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Nov 8, 2010 02:04 PM

Recs for a higher-end Sunday lunch in SF

Will be coming up from SoCal for only a day this Sunday to get some stuff done. We have dinner reservations at Commis, but I'm looking for some good lunch recs?

Would prefer something mid- to high-end (might as well take advantage of it while we're in the city). The tricky part is that the place has to be open for a late-ish Sunday lunch. So many places end up serving brunch on Sundays, and we're not really looking for that unless it's something extraordinary. Hopefully you SF CHers will be able to help :)

3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

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  1. My three recommendations would be Absinthe, Nopa and Zuni.

    All three do a brunch/lunch hybrid menu on Sundays, so I'm not sure how varied the lunch options would be. But Nopa and Zuni are both known for their burgers. And Absinthe has a new chef who is doing a "Sunday roast" that varies each week.

    I believe all three are open straight through the day, although at Nopa, I think you can only get bar food from 2:30-6.

    All three have a great cocktail program too, fyi.

    Zuni Cafe
    1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

    560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

    Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
    398 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

    1. Maybe consider Yank Sing. It's become a "goto" Saturday/Sunday lunch spot for us when we have dinner plans.

      Yank Sing
      49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

      1. Zuni Cafe and Bar Agricole are open all day.

        It's not higher-end, but Lers Ros is open all day and the food is extraordinary.

        Zuni Cafe
        1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

        Lers Ros Thai
        730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA

        Bar Agricole
        355 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

        1. Prospect is one of the hot newcomers, and it's open until 2:30, with a hybrid brunch/lunch menu.

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          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Whoops, this is a month late, but I just wanted to add that we ended up having brunch at Prospect. Their "egg sandwich", which is really a fried egg with pork belly on English muffins, was to die for.

            The space was also quite elegant, and service was excellent. The next time we're in SF, we'll have to check it out for dinner. Overall, a great recommendation. Thanks to everyone for their input.

          2. Even though it's brunch, you should still check out Foreign Cinema's menu. It's got fantastic eggs, but also oysters, sandwiches, seafood, carpaccio, pork belly..... really a good variety of items to choose from, and Sunday is supposed to be clear and 70 degrees so you can sit on their very pleasant patio. and brunch is served until 3 on Sats., 3:30 on Suns.


            Foreign Cinema
            2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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            1. re: mariacarmen

              I heard you can order a Hangtown Fry even if it's not on the menu. That would be the place to order it.

              1. re: ML8000

                ooh, i didn't know that! very interesting.... i had a hangtown fry at Tadich that was terrible - dry and tasteless. so, good to know!

                1. re: mariacarmen

                  I'll second the Foreign Cinema favorite brunch in the city. Their menu is more like a lunch menu with breakfast items anyhow.

                  Foreign Cinema
                  2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110