116
Madison on Park is a local favorite for dinner and now, with their new brunch menu, is a great spot to dine on the weekends. New brunch items include brioche french toast, huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, paleo bowl, white bean shakshuka with carnitas, banana strawberry Nutella waffle and classic favorites like the beet waffle, avocado toast and waffled churro sticks.

Madison’s bottomless Mimosas are available by the glass or pitcher, and include the Black Magic mimosas with activated charcoal, the Blue Dream mimosa with blue-green spirulina and the Purple Rain Mimosa with aloe vera juice and butterfly pea flower. Brunch hours are Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am to 2:30pm.

Herb & Wood

2210 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
Little Italy favorite Herb & Wood launched a brand-new brunch menu this past April, which is served on weekends between 10am and 2:30pm. Though known for its excellent dinner options, the new brunch menu is definitely holding its own! Menu highlights include the dutch baby soufflé pancakes, a Jamón Ibérico Benedict, and scallop ceviche. Brunch cocktails and a special brunch dessert menu are also available.

 

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TRUST Restaurant

3752 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92103
Since opening last spring, TRUST Restaurant has quickly become one of the city’s hottest gathering spots. Diners can people watch on the patio while digging into delicious brunch plates from executive chef Brad Wise and his team. Local favorites include the pancakes and fried chicken plate, spicy pork belly grilled cheese, and a seriously epic sticky bun – a show stopping cinnamon roll topped with cinnamon ice cream. Brunch is served on weekends from 9am to 2pm.

The Med

1132 Prospect St.
La Jolla, CA 92037
If you’re looking for a little glamour with your brunch, our very own La Valencia in La Jolla is the perfect spot! Executive Chef Alex Emery’s renowned weekend brunch includes dishes like house-cured salmon, a brunch board loaded with pastries, cheeses and seasonal berries, local spiny lobster Benedict, and grilled flat iron steak and eggs. There are fruit flavored mimosas as well, plus six decidedly different Bloody Marys – standouts include the Sriracha and soy sauce crafted Shanghai, to the namesake Lady V with its impressive crab claw and bacon garnish.

Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am to 2:30pm.

Galaxy Taco

2259 Avenida de La Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037
Still one of our favorite taco spots in La Jolla, Galaxy Taco does not disappoint when it comes to Sunday brunch! Yummy menu items include a tasty pazole verde with pork, blue and white corn hominy, radish and avocado; and pork huarache (pulled pork flatbread) with fried eggs and roasted tomatillo salsa. If you’re looking for something on the sweeter side, try the fresh cream, banana, lemon zest, and Mexican chocolate dusted waffles while sipping on bottomless Mimosa and Micheladas.

Brunch at Galaxy Taco is served on Sundays from 10am to 3pm.

Oceana Coastal Kitchen

3999 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109
Panoramic bay views and alfresco dining make Oceana’s Sunday Champagne brunch well worth the splurge! Located at the Catamaran Resort Hotel, you’ll be able to feast on sushi, nigiri, and sashimi selections from the cold bar, in addition to fresh fruit, pastries, salads, and antipasto. Larger plated options, like salmon and prime rib, can also be ordered, plus breakfast favorites such as the Waffle Romanoff, a Belgian style waffle topped with Grand Marnier, strawberries, whipped cream, and maple syrup. Brunch hours are Sundays from 10am to 2pm.

 

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Craft & Commerce

675 W Beech St
San Diego, CA 92101
For some serious next-level indulgence, head to the newly revamped Craft & Commerce in downtown San Diego. Brunch offerings from executive chef Ted Smith range from the goat cheese and orange marmalade topped grilled toast (dubbed ‘The Orange Rides the Goat Toast’) to an old-school hearty fried chicken and waffle plate. Other menu favorites include an over-the-top foie gras breakfast burrito filled with marinated skirt steak. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3pm.

Café 21

2736 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Lines for brunch are always out the door at this cozy Gaslamp Quarter restaurant (they have another location in North Park). Along with its popular mimosa and sangria flights, there are some new morning items worth the wait; with sweet and savory crêpes joining the menu’s cast-iron skillets, omelets, pancakes, and classic French toast with powdered sugar. Other brunch favorites include flavored pancakes like the tiramisu with espresso maple syrup, mascarpone cream, chocolate sauce and cocoa powder; shrimp corn cakes; and a fusion Eggs Benedict with cilantro cream sauce.

Bloody Marys are offered with a red, green or yellow heirloom tomato mix, while mimosa and sangria Flights are served on a tasting tree, with rotating weekly flavors. Brunch is served until 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Crown Room at Hotel Del Coronado

1500 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA
San Diego’s flagship fancy brunch is still running strong and remains a beloved favorite of locals and visitors, alike. Every Sunday, their Victorian Crown Room dining room fills up with food like King Crab legs, a gourmet Bloody Mary bar, sushi, egg dishes, french toast and much, much more. The regular brunch costs $93 per person for adults, $23 for children, but their Chef’s Table option has one seating at 10am and includes a garden tour, Champagne reception, specially plated courses and a reserve wine selection for $150.

 

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The Pearl Hotel

1410 Rosecrans St
San Diego, CA 92106
The Pearl Hotel’s new restaurant, Charles & Dinorah, is now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Favorites include chilaquiles with two sunny eggs, black beans, farro and salsa verde; chicken fried steak with sausage gravy and hash browns; a Croque Madame with black forest ham, mornay, Irish cheddar and sunny side-up egg; and Nutella french toast with brioche and buckwheat pancakes with apple butter, both served with a house-infused cardamom maple syrup. Brunch hours are 10am to 3pm on Sundays.

Little Lion Café

1424 Sunset Cliffs Blvd
San Diego, CA
Sunset Cliffs’ Little Lion Cafe is a brunch favorite for many locals in Ocean Beach and Point Loma — so much so that people forget they serve dinner, too! The granddaughters of the (now closed) Belgian Lion owners are serving up a rotating menu of superfood bowls, baked eggs in cream, savory lunch options, bruschettas, poached eggs and more in this cozy and super stylish restaurant. Another bonus: vegetarians, vegans and meat- eaters alike will all find something delicious to suit their needs. Don’t skip the vanilla latte and make sure you get there early on weekends to avoid crowds!

For other brunch and breakfast ideas, visit our favorite brunch spots in La Jolla or visit our restaurant directory!

Enjoy a Handcrafted Easter Celebration at Flemings La Jolla

This Easter Sunday, April 21st, create unforgettable moments with family and friends over a three-course brunch at Flemings La Jolla! Complete with favorites like Brioche French Toast, their signature Filet Mignon Eggs Benedict, and a Spring Vegetable Quiche, plus dessert entrees like Flourless Chocolate Cake and beverage options including a Berry Mimosas, there is truly something for everyone this weekend! Brunch begins at 10:00am.

You can choose from the three-course brunch, their full dinner menu, or a three-course Filet & Lobster menu – also available all day.  Even the little ones will be delighted by a special three-course children’s brunch menu.  All entrées include a choice of one starter, sides to share, and your choice of dessert.

Starters

CAESAR SALAD
Hearts of romaine, parmesan, fried capers, crispy prosciutto

LOBSTER BISQUE
North Atlantic Lobster, spiced sherry cream

Entrées

SIGNATURE EGGS BENEDICT: choice of —

  • Sliced Filet Mignon & Hollandaise
  • Crab cake & tomato Hollandaise
  • Surf & Turf

SPRING VEGETABLE QUICHE
Caramelized onions, asparagus, green peas, herbed goat cheese with tomato hollandaise

STEAK & SPRING VEGETABLE QUICHE
6oz Filet Mignon, caramelized onions, asparagus, green peas, herbed goat cheese with tomato hollandaise

BRIOCHE FRENCH TOAST
With strawberry sauce & maple syrup on the side

SALMON COBB SALAD
Hard-boiled eggs, danish blue cheese crumbles, bacon, tomatoes, creamy honey-lime vinaigrette

Sides to Share

LYONNAISE POTATOES
With caramelized onions

FRESH ROASTED ASPARAGUS
With herb butter

Dessert

NEW YORK CHEESECAKE
Classic preparation, topped with caramel & fresh citrus

FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE
Strawberry sauce & Chantilly whipped cream

Beverages

BERRY MIMOSA
BUTCHER’S BLOODY MARY

Flemings Steakhouse is located at 8970 University Center Lane, San Diego 92122. To make reservations for Easter Brunch at Flemings La Jolla, visit their website or give them a call at (858) 535-0078.

Where To Have An Incredible Easter Brunch In La Jolla

Delicious food and quality time with loved ones is what Easter is all about – and Easter Brunch La Jolla comes with that, plus incredible ocean views! Celebrate Easter weekend at one of these world-class La Jolla restaurants. Some are offering a buffet this year, while others will be featuring a prix-fixe menu. Please note that a reservation is required for most of the restaurants on this list, unless otherwise noted.

Fleming’s Steakhouse La Jolla

When: Sunday, April 21st; starts at 10am
Address: 8970 University Center Lane, San Diego CA 92122
Create unforgettable Easter moments over a three-course brunch at Flemings La Jolla, with favorites like Brioche French Toast and a Spring Vegetable Quiche. Choose from their full dinner menu, or their three-course Filet & Lobster menu, also available all day. Even the little ones will be delighted by their special three-course children’s brunch menu! Reservations are required. Call (858) 535-0078 or reserve online.

Nine-Ten La Jolla

When: Sunday, April 21st; 10:00am to 2:30pm
Address: 910 Prospect St La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: 3 courses for $35/person
Nine-Ten’s Easter celebration is a world-class event! Chef Jason Knibb and Pastry Chef Jose Alonzo, III, will prepare a special Easter Sunday Brunch three-course menu featuring a choice of starters, entrees, and desserts. $16 bottomless mimosas and other drink specials will also be available. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 858.964.5400 or reserve online here.

The Marine Room

When: Sunday, April 21st; 10:00am to 4:00pm
Address: 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, California 92037
Cost: $82 for adults, $45 for children
Enjoy a fabulous brunch with one of the best views in La Jolla! The Marine Room is perched on the water and offers up incredible French/American cuisine. This year their Easter buffet will feature a seasonal menu that includes Coronado Island Sea Bass Ceviche, Truffle Eggs Benedict, Spindrift Seafood Crepes, and more. For reservations please call (855) 203-8511 or make a reservation online.

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La Jolla Shores Restaurant

When: Sunday, April 21st; 9:30am to 2:30pm
Address: 8110 Camino Del Oro, San Diego, CA 92037
Cost: $68 per adult; $39 for children 6 to 10 years, and $6 per year for children 5 and under
Enjoy Chef Percy’s brunch on the beach and you’ll find something to satisfy every taste with a buffet that features favorites like Kings Hawaiian French Toast and Hazelnut Crusted Petrale Sole, along with Buchmann’s Ranch Cage Free Egg and Linguini Station, Herb-Roasted Colorado Leg of Lamb, and more. Call (858) 456-0600 or make a reservation online.

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The MED Restaurant

When: Sunday, April 21st; 10:00am to 2:30pm
Address: 1132 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: $89 per adult, $39 per child
One of the most show-stopping and popular brunches you just have to attend is Easter at THE MED. The ocean view restaurant boasts a food smorgasbord full of action stations and whimsical dishes. Guests can choose from items such as quiche, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, a seafood selection of fresh shucked oysters, crudo, crab claws and jumbo shrimp, fresh salads and crudité, as well as action stations such as omelets, meat carving and dessert. They will also have three Easter Egg Hunts for little ones that day: at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, with a special visit from the Easter Bunny at those times as well. Make reservations online or give them a call at (855) 818-6887.

CUSP Dining & Drinks

When: Sunday, April 21st 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Address: 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla CA 92037
Cusp’s Easter Brunch is a family pleaser with classic dishes for all ages. Take advantage of Chef Ingrid Funes’ new brunch menu, featuring classic a la carte dishes like caramel french toast, a variety of Benedicts, and fresh salads. There will also be decadent specials like Prime Rib, Red Velvet Pancakes and House Cinnamon Rolls! Guests will also enjoy complimentary valet. Located on the top level of Hotel La Jolla, Cusp boasts panoramic views of La Jolla Shores, a beautiful backdrop for this special occasion. Reservations strongly suggested. Call (858) 551-3620 or make reservations online.

Limited-Time Burger & Wine Pairing Dinner at Flemings La Jolla

From now through March 12th, savor a mouthwatering burger and wine pairing special at Flemings La Jolla for just $25!

The Pairing

It’s the classic burger and wine pairing, taken to a whole new level. Enjoy Flemings Prime Burger, a combination of USDA prime beef, Wisconsin cheddar cheese, and peppered bacon, accompanied by a glass of Paraduxx By Duckhorn, a Proprietary Red Blend from Napa Valley with rich layers of black raspberry and blackberry pie, finished with notes of cinnamon, vanilla bean, and brown sugar.

The pairing dinner will be available exclusively in the bar at Flemings, now through March 12th for $25 per guest.

About Flemings La Jolla

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse in La Jolla is the ultimate steakhouse destination for food and wine lovers seeking a stylish, lively, and memorable dining experience complemented by attentive and knowledgeable service. Here, you’ll find a passion for steak and wine, reflected in an exceptional menu of hand-cut steaks, an award-winning wine program, and seasonal menu selections showcasing locally-inspired chef dishes courtesy of Chef Partner Matthew Cook, who has been at the helm of the Flemings La Jolla team for several years.

About Duckhorn Wines

Co-founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has spent forty years establishing itself as one of North America’s premier producers of Napa Valley wines. From its modest inaugural vintage of 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 800 cases of Merlot in 1978, to its addition of Sauvignon Blanc in 1982, Duckhorn Vineyards has crafted a tradition of quality and excellence that continues today.

You can make reservations online, or via phone by giving Flemings La Jolla a call at (858) 535-0078.

Wherever You Are, Southern California Has Special Places to Eat

California is packed with an abundance of beautiful places to visit. There are places to take in the scenic views, enjoy a day on one of the many beaches or watch an exciting sports team. All of those things are great. But when it comes down to it, we all look for awesome places to eat while on vacation. If you need some help with getting around, this restaurant and food guide can point you in the right direction.

Taking the Family for Breakfast

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and it’s time to eat. If pancakes or waffles are on your mind be sure to visit Bea Bea’s in Burbank or Torrance: The original pancake house in Redondo beach to get your fix. Looking for something a little different, check out Koreatown’s Bonjuk La or Republique in Los Angeles for breakfast on the next level.

Let’s Enjoy Lunch

Are you ready for lunch? Well if you are, you need to get in the car and find Pinks. Here you will find an interesting array of hot dogs. Yes, we know what you’re thinking, but trust us. There’s no place in Southern California that is better known for hot dogs. They are named after celebrities and they are piled high with fun ingredients. Or, if it’s beef you’re looking for then head on over to an In-N-Out burger, one of the top-rated burger joints on this earth!

Sweets Please

There something about sweets that call to most of us. If you’re one that enjoys a delectable treat from time to time, make a pilgrimage to California Donuts. Nearly anything you can think of, has been placed on top of a fluffy decadent donut. M & Ms, cereal and sprinkles are only the tip of the iceberg. And if you looking for something a little fancy, try ordering some treats from Bonpastry, a San Diego Dessert Catering company for your family gathering or festive birthday party celebration.

How About Some Drinks?

At Class 302, you can enjoy self-serve boba tea. For those of you wondering what boba tea is, it’s a Taiwanese iced tea drink. It’s usually served with milk, sugar and fun little boba, which are chewy tapioca balls that can be found on the bottom of the cup. And, if you need java in your day, be sure to visit Philz Coffee for a unique selection. Lastly for the adults in the group, the Telegraph Brewing Company has suds to tickle your tastebuds.

Bring on the Dinner Options

We have made it all this way and we haven’t discussed tacos. Oh boy, and in Southern California, no less. First dinner option is Tacos El Gordo. Here you will find a yummy selection of tacos to satisfy your craving. Next on the list is Daikoyoya, where you can get a steaming hot bowl of ramen filled with tasty ingredients. Continuing on the Asian inspired train, visit Sushi Ota for your fill of mouth watering sushi. If raw fish is not your thing, then Zankou Chicken has a varietal menu for you. They have many chicken, tri-tip and falafel options for you to try. Choose from quarter, half or whole chicken sizes for the family to enjoy.

The one thing that is great about Southern California is the abundance of available food options. Never settle, just drive a little to get what you and your stomach really want.

Flemings La Jolla Hosts Wine Pairing Dinner Featuring Tobin James

On January 25th, Fleming’s La Jolla will host a special wine pairing dinner featuring five incredible wines from Tobin James Cellars. This one-night-only event includes a perfectly prepared five-course menu expertly curated for the occasion by Chef Partner Matt Cook – and we are giving away two tickets! 

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We are giving away two tickets to the Tobin James wine pairing dinner at Flemings La Jolla! Tickets are valued at $125 per person. Entries must be submitted by January 22nd, 2019. To enter, visit our Giveaway PageIf you win, you’ll receive an email with instructions and details on the event!

Here’s a sneak peek at the five-course menu for this year’s Tobin James Wine Dinner.

First Course

  • Stuffed Baby Heirloom Tomatoes with chèvre, mint pesto, pistachios.
  • TOBIN JAMES Dream Weaver Sparkling California, NV

Second Course

  • Dungeness Crab Louie with red leaf lettuce, blood orange remoulade, roasted red pepper jam, shaved jicama.
  • TOBIN JAMES James Gang Reserve Chardonnay Monterey County, 2015

Third Course

  • Crispy Korean Pork Belly with marinated radish, potato pancake, pork jus.
  • TOBIN JAMES, Black Magic Petite Sirah Paso Robles, 2014

Entrée

  • Kona-Rubbed Wagyu Ribeye Medallion with spicy smashed cauliflower, gorgonzola cream.
  • TOBIN JAMES, Fat Boy Zinfandel Paso Robles, 2015

Dessert Course

  • Humboldt Fog Cheesecake with walnut crust, fig jam, prosciutto dust.
  • TOBIN JAMES, Liquid Love Late Harvest Zinfandel Paso Robles, 2013

About Flemings Steakhouse La Jolla

Fleming’s La Jolla is located at 8970 University Center Lane, San Diego 92122. Flemings’ menu is filled with your fresh favorites and a local chef’s table that changes monthly with fresh produce and seasonal flavors. The bar manager here has curated a wide selection of locally selected wines, handcrafted cocktails, and distilled spirits for all palettes.

About Tobin James 

Tobin James was the original winemaker at another familiar winery, Peachy Canyon. He put his name—and Paso Robles—on the map, when the very first wine he made won a spot on the coveted “top 100” wines of the year with the Wine Spectator. It wasn’t until 1993, after numerous gold medals and scores of 90+ on his wines, that Tobin decided to build his own winery on highway 46 east of Paso Robles.

San Diego Restaurants Open for the Holidays

While many look forward to home-cooked feasts come Christmas, the truth is that not everyone will be partaking the same way. Some people live far away from their families, have to work, are not interested with the hassle, or don’t celebrate the holiday, to give a few examples! But since everyone has to eat, some of San Diego’s restaurants are releasing special menus for both Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day — just make sure to read the fine print, as not every restaurant provides service on both days. Here’s the roundup of the best La Jolla and San Diego restaurants open to dine in for the holidays! 

Flemings Prime Steakhouse

8970 University Lane, San Diego 92122
Flemings Steakhouse in La Jolla is hosting several holiday specials this year. Starting now through December 21st, they will be open for a savory $38 three-course holiday lunch every Friday from 11:30am to 2:30pm. The menu features entrée favorites, like the tender Filet Mignon with Fleming’s Potatoes; Crab Cakes topped with roasted red pepper and lime butter sauce; and their new vegan California Power Bowl; along with your choice of salad and a dessert.

And for dinner, now through January 6th, indulge in their three-course holiday menu that begins with your choice of indulgent starters: Wild Mushroom Soup or our Seafood Louie Wedge Salad. Then the main event: Filet Mignon and Colossal North Atlantic Lobster Tail, all dressed up for the holidays with cabernet demi-glace, mixed sautéed mushrooms, and merlot salt. View the full menu here, and make your reservations today!

A.R. Valentien

11480 N Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla 92037
Spend Christmas Day at A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines this year. Enjoy a prix fixe four-course meal prepared by renowned Executive Chef Jeff Jackson in the timbered indoor- outdoor dining room overlooking the 18th hole of Torrey Pines Golf Course. Dinner will be held from 5pm to 10pm, and costs $115 per person or $130 with wine pairings. It’s $60 for children under 12. For a less casual dining experience, head to The Grill, where you can indulge in a three-course meal for just $60 a person. 

The Marine Room

2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla 92037
The Marine Room in La Jolla will be open for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year. Christmas Eve dining begins at 5pm on the 24th, and includes their seasonal dinner menu in addition to several holiday specials: Norwegian Halibut, Spindrift Trilogy (lobster tail, diver scallops, and wild prawn paired with asparagus and a tangerine absinthe infusion), and Colorado Lamb Osso Buco. On Christmas Day from 12pm to 7pm, you can enjoy a festive, holiday-themed a la carte menu featuring items like a Blackberry Cider Brined Mary’s Farm Turkey Breast, Thyme Fleur de Sel Roasted Branzino, and Cervena Farm Elk Medallions. 

The Shores Restaurant

8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla 92037
On Christmas Eve from 5pm to 10pm, The Shores Restaurant will be serving up a variety of á la carte Christmas Eve specials in addition to their regular menu: Maine Diver Scallops with Chorizo Risotto and wilted baby kale; Crispy Skin Sea Bass with saffron cauliflower couscous and bacon jam; and an Angus Bone-in Ribeye Steak with herb peewee potatoes, cremini, and arugula salad. On Christmas Day, enjoy a stress-free holiday buffet from 10am to 7pm for $64 per person. The buffet menu will feature a variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts, including a traditional turkey meal and a bone-in ham option. Be sure to make a reservation in advance!

George’s California Modern

1250 Prospect St., La Jolla 92037
Head to George’s California Modern restaurant for a festive menu and glass of wine from 3pm to 8pm on December 25th, which includes a three-course dinner for $62 per person. Enjoy lobster bisque, carrot campanelle pasta with soft egg, Jidori chicken, spinach and artichoke lasagna, swordfish, spiced apple and caramel mousse, plus much more! Vegetarian and vegan options will be available upon request. Their other dining areas, Level2 and Ocean Terrace, will also be open for Christmas serving regular dinner menus. Make your reservation ahead of time, as this will fill up.

Cusp Restaurant 

7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla 92037
This year, head to Cusp (inside Hotel La Jolla) on Christmas Day for a delicious three-course meal between 3pm and 8pm for $65 per person. Chef Ingrid Funes has prepared a three-course menu, starting with a selection of starters like Burrata & Serrano Ham and Potato Leek Soup and followed by delicious entrees such as Pan Roasted Filet Mignon and a Duo of Duck: half roasted duck breast and duck raviolo. Seasonal desserts finish off the meal, including White Chocolate Bread Pudding and Chocolate Tart. Dinner is $65 per adult and $35 for kids.  Make your reservation here.  

Nine-Ten Restaurant & Bar

910 Prospect St., La Jolla 92037
This year, Nine-Ten Restaurant will be open for Christmas Eve dinner from 5:30pm to 9pm. Guests will be treated to an amazing three-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $70 per person ($105 with wine pairings), featuring festive holiday dishes. On Christmas Day, the restaurant will be serving an a la carte brunch menu from 7:30am to 2:30pm, as well as a full pastry bar and $16 bottomless mimosas and drink specials. They will be closed for dinner on Christmas Day. 

Rustic Root

535 5th Ave., San Diego 92101
Rustic Root will offer a a festive, holiday-themed menu from 3pm to 9pm in the downstairs dining room on Christmas Day in downtown San Diego! Menu details will be announced closer to Christmas Day, but the meal will be priced at $55 per person.

Pacifica Del Mar

1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar 92014
On Christmas Day from 12pm to 9pm, enjoy a special 3-course menu full of holiday classics and Pacifica favorites set to stunning ocean views for $65 per person. This year’s menu features food like oven roasted free-range turkey, braised beef short ribs, pan roasted sea bass, and sugar spiced salmon, as well as several appetizer and dessert options. Reservations can be made early online or by phone, and are strongly suggested!

Experience the Holidays at Flemings Steakhouse in La Jolla

This holiday season, Flemings Steakhouse in La Jolla is hosting several holiday dining specials this year! From now through December 21st, the restaurant will be open for lunch from 11:30am to 2:30pm on Fridays until December 21st; they will also be featuring a special Holiday Prix Fixe Menu for $99 per person.

Chef’s Table Holiday Lunch Menu

$38 per guest; 11:30am-2:30pm every Friday through December 21st (12/14, 12/21).

Starter:

  • Wild Mushroom Soup 

OR

  • Flemings Chopped Salad

Entrée Options:

  • 6 oz. Filet Mignon (served with signature Flemings Potatoes)
  • California Burger
  • Crab Cakes
  • Breast of Chicken
  • California Power Bowl 

Dessert Options: 

  • Key Lime Pie
  • New York Cheesecake
  • Housemade Chocolate Truffles 

View the full lunch menu here. 

Happy Holidays Dinner Menu

$99 per guest; through January 6th, 2019

Starters:

  • Seafood Louie Wedge Salad (colossal shrimp and crab meat, shredded egg, baby iceberg lettuce, lemon balsamic vinaigrette)

OR

  • Wild Mushroom Soup (truffle cream, thyme)

Entreé:

Filet Mignon & Colossal North Atlantic Lobster Tail (with a Cabernet demi glace, mixed sauteed mushrooms, and merlot salt)

Dessert:

Pumpkin Cheesecake (with pumpkin spice and gingersnap crust)

Featured Beverages

  • Fireside Rye: Knob Creek Rye, fresh grapefruit juice, house-made Chardonnay honey syrup
  • 8 Years in the Desert by Orin Swift: $25 per glass (Red Blend, California 2017) 

View the full dinner menu here!

Flemings La Jolla is located at 8970 University Center Lane, San Diego 92122. You can make reservations online, or via phone by giving them a call at (858) 535-0078.

Best Restaurants in North County

With something of a restaurant renaissance happening in North County, San Diego right now, it’s hard not to shine a spotlight on how many fantastic eateries are opening. Many long-standing favorites in central San Diego have opened second outposts in North County within the last few years, and now spots like Del Mar, Cardiff, Encinitas, and Oceanside have become North County foodie destinations for locals and visitors alike. Here are the best restaurants in North County San Diego to check out for Happy Hour or dinner after a day at the beach!

Pacifica Del Mar

1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar
Pacifica Del Mar has consistently gotten rave reviews as one of San Diego’s best ocean view restaurants featuring fine dining like steak, pasta, and seafood. It’s slightly fancier than most (white tablecloths, for example), which makes it the perfect pick for a romantic date night accompanied by a couple of glasses of wine. In the past Pacifica has gained a reputation for being a bit pricey, a special occasion place, but that’s plain silly when you can come at Happy Hour for specials like the $9 Tuesday taco duo complete with a Corona or the inexpensive sunset dinner (you wanted to be here at sunset anyway!) that includes starter and entree for less than $25.

Market Restaurant + Bar

3702 Via De La Valle, Del Mar
Despite being in a somewhat underwhelming office complex several minutes away from the beach, Market Restaurant is still serving up some of the best food in Del Mar, and many say it’s all due to the executive chef. His passion for finding the freshest local ingredients and coming up with a new menu each day based on what’s fresh new has made this is the type of place where other chefs come for fine dining and continues to get rave reviews!

Viewpoint Brewing

2201 San Dieguito Drive, Del Mar
Despite its reputation as Del Mar’s very first brewery and one of the best breweries in North County, Viewpoint is also serving up some pretty epic cuisine to pair with it. The 7,000-square-foot brewery, tasting room, and gastropub opened last summer, led by owner and chef Charles Koll and executive chef Gunnar Planter. The setting is perfect for adults and kids alike, with a view overlooking the San Dieguito Lagoon and plenty of lawn games. They have nearly a dozen beers on tap, including smooth chocolate stouts and the tropical-tinged Moesaic.

Solace & the Moonlight Lounge

25 East E Street, Encinitas
The sister restaurant to popular chef-driven Urban Solace in Hillcrest, Solace is tucked away on a quiet side street in downtown Encinitas. As one of the earliest restaurants to pop up in North County, Solace is still trendy and popular and serves up some of the best “elevated comfort food” in the city. Their food philosophy is to create modern American standards using natural ingredients, and avoid the mass-produced and artificially flavored junk that shows up even in the finest restaurants. The result is food that is never boring, always fresh, and beautifully presented; essentially, it’s comfort food for foodies! Sit upstairs in the Moonlight Lounge for the ocean view in a rustic industrial setting and live music on Sundays.

The Crack Shack

407 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas
The casual fried chicken concept created by Juniper & Ivy owner Michael Rosen made it way to Encinitas back in 2017, and the new location certainly hasn’t disappointed! At 6,000-square-feet with plenty of parking, it’s larger than the original but has the similar counter-style ordering, a see-through kitchen, and to-go window that feature its soft-serve ice cream machine and an espresso bar fueled by Lofty Coffee Co.

Specializing in chicken and egg sandwiches, the big favorites include the Royale (chicken sausage, sunny-side egg, and smoked cheddar on an English muffin) and the Coop Deville (fried chicken, pickled fresno chiles, lime mayo, and napa cabbage on brioche). And you can’t say no to the 24 taps of local craft beer and wine!

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Park 101

3040 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad
This bi-level, 8,000-square-foot complex in the heart of Carlsbad Village marries the outdoor views of a park and the vibe of a community, topped off with great food and beverage options. Kids are encouraged to play – and adults too – as they walk around a large, open-air restaurant with casual eats like sandwiches, juices, coffee, and ice cream, served with a side of board fun adult games. Guests can enjoy cornhole, life-size Connect 4, and Jenga, to name a few! On the upper Tamarack View Deck, you’ll find a more low-key adult space with wines, beers on tap, and small plates around fire pits to keep you cozy.

Campfire

2725 State St., Carlsbad
Sitting around an open fire with friends is even better when there are good food and drinks involved! And with a name like Campfire, it’s no surprise that between that and the woodsy decor, you’ll feel like you’re on a mountain retreat rather than a bustling downtown. There’s even a teepee primed and ready for the kiddos! This 6,000-square-foot, indoor/outdoor partial Quonset hut in Carlsbad is one of the most unique concept restaurants to set foot in North County and features a stunning “campground” outfitted with communal wood dining tables, a custom 12-foot hearth, fire pits, and more.

The market-driven, seasonal menu focuses on dishes made from primitive, live-fire cooking methods—using wood, charcoal, and embers. Think grilled T-bone steak, smoked chicken, whole fish preparations, and roasted vegetables. Rotating cocktails range from shareable growlers and stiff classics to fire-tinged, smoky infusions with names like Roasted Beets and Charred Cactus. And for dessert? S’mores, of course!

Land & Water Company

2978 Carlsbad Blvd #110, Carlsbad
Sustainable seafood is a big deal. Thankfully, Land & Water, helmed by local Chef Rob Ruiz, is focused on serving foodie worthy sustainable French-Cali-Japanese cuisine in a vintage restored historic building. And we’re talking seriously sustainable: all of the restaurant’s sushi is sustainable. They serve zero bluefin tuna. They serve Scottish Loch Etive steelhead (a trout related to salmon) rather than Atlantic salmon. They serve aquaculture-raised hiramasa (yellowtail) from San Diego, and serve absolutely zero frozen fish of any kind. Overall, the menu is a mix of creative sushi, yakitori, and full-on French and global cuisine.

Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub

1815 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside
Wrench & Rodent continues to push all kinds of boundaries with its innovative, eclectic menu of seafood dishes crafted from the fresh catch of local fishermen and some of the city’s top suppliers (Catalina Offshore Products and Specialty Produce). Tucked in the back of Oceanside’s Bull Taco, the eatery is the brainchild of Davin Waite, a local sushi chef who came up through the ranks of La Jolla’s Cafe Japengo. Items like black garlic mahi-mahi on a block of pink Himalayan salt, plant-based sushi rolls, and shishito pepper “poutine” with duck fat gravy, and other unorthodox nigiri and sashimi plates are just some of the reasons the eclectic restaurant is worth the drive.

Flying Pig Pub + Kitchen

626 S. Tremont St., Oceanside
The original Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen (they recently opened another location in Vista) was one of the first trendy restaurants of the ‘new wave’ Oceanside has seen in recent years. As members of the Slow Food movement, this meat-happy restaurant bills itself as a purely farm-to-table operation with house-made pasta, craft beer, carefully selected wines, and other artisanal, high-quality food. This means the menu regularly changes, but diners can expect weekly specials, like their special Sunday menu, Meat Mondays, or spaghetti & meatball Tuesdays.

Masters Kitchen + Cocktail

208 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside
Occupying a storied location in town that was a former 1930s-era auto repair shop, Masters Kitchen and Cocktail now serves food and cocktails just steps away from the beach. The 165-seat “elevated casual” restaurant, which opened in 2014, serves up locally-sourced fresh plates and handmade cocktails. A longtime local favorite is the burger, served with bacon aioli, horseradish-chive cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles on a bun with truffle parmesan fries. Added bonus: they now offer live music a few days a week, which makes this a fun destination for an uptown date night dinner.

For more north county restaurants and tips, visit our Restaurant Guide or check out some of Encinitas’ best restaurants!

Thanksgiving at Flemings La Jolla: A 3-Course Dining Experience

This year, Flemings La Jolla is hosting an incredible three-course Thanksgiving dinner on November 22nd, starting at 11:00am.

The epic Thanksgiving feast will include all of the traditional classics, like Mixed Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast and Sliced Beef Tenderloin, and an array of sides including buttery Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and sage and brioche bread stuffing. There will also be a special three-course Children’s Menu available for just $19, so feel free to bring your little ones!

Here’s a peek at the Thanksgiving Day Menu! Adult dining reservations are $49 per person.

Appetizer

  • Artisan Bread Basket, with a selection of fresh bread and special pumpkin butter.

First Course

  • Fleming’s Chopped Salad, OR
  • Lobster Bisque

Main Course

  • Mixed Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast: with savory turkey and fresh cranberry, topped with orange and cinnamon sauce, OR
  • Sliced Beef Tenderloin, with cabernet demi glace.

The main course will be served with:

  • House-made Sage & Brioche Bread Stuffing
  • Green Beans & Onions

Sides to Share

  • Butter-Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes

Dessert

  • Apple Crisp with Chantilly cream and cinnamon, OR
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake with pumpkin spice and a gingersnap crust.

Cocktail

Fireside Rye: Knob Creek Rye, fresh grapefruit juice, and house-made chardonnay honey syrup.

View the full menu, and the Children’s Menu, here!

About Flemings La Jolla

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse in La Jolla is the ultimate steakhouse destination for food and wine lovers seeking a stylish, lively, and memorable dining experience complemented by attentive and knowledgeable service. Here, you’ll find a passion for steak and wine, reflected in an exceptional menu of hand-cut steaks, an award-winning wine program, and seasonal menu selections showcasing locally-inspired chef dishes courtesy of Chef Partner Matthew Cook, who has been at the helm of the Flemings La Jolla team for several years.

Flemings La Jolla is located at 8970 University Lane, San Diego 92122. You can make your Thanksgiving Dinner reservation online or by giving them a call at (858) 535-0078.