Having been a New Yorker for 11 years, I know brunch is a critical part of any weekend agenda. It was usually a Sunday activity that started around mid-day and led to walking around or shopping or exploring the city. Regardless, life in California is not so different from life in New York, although I do think people don’t booze as much on weekend brunch here in San Francisco as they are usually heading for a hike or some outdoor activity post brunch…. You gotta love California living. Regardless, here are my Top 10 San Francisco Brunch recommendations. Like all my Top 10 lists, this will change frequently, and there is no order to the list, they are all fabulous for different reasons. Happy brunching!!!
Most Incredible Garden setting – Contrada
Most of us San Franciscans crave a sunny warm setting since, let’s be honest, we don’t typically get 70 – 80 degree weather. I recently experienced the most amazing summer brunch at Contrada on Union Street. They have a spectacular back patio with amazing sun and protection from the wind which makes for a fabulous weekend brunch or lunch spot. Not to mention, the brunch menu includes their entire menu PLUS a few special brunch items such as the breakfast pizza with caviar, craime fraiche and scrambled eggs, the Dungeness Crab Benedict with a lobster hollandaise sauce, and the brioche french toast. I tried all of the brunch specials and was blown away. Any lobster lovers can not miss the crab Benedict with lobster hollandaise, it was over the top indulgent and delicious!. 2136 Union Street, San Francisco.
The Crab Benedict with Lobster Hollandaise. A brunch MUST try!
Chef Jason delivering the breakfast pizza. He’s incredible and makes some of the best pizza and pasta in the city!
Best Presidio brunch – Presidio Social Club
Presidio Social Club is truly an iconic San Francisco Brunch spot. From the moment I moved to San Francisco, it was always recommended to me for an amazing brunch scene, great food, and an awesome setting. 563 Ruger St, San Francisco, CA 94129
Best brunch scene & best chef’s counter – Nopa
Anyone that reads my blog or follows me on social media hears about Nopa a LOT. That is because they are f-ing amazing. Seriously, they really can do no wrong especially when it comes to their brunch. I take every single out of towner here, especially New Yorkers as it has that super cool New York vibe to it and is also incredibly well intended (meaning what products they use, where they source their ingredients….). The food is also delicious. I always sit at the Chef’s Counter (view below), which has become such a special weekend dining outing for me. When I get the chance to visit Nopa, it’s always exciting. 560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117
The French Toast: you must try this when brunching at Nopa. They offer full size or half size, so there is no excuse not to try it!
Best Fried Chicken & Waffles – The Keystone
For some really great Fried Chicken and Waffles (and just an overly delicious brunch) check out Soma’s The Key Stone. The menu has a southern focus to it and is truly delicious. Read more about their incredible brunch on my full Keystone post here. 68 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Best Brunch & Bar Scene – Belga
With this gorgeous restaurant interior, their delicious eats, craft cocktails, and extensive beer list, you can’t go wrong at Belga. I adore Belga for a weekend brunch visit, weekday lunch, cocktails and evening bites, or even their newly offered Light Monday- The light Monday menu offers lighter options on the menu and pretty nice light prices for a happy hour or dinner bite. 2000 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Cheers to always loving my visits to Belga. The must have Flat Bread which I’ve nicknamed Skinny Girl Pizza. It’s so delicious, but nice and light so you don’t feel guilty after eating it (shown below).
Best Indian Brunch – Dosa on Valencia or Dosa on Fillmore Street
Dosa is hands down the best Indian in the city. Their Valencia Brunch is also not to be missed for it’s amazing Mission location, delicious cuisine, and vibrant lively scene. Read more about Dosa here and watch my interview with Owner and Chef Anjan Mitra here. 995 Valencia Street or 1700 Fillmore Street, San Francisco.
Most Iconic San Francisco Brunch – Rose’s Cafe
There is something about Rose’s Cafe that people just fall in love with. Maybe it’s the charming wicker tables lining Union Street which are always in high demand during the weekend or maybe it’s their yummy comfort food menu. Whatever is your favorite aspect, be sure to visit this adorable Cow Hollow destination for their yummy brunch. Just a heads up, they do not take reservations so expect a wait. As they say the best things in life are worth waiting for…. 2298 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123.
The amazing french toast. I’m not a sweet breakfast kinda girl but I was told this is one of the most popular dishes so I tried it… Wow, it was mind blowing, so light and fluffy with amazing banana yumminess.
I also tried the breakfast pizza which was divine.
Best Bottomless Mimosas – Eats on Clement
Eats, located on Clement Street, is a total gem and a place I adore both for their yummy brunch and their bottomless mimosas. You pay a small amount and get bottomless mimosas to enjoy over brunch. I really love their Huevos Rancheros, which I get every time! 50 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Best Brunch on Pacific Height’s Fillmore Street – The Elite Cafe (newly reopened)
For those of you Pacific Heights residents like me, I’m sure you have been to the reopened Elite Cafe on Fillmore Street. I love the fresh new design and color palette (dark grey, gold, and clean white marble counters), paired with a great menu focusing on some delicious southern comfort food. And the best part for parents is that this a super kid friendly dining experience- I went with a friend and her toddler and we all really enjoyed ourselves. 2049 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115.
The iconic biscuit is just as delicious, if not better than I remember it from before.
The incredible french toast with bananas. I’m not usually a sweets brunch type of girl and I could not stop eating this after trying it.
Best Brunch in North Beach – Park Tavern
Park Tavern is another great gem, fabulous for a lively, “who’s who” type of scene with great food. It’s in North Beach so great if you want to show an out of towner that fun area of town. I highly recommend their burger and their cocktails are also amazzzzing. 1652 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133
Best cool, hipster Brunch in the Mission – Hog & Rocks
Hog & Rocks brunch offers a classic American menu with the cool, hip Mission setting and delicious food. At Hog and Rocks, you’ll find a wide range of foods, from Oysters to Buttermilk Chicken and Waffles, Farmers Scramble to Eggs Benedict. Pair it all with some killer cocktails. Check it out and see for yourself! 3431 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110.
This brunch has such a great spread of amazing brunchy bites. Check out those Eggs with Hollandaise and the home fries.
Enjoy some Oysters, as well, for a Sunday funday visit.
Most popular Mission Brunch (and longest lines) – Mission Beach Cafe
Mission Beach Cafe is an oldie but goodie in the Mission. Expect a wait here, so if you do go, I’d go early on a day when you haven’t slept in and are starving. The intimate setting is very cute, cozy, and fun for an authentic yummy yet casual brunch experience. 198 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94103