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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 seems 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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Palette Tea House & Dim Sum 彩籠

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900 North Point St Ste B201
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 347-8888
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Sure, Ghirardelli Square may be swarming with tourists but don’t let that stop you from visiting this spacious extension of powerhouse dim sum restaurants Koi Palace and Dragon Beaux. There’s a long list of dumplings available — including those Insta-friendly colorful xiao long bao — plus plenty of new school options for splurging on like garlic butter crab, wok fried wagyu steak, and iberico pork cha siu. Sip on boozy slushies and cocktails topped with colorful umbrellas while you gaze at the sleek lanterns and mosaic murals throughout the dining room.

2. Wilder

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3154 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 741-6605
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Marina crowds will find plenty to love on Wilder’s brunch menu served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There’s avocado toast and shakshuka for the post-yoga set and more decadent options like brisket hash and huevos rancheros for those whose brunch may double as a hangover panacea. If nothing else, the restaurant’s log cabin, antler-enthusiast decor will serve as a comfortable setting for a morning meal. 

3. Wildseed

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2000 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 872-7350
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Wildseed, Adriano Paganini’s plant-based restaurant and bar, quickly built a following among the yoga pants and running shorts set with its menu of local, vegan, and seasonally driven dishes and its bountiful brunches. Especially of note are its plant-based chilaquiles (made with Just eggs), its hearty grain bowls, and its Beyond sausage breakfast sandwich.

4. Presidio Social Club Exchange

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563 Ruger St
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 885-1888
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There’s almost nothing more pleasant than dining on a patio in the Presidio, with a mimosa in one hand, and a croque madame in the other — though we recommend a fork for eating that messy delight. Brunch runs the gamut from eggs to prime rib dips, with cocktails to match. Pro tip: Try the East West Chicken Soup with ginger and lemongrass for the ultimate hangover helper.

5. Yank Sing

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101 Spear St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 957-9300
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There are any number of dim sum places to enjoy on a weekend morning, but Yank Sing is one of the most reliable, with a menu of dim sum classics done exceptionally well, from xiao long bao to stuffed crab claws. Between the two locations, the Stevenson Street location has a generous space for outdoor tables, and Spear Street location is inside the Art Deco Rincon Center, with the airy atrium and water fountain.

Dim sum from Yank Sing Yank Sing

6. The Vault Garden

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555 California St
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 508-4675
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In a dramatic about-face, the Vault Garden reinvented itself as an outdoor dining oasis where brunch starts with oysters on the half-shell and ends with citrus dusted beignets and a gravy covered country fried steak. Heaters and tents keep the outdoor space the perfect temperature for downing seasonal slushies like the Marlena, spiked with mezcal and propped up by passion fruit, or a vodka-based Divine, boosted by peach, lemon, and elderflower. 

7. Son & Garden

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700 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 913-7404
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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 reopen, 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.

8. Brenda's French Soul Food

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652 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 345-8100
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If weekday brunch is your thing, Brenda’s might be the ticket: from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, the restaurant serves oysters, fried chicken, beignets and sandwiches. The brunch menu is available until 3 p.m. and also offers eggs, French toast, and biscuits and gravy.

Brenda’s French Soul Food Brenda’s French Soul Food

9. Lokma

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1801 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 702-6219
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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.

10. Cassava

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3519 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 640-8990
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Now open for takeout and outdoor brunch, Cassava’s famous Japanese breakfast (miso soup, rice, sesame squash, bean sprout kimchi, shio koji-marinated fish, sunomono, and poached egg in broth) is back on the menu. If that’s more food than you can handle, there’s a nice fried egg toast, and a veggie rice bowl with a poached egg topper that will start your day out right.

11. Manitas Cafe

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2078 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 213-5566
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This petit Panhandle Salvadoran and Mexican spot has reliable weekday breakfast and a great weekday and weekend brunch, with a roster of plantains, chorizo, and scrambles served with inventive sauces and strong Salvadoran coffee.

12. Zazie

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941 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 564-5332
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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.

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13. Starbelly

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3583 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 252-7500
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This casual Castro neighborhood spot offers a weekend brunch menu that blends some of the more usual suspects such as chilaquiles and challah French toast with less common items including loco moco. Reservations are available and can be made online.

Chicken liver paté at Starbelly Starbelly

14. Plow

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1299 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 821-7569
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Brunch destination Plow’s weekday and weekend menus both include some of the restaurant’s greatest hits, including lemon ricotta pancakes, chia pudding, and salmon toast. Due to the restaurant’s small kitchen, takeout orders aren’t available on weekends but you can give calling in an order during the week a shot; the restaurant will do its best to accommodate.

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15. LUNA American Brasserie

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694 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 737-0908
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Bottomless mimosas and eggs Benedict are back in the long-vacant Luna Park space on Valencia thanks to the debut of Luna Brasserie. The sign’s the same but the space is entirely new with warm wood floors and red banquettes. Weekend brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when diners can choose from sweet starts like French toast or a lighter meal like a sesame cucumber salad with tofu or salmon tartare. Pair it with the traditional mimosa or a flight of three spritzes. 

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16. Just For You Cafe

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732 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 647-3033
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Just For You is still serving its menu of Mexican and New Orleans favorites, all available for dine in or to go. Its weekday and weekend menus both include its sought-after beignets, thankfully.

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17. Foreign Cinema

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2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 648-7600
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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

18. Mr. Digby's Bar & Restaurant

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1199 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 896-4973
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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 beer 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

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

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4618 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 643-4983

Auntie April’s is once again 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?

20. Lucho’s

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2675 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132

Lakeside Yucatán restaurant Lucho’s is open for weekday and weekend brunch, which means you can enjoy its pibil Benedict or buñuelos in the outdoor dining space or to go. Satisfy your sweet tooth with cinnamon sugar-dusted buñuelos or go hearty with a full order of chilaquiles.

1. Palette Tea House & Dim Sum 彩籠

900 North Point St Ste B201, San Francisco, CA 94109

Sure, Ghirardelli Square may be swarming with tourists but don’t let that stop you from visiting this spacious extension of powerhouse dim sum restaurants Koi Palace and Dragon Beaux. There’s a long list of dumplings available — including those Insta-friendly colorful xiao long bao — plus plenty of new school options for splurging on like garlic butter crab, wok fried wagyu steak, and iberico pork cha siu. Sip on boozy slushies and cocktails topped with colorful umbrellas while you gaze at the sleek lanterns and mosaic murals throughout the dining room.

900 North Point St Ste B201
San Francisco, CA 94109

2. Wilder

3154 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Marina crowds will find plenty to love on Wilder’s brunch menu served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There’s avocado toast and shakshuka for the post-yoga set and more decadent options like brisket hash and huevos rancheros for those whose brunch may double as a hangover panacea. If nothing else, the restaurant’s log cabin, antler-enthusiast decor will serve as a comfortable setting for a morning meal. 

3154 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123

3. Wildseed

2000 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Wildseed, Adriano Paganini’s plant-based restaurant and bar, quickly built a following among the yoga pants and running shorts set with its menu of local, vegan, and seasonally driven dishes and its bountiful brunches. Especially of note are its plant-based chilaquiles (made with Just eggs), its hearty grain bowls, and its Beyond sausage breakfast sandwich.

2000 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

4. Presidio Social Club Exchange

563 Ruger St, San Francisco, CA 94129

There’s almost nothing more pleasant than dining on a patio in the Presidio, with a mimosa in one hand, and a croque madame in the other — though we recommend a fork for eating that messy delight. Brunch runs the gamut from eggs to prime rib dips, with cocktails to match. Pro tip: Try the East West Chicken Soup with ginger and lemongrass for the ultimate hangover helper.

563 Ruger St
San Francisco, CA 94129

5. Yank Sing

101 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Dim sum from Yank Sing Yank Sing

There are any number of dim sum places to enjoy on a weekend morning, but Yank Sing is one of the most reliable, with a menu of dim sum classics done exceptionally well, from xiao long bao to stuffed crab claws. Between the two locations, the Stevenson Street location has a generous space for outdoor tables, and Spear Street location is inside the Art Deco Rincon Center, with the airy atrium and water fountain.

101 Spear St
San Francisco, CA 94105

6. The Vault Garden

555 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104

In a dramatic about-face, the Vault Garden reinvented itself as an outdoor dining oasis where brunch starts with oysters on the half-shell and ends with citrus dusted beignets and a gravy covered country fried steak. Heaters and tents keep the outdoor space the perfect temperature for downing seasonal slushies like the Marlena, spiked with mezcal and propped up by passion fruit, or a vodka-based Divine, boosted by peach, lemon, and elderflower. 

555 California St
San Francisco, CA 94104

7. Son & Garden

700 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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 reopen, 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.

700 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

8. Brenda's French Soul Food

652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Brenda’s French Soul Food Brenda’s French Soul Food

If weekday brunch is your thing, Brenda’s might be the ticket: from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, the restaurant serves oysters, fried chicken, beignets and sandwiches. The brunch menu is available until 3 p.m. and also offers eggs, French toast, and biscuits and gravy.

652 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94102

9. Lokma

1801 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

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.

1801 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121

10. Cassava

3519 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Read Review |

Now open for takeout and outdoor brunch, Cassava’s famous Japanese breakfast (miso soup, rice, sesame squash, bean sprout kimchi, shio koji-marinated fish, sunomono, and poached egg in broth) is back on the menu. If that’s more food than you can handle, there’s a nice fried egg toast, and a veggie rice bowl with a poached egg topper that will start your day out right.

3519 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121

11. Manitas Cafe

2078 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94117

This petit Panhandle Salvadoran and Mexican spot has reliable weekday breakfast and a great weekday and weekend brunch, with a roster of plantains, chorizo, and scrambles served with inventive sauces and strong Salvadoran coffee.

2078 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94117

12. Zazie

941 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117
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.

941 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117

13. Starbelly

3583 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Chicken liver paté at Starbelly Starbelly

This casual Castro neighborhood spot offers a weekend brunch menu that blends some of the more usual suspects such as chilaquiles and challah French toast with less common items including loco moco. Reservations are available and can be made online.

3583 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

14. Plow

1299 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Plow

Brunch destination Plow’s weekday and weekend menus both include some of the restaurant’s greatest hits, including lemon ricotta pancakes, chia pudding, and salmon toast. Due to the restaurant’s small kitchen, takeout orders aren’t available on weekends but you can give calling in an order during the week a shot; the restaurant will do its best to accommodate.

1299 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

15. LUNA American Brasserie

694 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Exterior of Luna Patricia Chang

Bottomless mimosas and eggs Benedict are back in the long-vacant Luna Park space on Valencia thanks to the debut of Luna Brasserie. The sign’s the same but the space is entirely new with warm wood floors and red banquettes. Weekend brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when diners can choose from sweet starts like French toast or a lighter meal like a sesame cucumber salad with tofu or salmon tartare. Pair it with the traditional mimosa or a flight of three spritzes. 

694 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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16. Just For You Cafe

732 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Just For You Cafe

Just For You is still serving its menu of Mexican and New Orleans favorites, all available for dine in or to go. Its weekday and weekend menus both include its sought-after beignets, thankfully.

732 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

17. Foreign Cinema

2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
The outdoor dining space at Foreign Cinema, sandwiched between two buildings 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.

2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

18. Mr. Digby's Bar & Restaurant

1199 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Cocktails from Mr. Digby’s Patricia Chang

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 beer 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.  

1199 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114

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

4618 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94124

Auntie April’s is once again 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?

4618 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124

20. Lucho’s

2675 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132

Lakeside Yucatán restaurant Lucho’s is open for weekday and weekend brunch, which means you can enjoy its pibil Benedict or buñuelos in the outdoor dining space or to go. Satisfy your sweet tooth with cinnamon sugar-dusted buñuelos or go hearty with a full order of chilaquiles.

2675 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132

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