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Best Jazz Brunches in San Francisco


The nice thing about a dedicated restaurant brunch is the lingering factor. Even at a busy brunch buffet in San Francisco, the pace tends to be less rushed, more serene, and often a perfect way to collect friends or family for a special occasion. Here's a small selection of Sunday brunches in San Francisco that offer live jazz as part of the package.

Updated July 2008 - Check venues for changes or additions to hours and menus

1. Jazz Brunch at the Garden Court - Palace Hotel

SoMa – Financial District

If you haven’t eaten at the Garden Court, you’re missing out on a meal in one of the more stunning structures of our city. Opened in 1909, the Garden Court is an open “garden” atrium with a stained glass dome and Austrian crystal chandeliers. Brunch includes a live jazz trio plus oysters, omelettes and a large selection of pastries and sweets.

At the Palace Hotel
2 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Reservations: (415) 546-5089

The Garden Court also serves a traditional afternoon tea on Saturdays. See San Francisco Tea Rooms for more information.

2. Jazz at the Terrace - Ritz Carlton

Nob Hill

Enjoy brunch alfresco at The Terrace – the Ritz Carlton's landscaped setting for Sunday jazz brunch. The Terrace is a great place to escape the city, while still in the city. Bay Area musicians provide live jazz while a courtyard fountain adds its own audio ambiance. The Terrace brunch has a caviar bar, a sushi bar, and a made-to-order egg station.

600 Stockton (at California)
San Francisco, CA 94108
Reservations: (415) 773-6198

The Ritz Carlton also serves a traditional afternoon tea. See San Francisco Tea Rooms for more information.

3. Jazz Brunch at the Legion

Outer Richmond

See a Profile of the Legion of Honor

The Legion Cafe, in the beautiful setting at Lands End, has both indoor and outdoor seating. The prix fixe brunch menu (summer 2008) is a three-course meal, with a choice of entree and final course.

The price of brunch also includes a stroll through the Legion of Honor's galleries and special exhibition, or join a free docent tour. Musical accompaniment comes by way of Bay Area jazz musicians.

Legion of Honor
34th Avenue & Clement Street
See: San Francisco Museum Map
San Francisco, CA 94121
Telephone (24 hours): (415) 863-3330

The Legion of Honor also hosts the Cinema Supper Club series on select Thursday evenings.

4. KKSF Smooth Jazz Brunch

Fisherman's Wharf

KKSF 103.7 (smooth jazz) will broadcast live from changing locations at Fisherman's Wharf through January 2009. Coming up in August, the Hilton Fisherman's Wharf will host the Sunday brunch and live broadcast. The schedule below fills you in the rest of the moveable feast.

KKSF Sunday Jazz Brunch Schedule:

5. Annual Jazz Brunch Cruise

Waterfront - Embarcadero

The Bay Cruise happens during the San Francisco Jazz Festival, in the months of October and November. You'll sail to the tunes of several performers, and enjoy brunch with the best Bay view you can have.

Check SF Jazz website for fall cruise information

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