10 Brunch Places To Try In Hayes Valley, San Francisco

Photo of Rachael Wan
7 October 2016

As many brunch-lovers may know, it can be difficult to find spots that stand out from the crowd. More than just scrambled eggs and bacon, these restaurants, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, provide a fresh new look on the timeless meal.

Straw | (c) Shakira C.


Restaurant, American, $$$
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Pastrami Sandwich | © wEnDy/Flickr
Just like many restaurants in the quirky city of San Francisco, Straw’s food and ambiance is centered around a certain theme. However, Straw is known for its one-of-a-kind carnival theme. From classic flavors like the deliciously savory and sweet fried chicken-n-waffle Monte Cristo sandwich to the donut breakfast sandwich, Straw has a little something for every palate. At Straw, the theme and decor warm your heart, while the tasty creations fill your stomach.

Emmanuel Coffee

Coffee Shop, Restaurant, American
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For those looking for more spice to kick start their morning, Emmanuel Coffee is the perfect place to visit. With an impressive array of traditional breakfast foods, like scrambled eggs and bagels, this restaurant combines Salvadorian and Mexican food to make brunch a meal to remember. Loved by many, the Salvadorian papusas are not to be missed on a trip to Emmanuel Coffee.

The Grove Hayes

Restaurant, American, $$$
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One of the three Grove restaurants in San Francisco, The Grove Hayes near the San Francisco opera house has its own special flair. A little on the pricier side, this independent restaurant owned by a San Franciscan family has provided a cozy place for the casual passersby and the opera and symphony goers alike for more than a decade. With the option of a little boozy addition to a warm meal and intimate environment, The Grove Hayes is the perfect spot for a relaxing brunch.

La Boulange de Hayes

Cafe, Restaurant, American, French, $$$
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Cafe du Soleil
Cafe du Soleil | (c) Torbakhopper/Flickr
With croissants baked to perfection, this particular restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating to its customers who come for the delicious French pastries and more. With many locations scattered all around the city, La Boulange is an affordable way to enjoy a small brunch before starting the day, offering a healthier alternative to the typical heavy breakfast food. Coupled with the tasty treats, the excellent customer service is just another reason why locals keep coming back.

Café du Soleil

Cafe, Pastries, American
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Cafe du Soleil
Cafe du Soleil | © torbakhopper/Flickr
Tucked away in lower Haight, this cafe offers a nice and cozy place to relax on a busy day. Café du Soleil is praised for its quaint atmosphere coupled with incomparable pastries. In a location a bit quieter than the rest of the city, the cafe is a safe haven for the hungry and the tired. The spectacularly simple presentation of the dishes is outdone only by the taste of the food itself, making a trip to Café du Soleil a must.

Chez Maman West

Restaurant, French, $$$
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Another great French restaurant in the area, Chez Maman West is well worth the wait it may take to get seated. A popular selection for dinner, it is also well known for its wide variety of brunch foods. From eggs Benedict to smoked salmon omelettes, Chez Maman is the place to go for brunch with a French twist.

Arlequin Café & Food To Go

Cafe, Restaurant, Mediterranean, 0
Arlequin Café gives its customers the option of dining inside the restaurant or bringing their orders home, with easy take-home options such as sandwiches and salads. The simple breakfast menu reflects how even the most basic orders at Arlequin can please everyone. For those looking for a more hefty meal, the cafe’s burgers are highly rated and enjoyed by many.

Dobbs Ferry Restaurant

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, American, $$$
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A tasty of combination of Italian and American food, Dobbs Ferry Restaurant is worth stopping by. Family-friendly with great service and a welcoming setting, Dobbs also ensures a high quality meal for all of their customers. Its egg-filled selection of brunch foods caters to almost everyone’s different preferences, from scrambled to poached. Loved by all who visit, Dobbs has become a staple for many of its customers.

Mercury Café

Cafe, American, $$$
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A good place to just sit down and maybe read a book or do some work, Mercury Café provides an ambiance that welcomes you to come in and stay a while. The classic breakfast menu and drink selection makes it easy to be swept off into a world of delicious flavors and relaxing music. Praised for its coffee, Mercury Café can really wake up the night owl.

Boxing Room

Restaurant, American
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Along with the Cajun food served at the Boxing Room, the restaurant occasionally hosts live jazz performances. The Boxing Room serves food that is often unheard of on the West Coast, such as alligator, rabbit, and turtle. Although they may sound a bit off-putting to some, the authentic cuisine encourages the restaurant’s customers to try new dishes that they may end up loving. A taste of Creole food with its beignets and jambalaya, Boxing Room adds to the atmosphere of Hayes Valley.

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