The best brunch in every single SF neighborhood

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The best brunch in every single SF neighborhood
The best brunch in every single SF neighborhood


San Francisco is really good at exactly two things: 1) being better than LA at everything, and 2) brunch. And because the latter is slightly more enjoyable, we decided to focus on that with this guide to the best brunch in every single 'hood, so you'll never not be eating one of the city's best brunches.

Best Brunch: Noeteca (address and info)
It doesn't rest on its delicious, old-school American laurels like Liberty Cafe, but that's what earns Noeteca the Bernal Heights nod. That, a great patio, and its bottomless mimosas. The unclassic Croque Josephine is a must-get: layers of warm, savory bread pudding with smoked ham and cheese that're topped with a white cheese sauce and a poached egg.

Best Brunch: Starbelly (address and info)
Its back patio is one of the best in the city, and it's covered, which means year-round brunching. And even though the mimosas aren't bottomless (Kitchen Story's are, if that's a deal-breaker for you), the 'belly has a titular Michelada and breakfast pizza to go with it: a chorizo, cilantro, and sunny-side-up egg pizza that made us rethink our whole "no eggs on pizza" stance.

Best Brunch: Zazie (address and info)
This one was close. Cole Valley Cafe and Padrecito are both totally serious contenders, only slightly edged out by Zazie for its awesome, multi-level back porch/garden, its dog-friendliness, and the French Toast Tahiti (challah stuffed with caramelized bananas and walnuts). Just be prepared for a wait, because there will be a wait.

Best Brunch: Sabrosa (address and info)
This newcomer to the area has actually been CRUSHKILLMURDERing it with an awesome Mexican brunch that's way more unique than your typical chorizo scramble (though, they do have one of those), with must-tries like the huevos divorciados: two fried eggs separated by homemade corn masa tortillas, chorizo, and black beans covered in a red sauce on one side and green on the other, which allows the flavors to stand out separately -- but they also blend perfectly together.

Best Brunch: Serpentine (address and info)
You might be able to squeeze into a table at Serpentine, but once you're done with brunch, you might not be able to squeeze out, thanks to the Oregon Bay Shrimp Benedict with fried capers, lemon, and spinach on a buttermilk biscuit that soaks the Hollandaise up, plus a red flannel hash, which -- with roasted beets, beef brisket, arugula, poached eggs, and horseradish creme fraiche -- basically puts all other hashes to shame.

Best Brunch: Bluestem Brasserie (address and info)
Have you seen the brunch burger? No, seriously, have you seen it? Couple that with a Rude Awakening (tequila, jalapeño, cucumber, lime juice, and agave) and a seat on the awesome, perfect-for-people-watching second floor balcony, and you've got yourself the best brunch on the lower tip of Downtown.

Best Brunch: Chow (address and info)
It's kind of hard to not go with the standby here. Even though it might not have Duboce Park Cafe's views, it does have a beautiful, covered, and heated back patio on which to enjoy your fresh-squeezed mimosa and the organic mascarpone French toast that's lightly egged and heavily tasty.

Best Brunch: Il Cane Rosso (address and info)
Slanted Door, Shmlanted Shmoor. Along with a daily breakfast sandwich that's one of the best in the city, ICR does true-quality, non-sandwich brunch, including yogurt they make themselves and a scramble with crescenza cheese and chives, made slowly for maximum moistness. Pair it all with a seat on the pier with a view of the Bay? Amazing.

Best Brunch: The Doctor's Lounge (address and info)
We give credit where credit is due: Anne's Donut Shop has the greasy diner thing down-pat (definitely go there if that's what your Sunday morning needs), but The Doctor's Lounge offers the oddly refreshing combination of decent brunch food in a dive bar setting. Scale-tipping factor: $12 bottomless mimosas with fresh-squeezed orange (or grapefruit!) juice.

Best Brunch: Sweet Maple (address and info)
Aside from the fact that it offers bottomless mimosas every day, Sweet Maple's a popular spot in the Fillmore for a reason, and that reason is two-fold: 1) its extremely large menu has a section devoted just to Benedicts (try the Hemingway with salmon and wasabi Hollandaise), and 2) what it's done with bacon... namely, battering it and deep-frying it (Dixie Bacon) or baking it in brown sugar with cayenne and red & black pepper (Millionaire's Bacon).

Best Brunch: CafĂ© de la Presse (address and info)
So, we have to come clean here: most places in the FiDi aren't even open during brunch hours on the weekend, so while Café de la Presse doesn't have a lot of competition, the Pain Perdu is a nice, crispy French toast that you should get in on if you somehow find yourself in this 28 Days Later-esque part of the city during the weekends.

Best Brunch: Buena Vista Cafe (address and info)
Problem: somehow you ended up in Fisherman's Wharf. Not problem: this means you get to go to Buena Vista Cafe, which, though touristy (but not like, tooooo touristy), boasts a fantastic view of the cable car turnaround out front, a pretty good old-school brunch, and the only Irish coffee you'll ever need. They claim to have introduced it to the US in 1952, and are almost always making it in batches of 10+ at a time.

Best Brunch: Boxing Room (address and info)
How do you beat out serious contenders like Absinthe and Straw? With light, pillowy beignets served with a chocolate dipping sauce, hushpuppies that pair perfectly with pepper jelly, and a pork confit hash with poached eggs, potatoes, and a nice, spicy/tangy creole mustard that washes down beautifully with a NOLA-chelada -- that's roasted tomatoes, hot sauce, lime, and barrel-aged Tripel. Or exactly how many you will be ordering of everything.

Best Brunch: The Corner Store (address and info)
This one honestly wasn't even close (sorry, Velo Rouge Cafe). Sidle up to the bar and grab a Pickled Paloma (tequila, lime, pickle brine, house-made grapefruit soda) or an alcoholic milkshake, and then pick up the breakfast sandwich when you get your table -- because the traditional egg and bacon sandwich takes a turn to Italian with basil, aioli, arugula, and burrata on a pan de mie bun. Also: four types of biscuits. Four. Types. Of. Biscuits.

Best Brunch: Art's Cafe (address and info)
This place might have -- hands down -- the best hashbrowns in the city. Baked, then finished on the grill for the perfect taste and crispy texture, they're just the best. And you can get sandwiches made with them that run from bacon/sausage/ham/onion to the more adventurous chicken teriyaki/onions. Asian food and diners just work.

Best Brunch: Maven (address and info)
The Grind? Great. Kate's Kitchen? Great. Maven? Great and fully liquor-licensed (plus, they know how to use it). All of its "Morning Cocktails" are phenomenal (get an Orange Julius! No, seriously.), and the duck hash holds its own over an extremely slow-roasted tomato and onion. Pro tip: ask for some of the house-made hot sauce.

Best Brunch: The Tipsy Pig (address and info)
The Tipsy Pig's back patio is covered and heated and awesome. Game, set, match, brunch winner. And while its huevos rancheros are delectable, its brunch cocktails are good enough that it's almost worth just liquid brunching it.

Best Brunch: Schmidt's (address and info)
Woahhhh, upset! What can we say? We're still in love with Foreign Cinema and hope they don't break up with us, but we're a sucker for German food, and Schmidt's happens to be one of the only spots (the only spot?) doing German brunch in the city. Start out with the German answer to fried chicken and waffles: chicken schnitzel (a waffle and a sunny-side-up egg... seeeee, sounds awesome, right?). Then once you've gotten your courage up, try the extremely-German-but-amazing marinated herring fillets, smoked trout, and house-cured gravlax that're served with bread, onions, capers, and a marinated cucumber salad. Oh, and grab a beer in a big glass, because nothing says breakfast like beer.

Best Brunch: MyMy Coffee Shop (address and info)
If you're looking for the best French toast in Nob Hill, go to Olea and an hour or so later, you'll have it. But for everything else, you should probably head to MyMy, where they not only serve a sausage burger with grilled oyster mushroom, red onion, and Roma tomato or a house-made pork sausage patty topped with a fried egg, cheddar, and hand-tossed Russian aioli, buuuuuuut also really nail it with the lemon ricotta pancakes served with macerated strawberry coulis that actually have fluffy pockets of ricotta still inside the pancake.

Best Brunch: Chloe's Cafe (address and info)
It's not that we have anything against corned beef at Pomelo or soufflé pancakes at Griddle SF, but the teeny-weeny-eeny-beeny Chloe's is just better. You kinda feel like you're having brunch in your (extremely talented) Grandma's breakfast nook, with a smaller menu -- which means it gets everything on there consistently right, rather than trying to make one million dishes. Definitely try the walnut banana pancakes that are just the right kind of crunchy, and remember to bring cash and to be prepared for a wait. But at least it's Noe Valley, meaning it's a pretty enough 'hood to be waiting around in.

Best Brunch: Park Tavern (address and info)
Let us first pay our respect to Mama's, which has been open for over 50 years on Washington Square, and has been executing great, traditional brunch fare the whole time. Okay, now let us pay mad respect to Park Tavern, which's really just dominating brunch, and has been since it launched. With great ambience, one of the city's best Bloody Marys, and a menu that requires the company of at least five other friends willing to share (crispy polenta cakes, braised lamb tongue, pan-fried corned beef hash, chorizo and eggs, fried-duck egg sandwich, and cast iron-baked farm eggs), it's really no wonder why. Come hungry.

Best Brunch: Cliff House (address and info)
As far as the whole experience goes, you really can't beat the Champagne brunch in the terrace room, which, while a buffet, is $49 for unlimited food, coffee, and Champers (what you call Champagne after you've had enough of it). It's all in the lower-level room with an absolutely breathtaking, completely Instagramable view of the ocean and the cliffs.

Best Brunch: Outerlands (address and info)
We know we're not exactly bucking tradition here by going with Outerlands, but there's a reason people venture all the way out to this spot to wait hours (yes, as in plural hours) in a crazy line for their brunch. The food here is absolutely phenomenal, and you have to go at least once to experience the Eggs-In-Jail (it's like a regular toad-in-a-hole but in a 1.5in thick slice of pain au levain bread cooked with the grease from the bacon it's served with) and Dutch pancakes baked in a cast iron pan that're so perfectly fluffy, you may never be able to have another pancake again. While you're waiting, head over to Trouble Cafe to try the toast that started this whole artisanal toast craze. You'll be hungry again by the time you get your table; we promise.

Best Brunch: Elite Cafe (address and info)
We'll hit up Harry's for our sports bar needs, and Baker & Banker for some truly delicious baked goods, but our loyalties lie with the steadfast Elite Cafe, which offers its three-levels-of-hotness Bloodys while you wait. When you're done waiting, it's a booth with your friends (perfect for trying to rehash last night without prying ears), some of the best deviled eggs in the city, and whichever entree you order (all are pretty great). But you have to get the biscuits and gravy on the side, because it's really all about the accoutrements here.

Best Brunch: Stones Throw (address and info)
Toast Eatery and The Crepe House: great for a quick, in-and-out breakfast (but not an In-N-Out breakfast -- HOLY CRAP HOW GOOD WOULD THAT BE!?). For an extremely quality brunch meal, though? Stone's Throw, where you should grab a pitcher of Pimm's Cup and eat asparagus and duck confit hash that's topped with poached eggs and Hollandaise with a buttermilk biscuit to sop it all up, --WAIT THERE'S MORE! -- plus vanilla sugar donuts that're served with milk jam, strawberry compote, and balsamic that bring just the right tang to counteract the sweetness.

Best Brunch: Skool (address and info)
For a consistently good brunch in Potrero Hill/SOMA/Design District/Seriously This One Is Confusing, make sure to make reservations (they take reservations!!) at Skool, so that you can sit on its sunny front porch, grab some $1 oysters, Dungeness crab deviled eggs, and a chicken katsu (Japanese fried chicken) and waffles.

Best Brunch: Presidio Social Club (address and info)
They've got a respectable selection of good drinks, some brunch dishes to definitely try (like the "Mission-style chilaquiles", which're basically scrambled egg nachos with pork belly), and one of the most idyllic settings in the city. It's set just inside the Presidio with a large, bright, airy room on colder days, and a great back patio for warmer days in the Presidio. So, all seven of them.

Best Brunch: Ella's (address and info)
Located on the edge of Presidio and Pac Heights, what Ella's may lack in Magic Flute's patio, they make up for with an ever-changing rotating brunch menu that means you could get the daily omelette, daily Benedict (last Sunday's was polenta instead of the typical English muffin), or pumpkin spice pancakes. Either way, start your meal off with the sticky bun appetizer (and maybe split it with a friend, cause it's definitely big enough).

Best Brunch: Grindz (address and info)
Do you know what Hawaiian-fusion breakfast tastes like? No, not SPAM. Well, not just SPAM. Grindz provides an amazing breakfast incorporating Hawaiian flavors into its brunch dishes. Try the Hawaiian bread pudding with pineapple compote, for those with a sweet tooth. Or if you're feeling more savory, get the waffles with SPAM and cheese baked inside -- it's the perfect combo of salty/sweet, thanks to the syrup.

Best Brunch: The Cavalier (address and info)
We feel dirty for not giving the nod to Dottie's True Blue Cafe here (which you should still absolutely visit), but when it comes to brunch, you really can't beat The Cavalier's "soldiers" -- they're toast sticks (served plain, or wrapped in ham and cheese) that you can dip in an accompanying hen egg Hollandaise. And for all its simplicity, the bacon sandwich is the perfect blend of savory bacon on a bun that's tasty, but doesn't distract from the flavors of the peppercress, fried egg, and shallot & mustard dressing. Plus, ya know, they have a full bar with an English Bloody Mary that relies on marinated mustard for spice instead of horseradish.

Best Brunch: Brenda's French Soul Food Kitchen (address and info)
BFSFK, or Farmerbown? BFSFK, OR FARMERBROWN? B.F.S.F.K.O.R.F.A.R.M.E.R.B.R.O.W.N. Screw it, it's BFSFK, and only because of the flight of beignets that come in original, chocolate (with a molten Ghirardelli filling), Granny Smith apple (with cinnamon and honey butter), and the crawfish (with cayenne, onions, and cheddar). Seriously, get these.

Best Brunch: Hops & Hominy (address and info)
Head down the secret alleyway just off Union Square to this Southern spot, and either grab the classic breakfast that comes with hand-ground grits, or the French toast that has a strawberry rhubarb sauce and an incredible peanut-butter maple syrup. Plus, since it's in an alley, chances are you won't be inundated with tourists.

Best Brunch: Pork Store Cafe (address and info)
This very compact spot beats out both Magnolia and Sparrow Bar and Kitchen if only for its "if a traditional diner made its food with care and fresh ingredients" charm. Absolutely get the Eggs in a Tasty Nest: two eggs on a bed of hashbrowns with bacon, grilled green peppers, fresh tomatoes, onions, and garlic topped with melted cheddar cheese. It's everything all your other diner meals wish they could be.

Best Brunch: Little Griddle (address and info)
Keep your better/fancier view, Zuni. We're going with Little Griddle, which offers a more innovative menu with tons of fun twists on usual fare, like pecan griddle cakes topped with bananas and Nutella (trust us), or the chances-are-you-need-this Weekend Recovery, a sandwich with applewood-smoked bacon, avocado, scrambled eggs, and pepper Jack.

Best Brunch: Nopa (address and info)
We know, we know, IT'S SO OBVIOUS, but there's a reason Nopa continues to beat out stiff competition from the likes of La Urbana and the myriad of great cafes nearby: its frequently rotating menu is a perfect mix of unexpected flavors coming together to make your brunch better. Seriously, bourbon-braised pork with soft polenta, roasted carrots, blackberries, and breadcrumbs. How can you argue with that? Also: it's got one of the city's best Bloodys.

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Joe Starkey is Thrillist's San Francisco Editor and could spend the rest of his life brunching if someone would front the money for it. He'll be accepting offers on Twitter.

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1. Noeteca 1551 Dolores St, San Francisco, CA 94131 (Noe Valley)

Serving one of the best brunches in Bernal Heights, Noeteca is a small neighborhood cafe that starts morning service out strong with espresso drinks, bottomless mimosas, and dishes like the unclassic Croque Josephine: layers of warm, savory bread pudding with smoked ham and cheese are topped with a white cheese sauce and a poached egg. If you grab a seat on the patio, go ahead and make plans to stay through until evening, when the vibe changes to wine bar -- the robust vino list is available by the glass, half-glass, and bottle -- and French comfort foods like quiches and duck confit are on order.

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2. Starbelly 3583 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (The Castro)

The undisputed cocktail masters behind Beretta also coined Starbelly, a 100-seat California comfort foodery, and this time have chosen to complement the grub with a crazy grip of beer n' wine cocktails shored up with a brewlist that's off the charts.

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3. Zazie 941 Cole St., San Francisco, CA 94117 (Cole Valley)

Since 1992, this petite French bistro has been a San Francisco brunch institution, where locals and tourists alike have gathered to enjoy awesome dishes in an intimate and quaint setting. It's a Cole Valley neighborhood gem that has countless meals worth lingering over; from its multi-level back porch/garden to its dog-friendliness to the awesome Croque Monsieur, Zazie is a spot that has added permanent character and charm to the city.

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4. Sabrosa 3200 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123 (The Marina)

The guys behind The Brixton and The Redford opened this Cow Hollow spot in 2013, serving Mexican-style 'tails at its onyx bar alongside some delicious food. Service starts at brunch with standouts that go further than the typical scrambles, like the huevos divorciados: two fried eggs separated by homemade corn masa tortillas, chorizo, and black beans covered in a red sauce on one side and green on the other. Dishes like chipotle meatballs and spicy ceviche rounds out the PM offerings.

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5. Serpentine 2495 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Dogpatch)

Serpentine (sister to Slow Club) in Dogpatch offers a relaxed escape from the trendy dining scene prevalent throughout the rest of the city. Brunch will stuff you full of blue crab Benedict, polenta and eggs, and buckwheat pancakes, and when the sun goes down, enjoy a killer burger, braised rabbit pappardelle, or lamb shoulder roulade. Quality cocktails come easy and well-crafted without the long wait time.

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6. Bluestem Brasserie 1 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Soma)

Downtown's Bluestem Brasserie has a sleek vibe that's reminiscent of LA, which is exactly why it's so unique in the city by the bay. Floor-to-ceiling windows, big leather chairs, private booths, and a second-floor balcony create an upscale, power meal vibe that matches the menu of solid American food. Bluestem has the best brunch in the neighborhood, probably because it serves a special brunch-only burger that's topped with hash browns, breakfast sausage, bacon, house-made American cheese, and a fried egg. Hello, heaven.

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7. Chow 215 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (Duboce Triangle)

This green-walled brasserie sports a menu of everything from Asian noodles to pizza and spaghetti and meatballs. The dessert is where it's at though; see the warm ginger cake with caramel sauce, whipped cream and pumpkin ice cream, best served out on the heated and covered patio.

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9. Café de la Presse 352 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Financial District)

You needn’t be a journalist to enjoy this French restaurant in Union Square, which was designed to look like a 1930s bistro with horseshoe-shaped bar, period light fixtures and vintage posters. Stop by for a croque madame or Benedict for brunch, enjoy duck Leg confit for dinner and be sure to check out the newsstand’s 500 international titles.

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10. Sweet Maple 2101 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Fillmore)

Aside from the fact that it offers bottomless mimosas every day, Sweet Maple's a popular spot in the Fillmore for a reason, and that reason is two-fold: 1) its extremely large menu has a section devoted just to Benedicts (try the Hemingway with salmon and wasabi Hollandaise), and 2) what it's done with bacon... namely, battering it and deep-frying it (Dixie Bacon) or baking it in brown sugar with cayenne and red & black pepper (Millionaire's Bacon).

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11. Buena Vista Cafe 2765 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Fishermans Wharf)

It’s a rite of passage as a San Franciscan (or tourist, for that matter) to crowd up to the bar at Buena Vista mid-morning and sip on a piping hot Irish Coffee. It’s the birthplace of the boozy beverage (in America), after all, and these bartenders have been mixing them up assembly line-style since 1916. Sure, it’s inconveniently located in Fisherman’s Wharf, but it’s worth the trek for that signature mix of Irish whiskey, coffee, sugar, and cream in those delicate vintage glasses.

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12. The Doctor's Lounge 4826 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94112

This Excelsior bar and lounge does up pretty solid brunch food, including BOTTOMLESS mimosas for $12, which also come in grapefruit!

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13. Boxing Room 399 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Hayes Valley)

This Hayes Valley gem, situated in the back of a spacious former 19th-century Standard Shirts Factory, will satisfy all your Creole cravings with classics like oysters, hushpuppies, fried green tomatoes, black eyed peas, and po’boys. The theme carries over to the cocktail menu, where New Orleans favorites like the Milk Punch or Ramos Gin Fizz can help you pretend you're actually in the Big Easy and don’t have to go to work tomorrow.

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14. The Corner Store 5 Masonic Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118 (The Richmond)

The Corner Store is set in a completely renovated space that was once a soda shop and then a speakeasy. Now, it's a 20-seat, outdoor-patio-featuring restaurant dominated by a mix of wood and white tile. The menu mixes things up with both small and large plates, which include lamb shoulder pasta, roasted duck breast, and brioche dinner rolls.

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15. Art's Cafe 747 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122 (Inner Sunset)

This Inner Sunset brunch spot is an archetypal greasy spoon with a twist -- aside from American diner classics, the menu includes Korean-style dishes like beef bibimbap and bulgogi. The hash browns here are fried to a perfect golden brown then folded into a quesadilla-like sandwich filled with anything from bacon and avocado to chicken teriyaki. The counter-seating lets you watch the line cooks deftly flip meat and crack eggs behind the counter while you wait for your food.

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16. Maven 598 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Lower Haight)

Maven is a chic bar and restaurant in Lower Haight that pairs all of its dishes with different cocktails. The highlight of the menu is the burger, which begins with beef that's ground with a few dashes of angostura bitters and is paired with the Mr. Wiggles cocktail, made with bourbon, amaro, vermouth, and bitters. The bar's morning cocktails make it a popular brunch spot, as do the duck hash and Bananas Foster French toast. The seating is all communal, and the best seats in the house are either on the second-floor loft or at the chef's counter.

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17. Presidio Social Club Bldg 563 Ruger St, San Francisco, CA 94123 (Presidio Heights)

PSC's brunch slings specialty cocktails like the absinth/Champagne "Death in the Afternoon", before fortifying your stomach with action like "GI Jose's Special" (chilequiles w/eggs any style), or the poached-egg-abetted.

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18. Schmidt's Deli 2400 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Schmidt's is a German beer hall in the Mission serves up traditional Deutsch dishes like eingelegtes gemĂĽse, chicken schnitzel served with cabbage slaw and corn fritters, and grilled sausage served with sweet and hot mustards, house made braised sauerkraut and potato salad along with their well-stocked beer cellar.

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19. Park Tavern 1652 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (North Beach)

If you're looking for a restaurant in North Beach packed with San Franciscans of all neighborhoods, head to Park Tavern. This upscale spot is homey and bustling, and the food is part Southern comfort, part English pub. Every table gets the famed lamb-and-beef Marlowe burger and a starter of smoky deviled eggs, but those in the know will get an extra order of eggs to put on their burger. Park Tavern is also a bonafide brunch hotspot with the best Bloody Marys and a menu filled with griddled goods (pancakes and more pancakes) and savory eggs. And that burger.

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20. Outerlands 4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122 (Outer Sunset)

Outerlands may be famous for its brunch (those Dutch pancakes are baked in a cast iron skillet and are so perfectly fluffy that you may never have another pancake again), but the food is pretty phenomenal at all meals — and the wait isn’t quite so insane later in the day. We’re obsessed with the cast-iron grilled cheese at lunch, the smoked chicken at dinner, and every single baked thing made in-house. Plus, it’s so pretty inside.

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21. Elite Cafe 2049 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Pacific Heights)

Elite's got a hefty brunch deal for a Fillmore drinking hole. Bare the fog and fight the crowd for their great oyster deal and a delicious Bloody.

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22. Stones Throw 1896 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Russian Hill)

This Russian Hill spot does dinner and brunch really, really well. The menu is always changing (because it's seasonal) but you'll always find fish, meat, and vegetables fancied up with anything from chimichurri to saffron aioli. There's also a burger that comes with the only thing better than fries: tater tots. The dining room has a view of the open kitchen and wine cellar and can tailor it to a range of parties, so the restaurant is a great choice for group dining.

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23. Ella's 500 Presidio Ave, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Presidio Heights)

If you're sick of waiting for hours for your avocado toast, make your way to Laurel Heights for a brunch spot that's gloriously free from the lines San Franciscans have come to expect for the morning meal. Ella's has all your usual brunch suspects, like a daily Benedict, buttermilk pancakes, and a fried egg sandwich. Whatever you go with, start your meal off with the sticky bun appetizer (and maybe split it with a friend, cause it's definitely big enough).

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24. The Cavalier 360 Jesse St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Soma)

An upscale pub-style joint in Soma from the folks behind Park Tavern, Marlowe, and S&R Lounge, The Cav serves a British-themed menu with hearty standouts like venison tartare; a bacon, caramelized onion, and cheddar burger; and Shepherd's pie.

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25. Little Griddle 1400 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Civic Center)

The first solo project from a 25yr-old dude with mad restaurant DNA (his fam owns Happy Donuts, next-door Ma'velous, and across-the-street Cafico), LG is a mid-Market breakfast n' burger joint that looks sort of like your grandma's kitchen (assuming hers also seats 28), from spatula-and-wooden-spoon-stuffed wall racks, to an old rotary phone, to custom tables made of chopping blocks, no doubt found in NBC's dumpster.

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26. Nopa 560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Alamo Square)

Nopa is a San Francisco institution that does everything really, really well. It's the best brunch in Western Addition and one of the best in the whole city. Its burger is perfect with pickled onions and French fries, especially when eaten at the bar. It's a one-stop-shop for a date, a birthday dinner, or dinner with your parents. Plus, the kitchen is open until 1 AM for a full dinner. Yeah, this place wins at everything.

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27. The Tipsy Pig 2231 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123 (The Marina)

Brunch and the Marina go together like bacon and eggs (and bottomless mimosas), and The Tipsy Pig has all these things, plus everything else you could ever want in a gastropub. Outdoor patio? Check. 40 local and worldly brews? Check. Cocktails? You get the idea. You’re going to want to get here early on a Sunday morning to stake out a spot outside and stay here all day chowing down on huevos rancheros, old-fashioned doughnuts, and the killer burger.

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28. Brenda's French Soul Food 652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Polk)

Two words: crawfish beignets. We could stop there convinced you’d still check out the brunch at this Tenderloin soul food eatery, but we’ll go on. Get the beignet flight, so you can also sample the classic, chocolate, and Granny Smith apple varieties. The massive menu has more than just fried treats, though. You can chow down on Creole-style favorites like gumbo, shrimp and grits, and andouille omelettes. The brunch wait can be long, but we promise it's worth it -- especially after you try a Creole Bloody.

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29. Mymy 1500 California St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Nob Hill)

Located in Nob Hill along the trolley line, Mymy is a diner-like breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot. The six varieties of eggs Benedict take the humble egg to new levels, and the pancakes come in powdered sugar-topped and golden-brown stacks. Unsurprisingly, the weekend draws the biggest crowds and there's usually a wait for a table in the mini space, but the promise of mimosas and extra-crispy bacon will help speed things along.

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30. Skool Restaurant 1725 Alameda St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Soma)

Skool is a Potrero Hill gem serving up seafood and Asian fusion food. The space has a sun-soaked dog-friendly patio that's a hit for brunch and $1 oysters. You won't find any sushi on the Japanese-leaning menu, but you will find mix-and-match dishes like monkfish liver mousse, Dungeness crab deviled eggs, and Japanese fried chicken and waffles.

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31. Pork Store Cafe 1451 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Lower Haight)

This notorious SF spot is known for its crazy-delicious brunches at either location. Get down with a number of locally-inspired plates, or get sipping on some super tasty 'tails.

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32. Grindz Restaurant 832 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118 (The Richmond)

For the best Tiki-free Hawaiian food in San Francisco, go to Grindz in Inner Richmond. The spot serves lunch and dinner during the week and brunch on the weekends. Everything on the sweet-and-savoury menu is addictive. There will be SPAM, and it will taste amazing, especially when fried in cornmeal batter or shredded atop buttermilk waffles. The portions are pretty generous, and even if you've cleaned your plate off, you'll still want to order the Hawaiian bread pudding for dessert.

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33. Hops & Hominy 1 Tillman Place, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Union Square)

Tucked away in a hidden alleyway just off Union Square, this underrated Southern spot churns out crisp, juicy country fried steak, homey chicken & dumplings, and tomato-brandy sauced shrimp & grits. In case you couldn't tell by the name, you'll also find a strong beer selection on their eight rotating taps, though if hops aren't your thing you could always opt for a cocktail like the Smoked Bacon Manhattan.

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34. Chloe's Café 1399 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Chloe's is a hotspot on Church St for insanely delectable brunch treats.

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35. Cliff House 1090 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121

With jaw-dropping views of Ocean Beach, the craggy coast-hugging Land’s End, and the wild, blue Pacific, Cliff House is a classy brunch or dinner spot perched on aon the edge of a cliff on the lip of the Pacific Ocean. Sit by a window to experience the dizzying, romantic effects of feeling on the edge of the world and don’t forget to order a $5 Irish coffee. This is the ultimate place to start a Sunday day date with a mimosa brunch or take in a sunset on a clear/clear-enough evening.