La Jolla – Brunching by the Beach
With a dramatic coastline that boasts incredible views, La Jolla is one of the most popular beach destinations in California. Combine that spectacular coastline with an upscale village atmosphere and you’ll understand why you need to spend time in this jewel of a city. The best way to start your day in this wonderful place is with a tasty brunch, and we’ve got a list of the top places – all within walking distance to the beach and many of which have ocean views!
Plan a San Diego tour to line up group activities after brunch is over – they’ll guide you through the best La Jolla has to offer, whether you want to spend time on the water, shop till you drop, or continue your culinary adventure with more delicious food and drink samples.
For a lighter breakfast, check out this cute little beach cafe. They specialize in local, organic items and have a creative coffee and tea menu, full espresso bar, as well as beer, wine, and seasonal mimosa specials. Located just a few blocks up from La Jolla Cove, you can dine in or take your breakfast to-go if you’d prefer to eat down by the water. We recommend trying one of their creative Toast breakfasts; our favorite is the Avocado served with pickled mustard, crunchy mung beans, cilantro, pumpkin seeds, and beet spirals – we prefer it with a poached egg!
For over 25 years, this delightful place has been drawing locals and visitors alike. Serving classic American food with a southern California twist, it’s oceanside atmosphere, cottage-like décor, and friendly staff are what bring people back. They serve breakfast daily starting at 7:30 am and if you don’t want to wait, come early! If you don’t mind waiting, put your name on the list and grab a coffee while exploring nearby shops, boutiques, and art galleries. If you’re looking for something sweet, try the Stuffed French Toast with strawberry compote and mascarpone cheese. For something savory, we recommend the Baja Chicken Hash, a gluten free dish with chicken sausage, peppers, corn, tortilla, poached eggs, and hollandaise.
Another local favorite, this small gem sits on a hill less than two blocks from Ellen Browning Scripps Park and the ocean. You can sit inside or outside on their patio, and if you’re bringing your dog along, they’ll happily accommodate, even providing a water bowl and treats. Open everyday from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, they serve breakfast open to close. Our favorite dishes are the Farmer’s Market Omelet served with wild mushrooms, goat cheese, spinach, and tomatoes or the Crab Cake Benedict served with avocado and poached eggs topped with hollandaise sauce – most of their brunch menu comes with your choice of griddled potatoes or stone-ground grits, both delicious choices.
This farm-to-table restaurant located in the village serves breakfast 7 days a week from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm. It features open-air windows, a small outdoor patio, and the servers are friendly and attentive. The menu is ever-changing to reflect what the chef can get from local farms and purveyors, and everything is made from scratch. If they have the chilaquiles on the menu when you go, they are an all-time favorite! Their bar features a changing cocktail list that also utilizes seasonal ingredients that pair well with the chef’s creations. They make a house Red Sangria that is delicious and will leave you ready to play at the beach!
Set-up high on Prospect Street, they have expansive views of the La Jolla Cove and ocean. Choose a table indoors or outside on their large sunny patio which has a glass wall railing that allows each table a view. They offer breakfast every day of the week, Monday – Friday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and on the weekends, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. They make a great Bloody Mary and have a Pog Juice Mimosa that will leave you feeling like you’re lounging by the beach. You can’t go wrong with anything on their island inspired menu – our favorite is the Beach Boy Breakfast Burrito with kalua pork, scrambled eggs, cheese, black beans, fried rice, and chipotle salsa.
This restaurant opened over 25 years ago in a historic beach cottage that was built in 1894! It’s seaside location set into the cliffs offers a spectacular view of the La Jolla Cove. They serve breakfast daily starting at 8:00 am and take reservations. Offering both indoor and outdoor seating, most tables have ocean views! Best known for their “award winning” Coast Toast – served in a souffle style, it’s extra rich with a hint of orange. If you’d prefer something savory try their Open-Faced Breakfast Sandwich with prosciutto, arugula, ricotta, roasted peppers, a fried egg, and hollandaise sauce. This is a great place to grab a casual breakfast or celebrate a special occasion!
You’ll find this local favorite south of the village, in La Jolla’s seaside neighborhood of Bird Rock just a couple blocks from the ocean. This hidden gem has been around for over 12 years and serves breakfast on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; we recommend making a reservation for weekend brunch. They have a Mexican inspired menu and two of our favorites are the Relleno & Eggs, a pasilla pepper stuffed with pulled pork, crema, Mexican salsa, and queso fresco served with corn tortillas or the Carne Asada Benedict, an english muffin topped with carne asada, avocado, cilantro, and hollandaise served with breakfast potatoes. Their menu for brunch cocktails is very creative and has a little something for everyone as well as a full espresso bar and mocktails.
If you find yourself a little farther north of the village, check-out this gem located just a few blocks from Kellogg Park and La Jolla Shores Beach. They offer a farm-to-table approach to breakfast and serve it all day from 7:30 am – 2:30 pm. Their espresso and coffee are ground in-house daily using their own blend of African and Central American Coffee Beans. They also juice Valencia Oranges for the freshest glass of orange juice around and partner with a local ranch for veggie-fed brown eggs. For breakfast, their Crispy Parmesan Risotto & Honey Cured Bacon Benedict or Pork Carnitas Chilaquiles are two of our favorites! They have a great mimosa menu with options including classic mimosas made with their fresh squeezed OJ as well as more creative choices like grapefruit and sage.