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8 LGBTQ+ Friendly Brunch Hot Spots

From dramatic views to build your own Bloody Mary

A number of LGBTQ friendly restaurants in San Diego serve exceptional weekend brunches that go beyond the same-old, same-old.

By: Frank Sabatini Jr.; Columnist & Author

Restaurants With a Welcoming Reception for all

Whether you're hankering for a Tater Tot scramble or fresh lobster salad with a harbor view—or fine champagne in lieu of a feisty Bloody Mary—consider these top picks to kick start your day.

Le Fontainebleau

The mother of all buffets is found on Sundays at Le Fontainebleau inside of downtown's Westgate Hotel, where nearly 100 dishes ranging from fresh shellfish to various roasts are elegantly displayed in an atmosphere resembling a French palace. The brunch remains a longstanding tradition at the hotel and features a pianist.

Cusp Dining & Drinks

Stunning views of La Jolla Cove strike a match to crafty punch concoctions and elegant brunch fare at Cusp Dining & Drinks, located on the 11th floor of Hotel La Jolla. The seasonally driven menu captures dishes such as baby beet salad, short rib hash and custom-made omelets.

Pardon My French

Europhiles will enjoy this lively brunch scene in Hillcrest that features French-Fusion cuisine, bottomless mimosa and a spacious patio that’s dog friendly (there’s even a freshly cooked plate for your pooch).

Gossip Grill

A festive atmosphere prevails at Gossip Grill, where music and sing-alongs play into the weekend brunch scene at this popular Hillcrest nightclub. Famous for its party patio, the midday fare obliges with such dishes as bananas foster waffles, breakfast burgers and savory crepes.

Great Maple

Look no further than Great Maple for fresh bacon-spiked donuts and other treats that are passed around the dining room on large boards during weekend brunch. This brasserie-meets-diner establishment is a favorite within in the LGBTQ community and famous also for its five-spice burgers and wide selection of mimosas and Bloody Marys.

West Coast Tavern

West Coast Tavern features a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar during its brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Located in front of the historic Observatory North Park (formerly the North Park Theater), this action-packed bar and restaurant also scores high marks for its red velvet pancakes and "loaded" breakfast potatoes.

Bertrand at Mister A's

Experience Sunday brunch at one of San Diego's most cherished and formal culinary landmarks, Bertrand at Mister A's. The restaurant is located just blocks from Balboa Park and affords sweeping views of the harbor and downtown skyline from its 12th-floor perch. Word of advice: leave the cargo shorts and flip flops behind.

Café Bleu Bistro & Wine Bar

Parisian-style fare takes center stage at Café Bleu Bistro & Wine Bar, which offers a quaint and casual ambiance as well as exceptional wines and champagnes hailing from major vintners throughout France. If you can't wait until evening to dig into dishes such as chicken vol au vent and French onion soup au gratin, the brunch menu obliges.


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