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The Top 10 Brunches In Russian Hill, San Francisco
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The Top 10 Brunches In Russian Hill, San Francisco

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Updated: 11 November 2016
Russian Hill may be known for San Francisco cultural icons such as Ghirardelli Square and Lombard Street, but it also offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy beautiful views of the city while enjoying a stack of pancakes with a side of bottomless mimosas. Weekend warriors from all around the Bay Area go to Russian Hill to indulge in some truly delicious brunches.
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Eight AM

Not just for the early risers, Eight AM’s menu features a wide variety of waffles, crêpes, breakfast sandwiches, frittatas, and more. However, this restaurant is mainly known for its take on avocado toast – three different takes, to be precise. What’s more is Eight AM utilizes fresh ingredients, and it is right on the border of Fisherman’s Wharf. While the décor is minimalist, the food, to put it simply, is not.

Eight AM, 1323 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 292 4888

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Stones Throw

For a slightly more upscale brunch, Stones Throw is the ideal place for Sunday simplicity and an environment that is filled with hospitality and an incredibly creative menu. Where else can you find items like puffed potatoes or monkey bread? Stones Throw also features a variety of brunch beverages, such as orange-ginger and grapefruit-cucumber mimosas. Not only that, but the staff is friendly and knows the menu inside and out. However, because this Russian Hill spot is slightly smaller, it is recommended that you make reservations in advance.

Stones Throw, 1896 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 796 2901

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Square Meals

Craving a healthier side to brunch? The chefs at Square Meals primarily source local and organic ingredients, meaning that the menu is ever-changing, but the flavor is always on point. Known for its delivery and catering services, the brunch option at Square Meals is a hidden gem. Square Meals shares its space with Batter Bakery, meaning you can grab a meal as well as an array of confectionery goods all in one place.

Square Meals, 2127 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 674 1069

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Leopold’s

A well-known German restaurant found on Polk Street, Leopold’s features numerous Austrian delights, such as linzer torte and schokoladenmousse – that would be chocolate mousse, in layman’s terms. Leopold’s has a cozy setting that is perfect for the upcoming winter mornings.

Leopold’s, 2400 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 474 2000

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The Buena Vista Café

The Buena Vista Café is for the leprechaun in all of us. With servers that are more like friends than strangers, it’s no wonder that this place fills up for brunch. Rumor has it that Buena Vista Café is where Irish coffee was invented. But either way, you can’t go wrong with ordering one of those and a plate of the crab cakes Benedict.

The Buena Vista Café, 2765 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 474 5044

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Trattoria Contadina

If you are still in search of any last remnants of summer, look no further than the lemon ricotta pancakes at Trattoria Contadina. Light and airy, much like the atmosphere at this Italian restaurant, the food is reasonably priced, and because the restaurant is more known for dinner, it might be easy to sneak in on Sunday for brunch without a reservation. A perfect combination of charm and luxury, Trattoria Contadina is located on the border of Russian Hill and North Beach.

Trattoria Contadina, 1800 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 982 5728

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Caffe Sapore

Nestled along the world’s most crooked street, Caffe Sapore has a simple yet tasty menu that includes granola, oatmeal, and various bagels and croissants. Caffe Sapore is ideal if you are looking to combine technology with breakfast, as it offers free WiFi and plenty of outdoor seating.

Caffe Sapore, 790 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 474 1222

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The Boardroom

Open for weekend brunch, The Boardroom welcomes its visitors like family members. Dive bar by night and casual brunch spot by morning, The Boardroom serves comfort food like Texas-style French toast, country fried steak, and biscuits and gravy. Plus, it has a jukebox, so you can pick from a wide selection of music to listen to whilst you eat.

The Boardroom, 1609 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 982 8898

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Polker’s Restaurant

Yes, many know Polker’s Restaurant for its burgers, but did you know it does breakfast right, too? Typically, Saturdays and Sundays are the main days that city-goers swing by for brunch. Polker’s is wonderful because you get a lot of bang for your buck, meaning the prices are reasonable and the portions are more than enough if you are in the mood to share with someone.

Polker’s Restaurant, 2226 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 885 1000

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Flour & Co

For those who crave a sweeter start to the morning, be sure to swing by Flour & Co, a cozy bakery on Hyde Street that serves strong and delicious coffee as well as lighter breakfast items such as tarts, muesli, and yogurt and granola bowls. For those in the mood for savory dishes, there are plenty of options, as well, including quiche, English muffin breakfast sandwiches, and more. But the best part of Flour & Co is the philosophy – everything is made with natural and organic ingredients, meaning Flour & Co stays away from corn syrup and food coloring.

Flour & Co, 1030 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 992 7620