After seeing photos of Morning Glory online, I decided to visit during our time here in San Diego, CA. I didn’t do much digging other than, “Wow, the reviews are excellent, and it’s so pretty! Plus, it’s included in the Michelin Guide!” I’m easy to please. Despite us arriving right when they opened, I expected a shorter line. I anticipated photographing the space before the crowds converged, but I couldn’t have been more wrong! Still, we were lucky, got the last available seats at Morning Glory, and had an epic breakfast. Let’s dig in!
Location: San Diego, CA
Designation: Michelin Guide
Address: 550 West Date St
San Diego, CA 92101
Food Type: Breakfast
Dining Experience: Indoor & Outdoor
Price: $50+ per Person
Dress Code: Smart Casual +
Reservations: Not Available
Special Diets: Pescatarian, Gluten-Free (not GF dedicated)
Ambience of Morning Glory
The restaurant was a bit spooky if I’m honest. A giant eye watches over diners, looking around and blinking occasionally. Skeletons decorate the menus, napkins, plates, and the entire restaurant. There was a skull wearing a tiara on the counter near the merch. It also didn’t look nearly as pink as the images online led me to believe. Rather, it was all faded.
Cockroach patterened wallpaper near the restrooms wasn’t something I wanted to see before my meal, but the restaurant interior was charming. It was a little off-putting, but that’s on me for not researching the restaurant further. Still, it was unlike anywhere else I’d ever eaten, and the food was some of the best breakfast I’d ever had, so unusual decor aside, this was a fantastic spot to eat! It would be particularly fun in autumn or around Halloween!
What I Wore to Morning Glory
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I ordered the lobster omelet, which was by far the best omelet I’d ever had. It tasted a bit like one I had in Tokyo, but the lobster was as fresh as it is on the East Coast. The salad had a delicious bitter vinaigrette, and although I swapped the regular toast that accompanies it with gluten-free, I couldn’t eat all of it, so I didn’t try that.
Robin ordered their egg salad sandwich and Japanese Sufflé pancakes, which were jiggly and smelled incredible. He said both were completely phenomenal and reminded him of being back in Japan. I was surprised that the small amount of fresh fruit Robin added to his pancakes was $5, but that’s not uncommon in California. From what I’ve heard, berries are far more challenging to grow there, unlike our backyard, where we can’t pick them fast enough, haha.
While the decor was a little unusual, it gave the entire place an Alice in Wonderland vibe, and after a while, it grew on me. I love visiting unique restaurants, so even if this was different from how I’d decorate my home, we enjoyed our visit and enjoyed our fantastic food. They do not take reservations, so plan to arrive at least 45 minutes before the restaurant opens. Otherwise, by the end of our meal, the wait time was around three and a half hours. I do not know how we got so lucky with this, but I’m thankful we did!
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