Cafe de la Presse
Cafe de la Presse

Cafe de la Presse

  • 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: 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
103 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (46)neighborhood gem (45)great for brunch (35)fit for foodies (35)great for outdoor dining (22)romantic (17)good for groups (14)special occasion (12)notable wine list (10)kid-friendly (10)late-night find (5)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    I would have given it a 5 for food, but they took the Salmon Tarte off the menu again:(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    BillVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Excellent food, great service, beautiful atmosphere and great experience with our family. Enjoyable spot, excellent French food!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good and reliable
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We invited friends to join us here for dinner on a Friday night. We had a relatively quiet table in a booth near the street window. Charcuterie plate for the table was rather meager for $24, but the items were good. Three of us ordered duck leg confit and it was delicious. The other ordered the cassoulet, of which he consumed every bite. A white Quincy Sauvignon Blanc wine and a red Bordeaux were both good. Service was attentive and friendly. We come here a lot. It's not the trendiest, hippest place, but very reliable and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    GG1954
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Being from foodie town, Asheville NC, we love discovering good food and unusual ambience when we travel -- which is quite often. Cafe de la Presse was a delight! We were in town for several days and had the opportunity to host my criminologist daughter, here to present her research at a national convention, for dinner. The wine was excellent with a generous pour; our meals were served quickly, at perfect temperature, and were delicious! When we are in town (about once a year) we will return! We will also recommend the cafe to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine French Fare
    JDS4Oakland
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I don't think they're going to win awards for their cuisine, but they have a very nice French onion soup and we love the beef bourguignon. The service is attentive. The atmosphere is lively, nice French bistro feeling. A very nice dinner out if we are down town. Not where we go for special occasions but a nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place!
    Suzeq
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I had back to back businesa meetings..one over cafe au lait and a croissant followed by lunch of cassoulet! Lovely food and intimate setting made for successful business conversation as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Airebis
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Historic SF feel and quaintness at a busy and convenient intersection.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • San Francisco gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Our third visit here and still a San Francisco favorite. Intimate dining experience in the upstairs room, attentive service and delicious food in the French tradition. Wine list is solid and affordable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Landmark could try a bit harder
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Lovely place, classic French ambiance, historic media--newspapers and magazines on paper. On a busy brunch morning, the coffee was too cool on arrival, ditto the omelet. The toast side was skimpy, the fruit substitute for fries could have come from a Hilton Garden Inn. The poached eggs with mushrooms much better. Croissants, etc. good, but not outstanding.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eat inside
    foodforthoughtVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I used to really enjoy this place but the food is mediocre and the service is poor.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Union Square Brunch Spot
    debluvsfood
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Although there is a limited menu the food was good and the service quick. Fresh pink grapefruit juice was great! I had the ham and cheese omelet and they were very accommodating making it with egg whites and adding spinach. Cute interior and outside seating.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French in The City
    Nicospeak
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    You don't have to be a Francophile to appreciate their menu and drink selection. We brunch here regularly and have never been disappointed. Near shopping in Union Square, tourism in China Town, and a cab ride from anywhere this is a popular tourist spot so make reservations or expect to wait 30 minutes for a table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing lunch; great location
    MandMVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It had been too long since I'd been to Café de la Presse, so I suggested it when meeting a friend for lunch. The location was perfect and the ambiance was really nice allowing us to catch up in a very SF atmosphere (friend is visiting from out of town). Unfortunately, our soup and salad were very bland. Very, very bland. Our server was helpful and checked in just often enough.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific service and food
    John
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Service was especially wonderful this time. I come here about once a month, and will return again. Even though I came a bit early, I was seated promptly while I waited for my lunch guest. The server was attentive without being cloying, and able to anticipate. My order of chicken was very much to my liking. It is the kind of menu where I am motivated to eventually try everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    bizou
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The food is excellent. I had the duck dish. The duck skin is crisp and perfectly cooked. My wife has the boeuf Bourguignon, the beef short ribs was very tender. We have an excellent server, Marcus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't sit outside!
    Noisy
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I love outdoor eating.........but between the tour busses stopping at the corner every 2 minutes and the loud music from next door's hotel, it was quite unpleasant. I ordered a salad, so I can't review the menu, but the salad was pretty ordinary. Salade Nicoise for $19 using canned tuna? Not acceptable.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Casual French
    travelerbg
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Enjoyable casual french restaurant. Ambiance was pleasant but not especially romantic or scenic. Food was reasonably priced and did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    John3VIP
    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
  • Excellent Experience
    StevAVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Ambiance is Paris and the food and service perfect Enjoyed the entire time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    NWvisitor
    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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 71 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 894 reviews are from the Cafe de la Presse reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    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.