has become one of the busiest brunch destinations in the country, particularly in the city’s Castro District. People looking for a delicious meal to start their weekends off right should check out these quintessential Castro spots.
Market, Restaurant, French
This French restaurant has a reputation among San Franciscans as the best place to get ‘French cuisine with a California accent.’ Bisou is an active participant in the Bistronomy movement, using organic, locally grown ingredients in its stylish menu options. They even go so far as to grow their own produce in Napa Valley to ensure the quality of the product that they lovingly serve to their diners. This casual restaurant is the perfect place to find a croque monsieur, a traditional ham and cheese sandwich served with béchamel sauce. Top it off with a session of bottomless mimosas for the perfect hangover cure.
Bisou Bistronomy, 2367 Market St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 556 6200
Restaurant, American, $$$
Kitchen Story has perfected cozy breakfast comfort food. Although there will certainly be a line for their brunch hours on the weekend, Try the ‘Millionaire’s Bacon.’ This porky treat, made with extra-thick bacon, red pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and dark brown sugar, originated at Kitchen Story’s sister restaurant Sweet Maple. If you’re looking to try this specialty, order one of the Millionaire’s benedict (eggs benedict atop Millionaire’s Bacon and a ciabatta roll) or the Castro Millionaire’s BLT.
Kitchen Story, 3499 16th St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 525 4905
Bakery, Restaurant, American, $$$
The Castro location of Chow (nicknamed Chow Church) is another great spot to find organic comfort food for brunch. They pride themselves on their house-made chicken-apple sausage and their fresh juices that are pressed to order. All baked goods in the restaurant are made fresh daily in the bakery of their Danville location, and they offer free-range, all-natural, and sustainable meat options in many of their menu items. If you’re in the East Bay, Lafayette and, of course, Danville also have locations.
Chow, 215 Church St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 552 2469
Coffee Shop, Asian, Vietnamese, $$$
If you’re looking for cheap, quick, delicious brunch in the Castro, Castro Tarts is the way to go!.They have affordable options and an amicable atmosphere. Under ‘Daily Breakfast’ on their menu, customers can order a meat and egg combination that comes with a side of hash browns as well as a baked good, orange juice, and an option of coffee or tea. The cost of all of this food is easy on the wallet. Castro Tarts offers its patrons breakfasts that are packed with a full day’s nutrition on the cheap.
Castro Tarts, 564 Castro St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 861 3268
Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
This mystical brunch spot serves modern American cuisine. If you want to bring your Sunday morning meal to the outdoors, be sure to ask for a seat on the woodsy outdoor patio for your brunch reservation. Fable also has locally grown fruits and vegetables in all of their dishes. Be sure to try the buttermilk pancakes with coconut butter, or if you’re looking to start off your day with something savory, give the sesame-crusted and seared local albacore tuna a shot.
Fable, 558 Castro St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 590 2404
Cafe, Tea , $$$
This quirky street-corner café, easily identified by its electric blue exterior, is a great place to find a cheap, healthy, speedy breakfast. Although there isn’t an extensive menu, H Café is the perfect place to find a quick, affordable solution to that morning ‘hanger’ strike. Look here for a friendly, colorful, neighborhood establishment with darn good breakfast sandwichs.
H Café, 3801 17th St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 487 1661
Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
Opened by Lily (also known as Mama Ji) and her partner Marv, this Sichuan-style restaurant serves home-style Chinese cuisine. MaMa Ji, born in Sichuan, likes to provide her customers with the food that she grew up eating. They belong on this list with their delicious dim sum and dumpling service. Come here to find steamed and fried dumplings and rolls, rice rolls, and delicious BBQ pork buns. This is a great place to experiment if you’re looking for different brunch cuisine options.
Mama Ji’s, 4416 18th St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 626 4416
The Cove On Castro
Cafe, American, Vegetarian, $$$
The Cove On Castro
The Cove on Castro serves breakfast until 4am. That means that you lazy brunchers can have your pancakes until dinnertime. Plus it has the perfect Castro location (right across the road from the Castro Theatre), which makes for an interesting morning of people watching to start the day. Look here for bottomless mimosas and a proud, LGBTQ friendly atmosphere.
The Cove on Castro, 434 Castro St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 626 0462
Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
Beso Bistronomia, known for its tapas and Spanish food during its dinner hours, also serves a weekend brunch! Their classic Spanish breakfasts offer morning tapas, sandwiches, scrambles and salads, plus sangria. Be sure to taste the rosemary manchego grilled cheese stuffed with a poached egg, patatas bravas, and romesco sauce. This restaurant has only recently adopted the brunch trend, so their brunch menu is sure to grow with time.
Beso Bistronomia, 4058 18th St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 801 5392
Cafe, American, $$$
Café UB has found the perfect balance between weekend brunch hot spot and casual work environment. With window seating and an outdoor patio, they offer their patrons a variety of ways to enjoy a morning meal. Their affordable prices and quick service make the meal even better. Ritual Coffee accompanies their breakfast sandwiches, toasts, bagels, and plates, so customers can decide between a quick and casual meal or a relaxed weekend brunch.
Café UB, 3901 18th St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 552 8378