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The Hottest Brunch Spots in SF, February 2020

The newest, best places to get weekend brunch in the city

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It's the eternal Saturday morning question: where should we go for brunch? It’s a query that’s particularly important in San Francisco, as that one guy who always texts that he’s in the Uber when he’s actually still at home can cost your group its table at some of the most popular spots (is there a phrase more chilling than “Incomplete parties will not be seated”?).

Of course there are the standbys — Outerlands, Zazie, Plow, and a slew of eternally popular brunch spots to choose from — places that have firmly established themselves as essential to the brunch scene. But this list covers a slightly different category: the absolute hottest places to eat your morning meal right now. They’re either brand new or have just stayed consistently busy, but they all have one thing in common: They’re good enough to make it worthwhile to brave those lines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. U: Dessert Story

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2120 Greenwich St, San Francisco
CA 94123, United States
(415) 525-4137
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The Mission’s cult-favorite Asian dessert cafe, U: Dessert Story, has expanded to the Marina with Japanese brunch in a beautifully appointed dining space. Order gooey omurice, a runny egg omelet that spills onto rice below, and drinks like matcha lattes and cheese tea.

2. Wildseed

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2000 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 872-7350
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The city’s most talked-about new vegan restaurant recently jumped into the plant-based brunch game. Anyone looking to reduce their meat intake should appreciate Wildseed’s options, which include pancakes topped with coconut whip, chilaquiles with soyrizo, and, because of course, a take on avocado toast.

Disclosure: Carolyn Alburger, Cities Director for Eater, is married to chef Blair Warsham. She has recused herself from involvement in any coverage of Warsham’s projects.

3. Maison Danel

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1030 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 685-5900
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Open as of Tuesday, February 18, Parisian-inspired patisserie and tea salon Maison Danel promises a very French brunch menu of croques, salads, and dishes like ouef cocotte (eggs baked with cream and cheese) and, of course, their impressive roster of baked goods, including croissants, brioche, and turnovers.

4. YH Beijing

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500 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 355-9125
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This Lower Haight newcomer (in the former Wonderland space) has a whole section of its menu dedicated to “Beijing dim sum,” so that instead of the typical Cantonese classics, diners at YH Bejing can try Beijing-style pan-seared button meat pies, sesame biscuits, and beef pancake rolls — all worthy options for a northern Chinese-style morning meal.

5. Bloom

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2600 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 349-0942
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Dandelion’s beautiful new chocolate salon, Bloom, inside their recently opened Mission factory headquarters, serves sit-down breakfasts and afternoon tea focused on (what else?) chocolate. Highlights at breakfast from pastry chef Lisa Vega include a chocolate chip pancake cake, churros with chocolate dipping sauce, and savory fare like quiche served with a side of greens and a cacao pulp vinaigrette.

6. Sunset Cantina

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3414 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 571-8874
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This surf-Mexican sports bar in the Outer Sunset just started offering brunch in recent weeks, and it’s just a matter of time before it’s packed beyond belief. Its chilaquiles might be some of the best this side of Van Ness, and its strong coffee is also offered Irish (with whiskey) or Mexican (same, but tequila).

7. Tacolicious

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748 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Bay Area mini-chain Tacolicious just launched a brunch menu at its Mission District location in January, and now serves the weekend meal at all five of its locations. They’re starting off with six new breakfast tacos that range from fancy-pants concoctions like filet mignon and fried quail egg with salsa macha to a vegan option with roasted sweet potatoes and cashew crema.

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8. True Laurel

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753 Alabama St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 341-0020
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Nighttime cocktail hotspot True Laurel is also the place to be on weekend mornings, when chef de cuisine Geoff Davis whips up grilled-cheese-and-omelette sandwiches and cornmeal pancakes with smoked maple syrup. For brunch cocktails, partner/bar director Nicolas Torres serves a classic Kir Petillant and pet-nat spritzes.

9. Los Yaquis

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3214 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 341-0110

This smaller Bernal Heights/Precita Park offshoot of the Mission District stalwart features a full slate of Mexican egg dishes — huevos rancheros, divorciados, or scrambled with nopales, all served with a plate of the restaurant’s good handmade tortillas. If it isn’t too early to start day drinking, wash it all down with one of Los Yaquis’ famous mega-sized micheladas.

10. Dumpling Specialist

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1123 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 640-1403

Dumpling Specialist is one of the only Chinese restaurants in the city that routinely serves Northern Chinese breakfast specialties like sticky rice rolls (fan tuan) and salty soy milk (xian dou jiang), served warm and studded with you tiao (savory fried doughnuts) and salt-pickled vegetables. This cash-only spot is tiny, so show up early or be prepared to wait.

Salty soy milk with Chinese doughnuts at Dumpling Specialist Luke Tsai

11. Super Star Restaurant

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4919 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94112
415-585-4360

It’s not related to the Bay Area’s Burma Super Star family of restaurants, but Super Star Restaurant, an Excelsior District Filipino spot, shines brightly enough to attract diners from across the city. Its reasonably-priced brunch items include garlic rice and a sweet and savory longaniza dish, and coffee is often included in the price of the meal.

1. U: Dessert Story

2120 Greenwich St, San Francisco, CA 94123, United States

The Mission’s cult-favorite Asian dessert cafe, U: Dessert Story, has expanded to the Marina with Japanese brunch in a beautifully appointed dining space. Order gooey omurice, a runny egg omelet that spills onto rice below, and drinks like matcha lattes and cheese tea.

2120 Greenwich St, San Francisco
CA 94123, United States

2. Wildseed

2000 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

The city’s most talked-about new vegan restaurant recently jumped into the plant-based brunch game. Anyone looking to reduce their meat intake should appreciate Wildseed’s options, which include pancakes topped with coconut whip, chilaquiles with soyrizo, and, because of course, a take on avocado toast.

Disclosure: Carolyn Alburger, Cities Director for Eater, is married to chef Blair Warsham. She has recused herself from involvement in any coverage of Warsham’s projects.

2000 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

3. Maison Danel

1030 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Open as of Tuesday, February 18, Parisian-inspired patisserie and tea salon Maison Danel promises a very French brunch menu of croques, salads, and dishes like ouef cocotte (eggs baked with cream and cheese) and, of course, their impressive roster of baked goods, including croissants, brioche, and turnovers.

1030 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

4. YH Beijing

500 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

This Lower Haight newcomer (in the former Wonderland space) has a whole section of its menu dedicated to “Beijing dim sum,” so that instead of the typical Cantonese classics, diners at YH Bejing can try Beijing-style pan-seared button meat pies, sesame biscuits, and beef pancake rolls — all worthy options for a northern Chinese-style morning meal.

500 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

5. Bloom

2600 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Dandelion’s beautiful new chocolate salon, Bloom, inside their recently opened Mission factory headquarters, serves sit-down breakfasts and afternoon tea focused on (what else?) chocolate. Highlights at breakfast from pastry chef Lisa Vega include a chocolate chip pancake cake, churros with chocolate dipping sauce, and savory fare like quiche served with a side of greens and a cacao pulp vinaigrette.

2600 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

6. Sunset Cantina

3414 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122

This surf-Mexican sports bar in the Outer Sunset just started offering brunch in recent weeks, and it’s just a matter of time before it’s packed beyond belief. Its chilaquiles might be some of the best this side of Van Ness, and its strong coffee is also offered Irish (with whiskey) or Mexican (same, but tequila).

3414 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122

7. Tacolicious

748 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Tacolicious

Bay Area mini-chain Tacolicious just launched a brunch menu at its Mission District location in January, and now serves the weekend meal at all five of its locations. They’re starting off with six new breakfast tacos that range from fancy-pants concoctions like filet mignon and fried quail egg with salsa macha to a vegan option with roasted sweet potatoes and cashew crema.

748 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

8. True Laurel

753 Alabama St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Nighttime cocktail hotspot True Laurel is also the place to be on weekend mornings, when chef de cuisine Geoff Davis whips up grilled-cheese-and-omelette sandwiches and cornmeal pancakes with smoked maple syrup. For brunch cocktails, partner/bar director Nicolas Torres serves a classic Kir Petillant and pet-nat spritzes.

753 Alabama St
San Francisco, CA 94110

9. Los Yaquis

3214 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110

This smaller Bernal Heights/Precita Park offshoot of the Mission District stalwart features a full slate of Mexican egg dishes — huevos rancheros, divorciados, or scrambled with nopales, all served with a plate of the restaurant’s good handmade tortillas. If it isn’t too early to start day drinking, wash it all down with one of Los Yaquis’ famous mega-sized micheladas.

3214 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94110

10. Dumpling Specialist

1123 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116
Salty soy milk with Chinese doughnuts at Dumpling Specialist Luke Tsai

Dumpling Specialist is one of the only Chinese restaurants in the city that routinely serves Northern Chinese breakfast specialties like sticky rice rolls (fan tuan) and salty soy milk (xian dou jiang), served warm and studded with you tiao (savory fried doughnuts) and salt-pickled vegetables. This cash-only spot is tiny, so show up early or be prepared to wait.

1123 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116

11. Super Star Restaurant

4919 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94112

It’s not related to the Bay Area’s Burma Super Star family of restaurants, but Super Star Restaurant, an Excelsior District Filipino spot, shines brightly enough to attract diners from across the city. Its reasonably-priced brunch items include garlic rice and a sweet and savory longaniza dish, and coffee is often included in the price of the meal.

4919 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94112

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