Over the next few minutes we hope that you all will be learning quite a bit about the best places to eat breakfast in San Francisco. Whether you need to rush out the door right now or are planning for tomorrow morning we think we can give you an assist.
There really is no better way for us to get the ball rolling than by listing the best all-around brunch and breakfast restaurants in San Francisco. Eggs, omelets, waffles, pancakes, cinnamon rolls, sandwiches, wraps, bacon, sausage, and plenty of other delicious meals can be had somewhere around town.
Healthy options for vegan and vegetarian breakfast in your area will be up next. Heading to a donut and bagel shop or bakery early in the morning to get them when they are hot and fresh out of the oven is a solid idea.
Cafes to get your coffee and additional healthy options like smoothies and juice bars deserve a shout out. We will get you out of here with a list of the best all day breakfast spots near you to enjoy one of these meals whenever you feel like it, and we will always try to point out any brunch buffets that are available when we can.
Expect to find a local map for early morning restaurants towards the end to help you find the closest spot, and we welcome you all to look through our other posts on this area if interested.
Best Breakfast & Brunch Restaurants In San Francisco
The best San Francisco breakfast and brunch restaurants are where to go when you want to eat great bacon, eggs, waffles, pancakes, omelets, or any early morning delicacy:
- Early to Rise at 1098 Jackson St
- Home Plate at 2150 Lombard St
- Eight am at 1323 Columbus Ave
- Neal’s Coffee Shop at 114 De Anza Blvd, San Mateo
- Apple Fritter at 1901 S Norfolk St, San Mateo
- Homeskillet at 820 A Veterans Blvd, Redwood City
- Stacks at 314 El Camino Real, Redwood City
- Sweet Maple at 150 University Ave, Palo Alto
- Alamo Café at 1 Alamo Square Dr, Alamo
- La Note at 2377 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
- Cafe M at 1799 Fourth St #F, Berkeley
Early to Rise is a weekend brunch spot offering homemade bagels and donuts as well as coffee and other beverages.
Many people have been eating typical American breakfast, brunch, and lunch items including scratch made scones at Home Plate since 1989.
Apple Fritter serves simple breakfast dishes in your area as well as unique donut burgers, churro French toast, and fruity pebble shakes.
There are fine servings of classic American breakfasts such as applewood smoked bacon, fresh hash browns, and homemade donuts in Redwood City at Homeskillet.
Since 1997 Stacks has been serving hot coffee, pancakes, fresh eggs, and many more local breakfast favorites with healthy, gluten free, and plant based options.
Traditional American breakfast and brunch in Palo Alto are served with an Asian twist at Sweet Maple. Some of their most popular options include millionaire’s bacon, big hip deep fried French toast, bottomless mimosa, and bloody Mary’s.
Vegan & Vegetarian Breakfasts
Healthy vegan or vegetarian breakfast spots are more popular than ever and some of the best in town are:
- Nourish Café at 189 6th Ave
- Judahlicious at 3906 Judah St
- Village Hummus at 1001 Park Pl, San Mateo
- The Butcher’s Son Vegan Delicatessen & Bakery at 1954 University Ave, Berkeley
Nourish Café is open at 8am on weekdays and 9am on weekends serving brekkie and smoothie bowls, sandwiches, and avocado toast.
Waffles, pancakes, and other breakfast staples near you with gluten free options are available at Judahlicious starting at 9am.
Some of the best homecooked hummus and Mediterranean pitas, sandwiches, wraps, salads, croissants, and smoothies are served for breakfast at Village.
Delicious pancakes in Berkeley along with toasted boichik bagels, sandwiches, and home fries are available seven days a week at The Butcher’s.
Donuts Shops In San Francisco
Make a quick stop at a local donut shop if you are running late:
- Johnny Doughnuts at 2404 California St
- Bob’s Donut at 1621 Polk St
- Dynamo Donut & Coffee at 2760 24th St
- Twisted Donuts & Coffee at 1243 Noriega St
- Uncle Benny’s Donut & Bagel at 2049 Irving St
- Apple Fritter at 1901 S Norfolk St, San Mateo
- Chuck’s Donuts at 801 Woodside Rd, Redwood City
- Happy Donuts at 3916 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
- Great Donuts at 115 Alamo Plaza B, Alamo
- Dream Fluff Donuts at 2637 Ashby Ave, Berkeley
- Rainbow Donuts at 2025 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Johnny Doughnuts is open every day at 7am. Both Bob’s and Chuck’s are open 24 hours a day selling high quality donuts in your area.
You can buy donuts and coffee at Dynamo seven days a week. Twisted sells donuts and coffee throughout the week starting at 7am except for Monday and Tuesday when they are closed.
Uncle Benny’s is open every day at 4am offering really good donuts and bagels. Apple Fritter serves great local donuts on weekdays starting at 7:30am and 8am on weekends.
You can also head to Happy Donuts in Palo Alto every day starting at 5am for some really good treats. Great is a good option for quality donuts too starting at 6am Tuesday through Sunday.
Both Dream Fluff and Rainbow provide donuts in Berkeley really early in the morning seven days a week.
Bagel Shops Near You
Enjoy some great bagels and maybe even a breakfast sandwich at:
- House of Bagels at 5030 Geary Blvd
- Posh Bagel at 4 Embarcadero Ctr
- Noe Bagel at 3933 24th St
- The Bagel Bakery Café at 151 Townsend St
- Daily Driver at 2535 3rd St
- Wise Sons Jewish Deli at 1520 Fillmore St
- Bagel Street Café at 254 Redwood Shores Pkwy, Redwood City
- Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels at 477 California Ave, Palo Alto
- Boichik Bagels at 3170 College Ave, Berkeley
- Berkeley Bagels at 1281 Gilman St, Berkeley
House of Bagels makes authentic New York style bagels from scratch near you as well as challahs, ryes, hamentashen, black and white cookies, rugalah, Russian tea cakes, pastries, cragels, and other artisan baked goods.
There are a lot of varieties at The Bagel Bakery including bagel dogs, bagelwiches, and bagel omelets as well as grilled sandwiches, salads, and spreads.
Wood fired bagels, hand battered organic butter and cream cheese, trade fair coffees, and much more are available at Daily Driver.
Wise Sons Jewish Deli excels at providing homemade bagels which are precooked in malt infused water as well as exquisite smoked salmon with double whipped cream cheese.
Over 30 distinct sorts of tasty bagels in Palo Alto ranging from traditional to modern are offered at Izzy’s Brooklyn as well as handcrafted treats like kugel, knishes, rugelach, and black and white cookies with vegan and vegetarian options.
From Danishes to cinnamon rolls to quiche these bakeries should have you covered:
- Tartine Bakery at 600 Guerrero St
- Arizmendi Bakery at 1331 9th Ave
- Arsicault Bakery at 397 Arguello Blvd
- Jane The Bakery at 1881 Geary Blvd
- Stella Pastry at 446 Columbus Ave
- Craftsman and Wolves at 746 Valencia St
- Sheng Kee at 2964 S Norfolk St, San Mateo
- Dianda at 117 De Anza Blvd, San Mateo
- Cocola Bakery at 2810 Bay Rd, Redwood City
- Mademoiselle Colette at 2401 Broadway, Redwood City
- Douce France at 855 El Camino Real #104, Palo Alto
- Fournée Bakery at 2912 Domingo Ave, Berkeley
- Acme Bread at 1601 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Tartine Bakery, Arsicault Bakery, and Sheng Kee are open every day at 8am. Baked goods are available at Arizmendi Bakery starting at 7:30am Tuesday through Sunday.
Jane The Bakery is open seven days a week at 7am while Stella Pastry is open at 7:30am. Dianda is a bakery in San Mateo that opens early at 6am Monday through Saturday and 7am on Sunday.
You can get baked goods on weekdays starting at 7am and 8am on weekends at Cocola Bakery.
Mademoiselle Colette is open every day at 8am providing breakfast dishes in your area including organic scrambled eggs, avocado toast, croque monsieur, yogurt and granola bowls, French toast, fruits, and croissants.
There are fine servings of pancakes, French toast, eggs Benedict, tartine, breakfast sandwich, and organic oats at Douce France seven days a week.
Fournée Bakery is open at 8am Tuesday through Sunday while Acme Bread is open at 8am Monday through Saturday and 8:30am on Sunday.
Cafes In Your Area
Jump start your day with that boost of caffeine we all need at one of these cafes:
- Gallery Café at 1200 Mason St
- Mazarine Coffee at 720 Market St
- BeanStalk Café at 724 Bush St
- 3 Bees Coffee at 224 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo
- Blue Bottle at 3081 S Delaware St, San Mateo
- Cafe La Tartine at 830 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City
- Coupa Café at 695 Main St, Redwood City
- Cafe Venetia at 419 University Ave, Palo Alto
- Peet’s Coffee at 215 Alamo Plaza #E, Alamo
- 1951 Coffee Company at 2410 Channing Way, Berkeley
Gallery Café is open every day at 7am serving breakfast scramble sandwiches, mushrooms and onions, English muffin delight with avocado and bacon, homemade sausage, meatloaf, mac and cheese, cannelloni, and chicken noodle soup.
Local breakfast wraps, freshly baked pastries, and wraps as well as coffee and hot and iced specialty drinks are available at 3 Bees.
Cafe La Tartine’s breakfast menu in Redwood City includes eggs Benedict, veggie Benedict, hashbrown pie, burrito, no carb scramble, and yogurt parfait granola.
Coupa specializes in regionally roasted Arabica coffee from Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Ethiopia, and India.
Smoothies & Juice Bars
Usually these smoothie and juice bars will also have some quick and easy healthy meals:
- Sidewalk Juice at 3287 21st St
- Juice Portal at 166 W Portal Ave
- Juice Shop at 432 Octavia St
- Deja Vu Organic Juice Bar at 314 S B St, San Mateo
- Pressed at 660 Stanford Shopping Center # 230, Palo Alto
- Earthbar at 1911 Fourth St #101, Berkeley
- Juice Appeal at 150 Berkeley Sq, Berkeley
Sidewalk Juice is open every day at 9am and has a nice breakfast menu near you. Deja Vu Organic Juice Bar, and Pressed are open at 8am daily.
Juice Portal serves salads, acai, granola and grain bowls and offers add ons for your smoothies like hemp protein powder, activated charcoal, camu camu, mushroom blend, maca, ashwagandha, e3 live, and spirulina.
In Berkeley you can visit Earthbar seven days a week at 7am while Juice Appeal is open on weekdays at 9am and 10am on weekends.
All Day Breakfast Restaurants
Bacon and eggs are always delish and these all day breakfast restaurants in San Francisco will serve them whenever you are ready:
- Morning Due Café at 3698 17th St
- Zazie at 941 Cole St
- Mymy at 1500 California St
- Bay Watch at 201 2nd Ave, San Mateo
- Talk of Broadway at 2096 Broadway, Redwood City
- Bill’s Café at 3163 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
- Hobee’s at 4224 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
- Rick & Ann’s Restaurant at 2922 Domingo Ave, Berkeley
- Lama Beans at 1290 Sixth St, Berkeley
Breakfast, brunch, and lunch with vegan options are served all day in San Francisco at Morning Due.
Zazie’s local brunch menu includes eggs en fonte, eggs any style, eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, French toast, gluten free pancakes, soups, sandwiches, and salads.
Bay Watch has a wide selection of traditional breakfasts in your area like hash browns, bay potatoes, omelets, scrambles, waffles, pancakes, and breads.
Breakfast is served all day including daily chef’s specials at Bill’s. Don’t forget about the all day breakfast offered at La Note and Cafe M from our other lists.
Some of you may also want to read about:
- Our Favorite Breakfast Spots in Oakland
- Our Favorite Breakfast Spots in San Jose
- Our Favorite Breakfast Spots in Sacramento
- Our Favorite Breakfast Spots in Portland
Enjoy Your Breakfast In San Francisco
All of those local breakfast spots to get your eggs, omelets, bacon, pancakes, or waffles as well as buffets, healthy vegetarian and vegan options, donut and bagel shops near you, cafes, smoothie and juice bars, and all day restaurants in your area are ready whenever you are.
It would be great if you could let us know if we got anything incorrect in the comments, and feel free to share any early morning meal tips for this town that you may have as well. Now go have fun enjoying your breakfast in San Francisco.