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Cafe de la Presse

4.4
4.4
1715 Reviews
$30 and under
French
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.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, Bistro, Café

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Tue–Sun 8:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat 11:00 am–4:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–3:45 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue, Wed 3:00 pm–6:30 pm Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 398-2680

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Mr. Patrick Albert

  • Catering

    Depending on the number of people and the type of party, we can tailor a special menu and provide some advice.

  • Private party facilities

    We can provide semi-private parties; private accommodations may be possible by closing the downstairs dining room. Please call the restaurant for details.

  • Private party contact

    Manager: (415) 398-2680

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Cross street

    Bush St.

  • Parking details

    There is a public lot nearby on Bush St. There is also valet parking at the Hotel Triton.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,715 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Great for Lunch

  • San Francisco

    Great for Lunch

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  1. JM

    JakobM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Sides were very overpriced. Server charged me for something I did not order.
  2. JH

    JasmineH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I came here for breakfast and it was a very cute cafe! Grabbed a seat at the bar and had an iced coffee with a croissant sandwich. The ambiance was lively, it was on the corner of a busy street, and was a great start to my morning.
  3. JW

    JoeyW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant is wonderful. The food was great, and our waitress, Soumaya, is a star! I was there on a brunch date with my girlfriend, and Soumaya brought some delicious food and wonderful energy that sparked joy for us. 10/10 recommend
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    Our appetizers were delivered quickly but my friends main entree took forever to be served. It was closer to cling time but still not cool
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service wine food
  6. CN

    CarolN

    Pittsburgh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service but why the obtrusive occasionally wailing flamenco music?? It was very annoying.
  7. VK

    VivianK

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our food as we dined outside. Service was very good. You can always count on Cafe De La Presse for authentic French food.
  8. LO

    LauraO

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been fans of this restaurant for years but the latest menu is the best yet. Delicious innovative new dishes along with their excellent classics. Shout out to Connie for the great service. So glad to have this place back 100% post pandemic
  9. S

    Sweetie

    San Francisco

    153 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    153 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Four adults and one baby enjoyed a lovely quiet lunch together Expert service, lovely moules, salade sans frites. Sweet peach Melba Check it out
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always great food and service. We enjoy eating here each time we come to the city.
  11. JW

    JuneW

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect visit to a French bistro on Bastille Day! The Moules Frites were great, nice mussels and wonderfully crispy frites. The appetizers - escargot was good, as were the cod fritters. My couscous with a Moroccan tagine was good, but maybe I was so full from the appetizers that I was less than impressed with the taste. Other than the appetizers, the other dishes were good-sized. Great service, and wonderful atmosphere.
  12. p

    pl1066

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The frisée salad with poached egg and lardon is always so special and delicious. My business associate really enjoyed his chicken breast burger too! All the ingredients tasted so yummy and fresh!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food was great . But the server forget about us. And I think she went on her break.
  14. R

    Rosalie

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food, excellent service, great value, overall a great dining experience
  15. CH

    ChrisH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food
  16. PD

    PamD

    Tahoe

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely brunch on Sunday. Family brunch for our 28th anniversary. Wonderful omelet, soup, salad and croissants, coffee/ tea, dessert. Highly recommend the omelet and Benedict. Only oddity was that everything came out if the kitchen together. Was expecting soups to be more spaced out with the main. Seemed a little rushed but perhaps because of the location. Restaurant was busy but not overcrowded. Service was excellent.
  17. i

    ianlynn

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    If you are in the neighborhood this is a great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  18. JS

    JohnS

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has the best French toast. Moist but not mushy. Tasty. Cones with a blueberry compote. Yum. Really good coffee and cappuccino and a delicious, smooth hot chocolate. We come here for breakfast every time we come to SF. It’s right across the street from the main gate to Chinatown.
  19. j

    josephc

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a nice outdoor table for brunch. The lobster benedicts were delicious. All in all a great experience. We definitely want to come back for dinner.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. We ate every single bite of every single course, it was that good: quiche lorraine, Would definitely go again!
  21. P

    Pammy

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    This is one of our favorite places for lunch or brunch! It's like being in Paris!
  22. V

    Vijay

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a gem of a breakfast place. Stayed at a hotel across and this place was so good we came here all three days for breakfast. The Benedict’s are awesome and so are the pastries. Loved the almost croissants. The ambiance transports to your France - complete with tightly set closely seated tables. The service was great. Not much to complain here apart from the somewhat tight seating. Will be back for sure!
  23. I

    Ines

    Mexico City

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Lento, muy sucio el lugar, se equivocaron y trajeron otro plato así que comimos en horario separado ya que se enfriaba. La pasta no muy buena. El salmón medio bueno. El foodie tras delicioso
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food , great service , I have chocolate croissant super fresh and tasty smoked salmon egg Benedict
  25. A

    Alex

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Mediocre food, mediocre service, mediocre ambiance. Definitely would not go out of my way to eat here again
  26. DB

    DavidB

    Tahoe

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When in town, we do breakfast or brunch. No nonsense service (like in France), and always a great meal no matter how busy.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice food, great service,
  28. R

    Raymun

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place for a French fix! Onion soup was perfectly reduced full of melting emmenthal cheese. Croque Monsieur was delicious, very moist and crunchy on the outside. The frisée salad was also very nice, poached egg soft and nice balanced dressing. French Chardonnay was chilled! Will go back soon!
  29. Z

    Zabaglione

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Lovely spot. Croque Monsieur great, Niçoise salad bland. Clearly need more servers.
  30. Y

    Yolanda

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Great French cafe ambiance. Our server was excellent. Food was bordering on excellence.
  31. S

    Sundaybrunch

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Cold coffee $5. Severely Undercooked eggs on crab cakes $24. Dirty utensils. Not only bad also unsafe. Hard pass
  32. AL

    AnnL

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The salmon was excellent, perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. Cappuccino was also delicious and the service very pleasant.
  33. JP

    JeremyP

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect menu for me; loved every bite of my salade nicoise and my friend especially enjoyed his omelette. Ice tea and Arnold Palmer were our preferred drinks, and we had a plate of baguette w/ divine butter. Service was attentive but not cloying; food beautifully prepared and plated. Expect to return many, many times.
  34. S

    Suzanne

    New Mexico

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great crab cake eggs Benedict! My only catch was the crab cakes were fried, which was a surprise. Nonetheless, a yummy breakfast in a cool, French Bistro atmosphere…terrific latte too! I’d come back for certain. What I loved is they allowed me to linger over my coffee once done eating breakfast, and didn’t rush me out! Easy walking distance to Union square after my meal. A real thumbs up!
  35. MS

    MaryS

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We were greeted and seated promptly. Our waitress Kani was fun yet professional. We were there on Mother's Day. Not too noisy but the atmosphere was lively and celebratory. Our food was delivered in the appropriate time. We all had different orders and everyone felt the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend Cafe de la Presse to friends.
  36. J

    Johnny

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have lovely experience at this restaurant. The food is spectacular and the service very friendly.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chocolate croissant is a must try. Food and service was excellent.
  38. SY

    SophiaY

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Understaffed. Had to ask several times for water.
  39. BS

    BelS

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect cooking on the eggs Benedicts and very generous on the spinach/feta in the omelette.
  40. JC

    JimC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good French food, we’ll cooked, efficient and polite service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Cafe de la Presse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 398-2680.

Cafe de la Presse is rated 4.4 stars by 1715 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Cafe de la Presse

352 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bush St.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Tue–Sun 8:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat 11:00 am–4:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–3:45 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue, Wed 3:00 pm–6:30 pm Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Bistro, Café

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is a public lot nearby on Bush St. There is also valet parking at the Hotel Triton.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mr. Patrick Albert

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 398-2680

  • Catering

    Depending on the number of people and the type of party, we can tailor a special menu and provide some advice.

  • Private party facilities

    We can provide semi-private parties; private accommodations may be possible by closing the downstairs dining room. Please call the restaurant for details.

  • Private party contact

    Manager: (415) 398-2680

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