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