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Cafe de la Presse

4.3
1633 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 1633 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
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
12 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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
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!

KC
KarenC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was wonderful
Our server was friendly, helpful & efficient.
We will go back again.

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vipsacguy530
Sacramento
21 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful tables outside on a sunny day. You can’t get much better than that...accept to fantastic food and service.

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AnnieC
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the few places open and the food was awesome!

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Newfind
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salad was wonderful

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BartM
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent French bistro with solid food choices including duck. I ate here twice this week, enjoyed both dinners, and found two good wine-by-the-glass choices.

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vipAnnK
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I had the warm chicken salad which was mediocre and drowned in dressing. My friend’s mussels and fries looked good. We declined coffee but several minutes later they put a cappuccino on the table. I thought I had misheard and that my friend had ordered coffee, but we were chatting about something else and I didn’t ask her if she had ordered it. After a few minutes she asked if I had ordered it. Next a waiter came by and picked up the coffee and brought it to a guest sitting at a pavement table 😲. I hope he liked tepid coffee!

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SimonnePaumard
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the cozy atmosphere, excellent service, amazing quality of food. Worth every penny. Transported to France 🇫🇷 in an instant. Highly recommend !

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Rene
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best and most authentic French restaurant in San Francisco. And for breakfast the croissants melt in your mouth.

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vipMMMM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

They should have more appetizer options. And more lighting in the interior

CM
CatherineM
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful French bistro atmosphere, excellent food!

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KikiS
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Only if they have lots of time to spare. The service was very slow. We waited a long time at the door to be greeted and shown to our table. The waiter gave us our check without asking whether we would like a coffee.

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DJinBerkeley
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic versions of French classics: Moules frites and Duck confit

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JanetC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Poorly prepared food. Such a shame.

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vipgabrieleo
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Slow, inattentive service. Waiter was nice, this place is clearly past its prime

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Received very poor customer service from our server.
Unable to anticipate our needs.
Had to be reminded several times for drink refills.
Avoided our table and calls many times.
Gave special attention and treatment to older (white) patrons.

In general just made us feel like we weren’t welcome.

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StickyBeak
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Caffe area more inviting but dining area felt dingy . Our salad was rather uninspiring — salad nicoise with canned tuna. Pricey for what it was. Location good — seemed more a tourist place without warmth or care.

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SouthBayFoodie
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal and service.

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MercedesL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Very empty, maybe because the work on the street.

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vipbrucew
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints, always great service and food.

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vipGFG721
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

This used to be our “go to” spot for Sunday brunch. We loved the authentic French cafe setting and the service was always attentive yet unobtrusive. The food used to be very solid. Not amazing but satisfying eggs, Belgian waffle and lovely pastries. The last few visits have gone downhill. After last Sunday, I doubt we’ll ever go back. The warm food was cold. The pastries were stale, small and flat. They delivered our friend’s fruit plate 15 minutes after the rest of our meals and only after repeated requests. How long does it take them to chop 3 slices of pineapple and melon and lob a few berries onto a plate? The restaurant wasn’t half as full as usual but the wait staff couldn’t be bothered. When they did deliver our food, they just dropped it on the table in front of the first person and expected us to pass the plate to the rightful diner. So disappointing. Anyone else know of a new brunch place they’d recommend because we’re done with this one.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Lovely place and the breakfast was terrific!

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vipLadanL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the quiche Lorraine and side salad. Always s great luncheon choice.

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vipMaureenR
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!!!
We had great service from Dave!!!

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KathyV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly authentic French cafe cuisine - that is outstanding. Been coming to CdlP since it opened. Love!

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DaveJ
Nottingham
60 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Staff bit too confident and impersonal. Great venue. Food good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A bit of a wait for the table I reserved but otherwise everything was good.

JK
vipJosieK
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a lovely place to dine, morning, afternoon and evening.

Had a problem with my entree. I advised server that I did not want any cream sauce on my pasta and it came loaded with sauce. Entree on menu said penne and mushrooms with arugula pesto. It came as a heavy sauce - with a lot of cheese on top. I am vegan and expected to see pasta with a green pesto sauce. It was not as described on the menu!

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sallyk
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a good time-we like the ambiance. Surprised to see few customers.

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vipFrep
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a very enjoyable meal. The food was good. The service was excellent and the ambiance was perfect for talking at our table. We ate in the dining room. There is also a cafe which looks more casual.

JC
JeanC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my all time favorite places to dine. I always come here when I'm in San Francisco.

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viphollylehto
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very simple and limited options menu. The food was just okay, but nothing to write home about or recommend to a friend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Had both dinner and breakfast here.
Dinner was nice, food good, but way too salty! Please reduce. Steak quality was superb and exactly medium rare as ordered. Duck confit also great.
Breakfast was great. Good menu. Great espresso and so good cappuccino.
Big plus:they accept well-behaving dogs! Thanks.

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Travelchef
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Out on the town for a New Year’s Eve we had a reservation at 8 pm and we were greeted and taken to a table toute suite!! We were a little taken back by the server who lead us to a very small table on the path from the kitchen and dropped our menus on the table and took off. We stood there looking around for another option and when she happened to breeze by we asked if we could move to another table close by. No problem, but still close to that path. As we settled in a matire d’ appeared and asked, “have you ordered yet?”We replied, “not yet!” and he said..., ..”let me see if we can find you a better spot.”Please note... we had not complained nor were we disgruntled. We were amazed by the thoughtful recognition by him that we were dressed up for the occasion and that he ‘got’ it. This kind gesture alone warrants 5 stars for sure as he took us off to the other side of the dining room to seat us at a cozy table for two in a much more festive and private setting. We had the same waitress who had seated us initially who was kind and doing her best... just appeared to have a little more than she could handle and possibly just inexperienced, but as the evening progressed and her load lightened she did a great job as did the other servers and buss people. Our food was excellent! For a special occasion night which often places kitchen staff in the “weeds” and sometimes causes food to suffer the consequences there were no signs of a disorganized kitchen. We had one a la carte item (escargot!)and the two course Prix fixed menu for $35 which was an amazing deal with each course served with perfection— piping hot and beautiful. Truly impressive. Although the kitchen closed down at 9 there was no rush at anytime to speed up our meal or for us to leave. With one other couple we closed the dining room down amidst best wishes for a Happy New Year. Thanks Cafe de la Presse for a memorable and enjoyable New Year’s Eve dinner.

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vipDaniel
San Francisco
150 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had a very pleasant breakfast at Cafe de la Presse. We plan to return for sure.

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Cafe de la Presse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 398-2680.

Cafe de la Presse is rated 4.3 stars by 1633 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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