You will find a variety of wonderful spots for delicous waffles in San Francisco. They range from traditional, crispy waffles with some maple syrup and fruit to less traditional options including one made from red velvet cake batter covered with cream cheese frosting.
It's also popular to serve them with some fried chicken or to cover them with hand whipped cream. No matter what you are craving, you will find something in SF that will satisfy your hunger.
Below are ten of my favorite places.
When I'm craving waffles and chicken, the first place that comes to mind is Straw. This fun restaurant, in the Hayes Valley District, features what they call "carnival-inspired comfort food." Most of their dishes include an interesting twist.
Their most popular (and well known) waffle dish is their Fried Chicken-n-Waffle Monte Cristo. You will be delighted by this cornmeal waffle with raspberry jam, powdered sugar, and syrup. It's served alongside tasty fried chicken and hand cut fries.
This restaurant was recently featured on two food shows. The first is the Food Network's World's "Weirdest Restaurants" and the Cooking Channel's "Off Beat Eats."
You can stop by to try this amazing meal on Saturday or Sunday mornings for brunch. You will also find it on their dinner menu which they serve every night of the week.
Address: 203 Octavia Boulevard
District: Hayes Valley
Hours: Monday - Friday from 5pm to 10pm; Saturday from 10am to 3pm & 5pm to 10pm; Sunday from 10am to 3pm & 5pm to 9pm
Another local favorite for waffles in San Francisco is the Blue Bottle Cafe. They make up a more traditional Belgian waffle with Mead and Mead's maple syrup and butter.
They serve up the perfect amount to get you fueled up for your day.
You will find have several Blue Bottle locations around SF, but not all of them serve their famous waffles. The locations below are where you will find them. Both of them serve waffles all day long.
Address: 1 Ferry Building, #7
Hours: Monday - Saturday from 7am to 7pm; Sunday from 7am to 6pm
Address: 66 Mint Street
Hours: Daily from 7am to 7pm
The best place for waffles in Fisherman's Wharf is Eight AM. Located on Columbus Avenue near Beach Street, this casual cafe is open for both breakfast and lunch every day.
Their tasty waffles are served with a pile of fresh fruits and a generous portion of whipping cream. You can top it off with their delicious maple syrup and a little butter. Other options on their menu include the Belgium waffle with just maple syrup and butter or the banana nut waffle with bananas, chopped pecans and whipped cream.
They also have some of the best french toast in SF with caramelized bananas that melt in your mouth. Another one of my favorites here is their avocado toast served with just the right amount of bacon and one egg.
If you are staying in the Fisherman's Wharf area, I'd highly recommend you stop by. They do get busy around 8am to 8:30am, so I'd head over early if you can.
Address: 1323 Columbus Avenue
District: Fisherman's Wharf
Hours: Daily from 7am to 2pm
The Butler and the Chef is a casual French Bistro that has been around for years. My office used to be nearby and we would head here for lunch at least once a week.
You will find it near South Park in the SOMA District. They serve both breakfast and lunch every day except Monday.
They offer their waffles during the breakfast hours. They are made with both wheat flour and corn meal. You have the choice on what you want on top from just maple syrup to banana, honey, and sliced almonds. My favorite on their menu is their Choco-Noisette which is a standard waffle topped with melted Valrhona hazelnut chocolate!
Address: 155 South Park
District: SOMA (near AT&T Park)
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday from 8am to 3pm; Sunday from 10am to 3pm
The Little Skillet is a cute spot south of Market Street. It's a casual place with waffles on the menu all day long.
During the week, they start serving their waffles at 10:30am. They are only available at the pick up window, but you will find plenty of places to sit down and enjoy your meal outside. The offerings from the pick up window are simple, yet tasty.
When the restaurant opens at 12pm, you can enjoy your meal inside.
All of the waffles on the menu are Belgium style waffles and are served with fried chicken. You can choose the number of pieces of chicken you want and add on some sides to really fill yourself up.
On the weekends, they serve a full brunch. Their weekend waffle plate comes with two eggs, 2 waffles, and your choice of sausage or bacon.
Address: 360 Ritch Street
Hours: Monday - Friday from 10:30am to 3pm, & 4pm to 10pm; Saturday from 10:30am to 2:30pm & 4pm to 10pm; Sunday from 10:30am to 2:30pm & 4pm to 9pm
Pat's is a colorful cafe in the North Beach District. You can't miss its bright blue and yellow exterior.
It's an American style cafe that offers many traditional options including their delicious waffles. Pat serves up her waffles with an egg and bacon. They also have real maple syrup that you can add on top.
I love this place not only for their waffles, but for the welcoming, warm atmosphere. It's the perfect spot for breakfast before a long day of exploring San Francisco.
Address: 2330 Taylor Street
District: North Beach
Hours: Daily from 7:30am to 2:30pm
If you are looking for the perfect Sunday brunch spot in San Francisco, then head over to Jones in the Lower Nob Hill District. This lovely restaurant and bar is open daily, but only serves up their delicious brunch on Sunday mornings.
Jones has a large brunch menu, but I often opt for their salt and pepper chicken paired with a buttermilk waffle. Both are so tasty that I sometimes crave it all week long.
Other top options here for brunch include the egg's Benedict and the chorizo scramble.
The downside to Jones is that it is a little pricey and fills up quickly. However, it's worth the splurge if you are looking for a higher-end Sunday brunch experience.
Address: 620 Jones Street
District: Lower Nob Hill
Hours: Brunch is 11am to 3pm on Sunday; they are also open on Tuesday - Thursday from 5pm to midnight; Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 2am
The Blue Fig is a cozy spot in SF's Mission District. I love this place for a few reasons. First, they offer reasonable prices and outdoor seating both on the sidewalk and in a back courtyard.
They also offer a unique twist to their waffles. They are one of the only restaurants to use blue cornmeal which adds a slight blue tint to their waffles. Order them covered in fresh fruits, jam (my fav is their fig jam), and whipped topping. Finish them off with a little chocolate and some tasty maple syrup.
Address: 990 Valencia Street
Hours: Monday to Friday from 7am to 6pm; Saturday and Sunday from 7:30am to 7pm
Another budget friendly spot to find tasty waffles in San Francisco is at the Golden Coffee Shop. This cute diner offers simple American food and is perfect for the morning after a big night out on the town.
They offer the basics with their waffles including fresh fruit, whipped cream, and maple syrup. You can also add on some chocolate and other sweet toppings.
I like to pair my waffles here with a side order of their corned beef hash. It's a side dish that is so tasty that it will leave you wanting more.
It's cash only and they serve breakfast all day long.
Address: 901 Sutter Street
District: Lower Nob Hill
Hours: Daily from 7am to 2:30pm
My final recommendation for waffles in San Francisco is the Beanstalk Cafe in Lower Nob Hill. This tiny spot offers up some delicious waffles with toppings of your choice.
Make sure to pair it with some of their delightful coffee blends or their popular toast cup. I love heading here during the week, when it isn't as busy as on the weekends.
The only reason the Beanstalk Cafe is last on my list is that it has very limited seating. I recommend getting there early to grab a spot or order it to go and take it back to your place.
Address: 724 Bush Street
District: Lower Nob Hill
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 7:30am to 5pm; Sunday from 8am to 4pm
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