One of the only things I look forward to during the weekend is BRUNCH. It’s one of my favorite meals of the day since it has all of my favorite food like waffles, pancakes, eggs and bloody mary anyone? Most restaurants in San Francisco don’t take reservations so there is always a wait but totally worth it. Here’s a guide on where to brunch in San Francisco.
Aina – 900 22nd St – Aina is a modern Hawaiian eatery located in Dogpatch. Every dish was delicious and I highly suggest making a trip here for brunch or even dinner! They do take reservations but they book up fast! What to order: Spam musubi, taro french toast, kalbi loco moco and kalua pork belly.
Brenda’s French Soul Food – 652 Polk St – This place is very popular so come super early and do not come in large groups! Portions are fairly large so definitely share a few dishes. What to order: Flight of beignets, fried chicken beignets, shrimp & grits and pancakes.
Cafe Reveille – Cute cafe in Mission Bay. They have outdoor seating with cute pink tables. What to order: hot cakes, avocado toast and the matcha latte.
Coqueta – Pier 5 Embarcadero – You can walk around the Embarcadero or the Ferry Building after brunch! The restaurant also has great views of the water. What to order: Uni & jamon, paella, manchego cheesecake and churros.
Dragon Beaux – Everyone loves dim sum and Dragon Beaux has the best in San Francisco! I suggest going as early as 10am to avoid a line. What to order: Assorted Shanghai dumplings and taro buns is a must!
Foreign Cinema – 2534 Mission St – One of the best restaurant with beautiful indoor and outdoor space! As you walk through the doors it does resemble a movie theatre and for dinner they play movies in the outdoor space. What to order: Fun pop tarts and Croque Madame.
Griddle Fresh – 4007 24th St – Located in Noe Valley, Griddle Fresh is my top two favorite places for pancakes!! They have the fluffiest pancakes ever with cream in between each pancake! What to order: All of the pancakes!
Grindz – 832 Clement St – Grindz is located in Inner Richmond and offers delicious Hawaiian brunch! What to order: Chicken & waffles, french toast, loco moco, malasadas and an order of pineapples!
MyMy – 1500 California St – MyMy is my other favorite place for pancakes! Very similar type of pancakes as Griddle Fresh with creme tucked in between each pancake but they have blueberry pancakes here! What to order: Blueberry soufflé pancakes and crab cakes.
Surisan – 505 Beach St – Asian inspired food but come here for the brunch!! What to order: Blueberry crunch french toast, pancakes and their flavored lattes are awesome! I had the coconut flavored one and loved it.
Sweet Maple – 2101 Sutter St – A San Francisco favorite with a typical wait time of 2 hours. It’s definitely worth the wait. They’re known for the millionaire’s bacon, I didn’t try it but if you go I suggest you order it! What to order: Millionaire’s bacon, crunch flakes (french toast with corn flakes) and sweet potato pancakes or deep fried pancakes!
Tratto – 501 Geary St – Tratto is located in The Marker hotel. The Italian restaurant is great for brunch and dinner. They offer $14 unlimited mimosa’s which is a great deal! What to order: French toast and their special walnut raisin crostini!
Beretta – 1199 Valencia St – Beretta serves one of the latest brunches in town and it’s also a great spot for dinner! What to order: French toast!
Mama’s On Washington Square – 1701 Stockton St – Every time I try to brunch here the line is ridiculously long. I suggest going before they open or really late in the afternoon to avoid the two hour wait. One of the best brunches in the city and well worth the wait if you’re willing to wait! What to order: Monte cristo, dungeness benedict and the french toast sampler!
Mission Beach Cafe – 198 Guerrero St – Wait time can take up to two hours. At least there’s benches outside during your wait. What to order: Brioche french toast and any benedict.
Nopa – 560 Divisadero St – Nopa is a great option. The space is beautiful and located a few blocks from Alamo Square. What to order: Custard french toast and coconut rice pudding.
Outerlands – 4001 Judah St – Located in Outer Sunset, far but worth a visit!! What to order: EVERYTHING especially the donuts and famous dutch pancakes if available!
Plow – 1299 18th St – One of the cheaper brunch restaurants with the best quality! The wait can be up to two hours here so go early! What to order: EVERYTHING is good here! A few top items are the lemon ricotta pancake, Hong Kong style toast, and the fried egg sandwich.
Straw – 203 Octavia Blvd – Known for their carnival-inspired comfort food and insane dishes! Some dishes include the fried chicken & waffle monte cristo and the ring master donut burger. Yes, you read that right… donuts is used as the bun!
Tartine Manufactory – 595 Alabama St – Super cute decor and healthy food! Come early for the best pastries or come during brunch/lunch for the salads and tartines. Leave room for dessert! What to order: Probably everything but I suggest getting the mascarpone and fig toast, bread pudding and soft serve!
Make reservations or arrive early and/or late to avoid a wait!