Syrup pouring onto a stack of waffles

7 Top Breakfast Restaurants in San Diego

See this list of ‘7 Top Breakfast Restaurants in San Diego’ you should enjoy during your next visit to San Diego.

Written by
Maria Mancuso

San Diego is considered ‘America’s Finest City’ known for near perfect weather and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. But there is much more to visiting San Diego than beautiful blue skies and soft sandy beaches, although we think that’s enough reason to visit San Diego.

In addition to its wonderful weather and perfect beaches, San Diego is also home to many great restaurants in Downtown San Diego, Little Italy, Hillcrest and surrounding neighborhoods.  

Our San Diego Visitors Blog is here to share some insight on all there is to do, see and experience when you visit San Diego.  

Enjoy our list of, ‘7 Top Breakfast Restaurants in San Diego:’

Werewolf
Cuisine: Breakfast & Brunch
Location: 627 4th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-234-0094
Distance from The Keating: 2 Blocks

Part Bar. Part Restaurant. All Good.    

Located in the famous Gaslamp Quarter in Downtown San Diego, and just blocks from The Keating, The Werewolf feels like a cool Sports Bar than a pure restaurant, but they do Breakfast right. 

If you can make it to Werewolf, there are a few dishes you must try. Their Pork Belly Benedict features Potato Cake, Pork Belly, Poached Eggs, Maple Glaze and Cilantro…yum!  Save room for their delicious Biscuit and Gravy made from scratch with 2 eggs and Breakfast Potatoes. Their Homer Cakes are a fantastic stack of Pancakes, with a donut glaze.

Werewolf has the look of a funky cool joint, with a wall with bullet shell casings to spell out the word, ‘SHOT’ on the wall. 

Richard Walker’s Pancake House
Cuisine: Breakfast & Brunch
Location: 520 Front St., San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-231-7777
Distance from The Keating: 6 Blocks

Let’s get this out of the way right up front.  If you want to enjoy the very BEST pancakes in San Diego, this is the place.  Here are a few of the top choices; Apple Pancake, Fresh Granny Smith apples, and imported cinnamon glaze.  

Also, try their German Pancakes which is a massive bowl-shaped, plate filling Baked Pancake, served with soft butter, powdered sugar, lemon and syrup. Baked Pecan Pancake, which is a creation of perfectly baked Pancake with Georgia Pecans, pure cinnamon glaze.

Richard Walkers also delivers traditional Waffles, tasty Crepes, Baked Pancakes, Omelets, and more. You cannot pass on their delicious Corned Beef Hash either.  But with all great things, you can expect a bit of a wait, but it is worth the wait.

Snooze
Cuisine: Breakfast & Brunch
Location: 3940 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92103
Telephone: 619-500-3344
Distance from The Keating: 3 Miles

Delicious. Choices.

Snooze is a very popular Breakfast Spot offering something for just about everyone, including healthy options but that’s not what we’re here for.  The really good stuff offered by Snooze is their OMG! French Toast which is Bread & Cie Brioche with mascarpone, and topping with salted caramel, vanilla crème, strawberries and toasted coconut.

Snooze offers 6 types of delicious Eggs Benedicts plates.  If you’re looking to treat your sweet tooth, try the French Toast Flight. Other fan favorites include their Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes with Caramelized Pineapple chunks, vanilla creme anglaise and cinnamon butter. Sign us up!

Café 222
Cuisine: American, Breakfast & Brunch
Location: 222 Island Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-236-9902
Distance from The Keating: 4 Blocks

If you’re looking for an old school looking classic Diner, complete with counter style dining with an amazing menu full of delicious items; Café 222 should be on your short list.

Café 222 is often named one of the ‘Best Breakfasts in San Diego’ since they opened 25 years ago.  Even Bobby Flay said of Café 222’s Banana Stuffed French Toast was featured on ‘Best Things I Ever Ate.’

Don’t pass up their Pumpkin Waffles and their other non-Breakfast items like their amazing Southern style Chili and their guest favorite Tuna Melt!

…and Café 222 is just a few blocks from The Keating!

Tortilla with meat and eggs
In addition to its wonderful weather and perfect beaches, San Diego is also home to many great restaurants in Downtown San Diego, Little Italy and surrounding neighborhoods.

The Mission
Cuisine: Breakfast & Brunch, Dinners
Location: 1250 J St., San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone:  619- 232-7662
Distance from The Keating: 11 Blocks

The Mission is not your typical Breakfast Restaurant.  They bake their homemade breads daily. The unique textures of their bread features flavors, and crusts give their brown, cinnamon and rosemary breads that are part of many of their delicious dishes. 

Be sure to try The Missions’ famous Banana Blackberry Pancakes and their Papas Con Chorizo or popular Mission Rosemary dish with Rosemary potatoes, farm fresh eggs and tomatoes and scallions.

The Mission is great for just Breakfast which put them on our list, but don’t miss out on their lunch items like their Baja Shrimp Wrap, or Chicken Pesto Quesadilla to name only two items.  

Chicken and Waffles
If Breakfast is a religion, Hash House-a-Go-Go is the Church.

Hash House-a-Go-Go
Cuisine: Breakfast & Brunch, Dinners
Location: 3628 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92103
Telephone: 619-298-4646
Distance from The Keating: 2.5 Miles

If Breakfast is a religion, Hash House-a-Go-Go is the Church.

Massive portions. Delicious food. These are what you can expect from your visit to this Hillcrest favorite eatery.  Popular items to try include the Sage Fired Chicken and Waffle Tower and the Sage Fried Chicken Benedict.  Also, a ‘can’t miss’  choice includes their Hash House griddled French Toast with Amish-style bread dipped in Banana Cinnamon Cream with Pecan Maple Syrup.

But honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of the items on the Hash House-a-Go-Go menu.

Interior of Cafe 21 in San Diego
What brings guests back to Café 21 time and time again are the farm to table fresh dishes prepared with fresh, organic ingredients. 

Café 21 
Cuisine: Breakfast & Brunch, Californian restaurant
Location: 802 5th Avenue (between E Street and F Street), San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-795-0721
Distance from The Keating: Next door! 

You can’t beat the food at Café 21, and you can’t beat the location – right next door to The Keating.

Café 21 is a favorite of both San Diego residents and returning visitors alike.  What brings guests back time and time again are the farm to table fresh dishes prepared with fresh, organic ingredients.  

We use hormone-free meats and yeast-free bread to accommodate all dietary restrictions.  Guest favorites include, Shrimp Corn Cakes with Poached Eggs, Potato, Shrimp, Corn, Mozzarella, Cilantro Cream Sauce.  Lavash Burrito includes Eggs, Yam, Potatoes, Onion, Cheddar Cheese, Ajika. 

Be sure to try their Banana Foster Dutch Pancake made with Caramel, Banana and Powdered Sugar.

San Diego is home to many great restaurants, and we promise that you will not be dissatisfied with any of the choices on our list of, ‘7 Top San Diego Breakfast Restaurants.’ 

Check back to our San Diego Visitors Blog and San Diego Visitors Guide for more inspiration on all there is to do, see and experience on your next visit to San Diego!

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