Even though almost no one ever wants to cook on New Year’s Day, it can be surprisingly tough to find a restaurant open around town. To help make your morning a little less painful, we’ve rounded up 12 restaurants in San Francisco and the East Bay that will be open for New Year’s Day, with many of them specifically serving much-needed brunch specials. Beyond these finds, Chinese spots and hotel restaurants are reliable bets, too.Read More
Where to Eat Brunch on New Year’s Day
Pozole, pizza, and more ways to kick off 2019
Pozole, huevos rancheros, enfrijoladas, and more Mexican brunch dishes will get you moving even after a crazy New Year’s Eve — plus, if you’re a believer in the hair of the dog, Copita will also unveil a new Bloody Maria for the occasion. Copita will be open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
2. Augie's Montreal Smoke Meat
Berkeley’s Montreal-style deli is betting on poutine as the ultimate hangover cure. It’ll be open on New Year’s Day, offering poutine specials and happy hour beer prices from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
3. Beer Baron Bar & Kitchen
Wear your PJs to Beer Baron on New Year’s Day and knock back $1 mimosas alongside a full brunch, like chicken and waffles or French toast — or just stick to the mimosas.
Cosecha’s vibrant green pozole will perk you up — the restaurant’s New Year’s Day Hangover Brunch has rightfully become an annual tradition over the past seven years. Beyond pozole, expect menudo, tamales, and churros from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
5. Chubby Noodle
How does a bottomless dim sum brunch sound for kick-starting 2019? Chubby Noodle is offering a mix-and-match deal of 16 dim sum items and four brunch drinks, spread across 90 minutes, for $45. Bonus: your first shot of house sake is free. Reserve by calling (415) 655-3335.
6. Bluestem Brasserie
Head to Bluestem from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and choose from its full brunch menu, including Dutch babies, buttermilk biscuits with gravy, short rib crepinettes, and, of course, Lori Baker’s cinnamon rolls.
7. Doppio Zero
Choose Neapolitan pizza on New Year’s Day — and go even bigger at Hayes Valley’s Doppio Zero, which will be offering its hit, off-menu Pizza Stelle, a star-shaped pie with each of the five points holding different toppings.
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Cassava will be open for brunch, which means you can start off the year right with its Japanese breakfast (miso soup, rice, sesame squash, bean sprout kimchi, shio koji-marinated fish, sunomono, and poached egg in broth) or some of the restaurant’s other appealing morning fare.
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9. Magnolia Brewing - Haight
Start off 2019 with a beer brunch at one of Magnolia’s two locations. (The Dogpatch brewery will also be open.) Flatbreads topped with bacon, eggs, and hash browns; breakfast sandwiches with sambal chili mayo, maple brioche French toast, and more all on offer.
10. Soma Streat Food Park
San Francisco, CA 94103
“Truck” your New Year’s resolution and keep the party going with 10 food trucks touting hangover cures, a DJ spinning beats, and $25 bottomless mimosas and sangrias. The party lasts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
No matter what time you wake up on New Year’s Day, you can eat at Starbelly. The restaurant will open for brunch at 10 a.m., move into happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., and serve dinner until 11 p.m.
12. Son's Addition
Son’s Addition is serving a special chef’s hangover cure soup on New Year’s Day. It features braised chicken, chayote, cabbage, corn, and rice in a spicy lemongrass-ginger broth, plus tortillas, salsa, and other fixins on the side. If that doesn’t appeal, you’ll also find chorizo and egg chilaquiles, fried egg sandwich, burgers, and more.