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Cafe Europa

79 reviews
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$30 and under
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Eastern European
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Eastern European, Polish, German
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 386-1000
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
We have private room where we can accommodate parties from 10 to 30 people. Call or email if you would like to inquire about an event.
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Private party contact
Dziugas: (415) 501-9887
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We provide of-site catering. Please email if you are would like us to provide food for your event.
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Cross street
5th Ave
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Public transit
California St & 7th Ave 6th Ave & Cornwall St Clement St & 6th Ave
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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).
Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 79 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RobertaD (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Alex did an outstanding job! Food is always delicious!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

A quaint sedate restaurant. However, I found the food to be bland.

IwantAutentick (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

The Veal Schnitzel was fabulous. The soups were all excellent. The beer in a boot was great!

pickyeater (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

I like cafe Europa. They serve excellent food in decent price.

vipOpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Good Italian food

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

We love this place! We ha e been coming here with friends for over a year and it’s one of the best restaurants for a down-home Polish meal in great surroundings. The staff are wonderful and the menu is great.

vipnukepwr (Minneapolis)
2.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

For such a highly rated restaurant, place was empty when we rolled in at 630. Food was good, not great. No ambiance whatsoever, server spent more time playing on his phone then he did ‘serving’. Prices were low to moderate. Claimed to have many vegetarian options, which was true if you only wanted to eat appetizers-no vegetarian entree’s.

Albert (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

I have been to Cafe Europa many times and it is always consistent.
I am so happy they have put Beet Salad back on the menu.
I usually have Cabbage Rolls. They used to serve two and now they only serve one on a plate with mashed potatoes. I found that two Cabbage Rolls were too much for me and serving one (for lesser price) is just perfect.
I highly recommend Cafe Europa for German and Polish Food.

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Great all around. Owner stopped by several times to make sure we were Ok

vipJFoodandWine (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food and authentic ambiance. The owner is so kind and friendly. The food was amazing. We had such a great evening at this neighborhood gem. Quiet place, but still has so much life. Obvious that the owner loves hospitality.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

Family business. Kids doing homework at the bar set the tone and left you feeling like you were part of the family. Quaint and quiet with great food. What a find- would highly recommend it for a nice relaxed meal

Albert (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 27, 2017

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.

trixie (London)
4.0  Dined on August 8, 2017

Very nice restaurant. Has eastern European food and great beer. Food was good although the waiter gave us the wrong dish it was okay because we wanted to try that dish too.

vipJujuB (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 1, 2017

What can I tell you.....if you are into Beef Stroganoff or goulash, schnitzels...this is the most authentic Eastern European place in town!! Love the food at last once a month!!

vipSFnative (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 11, 2017

European Cafe Experience in SF. Reminds me of local dinning spots I enjoyed while traveling in
Germany, northern Italy, Austria.

Food was as it should be and the owner was accommodating , warm , charming and interesting.

OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on July 7, 2017

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!

vipcwilson (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 1, 2017

Diners at our table selected a variety of dishes and every single one was delightful. We selected Cafe Europa as part of our exploration of restaurants beyond our own options in the Mission. We will certainly be back!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 1, 2017

The pierogi were served only 6 to an order so while they were tasty they were not a great value. The Hungarian goulash also was tasty but again somewhat small in size. Next time I will stick with the schnitzel.

vipJess (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 24, 2017

Very authentic Eastern European food, prepared deliciously in a cute and cozy atmosphere. A lot of fun trying new items and old favorites.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

Loved the pierogies, and goulash was amazing!!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Very good food. Very good service. Very good pricing.

Matt (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 6, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on April 1, 2017

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on March 18, 2017

Went there for a birthday dinner hoping for home made Eastern European cuisine. Could not be more disappointed. Food tasted frozen and warmed up. No flavor. I will not be returning.

DB29 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 7, 2017

Have gone to Cafe Europa several times now. Love the Eastern European Food and the beer and wine. The owner greets us nicely; the only drawback they did not serve coffee which we love with desserts.

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2017

Great Eastern European food. Very well done and Tasty. Serving sizes are generous.

vipJanet (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

We had a great table in the bay window at the back of the restaurant and it felt like we were in our own dining room but with great food and service! Love that someone else prepared my delicious meal and we got to catch up with our friends. Yay!

Sandy (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 1, 2017

It's a small place, tables on one side, bar on the other. Comfortable. Not busy at the time we went.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

Definitely a place we will soon return - everything was quite tasty, authentic and perfect, and the service was friendly and unobtrusive. We are still talking about how much we enjoyed the dinner.