Cafe Bastille

4.6
987 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Cafe Bastille has terrace seating with heating lamps and a canopy.
The seating is bistro style and offers about 50 seats outdoors and 80 seats indoors.
The ambiance is just as you would find in any Parisian brasserie with friendly and fun service.
Cafe Bastille turned 29 years in 2018. We pride ourselves with consistency and true appreciation for our regular customers and new friends.
Private dining area downstairs is great for special events such as birthday parties, bridal or baby showers, business lunches and dinners, rehearsal dinners, etc..
Please refer to our website, www.cafebastille.com for large group reservations and any questions. You can also e-mail Sabina at cafebastillesf@yahoo.com
Make sure to check out our Facebook page for the most recent and upcoming special events or closure days.
We look forward to meeting you!
Bon Appetit!
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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Keep the complimentary bread going. Thanks!

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A night in Paris, only with better service! Food is great; I would recommend the bone marrow appetizer, and the roasted salmon. Ambiance is warm and the alley location gives it such a bohemian flare. Really cute place!

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place! Everything was really perfect for our Valentine's Day date. Definitely going back!

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and presentation. Our waiter was super nice and French! We had a lovely meal. The raspberry cake was wonderful !

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MR
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We both had the prix fixe dinner, and it was delicious and very satisfying.

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a friend just back from Paris, and we all loved this Belden french bistro before a concert. The Parisian waiter was fun and helpful, great wine pairing. Price fixe choices included special lobster bisque, perfect ahi tuna, rasberry dessert. Their mussels again were spot on, as was the pork entree and salads. We sat indoors, cozy on a cold night, but they have heated outdoor seating to check out the Belden scene.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely Sunday brunch. Good crepe! Service was attentive and friendly.
Better than expected!

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PD
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This a hidden gem in the heart of the Financial District of San Francisco. If you close your eyes, you just might be on a back alley in France. If you're looking to impress your love, surprise them with a date here! Great selection of wines and the food is supurb! When you're done, go to Richhouse on Kearny for a nice after dinner cocktail.

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k
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was fantastic. His wine recommendation paired perfectly. The atmosphere was lovely and felt authentically French. Would return here for dinner most definitely.

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San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Bastille has been a favorite restaurant for many years and remains so. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable about the lovely food and wines, and flexible in their service, never rushing us. We often order favorite dishes, but always enjoy being told day's specials, just in case one of them intrigues us.

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T
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Filet of sole special was outstanding as was the house special salad with grilled shrimp. Service was a bit slow but it was worth the wait!

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was fun & pleasant. When i inquired about the soup (ginger carrot) how strong the ginger taste was, she brought me a sampler & i was sold!

Our children had fun & can’t wait to go back!

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KA
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here the week before, and liked it so much I returned with a different friend! The service is impeccable, the food is delicious, and the atmosphere is delightful. I might choose to sit outdoors on a less blustery evening.

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Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely outdoor dining experience!!

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K
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I have frequented Cafe Bastille for at least 25 years...maybe more, and have never been disappointed. The service is wonderful, the food --very tasty-- and the proximity to the Financial District, Union Square and the Embarcadero, is perfect. This is an excellent place for a business lunch or dinner with friends. You will honestly feel that you've stepped off the plane in Paris. And the value is great!

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San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve menu was excellent. The tuna was delicious

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San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Another return visit to Cafe Bastille. Food is good, service other than primary waiter, excellent. Bread to die for!. Feel of a true Paris bistro. Value is good and portions are generous. Our primary server does not speak; he shouts. You can hear him anywhere and everywhere in the restaurant. When he was working with the next table, we had to cease conversation. I asked him to lower his voice and his reply was that he speaks loud. It is a very good restaurant, but he managed to take away from the experience. I will come back again, but as petty as it seems, if I saw he was serving, I will politely cancel, and go to another spot on Belden Alley. Yes, I know it seems small, but he so takes away from the ambiance that it makes sense to me to not be there when he is. The other primary servers do no share this problem and are excellent.

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San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Will be back again soon.

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EW
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We each ordered salads, both were mediocre. Even the bread in the bread basket was just ok when there is fantastic bread in the Bay Area. Have eaten there before and it was much better.

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CR
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the good service, available seating and great food. The waiters are the most friendly and efficient

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MN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, accommodating maitre'd. waiter very attentive, kept our water glasses filled, took away empty plates right away. Fun decor, too

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IJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was in Paris last week, this is about as close as you'll get in San Francisco

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RN
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at Cafe Bastille. We ordered off the price fixed menu - onion soup, butternut soup, coq au vin, mussels/fries, chocolate and raspberry mouse. The food was rich, flavorful and authentic. Better than we expected for this casual alley-way restaurant. There was a small but good, affordable selection of wines by the glass (more by the bottle). The wait staff was wonderful, letting us know what to expect, making suggestions when requested and letting us sample wine when we we unsure which ones to drink with dinner. We will definitely be back.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Our server was extraordinarily friendly & helpful. Very upbeat & knew his menu! Our friend who ordered the floating island dessert liked it so much he ordered a second one! I thought the food was ok. I’ve had better French onion soup & beef Bourguignon was average—seasoning was very tasty but beef was on dry side. All in all, because of our waiter, we had a good time!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely belated birthday dinner here with my mom on a rainy fall night. Great service, tasty food; lots of fun!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I used an voucher of Living Social for a pix fixe menu. I wanted the BOURGUIGNON but they told me it will not ready half hour at least so they offered me the CASSOULET instead which is not included in the prix fixie menu. It was delicious. The service was great.

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LK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for quick lunch

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C
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Cafe Bastille prior to going to see a play. Our server was friendly, efficient and provided excellent service. The food was excellent. We loved the onion soup , boeuf bourguignon and the chocolate mousse. The restaurant was charming. We sat outside which was lovely.

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Out of the way but central. Not a tourist joint. I’ll be back

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location. The coq au vin reminded me of a home cooked meal in France. The pate de compagne was terrific. Will definitely return when I’m back in San Francisco. The waiter, Samuel, was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Wonderful dining experience.

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ED
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The staff speaks French and is very charming, the wine is incredible, and the food is excellent. It's not incredibly fancy either so it's great for a casual date.

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San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at Cafe Bastille. Went there with 8 people for my birthday. Food was good, service was awesome, prices reasonable. Since I don't like sweets, they brought me some cheese and fruit for dessert! With a little candle. And a present: an Eiffel tower key chain. Fun times!

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MK
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in the city! Takes us to a Paris - superb food, ambiance and staff + prix fixe menu price a Gem in SF

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SL
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a Groupon for a prix fixe for two. Everything was great but still pretty pricey. Worth it though, especially if a special occasion!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Merci Olivier

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VC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hidden gem food was great. Service really good. There was a homeless person who stood at the entrance raving about something, he even pushed my sons shoulder, no fault of Cafe Bastille but just to be noted.

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Portland
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place.... beef bourguignon was a bit salty for me but my husband loved it. Fixed prix dinner did not cover required gratuity
or taxes but all in all it was a nice evening. Service was attentive, professional and friendly.

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CW
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

At Cafe Bastille you'll find very typical french meals of very good quality. Our waiter was french so we loved the french accent and we really felt as we were in Paris for a couple of hours!
We loved it.

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A
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a reservation for our anniversary but we were late due to traffic. The waiter, Samuel, did not even mention us being late and greeted us with a big smile. The ambiance was friendly, the music interesting and not too loud, the lights were dimmed enough for a romantic ambiance. The service was excellent and we did not have to wait too much between courses. This was a week night and it was really pleasant and so enjoyable that we will be going back again. Samuel had us taste some pate (and an excellent one too) and helped us choose our food and drinks by recommending what he thought would please us. He did a great job. Overall, that place is great. We did not feel out of place in our jeans and it was just what we needed. If you try it, make sure to meet Samuel he was fantastic.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We used a Groupon for prie fixe 3 course dinner for two. The French onion soup was excellent, the mesclun salad good, and the entrees - beef bourguignon and coq au vin - were delicious. The desserts were very good too. Great service by Renault, lovely ambience in charming Belden Alley. Good cocktails, champagne and wine made for a great dining experience.

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