Among our favorite things about the charming city of San Francisco—aside from said charm—is stumbling upon darling cafés during our visits. The Bay Area’s hilly streets offer plenty of these one-of-a-kind finds. From Parisian-inspired patios to pretty, pink tables, we’ve spotted swoon-worthy places to have brunch.
Take the lead of bloggers Julia Engel, Tiffany Wang, and Esther Lee of This Wild Heart and enjoy avocado toast or fried chicken Benedict (really, you can get that) at one (or all) of the restaurants ahead. Trust us—you’re going to want to make note of these seven San Francisco brunch spots. Bonus: They’re mom approved.
Café Reveille’s Millennial Pink tables continue to pop up on our Instagram feeds. The influencer-frequented spot serves picture-perfect coconut chia pudding, hotcakes topped with blueberry compote, and the prettiest croque madame with sunny-up egg we’ve ever seen.
610 Long Bridge Street, San Francisco, cafereveille.com
From gluten-free almond-flour pancakes to Dungeness crab scramble, Plow has got our attention. The husband-and-wife restaurant—located in the Potrero Hill neighborhood—prepares seasonal foods sourced from local farms.
1299 18th Street, San Francisco, eatatplow.com
This quaint café was a favorite of Gal Meets Glam’s Julia Engel when she lived in San Francisco. Enjoy a chilled glass of rosé at one of the sidewalk tables and indulge in a breakfast pizza made with smoked ham, Fontina, and eggs. PS: On Mother’s Day, Rose’s Café will give Mom a complimentary mimosa.
2298 Union Street, San Francisco, rosescafesf.com
The weekend brunch at Brenda’s French Soul Food has five kinds of beignets on the menu. If that wasn’t enough to make us want to book a flight to SF stat, there’s also French toast with butter pecan sauce, and fried chicken eggs Benedict. Take a peek at Brenda’s tagged photos on Instagram and you’ll want to fly out too.
652 Polk Street, San Francisco, frenchsoulfood.com
We’re crushing on this organic restaurant’s almond butter and honey open-face sandwich with banana, cinnamon, and sea salt. Added perk: The restaurant gets beautiful lighting in case, like us, you’re compelled to snap a flat-lay photo at the sight of white Carrera marble. Heads-up: As Quoted is closed Sundays.
3613 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, eatasquoted.com
Enjoy pizza in the a.m. to your heart’s content at Italian bistro Fiorella. The indoor-outdoor restaurant serves five brunch pizzas including Green, Egg & Ham Pie, made with broccoli di ciccio, egg, pancetta, fior di latte, and ricotta.
2339 Clement Street, San Francisco, fiorella-sf.com
This cozy French bistro offers seven different kinds of eggs benedict, like portobello and spinach or prosciutto and tomatoes. Zazie also has tons of griddle dishes to choose from, which is our weakness, including a flight of buttermilk and ginger pancakes, and French toast. More good news: The restaurant serves brunch all week long and caters to gluten intolerance.
941 Cole Street, San Francisco, zaziesf.com
What’s your favorite brunch spot in San Francisco?