Reverb Kitchen + Bar
Stylish. Modern. Rustic. Inviting. These are the first words that come to mind upon entering this Russian Hill hot spot, known for serving both omnivore and vegetable dishes inspired by local seasonal fare. In fact, Reverb displays on its website a full list of its producers and what exactly it purchases from each purveyor — dairy from Straus Family Creamery and winter chicories and other greens from Marin Roots Farms, for example. This lovely kitchen and bar has a little something for everyone, whether it’s a kale and beet salad, salmon Benedict, or carrot cake pancakes.
Blue Barn does not disappoint in delivering the classics — soups, salads, and sandwiches — with high quality flavor. This charming neighborhood spot features organic and sustainable ingredients sourced from harvests of Oak Hill Farm, a small family-run farm located in Sonoma. With favorites ranging from the ‘Detox’ salad to the burrata grilled cheese, this trendy spot is a simple place to enjoy brunch in a rustic ambiance or pick up your meal to go.
This neighborhood cafe in Russian Hill serves both breakfast and lunch dishes with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. In fact, the chefs at Crave frequent Bay Area farmers’ markets several times a week to create high quality sandwiches, salads, and breakfast foods. Pro tip – grab a table outside for some prime people watching on a weekend morning.
Belcampo Meat Co.
Meat lovers and hearty brunch aficionados rejoice! Belcampo serves something for everyone — from breakfast sandwiches to Benedicts to beet salads. Once inside, you will notice a deli followed by a spacious restaurant with high ceilings and large windows bringing in a lot of natural light. With 100% certified organic, sustainably raised meat and a friendly staff, Belcampo is definitely worth a try for your next brunch.
If you prefer to start your morning with something fruity and tropical, head on over to Basik for freshly made açai bowls and smoothies. Upon entering this sleek, modern cafe, you’ll notice the Hawaiian influence everywhere, from the surf-inspired menu items to the wood-paneled counter. And with non-dairy, plant based options, it’s no surprise that there is always a pretty long line outside at peak hours. Rest assured that the line is definitely worth it when you are finally rewarded with your açai bowl. Mahalo!
The Crêpe House
Everyone’s favorite French dessert can now be enjoyed at San Francisco’s favorite mealtime at The Crêpe House. Come for a casual brunch with free WiFi and coffee drinks served in mason jars. Whether you prefer sweet or savory, the options are endless, and the portion sizes are generous. On warm days, take advantage of the large windows or outside patio for people-watching and fresh air.
Although Whole Foods isn’t technically on Polk Street and a grocery store isn’t typically the first idea that pops into mind for brunch, the hot food bar is the efficient San Franciscan’s brunch secret. Between the hours of eight thirty and eleven thirty in the morning, Whole Foods serves breakfast items (including cage-free scrambled eggs and breakfast sandwiches). For those who want complete control over their meal, like the opportunity to get creative, or just want to avoid long lines for a simple, healthy brunch — head a couple blocks west of Polk Street and enjoy.