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Cafe de la Presse

4.4
4.4
1706 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

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, Bistro, Café

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:30 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 8:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 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 1,706 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
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    Great for Brunch

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  1. PD

    PamD

    Tahoe

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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.
  2. i

    ianlynn

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    JohnS

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  4. j

    josephc

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food , great service , I have chocolate croissant super fresh and tasty smoked salmon egg Benedict
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice food, great service,
  13. 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!
  14. Z

    Zabaglione

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Lovely spot. Croque Monsieur great, Niçoise salad bland. Clearly need more servers.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. S

    Suzanne

    New Mexico

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 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!
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. SY

    SophiaY

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Understaffed. Had to ask several times for water.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kinross-Shire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorites
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Breakfast was great. I had the eggs Benedict. Cooked just right. The potatoes were bomb. Not greasy like most places. A+
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    La presentación muy normal, ya no había pan
  29. I

    Indra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and good service. Slightly on the pricey side for Lunch.
  30. z

    zminister

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family went for our Easter dinner and it was great. Great food, great service. My steak frites was excellent and my daughter's salmon was even better. Definitely will come back.
  31. J

    Jenny

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, and servers! Feels like a true Parisian cafe.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience1
    We did have a reservation and they didn’t hold any table in the place… tables were way to small. Food was acceptable
  33. YT

    YoTheGreat

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    The staff was as amazing and thorough as I remember them being pre-Covid closure. Unfortunately, the food was mediocre. That was a shock. This has been my go-to place around Union Square for decades. I was excited to bring my out-of-town colleague here after the cafe being closed for so long. However, the food was a great disappointment. She ordered the muscles and frisée salad and I ordered the French onion soup and salmon entrée. The soup was only mildly warm (cheese was a blob) and neither of us finished our meals. The braised fennel was way too sweet with the salmon and asparagus in the muscles were just meh. At $190 (2 glasses of wine, 1 beer, 2 sparkling bottles of water, 1 salad, 1 soup, 1 bread, and 2 entrées) it was WAY too expensive for what we received. I'm sorry to take this place off my list. I hope they sort out their food ASAP.
  34. KB

    KimB

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice menu, nice little wine selection. It was a very pleasant French-bistro-like experience.
  35. T

    Todd

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great business lunch at Cafe de la Presse, with great food and service. We look forward to coming back again soon.
  36. JR

    JulieR

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The croque madame was absolutely amazing! Served with a salad or fries.
  37. GK

    GailK

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My go-to place in this neighborhood and a reminder of the Paris that we miss.
  38. MS

    MrsSun

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Service was extremely slow. We waited at least 20 minutes before our order was taken. Then it took another 10-15 minutes for our drinks to arrive. Lastly, though I Ordered a steak I was given a regular dinner knife, not a steak knife. I had to ask for the steak knife. The knife wouldn’t have been a big deal if it weren’t for everything else. The salads and entrees were good, but the chocolate lava cake was misnamed. It is a soft chocolate cake; there was no
  39. PK

    PattyK

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    If you want some good traditional French food, Cafe de la Presse is a great choice. They are great for cafe, hot chocolate, a little snack or for lunch or dinner. Good traditional quiche, croque monsieurs, salads and don't forget the thin pomme frits. Service was good, the restaurant was quiet. We came for dinner before going to the theatre. It was excellent and a very good value. We spent twice as much the night before for Italian that wasn't that good.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It’s still a solid go-to for a casual breakfast meeting and good coffee. I miss the old newsstand, though, with the great European magazines and dailies. Things change.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

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 1706 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 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 Mon–Fri 7:30 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 8:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 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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