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SF's Best for Power Breakfasts

Where to get the deal done over the most important meal of the day.

Campton Place Restaurant

Diners come "dressed up and ready to part with big bucks" at this "first-class" Cal-Indian with "top" service in the Taj Campton Place off Union Square, where chef Srijith Gopinathan's "beautifully presented" "haute" tasting menus (plus "spot-on" wine pairings) create a "blissful" experience; if the "elegant" dining room seems a bit too "formal", there's also a bistro menu at the adjacent bar.

The Cavalier

"Another winner from the Marlowe team", this British brasserie in SoMa's Hotel Zetta offers "first-rate" gastropub fare reimagined with some "Californian twists" (don’t miss the "destination" fish ’n’ chips); designed to recall an "inviting" private club, the "pleasantly rustic" space includes a number of dining alcoves, and Marianne's, the private back room, is a magnet for the "tech" elite.

Scala's Bistro

Whether as a "respite from shopping", for "dinner before the theater" or "anytime dining", this Union Square–area Italian in the Sir Francis Drake Hotel supplies a "wonderful", French-accented menu to a surprisingly "not-touristy" clientele; sure, it’s a bit "pricey", but payoffs include a "convenient location" with a "charming" dining room.


Right on the Embarcadero with a "spectacular view" of the Bay Bridge, this "upscale" farm-to-table Italian inside the Hotel Vitale earns kudos for its "consistently good" dishes; look for a "vibrant happy-hour scene" when "well-dressed" law, financial and consulting types mingle on the "lovely" heated patio.

MKT Restaurant and Bar

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Hidden away on the fifth floor of the Four Seasons with panoramic views of Market Street and SoMa, this bar-centric Californian (replacing Seasons) is a "surprisingly casual" perch for an "enjoyable repast" of "excellent" steaks and farm-to-table small plates, paired with local wines and craft cocktails; whether you dine at low-slung tables in the lobby lounge or in the main dining room, the service is "outstanding."

Brasserie S&P

This FiDi brasserie in the Loews Regency offers a Californian menu of small plates and entrees including pastas, steaks and a raw bar; the casual space that replaced Silks is decidedly more toned down with a neutral palette and has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the plaza outside, plus a bar specializing in gin and tonics.
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