This beautiful original Art Deco building began as the Lincoln Grill in 1928. Since 1981, it has been The Elite Cafe. Since its inception, The Elite ... More
This beautiful original Art Deco building began as the Lincoln Grill in 1928. Since 1981, it has been The Elite Cafe. Since its inception, The Elite has served exquisite food with the flavors of New Orleans. Our current menu continues this tradition but with an emphasis on seasonality, the freshest local ingredients, and a lighter touch in our preparation. From the original mahogany booths to the beautiful full bar to the unsurpassed people watching on the Upper Fillmore, The Elite Cafe has something for everyone. We now offer HEATED-OUTDOOR Dining. Enjoy Brunch, Dinner, or a glass of wine while experiencing one of San Francisco's most exciting Shopping & People-Watching streets.
Great place for brunch.
I have been here on two separate brunch occasions in the past 6 months and I would definitely mark both experiences as pleasant. The mimosas are very tasty and I highly recommend the donut balls that they serve as a starter. Their eggs benedict, scambled eggs, and pancake are all very tasty and delicious. The place is always crowded so try and get there early, or make reservations.
The restaurant itself has a very nice decor, as you can be situated in a tiny booth that will give you plenty of privacy without anyone overhearing your conversation. The waiters while friendly, tend to rarely stop by, but I think this is due to the number of tables that they must wait on.
I had originally posted a less-than-glowing review of Elite but after going there for Thxgiving dinner with a party of 8, I was thoroughly impressed. Our server was wonderful and took care of us throughout the evening. We had the option of ordering a traditional turkey dinner, a pork loin, or salmon. The sides were complimentary and our table was covered with so much food that we sadly couldn't finish it all. I could barely eat my dessert and that is unheard of. The biscuits were the popular item of the night - absolute melt in your mouth goodness. Thank you Elite, for a memorable Thxgiving experience.