Even on famously dreary San Francisco fog-filled days you will still find a line forming out the door of Ella's a classic American-style restaurant. ... More
Even on famously dreary San Francisco fog-filled days you will still find a line forming out the door of Ella's a classic American-style restaurant. Well-heeled patrons flock to Ella's for the freshly baked goods. Everything from the pot-pie crusts to the hamburger buns are kneaded, rolled and baked on the premises. The menu changes weekly but you will always find American favorites such as hearty Burgers and the to-die-for Chicken Pot Pie and Meatloaf plate. You will also find classic drinks such as Gibsons and Manhattans available from the bar. On Saturdays and Sundays the brunch crowd is advised to get an early start, because hungry stomachs start the line half an hour before the restaurant opens its doors.
you may have to wait to get in, but it'll just give you time to try and select from the many exquisite choices (not that you could really go wrong, whatever your selection) on a well rounded menu. vegetarians too will be happy to see more than one choice worth trying. the servers are well informed, and the price is good for S.F.. standard fare is augmented with unusual and exciting elements that make the ordinary seem culinary and the same seem special. ginger, scallions, or green beans (in a scramble - YES?!). a fine choice for that lazy weekend when you want to impress that someone special, or just treat yourself. the bigger venue was inevitable, and well done - the counter is still no step down, and the colors are pleasant.
the locals can be a bit snooty, but just take them with a grain of salt, the food doesn't need any - it's just fine the way it is!
Though usually crowded, often a bit loud, and sometimes slower than one needs, the food and the spirit of this place make it a perenial favoirte. A guest is as likely to sit next to moms who lunch as they are to a job interview or a discussion about the next high-technology start-up.
Breads are made locally, and portions are generous. The waitstaff bustles, but can usually honor custom requests such as fruit instead of potatoes, and the menu also offers a number of low-carb options.
I really enjoy everything about Ellas - the food is always interesting and good. It is such a great place for sitting down with friends on the weekend and having great food to match the great conversation.
Be prepared to wait - as with all good places, Ella's is very popular so you may have wait to be seated. But trust me, it is well worth the wait!
ella's serves up some delicious brunch in a cute and cozy atmosphere. there's usually a pretty insane line (about 1/2 an hour on average), but they serve coffee while you're waiting and the food is totally worth it. i like the chicken hash, but they have lots of interesting brunch options that you won't find elsewhere, including blood orange juice.
I haven't been to Ella's recently but I am always amazed at the crowd waiting outside for a table. They are one of the best brunch places in the city, and it is definitely worth the wait (but go to starbucks first so that you'll at least wait for your table with coffee;)). The only drawback is that they don't have any outdoor seating area.
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