Cafe Bastille
Cafe Bastille

Cafe Bastille

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafebastillesf.com/
  • Phone: 4159865673x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday: 11:30am-10:00pm Friday-Saturday: 11:30am-10:30pm
    sunday brunch 11:00am-3:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Olivier Azancot
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The downstairs lounge is available for private parties and can accommodate up to 70 people. Restaurant also available for buy outs. Please contact the restaurant for more details.
  • Private Party Contact: Pascal Fosse 4159865673x
  • Entertainment: We offer one of the biggest terraces in town...and a huge private dining area...Belden place is unique and famous for being one of the most fun and relaxing place in San Francisco as well that for the excellent quality of food.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bush & Kearny
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The Sutter Stockton garage is located nearby.
A word from Cafe Bastille
Cafe Bastille has terrace seating with heating lamps and a canopy. The seating is bistro style and offers about 50 seats outdoors and 80 seats indoors. The ambiance is incredibly relax and fun. Cafe Bastille is 25 year old and was the first restaurant on Belden Alley. Private dining area downstairs is great for special event such as birthday parties, business lunches and dinners, rehearsal dinners, etc...We also have two Lunch Prix Fixe Menus $16.5 for special daily entree and $19.00 for choice of soup or salad + special daily entree. we offer as well a 3-course Dinner Prix Fixe for $35 (Soup/Salad + Entree + Dessert). Bon Appetit
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Cafe Bastille reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (48)neighborhood gem (35)great for lunch (34)fit for foodies (25)good for groups (23)special occasion (22)romantic (22)hot spot (17)great for brunch (10)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Never Disappointed
    Lisa
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I like to take local customers here who can easily walk over. The food is consistently good and their crepes are a specialty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect client lunch
    BandTer
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I recently took my client to lunch here and it was a perfect spot - the food was great and service just right.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Do not recommend this place
    disappointed
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Wine list was really sad. Service was not great. Menu selections were very limited.
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  • French "fave"
    PatriciaVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Always a pleasure to take a trip to Paris for a few hours in the cute alley of Belden Place for charming service and good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice surprise
    BKeyVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Restaurant is in alley with 4 other places to dine. They all have outside dining, which looks cool at night with the lights. We ate inside as quieter. Food was amazing and service was not rushed. A great place to dine at the city by the bay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good food.
    Ninazadeh
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    very good food, friendly staff, nice ambience, close to work so great for happy hour or client dinners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marvelous beyond words!
    Liza
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Cafe Bastille was magnificent - a truly delicious & memorable birthday treat, with fabulous service and great ambiance. My friends from the East Bay have become loyal fans after 1 visit! And I have always adored Cafe Bastille's fresh salads & wine list. They made us feel very special with birthday Eiffel Tower treats, and the 3 who waited on us provided incomparable service. Many heartfelt thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu Change was very disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I really like Cafe Bastille, but I hadn't been here in a couple of months during which time the menu changed. It had previously been a larger menu with traditional French Bistro fare. The new menu was shorter and more "americanized". I took a large group and although the staff and service was excellent, the food selection was not what I had promised.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unexpected value in SF
    RavensfaninSF
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We have eaten here before but the menu is somewhat limited. The atmosphere is slightly eclectic with the walls adorned with metal signs from France. Service is consistently good with attentive but not overly annoying waitstaff. We had the special which was a filet mignon with sautéed vegetables. The steak was cooked perfectly and was delicious. The filet special was only $26 which is a bargain in SF. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality and value of our meal. Nice wine selection, too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Bastille on Wed. nite
    belatedbastilleday2
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Only so-so french food. French onion soup tasted like they added some of the meat sauce at last minute, not traditional french onion soup flavor. Mussels ok, but broth was too lemony, good portion, though. Good filet mignon. Andouillete sausage seemed like a skimpy serving for an entree (only 1)...nice baguette. Desserts somewhat of a disappointment. No sugar cubes in the bar to make a champagne cocktail?? Very attentive service and a nice sidewalk cafe atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Bastille Day Diner!
    Benjy92
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Le 14 juillet - The diner was great! I was glad that we made a reservation the place was the most packed in the street. The Filet Mignon (steak menu special) was excellent! I was so glad to be able to finish 1/2 of my wife's too. And they had a special French delicacy as appetizer... I'll let you guess. The waiters are French and Fun. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Flat champagne, food-meh, bad servi
    bonvivant
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The glass of champagne was flat, and had to be sent back. One of the entrees was a mushroom fettuccine that was striking for its mediocrity. The meager sauce was flavorless and in lieu of many mushrooms, there was spinach thrown in, for no apparent reason. (Color, perhaps? Not good enough.) The potato rissole didn't appear to have been near butter, oil, or truffles, but instead were hard, dry and diced. The only thing this restaurant has going for it is that it's in Belden Place, and you can sit outside and feel that you're having a Parisian cafe experience. However, five minutes into the food and flat champagne, all you've got are the legendary rude waiters to make you think of Paris...and even they are never so graceless as these.
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  • Great salad; crazy atmosphere
    gourmetgalVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We probably should've known better than to go to Café Bastille on Bastille Day. The food was as good as ever. I really loved my house salad with grilled shrimp. However, they were overcrowded and the servers completely lost their rhythm. Our entrées were served at completely different times, iced tea was bored into my Diet Coke, and they took so long to get dessert menus to us that my friend had to go back to work. Add to that that The people next to us kept banging into our table. I would certainly go back especially for the delightful lunch outside. I just wouldn't do it on a day when they attract so much attention.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Adequate for a group
    foodforthoughtVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Maybe dinner is just not their strong suit....it's better for lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Average mediocre French bistro
    jaz2020VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Tastes like French food cooked by someone who doesn't really know what French food is. Dishes requiring minimal work were fine: the roasted marrow (very good), merguez sausage (excellent). Frisée aux lardons salad: too old chopped frisee, overdose cider vinegar, too many lardons--a salad of excess, not balance. Blanc noir sausage was fine, but sauerkraut was cooked with bacon, a no-no for sodium overdose. Regular cabbage yes, but no bacon w/sauerkraut unless blanched, pls. Halibut "special" was anything but--not fresh, overcooked, too much black pepper, mushy interior, sauce was too little lemon & too much butter--again, an excess instead of balance. Crepes Suzette was good, not great; coffee was excellent. Cute place, but misses.
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  • Bastillicious
    FromBCVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We had one of the best dinners here while visiting San Fran. Our waitress & bus boy were very attentive & friendly. Our meals were all delicious & good portions. My son enjoyed the rabbit, while my husband raved about his duck confit. My mushroom fettuccine fragrant with truffle oil was to die for. This restaurant reminded me of a the French bistro we visited in France especially with the open patio at the front. Bon appetit!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thursday evening
    Caroline
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Good food and wine, friendly staff, great service, and not terribly expensive!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still one of my favorites!!
    Marnie33
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Went back to Bastille after many years of being away from my beloved SF. Still an authentic French Bistro. The salmon special was truly outstanding. Steak Frites, Moules, etc. are first rate and affordable. A perfect place for a casual, lively, delicious evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food good atmosphere
    companydinner
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Cafe Bastille is my go-to for large groups. We always get a table together and everyone loves the food and beer list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything was excellent!
    Jeanna
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I took a group of colleagues for lunch and everyone said their food was amazing...including best steak and hamburgers they'd ever eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just okay
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I think we must have picked the wrong time to eat here. It was during the World Cup and the noise level was so high, the building was rumbling. Food was okay. I guess there were too many people watching the World Cup, so the staff is having trouble with the food and service. I might try this place again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ciaobella
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Fabulous food in a friendly and fun environment. We will definitely be returning!!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre Service, OK Food
    InExileVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Restaurant was mostly-empty but we were seated in a cramped corner just outside the kitchen, inches from a loud and obnoxious party. No other tables were available? Really? Food was, on balance, good but forgettable. Service was quite slow. We had to hunt down our server to ask for the bill.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food with outdoor tables
    FoodieSF
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The main draw for me was getting an outdoor table on Belden Place for that Parisian sidewalk dining experience. It's a fun atmosphere and the food was tasty, if a bit overpriced. I recommend the Boeuf Bourguignon -- was super rich and delicious. But, don't bother getting the whole prix fixe -- the desserts aren't worth it, and the French onion soup was just OK.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5 for Dinner
    ACTCREW
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We were here for Dinner..first time and will definitely be back! Everyone loved their food...fish with mash potatoes/asparagus was the favorite. Onion soup was not up to par. They serve wine by the 1/2 carafe and carafe which was welcome as we don't all drink. The man at the table next to us had the Floating Island dessert....Looked fabulous, I'm going back just for that. One of the ladies was their for lunch 3 days before and said her party was very pleased...crepes were excellent. Wine is fairly priced--a rarity in the city. Waitress was very competent and friendly. A great experience....we will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty, great service
    BenTVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We enjoyed our meal at Cafe Bastille very much. Service was excellent, and the chef had no problem making substitutions/changes. I had the steak frites which was delicious, well prepared, and my wife had the sole, which she said was fantastic. She has problems with too much oil, and they were able to prepare the food to her specifications. Prices were very reasonable, and the decor is pretty cool, definitely has a bistro/cafe vibe. Also, they are one of the first restaurants to accept the new Opentable App payments, which is a cool service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • food was good but...
    lychic
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I like how this place always change its menu so we got something different to try every time. Food was good but somehow I feel like the food served in the past was better. I tried roasted bone marrow this time, too fatty for me. It's an experience for me but will not order again. Food portion is large and will definitely fill us up. I also ordered moule (mussel) this time and the bowl is probably as big as my head. It's yummy but too bad my friend doesn't like its seafood taste. Keep it up and hope to try something different next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Miss the old menu!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I brought someone here for their first time and was disappointed to see that all of my favorites were dropped when Cafe Bastille remade the menu. No Spicy Merguez Sandwich, no Grilled Chicken Salad, no Roasted Vegetable Sandwich.
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    great for lunch
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  • the worst restaurant ever
    mellowVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    this is by far the worst restaurant ever, the staff were rude, never around when you need them, roll their eyes when you ask them questions, at the end we had to ask the check twice in order to get it. There was a 25 minutes break between appetizer and entree, and there were not that many people in the restaurant, makes you wonder what the kitchen staff were doing??? worst dining experience ever!! deserves 0 star
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  • Fine reasonable French
    Frank
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Great food, prepared excellently. Good, reasonably priced wine list. Could talk with and hear dining mates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 546 reviews are from the Cafe Bastille reviews archive.
  • A Visit to France
    Eugenia
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Not quite Paris, but this place makes it feel close! We went for Mother's Day, and needless to say, my mom was more than pleased.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing escargot
    Catal
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Overall, the restaurant is quaint and reminded me of Paris. The food is hit or miss. The beat and endive salad were good as well as the salmon tartare. The escargot was so salty that it wasn't even edible! The waitress was so kind enough to remove it from the bill. The floating island was also way too sweet. I think if they fix these things, the restaurant could be really good. The service was nice and ambiance was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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  • Disappointing
    2darnfunny
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    My husband is French and we've gone to our share of French restaurants. Big portions does not make up for mediocre food. Nothing notable. Seems more geared to groups and bar clientelle.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing!
    Olgam
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    First thing, dirty silverware. Food was not good. I ordered quiche thinking that a French restaurant would make a very good quiche and salad. It was thin and greasy. The fries were cooked again to heat them up and were inedible. The bread was good.
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    great for lunch
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  • Would recommend
    Ollie
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    It's a nice spot for Mussels & Fries (fabulous)... classic dish that is always a winner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place for brunch
    lowerthird
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We were looking for a nice place to have a quiet brunch. Someplace where we didn't have to wait in line for hours, listening to a panoply millenials and dot-come folks talk about how close they were to their options. Bastile was great. Food was very good, and the service very attentive. I had Smoked Salmon Benedict, which made me plenty happy, and my friend has Omelette Parisienne. All in all, a great way to spend a Sunday morning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Travelzoo Voucher
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This "deal" is a scam - buyer beware. Although they charge 39 for dinner - they calculate the tax on the price had there not been a deal, add 18% gratuity for 2 people, 4% tax for workers without health insurance, tax and then charge high prices for avg wine. For dinner with 2 drinks each - I paid $150 - never going there again
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  • A Passable French Meal
    CGF1973
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Location makes it a convenient place for Financial District folks. As such, it's an OK place. But for tourists and foodies type, the place is not good enough to be sought out and make a special trip. Food: the escargot with the right amount of fresh garlic and herbs in the butter. The French Onion Soup which was flavorful but too watery to have great texture. The Cassolet in contrast had all the right ingredients but ironically not enough spices to layer the beans and ducks. The chicken Tagine that was the most disappointing for being oddly sweet and has an overly sugary tomato base. The chocolate mousse cake and a raspberry cake tasted store bought. All said, everything about this restaurant was average though I'd hoped for more.
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    Great for Lunch
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  • Good for quick lunch meets
    jonyfog
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Made reservations on short notice for a business lunch. Turned out to be a fantastic little place. Happened to be a very hot day, so we eschewed the hopping out-door, shaded seating area for the cooler interior. The interior is decorated with belle époque posters, etc. The table service was very good, as was the food. It is not quite trendy. It is that rare place that seems properly made for a sunny day in San Francisco. The same alley has about half a dozen other restaurants in a similar style, although this seems to be the best.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Our meal at Cafe Bastille was wonderful. We had the prix fixe meal with moules - shared the delicious onion soup and dessert. The truite grenobloise was delicious, too. I will return to Cafe Bastille when I am in SF. Service was great (once we got past the maitre d' who was more interested in her friends than the customers).
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