Home to the Grace Cathedral, iconic cable car museum, and famously steep hills, Nob Hill is the quintessential San Franciscan neighborhood. A visit would be incomplete without brunch. Check out our guide to the best places to enjoy this meal.
Visitors riding in a cable car can hop off at the corner of California and Larkin to enjoy a delicious brunch outdoors at MyMy Coffee Shop, a small quaint cafe in the heart of Nob Hill. MyMy serves some of the best brunch in the area. For a perfect blend of sweet and savory, order the fluffy and light butterscotch French toast and the Parma-flavored eggs Benedict, made with poached eggs, prosciutto, roasted tomatoes, and grilled asparagus. Those who prefer a spicy kick enjoy the Tex Mex scramble, cooked with decadent chorizo, chipotle aioli, and generous pieces of spicy jalapeño, all topped with avocado and pico de gallo. Each dish is beautifully plated and served on a bed of MyMy’s ultra-thin and crispy hash browns.
Situated across the corner from MyMy Coffee Shop, Olea is a neighborhood gem that features a seasonal menu with fresh and locally sourced produce and a popular weekend brunch. For French toast fans, the Challah Custard Toast with cinnamon sugar and fresh strawberries is a must-try. Meat lovers favor the Cazuela, baked eggs with ground beef, pork, bacon, white beans, fire-roasted tomato sauce, tortilla chips and Parmesan cheese. Of course, no weekend brunch is complete without refreshments. In addition to Blue Bottle Coffee and French press coffee service, Olea serves its own variations on brunch cocktails. This includes a spicy Bloody Mary with sake, the ‘Michelada’ made with the house-made Bloody Mary and a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and the ‘Shandy’, a Trumer Pils mixed with lemonade.
Located just a block down from Grace Cathedral, Nob Hill Café is a family-owned restaurant that serves authentic Tuscan cuisine in a cozy space with outdoor seating perfect for people-watching and enjoying the San Francisco sun. Diners particularly enjoy Nob Hill Café’s savory plates, including the smoked salmon scramble with tomatoes and fresh dill and the Louisiana Omelette with Andouille sausage, bell peppers, and cheese. The highlight is the freshly baked corn muffin that comes on the side of most brunch plates: it is sweet, savory, and perfect.
A tiny hole-in-the-wall cafe near Lower Nob Hill, Beanstalk Café is known and loved for its pastries, Korean sandwiches, and toast cups. For an unforgettable brunch experience, try any sandwich on a cragel, the perfection that is a croissant and bagel hybrid. A fan favorite is the Korean Bulgogi sandwich, made on fresh bread with vegetables, mildly spicy Korean sauce and flavorful tender beef. Beanstalk’s infamous toast cups are composed of thin bread baked around an egg with a strip of bacon. Be sure to arrive early as they typically sell out by mid-morning, and take your food to go since seating is limited.
Known for its fast and friendly service, Nob Hill Grille is a cozy neighborhood restaurant specializing in traditional American cuisine with a modern twist. The most popular dish is the breakfast sliders. These are three small burgers made with mini brioche buns stuffed with Italian sausage patties, scrambled eggs, and American cheese, and served with a side of spicy chipotle aioli and home fries. Another favorite is the corned beef hash, topped with two poached eggs and cooked to perfection. Diners with a craving for sweets enjoy the vanilla French toast topped with berries and a side of crème anglaise. To make the long weekend wait enjoyable, order a mimosa upon arrival and hang out at one of the neighborhood’s most beloved brunch spots.
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