Cafe Bastille

4.3
1165 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Bonjour!
Join us on Bastille Day, Wednesday July 14th for a celebration with music, drinks and French and Spanish food!
As of 2020 we have merged our two restaurants Café Bastille and B44 and are serving both menus off of our 44 Belden Lane location.
We are now open for indoor and outdoor dining at full capacity.
Our outdoor patio is covered and heated but if you choose to dine outdoors make sure to bring warm clothes since SF weather can be unpredictable.
We can accommodate large groups for any type of event, call us to inquire.
Reservations are made via Open Table or over the phone and walk-ins are also welcome.
When you make a reservation you will be given the choice to reserve a table outdoors or standard which means indoors.
We will continue to offer takeout and delivery via DoorDash, UberEats or Grubhub or by calling us directly.
For the latest news and updates continue to check our Facebook and Instagram pages.
We wish you a healthy and joyful year and hope to see you soon!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1165 people are saying
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vipjj5800
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has merged with a Spanish cuisine restaurant a few doors down in Belsen Alley. They offer 2 menus, French cuisine and the cuisine of Spain. Both are delicious!

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Mila
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We liked that the servers were attentive and the food quality had remained the same.

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Anon
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place.

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Lance
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

French-Catalan menus, good execution, Pedro and staff provided excellent service,
price elevated for New Years dinner, great location along Belden Lane.

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JanetC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a good dinner, mix of Spanish and French - tapas and boeuf Bourgiugnon. And sangria.

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julied
London
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Food was underwhelming for the price. Restaurant was understaffed so service was slow. What happened to Belden Place? It’s dark and empty. Not how we remember it.

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Andie
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This location, service and food was wonderful. Option of in door out door and plenty of room, you don't feel crowded and there is enough space where you don't need partitions, etc. Lovely!

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vipJohnB
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Overcrowded, understaffed, noisy, mediocre food. This was not the fault of the two servers, who worked heroically to cover 100 customers. We were there on a Tuesday night at 6:30, not generally a peak time…. Not sure when we can expect to go back and have a quieter, better dining experience.

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SteveN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

We have been Bastille fans since 2013 when we went before our first trip to Paris. It had the feel and ambiance of a real Paris bistro with many French signs, pictures and other memorabilia. We were disappointed when during the pandemic they merged with a nearby sister restaurant B44, a Spanish tapas restaurant, but we thought it was temporary and so we understood. Last night we learned that the real Cafe Bastille is gone with the location now hosting an entirely different restaurant. All that remains of Bastille is two French flags hanging on B44's wall and their menu on the back page of the tapas menu. While Bastille had a very pleasant female maitre'd who spoke French, B44 has a gruff, borderline rude maitre'd who on our last visit during SF restaurant week failed to log us in and Open Table had to intervene so we weren't charged as a no-show. The food is above average as it was at Bastille but if you're looking for a real French style bistro it's not there. Sadly we won't be going back.

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SimonC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Loved it. Great, everyday dining. Good service, nice table wine.

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Anon
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place. Hadn’t been in a while and was sad to see they moved over a couple spaces, so not the same ambiance. Food and service was top shelf.

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Gerry
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Food well prepared. Staff overwhelmed. Ambience, tired. Noise level same as a brass band!

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Suzi
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall1food3service4ambience1

There was a company party that monopolized the outdoor/tent area & was loud & unmasked. We should have been warned about it, or our reservation should not have been accepted. We were the only other party seated outside. And there was a terrible & loud band next door. We could not converse. The 1st course came relatively quickly, but the main course took a very long time after our 1st course was cleared (15 mins). The waiter was very pleasant, but could not make up for the other problems. We love dining on Belden Place because of the European feel, the outdoor seating, & the ability to converse in a pleasant atmosphere. This was not the case Thursday evening.

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vipPaige
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

This may be more about B44 than Bastille, since they're now one restaurant and the bad menu items were from B44. The mussels from the Bastille menu were perfectly prepared and delicious, and the patatas bravas and gambas al ajillo (shrimp) were terrible. The shrimp were really overcooked though well-seasoned, and the potatoes were desiccated and seemed to be from yesterday. Saving grace? Exceptional service from both the server and the backwaiter/busser. They garnered a big tip, which made a bad meal more expensive...but that wasn't their fault.

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SergioS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Cassoulet beans were stale, sausage without taste and chicken overcooked.

Great service abut disappointing food

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ValerieL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our wedding anniversary. We held our rehearsal dinner here 28 years ago!!

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StarlaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We were surprised to learn that the restaurant is now sharing the space with the Spanish restaurant space two doors down--perfectly understandable given the Covid difficulties--however, it would have been nice to have known this at the time our reservation was made. The food quality has seriously diminished since my last time at the restaurant. Hoping they can reopen in the original location and improve quality of food soon.

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vipwyatt
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Three of us for lunch; duck confit cassoulet, croque monsieur and mushroom fettucine. Yum. Oh, and a Manhattan, Bloody Mary and water. Love French food!

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Lovestotalk
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cafe Bastille and B44 are currently sharing the same space on Belden Lane--so--you get two for one! Each side of the menu is respectively the restaurant you know so well. Sat outside--nearest the walkway is very well ventilated indeed but bring your jackets; nearer the wall is warmer and has good heaters and more wind protection. Food was excellent; service was done with a smile and efficient.

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AndreaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great festive place to eat outside! consistently good over the years.

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Nena2828
Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the location of the cafe. It is definitely vibing a french energy upon arriving. The menu is quite modest and easy to navigate. I picked a french bordeaux to start my journey and it was delicious. My daughter and I shared a tapa board with a salad. We loved the flavors and different cheeses we explored. Overall, we felt very satisfied with the restaurant, food and staff.

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aboretto
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great food, drinks and service here. We keep coming back and love the staff. Super friendly and helpful. Thanks again

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CarlP
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Decent food, friendly server, very relaxed dining experience.

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OldenGoldie
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We took advantage of SF Restaurant Week to try the prix fixe menu. The food was really tasty, especially the desserts.

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vipSFedie
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit in many years (since I have retired and no longer work in the neighborhood). Very impressive "tent" surrounding the outdoor space! Restaurant week menu was superb!

B44 and Cafe Bastille have combined spaces for the moment. There is a sign in the Cafe Bastille door directing you to B44.

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CarolynA
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the most delicious meals I have ever eaten. Good deal for SF Restaurant Week but will come again any time. The pork tenderloin was tender and the sauce was amazing. Also experienced the pan seared Branzino with spinach. Perfectly prepared and a large portion of the fish. The choc ganache cake and the lemon mascarpone were good sized portions. I would definitely get the lemon cake again. Our waiter could not have been more pleasant. He was busy with a large group of 12 and other tables but was always attentive and made great suggestions on drinks. I can’t wait to visit again.

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RaymondK
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I really enjoyed my restaurant week meal at Cafe Bastille. The service was attentive and friendly. I had a salmon tartar appetizer (delicious), pork tenderloin over mash (very rich. tasty.), and a chocolate cake (very good. I think I may have enjoyed it most of all.). I would definitely recommend this restaurant, although the meal itself didn't scream French cuisine.

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LoveToEat
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Escargot, pork chop, and fish. The food were well presented and delicious. Our waiter, Reno, was very attentive and efficient. We really had a wonderful lunch. We will go back again.

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coachg
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly service, delicious food, and ambiance.

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vipMarionMcV
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I would rather not review a dining experience than provide a somewhat negative review, but I must. When we arrived at the restaurant, it was closed, with signs advising that we were to check in at B44, a Spanish restaurant two doors down. At B44, we were told they opened in 10 minutes. We tried to explain that we were actually Bastille patrons but were waved off. We stood around and got to talking to two lovely ladies who were also waiting for a „Bastille“ table. There was no explanation why we had to wait at a Spanish restaurant and then be seated in that restaurant, except one of the two ladies had told us both restaurants were under the same ownership. We were given both Bastille and B44 menus, and my choice of wine was actually a Spanish one; a good choice!
My dining companion‘s pasta dish was very much to her liking, and my choice of rabbit in mustard-creme sauce was tasty; no complaints on the flavor. Visually, however, the dish was an unappetizing hot mess, with an excess amount of sauce poured all over everything, making meat, carrots, pearl onions and roasted potatoes undistinguishable. It was a decidedly unenjoyable meal, even though our server was very nice and friendly. It must be said that guests at other tables seemed to have a nice time. I know we must make allowances during these trying times, but no, will not try again.

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munchbox
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My pataxran Manhattan probably made everything else great...the mussels, the steak frites, the chocolate ganache cake!!! Everything was SO Delicous. I can't wait to go back.

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jeanbean
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A weekday “hen” lunch party, we had a table outdoors. Excellent ventilation (although Mother Nature provided a brisk breeze through the alleyway, so COVID worries). Attentive service; great menu because you can order from Cafe Bastille or B44. No pressure to rush through eating. We didn’t have dessert, but their coffee is superb.

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vipRonP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was not authentically French. I know….I’ve lived in France for years

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vipEntertainer
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

When you arrive, the location is in the middle of the block where B44 was/is located. The tented area is heated but depending on the weather, it can still be rather cold.

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DennisD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was quite attentive. The food was excellent. We will be back soon!

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Pato
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Excellent food and menu. Too bad to accompany a rich Quiche Lorraine with some pre-cooked packaged potatoes that I can buy in a market.
The first impression is what counts ...

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vippeterc
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First timer! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Great menu selection between French and Spanish dishes. Caesar Salad with FRESH anchovies.Paella was superb.
Will return for sure

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vipHelaneZ
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Authentic French food. Good value. Safe choice during Delta phase of pandemic.

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richardm
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Everything we ordered was unbelievabley delicious.

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Stella
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Prompt, courteous, and considerate servers! The food was delicious.

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You can order delivery directly from Cafe Bastille using the Order Online button. Cafe Bastille also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Cafe Bastille also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 986-5673.

Cafe Bastille is rated 4.3 stars by 1165 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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