Completely beyond expectations. Delicious food, friendly service, and prices are reasonable. Nice atmosphere too.
Also kid friendly. I’ll definitely be back, with and without the kids.
Very nice dinner; halibut prepared superbly and very appealing mild citrus sauce.
Very friendly service. Had a reservation and did not have to wait for our table once we arrived. The tuna nicoise salad was delicious.
We ate lunch here. The menu is fairly traditional French and there’s a bit of everything. Salads, soups, entrees, sandwiches. We had a window table downstairs which was very nice and quieter than upstairs. The food we ordered was fine, nothing outstanding. The onion soup, Niçoise salad and duck salad were all good, not great. The gem salad was only so-so. It’s the atmosphere that is fun and the restaurant decor is stylish cafe.
Food was good but service was lacking
A throwback to another era. Perfect in every way! Nothing modern here. Just terrific food, well served in an old word atmosphere in the heart of The City.
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.
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.
When we were there it was fairly quiet, so a great place to relax with great food.
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.
Ordinarily it’s a good place. On Valentine’s Day they had a mediocre menu with outrageous prices!! Avoid on ‘special’ menu days
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.
Top notch !
Very expensive for quality you get
It's just like being a Paris, and I have been to Paris a dozen times.
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!
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.
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.
Their website was inaccurate but the food was very good. The staff was friendly and helpful
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.
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.
I brought guests from out of town.. we all loved it.. salads beautifully presented
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.
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.
very pleasant evening; good service; nice fix prix meal and food was quite nice
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.
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
I meet a friend here for lunch once a month and the food and service are always wonderful !!
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.
Waitstaff/bussers poor service this visit
Maitre d' preoccupied and flippant
We have been regular patrons x yrs
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.
Open table took my reservation and I commuted by BART into SF for the day. The restaurant was closed for painting.
Unfortunately we were a bit late for the reservation, but be accommodated us. The food was quite good and the service was outstanding
Excellent food and service.
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.
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.
Good ambiance accommodating with our 2 small children
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!
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!
They were out of frites, ruined my plans to have steak frites. A huge disappointment.