The Top 10 Brunches In Cow Hollow, San Francisco

Photo of Adriana Jones
2 November 2016

Brunch is a critical meal for all San Franciscans, and Cow Hollow has some of the best places to eat in the 7×7, well worth the wait that some of the restaurants flaunt. Cow Hollow has many things to do, so if you have a free morning, it’s a wonderful place to have a relaxed brunch, people-watch, and hang out. Here are 10 of the best brunch spots in the area.

Palm House

Undoubtedly one of the most unique restaurants on Union Street, the Palm House is decorated with tropical-themed pieces and looks like it just came out of Florida or Louisiana. The menu options at the Palm House are quite delectable and include items such as the Tahitian vanilla waffle and the fried chicken sandwich. When it rains outside, the Palm House does offer happy hours, thus providing a little perk if it happens to rain during your weekend brunch.

Palm House, 2032 Union St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 400 4355

The Palm House | Courtesy of Adriana Jones

The Palm House | Courtesy of Adriana Jones


While plenty of other restaurants on the street offer delicious waffles, if you are truly searching for the best out there, Belga has got your back. Not only are their Belgian waffles to die for, they also have various other breakfast treats including brioche beignets and berries with yogurt. They have brunch on the weekends from 11am to 3pm, and to top it off they have a highly extensive beer list which is served all day every day, so why not start your morning off right with a beer and some waffles?

Belga, 2000 Union St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 872 7350

Belga Union Street | Courtesy of Adriana Jones

Belga Union Street | Courtesy of Adriana Jones

Caffé Union

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, American
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Caffé Union
Caffé Union | Courtesy of Adriana Jones
Tucked away further down the street than many of the other restaurants in the area, Caffé Union is a quieter but phenomenal place to enjoy your weekend brunch. They have the whole trifecta of French toast, pancakes, and waffles, and plenty of other options including scrambles, omelets, and breakfast potatoes to die for. If you aren’t with a large group, there are a couple of bar stools that you can sit at to abate any wait time, and you can watch any games that are on while enjoying your meal.


Although there are various Perry’s locations around San Francisco, the Cow Hollow location is in fact the oldest, and it’s been around for five decades for a reason. One of the more popular places to dine, Perry’s is always full on the weekends, and with their welcoming ambiance and extensive menu it’s not surprising. From grilled artichokes to Buffalo wings, even the appetizer menu is phenomenal – so sit the wait out and go explore the area.

Perry’s, 1944 Union St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 922 9022

Balboa Cafe

Bar, Cafe, Cocktail Bar, American, $$$
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Always filled on the weekends, the Balboa Cafe has been around for many years, and it is highly popular among locals. From their very own Balburrito to steak and eggs, Balboa Cafe has a fairly traditional menu, but is quite famous for their food, especially their Balboa Burger. They are open for brunch from 9am to 3pm and have various other items including kale salad for anyone looking for healthier options.


One of the few Mexican restaurants in the area, Sabrosa offers premier weekend brunches created with sustainable ingredients by Chef Jose Ramos. Brunch runs from 11am to 4pm on the weekends, and the menu includes items from Ibarra Mexican French toast to a green chili hamburger. Be sure to try their brunch tacos, and don’t forget to create your own mimosas with a choice of four different juices.

Sabrosa, 3200 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 638 6500

Sabrosa | Courtesy of Adriana Jones

Sabrosa | Courtesy of Adriana Jones

Eastside West Restaurant and Bar

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
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With various eggs Benedict options, many scrambles, and a giant list of appetizers, there are plenty of different choices at Eastside West. Another perk of heading to this restaurant and bar is that they have a massive brunch cocktail menu as well as bottomless mimosas from 11am to 3pm during weekend brunch. Generally, the restaurant attracts a younger crowd and is an upbeat and bubbly place to grab brunch on the weekends.

Rose’s Café

Cafe, Restaurant, Italian, American, $$$
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A popular breakfast option, Rose’s Café has many savory breakfast options, including breakfast pizzas. They are open for brunch on the weekends, but they also serve breakfast during the week and have essentially the same items available. In case you have a sweet tooth, they have some great breakfast treats that include French toast and house-baked goods, as well as a killer dessert menu.

The Brick Yard

Although the Brick Yard is only open for brunch on the weekends, it is more than worth going here to try their breakfast. They have unique options, including a breakfast burger and a lamb Benedict, as well as the more traditional breakfast items such as eggs and potatoes – entitled ‘The Usual’ – and French toast. The Brick Yard is a popular place to watch sports, so if it happens to be a game day do be forewarned that it may be quite crowded.

The Brick Yard, 1787 Union St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 400 4712

The Brick Yard | Courtesy of Adriana Jones

The Brick Yard | Courtesy of Adriana Jones


Offering French cuisine, Gamine is open for brunch on the weekends and has a great atmosphere for a relaxed meal. They have abundant breakfast egg options, from countless omelets to oeufs cocottes (poached eggs) with various different toppings, and they offer French toast, too, of course. They have a separate lunch menu that you can choose from as well, including crêpes and sandwiches.

Gamine, 2223 Union St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 771 7771

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