Mission Beach Café

Café / Restaurant
Mission Beach Café Mission Beach Café in San Francisco is a neighborhood fave with amazing brunch served daily. Revel in the SF weekend – even if it’s Monday – with Party Earth. San Francisco United States 37.768095 -122.424625
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Mission Beach Café - Café | Restaurant in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review Maybe there was a typo, because considering the lines outside Mission Beach Café every weekend, owners probably should’ve called it “Mission Brunch Café.” An instant hit since first... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 7am–10pm, F 7am–11pm, Sa 9am–11pm, Su 9am–3:30pm
    Kitchen open M–Sa 9am–2:30pm and 5:30pm–close, Su 9am–3:30pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Mission Beach Café Review

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Mission Beach Café in San Francisco is a neighborhood fave with amazing brunch served daily. Revel in the SF weekend – even if it’s Monday – with Party Earth.

Maybe there was a typo, because considering the lines outside Mission Beach Café every weekend, owners probably should’ve called it “Mission Brunch Café.”

An instant hit since first opening in 2007, the venue features an upscale and minimal-mod interior that sets it apart from the grungier neighborhood cafés that dominate the area, while the seasonal menu features a host of delectable takes on traditional brunch favorites – served daily – like short rib and sweet potato-apple hash, wild mushroom Benedict, and pancakes lathered in vanilla crème and bourbon syrup.

Midweek is definitely a better time to enjoy the food without much wait, as there’s usually an open table amid the rows of velvety gray high-backs that account for most of the seating, where a mix of hipster foodies, fashionable couples, and trendy ladies can always be found.

Dinner can also be a relaxed and romantic affair, thanks to warm candlelight and a nice selection of California-only wines – to say nothing of the lamb shanks, filet mignon, and homemade pappardelle – while the expanded brunch menu on weekends can translate into a forty-minute delay for groups hoping to enjoy lavender-infused French toast with their mimosas.

After a meal, anyone with room to spare can waddle over to the pastry display at Mission Beach Café, where whole pies and cakes seduce the sugary soul, even if it means swimming to Alcatraz to burn them off afterward.

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Tip from Jonah:

Lots of folks rave about MBC’s burgers. They’re made with gouda, caramelized onions, and sautéed mushrooms, come with Kennebec fries, and you can even add their special caramelized pepper bacon. Um…yes please.

  • Crowd

    Hipster foodies, creative young professionals, fashionable groups of ladies, trendy families, smart couples, people who tend to take lots of photos of their food with their iPhones, mid-20s to 40s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient soft alternative/rock that never intrudes on conversation.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu of fresh, local, seasonal, and organic New American cuisine including daily brunch fare like pancakes, huevos rancheros, and eggs Benedict, dinner options like seasonal soups, steaks, burgers, and fresh pasta, and several fresh pies and cakes for dessert. Expanded brunch menu on weekends.

  • Prices

    Soups and appetizers $5–$14, brunch and lunch menu $8–$16, entrées $13.50–$28, desserts $2–$7, whole pies and cakes $30–$38.

    Beer $5–$9, wine $7–$11/glass or $34–$75/bottle, mimosas $7–$12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to trendy: t-shirts, jeans, sweaters, hoodies, flannel, sports coats, button-downs, summer dresses, slinky tops, cute skirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekdays to sample the menu with less of a scene, or weekends for the expanded brunch and a guaranteed crowd.

  • Close By

    The Monk’s Kettle (3141 16th Street) is another popular Mission hotspot that places its emphasis squarely on a mammoth beer list and a seasonal menu of bar snacks and locally sourced dishes that all come with beer-pairing recommendations.

Mission Beach Café User Reviews

Average rating:
Drown in truffle oil... then go straight to heaven
Sonia Z. May 6, 2013
Mission Beach Café is one of the rare restaurants that successfully offers you both, fancy-schmance new Californian cuisine and wonderfully sincere and accommodating wait staff. The atmosphere of the space is open and clean which makes the complexity and richness of the food stand out. Truffle oil delights across the entire menu, landing in your french fries and steak sandwich. While it may be easy to get overwhelmed and want to order one of everything on the menu, pace yourself because the rich dishes are filling and you wont be able to fit in dessert (a must-have). While this changes depending on the time of day, the crowd can be slightly older (and richer), so you might get eyeballed if you're 22 and wearing sweatpants. Even so, the staff will be kind and attitude free. If your annoying elderly aunt wants to taste five different kinds of wine before she settles on one, or maybe something else entirely, they won't bat an eyelash. So go, stuff yourself silly, and leave a big tip
Worth the wait
Babette D. Feb 19, 2013
There's an episode of Portlandia that makes fun of hipsters and how they love to stand in line. I'm not one of those people, and standing in line to eat breakfast seems an especially futile way to spend your morning, but I'd stand in line for Mission Beach Cafe any day. If you only have one brunch in San Francisco, this would be the one I recommend. And there are plenty to be had... It's informal. It's comfortable. The staff is friendly and the menu has something for every type of eater. Pancakes with bourbon syrup give a gourmet twist to a timeless classic. Homemade quiche is flavorful and surprisingly not heavy at all. And a savory vegetable scramble keeps even the most religious of vegans happy. I rest my case!
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