2049 Fillmore St @ California
San Francisco, CA 94115Neighborhood:
Creole / Cajun / SouthernPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.theelitecafe.com/
- Phone: 4153468400x
- Hours of Operation:
Fried Chicken & Live Blues on Monday nights; music from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Elite's Oyster Hour Happy Hour Monday - Friday from 4:00pm - 6:00pm and Saturday & Sunday from 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; with Bar Menu served from 3:00.
Monday - Friday, our Bar opens at 3:00pm.
Heated-Outdoor Seating available at all times!
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Seafood, American, Creole / Cajun / Southern
- Executive Chef: James London
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Private Party Contact: Peter Snyderman 4153468400x
- Entertainment: Fried Chicken & Live Blues Every Monday Night
Music featured from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
- Cross Street: California St.
- Public Transit: To get public transit information, please visit: http://transit.511.org/tripplanner/index.asp
- Parking: Street Parking
- Parking Details: Metered Public Parking lot one-half block away on California Street, between Filllmore & Steiner Streets. Always check posted signs for meter time enforcement details.
G-Sticker neighborhood parking permit not enforced after 6:00pm weekdays and not at all on weekends.
A word from Elite Cafe
This beautiful original Art Deco building began as the Lincoln Grill in 1928. Since 1981, it has been The Elite Cafe. Since its inception, The Elite has served exquisite food with the flavors of New Orleans. Our current menu continues this tradition but with an emphasis on seasonality, the freshest local ingredients, and a lighter touch in our preparation. From the original mahogany booths to the beautiful full bar to the unsurpassed people watching on the Upper Fillmore, The Elite Cafe has something for everyone. We now offer HEATED-OUTDOOR Dining. Enjoy Brunch, Dinner, or a glass of wine while experiencing one of San Francisco's most exciting Shopping & People-Watching streets.Continued
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Elite Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
92 reviews since April 23, 2014
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neighborhood gem (51)fit for foodies (34)great for brunch (33)special occasion (31)romantic (29)vibrant bar scene (24)good for groups (21)great for outdoor dining (13)notable wine list (9)kid-friendly (9)hot spot (8)great for lunch (6)late-night find (5)scenic view (2)Show More
- Belated anniversary dinnerOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 8/17/2014This was a great, quiet, romantic spot to go for our much-needed belated anniversary dinner. The food was delicious, the servers were very attentive, and the ambience was comfortable and inviting. We'd highly recommend it!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Gumbo good. Steak bad.OpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 8/16/2014Very nice staff and clearly enjoyed by a lot of people as evidenced by a non-stop flow of diners. I suspect they went to Elite for the not-quite-southern/not-quite-cajun menu. The bartenders really know their stuff, and the overall pleasant demeanor of everyone there creates a warm feeling in you that is just right for the food on the menu, but without sacrificing a certain sophistication. The corn bread and the biscuits were delicious, and our guests--who are not from the South--absolutely loved the gumbo. I made the mistake of ordering the steak. Never again! I ordered medium and got a well done piece of leather. Dessert was also great. Overall, therefore, I think people should give this place a try--just don't order the steak.
- MAJOR 'D'louiseknowsVIPDined on 8/13/2014Too bad, we were looking forward to a change for the better with the new chef imported from one of the Carolinas, only it was a major disappointment. The best thing we were the very delicious deviled eggs and the Meeting House Biscuits. My Seafood Gumbol was a royal mess. The rice was all mixed in where it should have been place just in the center of plate surrounded by a rich Gumbo. It was so flavorless I must have added a tablespoon of hot sauce to bring out what was lacking. The so called Duck Confit Étouffée was no better.Special Features:
- music and good foodcherylDined on 8/4/2014We came and sat in a booth and listened to great live blues music and ate fried chicken The best of all. So much funSpecial Features:
- Great place.PrPaDined on 8/3/2014I've been going to The Elite Cafe for 7 years now. The food is excellent, the service is great, and I love the old-San-Francisco, yet modern, vibe. Great place!!! Highly recommended.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- alracVIPDined on 7/30/2014very difficult to hear one another even tho we were in the last booth!Special Features:
- Different but still the sameKimbafaceDined on 7/28/2014I have been a customer for decades and I know there was a recent new chef and menu update. My friend had the Monday night fried chicken special and I had the pork chops. Both dishes were superb. The wine list was impressive and our waiter was attentive and fun. Also had a nice blues duo that played at perfect noise level to still allow for conversation.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Cajun in San Francisco2foodiesDined on 7/23/2014We had dinner here the other night because we were talking to friends about New Orleans. The place is cute with enclosed booths. The waitress was helpful with descriptions of food. The cocktails were innovative and delicious. We shared a few different dishes and were not disappointed.Special Features:
- Went for brunchtravelandeatDined on 7/19/2014My sister and I went after hearing about the Bloody Mary's. We both ordered the Atomic Bloody Mary's. They were nothing to write home about. Not hot in the least, and became watered down VERY quickly. The biscuit, while good, was just that, okay. One thing I was VERY happy about was the Beignet I ordered, one of the best I've ever had. Food was good, but again nothing extra special. Overall I'm sure it would be good for a meal other than brunch but brunch was nothing special.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- CarolSFVIPDined on 7/16/2014I go back to Elite every few months becasue I want it to be better. It does not seem to get better. I ordered a salad starter that looked like it was yesterdays produce. We had to beg to get water. We waited for a very long time for our food, but the check came quickly. I could hear and see the dissapointment from the waiter when we did not order wine...thinking about his tip perhaps? Best dish...the mac and cheese. Please Elite, return to your former glory!Special Features:
- So diappointing!KTSFVIPDined on 7/8/2014I made a reservation for my birthday and unfortunately was very disappointed! It used to be my favourite go to place, especially as I live in the area and love the food, cocktails and that I can walk there. I had the same terrible waitress as before, she is very slow and clueless. We asked for black napkins, she never came back with them, until the hostess told us they didn't have any - finally! The drinks took almost 15 mins. and two of us had to send back food, one underdone steak and one cold!!! I hate to say this may be my last time going here, unless they can get it together. Good service should be routine, we had a to try to get someone to stop by our table to get attention - disastrous choice!!!
- BlandNoSoulintheFOODDined on 7/8/2014For the prices that they charge... our tab for 4 came to $150+ and we didn't have any alcohol. We were lucky that we had a gift card and had to put out very little cash because the service was okay... their biscuits that you had pay for and their Jerry cakes were the only tasteful dishes of the night. The gumbos that my friends had, that I tasted were bland, the breading on my pork chops were brown but the meat was still pink. I will not be going back their unless they would like to change out their cooks and invite me to come back at their expense.
- shrimp and gritspuckeyeDined on 7/6/2014If you are looking for great shrimp and grits and can't hop a plane to New Orleans. Go to Elite. Get a side of Lardo cornbread and then beignet for dessert. Save the cost of the air fare. You'll be happy.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FoodieVIPDined on 7/4/2014Excellent gumbo. Great red beans and rice .....one of our favorites in SF
- Great Cajun dishesNoelNoelVIPDined on 6/30/2014Elite Cafe has an old-San Francisco vibe. We like the wooden booths. They feel cosy and private, although it can get very loud in the restaurant. They do great Gumbo, Jambalaya, Shrimp & Grits, and Rhubarb Crisp. Also tasty salads and surprisingly yummy deviled eggs. They also offer nice non-Cajun dishes. Everyone at our table was happy. We'll be back for sure.Special Features:
- Good foodWickedyWackedyDined on 6/27/2014Good food but a very limited menu for vegetarians and those who do not like spicy foods good bar menu as wellI would recommend this to a friend.
- Awesome experience!strawbrygrl13Dined on 6/22/2014Elite can do little wrong, everything was amazing from the moment we stepped in the door until we finished our meal with coffee. The four of us all agreed that the service was exceptional, they anticipated every single need. Atmosphere is top notch. The server and the manager checked in multiple times without being overbearing. We started with their exquisite cocktails and oysters, then all of the dishes that followed were impressive from deviled eggs and biscuits to the gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp & grits, to mac and cheese. My one criticism is that they removed items from the menu since last time. I miss the bbq shrimp and toast, the current shrimp & grits just don't compare. But otherwise, super well done Elite! You are a favorite!Special Features:
- Wonderful mealcapughDined on 6/21/2014Dined here on a Saturday night. Nice crowd, great service. We enjoyed some great signature cocktails, the yummy bisquits, my husband had salmon and I had jambalaya. Both were delicious, and just right spicy. We enjoyed the beignets with espresso ice cream for dessert, outstanding!Special Features:
- a1OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 6/2/2014We went for the first time on a Monday ... Fried Chicken and Blues. A delightful evening. Thank you.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent food and serviceChrisVIPDined on 6/1/2014I'm always a bit hesitant with New Orleans cooking, as I'm from there, so a harsh judge. But Elite Cafe satisfied. I had their jambalaya, which was excellent ... very flavorful and hearty. I look forward to going back some time to try their gumbo.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious every timejonsDined on 6/1/2014This is one of our favorite restaurants in Pacific Heights. So flavorful, rich, and with numerous options that everyone can enjoy. Outstanding cocktails, as well if you like bourbon. Only drawback is service can be spottySpecial Features:
- Request not metKGoettDined on 5/15/2014We requested simply a table outside and didn't have one when we showed up. Hostess said she wasn't sure if we wanted to sit outside or not. It was my only request. She said we would have to wait a long time before we could get outside seating. We were disappointed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- An old world treasureHannieFoodsterDined on 5/11/2014A classy find. The original wood panelled booths and the white table cloth service and menu made us feel like we where in 1950's Louisiana. What a treat for me on mothers day. My son was the only 3 year old there for dinner but he enjoyed it too. The turn of the century menu and even the look of the staff totally made it for me. There where a few 'afro-american' mother daughter groups there too, so it was really good cajan food lets say. Genuine - authentic oldworld charm, without the hipsters.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointingOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 5/11/2014Our party of 4 arrived for brunch on Mother's Day expecting to have some interesting choices for a late breakfast. The choices were very elementary, one kind of pancakes, and a few egg dishes. Two had the seafood benedict, one had pancakes and one an omelet. None were memorable, about one would expect in any generic diner. Our server was doing the best he could. Probably won't go back.
- Service needs an upgradeOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 5/11/2014Quickly: Ordered 3 bloody's - got two. The third took 15 more minutes Ordered Oysters - never got them, after flagging the waiter and making sure we would have them BEFORE the food comes. Donuts - took 25 minutes Eventually he brought the oysters and said they are "helping us out" with them - then charged full ($3.50 each) price. Like this place a lot, but they need to up their game.Special Features:
- Just okLove2DineVIPDined on 5/10/2014I was glad to find a place that would seat 8 on a Sat night at 8pm via open table for same day rez. Menu had a variety of standard Cajun/creole dishes. Not as authentic and flavorful as I'm used to so asked for some gumbo file powder which is common to have available when serving gumbo (at least in TX where I'm from) but the waiter (who seemed more like the GM or someone who was familiar with the place) said he had no idea what that was, went to ask and then came back from the kitchen and said the chef had just used the last of it. We were surprised as that's kinda the equivalent of saying he just used all the salt, but it explained the lack of flavor. Biscuits were amazing though.Special Features:
- Better for brunchlouiseknowsVIPDined on 5/9/2014It's fun to sit at the bar and enjoy a cocktail or two with some bar bites. Deviled eggs are good and so are the crispy French fries. I find brunch is much better than dining in for dinner.Special Features:
- Not worth your time or moneyOpenTable Diner Since 2002VIPDined on 5/6/2014The servers wait until you have your food in front of you before they run off to find silverware for you, even though I'd been waiting over forty minutes for my pasta entree, which wasn't even cooked through. The waiter highly recommended this god awful dish. The staff tried to make it right by bringing me a second version of the same dish instead of asking me if I'd like something else. This meal was a waste of my time and money.
- Nice spotcgmoneDined on 5/3/2014Clean. Food was good, and service good and attentive. Place is clean and energetic. Pricing was about on par with the food quality.Special Features:
- Nice casual but limited menu!DinewclassVIPDined on 4/25/2014Service was excellent as our waitress took special care to assist us in our choices. Noise level is extremely high even when seated in the back of dining room. We requested a booth when made reservations but didn't get it! Ok for better than ur casual places but not for special occasions or if you want to impress guests.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Yummy Eclectic FareOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 4/23/2014We had a great booth in the back, though the service was somewhat lacking, the food was great and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We'll be back!I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 706 reviews are from the Elite Cafe reviews archive.
- Great ServiceCLGCAVIPDined on 4/21/2014We arrived rather late and they were very accommodating and welcoming - the food was delicious and nicely presented and they didn't rush us even though we were the last people in the restaurant!Special Features:
- EAT FASTER - WE'RE CLOSINGOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 4/13/2014Been going here for years. The food is always fantastic, so it was somewhat offputting to be asked to leave at 10:20 PM on a Sunday night even though we had not (quite) finished our after dinner drinks. We have closed down many restaurants over the years, and the staff is usually very accommodating by inviting us to finish at our leisure, although all other patrons have left.Special Features:
- NOLA WestOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 4/10/2014We have been dining at the Elite for years and are never disappointed. We take visitors from out of town there, we dine with family and friends and we dine on our own. We have family living in and around New Orleans and recently were down there for a visit. With the exception of my aunt's cooking, the Etouffee and Gumbo we ordered last Tuesday at the Elite was as good if not better than at the many restaurants we tried in and around New Orleans. Not only do we love the food but also the casual upbeat atmosphere, the friendly efficient staff and the great music. Regardless of what they play, it always seems to fit. Give the Elite Cafe a try and " Laissez les bons temps roulez.".Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Terrific with a capital T.ArlinDined on 3/31/2014From the neon sign to the silverware, from the biscuits to the chicken, it was delicious. Loved the 25 th Amendment Bitter American beer. AND the waiter had a terrific and subtle sense of humour. Good style, good food, good value.Special Features:
- After all these yearsJimBVIPDined on 3/29/2014Peter Snyderman and his able staff have maintained an excellent venue along with the excellent food. Absolutely no issue with the total experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful restaurantCynzDined on 3/29/2014I was concerned after I read negative comments about the service, but we didn't have that problem on a Saturday at 5:30. Our waiter, Jeremy, was wonderful. My friends and I shared the meetinghouse biscuits and deviled eggs, which were both wonderful. I had the seafood gumbo (delicious); both friends had the shrimp & grits (also delicious). The romaine salad was great, too. We split the chocolate pudding for dessert -- yummy. My only negative comment would be that the chef added green, red and yellow peppers to the gumbo -- which don't belong in a New Orleans style seafood gumbo. I have had gumbo many times in New Orleans, and never found big chunks of multi-colored peppers in it. Except for that minor point, all was great.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- mixed experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 3/29/2014First visit was great, second not so. But the "not so" just means good rather than great. The booths are key. Cool bar for dining solo. The standards are your best bet (chop, steak, fish) jambalaya and gumbo were bland. Good coffee and desserts.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Still EliteOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 3/21/2014My wife and I returned to The Elite Cafe after 25 years of exile in L.A. and found the high quality of the food essentially undiminished: terrific Louisiana favorites, a well selected wine list, and desserts to die for. The ambiance is still tasteful and relaxed even if the noise level approaches that of a heavy metal rock concert. I miss the oyster bar, but the oysters are still available from the menu. The b-b-q shrimp has been demoted to the starter menu, but the jambalaya is still a rich blend of seafood, sausage, rice and veggies, served in its own cast-iron pan with enough food for a party of four. The server was wonderfully attentive. A loud bur wonderful experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice waitress,great food,long wait.OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 3/21/2014We have been to Elite many times over the years. With twin girls, we visit the city now less frequently. But, when we're on the Filmore, it has always been one of our first considerations. The last two visits, however, have resulted in very long waits for the kitchen to prepare our food. The wait staff has always been nice, and the food is always great. Yet, the wait is much too long, especially during this last visit, when we were just about the first folks to be seated at 5pm, and with an almost empty restaurant, it's inexplicable why it should take 40 minutes to begin our meal. Unless that changes in the future, it is not likely Elite will continue to be one of our first choices on the Filmore.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.