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The Vestry

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The Vestry SF Brunch is in a restaurant inside the Chapel, a large bar and music venue in the Mission on Valencia and 19th. If you’ve been there before, it’s likely been for dinner before a show, but if you go during the brunch hour it feels like a different place. There are big windows in the front that let in plenty of light, and it all feels airy and open. We got there around noon and they seated us right away; it was empty at first but pretty quickly filled up with large groups.

The Bottomless

$16 with the purchase of food, no time limit – regular mimosas only, which come by the carafe. They were a little juice heavy but still quite drinkable.  They also have Bloody Marys and Micheladas if you’re into that sort of thing, but those are $9 and $8 respectively.

The Food

I had been to dinner here before and the food there was excellent, so I had high expectations that were definitely met. I was feeling like something unhealthy, so I got the calzone, which was huge and delicious, with a crisp outer crust and excellent mozzarella in the middle. All of the portions were enormous, so I got to try some of their chicken and waffles and their french toast (which, looking at the menu now, appears to no longer be served) and both were amazing.

I closed with the affogato, which I highly recommend – espresso poured over a scoop of ice cream is a delicious pick me up post-mimosa.

The Service

Service was fine – our waitress wasn’t always around, but we had carafes for the bottomless and we were able to wave her down when we needed refills.

Overall

The Vestry SF brunch has a cool atmosphere and some great food. If you’re in the Mission, it’s definitely worth a visit.

Rating: 🍾🍾🍾

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Top of the Mark

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Price notwithstanding, the Top of the Mark brunch is the best in San Francisco, and it’s not even close. For bottomless, they give you straight champagne (OJ on the side, should you choose to add some). Their food is phenomenal – everything from prime rib to dim sum to a caviar bar. The service is absolutely fantastic – it’s so high-end in every way that you’d expect the wait staff to be haughty. Not even close. We showed up in t-shirts and jeans then found out 20 minutes in that part of our party was too hung over to make it, and they were welcoming and friendly.

Beyond all of that, the view is amazing (the image is the view from our table). This is the kind of place you want to take people from out of town, so they can witness it for themselves. It was a rainy day when we went, but you could still see for miles – it’s on my to-do list to return on a clear day. There’s also a live piano player, who gave the whole thing something extra by playing Kiss From a Rose (one of my all time favorites).

Of course, you get what you pay for, and this isn’t cheap. It comes in at about $100 per person including tip for bottomless and the buffet. That’s understandably unreasonable for a casual Sunday brunch (and it should be clarified here that this is Sunday only), but if you’ve got a special occasion coming up, have it at Top of the Mark brunch.

You’ll find Top of the Mark at the top of the Mark Hopkins hotel in Nob Hill.

The Bottomless

As mentioned, $100 covers everything including bottomless, and it’s straight champagne (plus bottomless OJ and coffee). The wait staff is very attentive – once they noticed we were going through our glasses quickly, they kept an eye out and made sure they never hit the bottom.

The Food

Exquisite. This is like the fanciest Easter buffet you’ve ever been to, except it’s every Sunday. Beyond the aforementioned prime rib and caviar, there are of course all the brunch staples along with stations for fresh waffles and omelettes, an enormous dessert bar. There’s every kind of seafood – crab legs, oysters, mussels and shrimp. There are steak and chicken brunch dishes. Everything is absolutely amazing. This is the brunch to end all brunches.

The last thing I’ll say on this topic is save room for the creme brulee. Best I’ve ever had.

The Service

Typically one doesn’t expect the service to stand out when dealing with a buffet, but they really added something extra to the experience. Beyond everything we’ve said thus far, it happened to be one of our friends’ birthdays, and when we mentioned that to our waiter (after previously having asked if there was any more creme brulee and being told there was not), he emerged from the back with some freshly made creme brulee with candles.

Overall

If I had to have one last brunch in SF, it would be this one. The Top of the Mark brunch is truly a wonder to behold. The only thing that keeps it from getting a five champagne emoji rating is the price, but if cost isn’t an issue, this is absolutely your place.

Rating: 🍾🍾🍾🍾

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