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

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.

We've been in this fair city long enough to know that breakfast has been drowned out by all the noise about lunch and dinner. Looking for a lunch spot? You won't be able to walk half a block downtown without tripping over the tires of the newest food truck specializing in the latest foodie craze.

And dinner? Dinner here starts by late afternoon, with appetizer specials across the city and world-famous restaurants screaming for your patronage. What's lost in all this din is the sweet, satisfying experience of the first meal of the day, when your taste buds are all well-rested and eager.

Don't just stuff a breakfast burrito down your gullet and call it a meal - check out our list and rediscover why breakfast remains the most important meal of the day.

Cow Hollow
Rose's Café


At this smart caf--, you'll find an informal setting and breakfast served with Italian flair. Most foods are prepared in a wood-burning oven, which imparts great flavor and a welcome rusticity. Recommended dishes include breakfast pizza, a hot...  Read More

San Francisco Art Institute Cafe


A hidden jewel, this art-school cafe rests on the institutes's roof, affording absolutely spectacular views of the Bay and the city. Inside, you'll encounter bustling ambiance, an exhibition kitchen, and student artwork. The eclectic menu is...  Read More

Mel's Drive-In


Mel's sports charming '50s-style decor and serves traditional breakfast eats that can't be beat. The smell of sizzling sausage draws diners to this all-American favorite, and tasty hotcakes and eggs keep them coming back time and again....  Read More



A favorite locals place, this easygoing diner serves heaping portions of tasty breakfast foods at wallet-friendly prices. Come alone and sit at the counter, or stop by with friends; either way, you'll find the service friendly and the ambiance...  Read More

Mama's on Washington Square


Act fast and early if you're thinking about Mama's – after lunch you're out of luck. And you certainly don't want to miss the array of perfectly prepared breakfast foods. Generous portions are standard, whether you order a fluffy omelet, a...  Read More



San Francisco foodies searching for great breakfast eateries should be sure to check out Brenda's French Soul Food. A native of New Orleans, Chef Brenda Buenviaje serves up Southern-style, Creole-inspired dishes with a distinctively French...  Read More

Town's End Restaurant and Bakery


This friendly restaurant, located at the Embarcadero, is just two blocks from the "New" Giants Stadium and offers great bay views. Brunch is a near-perfect experience, according to regulars. In fact, speaking of perfect, Giants pitcher Matt Cain...  Read More

Bette's Oceanview Diner


Fluffy homemade pancakes and real maple syrup make Bette's Oceanview Diner one of the Bay Area's top breakfast destinations. Located in Berkeley, this diner has patrons lining up to enjoy their famous flapjacks, delicious scones and farm-style...  Read More

Noe Valley


When this clean, bright eatery appeared, the neighborhood eagerly welcomed it, and the love affair continues. Although it's open throughout the day, breakfast remains perennially busy, and thankfully, morning fare is served without interruption....  Read More

Dottie's True Blue Café


You'll find some of the city's best breakfast plates on Dottie's classic menu. Early risers literally line up outside this small diner, just waiting for a chance to savor the signature home-style breakfast foods. Considering its popularity, the...  Read More


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