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Jan 31, 2007 10:31 AM

Non-Chowish Sunday brunch with great view or ...?

My aunt is coming to San Francisco for the weekend and I'd like to take her out to a Sunday brunch. She's not really into food, and she doesn't eat much anyway, so I'm thinking of somewhere with a great view or interesting history or some other attraction. (Not that I would mind if the food was great, of course! But in my experience great view and good food don't go together very often.)

I haven't gone anywhere like that for so long that I have no idea what the possibilities are. Maybe the Palace Hotel Garden Court, or Nieman-Marcus, or the top of the B of A building (is it even called that any more? is it even open any more?)? The Cliff House?

As an example, I took her to Julius's Castle last year (her request) and she loved it. I guess I'm looking for a brunch version of that.

She also doesn't get around very well, so I need a place where I can make a reservation or walk right in. I don't think she'd enjoy standing in line.

Any ideas?

P.S. I apologize if this is off-topic, since the purpose of Chowhound is to discuss Chowish food. But I could really use some help!

P.P.S. I did search the boards, of course, before posting, but didn't find anything that addressed Sunday brunch without a price limitation.

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  1. Greens. Can't beat the view, and I think brunch is their best meal.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      Good one always forget they do brunch.. however, might be a hard place for her aunt, unless the valet. Otherwise the parking lot is a bit far for someone that cannot get around too good.

      1. re: Lori SF

        You could drop her off in front of Greens and then park. It's got an amazing view, but I'm not sure I'd put it in the same category as Julius Castle. If the point isn't the food, the building is boring and doesn't have much history.

        I immediately thought of Cliff House when you said the brunch version of Julius Castle. Their Sunday Champagne brunch isn't cheap, but the space has an amazing history. The camera obscura is a tourist rap worth seeing.

        1. re: Lori SF

          I don't think Greens has valet parking during the day, but since FM has been charging for parking, it is a lot easier to find a space.

      2. maybe- The Terrace at the Ritz-Carlton or Top of The Mark

        The Carnelian Room at the top of the Bank of America tower

        1. Brunch version of that is definitely the Cliff House. They recently underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation, and it's bright & elegant. You can make a reservation well in advance and the view is spectacular. Food - not so much, but it's passable.

          Note, the Sunday Brunch is a buffet setup that isn't part of the regular restaurant.

          1. Thanks a bunch, guys! Great suggestions. I think I'll go with the Cliff House, as it's supposed to be sunny on Sunday (I think), and also I love the Camera Obscura, which I haven't seen for a long time. (And then I'll go to Greens in a couple of weeks with friends!) The Carnelian Room and Top of the Mark are good ones to remember for her next visit.

            1. If it's sunny, La Terrasse might be a good choice. You have a view of the bay and Alcatraz from the terrace, and from certain tables, the Golden Gate Bridge. My lunches have been good so I imagine brunch would be too. Plenty of parking right next to it.