San Francisco brunch can be overwhelming, but that’s what Brunch Club is here for – to help get you to the best brunch in San Francisco. Of course, what it is to be the best brunch is subjective, so I’m going to give you a few bests to make sure that you end up at the one that’s perfect for you. With no further adieu:
The Best Brunch for a Sunny Day
To be clear, I’m talking about an actual warm, sunny day – not one of those ones where it’s 62 and partially sunny but you want to be outside so badly you convince yourself it’s shorts weather. When it’s 70 and there isn’t a cloud in the sky, there is literally no better activity than bottomless brunch. Naturally, though, you aren’t going to want to spend brunch inside, so you’ll need somewhere with a patio. As with all brunches, you’re going to want some good food and drinks as well.
That brings us to the clear winner – Mission Rock. There’s a lot of patios in San Francisco, but this is a deck that’s literally on the water. Add in a nice tower of fresh seafood and you’ve got the perfect place to spend a couple of hours.
Honorable mention goes to Beach Chalet, for its sweeping views of Ocean Beach (and proximity to it, so you can run across the street and into the water as soon as you’re done). It doesn’t have bottomless, however, and you’re not sitting outside – without mimosas in your hand and the sun on your face, it just can’t top Mission Rock.
The Best Non-Traditional Brunch
When I say non-traditional, I mean a brunch that’s not just eggs benedict, pancakes and mimosas (not that I don’t love all of those things). SF has an incredible diversity of food, and with every restaurant in the city trying to break into the brunch game, that gives you lots of options.
Our winner here is The Pub at Ghiradelli Square. It’s a BBQ place with some really fantastic brisket and ribs (and everything else on the menu). They’ve got traditional brunch dishes, but you should skip those in favor of a hearty combo platter of delicious meats. Not the usual accompaniment to bottomless mimosas, but a great change of pace.
The runner up here is Don Pistos, which does Mexican brunch and has a nice variety of bottomless, with agua fresca mimosas, sangria and margaritas. If you’re looking for something different with a great variety of drinks, it’s a solid option.
The Best Bottomless
This one goes to the standout restaurant when it comes to their execution of bottomless drinks. Note that I don’t say bottomless mimosas, because the winner here is going to give you a nice diversity of choice. Everything counts here, from the range of beverages, ratio of champagne to juice in mimosas, and quality of service.
There’s one clear standout in this category, and it’s District. They offer five different kinds of mimosas, served in carafes that never seem to empty out because the wait staff is so on top of their game, along with Bloody Marys. If you get Bloody Marys, the waitress brings you a pint glass with a very healthy pour of vodka, then you get the construct the rest from a nice variety of mixes and garnishes. There’s no time limit, and everyone there is delightful and amused by rowdy brunchers.
The runner up here happens to be the big winner, so I’ll wait on that for just a moment…
The Best Brunch in San Francisco
This is it. The moment you’ve all been waiting for – the best brunch in San Francisco. Drumroll please…
It’s Bisou. Everything they do is great, from the food (get the bacon wrapped grilled cheese) to the bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys to the service. Every time I go here for brunch we end up having a great time with other brunches next to us – somehow they’ve captured the essence of brunch, which is fun. If you can only go to one bottomless brunch in San Francisco, go to Bisou.
The runner up goes to Top of the Mark, which is the best brunch in SF if you ignore price. Since it comes in at three to four times the cost of all the other brunches out there, it’s tough to give it the unequivocal number one spot. Still, if you’re looking for a classy Sunday brunch for a special occasion and you’re willing to spend some money, you can’t go wrong with Top of the Mark.