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The Best Breakfast Restaurants in San Francisco

From the days of "free love" and the height of the Haight-Asbury district to today's tech boom, San Francisco's face may have changed over the years—but its heart and soul remains the same. Even if the residents don't wear flowers in their hair anymore, they certainly take the time to smell the roses every day. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Whether the restaurant sits in the business district of the Embarcadero or near the major throughway of Van Ness, they all have one thing in common: some of the best breakfast in San Francisco. Grab a cup of coffee and dig in.

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11 Restaurants
Updated January 29, 2021
Restaurants:Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF, The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil, ANZU
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French, Californian
Neighborhoods:Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, Rutherford, Downtown / Union Square
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Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF

$$$$
French
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
4.6
6695 reviews
In recent years, the Hayes Valley district of San Francisco has been completely revitalized, and now houses a cool, hip neighborhood filled with little shops and quirky restaurants. In the midst of this revitalization, stands Absinthe Brasserie and Bar, one of the oldest and longest-standing restaurants in the area. One might say that the area built itself around this quirky, convivial space, especially since it's been around so long. And diners may just have to tear themselves away from the delicious breakfast food—especially the ricotta-stuffed French toast and the buttermilk souffle pancakes.

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The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil

$$$$
French
Rutherford
4.8
4196 reviews
Its name literally means "the hotel of the sun," and it more than lives up to its name as it overlooks the gorgeous vineyards of the Napa Valley. Established in 1981, with more than 33 acres of vineyards under its tutelage, Auberge du Soleil is a French restaurant with a wine country theme. Part of the Auberge family of resorts that specialize in high-end fare, Auberge du Soleil gets high marks for serving one of the best breakfasts in San Francisco in its adults-only spa-like environment that's just adjacent to its Forbes' five-star, award-winning hotel.

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ANZU

$$$$
Californian
Downtown / Union Square
4.3
2443 reviews
The Union Square district of downtown San Francisco has become known for fine shopping, luxe hotels, entertaining theater, and the ANZU restaurant, which is as authentically "Californian" as one can get. Pairing sustainable Californian ingredients with Asian influences, ANZU also serves some of the best breakfast in San Francisco. The full American and Japanese breakfast buffet is served every day, and the weekend brunch features everything from teriyaki beef and rice to warm cinnamon-sugar donut holes.

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El Dorado Kitchen

$$$$
Californian
Sonoma
4.7
4465 reviews
Another authentically Californian kitchen, El Dorado is the perfect mix of urban style and relaxed wine country spirit. Featuring a stunning outdoor courtyard for al fresco dining, El Dorado Kitchen makes our list of the restaurants serving the best breakfasts in San Francisco because of its commitment to authenticity. There's nothing more authentically California than California crab rolls, and one can find those right next to the classic French toast.

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Perry's - Embarcadero

$$$$
American
Financial District / Embarcadero
4.5
2070 reviews
This sleek waterfront outpost of the Union Square original is conveniently located in the Embarcadero—also the Financial District—of San Francisco. That makes it popular among the business elite, to be sure, but Perry's is an easy entry into our list of the restaurants serving the best breakfast in San Francisco. Yes, the brunch gets high marks thanks to the chili and the burgers, but the restaurant also serves a complete breakfast menu five days a week, and what better way to start the day than with a plate of two eggs, any style, with bacon and toast?

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FARM at Carneros

$$$$
Contemporary American
Napa
4.5
2560 reviews
FARM at Carneros is another Napa Valley/Wine Country offering, which—like many of the others—features unparalleled views. Unlike many of the other restaurants on this list, however, FARM at Carneros prides itself on offering a "contemporary American" menu, rather than "walking on the wild side" with a foreign menu. Breakfast, which is served on the weekends, is served family-style, and features a wide variety of choices—of which patrons can choose up to four, for sharing. One of the most popular breakfast menu items is the crumble coffee cake, which is made on the premises and baked with citrus marmalade, brown sugar crumble, and white chocolate ganache.

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Farley

$$$$
Californian
Sausalito
4.4
73 reviews
Located in tony Marin County in the ritzy Cavallo Point district, Murray Circle has become a favorite tourist culinary destination for visitors to the Bay Area. Featuring an elegant and historic dining room with casual and attentive service, Murray Circle features a daily breakfast buffet with a wide variety of fresh fruits, a full omelet station, and Hobbs' chicken sausage. This wide selection of delicious foods, served buffet-style, makes Murray Circle an easy entry into our list of restaurants serving the best breakfast in San Francisco.

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Spruce

$$$$
Contemporary American
Presidio Heights
4.7
4600 reviews
Located in the trendy Presidio Heights district of San Francisco, Spruce's cozy tan leather seats and masculine decor belie a very delicate, refined menu. Weekend breakfast options at Spruce features a wide variety of such foods as beignets (which first came to prominence in the South), fried jidori eggs with potato hash, and buttermilk pancakes with roasted almonds, honey butter, and warm maple syrup.

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Marlowe

$$$$
American
SOMA
4.3
2615 reviews
This restaurant is located in the SOMA (South of Market Street) district of San Francisco, which is near the Yerba Buena Gardens, the sleek Moscone Center convention complex, and several museums, including the acclaimed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). In keeping with this artistic vibe, the Marlowe is the brainchild of restaurateur Anna Weinberg and executive chef Jennifer Puccio (formerly of Cortez). Weekends are perfect for breakfast at this hip spot, where patrons can try the House Made Ricotta Toast, made of raspberries, walnut, thyme, and chestnut honey.

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Boho

$$$$
French American
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
4.7
479 reviews
The name says it all: Boho—hidden in the Presidio district of San Francisco—features bohemian takes on French food, fused with a distinctly American sensibility. Set in a romantic atmosphere with trendy decor, Boho is definitely a neighborhood favorite. Everyone goes crazy for the Smoked Salmon Omelette, which is made of crème fraiche, green onions, cream cheese, capers, and potatoes, served with a house salad.

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Lokma

$$$$
Turkish
Richmond District
4.8
523 reviews
Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: Lokma, which means “a bite” in Turkish, opened in Feb 2018 and is located in the Outer Richmond. We serve a fresh Californian and Turkish fare while serving our guests with warm hospitality in our bright and open space. We are very excited to meet you.

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