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Cafe Bastille

4.4
891 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday: 11:30am-10:00pm Friday-Saturday: 11:30am-10:30pm
sunday brunch 11:00am-3:30pm
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Phone number
(415) 986-5673
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Olivier Azancot
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Cross street
Bush & Kearny
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Parking details
The Sutter Stockton garage is located nearby.
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Entertainment
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.
Additional
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
What 891 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.4
service
4.2
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4.1
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I returned to Café Bastille after many years and was delighted by the experience. The ambiance was I remembered, cosy and quiet that night so conversation was at a normal level. The mussels and frites were delicious and portions were generous. Our servers were fabulous and attentive. I accidentally knocked a glass of wine that spilt over the stairwell. No problem it seemed for the staff - they not only cleaned up my mess quickly but also gave me a replacement full glass of wine which was unexpected but appreciated. The recommended dessert, Floating Island, was sweet and decadent but hit the spot to close out the meal. Highly recommended!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Good menu selection, we chose the Beef bourguignon and Sea Bass. Both generous portions and very well prepared.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Everyone was really nice and hospitable and the food was amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

My favorite restaurant in the city! Always a pleasure and I've never left with an inch of room for more food.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I have been dining at Cafe Bastille for several years and it never disappoints!!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great all around.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Cafe Bastille provides a consistently good experience for businesses meetings and lunch with friends. Recently I brought friends to the café, one of whom was French. She said this was one of the most authentic French restaurants she’s been to in a long time.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

A very good basic French style restaurant. Busy, but not unreasonably noisy.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

My friend had lunch at Cafe Bastille. We both had the mushroom and goat cheese crepe and enjoyed it immensely . It comes with greens and is a great lunch. The service is excellent and I always enjoy the ambiance.

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Good meal downstairs for our team from work. I had the Chicken Cordon Blue with potatoes gratin. Very tasty. Good wine as well. Good service, nice level of attention.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

From start to finish it was the best experience! The food was authentic and delicious and the staff was incredibly helpful with food allergen guests who were with us. I loved going here and would definitely go again!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

One of my faves and also with my friends and co-workers. Their French onion soup is always great; the mushroom, spinach and goat cheese crepes, OMG to DIE FOR! I recently shared a large bowl of mussels (in wine sauce) with my friend and the crepes and the mushroom fettucine. Everything was yummy, the service was great and we left feeling very full, very satisfied and happy that we chose to come back here again so soon after the last week.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic food, great atmosphere, terrific service. Cannot say enough good things about this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Food was spot on everyone really enjoyed the food. All team was very content. Allowed good conversation, great service.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Good food came out quickly and the server was incredibly attentive and polite. The day couldn't have been nicer either, which makes this place when it's sunny.

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1.0Dined on February 5, 2018

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....

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent. Our server was particularly lovely. We did the prix fie menu and everything was prepared perfectly.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

We've eaten at the Bastille dozens and dozens of times over the years and it never fails us. The food, service, cocktails-wine and atmosphere keep locals coming back and tourists lining up!

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Wonderful place for a date with great food and service. Romantic ambiance.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Had the pleasure of choosing cafe Bastille for SF restaurant week!! Their chosen menu was to die for!! I made a joke with the waitress that my boyfriend complains I never finish my meal, and each course was so delightful, I cleaned each plate!!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Consistently great. Luncheons are always satisfying!

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Very nice cafe. Great food.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

A favourite for many years. Lovely presentation of delicious dishes. Friendly and helpful service. Relaxed ambiance thst allows plenty of time for conversation over drinks and food at the bar or a table inside or outside.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2017

Good foods and drinks.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on December 12, 2017

I have been dining at Cafe Bastille for many years and the food is consistent. I love the outdoor seating when the weather allows. The waiters are always friendly and eager to serve. I will definitely be back soon.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Everything was great. We hadn’t been to Cafe Bastille as a family in a long time and we all had a wonderful dinner, from the warm and attentive service to the delicious mussels and trout and of course the onion soup. Merci!

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

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!

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2.0Dined on November 3, 2017

A fun and interesting location.
The food completely missed.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food and service. Bread was warm and crusty, serving portion was a nice size, good choices in prix fixe menu. Server was friendly and accommodating!

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3.0Dined on October 16, 2017

Service is slow

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5.0Dined on October 10, 2017

Cafe Bastille was great for our big group. The service was terrific and everyone enjoyed their dinner. I definitely recommend it!

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4.0Dined on October 9, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2017

Great food, super staff, hidden gem. Easy to get to in the heart of the city but tucked away so that their is quiet and you feel a sense of privacy. Great for private conversations or quiet dates.

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3.0Dined on October 6, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2017

The service was wonderful, but the food lacked a little inspiration

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