Shopping >Sears Fine Foods
439 Powell St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410237.788816 -122.408649
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Downtown
With a kitschy diner like feel - breakfast here is step back through time, with delicious food but a hefty price tag. Try the Sydney Amber Special, with a little bit of everything. A great place to bring the kiddos too.
WAY Overrated! – For the prices charged, a vast ripoff. Plus, we had a waitress who had to be pushing 75 who was simply awful. She disappeared for long periods. I got up and grabbed the nearby coffee pot to get a refill -- and she was right there to say I was not permitted to do it. Of course, she wasn't there to do it! A pedestrian place with bad service.
a little home away from home – this place is good for business travel - i like it for dinner
when im by myself. it's near the hotels, the food is very good, the martinis are big and you can sit at the counter, where the staff will chat you up, bring you samples and make you feel right at home.
Good but overrated – Like many others, went here after reading the reviews and getting a recommendation. Walked right in on a Thursday morning. Seated promptly and greeted timely. Had the swedish pancakes which weren't all that special, but were good. My wife had an omlette that was good. Hash browns were tasty but nothing special. Server was attentive and ready with coffee/water refills. Overall, though, couldn't say this was an earth-shaking experience and certainly didn't live up to the hype. Perhaps other menu items are more inspiring, but it's average based on this experience.
Great Breakfast – I usually are not much of a breakfast eater, but was walking by Sears and low and behold there was not a line at all to get into the dining room which is very rare, so I went in and had the best pancakes every. I have never eaten any other meals here as there is alway a long line, as it is right in the middle of the hotel district and lost of tourist eat there
Huge, huge tourist trap – I did a seach for 'best breakfast san francisco' and Sears popped up. I headed over there with my wife. I don't know why I bothered. It was *fine*. But nowhere near 'best'. Witness an example: The Strawberry Smoothie was actually made with that strawberry milkshake powder. Rubbish! The orange juice looked straight out of a packet too. I ended up with a very safe ham omlete that was marginally better than what I could have made myself.
We went there at 7am on a Sunday and got a seat immediately. Go later and prepare to queue out the door. As for me, I'll not be back -- I'll be better served by the hundreds of diners on every street corner. If you're heading there, I recommend you think twice and set expectations to zero.
We cleaned our plates! – We arrived shortly before 10:30am, and the line was out the door. After about a 10 minute wait, we were seated. Our waiter promptly took our orders, and the food took about 15 minutes - fast, considering how busy it was. I ordered the 18 Swedish Pancakes with bacon, and my husband got the sourdough french toast, also with bacon, and a chocolate milk. Everything was amazing. The pancakes were delicious, his french toast was just as good, and the bacon was thick, tasty, and cooked perfectly. We couldn't have asked for anything better. Our ticket was about $35, and it was well worth it. I'd recommend this place to anyone.
Two bad breakfasts – There was a line outside the door so I thought the place must be good, right? I sat at the counter and while the service was bad, and the next time as well (I had to give it another chance), it was understandable because it was crazy. However, the food was mediocre at best. The small pancakes weren't that great and the omlette I had the next week was really bad. Bacon bad. Potatos bad. Everything bad.
Very good breakfast – My wife and I ate here twice during a weekend trip on the basis of a friend's recommendation. The place pretty much always has a line out the door for breakfast, but it moves pretty fast. We were seated inside both times within 30 minutes. Sears is famous for serving 18 silver dollar pancakes with their special recipe, as well as having other solid choices for breakfast. The pancakes are quite good, especially with a little butter and real maple syrup that they bring them out with. We also had some sourdough french toast with fresh strawberry compote, a side of home fries and a waffle with strawberries and whipped cream. The french toast was good, and the berries were a nice touch. The home fries were actually kind of insipid and not impressive, but the waffle was also very good. The waffle had a healthy amount of fresh and large strawberries with it, as well as a large cup of fresh whipped cream to use at your discretion. Overall, the restaurant is very good, but it is nothing revolutionary. It is quite loud and always packed for breakfast and a little pricey, but the food is very good and it makes a solid choice for a good breakfast.
Overcooked food, Cranky, Disrespectful Waitress – We went here last Sunday and had an unsatisfactory breakfast. Our waitress from Mongolia was rude, I tried to order one pancake as I had in the past and she said "no". I explained that two weeks ago I had ordered just one, her answer remained the same. I asked her to check with the manager but she said she already knew what the manager would say, then she told me that she would bring me one but charge me for a full order because that is what the waiter must have done before. Not very nice at all. I paid $9.00 for one pancake. My husband's bacon was undercooked and she left it on another table on the way back to the kitchen. Not very customer service oriented at all. Total tourist trap.
Excellent Breakfast / Midweek good service – My Husband and I had had a tough week in SF and decided to go get some comfort food, and man was it comforting. WE both ordered the french toast, bacon, sausage and the hashbrowns with (2) coffee's. The total tab was $37.00 and well worth it but the portions are sooo big you should split with whomever you are eating with one breakfast is plenty for 2 people. Service was prompt and the food was quick, we were there on a Wednesday about 10:00 am. I have tried to go there on the weekends before and it was a 2 hour wait.
Rock solid place to eat for a southern breakfast in the big city.
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