Cafe Bastille

4.6
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1054 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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JC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Bastille is my favorite place for dinner ... the service is exceptional, food excellent and atmosphere authentic French bistro.... always a good meal and good time!

SO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food and super pleasant, knowledgable and attentive staff

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect. Good food, lovely, relaxed service.

Z
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our wine, entrees and ambience. Dessert was undercooked (apricot tart crust) Small details were overlooked, such as waiter put dessert menu on top of food that I had dropped on our table (Rather than wiping table off first) and waiter didn’t advise specials though I heard another waiter tell other diners. Also candle on table smells; could live without it or try soy candles. Overall still enjoyed the dinner but it would help to fine tune these details.
Coq au vin delicious.

m
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is an excellent unpretentious French restaurant. The staff is friendly, the food is simple yet very tasty. I have not had a bad meal at Cafe Bastille in 15 years.

I
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Service was great!!! Waiter just seem to know when to bring the next plate and very attentive to you. The beef bourguignon was good. escargots and onion soup were not what I expected for a $100 meal for one (with tip).

M
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and impeccable service. looking forward to our next visit.

CC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the downstairs room to ourselves for a party of 15, so it was intimate and the service was exceptional. Try the rabbit!

SH
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Closest thing to a Parisian street side dining experience . We loved our waiter, Chimay, French onion soup and pepper steak. Ended with creme brûlée and double espresso. It was a perfect choice for a casual anniversary dinner. Rolled out to Hamilton afterwards. Just a perfect time. Thank you.

OT
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never been to Europe, but they say this place is very much like it! My husband and I loved our brunch, everything was wonderful. The onion soup, and clam chowder were wonderful, and the quiche Lorraine as good as any I ever had. We sat outside and we loved the charming little spot. I highly recommend Cafe Bastille!

KI
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Café Bastille for special occasions, and we had the best experience yet at our most recent visit. The prix fixe is a great deal, and this time our attentive, thoughtful, very generous server suggested that we break away from our usual favorites and try the lapin a la moutarde -- it was out of this world. Add to that a bottle of cremant and a gorgeous evening, and Café Bastille was, again, amazing.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reunion dinner with good friend

j
London
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very quiet restaurant in a location somewhat difficult to find. WE enjoyed eating outside under the canopy especially when the overhead heat was turned on (San Francisco weather!) The fish and the quiche were good but the andouilette had unfortunately no resemblance to the real thing. I'll try something else the next time I visit.

W
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love the feeling of traveling to France when we only walked 5 blocks to get here! Food was tasty and waiter very friendly.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful food! I couldn’t understand why it wasn’t busier!

TS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place with exceptional service. Our meals were very good especially the cheese plate. Their homemade ketchup is out of this world! Mussels cooked perfectly!

RR
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

My husband said the trout was delicious. The bread was also good. The service was excellent. The wine suggested was very nice. However, the vegetarian dishes were very few. We decided to stay even after I saw the menu was mainly meat because we had walked a long time to get there. There was no salad with the entree, few green vegetables. The mushroom fettuccine was bland. We were disappointed with our dinner overall when comparing it to reviews we read online. If you are an eater of rabbit, beef, and pork, as well as mussels...you might feel differently than I did.

H
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most attentive and speedy service! Fabulous dishes!

KK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great brunch with bottomless mimosa, eggs Benedict, omelets and French toast and two desserts!

E
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place was recommended by a friend while I was in San Francisco and the food was nothing short of divine. The filet mignon was better than the one I had at the Chophouse in Denver — soft and seared a perfect medium rare, and the blue cheese sauce it was served in was incredible. Even the complimentary bread basket was excellent. I don't often waste valuable stomach space on bread, but the stuff they were serving was delicious. Warm and crispy on the outside with a very soft, fluffy interior. Most exquisite!

My date ordered the three-course meal with the Coq Au Vin, French onion soup, and chocolate mousse cake. Everything was delicious, but we both agreed the filet mignon was the superior dish between the two main courses. I'd highly recommend this place if you happen to be in San Fran and are hankering for some fantastic French food. I'll definitely be returning the next time I'm in town.

MF
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy dining here. It's like being in Paris. You are never rushed and can have a.pleasant conversation, without shouting.

HS
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely place! Sit inside or out and enjoy delicious food. We had the endive salad, duo salmon appetizer and the rabbit. All excellent. Service is wonderful.

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Bastille is a little bit of Paris on Belden Alley. Great service, even a take-out container of water for the pup. Salad enough to split for 3, Steak Tartare, Baked Salmon, and Mussels in a creamy broth and Crepes Suzette to top it off. Champagne, beer, tea all delivered by our charming wait staff.
So much fun enjoying stories of our trips & our family. An awesome Sunday afternoon.

CT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday evening was very slow - only a few other tables were in use. The wait staff was wonderfully attentive and the food was delicious. My wife and I will visit again and explore some of the other menu options.

j
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience of Café Bastille has , without an ounce of exaggeration, superior in every way. The wait staff are always helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly in just the right way. A small group of my friends meet at Café Bastille for our times together. Whenever we come together there, the level of service, the quality of the food, and the welcoming atmosphere are consistent and, frankly (in comparison to other place), wonderful. I have, myself, been regularly eating at Café Bastille alone or with friends since 2001. Long may it be with us. Vive Café Bastille, vive la France, et vive sa culture gastronomique dans notre monde occidentale and dans notre ville.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Birthday brunch

CB
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided that we wanted French cuisine and this place came recommended by friends. We arrived and staff were friendly. Service was good and came with recommendations. Attention of staff was almost ideal and always pleasant.
Food quality was good. Escargot were missing something but the steak was awesome. Ambience was good knowing location, adjacent restaurants and through traffic but we wanted to dine outside. As frequent visitors to Paris this was a great experience, never quite the same but beats the 13hr flight. We would recommend to friends as a good place to dine. All around 4.8/5.0

BJ
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic French cuisine in a lively establishment. Service was impeccable, staff very friendly, and the atmosphere conducive to conversation (ask for the downstairs dining space which was much quieter when we were there).

JH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My croque madame was so tasty! My husband is Parisian and loved the boudin noir. The owner was kind to seat us immediately and the wait staff was attentive. It's tiny, but so are the restaurants in Paris ;). What really had my husband going was the pop remixes from the many number one songs he remembered growing up. Nice job DJ!

K
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic French Bistro in San Francisco! The service was impeccable and the food was delicious!

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, GREAT service.

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great outdoor seating area and good variety of food selection at reasonable prices. The tables are too close to each other. You are literally elbow to elbow to the customer next to your table unless you have a big group where tables are set up differently.

E
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the staff were friendly, knowledgeable and considerate. My friend and I had a drink at the bar and shared a cheese plate before going to our table for a lovely dinner. We were welcome to stay as long as we wanted. We definitely shall be back soon.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great but the service was exceptional!

JD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Classic bistro food, cool outdoor seating in a little alley lined with restaurants.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was very good. The food was not bad, but disappointing given the price point.

LC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our group of 13 loved it over all. Les garçons de café were lovely and very attentive. My only criticism is that we had to wait an hour between ordering and being served. That's just too long. I had made the reservation the prior week so they weren't surprised by our showing up! Maybe they are understaffed, I don't know. But again, that was my only criticism about an otherwise truly lovely and delicious experience.

DD
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and good food. Ate inside but the outdoor spot looked great for people watching.

K
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing restaurant. Can’t wait to go back.

DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super French café for lunch in San Francisco! The food and staff are excellent!

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