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Jun 4, 2010 10:59 AM

Breakfast near Moscone West?

What good places are around for breakfast these days near Moscone West? I know plenty of options for dinner, but not for breakfast, and search results were limited. Someplace with seating, not just take out, and reasonably quick service to go with reasonable food?


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  1. how close to moscone? There's a Mel's diner and denny's maybe a block away. Very diner-ish type of food but at least they serve breakfast.
    The Grove just opened at 3rd and mission. Also about a block away.
    Blue bottle cafe is also close by, but limited seating and menu.
    Your options open up as you move further away from moscone.

    Mel's Drive-In
    801 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Blue Bottle Cafe
    66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    816 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    The Grove Yerba Buena
    690 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

    4 Replies
    1. re: margieco

      Thanks, but are any of these good? Especially the Grove, which I hadn't heard about before? What do you like there?

      It turns out that I won't be doing the breakfast meeting up here after all, but I'm still interested for future reference - within say a couple block radius of Moscone West, given how large SOMA blocks are.


      1. re: mdg

        Sadly, I couldn't recommend any of them as good. I just know they have breakfast. (of the 3 I've only had food at Mel's and it's, well, a boring diner).
        The grove gets good reviews but I don't know anything about it. The hotels near by have nice restaurants that may serve better for a breakfast meeting. (XYZ at the W and Luce at the intercontinental). The breakfast recommendations I have relatively close to Moscone west are quite a bit too far for the couple block radius.

          1. re: mdg

            If you can do a late breakfast, Samovar Tea Lounge in Yerba Buena Gardens

            Samovar Tea Lounge
            730 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    2. Depends on what you’re looking for. If you want a place for a business-oriented breakfast meeting, try the restaurants at the St. Regis or Four Seasons. The St. Regis is a little more adventurous, but the Four Seasons does a better job with your basic egg and pancake-type dishes.

      The Grove is a welcome addition to the neighborhood, since it’s open both early and late (7AM to 11PM) and serves good, casual food. A bit funky for a business meeting, but definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for a casual breakfast place. Try the french toast.

      There are several places on Market St. between 2nd and 5th, though nothing particularly memorable.

      Blue Bottle at the Mint Plaza serves breakfast, though the focus is definitely on the coffee. However, there’s no guarantee you’ll get a seat, and it’s not conducive to a leisurely breakfast.

      Denny’s is Denny’s. You know what you’re getting. Avoid Mel’s.

      Blue Bottle Cafe
      66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103