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18 San Francisco Brunches to Wake Up To

The buzziest restaurants in San Francisco for the most-infamous meal of the week

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San Francisco is in a golden age of brunch. To be clear, brunch has always been a pro-level sport in the city, but these days there seem to be an outrageous number of restaurants where you can cheers with a colorful cocktail and dig into a plate of fancy eggs. That’s why, though we restrained ourselves to listing off just a handful of the best brunch spots in San Francisco, many of your favorite restaurants are also frying up eggs and heating up the griddle every weekend. Just remember that destination brunch spots in SF tend to be packed on Saturdays and Sundays, so making a reservation or ordering in advance is your best bet.

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Abaca debuted in August 2021 and added brunch (slightly) more recently, which is good news for San Francisco diners because the weekends-only menu is a true delight. It makes sense considering chef Francis Ang’s experience as a pastry chef shows through in dishes like a decadent savory ensaymada French toast smothered in caviar hollandaise and served with soft scrambled eggs and fried oysters. For those seeking a more traditionally Filipino brunch, two silogs should scratch the itch with garlicky fried rice and sunny side up eggs. Whatever you do make sure to swing by the panaderia case for a line up of pastries that really shouldn’t be missed. 

A beef silog at Abaca. Lauren Saria

Causwells

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The burger destination of the Marina returned after a big renovation with three days of brunch every week: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You could always start your day with one of those infamous burgers but if you’re looking for something more traditionally brunch-y there’s also just about every kind of egg dish you could imagine, plus salads, oysters, biscuits and gravy, and brioche French toast. Cocktails come from barman about town Elmer Mejicanos and definitely warrant exploring. 

Stephanie Amberg

Hilda and Jesse

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Hilda and Jesse is the hottest brunch spot in North Beach, where diners can break into stacks of fan-favorite buttermilk pancakes and savor thick squares of hash browns layered with pork sausage and sauerkraut. There’s a brunch prix fixe for $49 with options to add on courses if you please, plus cocktails, wine, beer, cider, and of course, bottomless cups of coffee. The space gets points for its whimsical design taking cues from retro diner style with its ruby red stools and checkerboard floor. 

Colibri Mexican Bistro

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Situated in the historic Presidio Officers Club, Colibri returns after a two-year hiatus to resume serving Mexican fare including tacos de huevo con chorizo, shredded chicken tinga omelets, and chilaquiles. On a sunny Saturday or Sunday nab a spot on the back patio to toast with a bloody maria or a carafe of mimosas with a group of friends.  

Colibri Josh Sanchez, The SVL Agency

Terrene

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Terrene is the new restaurant at the recently revamped 1 Hotel San Francisco perched right across from the bay on Mission Street. The restaurant serves brunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the weekend, when diners can choose from paltes like a sweet potato waffle with cultured butter and avocado toast made with local Firebrand bread. On the beverage side, sip zero waste cocktails made with ingredients including sakura blossom vermouth, pineapple husk cordial, and Greek yogurt in the sunny, plant-filled dining room.

STK San Francisco

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If nothing else, brunch at the new STK Steakhouse on the Embarcadero promises to be a big, capital “v” Vibe. The self-described “Vibe Dining” specialist serves brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expect the same mix of surf and turf options found on the lunch and dinner menus, plus egg-y dishes like French toast and eggs benedict. Sip mimosas and bloody marys or cocktails like the $21 Cucumber Stiletto made with Grey Goose, St. Germain, muddled cucumber, and mint. 

Son & Garden

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Son & Garden, a bar and restaurant from Farmhouse Kitchen Thai’s Kasem Saengsawang, opened in March 2020, but its morning meals garnered both Instagram and delivery cult status for its ricotta-stuffed takeout brunch sets. Now that dine-in is open, you can pose with a plate a matcha mochi pancakes or a Cloud 9, a photo-worthy cotton candy-topped cocktail, in the colorful, flower-filled space.

People head to Lokma’s Outer Richmond location for the Turkish Breakfast, a meal for two that includes sujuk (sausage), pastirma (air-dried, cured beef), four scrambled eggs ... plus loads of feta, hummus, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, and pita. Folks who don’t want to get stuffed should try the turlu omelet, which is made from Turkish ratatouille and accompanied by some excellent crispy potatoes. Now diners have an extra day to get their brunch fix; the morning menu is available Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The brunch menu at chef Mourad Lahlou’s more casual restaurant Aziza is more than bright enough to cut through the Richmond District’s notorious fog. From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends, the menu includes sweet and savory dishes like smoked salmon dressed with leek, cilantro, and preserved lemon or a quivering square of custardy French toast buried under a layer of huckleberries and vanilla cream. Whatever you order, don’t skip the beghrir pancakes, a Morrocan specialty made with semolina flour and sweetened with honey. Choose from a full list of daytime cocktails including riffs on a classic bloody mary and several kinds of spritzes.   

Lauren Saria

Rad Radish

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This latest plant-based restaurant from the Back of the House (Wildseed, Beretta, Super Duper Burger) serves brunch on weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering a tight selection of meat-free morning options including a breakfast sandwich and a vegetable scramble, both of which feature Just Eggs. Beverage options at the stylish and casual restaurant run the gamut from probiotic sodas, coffee, and tea to wine, beer, and cocktails. 

Otra, the handsome modern Mexican restaurant from husband-and-wife team Nick Cobarruvias and Anna Sager Cobarruvias, expanded into brunch this spring and the menu is just as enticing with veggie-forward dishes as you might expect. Peruse options like roasted mushroom tacos, chilaquiles, and a fried egg torta topped with refried black beans and avocado. 

Dumpling Time

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With five outposts around the Bay Area including two in San Francisco, Dumpling Time has established itself as a powerhouse destination for well-executed dumplings of all shapes, sizes, and fillings. For brunch, start with the basics like soup dumplings and shrimp har gow before moving onto an order of incredibly crisp shrimp toast built on a Chinese doughnut base. The Design District’s expansive covered patio makes an especially nice spot for large groups. 

Rosemary & Pine

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This Design District restaurant comes from the folks behind Niku Steakhouse including chef Dustin Falcon, who pulls inspiration from his East Coast upbringing to shape the menu. On the brunch menu, offered weekends from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., start with oysters bathed in sweet south Florida golden passion fruit and move on to fuller dishes including eggs Benedict, Liberty Farm's duck sausage gravy and biscuits, or one of two housemade pastas. Large-format cocktails mean the whole group can turn up mimosas or Pimm’s cups. 

Patricia Chang

Start your morning with airy churro donuts dunked in coffee or avocado smeared on thick slices of sesame toast at Copas, the all-day cafe in the Castro. The Market Street space has been transformed into a colorful, community-minded restaurant and bar with a menu of casual Spanish-Californian cuisine like the rollie, a simple but delicious meal featuring scrambled eggs, beans, and cheese rolled up into a flour tortilla. On the beverage side choose from coffee or espresso drinks or dive into the day with a mimosa.

Lemon popsicles, ice cream, and a plate of churro doughnuts Liz Barclay/Copas

Prubechu

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Why not turn Sunday brunch into an outdoor Chamorro feast? Prubechu’s brunch menu may only mean the addition of three items — eggs, an omelet, and scallion cornbread — but that’s really all you need to turn a combo like tinaktak (coconut braised beef) and coconut creamed spinach into a morning meal. Diners hoping for something sweet have options too: beunelos aga, or banana doughnuts served with roasted banana whipped cream. Plus the beverage list includes plenty of fun and funky natural wine options to explore.

Sticky ribs at Prubechu. Lauren Saria

The Palm Court at RH San Francisco

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It really doesn’t get more elegant than an atrium restaurant from RH, the furniture store known for its neutral-toned, cloud-like couches and generally Instagram-worthy design. This recently opened restaurant sits inside the company’s new San Francisco flagship showroom, serving a menu that includes an omelet, Belgian waffle, and a $42 grilled avocado everyday — including weekends — starting at 10 a.m. Pair it with a mimosa, bellini, or a cup of coffee to fuel your shopping adventures.

The Palm Court Restaurant including a fountain and four date palms in the center of the dining room. RH

Piccino

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Dogpatch restaurant Piccino is back for lunch, dinner, and, of course, weekend brunch as of earlier this month. On the weekend that means starting your meal with fresh pastries, fruit, and Tuscan focaccia, then carrying on for omelets, scrambles, and savory bread pudding — just save room for one of the pizzas if you can. Sparkling wine is the move here and be sure to stop by the Euro-centric Dig Wines next door for a bottle take save for later.

Foreign Cinema

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Return to the warm embrace of Foreign Cinema’s heated patio, where oysters, natural light, and good wine are waiting. The restaurant is open for dine-in or takeout, so whatever your preference, there’s smoked salmon toast with fromage blanc and salmon roe or spring scrambles available to you.

The outdoor dining space at Foreign Cinema, sandwiched between two buildings Foreign Cinema

Abacá

Abaca debuted in August 2021 and added brunch (slightly) more recently, which is good news for San Francisco diners because the weekends-only menu is a true delight. It makes sense considering chef Francis Ang’s experience as a pastry chef shows through in dishes like a decadent savory ensaymada French toast smothered in caviar hollandaise and served with soft scrambled eggs and fried oysters. For those seeking a more traditionally Filipino brunch, two silogs should scratch the itch with garlicky fried rice and sunny side up eggs. Whatever you do make sure to swing by the panaderia case for a line up of pastries that really shouldn’t be missed. 

A beef silog at Abaca. Lauren Saria

Causwells

The burger destination of the Marina returned after a big renovation with three days of brunch every week: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You could always start your day with one of those infamous burgers but if you’re looking for something more traditionally brunch-y there’s also just about every kind of egg dish you could imagine, plus salads, oysters, biscuits and gravy, and brioche French toast. Cocktails come from barman about town Elmer Mejicanos and definitely warrant exploring. 

Stephanie Amberg

Hilda and Jesse

Hilda and Jesse is the hottest brunch spot in North Beach, where diners can break into stacks of fan-favorite buttermilk pancakes and savor thick squares of hash browns layered with pork sausage and sauerkraut. There’s a brunch prix fixe for $49 with options to add on courses if you please, plus cocktails, wine, beer, cider, and of course, bottomless cups of coffee. The space gets points for its whimsical design taking cues from retro diner style with its ruby red stools and checkerboard floor. 

Colibri Mexican Bistro

Situated in the historic Presidio Officers Club, Colibri returns after a two-year hiatus to resume serving Mexican fare including tacos de huevo con chorizo, shredded chicken tinga omelets, and chilaquiles. On a sunny Saturday or Sunday nab a spot on the back patio to toast with a bloody maria or a carafe of mimosas with a group of friends.  

Colibri Josh Sanchez, The SVL Agency

Terrene

Terrene is the new restaurant at the recently revamped 1 Hotel San Francisco perched right across from the bay on Mission Street. The restaurant serves brunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the weekend, when diners can choose from paltes like a sweet potato waffle with cultured butter and avocado toast made with local Firebrand bread. On the beverage side, sip zero waste cocktails made with ingredients including sakura blossom vermouth, pineapple husk cordial, and Greek yogurt in the sunny, plant-filled dining room.

STK San Francisco

If nothing else, brunch at the new STK Steakhouse on the Embarcadero promises to be a big, capital “v” Vibe. The self-described “Vibe Dining” specialist serves brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expect the same mix of surf and turf options found on the lunch and dinner menus, plus egg-y dishes like French toast and eggs benedict. Sip mimosas and bloody marys or cocktails like the $21 Cucumber Stiletto made with Grey Goose, St. Germain, muddled cucumber, and mint. 

Son & Garden

Son & Garden, a bar and restaurant from Farmhouse Kitchen Thai’s Kasem Saengsawang, opened in March 2020, but its morning meals garnered both Instagram and delivery cult status for its ricotta-stuffed takeout brunch sets. Now that dine-in is open, you can pose with a plate a matcha mochi pancakes or a Cloud 9, a photo-worthy cotton candy-topped cocktail, in the colorful, flower-filled space.

Lokma

People head to Lokma’s Outer Richmond location for the Turkish Breakfast, a meal for two that includes sujuk (sausage), pastirma (air-dried, cured beef), four scrambled eggs ... plus loads of feta, hummus, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, and pita. Folks who don’t want to get stuffed should try the turlu omelet, which is made from Turkish ratatouille and accompanied by some excellent crispy potatoes. Now diners have an extra day to get their brunch fix; the morning menu is available Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Aziza

The brunch menu at chef Mourad Lahlou’s more casual restaurant Aziza is more than bright enough to cut through the Richmond District’s notorious fog. From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends, the menu includes sweet and savory dishes like smoked salmon dressed with leek, cilantro, and preserved lemon or a quivering square of custardy French toast buried under a layer of huckleberries and vanilla cream. Whatever you order, don’t skip the beghrir pancakes, a Morrocan specialty made with semolina flour and sweetened with honey. Choose from a full list of daytime cocktails including riffs on a classic bloody mary and several kinds of spritzes.   

Lauren Saria

Rad Radish

This latest plant-based restaurant from the Back of the House (Wildseed, Beretta, Super Duper Burger) serves brunch on weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering a tight selection of meat-free morning options including a breakfast sandwich and a vegetable scramble, both of which feature Just Eggs. Beverage options at the stylish and casual restaurant run the gamut from probiotic sodas, coffee, and tea to wine, beer, and cocktails. 

Otra

Otra, the handsome modern Mexican restaurant from husband-and-wife team Nick Cobarruvias and Anna Sager Cobarruvias, expanded into brunch this spring and the menu is just as enticing with veggie-forward dishes as you might expect. Peruse options like roasted mushroom tacos, chilaquiles, and a fried egg torta topped with refried black beans and avocado. 

Dumpling Time

With five outposts around the Bay Area including two in San Francisco, Dumpling Time has established itself as a powerhouse destination for well-executed dumplings of all shapes, sizes, and fillings. For brunch, start with the basics like soup dumplings and shrimp har gow before moving onto an order of incredibly crisp shrimp toast built on a Chinese doughnut base. The Design District’s expansive covered patio makes an especially nice spot for large groups. 

Rosemary & Pine

This Design District restaurant comes from the folks behind Niku Steakhouse including chef Dustin Falcon, who pulls inspiration from his East Coast upbringing to shape the menu. On the brunch menu, offered weekends from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., start with oysters bathed in sweet south Florida golden passion fruit and move on to fuller dishes including eggs Benedict, Liberty Farm's duck sausage gravy and biscuits, or one of two housemade pastas. Large-format cocktails mean the whole group can turn up mimosas or Pimm’s cups. 

Patricia Chang

Copas

Start your morning with airy churro donuts dunked in coffee or avocado smeared on thick slices of sesame toast at Copas, the all-day cafe in the Castro. The Market Street space has been transformed into a colorful, community-minded restaurant and bar with a menu of casual Spanish-Californian cuisine like the rollie, a simple but delicious meal featuring scrambled eggs, beans, and cheese rolled up into a flour tortilla. On the beverage side choose from coffee or espresso drinks or dive into the day with a mimosa.

Lemon popsicles, ice cream, and a plate of churro doughnuts Liz Barclay/Copas

Prubechu

Why not turn Sunday brunch into an outdoor Chamorro feast? Prubechu’s brunch menu may only mean the addition of three items — eggs, an omelet, and scallion cornbread — but that’s really all you need to turn a combo like tinaktak (coconut braised beef) and coconut creamed spinach into a morning meal. Diners hoping for something sweet have options too: beunelos aga, or banana doughnuts served with roasted banana whipped cream. Plus the beverage list includes plenty of fun and funky natural wine options to explore.

Sticky ribs at Prubechu. Lauren Saria

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The Palm Court at RH San Francisco

It really doesn’t get more elegant than an atrium restaurant from RH, the furniture store known for its neutral-toned, cloud-like couches and generally Instagram-worthy design. This recently opened restaurant sits inside the company’s new San Francisco flagship showroom, serving a menu that includes an omelet, Belgian waffle, and a $42 grilled avocado everyday — including weekends — starting at 10 a.m. Pair it with a mimosa, bellini, or a cup of coffee to fuel your shopping adventures.

The Palm Court Restaurant including a fountain and four date palms in the center of the dining room. RH

Piccino

Dogpatch restaurant Piccino is back for lunch, dinner, and, of course, weekend brunch as of earlier this month. On the weekend that means starting your meal with fresh pastries, fruit, and Tuscan focaccia, then carrying on for omelets, scrambles, and savory bread pudding — just save room for one of the pizzas if you can. Sparkling wine is the move here and be sure to stop by the Euro-centric Dig Wines next door for a bottle take save for later.

Foreign Cinema

Return to the warm embrace of Foreign Cinema’s heated patio, where oysters, natural light, and good wine are waiting. The restaurant is open for dine-in or takeout, so whatever your preference, there’s smoked salmon toast with fromage blanc and salmon roe or spring scrambles available to you.

The outdoor dining space at Foreign Cinema, sandwiched between two buildings Foreign Cinema

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