Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >
Jul 30, 2008 07:47 AM

Breakfast in downtown SF?

My husband and I will be making our second trip to SF in early September--we'll be staying at the Courtyard by Marriott near the convention center and are looking for some good non-touristy breakfast places in the area, preferably someplace that can put together a good omelet or egg dish. (Yeah, we did Sears Fine Food the first go-round.) Thanks!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. There have been some very nice comments about Cafe Bean.

    Cafe Bean
    800 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

    2 Replies
    1. re: wolfe

      Not exactly "in the area" of 2nd and Folsom.

      1. re: Xiao Yang

        Hey we are a walking town. 1.2 flat miles from hotel to Cafe Bean than .8 miles back to Moscone. Piece of pancake.

    2. About 3 blocks south on 2nd is South Park. On South Park there's the Butler and the Chef. This is going towards the ballpark. There's also Town's End near the Embarcadero.

      Butler & the Chef Bistro
      155 S Park St, San Francisco, CA 94107

      1. If you have the time, I suggest you stroll down to the Ferry Building and enjoy a lovely breakfast at Boulette's Larder. In addition to having great food, it's fun to sit and watch the commuters arriving by ferry. Another option is to head over to Brenda's French Soul Food. They have great Louisianan breakfasts, but you'll want to either take a cab or be very careful about your route. It's not far, but the worst of the tenderloin neighborhood (ugly and not safe) sits between you and Brenda's.

        Boulettes Larder
        Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

        Brenda's French Soul Food
        652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102

        1. Sears really isn't very good, more of a tourist trap. They are also owned by Lori's Diner which can also be skipped. Mel's near your hotel isn't that good either.

          Dotties True Blue Cafe is good

          Town's End, as mentioned is also good. The Chef and the Butler is probably nearest to you. I haven't been there in a long time, but always liked the breakfast at Campton Place but it is very pricy. Another near-ish place that has had positive mentions is Cafe Andree. Cafe de la Presse has had mixed reports.

          Your hotel at one time had a breakfast buffet. Never tried it so don't know how good it was.

          1 Reply
          1. re: rworange

            My dad, a SF native, took my brothers and me to Sears whenever we were in town on leave from military assignments. I loved it then, and I love it now. I don't care if tourists like it, too.

          2. Cafe de la Presse does good French breakfast and omelets.

            La Boulange bakery just opened an outpost on Market St and 3rd St. No omelets but they make a tasty mini-quiche. Of course, there's always the croissants and assorted pastries. There's outdoor seating so it's a nice way to take it easy in the morning.

            Cafe De La Presse
            352 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108