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The 12 Hottest New Brunches in SF

Published On 06/26/2015 Published On 06/26/2015
Aubrie Pick

Because you’re juuuuust about finished taking down our Ultimate 2015 SF Brunch Guide, we’re back with 12 new #BrunchSquadGoals spread out all across San Francisco, including an all-you-can-eat breakfast pizza deal in SOMA and jugs of Bloody Marys in Union Square.

398 Brasserie

398 Brasserie

Union Square
The Union Square location, soaring ceilings, and iconic San Francisco quotes on the walls make this kinda the perfect place to bring out-of-town visitors before you ditch them at the cable car turnaround. The brunch is all about Euro-American classics, with stuff like eggs Benedict (with optional smoked salmon) and pan de mie French toast, paired with generous jugs of Bloody Marys and mimosas. Oh and the duck gravy hash with crispy hash browns and arugula? Total must-order.

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Beretta

The Mission 
Beretta's brunch offerings have gotten much, MUCH boozier, thanks to seven brand-new brunch cocktails, including a summery "brunch punch" that changes weekly and goes for a mere $8, a refreshing tequila drink with tummy-soothing ginger and cassis, and a beer cocktail with a hearty IPA and anti-oxidant rich hibiscus. Pair the drinks with new shareable Italian-California menu items, like a ricotta cannelloni (?!), and the sausage hash.

 Ichi + Ni

ICHI Sushi + Ni Bar

The Mission
One of the best sushi spots in America literally just started doing brunch and while you’ll find traditional Japanese breakfast items such as grilled local mackerel, onsen tamago, pickles, rice, and miso soup, it's also got new fusion items on the menu, too, like Pork Miso Scrambled Eggs and Tamago French Toast. Most importantly though? Umeboshi Tonics, Dashi Bloody Marys, and Strawberry Mimosas.

House Rules

House Rules

Russian Hill
Hair-of-the-dog brunch doesn’t get better than at this new Polk St bar, which’s offering all the booze-soaking classics (including huevos rancheros and breakfast sandwiches from Hog & Rocks chef-owner Scott Youkilis), plus actual hair-of-the-dogginess in the form of a spicy House Rules Bloody Mary and Silver Fox Fizz. Pro tip: get both.

HECHO

HECHO 

Duboce Triangle
A new executive chef at this Duboce Triangle Mexican eatery means a new brunch with twice as many weekend brunch options and a whole slew of brunch cocktails. Trade mimosas for a spicier-yet-refreshing Michelada Verde or a number of mezcal- and tequila-based morning cocktails that pair perfectly with a HECHO Hash smothered in queso fundido, the Brunch Torta with either carnitas or sweet and spicy bacon, chile relleno, or Cornmeal Griddle Cakes.

Soul Delicious

Soul Delicious

The Castro
There’s now a reason to go to the LookOut besides its amazing people-watching deck and cheap drinks, and that reason is this new Saturday brunch pop-up doing Southern-style brunch favorites like savory waffles (pictured), Austin-style breakfast tacos, and fried chicken. Added bonus: soul tunes from Madrone’s Motown Monday DJs.

Slice House

Slice House 

SOMA
Eleven-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani’s pizza empire expands to SOMA and with it he brings a reason to venture there on weekends: bottomless mimosas or house sangria and an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, including breakfast pizza, frittatas, applewood bacon, meatballs, and more for just $30. Yes, really.

1760

1760

Nob Hill
This swanky, spacious Polk St restaurant now offers a sophisticated weekend brunch from 11am to 2:30pm. Highlights include cardamom beignets, honey-thyme toast, rock shrimp, mushroom tempura, and an extensive brunch cocktail menu to keep things loose. Start with the Brunch Punch (with either vodka or gin) -- it’s an especially rejuvenating blend of hibiscus, ginger, mint, lemon, and club soda.

Precita Park Café

Precita Park Café

Bernal Heights
If you’re a fan of biscuits (Editor’s Note: You’re a fan of biscuits), you’ll want to park yourself at this cozy Bernal Heights gem for both its hearty biscuits and gravy Mornay w/ fennel sausage and the $6 Aunt Fanny’s Biscuit Sandwich with bacon, eggs, and cheese.

Nourish Café

Nourish Café

The Richmond
"Healthy" and "brunch" aren’t two words we’d usually put together, but that doesn’t mean Nourish Café won’t. This new Richmond spot offers organic, non-GMO, plant-based dishes that won’t put you in a food coma before noon, including quinoa waffles, acai bowls, avocado toast, and fresh-pressed juice, all available 9am-3pm on weekends.

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Aveline

The Tenderloin
With a menu divided into sweet and savory categories, you may be tempted to get a few items to share with the table (especially the Bowl of Bennies). Expect classics like a daily omelette and twists on classics like Crab Macaron Benedict (pictured). There are healthy options on the menu too, including the Breakfast Shake featuring flaxseed, almond milk, banana, and berries, that you should definitely wash down with a cocktail from the attached bar.
 

Buttermilk Southern Kitchen

The Mission
Between Brenda’s Meat & Three and the Soul Delicious pop-up, Southern soul food is making a comeback in the 7x7, nowhere more so than in The Mission at this casual, wood-adorned bistro offering buttermilk chicken & waffles, shrimp & grits, oxtail hash, Benedicts, and house-cured bacon, pickles, and of course, buttermilk.

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1. 398 Brasserie 398 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Union Square)

This Euro-American brasserie is a great spot to bring out-of-towners, with its soaring ceilings, iconic San Francisco quotes on the walls and Union Square location. Make sure someone gets an order of the duck gravy hash with crispy hash browns and arugula, it's the best.

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2. Beretta 1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Since its opening in 2008, Beretta has been a fixture of the Mission Italian food scene, churning out awesome pizzas (we see you prosciutto di parma, tomato, arugula, and mozzarella), creative antipasti (don’t miss the walnut bread with burrata and mushroom-truffle honey), osso buco risotto, and more. Come here with a group so you can order an array of dishes to share, and wash it all down with a digestif. Oh, and if the pie-cravings hit you in the AM, you can get that pizza topped with a fried egg and sip on Aperol Spritzes at an outdoor table.

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3. ICHI Sushi + NI Bar 3282 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (Bernal Heights)

Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar is a sushi and sake oasis in the Outer Mission outfitted with a giant mural that tells you how to eat sushi. Ni Bar operates much like an izakaya with sake, shochu, and small plates like yuzu chicken wings and miso eggplant. Ichi, on the other hand, keeps the San Francisco ethos in mind with a sustainable and seasonal menu of raw fish, but doesn't skimp on anything delicious. The chef's choice is one of the best omakase deals in the city.

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4. House Rules 2227 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Russian Hill)

Equipped with a fireplace and plenty of TVs, this Polk Street bar combines the intimacy of a neighborhood bar with upscale food. Its hair-of-the-dog brunch offers all the booze-soaking classics like huevos rancheros and breakfast sandwiches from Hog & Rocks chef-owner Scott Youkilis, plus actual hair-of-the-dogginess in the form of a spicy Bloody Mary and Silver Fox Fizz. Sideway seats make it even more a fair-weather destination.

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5. HECHO 2200 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105 (Embarcadero)

From dinner to drinks to an out-of-this-world Mexican brunch, it's tough to beat this Duboce Triangle hotspot.

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6. Soul Delicious 3600 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (The Castro)

Soul Delicious is the LookOut's answer to your Southern-style-Sunday-brunch needs. It's a pop-up featuring things like savor waffles with bacon, Austin-style breakfast tacos, and fried chicken. Plus, there's soul tuned from Madrone’s Motown Monday DJs.

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7. Slice House by Tony Gemignani 680 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Soma)

Tony Gemignani (gold medal winner of the Food Network's Pizza Champions Challenge!) brings Italian-style pizza to his 2nd Street pizzeria, featuring two roomy floors in which to experience his creations by the slice (as the name would suggest) or by the whole pie. The famed Cal Italia is an award-winning treat featuring sweet fig preserves, prosciutto, and a balsamic reduction.

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8. 1760 1760 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Polk)

A still-fancy-but-way-more-approachable-than-its-sister-spot eatery with pasta from the expert pasta-maker at Michelin-starred Acquerello, 1760 is a Polk fusion-ery (Italian/Japenese/Mediterranean/Spanish) plating the likes of a fried duck sandwich with slaw, pickles, and spicy aioli.

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9. Precita Park Cafe 500 Precita Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

Precita brings delicious, quick bites to Bernal Heights. Stop by for an artfully curated sandwich or handcrafted Margherita pizza.

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10. Nourish Café 189 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118 (The Richmond)

Wedged in among a line of fragrant bakeries and greasy Thai spots is this plant-based restaurant, which succeeds in proving itself as appetizing as its less healthy neighbors. The brunch menu, for one, is a nice change of pace from your average food coma-inducing, ketchup-drowned meal, with options like quinoa waffles, acai bowls, avocado toast, and fresh-pressed juice. The rest of the plant-based menu is just as enticing to meat- and non-meat-lovers alike, with options like raw nutella toast, marinated tofu bahn mis, and falafel bowls with pickled onions.

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11. Aveline 490 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Union Square)

Chef Casey Thompson puts on a show for diners at this new open kitchen resto. Plus, she's pals with lots of famers and food artisans so the food's comes from the local community.

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12. Buttermilk Southern Kitchen 2848 23rd St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Buttermilk Southern Kitchen's food is totally affordable (almost everything is under $18), everything is made in-house (from the sour cream to the butter to the pickles), there are eight beers on draft, AND it has brunch.

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