10 Best Brunch Buffet Spots In San Diego, California

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Ah, brunch, the most important meal of the day. That is how the saying goes, right? When traveling to San Diego, brunch is a definite must! You’ll certainly have plenty of places to visit, including the San Diego Zoo, the USS Midway Museum and La Jolla Cove just to name a few. At the same time, you’ll have plenty of places to choose from when deciding where to brunch while in San Diego. Take your brunch with a beautiful view at Oceana Coastal Kitchen or hit up a local brewery at Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens. For information on these and more, read on to find the best brunch buffet spots in San Diego, California.

1. h Aero Squadron

This unique restaurant sits overlooking Montgomery Field Airport and it is housed in a building that is a replica of a WWI French farmhouse, making for a very unique dining experience. Brunch here is served on Sundays, and it features both warm and cold entrees. Stop by the fresh Belgian waffle station and top your waffles with fresh strawberries or enjoy a cold entree of baked salmon with cream cheese.

94th Aero Squadron

Address: 8885 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92123

Website: 94th Aero Squadron

Opening hours: Sun: 10am - 2:30pm; Mon - Thurs: 11am - 9pm; Fri: 11am - 11pm

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2. Seafood Grill Buffet

At this all-you-can-eat buffet, your food choices are more than you can try in one outing (so come back soon!) Chow down on a large selection of seafood, including crab legs, shrimp and scallops and serve yourself a side of sushi to go with it. End your meal with a delightful dessert such as crème brûlée, cheesecake or perhaps some Italian gelato.

100s Seafood Grill Buffet

Address: 2828 Camino Del Rio South; San Diego, CA 92108

Website: 100s Seafood Grill Buffet

Opening hours: Sat: 11am - 10pm; Sun: 11am - 9pm; Mon - Fri: 11am - 3pm

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3. Humphreys Restaurant

Make yourself a reservation and come enjoy a Sunday brunch at Humphreys! Here, you’ll find everything a brunch in San Diego should be, with seafood that is sourced locally, plenty of breakfast entree choices and a never-ending supply of your favorite champagne. Enjoy snow crab legs or freshly baked fish if seafood is on your mind, or perhaps eggs benedict with a side of applewood smoked bacon for those craving a decadent breakfast affair.

Humphreys Restaurant

Address: 2241 Shelter Island Dr; San Diego, California 92106

Website: Humphreys Restaurant

Opening hours: Sun: 10am - 2pm; Mon - Sat: 11:30am - 2pm

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4. The Crown Room

Located within the Hotel del Coronado, you’ll know you’ve arrived somewhere wonderful upon entering the Crown Room. Sunday brunches here are rumored to be legendary, where you can enjoy fare from the chilled seafood bar, or dive into a regional or international entree. The Crown Room even features a gourmet Bloody Mary bar, or you can delight in a made-to-order mimosa to accompany your meal.

The Crown Room

Address: 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

Website: The Crown Room

Opening hours: Sun: 9:30am - 1pm

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5. Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens

Weekend brunch at a brewery, what could be better? Brunch at Karl Strauss can include an omelet, waffle or pancakes, seasonal meats at the carving station or a fresh seafood entree. It is highly recommended that you make a reservation ahead of time to ensure your spot at the table!

Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens

Address: 9675 Scranton RD; San Diego, CA 92121

Website: Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens

Opening hours: Sat: 10am - 2pm; Sun: 9:45am - 3pm

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6. Oceana Coastal Kitchen

Held at the Catamaran Resort Hotel, this Champagne Brunch isn’t to be missed. Held on Sundays only, you can enjoy your choice of champagne or mimosas alongside a freshly prepared entree as well as your pickings off the all-you-can-eat seafood and cold foods bar. Enjoy all this with Mission Bay as your dining backdrop!

Oceana Coastal Kitchen

Address: 3999 Mission Blvd, San Diego CA 92109

Website: Oceana Coastal Kitchen

Opening hours: Sun: 10am - 2pm

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7. Fontainebleau Restaurant

Every Sunday, the Westgate Hotel puts on a fabulous brunch in the Fontainebleau Room, and you need to check it out. You’ll find more serving stations than you can hope to visit in one brunch visit, including charcuterie and cheese, salad, seafood and eggs benedict stations. Finish off your brunch with a decadent dessert, with choices including pistachio pana cotta and a coconut and passion fruit mousse.

Fontainebleau Restaurant

Address: The Westgate Hotel; 1055 Second Avenue; San Diego, CA 92101

Website: Fontainebleau Restaurant

Opening hours: Sun: 10am - 2pm

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8. Prado

Stop by the Prado at Balboa Park for a hearty brunch. Enjoy an entree of farm or seasonal greens, or choose from seafood, land-based options or a combination thereof. Any number of cocktails are served at Prado for brunch, including margaritas, wines and beers.


Address: 1549 El Prado; San Diego, CA

Website: Prado

Opening hours: Sat - Sun: 11am - 5pm; Mon - Fri: 11:30am - 5pm

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9. Tom Ham's Lighthouse

For the perfect Sunday brunch, be sure to stop by Tom Ham’s Lighthouse. Enjoy a delicious item from the breakfast menu including lemon ricotta pancakes and made-to-order omelets to lunch items including smoked salmon and short ribs. Wash your meal down with a mimosa, tea or coffee.

Tom Ham's Lighthouse

Address: 2150 Harbor Island Drive San Diego, CA 92101

Website: Tom Ham’s Lighthouse

Opening hours: Sun: 9:30am - 2:45pm

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10. Albert's Restaurant

You’ll surely be visiting the San Diego Zoo during your trip so why not have brunch while you’re there? Brunch is served on weekends only, and while reservations aren’t required, they are encouraged. Order yourself a bottomless mimosa or indulge in a Bloody Mary to complement your breakfast items.

Albert's Restaurant

Address: 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Website: Albert’s Restaurant

Opening hours: Sat - Sun: 10am - 3:30pm

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Brunch it up in San Diego

Source: Photo by user Francis Storr used under CC BY-SA 2.0

There’s no more satisfying meal than brunch and San Diego certainly has many great options where you can get your brunch fill. Reservations are usually recommended, so be sure to book your upcoming brunch today!

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