500 Presidio Ave, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411537.787104 -122.446643
M-F 7-9, Sa-Su 8:30-2
Neighborhoods: Central North, Lower Pacific Heights (Fillmore), Lower Pacific Heights
Go for the biscuits, nice omelets and very good buttermilk pancakes.
super crowded-- for a reason – Ella's has excellent food. Though it's always stuffed with Pac and Presidio Heights yuppies every weekend from mid morning on, it's because the food is really good. Service is really good, too, despite their being so busy. I can see why people go here, though the crowded waiting area is not my idea of relaxing on the weekend.
Nothing Special – One of my friends had heard that there was a great breakfast place in Laurel Heights called Ella's. The two of us decided to go there on a weekday in hopes that there would not be long lines. We arrived and the place was bustling, however, we were sat immediately. After reading several Citysearch Reviews, I wasn't sure what to expect. Most of the reviews could not have been more accurate. The food was really nothing special. I tried the eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes and bread. It's true, the bread there was really good, but not good enough for me to come back. The potatoes were dry and tasted like cardboard, the bacon was undercooked, and the sausage was lacking flavor. The service was attentive and the atmosphere is nice. Unless your going for the bread, I would pass.
I've had better... – This place where was packed when we went, but after I got my omlette I thought: "What's all the fuss about???" I'm not going to lie, I finished my breakfast, but there wasn't anything special about it. I think the only thing I really enjoyed was the extra thick slices of bread I got the meal.
Service is obviously not their priority – Went to restaurant to celebrate a birthday. Waitress did not take our order until 15 minutes after we were seated. Orders were not taken down correctly. Check was given to us before we even finished our meal. Food is OK, but service is horrible!
i just ate at this place yesterday, and the horrible service is what prompted me to join citysearch just so i could write this review. the food is only mediocre, with the only thing going for them is the bread. the host and waitress were extremely rude, not thanking me once even when collecting my payment. the busser however, was very nice, and he was the only one who thanked us upon leaving the restaurant. verdict: i would never go back there again and i highly suggest that you shouldnt either.
yum! – Few things can get me out of bed before 10am on a Sunday morning, and the banana pancakes at Ella's are high on the list. The restaurant gets very crowded, so the service isn't always the best.. but I've always found the food to be worth it. Also, the prices are quite reasonable.
not worth the wait – for the amount of time you will have to wait in line, this place is not worth it. the food is below average and the place is nothing special. the only thing going for it is that they have a hottie host.
Popular doesn't mean Quality – There are few things as sacred as Sunday morning brunch. Based on the number of people waiting on Presidio, you'd think Ella's was a good brunch place. I don't mind a wait for a quality breakfast, but even if I had been seated immediately Ella's would have been a disappointment. The service was slow, my coffee was bad, and the food was over-priced and just not good. Im just glad that so many people like and patronize Ellas, itll mean shorter lines at the quality breakfast joints!!
Best American Lunch/Dinner – Ella's is a gem. One of the rare places that serves old fashioned American cuisine (roasts, stews, pot pies), and they do everything with such care. Simple, comfortable, relaxed setting. Homemade breads, rolls and desserts. Nice lunch menu and even greater choice at dinner (m-f). Wish San Francisco had more places like this!
Great dinner! – Most of the reviews here seem to deal mostly with brunch. I haven't brunched at Ella's, but the dinner I had last night was great! I started with a green salad with a simple vinaigrette -- unremarkable except for being a very large portion. The bread and rolls were good, especially the herbed roll. My entree, one of the specials, was fabulous! Grilled halibut cooked exactly right -- done but still moist, tender, and flaky, with a pleasantly sour green tomato sauce. A simple steamed cauliflower and zucchini medly and wonderfully garlicky orzo rounded out the plate. The fish was outstanding from the first bite to last and is what earns a high rating from me. I'm definitely going back.
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