I always love this place.
I always love this place. Food is terrific and I've always experienced top-notch service. My last dinner was no exception. Our waiter was so attentive and knowledgable and made the night perfect.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cafe des Amis, SF treasure!
I keep going back for all occasions from dinner a deux to family gatherings. EVERYTHIMG Is goo dinthe only-the-frenc acan do this way. Latest discovery, mussels with curry! From hamburgers to roast chick to steak frites, this cafe is the BEST!!! Onion soup, too!
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
of spaces within the cafe - closer to the bar for happy/rambunctious ambience, along the main rows of tables on the floor for regular lively bistro scene, one of the four more private tables/booths bordering the stairs to the mezzanine (two down and two up), the mezzanine private dining room which most nights is filled with tables for 2-6 and quieter, or sidewalk tables under awning when the weather's good. Make sure get the setting matching your group/mood and you'll have a grand time. A mismatch can lead to a less successful dinner. Food is great - small bistro menu, excellently prepared (courses aren't small, just the selection - updated Americanized version of cafe/bistro food - just not an encyclopedic array).
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great French bistro
I have been to Cafe Des Amis several times since opening, but this is probably the best experience I have had. Took visiting overseas family to dinner and was very happy with the food and service. We had the oysters and mussels for appetizers. Oysters were extremely fresh and sweet. Mussels in Meniere sauce was cooked perfectly. Beef bougounion was tender and juicy - very nice. Desserts - seven layer cake, profiteroles and caramel pain perdu with extra cream on the side was super delicious! We were seated on the higher level at a oval table which is perfect for a group of 8 people - we could converse and hear each other which is nice for a change in a crowded restaurant. Highly recommended.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was my second visit to Cafe des Amis and both times I walked away happy. The cocktails are expertly mixed, the staff friendly, the ambiance warm and inviting, and the food scrumptious. Can't ask for more! I'll be back soon!
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
An impressive lunch
I invited some friends for lunch and they were really impressed with the ambiance, service and food. I haven't been for dinner or Bar Scene but do see they have a Happy Hour so may check it out.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mothers Day Jem
While spending the weekend in the city my wife and I were interested in doing some shopping in the Union Street area of San Francisco our last day in the city. We decided to have an early Sunday Brunch on Union while all the stores opened and happened on Cafe Des Amis. Spending our Honeymoon in Paris and being it was our anniversary it seem appropriate. What a stroke of luck. We selected an open air table on the street and had a great brunch, reminisced about our time in Paris. We watch the joggers, dog walker and shoppers going by. Just like we were back in Paris.
And yes, the shopping was just as good. My wife found a leather jacket at Fog City just a block away from the Cafe that she says will alway remind her of a great experience.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun, noisy crowd
Food was nicely prepared but nothing special. Good wine list, very appropriate for this kind of casual French food. Main attraction is the room and the super-happy, boisterous customers
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
very good experience, my only
very good experience, my only complaint were that the oysters were not that fresh.
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious food. It's a really
Delicious food. It's a really loud place so don't expect much convo.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great meal
The service wasn't perfect but our meal and experience were still great. We'll be back!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our group of 6 loved almost everything about our lunch. Two couples had never been there before. My duck confit continues to be amazing; I guess that's why I always order it. I'm also "stuck" on the 24 layer cake--as yummy as ever.
One complaint: the hot chocolate is said to be just like Parisian hot chocolate but it is a poor American imitation. We have been there and I consider my husband an expert on it! You can do better.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Wonderful Dining Experience
Café des Amis looks exactly like a Parisian bistro that has been transplanted onto Union Street. However, the food at Café des Amis far surpasses what you would find in a typical French bistro. The beef Bourgignon was the best I have ever tasted, and presented rather unconventionally. A large chunk of tender and flavorful beef sits in a small pool of a superbly intense sauce. Circling the beef centerpiece are alternating clumps of vegetables and pappardelle pasta (perfectly cooked and rolled up like a tape measure). Not cheap, but worth every penny. Restaurant has an excellent selection of lesser-known wines.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
always a solid good meal
service was great, food excellent, atmosphere lovely.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went for brunch with a friend and had a great experience. It looks just like a French bistro including having outdoor seating which is a breath of fresh air in such a trendy, yuppie area. Interior is very pretty. My friend had the Mushroom Omelette which she loved and I had the Warm Chicken and Brie Sandwich which was just okay. It tasted bland however. Noise level wasn't too bad but the tables are close together so I imagine if the restaurant was superbusy, we would have heard everyone else's conversations. Would definitely go back.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service and food on Union Str
Everyone we dealt with was very gracious and helpful from the hostess to the server, food runner and busser.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The room is lovely and the
The room is lovely and the service was outstanding. The nightly specials add greatly to an already simple but yummy selection. My guest had the cheese soufflé. (Special on Thursdays!) it was amazing. I had the chicken - perfectly prepated - juicy with a crispy crust. Excellent French wines on the list as well. Enjoyed it a lot.
7/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I enjoyed Des Amis very much! We plan to return to Des Amis soon -and, we shall recommend Des Amis to everyone we know!
Linda and Javy
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took a friend out for a bday lunch, and it was fantastic! Both of us ordered the prix fixe lunch special ($18) and 2 terrific courses. App was a stuffed squash blossom with goat cheese that was outstanding, followed by the steak bavette which was cooked to perfection. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, and will definitely return!! Merci beaucoup for a great lunch Cafe des Amis!!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
good Union Street restaurant
Menu interesting and food and service very good. Great place for an after work weekday dinner.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
I will be back.
We had a lovely dinner. Food was very good and our waiter was a very pleasant, helpful and friendly person. The noise level was still a little above what I had expected. It was a little difficult carrying on a conversation with 5 people. Noise is a problem in most restaurants these days.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Brunch or Dinner
Dined here multiple times and have never been disappointed. Brunches are amazing... French press coffees; flavorful benedicts with surprisingly light hollandaise sauce; delicious omelets; excellent service. Don't forget to try the Nutella Beignets - warm and nice. Highly recommend.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
World's best steak tartare
From St Tropez, to Bali and Amsterdam I always try the local steak tartare. Over the years, Des Amis consistently delivers by far the best.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were celebrating 3 birthdays. Service by Indy was excellent throughout. The tomato pot pies were excellent as were the steak tartare and the beef bourginon - very tender. 42 layer cake decadent and delicious. Only suggestion we had was to have French music in the background. We would definitely return.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Late brunch after seeing the
Late brunch after seeing the Diebenkorn exhibition at DeYoung. We had mussels, wine & butter lettuce salad.
8/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
An authentic French brasserie in SF
They never miss a beat on the food here. Quality ingredients and very fair portions. And the ambiance transports you right to Paris -- from the gas-fed lamps to the burgundy-colored banquets to the gloss-black trim, it's the real deal. When I've been there in a group of 5-7 people, the two tables on the mezzanine have been ideal settings as they are slightly quieter so you can hear conversation across the table. When I've been just with my wife the two tables nested on either side of the curved staircase were perfectly romantic.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took a good friend for a special
Took a good friend for a special occasion for an outstanding meal! The beef bourgingnon was fabulous. The wine was perfect. Most importantly we could hear each other talk! The noise level was moderate. Our waiter let us relax without rushing us. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
A bit of France on Union Street
A great cafe with a French feel that is great to introduce to friends.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
French bistro - REALLY!
Cafe Des Amis is always a treat. The food is sooooo good! The beignets are amazing! The eggs benedict are fantastic not drowning in hollandaise and they use a biscuit for the base rather then an english muffin - deelish! They have fantastic bottle service with brunch for $22 you get a bottle of champagne and then a carafe of fresh peach puree and a carafe of fresh squeezed orange juice so you can have mimosas or belinis - superb value! Oh and who can forget the french onion soup - you will want to lick the bowl when you are done, even as a person with manners ;-) This is a neighborhood gem and a foodie delight!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will be back again and again
Enjoyed the choices, flavors, and decent prices. The wines were valid and not out of range. Service was outstanding.
9/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Parisian Flair on Union Street
We dined in private dining room by the fireplace under a sparkling chandelier. Our waiter, Jonathan, made the experience all the more pleasurable. Champagne and food excellent, ambiance warm and inviting, a charming evening with friends that took me back to Paris.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been meaning to try this place since it opened but just finally got around to it. The staff and service was as if I'd been coming there once a week even though it was my first time which is always a good thing especially considering that this is San Francisco and there's no shortage of competition. Food was great and the cru Beaujolais that came recommended was a nice find that didn't break the bank. I will definitely be back and definitely want to check out their brunch.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently good bistro fare
This is one of my favorites on Union Street. Service is pleasant and professional and food is always very good! If you arrive early in the evening, the happy hour crowd can be somewhat loud and make conversation more difficult. I love their simple butter lettuce salad with the slightly creamy tarragon dressing and my roast chicken was moist and very tasty. My husband is a fan of their beet salad and the pate. They also make a good burger and have a variety of intriguing cocktails as well as wines by the glass.
9/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
I had a great time @ Cafe Des Amis and I think going on a Monday or a Tuesday is the best choice because it's a little more intimate and quiet
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Very Good Luncheon Experience
Food was very good, staff service professional and ambiance is excellent.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Grown up Dining
Cafe de Amis is a grown up kind of restaurant with real cocktails, a great atmosphere with a French decor flavour, but offers higher or medium pricey options - can be very special or just a great weekend spot to meet friends and unwind. Highly recommend.
Only one negative, our particular waiter could have been more enthusiastic. Maybe he was having a bad night.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely bistro ambience and food. Good value, friendly service. Happy we tried this place - it was the highlight of our trip.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have enjoyed this restaurant on a regular basis.. we chose it for our anniversary as it is truly one of our favorites.. the food, the service and the atmosphere are some of the best in San Francisco... a truly memorable experience.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better then I thought
Went there with my fiance and a friend from out of town. Went there because it was convenient and walked away impressed. Great food, great wine list, great service by our waitress, now on the down side, loud inside by the bar (luckily we sat outside).
10/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great French neighborhood bistro
This is my favorite place to go to in the Marina area. Great atmosphere, food and service. If you sit at the tables, it tends to be a bit noisy since the tables are somewhat close together, but if you sit at a booth, it's more private and you have a better view of the dining room.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still a great place
I had never been to this restaurant before a few weeks ago - but I loved it so much I came again this past weekend. I was hoping the first time wasn't a fluke, and that it would continue to be good - and I wasn't disappointed.
Both times we had brunch, and loved it. The highlight of the menu for me is the bacon - thick, double cut, almost like pork belly, with shallots and just great. And the croque madame was phenomenal - almost as good as the ones I've had in Paris. For dessert, the 24 layer cake was over the top good.
A definite recommend - can't wait to try it for dinner!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place never disappoints. I asked for an accommodation because my mother (85) was dining with us for lunch last Saturday and can't hear too well in a loud resaturant. I asked for a table for four at one end of the booth row so that she could be seated inside and be able to hear us better. CdA gave us that seating arrangement and it was perfect. Mom could hear very well and we have a wonderful time, as always. Thank you CdA. You are my family's favorite restaurant in the City when we converge from Santa Clara and Marin Counties.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great spot for a relaxing
Great spot for a relaxing lunch Quiet plenty of space great place to catch up with friends
Menu had lots of choices Deserts were awesome!!!
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
lovely evening...attentive service...great Paris bistro food
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't say enough about this restaurant. Try the steak frites or roasted chicken!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Memories of Paris
Cafe des Amis evoked memories of recent trips to the City if Light, beautiful Paris, yet is located right in our backyard on Union Street in San Francisco. Although our table was not ready for our 8:15 pm reservation, we were directed to the bar. Within 5 minutes we were seated in an elegant red velvet booth surrounded by mirrors and low lighting- a romantic setting we had not expected. My husband ordered the famous burger and frites with the gruyere topping cooked just right and I enjoyed the deconstructed salade nicoise. We topped it off with the delicious chocolate soufflé boudin and 2 spoons.
A fun Friday night date place a stones throw from Marin, we have found a new spot in SF to satisfy our yearning for our favorite Paris bistros.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great staff. Comfortable space and well-timed meal.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
London lovies loved it!!
Friends visiting from the UK, we wanted to take them to a local, quality based place with great food and
atmosphere. Cafe des Amis hit the mark! Thank you!!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
i needed a place with a little flair, without the crowds of tourists, to celebrate my friend passing her sommelier exam (level II) and i hadn't been to cda in some time... turns out that the new manager, todd dubois, is a good friend and he gave us the royal treatment... lunch was everything i expected and more... the food was well prepared, and presented beautifully... todd made sure we had everything we needed and more... it was a fabulous way to end the thanksgiving weekend and celebrate my friends accomplishment!! well done guys. todd is a great addition to your team.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Little French Bistro
Had dinner with a colleague from Hong Kong. We both had the duck confit, and it was fabulous. Always love coming to Cafe Des Amis.
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM