Just in time for the long holiday weekend, here comes an update to the Eater SF Brunch Heatmap, detailing the newest, hottest places for brunch, and the places that are so enduringly awesome, that their buzz will not die. New to this list: Maven, Central Kitchen, AQ, and old-timers Mama's and Dottie's.Read More
San Francisco's 15 Hottest Brunch Restaurants
Bar Ag's prime outdoor seating is way more enjoyable when the sun is shining. Sure the cocktails are a bit strong for the daytime hours, but chef Brandon Jew's delicious egg dishes and housemade sausages are hearty enough to soak it all up.
The Maven team's artful pairing of cocktails to food makes for the hottest new brunch to hit the Lower Haight in years. A "death in the morning" cocktail cedes to Mezcal-infused chorizo, "billionaires bacon," and a souffled German pancake, with calvados applesauce and cinnamon.
Mission Bowling Club
Work off a hangover on MBC's huge patio with a spiked libation and rich loco moco, than work off brunch with a round of bowling indoors.
Nojo's farm-loving, San Franciscan approach to Japanese flavors translates to eye-opening brunch fare like fried spam and eggs with pickles and nori sauce, French toast (with kinako butter), and a chicken katsu sandwich.
Grab a pitcher of Mexican mules, and work your way through the menu of "Toasts" and warm baguettes layered with seasonal ingredients, several pancake options and upscale dishes like butter lettuce with Maine lobster or polenta cakes with poached eggs and truffle salsa verde.
AQ Restaurant & Bar
Although AQ is getting all kinds of national attention for its dinner and decor, brunch is a special little secret for the locals. Housemade buttermilk donuts, soft scrambled eggs and French toast get seasonal spins, and the bar follows suit.
Mama's On Washington Square
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Dottie's True Blue Cafe
At Dottie's the little extras go a long way: grilled cornbread gets jalapeno jelly, scrambles are folded with lamb-fennel sausage, and cornmeal-blueberry pancakes are extra large.
A crackling fireplace, sun-kissed patio, amazing farm-fresh egg dishes and seasonal homemade "pop-tarts" have turned Foreign Cinema into the knee-jerk response when brunch know-it-alls plan their next outing.
Order a benedict from Zazie's extensive list of options, sweet ginger or pumpkin pancakes, toss in some bacon, and split it with the table so everyone gets savory and sweet. Seats on the flower-draped ridiculously charming heated outdoor patio make the meal.
Twenty Five Lusk
One of the few brunches out there that serves a complimentary smoothie amuse-bouche and where an order of French press coffee comes with donuts and a beer