Go for the biscuits, nice omelets and very good buttermilk pancakes.
It is like going to Church but with a fresh biscuit. This is by far the best place for Brunch in SF. Yes the line is long.... Isn't that a good indicator! Everything on the menu is well thought out and exceptional quality. ALL of the baked goods are baked in house. Not just your run of the mills egg dishes from Chicken Pesto Omelets to Ham & asparagus scrambles. I have NEVER been disappointed there and I eat there every week...just like church :) One thing also to keep in mind they will substitute anything on the menu that you want as long as it is on the menu for that weekend. So if you don't like a certain veggie and want a different one from another dish..Go for it they don't care. But they only have what is on the menu in house that way it is all fresh. Great Ice Tea and Bloody Mary's. Suggestions - Buttermilk Biscuit, Pancakes (Don't go for the full stack unless you are REALLY hungry), The omelet are great both open face or folded. Enjoy
Good food served with large portions of attitude. This place has pretty good food but it is overshadowed by a host and several servers who are pretentious and aloof.
Yummy Pancakes. the pancakes are big and fluffy. just the way i like 'em. the waiter and host were both really nice. i wish they would have asked if we wanted refills on our ojs since they were little baby shot glass sized.
Yummm. I love this cute little diner. It's pretty out of the way from where we live so we don't go as often as we'd like but each time we've went we were not disappointed. It's a long wait so bring a paper or book - but they do supply coffee during the wait which is nice. There's always friendly service and the menus changes often and is always unique. My favorite was their potaote scramble, but I also love the chicken hash. You really can't go wrong for a hearty tasty breakfast here.
Their house made bread was delicious, and so was the open-faced omelet with shredded pork and black beans in a tomatillo sauce. I only wished that their brunch menu was a little larger... I was really looking forward to french toast for breakfast.
For a greater selection and a shorter wait, go to one of the many crepe houses in the city.
One of the best spots in SF for breakfast. This is a great breakfast spot that serves up some excellent fare for breakfast. Excellent host and waiter (Daniel). While in SF, we had three excellent breakfasts and I would rate this one second after Mama's. We had to wait about thirty minutes but it was defintely worth the wait.
No Longer Special. Yes, I've had a great meal or two here but not for at least 2 years now. I've given them many chances but have concluded that Ella's is nothing special (and absolutely overpriced for what you get.) Nothing has any flavor: $8.75 got me scrambled eggs w/ a dry, flavorless biscuit and cubes of fried potatoes more in need of seasoning (even salt would do) than a paper napkin. The "special" for $10.75 was unremarkable, too. I think the neighborhood is ripe for some competition.
Scrumptous, Towering Buttermilk Biscuits and More.... Could it be the mouth watering, oh-so-tall buttermilk biscuits? Or is it the freshly squeezed bright Blo*d red Orange Juice? Maybe it is the tender, homemade chicken hash? Hum...gosh, those fruit cups were filled with the ripest exotic fruit--fresh figs, raspberries, mangoes and such. Oh, and those sumptuous pancakes and baked goods--ricotta/lemon pancakes and buttery peacan rolls. And, the service...oh the service...friendly prompt faces...never an empty coffee cup...
Great Food, Not Great Service. I have been eating at Ella's for years (yum) and the weekend hosts, woman behind the counter, and servers are rarely friendly. Yes, weekends are busy, but condescending explanations to why the wait keeps getting much longer than their original promise-time is not appreciated nor professional. The food is incredible, which keeps my friends and I from going back, but management should ALWAYS remember that the people "up front" and the servers are just as an important a reflection than just the food itself.
the worst dining experience ever. My first and last time eating here. We went for brunch and waited for more than an hour. The restaurant is NOISY, food is just OK, the bread was cold and not as fresh as they claimed, the hostess had a horrible attitude, and the service is not good either - we failed to receive our complete order. Not kid friendly, either. Not recommended.
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