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Café de la Presse

Café de la Presse

French Restaurant, Wine Bar, and Café · Downtown San Francisco-Union Square
352 Grant Ave (at Bush Street), San Francisco, CA 94108, United States
Open until 9:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 7:30 AM–9:30 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 8:00 AM–10:00 PM
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Wine, Full Bar
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Step out of San Francisco into our classic Parisian Tabac. Grab a glass of wine, a paper and relax.


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    Michæl B.
    "Loads of wines, good food and magazines from around the world"(7 Tips)
    Jennifer R.
    "Croque Monsieur is delicious."(11 Tips)
    David S.
    "Most disappointing eggs Benedict I've had in year."(6 Tips)
    Gigi A.
    "Best almond croissant I've had since leaving France."(10 Tips)
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  • French food
  • breakfast food
  • magazines
  • croques
  • croissants
  • coffee
  • brunch food
  • café
  • authentic
  • lively
  • espresso drinks
  • tarts
  • confit
  • wine
  • escargot
  • pancakes
  • foie gras
  • good for dates
  • eggs
  • Bloody Marys
  • Carmen L.

    Love their coffee mugs ;) on the other side very sorry the tomato soup is gone and instead introduced a sweet butter squash... As for mail I'll stay with the Quiche Lorraine 'round the world tasting.

    Carmen Laborin · January 21, 2012
  • Polina P.

    Yammy breakfast. One of the best latte in the city. The size is amazing. But the pastry bad. Even in a Starbucks pastry is better.

    Polina Polina · January 22, 2015
  • Teresa E.

    Go for the onion soup. Stay for the selection of aoc Provence wines. They have Whispering Angel rose - one of my top two favs. The baguette is also incredible here.

    Teresa Elliott · May 16, 2013
  • Aigerim N.

    Amazing breakfasts, charming Parisian atmosphere, nice view of the Chinatown gate. Whatever you order, always get the almond croissant.

    Aigerim N · August 17, 2014
  • Tracy M.

    The food and service was excellent. But don't try to get anything to go. They frown on that and will send you across the street to Starbucks (for obviously inferior food).

    Tracy Maurer · April 23, 2013
  • Jessica F.

    Eggs Benedict w/ smoked salmon here is the best breakfast food I've had in a while. Unfortunately, got stereotyped as an Asian-who-doesn't-know-English by the staff, which didn't set me in a good mood

    Jessica Feng · October 9, 2012
  • hkevinchu

    Food here is delicious. On this most recent visi, I had the Onglet (hanger steak, medium rare w/ bordelaise sauce & fries).

    hkevinchu · January 2, 2015
  • Lolly

    Expensive. Food is ok but the waiters..omg they couldnt care less, they mistook the order, then had to order the check three times, nobody waved goodbye.. Shouldnt have left a tip.

    Lolly · August 5, 2014
  • Michael B.

    Amazing service and great atmosphere. I personally didn't care for the parfait, but my girlfriend attested to its French authenticity. She loved the vanilla pancakes.

    Michael Buchanan · March 1, 2012
  • Madewell1937

    Madewell's Denim Roadtrip will be on Grant Ave & Geary St. on 5/16/12 on between 12-7pm. Stop by for some very special surprises, including a styling station, a hair-braiding bar and a secret deal.

    Madewell1937 · April 16, 2012
  • Mafe B.

    The tarte tatin is my favorite, next to the profiteroles (very generous portion too. Great for sharing).

    Mafe Brooks · August 7, 2012
  • Carlos D.

    Could a Cafe de la Presse without any french newspapers? In my opinion the only thing interesting in this place is the expresso. Regarding servers, they are dummies...

    Carlos Diaz · January 16, 2010
  • Ivan F.

    Great place but service is getting worse. Sad thing when the supervisor dont put take good care of clients (on august 31, 2013 at 9:30am)

    Ivan Fernandez Lobo · July 31, 2013
  • SF Weekly

    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – BEST MAGAZINE SELECTIONThe city's premier Parisian bistro and take in the dazzling selection of high-end magazines from around the globe... Read more

    SF Weekly · May 25, 2011
  • Divya M.

    Great place for breakfast! Ordered the pancakes and they were soft, fluffy, and pure heaven! ❤️

    Divya Menon · March 9, 2015
  • static_signal

    The escargot are delicious, delicate and not chewy, and best of all come served in their shells, with escargot tongs and forks.

    static_signal · August 7, 2014
  • Jugoslav P.

    Loved the Croque Madame! Rare to find the proper treatment with brioche, bechamel and gruyere in this town, so this is a great find.

    Jugoslav Petkovic · June 9, 2013
  • Thomas W.

    The croque madame is quite good. But when you see employees get Starbucks coffee from across the street, you know about the cafe au lait :-)

    Thomas W · November 8, 2010
  • Martin S.

    Great place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tables by the bar best or outside on the curb. When in SF don't miss this!

    Martin Sahlberg · May 26, 2014
  • Patrick R.

    Love the atmosphere, food & magazines! No surprise - French onion soup is great. Fun to people watch from sidewalk seats or the bar.

    Patrick Ramsey · July 2, 2012
  • Vanessa M.

    This is my new fav bfast place....the atmosphere is perfect, food is delicious and the service is on point!! It feels like ur hanging at a cafe in Paris!

    Vanessa Mangan · November 13, 2011
  • Tim P.

    Breakfast is better than dinner but dinner is good. Omelette are straight from Paris and the profiteroles are superbe.

    Tim Pursell · July 1, 2015
  • Uwe Jens N.

    Never been to a French café that doesn't serve baguette. But otherwise it's very French ... except the gate to China Town across Bush St.

    Uwe Jens Neumann · June 23, 2014
  • Desmond F.

    I'd order one of the omelettes for breakfast, the oeufs en meurette was really small.

    Desmond F. · May 20, 2015
  • Eddie G.

    Croissant sandwich with home fries absolutely delicious and a perfect portion and a Madeleine to top it all off

    Eddie Genao · November 13, 2011
  • Yelena Y.

    Expensive and the food is crappy. This place used to be much better a couple of years ago. They really let it go. Nothing to recommend.

    Yelena Yakovenko · November 29, 2013
  • David S.

    Most disappointing eggs Benedict I've had in year. Burnt toast. No hollandaise. Just poached eggs, toast, and potatoes.

    David Strauss · May 18, 2014
  • Gilles P.

    Charming French cafe at the entrance of the Chinatown district. Lovely staff. Good feeling like at home.

    Gilles Poupardin · April 7, 2014
  • Mariianne C.

    Great place to meet. Outside seating works well. Menu great. Have the right feel to it.

    Mariianne Crary · December 27, 2014
  • Michæl B.

    My fav cafe/bar in SF. Loads of wines, good food and magazines from around the world

    Michæl Brett · August 11, 2014
  • Christopher S.

    Their plain croissant are great! Do yourself a favor & skip Starbucks for your morning stop-off.

    Christopher Scott · February 1, 2010
  • Nathan K.

    The croissants are amazing. Almond one comes with cream inside. Get a plain one if you prefer.

    Nathan Kam · March 4, 2011
  • Ed S.

    Onion soup is yummy...shrimp cocktail good. The shrimp were tiny but the sauce was yummy

    Ed Steinwender · May 27, 2012
  • Yesi O.

    Great see and be seen place. But watch out, the magazines are meant to be purchased before you browse

    Yesi Orihuela · December 16, 2012
  • Pocket S.

    Nice French style brunch spot. A little pricy for the food portion and quality.

    Pocket Sun · August 10, 2014
  • Leila R.

    Food is amazing! And theres more: my choosen dish wasnt so deli they took off from check. Awsome!

    Leila Reis · September 30, 2011
  • Catherine B.

    One of my favorite downtown brunch spots and a great International magazine selection.

    Catherine B. · September 4, 2011
  • Rodrigo A.

    Food is good, but skip the meal and go to desserts. Try the opera cake...

    Rodrigo Artavia · November 30, 2014
  • Melinda R.

    This place was not impressive at all! Cold hot chocolate and coffee and horribly poor service! Absolutely awful!

    Melinda Raasch · May 12, 2012
  • herm p.

    The desserts and sitting outside in the open air, watching people walking by.

    herm pugay · November 9, 2014
  • Carmen M.

    A bit of Paris Enjoy a pastis while reading a foreign magazine or paper Or come for cassoulet day

    Carmen Myers · April 10, 2013
  • Will D.

    Try the tarts.desert it is so good. Also the duck is fantastic.

    Will Davis · June 8, 2012
  • Tinne

    Good food, friendly bar tender. Nice to chill out after shopping or wondering about town.

    Tinne · February 22, 2014
  • D.J. S.

    Great corner French cafe. Great coffee and omelettes.

    D.J. Schleich · October 17, 2014
  • Josh E.

    Do not get the Pate. Once of the few misses on the menu.

    Josh Ellithorpe · January 21, 2014
  • Max M.

    beef bourguignon is delicious and just the right amount of food

    Max Mullen · January 8, 2012
  • Megan L.

    Surprisingly they don't have wifi, so you have to hijack the Kimpton's next door.

    Megan Leap · October 15, 2011
  • Frances P.

    Great bar staff...hooked me up with a free Bloody Mary

    Frances Padua · August 17, 2013
  • Kemp M.

    The food is great but don't miss the bet cocktails.

    Kemp Mullaney · August 31, 2015
  • Santiago L.

    Rabbitt leg is the best dish i have eated in my entere life

    Santiago Labarca · July 13, 2015

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