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Cafe de la Presse
Cafe de la Presse

Cafe de la Presse Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafedelapresse.com/
  • Phone: (415) 398-2680
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Sunday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:30am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Mr. Patrick Albert
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Depending on the number of people and the type of party, we can tailor a special menu and provide some advice.
  • Private Party Facilities: We can provide semi-private parties; private accommodations may be possible by closing the downstairs dining room. Please call the restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager (415) 398-2680

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bush St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a public lot nearby on Bush St. There is also valet parking through the Hotel Triton.
A word from Cafe de la Presse
For centuries, cafes the world over have provided patrons with entertainment that draws on all walks of life. In these gathering places of art, politics, fashion, and everyday events, cafe-goers partake in a unique convergence of eclectic culture and traditional cuisine. Parisian-inspired Cafe de la Presse continues the trend with international literature, classic fare, and the age-old pastime of dining, relaxing, and conversing in a vibrant atmosphere.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Very busy, average food, food was brought out on dirty dishes."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Lunch at Café de la Presse is very nice and relaxed. The food--we both had the quiche Lorraine--was very good, and the service was excellent. The waitress was very patient when my dining companion was 1/2 hour late."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "While the menu does not have a wide range of selection, it would seem that what is made is made well. The braised beef was delectable as was the croissant bread pudding. The chicken breast was regrettably dry, but the accompanying salad of fennel and radish was refreshing. I had to ask if I could have coffee with my dessert."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I've been to Cafe de la Presse many times and never thought the service was stellar but it was OK. Until last weekend. After waiting 30 minutes for drinks to arrive we inquired with our waiter who simply said, the barrista is on a break. Fair enough but you don't really need a barrista to get a coke. Meanwhile we got our hot drinks towards the end of the meal... I also requested if we could have a small cake for a birthday but no one ever got back to me on that, so we just ordered dessert. All in all the food was good but goodness the service was way too slow and barely polite."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This place knows french baking! Excellent pastries, great coffee! The menu items seemed somewhat basic and no frills. It was tasty, hot, but not exceptional. If you have the chance, sit outside where the ambience is great for watching the city while maintaining a conversation with your guests. Great spot for this neighborhood!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "if you make a reservation you always get seated.. interesting wine list. great bread and pastries"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The menu serves up classic brunch items such as eggs benedict, omelettes, french toast, in addition to several salads and sandwiches. If you arrive past noon, then you can opt for steak/frites or roast chicken to name a couple. It is well located at the entrance to Chinatown and great for people watching!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We just spent 48 hours in San Francisco, and ate 4 of 6 meals at Cafe de la Presse. It was, and still is, our favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I had higher expectations for this restaurant. The hosts were arrogant and/or indifferent when our party checked in and I am not quite sure why. We dine in San Francisco all of the time and we never deal with negative attitude. But then again we hardly ever eat in the Union Square area. The waiter was pleasant enough and the food was fine, but I will not be in a hurry to go back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The location suited our requirements beautifully. Your web site captured the locale perfectly. A very short walk from the Union Square area hotels. We had dinner down stairs in the more formal dining area. I would love to dine outside on the street on a sunny day. The food and service excellent. The waiter even accommodated my brothers overly sensitive nose for wines. He chose two to have my brother and his wife taste. I would recommend you to friends and already have to my colleagues in the SF offices of Robert Half located at 50 California St"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I like the feel of this place, sort of a French Cafe with a lot of light, old building features, and French posters, and our server was very sweet. The manager on the other hand, was grumpy. The fruit cup came with molded strawberries, and no adjustment was made to the bill or apology for that matter. The rest of the food was basic diner-esque, and nothing special. I would not come back."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Always a pleasant experience but the menu is getting a bit tired. How about some new items?"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This was our first time for dinner at this restaurant, we have had brunch and lunch here often. Took friends who are visiting from NZ. Great evening, fantastic rabbit and duck dishes. Gorgeous waiter with big blue eyes. I was surprised that even in the city people eat early, practically empty by 10pm."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I have been coming a couple of times to La Presse the last 3 years when visiting SF. Always for breakfast or lunch. This time I tried dinner and was a bit disappointed. Service was not as good as during lunch. A bit lazy and not "american friendly" but not bad. I just like breakfast and lunch better but being my first visit dinner time I will definitely try it again for dinner. I lover the place so I will come back."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Dinner at the Cafe de la Presse was superb. I had escargot, lamb stew, and an almond cherry tart for dessert and all three were delicious (especially the escargot). The service was both attentive and friendly. I'm definitely coming back the next time I'm in San Francisco."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "El desayuno delicioso, los platos muy bien servidos y el restaurante muy bonito. Un muy buen lugar para desayunar. Lo recomendamos mucho."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I remembered the time I went to Cafe de la Presse prior to this time okay (not very good but not bad). But this time, the food was very disappointing, and the service was okay. They were closing early (9pm or so). I also did not feel vibrant."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Cafe de le Presse is très chic! It was the perfect setting on a hot day and enjoyed a glass of wine on their patio. Must try the croissant pudding with chocolate syrup. So decadent!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "If you want closer to France you may have to fly there. This was my first time dining at Cafe de la Presse, but definitely won't be the last. Good wine and cocktail selection. Braised beef and crab cakes were delicious. Had our choice of tables and were provided with excellent service. Point of interest: Restaurant is across the street from main gates of Chinatown....you may or may not like that if dining outdoors."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Just happened upon this place, but it was the best surprise place for a lovely Mothers Day brunch!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great location and ambiance for out-of-town guests. SF/Euro feel. Large dining room feels special. Dependable food. I had the salad nicoise and was not disappointed. My guest had the special of the day, Sea Bass and very much enjoyed it. Relaxing, enjoyable, special atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Highly recommend. Food is good, atmosphere seems "special" and all wait persons are very nice."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "good beef bourguignon with a nice combination of a mac & cheese side, our waiter was extremely helpful nice buzzy cafe atmosphere"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Cafe de la Presse is one of our favorite go-to places when we want good French food and friendly service. Have eaten there many times and will continue to do so. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "what more is there to say - it's consistently busy and energetic and although the food is knock your socks off, it's always yummy and reliable, and the energy is great. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "My wife and I loved the French food here, the atmosphere and our wine choice. Our waiter could care less we were there. Another waiter took our order and then was replaced by Andrew. We had no problem with that. Another waiter brought our food, Andrew never came by to ask about our dinner, never asked if we wanted another glass of wine or more bread. Another waiter came by and picked up our plates and boxed up our leftovers. Not once did Andrew stop by for anything except to bring us our check. Not friendly and had no eye contact. Did not seem very interested in his job. We went the next day for lunch but were careful to not sit in his section. Our waitress that day was wonderful and of course the food was excellent."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The beef Bourgogne was very tasty -- like our experiences in Paris -- fine salads, a nice French wine selection, but we experienced substandard service : inattention and lack of timeliness. We will come back, but we will expect better service. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "My friend lives here in San Francisco. We were visiting for the week. She recommended this wonderful place to eat. The food was amazing, wine list was impressive, and the atmosphere was perfect for couples, groups, and even families. All are quite welcome. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I wanted a nice romantic lunch with my partner to be with out getting on a jet just an uber, this place was perfect everything every bite perfect..."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Server was friendly and attentive. Food was good - great downtown location - love the French feeling and magazines rack!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We asked friends that know San Francisco for a good place for dinner. This is the one they recommended and we're glad they did. It's in an area close to some pretty highbrow shopping so fellas, get a map and maybe you can figure out a way to avoid them. There were 4 of us and we all came out with the promise that we'd be back again. Creme Brulee and Cappuccino for dessert were the best."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "I enjoy this French restaurant, with newspapers and magazines to peruse, breakfast, lunch or dinner wine and cocktails, very convenient, and food is good. My husband was disappointed with the stark tartar, it was good, but not what he expected."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I dined here with a business colleague who was here from out-of-state. We had a completely positive experience - from the wine to the food to the service. We were able to talk a little business without having to shout. And the wait staff were attentive but not hovering. While we ate inside and there were just two of us, the outside dining area looked very inviting, and I noticed at least two large groups nearby who appeared to have been served in a timely way. I'd definitely return!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "As a native San Franciscan, I've walked by here many many times thinking it was a cheesy tourist trap. I came to lunch here with a colleague and was presently surprised. I had the quinoa salad and it was so tasty and fresh! I'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Dinner was good, wine recommendation excellent. Waiter outstanding."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "This used to be one of my favourite restaurants however the recent changes to the menu have left me looking elsewhere. The food is now very bland and very ordinary. The service remains outstanding, but the quality of the food is now lacking the flavour I have come to expect from this restaurant. I may return one more time to see if there are still any redeeming options left on the menu, but the last visit makes me wary of going back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I asked the waiter her recommendation between rabbit and the duck entre w/port reduction sauce. She immediately told me that a white wine would go best with each dish. Since I ordered the duck w/port, I asked for a pinot noir. When our food arrived, my guest received what she had ordered and I received a confit of duck. The dish was removed and my companion had almost finished her entre by the time I received the correct dish. No apology!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "good food/over priced; great location/touristy; we'd go back for lunch, but not dinner."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Whenever we want good food in a relaxing atmosphere to just enjoy ourselves Cafe de la Presse always comes to mind."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "It was a nice day with a friend, and Cafe de la Presse proved to be the right spot for lunch. Although the tables are a bit close, it all somehow works. I was feeling adventuresome and tried two new things: a salmon tart that was fantastically flavorful, followed by steak tartare, cooked to perfection. (ahem). The wine was a blend, not overpriced, and perfectly suited to my meal. aaaaaah, the waitress was attentive without being obtrusive. She handled my silly comment (only one) that the steak tartare was over-cooked with just the right appreciation and smartness. Breakfast the day before was less pleasurable. While the eggs and espresso were good, the service and seating were not."
    Dined on 3/13/2014