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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"(9 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."(11 Tips)
149 Tips and reviews
  • French food
  • breakfast food
  • magazines
  • coffee
  • brunch food
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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
  • Wilson F.
    Wilson Favre-DelerueSeptember 17, 2016
    Authentic bistro ambience, perfectly executed French dishes, great wine and magazine selection: a great go-to stretch of the homeland in SF!
  • 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.
  • Divya M.
    Divya MenonMarch 9, 2015
    Great place for breakfast! Ordered the pancakes and they were soft, fluffy, and pure heaven! ❤️
  • 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).
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Manu W.
    Manu Wallner2 weeks ago
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Odile R.
    Odile RoujolJune 23, 2016
    Cassoulet ou bouillabaisse ? Joking . Ice coffee near china town perfect for a break
  • 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 :-)
  • 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.
  • Desmond F.
    Desmond F.May 20, 2015
    I'd order one of the omelettes for breakfast, the oeufs en meurette was really small.
  • 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
  • Tinne
    TinneFebruary 22, 2014
    Good food, friendly bar tender. Nice to chill out after shopping or wondering about town.
  • Ed S.
    Ed SteinwenderMay 27, 2012
    Onion soup is yummy...shrimp cocktail good. The shrimp were tiny but the sauce was yummy
  • Catherine B.
    Catherine B.September 4, 2011
    One of my favorite downtown brunch spots and a great International magazine selection.
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 10, 2014
    Nice French style brunch spot. A little pricy for the food portion and quality.
  • 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.
  • Leila R.
    Leila ReisSeptember 30, 2011
    Food is amazing! And theres more: my choosen dish wasnt so deli they took off from check. Awsome!
  • Will D.
    Will DavisJune 8, 2012
    Try the tarts.desert it is so good. Also the duck is fantastic.
  • Nathan K.
    Nathan KamMarch 4, 2011
    The croissants are amazing. Almond one comes with cream inside. Get a plain one if you prefer.
  • Frances P.
    Frances PaduaAugust 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great bar staff...hooked me up with a free Bloody Mary
  • 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
  • herm p.
    herm pugayNovember 9, 2014
    The desserts and sitting outside in the open air, watching people walking by.
  • AO
    AOOctober 5, 2012
    A little piece of Paris in the heart of San Francisco, next to the Chinatown Gate; go figure.
  • Max M.
    Max MullenJanuary 8, 2012
    beef bourguignon is delicious and just the right amount of food
  • Santiago L.
    Santiago LabarcaJuly 13, 2015
    Rabbitt leg is the best dish i have eated in my entere life
  • Jane F.
    Jane FriedmanFebruary 27, 2016
    An institution. I like it better for for brunch/breakfast rather than dinner.
  • Kemp M.
    Kemp MullaneyAugust 31, 2015
    The food is great but don't miss the bet cocktails.
  • Clare
    ClareMarch 4, 2016
    Much better after the redesign. The pan bagna is great
  • Steph H.
    Steph HindsFebruary 18, 2013
    The duck is brilliant as is the sundae :)
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