Casa de Reyes (Revisit for Brunch) – Old Town San Diego

We were recently invited by Casa de Reyes in Old Town San Diego to try out their new Sunday brunch options.  It is served from 9am to 12pm. (Note, Jady had previously visited Casa de Reyes.  Her post can be found here.)

If you’ve never visited Old Town San Diego, I highly suggest that you do.  Old Town San Diego retains some historic San Diego buildings and marks the beginning to our rich modern California history in 1769.  Furthermore, it’s nice and festive a lot of the time with celebrations occurring regularly.  Parking can be a bit of a challenge during the busiest times, but there are a few free public lots and some street parking available.


Casa de Reyes is situated in the Fiesta de Reyes plaza.  It’s surrounded by a small stage for local performances and quaint boutique shops to celebrate Mexican culture and flair.  Old Town extends several blocks and there are a few different sections to explore, each with their own shops and restaurants.

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We even got a glimpse of Santa this day!

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So if nothing else, Casa de Reyes has some killer homemade chips and salsa!  I couldn’t stop eating these throughout my entire meal and they kicked it up a notch with a light dusting of red pepper and spices.


Today I was in the eggs benedict mood so I immediately gravitated towards the Chorizo Eggs Benedict with Jalapeno Hollandaise Sauce.  Darren decided to try out the Mexican Frittata en comal Caliente.

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My eggs benedict was a mixed bag.  I’m afraid the only part that I enjoyed was the perfectly poached egg.  The chorizo was not up to par IMHO and the “jalapeno hollandaise” was nothing special.  The food was not particularly hot either.

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Darren’s frittata faired a little bit better, but again it wasn’t his favorite.  Perhaps we are a bit spoiled with so much Mexican food already in the San Diego area, but we both felt the food was lacking authentic flavors and again it was not hot enough.

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We were excited when the chef came out to present us with this dessert platter, which was a sample of all their offerings.  As  you can see, the visual presentation was very nice!  However, presentation and the taste did not match up.  The flan was a bit too firm, the chocolate cake was dry, and the “pineapple tamal” had a strange after taste.  But, the churros were decent and filled with custard creme.  It would have been even better had it been hot.

Overall the ambiance of Casa de Reyes was great.  It very bright and festive all around us, and the service was excellent.  Unfortunately, we felt the food came up a bit short today.  If they can match the rest of the cuisine with the quality of their homemade chips, there would be a line out the door!  Regardless, you should come out and checkout Old Town San Diego to learn about the birthplace of modern California.  (For Jady’s original review of Casa de Reyes, you can find it here.)

Casa de Reyes
2754 Calhoun St
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 297-3100
Casa De Reyes on Urbanspoon


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I couldn't be luckier to call San Diego my home the past couple decades. America's "Finest City" is bursting with delicious eats in nearly every corner. Whether you want savory or sweet, fancy or rustic, you can have it all! I have the awesome job of uncovering some of these gems, and sharing them with you. When I'm not chowing down, I also write about $$$ at Thanks for stopping by!

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