I’m lazy. I admit it – in fact, I embrace it. The size and density of San Francisco has made me lazier. In LA, going a half hour to meet friends is nothing, but in this city a 15 minute Uber ride might as well be eternity. If you live in South San Francisco and ask me to come over, you might as well be telling me to get a plane ticket to Alaska. So when you wake up on Sunday (or Saturday – I don’t know why so many people think brunch is a Sunday thing, but I digress) and ask yourself “Where’s the best Sunday brunch near me?” I empathize. And so here I am, breaking down the best brunch in SF on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis just to make sure you know what’s not only great, but also within hung over stumbling distance.
Starting in the south part of SF, we’ve got the Mission. You’d think there’d be a great Mexican brunch down here, but if so, I’ve yet to find it (if you know where it is, please let me know). The good news is there are still plenty of good options, the best of which is Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. Wings and totchos in a huge patio that’s got cornhole is a winning combination. If it’s not especially nice outside, there’s a shuffleboard table indoors. Either way, make this your go-to Mission brunch spot.
It’s easy to tell you where to find the best brunch in the Castro, because if you’ve stopped by our list of the best brunches in San Francisco, you’ll know that this neighborhood is home to SF’s best brunch spot: Bisou. Friendly staff, great mimosas and good food make for the perfect brunch environment.
You didn’t think you’d find one of the best brunches in SF in a wine bar in SOMA, but it’s a crazy world we live in. If you’re getting your bottomless on before a Giants game, hit District, where both the booze and the food flows freely. With bottomless mimosas in five flavors plus Bloodys alongside a Southern-style brunch buffet, you can’t really go wrong here. Note that while Yelp says they’re only open on Sundays, they open on Saturday mornings if there’s a Giants game in the afternoon. This kind of bottomless brunch insight is what we’re here for.
There’s really only one bottomless mimosa brunch in Mission Bay, but at least it’s a good one. If you wake up there and see the sun shining, head over to Mission Rock, where you can drink bottomless mimosas and eat fresh seafood while you sit on a deck overlooking the water. There are few better ways to spend a weekend morning.
If you live in Nob Hill, you’ve probably got a few extra bucks to spend, so go spend them at Top of the Mark. It’s just about an even hundred bucks a head, but for bottomless champagne and the greatest brunch buffet in San Francisco, it’s a fair price. I’m talking prime rib, fresh seafood, caviar bar, omelettes and waffles made to order along with too many other dishes to describe here.
If you live in the Presidio, you should definitely take advantage of its beauty by having your brunch on the patio of Sessions at the Presidio. It’s got a great view and is a fantastic place to be when the sun’s out, plus they keep brunch interesting by offering something a little different – a selection of three bottomless beers (you can also do mimosas if you prefer).
Western Addition has one of the few brunches that I’ll save for Sunday at 1300 on Fillmore. They have bottomless bellinis both Saturday and Sunday, but on Sunday they have gospel brunch, so you can enjoy your drinks with some great, soulful singing. They also have one of the best Southern-style brunches in SF.
Even though you don’t really think of the FiDi when you think of brunch, one of the best bottomless brunches in the city is tucked away in an alley there. I am, of course, referring to Pink Elephant. You serve yourself bottomless mimosas there, so no need to worry about refills. You’ve also got the option of almost 20 different juices from coconut and aloe vera to grapefruit and blueberry. It feels more like a club than a brunch place, so if you’re looking to party at noon, this is your spot.
The winner here is Harry’s, but you should definitely save this one for the day of a big game. It’s a sports bar with a classic feel – lots of dark wood and leather – and the food is on point (definitely try the fried deviled eggs).
North Beach is home to one of the classic SF brunches – Don Pistos. Their agua fresca mimosas are a nice change of pace from the usual, and the other bottomless options (sangria and magaritas) go well with an excellent set of Mexican fare.
The Marina is the spiritual home to brunch in SF, and with good reasons. There are more brunches in this neighborhood than anywhere else, but if you have to choose one, choose Stock in Trade. It encapsulates the Marina experience (expect to be brunching next to lots of bros) with indoor bocce ball and cornhole, plus a section of the menu dedicated to breakfast shots (much better than they sound).
Golden Gate Park/Sunset
Technically it sits right between the two, but you’re looking for Beach Chalet. The bad news is that it’s not bottomless, but the good news is they have a very affordable sampler of their in-house brews, which are excellent. Combine that with great food and a beautiful view of the beach, and you’ve got yourself a solid brunch.
If you must be in Noe Valley for brunch, you only have one option – Fresca. It’s nothing extraordinary as bottomless mimosa brunches go, but it’s not bad and the food is solid.
Like Noe Valley, there’s only one option here, but it’s Dobbs Ferry, which is terrible. Please go to a different neighborhood for brunch. Also if you know of any other bottomless brunches in Hayes Valley, let me know.
So next time you wake up and think “Ugh, I can’t go anywhere – where can I get brunch near me?”, just know Brunch Club has your back.