Best Brunches for Every Palate in San Francisco

Nothing beats a weekend brunch, breakfast at a civilized hour. Forget the calories, go for Eggs Benedict. Pile your waffles high with strawberries and whipped cream. Enjoy luscious desserts and enjoy a Bloody Mary. Brunch is your time to kickback and recharge.

Here is a roundup of five of the best brunches you can find in the city of San Francisco. This picks were chosen to represent culinary options for multiple styles of cuisines. Enjoy!

Classic and Elegant:  The Palace Hotel

The award-winning brunch in the new Garden Court of the Palace Hotel proudly serves San Francisco specialties. The menu puts an emphasis on ingredients that are locally grown, raised and caught. Brunch is served Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Seafood is always big in San Francisco, and the Palace Hotel does it up right with a cold plate for two, including Maine lobster, shrimp, oysters from the area and Dungeness crab. Also available are Crab Benedict, mussels and clams, shrimp salad and salmon.

Brunch regulars are here, including pancakes, waffles, eggs, hash browns and croissants, all with the Palace touch. They serve steak, chicken, huevos rancheros, salads, as well as a range of sweets like the Palace Sundae.

To accompany your meal, select from a variety of champagne, sparkling wine and cocktails.

A Spanish Touch: Canela Bistro

Canela Bistro offers classic brunch menu items with a Spanish flair. Try French toast torrijas, with orange-cinnamon syrup. Or fried eggs, ham and farmer’s cheese, all combined in their Bocadillo sandwich.

The menu offers food for every taste, including salads, soups, sandwiches and flatbreads. Spanish dishes include paella, made from scratch, tapas and raciones, and Spanish cheeses. Desserts range from cinnamon and sugar churros to passion fruit and guava sorbet.

Accompany the meal with mimosas or sangria, or choose from a variety of coffees and teas.

Opened in 2011, the Canela is located in the Castro neighborhood. Brunch starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

French Flair: Zazie 

Brunch is a specialty at Zazie. Whatever you’re hungry for, this restaurant has it. The menu ranges from soup, sandwiches and salads to breakfast staples like oatmeal, granola, eggs any style and pancakes. And of course, French toast.

Champagne is central to their spirit menu, and they also have a full range of wines. Choose cocktails like mimosas, Bloody Marys and vodka-based entries. Beers and cider are also on the menu.

Zazie offers brunch with a dash of France all week long. Weekdays the hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and weekends and holidays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located in Cole Valley, it has been around since 1992. The restaurant is proudly tip-free, providing its staff with a living wage and full benefits.

Southern Style: Farmer Brown

Farmer Brown uses West Coast ingredients to prepare southern country classics for its brunch diners. Its famous Come and Get It Brunch entry has everything, including scrambled eggs, Southern fried chicken, waffles, biscuits, grits and more.

You can also order a full range of classics a la carte. Enjoy French toast, eggs with potatoes and biscuits, the Farmer Brown burger or chicken and waffles.

Add in cocktails like margaritas, mint juleps, gimlets, shandys and more. Wines and beers are also available.

Farmer Brown is located in the heart of San Francisco at Mason and Market. It is open for brunch on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Classic American: Ella’s 

Ellas, in the Presidio, has been all about comfortable neighborhood dining at an affordable price since 1990. Enjoy everything from lemon poppy seed pancakes and Eggs Benedict to chicken hash and Cobb salad. All food is made from scratch on the premises.

Other favorites are eggs with home fries, sticky buns, omelets and scrambles, and a fried egg sandwich. Choose a vegetarian omelet with spinach, tomatoes, grilled onions and fontina cheese. Or try Ella’s Plate with eggs, country sausage or bacon, pancakes, hash and potatoes.

Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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