2/17/2013 10:00:00 AM

San Francisco's Booziest Brunches

The bartender at Foreign Cinema makes a mean brunch cocktail.
Booze for brunch? Yes, please. Killer cocktails can be found at these choice brunch spots around town.

15 Romolo
Food: 22
Decor: 21
Service: 21
Cost: $27
Dispensing “killer cocktails” and “quirky” American bar bites, this “hidden”, back-alley “escape” from “touristy” North Beach attracts a “late-night” crowd, while luring daytime diners with an “excellent” weekend “punch-drunk brunch”; though service “takes a while” and there can be “quite the scene”, the “Barbary Coast” “saloon vibe”, “great jukebox” and reasonable prices appeal when “with friends” or on “a first date.”

15 Romolo Pl.; 415-398-1359

Baker & Banker
Food: 26
Decor: 22
Service: 25
Cost: $59
“Excellent breads” and “diet-busting” desserts “made on-site” (and sold at the adjacent “bakery/sandwich shop”) begin and end “an amazing meal” at this “laid-back” neighborhood Upper Fillmore bistro where the eponymous “husband-and-wife” owners turn out “exceptional” New American dinners and “to-die-for” Sunday brunch “worth” the “upscale” tabs; while the “homey” storefront with a “little wine bar in back” can get “loud” and “crowded”, the “caring” service always “shines through.”

1701 Octavia St.; 415-351-2500

Bar Agricole
Food: 23
Decor: 25
Service: 21
Cost: $50
“Inventive”, “locavore” Californian dinners (and “not-to-be-missed brunch”) “struggle for” “supremacy” with the “even better” “killer cocktails” “hand-mixed” by “stylish bartenders” at this “stunning”, “modern” SoMa sophomore “near the clubs” that’s “so cool” “you kind of want to hate it”; “portions are a bit small for the price”, but service is “great” and “you can’t help but love” the “Zen” interior and “beautiful patio.”

355 11th St.; 415-355-9400

Boulettes Larder
Food: 26
Decor: 18
Service: 21
Cost: $35
“Superb” New American fare that “changes daily” according to what’s “in season” is “never less than wow” (and Sunday brunch is “amazing”) at this Ferry Building weekday breakfast-and-lunch spot and shop selling “lovely” prepared foods and ingredients “neatly displayed in apothecary-style jars”; sitting “at the communal table” is like “dining at the home of a truly great chef”, so most forgive the “pricey” tab and sometimes “slow” service; P.S. plans are afoot to open Bouli Bar next door.

1 Sausalito - San Francisco Ferry Bldg #48; 415-399-1155

Foreign Cinema
Food: 25
Decor: 25
Service: 23
Cost: $48
“Still packing them in”, this “ultrahip” “Mission mecca” offers “inventive” Cal-Med fare in a “beautiful” courtyard where you can “enjoy the stars, both above and foreign” in films projected on the wall; despite the “gimmick”, it “doesn’t disappoint”, whether for “strong cocktails” alfresco or dining “by the fire” inside, and the “cool” setting and “super” service make the experience “even more memorable”; P.S. “don’t miss” brunch with “gourmet Pop Tarts.”

2534 Mission St.; 415-648-7600

Food: 27
Decor: 23
Service: 24
Cost: $48
“Hipsters, urbanites” and even “local chefs” have a “restaurant crush” on this Western Addition “late-night staple” pumping out “killer”, “ingredient-focused” Cal dinners and “out-of-this-world” brunch in a perennially packed, “bi-level industrial” setting; the “creative” cocktails “alone are worth” a visit and amid “the chaos”, the staff “takes care of everything” with “no pretension”, so it’s really “one massive highlight reel”, “if you can get in and handle the noise, that is.”

560 Divisadero St.; 415-864-8643

Food: 25
Decor: 20
Service: 19
Cost: $30
Helping to revitalize the Outer Sunset “one plate at a time”, this “tiny” spot “out by the beach” racks up “long lines” for “rising star” Brett Cooper’s “awesome”, ingredient-driven New American meals and farm-to-glass cocktails, now served with table service also at lunch; the “warm” “fabulous” “homemade breads” and “quaint” “driftwood decor” provide solace from the “cold outside” (where you can “wait a lifetime”, particularly for weekend brunch), but a scheduled expansion should help.

4001 Judah St.; 415-661-6140

Slow Club
Food: 23
Decor: 18
Service: 21
Cost: $37
“Mission cool” paired with “fresh” “local” ingredients from a “seasonal” New American menu characterize this “popular” “neighborhood” “go-to” in a “noisy” “industrial” space; “hipsters” come for the “not-too-pricey” fare, “solid” brunch and “impressive” cocktails, while service is generally “knowing.”

2501 Mariposa St.; 415-241-9390


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