San Francisco's Best Breakfast

These Four San Francisco & Sausalito Coffee Shops Pop with Top Reviews


In a city filled with excellent brunch places, these four spots are right at the top of the list with consistently high ratings across every social media platform at which you can shake an egg beater.

It’s no coincidence that Sweet Maple, Blackwood Kitchen Story and Fred’s Place are part of the same family. Across the sparkling water of the bay in charming Sausalito, Fred’s Place (a.k.a. Fred’s Coffee Shop) is in the same elite ratings league of near perfect scores.

Sweet Maple

Here’s a place with a reputation that reaches far and wide; stop in if you’re off to see the Painted Ladies or to visit the Fillmore District or Japantown.  Perhaps the crowd-pleasing Millionaire’s Bacon, a popular menu item, is named for the splendid Victorian houses of nearby Pacific Heights? Our friends whisper that its secret is a dusting with brown sugar, black pepper and cayenne before baking. Follow the aroma of freshly ground coffee, a sizzling griddle and Vermont maple syrup. Open daily until 3 p.m.


If you’re heading for Crissy Field or the romantic Palace of Fine Arts, get cozy in the Marina District at Blackwood. Cushy banquettes, bottomless Mimosas and a menu featuring Asian fusion dishes make for a twist on breakfast, brunch or a leisurely lunch. Happy hour is 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and dinner puts an accent on  Thai cuisine in trendy Chestnut Street, perfect for window shopping and an evening stroll.

Kitchen Story

Millionaire’s Bacon is a big hit in the Castro District, too, where Kitchen Story is one of San Francisco’s favorite places for brunch. From A-Z, have pan-seared sesame crusted Ahi tuna served with spicy cucumber seaweed salad, crispy yam, ginger and wasabi cream a zesty passion fruit ice tea. Kid’s menu, too, at this family friendly spot which serves dinner as well.

Fred’s Place

It’s one of the best ferry rides in the world, but if you drive or bicycle to Sausalito, no matter how you get to Sausalito, you can get one of the best breakfasts at Fred’s Place. Eggs Benedict with Millionaire’s Bacon? Of course. Some say if there were a Michelin guide for breakfast, Fred’s would get five stars out of a possible three. Make the most of a Bay Area day and come early when the sun’s up at 7 a.m. Open daily until 2:30 p.m

  • Phone: (415) 931-9663
    2150 Chestnut St.
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Neighborhood: Union Square
  • Phone: (415) 567-4031
    375 Taylor St.
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Neighborhood: Union Square
  • Phone: (415) 655-9169
    2101 Sutter St.
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    Neighborhood: Union Square
  • Phone: (415) 525-4905
    3499 16th Street
    San Francisco, CA 94114
    Neighborhood: Union Square
  • Phone: (415) 332-4575
    1917 Bridgeway
    Sausalito, CA
    Neighborhood: Union Square


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