San Francisco is much more than a beautiful bridge and fancy piers; the city is full of restaurants serving up dishes that will blow your mind. If you’re mainly looking for a brunch spot to meet up with friends at or cure your Saturday night hangover, look no further than the Top 5 brunch spots in San Francisco.
4001 Judah St – (415) 661-6140
While the wait can be up to 3 hours, few places are as worth the wait like Outerlands is. The dining room is lined with beautiful weathered-wood walls and great natural lighting. Serving locally sourced, organic fare, with plenty of vegetarian options, you’re sure to leave satisfied. You can’t wait for breakfast and NOT get their infamous cast iron dutch baby or their eggs-in-jail. If you’re looking for a lighter breakfast, they also have excellent scones and muffins. Get there early, put your name on the list and grab a coffee while you wait!
2231 Chestnut St – (415) 292-2300
This spot is the perfect brunch spot if you and your friends are looking to keep the party going from last night. The outside patio (with heaters!) is the ideal spot to suck down the strong cocktails and chat with friends. They offer generous portions of huevos rancheros, chilaquiles and if you’re feeling really hungry, a side of thyme and cheddar biscuits with spice honey butter that will make you remember carbs don’t count on the weekends….right? Not only is this a great spot to have brunch, but it’s also close to Crissy Field for after brunch people watching!
560 Divisadero St – (415) 864-8643
Nopa is a spot that everyone in San Francisco should experience at least once. The high and airy ceilings with natural light make it a lovely place to lap up their extra spicy bloody marys garnished with pickled beets. Just know that while it’s absolutely worth checking out at least once, everyone else has the same idea, so it’s recommended that you make reservations ahead of time. Trust me; their custard french toast is worth making your whole weekend plans around this reservation.
2298 Union St – (415) 775-2200
Getting brunch at a lot of places in San Francisco usually equates with shuffling around tons of people on their morning routine or walk of shamers spilling their night’s secrets, but at Rose’s Cafe, you’re able to get away from the gaggles of people. This spot is a classic Cow Hollow sidewalk casual brunch spot where you can get great food, without the huge crowds. They serve standard brunch fare but with a bit of an Italian spin, like their breakfast pizza with fontina and eggs, which is a great option to share with friends. If you like a sweeter breakfast, they offer a french toast bread pudding that’s served with caramelized apples and whipped cream. Cue drooling. If you think getting up early to get food is just out of the question, you’re in luck because Rose’s Cafe serves brunch far until 4 pm!
1658 Market St – (415) 552-2522
While this cafe is an excellent option for any time of day, the brunch on Sundays only is quite the treat. One of the best ways to enjoy the restaurant’s sunlight-filled dining area is to order their balsamic Bloody Mary. While you can get traditional breakfast plates here, many people are rushing to get their house-ground hamburger on rosemary focaccia or thin crust wood smoked pizza because they’re only served during daylight hours. They are both absolute crowd pleasers and a great option for those who want more to brunch than tasty cocktails!