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The 9 Best Places to Get Your Brunch On in San Francisco

9 Delicious Spots for Breakfast in San Francisco

Written by: Andrew Steinhauser & Olivia Abdallah
Photographed by: Jamie Kwang Breakfast in San Francisco

The weekend is finally here, and it’s time to get your brunch on. Whether you’re nursing a hangover and looking to keep the party going or just looking forward to getting social with your besties, we have you covered. Being one of the only socially acceptable settings in which one can booze it up before noon without having to worry about being labeled a degenerate, we feel it is our personal responsibility to let you know where to do it right. Here are some of our favorite brunch spots in the city that are sure to leave your belly good and full with a healthy buzz to boot.

San Francisco is great at a lot of things, so it’s no wonder it brings tourists from all over the world every year. The city has well-recognized bridges, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, beautiful parks and cable cars. However, if there’s one thing that really makes San Francisco great, it would have to be the wide variety of delicious foods, plus a selection of the best brunches. Simply put, brunching is the best. It really is the perfect reason to get out of bed on the weekends (when sometimes you might not feel like moving at all). It’s breakfast, but at lunch time, and usually there’s alcohol involved—so really, where can you go wrong? There’s a whole city of brunching out there, but here is a list of the top six best brunch spots in the beautiful city of San Francisco.

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The Corner Store

The Corner Store is American cuisine with a modern twist and the perfect place for brunch on the weekends. They offer delicious options such as breakfast sandwiches, benedicts (classic, salmon or spinach), chicken and grits and a ton of other tasty dishes. Two of their bestsellers include the Corner Store Burger made with their flavorful bacon jam and the Hangover biscuit, which is made with their special housemade chicken gravy. Is brunch really a brunch without some mimosas? Many people think not. So why not enjoy some bottomless mimosas for only $15? Compared to $8 for one mimosa, getting the bottomless option is a way better deal.

5 Masonic Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118
415.359.1800 |

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This modern restaurant is a favorite brunch spot for many tourists and local San Franciscans. Maven definitely has an upscale trendy feel with its high ceilings, tall windows and greenery on the walls. The second level has a more intimate ambience, featuring a bar that sits adjacent to contemporary couches and sofas surrounding the corner fireplace. The menu doesn’t have a ton of choices but everything on their menu is absolutely delicious—quality is better than quantity anyways. You can choose between sweet options like brioche doughnut holes, caramelized pancakes and bread pudding French toast or a more savory option such as their flavorful Egg Shakshuka, made with two poached eggs and Israeli spiced ratatouille or their popular duck hash. Maven is also well known for having some pretty memorable cocktails. How serious are they about their cocktails? This serious: Every single menu option is actually paired with a cocktail listed right next to it. All their cocktails are also natural, so they don’t use any artificial ingredients.

598 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
415.829.7982 |

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Park Tavern

Park Tavern is located right in the middle of Washington Park in North Beach, a neighborhood steeped in rich history and it’s minutes away from Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown. They have a variety of tasty brunch choices with both sugary options like pastries, oatmeal walnut raisin pancakes and French toast plus savory options including dishes like smoked deviled eggs, smoked salmon benedict, or shrimp and grits. Park Tavern also specializes in making delicious Bloody Marys and micheladas with their very own housemade hot sauce, so if you wanted to add some spice to your day, grabbing one of these will definitely do the trick. Or, you can choose from their large selection of cocktails and mixed drinks.

1652 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133
415.989.7300 |


FarmerBrown at Hotel Metropolis

Located in the heart of the city, Farmerbrown uses locally sourced seasonal ingredients and time-honored Southern recipes to create the perfect modern American cuisine. FarmerBrown features their famous fried chicken and waffles, cornmeal catfish, Cajun potatoes, mushroom or sausage gravy, pecan brownies and many other delightful choices. They also feature their very own special burger, The Farmerbrown burger, made with half a pound of house-ground chuck on a toasted housemade bun with remoulade. Brunch isn’t quite brunch without a tasty drink on the side, and Farmerbrown has a great selection of cocktails and mixed drinks. Their most crowd-pleasing drink is their farmhouse lemonade, which is made with vodka, seasonal fresh fruit purée, mint and, of course, their special homemade lemonade, all served in a 16 oz. mason jar.

25 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.409.3276 |


The Boxing Room

The Boxing Room is the perfect brunch spot if you’re looking for a cute place in Hayes Valley with great drinks, a comfortable atmosphere and appetizing food. Executive Chef Justin Simoneaux, a Louisiana native, celebrates the Cajun and Creole dishes of New Orleans and coastal Louisiana, coupled with seasonal Northern California ingredients. The Boxing Room also offers a seafood bar, cocktails and beer and wine on tap. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can get a taste of the swamp and try their turtle soup, fried frog legs or alligator sauce piquant.

399 Grove St
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.430.6590 |


In business for over 25 years, Zazie in Cole Valley has solidified its self as a San Francisco brunch institution. On any given weekend, rain or shine, you can always expect hoards of hungry patrons to be lined up outside waiting for their chance to sample the traditional yet creative breakfast dishes that range from fresh Crab Eggs Benedict to Caramelized banana and walnut French Toast. Pair one of these with a delicious blackcurrant mimosa or three and you’ll see why it’s worth the wait.

Native Knowledge: Hang out at the Peet’s Coffee next door while you wait, and the very hospitable manager Mario will come and grab you when your table is ready.

941 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117
415.564.5332 |

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Hidden next to the Phoenix hotel in the middle of the Tenderloin sits one of San Francisco’s best kept brunch secrets. Looking at Chambers from the outside, you would never expect to find the makeshift tropical paradise hiding behind it, yet there it is, like a mirage in the middle of a desert. Where else in the city can you enjoy an afternoon cocktail sitting in a bungalow as you soak in some rays next to the pool? On top of the fantastic ambiance is great fare served up by chef Trevor formerly of Mission Beach Café. Try their famous Hangover Hash, an inventive, breakfasty take on the classic Rueben sandwich.

Native Knowledge: Come on Sundays during the summer months for their weekly pool parties featuring live DJ sets and Damn good BBQ.

Phoenix Hotel, 601 Eddy St
San Francisco, CA 94109
415.518.0019 |


15 Romolo

According to 15 Romolo, “With no drink in hand, brunch is just breakfast, ” and we couldn’t agree more. To avoid “just breakfast, ” come here and get down on the buffet style massive bowl of ever changing punch in the middle of the restaurant. If spiked punch isn’t your thing, they also specialize in classic prohibition style cocktails with a modern twist. Because you don’t want to drink on an empty stomach, order their anise-soaked baguette French Toast topped off with their maple mascarpone bacon.

Native Knowledge: Punch changes with every brunch service.

15 Romolo Pl
San Francisco, CA 94133
415.398.1359 |

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Tipsy Pig

Candied Bacon? Awesome patio? Fresh strawberries in my cocktail? Yes, yes and double yes! If you’re a local San Franciscan, you already know where I’m going with this. The Tipsy Pig is a modern American gastropub in the heart of the Marina that does everything right, from setting, to booze to food. Grab a table on the sweet back patio and order a Strawberry Fields: a mason jar full of fresh strawberries and tasty spirits that are dangerously refreshing. Bet you can’t drink just one! To complement your cocktails order the Buttermilk Pancake topped with house-made Ricotta, or the Huevos Rancheros that comes swimming in fresh guac and melted cheese, both of which are big enough to split.

An American gastropub and home away from home for locals. The restaurant has a large and unique beer selection as well as seasonal menus that always feature mouthwatering dishes. You can satisfy your need for sugar with beignets or Dutch pancakes, or go after that salt craving and try their popular huevos rancheros or goat cheese-chive scramble. Behind their rustic dining room, they even have a beautiful open garden patio so it’s absolutely perfect for brunch with friends and family. The Tipsy Pig was recently awarded the distinction of Top 10 New Restaurants and Top 100 Restaurants in the Bay Area by Michael Bauer and once you try it out, you’ll know exactly why.

Native Knowledge: Brunch is served annually on New Years Day to help cure your hangover.

2231 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
415.292.2300 |


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If you are looking to keep last night’s party going this is the place for you. As is the case with most Marina brunch spots, bottomless mimosas are a standard here. As a bonus, they come in three different flavors, peach, pomegranate and classic OJ. It’s large enough to accommodate big groups of party people, so bring all your friends, and if you’re feeling competitive challenge them to a game of Bocce Ball on the indoor Bocce lawn. Loser buys bacon Bloody Marys! Which just so happen to be some of the best in the city.

Native Knowledge: If you’re extremely hung over, order the Marina Mess featuring potatoes, eggs, sausage and bacon.

2036 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123
415.829.3000 |


Universal Café

One of the best things about the San Francisco restaurant scene is the plethora of ultra fresh, farm to table options we have at our fingertips. One of the best examples of this on the brunch end of the spectrum is Universal Café. Located in the heart of the mission, this long time local favorite blows your typical neighborhood greasy spoon café out of the water. With a super eclectic, ever-changing menu and a great selection of beer and wine, it’s sure to please both the vegetarians and carnivores in your group alike.

Native Knowledge: If you absolutely can’t wait for the weekend brunch, they have you covered for a Wednesday-Friday brunch service.

2814 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
415.821.4608 |

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Brenda’s French Soul Food

Who doesn’t love Creole style soul food? Sometimes after a long night of binge drinking you have to stray away from the typical Eggs Benedict and get something that sticks to your ribs. For this, we recommend Brenda’s Shrimp and Grits. It’s guaranteed to warm you up and cure those hangover blues. Pair this with a couple of their famous Crawfish Beignets, a sweet Watermelon Iced Tea, and maybe a beer or two, and you’ll be back to life before you can say étouffée.

Native Knowledge: Come back for dinner on Sundays between 5-8 for live gypsy jazz music.

652 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.345.8100 |

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Near the top of virtually every best of San Francisco restaurant list, Nopa needs no introduction and truly is in a league of its own. Their brunch service ran by local culinary royalty Stephen Call and Melissa Mcgrath is the quintessential classic American brunch that makes the typical long wait more than worth it. Although everything is amazing, the standout dish for us was the Slow Braised Pork Shoulder paired with the Mezcal Bloody Mary. The menu changes weekly and everything is farm to table fresh, ensuring that every visit is a truly unique and delicious experience.

Native Knowledge: Brunch starts at 11 a.m. but if you get there early, they open the doors at 10:30 a.m. to give you a head start on boozing.

560 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
415.864.8643 |

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Mission Beach Café

Do you like fresh local food? Of course you do. Have you been to Mission Beach Café? Of course you have, which is exactly why we had to include it on our list. Everything you will find on the menu is chef selected seasonally, sustainable, organic, farmers market produce. Do you like bacon? Rhetorical. Get the bacon with bourbon syrup and thank us later. Do you like champagne? Don’t answer that. Ask for the huge, which is a half bottle champagne in a single glass. It’s not just a clever name.

Native Knowledge: Ask for pulled pork over everything!

198 Guerrero St
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.861.0198 |

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