The 100 Best Lunch Spots in California

SAN DIEGO — There’s a choice Californians should never have to make: eat breakfast or eat lunch? Why choose? There are eggs and sandwiches galore in the brunch capital of the West.

From classic American breakfast dishes to cuisines representing far-flung cultures, Yelp has compiled a list of the “100 Best Lunch Spots in California” to show which restaurants are worth raving about.

Yelp identified businesses in the restaurant and brunch categories, then ranked those places using factors like total volume and review ratings.

San Francisco’s Lapisara Eatery took the top spot with popular dishes like fried chicken Benedict, tom yum burrito, steak and egg, pad thai and more.

In second place, Great Maple – Newport Beach wowed brunch enthusiasts with its hot honey fried chicken sandwiches, French toast logs, grilled chicken bowls, and steak burgers.

Toast Kitchen & Bakery in Costa Mesa finished in third place with diners raving about its ube French toast, orange chicken waffles, sisig burrito and Arnold Palmer eggs Benedict.

The full ranking of the top 100, based on ratings and reviews from the Yelp community, can be found on the Yelp blog.

  1. Lapisara Restaurant, San Francisco
  2. Great Maple – Newport Beach, Newport Beach
  3. Toast Kitchen & Bakery – Yes, Costa Mesa
  4. Wild Chives, Long Beach
  5. Cesarina, San Diego
  6. The Country Club, Costa Mesa
  7. Cafe Immigrant Son, Ventura
  8. El Tapatio, Citrus Heights
  9. Café Nep, Source Valley
  10. Lokma, San Francisco
  11. Maison Cafe & Market, Dana Point
  12. Oak Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach
  13. FARM, Palm Springs
  14. Mom’s at 39, Huntington Beach
  15. Shakewell, Oakland
  16. Cups Cafe, Palm Desert
  17. I met her in a bar, Los Angeles
  18. Bacari Silverlake, Los Angeles
  19. The restaurant at the Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford
  20. Mesa Beach, Costa Mesa
  21. Havana, Walnut Creek
  22. Sugar and Scribe, La Jolla
  23. Werewolf, San Diego
  24. The District Lounge, Orange
  25. Seabird Kitchen, Long Beach
  26. Millie’s Cafe – Pasadena, Pasadena
  27. Cha Cha Latin Kitchen, Brea
  28. Old Town Tequila Factory, San Diego
  29. Vic’s, Martinez
  30. Four Sisters Cafe, Roseville
  31. 310 Restaurant, Albany
  32. Panxa Kitchen, Long Beach
  33. Cove House, La Jolla
  34. Local Tap House & Kitchen, Oceanside
  35. Neighborhood Kitchen, San Diego
  36. The Tropicale, Palm Springs
  37. Tupelo Junction Cafe, Newport Beach
  38. The Hills Pub, La Mesa
  39. Shorebird, Newport Beach
  40. Wilma & Frieda’s, Palm Springs
  41. and waffles, north hollywood
  42. Farm at Long Meadow Ranch, St. Helena
  43. Northern Italy, El Segundo
  44. The butter house, by the sea
  45. Barn Burner, Rocklin
  46. Pangea Grill, Carmel-by-the-Sea
  47. Cafe Fratelli, Los Angeles
  48. Lulu Berkeley, Berkeley
  49. Wooden spoon, San Francisco
  50. Matador Cantina, Fullerton
  51. Republic, Los Angeles
  52. Plain Jane, San Francisco
  53. Shorehouse Kitchen, Carlsbad
  54. Côte Ouest Bistro, San Francisco
  55. Plum Kitchen on the Beach, Carlsbad
  56. Farmer’s Table Bay Park, San Diego
  57. Bloom, Santa Clara
  58. Kindred, San Diego
  59. Blasteran, Beverly Hills
  60. Boho Restaurant, San Francisco
  61. Lovina, Calistoga
  62. St. and 2nd, Long Beach
  63. Common Stock, San Diego
  64. 105 Noshery, Roseville
  65. Local Farm House, Larkspur
  66. Eat this coffee, Los Angeles
  67. Surisan, San Francisco
  68. Toast Murrieta, Murrieta
  69. Dunedin New Zealand Eats, San Diego
  70. Son and garden, San Francisco
  71. Wild Seed, San Francisco
  72. The Girl and the Goat, Los Angeles
  73. Manhattan Beach Post, Manhattan Beach
  74. The La Jolla Cabin, La Jolla
  75. LOBO SUN, Palo Alto
  76. Punahele Tonnelier Bistro, Oakley
  77. Chulita, Venice
  78. Hula Hoops, South San Francisco
  79. Half Door Brewery, San Diego
  80. Trust, San Diego
  81. Creekwood, Berkeley
  82. Lunch, Paso Robles
  83. The Hideaway Kitchen, Lafayette
  84. Grand Central Palm Springs, Palm Springs
  85. Idle Hour, Los Angeles
  86. The Olive Restobar, Downey
  87. Market Tavern, Stockton
  88. 1909, Temecula
  89. The House of Six Chow Studio City, Studio City
  90. Queenstown Public House, San Diego
  91. Sequoia Restaurant, Oakland
  92. Popping Yolk Cafe, Hacienda Heights
  93. Sapphire, Laguna Beach
  94. Brenda’s Meat & Three, San Francisco
  95. Cafe Salvaje, Manhattan Beach
  96. Parc Bistro-Brasserie, San Diego
  97. Julia’s Vegetarian Restaurant, Pacific Grove
  98. Poached Kitchen, Irvine
  99. Michelangelo Ristorante, Los Angeles
  100. Helmsman Ale House, Newport Beach

Every season is brunch season, especially in California. Check Yelp’s Top 100 list to find a brunch spot near you.

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