The 10 Best All-Day Restaurants in the Bay Area

|October 12, 2017

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that San Francisco is a foodie paradise. If it does, boy do we have good news for you! Our city and our surrounding Bay Area communities feature world-class burgers, drool-worthy bakeries and fresh caught seafood just to name a few.

And some of our favorite Bay Area restaurants are kind enough to offer their unbelievable menus morning, noon and night. These all-day restaurants might even inspire three trips in one day. Or four if you’re coming for the happy hour menu! You’ve been warned.

Now, learn more about the best of the Bay, explore their menus and start planning your next breakfasts, lunches and dinners!

1. Tartine Manufactory | San Francisco  

With the most recent announcement that Tartine Manufactory is now serving dinner, they jumped to the top of our list of favorite all-day restaurants! Famous for their craveable bread, astounding flavor combinations and drool-worthy Instagram photos, the bakery/wine bar/ice cream shop/restaurant is a must-try for visitors and locals alike.

Breakfast served daily until 11:30 a.m. | We recommend ordering a famous tartine whether that’s the Roasted Strawberry or the Smoked Salmon.

Lunch served daily, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. | A warm sandwich at Tartine is always a good idea because you get a taste for their chef’s creations and their bakery’s bread.

Dinner served Monday – Sunday, 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Get reservations here, then order absolutely anything — from the Bread Service to the Swordfish entree.

2. Brenda’s French Soul Food | San Francisco

Brenda's French Soul Food San Francisco

Photo courtesy of Brenda’s French Soul Food and Libby Truesdell

Chef Brenda Buenviaje and her wife Libby Truesdell were both featured in our blog post, Meet the Women Behind Some of Our Favorite Restaurants in San Francisco. And lucky for all of us, their soulful, French-inspired restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner nearly every day of the week! Don’t miss Breakfast for Supper Sundays served from 5 p.m. every week with a side of live music.

Breakfast served daily until 3 p.m. | You have to order a Beignet — that’s practically a rule. Afterward, you can’t go wrong with anything on the breakfast menu!

Lunch served daily, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | We suggest the Cornmeal-fried Shrimp, Oyster or Catfish Po’boy so you can taste the house watermelon pickles as well! If you need a bite to eat between lunch and dinner, check out the In Between menu served 3 – 5 p.m. Wednesday – Sunday.

Dinner served Wednesday – Sunday from 5 p.m. | Try anything from the dinner menu one time and you’ll soon dread dinner-free Monday and Tuesday.

3. FIVE | Berkeley

Located in Downtown Berkeley, FIVE celebrates simplicity, delicious flavors and healthy living. From the food to the drinks and even the ambiance, everything is influenced by the five senses and five elements. Don’t forget to stop by on Saturday and Sunday when they combine breakfast and lunch for an outstanding brunch menu!

Breakfast served Monday – Friday 6:30 – 10:30 a.m. | The breakfast menu is balanced with healthy choices like Steel Cut Oats and trendy Avocado Toast alongside indulgent dishes like the Steak Biscuit Sandwich and three flavors of pancakes.

Lunch served Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | For lunch, you can still get the delicious Avocado Toast as a starter and a Mimosa or Bloody Mary. However, your options also include savory mains like the Gourmet Five Burger, a ground in-house new york strip topped with spinach white cheddar, caramelized onions, tomato, lemon garlic aioli, served on a brioche bun with a side of parmesan herb fries.

Dinner served daily from 5:30 p.m. | Dinner gets a bit more upscale and even more tempting. From the swordfish to the lamb shank, it’s all delicious and all made even better with a comfort food side like Sauteed Summer Squash.

4. The Buena Vista | San Francisco

The Buena Vista San Francisco

Photo courtesy of The Buena Vista

The story of this historic San Francisco restaurant essentially begins in 1952, with then-owner Jack Koeppler, as he tirelessly tried to recreate the perfect Irish Coffee. Inspired by the beverage served at Shannon Airport in Ireland, he recruited international travel writer Stanton Delaplane and San Francisco’s mayor before they were finally successful. Today, it’s still the same delicious mixture and it’s still the same glamorous and cosmopolitan Buena Vista!

Breakfast served all day | First things first, start with the famed Irish Coffee. Then, you can’t go wrong with any of their savory Benedicts — from crab cake to country served with sausage patties.

Lunch and dinner served daily | The lunch and dinner menu may be the same, but that just means you have a better chance of trying it all! And trust us, you’ll want to. Options range from pub classics like Fish and Chips to flavorful Jambalaya Rigatoni. For a classic San Francisco dish, we recommend the Dungeness Crab Melt served on San Francisco sourdough!

5. Zazie | San Francisco

Zazie comes in at number four on our round-up of the Bay’s best brunch spots — and not just because it’s available all week! You can expect to drool over a seasonal Eggs Benedict for breakfast or a French-inspired crispy duck leg for dinner, but don’t expect to tip! All menu prices include a living wage, revenue share, paid family leave, fully funded health and dental insurance, paid time off, and a 401(k) for every employee.

Brunch served Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. + Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Offered every day of the week, Zazie’s brunch menu is worth a daily visit. For example, French Toast Tahiti is pain de mie french toast stuffed with caramelized bananas and walnuts. Are you convinced yet?

Dinner served daily from 5 p.m. | For dinner, the menu gets even more delectable (and even more French). Choose from entrees like Saumon en Croute d’herbes, salmon crusted in herb pesto and parmesan served with snap peas and toy box tomatoes over cauliflower purée. Whatever you do, don’t skip out on dessert!

6. Les Arceaux | Berkeley

Les Arceaux Opens in Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto

Photo courtesy of Les Arceaux and Kelly Puleio

Les Arceaux is brand new to the Bay Area, but the restaurant comes from the team behind San Francisco’s beloved Two Sisters Bar and Books, now closed to allow more time for this bistro and wine bar which is opening to the public later this month. Serving the simple, farm-inspired foods of Southern France with NorCal flare, they’re a must-try for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Learn more with our exclusive interview, Meet the Team Behind Berkeley’s Les Arceaux, A Brand New Neighborhood Bistro and Wine Bar.

Breakfast served daily, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Driven by local ingredients, Chef Alana O’Neal’s menus will change. But whether you’re opting for a Whole Grain Pancake with Poached Pears or a fresh made pastry, you’ll be happy you came for breakfast.

Lunch served daily, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | The Daytime Café will also serve French-inspired lunch dishes including paninis, tartines and savory quiches. If you’re hungry after 3 p.m., come for the Happy Hour menu served daily from 3 – 5 p.m.

Dinner served daily, 5 – 10 p.m. | Every evening, Les Arceaux transforms into a neighborhood wine bar. Paired with beverages hand selected by co-owner Mikha Diaz, the menu features creative selections including Mussels Poached in Gose Beer and Marin Sun Farms Chicken Drumsticks in a mustard and white wine sauce.

7. Tiburon Tavern | Tiburon

As part of The Lodge at Tiburon, you know this restaurant is going to be impressive. Paired with a chic, gastropub atmosphere, they offer farm-to-table cuisine with true Northern California flare. And they’re open every day, straight through 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. so you can eat all day!

Breakfast served daily, 7 – 11 a.m. | Based on the picture above, we’re going to insist you try the stunning Breakfast Tacos with bacon, arugula, pickled beets, queso fresco and salsa verde. But if you choose the Bacon & Braised Kale Benedict, we don’t blame you!

Lunch served Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | In addition to a daily happy hour menu from 3 – 6:30 p.m. and brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tiburon Tavern offers a wonderful weekday lunch. Start with shareable deviled eggs or crab fritters and you can do no wrong from there!

Dinner served daily 5 – 10 p.m. | Trust us, it’s going to be difficult to narrow down your choices on the tavern’s drool-inducing dinner menu. Their Salmon Toast takes trendy Avocado Toast to a whole new level as do the Day Boat Scallops; you wouldn’t regret getting both!

8. Outerlands | San Francisco

Outerlands landed the number one spot on our guide to Bay Area brunch, but that’s not all you can get in this stunning, bright and local San Francisco restaurant. Though they’re closed from 3 – 5 p.m. for the daily transition, they offer breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., brunch on Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and dinner 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Learn more about the restaurant and their commitment to small businesses in our community here.

Breakfast and lunch served Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. –  3 p.m. | You don’t have to wait for weekend brunch to get a taste of Outerlands’ amazing breakfast and lunch dishes. Start with the doughnut of the day, or you’ll be breaking an unspoken rule; then you can choose from more sweet breakfast options and savory sandwiches or toasts.

Dinner served daily, 5 – 10 p.m. | From the goat cheese dumplings to the flank steak served with avocado, blackberries, baby greens and chile — everything on this seasonal menu is delicious!

9. La Note | Berkeley

Berkeley’s La Note is famous among locals and a new favorite for everyone who makes it through their long wait for breakfast and brunch. But, believe us (and the reviews) when we say the food is worth the wait. Don’t miss all day brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Breakfast served Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | In addition to a weekend brunch menu, La Note serves breakfast and lunch every day of the week. If you can resist the enticing savory egg dishes, we recommend tasting one of the outstanding pancake or french toast options. You can’t go wrong with a single of each pancake: Oatmeal Raspberry, Lemon Gingerbread and Poached Pears, and Creme Fraiche.

Lunch served Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | During the week, the lunch menu stands on its own and is filled with delectable salads, French-inspired appetizer platters, sandwiches and stews.

Dinner served Thursday – Saturday, 6 – 10 p.m. | La Note’s dinners are so impressive, they need two menus: one for appetizers and one for entrees! Share a plate of Crostinis on toasted Levain then order a traditional open face Provencal sandwich!

10. Scala’s Bistro | San Francisco

Scala's Bistro San Francisco

Photo courtesy of Scala’s Bistro and Nader Khouri

This Union Square restaurant maintains a sophisticated atmosphere befitting their historical location while offering a menu of inviting dishes for every meal. The Italian-French menus are intensely seasonal and change daily — extending to the wine list which sources more than 60 bottles from Napa and Sonoma. Eat a few locally inspired chocolates for dessert and take a batch home when you leave!

Breakfast served Monday – Friday, 7 – 10:30 a.m. + Saturday and Sunday, 8 – 11:30 a.m. | Breakfast is served seven days a week at Scala’s followed by brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Their full menu offers something for everyone — from savory Lox Lux to sweet Brioche French Toast.

Lunch served Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. | During the weekend, lunch is replaced with a relaxed brunch from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and they also offer a light fare menu daily from 3 – 4 p.m. Check out the current lunch menu here!

Dinner served daily from 5:15 p.m. | The dinner menu is where Scala’s French and Italian inspiration really shines through. Featuring antipasti, side dishes, primi and secondi plates as well as wood-fired pizzas, you’ll find classic cultural flavors combined with tastes of Northern California — like the Linguini served with little neck clams, roasted tomato, white wine and chili!

Feel free to eat all day

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