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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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Update: As of September 2017, Harry’s no longer serves bottomless mimosas, and their menu has been reduced in scope (no more fried deviled eggs). It’s still a good place to go for games, but its rating has been reduced accordingly.
Harry’s Bar is a sports bar in Pac Heights with an old style that involves lots of wood and leather stools. It’s an upscale place with great food and good service, but it can be crowded if there’s a big game on during brunch time, so get your reservation in early. 
The Bottomless
$16 with purchase of food for 90 minutes, which they didn’t enforce at all. Mimosas and bellinis by the carafe, with a good ratio of champagne to juice. They’ve also got some great Bloodys, but those aren’t included in the bottomless. 
Harry’s is also just generally a high quality bar, so if you want to forsake bottomless (shame!) or hang around after brunch to keep watching games, you won’t be disappointed by the drinks.
The Food
Roughly what you’d expect at a sports bar, but nicer and surprisingly inexpensive for the quality with most entrees coming in at $10-12. If you like deviled eggs, start with the fried ones – your usual deviled eggs lightly battered and deep fried. The avocado toast was simple but good to share as well. Their wings are worth ordering as well – get a dozen; it’s barely more than ordering six.
I went with the chilaquiles, which were excellent, smothered with cheese and sauce and accompanied by sides of eggs and beans. The breakfast burrito was also solid, as was the fried egg sandwich.
The Service
The service was excellent, with a couple of waitresses always nearby to swap out empty carafes. It may have helped that they seated us at a table right by the service station at the bar, but if so good for them for great foresight. Food came quickly and the staff was clearly used to rowdy brunches – this is the advantage of doing brunch at a sports bar.
Overall
Harry’s is a great place to go watch a game, but even independent of that it’s got a great brunch with quality service. 
Rating: 🍾🍾🍾
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