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20 San Francisco Brunches to Wake Up To

The best restaurants in San Francisco for the best 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 20 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

Hilda and Jesse

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Hilda and Jesse is the new 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 $45 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. 

Camino Alto

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The team at Cow Hollow’s new all-day cafe Camino Alto pulls food made from all-natural ingredients out of a wood-fired oven. Brunch options include chilaquiles topped with a fried egg and smothered in avocado, crema, and cilantro or overnight oats made with “good butter,” the menu brags — plus brown sugar, winter fruit, roasted hazelnuts, and cacao nibs. Beverage options focus mainly on natural wines and a short list of beer, which can be sipped in a warm dining room decked out in neutral tones. 

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.  

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Bluestem Restaurant & Market

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The Bluestem team declared brunch an everyday affair and are now offering the restaurant’s brunch menu all day, every day. And no matter what kind of morning meal you’re craving, the restaurant aims to please with a globally inspired list of options that spans a pork belly benedict, citrus labneh-topped shakshuka, and the Breakfast BAOnini, a spin on the steamed and griddled bao bun stuffed with bacon egg and cheese. Brunch beverage choices include three flavors of mimosas, bloody marys, and the Celery Rage cocktail made with celery, apple, parsley, apple cider vinegar, lemon, and pepper.

Shakshuka. Bluestem

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.-3 p.m.

Merkado

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Pull up a chair on the sunny 1,800-square-foot-patio at Merkado, where Jammy Jam Sunday brunch launches on Sunday, March 27 and promises to be a whole entire SoMa scene. There’s a menu of south-of-the-border dishes inspired by the Yucatan; look for albondigas, or roasted lamb meatballs with chile morita-pepita salsa; the Hamburguesa, a beef patty with queso Oaxaca and a sunny-side-up egg; and cocktails including the Mango Tango made with jalapeno agave and garnished with a lime and Tajin rim, plus a full-size popsicle. 

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Cassava

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Don’t fret, the popular Japanese Breakfast — a full spread with rice, pickled cucumbers, fermented daikon, roasted miso black cod, miso soup, and a soft poached egg — isn’t going anywhere, but there are some new additions to the brunch menu at Cassava, the modern American restaurant with Japanese influences in the Outer Richmond. For one, the restaurant’s brined and sous vide fried chicken now appears in the daylight hours along with options like a Liege waffle and lamb ribs curry. Beverages lean boozy with mimosas, sangria and an Amaro Sour or opt for coffee made with Ritual beans.  

Shaving black truffles over avocado toast. Cassava

Otra, the handsome modern Mexican restaurant from husband-and-wife team Nick Cobarruvias and Anna Sager Cobarruvias, expanded into brunch earlier 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. 

In pre-pandemic times, waits to get Zazie’s miracle pancakes, croque madame, and all manner of Benedicts and scrambles (the Pierre Noir, with bacon and tomatoes Provencales, is a longtime fave) could stretch on for hours. But these days, not only has the dining room and back patio reopened, but you can also order online and score its in-demand menu in a flash.

Zazie

Start your morning with airy churro donuts dunked in coffee or avocado smeared on thick slices of sesame toast at Copas, a new-ish 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

Outerlands

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Brunch is back at Outerlands which means dry-farmed tomato soup and craggy sourdough have returned to the foggy Outer Sunset space — plus the return of the Dutch baby topped with stone fruit and chantilly cream. Order online or cross your fingers you’ll snag a seat on the heated outdoor parket. 

True Laurel

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If you’re looking for a particularly booze-focused brunch, you really can’t do better than True Laurel. Yes, the Lazy Bear team’s mid-century cocktail lounge in the Mission also does brunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. You can dine inside the swank dining room or catch some rays on the simple parklet; either way don’t skip the breakfast sandwich, which features the same perfect pan de mie that makes the patty melt so memorable plus a sage-infused sausage patty and fluffy eggs. Daytime drink options include a cinnamony spritz and a cold coffee cocktail.

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.

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Mr. Digby's Bar & Restaurant

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This sleek, tuxedo-colored Noe Valley bar and restaurant now serves weekend brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Start your day with swagger by ordering beef tartare, prawn cocktail, and a bottle of bubbles, or opt for a more classic vibe with baked eggs or biscuits and gravy paired with an Irish coffee or michelada. Plaid wallpaper and a crisp design aesthetic might give the space a dignified air but Mr. Digby (owner Mike McCaffery’s childhood dog) is surely open to hosting all residents of the family-friendly neighborhood.  

Cocktails from Mr. Digby’s Patricia Chang

Auntie April's Chicken, Waffles, & Soul Food Restaurant

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Auntie April’s is serving San Francisco’s best grits from Thursday through Sunday for dine-in and takeout. The chicken and waffles are also the stuff of legend, and banana pudding is a breakfast food, right?

Abacá

A beef silog at Abaca. Lauren Saria

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

Hilda and Jesse

Hilda and Jesse is the new 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 $45 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. 

Camino Alto

The team at Cow Hollow’s new all-day cafe Camino Alto pulls food made from all-natural ingredients out of a wood-fired oven. Brunch options include chilaquiles topped with a fried egg and smothered in avocado, crema, and cilantro or overnight oats made with “good butter,” the menu brags — plus brown sugar, winter fruit, roasted hazelnuts, and cacao nibs. Beverage options focus mainly on natural wines and a short list of beer, which can be sipped in a warm dining room decked out in neutral tones. 

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

Bluestem Restaurant & Market

Shakshuka. Bluestem

The Bluestem team declared brunch an everyday affair and are now offering the restaurant’s brunch menu all day, every day. And no matter what kind of morning meal you’re craving, the restaurant aims to please with a globally inspired list of options that spans a pork belly benedict, citrus labneh-topped shakshuka, and the Breakfast BAOnini, a spin on the steamed and griddled bao bun stuffed with bacon egg and cheese. Brunch beverage choices include three flavors of mimosas, bloody marys, and the Celery Rage cocktail made with celery, apple, parsley, apple cider vinegar, lemon, and pepper.

Shakshuka. Bluestem

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.-3 p.m.

Merkado

Merkado

Pull up a chair on the sunny 1,800-square-foot-patio at Merkado, where Jammy Jam Sunday brunch launches on Sunday, March 27 and promises to be a whole entire SoMa scene. There’s a menu of south-of-the-border dishes inspired by the Yucatan; look for albondigas, or roasted lamb meatballs with chile morita-pepita salsa; the Hamburguesa, a beef patty with queso Oaxaca and a sunny-side-up egg; and cocktails including the Mango Tango made with jalapeno agave and garnished with a lime and Tajin rim, plus a full-size popsicle. 

Merkado

Cassava

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Shaving black truffles over avocado toast. Cassava

Don’t fret, the popular Japanese Breakfast — a full spread with rice, pickled cucumbers, fermented daikon, roasted miso black cod, miso soup, and a soft poached egg — isn’t going anywhere, but there are some new additions to the brunch menu at Cassava, the modern American restaurant with Japanese influences in the Outer Richmond. For one, the restaurant’s brined and sous vide fried chicken now appears in the daylight hours along with options like a Liege waffle and lamb ribs curry. Beverages lean boozy with mimosas, sangria and an Amaro Sour or opt for coffee made with Ritual beans.  

Shaving black truffles over avocado toast. Cassava

Otra

Otra, the handsome modern Mexican restaurant from husband-and-wife team Nick Cobarruvias and Anna Sager Cobarruvias, expanded into brunch earlier 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. 

Zazie

Zazie

In pre-pandemic times, waits to get Zazie’s miracle pancakes, croque madame, and all manner of Benedicts and scrambles (the Pierre Noir, with bacon and tomatoes Provencales, is a longtime fave) could stretch on for hours. But these days, not only has the dining room and back patio reopened, but you can also order online and score its in-demand menu in a flash.

Zazie

Copas

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

Start your morning with airy churro donuts dunked in coffee or avocado smeared on thick slices of sesame toast at Copas, a new-ish 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

Sticky ribs at Prubechu. Lauren Saria

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

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

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.