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Mission Beach Cafe

4.3
736 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
Mission Beach Cafe is a true San Francisco neighborhood cafe. Offering house made morning pastries and desserts; Northern Californian Seasonal Cuisine at Lunch, Brunch, and Dinner; and wine & beer from our California-only beverage list, Mission Beach is open throughout the day and evening to serve you. Come relax in our beautifully appointed, modernist environment designed to revive and replenish whether it be for morning pastry and Flying Goat Coffee; our famous Brunch; or a multi-course, candlelit dinner.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation
PASTRY, DESSERT, & BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE: Monday - Friday 7:00am - 10:00pm; Saturday 9:00am - 10:00pm; Sunday 9:00am - 3:30pm LUNCH/BRUNCH:
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 2:30pm BRUNCH: Saturday 9:00am - 2:30pm; Sunday 9:00am - 3:30pm DINNER: Monday - Saturday 5:30pm - close SUNDAY DINNER: Closed
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Phone number
(415) 861-0198
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
MBC is available for buyouts at Dinner only.
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Private party contact
Bill Clarke: (415) 701-1950
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
14th
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Public transit
Muni: Church & Market
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Special events & promotions
MBC specializes in large parties for special occasions for groups ranging from
8 - 24 depending on the date and day of the week. We prefer start times of 6:00 - 6:30 or 8:30 - 9:00, but will do our best to accommodate other time slots. For large parties we recommend a Prix Fixe with a special menu created from our regular menu or guest preferences.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 736 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
3.9
service
4.1
ambience
3.8
value
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65% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Great, tasty food; if one goes early you will have a table

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Good and yummy

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was good, but service was horrible.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Yes, you have to overlook the tired look of the interior, the chairs shedding their pleather and the uninspiring layout of the dining room. If this does not pose a problem, then you are good. The food is sublime (had the monkfish and the chicken over the last 2 weeks - perfect), the wine selection is superb and sold at wine shop prices, and the service is authentic. If you are out for a $300 for half that price, the Mission Beach Cafe should be part of your routine - as it is with me.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great little oasis in the mission. Superb service, lovely food. Nit too busy even on a Friday night, and mot too loud, makes for easy conversation. Highly recommend.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I am not sure why this place is so highly rated on OpenTable. We had a reservation and were seated straight away (+1 star). From there, it just went downhill. No menus for about 10 minutes. Three other tables arriving after us had the same problem. The server seemed to recognize the problem but made no effort to correct it for people arriving later. The food took quite a while to arrive. We were pressed for time so skipped dessert which I think was just as well. The food was barely okay. We had the short rib pot pie (which wasn't really a pot pie, just a pie, and the crust was quite soggy) and the burger which was fine but not great. It was hard to get the staff's attention, it seemed to be just 1 guy delivering food and 1 busser. The ambiance was quite odd. It's a smallish place laid out and decorated to resemble someone's lounge or living room. +1 star for not overcharging. Not returning any time soon.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Weekday brunch, lunch or dinner!
Weekend late 1.5-2 hour waitlist is ridiculous.

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1.0Dined on March 5, 2018

This place was awful. There was one guy running the whole place, which I understand can sometimes work, but unfortunately for him it seemed like it was too much to handle because the service for us was terrible. After our coffees in dirty mugs, I asked for cream with my coffee and received old curdled cream. It was disgusting. I had to flag him down to get a new cup. When we got our food, it was cold, the plates were dirty, and the food was sub par at best. Additionally, after not taking a sip of my new coffee he gave me, I was sort of bothered by the fact he charged me 6 dollars for the cup I didn’t even drink. Listen, I am not some weirdo who writes reviews for the hell of it. I actually never do, but this place was so bad I felt I had to, especially as someone who has been a server/in the restaurant industry for 9 years. Would not recommend you waste your money on this place.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I’ve gone there many times for brunch and have always enjoyed the food and service. I wanted to try dinner, and unfortunately was extremely disappointed. The food was mediocre, and something you would expect from a low end restaurant. Meat was over cooked, the vegetables was soggy. The soup came luke warm and tasted like baby food. The service was horrible SLOW!!! It seemed like the kitchen was disorganized and we waited way too long between courses, not to mention the fact that they brought the wrong dishes to our table.

Highly disappointed. I’ll stick to the brunch and won’t be going back for dinner anytime soon.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

This was another San Francisco disappointment. I had no problem with the Valentines's Day menu or price. The appetizer salad was good. The scallops on the second course were very small. I order the prime rib which was mostly fat and gristle. The cheesecake was very good. Unfortunately, they were understaffed. The waiter did not come by again after the appetizer was served except to give us the check. We had finished the bottle of champagne that we ordered before our dessert was served. We asked the person helping out the waiter if there was a dessert wine and he told us to ask our server. Then we sat there for about 15 minutes with empty plates and water just waiting for the check. The host had to tell our waiter to clear our table since there were people waiting. I live very close and we try new restaurants (other than the ones we frequent) and keep getting disappointed. I do not mind paying $300 for dinner if the food and service are good. They weren't.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Love it! Food was delicious! Crab Benedict 👌 bacon😋😋😋 service was great. The spaghetti surprisingly good!!

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1.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Eesh.

I'm not a guy who leaves bad reviews. But something seriously weird was going on in the kitchen that day. I went with a friend, they ordered dropped eggs I ordered the hash. The hash was more of a stew - it was incredibly over-salty and had some extremely off flavors in it. The dropped eggs was more of a tomato sauce soup. Nothing appeared as advertised. The lattes were incredibly over frothed - more like bad cappuccinos.

On the bright side, the server was very friendly. When he asked I mentioned that the hash wasn't what I expected, so he very kindly removed it from the bill. Regardless, I wouldn't go back for the food.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

Great breakfast spot and menu is amazing. You absolutely must get a benedict. The “huge” mimosas are literally the best and really are huge. I think they use 1 bottle of champagne for 2 mimosas!

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Just stumbled upon the place . . . very pleasantly surprised! The small plates were generous and delicious. Wonderful baked goods (baked on the premises) - and quiet enough to talk! Such a pleasure!!

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4.0Dined on December 7, 2017

The food was good. Eggs cooked to perfection. The "huge" mimosa was fantastic (I chose grapefruit and pomegranate). French toast was nice. Overall a nice brunch date- I wouldn't go out of my way for it again and the wait/line can be crazy so I wouldn't wait.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Amaze balls food

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Loved it . Waiters were excellent and friendly.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Venture beyond their famous burger (yep, it's that good) and into other
items on the menu and you'll be glad you did.
Just had their short rib pot pie, likely the closest to heaven I'll ever get!

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3.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Great food - truly terrible service; I don't mind slow at all, but this was slow and completely negligent. I actually observed another couple storm out because it had been so long since anyone had checked-in with them. The waiter apologized a lot (perhaps something was happening behind the scenes), but made no change in his service. I assumed we might get a free dessert or small comp on the check for what was clearly a situation that needed to be addressed. But no - just the waiter saying, "Oh you want to get out of here probably," when we waved him down for the check 30 minutes after asking about dessert (which we planned to order and he never came back to follow-up on). Yikes.

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1.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Good food. Very exceptionally bad service.

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2.0Dined on September 15, 2017

The place started to look tired, tables need to be refinished. Not very organized. Two of the dishes had identical sides, flavors could be made more distinct.

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4.0Dined on September 8, 2017

It has been years since I have been here. It has changed moderately but still very good, there were interesting and tasty things on the menu. I selected well, my husband was a bit disappointed in his choice, he discovered he did not like Jack Fruit as much as he thought. but it tasted good. I had a really interesting beer, Saison Dolores, much fruitier than any beer I ever had, not that big a beer drinker though. the service was really good, he seemed to be alone for quite a number of tables and managed well. I have moved this back to be remembered an go to place.

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2017

Fantastic breakfast/brunch. Coffee was incredible and paired well with he maple glazed bacon. A must when in San Francisco

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1.0Dined on August 18, 2017

It was terrible. I've eaten here for years but this time was the final time. Not only was the restaurant empty but there was one server named Rodney who didn't clean tables, kinda loosely asked if we needed anything, and then proceed to take his break and eat at the table across from us.

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2.0Dined on August 12, 2017

I used to love this spot, but it's becoming pretty run down and unfortunately that's reflected in both the food and the furniture. The wait staff was not very attentive or friendly, for some reason they are not willing to re-cover their chairs (they are completely torn up), and the food was mediocre: the lobster ravioli was under cooked and came out cold and the mushroom salad was totally uninspired, but I have no complaints about the flat bread. It feels like Mission Beach has gone through a bad breakup and lost the benefit of a woman's touch.

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3.0Dined on August 8, 2017

The seating is in terrible shape and really needs to be reupholstered, especially at this price point.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

We visited on Saturday for a quiet dinner on our first date. We chose a quiet table in the back corner so we could talk, ordered the lobster ravioli and the halibut and shared both dinners. Excellent. The staff was very cordial and the service was great. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2017

The flatbread and rabbit pot pies are musts. Nice choice of wines my the glass carafe and bottle. Love coming here

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

I come to this restaurant a lot because of it's eclectic menu of things I would never make for myself. This time we had the seafood stew as an entree and the chicken. Chicken was less crispy than usual possibly because we were dining on the late side. Service was lovely as usual. This place is a real neighborhood gem and the clientele is just as captivating as the food.

Beer selection was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2017

I have not been to Mission Beach in a good deal of time. I was happy that their level of food has been maintaned. We had the fresh vegetable medley, the Israeli couscous mac and cheese, and the Chicken. All were fresh, well seasoned, and looked appealing when they arrived. The portion sizes could be bigger. The only reason I did not give some of the areas a five is because they serve "NO BREAD!" I have to say I was really surprised by this. They have a great bakery on site and several of the dishes had wonderful sauces. The sauces were taken away and not eaten because there was nothing to sop them up with. Given the price points I felt like I was slightly cheated by paying for something I could not enjoy.

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2017

Oddly land-locked for a restaurant with 'Beach' in its name, it was nevertheless a fine dining experience in both senses of the word. Low key vibe and ambience, varied menu, and outstanding service all make this place one I am am sure to visit again.

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2017

We love this restaurant and generally have a wonderful experience there, but this time the service was really bad and the staff didn't seem to acknowledge it. If you have never been I would give it a try as the food is very good, but the service, I guess is iffy now.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Great food, bad service. Didn't get water refills until 30 minutes into the meal. Told me 20 minutes after ordering that they ran out of my item. Then gave me a new item but served it 10 minutes after the rest of my party got their food. Everything tasted great, but the service made for an unpleasant experience.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2017

This is truly a neighborhood gem and true find! Loved the personal service and waitstaff was informed, attentive and personable. Food was great, loved the local hood atmosphere. Flawless. I will be back with more business colleagues & friends!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2017

I haven't been to MB in almost 5 years and it was the burger every time I went. this time I opted to resist the burger and try other things on the menu and they were awesome (dumplings, rabbit pot pie and halibut). my only gripe was the portions were VERY small and the server didn't tell us that the kitchen was closing or we would have ordered more.

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1.0Dined on April 28, 2017

Used to be great. Now? Not at all. Food was sub par, and service terrible - even though we were one of four tables in the restaurant for dinner. Now I know why it was so easy to get a Friday night reservation last minute. Hope the place gets its groove back!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

excellent creative food. The only difficulty is remembering not to gorge in order to save room for pie. The sour cherry pie alone is worth the visit.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2017

I love the rabbit pot pie, but it wasn't as good this time, I think it's because there was too much spinach in the pie. But I still took half of it home and ate it the next day.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2017

My favourite meal in San Francisco was here! Let me start with the SAVOURY BREAD PUDDING--heaven on a plate...colour, flavour, texture--just wow! I followed with the MBC RABBIT PIE--poor rabbit, you were so tasty, and there was a good bake on the pastry. Loved the entire dining experience, made even better by fun discussions with our server.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2017

Whatever the secret is to making things velvety smooth, they've got it.

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