Cafe Europa

4.4
123 Reviews
$30 and under
Eastern European
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.
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LynneK
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely neighborhood place. Very friendly. Good food.

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vipAlexK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Pork schnitzel with sauerkraut was delicious and tasted like in Österreich. I was thinking about a dessert at first, but the portion proved to be generous in size. I'll definitely come back to try their marvellous homemade Eastern and Central European meals again.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unassuming perfection from start to finish.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding!

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LynnM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful homemade food! It will be our new go-to when in the city!!

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SFJL
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second time eating at Cafe Europa, and frankly if I could eat there every night I would. The food is absolutely scrumptious, as good as my grandmother would make. The gentleman who owns the restaurant is completely delightful and makes sure that everybody is beyond happy.

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Albert
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been going here ever since it opened. Never had a bad experience. Highly recommended.

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viplouiseknows
San Francisco
117 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Perhaps it was a slow Sat. ( place was empty ) sad to think this business might not make it, since I always welcome a good Schnitzel....
The food was very good and the schnitzel portion was large enough it was breakfast the next day.
The server who might also be an owner was very nice...although he kept complimenting their borsch soup as the best in the City...It was good, but it should be up to the customer to discern wether the dish is 'the best'

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Contruba
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful atmosphere with great quality food. Now our go-to place in San Francisco!

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Rose
San Francisco
106 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

A quiet place to dine and enjoy traditional European cuisine. Staff is friendly, price is fair, and blessedly quiet.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience. Attentive waiter and great food (plenty of it). Looking forward to coming back.

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KaraM
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal!! The food. The service. The atmosphere. Everything! Drove all the way from Marin for pierogies. So worth it!

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RussellH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

host was charming and the food was excellent....nice visit

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner with my daughter and will definitely be back for date night!

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jfmg
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Food, Amazing Service. A bit pricey though

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Diana1949
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. I feel like I am in Europe. The waiter (owner?) is very friendly; and the portions are generous. The restaurant is nicely decorated. I like the casual mismatched silverware and dishes. It is a very friendly, warm place to bring friends. Highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sisters and I came to Cafe Europa and had the time of our lives and felt completely spoiled. Bruce and his staff excel in the art of entertaining. The service, ambiance, staff and food far exceeded our expectations. We would highly recommend coming here and enjoying this fabulous restaurant. And don’t forget to tip the pianist, he is wonderful!

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vipphyllisl
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I am not sure why this review is important....I made a reservation for this restaurant and when I got there they said they do not take resos and I showed them your site and they said they have nothing to do with Open Table. We did have to wait a bit...the food and the service were great. Mario the waiter was informative and attentive.

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vipJuliaS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter and good dinner!

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marilync
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Can't tell you of my experience, they decided to close early even though I made reservations. I was very disappointed

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vipUmami
Kansas City
35 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The "cook" for the night was OFF,meaning food barely warm and when returned the chicken was bloody. Manager forgave all of the Food ,we paid for drinks and generously tipped the chagrined waiter as not his fault. Learned "cook" was leaving in 2 weeks. Hope he finds his HAPPY place .

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vipCANOE62
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Europa is the ideal neighborhood restaurant. Charming and comfortable. Big portions of delicious comfort food at reasonable prices. Fun but not too noisy. We were made to feel welcome from the moment we entered. Alex, the owner, takes care of his guests in the most personable way. When we takes friends here, they always thank us for the "discovery" of a new and special restaurant.

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vipWaterbar
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The staff was very attentive and helpful in navigating an unfamiliar cuisine. It's very small and very cute. I has the house special - lamb shanks - which was delicious. And the perogies were on point as well.

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vipfoodie4sure
San Diego
110 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food, many options. Beer and wine only. Reasonably priced
Cabbage rolls were awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

No table reserved. Tried to seat us at the bar like that was acceptable? Then, stuck us at a table to share with strangers...on Valentine's day.

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vipFurdo
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food; although full, it was relatively quiet... we could actually converse without shouting; very welcoming; attentive service.

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Piatti
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First and foremost. Thank you for providing to us the best service, delicious food, friendly atmosphere and for making my birthday personal and special. It’s hard to find a great place where you can seat down with family and enjoy company vs hearing noise and not able to enjoy company.

Your restaurant is the best and I am sure it will grow and expand.

Thank you again

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Hannajo
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The beef stroganoff is fabulous! They provide a small menu, very well-done. Great little neighborhood eatery.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food and the owner. We are becoming regulars

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!!!! Felt very home made and authentic. Service was great. Alex was super friendly and welcoming. I will definitely recommend to my friends and I will definitely go again.

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vipBonnieL
San Francisco
236 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We tried Cafe Europa for dinner and were blown away by the great food, the friendly atmosphere and a truly welcoming owner. Wine and beer are available and we enjoyed a nice prosecco to start and then enjoyed a bottle our friend brought with dinner. We were impressed that there was a family with 2 young kids enjoying dinner, and later there were lots of people around the bar and at the tables (it's a small place so it can fill up easily) - everyone seemed like part of a Cafe Europa community - even "newbies" like us (we were made to feel welcome). We enjoyed everything: borscht (had more of a tomatoey cabbagey taste, which I liked a lot); mushroom crepes; pirogues (small, tasty with a nice sauce plus tangy sour cream); a refreshing cucumber salad with lots of fresh dill; the BEST dark bread (dense and so tasty); two kinds of schnitzel (pork and chicken) - each a large portion with vegetables; wonderfully tasty goulash (a little kick in the paprikash sauce which was fabulous) with tender beef and perfect round dumplings that were so great with the sauce; and finally, for dessert, cherry pierogies to share. Yes , we ordered a lot, but we are so glad we did. We also sampled an interesting kambucha with fermented rye, I believe. Let's support this wonderful spot in the inner Richmond!

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EricE
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food. Decor could be improved but a winner for good German/Polish etc food.

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Xandra
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered:
- Pierogi w/ Cabbage & Mushrooms to start
- Chicken Schnitzel & Cabbage Rolls w/ Mushroom for dinner

Sooo good. Authentic. Reminds me of dinners we used to have growing up.
Server & owner were super friendly and attentive, but not overly bothersome. Will definitely go again as I'm already craving it again :)

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vipjamiek
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We always enjoy our meals at Cafe Europa but were surprised on this visit that several of the most popular menu items (cabbage rolls, borsch, draft beers) were not available. The pelmeni and mushroom soup were delicious.

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SLIM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

If you still miss Old Krakow (prior West Portal Polish restaurant, now closed), you will be happy at Café Europa.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food was just okay. Pierogis were disappointing. Small and bland. Definitely not worth the price. Entrees were pretty good. Did not try desserts.
Waiter/host was one of worse ever encountered. He obviously didn’t want to be there and doesn’t like his job. Didn’t write down our orders so, of course, he forgot our side dish of spaetzel. He was nowhere to be found during our meal so we couldn’t remind him. When he came back to clear our dishes we told him he forgot our order, his only response was “I guess I did.” No apologies. No question asking if we still wanted it.
Sadly, won’t be back. Within walking distance of my home (I support small businesses) and entrees were good. But I didn’t like the treatment.

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vipEuropean
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When we arrived we were left standing at the entrance for almost 10min. When the host finally showed up he declared literally: "The kitchen is dead". He continued that they are overwhelmed with the number of customers (the place was half empty), that we could wait if we decided to do so, but that it would take 1 hr for the food. "Your choice." All of this in a rude and annoyed manner. This despite us having had a reservation, and having called in earlier to confirm. Needless to say, we left. Very unfriendly host, bad experience. They don't want to be in the Restaurant business, and we won't go there again.

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vipjhporter
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an example of a truly world class venue showcasing a little known cuisine. The service is as impeccible as the food is extraordinarily good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Cafe Europa was closed for the day of my reservation
Without any notice
I had to people invited and it did look good when we came only to find out that the place is closed for renovation

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RichardG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn't go. Called them a few times for some additional info, but the phone was never answered. Not a good sign for a restaurant that is supposed to be open. They may be closed for renovation or vacation, but OT should know that before booking reservations. Sorry for the misleading ratings, but I had to do that to get this comment posted.

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Cafe Europa does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Cafe Europa also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 386-1000.

Cafe Europa is rated 4.4 stars by 123 OpenTable diners.