Cafe de la Presse

4.6
1668 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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
What 1668 people are saying
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4.5
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4.5
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always feel like I'm in France when dinning at Cafe del Press. Food fit for foodies, nice wine selection and great service.

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vipSusanW
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

I had eggs Benedict. The two pieces of Canadian bacon or ham was the thickness of a piece of paper. The eggs were nicely cooked but the price of $19.00 was excessive for two eggs, two halves of an English muffin with two thin pieces of ham, a small amount of Hollandaise sauce and the equivalent of a half a fried potato. My recommendation is to reduce the price or serve an adequate portion. I don’t plan on returning soon unless the management plans on improving. Service was polite and welcoming.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I love this restaurant while some things changed (old fries used to be thinner and a little more appetizing) it’s one of my moms and my favorite places. We love the croque monsieur and butter lettuce salad and the ambiance is very authentic French cafe but in the heart of SF. So grateful that the place still exists.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is friendly!

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AnnB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Have been her several times but of course first time since Covid. They are very concerned with your health. Verne brûlée out of this world!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the mussels and French fries.

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AlexanderG
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just as amazing as it has been for the past 15 years (for us). We love the city and try visit once a year. As soon as we land we go to Cafe de la Presse. Breakfast or Lunch or Dinner. Meals and menu hand crafted to the perfection. Any item you order leaves an impression! Yes, like an art composition. You want to come back and try it all. And after that you will fly to San Francisco so you could go to Cafe de la Presse!

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vipdeborahw
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As restaurants are slowly opening up after the shut down for over a year, Café De La Presse went out of their way to make our early dinner absolutely perfect. We had a wonderful woman serving us. She was fun and attentive. Food as always, was absolutely delicious. We were meeting up with good friends we hadn’t seen for several years and our whole experience was extra wonderful dining here. Can’t thank all of the staff at Café de la Presse enough.

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Clarissa
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great attentive welcome and service

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JayR
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! Great chicken sandwich with lots of chicken. Spicy fries were tasty. Get the chocolate mousse for desert.

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KevenS
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great brunch menu , food is good and the value is also very adorable

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great little place for brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the egg white omelette with tomato, spinach and feta.

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vipMaryF
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All 3 of us ordered the French Toast. It was perfect for a rainy Sunday treat.

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BrynaC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Unfortunately, our experience was very disappointing. We went to Cafe de la Presse for dinner to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Initially, the three of us were seated at a window table indoors. There was an open window right behind our table and we closed it as April evenings in San Francisco can be quite chilly. We were told that the window had to remain open so we were moved to another table. The menu was online, which was fine, but there was no online access to a wine list (for bottles) and when we asked, we were told there was no wine list available. We asked the price for a bottle for one of the wines offered by the glass, and we were able to order it. Strangely, when another larger party was seated near us, they were given a paper wine list on request. When the check came, we paid with three credit cards and left the restaurant. Shortly thereafter, the waitress ran out of the restaurant to let us know that she had made a mistake on the bill and undercharged us by $26. For some reason, she had voided my original charge (of one-third of the bill) and charged me for the whole meal without my knowledge, but then she reversed that charge as well and re-charged me for the original one-third amount. Eventually, she reversed the original charge on my friend's card to re-charge her with the added $26. It took quite awhile for the waitress to figure all of this out and after nothing had been done to acknowledge my friend’s birthday (although I realize that the restaurant is not obligated to do so), it just made what we were hoping would be a lovely birthday dinner experience extremely disappointing.

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vipwhatsNxt
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I enjoy coming back to this restaurant from time to time and while often, it is for breakfast, I have occasionally had dinner as well.

The service is a little aloof but not unpleasant so, I am satisfied in that regard. The food is straight forward and well prepared. Solid Eggs Benedict continues to bring me back.

Their burger is also quite nice in its straight forward, and tasty way !!

Best way to sum this up; solid food quality, service that ultimately gets the job done and pricing that’s just moderate enough to achieve the value proposition.

I’ll keep coming back.

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DancingChef32
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for a fancy lunch! The food is perfect and the staff is very friendly. My husband had the fried chicken sandwich which was big and flavorful. We will be back!

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vipcbw1
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe serves a great salade frisee and hamburger. They could do much better with their wine selections--after all, it is a somewhat traditional French restaurant but with few French wines by the glass. Comfortable place to eat.

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OKFood
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was OK - croissant was soggy at bottom from the eggs. Drinks could be colder. It took awhile for someone to attend to us and felt rushed - perhaps reduced staff?

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CynthiaM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The pasta that my Mon had was lacking in flavor. Their other dishes looks good though.

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DancingChef32
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a perfect romantic lunch for two. the food was perfect and the service was phenomenal. We will definitely come back.

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AlyssaVP
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Used to come here all the time. Excited to see on SF Restaurant Week list. Reserved for 2 outside. My friend arrived before me and ordered tea. It was brought out w/o any sugar/honey and nobody followed up. Tea was cold by time I got there. Sat for approximately 15 minutes, nobody came out. Went inside to ask for menu and sugar. Told menu is on the QR code. Asked if I know how to use it...Looked at menu and it’s a different one than what SF Restaurant Week links online. Woman came out with sugar (1 Raw, 1 Cane, 1 Stevia) didn’t ask what kind my friend wanted - what if she needs 2 of the Raw sugar? Most people don’t mix and match! When asked about menu said that’s last year’s and she has no idea why it’s online. I was allergic to one option of the 2 listed. At first, b/c of the lack of service, I thought this was a new employee, but since she knew about last year’s menu it seems like she’s a manager and really resents serving people. There was NO preemptive kind of, here are the specials or warning about last year’s menu. She left and came out with a paper menu which had a couple more options. It wasn’t to be helpful, it was PROVE the menu option listed online was from last year. Then, before we had a chance to look, she took the paper menu and left, leaving us with the two online QR menu choices, one of which, as I said, I couldn’t eat. We had been dining at a different restaurant every day of restaurant week and BY FAR, this was THE WORST. Hard to imagine with only 2 other tables busy inside, this is the kind of service my friend and I received. We decided to choose another restaurant nearby for lunch and left after paying for the tea. Really disappointing experience of a once-great restaurant. I wish I could say it was Covid-related issues, but the other places we went had much better service, so I doubt it.

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KevinM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always happy with this place! I take clients here and it’s consistent

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great COVID precautions. Would definitely go back!

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vipDeanE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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Tomtemp
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Quite good selection of authentic French menu items, somewhat reasonably priced by SF standards.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Ate on the street at a lonely table

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vipEclectic
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lunch at the Café de la Presse was our first foray to an indoor dining venue. We were not disappointed. The food as always was delicious and the ambience, so much like a French bistro, wonderful. The tables were properly distanced and the staff wore masks all the time and so did our fellow diners when not eating. This is a downtown GEM.

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vipMollyM
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great croque monsieur and mussels, and outdoor service was very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute place for a brunch date or brunch in general. Walking distance to China town.

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MarthaT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We have loved Cafe de la Presse for years. The staff are personable, the food very good, the ambience delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked 4pm on 2/14/21 Valentine’s Day . The app took my reservation and even texted me for confirmation. I went there at 4pm and the restaurant wasn’t even open

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Was closed, but we were still able to book a reservation

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. So sorry you have to close and praying for a beautiful re-opening in January.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch. Enjoyed being with family Thanks for making it happen. Staff was great!!

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Lane27
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food & nice people. Felt safe inside. People distanced appropriately by the staff.

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DianaG
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently good! Love the menu choices! This is a reliable rendevous.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing service

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ChristopherG
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

One of my favorite French restaurants!
I am happy to see them back!

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 4.6 stars by 1668 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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