San Francisco: The Grove Chestnut’s Breakfast.

I was planning out my time in San Francisco and was looking for a place with a great breakfast and coffee to start the day. I was tipped off to checkout The Grove Cafe on Chestnut. One morning after hanging around the beach at sunrise I headed to the corner of Chestnut and Avila Streets in the Marina District.

The Grove Cafe, Marin District, San Francisco, coffee, breakfast

It was before eight in the morning, so it was relatively quiet inside, minus some people grabbing some coffee or a quick bite before heading to work.

The Grove Cafe, Marin District, San Francisco, coffee, breakfast

I proceeded to the counter and ordered “The Breakfast Special”. Two poached eggs, wheat toast, rosemary hash browns and saving the best for last, applewood smoked bacon was heading my way. I needed caffeine of course before a day of fun in the big city, so I ordered a Cafe Americano. Only a few minutes later this was in front of me.

The Grove Cafe, Marin District, San Francisco, coffee, breakfast

A close up shot of each. The caffeine was definitely what the doctor ordered.

The Grove Cafe, Marin District, San Francisco, coffee, breakfast

Their breakfast food was as good as advertised. Of course bacon makes every meal better. πŸ™‚

The Grove Cafe, Marin District, San Francisco, coffee, breakfast

Before I dove in I visited the cream/sugar station. I don’t know what it is, but I love checking out the area in coffeehouses and cafes where they have all the additives. Went with low-fat milk and some regular sugar. Saw honey on the counter. Not a fan of adding it to coffee.

The Grove Cafe, Marin District, San Francisco, coffee, breakfast

The service was nice and friendly and the breakfast outstanding. Two things though. The pricing was a little higher and you can get free Wi-Fi access, but it’s based on how much you spend. I had never seen that before. It wasn’t an issue though because of the short amount of time I spent there. I had many other places to get to. My feelings might have been different had I needed to get a lot of stuff done.

Despite those I’d definitely recommend The Grove Chestnut for someone looking for a great breakfast and coffee to start the day. πŸ™‚ It was well worth spending a little more. I’m thankful for being pointed to The Grove Chestnut.

This was a continuation of my exploration of coffeehouses and cafes in San Francisco and the Bay Area, stay tuned for more. Checkout my previous post on Four Barrel Coffee in the Mission District.

Has any one ever been to The Grove Fillmore, The Grove Yerba Buena or The Grove Hayes? What other places in San Francisco or the Bay Area would you recommend for coffee and/or breakfast?

12 responses to “San Francisco: The Grove Chestnut’s Breakfast.

  1. I hardly drink Americano, but have recently had it on a few occasions. And oh boy, does that get you high on caffeine! πŸ™‚ Your cup looks so nice & simple, perfect morning coffee. It’s really odd about the wi-fi situation at this place, I don’t like games like that… L

    • It definitely hit the spot in the early morning. Caffeine boost indeed. Was walking a little faster once I left haha. Funny thing is is that I was on a coffee house tour, so even more caffeine awaited lol. πŸ™‚ So used to free Internet everywhere, if I needed to spend a lot of time somewhere, probably wouldn’t do it there.

  2. They need free wifi everywhere. I always love a good breakfast and coffee post.

    • Love checking out different breakfast spots, though I’m constantly getting hungry when working on the posts and photos haha. πŸ™‚

  3. unfortunately, just closed down. typically, the building owner jacked up the rent (as if the Marina isn’t expensive enough), so the Grove owners decided to shut down this location and concentrate on their two other SF locations, including a sweet new one on Hayes Street!

    • Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. Loved the atmosphere inside. 😦 Will have to check the one out on Hayes.

      • yah, me too! the good news: the food is the same on the Hayes St. location and the space itself is a touch bigger!

      • Do you have any off the grid San Francisco coffeeshop/cafe recommendations? Will be heading out that way again soon. πŸ™‚

      • hey elatlboy … where are you staying while you’re here? that’ll give me a better idea of where to direct you. when will you be in town?

      • Hello! Will be staying in suburbia so will be looking to checkout and hang in lots of different neighborhoods. WIll be roaming about sometime in August. πŸ™‚

      • Cool … let me get a collection together in various parts of SF, easily accessible from MUNI. Judging by your blog, you’re like me where I like to hit several parts of the city, roaming and exploring each … digging in. It’s nice to know the prime coffee shops for a bit of a break. Free wifi always helps.

      • Thank you so much Stephen! Gotta love wifi and finding those non-chain coffee shops wherever your at. You can e-mail me at if you’d like. Thanks again! πŸ™‚

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