The Dorian, San Francisco

A little bit posh, a little bit industrial, but mainly damn delicious. The Dorian in SF delivers on all brunch requirements.


ou say brunch; we ask ‘which way?’ When Instagram friends recommended we go and try the Dorian in San Francisco’s Marina we were in. Fairly new, the Dorian is an extensive bruncher’s dream come true. And there is a reason for it. A copious cocktail list, fizzy, bottomless Mimosas and opulent brunch menu will leave no wishes open for the most anticipated meal of the week.

The interior of the Dorian is somewhere in between modern Marie Antoinette meets modern Oscar Wilde. There is a more feminine area with tables, filled with light, painted in white, catching your eye with the blue velvet chairs while the bar area with tufted brown leather booths and ceiling-high library shelves packed with books is more on the masculine side. The space is great for big parties but also cozy enough for two. And let us just quickly tell you about their bar: it features over 200 whiskey varieties collected from all over the world. So if you are into whiskey, a reason more to stop at the Dorian.

Ok, let’s talk about the brunch menu. It has all the favorites you would expect; from eggs benedict and huevos rancheros to the trendy shakshuka and buttermilk fried chicken. The menu leans toward soul food inspired dishes, but the Dorian puts its own spin by mixing and matching seasonal ingredients. From our perspective, there is also a hero dish, namely the ‘Big D’ breakfast. A plate decorated with two perfectly fried eggs, crispy potatoes, two small pancakes, and bacon. Well-rounded and everything our brunching heart wants on a Sunday morning. A tip: You must substitute the Hobb’s smoked bacon for the Billionaire’s bacon – a sugar glazed indulgence. Just do it. You will thank us later.

For $16, we think this is one of the best cost-taste-amount ratio breakfast you can get in San Francisco. The shakshuka also convinced us that tomato-based dishes can be seasoned and taste good. Just dip that country bread into the spicy sauce, and you will be happy. To round up the experience, go for the super-fluffy beignets with chocolate and raspberry sauce.

Our bottom line: Thanks, Insta Friends for recommending the Dorian. It’s absolutely a spot worth putting on our never ending places-to-brunch-list.

The Dorian
2001 Chestnut St, San Francisco
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