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Best Breakfast San Francisco (SF)


Start your day off right by enjoying "the most important meal of the day" at one of these restaurants in San Francisco that serve up the best breakfast.

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SAN FRANCISCO CITY

Arlequin Cafe & Food To Go French
Quick Bite
384B Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Casual café with sandwiches, salads and more and a hidden garden patio. More...

La Boulange de Cole Café
Quick Bite
1000 Cole St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
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Sun-splashed corner café with sidewalk tables, steaming bowls of café au lait, flaky French pastries and Parisian-inspired sandwiches. More...

La Boulange de Polk Café
Quick Bite
2300 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Cakes and baskets of flaky croissants line the wood counters of this casual neighborhood boulangerie. More...

Brenda's French Soul Food Creole
13/20
652 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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This New Orleans-style eatery has turned a seedy street corner into a foodie destination for beignets, grits and epic french toast. More...

The Butler & The Chef French
13/20
155A South Park St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Charming French café serving up coffee, crêpes and croques to the working class. More...

Cafe de la Presse French
14/20
Dining Room at Cafe de la Presse, San Francisco, CA 352 Grant Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Hip downtown bistro serves authentic French classics to tourists, expats and locals. More...

Cafe du Soleil French
Quick Bite
200 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
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Sunny neighborhood café with excellent baked goods for breakfast and tasty sandwiches and salads for lunch. More...

Chloe's American
13/20
1399 Church St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Chloe's excels with the morning meal, from scrambled eggs to thick-cut french toast. More...

Chow American
13/20
215 Church St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Chow is a beloved spot known for affordable comfort food and some eclectic dishes as well. More...

Ella's American
13/20
500 Presidio Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Ella's promises neoclassical American cooking and delivers the goods---think meatloaf and chicken potpie---but the real draw is the popular weekend brunch. More...

farm:table Coffeehouse
Quick Bite
754 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
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A tiny haven for craft coffee drinks and daily baked goods. More...

Garden Court California
11/20
Sheraton Palace Hotel
2 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
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This beloved grande dame’s rarefied atmosphere turns brunch, tea or lunch into a special occasion. More...

Il Fornaio Italian
13/20
Levi's Plaza
1265 Battery St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Casual Italian restaurant with a beautiful patio on Levi's Plaza. More...

Kate's Kitchen American
12/20
471 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

Lower Haight locals line up at Kate's for large plates of Southern-influenced breakfast and lunch fare. More...

Libby Jane Southern
Quick Bite
644 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

Overflow crowds from Brenda's French Soul Food can feast on some of their BFSF favorites here. More...

Little Griddle American
Quick Bite
1400 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Big portions served within sight of Twitter's headquarters make the Little Griddle ground zero for high tech and hominess. More...

Local's Corner Seafood
14/20
2500 Bryant St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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A visit to this light-filled corner restaurant devoted to seafood and other fresh fare is like a mini-vacation. More...

Mama's on Washington Square American
12/20
1701 Stockton St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Don't miss the banana-bread french toast or the generous omelets with the works at this very popular breakfast stop. More...

Market & Rye American
Quick Bite
300 De Haro St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Street food with a (free!) parking lot. More...

Mission Beach Cafe California
14/20
Dining Room at Mission Beach Cafe, San Francisco, CA 198 Guerrero St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Cozy neighborhood restaurant for seasonally progressive fare. More...

Park Chow American
12/20
1240 Ninth Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94122

American comfort food rules at this homey Inner Sunset restaurant that's an easy walk from the de Young Museum. More...

Plow American
13/20
Dining Room at Plow, San Francisco, CA 1299 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Lovely neighborhood spot with soaring ceilings and striking views of the city serves up breakfast and lunch. More...

Rose's Cafe Italian
13/20
Dining Room at Rose 2298 Union St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Sup inside or out on upscale bistro fare at this café bathed in Union Street sunshine. More...

St. Francis Fountain Diner
12/20
Dining Room at St. Francis Fountain, San Francisco, CA 2801 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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San Francisco's oldest ice cream parlor doubles as a popular brunch spot. More...

Savor American
12/20
3913 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
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A Noe Valley destination for breakfast, burgers, sandwiches and salads. If the sun is shining, eat on the patio. More...

Scala's Bistro Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Scala Sir Francis Drake Hotel
432 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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A topnotch wine list and a creative cocktail program make this upscale Italian restaurant good for dinner or just drinks. More...

Show Dogs Sausages
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Show Dogs, San Francisco, CA 1020 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

From the Foreign Cinema team, Show Dogs wins with house-made sausages, sandwiches, burgers and a handful of more elaborate entrées. More...

Tartine Bakery Bakery
Quick Bite
600 Guerrero St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Sophisticated corner café known for its baked goods, sandwiches, eternally crowded tables and long lines out the door. More...

Town's End Restaurant American
13/20
Dining Room at Town 2 Townsend St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Enjoy the view of the Embarcadero. More...

Zazie French
12/20
Dining Room at Zazie, San Francisco, CA 941 Cole St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

Casual French restaurant with the perfect setting for a sunny brunch. More...


MARIN COUNTY

Bridgeway Cafe American
11/20
633 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
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This casual eatery on a scenic Sausalito block is a nice spot for breakfast or lunch. More...

EAST BAY

Aunt Mary's Cafe American
13/20
4307 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
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Southern-inspired breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner in a roomy-yet-homey neighborhood space. More...

Bette's Oceanview Diner Diner
13/20
1807 Fourth St.
Berkeley, CA 94710
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View or not, Bette's is a good spot for a slow morning of pancakes and satisfying omelets. More...

Chow American
13/20
La Fiesta Square
53 Lafayette Cir.
Lafayette, CA 94549
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This location of Chow shares its menu and style with those of its three other branches. More...

Fat Apples Restaurant & Bakery American
12/20
1346 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94709
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Baked goods and comfort classics at this family-friendly Berkeley institution. More...

Guerilla Cafe Coffeehouse
Quick Bite
1620 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94709
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This funky coffeehouse is pure Berkeley, with its local ingredients, small-batch roasted coffee and art-adorned walls. More...

La Note French
13/20
2377 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
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La Note is a breath of Provence in the middle of downtown Berkeley. More...

Oliveto Cafe Italian
13/20
Dining Room at Oliveto Cafe, Oakland, CA Rockridge Market Hall
5655 College Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618
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A neighborhood café inspired by the home kitchens, bakeries and farms of Italy. More...

Raphael's Shutter Cafe American
12/20
10064 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, CA 94530
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El Cerrito institution brimming with old-fashioned goodness, owned and operated by one man since 1979. More...

Rick & Ann's American
13/20
2922 Domingo Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705
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Quality comfort food and efficient, friendly service distinguish this Berkeley restaurant. More...

Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe American
13/20
Dining Room at Rudy 4081 Hollis St.
Emeryville, CA 94608
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Fun, punk diner known for satisfying, down-home cuisine; co-owners include a member of Green Day. More...

The Sunny Side Cafe American
Quick Bite
Dining Room at The Sunny Side Cafe, Albany, CA 1499 Solano Ave.
Albany, CA 94706

Hefty portions of hearty breakfast and lunch fare, crafted with eco-sensibilities in mind. More...

Venus California
13/20
2327 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
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Organic, sustainable and nourishing cuisine at a relaxed neighborhood restaurant. More...

PENINSULA

Buck's of Woodside American
12/20
Dining Room at Buck 3062 Woodside Rd.
Woodside, CA 94062
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Join the venture capitalist crowd for some buckwheat pancakes at this Silicon Valley institution. More...

Cafe Borrone California
Quick Bite
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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A classic California café, Borrone is a locals' favorite. More...

Duarte's Tavern American
12/20
202 Stage Rd.
Pescadero, CA 94060
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Duarte's is a frequent stop for Bay Area natives seeking the restaurant’s artichoke soup and house-made pies. More...

Il Fornaio Italian
13/20
520 Cowper St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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For upscale Italian cuisine and weekend brunch in downtown Palo Alto. More...

Joanie's Cafe Breakfast
Quick Bite
447 S. California Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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A neighborly spot beloved by locals for its friendly service and unfussy breakfast fare. More...

Quattro Restaurant & Bar Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Quattro Restaurant & Bar, East Palo Alto, CA Four Seasons Hotel
2050 University Ave.
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
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East Palo Alto enclave appropriate for a power breakfast, elegant lunch or upscale dinner. More...

 

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