Food & Drink

The 12 Hottest New Brunches in SF

Published On 06/26/2015 Published On 06/26/2015
Aubrie Pick
398 Brasserie
Aubrie Pick
 Ichi + Ni
House Rules
HECHO
Soul Delicious
Slice House
1760
Precita Park Café
Nourish Café
Eric Wolfinger
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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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