arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up play-button plus tab-indicator dots close menu search facebook google-plus instagram pinterest rss twitter youtube rss-two heart Check FeaturedBadge linkedin minus apps placeholder linkedin

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. 


Follow this link to discover more of San Diego's delectable restaurants!

Find a place to stay

Book online or call 1-800-350-6205 to speak with a local expert

Related Articles and Features

Deals just for you

Boating & Sailing

$5 off Whale Watching Cruises

Hornblower Cruises & Events
Valid: Jun 13, 2019 - ongoing

$5 off Whale & Dolphin Watching with Hornblower Cruises. Hornblower offers large comfortable Whale Watching boats with live narration from San Diego Natural History Museum's trained naturalists...

Accommodation

Weekend like a local at the Westin San Diego

The Westin San Diego Downtown
Valid: Jan 31 - ongoing

Stay 2 nights and you’ll receive 2 drinks at the BAR (limit 2 drinks per confirmation number. Must be 21 years of age. Well Drinks only).

Accommodation

Stay Cool in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter!

San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter
Valid: Mar 12 - ongoing

Stay Cool in the heart of the city, surrounded by restaurants, nightlife & shopping. We’re 90 steps from PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres. And don’t miss ALTITUDE Sky Lounge...

Events to check out

Event

San Diego Crew Classic

Apr 4 - Apr 5, 2020

Regarded as the first major regatta of the year, the San Diego Crew Classic brings together thousands of athletes from more than 100 universities, clubs and high school programs across the United...

Event

Port of San Diego's Day at the Docks

Apr 19, 2020

This is the 41st year the San Diego Sportfishing Council has sponsored its special showcase of San Diego sportfishing. We hope you'll take this opportunity to join us and discover a bit more of what...

Event

La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K

Apr 26, 2020

The La Jolla Half Marathon is one of America's most picturesque and beautiful point-to-point races. Starting at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the course follows a scenic coastal route before reaching the...

Stay in touch

Sign up to receive the latest news, events, and updates about San Diego. Our monthly and weekly newsletters will keep you informed about the latest and greatest happenings in the destination.

Sign Up

Visitor planning guide

For the ultimate guide to planning your San Diego vacation, view and download the San Diego Visitor Planning Guide, packed with useful information that will help you plan the perfect San Diego getaway.

Read More

Partners

Explore

Plan

Stay

Follow Us

Language:

English | Change Language

Select your country or region

China FlagChinaGermany FlagGermanyGreat Britain FlagGreat BritainJapan FlagJapanMexico FlagMexicoKorea FlagKoreaSwitzerland FlagSwitzerlandBrazil FlagBrazilFrance FlagFranceAustralia FlagAustraliaCanada FlagCanada USA

Or use Google Translate

Afrikaans Albanian Arabic Belarusian Bulgarian Catalan Croatian Czech Danish Deutsch Español Estonian Filipino Finnish Francais Galician Greek Haitian-Creole Hebrew Hindi Hungarian Icelandic Indonesian Irish Italian Japanese Korean Latvian Lithuanian Macedonian Malay Maltese Nederlands Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Serbian Slovak Slovenian Swahili Swedish Telugu Thai Turkish Ukranian Vietnamese Welsh Yiddish