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Best Brunch in San Francisco

Updated on April 17, 2017

Why Brunch?

Brunch is a time-honored tradition in San Francisco - if you don't believe me, search for brunch on Yelp. The list goes on for days, with traditional brunch, Southern brunch, all manner of ethnic twists on brunch, and of course the most important - bottomless mimosa brunch.

Whether you're a local or just in town for a day, there are few ways better to enjoy the city than to get some local food and have a few bubbles with plenty of hours for sightseeing or lounging at a park to spare. With all of the options available to you, though, picking the right brunch can be overwhelming. Fear not - below are some of San Francisco's best brunches.

Best Brunch for a Sunny Day

A sunny day in SF is a rare thing and not to be wasted, especially if it's actually warm. The best way to spend one of these elusive things is, of course, brunch. You need to find somewhere with a patio, a water view and refreshing food and drink.

The winner along all of these lines is Mission Rock. It's in Mission Bay, and they've got a huge deck that opens right out onto the water - if you're lucky, you may even see a seal or two. It's one of the best place in San Francisco on a beautiful day, and that's before you consider the amazing seafood.

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Best Non-Traditional Brunch

When I say non-traditional, I mean something that's not quite the usual eggs benedict and french toast. Luckily, San Francisco's got a huge diversity of restaurants, and more than just the breakfast places have jumped on the brunch bandwagon. We've got Vietnamese brunch, Mexican brunch, BBQ brunch, Southern brunch (even a gospel brunch!) and just about anything else you can think of.

I'll start with a runner-up here, because it's a true SF brunch classic and it deserves a mention - Don Pistos. They do a great Mexican brunch with tamales, chilaquiles and plenty of other Mexican favorites. The food is top-notch, but what really sets them apart is their bottomless brunch. Instead of the usual mimosas, they offer you the choice of agua fresca mimosas, sangria or margaritas. You've got an hour and a half, so try all of them!

The winner here is The Pub at Ghiradelli Square. It's got some of the best BBQ in San Francisco, and that makes for a great brunch. They've got brisket, ribs and just about everything else you'd expect from a great BBQ restaurant along with traditional brunch favorites and bottomless mimosas. It's right across from the water, so the view is great if you sit outside.

The Pub at Ghiradelli Square

Best Sports Bar Brunch

Great sports bar brunches mean never having to decide between going out for eggs and champagne or watching your team play. Luckily SF has these in spades, and they're not your dingy, dark sports bars either. You've got everything from fratty to upscale, and no matter what you choose the bar food is great.

The best sports bar brunch in SF is Stock in Trade. While it lives up to the fratty reputation of the Marina (there's a breakfast shots section on the brunch menu), it's still an all around great brunch. There's plenty of TVs to watch any game you want to see, not to mention an indoor cornhole/bocce court.

Try the nachos, which come served in a big iron skillet, or the steak and egg sandwich. And if you must try those breakfast shots... the Cinnamon Toast Crunch is delicious.

Best Brunch in San Francisco

With those out of the way, let's turn to the answer to the question that you really want to know - what is the absolute, hands-down best brunch in San Francisco.

The winner is... nah, just kidding - let's start with a runner up just to keep the suspense going. The runner up is... District! It's one of the few in San Francisco that features a brunch buffet. The style is Southern, and the service is excellent. They offer five kinds of bottomless mimosas and bottomless Bloody Marys. When you're done, just go walk a few feet and catch a Giants game at AT&T Park.

Last but not least, the actual winner - Bisou! It's an amazing brunch with great staff and fantastic food, not to mention bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas. Get the bacon-wrapped grilled cheese, because it's as delicious as it sounds and you won't find anything like it anywhere else in the city!

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    • PegCole17 profile image

      Peg Cole 6 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Breakfast at lunch is my favorite meal. You've shared some interesting choices for brunch here. Next time I'm in San Francisco I'll know where to eat. Thank you.

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      vespawoolf 7 months ago from Peru, South America

      I would have never thought of a BBQ joint for breakfast, but it´s good to know. Brunch is my favorite meal of the day. I´d like to try the Bisou. Thanks for this well written article.

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      Travel-Wise 7 months ago

      Oh my! These places sound incredible!! Thanks for the excellent recommendations :D

    • lupine profile image

      lupine 7 months ago from Southern California (USA)

      Great brunch ideas! I'll try it next time I'm in SF. Welcome to hub pages and thank you for following me.