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Elite Cafe

(Now Closed)
Southern Food Restaurant, New American Restaurant, and Cajun and Creole Restaurant$$$$
Lower Pacific Heights, San Francisco
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  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MejiaMarch 24, 2013
    My favorite brunch place in the city. We've brought every friend we could here, and I highly suggest a brunch with the mashed potatoes and a carafe of mimosas. I wish I could make then that good.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 13, 2016
    Green beans, celery, lemon, olives, and a big hunk of pepperjack cheese garnic Elite Cafe's spicy bloody mary. Elite Cafe has creole overtones that ensure its bloody marys are full of flavor and spice Read more
  • Harriet R.heart icon on user image
    Harriet RuffNovember 13, 2015
    Amazing #brunch. I had the #vegetarian hash - such good spicy sauce!! Don't leave here without trying the devilled eggs and the biscuits and strawberry butter. One of the few places you can book in SF
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoJuly 20, 2015
    With the cocktails, live music on many nights and the Deco-inspired interior with a row of mahogany booths along one wall, I can see why the Elite remains popular. Read more
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    I had the Alabama Scramble: Scrambled Eggs & Minced Bacon with Baked Mashed Potatoes, Biscuits & Gravy and a bowl of Grits. It was heaven and I highly recommend! Read more
  • Ashley M.heart icon on user image
    Ashley MowreyJuly 16, 2015
    Those gluten free pancakes and creole fries though. I always overlooked this place and now hate myself that I never stepped in here before. Really attentive, friendly staff, and good prices
  • Beerblondie V.
    Best southern food outside of New Orleans! You must get the seafood gumbo, Cajun shrimp & crawfish étouffée with white rice and fried okra and the Untraditional New Orleans Style BBQ shrimp!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaOctober 1, 2018
    HH: Daily from 5-6pm + 10pm-close; From 5-6pm, enjoy $1.50 oysters, $3 off wines by the glass, and an $8 rotating cocktail. From 10pm-close, get $3 off wines by the glass and an $8 rotating cocktail.
  • Juliet
    JulietAugust 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    As of Aug 2015, they have a whole new menu. All of the good stuff (jambalaya, Mac and cheese, gumbo etc) are gone. Biscuits remain available.
  • Laura D.heart icon on user image
    Laura Della GuardiaJune 27, 2013
    Classy, good for business but also a 'girls night out'. Oysters and seafood, although I would recommend just having a drink and a appetizer here, and heading elsewhere for proper food.
  • Samantha B.heart icon on user image
    Samantha BergJanuary 19, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the Ramos gin fizz. Full of meringuey goodness on top, it's like a boozy milkshake!
  • Marina C.
    Marina CostabileAugust 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Meeting house biscuits, Deviled eggs, Martinis are all what everyone talks about. They are right, plus some aged California wines! Love them.
  • Beerblondie V.
    Get the homemade ginger ale! Amazing! Also, can't go wrong with the devices eggs, seafood Benedict and seafood gumbo.
  • Anton S.heart icon on user image
    Anton ShusterJune 21, 2014
    Try the shrimp and grits, heirloom root salad with smoky Benton’s ham, classic deviled eggs, andlardo cornbread.
  • Yuri K.
    Yuri KyeDecember 3, 2010
    Mini donut holes are so cute. Bloody mary is one of the best. Cocktails are tasty and boozy and big. Alabama scramble and the cajun beef hash are off the chain. Great biscuits!
  • 7x7 Magazine
    7x7 MagazineNovember 30, 2012
    Order the New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp and Cheese grits. Both creamy and cheesy, these grits will leave you satisfied all day! Read more
  • Bre L.
    Bre LambertJune 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They sell the their biscuit batter in tubs for a reason – these babies are addicting. The whipped strawberry butter that accompanies them is indescribable!
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RogoffApril 29, 2018
    Try the Impossible Burger - it's vegetarian but you really can't tell it's not meat. Delicious!
  • Amy J.
    Amy JuangJuly 14, 2013
    Lettuce with peaches were amazing. Underwhelmed with deviled eggs, fried okra, calamari & sweet potato fries. Cute booths.
  • ashley t.
    ashley tevatiaOctober 8, 2012
    Amazing New Orleans style food. Get the beignets to start. Seafood Benedict is a fab dish for brunch.
  • Marissa C.
    Marissa CoughlinFebruary 7, 2012
    Very rich brunch. Mashed potatoes come with almost every brunch item! I like the huevos rancheros, biscuits, and deviled eggs.
  • Negi A.
    Negi A.December 16, 2012
    Fantastic fries, less delicious on the cappuccino side. I guess they use regular coffee instead of espresso.
  • Bryan C.heart icon on user image
    Bryan ClarkDecember 29, 2014
    The hash, huevos rancheros, deviled eggs and beignets are all great!
  • Jayeeta
    JayeetaOctober 17, 2013
    Great place for brunch. Their devilled eggs are to die for!! Try the mimosas.
  • Steve C.heart icon on user image
    Steve CollinsSeptember 14, 2018
    Great spot!Their southern food is super tasty and top quality
  • Jonathan Y.
    Jonathan YankovichJuly 1, 2012
    The best brunch entree i've had in San Francisco is the Seafood Benedict at Elite Cafe.
  • Andrew G.heart icon on user image
    Andrew GielSeptember 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    biscuits are great. pork belly blt is cool too
  • Emilie F.
    Emilie FuttermanAugust 10, 2014
    Try the jalapeño Bloody Mary. One of the best I've had in SF.
  • Amy B.heart icon on user image
    Amy BNovember 17, 2015
    Southern bent. Who'd have guessed?! Monday night music & fried chicken not to be missed.
  • diana c.
    diana chowDecember 5, 2011
    The New Orleans shrimp and cheese grits are so amazing. Also, the passion fruit mimosa.
  • Sean D.heart icon on user image
    Sean DowdallFebruary 10, 2015
    Great fried chicken! To-die for deviled eggs.
  • E W.heart icon on user image
    E WFebruary 24, 2019
    The gumbo and jambalaya. Great salads too.
  • Jonathan D.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan DiazJuly 19, 2015
    The beignets are a bit dry but the biscuits are incredible.
  • Courtney D.
    Courtney DuvendackDecember 21, 2012
    Manager was ver attentive and because we had to wait a bit for our table they gave us complimentary dessert!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Daniel Corey, chef of Luce, eats here on his nights off. He loves the New Orleans style BBQ shrimp & cheese grits. Read more
  • Marc Jacobs Intl
    Marc Jacobs IntlApril 20, 2011
    Try Elite Cafe for a decadent Southern style brunch. We love the Elite Cajun Style Braised Beef Hash!
  • Brad T.heart icon on user image
    Brad TDecember 30, 2014
    Always a good standby on Fillmore. Decent food good drinks.
  • Stephanie N.
    Stephanie N.September 2, 2012
    Biscuits with strawberry butter, hash, donut holes are all solid!
  • Anton S.heart icon on user image
    Anton ShusterAugust 6, 2014
    Awesome, classic Old San Francisco restaurant.
  • Julia C.
    Julia ChuSeptember 22, 2013
    Food is decent but service is absolutely terrible. Hostess is incompetent and we got a waiter that is about as rude as it gets. At one point he poked my friend to re-confirm the order.
  • Scott P.
    Scott PerketMay 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Catfish and Mac & Cheese any chance you can.
  • Tony O.
    Tony ObregonJanuary 17, 2012
    You must order the shrimp & grits. So creamy and flavorful!
  • Chris C.
    Chris CatapanoOctober 17, 2010
    They need one or two more servers (or two fewer managers who seem to do a lot of standing). Food was actually pretty good. Several tables were complaining. Desserts not delivered, drinks MIA....
  • Krista T.
    Krista ThomasFebruary 2, 2012
    Oyster Shooter is the best, according to @arthurbrodeur I personally like the Romaine Salad.
  • Nalin M.
    Nalin MittalFebruary 7, 2010
    Wow. Possibly the best buttermilk pancakes I've ever tried. BBQ shrimp and cheese grits were excellent too.
  • David E.
    David EedleMay 11, 2011
    Beignets with Triple Espresso Bean Ice Cream & Fudge Sauce were terrific
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SalzmanMarch 20, 2011
    Order the chicken raw. It was delicious and free. Hope I don't get salmonella in next 3 hours.
  • Hank L.
    Hank LeMieuxMay 31, 2010
    Abita Amber on tap. ZD on the wine list Great gumbo. Heart-stopping biscuits (literally).
  • Eladheart icon on user image
    EladFebruary 9, 2014
    Don't pay with cash. Waitress came back with the check saying $20 bill was missing although I'm 100% sure we had the full amount.
  • Sahil D.heart icon on user image
    Sahil DesaiDecember 6, 2015
    Beignets were delicious but everything else was quite meh. Coffee was awful, burnt, and their espresso machine is broken.
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