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Café de la Presse

Café de la Presse

French Restaurant, Wine Bar, and Café$$$$
Downtown San Francisco-Union Square, San Francisco
  • Michæl B.
    "Loads of wines, good food and magazines from around the world"(11 Tips)
    Jennifer R.
    "Croque Monsieur is delicious."(11 Tips)
    David S.
    "Most disappointing eggs Benedict I've had in year."(8 Tips)
    Gigi A.
    "Best almond croissant I've had since leaving France."(13 Tips)
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  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 21
    A little slice of Paris right at the edge of Union Square and Chinatown. Come here to feel European and unwind over a bowl of French onion soup or a basket of fries. Read more
    Upvoted Aug 29
  • BrownFace D.
    BrownFace DebsAugust 5, 2016
    Lovely atmosphere. Can't convenient as a stop off for breakfast early in morning and then catch the Big Bus from next door Triton Hotel. Cappuccino is good. Egg Benedict is good but not exceptional.
  • Dens
    DensSeptember 13, 2016
    Dig this cafe. You can order to-go from the coffee bar tucked behind the bar. Also amazing magazine selection (mostly indie UK mags) -- soccer, bikes, wine, fashion -- worth checking out.
  • Wilson F.
    Wilson Favre-DelerueSeptember 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Authentic bistro ambience, perfectly executed French dishes, great wine and magazine selection: a great go-to stretch of the homeland in SF!
  • Polina P.
    Polina PolinaJanuary 22, 2015
    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.
  • Aigerim N.
    Aigerim NAugust 17, 2014
    Amazing breakfasts, charming Parisian atmosphere, nice view of the Chinatown gate. Whatever you order, always get the almond croissant.
  • Teresa E.
    Teresa ElliottMay 16, 2013
    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.
  • hkevinchu
    hkevinchuJanuary 2, 2015
    Food here is delicious. On this most recent visi, I had the Onglet (hanger steak, medium rare w/ bordelaise sauce & fries).
  • Carmen L.
    Carmen LaborinJanuary 21, 2012
    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.
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FengOctober 9, 2012
    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
  • Divya M.
    Divya MenonMarch 9, 2015
    Great place for breakfast! Ordered the pancakes and they were soft, fluffy, and pure heaven! ❤️
  • Mafe B.
    Mafe BrooksAugust 7, 2012
    The tarte tatin is my favorite, next to the profiteroles (very generous portion too. Great for sharing).
  • Jugoslav P.
    Jugoslav PetkovicJune 9, 2013
    Loved the Croque Madame! Rare to find the proper treatment with brioche, bechamel and gruyere in this town, so this is a great find.
  • Martin S.
    Martin SahlbergMay 26, 2014
    Great place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tables by the bar best or outside on the curb. When in SF don't miss this!
  • Tracy M.
    Tracy MaurerApril 23, 2013
    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).
  • Michael B.
    Michael BuchananMarch 1, 2012
    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.
  • static_signal
    static_signalAugust 7, 2014
    The escargot are delicious, delicate and not chewy, and best of all come served in their shells, with escargot tongs and forks.
  • Madewell1937
    Madewell1937April 16, 2012
    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.
  • Patrick R.
    Patrick RamseyJuly 2, 2012
    Love the atmosphere, food & magazines! No surprise - French onion soup is great. Fun to people watch from sidewalk seats or the bar.
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 25, 2011
    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
  • Manu W.
    Manu WallnerMarch 12
    Awesome atmosphere. You really feel like you're sitting at a Café in France. Had the salmon bagel, it was delicious!
  • Tim P.
    Tim PursellJuly 1, 2015
    Breakfast is better than dinner but dinner is good. Omelette are straight from Paris and the profiteroles are superbe.
  • Vanessa M.
    Vanessa ManganNovember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Gilles P.
    Gilles PoupardinApril 7, 2014
    Charming French cafe at the entrance of the Chinatown district. Lovely staff. Good feeling like at home.
  • Michæl B.
    Michæl BrettAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    My fav cafe/bar in SF. Loads of wines, good food and magazines from around the world
  • Mariianne C.
    Mariianne CraryDecember 27, 2014
    Great place to meet. Outside seating works well. Menu great. Have the right feel to it.
  • Alex B.
    Come here for the Euro- style free coffee house read. Phenomenal magazine collection, good newspapers.
  • Eddie G.
    Eddie GenaoNovember 13, 2011
    Croissant sandwich with home fries absolutely delicious and a perfect portion and a Madeleine to top it all off
  • Tinne
    TinneFebruary 22, 2014
    Good food, friendly bar tender. Nice to chill out after shopping or wondering about town.
  • Ivan F.
    Ivan Fernandez LoboJuly 31, 2013
    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)
  • Yesi O.
    Yesi OrihuelaDecember 16, 2012
    Great see and be seen place. But watch out, the magazines are meant to be purchased before you browse
  • David S.
    David StraussMay 18, 2014
    Most disappointing eggs Benedict I've had in year. Burnt toast. No hollandaise. Just poached eggs, toast, and potatoes.
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WNovember 8, 2010
    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 :-)
  • Odile R.
    Odile RoujolJune 23, 2016
    Cassoulet ou bouillabaisse ? Joking . Ice coffee near china town perfect for a break
  • Desmond F.
    Desmond F.May 20, 2015
    I'd order one of the omelettes for breakfast, the oeufs en meurette was really small.
  • Ed S.
    Ed SteinwenderMay 27, 2012
    Onion soup is yummy...shrimp cocktail good. The shrimp were tiny but the sauce was yummy
  • Uwe Jens N.
    Uwe Jens NeumannJune 23, 2014
    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.
  • Catherine B.
    Catherine B.September 4, 2011
    One of my favorite downtown brunch spots and a great International magazine selection.
  • Leila R.
    Leila ReisSeptember 30, 2011
    Food is amazing! And theres more: my choosen dish wasnt so deli they took off from check. Awsome!
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 10, 2014
    Nice French style brunch spot. A little pricy for the food portion and quality.
  • Will D.
    Will DavisJune 8, 2012
    Try the tarts.desert it is so good. Also the duck is fantastic.
  • Frances P.
    Frances PaduaAugust 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great bar staff...hooked me up with a free Bloody Mary
  • herm p.
    herm pugayNovember 9, 2014
    The desserts and sitting outside in the open air, watching people walking by.
  • Nathan K.
    Nathan KamMarch 4, 2011
    The croissants are amazing. Almond one comes with cream inside. Get a plain one if you prefer.
  • Jane F.
    Jane FriedmanFebruary 27, 2016
    An institution. I like it better for for brunch/breakfast rather than dinner.
  • Santiago L.
    Santiago LabarcaJuly 13, 2015
    Rabbitt leg is the best dish i have eated in my entere life
  • Carmen M.
    Carmen MyersApril 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    A bit of Paris Enjoy a pastis while reading a foreign magazine or paper Or come for cassoulet day
  • Clare
    ClareMarch 4, 2016
    Much better after the redesign. The pan bagna is great
  • AO
    AOOctober 5, 2012
    A little piece of Paris in the heart of San Francisco, next to the Chinatown Gate; go figure.
  • Kemp M.
    Kemp MullaneyAugust 31, 2015
    The food is great but don't miss the bet cocktails.
  • Max M.
    Max MullenJanuary 8, 2012
    beef bourguignon is delicious and just the right amount of food
  • Kendall T.
    Kendall ThorntonSeptember 18
    It's a $5 croissant but the best I've had in the city so far
  • Eduardo C.
    Eduardo ChristophJanuary 17, 2015
    Bacon Cheeseburger and Duvel draft. Humm...
  • Steph H.
    Steph HindsFebruary 18, 2013
    The duck is brilliant as is the sundae :)
  • Sam G.
    Sam GrossbergAugust 3, 2016
    Not many vegetarian options, but the quinoa avocado salad is pretty good
  • Rodrigo A.
    Rodrigo ArtaviaNovember 30, 2014
    Food is good, but skip the meal and go to desserts. Try the opera cake...
  • G J.
    G JDecember 7, 2012
    Try the Confit de Canard - Perfect!
  • Jonathan P.
    Jonathan PepinskiAugust 8, 2014
    They have ricard, panache and all the french classics!
  • Gigi A.
    Gigi AgiusFebruary 28, 2014
    Best almond croissant I've had since leaving France.
  • Dany J.
    Dany JaquierJuly 27, 2016
    Croissants are awesome... Like in Paris... And Orange juice look fresh
  • Joey B.
    Joey Bonales CastilloMarch 23, 2015
    The salmon eggs benedict are a fucking must!
  • Jim J.
    Jim JimApril 22, 2013
    Great ambiance n brunch place to hang out n chat w a friend
  • Lauren K.
    Lauren KDecember 10, 2014
    Cute cafe... Loved the frisée salad
  • Michæl B.
    Michæl BrettNovember 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The Croque Madame and Monsieurs are good for a quick bite.
  • Peter W.
    Peter WhiteNovember 12, 2015
    Ambience. Lovely decor and music
  • William J.
    William JonesNovember 12, 2016
    Hair of the dog. Mimosa with that Eggs Benedict, 'pinky out' status. #fancy
  • Yesi O.
    Yesi OrihuelaJanuary 1, 2013
    Try a croissant, they are delicious
  • Josh E.
    Josh EllithorpeJanuary 21, 2014
    Do not get the Pate. Once of the few misses on the menu.
  • Lolly
    LollyAugust 5, 2014
    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.
  • Chris P.
    Best French Bistro Breakfast (magazine shop embedded!)
  • Devin C.
    Devin CDecember 21, 2011
    Eggs Benedict is the way to go for breakfast.
  • CD D.
    CD DangculosAugust 11, 2014
    Order a latte and sit out at Grant Avenue.
  • Sandra H.
    Sandra HindriksonJuly 21, 2016
    Very good food, and the service was excellent!
  • Stella N.
    Stella NovenaSeptember 22, 2014
    crème brûlée is amazing!!
  • Igal R.
    Igal ReysherSeptember 27, 2014
    The eggs Benedict at branch
  • Ulysses d.
    Ulysses de GuzmanOctober 26, 2013
    Love the food and ambiance,
  • Megan L.
    Megan LeapOctober 15, 2011
    Surprisingly they don't have wifi, so you have to hijack the Kimpton's next door.
  • Megan L.
    Megan LeapOctober 15, 2011
    Food is tasty, atmosphere is fantastic, service is always slow.
  • Christopher S.
    Christopher ScottFebruary 1, 2010
    Their plain croissant are great! Do yourself a favor & skip Starbucks for your morning stop-off.
  • Anna K.
    Anna KocherovskyMarch 31, 2012
    Great coffee drinks and authentic style.
  • Kursad
    KursadMarch 19, 2015
    Fantastic breakfast and restaurant
  • Shireen K.
    Shireen KaboliJanuary 6, 2013
    The frisée salad is really yummy
  • Sebastien S.
    Sebastien SimpsonMarch 15, 2014
    My favorite French retreat in SF
  • Ekaterina O.
    Ekaterina ObukhovaJuly 10, 2011
    I like French toasts and tomato soup and champagne in the morning
  • Veronica C.
    Veronica ConwayMay 2, 2011
    The Duck Foie Gras is heaven on a plate!
  • Neoshi C.
    Neoshi CFebruary 1, 2016
    Authentically Parisian... Gouté menu!
  • Hala A.
    Hala AJune 19, 2013
    In love with this place ♡.♡ thx steve
  • Phoebe V.
    Phoebe VenkatFebruary 5, 2014
    Sidecar, french onion soup and croque monseiur
  • Jason R.
    Jason RobinsonFebruary 19
    Been here 5+ times
    Breakfast in general, eggs benedict etc
  • SillyCamilly
    SillyCamillyAugust 27, 2011
    The less expensive trip to Paris you'll ever find! :))
  • Allison F.
    Allison F.April 29, 2012
    Best almond croissant I've had
  • Em C.
    Em CJanuary 26, 2013
    Dip profiteroles in coffee! Mmmmmm
  • tina c.
    tina cheungMay 19, 2012
    nice sitting outside. kinda annoying sometimes by some performers
  • Rupert H.
    Rupert HarwoodDecember 7, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The Bloody Mary is fantastic.
  • EP C.
    EP CMay 29, 2014
    Best croissant this side of the pond!
  • sabine b.
    sabine bosklopperSeptember 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    half and half order with a glass of wine :)
  • Marshall S.
    Marshall St. ClairApril 2, 2015
    Croque Madame with Fried Egg lunch
  • Team S.
    Team SlobbrAugust 26, 2015
    dog friendly, dog-friendly patio
  • DJ C.
    Adorable, but authentic French service (which is to say, really really bad service)
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HunterOctober 14, 2011
    French toast is the way to go!!
  • MikaelDorian
    MikaelDorianSeptember 13, 2014
    Un petit bout de France en plein centre de San Francisco ! Retrouvez l'atmosphère d'une brasserie parisienne et de la gastronomie française. Essayez les œufs brouillés. ;)
  • Sasha T.
    Sasha TkachenkoJanuary 7, 2015
    Идеальное место для завтрака: хороший кофе, свежие круассаны, яйца Бенедикт, гранола, крэпы. Что еще можно пожелать?
  • Fabrice E.
    Fabrice ElustondoApril 11, 2015
    Pause café sur une petite terrasse en face de l'entrée de chinatown. Rien d'exceptionnel cependant no dans le service, ni dans les vienoiseries.
  • Regina P.
    Regina PomilioMarch 29, 2016
    La atención del mozo a pesar de la hora fue excelente, Mérito aparte la creme brulee fue tocar el cielo.
  • Jorge N.
    Jorge NievesOctober 3, 2014
    Excelente atención!! No dejen de probar las Tarte de Saumon y de Parmesian!!
  • Raphael G.
    Raphael GomideFebruary 18, 2015
    Café e breakfast top ... Histórico na esquina em frente ao chinese gate
  • Moon
    MoonApril 28, 2013
    Kleinwenig teuer aber lecker & gut - Portionen sind recht groß
  • Yulia
    YuliaApril 29, 2014
    Confit de la canard avec Pinot Noir:)
  • BK A.
    BK AmezcuaJanuary 2, 2014
    Los desayunos son fabulosos y los huevos benedictinos más
  • Milena L.
    Milena LoureiroAugust 26, 2014
    Café da manhã americano com um toque francês! Trés chic!!
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