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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.

4318 California St
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Eastern European, Polish, German

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
5th Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 386-1000

Website:
http://europasf.com/

Entertainment:
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).

Catering:
We provide of-site catering. Please email cafe@europasf.com if you are would like us to provide food for your event.

Public Transit:
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 cafe@europasf.com if you would like to inquire about an event.

Private Party Contact:
Dziugas: (415) 501-9887

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cafe Europa Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (1)
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Good for Groups (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 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.

Tags: Great Beer, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 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.

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 (London)·Dined on August 9, 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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 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!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem
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 (St. Louis)·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!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Loved the pierogies, and goulash was amazing!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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

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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Great Beer, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 8, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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!

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 (San Francisco)·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.

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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Delicious Eastern European food in a casual charming setting. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2016

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!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2016

I m so glad Cafe Europa is in my neighborhood! I made a reservation for a Friday night, but we could have walked in. Everything on the menu is impressively good, and the server even knew which wine I was trying to remember from a few months before.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2016

The service, food, and beer were all fantastic. It tended a little toward pricey, and I really didn't love the cool color temperature of the overhead lighting, but those are my only nitpicks. We'll be back for sure.

Tags: Great Beer
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2016

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2016

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Great European comfort food. Yummy and large portions. Will be back.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2016

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.

Tags: Romantic, Kid-friendly, Fun, Comfort Food, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2016

Food and service were amazing! So hard to find a restaurant that serves Polish food in the Bay Area but it was definitely worth every minute of the over-an-hour drive!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2016

was very disappointed that the "Beet Salad" has been taken off the menu.
Ice Tea was not available.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2016

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2016

The menu has some classic recipes that are a treat. They have a new cook who is from Slovakia.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 12, 2016

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 19, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2016

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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