About Cafe de la Presse
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.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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
$30 and under
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There is a public lot nearby on Bush St. There is also valet parking through the Hotel Triton.
Mr. Patrick Albert
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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Cafe de la Presse Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Walked into a well-lighted and spacious dining room with huge bright chandeliers. Had dinner here during SF Restaurant Week...Three courses for $49. Started the meal with the crispy Dungeness crab cake...tasty with a light crunch and delicious. I chose the Alaskan halibut as my entrée and my husband had the grilled lamb chops and sirloin. Both entrees were moist, well flavored and prepared just right. We both had the opera chocolate coffee cakes as our dessert...yummy and delectable. Along with the three courses comes the complimentary French bread. This was a very good meal and we were content and stuffed. Waitress, Kani, was very accommodating and attentive. Service was efficient which led us to a very satisfying evening. Will definitely return.
When we arrived the restaurant there was no could be bothered to acknowledge us. If the had been busy this would have been understandable but the they were half empty and the bartender had only one customer. After trying for a while to get someone’s attention to seat us we gave up and left.
My wife and I wanted to like the Cafe de la Presse, especially after the Grand Cafe closed.
While the ambiance was nice, the food was a real disappointment.
My wife started with one of her favorite things to order in a French restaurant, escargots, which I like to think of as an excuse to eat garlic butter. But the escargots had had neither butter flavor nor garlic flavor. I started with the frisee salad served with a nicely poached egg and totally flavorless dressing.
Our main courses (labeled "Entrees" on the menu which should have been a warning) were the steak aux frites and the confit de canard. My wife was served a chewy, poorly cooked steak with very ordinary "french fries". The duck leg was actually quite good, but it was served with a side of potatoes covered with a totally flavorless mixture of onions and mushrooms.
To close, we tried the tarte tatin. The apples were properly poached in a caramel sauce but simply placed on what appeared to be a piece of palmier (the feuilletee cookie) rather than baked "upside-down" with the pastry on top.
The only highlight of the dinner was the waitress who really tried to make things good and ended up taking the escargots off the check.
Cafe de la Presse was my default French restaurant in San Francisco. Conveniently located, bistro food and servers with French accents. A bit of Paris for this Francophile. I have been going there for years, always ordering the same things--lettuce salad and duck. Service was alwys good and food reliable. No longer!
My most recent visit changed my mind. The host, a tall slender young man with dark hair, was in full French conversation when we arrived to a 50% full restaurant. He ignored me until his conversation companion departed for her table. I thought he could have acknowledged me by saying "Hello, I will be right with you" which is customary. Then, instead of being given a table near the bar (that I asked for via Open Table) we passed many empty tables to descend to the big room that I do not like.
Our server took her time getting to us, but I figured she was busy. I had not been served by her before. When taking our orders she seemed distracted. After soup and salad there was a very long wait for the main course. The bread we asked for did not arrive. Wine and water glasses were empty during this time. Finally she arrived to say that the duck was taking a long time to cook and delayed the meal. I know the duck is prepared early in the day and heated before serving so she lied. After another wait the host appeared bearing our dinners. He apologized that they had been served to the wrong table!
My duck was tough as though it had been cooled and reheated; also over-salted--an insult to French cooking. In addition, we had to ask another server for the bread that had never arrived. Even worse, we had to remind our server for wine. We did not bother to ask for more water because we did not want to stay any longer.
When paying over $100 per person for a casual meal one expects it to be good. In Paris this would be easy. In Cafe de la Presse this may not be possible. Quelle tristesse.
I've eaten at this restaurant a few times and have enjoyed it. The food is good, but not fantastic and its overpriced. On our recent visit, the service was horrible. We had a 11:30 lunch reservation and unfortunately arrived early and the restaurant refused to seat us because breakfast ends at 11 and lunch begins at 11:30. There were other customers in the same boat. When 11:30 rolled around, seating began, but it still took 15 minutes for us to be seated and we were the first customers to arrive with a 11:30 reservation. Table service was exceptionally slow as well. Several of the wait staff called in sick which was understandable, however the waitress we had was just plain slow!
Disappointed, looking forward to great dinner on Christmas Day. Service was lackadaisical, slow, meal was just ok, but $51.00 for rack of lamb seemed high even for San Francisco, wine hugely overpriced. Guess they were taking advantage of many restaurants being shut. Will not go back.
Maybe it’s the holiday season but food cane cold , utensils not replaced when food arrived to our table we could not eat and had to wait a long time to get utensils ( literally talked to every server which appears to be abundant ) . Would not go back to this place .
It was supposed to be a five course prix fixe Christmas Eve dinner. The cost seemed high but since it was Christmas Eve we decided to go for it. The waiter, Mark, at first appeared to be nice and friendly. We ordered cocktails, made our selections for appetizers and entree and a short while later our drinks were served. Then the first serving came. The entree came next after a slightly longer wait. Finally the desert arrived after an even longer wait. Then the bill. We were surprised because we only received 3 courses. Our waiter only checked in on us once after the first course, never filled our water glasses, never asked if we wanted another glass of wine or cocktail and never asked if we needed anything. The restaurant is not very large but all tables were occupied. There were two or three waiters in addition to ours and they appeared to be servicing their tables well. I had to confront our waiter about the courses that were not served, the ones being the actual fist course and the last course. He acted surprised that we did not get them even though the waiters were the only ones serving their own tables, no helpers serving food. He asked if we still wanted them. No apology, no adjustment to the bill. This is just terrible service and at just under $100 per person for the food, not including drinks this is totally unacceptable.
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