Cafe de la Presse
Cafe de la Presse

Cafe de la Presse

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafedelapresse.com/
  • Phone: 4153982680x
  • 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: Continental, French
  • 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 4153982680x

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.
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Cafe de la Presse reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (45)neighborhood gem (43)great for brunch (32)fit for foodies (27)great for outdoor dining (21)romantic (15)special occasion (14)good for groups (10)notable wine list (10)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (3)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Good food, limited menu
    Eric1FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    So we liked the entrees and the little aperitif that was served gratis. One person had fish, one filet, one hanger steak. Sauces were good, of source, this is a french restaurant. The escargot were ok. The bread was good. Would go back but prefer the lunch menu, croque monsieur is great as i recall. Enjoy this little gem, lots of french speakers in the place is always a good sign.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodiegirl
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We stumbled upon this little gem unexpectedly on a visit to Chinatown. Crossing the thresh hold we stepped into a Paris bistro complete with scraped wood floors, wait staff properly attired in black trousers, vests n white shirts with bistro aprons. The croissants were buttery, flaky and hot. Fruit plate composed of fresh fruit.We had bowls of cafe au lait that was excellent. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Vibe
    DianaVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We went for brunch. I had the omelet, filled with tomatoes, spinach and feta. It was filling, but light. It came with yummy "home fries" - diced potatoes with the skin on and wheat toast. Creamy butter and smooth raspberry preserves. Husband had the sausage and egg croissant sandwich. I saw someone's plate of pancakes. They looked so good; flat, but cake-like. The ambiance was really great, felt like I was in Paris. Great coffee, too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always charming
    leneh
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This is a great "go to "place for us when we want to meet our out of town friends who are staying downtown
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Needs to Respect Reservations
    DeeDub
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I've always liked this place for lunch or a coffee and was hesitant to try it for dinner because it's quite casual and informal. Though we went to the trouble of making a reservation via Open Table, the restaurant hostess couldn't have cared less that we did. We were told that all the tables were filled and they offered us a high-top table in the bar. I asked whether or not they have a table set aside for us, given that we made a reservation, one we might have to wait even 5 or 10 minutes for, and we were told no. They claimed to have had a couple large groups that just sat down and there wouldn't be anything open for a while. I was disappointed that they disregarded our reservation. We begrudgingly took the bar high-top.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great dinner. For starters the onion soup was sweet, not salty, prefect. The Salade De Chèvre Chaud was delicious. The portion of the steamed black mussels was generous and rich in the wine/cream sauce. The Boeuf Bourguignon was also outstanding. A caution on ordering wine by the glass from the chalkboard - those are vintages not prices. The 10 does not cost $10. Not sure what the desserts are like because we were simply too full to order. But they looked delicious as well. We liked dinner so much we went back for breakfast, but that was not nearly as memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening meal
    John3
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Really had a wonderful meal. Food was great, our server was not only knowledgable, but helpful in making suggestions. Everything was perfectly prepared and served at a great pace! I'll definely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst and worst very time
    lafayettefoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    If you want a place where the greeters indicates that you are bothering her while she does accounting and have a table next to bathroom because the other empty table are for 'other people with reservation' this is the spot ! Used to be good and welcoming. Poorly managed restaurant. Forget about this spot. We left without eating.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cafe de la Presse--a slice of Paris
    adulticeskaterVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This charming restaurant reminds me so much of the wonderful bistros in Paris! Great food simply prepared, no unusual additions to detract from the fresh, natural flavors. Lovely ambience, quiet, perfect for lunch or before the theater.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GREAT Find
    californiadreaming14
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Spied this restaurant from the top of the Hop On Hop Off bus. Intrigued by the French style waitress and outside seating. Needed a nice restaurant for our last evening in San Francisco and found Open Table on Google. Exceeded expectations with French cuisine and Parisienne ambiance. Also not expensive. We thought we had had an evening in Paris.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best croque- monsieur!!!
    SocialLeslieVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This charming little French restaurant is a great find. I had my first croque- Monsieur here years ago and loved it! I then began to try others across the city. I was surprised at how they differed. Cafe de la Presse wins hands down! There is something to the cruspiness of the bread and cheese combo that just is delicious. Try it and you'll see! I am now a regular there and turn people on to my obsession often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful and Delicious
    SnailsRUs
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Eggs Benedict were wonderful. Perfectly poached eggs. Loved my Bastille drink - orange juice, champagne and Grand Marnier. We enjoyed sitting outside but the interior is charming. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    barthawk
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Had a early dinner here before going to a play at the SF Playhouse.. The service was quick but not intrusive. Food was very good, I had the duck confit and I really enjoyed it. For dessert I had a the chocolate hazelnut profiterole item which was a little heavy on the nutella sauce. Oyster appetizer was delicious as well.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, okay service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I had the beef burgundy (decided not to attempt the French spelling) and it was great: deep flavors and plenty of beef. The service was acceptable and friendly but left a little to be desired: they did not replace the water bottle when it was empty from about half-way through the meal and they never offered us the dessert menu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing service - and GREAT burger
    NeverAgain
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The server we had was over the top - full of enthusiasm, charm, and just added so much to the already great experience. I tried to hire him for a tech company. he could sell anything! And then the burger with blue cheese was wonderful, and the duck confit. and the wine selection... oh so good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thank you
    loveurbanity
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We were there 'catching up' with one another, for quite some time. No one rushed us out. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Mary Anne
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The attendant Olivier was very welcoming and warm.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic breakfast
    Globegirl747
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We dined here for breakfast , I made a booking for 5 including myself & my colleagues, the omelettes were tasty, the coffee was like velvet and the Almond croissants , simply pastry heaven !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tourist Central
    LuvFrench1VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This has always been one of my favorite French stops in the city. It reminds me of Paris like no other restaurant I've found. The last time I dined, however, as different. We sat outside which is right next to the tourist Sightseeing bus (multiple) drop off. There was a constant stream of tourists and bus exhaust during our meal. Not for me. I'm a local and travel across the city to come to Cafe de la Presse. Next time, I'll definitely stay indoors.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I was quite disappointed with the level of service that I received this time, but it is typically much better. Hopefully they were just having an off day.
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  • Average
    chesapeakeVA
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Very busy, average food, food was brought out on dirty dishes.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service and great food
    JARTHURSF
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best croissants! Fair menu choices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good food!!
    Gr8BeachRealtorVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    if you make a reservation you always get seated.. interesting wine list. great bread and pastries
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    deev
    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!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in Frisco!
    jaxupra
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MarkKVIP
    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.
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  • Will be back to Cae de la Presse
    marbro09
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • calm respite
    heartyVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Always a pleasant experience but the menu is getting a bit tired. How about some new items?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Francis Bien-Overall
    CityLights
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious dinner with friends
    gillvdw
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • San Francisco Gem
    Sctphil
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better for lunch
    Salle
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 64 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 874 reviews are from the Cafe de la Presse reviews archive.
  • little disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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.
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  • A great breakfast
    Maria
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    El desayuno delicioso, los platos muy bien servidos y el restaurante muy bonito. Un muy buen lugar para desayunar. Lo recomendamos mucho.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect French ambience!
    SFnewbie
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • French Cafe
    Jeremy
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Hav2boys
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Just happened upon this place, but it was the best surprise place for a lovely Mothers Day brunch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    dinerwholovesgoodserviceVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Highly recommend. Food is good, atmosphere seems "special" and all wait persons are very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.