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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.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Abacá

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2700 Jones St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 486-0788
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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 and 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

2. 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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In a city with no shortage of excellent dim sum options, Palette Tea House stands out from the pack thanks to its somewhat more non-traditional menu and impeccably styled dining room accented with hanging lanterns and flowing waterfalls. The rainbow-hued xiao long bao are the stuff Instagram dreams are made of, but it’s the luxe options like lobster dumplings with butter sauce and wagyu beef chow fun that truly deserve attention. 

3. Hilda and Jesse

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701 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(628) 201-4437
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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. 

4. Camino Alto

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1715 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 441-2111
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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. 

5. Maison Danel

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1030 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 685-5900
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Live your best Emily in Paris life at Maison Danel, the charming French pâtisserie and salon de thé run by charming husband–and-husband team David and Danel de Betelu. Brunch means quiche Lorraine filled with ham, bacon, and Swiss cheese; or a flaky croissant layered with eggs, ham, and cheese or smoked salmon; among other excellent and fresh-baked options.

Croissants from Maison Danel Maison Danel

6. Bluestem Restaurant & Market

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1 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 547-1111
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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

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. 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.

9. Merkado

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130 Townsend St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 227-0500
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Pull up a chair on the sunny 1800-square-foot-patio 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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10. Cassava

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3519 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 640-8990
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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 lam ribs curry. Beverages lean boozy with mimosas, sangria and an Amaro Sour or opt for coffee made with Rtual beans.  

Shaving black truffles over avocado toast. Cassava

11. Otra

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682 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 500-2774
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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. 

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.

Zazie

13. Copas

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2223 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114

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

14. Prubechu

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2224 Mission St #A
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 853-0671
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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

15. Outerlands

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4001 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 661-6140
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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. 

16. True Laurel

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753 Alabama St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 341-0020
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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.

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 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

19. Four Chairs

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3282 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 400-4788

This petite restaurant quietly opened earlier this year in Bernal Heights and offers pan-Asian food (think tom yum, Thai curry, and okonomiyaki fries) by night plus a menu of classic American breakfasts for daytime diners. Choose from sweet or savory brunch options including chicken and waffles, citrus French toast, and a benedict topped with Nova lox. Beverages include the option for a $35 pitcher of mimosas.  

20. 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?

1. Abacá

2700 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94133
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 and 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. 

2700 Jones St
San Francisco, CA 94133

2. Palette Tea House & Dim Sum 彩籠

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

In a city with no shortage of excellent dim sum options, Palette Tea House stands out from the pack thanks to its somewhat more non-traditional menu and impeccably styled dining room accented with hanging lanterns and flowing waterfalls. The rainbow-hued xiao long bao are the stuff Instagram dreams are made of, but it’s the luxe options like lobster dumplings with butter sauce and wagyu beef chow fun that truly deserve attention. 

900 North Point St Ste B201
San Francisco, CA 94109

3. Hilda and Jesse

701 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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. 

701 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94133

4. Camino Alto

1715 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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. 

1715 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

5. Maison Danel

1030 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Croissants from Maison Danel Maison Danel

Live your best Emily in Paris life at Maison Danel, the charming French pâtisserie and salon de thé run by charming husband–and-husband team David and Danel de Betelu. Brunch means quiche Lorraine filled with ham, bacon, and Swiss cheese; or a flaky croissant layered with eggs, ham, and cheese or smoked salmon; among other excellent and fresh-baked options.

1030 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

6. Bluestem Restaurant & Market

1 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103
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.

1 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103

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. 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

9. Merkado

130 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Merkado

Pull up a chair on the sunny 1800-square-foot-patio 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. 

130 Townsend St
San Francisco, CA 94107

10. Cassava

3519 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121
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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 lam ribs curry. Beverages lean boozy with mimosas, sangria and an Amaro Sour or opt for coffee made with Rtual beans.  

3519 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121

11. Otra

682 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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. 

682 Haight 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. Copas

2223 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
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.

2223 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114

14. Prubechu

2224 Mission St #A, San Francisco, CA 94110
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.

2224 Mission St #A
San Francisco, CA 94110

15. Outerlands

4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122

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. 

4001 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122

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16. True Laurel

753 Alabama St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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.

753 Alabama St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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 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.  

1199 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114

19. Four Chairs

3282 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

This petite restaurant quietly opened earlier this year in Bernal Heights and offers pan-Asian food (think tom yum, Thai curry, and okonomiyaki fries) by night plus a menu of classic American breakfasts for daytime diners. Choose from sweet or savory brunch options including chicken and waffles, citrus French toast, and a benedict topped with Nova lox. Beverages include the option for a $35 pitcher of mimosas.  

3282 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

20. 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

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