Cafe Des Amis
Cafe Des Amis

Cafe Des Amis

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafedesamissf.com/
  • Phone: 4155637700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

    Dinner:
    Monday, through Thursday, 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday, 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
    Sunday, 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

    Weekend Brunch:
    Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Mark Sullivan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Allow us to assist in the creation of your next special group dining experience. We offer a selection of private and semi-private dining options, perfect for any celebration or meeting. Custom menus and event planning services are also available.
  • Private Party Contact: Megan Hanoian 8776251063

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Buchanan
  • Public Transit: We are within two blocks of Muni lines 22, 41 and 45
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public lot located across from the restaurant at 2001 union street.
A word from Cafe Des Amis
Café des Amis invites you into the bustling, energetic atmosphere of a ‘neighborhood’ French brasserie, with elegant, relaxed stylings and attentive service. Chef Mark Sullivan and Chef de Cuisine John Cahill have crafted a menu featuring classic brasserie dishes based around locally sourced ingredients, while Wine and Spirits Director Andrew Green has assembled a wine selection focused on the regions of France. Located on the corner of Union and Buchanan in the heart of the Union Street Shopping District, Café des Amis is the perfect place to satisfy that craving for a well chosen wine, hand crafted cocktail or late night meal. We look forward to welcoming you!
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Cafe Des Amis reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (51)fit for foodies (40)special occasion (32)great for brunch (30)romantic (29)great for lunch (25)great for outdoor dining (24)vibrant bar scene (19)notable wine list (18)good for groups (13)hot spot (11)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (6)Show More
  • Donovan59VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Love this place but disappointed they took the Duck Confit off the menu (been a while since I was there)! I had the flatiron steak and frites instead - rather tough and not tender - and if you're going to offer steak/frites you have to have bearnaise sauce. The fries seemed thicker too -prefer thinner. Daniel our waiter, however, was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Anniversary Dinner
    SFfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My husband and I just spent our 2nd wedding anniversary dinnner at Des Amis and were blown away by the delicious food and amazing service. It was a Tuesday and so it was definitely a quieter night but even so, everything was impecable and to make things even better, it was half priced wine night - naturally we ordered a bottle of French champagne to celebrate. We started with a half-dozen oysters which were so fresh and tasty, followed by the gnocchi - perfectly light and fluffy - and the onion soup - perfect for a foggy night in the city. Entrees were killer as well... I had the steak tartare and my husband had the chicken paillard - no complaints. To go along with the great food our waiter was even better - so welcoming and polite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marsan
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The ambiance is appealing. We arrived at 4:30p.m. and the audio was very loud. We asked to have it lowered and they accommodated us. Haley, our server, was very helpful and polite. Fun place for lunch. My, selection, melted ham & cheese sandwich, was very dry. The calamari appetizer was great. The butter lettuce looked delicious and the ahi tuna was good. One breast of the roasted chicken was dry the other was moist.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ALWAYS A GREAT MEAL
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    French bistro grill food, short menu, great staff, awesome bartenders....always our go to restaurant for special celebrations, brunch or perfect city dining without too much fuss.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch with David
    chocoladVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This has become a favourite venue for weekend brunch. The staff is always pleasant and there to provide anything you might need. The menu is varied and interesting. I enjoy the Quiche and Omelets and will have to try some of the other offerings. I recommend it for all ages.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    Frenchie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I tried this place several times in the past. When they first opened, it was great. The design and service of the restaurant is still great but the taste of food has suffered. It's probably partly the clientele's fault for leaning towards American comfort food it seemed as I was noticing what people were ordering. I tried the niocci and the lamb entree both lacked flavor and the sauce tasteless. Definitely don't order the lamb. They are good for bruch, hamburger and seafood trays. By the look of the restaurant, I expected better food. I will probably go back for the ambiance, lunch and brunch but I think there are better places in the city for dinner around this price range.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My little Paris
    DeliaVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went a friend for a little celebration, and as always it was lovely. Delia Crawford
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bistro cafe
    Genevois2
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    True to Bistro style restaurant with decor and ambience to match. Food is very good,
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Lunch
    SFRunningGirlVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This restaurant is one of my favs for lunch - especially for celebrating a special occasions. I've had a number of wonderful meals in the past but my recent experience was disappointing and I doubt I'd go back. I specifically contacted the restaurant ahead of time to tell them about a birthday we were celebrating and to ask that they prepare a surprise dessert for the end of the meal. After waiting more than 20 minutes after our meal was over, I finally asked for the check as the dessert still hadn't appeared. I hoped that requesting the bill would prompt them to bring it out, it didn't and we ended up leaving without celebratory send off. There was no excuse not to remember my request. It quite frankly ruined the experience for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bistromania
    HofameVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Nice representation of that Paris place we all like to visit. Food is pretty good, menu is authentic, wine list superior, and drink service spot on. Charming young waiter who admitted under cross-examination he had fled from Clovis. We had a good time here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good choice at Union street
    Seafood
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Good looking place, should be good for the group as they have separate dining area. Food was ranging from outstanding to so so. Waiter forgot several entries and to bring the spoon, but corrected with an extra portion and desert. Place was not particularly crowded on Sunday evening, but it should be. Overall, good find, away from tourist crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • meh
    paniolo
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    thought of this as a busy, fun place, but on saturday at 7:30pm the place was empty. awkward intro maitre d who tried to be funny and wasn't. empty tables, and those there looked like tourists. food was good, but took a solid hour for to arrive. everyone in our group complained about the delays. not sure if the decline of betelnut next door is a factor, but that corner-- which used to be fun and packed-- felt abandoned.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Loved the mussels au curry and the salade lyonnaise. Friendly service. Very pleasant ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Saturday night dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Four of us had a 7:45 reservation on a Saturday night. The place had a nice bar to get drinks before sitting down. Food was very good - we had the butter lettuce salad, pate and salad lyonnaise for apps, mains: halibut, steak frites, seafood ravioli and mushroom vol-au-vent. All dishes were well prepared and tasty. Also the side of fries were really really tasty! Service was solid and never felt rushed. We would definitely eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oui Oui Oui
    Mandy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Incredible food (get the duck!), great service, fab locale. Love this place and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Duck was amazing , Bouchon a MUST have for desert. host Aaron in fantastic 5 stars
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood gem, poor service
    BSPP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I had been to Cafe Des Amis twice before, once for dinner and brunch, and had excellent service and food. This time was horrible. We were seated outside and after 50 minutes we still hadn't placed a drink order, much less food. This was also after notifying the hostess and maître d twice because our waitress was nowhere to be found. Then when our waitress did finally reappear after our order was placed with the maître d the only apology we got was the offer of free calamari which we didn't want since we had already ordered according to our hunger and preferences. Finally the bill came which totaled $120+ for 2 ppl and not even a round of drinks were comped to remedy the experience. It will be a long time before I return to cafe Des Amis.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal in an attractive setting
    Chewer007VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had an early dinner at the Des Amis and enjoyed it very much. Front of house staff a little cool, but our waiter was very warm and helpful. Gnocchi and mixed salad (hard to describe how great that was no matter how prosaic it sounds) were high spots. The atmosphere is very autherntic of a Parisian Brasserie, however the music, mostly contemporary American was a little to loud for my taste. The acoustics of the room are reflective as is the trend today. This is great as long as your hearing holds up. I'm kind of on the backside of that deal, so sometimes it's a stuggle to hear in these settings. I suppose it's a tactic if you want to drive the older clientele away.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • AlfieVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My second time here - came back for the soft rolled omelets which are deliciously different...have not had them done this way anywhere else. The fries and bread were excellent. The service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Paris
    DeliaVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    This is my favorite neighborhood restaurant, have been introducing friends to it and everyone goes back. Delia
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reviewer
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    food / wine was excellent. would have liked more candle light. The candle lamps on the table don't work well. average service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So so
    Katat49
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Halibut was great -best part. bar noise interfered with conversation for about half the dinner. Few wine by glass choices. Pricier than overall restaurant warrants .
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The very best!
    capercats
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Charming ambience! Our service was excellent from start to finish: professional, great suggestions, etc. The food was perfectly prepared and delicious. We asked for a quiet table for two and were seated in a perfect spot for us. We were not rushed and were able to enjoy a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood Bistro
    LDSFVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Good bistro food well prepared. Full bar. Friendly staff. We had a very good wait person. We enjoyed the French bistro items on the menu along with the oysters, which were wonderful. A friendly, relaxed, attractive place to dine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Paris
    DeliaVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    As always great service, they have a happy hour that starts at 3pm, love their oysters!!! Delia
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Nice, But
    RegularDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We have gone to Des Amis a number of times and always enjoyed all aspects very much. We went again to celebrate a birthday. The food and ambience was generally good but the service was spotty around the edges. While the waitress, bartender and table servers weren't very helpful or attentive, the manager listened carefully and addressed the issues. We will return again but hope we get a more seamless experience with getter trained staff next time. Let's get this restaurant back to five stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's like being in France
    SuziGVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Absolutely delightful casual French bistro. Food is exceptional, wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly . Terrific ambiance - I felt right at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great benedict
    danjeffer
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The eggs benedict was delicious and the oysters were also very tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • for our anniversary
    foodfan
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Everything was perfect. The lamb and steak was excellent, as was the salad and gnoochi. Great cocktails and beer choices, as well as a nice wine list. Sizeable but feels intimate, and great location. The desserts are super great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT SPECIALS
    Carmelrestaurantgoer
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Their daily specials. We had a two pound lobster, prepared perfectly for $28.00. Good table and service. Only negative would be a lack of good red wine in the $38.00 to $50.00 range. We brought our own and paid the corkage and ordered a couple of extra glasses. Third time there in last year and has become a habit when we visit San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Parisian bistro
    coastsidemomVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We really enjoyed the atmosphere (having been to Paris 5 times over the past 2 years) but were disappointed in the service - waiter never checked to see if we wanted anything (I had to ask for wine) and kept us waiting for dessert for a very long time. He took off the cost of one of the desserts because of the delay, but meantime he had left us waiting without coming back to keep us posted. The food was good but not great - hubby had the roasted chicken which he thought was good, and I had the duck a l'orange which was good but not great. We ordered a trio of cheese as appetizer; tasty but portions were small - the accompanying spicy nuts were excellent as was the bread. Profiterole dessert was outstanding but pain perdu was disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chowhound
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food is always excellent here, top flight service, waiters know wine list pretty well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lavi
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I went there for dine about town lunch. The zucchini soup for appetizer was very good! I loved it. The main was cod, I liked the food but it was really salty that I can even see the salt on the fish.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Knows how to cook egg
    chickenandeggVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    There are 2 things a chef/cook needs to master, cooking eggs and roasting a chicken, sadly most places don't know how to cook eggs properly. I am very happy to say that "Cafe des Amis" is not one of them! Their omelets are perfect and picture perfect. You are in experts hands, dishes don't disappoint. The service is unexpectedly near outstanding, but I did have one mishap (on a very busy day.)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 61 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 669 reviews are from the Cafe Des Amis reviews archive.
  • Disappointing
    AlfieVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I'd wanted to try this place for a while and finally took my friend for her birthday. Sad to say we were very disappointed. The food was mediocre to poor - the escarole in the chicken salad was tough and in big pieces and the dressing tasted bitter; the soft rolled omelet was tasty but lacking in presentation; the profiteroles were substandard - the puff pastry part did not taste fresh and the ice cream filling was not good at all. The worst part was the poor wait service - we had to ask for bread twice before it was brought and the waiter was not attentive to our needs - any interaction was pro forma only and we definitely did not get any sense the waiter cared whether we liked the food or not, or whether we were having a good experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice dinner
    Frank
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    great food, good atmosphere. a really nice evening. The service was excellent very friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently great
    WellworthrecommendingVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    What a wonderful total experience....service, food, ambience. From the minute you arrive and are greeted, everything just falls into place and you know you're at a well run restaurant. The menu changes from time to time, the wine list is interesting and the servers are knowledgeable and competent. The happy hour scene is a lot of fun and the $1.25 oysters are superb !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good items to order:
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Go for the burger & French onion soup. Lovely hostess but the waiter should be replaced.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Flash of Paris
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Wonderful bistro-like decor. Fun bar. Great service but more importantly, consistently beautifully prepared food from the freshest ingredients. The Raviolis de Fruits de Mer were outstanding as was the the Cod and the Halibut. I have had sublime asparagus served tepid with delicate herbs and subtle vinaigrette. Excellent wine list of French and local wines. Definitely wonderful experience any evening or when you need that sophisticated Paris fix!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Classic French bistro food. Nice atmosphere and drink menu. Great frisee salad, grilled lobster and perfect medley of spring vegetables.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.