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About Cafe Europa
Cafe Europa is a Central/Eastern European restaurant in San Francisco. We serve fresh homemade favorites from Poland, Germany, Russia and many more countries. We take pride in our food and prepare everything in house fresh. Our idea is to bring together Central/Eastern European cuisine and make it welcoming for everyone regardless of their background. Our menu features such fan favorites as: Pierogi, Red Borscht, Dill Cucumber Soup - another soup that’s a hit with our guests, Pork Schnitzel - tenderized loin breaded and sautéed (Some say best in San Francisco), Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, Homemade sausage - yes we do our own sausage in house from scratch, Goulash and Stroganoff stews with rich sauces full of flavor. While European cuisine is meat heavy we do offer few excellent vegetarian/vegan choices. Since we do everything in house we know all the ingredients and can accommodate people with food allergies. We also offer one of the best European beer selections in the city.
San Francisco, CA 94118
Eastern European, Polish, German
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
We play variety of great music (jazz, piano, etc.) Real vinyl records on our turntable setup. Some guests bring their own records and we play it (subject to our discretion if it fits the atmosphere).
We provide of-site catering. Please email email@example.com if you are would like us to provide food for your event.
California St & 7th Ave 6th Ave & Cornwall St Clement St & 6th Ave
Private Party Facilities:
We have private room where we can accommodate parties from 10 to 30 people. Call or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to inquire about an event.
Private Party Contact:
Dziugas: (415) 501-9887
Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Cafe Europa Ratings and Reviews
I have dined here many times before and never been disappointed. If you like hearty
European food both Eastern and Western this is the place. They have a wonderful selection of imported beers and a good wine list. The owner is always gracious and welcoming.
The one thing I hope he puts back on the Menu is Beet Salad.
This is my favorite place.
We have been wanting to try this place for s long time as I love Central European food (Czech, Polish, Herman, Hungarian). We went as s family to celebrate a birthday. The restaurant was very accommodating to our needs (infant and elderly) and gave us a spacious table in the back room. We had ordered three appetizers (pierogis, crepe and a daily special). They were tasty overall but nothing to brag about. We ordered the famous goulash, schnitzel, cabbage roll and salmon. Our favorite was the cabbage roll. We noticed all the food (appetizers and main courses) all came out warm, not hot. That was extremely disappointing. We finished our m al with a blintz. Again good but nothing to brag about. Overall food was ok but not worth driving 15 miles for. The service was good.
My aunt loves polish food, so on our San Francisco trip we searched for the best before we went. We found this place, which was not easy to get to via public transportation, but totally worth the Uber drive. Pieroges were amazing, loved the cabbage rolls and schnitzel. Authentic polish food. Only problem is we were on vacation, would bring this restaurant home if we could!
Cafe Europa is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. I go there at least once a month. The owner is very nice and and checks on each table. The menu is simple, consists of the best Eastern Europe + Germany has to offer. The food is delicious. Every time I go there they have a different special. I recommend the cucumber soup and pork schnitzel. The portions are large.
Massive fans of schnitzel since our time living in Toronto. We never really found it here and when we were in Germany recently we decided to search for a German place. Fantastic schnitzel and food. Small little place in middle of residential area. We loved the food and will definitely return.
A quiet neighborhood (though not my neighborhood) place for a nice meal. We appreciated the friendly service (and conversation with Alex, the owner), delicious food, and relaxed vibe. The cabbage rolls and pork schnitzel were both delicious, and we also enjoyed the mushroom crepes and beef perogies. A nice selection of beers on tap, which paired well with the food.
Authentic enough to satisfy our German/Slavic/Polish food cravings!
I have never had such a mixed opinion of a restaurant since I started using Open Table about 2 years ago. First, the food WAS VERY GOOD! To me, Schnitzel is comfort food. When I saw their menu, I knew I had to try Cafe Europa. I had the pork version; the portion was huge and perfectly cooked. Garlic potatoes were also very good and the kraut decent. My first problem arose when I was handed the menu. As others have pointed out, the PRICES are at least $7.00 higher than what is shown on the menu on the open Table web site, even though the on-line menu says "Updated Oct 6, 2016." I found this a bit hard to swallow. Second, after my server brought my dinner, he never came back to see how my food was, and only appeared to remove my plate when I was done. It's a small place, and he just disappeared. Finally, the decor and ambiance leaved a lot to be desired. I'm not sure I will return. What a disappointment.
I'm so happy to have discovered Cafe Europa. The borscht and the gravlax were stupendous and I will be back to have those for lunch. The entree portions are huge (we had the stuffed cabbage) and enough for 2. The best way to eat is to order a bunch of appetizers and try a little of everything.
It's a family get together. We really enjoy the European dishes: German, Hungarian, and Russian? The mushroom soup is very tasty and creamy. We like the pork sausage as appetizer. The Potato Dumplings With Mushroom Sauce was enjoy by all. The Pork Schnitzel is the biggest portion I've ever seen and so good that I ate it all. When the waiter find out that I like the mushroom sauce, he gave me some for the Schnitzel even though it's not on the menu. There are also many beers from the usual good beer region like Germany, Austria, Czech and Belgium, but also from lesser known, well lesser known to me anyway like Poland, Russia, Lithuania, and Solvak. The staffs are very good and helpful, though, some may be being trained.
This is our second visit, and the first time was much, much better. I will come back and try it again, and hopefully, I will find this time was an off night for the kitchen. Because it was a second visit, I guess I paid more attention to the "decor". The cafe is downright dingy, with . peeling wallpaper, and very much in need of repainting. The service was good, but this time the timing was way off. I still had a good third of my soup to go, when out came the main plates. I saw the same rushing of courses at the next table as well, so assume it was by design. Last time, I had the veal schnitzel and it was good. This time, I had the pork schnitzel, touted as the "Best in Town". It was a large portion and well breaded, but it was also dry, the meat chewy, and the taste bland. The accompanying sauerkraut was cooked to where it had lost all interest in life. A side of "homemade potatoes" were diced new potatoes so long cooked they had become an oil soaked memory. My dinner companion had the goulash. The meat was tasty, plentiful, and tender. Alas, the potato dumplings that came with them, were like scoops of gluey starch. For dessert my companion had strudel: two large pieces with equally large dollops of whipped cream. It looked very good and I understand it was excellent. In fairness, the server, on his own, brought two settings and an extra plate and two glasses of complimentary dessert wine - and even made two tries to get me to share the dessert. I know I was a total curmudgeon, but my dinner was sitting like a lump and good as the dessert looked, the better part of valor was to skip it. Again, we will come back to see if we can "recreate" our first experience.
Café Europa is a nice place to visit for a special occasion. The schnitzels were excellent, and the service excellent. I was disappointed in the tiny pirogis, even though there were six of them for an appetizer. The mixed vegetables that accompanied my schnitzel were bland and slightly overcooked. I was shocked that the restaurant could not provide coffee or tea. Since I always do coffee with dessert, I declined the apple strudel, which sounded excellent. The prices, especially for the appetizers are very high. For our 7pm reservation on a Friday night, parking was very easy in the neighborhood. Our waiter, Daniel, was outstanding, explaining all the different dishes and attentive to all our needs for the evening.
Although the food and service was good, please note the menu prices on both Open Table and the restaurants own website are far outdated. Plan on spending at least 50 to 75% more. I noted this is a private message to the restaurant when I ate there a couple of months ago, but they've taken no action. So I only feel it necessary to re-write my review and make note of this.
This place is an absolute gem. This is my tenth time dining here and each time
has been a wonderful experience.
This cafe is modeled after "Old Krakow" which used to be in West Portal.
I will be going back here many more times.
They only have a liquor license for beer and wine.
The staff all nice and friendly.
The food was excellent and the service very professional and friendly. We felt very comfortable and enjoyed being able to converse with each other during the meal. Loved the background music and the complimentary dessert wine. We look forward to going back soon.
We visiting Cafe Europa based upon positive reviews. We have a family of six, which includes four teenage kids. Despite making reservations we were placed in the back room of the restaurant which was relatively sterile and quiet, losing the ambiance of the place. We took the owners recommendations on food choices and the appetizers were very good. The quality of our meals were very good after they eventually came; however, our orders were messed up and likely handed out to other patrons. The dinners came out after more than a hour wait and several of the dinners were served more than 1/2 hour later than others. In the end, we asked nothing and the owner offered us nothing for the poor service, other than trying to give us another meal that we didn't order. Overall a poor dining experience, but an experience non-the-less.
Our friend suggested the place and were so glad we tried it. The staff were so friendly and helpful in explaining the dishes. We started off with the pergogi (spelling?) and honey beer which were ok. I tried the paprikash and it was the best. Others had the schnitzel and beef stroganoff which were very good too. Neighborhood gem and will definitely come back with more friends.
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