UPDATED FEB 14, 2020
Brunch is the perfect way to start the weekend, especially if you can keep it healthy. With that in mind, we pulled together the top spots for good-for-you brunch eats.
Are your parents in town or are you trying for a fancy brunch for that special person in your life? Greens is the way to go. (And who can’t love a place called Greens?) This Michelin-starred vegetarian restaurant at Fort Mason offers up delicious seasonal specials featuring ingredients like zucchini, orange marinated olives, pumpkin seeds, and so much more. Even better, this upscale eatery overlooks the San Francisco Marina, so here, you’ll be noshing on mouth-watering eats as you enjoy spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands.
Three words: vegan Mexican brunch. Yeah, we thought it wasn’t possible, either. But thanks to Gracias Madre, you can treat yourself to a Tofu Ranchero Scramble, biscuits & gravy with tempeh bacon, or Plantain French Toast at this plant-based Mission fave. And forget about a bloody mary; here, you can order up a bloody maria (featuring vegan Worcestershire) to go with your brunch! Don’t worry, they’ve got mimosas, too.
Headed to a Giants daytime game? Pop into Cafe Réveille for brunch before you make your way to the stadium (which is walking distance from this spot's Mission Bay location). Start off with a breakfast bowl full of kale and cabbage and topped with two eggs, green tahini, and hot sauce (vegan option available). Or, go traditional with an egg sando or coconut chia pudding. Whatever you order, make sure you pair it with one of their delicious, fresh-made smoothies, which are available at all three of their eateries.
If you’re craving a plant-based brunch, look no further than Nourish Cafe on Hyde St. and in the Richmond District. Their 6th St. location is within walking distance of Yoga Tree, so grab your buds for a yoga + brunch date this weekend. Brace yourself: their almond butter and Nutella is made in-house, and they even have gluten-free bread, if that’s your thing. Looking for something more savory? Go for the Nourish Bowl filled to the brim with veggies and topped with a healthy serving of homemade hummus and sliced avocado.
If you’re craving a bit more of a hearty brunch, Plow in Potrero Hill will hit the spot. This farm-to-table minimalist restaurant takes the idea of shopping local seriously. How seriously? They source all of their ingredients and materials from the Bay Area. And if you’re able to snag a seat, check out Annie’s almond flour pancakes — they’re to die for.
This quaint, micro-cafe specializing in mostly local, sustainable, and homemade ingredients is our favorite Lower Nob Hill brunch spot. You’ll want to make sure to order the seasonal toast for the table (topped with a rainbow of fruits for your Instagramming pleasure), and one or two of their gluten-free pastries. Oh, and go ahead and bring your best friend (your dog). Farm : Table is pet-friendly!
We’ve waxed poetic about this Australian transplant before, but it’s just that good. You don’t need to wait for the weekend to brunch here — stop by their Union Square or Financial District locations any day of the week and scoop up their avo toast, bowls, and wellness lattes. Both locations are awesome but small. So on the weekend, we’re partial to their FiDi digs — it gets slightly less foot traffic and has a larger food menu, so there’s less chance you’ll miss out on your favorite brunch eats.
Make your way to Little Gem on Grove or on Union streets for a brunch menu that you’ll still be drooling over come Monday. You won’t find any gluten, dairy, or refined sugar here — just delicious, healthful eats. If you’re an omnivore, go for the Smoked Brisket Hash. If you're not in the mood for something that heavy, the quinoa and almond flour pancakes are on point, especially when topped with coconut cream. The light and airy space (which means you’ll catch whiffs of your neighbor’s amazing dishes while you wait for yours to reach the table) is perfect for the mandatory top-down brunch photo.
Your weekend schedule should read, “Date with Jane” all month long. Their food is that incredible. And while this local hot spot (with locations on Fillmore and on Larkin) is always packed on Saturdays and Sundays, you can expect a delicious and healthy brunch that’s well worth the wait. Their quiche of the day, chia pudding, and Baked Egg Hash give us a whole new meaning for life. Bonus: they also serve amazing coffee drinks and blend their own chai (which might be one of the best in the city). Fitt Tip: Only the Jane on Larkin location has a true weekend brunch menu, but both serve breakfast all day.
San Francisco’s Ocean Beach might be cold and windy, but you can warm up at this vegan and gluten-free spot in the Outer Sunset with their Waffles Acai, featuring a GF Belgian waffle topped with banana, cinnamon, vegan butter, house raw granola, and of course, acai. But if you're not feeling a classic brunch item, their pita Sem Sandwich stuffed with hummus, mixed greens, veggies, cilantro pesto, and cashew crème should do the trick. Oh, and their Sunset smoothie made with local produce pairs well with literally everything on the menu.
With five locations within SF city limits alone, we’re positive you’ll be able to find a tasty brunch dish that your health-conscious crew would approve of. There are vegan options like Shiitake Spring Rolls and a Power Bowl full of brown rice, roasted veggies, and a poached egg, as well as vegan options like a Basil Pesto Tofu Scramble. And if you want to booze, they've got bloody marys and mimosas on deck.
The moment you stumble into one of Heyday’s two SF locations, you'll be hit with the wafting smells of their delicious, scratch-made culinary creations. Their Green Lentil Soups and Garden Lettuces Salad are Monday-only munchies to heed. But no matter the day of the week you stop by, sinking your teeth into their Smoked Rainbow Trout Toast is a treat — brunch time or otherwise. Fitt Tip: they are closed on weekends, so plan accordingly!
If there's one thing this charming Presidio Heights gem knows is that it's better to have a few great menu items than have a long list of selections that are just ok. That's why they keep their farm-inspired weekend brunch menu simple, ensuring everything from the bagel and lox (made with a Ducks & Dragons paleo bagel) to the Steamed Egg Cup with house-made bone broth, mushrooms, spinach, chicken, and kale is cooked and crafted to absolute perfection. Trust us — you'll definitely want to add this place to your list of must-visit brunch spots.
At Wild Seed, their motto is “good for you, good for the planet, good for the soul.” We believe them. (Plus, brunch is always good for the soul, and they have a great one.) For something sweet, go for the Banana Fritter topped with chocolate-tahini sauce, or go savory with the Donburi, a warm grain bowl with kimchi, avocado, roasted yam, and other goodies. Already going wild for Wild Seed? It gets better. A portion of every check goes to Friends of the Urban Forest to help clean the air and displace our carbon footprint. Yeah, we feel really great about brunchin’ here.
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