The 10 Best Brunch Spots In The Financial District, San Francisco

Photo of Jeremy Nussbaum
6 October 2016

San Francisco’s Financial District is home to some of the most prominent people in the world, including chefs. Put on your jacket and whip out the Clipper card as you check out the top ten places to sit down for a great brunch in the heart of San Francisco.

Campton Place Restaurant

Restaurant, American
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Campton Place blends all the luxury and chic of the city with just the right hint of Indian flair. The menu is bursting with flavorful selections, ranging from tandoori to crab cake Benedict. What sets it apart is Chef Srijith’s signature naan bar, with various and uniquely seasoned naan filled to the brim with basil aioli, masala, and garlic. Definitely order from the naan bar for an exotic and savory start to an all-around palate-pleasing brunch.

Shorty Goldstein’s

Cafe, Deli, Kosher, $$$
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Potato latkes
Potato latkes | © megan.chromik/Flickr
If you’ve been looking for that perfect brunch atmosphere with the honest-to-goodness vibe of a family run business, then say shalom to Shorty Goldstein’s. Shorty’s provides the classic Jewish deli atmosphere mixed with the contemporary upholstery of a hipster coffee shop, giving you the best of both worlds. Pastrami, corned beef, and even chopped liver are all served on Jewish rye or challah bread for a sweet twist. Stop by and nosh on a classic potato latke with homemade apple sauce or stick with the old favorite, a toasted bagel with schmeer.

Honey Honey Café & Crêpery

Dessert Shop, Cafe, Mexican, Dessert, $$$
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Fruit Crêpe 1
Fruit Crêpe 1 | © Matthew Levine/Flickr
Right on the Financial District border, Honey Honey brings you sweet and savory menu options. There is no shortage of brunch combinations, from gourmet veggie burgers to white tuna salad. If you want a little something sweet, go for a dessert crêpe filled with fresh strawberries, banana, and kiwi, all topped off with ice cream. If you want to be even more adventurous, try a savory crêpe with Mexican salsa and avocado.

The Grove Yerba Buena

The Grove is a one-of-a kind eating experience, delivering both flavor and style in spades. It offers a mix of American and Mexican dishes that taste unlike anything else you’ve ever had before, all set in an environment taken straight off a movie set, complete with rustic apparel. Come for brunch and order the eggs Benedict with a side of smoky black beans, and you’ll be hooked for life.

Grove Yerba Buena, 690 Mission St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1

MKT Restaurant and Bar

Bar, Restaurant, American, Seafood, Dessert
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a celebratory bloody mary
a celebratory bloody mary | © fishermansdaughter/Flickr
Located within the Four Seasons hotel, MKT offers a San Francisco twist on the everyday brunch scene. Unique seafood sandwiches and seafood salads fill the menu, paying homage to San Francisco’s fisherman roots; MKT also pays tribute to the Wild West with the pork belly and arugula MKT burger. Once you’ve moved on to dessert, choose from some of the most exotic treats served in the city, from a strawberry passion-fruit macaron to a duck egg brûlée covered in starfruit. Top it all off with a bloody Mary or mimosa for that classic brunch sensation you can only have in the city.

The Pink Elephant

Gastropub, Bar, American
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Mimosas | © Joe Shlabotnik/Flickr
Looking for a restaurant and bar that’s open early for weekend brunch? Pink Elephant’s one place you won’t want to miss. When brunch time comes around, it serves quirky spins on old favorites, such as the infamous ‘sassy bacon,’ seasoned with sweet brown sugar and spices. Pink Elephant also has its own take on huevos rancheros with platanos and eggs, topped with black beans and chipotle aioli and plantains. Sit at the bar and enjoy the self-serve mimosa bar with 20 unique flavors.

The Lounge

Located inside the Ritz-Carlton hotel, The Lounge is a must try for anyone looking for a spot that looks as good as its food. The pinnacle of posh, The Lounge offers an exclusive atmosphere that some people only dream of, while offering salad, pizza, and cheese boards. Most people come for the wine and end up staying for the conversation. Bring a friend with you to enjoy one of the finest brunch spots in one of the finest cities in the world.

The Lounge, 600 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1

Sears Fine Food

Sears Fine Food delivers just the kind of quality you’d expect from a place that’s been doing its thing since 1938, and it proves that there’s no school like the old school. Taking a step into Sears is like taking a step back in time, but with all the modern brunch dishes you love. Treat yourself to some of the best omelets in the city, and if you feel up to it, order the ‘world famous 18 Swedish pancakes.’

Sears Fine Food, 439 Powell St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1

Boulettes Larder

Cafe, Restaurant, American, Dessert, $$$
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Beignets | © Phil Roeder/Flickr
Offering the style of a Paris cafe, with a just a hint of southern Louisiana, Boulettes Larder delivers on both fronts. The brunch menu includes some of the best French classics this side of the Golden Gate, including the carrot saffron soup and poached eggs with steak. For that New Orleans kick, the violet sugar beignets in orange blossom honey are a must-try. Have a glass of French wine with your dessert to take your taste buds away to paradise.


Cocktail Bar, Cocktails, $$$
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15 Romolo is a well-kept secret hangout to most passersby, complete with cozy couches and a retro jukebox. 15 Romolo’s got everything you could want from a brunch spot, with extra emphasis placed on the alcoholic beverages. Order plenty of sides before you dive into the Punch Drunk Brunch menu, full of creatively named cocktails such as the The Bitter Barista and the Lookin’ Good.

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