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Sears Fine Food

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(35 Reviews)

439 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 986-1160

Today: 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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General Info
Founded in 1938, Sears Fine Food is a full-service restaurant that specializes in pancakes and offers a variety of food items. The restaurant serves a range of burgers, salads, appetizers and entrees. It provides Caesar salad, French toast, hamburger, grilled chicken breast, cheese, sausage, omelet, sandwiches and waffles topped with strawberries and whipped cream. Sears Fine Food also serves seafood, including fish and shellfish. It provides baked goods, such as pastries, muffins and desserts, such as coconut flan and berries. Additionally, the restaurant offers a selection of seasonal fruits. Located in San Francisco, Sears Fine Food also operates an e-store.

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Extra Phones

Phone: (415) 765-0957

Phone: (415) 986-0700

Primary Phone: (415) 765-0957

Fax: (415) 765-0957

Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, diners club, visa, master card
Price Range
Northeast San Francisco, Downtown San Francisco-Union Square

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Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Drive Through: No

Cuisines: Fine Dining, Burgers, Family Style, American, Sandwiches, Bagels, Hot Dogs, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Seafood

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
WAY Overrated!

For the prices charged, a vast ripoff. Plus, we had a waitress who had to be pushing 75 who was simply awful. She disappeared for long periods. I got up and grabbed the nearby coffee pot to get a refill -- and she was right there to say I was not permitted to do it. Of course, she wasn't there to do it! A pedestrian place with bad service.



Provided by Citysearch - 
a little home away from home

this place is good for business travel - i like it for dinner
when im by myself. it's near the hotels, the food is very good, the martinis are big and you can sit at the counter, where the staff will chat you up, bring you samples and make you feel right at home.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good but overrated

Like many others, went here after reading the reviews and getting a recommendation. Walked right in on a Thursday morning. Seated promptly and greeted timely. Had the swedish pancakes which weren't all that special, but were good. My wife had an omlette that was good. Hash browns were tasty but nothing special. Server was attentive and ready with coffee/water refills. Overall, though, couldn't say this was an earth-shaking experience and certainly didn't live up to the hype. Perhaps other menu items are more inspiring, but it's average based on this experience.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Breakfast

I usually are not much of a breakfast eater, but was walking by Sears and low and behold there was not a line at all to get into the dining room which is very rare, so I went in and had the best pancakes every. I have never eaten any other meals here as there is alway a long line, as it is right in the middle of the hotel district and lost of tourist eat there



Provided by Citysearch - 
Huge, huge tourist trap

I did a seach for 'best breakfast san francisco' and Sears popped up. I headed over there with my wife. I don't know why I bothered. It was *fine*. But nowhere near 'best'. Witness an example: The Strawberry Smoothie was actually made with that strawberry milkshake powder. Rubbish! The orange juice looked straight out of a packet too. I ended up with a very safe ham omlete that was marginally better than what I could have made myself.

We went there at 7am on a Sunday and got a seat immediately. Go later and prepare to queue out the door. As for me, I'll not be back -- I'll be better served by the hundreds of diners on every street corner. If you're heading there, I recommend you think twice and set expectations to zero.



Provided by Citysearch - 
We cleaned our plates!

We arrived shortly before 10:30am, and the line was out the door. After about a 10 minute wait, we were seated. Our waiter promptly took our orders, and the food took about 15 minutes - fast, considering how busy it was. I ordered the 18 Swedish Pancakes with bacon, and my husband got the sourdough french toast, also with bacon, and a chocolate milk. Everything was amazing. The pancakes were delicious, his french toast was just as good, and the bacon was thick, tasty, and cooked perfectly. We couldn't have asked for anything better. Our ticket was about $35, and it was well worth it. I'd recommend this place to anyone.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Two bad breakfasts

There was a line outside the door so I thought the place must be good, right? I sat at the counter and while the service was bad, and the next time as well (I had to give it another chance), it was understandable because it was crazy. However, the food was mediocre at best. The small pancakes weren't that great and the omlette I had the next week was really bad. Bacon bad. Potatos bad. Everything bad.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very good breakfast

My wife and I ate here twice during a weekend trip on the basis of a friend's recommendation. The place pretty much always has a line out the door for breakfast, but it moves pretty fast. We were seated inside both times within 30 minutes. Sears is famous for serving 18 silver dollar pancakes with their special recipe, as well as having other solid choices for breakfast. The pancakes are quite good, especially with a little butter and real maple syrup that they bring them out with. We also had some sourdough french toast with fresh strawberry compote, a side of home fries and a waffle with strawberries and whipped cream. The french toast was good, and the berries were a nice touch. The home fries were actually kind of insipid and not impressive, but the waffle was also very good. The waffle had a healthy amount of fresh and large strawberries with it, as well as a large cup of fresh whipped cream to use at your discretion. Overall, the restaurant is very good, but it is nothing revolutionary. It is quite loud and always packed for breakfast and a little pricey, but the food is very good and it makes a solid choice for a good breakfast.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Overcooked food, Cranky, Disrespectful Waitress

We went here last Sunday and had an unsatisfactory breakfast. Our waitress from Mongolia was rude, I tried to order one pancake as I had in the past and she said ""no"". I explained that two weeks ago I had ordered just one, her answer remained the same. I asked her to check with the manager but she said she already knew what the manager would say, then she told me that she would bring me one but charge me for a full order because that is what the waiter must have done before. Not very nice at all. I paid $9.00 for one pancake. My husband's bacon was undercooked and she left it on another table on the way back to the kitchen. Not very customer service oriented at all. Total tourist trap.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Excellent Breakfast / Midweek good service

My Husband and I had had a tough week in SF and decided to go get some comfort food, and man was it comforting. WE both ordered the french toast, bacon, sausage and the hashbrowns with (2) coffee's. The total tab was $37.00 and well worth it but the portions are sooo big you should split with whomever you are eating with one breakfast is plenty for 2 people. Service was prompt and the food was quick, we were there on a Wednesday about 10:00 am. I have tried to go there on the weekends before and it was a 2 hour wait.

Rock solid place to eat for a southern breakfast in the big city.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great breakfast

My girlfriend and I went in for breakfast this past sunday morning. Although the place was packed, seating was prompt. The food was not bland, and the service was pretty quick. I guess its hard to mess up breakfast.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Food, Bad Service

My boyfriend and I were visiting the city and went here for Sunday breakfast. We had to wait about 20 minutes, outside. We loved the food and coffee- but the service was very bad. Our server didn't ask us if we needed anything, or if we liked our food. We had to ask her for more water and coffee multiple times. It seemed like the restaurant was understaffed. I would definitively go back again, even though the service was bad.



Provided by Citysearch - 
You can make a better breakfast than this...

I?m not sure what all the hype is about with this place. We were visiting for a few days and thought we?d try Sears on a Tuesday morning after we read all the fantastic reviews online. The wait was about 15 mins, which wasn?t a big deal. The restaurant itself is cute, historic. However, the waitress was far from friendly. The pancakes were just that, pancakes, not sure why they are ?world famous?? and my omelet was nothing special. The hash browns were a joke; they didn?t even taste or look like fresh potatoes, more like the frozen bagged kind you can pick up at the grocery store. The toast was rubbery and cold, so cold that the butter wasn?t even melted, and other elements of our breakfast were cold as well. We didn?t even bother saying anything because it was obvious they wanted us out of there as fast as possible, we had the check on our table about 5 seconds after she set down our food and were never asked how everything tasted. Definitely not a place you?ll feel welcome? and I?ve had a better breakfast at home.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The dinner entrees are good too!

This place isn't just for pancakes. The dinner menu is good too. The fish ( I don't remember if it was sea bass or swordfish) was really good. The wine list is nice and reasonably priced. Service was good as well. The restaurant itself is cute. It is decorated with vintage posters and antiques.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good, but not out of this world

Tried this place for the first time this morning -- the pancakes are well-made, but not heavenly or to die for. The sausages and hash browns were more pleasant surprises - tasty, and cooked just right. My friend and I are big eaters, but by the time we got to the last of our 18 pancakes, it felt heavy, and the flavor had gotten kinda old in our mouths. All in all, this is a ""been there, done that"" place for me -- feel no urge to go back. I certainly don't feel that the food was worth a long wait either, so if you really want to try it, I suggest you go early and avoid standing in line.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Pancakes, Pancakes, PANCAKES!!!

What a treat! We were seat promptly, coffee was ok, and the pancakes were awesome!!! Have the 18 swedish pancakes with the lingonberries. Cannot be beaten! It will keep you full through a day of walking, shopping and enjoying the views.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Awesome pancakes

The Sydney Amber was much more than I could eat, though I didn't want to stop. These pancakes are some of the fluffiest and tasty around. You may want to schedule a late lunch after breakfast at Sear's because you will be full. Great energy before a day of bike riding or physical activity.

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