Best Breakfast in San Diego

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San Diegans love their morning meals and the city hosts a wide variety of palate-pleasing places to kick off your day. Whether you want a healthy start, quick breakfast burrito or decadent boozy brunch, there’s no shortage of great eats. Our favorite eateries offer everything from fluffy pancakes, and salted caramel waffles to avocado toast and carne asada burritos! And, of course, Mimosa-infused brunch. So fuel up at these top spots.

Feature photo: Courtesy of Oceana Coastal Kitchen

Aerial view of a breakfast table with various dishes including berry-topped pancakes, bacon, fruit salad, and eggs. Two people are reaching for a cup of coffee and a glass of orange juice. Utensils, napkins, and a small pepper shaker are also visible.

Claire's on Cedros

Locals gravitate to this North County cottage where the patio is filled with pooches and families who’ve pedaled over for fresh pastries and pancakes. Claire’s favors healthy, ingredient-forward dishes featuring local free-range eggs, 100% pure maple syrup and divine Bread & Cie baked goods to accompany your favorite lattes and cold pressed juices. Beyond classics like Eggs Benedict and avo toast, you’ll find crispy parmesan risotto cakes with baby arugula and Béarnaise, seared salmon over house-made buttermilk biscuits, salted caramel waffles and acai beach bowls. For those looking for gourmet grab-n-go, Claire’s Too serves fresh coffee and pastries next door.

A hand pours syrup onto a stack of pancakes topped with whipped cream, banana slices, and a strawberry. The pancakes are dusted with powdered sugar. A mug with "Harry's Coffee Shop" and a glass of orange juice are in the background.

Harry’s Coffee Shop

This old-school breakfast joint has roots back to 1960 and remains the oldest family-owned restaurant in La Jolla. When Harry Rudolph moved across the country from Brooklyn to California, he pined for a classic New York diner experience, so he opened his namesake eatery, which his grandchildren now helm. Old faves like corn beef and hash, smoked salmon bagels and homestyle country ham steak and eggs mingle on the menu with California classics like chilaquiles, carne asada burritos and egg white scrambles. Sweet tooths will love the pineapple- coconut-Oreo French toast and Harry’s famous milkshakes with heaps of whip on top.

A plate of fried rice topped with two sunny-side-up eggs and garnished with chives is on the table. Beside it, there's a small plate of crispy bacon slices. The table has a rustic appearance, and there are other dishes partially visible in the background.

Morning Glory

Little Italy’s best boozy breakfast spot is a millennial playground begging to be on your Insta story. Eye candy galore includes a 30-foot electric-pink neon flower with a wandering human eye, a pretty-in-pink Moet & Chandon Champagne vending machine, crushed velvet banquettes, pink-veined onyx table slabs, and more. This second story eatery feels like a full-blown party even on a Tuesday morning with music blasting and servers slinging creative eats like Japanese soufflé pancakes with powdered sugar and pure maple syrup, pork belly fried rice with runny-yolk eggs, and fried chicken and waffles. Guests imbibe everything from barrel-aged cold brews, maple cinnamon hot chocolate and London Fog lattes to spiked Orange Julius and epic Bloody Marys with celery foam. This scintillating scene is worth the wait but opt for a weekday to avoid long lines.

A wooden table is set with various breakfast items, including plates of toast, fried eggs, bacon, roasted potatoes, a bowl of mixed berries with granola, cups of coffee, and glasses of orange juice. The food is arranged neatly, presenting a hearty and colorful breakfast spread.

Oceana Coastal Kitchen

Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

3999 Mission Blvd, San Diego


Seafood fans flock to Oceana Coastal Kitchen’s Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Catamaran Resort overlooking sparkling Mission Bay. The feast includes a phenomenal cold bar with peel-and-eat shrimp, sushi, Pacific crab, and smoked salmon, along with artisan cheese, charcuterie, smoked trout, a medley of salads, fresh pastries, and mini desserts. But brunch doesn’t end at the buffet as it also includes an entrée — think mushroom quiche, rosemary prime rib or brioche French toast — and, of course, bottomless mimosas!

A chic restaurant interior with modern decor. The space features round tables set with blue cups, padded chairs, a grand circular chandelier with hanging lights, and a well-stocked bar. The color scheme includes soft pastels and warm wooden furniture.


The Seabird Resort

105 Mission Ave, Oceanside


Set inside The Seabird Resort, Piper focuses on ingredient-driven dishes from the best regional small farms. A beautiful farm fresh omelet is loaded with summer corn succotash, pimento cheese, macho blossoms and grilled cipollini onions. Their avocado toast sports a new twist with beets, sprouts and pickled cucumbers. Piper’s superfood bowl packs a healthy punch with acai, sunflower butter, bee pollen, hemp and chia seeds. Another top menu contender arrives as chilaquiles — organic blue corn tortillas jazzed up with heirloom yellow tomato salsa, calypso beans, queso fresco, and two organic sunny eggs. After brekkie, stroll over to the pier to watch the surfers charging waves.

A close-up view of a juicy burger split in half, exposing layers of melted cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onions. The burger is served on a white plate with a side of crispy golden fries. The background is slightly blurred with a hint of outdoor seating.

Pipes Cafe

Named for the local break, Pipes naturally attracts the Patagonia and Uggs-sporting surf crowd for post sesh grind like breakfast burritos and seaside scramblers with Pipes’ famed potatoes. The affordable under-ten-bucks menu is a crowd pleaser, as is the chalkboard coffee board offering playful sippers like gingerbread lattes and Almond Joy mochas. In addition to the burly breakfast burritos, stuffed with eggs, avocado, sausage and cheese, you can order up pancakes, French toast, egg sandwiches and morning tacos. @pipescafe_cardiff

A modern, well-lit restaurant interior with wooden tables and chairs neatly arranged. Place settings are prepared on each table, and large windows on the right provide a view of greenery outside. The atmosphere is inviting and sleek with industrial design elements.


Hillcrest’s neighborhood gem showcases the talents of chef Brad Wise, a local favorite. Brunch is a gourmet feast with bold, smoky, wood-fired flavors. Standouts include smoked salmon toast with herb goat cheese, arugula, egg, and fried capers, chilaquiles rojos and albacore tartare with black sesame, trout roe and taro root chips. For a sweet fix, don’t miss the ultimate sticky bun with ice cream on top but go early if you crave one as they sell out. Their mimosas are the perfect Sunday sipper — flavors include grapefuit-strawberry and orange.

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