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Brunch in San Francisco

Discover a List of the Top
Breakfast and Brunch Spots in SF

Brunch in San Francisco is always a treat. There are several amazing places where you can find everything from a classic omelette to soul foul.

My favorites include everything from everyday spots to specialty options for an elegant Sunday brunch, Mother's Day or other special occasions.

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Mama's on Washington Square

Many people claim that the breakfast at Mama's is the best in the city. This might be the case, but you'll have to wait for it. This small restaurant only has a handful of tables and you will almost always find a line outside. At times, the wait is one to two hours. The food is good, but I only recommend heading over here if you have a lot of extra time on your hands. They are open for brunch everyday except Monday.

  • Specialties: Omelettes, Benedicts
  • Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 8am to 3pm
  • Address: 1701 Stockton Street in North Beach

Buena Vista Cafe

The Buena Vista Cafe is a world famous restaurant in Fisherman's Wharf. They were the first cafe in the US to recreate the infamous Irish Coffee. I'll have to admit, they make one of the best in the city. In addition, they also serve some great breakfast items. I recommend ordering something with crab, since it's all fresh from the Pacific Ocean (just outside the SF Bay). Sit at the bar if you are only coming in for some Irish Coffee.

  • Specialties: Irish Coffee, Breakfast
  • Hours: Monday - Friday from 9am - 2am; Saturday and Sunday 8am - 2am
  • Address: 2765 Hyde Street (Corner of Hyde and Beach Streets)

Mo's Grill

Another one of my favorite spots for brunch in San Francisco is Mo's Grill. This small, welcoming grill in North Beach offers brunch every morning. It's simple, but yummy. They serve the classics such as omelettes, eggs and pancakes. They also serve breakfast everyday until 3pm.

  • Specialties: Pancakes, Omelettes, Burgers
  • Hours: Sunday - Thursday 8:30am to 10:30pm; Friday and Saturday 8:30am to 11:30pm
  • Address: 1322 Grant Avenue in North Beach

Dottie's True Blue Cafe

This is another great option for brunch in San Francisco. It's a small place in SF's South of Market neighborhood, but close to Union Square. It's perfect for small groups as most tables only seat two to four people. It's another place that you will probably have to wait in line for a table. The food is really good, but sometimes the service is less than perfect. They just moved to this new location which is more accessible. Wait times are usually between 15 minutes to an hour or more. It's best to go during the week.

  • Specialties: French toast, Egg dishes
  • Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 7:30am to 3pm; Saturday and Sunday from 7:30am to 4:00pm; Closed on Tuesday
  • Address: 28 6th Street, Between Mission and Market

Brenda's French Soul Food

My mouth is watering just thinking about the brunch at Brenda's. Her combination of French and Soul Food makes this place unique and it's highly rated. You have to try at least one of the beignets which are New Orleans style donuts. Her egg scrambles and omelettes are also delicious. Another great part is that they serve breakfast until 3pm.

  • Specialties: Beignets, Shrimp & Grits
  • Hours: Monday & Tuesday from 8am to 3pm; Wednesday - Saturday from 8am to 10pm; Sunday from 8am to 8pm
  • Address: 652 Polk Street between Turk and Eddy Streets

beignets at Brendas

These are the beignets from Brenda's and there are three in each order.
You can choose from the traditional, molten chocolate (this is the one pictured above) or a few other flavors.
They come out hot, fresh and are soooo delicious!

Mission Beach Cafe

The Mission Beach Cafe is another breakfast and bunch hot spot. On the weekends, the lines for brunch can stretch for an hour or more - so head over early. It's more of a local, neighborhood type place than the other options listed above. It's located in between the city's Castro and Mission Districts. It would be a shame to visit without ordering at least one pastry. Alan Carter, the pastry chef here, is one of the best in the city!

  • Specialties: Pastries, Quiche, Pancakes
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 2:30pm; Saturday from 9am to 2:30pm and Sunday from 9am - 3:30pm; They are also open early during the week for those wanting to pick up some pastries and a coffee. They are also open for dinner most nights except Sunday.
  • Address: 198 Guerrero Street at 14th Street

Red Door Cafe

Brunch at the Red Door Cafe is a unique experience. It's perfect for parties of two and those that don't mind a bit of attitude from the owner. The food is amazing, but some people are put off by the experience. The lines form early, but the owner makes it fun (again, only for those that aren't easily offended). If you are looking for a true, rough around the edges experience, then this is a fun place to check out. Did I mention the food is unbelievably delicious? Yes, I did, but wanted to say it again! Excellent!

  • Specialties: Classic breakfast entrees, Gluten Free, Vegan and Vegetarian options available
  • Hours: Monday and Friday from 10:30am to 1pm; Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Address: 1608 Bush Street in the Nob Hill neighborhood

Hollywood Cafe

The Hollywood Cafe is more of a traditional brunch location. They have the classics and the food is really good. It's casual and the wait staff is friendly. I wanted to add it as it's one of the best places in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood. On their menu, you will find some fun names too such as the James Dean or the Audrey Hepburn breakfast. Also, make sure you try their Hollywood's Hash Browns. They are different from their standard hash browns and cost a little more, but are very yummy.

  • Specialties: Hollywood's Hash Browns, Eggs Benedict
  • Hours: Monday - Sunday from 7am to 2pm
  • Address: 530 North Point Street in Fisherman's Wharf

Special Weekend Brunch Options

This list includes some of the places that offer specialty brunch on the weekends. Many of these are perfect for a special Sunday brunch or for holidays such as Mother's Day or Easter. They all offer reservations and a more elegant experience.

  • The Cliff House: The Cliff House offers a traditional breakfast everyday, but they offer a special Champagne Brunch Buffet every Sunday. The buffet is around $50 per person and includes unlimited food, unlimited champagne and harp music in the background. They seat three times on Sunday, at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. I recommend making a reservation in advance. They only take them by phone at 415-386-3330. They are located at 1090 Point Lobos Avenue.

  • Top of the Mark: The Top of the Mark restaurant (in the Mark Hopkins Hotel) also offers a Sunday Brunch Buffet. This Champagne Brunch offers both breakfast and lunch items including Eggs Benedict, Prime Rib, and Seared Sea Bass. It's more upscale and offers some great city views. It's served from 10am to 1pm and costs $79 for each adult. Reservations are highly recommended. They are at 1 Nob Hill.

  • Palace Hotel: Another classic place for Sunday brunch in San Francisco is the historic Palace Hotel. It's served in their beautiful garden court dining room. It's elegant and offers everything from sushi to fresh pastries. It's served from 10:30am to 1:30pm every Sunday. Call to make a reservation at 415.546.5089. They are located at 2 New Montgomery near Union Square.

  • Epic Roasthouse: The Epic Roasthouse is a great spot for brunch on both Saturday and Sunday. This upscale restaurant offers the perfect spot, along the water, for a nice brunch in San Francisco. They serve the classics and are open for brunch from 11am to 3pm both weekend days. They are at 369 Embarcadero.

Weekend Champagne Brunch Cruise

champagne toastAnother fun way to enjoy your brunch in San Francisco is on a Bay Cruise. This special two-hour weekend cruise includes Champagne, a brunch buffet and amazing views.

With your Champagne glass in hand, you will depart Pier 3 and cruise along the SF waterfront. As you nibble on fresh pastries, scrambled eggs and other goodies, you will cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge, near Alcatraz Island and by the small coastal town of Sausalito.

It's a great way to see the sights and enjoy a hearty breakfast. It is sure to be a brunch to remember!

Find tickets: Weekend Champagne Brunch Cruise

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