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The Grove

Café and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Lower Pacific Heights, San Francisco
187 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • sandwiches
  • cozy
  • chicken pot pie
  • casual
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  • Milena F.
    Milena Faé VelhoApril 20, 2015
    One of the best meals I had in SF. We ordered french toasts and the toast with avocado and two pouchet. Both comes with two portions, perfect for sharing. Best idea ever.
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LlanesNovember 16, 2013
    Stopped by after dinner for some chamomile tea. Cozy spot, several tea, coffee and dessert options. Would be a great place to relax with a book. Love the decor.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 13
    Fireplaces are part of every Grove location, but Fillmore's hearth has that Western ski lodge flair to go along with your laptop lunch or casual dinner. Read more
    Upvoted May 24
  • Molly A.
    Molly AdlerSeptember 18, 2013
    One of my favorite lunch spots. Brunch served all day every day. Enough Said! But my menu favorites are actually the Berkeley bowl and turkey BLT with the spicy harissa mayo on the side! YUM.
  • Spencer H.
    Spencer HoltawayApril 13
    Been here 50+ times
    I go here on my work from home days for coffee avocado toast and a little work on paper, so my tip is: get there before 11:30am if you want to get a seat through lunch time!
  • Spencer H.
    Spencer HoltawaySeptember 25, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Closest thing I've found to a real pub atmosphere in SF. That is, you can go there and get a beer and take your time about it. With friends or on your own reading. Food is good but a touch pricey?
  • Katherin S.
    Katherin SonApril 21, 2012
    I have dreams about the lavender and watermelon lemonades here. The watermelon is only available during the summer months. Get it with the breakfast burrito. Everything else on the menu is subpar.
  • Erik K.
    Erik KriessmannMarch 13, 2016
    Grilled cheese and tomato soup is exactly what you would hope from that combo. Apple chicken salad is great too. All the staff are nice and helpful - very attentive.
  • Drew S.
    Drew SeymourMay 26, 2015
    A cozy, neighborhood cafe atmosphere that is reminiscent of the shuttered Chestnut St. location. Uniquely different from her sister cafes in SoMa & Hayes Valley.
  • Tyler B.
    Tyler BrockFebruary 9, 2015
    Huge glasses of fresh squeezed OJ from the zumex machine are a solid hangover cure. Makes a great combo with the Avocado and poached egg toast.
  • Lindsey
    LindseyJanuary 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This and La Boulange (across the street) are the only spots along this stretch of Fillmore where you can get a weekday cafe lunch sans the Ladies Who Lunch crowd.
  • 黄金 马.
    黄金 马September 19, 2013
    Great food and excellent oversight. Two managers checked on us during our meal. Friendly busboy gave us a menu upon entering the restaurant.
  • Showtime Network
    Showtime NetworkJune 18, 2010
    A cozy little spot to bring your book or laptop & snuggle up with some coffee & a sandwich. Rustic in feel, the fireplace & pillows make this a very easy place to get lost for an afternoon. - Jill
  • Jesse A.
    Jesse AtkinsonSeptember 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite places in San Francisco. Fast service. Reasonably priced and great tasting food. Good portions. Go here!
  • Blackfeather T.
    Blackfeather TanfurAugust 4, 2013
    In reply to the wifi comment, no more wifi (they have a sign up). Also, incredible hash browns. Best I've had the city.
  • Avi W.
    Avi WilliamsJanuary 30, 2012
    This place is exceptional!!! The food is delicious and the atmosphere is really comfortable. Whenever I visit SF I'll always stop through. :-)
  • Ava
    AvaAugust 10, 2014
    They have a great selection of sandwiches and salads, if you're here for breakfast, the oatmeal is good as well.
  • Tony A.
    Tony AlfaroMarch 25, 2016
    The Grove is simply amazing!! Incredible food (I think I've had everything on the menu!). And great vibe.
  • Amy M.
    Amy MatsunoAugust 16, 2012
    Cozy ambiance and yummy milky warm hot chocolate for those chilly SF nights! Also, tomato soup with grilled cheese = jackpot.
  • Mark D.
    Mark DanielFebruary 19, 2014
    The cookies aren't very good but the real food is. Delicious lasagna and I hear the chicken pot pie is exceptional.
  • Megan L.
    Megan LeapApril 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Breakfast burrito is still amazing but they don't have wifi anymore. Apparently they want people to talk to each other more. To avoid that, just tether!
  • Lan
    LanAugust 26, 2013
    Try the Moroccan baked eggs and add chicken apple sausage.
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel L.June 8, 2013
    Damn that breakfast burrito is good! You can live without one of the tempting (and expensive) lavender mimosas. Mehh.
  • Victor S.
    Victor StuberJuly 9, 2015
    Questionable music playing but did was amazing and its in an awesome neighborhood
    Upvoted May 21
  • Michael M.
    Michael MizrahiNovember 10, 2014
    The turkey reuben is great and has a nice wasabi kick in the Dijon/Russian dressing.
  • Diane T.
    Diane Tate (Bisgeier)December 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Eggs - Custom Scramble with feta, mushrooms, pepper, onions and chicken apple sausage
  • Eden B.
    Eden BrownMarch 28, 2012
    Try the Made to order crock of French Onion Soup - Who knew u would need a fork to eat your soup!!!
  • Lesley K.
    Lesley KAugust 6, 2013
    My fave meet up spot for a cozy bite & beverage with a friend. Especially if you bring a deck of Uno cards.
  • Crystal C.
    Crystal ColemanFebruary 12, 2013
    As of early 2013, the owners have opted to remove the wifi to keep the ambiance of "San Francisco's living room."
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SpoethAugust 17, 2013
    Miss The Grove on Chestnut St. This one's just as good and also is an excuse to get some exercise walking up Fillmore St.
  • JP S.
    JP SeralOctober 21, 2014
    Might be one of the coziest restaurants/cafes I have ever been to. Could spend all evening here. Great food too!
  • David M.
    David Muro IIFebruary 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Super chill spot to grab a beer or glass of wine and relax.
  • Brian M.
    Brian McGOctober 16, 2015
    Cozy & cool breakfast spot with delicious food & friendly service
  • antuan g.
    antuan goodwinSeptember 2, 2014
    My Cubano was more dry than I'd like, but my g/f's cheesesteak was good (and spicy).
  • Jackie B.
    Jackie BandaSeptember 15, 2010
    Chai is amazing & in a big mug! Internet is "free" depending on how much you purchase. ex: spend $3.75 for chai = 30 minutes free internet.
  • Meghan R.
    Meghan RaabNovember 17, 2013
    Chicken apple salad is the best. But get goat cheese instead of bleu!
  • Jennifer W.
    Jennifer WuJuly 8, 2012
    Yummy Healthy Eggs Pomodoro and fresh squeezed OJ for breakfast!
  • Megan L.
    Megan LeapNovember 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the breakfast burrito. Best item on the menu.
  • Laura D.
    Laura Della GuardiaJune 27, 2013
    A good easy alternative when on Fillmore. Their chicken pot pie is amaze-balls!
  • Guillaume N.
    Guillaume NicolasFebruary 9, 2014
    Expect some wait time for brunch. very good food, friendly atmosphere
  • Steve C.
    Steve CampbellJune 16, 2012
    Very generous and super chill. Definitely recommend checking it out.
  • Steph M.
    Steph MDecember 8, 2011
    Cookies are a MUST TRY!!! So soft and crumbly! Not to mention HUGE! XD
  • Gevorck M.
    Gevorck MadzharyanAugust 28, 2013
    Guys, Moroccanian vegetables with couscous are extremely tasty!
  • Jaunted
    JauntedMay 28, 2011
    Beware dudes from nearby tech start-ups who will push back the chairs into the walkways to set up their standing desks. WTF? Otherwise, awesome free WiFi and sandwiches. Read more
  • Hector C.
    Love this place! Brunch is always lovely. Get their soju Bloody Mary!
  • Rishita
    RishitaJanuary 19, 2015
    Delicious brunch items. Very cozy and great service!
  • Kris E.
    Kris EsqMarch 16, 2013
    Warning: Cups for coffee are very heavy... I underestimated them and ended up spilling half my cafe au lait on the floor.. (Sorry guys!)
  • John R.
    John RipleyJanuary 18, 2014
    It's all awesome but the burrito and big eye IPA are my favorite brunch.
  • Stacey H.
    Stacey HarmonSeptember 24, 2011
    The seats along the left wall when you walk in have a power strip hidden ABOVE the bench.
  • Julia K.
    Julia KJuly 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great big salads with tasty sides of fresh bread
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SpohnNovember 21, 2011
    Pretentious as it sounds, the pear and gorgonzola sandwich is delicious here.
  • Amy B.
    Amy BJuly 1, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Decide what you want BEFORE standing in line. Also sour cherry pie. A la mode, of course.
  • Jamie N.
    Jamie NelsonJanuary 16, 2014
    Nice and comfy with good food. Informal and pleasant.
  • Odile R.
    Odile RoujolJanuary 16
    Nice place. If you are on fillmore street for shopping
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MondouxDecember 11, 2012
    Pricy. Very good BLT's. Try the house made Hot Mayo.
  • Derek L.
    Derek LobedanSeptember 24, 2009
    This location is wayyy better than the Chestnut Location. Get the tuna salad (salas with tuna on it). The giant chocolate chip cookies are also awesome.
  • Lilian T.
    Lilian TellezFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the meatballs. They are filling and delicious.
  • Stewart A.
    Stewart AlsopMay 9, 2011
    Try the Braised Roasted Pork Belly - On hominy grits. Just amazing.
  • Jon G.
    Jon GosierMarch 13, 2012
    A great place to come to stare people down until they get out of the 'good' seats. :-)
  • Jocelyn K.
    Jocelyn KinseySeptember 13, 2014
    Amazing food and chill ambience for catching up with a friend
  • Karsten M.
    Karsten McVaySeptember 2, 2014
    Orange juice, great eggs and avocado
  • Brett K.
    Brett KohnAugust 7, 2014
    $15 for breakfast burrito and a coffee. No wifi and no free refills on coffee. So in other words, "give us your money and get the f out". Used to love this place.
  • Martin P.
    Martin PApril 2, 2012
    Tasty chicken pot pie and a pretty laid back comfortable vibe
  • Bre L.
    Bre LambertJune 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Good if you're willing to shell out for a casual lunch, but don't think you're getting any work done on this shoddy, pay by the hour wifi.
  • Jole P.
    Jole PNovember 23, 2014
    The drinks here like smoothies and chai lattes are huge!
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DraczynskiOctober 11, 2012
    Great for brunch, excellent mimosas.
  • Victor H.
    Victor HasemanDecember 17, 2011
    Apple chicken sausage and killer orange juice. It's squeezed fresh and unusually sweet!
  • Michael N.
    Michael NicodemusApril 6, 2013
    Great breakfast burrito, add steak and it's
  • Adam B.
    Adam BesvinickAugust 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Best chicken pot pie I've ever had - unbelievable
  • Roberto Carlos N.
    Roberto Carlos NavasOctober 17, 2015
    Best place to have a proper Breakfast around Union Square
  • Jenn M.
    Jenn MartelleFebruary 9, 2010
    Try the Moroccan salad and add smoked salmon for a nice extra kick. Like most things, goes well with the chimay.
  • Diana A.
    Diana ArzNovember 14, 2016
    The ambience is pretty cool, but the food is horrible and overpriced. Got French toast, it was so sloppy and lacking in flavor with not fresh sad strawberries 👎.
  • Mayra N.
    Mayra NatalinoMarch 10, 2013
    Ask for the Beet salad. Delicious
  • Patrick Y.
    Patrick YoutzAugust 9, 2010
    The turkey club is great--the Canadian bacon and the sour dough make for a tasty sandwich.
  • Briana W.
    Briana WiseSeptember 15, 2013
    The Chinese chicken salad is fresh with a little spice added in. Loved it!
  • v s.
    v sOctober 25, 2016
    Get the chicken pot pie! Its delicious😍
  • mayu-chan
    mayu-chanSeptember 20, 2011
    The lattes and beers are gigantic. The pretty patrons help with the consumption, heh.
  • Maria A.
    Maria AliNovember 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    don't ever have their carrot cake, its horrible. really great fresh squeezed OJ and strawberry rhubarb pie.
  • Au
    AuApril 24, 2014
    Moroccan eggs are yuuuuummmmy! Give it a whirl!
  • Kimberly M.
    Kimberly MartinJune 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Dontt go on Sunday evening, ' cause they run out of lots of basic foodstuffs!
  • Ken K.
    Ken KaplanNovember 26, 2009
    Beets and goat cheese salad, ham and fontina cheese sando and Chemay on tap sitting under the sun...what a combination!
  • Kim F.
    Kim F.March 24, 2013
    What is in the hash browns?? Delish!!
  • Purplelabnyc
    PurplelabnycJuly 27, 2010
    Such a great atmosphere. Try the fresh lavender lemonade, its amazing!
  • Vyoma
    VyomaJune 6, 2013
    Try the open face chicken curry sandwich. One of a kind!
  • scott k w.
    scott k wilderFebruary 4, 2010
    Awesome place. Great customer service. And the Apple Chicken salad isn't bad either. Two thumbs up!
  • Jesse A.
    Jesse AtkinsonJuly 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Good regular food. Recommended.
  • A P.
    A PortelaMarch 5, 2015
    I had the BLT... the bacon was thick, not at all greasy and flavorful.
  • Karla L.
    Karla LopezJune 2, 2012
    Eggs fiorentina. Good start for a Ljung day :)
  • Benjy W.
    Benjy WeinbergerOctober 20, 2015
    Pretty much you only option on that stretch of Fillmore street after 10 PM.
  • Jon P.
    Jon PierceNovember 24, 2012
    Get the Breakfast Burrito with bacon!
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew ShatnyySeptember 22, 2013
    You've gotta be kidding me. This place does not deserve it's location!! Shittiest sitting down experience. Über small portions (Nutella crepe) for $7... Stale coffee. The worst brunch so far!
  • Lily
    LilySeptember 8, 2014
    Mediocre iced coffee, but I had a great bagel with lox and a schmear.
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DowlingApril 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you don't order the OJ you will regret it!
  • Stephen H.
    Stephen HarpsterMarch 4, 2012
    Lavender lemonade and chicken potpie. Perfection.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RonquilloMarch 30, 2013
    Try the Eggs Florentine "Dave's way"
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LincolnSeptember 8, 2013
    The cashiers don't know the menu, they will charge you extra for items that come with your dish. Watch that bill...
  • Christian R.
    Christian RongavillaNovember 20, 2010
    The chicken pot pie will not disappoint: tasty crust over bowl of heaping comfort food.
  • Elaine W.
    Elaine WherryAugust 8, 2009
    eat chili. Watch the Fillmore dog crowd on Sunday morning. Bring your laptop and sit in a leather lounge chair by yourself.
  • toma o.
    toma omaSeptember 6, 2011
    This place is really nice, food is tasty, interior is interesting.
  • Diane T.
    Diane Tate (Bisgeier)November 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Chicken Pot Pie - Thanksgiving variation
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