Maven, San Francisco, CA

Maven- its quite a fitting name for this adventurous little eatery in the Lower Haight neighborhood of San Francisco. A perfect place for a slightly hungover sunday brunch – really good food and spicy but light and fresh bloody marys.

My friend and I shared their Blueberry Crumb Cake with hazelnuts and Yogurt to start. This cake was fluffy and light, yet moist and rich, a very difficult combination to achieve. It was topped with a delicious semi-crisp crumb, which provided a rich contrast to the rest of the cake.

Regretting ordering one course each after the cake, we tucked into our bloody marys. These were a little too spicy with the heat dominating the drink, but they did wake me up, and they were refreshing.

Our mains arrived promptly after the cake, and I had ordered a duck hash with fried duck egg and braised sofrito- this was truly an amazing dish. The duck was almost as rich as a confit, with deep hints of clove that paired so well with the velvety duck yolks. The potatoes were excellent- they were breakfast style, yet retained much of their fresh baby potato character- sweet and earthy. Not smothered in spices or onions. Perfection.

My brunch buddy had a souffléd German pancake, which was quite a spectacle when it arrived on a cast iron skillet – looking like an omelet puffed up as a football. The soufflé was not to dense and the accompanying apple sauce lent the dish moisture and depth. Quite a unique dish.


This place is a must go if you are in Lower Haight !

Maven San Francisco

598 Haight Street  San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 829-7982

The brunch menu is available here

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