It's Vacation, Sleep In: Eat Later at Brunch Spots in San Francisco

Tom Molanphy

By , Local Expert, San Francisco
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What says vacation better than brunch? It's that rule-breaker, that black sheep in the orderly, daily family of meals that say, "Hey I'll eat what I want when I want it!"

Anyone who has ever been on a successful vacation knows that getting in the right, adventurous spirit goes a long ways towards everyone having a good time. We recommend you have at least one brunch on your San Francisco vacation because brunch shakes up the daily routine, that normal 9-5 day that we all have to endure in order to save up enough money to go on vacations in the first place. Once you're on vacation, there's no better way to say goodbye to the...  Read more »

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    Red Door Cafe

    Red Door Cafe is almost exclusively known for their brunch.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're looking to hobnob with local San Franciscans, this is a great place to eat brunch."

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    Universal Café

    Universal Cafe has been highlighting their brunch for many years.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you want a brunch with organic ingredients, Universal Cafe is a great choice."

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    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: $30
    • Neighborhood: Cole Valley

    Zazie may be second only to the Red Door in terms of hip places "to be seen."

    Local Expert Tip: "Although it's known for brunch, the dinners are special, too, featuring dishes such as Truite de Camille."

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    Boogaloo's is a good choice for those who want a boisterous brunch.

    Local Expert Tip: "As the name implies, this is the spot for a lively, young, fun brunch. "

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    Kate's Kitchen

    • Cuisine: American
    • Average Main Course Price: $8.50
    • Neighborhood: Lower Haight

    Like Boggaloo's, Kate's is a good option for the young and hip - or those who want to observe the young and hip.

    Local Expert Tip: "Nothing fixes a long night of Haight Street partying than visiting Kate's Kitchen on Haight Street for brunch the next day."

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    Nob Hill Grille

    Nob Hill Grille is a local treasure that serves simple food the right way.

    Local Expert Tip: "One of the first to get into the local "fried chicken and waffles" trend."

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    Absinthe Brasserie and Bar

    Absinthe is on the higher-end brunch scale, for those who want a more luxurious brunch.

    Local Expert Tip: "Also a great spot for cocktails."

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    Like Universal Cafe, Olea goes to great lengths to use local and sustainable food.

    Local Expert Tip: "This is a good choice if you have a large group."

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    • Cuisine: American
    • Average Main Course Price: $11
    • Neighborhood: Presidio Heights

    The owners, Danny Wilser and Robert Merryman, make this place special.

    Local Expert Tip: "Described as "Neo-classical" American cooking, or a revival of classic American cooking."

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    Baker Street Bistro

    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: $19
    • Neighborhood: Marina District

    Baker Street Bistro is a nice choice for those who wanta French-style brunch.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Oeufs Benedicte: Canadian Bacon, poached eggs, English Muffin and Hollandaise sauce."



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