Boat to Brunch: Top 4 Spots to “Dock and Dine” in San Diego


San Diego is a perfect place to boat. You have Mission Bay, San Diego Bay, and, if you dare to venture into the open water, the gorgeous splendor of the Pacific Ocean. Combine boating with San Diego’s brunch obsession, and you have Dock and Dine. Here are my top picks for places to boat to brunch:


Tidal at Paradise Point Resort & Spa

Every Sunday, Tidal, the upscale restaurant at Paradise Point, offers a stunning brunch, looking out on the sparkling waters of San Diego’s Mission Bay. The coastal-inspired menu from Chef Andrew Reyes. Highlights include the Local Big Eye Tuna Poke, an award-winning poke that includes wakame, white shoyu, coconut, and squid ink lavash, and the Smoked Salmon Benedict with furikake rice cake, hibiscus hollandaise, and tobiko caviar.


Miss B’s Coconut Club

Most people don’t realize that the port at the end of Santa Clara Place is a public dock, where you can dock for free for up to two hours. Nearby the dock is Caribbean inspired Miss B’s Coconut Club. Once there, don’t miss out on the Cuban delights like their Ropa Vieja Hash, a delicious combination of Cuban style braised beef, house potatoes, onion, bell peppers, Jamaican beer cheese, pimiento olives and chimichurri, topped with two eggs. Pair it with the Watermelon Mimosa, a refreshing frozen cocktail that will make you feel like summer all year long.


Bali Hai.

Sunday brunch is Bali Hai’s busiest dock and a dine day, with boats sometimes being docked two deep. The Polynesian paradise in Shelter Island offers up a Sunday brunch buffet with something for everyone. Make sure your captain is careful of the free-flowing Champagne!


el Roys

el Roy’s Tequila Bar + Kitchen in Coronado offers up innovative Mexican-inspired food with stunning views of the Coronado Ferry Landing. Their fusion brunch dishes include options like Chicken & Churros, Carnitas Sopes Benedict, and Dulce de Leche & Banana French Toast. For those who enjoy a boozy breakfast (and are not captaining the boat), brunch cocktails are available such as the shareable 48 oz. el Luchador, which is a tequila-based Bloody Mary sporting towering skewers of fried chicken, chorizo meatballs, churros and more.