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Wed, 1/17
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Cafe de la Presse

4.1
1499 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Great for Lunch (34)
  • Neighborhood Gem (30)
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Continental
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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
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Phone number
(415) 398-2680
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mr. Patrick Albert
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Catering
Depending on the number of people and the type of party, we can tailor a special menu and provide some advice.
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Cross street
Bush St.
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Parking details
There is a public lot nearby on Bush St. There is also valet parking through the Hotel Triton.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1499 People Are Saying
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4.1
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4.1
food
4.0
service
4.2
ambience
3.7
value
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

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.

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SilvChin (San Francisco)
3.0
Dined 6 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0
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.

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vipedddiew (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

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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LennyBandMe (Portland)
5.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food and service.

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vipsarahyeeha (Orange County)
3.0
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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ArchieGoodwin 
2.0
Dined on December 31, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on December 30, 2017

Good ambiance accommodating with our 2 small children

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