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Cafe Des Amis
Cafe Des Amis

Cafe Des Amis Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafedesamissf.com
  • Phone: (415) 563-7700
  • 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 (877) 625-1063

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! Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This is my favorite neighborhood restaurant, have been introducing friends to it and everyone goes back. Delia"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "food / wine was excellent. would have liked more candle light. The candle lamps on the table don't work well. average service"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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 ."
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "As always great service, they have a happy hour that starts at 3pm, love their oysters!!! Delia"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The eggs benedict was delicious and the oysters were also very tasty."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food is always excellent here, top flight service, waiters know wine list pretty well."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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.)"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "great food, good atmosphere. a really nice evening. The service was excellent very friendly. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "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 !"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Go for the burger & French onion soup. Lovely hostess but the waiter should be replaced."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Classic French bistro food. Nice atmosphere and drink menu. Great frisee salad, grilled lobster and perfect medley of spring vegetables."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The location, the ambiance are great. The service was excellent and our food was delicious and looked that way. Nice wine list, Goodcocktails. Everything from beginning to end was more than expected. Will be going again, and we have a pretty long drive to get there."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "This is a place that I could frequent more often if I could, have brought most of my friends here and everyone loved it and came back. Delia B Crawford"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Always a great spot for special days. We enjoy Easter there year after year. They do a fixed menu because of the large number of people to bbs served but there are many good choices. Service was fast and attentive, despite the hubbub. After all, there is an Easter Parade and street festival going on right outside the door. There is outdoor seating too if you want to see the action up close. On regular nights, try the mussels. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "It was my sisters birthday and I made reservations at a different restaurant but after asking around based on the Open Table reviews- I made a last minute decision to change to Cafe Des Amis. Not only did they find room- but they found us the best table and made us feel like it was a special occasion. Just the extra attention from the manager to the waitstaff changed the entire experience. The food was tasty, the drinks were just perfect and they even made special accommodations for my gluten allergy. Cafe Des Amis made dinner into an event to be remembered- making me the hero and my sister the star. Thanks!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This restaurant has everything, good food, service and the place is beautiful, and very near my home. Just love it!!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We had a large group of visitors and locals, kids and adults, all who appreciate exceptional food and service. Cafe des Amis proved to be memorable on all counts. The dining rooms are lovely, and there is a zinc bar. We had a cozy and convivial oval booth for our group, and it was easy to carry multiple conversations across the table or just one. Our waiter was a welcome, attentive, yet non-obtrusive presence. I usually tip 20% but gave him 25%. We ordered oysters for starters, and even the east coast oyster snobs at the table were impressed with the quality and presentation. The Nutella beignets were decadent! The soft omlettes were delicious. Everyone left the table and the meal happy, satisfied, but not stuffed. Just blissed out!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Out of town guests have heard about San Francisco and it's wonderful restaurants -- Des Amis is a real treat for them --the SF ambiance on the street, the French menu, reasonable prices and super attentive staff make for a memorable dining experience and family gathering."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Love going to Cafe Des Amis, consistent in the quality of the food and service, and I can walk to get there. It reminds me of Paris!!! Delia"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The duck confit was terrific and just the right size."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The atmosphere that has been created here really evokes a Parisian brasserie and both the food and service support that. Servers are knowledgeable and attentive. The menu offers a wide range of choices, all well prepared and served. And the happy hour is wonderful!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Made a tuna tartine into a delicious salad when I told them I was gluten free - terrific!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "What is the point of making a reservation if you are seated 30-40 minutes late?"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Love coming here. It's the only restaurant I go to in this area. Service is fantastic, food is supergood and atmosphere is awesome. You can't go wrong. I like the fact that it doesn't feel as trendy as the other restaurants on Union or Chestnut."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Cafe des Amis fit the bill when it came to a good low-key brunch place. Our group of 6 had a cozy booth on the loft level to ourselves, which provided a private, quiet atmosphere for us to catch up in. Everyone liked their food; the burger was a popular choice. I myself liked the croque madame. Mimosas for $5 each was a decent price too and helped make the birthday brunch festive. Overall I would recommend this to anyone looking for a classy yet casual brunch experience in the Marina."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Been here twice. A little noisey and service a little slow, but food is quite good. The French onion soup is worth the trip."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Love the brunch vibe here. Server was great, food was great, bloody marys were great as usual. The hostess was unfriendly and sort of rude, especially considering it was not busy when we arrived. I had requested a table outside or in the window and there were several available when we arrived, but I was told those were for people who had made reservations (which I thought is what I had done here). Then she told us she could seat us inside and move us outside as soon as a table was available, but she never did. I've come here before and I'll come here again, but I'm still not sure how to go about reserving an outdoor table through any other means than this."
    Dined on 2/16/2014