In San Francisco, as elsewhere, brunch is the most important meal of the day. It’s practically our religion. Grab a coffee on the way or while you wait. Order something eggy, something sandwich-y, something salad-y, and of course some great cocktails or a bottomless mimosa won’t do you any harm. Sit in an airy, sunlit room for hours, or outside with your light jacket (just in case). Visit with friends and tip well on your way out into the rest of your afternoon. Bliss! Here are my top go-to brunches in this, loveliest of cities. And hey... aren’t there more SF brunch lists on Citysearch? I challenge my fellow local Scouts -- give the people what they want: BRUNCH IDEAS AND PLENTY OF 'EM. Plus liposuction is just SO pricey. Ideas are free!
A little bit of New Orleans right here in SF, the Elite feels like the kind of restaruant your parents might have frequented, but in a good way. Unlike a lot of old-school places, they've ditched the bad (darkness, uninspired cooking) and kept the good (interesing cocktails, classic dishes done right) all in a lively room where the sun is always shining through the skylight, even when it's foggy.
Foreign Cinema has been doing it all SO well for SO long, some people take it for granted. Not me! It somehow manages to be consistent AND surprising. From the food to the wine to the stunning space, FC deserves it's place in the San Francisco dining pantheon. Nothing beats a gorgeous sunny brunch outside, protected from the wind, or inside behind those huge windows. You'll never want to leave!
Le Zinc is everyone's favorite neighborhood French restaurant. They do the classics very well, but the real reason to go is their lovely and relaxing brunch, inside or out on their tiny, sun-dappled patio. There are all sorts of egg dishes you're not likely to find elsewhere, and a tasy Algerian pastry called Brik which is as tasty as it is unique.
Run by a local family who has a sheet-metal concern also in the 'hood (hence the copper-topped tables), Delucchi is a practically IDEAL spot for mid-day eating, especially Brunch. Lovely food (try the pizza), lovely wine, an impressive beer list -- and all the excellent people-watching you can stand, even from inside.
With all the great beer from the upstairs Beach Chalet room, a better menu, a HUGE back yard and Adirondack chairs, and an indoor space that feels like it's outdoor (WITH a fireplace), Park Chalet outclasses every other place on or near the Great Highway with ease.
What started out as just a very good restaurant has become something even more under their current chef, Emmanuel Eng. His excellent local pedigree shows in some truly eye-opening and delicious dishes. Perhaps fearing a revolution, he's kept their insanely good fried chicken and butter burger (ask them how they make it) -- or maybe he's just a smart guy. Tucked just off the main drag, it's the perfect secret spot for dinner, and especially brunch.
Nopa might possibly be THE quintessential San Francisco restaurant: the beautiful airy room in a slightly-off-the-beaten-path neighborhood. The open kitchen, the extensive and inventive cocktail list -- and of course the food: local, organic, sustainable, nose-to-tail.. and all tasting PERfect. But their best kept secret? Brunch. You heard me.
MBC is a jewel. Sat all alone on a corner, its room is right-sized & comfy, the menu is uncomplicated @ tasty, and the service is unfailingly good, especially the wine stewards. The pot pie and brunches are not to be missed (they actually serve brunch DURING THE WEEK), and do not under ANY circumstances skip dessert; you'll miss their pie and that would be a crime.
A wonderful additon to the nieghborhood that makes a killer Pimm's Cup. Don't miss their ga-REAT pizzas and of course, the house-cured bacon. Want a nice spicy Michelada? They do 'em, and have many incredible beers besides.
Gluten intolerants beware! Outerlands breads (well.. and all their food) is so perfectly tempting you may risk getting sick to have some! In a room this warm and wonderful (they gray driftwoods somehow work perfectly with the often-gray skies outside), it's no surprise the food is top-notch, comforting, and so well-prepared. They take dinner reservations now, but I still like waiting for brunch. More bread dishes, you see.
This Lower Haight charmer is the PERFECT way to pass a few hours for a brunch: they pair each of their tasty dishes with either a cocktail or a wine or beer (if you want them... and believe me you DO want them). After everyone has a round or so, you can do it all over again.