Cafe Florian

4.6
101 reviews
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$30 and under
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CAFÉ FLORIAN - SAN MATEO'S BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH
Sip on Mimosas and enjoy views of a cascading waterfall. Enjoy our fabulous Sunday Champagne Brunch with fresh local seafood, carving stations, breakfast favorites, and desserts. Our offerings vary featuring items such as Braised Beef Short Rib, Mahi Mahi with Roasted Pepper Coulis, and Butternut Squash Ravioli with Hazelnut Cream Sauce.




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J
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Convenient location and atmosphere. Good food with good value. Plenty of parking. Would go again.

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HN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Holiday Brunch with exceptional food selections for our entire family including vegetarians, gluten-free adherents, and nut allergy members. So many outstanding items to choose from on the very large buffet including hot and cold items, items made to order, outstanding selection of desserts all while the champagne flowed and juices and sodas included for the children. We can't wait to go back again.

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MV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the few Sunday champagne brunches still available. Chefs went over & above to make special & delicious food. Service was outstanding. Our favorite place to celebrate.

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LC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service starting from the restaurant manager, Elsa. Great for group dining.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving

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LW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving Brunch was my family's first experience of eating at Cafe Florian. It was really well done. We all enjoyed ourselves immensely. I would recommend it to anyone. It's more than enough food. The variety was outstanding. Everything tasted so fresh. We were all very pleased.

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JS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Came here for the Thanksgiving brunch and was amazed. They were very busy yet the staff remained attentive. The food selection and quality was delicious... traditional thanksgiving fare with prime rib, crab, and oysters. Highly recommend!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value for the holidays

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LD
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving brunch was awesome. Special thank you to Elsa for confirming outer reservation and making sure we had great seating for our large party. There was a large selection of seafood, fruit, potatoes, desserts and turkey to celebrate the holiday in pure deliciousness! The live music, carving stations and desserts was a nice addition to the ambiance of the ballroom. This was a great way to spend the holiday with our dpfamiky without spending the entire day cooking!

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TD
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great way to spend Thanksgiving! The food, service, ambiance, and variety of food was perfect and delicious for our family!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This is my go-to brunch spot and I have always enjoyed great service. I only wish that their salad bar had more topping options. They used to serve great pasta salads with a Caesar option but those were gone when I went yesterday. I would also like a second meat option at their carving station, like a pork roast, to accompany prime rib. I will definitely still go but would love to see some of that variety.

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MH
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good Sunday brunch for Mom’s Birthday Enjoyed it

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MM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Like the variety of buffet.Salad bar needs a little bit more. Needs more fruit.

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MV
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went there for Sunday brunch. Great service and ambiance; however, I thought there would be more assortment of different food items. Nothing really was unique or really stood out. Prime rib was tender and juicy. Build your own omelet was good.

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RC
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had Sunday Brunch here. Plenty of choices, but I felt the Quality wasn't there.
The staff were all very pleasant.

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b
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I arrived on time, and finally found where the restaurant was supposed to be. Spoke with several staff members who did not know what was going on. Finally, I went to the desk clerk who said that the Cafe was closed that night because of an "emergency". There were no signs or directions. clerk directed me to the Bistro which is a dark, dingy space behind what I suppose might be Cafe Florian. Server was less than friendly, so I just left.
Not motivated to return to find out if Cafe Florian really exists.

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KM
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch spot! Outstanding service! Highly recommend!

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice surprise. Hidden away in the Crown Plaza. Great service & great food. I’ll go again.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day

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AC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding! Loved spending Father's Day there!

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SA
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice ambiance for a hotel restaurant. Sunday brunch is good enough to go back to every time I'm in town (3 times/year). "Prime" rib, dungeness crab, Asian food, cheeses, fish, etc. Need reservations. It's not top notch gourmet, but if you like variety, it's good. Hostess and waiters are gracious and accommodating.

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CJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome and the wait staff Gerardo was amazing.

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NS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst buffet for the price. Way over priced. Servers were annoyed anytime you asked for anything. Had to get up several times to ask for drink refills.

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AF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, staff was smiling and helpful and I would definitely say I had an amazing experience for our Mother’s Day champagne brunch!

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Sunday brunch. The Mother's day brunch is one of the best I've been to.

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DB
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, the service was exceptional. Would go there more frequently but brunch was pricey at $65 per person. Our group of 5 paid over $300. How much can a person eat! Anyway will go as often as my wallet will allow.

Darlene Bates

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4
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch was very enjoyable.

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FF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great for groups. My family enjoyed themselves and definitely want to go again.

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DM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I’ve been patronizing Cafe Florian over 15 years.

They always deliver an overall great experience.

I have taken many guests and all have raved about the experience.

I will continue to come back with my family.

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KC
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cafe Florian was a pleasant surprise. We went for the Mother's Day 2018 Brunch and were not disappointed. Our waiter was friendly and attentive, refilling glasses and clearing away used dishes without prompting. The food selection satisfied everyone in our group, including the vegan! The setting was lovely and the noise level was nearly non-existent. The Café has a lovely setting and a terrific staff. I look forward to returning and would glad recommend it to anyone.

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MV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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TG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was sort of confusing when we walked in. It’s laid out in such a way that you immediately come up on the breakfast bar. The place that you check-in is quite a walk from there, and it’s not easily seen. We weren’t sure if we should just grab a plate and sit down and then be greeted by a server, or what we should do! However, I did look over to the right, and I finally did see the
check-in station which is where we ended up going. The food was OK. We know that somewhere there was a dessert table, but we could never find it. A lot of the food was cold, notably the scrambled eggs. The Siumai wasn’t very good either. It was just OK. I thought that it was expensive for what it was. Also, the oysters that they chose were pretty horrible, and I love oysters generally. Just OK. I would go back maybe in a year or so, but I don’t know that I would make it a regular thing. The restaurant is beautiful, and the waterfall is pretty. Service was excellent.

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b
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were seated quickly. The food was well laid out and very extensive. The service was outstanding with plates taken promptly when finished

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m
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Met for a small, casual family gathering. Had a delightful breakfast. We were able to relax and enjoy our meal without being rushed. I had a delicious meal: avocado toast with spinach and tomatoes, topped with a poached egg.

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was by far one of the best brunches I have been to in a long time. The food was excellent, except for the prime rib which was very pink. The service was excellent for such a large crowd. It was expensive, but for an Easter Brunch I guess not. I definitely would go there again with my family.

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AB
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I hadn’t been there in years. It was just as good as I remember!

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d
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was a large selection of food for this Easter Sunday Brunch. We had a great time with the family.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A little nervous to eat the seafood as the ice seemed to have melted but everything else was delicious! So many options for the Easter Brunch. Our mimosa glasses were never more than halfway as the staff in the dining room made sure to check in constantly.

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k
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience all around. Highly recommended

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DM
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service and fresh food. The staff was very professional and friendly

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