Cafe Bastille

4.5
963 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!
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
What 963 People Are Saying
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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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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
44 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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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Merci Olivier

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VC
San Francisco
3 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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Seattle
17 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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C
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always exceptional however it’s the fantastic service that won us over. Dinner for 10 which turned out to be 11 was just as personal and on point as it would be a table for 2. So grateful, everyone loved it!

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TB
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food I've had in the city, no joke! Good portions and amazing customer service. No complaints, will have to come back again soon!

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Portland
13 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic spot! The Merguez were great, and the Service was personable and attentive. I will definitely return!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice ambiance, food was good, not great. Service was above average. Using a Groupon was disappointing. Seems like it wasn’t that great of a value. They charge tax on the whole amount of the meal and add the gratuity before you even get the bill so there go any savings.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We sat downstairs which wasn’t as enjoyable at the vibe upstairs. Service was excellent. Food was very good.

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Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the authenticity, the atmosphere and the delicious food. This truly has the feel of a Parisian neighborhood hot spot. Will certainly be returning. A+++++++.

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S
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious, service was thoughtful and attentive. We were celebrating a friend's birthday, and the waitstaff handled the dessert request beautifully. Definitely will be back. Grateful to all for making our friend happy!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good. The onion soup was a little on the sweet side. The chicken dish was quite tasty. We had a Groupon and even with that we felt the total cost of the meal (Groupon plus tax, tip) was not worth the money we spent.

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great French food they know what they’ve doing. Everything was delicious and special!
Pre Fix was great & a good value.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal and service

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MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The Moules Marinieres were cold!
The cheese plate to share was ridiculously small (very small pieces) so you don't really share anything.

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P
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This is an update to my prior reviews. The regular waitress the perfect blend of friendly and professional) was not there...out on pregnancy leave...back in October). So, service wasn't quite as wonderful as usual, but still good. Other than daily specials (usually one soup and one entree), the menu is the same bistro French as forever. This makes good sense as there is not a loser here. Everything uses quality ingredient, is well prepared and presented. Entrees are $28 -$34, Full bar with moderate pricing. Short wine list with some nice selections, but least expensive is $48. Overall, not the "bargain" is was some years ago, but still a really very good French bistro experience in a great setting on Belden Alley (with covered and heated [when desired] outdoor seating).

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CG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, I am glad I spotted this place during my holiday in San Fransisco!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I both had a wonderful lunch. Wine, pate, crocque monsieur/crepes, and floating island for dessert. Thank God we walked several blocks to and from the restaurant! It was a fun day!

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ET
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I had the salad for lunch and added a perfectly cooked piece of Salmon. I'll be back!

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MP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Excellent service. Good value.

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s
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is solid!

Solid service!
Solid portions!
Solid atmosphere!
Solid outdoor space!
Solid flavor and courses!

Prixe fixe is NOT dead!

There was a discrepancy as the menu uploaded to the website advertises the price as $39, the current menu at the restaurant is $42 = $3 more.

Three Course Dinner is:
1) Soup of the Day, French onion soupe gratinee (GET THIS!) or baby lettuce salade
2) Boeuf Bourguignon, coq au vin, moules frites (GET THIS Normande is cream, bacon, mushroom) or mushroom fettucine
3) Raspberry mousse or Pave chocolate mousse

We had the Soup of the Day (Lentil with bacon), the French Onion Soup was deeeeelicious, super hot and cheesy with a deep carmelized onion flavor! yum!

We both had moules frites in both versions: Marinieres is classic white wine, shallots and parsley - MINE, the Normade was sooo good. I like to open them ALL first so I can just eat them with a big spoon without stopping to open them - the cream - bacon and mushroom is also super garlicky - yummmmy!

For dessert, we got one of each and they were equally delicious as the chocolate has a hard layer of chocolate on top of the mousse.

With one drink each (red wine and Olivier's Side Car (cognac, cointreau, grand marnier, lemon juice, orange juice & orange peel) the tax was steep at $10 and the other mandatory SF tax of around $6 - the tab was right at $120.

We did have leftovers which the waiter gladly put together safely so that it would not drip or spill - thank you!

Thank you and we will be back!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, reasonably priced. Nice ambience

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Old school cooking, same old menu for 35 years............

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, ambience and service. If I lived here this would be a regular place to eat!! Highly recommended

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DD
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was very friendly and even gave my boyfriend a nice little souvenir for his birthday after they sang to him.

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CM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I hadn't been to Cafe Bastille in 5 years, since I moved out of the city. I had bought a Groupon to remind me to go back...then the Groupon expired. But, in the great way that Groupon works, it still had value. So, I convinced 2 of my oldest friends to join me for dinner at Cafe Bastille. One had been before, and one had never been. The Mushroom Soup was silky, earthy, creamy, and, somehow, light and incredibly satisfying. The boeuf bourguignon was rich, filling, and homey, with enough beef and baby carrots for us all to have a taste. The duck confit cassoulet was tender, savory, thick, and everything a cassoulet is meant to be. And, of course, we had to get pommes frites just because. We sat snugged in next to a full table of a local couple with their visiting parents. We chatted and compared meals. One of them had ordered the hachis parmentier, and man, that looked great...next time.... Our server was always available. Our water and wine and bread refilled as needed. I love this place. We did go early since we were heading out to see a show. The noise level at that hour (630p) was not crazy. I've been there when it was deafening, so plan accordingly.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual!

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W
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
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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