Food & Drink

The 13 Best New Brunches in SF

Published On 03/26/2015 Published On 03/26/2015
Monsieur Benjamin
Libby Truesdell
Kris Esqueda
Klyde Cafe & Wine Bar
Marlowe
Beso
Kevin Kluck
Monsieur Benjamin
Trou Normand
Rena B. Meyer
Molly DeCoudreaux
Chubby Noodle Marina
The Hall
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1. Huxley 848 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (The Tenderloin)

Designed to be a small neighborhood restaurant, Huxley is worth traveling to, even if the Tenderloin isn't where you usually think to go for dinner. Saison's former owner and Bar Agricole's former sous chef serves up a simple, rustic menu they describe as "new American bistro-style," which includes courses like wild mushroom risotto, eggplant soup, and gourmet brunch toast that's bound to have made the rounds on your social media feed already. The restaurant only has 25 seats (10 of which are at the bar), so reservations are recommended.

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2. Klyde Cafe & Wine Bar 386 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Union Square)

A pleasant oasis from the tourist-driven madness of Union Square, Klyde's will welcome you with open arms and $5 glasses of wine at their 3-7pm weekday happy hour. If you can brave the Forever 21 bag-toting hordes on weekends, the crab and fried green tomato benedict on the brunch menu will make you glad you did.

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3. Marlowe 500 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Soma)

This French-American bistro in SOMA has all the things that make a neighborhood restaurant so recommendable: excellent brunch; a fine wine selection featuring French, Italian, and Californian wines; an outdoor patio; and last but definitely not least: one of the best burgers in the city. Served with fries, the $16 Marlowe Burger is stacked with caramelized onions, cheddar, bacon, and horseradish aioli. It's so darn good that it's also served at sister restaurants Park Tavern and The Cavalier.

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4. Beso Bistronomia 4058A 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (The Castro)

Beso Bistronomia brings high-quality Catalan-influenced tapas to the Castro area. The place is decked out with large tables, perfect for sharing lots of dishes with a big group.

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5. Plin 280 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (The Mission)

Plin is all about the seafood, but there's not one thing on the menu that feels traditional or expected, which explains why two of the sections are named "Explore" and "Discover". Like any Italian restaurant, Plin has an extensive wine list, but there is also a focus on cocktails and a full bar.

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6. Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company 1735 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122 (Outer Sunset)

This microbrewery in the Outer Sunset is a great spot to enjoy handcrafted beers and tasty food… and it’s an even better spot to fill your growler. If you don’t have one, they sell one of the highest quality growlers available: it’s stainless steel, double walled, and thermal insulated. A 1L filled growler will cost you $40, and the 2L runs $60. If you have your own or want a refill, it’s $10 for the 1L and $20 for the 2L. FYI: If you want the Dry Irish Stout, you’ll have to enjoy it in-house… that one isn’t available to-go.

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7. Monsieur Benjamin 451 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Hayes Valley)

The options can get a little pricey at this Hayes Valley French spot, but they're worth the price for a pleasant ambience and tastes that definitely live up to the hype, such as their "fully dressed" hamburger and steak frites.

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8. Trou Normand 140 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105 (Financial District)

Trou Normand focuses on whole-animal butchery and offers 40 types of salumi and charcuterie made from high quality meats such as rare Mangalitsa pigs. This SoMa eatery offers sandwiches and coffee for lunch, chophouse style cuts of meat for dinner, and also has an extensive cocktail list based on classic, turn-of-the-century recipes. Trou Normand is pricey and popular (reservations are accepted), but has a large outdoor space to complement its cozy, den-like interior.

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9. Rye Project 180 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Soma)

Deli Board’s Adam Mesnick brings Old World Jewish deli favorites to SoMa's Rye Project. The small deli has a short menu of tried-and-true lunch classics, with just a bit of updating. Nosh on a bagel with lox, cream cheese, pickled onions, cucumber, and sprouts, or experience the sheer bliss of a true Chicago-style hot dog with sport peppers, pickle, relish, onion, celery salt, onion, mustard, and absolutely no ketchup.

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10. Marla Bakery 3619 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 (The Richmond)

Marla fills more than one niche -- show up for coffee and a donut in the morning, or come in at night for dinner options like pork chops with bulgur wheat and sautéed king trumpet pioppini mushrooms. We highly recommend Marla's to anyone who is looking for a cute place to eat outside.

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11. Chubby Noodle 2205 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123 (The Marina)

San Francisco’s Asian fusion gem Chubby Noodle has a perpetually long line and crazy loud music, but they (and their fans) wouldn’t have it any other way. Their Lombard Street location is packed in with tables for big groups and booths for small parties - both of which you’ll see brimming with food and cocktails during their weekend dim sum specials. The brunch crowd goes wild for peking duck steamed buns, salt and pepper shrimp, and chubby chow mein, and that’s just the beginning of their gut-busting flavor marathon.

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12. The Hall 1028 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Head to The Hall, where you can choose from six independent local food vendors: Cassia (Moroccan and Peruvian), Fine & Rare (seafood, mostly), The Whole Beast (do we really need to explain?), Raj & Singh (curry), Little Green Cyclo (banh mi and pho), and Dignitá (yummy baked goods). Everything's around $5-15, so you can't really go wrong.

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