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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.

352 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Continental

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

Cross Street:
Bush St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 398-2680

Website:
http://www.cafedelapresse.com/

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

Parking Details:
There is a public lot nearby on Bush St. There is also valet parking through the Hotel Triton.

Executive Chef:
Mr. Patrick Albert

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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Cafe de la Presse Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (34)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Casual (30)
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Great for Brunch (29)
Sunday Lunch (26)
Good for a Date (25)
Cozy (24)
Afternoon Coffee (22)
Authentic (22)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Business Meals (17)
Romantic (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Quick Bite (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Fun (10)
People Watching (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Afternoon Tea (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Healthy (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 13 hours ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Top notch !

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Very expensive for quality you get

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

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

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Authentic, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

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)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Making fun of our last name was a horrible start. I almost asked the host if he was in 3rd grade. I will not be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

I brought guests from out of town.. we all loved it.. salads beautifully presented

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The food is very good. Mussels were great, as was a seared ahi salad. Drinks are also good. The lower dining area is quiet and very nice. The wait staff was very attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 20, 2018

very pleasant evening; good service; nice fix prix meal and food was quite nice

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2018

We usually eat at La Presse whenever we visit San Francisco. It is really near Union Square, but a bit off the beaten track. Friendly, cafe ambiance and good wholesome food, not over the top, but always interesting

Tags: Cozy, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

I meet a friend here for lunch once a month and the food and service are always wonderful !!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

This is a cafe run like a Frensch cafe by a Fresnchman who delivers the authentic experience. The waitservice is professional (not surly college students), the food is the real thing: bistro fare.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Waitstaff/bussers poor service this visit
Maitre d' preoccupied and flippant
We have been regular patrons x yrs

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We were in San Francisco for my wife's birthday and did brunch at Cafe de la Presse. The food was delicious and the ambiance was beautiful.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Open table took my reservation and I commuted by BART into SF for the day. The restaurant was closed for painting.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Unfortunately we were a bit late for the reservation, but be accommodated us. The food was quite good and the service was outstanding

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food and service.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was good but service was spotty even though it was slow. We had to flag our server down to get our check. Ambience is very nice, cute French cafe with the most amazing croissants.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Good ambiance accommodating with our 2 small children

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Very enjoyable dinner the first night that we arrived in San Francisco. Great food...great atmosphere...great service...would definitely recommend and/or go back!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

They were out of frites, ruined my plans to have steak frites. A huge disappointment.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Cafe de la Presse is a great place to go while shopping downtown, or going to a lecture or concert diwntown. Great atmosphere, like being in a Paris bistro. Casual, great for afternoon tea or a coffe.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

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vip
 (El Paso)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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 .

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Very good food but sloppy service. Quite overpriced, even for Chistmas in San Francisco. Manager lacked basic customer service skills.

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I’ve been dining at Cafe de la Presse for over 25 years and always enjoy my meal and service. It’s my “go-to” spot when I’m in the neighborhood and my “destination” place well worth the trip into SF.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Disabled Access, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food took forever to make. Once ready it was beyond overly salty. having lived in PAris I was spoiled by "real" French food, not overly priced fake French food as experienced at this cafe. Stay away.

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