There's nothing better than heading out to a brunch with your date on a warm, sunny California day. The San Francisco Bay Area is full of amazing brunch spots where you can eat all of the buttery biscuits and sip all of the Bloody Mary's you want. Start brunching with this carefully crafted list brought to you by yours truly.
TENDERLOIN / UNION SQUARE
Farmer Brown serves classic upscale southern food with an environmentally-conscious factor. Eat locally-sourced seasonal ingredients in your vegetarian scramble or chow down on their famous Chicken & Waffles. Farmer Brown is not just a restaurant, it's an entire experience if you go during their all-you-can-eat brunch with live jazz.
Address: Hotel Metropolis, 25 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102
BRENDA'S FRENCH SOUL FOOD
Another brunch favorite offering up absolutely delicious and heft portions, including the crawfish beignets and shrimp and grits which are even better washed down with a guava mimosa.
Address: 652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Get your locally-sourced organic fix at Outlerlands! Their popular weekend brunch is served in a warm, cozy environment complete with homemade bread and delicious jams.
Address: 4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122
DOTTIE'S TRUE BLUE CAFE
Enjoy hefty portions of delicious traditional American food in a warm and quaint environment. They have an in-house bakery serving up fresh muffins and bread. Warning: be prepared to wait in a long line, but it will be worth it.
Address: 28 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
This place made its way to three of our Best lists for best bar, restaurant, and brunch spot. The Cavalier is a London-inspired brasserie located inside Hotel Zetta, and was named James Beard Semi-Finalists for “Best New Restaurant in America” in 2014 and 2012. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu!
Address: 360 Jessie St, San Francisco, CA 94103
We don't know what we love more about this place: the bowl-sized cappuccino, diverse mimosa menu, or the Ricotta pancakes.
Address: 50 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
MARINA / COW HOLLOW
THE TIPSY PIG
The Tipsy Pig is an American Gastrotavern with a seasonal menu and wide selection of unique beers. Spend a warm sunny day on their patio sipping a morning cocktail (try the Spicy Mary) and savoring good ole' American comfort food (try the Goat Cheese Omelet).
Address: 2231 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
LOWER PACIFIC HEIGHTS
THE ELITE CAFE
The Elite Cafe is known as one of the best brunch spots in the Pacific Heights area. The cuisine is inspired from New Orleans. Try one of their four buttery biscuit varieties (all are amazing) and slosh it down with a delicious Bloody Mary. The high vaulted ceiling provide an openness or you can grab seating on the patio.
Address: 2049 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
If you're looking for a strange and beautiful kind of place, this is it. This retro restaurant features decor such as vintage baby dolls. You will inevitably meet Ahmed who will tell you stories, give you a nickname, and welcome you to the family. First timers must try the French Toast Josephine.
Address: 1608 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94109
This petite neighborhood French bistro is located in a historic school house in the heart of San Francisco. We ordered the sour cream poppyseed miracle pancakes with lemon curd and strawberry and never experienced such amazing pancakes. For dog lovers, come when they offer Bring Your Dog dinners.
Address: 941 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117
MISSION BEACH CAFE
This neighborhood cafe serves some of the most delicious brunch food in the Bay Area. We tried the Dungeness Crab Benedict and loved the huge lumps of real crab meat, perfectly poached egg, and great hash browns on a nicely toasted English muffin. YUM!
Address: 198 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94103
The perfect brunch spot if you and your date are visiting Golden Gate Park for the day. This cozy diner has outdoor seating perfect for people watching and a brunch full of all natural, organic ingredients. Try the creative Wine Mojito, equipped with Albariño white wine, mint, and soda.
Address: 1240 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
Universal Cafe showcases a menu firmly rooted in classic American cooking influenced by the eclectic bounty of Northern California. The menu follows the season’s changes so you are guaranteed fresh, local, organic ingredients, as well as each season’s cheeses, meats, and fish.
Address: 2814 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Starbelly is a casual and friendly neighborhood restaurant in San Francisco's lively Castro District, just blocks from The Mission District. This place has a perfectly laid-back vibe complete with a cozy, year-round patio, and a large communal table that flanks the bar. Expect exceptional California comfort food, supplemented by craft beer, wine and creative, wine-based cocktails.
Address: 3583 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
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