Best San Francisco Breakfasts: This Is How to Greet the Day

Tom Molanphy

By , Local Expert, San Francisco
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Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Breakfast restaurants in San Francisco and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Town's End Restaurant and Bakery thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Mama's on Washington Square, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Breakfast.

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    • Cuisine: American, Diner
    • Average Main Course Price: $10
    • Neighborhood: Noe Valley

    One of handful of places in San Francisco that specializes in only breakfast.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Coco Loco, a buttermilk stack of pancakes with sliced bananas, macademia nuts and coconut."

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    Dottie's True Blue Café

    • Cuisine: American
    • Average Main Course Price: $8
    • Neighborhood: The Tenderloin

    Five out of six locals will say Dottie's is the best place for breakfast in the city.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be prepared for a wait - this place is uber-cool and uber-popular."

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    Bette's Oceanview Diner

    • Cuisine: American, Bakery
    • Average Main Course Price: $7
    • Neighborhood: Berkeley

    If you're in Berkeley and need breakfast, it's really the best place to go.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the German-style potato pancakes which are grated to order so they're super-fresh."

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    Town's End Restaurant and Bakery

    Enjoyable breakfasts, but their coffee selection and preparation really makes Town's End special.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Sunday brunch is one of the most popular in town."

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    Tennessee Grill

    • Cuisine: American, Diner
    • Average Main Course Price: $10
    • Neighborhood: Parkside

    A longstanding local tradition, this breakfast place has been consistently good for a remarkable stretch of time.

    Local Expert Tip: "The N-Judah line runs right by Tennessee Grill."

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    Brenda's French Soul Food

    Brenda's is for fans of big, hearty, no-excuse southern breakfasts.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Beignet sample plate will keep everyone happy."

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    Mama's on Washington Square

    Longtime residents of North Beach swear by this sweet place.

    Local Expert Tip: "Mama's offers a fantastic breakfast basket gift stocked with wonderful goodies to take back home."

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    Rose's Café

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $20
    • Neighborhood: Cow Hollow

    Favorite local hangout of the Cow Hollow neighborhood, Rose's is a great place to get the inside scoop on San Francisco.

    Local Expert Tip: "You can also take advantage of their happy hour from 4-6 when glasses of wine are half-off."

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    Mel's Drive-In

    If you're looking for a really old-school diner experience, Mel's is the place.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Mel's Diner right off of Union Square has surprisingly large and impressive beer list."

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    San Francisco Art Institute Cafe

    This cafe has been using organic and seasonal ingredients way before it became the hip thing to do.

    Local Expert Tip: "Get there early before all the students wake up."



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