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8 San Diego Restaurants Who Resolve to Serve Brunch on New Year’s Day

Brunch It out and Beat the Hangover at These 8 San Diego Restaurants Serving on New Year’s Day

Written By: Emily Torres New Year’s Brunch San Diego

The party doesn’t end when the clock strikes midnight. Keep the celebration going—and keep the headache away—with a much-needed brunch date on New Year’s Day at these eight San Diego hotspots. From bloody mary bars to breakfast buffets, this list will make sure you’re ringing in the new roaring ‘20s just right. 


1 | Feast with Fido New Year’s Brunch San Diego

When: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Must Order: Smoked Lamb Shoulder Hash

Sunny-side-up egg, potatoes, pickled peppers, mint, vadouvan aioli, cilantro 

If brunch can’t relieve your New Year’s hangover, the sight of adorable pups can certainly help your mood! Mission Hills’ Fort Oak is celebrating the new year with a dog-friendly brunch on their dreamy patio. Alfresco diners can enjoy celebratory, refreshing cocktails like the Galaxie with their decadent brunch bites like the smoked lamb shoulder hash while their four-legged furry friends can ring in the new year with tasty treats too.

Fort Oak
1011 Fort Stockton Dr
San Diego, CA 92103


2 | Pull up to the Pub New Year’s Brunch San Diego

When: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Must Order: Drafthouse Bones

Baby back ribs, brown ale-infused BBQ sauce, jalapeno, corn and cheddar cheese cornbread, whipped honey butter

After a wild night out, keep it casual with lunch at The Corner Drafthouse in Banker’s Hill. This ultra-cozy, rustic wood- and brick-lined neighborhood hang has 70 taps for your “hair of the dog” needs, as well as an endless burger menu fit for any type of craving.

Native Knowledge: Mug Club members can earn an engraved name plaque on the side of the bar if they finish one pint of the 70 beers available on tap within 70 days. 

The Corner Drafthouse
495 Laurel St
San Diego, CA 92101


3 | Ale You Need New Year’s Brunch San Diego

When: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 11 a.m.-noon
Must Order: Buffalo Fried Chicken Sandwich

Breaded chicken, buffalo sauce, blue cheese, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, brioche bun

Every hour is happy at Bier Garden on New Year’s Day. With $2 off starters, craft beer, cocktails and wine, this North County pub is perfect for refueling after a long night out. Plus, you can stick to your goal of keeping it local in 2020: all 32 tap handles are from SoCal. 

Native Knowledge: Bier Garden was originally built in the shape of a T-Bone steak as Tyler’s steak house. Yum! 

Bier Garden of Encinitas
641 S Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024


4 | Bloody Brilliant

When: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Must Order: Avocado Bloody Mary 

Tito’s vodka, honeydew, prosciutto, jalapeno 

As if you needed more of a reason to sip on a Bloody Mary this New Year’s Day, Jan. 1 also happens to be National Bloody Mary Day, and The Florence is celebrating with $8 specialty Bloody Marys! Top the celebration off with a DJ and a bottomless brunch buffet that’s packed with a waffle bar and omelet bar. 

The Florence
13480 Evening Creek Dr N, Ste 150
San Diego, CA 92128


5 | Happy Hollandaise

When: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Must Order: Eggs Benedict

Poached farm eggs, toasted English muffin, Canadian bacon, roasted tomato, baby arugula, hollandaise

It’s BYOBM (build your own Bloody Mary) time at Hope 46 in The Lafayette Hotel on New Year’s Day. Top and spice your cocktail to your taste and feast on specials like eggs Benedict and huevos rancheros to soak up your special concoction. Need a refresh? Hop in the hotel’s pool for an invigorating entrance into 2020. 

The Lafayette Hotel’s Hope 46
2223 El Cajon Blvd 
San Diego, CA 92104


6 | Hot Stuff

When: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Must Order: Chilaquiles

Adobo chicken, fried tortilla, creme fraiche, cilantro, cotija, avocado, red onion, farm fresh eggs 

Chilaquiles are a hangover staple, and Whisknladle’s are on fire this New Year’s Day. Paired with the La Jolla restaurant’s London’s Burning cocktail—featuring gin, jalapeno, avocado and lemon—your new year is guaranteed to start off with a bang. “London’s Burning is the perfect daytime drink that packs a punch, and it’s an original Whisk drink, so you can’t go wrong,” says Whisknladle bartender Sunny Wang. 

1044 Wall St
La Jolla, CA 92037

7 | Bet on 2020 New Year’s Brunch San Diego

When: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Must Order: Machacha Enchiladas Verde

Braised beef, monterey jack and cheddar cheeses, green enchilada sauce, sour cream, corn tortillas

The only thing better than brunch? A brunch buffet. You’re in luck this year with Sycuan Casino’s Buffet. Between poker games, grab a bite of all of your favorite brunch bites—all at one time. The Buffet will be serving up hangover-friendly foodie favorites like corned beef hash and machacha enchiladas verde. 

Sycuan Casino
5469 Casino Way 
El Cajon, CA 92019


8 | Stuffed by the Sea New Year’s Brunch San Diego

When: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Must Order: Brioche French Toast

Strawberries, toasted almonds, vanilla

An ocean view helps a hangover—we swear! L’Auberge Del Mar is the perfect spot to get stuffed in the salty air this New Year’s Day. “The Del Mar Benedict is a local favorite and is served with poached eggs, rock crab, baby spinach and tomato, while the brioche French toast is a newer item and is served with strawberries, toasted almonds and vanilla. Try both of these dishes for a savory and sweet start to 2020,” shares a L’Auberge Del Mar insider. 

L’Auberge Del Mar
1540 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014

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