Cafe Europa

4.4
107 reviews
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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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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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JS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter and good dinner!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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U
Kansas City
33 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

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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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JN
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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f
San Diego
85 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

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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F
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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P
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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H
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
San Francisco
218 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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EE
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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

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AB
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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j
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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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SL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

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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E
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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j
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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RG
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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BH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This is not a review of Cafe Europa. It is a review of the Open table App reservation process.

We arrived on time for our reservation and found the Restaurant closed for repairs. From the hand written note on the door, It had been closed for a time before our reservation.

It is obvious that Open table had no notion that the Restaurant was closed. Either the restaurant didn't inform you or your system did not adjust to the closure.

In any case, you need to strengthen the communication with your participating Restaurants on this issue to avoid sending people to closed restaurants for dinner.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Booked a reservation on opentable and arrived to find the restaurant closed for renovations.

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SF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, I love coming here. Great neighborhood spot. The cabbage rolls and goulash were awesome!

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JM
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Cafe Europa is a bit of a throw back, a place you might expect to find in Budapest. Our food was delicious. We ordered family style and shared plates to make a several course dinner. Favorites were the herring, pierogi and goulash. The ambiance is quaint and authentic. Great selection of Eastern European beers.

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RD
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alex did an outstanding job! Food is always delicious!

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OT
San Francisco
510 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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

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IA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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p
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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c
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good Italian food

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Charlotte
64 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

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.

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A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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FF
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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JF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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