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Cafe de la Presse

4.4
4.4
1742 Reviews
$30 and under
French
For centuries, cafes the world over have provided patrons with entertainment that draws on all walks of life. In these gathering places of art, politics, fashion, and everyday events, cafe-goers partake in a unique convergence of eclectic culture and traditional cuisine. Parisian-inspired Cafe de la Presse continues the trend with international literature, classic fare, and the age-old pastime of dining, relaxing, and conversing in a vibrant atmosphere.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, Bistro, Café

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Tue–Sun 8:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat 11:00 am–4:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–3:45 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue, Wed 3:00 pm–6:30 pm Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 398-2680

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Mr. Patrick Albert

  • Catering

    Depending on the number of people and the type of party, we can tailor a special menu and provide some advice.

  • Private party facilities

    We can provide semi-private parties; private accommodations may be possible by closing the downstairs dining room. Please call the restaurant for details.

  • Private party contact

    Manager: (415) 398-2680

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Cross street

    Bush St.

  • Parking details

    There is a public lot nearby on Bush St. There is also valet parking at the Hotel Triton.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,742 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Great for Lunch

  • San Francisco

    Great for Brunch

  • San Francisco

    Great for Lunch

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  1. SH

    ShellyH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great option for pre- theater dinner. Lovely setting, freiendly staff, good food and a nice easy walk to the Geary Theater afterward.
  2. p

    pokelover

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Once seated by a hostess, it took a little while for our waitress to take our order. She was clearly working many tables. Once we were switched to another server (we did not request or told our server had changed) our service improved. Food was very good (blackstone benedict & warm chicken salad), drinks, generous portions (rose wine & strawberry bellini) and the coffee (expresso & mocha) was excellent. Overall a pleasant experience and would like to try dinner (we had brunch) in the future. Location was great (a nice walk from North Beach).
  3. SK

    SanderK

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our visit here, and the food tasted good, but it just wasn’t worth the price. $70 for a simple breakfast might be a sign of the current times, but that doesn’t lessen the pain.
  4. C

    Cath

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No one can make Croque Monsieur like the Chef at Cafe de la Presse! MERCI!!! Catharina
  5. AW

    AmyW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server Cani Lorraine Terry was terrific. Super personable and attentive yet not overbearing. She seemed to appear at all the right moments and was a pleasure to interact with. Also very patient with our questions & indecisiveness.
  6. SF

    SFFoodie

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service has always been excellent, but our food was even better than I recall it ever being. Our meal was terrific, and the portions were very generous. And as always, our server was wonderful!
  7. i

    idontcook

    San Francisco

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My first time back at Cafe de la Presse in a year. The food was OK, definitely not as good as I remember it. Our party sat outside. Service was friendly, but inattentive. For example, no one checked to see how our meals were, or proactively offered us additional water. My guest's iced tea was never refilled. even though we requested this. We struggled to get someone's attention so we could pay our bill. The uneven service, the uninspired food, and the restaurant's annoying business practice of charging for bread will make me think twice about returning.
  8. V

    Vacationers

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Generous, well-crafted French Cuisine at moderate prices.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cute and quiet place for brunch.
  10. J

    Jacques

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant place to have an excellent diner with good service. The best place I know in Nob Hill/financial district/bordering China Town.
  11. R

    Robert

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    VERY dry chicken in my chicken sandwich.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fun vibrant experience with great friendly staff and consistently fantastic food. A French connection in Sfo
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    THE FOOD is amazing GREAT service love the aesthetic!!!
  14. SF

    StacyF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They worked with us to seat us next to an open window for better ventilation. Turns out outside seating is not available until 11:30 and we had an 11:00 reservation.
  15. FR

    FRANZfromFRANCE

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I like thus place, we’ve been there repeatedly - almost like being in France 😉
  16. LS

    LindaS

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Lack luster food - peach melba was almost peach free - ice cream and whip cream; croque monsieur was mediocre at best as was onion soup; out of the daily special at 7:00 PM - horrible service - very poor value for the rather expensive price tag.
  17. JA

    JayAM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Frisee salad was fine. Service was good.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Brunch was amazing. I had the crab cake Benedict in which the potatoes could have been a bit more crispy but still delicious. My friend ordered the French toast and a side of bacon. It’s was really good. A bit hot eating inside but otherwise great atmosphere.
  19. OC

    OCFoodie

    Orange County

    33 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    More like Cafe De Depressing! Food was marginal and bland and service was the same! One hit wonder for sure! We will not be back!
  20. SC

    SebastienC

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Food was great as usual but the service was bad and extremely slow. We got the straw we ask after having paid the bill
  21. JP

    JeanneP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great place for a nice lunch in the city. Would go back again.
  22. PM

    PattiM22

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The quiche was wonderful as was the tarts tartin Great place for lunch
  23. PT

    PaulaT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vacations in San Francisco with my son
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was good but didn’t blow us away. Service was just ok.
  25. K

    Kimberly

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super cute cafe, with a unique and lively ambiance. The lattes and croissants were amazing
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A popular brunch spot! We were seated right away, they waitress was very familiar with the menu and offered substitutions that we couldn’t see on the menu. It was perfectly situated, where we were able to venture off to ChinaTown afterwards for some shopping!
  27. DS

    DebbyS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anytime we are in San Francisco we always make sure to have a meal at Cafe de la Presse! It’s always Wonderful!
  28. L

    Laurel

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe de la Presse is a treasure. The food, service and location are wonderful. We were so glad that they had re-opened on Sundays, following the pandemic.
  29. JM

    JakobM

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Sides were very overpriced. Server charged me for something I did not order.
  30. JH

    JasmineH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I came here for breakfast and it was a very cute cafe! Grabbed a seat at the bar and had an iced coffee with a croissant sandwich. The ambiance was lively, it was on the corner of a busy street, and was a great start to my morning.
  31. JW

    JoeyW

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant is wonderful. The food was great, and our waitress, Soumaya, is a star! I was there on a brunch date with my girlfriend, and Soumaya brought some delicious food and wonderful energy that sparked joy for us. 10/10 recommend
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    Our appetizers were delivered quickly but my friends main entree took forever to be served. It was closer to cling time but still not cool
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service wine food
  34. CN

    CarolN

    Pittsburgh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service but why the obtrusive occasionally wailing flamenco music?? It was very annoying.
  35. VK

    VivianK

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our food as we dined outside. Service was very good. You can always count on Cafe De La Presse for authentic French food.
  36. LO

    LauraO

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been fans of this restaurant for years but the latest menu is the best yet. Delicious innovative new dishes along with their excellent classics. Shout out to Connie for the great service. So glad to have this place back 100% post pandemic
  37. S

    Sweetie

    San Francisco

    155 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    155 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Four adults and one baby enjoyed a lovely quiet lunch together Expert service, lovely moules, salade sans frites. Sweet peach Melba Check it out
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always great food and service. We enjoy eating here each time we come to the city.
  39. JW

    JuneW

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect visit to a French bistro on Bastille Day! The Moules Frites were great, nice mussels and wonderfully crispy frites. The appetizers - escargot was good, as were the cod fritters. My couscous with a Moroccan tagine was good, but maybe I was so full from the appetizers that I was less than impressed with the taste. Other than the appetizers, the other dishes were good-sized. Great service, and wonderful atmosphere.
  40. p

    pl1066

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The frisée salad with poached egg and lardon is always so special and delicious. My business associate really enjoyed his chicken breast burger too! All the ingredients tasted so yummy and fresh!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Cafe de la Presse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 398-2680.

Cafe de la Presse is rated 4.4 stars by 1742 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Cafe de la Presse

352 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bush St.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Tue–Sun 8:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat 11:00 am–4:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–3:45 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue, Wed 3:00 pm–6:30 pm Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Bistro, Café

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is a public lot nearby on Bush St. There is also valet parking at the Hotel Triton.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mr. Patrick Albert

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 398-2680

  • Catering

    Depending on the number of people and the type of party, we can tailor a special menu and provide some advice.

  • Private party facilities

    We can provide semi-private parties; private accommodations may be possible by closing the downstairs dining room. Please call the restaurant for details.

  • Private party contact

    Manager: (415) 398-2680

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