Choosing the “best brunch” in San Diego might seem an impossible task, considering the wide variety of tastes and flavors available throughout the region, but there are a few eateries that truly stand out. Give your taste buds a treat and discover for yourself if any of the following restaurants and cafes live up to their reputations:
Perhaps one of the best-kept brunch secrets of San Diego is the Sunday champagne brunch at Troy’s Greek Restaurant. Located in Mission Gorge just east of the I-15 freeway, this family-restaurant serves a hearty American-style traditional buffet brunch with bacon, sausage, eggs, and fresh fruit, but it also includes authentic Greek food including moussaka, pastitsio, spanakopita, and all the tender and flavorful gyro meat you can eat. Comes with a champagne option for a small extra charge. Sundays only, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
10450 Friars Road, San Diego, CA, website, 281.7741
Bertrand at Mister A’s
Long renowned as one of San Diego’s most famous (and best) eateries, Bertrand at Mister A’s celebrates its first year of serving brunch. Few places can compete with its unique location and stunning panoramic views of the bay, harbor, and incoming flights to nearby Lindbergh Field. Featured entrées include A’S Version “Croque Madame,” pork belly and sweet potato hash, and buttermilk-fried chicken and waffles. Wash it all down specialty Bloody Mary, Kentucky coffee, or Michelada every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2550 Fifth Ave. 12th Floor, San Diego, CA 92103, website, 619.239.1377
94th Aero Squadron
There are few dining experiences quite like the one at the 94th Aero Squadron. Situated right next to Montgomery Field airport, the Squadron is modeled to resemble a French farmhouse from World War I, and its aviation theme permeates every facet of the restaurant. However, the delicious brunch buffet features fare from far afield, including Mexican, Greek, and traditional American. On pleasant days you can dine outside in the sun, and some tables even have headphones where you can listen in on the nearby control tower. Champagne brunch is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday.
8885 Balboa Ave., San Diego, CA 92123, website, 858.560.6771
The Westgate in downtown San Diego is one of the most renowned and stylish environments for brunch in the county. Its sumptuous atmosphere, delectable fare (complete with a juice bar featuring locally sourced fruits and veggies), and tableside selection of artisan cheeses make dining at the Westgate a truly classy affair. And of course, what brunch would be complete without a selection of champagne, mimosas, Bloody Marys, and margaritas?
1055 Second Ave. San Diego, CA 92101,website, 800.522.1564
Crown Room at Hotel del Coronado
The jewel in the crown of all brunches in San Diego is the one held every Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the historic and beautiful Hotel del Coronado. The Crown Room has hosted princes and presidents, diplomats and Hollywood stars, and its stunning vaulted ceilings were constructed with only pegs and glue. However, the true star of the Crown Room is the sumptuous buffet that features lobster and cheese tortellini, truffled asparagus and wild mushroom salad, and sherry-braised short rib in addition to more traditional eggs Benedict, pancakes, and fresh cheeses.
1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 92118, website, 1.800.468.3533