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Kate's Kitchen - 16 Reviews - 471 Haight St, San Francisco, CA - Local Favorite Reviews - Phone (415) 626-3984

Kate's Kitchen

471 Haight St (at at Fillmore)
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 626-3984
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If you are hungry, this is the place to have breakfast. I always order one of the ""specials of they day"", particularly their egg scrambles. Yummy! Service is great and the s...


After 40 minutes in the rain, we were expecting a stellar breakfast. To our disappointment, the eggs were watery, the ""Lauren Special"" was bland and dry and the coffee was bitte...

Kate's is Great! 8/30/2009

While making my first visit to SF, I took a suggestion from the SF Timeout guide. I took a detour from Golden Gate Park for a late breakfast -12noon on a Wed. - To Kate's Kitchen. I am glad i did! The hash was great and the coffee delicious! I had such a pleasant experience and a great meal that day, I returned on my last day for morning pancakes! Pros: Great food for the price! more

Long Wait for Watery Eggs 11/1/2008

After 40 minutes in the rain, we were expecting a stellar breakfast. To our disappointment, the eggs were watery, the ""Lauren Special"" was bland and dry and the coffee was bitter. The homefries were yummy, but nothing to make up for the eggs that ended up untouched on my plate. Maybe just an off day for the chef, but certainly not worth the wait. more

Even This Big Eater Couldn't Finish His Plate 8/6/2007

I had brunch at Kate's Kitchen on Saturday around noon and my party of 4 was seated within 15 minutes of arriving. I ordered the French Toast ""Orgie"" [$8, I had to mispell ""Orgie"" because Citysearch won't let me spell the real thing] with a side order of Hush Puppies. There were four or so slices of thick bread with orange spice as a foundation. On the bread was a mix of honey, granola, cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries, bananas, and watermelon. There would have been yogurt added to the mix, but I asked for it to be served on the side due to my lactose intolerance [probably more than you wanted to know]. The pile of french toast and deliciousness was so big that I could only finish half of it. The hush puppies were equally delicious since they were served with butter whipped with honey. more

Why's The Server/Manager With The Dreads So Angry? 9/22/2006

If you've been to Kate's you definitely know what I'm talking about. The black (just a descriptive...settle down) dude (server...possible owner) with dreads has a permanent mean mug, bad aura and needs to take a ""Service 101 Class."" He's so bad at ""serving"" that it's almost comic. The sad thing is it costs the restaurant valued customers...god knows how may others feel the same way and will never go back. He's not the only one...bad service at Kate's is an epidemic. The food is VERY average (if they didn't have the word ""O-R-G-Y"" on their menu, they'd be out of business). Combine that with the horrible service and you have a recipe for failure. Save your $$$ and eat elsewhere, where they know what good food is, you're ""served"" and actually valued as a customer. Pros: You're In The Haight Cons: Horrible (Comic) Service, Negative Vibe, Screaming Cook and The Dreadlock Server! more

It was excellent, but is not any longer. 8/26/2006

I've been going to Kate's Kitchen for nearly 4 years (sometimes several times a month) and over this period it was excellent- until last week. I hadn't been for a couple of months so I ordered my favorite. Unfortunatly, it was poorly prepared and the quality of the food was far below what I'd come to excepct from this resturant. Figuring it was a just a bad day for them, I went back again this week and again ordered my favorite only to be disappointed by the quality of the food again. And although the service has historically been brash (and, somehow, simultaneously kind), this week it was rude and unacceptable (for example: (1) the server dropped half the toast off the plate and onto the grungy plastic table cover and then promptly placed it back onto the plate in front of us- icky... but no great loss as the unfallen toast was stale; (2) our food sat fully prepared in the kitchen for a least 10 min before being brought to the table (I saw it on the counterwhile using the toilet)).\r \r So while this was my favorite breakfast spot in the city, I can no longer recommend it to my friends or patronize it myself. I suppose now it's time to perform a CitySearch to locate my new favorite breakfast spot! more

Glad To See It's BACK on the Best Of List, where it belongs 8/15/2006

Kate's Kitchen is one of the best breakfast spots I've ever eaten at. Whenever I am visiting San Francisco, I try to go and eat there, no matter which end of The City I happen to be hoteling at.\r \r My fave meal: I LOVE the cornmeal pancakes, those crispy potatoes, the very well seasoned scrambled eggs, savory sausages and that COFFEE! I believe it is a special blend from either Tilly's or Peet's...ask them about it, because it's really good. Cons: Sometimes an occasional unpleasant smell wafts in from the outside. No Biggie, tho. more

Just GOOD food... 2/9/2006

If you are hungry, this is the place to have breakfast. I always order one of the ""specials of they day"", particularly their egg scrambles. Yummy! Service is great and the staff is friendly. The food is always consistent everytime I go back. Pros: Delicious food, fast service, huge portions more

Fabulous breakfast 3/23/2005

So long as you can deal with the long wait outside and ignore the annoying hipsters within, Kate's is the perfect brunch spot. Great food at cheap prices -- plus heaping portions. The only downer is that it's always seriously packed, so you can barely squeeze into your seat without bumping into folks. more

Real Food 1/30/2005

I read about this restaurant before going to San Francisco. For my first time in the city I found Kate's easily. It is located conveniently on the Haight bus route. I enjoyed the food. more

Kate's is the Grub Spot! 12/29/2004

Whenever I'm in Beautiful San Francisco, I ALWAYS stop at Kate's Kitchen. I just love it. It's like an old friend that you always visit, and who always welcomes you with open arms, and great breakfast. I am never disappointed with the quality of their food. My biggest disappointment is product inconsistency... but at Kate's, I am always assured that their breakfasts (especially the cornmeal pancakes) are the same...and the coffee is wonderful! My only complaint? The place is starting to look shabby. They have GOT to keep it looking nice. more

Great Breakfast Joint 10/3/2004

So maybe its not ""brunch."" Who cares, because they have the best French toast I have ever eaten. The subtle hint of orange takes this simple meal to a new level. The prices are more than reasonable and the busy dining area adds to the fun of dining in the lower Haight. My out of town parents always want to grab breakfast here. It is a keeper. Pros: Inexpensive, Good Food more

Brunch? What brunch? 7/19/2004

I dont understand why people like this restaurant. It was so loud I could hardly hear the person next to me. It is rated high for brunch, but this was no brunch, it was select menu items that they server any day. The food was about as good as anyone could slap together blindfolded, so long as grease was an ingredient. I would not recommend this place to anyone, sorry. For the price and the long Sunday wait, totally not worth it. Should look up brunch in the dictionary, not just a meal you eat between breakfast and lunch... so much more to it than that. Terrible place. Sorry, but honest. Cons: , Below average food, Way too loud more

Cheap Eat Breakfast 7/7/2004

Like most things you can find in San Francisco this had a ""vegetarian"" vibe. I got the biscuits and gravy but was dissapointed my S.O. loved them, he got the BIG BOY Breakfast great value liked everything except the Cornmeal Buttermilk Pancakes if you don't like the ""corny"" taste steer clear from this choice. Parking was fine but we went on a week day ATM machine outside the door in case you forgot to bring cash, service was very helpful and friendly. Coffee was STRONG Orange Juice was delicious. Pros: Inexpensive, Vegetarian Options Cons: , weekend parking, only take cash more

favorite neighborhood brunch 1/9/2003

I go to Kate's Kitchen at least once a month. The service is always quick, the coffee is really good and the food is wonderful. It is a little bit of a tight squeeze, as the restaurant isn't very big, but it has more of a european flavor because of it. Then again, it is also quintessential american. It is bustling in there, but it helps you wake up on a tough weekend morning, as long as you're willing to brave the line. Be sure to try the Flanched Farney Garney... :-) Pros: great food, cheap, hush puppies Cons: tough parking, wait on weekends more

Good Food in the Hood! 8/22/2002

Let hear it for large portions, good coffee and service a bit on the surly side. You don't go to Kate's Kitchen for the friendly service, you do go for the fabulous and filling eats. The Big Boy breakfast with 2 pancakes, bacon, sausage, two eggs and hash browns is a bargain. The corn pancakes topped with peaches and ginger devine, and the best corn beef hash anywhere (no wimpy pieces of corned beef, but big hunks of it). But expect a line on the weekends. Pros: portion sizes, coffee, value Cons: line on weekends more

Casual & friendly in a funky part of SF 6/12/2002

This is a great place to have a very casual, good Sat or Sun brunch. The French Toast O. is my favorite. It is orange spiced french toast, lots of diff fruit sliced up all over it, granola on top of that, and top it off with syrup. Pros: Great Food, Good People Watching, Large Portions Cons: Crowded, Street Parking more
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Owner Message

  • Famous for New England hash/pancakes - Brunch
    Best Pancakes in San Francisco - 1994 Guardian


  • The Scene
    Kate's decor is classic Lower Haight funk, with psychedelic Mayan-inspired paintings and a retro WPA-style mural celebrating the industries of the lower 48 states. Gingham...

  • 6/8/2004 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Payments:

    Cash, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Central North, Hayes Valley