Best Brunch Spots in the Gaslamp Quarter


Best Brunch San Diego

Who doesn’t like a good brunch? While the Gaslamp Quarter is full of booming nightlife, there are some hidden gems tucked away throughout the diverse neighborhood that are fabulous for brunch. There’s no lack of options when it comes to eating brunch in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter.

Sparks Gallery would like to present what we think are some of the best places for brunch in San Diego to get a delicious bite before exploring the town.

The Smoking Gun

The Smoking Gun San Diego
The Smoking Gun

Specializing in cocktails and urban street food, The Smoking Gun offers a youthful ambiance and has televisions and pool tables for entertainment. During the week, this local gem opens a little later for those who wish to sleep in. Attached to the Smoking Gun is Spill the Beans, offering coffee and breakfast eats, which are worth the line on the weekends. If you aren’t quite ready to dine in or are on the go, The Smoking Gun offers carry out.

Breakfast Republic

Breakfast Republic
Breakfast Republic

Breakfast Republic was voted the best breakfast by San Diego Magazine as a reader’s favorite, and it’s easy to see why. They offer tasty favorites like Oreo pancakes, shrimps and grits, and many other delicious morning fares. Be sure to try their Italian Prosecco. It’s as unique as they are. 

Breakfast Republic isn’t just making brunch awesome; they are making communities better. They have recently made almost nine thousand meals for laid-off workers throughout the San Diego area. They also host private parties and events. 

Breakfast Republic also is going green. Check out all the things they are doing to help the planet.

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Le Parfait Paris

Le Parfait Paris
Le Parfait Paris

Are you looking for something a little sweeter? Coffee, macaroons, creeps, and more, this is hands down a great place for brunch while you’re in the Gaslamp Quarter. But don’t worry, they ship nationwide, too, so you can enjoy these delicious treats across the country. Le Parfait Paris also offers pick-up and catering options and even hosts cooking classes.

This French pastry shop is in the heart of the historic part of the Gaslamp Quarter. They currently offer delicious take-home boxes for breakfast favorites, treats that will wow you, and even a mimosa kit for the whole brunch experience.

Cafe 21

Cafe 21
Cafe 21

While you’ll have to get up early for this one, it’s well worth it. With a variety of teas, craft sodas, craft beers, and adult drinks, this is one place you’ll want to visit more than once. Cafe 21 offers take-out and a variety of vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options on their menu.

Live music at the restaurant is another benefit of arriving before they close in the afternoon. Cafe 21 also provides a variety of catering, both on-site and off-site. They do not take reservations at Cafe 21 but the wait is worth it. 

Are you looking to host an event? Sparks Gallery is a unique place to hold your next event.

Cafe 21 is one of the most innovative restaurants in the Gaslamp quarter. They offer a one-of-a-kind dining experience with made from scratch food and drinks and an ambiance to match. Their small plate offerings are made with the freshest ingredients and locally grown produce. 

Provisional Kitchen

Provisional Kitchen
Provisional Kitchen

Provisional Kitchen offers a whimsical brunch for those who are looking to shop while they eat. This unique place utilizes homegrown fare and pairs it with communal space that showcases a collection of homeware, pantry staples, and jewelry. 

If you have a large party, this restaurant has a special just for you. An Ostrich egg served sunny side up. If you’re looking for something a bit smaller, they have many delicious items to choose from, including nut-free, vegan, and vegetarian options.

Provisional also offers take-out and delivery options. Be sure to set aside some time to browse all the different items this location has to offer.

Werewolf American Pub

Werewolf American Pub
Werewolf American Pub

Werewolf American Pub is an excellent brunch spot that offers a hearty brunch of American pub food. Werewolf is the go-to place for some delicious biscuits and gravy or a filling pork belly benedict. Aside from “killer” food, Werewolf also offers entertainment such as karaoke nights. You can also find a good selection of beer here and can often catch various sports events.

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Werewolf also hosts outdoor seating and shareable menu items like wings and other appetizers. Come hungry. Werewolf has great customer service, and affordable prices. If you are looking to get a delicious breakfast without worrying about breaking the bank, Werewolf might be the place for you. 

Gaslamp Breakfast Company

Gaslamp Breakfast Company
Gaslamp Breakfast Company

A comfortable and elegant way to start off your morning, Gaslamp Breakfast Company offers a unique selection of food and drinks to get your day started in the right direction. Veggie-filled cocktails? You bet! And that’s only the beginning. 

They serve classics like french toast and exotic favorites like Chilaquiles Suizas. There’s something for everyone on this menu.

Union Kitchen

Union Kitchen & Tap
Union Kitchen & Tap

Outdoor dining allows you to take in the historic feel of the Gaslamp Quarter while you enjoy brunch. This neighborhood-friendly location features a rustic and contemporary style that invites you in. Garage-style doors open up to the patio making for a large, open, and refreshing feeling. If you come on the weekend, you may even catch one of their live DJs.

Quality ingredients and a passion for cooking shine through their inventive American menu of drinks and food alike. Their weekend brunch menu is filled with delicious favorites and exotic additions like the siracha-maple glaze on their chicken and waffles.  

Brunch in Gaslamp San Diego Final Thoughts

There are many different styles of food to enjoy in the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego. There’s no wrong choice on this list with no shortages of expertly crafted drinks and fantastic food. Many of the options here offer vegan, vegetarian, and other specialty items. Just make sure to plan ahead for lines on the weekends and busy lunch hour.  

Once your stomach is full, there are many retail shops to explore and sights to see in the rest of the Gaslamp Quarter. Sparks Gallery offers a wide range of art pieces and jewelry. The exhibitions highlight the talent of the area in a beautiful setting. The space is available for event rentals. 

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