Cafe Bastille

4.6
925 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Authentic
  • Cozy
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Mon–Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm
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Phone number
(415) 986-5673
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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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Public transit
Montgomery MUNI and BART station is 3 blocks away
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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, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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925 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
68%
Very Good
21%
Good
11%
Fair
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Poor
0%
4.4
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual!

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W
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful evening with friends on Bastille Day. The food and service were great. My only disappointment was they were running out of choices fairly early in the evening and we had to make second choices for a couple of items.

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SD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Food was great but whatever I ordered initially was told they ran out of that item. And this was a fixed menu for Bastille day. We were seated next to 20-30 people super loud group at the lower level dining area. We couldn't hear each other at all and have to cancel the 3rd course as we could not enjoy our dinner anymore.

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AH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Bastille Day this year, and it was crazy busy (as expected) but we had good wine and good food to keep us happy. We've also gone for dates and for general-purpose dining and have always had a great time.

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e
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A little trip to Paris on Belden Ave. Food and service is always consistent. French fries never disappoint. A visit to the ladies room and for sure you feel you are in France. Happy Bastille Day!!!

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OT
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, good service, fun (but tight) room and French vibe.

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s
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What's better than eating alfresco on a gorgeous day in the city?

Uh, getting your hair cut for $24!!

Seriously...this is my go-to place to stuff my face on weekends when The Foundation Cafe is closed.

Generous portions to share and love the mussels normande- - - with bacon and leeks in a rich creamy sauce - must have frites with garlic aioli!

Croque monsiour is outta this world with delicious bechamel Plus put an egg on it!

Must order Olivier's Sidecar - classic served upright and ice cold - delicious!!

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a family outing and the dinner was delicious. We had the formule or prix fixe dinner and it was exquisite. Authentic and just great. Table red wine was good !
Will definitely go back again and again.

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S
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Small bistro - authentic French ambiance with a classic menu. Food was a little mixed this visit. Salad was outstanding. French onion soup was oddly very sweet (we learned brown sugar had been added, so sent it back). Coq au vin had delicious flavors but very overcooked chicken. Have had better food in the past - hope this was an off night. Service was very good.

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S
Poconos
13 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great time at Cafe Bastille. The food was delicious and the wait staff are very attentive and helpful. This is a great restaurant and I intend to return.

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g
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Café Bastille is consistently outstanding - have yet to be disappointed in the food or the service.

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e
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a coupon so we were limited to the Prix Fix menu which limits your choices, but the food was very good, Moules et frites and Bouef Borgignon (sp?). It was a cool Monday night and sat outside but they had the heater on so it was very comfortable. The only complaint was the outdoor table and chairs were old, ricketly and uncomfortable. They need an upgrade there.

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EH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere, foods were just okay. We ordered two entrees, the duck confit and trout. The duck confit was dry and too much bean, and trout actually had some bones in it.

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L
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed this restaurant. The crepes were very good. A bit loud sitting outside because of energetic groups, but they all were very nice. Would definitely eat there again.

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RO
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Full Disclosure: we had a Groupon for the prixe-fixe meal which is usually $39/ea. Our Groupon entitiled us to 2 meals at $46.
Originally we were going to sit outside, but it had turned a bit chilly, and we decided to sit inside. Our waitress was very good, would come and ask about drinks, at which time I presented the Groupon to her. She was very pleasant and accommodating. My wife ordered an appetizer off the prixe-fixe menu, Steak Tartare. In return, I had the French Onion Soup Gratinee, and her salad, which came with the selection. The soup was very good, rich, thick, with croutons and lots of melted, baked cheese. Even though it was not prime season, we ordered the moules (mussels) in white wine and garlic, as we both fancied them. Dessert was a raspberry tart and a chocolate mousse, both delicious. Our waitress served us complimentary coffee to complete our meal.

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E
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the atmosphere was warm and embracing. The staff are knowledgeable, attentive and unobtrusive. Fine wines and wonderful food. Enjoyed the variety of diners, young and old speaking various languages. A San Francisco gem.

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch!

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JA
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding food and service ! Wonderful ambiance, authentic French cuisine

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SA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful way to end the work week!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to stop after a day in SF.

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j
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding, professional and subtle. Beef Bourguignon and Mushroom Fettucine from the PreFixe Menu were both tasty. Ambiance was nice, not too busy when we went. We really felt like we were back in Paris.

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TL
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife an I always pay a visit to Cafe Bastille when we're in San Francisco. We love the casual French cuisine and atmosphere.

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OT
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service.

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The staff is very friendly. Making a reservation on Open Table was very easy, also easy to modify. The servers refilled our water glasses constantly - a plus!! The coffee is delicious!

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SC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The prix fixe menu offer a great choice of good french food at a good price. Renaud, the French server, do a great job.

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BV
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went to Cafe Bastille for a Mother's Day brunch and could not have been more pleased. The service was fantastic - attentive and helpful without being instrusive - and all the food was great. We also appreciated them helping out our picky 5-year-old by making a little something not officially on the menu. I would recommend enthusiastically and can't wait to return for dinner.

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AL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Mother’s day

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BS
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service. Good prices.

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The trout was buried beneath a sauce of lemon juice and butter. Never tasted the fish which is a sin. The service was great and wine good too. Creme brûlée was wonderful. Learn how to cook main dish and not waste good ingredients.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found this place tucked away in an inviting row of restaurants, walking around the city one rainy day a few years ago. It’s a mini escape to France with wonderful food, great wines, friendly unhurried service, and very reasonable prices. It’s a favorite we return to when we are in the area- always exceeding our expectations. Tres Jolie!

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PR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Expensive for the quality. Feels a bit like a tourist trap. I think it would have been more ideal if it wasn't windy and we could sit outside - get the European feel. That being said it would have been ambiance making up for OK food.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely birthday lunch. No rush. Delicious

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Cafe Bastille. The food is wonderful and the service always excellent. Their mussels are delicious.

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MM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been dining at Cafe Bastille for many years and it never disappoints. The food is fresh and well prepared.

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SF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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DK
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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KB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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KS
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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B
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around.

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