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About Cafe Bastille
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 incredibly relax and fun. Cafe Bastille is 25 year old and was the first restaurant on Belden Alley. Private dining area downstairs is great for special event such as birthday parties, business lunches and dinners, rehearsal dinners, etc...We also have two Lunch Prix Fixe Menus $16.5 for special daily entree and $19.00 for choice of soup or salad + special daily entree. we offer as well a 3-course Dinner Prix Fixe for $35 (Soup/Salad + Entree + Dessert). Bon Appetit
San Francisco, CA 94104
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 11:30am-10:00pm Friday-Saturday: 11:30am-10:30pm
sunday brunch 11:00am-3:30pm
Bush & Kearny
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
We offer one of the biggest terraces in town...and a huge private dining area...Belden place is unique and famous for being one of the most fun and relaxing place in San Francisco as well that for the excellent quality of food.
The Sutter Stockton garage is located nearby.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Cafe Bastille Ratings and Reviews
Cafe Bastille reminds me of a cozy restaurant tucked away in an alley in Paris. We arrived early due to theatre tickets, and received excellent service. The coq au vin was a bit salty, but everything else was delicious: French bread, French onion soup, Moules Normand (mussels in cream with bacon and mushrooms), the best frites (french fries) and an outstanding chocolate cake. Service was top notch. We loved the experience enough to come back for breakfast, where we enjoyed perfectly prepared eggs benedict with jambon (French ham) and a delicious French omelet. Again the service was incomparable. This is the first time we ever ate at the same restaurant twice on the same visit to SF.
I have not been to Cafe B. in years and it was always my favorite French restaurant in San Francisco. BUT I will never return. Not only was the service terrible, the food was an embarrassment. We both ordered salad nicoise and we got lettuce out of a bag, stringy, poor quality tuna, a dab of dressing, 4 green beans and even an undersized boiled egg! It as obvious that they are cutting back. It was disgusting and a waste of my time and my friends....
We sat outside in the covered patio. The area was not decorated and next to a service corner of the restaurant next door. We were constantly bothered by a light that was being turned on and off. Belden Pl is a private alley where a handful of small restaurants are located.
The service was nice and very efficient. They offer a three course prefix for $39. My wife ordered well...French onion soup to die for, really good mushroom pasta and a raspberry cake. My order ($40 restaurant week prefix) was a bland salmon crostini, two very small rack of lamb chops served on an a ratatouille that was oily and a great chocolate ganache cake. The wine we order was suggested by our server and was very good but overpriced at $60. Overall Cafe Bastille was a good experience and we will return, but I will order differently.
I felt like I was back in France for a night, from the French host that seated us, to the quintessential French cuisine options, to the excellent service and to the “merci, bonne soirée” greeting as we left the restaurant. It wasn’t crowded, it was delicious and the bread was hot with the perfect balance of crunch and fluffiness.
We really appreciated the attentive and relaxed service from both the waitress and the bus person. We'd go back again in a second. Love the location on an alley street in the Financial District. The menu was pedestrian French with all the usual suspects, but everything was done very well, tasted great, nicely timed each course.
We went to Cafe Bastille for a post-wedding brunch. I set up a reservation through Open Table and they were very willing to accommodate a 15-party group. We arrived with just 9, but they still adjusted our table for less. Everyone was attentive to our needs, the food was amazing, and we enjoyed every minute of it.
I remember when Café Bastille was the only happening place on Belden Lane about 25 years ago! And it still holds up today, even with all the other restaurants in this famed alley. The casual ambience, the menu, and the food still holds up after all these years. And it still feels so French!
For lunch, while I usually prefer one of the crepe lunches (all come with salad), because I had a dinner date that evening, I chose the Salade Nicoise for lunch, which is always good. My friend had the Roast Beef au Ju (all sandwiches also come with salad), which he enjoyed immensely. It was a bit filling for him.
This is a great go-to place for almost any occasion. Best of all, I like the French atmosphere: the narrow dining space with a bar that reminds me of a neighborhood café in Paris; downstairs makes me think of the Metro with its décor; and the outdoor seating feels like you're dining in the Left Bank! You can't go wrong here!
We were a group of 12 that included friends of 40 years and our 20 something children. We sat outside which was excellent. A wide selection of food and everyone was pleased with their dishes. My rabbit was the best I have ever had. Very good wine, cocktail, and beer selection. Convenient to the BART so SF and Oakland people were happy. I thought the service was excellent. I would go again.
I thought we were going to a down-to-earth and delicious restaurant, based on the reviews. The table was outside and wobbly (but thought it was sort of quaint), but the food was not good. The onion soup was really heavy and sweet, the salmon was undercooked (enough that I left one of the two pieces uneaten), and the coq au vin had chicken with a lot of fat. The taste of the coq au vin was off. The waitress and other staff were very nice and we didn't arrive until 9 pm, so I didn't want to complain. Paid about $65 before taxes, no drinks. With all the great restaurants in SF, I wouldn't come back.
Food was great as usual. I switched to a salad with a shrimp addition this time which did not disappoint. The pork my client had looked so good I wanted to trade! I had the French Onion soup to star which had a little twist of sweetness to it, Unusual but good. My client ordered a side of green vegetable after noticing the plate had only meat and a starch. While our server was quick, attentive and helpful he was not able to make up for the slow kitchen. We had finished our meal and the side of green vegetable had still not arrived so he suggested we cancel which we did. A neighboring dessert looked awesome but we did not indulge. This is a nice lunch location, intimate cozy. Not comfortable for more than 4 in a group, even outside.
I met friends here for a dinner and was not disappointed. I ordered the French onion soup which was good, slightly sweet, the Beef Bourgogne, which was tender and tasty, and had the chocolate mouse cake for dessert with a double espresso. Overall the ambiance was casual, the service good, the food good and the prices fair.
C'est fabuleux! On vient de celebrer l'occasion d'engagement de mon amie au laboratoire archaeologique en Grece. Elle ne connait pas du tout le cafe mais elle en etait ravie! Comme toujours le repas etait delicieux, le service exceptionnel, et l'ambiance parfait! Merci mille fois encore, Cafe Bastille. Liza
Food was overall decent, with some bright points (carpaccio!), and cocktails were tasty, but not over the top. Service was pretty slow, especially considering that the place was not at all busy. Perhaps they were shorthanded. I guess this yielded an "authentic" French restaurant experience.
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