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Diners' Choice: Great for brunch restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are great for brunch in San Francisco Bay Area? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Pier 23 Cafe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1297)
$30 and under
Seafood
Financial District / Embarcadero
About the restaurant
Pier 23 Cafe Restaurant & Bar, a historic wharf restaurant and bar, continues to serves fresh seafood and good drinks to locals and visitors alike.

Family owned for nearly 35 years, Pier 23 Cafe takes an innovative approach to San Francisco’s traditional seafood dishes. It’s a tried and true establishment that captures the essence of the City and its waterfront history in food, service, and picturesque waterside setting.

Soak up the California sun and the beautiful San Francisco Bay views from our Beer Garden & Waterside patio or city views of Telegraph Hill and the Embarcadero from our sidewalk tables.

Top review
BeatHvip
Dined on Apr 26, 2024
Always nice to pass by Pier 23. Good food and nice people.
A photo of Cafe de la Presse restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1883)
$30 and under
French
Downtown / Union Square
About the restaurant
For centuries, cafes the world over have provided patrons with entertainment that draws on all walks of life. In these gathering places of art, politics, fashion, and everyday events, cafe-goers partake in a unique convergence of eclectic culture and traditional cuisine. Parisian-inspired Cafe de la Presse continues the trend with international literature, classic fare, and the age-old pastime of dining, relaxing, and conversing in a vibrant atmosphere.
Top review
katherineb
Dined 2 days ago
Very delicious food and attentive staff. Thank you.
A photo of Napa General Store restaurant
4.5
4.5 (507)
$30 and under
American
Napa
About the restaurant
When Jim & Jill Brandt decided to open the Napa General Store they wanted to create a casual space that reflected the history of the building that they had rescued along the banks of the Napa River.
It was important to them that the Napa General Store was authentic in every detail, and that includes making their cornmeal pancakes from scratch, squeezing oranges for juice and using local farm-raised eggs for breakfast.
Their hearts told them that if they put together the friendliest staff in Napa, and treated guests like they were home, that good things would follow.
After more than ten years of welcoming locals and visitors alike it seems their instincts were correct. Locals have their favorite tables and visitors return year after year for the quality, value and down-home charm.
The Napa General Store café continues a tradition of casual riverside dining in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere (Fido welcome on the back deck).

Top review
TanksMom
Dined on Apr 21, 2024
The food and ambiance was fantastic, the service was slow and at times challenging, but recommend as I overall enjoyed the experience.
A photo of Cracked & Battered Potrero Hill restaurant
4.5
4.5 (11)
$30 and under
Breakfast
Mission Bay / South Beach
About the restaurant
Old school cooking and fried chicken for breakfast. Let me explain:

Wether at our location in the rolling hills of beautiful Potrero Hill or our Marina location, which is steps away from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, C&B perfectly encompasses edgy food and San Francisco's endless local activities. With my father being a Texas native with a Middle Eastern background, our American Brunch menu spills of eclectic ways of pairing fried chicken to an atypical breakfast. From our specialty of Chicken and Waffles to Asian dishes like Nasi Goreng to our tribute to Morocco for their Shakshouka, you’ll find a dish anyone can connect with. Not to mention, my father spent years in search of the perfect pancake recipe (finally!!). And yes, our proteins halal certified. So rest assured, a humane menu is of our top most priority.

Pull up a chair in our outdoor parklet, order a coffee, and come vibe with us. See ya’ll soon.

Top review
Annievip
Dined on Feb 17, 2024
Everything was tasty. Just wish they had more regular egg dishes not accompanied by fried chicken & waffle. Staff was super friendly; a +. Kinda noisy. Outdoor tables could have heaters. Coffee could also be better. Good value though.
A photo of El Torito - Milpitas restaurant
4.4
4.4 (409)
$30 and under
Mexican
Milpitas
About the restaurant
The authority in great Mexican food for more than 65 years. Offering a memorable experience to make each guest feel like family.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Fast and good service, the food it is great 👍. The reservation was at time!!
A photo of Son & Garden - San Francisco restaurant
4.4
4.4 (867)
$30 and under
Breakfast
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
About the restaurant
Meet Chef Kasem S, Business Owner. Son & Garden is our newest venture from Farmhouse Kitchen Family. We want to welcome you to our beautiful, lavishly decorated restaurant. As you step through the door into our picturesque dining room, you are transformed to a gorgeous whimsical land of floral bliss.

In addition to our beautiful atmosphere, our dishes are just as gorgeous. If you want to experience the best breakfast or best brunch in San Francisco, look no further! Experience our Matcha Mochi Pancakes! You must experience our famous cotton candy Cloud 9 cocktail ! You also cannot do brunch without a delicious Mimosa!

Can you keep a secret? In addition to our main dining room, we have our Secret Bar! An elegant, stylish, intimate experience. If you have tried our brunch, you must check out our dinner menu! Our Chef Cut Steak, Bear Belly Carbonara, Seafood Tower & fun variety of appetizers are just a few of our amazing dinner selections.

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Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Such a lovely tea experience! Fast, Friendly service.
A photo of Cafe Florian restaurant
4.3
4.3 (304)
$30 and under
American
Foster City
About the restaurant
Cafe Florian Sunday Brunch
$55++ per adult, kids $25++ (5-11)
++: EACH BILL is subject to an 18% service charge and local tax
Your reservation is for two (2) hours to enjoy this brunch experience from your reservation time.
Credit card required for all reservations.
Reservation via Opentable.com

Reservation via Opentable.com Fathers Day Brunch: Sunday, June 16, 2024 SEATING 10am-1pm @ $70++ per adult, kids $35++ (5-11) Credit Card required for all parties: EACH BILL is subject tax and 18% service charge Your reservation is for two (2) hours to enjoy this brunch experience from your reservation time. Reservation via Opentable.com





Top review
JohnN
Dined on May 12, 2024
Incredibly attentive staff. Excellent atmosphere for fun and families. As difficult as it is to prepare food for a buffet, the chefs managed to prepare a present an array of foods that were well presented and, most importantly, delicious!
A photo of Son & Garden - Palo Alto restaurant
4.2
4.2 (256)
$30 and under
Breakfast
Palo Alto
About the restaurant
Meet Chef Kasem S, Business Owner. Son & Garden is our newest venture from Farmhouse Kitchen Family. We hope to brighten your day with our colorful, delicious and thoughtful creations. As always, we do not provide anything less than a perfect experience. #sonandgarden #bestbreakfast #brunch #breakfast restaurant
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 11, 2024
Service was terrible, they never came by our table, or gave us menus, or to take our order but said we could only stay there for an hour. The table who sat down 30 min after us all got their food before us.
A photo of Calabash restaurant
4.1
4.1 (66)
$30 and under
Jamaican
Oakland
About the restaurant
Like its namesake, Calabash—restaurant, market and bar in Uptown Oakland—is a place of global innovation; a home for creative local chefs and producers to bring the uniqueness of their culture and flavors to The Town.
Top review
WillH
Dined on May 12, 2024
Calabash is a place I can’t wait to get back to. I took my wife there for Mother’s Day and we really enjoyed the brunch.
A photo of Chevys Fresh Mex - Emeryville restaurant
3.2
3.2 (548)
$30 and under
Mexican
Emeryville
About the restaurant
Making the best Fresh Mex food from scratch, daily!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 4, 2024
Server was perfect and secure: the investment was safe and beneficial.
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