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Jul 28, 2006 07:00 AM

Champagne brunch in San Francisco?

I used to live in Washington DC, where one could go to any number of champagne brunches over the weekend, and sit and relax over eggs/waffles and bottomless champagne. Can anyone recommend a good champagne brunch in the City? Many thanks!

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  1. I think that the best one in the city is at the Ritz. Figure the cost accordingly.

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    1. re: TLR

      Last time I was at the Ritz, it was just luxury foods, not all-you-can-drink champagne. We ordered it separately by the bottle.

      Now that its gone up to $70 a person, perhaps champagne is now included, but its not listed on the description...

      1. re: larochelle

        Ditto. No champagne in the brunch at the Ritz unless you buy it.

    2. I, too, came from a Champagne Brunch culture. But they just don't exist out here.

      I can't think of any expect, the one I've been to recently in the city -- ANZU in the Nikko hotel. Some friends were in town so we decided to check it out.

      It was mostly bland, boring, filler food. The dim sum was acceptable. The sushi was cheap crap. The desserts were overly sweet & sticky.

      With tip it came to $60 a person. We all left thinking about how much good champagne that would have bought. Honestly, we could have gone to a decent restaurant, eaten & drunk much better and only slightly more moderately and spent less money or even the same money but actually enjoyed the experience.

      1. It has been years since I went, but I was impressed with the Palace Hotel brunch.

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        1. re: himbeer

          Went to the Palace last year and they still do a champagne buffet. The food was decent to good, the waiters attentive, and a very lovely space. I too came from DC, and there is not really anywhere out here where you can go to a casual-ish brunch while still having endless champagne. Too bad.


        2. I haven't been but I believe Top of the Mark has a champagne brunch.

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          1. re: anna

            They have a brunch, the price includes one measely glass of champagne, not what I would call a Champagne Brunch.


            1. re: larochelle

              We just went Sept 25th, '06, and our waiter constantly refilled our champagne, orange juice, and water glasses. The live harp playing was wonderful, the fresh fruit was sweet/fresh, the desserts were OUTSTANDING, the caviar cart was the best we've ever seen, the prime rib was tender/juicy and lamb wellington was DELICIOUS. My only criticism was that the potatoes were a little bland compared to your typical addictive, fried, browned breakfast potatoes -- a guilty pleasure that I missed.

          2. Not a typical champagne brunch at all. But I was intruiged by a friend's report of brunch at Lime on Market. With any brunch item (and they said the eggs benedict was good - but this person thinks most eggs benedicts are good) you can get a $4 bottomless mimosa. So at least all you can drink mimosas, and with the benedict coming in at $9 - much more affordable than the $70 brunch. I just though of this because someone above mentioned 'casual-ish'


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            1. re: Meredith

              hmmm. all-you-can-drink mimosas - are they crazy? or is it really "all-the-mimosas-we're-willing-to-serve-you"?

              Since I live nearby and they have Dutch Baby pancakes on the menu, I'll go this Sunday and see just how many mimosas one can get for $4 (with entree order).

              1. re: larochelle

                The friend who told me about it said that after they finished brunch, they took the glasses with them to the bar and sat around for another hour or two drinking mimosas. But please let us know for sure!

                1. re: larochelle

                  If the champagne they mix the mimosas with is vile, all-you-can-drink may literally not be very many! I eagerly await your report.

                  Now I'm feeling like having a champagne brunch party at home.

                  1. re: Karen_Schaffer

                    sign me up!

                    i should report that the jug shop on Pacific is having a discount moving sale; ten percent off buying 6 bottles. watch the cash register though; my $9.99 Piper Sonoma rang up at $32.99!