What’s up, Nomsters! An awesome brunch can easily be the highlight of our day, so sharing our favorite spots is something we get amped about. And finding the best brunch in San Francisco can be a daunting task considering how competitive a food city it is. With restaurants constantly opening and closing, the ones on this list have proven themselves and are definitely worth a try! I’m going to keep this intro short because the title and the list speak for themselves, so let’s dig in!
Where to get the best brunch in San Francisco:
1. Curio Bar SF
Curio is a really cool spot in the Mission that’s definitely a contender for best brunch in San Francisco – or at the very least best brunch in the Mission – which blends traditional brunch items with some southern influences. They have a great dinner and cocktails menu with a full bar at their disposal, but their weekend brunch really blew us away. We no longer see the Cinnamon Babka French Toast on the menu, but they always come up with incredible brunch items, so they still make the list!
2. SPRO Coffee Lab
No list of the best brunch in SF is complete without mentioning SPRO Coffee Lab! It’s an incredible food truck located in Spark Social in Mission Bay, and they do everything from super unique coffee creations (think cocktail style mixing of ingredients, but alcohol free) to delicious brunch dishes. A serious must-try is the Umami Bomb, pictured above, which simply put, is their version of avocado toast, but through using a bunch of Japanese style flavors, they’ve crafted a truly special plate.
3. The Dorian
The Dorian is a great brunch spot spot for groups! They have a couple large tables in the middle of their dining area that can accommodate larger groups, as well as some tables and booths along the walls. They have a pretty diverse menu, but definitely don’t miss their poke tacos! The Dorian Burger is tasty, as well
4. Scoma’s Restaurant
Scoma’s has been a mainstay in San Francisco since the 1960’s for their incredible seafood that’s locally sourced from Bay Area fishermen. They’ve always served dinner, but more recently they’ve decided to open up outdoor patio seating right by the water in Fisherman’s Wharf for weekend brunch! We have a full post on their brunch here, as well as another full post on their dinner here, so check them out and plan a weekend with your friends!
5. Palm House
If you like a side of beautiful with your brunch, Palm House has got you covered! Along with fantastic food options like Huevos Rancheros and Avocado Benedict, they have stunning cocktails that are also refreshing and can get the party started! They’re owned by the same people behind The Dorian, so you can expect the same great experience.
6. Sweet Maple
Sweet Maple is one of those places you have to line up EARLY for if you want to get a table right when they open. There’s a very good reason for the popularity, though. It’s delicious and definitely a top pick for us in the city! They’re probably most famous for their Millionaire’s Bacon, and we totally recommend the Blackstone Benedict where they put it INSIDE the benedict! So crazy good, and dare we say the best eggs benedict in San Francisco? Quite possibly. This is also a fun place to go when the weather is nice because they have some seating on the sidewalk if you’re looking for an outdoor brunch.
7. Le Marais
Le Marais has become a staple in SF, with their original location in the Castro, and a second location that was opened up in the Polk Gulch. They make some bomb pastries that you can order at your table or at their pastry counter to-go. Some other highlights are their customizable boards where you can choose up to 6 or 7 items (fruit, avocado, granola, yogurt, smoked salmon, etc.), as well as their Cr’q Madame, which has a bit of a horseradish-y kick to it, which was surprisingly awesome!
Home Cafe is another place that has quickly found a home (womp womp) in SF’s Sunset and Richmond districts. They make yummy lattes with beautiful latte art, as well as several brunch toasts that we love! If you’ve got a sweet tooth, we recommend anything with condensed milk and cereal. It looks like they may have stopped offering the Lucky Charms toast in the photo above, but they now have a Cinnamon Toast Crunch-inspired toast on the menu that sounds super good.
LaLe does an incredible job of bringing brunch and Mediterranean food together in perfect harmony. You can get the more typical brunch stuff like benedicts and french toasts, but you can also get things like their Watermelon Salad, which is one of the most refreshing dishes we’ve had, as well as their Cold Sampler with pita to get a little taste of all their various sauces and sides. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a healthy brunch in SF and you’re tired of the played out avocado toasts and acai bowls.
10. Son & Garden
Son & Garden is brought to you by the same amazing people behind Farmhouse Kitchen Thai, and since the pandemic started they started offering the Secret Garden Tea Party set, which includes lots of pastries, a few sandwiches, some fruits, two cups of tea, and several sets of plates and utensils. Oh, it also includes that 3-tiered stand so you can set this all up literally anywhere. It’s great for a spur of the moment brunch with friends or family, and we love setting this up in the backyard.
11. Alnico SF
Alnico is absolutely one of our favorites, and they actually ONLY do weekend brunch! They make super tasty Asian Fusion brunch items like their ube hotcakes and Korean chicken wings n waffles. They also have super friendly and helpful staff, so it’s a great experience, overall.
And that’s our list! Do you have any other places you think can contend for best brunch in San Francisco?
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