Breakfast In San Francisco: 5 Places Worth Waking Up For
What better way to spend the morning in San Francisco than with a fabulous breakfast? Here are some of the best places to enjoy the first meal of the day.
As the saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! So it is always worth trying to find a great breakfast place to enjoy good food in a friendly setting. San Francisco has so many breakfast choices it can be difficult to make the choice of which one to enjoy. Here is our guide to some of the very best breakfasts and brunches available in the city.
Restaurants in tourist areas are sometimes disappointing. The Hollywood Cafe is definitely an exception to that. It is located in the very touristy Fisherman's Wharf area of San Francisco, but it is an excellent restaurant, serving great food.
The Hollywood Cafe serves traditional American breakfast every day from 7am until 1:45pm. It also serves lunch from 11am until it closes at 1:45pm. It is very popular, and does not take reservations. You should be prepared for a wait, but it is well worth it.
The restaurant is small, and the tables are rather close together. However, the food really does make up for the small downsides of the venue.
The menu is small but you are sure to find something that you want for breakfast. It is called the Hollywood Cafe, so they have some movie star names for their breakfast choices. The Audrey Hepburn is two pancakes which are served with delicious fresh fruit. The Vivian Leigh is scrambled eggs with bacon and cheddar cheese, all served on a croissant with a side of fresh fruit.
If you want French Toast then you should choose the Marilyn Monroe. For a traditional American breakfast entree you may want to pick the James Dean special. This is two eggs served with a choice of bacon, ham or sausage, served with toast and fresh fruit.
Other choices include Omelettes, French Toast, and Eggs Benedict. The fresh orange juice is well worth ordering, and the coffee is surprisingly good for a breakfast place.
530 N Point St
Phone number 415 563-3779
Mama’s On Washington Square
Mama’s On Washington Square is open for breakfast every day except Monday, from 8am until 3pm. This is a very popular breakfast place, and there always seems to be a line. It is located in the North Beach area of San Francisco, and has been part of the local restaurant scene for over 50 years. Note that they do not take credit cards, so make sure that you bring cash with you!
All of the breakfast orders are freshly made to order. If you visit Mama's on Washington Square you really have to try the homemade jam. It is delicious.
The menu includes all the usual American breakfast favorites. Why not try the Washington Square Omelette for $13.25? This popular dish includes spicy Italian sausage, bell pepper, tomatoes, and hot pepper jack cheese. All omelettes are served with Mama's Grilled Potatoes and toast.
Mama's Benedicts are another excellent breakfast choice. Options include Classic for $12.95, Norwegian with Smoked Salmon for $14.75, or a Vegetarian Benedict for $13.25.
Pancakes are another breakfast classic at Mama's. The best is probably the Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pancakes, which are available for $10.50 for three.
Mama's serves freshly squeezed juice, which is highly recommended. Another option is the Mama's Smoothie for $6.25 which has bananas, berries, yoghurt, honey, and orange juice. Regular and specialty coffees are also available.
Mama’s On Washington Square
1701 Stockton St
Phone number 415 362-6421
Park Tavern serves an excellent brunch menu in the heart of the North Beach district of San Francisco. This is an upscale restaurant, but the atmosphere is lively and friendly. The design of the restaurant is very modern, with a bistro type feel. It has cafe bistro style furniture, subway tiled walls, and a huge bar with attentive staff.
Brunch at the Park Tavern is a treat which you should experience during your visit to San Francisco. This is a popular restaurant, and you may experience a wait for a table for brunch. They do take reservations, so it is a good idea to plan ahead if possible.
The brunch menu is small but you are sure to find something that you like. If you want to keep things simple, the Avocado Toast is delicious, and is available for $10. The Smoked Salmon Benedict is served on focaccia, rather than the usual muffin. It is generous on the smoked salmon serving, and available for $17.
The Warm Baguette can be served with Three Nut Butters or Jam, Jelly and Marmalade. All the spreads are made in house, and are priced at $9.
If pancakes are more your style, you can choose from Buttermilk for $12 or Oatmeal Walnut Raisin for $13. The French Toast is delicious and is served with cherry compote and mascarpone for $13.
No brunch experience is complete without a Mimosa. These are served at the Park Tavern for $8 per glass. If a Bloody Mary is more to your taste these are served for $11 per glass.
Valet parking is offered at the restaurant for $12. As anyone who has ever tried to find a parking spot in San Francisco knows, this is a good deal.
An upscale American tavern in San Francisco’s historic North Beach neighborhood.
Sweet Maple is a wonderful restaurant which is open for breakfast , brunch and lunch every day from 8am until 3pm. This is a very popular restaurant which is well known in San Francisco. The result of this is that waits on the weekend can be ridiculously long. Up to two hours is not unknown. Get there early, or go during the week when they take reservations.
The specialty of the Sweet Maple is the Billionaire Bacon. This is different from the usual bacon as it is a thicker slice and is cooked with brown sugar, cayenne, red and black pepper. A side with eggs is $7.50 or if you want to upgrade any dish to include this popular item, is it an additional $3.
The menu has the usual American breakfast favorites included. Prices are on the high side, but the portions are large.
Omelets and Scrambles are served with potatoes and ciabata bread. You can substitute fresh fruit for an additional $3. The Asparagus Blackstone Omelet has Millionaire's Bacon, scallions, asparagus, parmesan cheese, and is served with Meyer lemon hollandaise for $17. The Bay Bottom Omelet is $19.50, and has Dungeness crab, spinach, scallions, and Meyer lemon hollandaise.
Traditional Eggs Benedict are a popular choice. The Florentine Benedict is $14, and has sauteed spinach, tomato, parmesan, and Meyer lemon hollandaise. The Hemingway Benedict is $17. It is topped with smoked salmon, lemon, capers, and cucumber wasabi hollandaise.
The Pancakes and French Toast are all served with pure Vermont maple syrup and butter. If you want something a little decadent, why not try the Mariner French Toast? This is available for $11, and has Grand Marnier citrus batter. The Big Hip is deep fried French Toast for $10. The Swedish are traditional buttermilk pancakes which are available for $10.
Morning Sandwiches are another offering on the brunch menu. The Mushroom Melt is $13, the Curry Melt is $13.50, and the Millionaire's Melt is $16.
If you want to try something a little different then you should sample one of the Breakfast Pizzas. The Swine is $17 and the Wild is $16.
If you would prefer something lighter they offer Chicken Rancheros, Primavera or Open Face Omelets. All are $19, and are served with fruit and freshly squeezed orange juice.
Bottomless Mimosas are available for $19. Other specialty cocktails are available including BeerMosa, Bloody Mary, and Espresso Martini. Regular and specialty coffees, fresh juices, and teas are also available.
2101 Sutter St
Phone number (415) 655-9169
Zazie is in the Cole Valley area of San Francisco. The decor will make you think of a French cafe. The inside space is small but comfortable, with cafe style chairs and tables. Brunch is served from 8am until 2pm on weekdays, and from 9am until 3pm on weekends.
One unusual feature of this restaurant is that they are tip free. They are pioneers in paying a living wage, and giving medical benefits, pension contributions, and sick leave to all employees. Customers are asked not to tip the staff.
There is a good choice of different items on the Brunch Menu.
For each of the French Toast and Pancake items you have a choice of one, two, or three pieces.The Challah French Toast is an excellent choice with two pieces for $13. The Buttermilk Pancakes are also $13 for two.
Scrambled Eggs New York have smoked salmon, green onions and cream cheese for $16. Scrambled Eggs Avignon are served with eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, and herbs for $14.
If you want something a little lighter Organic Granola is available and is served with fresh fruit for $10. A simple Toasted Bagel with Jam is $3.50.
There is a choice of several different types of Mimosa, starting at $9 for a glass. They also offer a Build Your Own Mimosa for $39. Diners are served a bottle of champagne and a pichet of juice to make their own cocktail!
941 Cole St
Phone number 415 564-5332
We are sure that you will enjoy all of these excellent San Francisco breakfast places. The only difficult choice is which one to visit first!
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