The Best Places to Eat with Family in San Diego

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My family and I frequent San Diego, California.  In the last decade of visiting San Diego, we have found local beaches, entertainment, and food never to be disappointing.  My list of the best places to eat with family in San Diego is for those of you looking for a variety of restaurants, bakeries, and ice cream that will not disappoint.    

My list of the best places to eat with family in San Diego is a variety of restaurants, bakeries, and ice cream that will not disappoint.

San Diego Bakeries

85C Bakery Café  

85C Bakery Cafe - San Diego, CA

On our drive out of San Diego I asked my husband to stop at the 85C Bakery Café on Midway and Rosecrans.  All I can say is that I should have stopped sooner.  I purchased many baked goods to go.  I bought a croissant, a chocolate chip bun, cinnamon roll, mouse cake, tiramisu, Oreo smoothie, and a strawberry banana smoothie.  All were scrumptious and fulfilling.  There is a small eat-in section.  You pick what you want, place it on a tray, and they box up your goodies for you if you take them to go.  The 85C Bakery Cafe is a must visit for a quick coffee or smoothie and a treat.

Sugar and Scribe

Sugar and Scribe - La Jolla, CA

Sugar and Scribe is in La Jolla, California.  My description of Sugar and Scribe is a crisp, clean, and light vibe.  Sugar and Scribe is a restaurant and bakery.  You have the choice of eating in the restaurant or ordering food to go.  My family and I had breakfast there, I had one of their specialty coffees and Brioche French Toast.  The Brioche French Toast came with strawberries and a maple syrup soaked into the bread.  The Sugar and Scribe restaurant offers online ordering and a full menu on their website to view.

San Diego Breakfast and Lunch

Harry’s Coffee Shop

Harry's Coffee Shop - La Jolla, CA

Harry’s Coffee Shop is the oldest family-owned diner in La Jolla, California.  This diner fills up fast since breakfast is served until they close at 3pm.  The free parking is in the rear of the restaurant.  Their location is in the Village of La Jolla where they offer a pet friendly patio.  We were fortunate to enjoy the breakfast, but I look forward to going back and trying other items on the menu.

Kono’s Café  

Kono's Cafe - Pacific Beach, CA

Another one of the best places to eat with family in San Diego is Kono’s Café.  Every time I visit San Diego, I look forward to Kono’s Cafe.  The Kono’s Cafe we frequent is located along the Pacific Beach boardwalk.  There is a small area inside to sit and eat, but I soon found out there are additional seats around the backside of the building.  Their menu includes breakfast all day, sandwiches, burgers, and salads.  Unfortunately, the Cafe is not open for dinner, but they are one of my San Diego Favorites.

The Broken Yolk Café

The Broken Yolk Cafe - San Diego, CA

The Broken Yolk Café is another franchise in California I enjoy for breakfast.  My family and I have been to The Broken Yolk Café a few times.  They have 22 locations in California.  The Broken Yolk Café is open for breakfast and lunch.  They have been around since 1979 and are continuing to grow strong today.  Our family favorites at The Broken Yolk are the French Toast (because they have three different options) and the Huevos Rancheros.  The Broken Yolk is a fan fav so make sure that you get there early.

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San Diego Family Friendly Restaurants

Corvette Diner  

Corvette Diner - San Diego, CA

The Corvette Diner is one of the best places to eat with family in San Diego because of the atmosphere.  The Corvette Diner is in Liberty Station.  My two daughters and I decided to eat lunch here, and I am glad we did.  The hostess looked like she had stepped out of the 50s, the waiters and waitresses were upbeat and energetic.  The Corvette Diner has a game room, and the dining area has a DJ.  The Corvette Diner is a must see if you have children or if you just like oldies.  It is family friendly and fun.

Hodad’s  

Hodad's

Another one of my San Diego favorites is Hodad’s.  They have a few locations in San Diego.  My family and I frequent the one in Ocean Beach, California.  Hodad’s always has a line of anxious and hungry people.  They have great burgers, sandwiches, chicken strips, and grilled cheese my vegetarian daughter loves.  Every inch of the restaurant is covered in license plates from all over the United States.  It is a quick meal on the go while visiting the beach or just hanging out at the restaurant.  If you like a good burger, you will love Hodad’s. 


Pieology Pizzeria  

Pieology Pizzeria - San Diego, CA

Pieology is in numerous states, but they have 76 locations in California alone.  I am a gluten-free pizza gal, and this is one of the only gluten-free pizza’s I will eat.  Pieology offers pizza any way you like.  You pick your crust, sauce, cheese, meats, and toppings.  Pieology is exceptionally casual so you sit where you like, or you can take your pie to go.  In addition to the great pie, the wall of inspiration had us reading quotes the whole time we were there. 

San Diego Ice Cream

MooTime Creamery  

MooTime Creamery - Coronado, CA

MooTime Creamery is in Coronado, California.  You can find it among the shops on the busy street of Orange Avenue.  It is a small nostalgic shop with friendly smiles.  When you walk into MooTime Creamery you can pick from ice cream, yogurt, sorbet, or sherbert.  You have the choice of a waffle or dipped cone, cookies, fruit, or candy as additions to your favorite treat.  Anyone who enjoys a cold snack will love MooTime Creamery.

The Baked Bear  

The Baked Bear - Pacific Beach, CA

My family and I were looking for a snack after spending some time at Pacific Beach and found The Baked Bear.  If you have a sweet tooth, this is the place to visit.  The Baked Bear offers homemade cookies, brownies, and donuts.  The idea is to pick from any of their homemade goodies and your choice of ice cream to place smack dab in the middle.  The Baked Bear is in multiple cities in California.  They have opened additional locations in Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and Oklahoma. 

5 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing about the best places to eat with family in San Diego. Very informative article.

    1. I’m glad you liked the post. Thanks for the feedback!

  2. I love the list and that you included coffee shops and ice cream spots – too often overlooked!

    1. I agree! I love breakfast spots that have good coffee! My daughter’s and I love to find new breakfast and brunch places wherever we travel.

  3. Love the ideas specially Yolk caffe..

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