Ah, brunch: that one meal that’s not quite breakfast or lunch but something entirely different. Though it might not be as popular as brunch in New York City, brunch is a favorite in San Francisco. It also lives up to tradition. With so many San Francisco brunch spots to choose from, picking a restaurant might be difficult. This is especially true if you’re starving and landing at San Francisco or Oakland International Airport.
As you navigate to your hotel, use this handy San Francisco airport guide and browse this short list of phenomenal brunch spots that are worth saving your appetite for. If you’re on a budget, great! All of these restaurants feature hearty dishes under $20 USD.
San Francisco Brunch Spots
Ella’s has attracted hungry brunch goers for more than two decades. Since 1990, Danny Wilsner and Robert Merryman have made it their mission to bring quality comfort food made from scratch to San Francisco. What makes Ella’s special is the fact that it’s “a tribute to the timeless comfort of great food and warm hospitality.” Ella’s is welcoming to all, without any of the pretentiousness of some brunch spots. The casual ambiance is only half of the experience, though.
Ella’s modest menu has brunch favorites like chilaquiles, gluten-free cornmeal pancakes, chicken hash, and more! Next time you’re in San Francisco and in the mood for weekend brunch, walk in and dine at Ella’s. You won’t be disappointed.
500 Presidio Ave
San Francisco, CA 94115
The next brunch spot is a charming little restaurant called Mymy. Despite its size, Mymy is usually packed with hungry patrons and sometimes has lines that reach out the door. There’s no need to worry, though. The folks over at Mymy’s are beyond accommodating and will do as much as they can to guarantee that each customer gets a cozy and unbelievably delicious brunch meal. Some of these yummy dishes include Mymy’s acclaimed Mexican scramble, lemon ricotta pancakes, crab and shrimp cakes, and eggs Benedict, just to name a few!
1500 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
When it comes to brunch in San Francisco, Mama’s knows how to do it well. Owned by Mama and Papa Sanchez, Mama’s has been open for over 50 years in North Beach’s Washington Square Park. It still stands as a fine example of how to serve quality brunch in San Francisco.
Mama’s legendary status attracts people from all over the world, which means you should be prepared to wait in line if you’re not there first. Once the line gets moving, you might feel like you’re at grandma’s place when you sit at one of the small wooden tables.
What could possibly smell so good?
Mama’s takes pride in its tradition of serving fluffy omelets, homemade jam, and freshly baked bread. Also, Mama’s omelets and house-made French toast are all made from scratch!
If that isn’t enough for you, then maybe beverages like Mama’s “Spiked” Lemonade or the Apple & Peach Bellini will satisfy your appetite. Whether you’re stopping by for fresh-baked goodies or you simply want to enjoy an unreal brunch, then Mama’s will smother you with culinary love.
1701 Stockton Street at Filbert
San Francisco, CA 94133
Delancey Street Foundation
Last but not least, Delancey Street Foundation makes the list for a couple of interesting reasons. First, Delancey Street is an organization that provides a home for its residents at no cost to the client and no cost to the taxpayer. The organization uses the revenue earned from its enterprises, like the restaurant, to train its residents in the culinary arts.
Tips are considered donations, and the proceeds from the restaurant, after food costs, go towards housing, feeding, and clothing the residents. The foundation teaches its residents the skills, values, and attitudes needed for a “successful drug-free and crime-free life in mainstream society.” This philanthropic philosophy makes the organization more than commendable and worth checking out.
The Delancey Street Foundation Restaurant also offers traditional brunch dishes that are both delicious and affordable. You can order cold platters like the Alberto’s Antipasta, with grilled eggplant, zucchini, roasted peppers, marinated artichoke hearts, and olives, all for $5.95 USD. Specialty courses like the rib-eye steak and eggs are all under $10 USD. Healthy options like the Latin scallop ceviche cost $7 USD. So, if you’re looking to enjoy a scrumptious brunch while helping give a second chance to those in need, head over to the Delancey Street Foundation and brunch for a cause.
The Embarcadero at Brennan
San Francisco Ca, 94107
These four San Francisco brunch spots serve delicious brunch options and offer an incredible value. So let the decadent aromas from the kitchen captivate your senses, and by all means, dig in!
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Danielle Desir is a financially savvy traveler, 5x author, and podcaster. She paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in 4 years, bought a house at 27, and has traveled to 27 countries. She refuses to let her financial responsibilities hold her back from living life on her terms. Listen to The Thought Card Podcast here.