Curbside Cafe

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513 reviews
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Curbside Cafe is an eclectic Californian restaurant with a French twist. We are known for our delicious brunches, but our wonderful regular customers will tell you that the dinners are scrumptious as well. This is a place where the decor is artistic, the ambiance is cozy. You are welcome to come with a group for brunch, dress up and bring a date for dinner, or come alone and enjoy a glass of wine with your meal.
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AK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I like salmon and chicken meals and most of breakfast options they serve there. Yesterday, I tried crab cakes for the dinner and would agree with other reviewers: it is not amongst the best dishes they can cook. I had to wait for more than 30 minutes to get it overcooked; and, unlike similar dishes I tried in CA and NC, nothing reminded me of the taste of crab in it. The sevice was very good and Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa was delicious, though.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing every time!!!

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D
Miami
81 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always good food and quiet ambiance. Olivier is a wonderful host and always makes you feel comfortable.

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AK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious tender seared salmon with risotto and vegetables. What else could I consider to be appropriate to end a Saturday' night? A glass of wine, perhaps, and a quiet atmosphere. I was granted all of the components at Curbside cafe.

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r
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been going to the Curbside Cafe for many years and always enjoy it. It's comfortable, cozy & cute with a nice menu and good food and a nice clientele. It is decorated as a small cafe might look in France. The food is not really French, but the menu has a nice variety of options. Service is very good. I very nice spot for a good dinner in a relaxed ambience.

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AK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That small cozy restaurant, with subtle French ambience perceived through the atmospheric music, the way the tables are laid and the waiters treat you made me feel a precious guest there. The menu was quite diverse in terms of meals to take: a choice of breakfast/brunch, lunch, and dinner options and wines. Moreover, the size of the plates allows you to enjoy the main course and even try a delicious dessert. I enjoyed their omelette with salmon, chocolate dessert one day and a delicious chicken dish with Chardonnay the other day. Curbside Cafe has become one of my favourite places in Pacific Heights.

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T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with a lot of charm. Service was great, food, drinks and attentiveness of server were all up to par. Food was excellent. Dining room is intimate in size, so diners should be comfortable with that aspect.

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SF
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

We did not know that the only option was the special at $65/per. This place has no room for entry! People were standing right behind me while I was eating. They are too small a place to deal with a holiday crowd. Over-booked and walk-ins had no place to stand and wait. Wait staff was rushed and confused. After taking our order, we waited awhile for the soup. After we finished our soup and someone took away our plates, our waiter came back and asked if we were ready to order! He quickly realized he had already done so. Ambiance: none. bad lighting, no curtain or partition between kitchen entrance and dining room. Did not look very clean.

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F
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The service was prompt and friendly, but the lunch meals were very ordinary for the price.

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OT
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly waitstaff and great food!

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RW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

To find a quiet neighborhood restaurant and be taken care of and served such a wonderful and satisfying meal is so rare these days. Adequate number of choices for your main very relaxed atmosphere . Enjoy!

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SF
San Francisco
137 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great neighborhood find. Brought there by a dear friend. Tiny spot, so make a reservation. Food choices were abundant. Food was healthy, fresh and good, with a french flair. One server manged the whole room with great success. Enjoyed this very much. Will go again.

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SF
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal, as always, for Restaurant Week!

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A
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have had many wonderful meals at Curbside, including breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Every time we go, we are always so impressed with the delicious food, great service, and cozy atmosphere. It’s a lovely little restaurant that has thrived for many years, because it is consistently excellent.

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N
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous salads, soups, sandwiches & burgers - amazing specials and the BEST raspberry cheesecake ever!!

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JK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, great service, delicious food. A hidden gem.

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D
Miami
82 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food with fabulous French bread. Reasonable and quiet do you can talk. Neighborhood spot and consistently excellent.

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l
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been a customer since New Years 1986 and still enjoy going there. It is small and intimate and good food at a reasonable price.

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D
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Curbside and go there regularly. Great food, wine list, Esvan is a friendly, professional waiter!

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E
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance très chaleureuse, excellente nourriture! Nous reviendrons pour un dîner ou même un brunch!

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CS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The pot roast was outstanding - juicy and tender. The risotto was so-so. The Rive Sud wine was tasty and reasonably priced. This is a nice place for meeting friends or a romantic dinner.

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E
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small restaurant with very personal service. Food was very good.

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e
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pot roast and chicken piccata outstanding.
Charming , quiet, and so reasonable.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My girlfriends and I had a lovely evening. We wanted a low key neighborhood place where we could chat over a good meal. Curbside fit the bill and more. My friends were charmed by the little slice of Paris. The menu had something for everyone and we all enjoyed our selections. Thank you Olivier.

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MD
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Great little spot to catch up with friends or a weeknight date - the whole restaurant only seats about 25 people, so it's very cozy and charming. Food is good, nothing out-of-this-world good, but worth a try! Good wine list, very fair prices. Overall, good experience!

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D
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always very good at Curbside and also reasonably priced.

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KD
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great!! Service was off as we hadn't finished our soup and the main courses came out. We told the server to wait and he said ok but our food would be cold! Will go back and have been going on and off for many years.

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RW
San Francisco
137 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Took two friends from out of town, mainly chose Curbside for proximity to my house as it was a rainy day. Food, as always, is okay but nothing special. My caesar salad could have had fresher lettuce. But it's a nice atmosphere and I want them to stay in business for another forty years, so I will continue to eat here on a semi-regular basis.

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JF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best French toast ever!
Omelets are good, too.
+fresh orange juice

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BP
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The salmon in the sandwich was a tiny piece, half a piece on one side a sliver of a piece on the other half. But the was a huge bun! Next time I’ll just order something else.

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D
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Curbside never disappoints. The salmon filet was delicious and cooked to my exact specifications! A couple or small group can actually have a conversation, a rare plus in this day and age! Esvin is a wonderful waiter.

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m
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Old school, reasonably priced, sweet service. yummy food.

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m
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was ok, nothing remarkable but good food cooked and presented nicely. Could use a bit of ingenuity. I could see this as a local neighborhood “go-to” for those who want a break from cooking. The ambiance was cozy, romantic and intimate. Waiter was nice.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I asked for a quiet table away from other diners, and was seated at the ideal table! Pre-dinner drinks were lovely; delicious bread fresh out of the oven; and my dinner mate and I immediately chose the same entree- the chicken risotto. Yum! So good, with melted cheese through out. Although I've lived in SF since 1980, it was my first time at Curbside. I will certainly return!

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I
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oliver was very accommodating and attentive. Our butter pear salad and steak frites were excellent along with the chocolat mousse. Could use some french background music as the atmosphere was almost “whisper like”. Would highly recommend. A real value play in the Fillmore District.

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D
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Curbside never disappoints. Esvin is a superb server, helpful, friendly, professional. Ribeye special was perfectly cooked.

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D
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is consistently good at Curbside with fairly generous portions.

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l
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Curbside never disappoints. If you are looking for casual French food, look no further. Everything on the menu is well-prepared and delicious. Wines are well-chosen and inexpensive. The lone server is very skilled at managing the entire room. Highly recommended to both locals and visitors.

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OG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We found this restaurant online. It was near a concert venue, so it was convenient for dinner after the concert ended around 6pm. The menu is modest in length, and on our visit was augmented by three evening specials. I ordered one of them, the lamb shanks, which were excellently tender with a rich wine reduction. My partner opted for the pot roast from the regular menu. It was just okay, a bit chewy. The Ancient Peaks Cabernet (Paso Robles) offered a pleasing accompaniment. We also shared a pear salad before the main courses; it was outstanding!
One disappointment was that the restaurant is described as a French-themed bistro, but there wasn't much on the menu that one would expect from that description --- no cassoulet, no coq au vin (an Indian chicken curry and Italian chicken picatta, instead!).

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