Brunch downtown San Diego

Brunch in Downtown San Diego

What’s the best part of life when everybody’s workin’ for the weekend? If you’re like a lot of us, it’s brunch in downtown San Diego. Sure, you’ve got a fantastic coffee subscription bringing your favorite beans to your doorstep on a monthly basis, but nothing beats a bottomless mimosas brunch in downtown San Diego. One of life’s greatest pleasures and indulgences is getting together with loved ones to either lament or celebrate the previous week for an awesome brunch

Finding the Best Brunch in Downtown San Diego

When you live in a city like San Diego, it can be hard to decide who has the best brunch in downtown San Diego, but thankfully, there are many options to choose from. Whether people in your party have dietary restrictions or decide to eat a certain way as part of their lifestyle, there are many places to choose from that can accommodate everyone, from the plant-based vegan to your most carnivorous companions. So, let’s take a look at some of your options for brunch places in downtown San Diego. 

Cafe 21

Cafe 21 is a go-to for many people looking for a delicious brunch, offering farm-to-table fare. Known for their signature drink menu, you’re sure to have a fun brunch, maybe even a little too much fun? They offer live music and events as well, which makes it a lively experience if you’re there during an event. The food is so delicious, and you’ll be happy to know they offer take-out and are available for catering services as well—definitely a solid option for your next Sunday brunch in downtown San Diego. 

  • Gaslamp Location Address: 802 5th Ave, San Diego, CA
  • Phone: (619) 795-0721
  • Everyday Hours: Wed-Sun 8:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m.

Luca Restaurant

With Luca’s contemporary design, it’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to your belly. They offer a predominantly Mediterranean menu composed of seasonal ingredients sourced from California. While it’s one of the top La Jolla breakfast spots, it has a special brunch menu that will leave you wanting to come back for lunch and dinner as well. Some fan favorites for brunch from Luca are the short rib omelette, banana oat pancakes, and of course – eggs Benedict. 

  • Address: 500 W Broadway, San Diego, CA
  • Phone: (619) 764-5160
  • Everyday Hours: Temporarily Closed until 30 Oct 2021

Morning Glory

Technically Morning Glory is located in what is classified as the Bankers Hill/Little Italy area, but that’s close enough to downtown to make this list. (We’re going to stretch the rules a bit for Kettner Exchange down below, too.) The restaurant group Consortium Holdings outdid themselves when they designed this particular breakfast spot. The first thing you should notice about Morning Glory is that the interior design is a light pink hue–vaguely reminding us of Holy Matcha, which has pink-toned locations in both the East Village and North Park. The other thing you want to notice is the cool menu, with section titles like “Pancake Lords,” “Carbs with Culture,” “Eggs a la Benedick,” and “Green Eggs, No Ham.” If you’re looking for brunch and you want it in the downtown area, give this place a try.

  • Address: 550 W. Date St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone:
  • Everyday Hours: Weekdays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Weekends 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Westgate Hotel

Experience Enchantment at The Westgate Hotel. If you’re looking for an elevated brunch, this is the place you’ve only dreamt of. Though The Westgate has a full menu all week, their weekend brunch menu is what dreams are made of. You’ve got to try the house brioche french toast, smoked salmon, and avocado toast, as well as the Baja omelet. As far as brunch places in downtown San Diego go, you can’t get much classier than The Westgate – so if you and your friends are looking to dress up in your Sunday Best (pearls included), make plans to enjoy yourselves here. They also offer live music on Sundays from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, fun!

  • Address: 1055 2nd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone: (619) 238-1818
  • Weekend Brunch Hours: Sat & Sun 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

GARAGE Kitchen + Bar

Known for their one-person piano shows, burgers, and craft beer, Garage Kitchen and Bar is still one of the San Diego brunch spots you’ve got to give a try. There is nothing “traditional” about Garage to begin with, including its brunch offerings and hours. They serve brunch Thursday – Monday, making it a real weekday treat if you’ve got plans for brunch in downtown San Diego somewhere else during the weekend. Some standouts on their brunch menu, according to regulars, are the “Best Breakfast Sandwich Ever,” the chilaquiles, and the breakfast shots. With names like Fruit Loops and Cocoa Puffs, you can have an excellent shot with a sweeter side than most. 

  • Address: 655 4th Ave, San Diego, CA
  • Phone: (619) 231-6700
  • Brunch Hours: Thur – Mon 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Dinner Hours: Thur 3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Fri & Sat 3:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Cafe Sevilla of San Diego

Mmm, can you think of anything that goes better with a Bloody Mary during brunch than Spanish-style food? Probably not! This is what makes Cafe Sevilla easily one of the best brunch destinations. Cafe Sevilla is located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. If you’re visiting La Jolla, it’s a great spot to grab brunch due to it’s proximity to the convention center, museums, and other San Diego attractions. Not only do they offer live music and Flamenco shows during the week, but they also offer fantastic brunch. They’re best known for their Tapas style brunch, provided in 6 or 9-course options. But if you don’t want to commit to that much, the breakfast meat paella is to die for!

  • Address: 353 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone: (619) 233-5979
  • Everyday Hours: Mon – Fri: 4:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., Sat: 3:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., Sun 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Rustic Root

Suppose your criteria when deciding where to get brunch are rustic American fare, rooftop options, signature crafted cocktails, and the Gaslamp District. In that case, Rustic Root checks all your boxes. Not only do they have fabulous drinks (ahem, the Impressing Churchill) and a dinner menu, they have almost the best Sunday brunch in downtown San Diego. Avocado Toast is served everywhere these days, but their take on the green gold toast is delectable. They also are well known for their Acai bowl, which, while simple, somehow tastes better than your usual vegan brunch go-to. While they may not be a place for bottomless mimosas brunch in downtown San Diego, their drink menu is impressive. Honestly, it’s stunning. Whether you want a glass of craft or split a $450 bottle between the table, they’ve got your tastes covered. 

  • Address: 535 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone: (619) 232-1747
  • Everyday Hours: Wed & Thur: 5:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m., Fri: 4:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m., Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m., Sun: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Kettner Exchange

Located in Little Italy and the recipient of the Orchid & Onion award for Architecture, Kettner Exchange’s design pays homage to San Diego’s founding father, William Kettner. Kettner Exchange consists of two indoor/outdoor seating levels filled with subtle nods to the City’s grand bay and nautical history. Chef Brian Redzikowski’s rotating menu features some of the most innovative dishes in San Diego. Their Turkish poached eggs and spicy crispy tuna rice are some brunch favorites. If you’re bringing young children along for your brunch, the Funfetti Pancakes with vanilla icing and fresh maple syrup are about as sugary and fun as you can get! 

  • Address: 2001 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone: (619) 255-2001
  • Everyday Hours: Tue – Thur: 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m., Fri: 5:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m., Sat: 11:00 a.m-1:00 a.m., Sun: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

These are just a few of the places you can find the best brunch in downtown San Diego. There are, of course, many other local gems you may stumble upon while visiting La Jolla. If you already have the pleasure of living here, well then – if you know, you know. While there’s always something unique going on during the weekends, brunch offers a moment to fuel yourself with delicious food and maybe catch a slight buzz while catching up with your favorite people in your favorite City. Hopefully, this list makes your next brunch destination decision a little bit easier. Cheers!

About the author: Kara Housdan is a professional stylist and freelance writer who focuses on wellness, motherhood, minimalism, and fashion.

The 10 Best Bacon Dish Roundup in La Jolla

Bacon fans take notice! We’ve rounded up our 10 favorite bacon dishes in La Jolla. Whether you’re looking for the best breakfast or a surprising salad, you’ll find something to love.



The Full Irish Breakfast at Sugar and Scribe has two eggs, Irish bacon, black pudding, white pudding, Irish sausage, roasted tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, Heinz beans, roasted potatoes, and levain for a hearty meal that will satisfy any breakfast or bacon lover. $16.00

If you’re in a breakfast mood, try The B.W. Bennyat Harry’s Coffee Shop. It’s a waffle with bacon batter, topped with grilled ham, bacon, poached egg, hollandaise (syrup your choice). Where does the name come from? Bacon Waffle eggs Benedict. $11.25



The “Dave” fries at The Public House La Jolla are fresh and crispy fries topped with blue cheese crumbles, bacon and special Public House sauce. Goes great on their own or with any of The Public House’s famous burgers (which you can also add bacon to) and brews! $9.00

Bacon-wrapped dates at Prepkitchen La Jolla is one of the most popular dishes there! Bacon-wrapped dates are combined with blue cheese and arugula. Look for it under starters on dinner menu for an incredible appetizer. $9.75


Give the Bacon brussels sprouts at La Jolla Brewing Company a shot. Known for their local brews named after La Jolla landmarks, La Jolla Brewing Company also serves up a nice set of pan-seared brussels sprouts with bacon, cherry tomato, balsamic glaze and Parmesan cheese. Who says beer tastings can’t be good for you? $11.00

The Spinach Salad at The Cottage is tossed with warm bacon vinaigrette, tomatoes, red onions, crumbled blue cheese, and avocado for an antioxidant-rich and tasty salad. Catch it at lunch or dinner for a salad you won’t forget! $12.00



If you’re in the mood for a savory, smoky treat, try the Bacon-Wrapped BBQ Shrimp Po’ Boy at The Promiscuous Fork. This sandwich hosts 5 Shrimp with Baconnaise, white cheddar and shredded lettuce on an amoroso roll. If you just can’t get enough, there’s also the BBBLT sandwich with triple bacon and Baconnaise for the true bacon fan. $11.50 and $10.00


The June Gloom Burger at The Promiscuous Fork has jalapeño, smoked bacon, cream cheese, mayo, lettuce and tomato atop a perfectly grilled patty. Get ready for a savory, smoky, creamy burger. $12.00

The Bacon-wrapped Scallops at Donovan’s Steak House, popular with locals, are accented by a refreshing fennel compote to kick your meal off. $19.00

And lastly, vegans or health-conscious diners, don’t fear: If you’re still on the lookout for bacon, Trilogy Sanctuary Vegan Cafe incorporates an eggplant bacon alternative into their BLTrilogy crepe and Greek Goddess salad. $13.50 and $12.50

Images used from La Jolla Brewing Company (, Harry’s Coffee Shop (, and The Promiscuous Fork (

7 Must-Have French Toasts in La Jolla

Brockton Villa Coast Toast Brunch La Jolla Restaurants - Image originally from Brockton VIilla at brocktonvilla.com7 Must-Try French Toasts in La Jolla

Both fluffy and chewy, french toast is one of the most popular breakfasts there is. But hang on—just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s boring! In La Jolla’s incredible restaurant community, you’ll find enticing variations that go beyond the standard fare. Here’s the 7 La Jolla restaurants with the best french toast recipes.



Sugar & Scribe

Sugar & Scribe Bakery and Restaurant offers a charming dining experience. Even better than the decor? Sugar & Scribe’s Brioche French Toast, featuring poached strawberries, balsamic maple reduction, and sabayon. Breakfast and lunch are served all day, giving you sweet and savory options.

Prepkitchen La Jolla

A Whisknlade Hospitality restaurant, Prepkitchen La Jolla focuses on seasonal cuisine made with farm-fresh ingredients. A favorite of locals, their incredible Brioche French Toast is topped with bourbon apples, crème Anglaise, and candied pecans.


Nine-Ten Restaurant and Bar at the Grande Colonial Hotel is La Jolla fine dining at its best. If you’re looking for a luxurious breakfast, their Brioche French Toast is elaborately topped with mascarpone banana mousse, pecan and oats crumble, macerated strawberries and bananas, and chocolate sauce.

Stuffed French Toast from The Cottage La Jolla restaurant. Image originally from user Oleg. on flickr.comThe Cottage La Jolla

The Cottage has a fantastic brunch reputation that is in no small part due to their famous Stuffed French Toast. Thick slices of brioche lie under strawberry compote and sweet mascarpone cheese.



Elijah’s Restaurant & Delicatessan

Elijah’s Challah French Toast is local favorite. Thick slices of homemade challah dusted with sugar have just the right amount of chew. Don’t forget to take home lunch on your way out, as Elijah’s won “Best Pastrami in San Diego” from the San Diego Jewish Journal.

Brockton Villa

The Coast Toast at Brockton Villa (top image) is eggy and rich, made playful by its signature hint of orange. Savor yours with a gorgeous ocean view from the patio! Feel free to bring a furry friend to brunch, as Brockton Villa’s patio dining is dog-friendly.

Cody’s La Jolla

Cody’s coastal dining offers a seaside view and classic Americana dishes. Cody’s french toast is medley of textures from the candied walnuts, to the strawberries, finally topped with marscapone honey butter.

Any of these La Jolla restaurants won’t disappoint—let us know in the comments which your favorites were!



Hungry? In Need of Caffeine? Try Coffee Cup, a Top Spot in La Jolla

Hungry? In Need of Caffeine? A Top Spot in La Jolla

The Coffee Cup, one of over 800 coffee shops in San Diego, is located in downtown La Jolla. At first glance, it is quietly unassuming. However, just walk inside for the bustle of food cooking, espresso machines whirring and customers chatting to make you feel right at home. Though “coffee” is in the name, The Coffee Cup offers far more than that, specializing in incredible (and healthy) breakfasts and lunches.



The coffee here is wicked good, with a notable list of options to choose from. The iced variety will caffeinate and refresh you simultaneously. Add milk and cinnamon to get a kick similar to that of a chai tea latte. If you really want to be decadent try the Mocha Thai: Steamed chocolate milk with espresso, sweetened condensed milk, and whipped cream. If you’re the adventurous type, The Coffee Cup also offers novelty coffee beverages like the Vincent Vega: Coca-Cola, shot of espresso, vanilla over ice. It sounds odd, but it’s surprisingly good!


Breakfast & Lunch

This La Jolla restaurant serves an incredibly wide variety of foods from a variety of cultural inspirations, especially from Asia and Mexico. In many of the dishes at the Coffee Cup, multiple cultures mix together for a fantastic single dish.

It’s good to know you can order any meal option at any time during opening hours. Fancy an omelette-based dish at lunch? Craving wok rice at 11 am? All okay here.

Some top breakfast favorites include the Soy Chorizo Scramble, Avocado Scramble and the Omar Special. I recommend going for the Avocado Scramble if you’re a fan of potatoes because the crispy, rosemary potatoes here are to die for. Looking to try something incredibly unique and have a preference for rice? Definitely go with the nutritious Omar Special – egg whites with cheese, green onion and tomatoes, brown rice on the side. Grilled chicken and mushrooms sit cheerily on top of all this. Last but not least, drizzled pesto and avocado sauce covers everything.

When it comes to lunch, it’s hard to go wrong. The Wok Rice is heavy on vegetables for those looking to load up on vitamins. The Chicken Asada Sandwich is good for a meal that’s protein-packed and satisfying.

Because there are so many tofu and vegetable-packed options, we highly recommend this spot for vegetarians and vegans. And because there are plenty of choices that’ll make carnivores happy, as well, it’s good for groups of people with mixed nutritional diets.

The Vibe

Though the food is fantastic, my favorite thing is about this spot has to be the ambience. The manager, chef and staff members are enthusiastic and fun, happy to throw a funny face at each other and have a good time while serving good food. It’s definitely a place worth checking out. Head on over to The Coffee Cup at 1109 Wall Street (in between Herschel Avenue and Ivanhoe Avenue!)

Looking for other spots that are delicious and well-priced? Check out 3 Hidden Gem Lunch Spots in La Jolla (On a Budget!)