Cafe de la Presse

4.0
1549 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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About

For centuries, cafes the world over have provided patrons with entertainment that draws on all walks of life. In these gathering places of art, politics, fashion, and everyday events, cafe-goers partake in a unique convergence of eclectic culture and traditional cuisine. Parisian-inspired Cafe de la Presse continues the trend with international literature, classic fare, and the age-old pastime of dining, relaxing, and conversing in a vibrant atmosphere.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Continental
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Sunday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:30am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(415) 398-2680
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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
Mr. Patrick Albert
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Catering
Depending on the number of people and the type of party, we can tailor a special menu and provide some advice.
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Cross street
Bush St.
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Parking details
There is a public lot nearby on Bush St. There is also valet parking through the Hotel Triton.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family siblings getting together after years

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San Francisco
80 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This place is constant, excellent simple French food, young American only and english speaking only staff, huge turn over probably due to management style, is quiet nice. The bistro atmosphere is where I go when I have an acute Americanitis crisis, simple wine and cocktails, nothing fancy but good for the soul.
They use to have French newspaper, Le Canard Enchaine and Le Monde, but they don't anymore, remains a few magazines, it is unfortunate as this was my point of contact for French media.

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L
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nothing special and pricey for a simple bistro dinner.

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H
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious French comfort food, comfortable ambiance. Wife and I were looking for a French restaurant near ACT Geary and Curran theatres and found this gem near Union Square. We made a dinner reservation for a 5:30 PM as we had theatre at 7 PM. We arrived early and found that the bar was open where we could have a drink (and there was also a bar menu which seemed quite good). We were seated in the dining room promptly as it opened. The dining room was spacious and comfortable. The menu was classical French comfort food including escargot, steak tartare, onion soup, foie de gras torchon, duck confit, boef bourgignon, etc. There is also a good selection of steaks and sea food.There is a full bar- their “special” cucumber martini was a bit strange, but the regular martini was very good. We had Caesar salad, charcuterie board of 3 (Rillette de Canard, Rosette de Lyon, and Soppresseta), and I had the confit de canard Maison and wife had the day’s special, coq au vin. The food was altogether delicious and very French and very satisfying. Wife thought the cog au vin was the best she had, and my rillet and confit were outstanding. The service was prompt, courteous, and professional. This will probably become our go-to place when we come to the theatres.

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KL
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Brunch was ok, food was not spectacular we ate French toast and an egg dish. Our waitress was nice, and took our order fast but we felt like we were being held hostage because we sat for over 20 minutes after our plates were cleared with out getting our check. We kept trying to flag someone down for the check, when we finally got the check, it took a while for her to process it. I have never experienced anything like it. For this reason, I would not return to this restaurant.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently high quality french bistro cuisine

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San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, prompt and friendly service.

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Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Poor service, so-so food.

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buen servicio con un muy buen sazón y tamaño de platos adecuado. Buena carta de vino

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TF
Salt Lake City
41 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

As French a breakfast experience as you can get in San Francisco. We had cafe au lait, an almond croissant, and eggs benedict ... all pretty good. Service was friendly, but a bit chaotic (on a busy Wednesday morning). It took interactions with three or four people to be seated. Anyway, thumbs up!

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E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The staff was rude and inattentive so after 20 minutes we left.

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SM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we've been coming here for years, as a family (with french relatives). always a pleasant experience.

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Denver
12 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The cheese plate was a great starter and our server was very friendly and helpful but when my salad arrived and I took a bite, they had left a large grape stem in it and this was quite unappealing. They were very nice and comped my salad but the food was only average and I am not sure I would return with all of the other great food in the city.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

excellent. authentic French atmosphere. good for small family parties, business or friends lunch or dinner. Consistently good food.

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MA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We got together with friends. The waitress was attentive but not hovering and we weren't rushed. The food came quickly. Overall it is a great friendly atmosphere.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends from out of town

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful weekend brunch!

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AG
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stellar service, delectable food and the Salade Bressane was divine, robust in flavour and taste. It was so refreshing having a lunch that was healthy and lean compared to some of the naughty meals I had during my stay in San Francisco.
If you are vising or have never been, I would strongly recommend going. Add this bistro to your "must dine" list.

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O
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great visit for breakfast. Was seated promptly in a nice corner table for a business breakfast. Staff is very warm and service was prompt and on the mark. Have also been for brunch a few months back with a large group, again which they handled very nicely.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall it was ok. Didn’t care too much about the location of the table.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

The steak I order was just satisfactory and the waiter kept missing up our order when placing them on the table....he seemed very distracted.
I’ve eaten here before and the food was good this time not so good.

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S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Completely beyond expectations. Delicious food, friendly service, and prices are reasonable. Nice atmosphere too.
Also kid friendly. I’ll definitely be back, with and without the kids.

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DA
Oklahoma City
16 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very nice dinner; halibut prepared superbly and very appealing mild citrus sauce.

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JC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very friendly service. Had a reservation and did not have to wait for our table once we arrived. The tuna nicoise salad was delicious.

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h
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We ate lunch here. The menu is fairly traditional French and there’s a bit of everything. Salads, soups, entrees, sandwiches. We had a window table downstairs which was very nice and quieter than upstairs. The food we ordered was fine, nothing outstanding. The onion soup, Niçoise salad and duck salad were all good, not great. The gem salad was only so-so. It’s the atmosphere that is fun and the restaurant decor is stylish cafe.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good but service was lacking

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p
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A throwback to another era. Perfect in every way! Nothing modern here. Just terrific food, well served in an old word atmosphere in the heart of The City.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Love the food at this place but they always make you wait even if you have a reservation. It takes a really long time to get to your table even when it’s not crowded.

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z
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

So great for Friday lunch! Food surprisingly good, and even a good value. Had seared tuna salad.tuna perfectly cooked, whole avocado, and delish sauce on hard boiled egg. Such a big portion I took half home.my only gripe is website menu prices 20 percent less than actual. Atmosphere lovely and timeless.

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BS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we were there it was fairly quiet, so a great place to relax with great food.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this place a few years ago and had such a great breakfast, my kids wanted to go right back the next day. We were in town, so we tried it again and we’re not disappointed. Great breakfast. French toast is the best anywhere. Crisp and yet moist and not heavy. Topped with a blueberry compote - yum. My wife got the excellent croissant egg sandwich.

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MP
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Ordinarily it’s a good place. On Valentine’s Day they had a mediocre menu with outrageous prices!! Avoid on ‘special’ menu days

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MK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Our server was charming and nice but completely overworked. She could not keep up with the peak demand, especially with a very demanding couple next to us, but she kept her smile and spirit. Other than that, food was mediocre and mostly lukewarm. We would not go back.

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DR
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Top notch !

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L
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Very expensive for quality you get

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B
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's just like being a Paris, and I have been to Paris a dozen times.

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San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are regulars at Cafe de la Presse and the food service and experience is consistently good.
Great lattes and croissants along with a very French menu!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoyed dining here when I can. Even if I dine alone, it is the best! The server was very kind and helpful and simply the best. Merci for making my dinner with a friend so special. Let do it again soon.

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Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

La comida en general bien, pero quiero compartir que los caracoles no estaban frescos y esto lo pudimos platicar con otra mesa que también se dio cuenta de ello, lo cual consideramos resta atractivo al platillo.
La hamburguesa que ofrecen es deliciosa pero sería mejor con otro queso y no cheddar, ya que al ser un lugar "francés", podrían dar otro queso más rico.
El servicio dejo algo que desear, era complicado poder localizar al mesero y eso nos hacía sentir frustrados si queríamos pedir algo más.
Debo decir que tiene una ubicación frente al Chinatown.

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j
New Orleans
38 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Their website was inaccurate but the food was very good. The staff was friendly and helpful

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